Review: Penny

Synopsis:

Have you ever looked at a coin in the palm of your hand and wondered where it has been, what it has seen and heard, and what stories it could tell? Well, in a nutshell, that is what PENNY is about as this very special one-cent piece passes through the hands of ordinary people, the famous, the infamous, the saints, and the sinners and hangs out in churches, honkytonks, and everywhere in between. This book tells the stories of the people whose hands PENNY passes through. Why is this particular penny so special? Well, because it was the final penny ever minted of 95% copper, on October 22, 1982. After that, all one-cent pieces are pathetic and puny, consisting of 97.5% zinc with only a touch of copper thrown in. That’s why. After reading PENNY, you might never again be able to pass by a penny lying on the ground without at least giving a thought to picking it up and putting it in your pocket. Every book should be dedicated to someone or something, and this book is dedicated to the penny pinchers of the world. Okay, also to the penny hoarders. PENNY is Peter Davidson’s twenty-eighth published book.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Penny by Peter Davidson is a fascinating tale. I got to trace the travels of the penny throughout these pages. As it exchanged hands from rich to poor and from regular people to the famous. This coin has many stories to tell. I was intrigued. Now, everytime I hold a penny, I will always wonder where it had been before I got it. Peter Davidson took on a new topic that causes the mind to wonder…overall, I recommend this book to readers everywhere. 

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Review: June Jenson and the Shield of Quell




Synopsis:

June Jenson, an accomplished Oxford professor, has spent her life trying to get out from under the shadow of her infamous grandfather: a renowned archaeologist accused of stealing a relic during an excavation at Sutton-Hoo. When a secret alliance recruits June to guard priceless artifacts she realizes that this is her chance to contribute to the history she loves and rid herself of the cloud of suspicion that her family has lived under for so long. 

But, when the artifact June is commissioned to guard turns out to be the same relic her grandfather was accused of stealing− a relic he has consistently claimed never existed − her carefully laid plans of family redemption are a bit shot. Now, with the aid of her accused grandfather who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s, and a chauffeur who’s looking for a scandal to make him famous, June must race to discover the truth of the shield and what really happened at Sutton-Hoo all those years ago.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Emily Harper has surprised me with a wonderful world of mystery, intrigue and a bit of romance. I would like to see more romance between June Jensen and another character. June’s personality made me warm up to her instantly. I was taken with her story. Her family, her grandfather, was accused of stealing a relic. Then, the plot gets more interesting by the seconds, when June, herself is put on a job to guard this same relic. However, it goes missing again, and saving her family name will prove most difficult. Especially with a grandfather who drinks a lot, gives the caretakers a hassle, and has Alzheimer’s. June tries her best to take care of him and chasing after her dream of being an archeologist.But doing so, will cause her to chase after clues and dig up the past. A family friend and chauffeur willing to help her, June Jensen may just save her family name after all. This was the first novel I have read by Emily Harper. I was both intrigued and fascinated. The plot moved quickly and kept my sole interest with every page. Emily Harper has a way of creating suspense and keeping readers guessing. I loved reading it. I can’t wait to read the second novel in this new series. Overall, I highly recommend June Jensen and the Shield of Quell to all. 

Review: No Easy Target



Synopsis:

When an enemy from her past threatens to return, Margaret Douglas must go on the run. But danger is in hot pursuit, and Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has to not only survive, but defeat evil and prove she’s No Easy Target in this high-octane thriller.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

No Easy Target by Iris Johansson is one of the best stories I have read by her yet. I was immediately drawn into the story. A woman whose life was nothing but hell and then, she ends up in a worse situation. One that is deadly and one that doesn’t promise a return to the living…

Iris Johansen introduces two amazing characters. The lead character, Margaret Douglas, is unique. She has an ability that would make her look nuts and not just in fiction but in our world too. She can hear what animals say. Communicating with animals…comes with a price. Being beaten by her father, put in an orphanage, rapped by men, and then captured by a dangerous man. But just as Margret thinks she’s safe…an unknown man tracks her down. He is willing to do whatever it takes to use her as bait.

