The View from Mount Joy by Lorna Landvik

The View from Mount Joy, by Lorna Landvik

book cover Summary from the Jacket (Book on CD edition):

“When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson moves to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High’s libidinous head cheerleader Joe balances Kristi’s lustful manipulations with the down-to-earth companionship of his platonic girlfriend, Darva, but it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation throughout Joe’s life."

"Years later, having once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting journalist, Joe can’t believe that life has deposited him in the aisles of Haugland Foods. But he soon learns that being a grocer is like being the mayor of a small town. For Joe, everyday life is its own roller-coaster ride, and all he wants is to hold on tight.."

"… As Joe discovers, sometimes people are lucky enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world is breathtaking, if only they’ll open their eyes to all there is to see. ‘

What I didn’t like about this book:

The beginning of the book was more about the sexual escapades of high school aged Kristi, and Joe. Some of the descriptions were a little too graphic for my taste. But that was just a very small part of this book.

Other than that I loved this book. It was funny, and heartwarming, as the description on the jacket says “delightfully quirky and intensely moving... about the unexpected pleasures found in living the good life.” It made me think about my own life, the good and the not so bad.

This was one of those books that, I didn’t want to put down, and when had to, I wondered what was happening next. Not because it was so exciting and suspenseful, but more like spending time with good friends and wanting to hear the rest of the story. In the end it was like not wanting to say good-by to these good friends and wondering when I would be seeing them again.





Nice book review, Joyce. I've read her "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" with my book group and we really enjoyed it. I liked her writing. It sort of reminded me of "The Ya-Ya Sisterhood" book.

You know, it might be nice to include "If you liked da, da, you'll like da, da, da" with book reviews.... maybe. Sometimes I'm skeptical about a book but if they say something along those lines then I'll go for it.

 Thanks for your book reviews. You must read A LOT!

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Actually I listen to books a lot- during my commute to and from work.

What a good idea, I had thought about adding this to the View from Mount Joy review.

It reminded me of Fannie Flagg's books. Standing in the Rainbow and Can't Wait to Get to Heaven.

I had not thought of Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, but it does kind of remind me of that one too.