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Imagine a novel about family strife over an inheritance You think you ve read that book Well, imagine, then, that the inheritance is an ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert and that the heiress doesn t want it.April Davila s 142 Ostriches will take you not to the swanky restaurants of Manhattan, but to a vast open space roamed by giant birds It s a straight shooting story in which Tallulah Jones, a young woman who inherits an ostrich ranch, decides whether to embrace the legacy her grandmothe Imagine a novel about family strife over an inheritance You think you ve read that book Well, imagine, then, that the inheritance is an ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert and that the heiress doesn t want it.April Davila s 142 Ostriches will take you not to the swanky restaurants of Manhattan, but to a vast open space roamed by giant birds It s a straight shooting story in which Tallulah Jones, a young woman who inherits an ostrich ranch, decides whether to embrace the legacy her grandmother has left her or to leave the desert to pursue a path of her own making.As she navigates the drama of a family beset by conflict and addiction, Tallulah is always lulled by the charms of the desert In one passage, she marvels that no two rocks in her collection on the windowsill have the same color Before seeing the rainbow on my windowsill, I would have told you that the desert was the color of coffee with too much cream in it, but after finding over twenty rocks without a single one matching, I knew that you had to look closer The desert was purple, and pink, and orange, and green, but only if you took the time to see it Her family members come in many shades of intensity, too All of the characters, from Aunt Christine, the mother hen and the family organizer, to Uncle Steve, the guy who lives by the Serenity Prayer, resembled people I knew during the time I lived near the Mojave.If I were to change one thing about the story, I would have gotten the shooting started sooner But then, that s just me As far as I m concerned, you can never get the shooting started soon enough Nonetheless, it was there, and I was glad it was there, because I, for one, didn t see any other way to resolve this type of family argument.As for the ostriches themselves, they made for an interesting sort of silent Greek chorus The issue of whether they were lovable animals made for an intriguing central question in the book.In all the story s triumphs and trials, its ups and its downs, the description and the pace of the book tracked with the feel and the challenges of rural life I loved falling into a story that dropped me not into the glib chitchat of the Big Apple, but into the straight shooting deliberations around a kitchen table, set in a starlit landscape that shifts with the wind When the year is over, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review So much goes on in this book that one is hard pressed to come up with a favorite part of the book OK, for me it was the Ostriches Visited an Ostrich and Emu farm in Aruba and was fascinated by those birds, and this carried over with my reading of this wonderful debut nov When the year is over, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review So much goes on in this book that one is hard pressed to come up with a favorite part of the book OK, for me it was the Ostriches Visited an Ostrich and Emu farm in Aruba and was fascinated by those birds, and this carried over with my reading of this wonderful debut novel Found out a lot about those birds, but there is so muchto this book April Davila fills her book with an interesting story, that has both great and flawed characters and an inspirational message of belief in one s self We follow about a week in the life of a young lady who has to confront the death of her grandmother, a totally derelict Uncle, a Holy Roller Aunt and a mother who she has not seen in 11 years and who certainly would not get any awards for mother of the year Oh, and what to do with those 142 ostriches and the farm she inherits from her grandmother The strains that Tallulah is under would sink many others, but years of resilience living in the desert of California and taking care of the ostriches have instilled upon her a backbone and courage she never realized she had A wonderful book about family, dysfunctional relatives, courage to face an unknown future and 142 ostriches The author does a superb job of taking us on wild swings in action and the lives of the characters There is little negative about this book and therefore it certainly is deserving of a 5 rating Top notch effort Ms Davila, I look forward to your next book When the year is over, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review So much goes on in this book that one is hard pressed to come up with a favorite part of the book OK, for me it was the Ostriches Visited an Ostrich and Emu farm in Aruba and was fascinated by those birds, and this carried over with my reading of this wonderful debut nov When the year is over, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review So much goes on in this book that one is hard pressed to come up with a favorite part of the book OK, for me it was the Ostriches Visited an Ostrich and Emu farm in Aruba and was fascinated by those birds, and this carried over with my reading of this wonderful debut novel Found out a lot about those birds, but there is so muchto this book April Davila fills her book with an interesting story, that has both great and flawed characters and an inspirational message of belief in one s self We follow about a week in the life of a young lady who has to confront the death of her grandmother, a totally derelict Uncle, a Holy Roller Aunt and a mother who she has not seen in 11 years and who certainly would not get any awards for mother of the year Oh, and what to do with those 142 ostriches and the farm she inherits from her grandmother The strains that Tallulah is under would sink many others, but years of resilience living in the desert of California and taking care of the ostriches have instilled upon her a backbone and courage she never realized she had A wonderful book about family, dysfunctional relatives, courage to face an unknown future and 142 ostriches The author does a superb job of taking us on wild swings in action and the lives of the characters There is little negative about this book and therefore it certainly is deserving of a 5 rating Top notch effort Ms Davila, I look forward to your next book Have you ever been in love with an ostrich before I never thought I would until I read this book This debut novel by April Davila was so beautifully written about a family operating an ostrich farm in the California Mojave dessert Davila s plot and characters are what made this book unforgettable and such an amazing read for me Tallulah, our protagonist was such a well written character that was an inspiration and considerable my heroine in this story Tallulah s character will be one of the Have you ever been in love with an ostrich before I never thought I would until I read this book This debut novel by April Davila was so beautifully written about a family operating an ostrich farm in the California Mojave dessert Davila s plot and characters are what made this book unforgettable and such an amazing read for me Tallulah, our protagonist was such a well written character that was an inspiration and considerable my heroine in this story Tallulah s character will be one of the few unforgettable characters I will ever read about Davila