Now, enters the other lead character. Lassiter. He can change moods faster than most people I know. He has the ability to influence fear or attraction on others. All but Margaret. She’s the one exception to his behavior. She stuns him in more ways than he would like. Margaret is a fighter. She will keep fighting even if she dies trying to get away. Lassiter kidnaps her to use her as weight to get to the one evil person, Margaret escaped from…the fear and pain from the past come hurdling back. Margaret is scared enough that she shakes with pain. 

Over the course of time, both characters get to know one another better. Margaret realizes that there’s more to Lassiter than she thought. Lassiter is hanging by a loose thread where Margaret is concerned. Danger, suspense, and a fast-paced plot. Iris Johansen leads her readers into another brilliant masterpiece. I loved every moment. Couldn’t put the book down…read it in an hour. Absolutely a stunning read. Overall, I highly recommend No Easy Target to all. 

Review: The Oarsman




Synopsis:

In the novel, The Oarsman, a magical river begins singing out, and a dying man suddenly aches to know if the paradise at its end is real enough to fill his heart. He hires an oarsman to take him upstream, but a twisted encounter sends them back to revisit every role the man has played in his long life.

A merchant hoarding, an artist trying to capture love with a brush, a warrior looking for peace in war, and a dreamer imagining himself a knight to fight a dragon — these, and more, were faces of the man.

As forces try to derail their quest, and as they row further back into the man’s past, the man begins to suspect that the oarsman is more than he seems.
The Oarsman, with its combination of adventure, fantasy, and spiritual inspiration will delight any reader, and also excite the currents of the river flowing through all our hearts.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Oarsman by Zubin Mathai is one of the most fascinating reads I have read. It begins with a man set on a journey. A journey to finding that peace he so desperately yearns for…yet resides within him the whole time. Peaceful, engaging, and inspiring. Readers will enjoy this tale.  A fantasy that allows readers to explore the character’s deep soul. As the story unfolds the man has a lot to learn before his journey is complete. Man struggles. Life is complex and difficult. But if we truly allow ourselves time to discover, we can find what we search for inside ourselves. I loved the deep meanings found on the pages. Rich, entertaining, and beautifully told. The book almost makes life look like a maze. We all must find our way to the end (opening). Overall, I highly recommend The Oarsman to all. 

Review: Yesterday’s Moments…Today’s Memories




Synopsis

YESTERDAY’S MOMENTS… Today’s Memories is the third in David Turner’s nostalgic trilogy depicting rural and small-town life in Canada during the last century.

“From as far back as I could recall,” Turner says, “I’d been listening to the stories passed down through generations of my family. As the years went by, an unrelenting passion dictated I record these recollections and the lives of those who lived here. To flourish both intellectually and emotionally, we need to know who we are and where we’ve been. 
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing is the ability to convey those thoughts to others. Whenever a story is repeated, it rekindles the attribute of something otherwise forgotten. Friends and loved ones pass on, and with the years, our memories fade—but through their stories, the legacy of those who came before can live forever.”
The counties of Grey, York, Peel, Simcoe, and Perth have been home to the Turner family for many decades. In 2014, David and his wife Mary retired to Huron County.

Rating
: 5-stars

Review:

Yesterday’s Moments…Today’s Memories is a great biography and memoir to read. It took me back to the writer’s family history. His roots. Once there, I got to follow some of his ancestors as their lives unfolded before me. Page after page, I was dragged deep into the past. From farming to mechanics, the people inside the book come to life. I loved how David Turner preserved his ancestry and their lives. It thought it was interesting. As I read, I keep making comparisons as to back then versus now. Travel, adventure, exploration….can be found within the book as well. It was even more interesting when big historical moments landed on the pages. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to find that a relative was there the night of Titanic sinking? I thought it was. The lives and cultures as well as the food….was interesting. Yesterday’s Moments…Today’s Memories is a beautifully captured tale of many memories and history…that will lure readers old and young to its pages. Being a millennial, I find anything with the past and past lives as interesting as any of peers find advance technology. David Turner’s writing shows his talent as a story teller. There is so much to be found and learned…I highly recommend this memoir to readers worldwide. Truly a treasure to behold. 

