Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Other Fiction Forum

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fiction books or series that do not fit into one of the other categories. If the fiction book fits into one the other categories, please use that category instead.

Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#1 by bookowlie
» 13 Mar 2017, 12:01

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Caregiver" by Maria Theresa Casale.]

Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Review by bookowlie
Share This Review

The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale is a novel that explores what it means to be a live-in caregiver, essentially “the help.” Lillian Thomas takes a job as a caregiver for elderly Ellen Whitmore, who lives in a grand home in an affluent New Jersey town. She quickly falls in love with the old-fashioned character of her new surroundings. Lillian always tried to secure assignments in fancy, older homes in order to enjoy the ambience and architecture. In this case, Lillian becomes much more attached to the home than the person she is assigned to care for.

The main characters, Ellen and Lillian, are well drawn. Ellen is a fascinating character even though it is difficult to like her. She is a fussy, self-centered woman who is resentful that she hasn’t led a more glamorous life. The author did a good job in fleshing out Ellen’s backstory as a vain, attention-hungry woman in her younger days. It showed that the character was more than the stereotype of a bitter, old woman; actually, she wasn’t the nicest person throughout her entire life. Adding to the drama, Ellen has a strained relationship with her daughter Carlotta.

The writing has a natural flow with vivid imagery and a cozy feel. I could easily picture the house in all of its faded glory and the characters as they go about their routines. There is one detail that I found inconsistent. Early in the story, Ellen’s lawyer tells Lillian there is “no family involved,” which I assumed to mean she had no living family members. As a result, it’s surprising when Ellen’s daughter and granddaughter arrive for an indeterminate stay.

In general, there is too much introspection and the plot is relatively weak. When there is dialogue, it’s realistically written; I just wish there was more of it. A particularly memorable scene takes place between Ellen and her daughter, with a bubbling over of pent-up resentment. The main characters’ thoughts are endlessly described, and it became a bit tedious to read after a while. Although some of the reminiscences are interesting, I felt like I was stuck in slow motion while reading. There is not much propelling the story forward with its focus on the characters’ mundane routines and ruminations.

An extra round or two of editing is needed as there are numerous errors (typos, no space between words, extra quotation marks, incorrect word usage, extra words, etc.). Although the errors don’t detract too much from the story, they are unprofessional in a published work.

I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. The vivid setting and multi-dimensional characters lift the story, although I became a little bored at times. A stronger plot certainly would have kept me more interested. I would recommend this book to readers who appreciate layered characters and don’t mind a slow-paced storyline.

******
The Caregiver
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like bookowlie's review? Post a comment saying so!
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 5942
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 228 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 42%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 13 Mar 2017, 14:12

Sounds like a book with a potential. Too bad about the typos and the all the rest. It sounds too slow-paced for me taste, but I am glad you enjoyed parts of the tales. Thank you for the insightful review!
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)
gali's Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
User avatar
gali
Site Admin
 
Posts: 23064
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Location: Lost in a good book
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: Scarlet
Bookshelf Size: 1620 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 43%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 13 Mar 2017, 14:27

I've read books like that myself... It starts to seem like an endless drone. Thanks for the review, though.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "A Light in the Dark" by Kelly Bedford
User avatar
kandscreeley
 
Posts: 1299
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Luna
Bookshelf Size: 68 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 52%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#4 by CatInTheHat
» 13 Mar 2017, 16:03

I love "layered characters" but slow moving, not so much. It sounds like there is potential for a very sweet story but much gets in the way of really making that happen.
CatInTheHat's Latest Review: "The Persian Woman" by Thomas Booker
User avatar
CatInTheHat
 
Posts: 603
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: Superhighway
Bookshelf Size: 385 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 25%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#5 by bookowlie
» 13 Mar 2017, 17:01

Thanks Gali, Kandscreeley, and CatintheHat for the feedback. The two main characters had interesting personalities, although I can't say I liked either of them. I agree that there is a lot of potential here.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 5942
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 228 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 42%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#6 by Aprilyn Milo Demot
» 19 Mar 2017, 10:15

It's quite difficult to choose a book for me to read. The story as well as the characters seems good and interesting. I'll read it next time:)Thanks for the review.
User avatar
Aprilyn Milo Demot
 
