Courtney Miller Santo: Three Story House



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Each unsure what to do next in lifeThe book is split into three sections each piece told from one of the girls viewpoints This is a format I usually enjoy uite a bit but I m not sure that it was the best option here in Three Story House First the house itself was of the most interest to me Spite House there s a story there Unfortunately it s pushed to the background and only generally glossed over The girls never eally became fully developed or fleshed out either Sadly I never eally felt like I was seeing anything beyond their surface stories I never felt like I was eally getting to know any of them and ended up having uite a hard time connecting with them and becoming invested in their stories TitleThree Story HouseAuthorCourtney Miller SantoMy in a nutshell summaryLizzie Elyse Isobelcousinsor triplinsthe family name for themall have personal issues that need to be dealt withMy thoughts after eading this bookLizziea wannabe Olympic soccer player with a major knee injuryIsobelformer child actress who is not sure what she wants to doElysefailed inn owner in love with her sister s husbandthese are women with issues They are cousins who take a time out in their lives to connect heal and fix up Lizzie s grandmother s nearly condemned house in Memphis The house has major problems and seems to hold many secrets The big secret is who is Lizzie s father This is something that her mother has always efused to talk aboutWhat I loved about this bookI enjoyed the cousins and the way they connected and worked together I did not get the significance of the title until I got to the second storywhich was Elyse s storythen I got it AlsoI love the way this author does family lifeI felt as though I knew the key players eally wellWhat I did not love about this bookI found the cousins and their issues just a teensie bit dull at timesI think I wanted them to have scandalous issues than they did Plusonce we find out who Lizzie s father isit just doesn t truly seem like that big of a dealher mother should have told herand Lizzie should have asked uestionsFinal thoughtsWould this be a good choice for youpotential eaderI started this book with such high hopesthe writing is goodthe house stuff is interestingthe cousins personalities uniue enough but I just did not connect with these characters as much as I needed to in order to eally love this book It s nothing I can actually pinpointjust sort of a disconnect on my part This book was crap There will be spoilers because I disliked the story so much that I don t care to preserve itThe story is about three cousins Lizzie the soccer player Isobel the actress and Elyse the fat one Yes that is the big trait that they give Elyse And she s not. Ousins and childhood best friends Lizzie Elyse and Isobel seek espite in an oddly shaped three story house that sits on a bluff sixty feet above the MississippiAs they work to estore the almost condemned house each woman faces uncomfortable truths about their own failings Lizzie seeks answers to a long held family secret about her father in her grandmother’s jumble of mementos and the home’s hidden spaces Elyse’s obsession with an old flame leads her to a harrowing mistake that thr.

Hated it Found the writing laborious and tedious Thought the characters were insipid and uninteresting I kept going thinking it would get better but each story was implausible than the last If the author teaches writing I fear for her students 35 starsThis book is from Bookreportercom a delightful site for booklovers The title is a pun and it sets the tone ight away Not only is the story about a three story house called the Spite House but the different stories of three cousins who come together to save the house It s a lovely story for a hot day when you want something light and fun Lizzie is a star soccer player whose career is winding up due to injuries Isobel is a former child actor who has not found successful film career as an adult Elyse the weakest character as far as I am concerned has not found her way in life At the end of their 20 s they are have to eevaluate their life s directions so they come together to save Lizzie s grandmother s house in Memphis I loved the fact that they are cousins It s a elationship that s not explored very much I have three female cousins and they are so special to me that I enjoyed this book that much It s also about their elationships with their parents that s not unexpected It s in your 20 s that you edefine that elationship I ecommend this book when you e in the mood for a light upbeat ead I had a lot of fun eading it Spite House a historic landmark in Memphis Tennessee and the house where Lizzie spent much of her childhood has fallen into grave disrepair In the time since her grandmother passed away the house was apparently abandoned and left to ot Now the city has stepped in and Lizzie and her mother are in danger of losing it unless it can be fixed to code Enter Lizzie s cousins Elyse and Isobel Best of friends since Lizzie s mother married into the family the three girls are as close as siblings Together they ll work to fix Spite House and uncover its secrets But the enovations also offer each of them a chance to fix their own lives as well Lizzie who dreams of a chance at the Olympics while ecovering from her latest surgery hopes the house will finally give her the opportunity to learn about her father Elyse is using Spite House as a chance to escape her sister s looming marriage a marriage to the man Elyse has been in love with much of her own life And Isobel has always dreamed of ecapturing the attention and celebrity she had as a child For her Spite House might prove to be exactly what she s looking for As with her debut The Roots of the Olive Tree Courtney Miller Santo once again offers up something of a family saga This time it s one year in the life of three cousins each on the brink of thirty and. Renovating an historic Memphis house together three cousins discover that their spectacular failures in love career and family provide the foundation for their future happiness in this warm and poignant novel from the author of The Roots of the Olive Tree that is eminiscent of The Postmistress The Secret Life of Bees and Kristin Hannah’s novelsNearing thirty and trying to avoid the inescapable fact that they have failed to live up to everyone’s expectations and their own aspirations

Fat she s pudgy and likes to bake Way to go on personality there These three cousins have been friends for life and when all three of their lives are at a crisis at the same time they go to Memphis to estore a house and fix everythingI felt like the author didn t eally like her characters She made little attempt to have them be likeable and she didn t go too deep into their emotions She divided the story into three parts so that you could focus on each girl In Lizzie s section she is struggling with a soccer injury that could and does end her career She s extremely focused on making the olympic soccer team When in a later section you find out she doesn t make it that s all you know You don t know if she was upset or if she had accepted her fate by then or what And Isobel in order to try and spruce up her career is having a eality crew film the three of them fixing up the house The crew in order to spice up atings keeps throwing weird situations at them and surprising them with weird guests and everything And someone will get madfor a paragraph And then it s just not talked about It s not esolved It s justthere Isobel throws them out finally and nobody eally says anything Don t worry She got a long great with the cameraman and he comes back with a great show idea that will help Isobel evive her career Problem solved No emotionAnd poor old Elyse is hiding out because the man she loves is marrying her sister Turns out they were childhood friends and she was just waiting until one day he and her sister come into the living oom and announce they e getting married WHAT When she finally has the big confrontation with the guy he has the perfectly logical explanation that he loves Elyse like a friend but he LOVES her sister Okay fine I can oll with that But where s the big tantrum of WHY DIDN T YOU TELL ME YOU WERE DATING MY SISTER WHY DIDN T SHE TELL ME I feel like these are logical uestions If my sister showed up with her fiancee that none of us knew about I wouldn t cut down my prize oses for the centerpieces which the mom does I would have a serious talk about open communicationIdiots Also while fixing up the house the sisters discover some secrets Such asincest Yes a niece married her uncle This is literally how the book puts it and the three sat around the phone while aunt Anne elated the story as she knew it And that s all the eader gets to know Seriously Why bring it up if you weren t going to talk about itI don t know if the author walked around so long with the story in her head that she forgot she hadn t actually transcribed it to paper or if she would just try to throw in a uirk once in a while but have no idea where to go with itDon t ead this book. Eatens to destroy her sister’s wedding and Isobel’s uest for celebrity tempts her to betray confidences in ways that would irreparably damage her two cousinsTold in three parts from the perspective of each of the women this sharply observed account of the estoration of a house built out of spite but filled with memories of love is also an account of friendship and how elying on each others insights and strengths provides the women a way to get what they need instead of what they want.

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