Run, Rose, Run, Week 4

Welcome to the final discussion of Run, Rose, Run!

Did you enjoy the ending of the book? I felt a little let down because the secrets with AnnieLee built and built throughout the whole book and then were just quickly announced in the last chapter. I felt like the ending was a little rushed. Did you feel that way at all? 

In this section, a lot of secrets are revealed. We learn that Ethan's shadowy past includes a murdered wife. Were you surprised by this detail? What are the odds that AnnieLee's protector would have that sort of skeleton in his closet? Do you think the fact that he had that trauma in his life helped him want to protect AnnieLee? 

What did you think of the balcony jumping scene? It was different than what I thought. When I read the Prologue for the first time, I assumed that AnnieLee was jumping off of the balcony because fame had become too much for her. I was not expecting, at that time, that she would need to be escaping from some sort of thug who wanted her dead. I was a little surprised that she didn't sustain any sort of injury, but if she had had an injury, she wouldn't have been able to leave the hospital and face her past. 

How surprised were you that the person she was tracking down was not her father? I was shocked when Ethan uncovered that detail. I had no idea that her story would be so much deeper than an abusive father. Her story was a really sad story--I'm glad she was able to escape, but I know there are many women in that sort of situation who would not be able to. Like I said at the beginning, I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to hear AnnieLee's story until the last pages. I was glad that there was an epilogue that showed that everyone was able to heal after the crazy happenings. 

Was AnnieLee's family what you expected? It was sad that she still had those sisters at home. I hope they are able to find a happy ending. 

Do you have any other last thoughts? Did you enjoy reading this book? Would you recommend it to a friend? 

If you liked this book and would like to read or watch something similar, check out this list I created. Let me know if you check out anything on the list. 

Weren't you interested in the fact that AnnieLee seemed to be able to make up songs on the spot? Apparently, that's a trait she shares with Dolly Parton. Watch the video clip below if you'd like to see Dolly make up a song just for Johnny Carson. 

Thanks for joining us this month! I hope you'll follow us again next month as we read Message in A Bottle by Nicholas Sparks. I can't wait to hear from you in the comments!