Review: The Meteorite Chronicles (Earth Under)


Synopsis:

A well-traveled young adventurer and a successful, determined meteorite hunter, Bryce has been obsessed since childhood with the magical allure of space rocks. This mission provides him with all the facets of life that he is most drawn to: global travel, meeting new people, adventure, discovery, and the hunt. In a dust-covered desert village on the edge of the earth, Bryce finds himself injured, alone, and pursued, the threat of death a constant travel companion. Never in his wildest dreams did he think that his quest for meteorites would take him where he will soon find himself.

Jasmina is the stunningly beautiful, courageous, self-reliant, strong-willed tribal princess from the other side of the world—and from Bryce’s past. The powerful and mysterious leader of her village on the edge of the Great Sand Sea, she displays a depth of wisdom and experience far beyond normal, the clever glint in her gorgeous emerald eyes hinting at an otherworldly past.

What starts as a typical globe-trekking adventure to recover these stony treasures from space leads Bryce on a hazardous journey to a strange new world beyond his wildest imagination. Mankind is in for the shock of twenty millennia as Bryce and Jasmina reveal the truth about our home world, Earth.

Will Bryce and Jasmina survive their pursuers? Will mankind survive—and will the Earth survive mankind? Can the pending doom be avoided? Will our worlds come together to defend the Earth against the treachery and relentless attack by an amoral, powerful, and malicious enemy?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Earth Under isn’t like any other typical science fiction book. Sure it’s elements are the same but the story is captivating. It immediately draws readers into its plot. Action, suspense, science and some romance. All packed inside this explosive read. I usually don’t read sci-fi but after this book, it gives me more hope for its genre. Now, I will be looking at sci-fi fantasies with a lot more attention. Edwin Thompson has deleivered just the right amount of everything. He has pulled me into his world of fiction faster than I thought I would have been. 

Here, inside this entertaining tale, I met a character from planet Earth who then goes on an adventure many of us never dreamed of…Bryce is fascinated with space. Space holds a lot of possibilities…and in this case, he meets an alien woman, Jasmine. Both from different worlds are thrust together to battle in keeping the evil plan from happening. Time is ticking away fast and the heroes will have many challenges ahead of them if they are to make it alive. Earth Under should be made into a big motion picture. I can already see the scenes coming alive…vibrant, fast-paced, and full of danger. I highly recommend this sci-fi fantasy to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Body on The Lido Deck 


 

Synopsis:

Twin Falls pathologist Toni Day is on a Caribbean cruise with her husband and parents when she is jerked out of a peaceful slumber by a horrific scream. After several unsuccessful attempts to reclaim sleep, Toni heads to the ship’s deck to read. But shortly after the sun rises, everything changes when a mangled body plummets from the roof into the pool next to her.

Rather than flee in horror, Toni teams up with her stepfather, Nigel, and Scotland Yard to investigate the murder, despite resistance from the captain and the Royal Barbados Police. With just three days left in the cruise, Toni and Nigel must work fast, especially when two more bodies are discovered and a crew member is fatally injured. As Toni delves into the histories of crew members, she uncovers mysterious connections that lead back nearly three decades. Finally, with only one night remaining, Toni and Nigel must set a trap in a last ditch attempt to find the killer before one of them becomes the final victim.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Body on The Lido Deck is a dazzling mystery that lures readers to its depth. For fans of CSI this is definitely up your alley. There’s a lot of dead body language that some might not like but goes with the territory when dealing with dead bodies. The main character, Toni Day, is very blunt. Straight forward kind of person. Her habit it to say or question things…and it may come of as rude. However, in her line of work, she has to be that way. In this particular novel, Toni was traveling on vacation with her husband and parents. As usual she finds a murder case. Except this one almost lands directly into her lap. There are plenty of suspects and as they case builds it’s still hard to guess who done it. I loved the suspense and intrigue created perfectly by this writer. I have never before today, read a book by Jane Bennett Munro. After reading this tale, I have to say that I am super happy I did read it. It will keep readers questing and entertained. So many possibilities and few leads. Evidence goes missing and the main character gets into more dangerous situations as the book unfolds. Overall, I loved it. Highly recommend The Body on The Lido Deck to readers everywhere.

