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Overall rating and opinion of "Ironbark Hill" by Jennie Linnane

Post by gali » 01 Apr 2018, 01:37

This is a discussion topic for the April 2018 Book of the Month, "Ironbark Hill" by Jennie Linnane

What is your overall opinion of the "Ironbark Hill"? What do you like most about it? What do you like least? Will you recommend the book to other people? Why or why not?

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Post by lesler » 01 Apr 2018, 15:33

I thought the book was very good. I feel so much sympathy for the main character, and hope she's ok. I will definitely recommend this book to other people, because of the excellent personification of the characters.

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Post by BDTheresa » 02 Apr 2018, 02:31

It's a great story. Natalia is a young flawless girl with dreams and hope. A girl who was trying to be there for her mother and siblings. Why didn't her mother take upon that role and responsibility to be there for Natalie and her siblings instead. I will definitely recommend this book to other people, because it relates to the lives of both teens and adults.

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Post by azerikaj » 02 Apr 2018, 19:57

Some people definitely don't. I'm not sure if they hang on looking for glimpses of good they saw at first, or what.

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Post by Dignabookread101 » 03 Apr 2018, 01:03

We can relay the story about life struggle at a young age that makes the story more readable reason why I like the book hope to get it free.

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Post by FilmStar » 04 Apr 2018, 12:56

I thought the book was decent but not good enough to be a book of the month. I liked the character of Natalie in how strong she was but I didn't really care for the turnout of the book. Natalie was the only character that I truly cared about. I don't think I'll recommend this book to anyone.

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Post by Aisha I » 04 Apr 2018, 17:42

The book is an inspirational story for the young and old, I love and care so much for Natalie whose struggles and hardworking skills were just to take care of her beloved mother. that's the beauty of the heart of a female child to the parents. all the settings and plotting is perfectly put in place here.
what I dislike so much here is where her mother wasn't there for her as well. I think she would have done better in this book by transferring her care to her daughter as well no matter the circumstances.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone out there, there's always a lesson to be learnt from this inspirational piece

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Post by azerikaj » 05 Apr 2018, 13:44

I got to the part where Natalie helps the cow give birth to the one she got to keep and that sentence about "She helped her mother during similar times." Does that mean she was present at other calvings, or, perhaps, the births of some of her sisters and brothers?

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Post by zilizopita1998 » 05 Apr 2018, 14:24

I have just voted for this book as the April book of the month. I really liked the role that Natalie played in the story. She is indeed such a strong character.

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Post by zilizopita1998 » 05 Apr 2018, 14:26

zilizopita1998 wrote:
05 Apr 2018, 14:24
I have just voted for this book as the April book of the month. I really liked the role that Natalie played in the story. She is indeed such a strong character.
I am already through reading this book of the month.

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Post by zilizopita1998 » 05 Apr 2018, 14:38

lesler wrote:
01 Apr 2018, 15:33
I thought the book was very good. I feel so much sympathy for the main character, and hope she's ok. I will definitely recommend this book to other people, because of the excellent personification of the characters.
I equally thought it was great.

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Post by zilizopita1998 » 05 Apr 2018, 14:43

BDTheresa wrote:
02 Apr 2018, 02:31
It's a great story. Natalia is a young flawless girl with dreams and hope. A girl who was trying to be there for her mother and siblings. Why didn't her mother take upon that role and responsibility to be there for Natalie and her siblings instead. I will definitely recommend this book to other people, because it relates to the lives of both teens and adults.
This is true since Natalie is such a great character. The book is appropriate as it cuts across ages. :techie-studyinggray:

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Post by zilizopita1998 » 05 Apr 2018, 14:45

Aisha I wrote:
04 Apr 2018, 17:42
The book is an inspirational story for the young and old, I love and care so much for Natalie whose struggles and hardworking skills were just to take care of her beloved mother. that's the beauty of the heart of a female child to the parents. all the settings and plotting is perfectly put in place here.
what I dislike so much here is where her mother wasn't there for her as well. I think she would have done better in this book by transferring her care to her daughter as well no matter the circumstances.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone out there, there's always a lesson to be learnt from this inspirational piece
Indeed the book is appropriate for all ages.

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Post by anix67 » 05 Apr 2018, 17:05

I felt very intrigued by the main character and was definitely able to empathize due to the good writing. I would recommend this book to others.

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Post by anix67 » 05 Apr 2018, 17:07

zilizopita1998 wrote:
05 Apr 2018, 14:45
Aisha I wrote:
04 Apr 2018, 17:42
The book is an inspirational story for the young and old, I love and care so much for Natalie whose struggles and hardworking skills were just to take care of her beloved mother. that's the beauty of the heart of a female child to the parents. all the settings and plotting is perfectly put in place here.
what I dislike so much here is where her mother wasn't there for her as well. I think she would have done better in this book by transferring her care to her daughter as well no matter the circumstances.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone out there, there's always a lesson to be learnt from this inspirational piece
Indeed the book is appropriate for all ages.
I also definitely feel that this book was appropriate for all ages. I also felt disappointed and upset when her mom wasn't there for her.

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