Kimberly (Hannibal MO)
What a delightful reading adventure! The journey through Joe's life will trigger a wide range of emotions for the reader--from despair to hope, from fear to triumph, from desolation to joy. Multi-dimensional characters and a plot rich with both ordinary and unique experiences make this Landvik novel an excellent choice for anyone who wants a "good read."
Eileen (Drexel Hill PA)
A good View
I would recommend this book to my friends. It is chick lit but the story was good and kept me interested.The story brought up issues about leading a responsible life versus a selfish life.The main character, Joe, was very engaging and fun to follow.
Joyce (El Segundo CA)
Fun, Endearing and a Fast Read
This is not the kind of book I usually pick up and read, I've never read Lorna Landvik before. BUT I have to say I'm so glad I did. This book makes you laugh, cry and just holds your interest, I could hardly put it down. Joe is such an endearing character, you find yourself rooting for him at every turn in his life. The way the story evolves is just right. I highly recommend it to young and old - it does have some language and events of a sexual nature so keep that in mind (but they are in the context of the book so don't seem out of line). Do yourself a favor and curl up with this book, you'll be glad you did.
Catherine (Nashua NH)
The passing of time
I did enjoy this book on what I call the the passing of time from teenager years upto adulthood. This book is definitively not a "thriller" book, no big surpises just life as it goes. My only ciritic is the Kristi character is not a believable one as she turns into a preacher and other "presidential" adventures, does not ring "true" to me.
Otherwise, as always, another good book by Mrs. Lorna Landvik
Julie (Rancho Palos Verdes CA)
A great book for bookclubs!
Having never read a Lorna Landvik book, I wasn't sure what to expect from The View From Mount Joy. What I found was a great book with so many wonderful characters. This would be a fabulous choice for any bookclub due to the complexities of the characters. There would be so much to talk about.
After reading this one, I plan to read more of Lorna Landvik!
Jennifer (Jacksonville FL)
The view from this mount was mediocre
Lorna Ladnvik developed the story around the universal truth that life never turns out the way you expect. As always, her writing is filled with unexpected, delightful description and insight. This time, however, her characters failed to capture my heart. I did not connect to the characters, so for me, the emotion of the plot felt false and contrived. Reactions to the book, within a group, will most likely be quite diverse, so with mild reservation, I would recommend it for a book club selection.
Madeline (Sarasota FL)
A Nice Read
I enjoyed this novel overall. It felt a little long, and it didn't grip me as much as I'd hoped it would, but it was a nice read about how a "quiet" life can also be a full one.