Review: Corporate Citizen 


Synopsis:

A call for help from an old friend lands Bianca and the crew back in Boston. On a timeout with Dante, due to revelations in the aftermath of the showdown in Naples, Bianca is drawn to a mysterious new ally who understands the traumas of her past, and has some very real trauma of his own. Murder, designer drugs, and a hacker named Magician challenge our team, and Bianca learns that leaving Rendition behind might be much harder than she thinks.

Rating: 5 stars

Review

Gabriel Valjan’s latest book, Corporate Citizen (book 5) is astounding. There’s everything readers want inside…like action, fast-paced plot, adventure, danger, and a mystery. A thrilling ride is what readers will get as they follow an interesting team on a new case. The characters were realistic and easy to believe. The scenes were almost like that of the Bourne Series but with a lot more humor added to it. This was the first novel by Gabriel Valjan that I have read. I am now, glad that I did. He writing was impressive from the beginning. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series from the beginning. The suspense was great. The risks involved were high. The agents were fascinating to follow as the story unfolded. The characters had a way of dragging me off my chair and into the book. I would love to see this book, and the rest of this series turned into a big motion picture. Overall, I would highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Blood Waltz

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Synopsis:

Selena D’Agostino needed a vacation. So when she received a mysterious invitation from England to meet long-lost relations at their family castle, it seemed just the ticket.

But nothing could have prepared her for what she would find there. Not only were her newfound relatives not what they seemed . . . it soon became clear that they were not about to let her leave.

And perhaps the most frightening of all was her overwhelming attraction to the seductive, enigmatic Kieran Ramsey, who bore an eerie resemblance to a 400-year-old portrait that hung in the castle . . . a man of dark secrets, with an insatiable thirst for blood and a lust for Selena’s soul that would not be denied.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Blood Waltz by Rita Dimitra is quite an interesting tale. This isn’t the norm for a detective mystery nor for a vampire story. Yet this book combines both in just the right amounts. Rita Dimitra’s novel is the perfect one to read for this Halloween. It’s dark, edgy, and sends chills down my spine. There’s is a romance inside…everything about it is unusual. Secrets, family, and a Gothic spun tale. Readers will be intrigued from the first page to the last. A vacation to visit family turns out to be a major life changer for the heroine. Her life as she knows it was simple and easy. Now, attending a castle the relatives she finds are much more than the normal way. So much history and mystery surround them all. Yet Selena, the main character, feels a draw to find out more. Curiosity is a weakness or in this case could it be a strength? The Blood Waltz is absolutely enchanting. I loved it. Overall, I recommend it to all.

Review: The Boyfriend Bet

 

 

Synopsis:

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health. Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked and secretly thrilled when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time. Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he’s lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type even if winning a bet is on the line.”

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon is a YA that readers must not miss. Here, readers will get to experience two best friends not sure on whether they would be a great match or not. Their journey is one that I greatly enjoyed. Filled with choices, trust, honesty, and attraction. Teenagers experience it all in this sweet tale. It all started with a girl’s choice in making her brother angry by dating a guy he hates. But there lies the problem…that hated guy lures her in like no other. He makes her want things. A friendship turns into best friends and then something more. Can love come out of the equation or will the first choice have been a mistake all this time? Chris Cannon’s writing is superb. I couldn’t get enough of the main characters. The older brother’s way of protecting his little sister is annoying but warm-hearted. However, he needs to learn to let his sister do things for herself. If she makes a mistake, it’s on her. Not him. Then there’s the question of whether the guy really is into her or not. That alone leaves room for doubt which turns into mistrust. Relationships as readers will find out in this story is that there has to be, trust first, then communication, if anything is to come out okay. Overall, I highly recommend this dazzling contemporary novel to all.

 

Review: The Invitation

The Invitation by [Foley, Lucy]

 

Synopsis:

An evocative love story set along the Italian Riviera about a group of charismatic stars who all have secrets and pasts they try desperately–and dangerously–to hide.

Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist flailing in the post-war darkness, has come to the Eternal City to lose himself and to seek absolution for the thing that haunts him. One evening he finds himself on the steps of a palazzo, walking into a world of privilege and light. Here, on a rooftop above the city, he meets the mysterious Stella. Hal and Stella are from different worlds, but their connection is magnetic. Together, they escape the crowded party and imagine a different life, even if it’s just for a night. Yet Stella vanishes all too quickly, and Hal is certain their paths won’t cross again.