wrote with amazing clarity and vividness in a truly uplifting story that I enjoyed thoroughly I highly recommend this book for a relatable and fast paced story that could be read in one sitting It was the title that got me on this book And then it takes place in Imperial Valley, California a very specific, familiar place in my life.The Ostrich farm is plopped far out on the end of a road in hot, hot, hot Imperial Valley, and there are exactly 142 of these magnificent birds who call this farm home Some like to trot alongside cars motoring up the drive, or hover track the humans that tend them They have mega nests and mega eggs or did , names for each It was fun to learn ab It was the title that got me on this book And then it takes place in Imperial Valley, California a very specific, familiar place in my life.The Ostrich farm is plopped far out on the end of a road in hot, hot, hot Imperial Valley, and there are exactly 142 of these magnificent birds who call this farm home Some like to trot alongside cars motoring up the drive, or hover track the humans that tend them They have mega nests and mega eggs or did , names for each It was fun to learn about the personalities of the ostriches and I was hoping to learnabout them But the pull of the story is Lula s family and all the characters they are, and her situation what to do with her life Everyone has plans for her and none of them jive with her plans for her Meanwhile, each family member has their own set of tangled messed up situation that seems to require some part of Lula to help with or participate in the management of Grandma Helen is just trying to make the best of it, when Lula joins her Readers are invited to trot alongside the ostriches, and stay up, please It got a little long in the middle, and I was confused by the on again off again love interest, but was mighty pleased with the ending.I enjoyed it, and would like to readfrom this author A sincere thanks to April Davila, Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me an e ARC in exchange for an honest review 142 Ostriches is unlike anything I ve read before Wholly unique, this cinematic novel exposes readers to the relatively unknown industry of ostrich farming In Davila s skillful hands, the desert comes alive and the ostriches are as compelling as the human characters Tallulah herself is a memorable, strong willed protagonist Her struggle to negotiate family obligations with her own desires feels both singular and highly relatable I loved following her through the pages of this fast paced and 142 Ostriches is unlike anything I ve read before Wholly unique, this cinematic novel exposes readers to the relatively unknown industry of ostrich farming In Davila s skillful hands, the desert comes alive and the ostriches are as compelling as the human characters Tallulah herself is a memorable, strong willed protagonist Her struggle to negotiate family obligations with her own desires feels both singular and highly relatable I loved following her through the pages of this fast paced and lovely novel Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the Arc I will try to keep this review as beautifully quick as this novel was.I loved this novel Never would I think I would be so enraptured and invested in ostriches A short work of fiction with a plot that moved along at a steady pace, but the author still had time to develop a complex cast characters My favourite read of 2020 thus far I would recommend this book I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review of it.I loved this novel April Davila s story is about Tallulah Jones, a young woman who is stuck living on her grandmother s ostrich ranch in the Mojave desert of California and wants to get out to escape the stifling small town life, her unambitious boyfriend, and her dysfunctional family When her grandmother dies, Tallulah finds herself the sole inheritor of the ranch She needs to sell quickly in order to take on a job in Mon I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review of it.I loved this novel April Davila s story is about Tallulah Jones, a young woman who is stuck living on her grandmother s ostrich ranch in the Mojave desert of California and wants to get out to escape the stifling small town life, her unambitious boyfriend, and her dysfunctional family When her grandmother dies, Tallulah finds herself the sole inheritor of the ranch She needs to sell quickly in order to take on a job in Montana Enter the dysfunctional family While reading the book, I found myself caring about the characters and yes, even the ostriches This is a story of well developed characters, and page turning moments It was easy to get lost in the story, and after I finished, closed the book with a satisfied sigh I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading future novels by Davila This turned out to be quite a nice novel of self discovery Though I am reading some lighter reads, when I first started this I thought it might be too light Yet, how many chances are there to read a book that contains 142 ostriches Not many, or maybe none It does start rather slowly, but add a dysfunctional family, and the pace is sure to move right along.Plus, I enjoyed the main character Tullulah, her searching for self and all the trials and tribulations she has to go through first Loved This turned out to be quite a nice novel of self discovery Though I am reading some lighter reads, when I first started this I thought it might be too light Yet, how many chances are there to read a book that contains 142 ostriches Not many, or maybe none It does start rather slowly, but add a dysfunctional family, and the pace is sure to move right along.Plus, I enjoyed the main character Tullulah, her searching for self and all the trials and tribulations she has to go through first Loved the descriptions of the desert, as well Just beautiful Enjoyed seeing her growth as she confronts various issues and finds the understanding to move forward One ostrich is an amusing character in her own right.Love this cover, the cover definitely gets a five It s simply gorgeous.ARC from Netgalley `READ DOWNLOAD ☔ 142 Ostriches ☞ Set against the unexpected splendor of an ostrich ranch in the California desert, April D vila s beautifully written debut conjures an absorbing and compelling heroine in a story of courage, family and forgiveness When Tallulah Jones was thirteen, her grandmother plucked her from the dank Oakland apartment she shared with her unreliable mom and brought her to the family ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert After eleven years caring for the curious, graceful birds, Tallulah accepts a job in Montana and prepares to leave home But when Grandma Helen dies under strange circumstances, Tallulah inherits everything just days before the birds inexplicably stop laying eggsGuarding the secret of the suddenly barren birds, Tallulah endeavors to force through a sale of the ranch, a task that is complicated by the arrival of her extended family Their designs on the property, and deeply rooted dysfunction, threaten Tallulah s ambitions and eventually her life With no options left, Tallulah must pull her head out of the sand and face the fifty year legacy of a family in turmoil the reality of her grandmother s death, her mother s alcoholism, her uncle s covetous anger, and theostriches whose lives are in her hands A story told with depth and beauty about the many things we inherit from our families Davila s characters are familiar, yet unforgettable, and I m waiting patiently for what she writes next Way tu Moore, author of She Would Be King