Water for ElephantsWater for Elephants by Sara Gruen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay… I have to take back my earlier comments. I LOVE this story!

True, it did start a little slow for me, and I would have liked a little more dimension to some of the characters. But, on the whole… a thoroughly enjoyable story…I am glad that I did not let my first impressions hold me back.

Sara Gruen took a big risk, telling the story from the perspective of a ninety-something man… a risk that pays off handsomely. I do not believe the story would have had the same impact if she had told it through the eyes of another.

More than a love story, this is a story of a young man’s coming of age in Depression-era America; at the same time, dealing with the loss of his parent’s and having his entire world turned inside-out. “Welcome to adulthood, young man!”

Romance, intrigue, mystery, humor, murder… can one ask for more? A hero, you say? But, there is a hero… Rosie!

Sara reminds us that the elderly were once as young, vibrant, and ambitious as any one of us, and that we should not value them less, simply because they have more years than we do.

I read through some of the reviews here, and I have to ask the question… did some of these people even read the book? Or, are they just spouting what they heard someone else say. One person in particular, who wrote that it made her physically angry, and she found the story unimaginative and predictable… cliched. Really? Why don’t you try actually reading the book before you trash it?

Water For Elephants is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, often at the same time. I cried. More than once. This book touched me deeply, more so than I thought it would when I first started reading it. This is a story I will long treasure.

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About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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