But a year later they are unexpectedly thrown together after Hal receives an invitation he cannot resist. An Italian Contessa asks him to assist on a trip of a lifetime–acting as a reporter on a tremendous yacht, skimming its way along the Italian coast toward Cannes film festival, the most famous artists and movie stars of the day gathered to promote a new film.

Of all the luminaries aboard–an Italian ingenue, an American star, a reclusive director–only one holds Hal in thrall: Stella. And while each has a past, that belies the gilded surface, Stella has the most to hide. As Hal’s obsession with Stella grows, he becomes determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who’s been confined to history.

An irresistibly entertaining and atmospheric novel set in some of the world’s most glamorous locales, THE INVITATION is a sultry love story about the ways in which the secrets of the past stay with us–no matter how much we try to escape them.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Invitation by Lucy Foley is a historical romance story set in the 1950’s. Its tale takes readers deep into the darkness that surrounds the characters. Regret, sorrow, and loss. But even with that, there was also, the luxury of lives lived in glamorous ways. Rich, fascinating, and enticing. Lucy Foley magnificently creates, a world in which readers want to dive into time and time again. The emotional journey is one that baits and hooks readers deeper into the plot. Moving back and forth dipping into each character’s life so as to give readers a clearer picture of who they are. The mystery behind the characters and their dilemmas is fascinating to watch. This book is like a moving picture. The Invitation brings a realistic yet romantic story that nails me to its pages. A search for redemption and love is so great that I simply couldn’t put the book down…to stop reading. I highly recommend this to fans of historicals, romances, and family sagas. Lucy Foley is indeed a talented writer.

Review: In Robin’s Nest

IN ROBIN'S NEST by [Elizabeth Sumner Wafler]

 

Synopsis:

What if your daughter spotted you in a rock video perched on the shoulders of the father she never met?

“Robin Hamilton, New York attorney, is poised to reveal a three-decades-old family secret that will at once alter the course of three lives.

One winter evening, Robin and her adult daughter Lark are watching a television documentary when Lark unexpectedly spots her mother in a rock concert crowd, twenty-one, luminous, and perched on the shoulders of a handsome young man. That man is Lark’s father, Dean Falconer, though neither of them knows the truth. Robin decides it’s time to come clean.

Flashback to 1977. Robin Hamilton meets Dean Falconer at a concert in Washington, D.C. The two fall in love over the course of a single transcendent weekend.

But now Robin hasn’t spoken to Dean in thirty-five years. While Lark is enthusiastic about meeting her father, Robin must deal with what could have been after three decades of loneliness and broken dreams.

A spring full of revelations, and one extraordinary summer in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia will teach these three people the ultimate measure of honesty, passion and devotion.

In Robin’s Nest is a richly detailed story of love and loss; secrecy and truth; and ultimately redemption, resplendent in poignancy and charm. It’s about embracing your choices, the ties that make a family, and finding that it’s never too late.”

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

In Robin’s Nest by Elizabeth Sumner Wafler is an amazing read. Readers will instantly be dragged into a family’s deepest secrets and must live courageously to face what lies ahead. The truth needed to be released. After many years, a mother has decided to let it out of the bag. Memories from the characters’ past swept me off my feet and into a whirlwind of love, honesty, and fate. Image a father having never known he had a daughter and a daughter never knowing her father…this is one secret that will haunt and terrify a mother who tried to what was best.  The future holds a lot of hope, love, and new beginnings. I enjoyed following the characters as they grew as a family. A family that finally found everything they ever wanted. Beautifully written, inspiring, and realistic. A mother, a father, and their daughter all experience a journey. One that will stun readers with joy and above all hope. This was the first novel I have read by Elizabeth Sumner Wafler. I highly recommend it to all.

