Friday, 6 April 2012

F

F is for 'Francesca'.
I have gushed about The Bridges of Madison County here. It is the only so-called cheesy story that has ever moved me to tears. Francesca's character is practical and poetic; a simple farm wife from Iowa has to be both. When she meets Kincaid (in my eyes he competes with Rhett!), her life goes upside-down. She is a true woman, loves with boundless passion and sacrifices without tears. She is strong not for herself, but for her family. She thinks less of her own self and stolidly bears love and pain. I think she must have been an Aquarian :P

Cedar Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

For those of you that read a lot will surely find some time to read this book. And even those don't read much will fin this a very easy read, that will not weigh down your mind. A word of caution though: Francesca might touch you in a way so that you may never be the same again. I have never been...

7 comments:

Jocelyn Rish said...

What an interesting theme for the challenge.

I've never read the book, but I did watch the movie when it came out. They had great chemistry.

Wishing you continued success with the A to Z challenge,
Jocelyn

JoJo said...

I never read it but I have heard it's good. I really need to get a library card soon.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I read this book shortly after it was released, and while, on some level, I enjoyed it, I also had another take on it. As someone who's been married for 43 years, I respected Francesca for making the right choice in the end, but had a difficult time relating to a woman who allowed herself to betray her marriage vows in the first place. Maybe. Maybe my negative feelings actually stemmed more from the high success of such a quickly-written, super-cheesy book. You know ... sour grapes?

Nigel Mitchell said...

I'm not a big fan of romance novels, but I've always been intrigued by the popularity of this story.

Karen Walker said...

It is, indeed, a beautiful story and she is a wonderful character.
Karen

Sharkbytes said...

I haven't been able to talk myself into reading this one yet. I think it's not my style of book, but you have made me think about it. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge this month.

Grammy said...

Hi, I read it soon after it came out. I think maybe I read it when it was a Reader's Digest selection. Like Susan (above) I didn't much care for the fact that the heroine of the book let herself break her marriage vows. It was kind of like she chose correctly at the end, but enjoyed the misgotten fruits anyway. Well, anyway JMO. Best regards to you, I am also trying to visit all blogs this month. Rubyu