Posts: 4
Joined: 16 Mar 2017, 08:59
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 0 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#7 by hsimone
» 19 Mar 2017, 11:07

Thank you for the insightful review, bookowlie. I like a plot that has a bit more than this, and in general, I do not like to feel bored when I'm reading. So, I don't think this is a book for me. It's too bad of all the errors that the story included, as well. Though, I'm glad to hear that you at least liked the character development!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4
hsimone's Latest Review: "Paint The Storm" by Dawn V. Cahill
Publishing Contest ~ 27 Votes ~ View hsimone's Entry
User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
 
Posts: 4198
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
Location: Snuggling with a Book :)
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Currently Reading: I Was Doctor Mengele's Assistant
Bookshelf Size: 385 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 140 Books
Goal Completion: 46%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#8 by bookowlie
» 19 Mar 2017, 22:52

Thanks Aprilyn (welcome to the forums) and Hsimone! Hsimone - it took me a very long time to read this approximately 230-page book. Although I liked the characters, there wasn't much pushing me forward.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 5942
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 228 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 42%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#9 by Elaine5
» 20 Mar 2017, 06:14

Sounds like a book I will skip. I appreciate your insightful review. I've had the same experience where it takes a very long time to finish reading a book because there is nothing grabbing you.
User avatar
Elaine5
 
Posts: 204
Joined: 19 Aug 2016, 15:58
Location: Western Quebec, Canada
Currently Reading: Great Expectations
Bookshelf Size: 44 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#10 by bookowlie
» 23 Mar 2017, 09:08

Elaine5 wrote:Sounds like a book I will skip. I appreciate your insightful review. I've had the same experience where it takes a very long time to finish reading a book because there is nothing grabbing you.


Thanks Elaine5. Despite the issues I mentioned, the book was still a worthwhile read due to the layered characters.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 5942
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 228 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 42%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#11 by Shreyoshi Sen
» 23 Mar 2017, 11:43

I guess, this book is too slow and from your review I could make out that the book is kind of family drama tyes. Thanks for your honest review, it was interesting to read.

-- 23 Mar 2017, 11:44 --

I guess, this book is too slow and from your review I could make out that the book is kind of family drama tyes. Thanks for your honest review, it was interesting to read.
User avatar
Shreyoshi Sen
 
Posts: 188
Joined: 12 Feb 2017, 02:22
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 21 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 180 Books
Goal Completion: 3%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#12 by The Researcher
» 23 Mar 2017, 23:03

Thank you for the nice review. It seems that the novel is lengthy and with less substance. Your review helped me make my decision regarding this book.

-- 23 Mar 2017, 23:04 --

Thank you for the nice review. It seems that the novel is lengthy and with less substance. Your review helped me make my decision regarding this book.
What is the most special thing i did today- I was MYSELF. Happy and in love and unapologetically myself.
The Researcher's Latest Review: "Escape" by Belle Ami
User avatar
The Researcher
 
Posts: 139
Joined: 23 Jan 2017, 05:41
Currently Reading: Buried Threads
Bookshelf Size: 92 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 152%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#13 by kimmyschemy06
» 25 Mar 2017, 09:22

Sounds like an interesting read with very interesting characters. I'm kind of intrigued by the part 'Lillian becomes much more attached to the home than the person she is assigned to care for' seems like a very appealing home. Too bad about the errors. Great job on the review.
User avatar
kimmyschemy06
 
Posts: 1748
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
Currently Reading: Chakaura
Bookshelf Size: 317 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 60%

Re: Official Review: The Caregiver by Maria Theresa Casale

Post Number:#14 by bookowlie
» 27 Apr 2017, 12:40

kimmyschemy06 wrote:Sounds like an interesting read with very interesting characters. I'm kind of intrigued by the part 'Lillian becomes much more attached to the home than the person she is assigned to care for' seems like a very appealing home. Too bad about the errors. Great job on the review.


Thanks Kimmyschemy! Sorry...I just saw this post. I wasn't getting the email alerts about posts for a week or two. The emails finally came through all at once, so I got a bit overwhelmed. Anyway, the characters are developed well and are the strongest part of the book.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 5942
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 228 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 42%


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Other Fiction Forum