 

Review: The Cat Factory & Other Stories

 

Synopsis:

From a 100,000-year-war, in space to the everyday horrors of loss and aging, the new collection by Tim Newton Anderson will spark your imagination and touch your heart as his characters meet horror with humanity.
You will meet:
 An artist who crafts miniature solar systems
 Three youngsters in a children’s home who turn their disabilities into advantages
 A group of unlikely friends who encounter angels at their bingo club
 The ugliest cat in the world who faces murder by an industrialist seeking the perfect pet
 An unscrupulous politician who finds an internet tool to control the population
 A ‘Pataphysical scientist who has accidentally split himself in two, in a rivalry to find the secrets of life and the ultimate joke
 A camera that not only photographs ghosts but captures them
 A man facing the demons of his childhood and another who is haunted by his younger self

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Cat Factory and Other Stories by Tim Newton Anderson is an interesting collection of tales that will instantly grab readers’attention. Once readers open up the book, they won’t be putting it down until they finished.  Well-written, intriguing, and different. Each story within touches readers’ hearts and minds. Thought provoking. This book, leads me to thinking…what if these things were to happen…what then? Curious plot lines and interesting characters. I found this collection unique and highly entertaining. Overall, I recommend The Cat Factory and Other Stories to readers everywhere.

Review: My Darling Dorothy

 

Synopsis:

Based on authentic letters from the era, My Darling Dorothy is a timeless love story that transcends both hard times and the brutal impact of war. The tumult of the Great Depression and World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy and their challenges, struggles, defeats, and triumphs.

Tommie struggles to survive the Bataan Death March in the fall of 1941, clinging to his dream of a gratifying future with Dorothy as his bride. On the front-lines, of the European Theatre, Jack experiences the horrors of endless battle. Dorothy, caught between the two, works to maintain her dream of a life beyond small-town Nebraska. The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams, or the foundation for a joyful future?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

My Darling Dorothy by Jo Virden is a fascinating fictional journey. One that takes readers back and forth during WWII and  to the present moment. A young woman finds letters within odd things her parents have collected over the years. Something in her gut says there has to be something special hidden in the junk stuff…and her instincts paid off. She finds old letters. A man named Tommie wrote to her mother…why? And what happened to him? The historical novel explores the past lives of Tommie who fell in love with Dorothy. Then there’s another man who has captured Dorothy’s attention. The handsome devilish guy named Jack. Dorothy writes back and forth to both men. The tale takes us through the hardships each young person struggled and lived through during their lives. Intriguing, highly entertaining, and well-written. There is an emotional toll that kept on tugging on my heart as the scenes flew by me. A fast-paced story that somehow wraps itself around me, causing me to fall deeper into the characters’ lives. Beautifully told. My Darling Dorothy is about love, adventure, loss, and war. This was my first novel that I have read by Jo Virden.  She has created a masterfully woven tale that I won’t ever forget. Memorable. Satisfying. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Invisible Guardian

 

Synopsis:

Already a #1 international bestseller, this tautly written and gripping psychological thriller forces a police inspector to reluctantly return to her hometown in Basque Country—a place engulfed in mythology and superstition—to solve a series of eerie murders.

When the naked body of a teenage girl is found on a riverbank in Basque Country, Spain, homicide inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the hometown she always sought to escape. A dark secret from Amaia’s past plagues her with nightmares, and as her investigation deepens, the old pagan beliefs of the community threaten to derail her astute detective work. The lines between mythology and reality begin to blur, and Amaia must discover whether the crimes are the work of a ritualistic killer or of a mythical creature known as the Basajaun, the Invisible Guardian.

Torn between the rational procedures of her job and the local superstitions of a region shaped by the Spanish Inquisition, Amaia fights against the demons of her past in order to track down a killer on the run.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo is one riveting novel. It holds the power to transport readers deep into unknown territory where danger, murder, and mythology all come tumbling out…but are the growing numbers of deaths caused by a myth or a serial killer at large? The scenes are so vivid that, a chill escapes down my spine as I follow the female investigator. So many have died. The leading investigator has her own demons to go through and then dealing with this kind of crime only heightens the suspense. Family, work, and death, are all related somehow…finding the answers won’t be easy.

The title of this masterfully woven novel comes from the myth called The Invisible Guardian. The people that live where the body count rises…blame The Invisible Guardian for all the bloodshed. But anyone who works in law knows myths don’t kill people. It only creates and spreads fear.  Dolores Redondo is an excellent writer. Her tale is very compelling and kept me guessing with every page. The story is about a community that finds itself in danger. Women’s bodies have been piling up…and no one knows who, how, or why. Soon, Amaia Salazar is asked to investigate te case. She’s the best investigator that they  have and it’s up to her to figure everything out before it escalates even more out of control. The ending definitely glued me to the edge of my seat…as the shocking news that the marks on one woman’s body match that with others that have been dead way before the serial killer was born. The human teeth marks on the dead bodies may or may not match their serial killer. The lure of who killed all those other women is now a leading question that leaves readers hanging in a cloud of suspense. I cannot wait for the next novel by this writer. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers worldwide.

 

 

Review: The Letter Writer

 

Synopsis:

The first thing Woodrow Cain sees when he steps off the train in New York City on February 9, 1942, is smoke from an ocean liner in flames in the harbor. It’s the Normandie, and word on the street is that it was burned by German saboteurs. “Ten lousy minutes in New York and already his new life felt as full of loss and betrayal as the one he’d left behind.”

What he left behind in a small North Carolina town was a wife who’d left him, a daughter in the care of his sister, and a career as a police officer marred by questions surrounding his partner’s murder. When he gets a job with the NYPD, he wants to believe it’s the beginning of a new life, though he suspects that the past is as tenacious as “a parasite in the bloodstream.”

It’s on the job that Cain comes in contact with a man who calls himself Danziger. He has the appearance of a “crackpot,” but he speaks five languages, has the manners of a man of means and education—and he appears to be the one person who can help Cain identify a body just found floating in the Hudson River. But who exactly is Danziger? He’s a writer of letters for illiterate immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side—“a steadfast practitioner of concealing and forgetting” for his clients, and perhaps for himself: he hints at a much more worldly past. What and whoever he really is or has been, he has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city and its denizens. And he knows much more than the mere identity of the floating corpse. For one thing, he knows how the dead man was involved in New York City’s “Little Deutschland,” where swastikas were proudly displayed just months before. And he also seems to know how the investigation will put Cain—and perhaps his daughter and the woman he’s fallen for—in harm’s way. But even Danziger can’t know that the more he and Cain investigate, the nearer they come to the center of a citywide web of possibly traitorous corruption from which neither of them may get out alive.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Letter Writer by Dan Fesperman is a political thriller that will automatically entice its readers to it plot’s depth. Danger, intrigue, politics, and spies all masterfully woven for readers entertainment. I loved the sense of excitement and fear on every page. Readers don’t know what to expect until it happens.  Dan Fesperman’s writing has a way of sucking its readers into its tale. The way the novel is told, it creates a sense of actually being there and experiencing it all with one’s own eyes and ears. The scenes have a way of popping, to life, and sends readers on a race for truth.

Dan Fesperman takes readers on a journey that involves a city full of corruption, danger, and murder. The Letter Writer is fantastic…tons of action, suspense, and keeps readers guessing. One man witnesses an ocean liner go up in flames, his past life is a mess and now he’s an NYPD officer in New York and his partner is murdered. This alone will leave readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what’s to come. The title of this novel comes into play when this police office, Cain, meets a man who is a writer. Together these two unlikely characters pair up to investigate the city’s crimes that involve a group using swastikas. When one wearing a swastika pops up dead the danger heats up…and as with all investigators, Cain’s life isn’t the only life that may be placed into danger…his daughter and a woman whom he’s falling for might just be pulled into this intricate and highly intense investigation. Stakes are high but so are the possibilities of surviving it all. This was the first time that I have read any work by Dan Fesperman and I loved it. A novel worthy of every readers’ attention…addictive, fast-paced, and thrilling. Overall, I highly recommend this stunning novel, The Letter Writer, to readers everywhere.

Review: The Cavendon Luck

 

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a captivating epic saga of courage and honor, following the aristocratic Inghams and the loyal Swann family who have served them for centuries.

It is 1938 in England, and Miles and Cecily Ingham have led the family in bringing the Cavendon estate back from the brink of disaster. But now, with the arrival of World War II, Cavendon Hall will face its biggest challenge yet. It is a challenge that will push the Inghams and Swanns to protect each other and the villagers and reveal their true capacity for survival and rebirth.

Told with Bradford’s deft, evocative prose and featuring a beloved cast of characters, The Cavendon Luck is a story of intrigue, romance, sorrow, and joy that readers won’t soon forget.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford reminds me so much of my beloved favorite British TV program, The Downton Abbey.  Both are about keeping the family place afloat during tough times. There’s always a disaster of some sort just around the corner and right after everything seems to be doing well. Barbara Taylor Bradford lures her audience back to 1938 where it all begins…The Cavendon Luck is an extraordinary historical fiction that will grab readers instantly with its intrigue and fascinating cast of characters. The emotional journey is quite a ride. Just as in real life, the roads get bumpy, tough or easy and joyous.

After reading this stunning new title by Barbara Taylor Bradford, I would love to see this turned into a big motion picture. The story brings readers in both emotionally and physically. The scenes are so vivid that they pop off the pages into the reader’s mind. The tightly knit family showered with so much love makes readers’ hearts melt into butter. The idea of war and what it might brings sounds alarms within the characters. It causes a curtain of suspense to hang thickly in the air as every page is quickly turned. Cavendon Hall is brought back and safe for the moment but how much longer will that last if war does set in? Readers will love the two families both the Inghams and the Swanns.  The tale is switched from telling it from the character’s point of view to the narrator’s. Excitement, danger, and livelihoods are all on a tight line where the Cavendon Hall is concerned. So many have put in so much to keep it going…World War II is just around the corner fear, death, and loss will soon be upon them all. Friendship, romance, and courage are all a part of this magnificent thrilling novel. I couldn’t put the book down…until I read it all. Readers will indeed fall in love with this second masterpiece by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Overall, I highly recommend The Cavendon Luck to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Anonymous Source

 

Synopsis:

FIND THE SOURCE. BREAK THE STORY. STAY ALIVE.

ONE YEAR AFTER the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane–a brilliant, fitness-obsessed reporter for The New York Standard–wants nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly controlled world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy.

AS HE RECEIVES TIPS from a mysterious source, Alex enlists the help of a captivating professor, Camila Gray. Aided by an Internet genius, a billionaire’s sexy widow, and a washed-up sports reporter, Alex and Camila discover a $500-million secret that could derail the largest media merger in history.

IT’S A SECRET THAT unearths dark memories from Alex’s past. It’s a secret that leads back to the morning of 9/11. And it’s a secret that could get them both killed.

IN HIS DEBUT THRILLER, A.C. Fuller brings you a young journalist chasing the biggest story of his career–from the courtrooms of New York City to the beaches of Hawaii, from a crowded newsroom to a lavish boardroom at the top of a media empire.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Anonymous Source by A.C. Fuller is one riveting read. This thriller will give readers everything and more. Action, suspense, and danger hang in the air like a thick fog on every page. I was impressed with A.C. Fuller’s way of luring readers straight into a tragedy and then into a deadly scenario. A fast-paced adventure that will continue to excite and lure readers to its plot every time. A.C. Fuller is indeed a master at creating a story line that is complex, fascinating, and will keep readers’ adrenaline pumping. Anonymous Source is by far the most promising thrillers I have read in a while.

Inside this brilliant thriller, A.C. Fuller has masterfully woven, a world, showing the dangers of all the good journalists out there. Dark, edgy, and a read that will ensure readers are on the edge of their seats. Anonymous Source takes readers deep into the path of one man. A man who is a  reporter with a company that has just suddenly merged with another company making it the most feared merger of all time. With the help of a woman other friends, Alex, uncovers the big money secret that many are willing to kill to keep hidden. A secret that can destroy the biggest company merger of the digital media world. What happens to Alex and the truth will have to be something, that readers find out on their own. I enjoyed reading this stunning and well-written novel by A.C. Fuller. His writing is incredible. Overall, I would highly recommend the Anonymous Source to readers everywhere.

Review: Behave

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Synopsis:

“The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it’s born,” wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and “mawkish” impulses to kiss and hug their child, “most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder.”

Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson’s ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children.

In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs—and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist, and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another “woman behind a great man.”

With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband’s. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax is definitely a must read for all women. This fictional biography piece is a fascinating historical tale that will drag readers down one promising young woman’s life as one life  moment spins her whole life downward…

Andromeda Romano-Lax’s stunning novel portrays a woman’s ambition, work, and motherhood. Behave explores the psychological, emotional, and ethical ways of a smart, attractive, and independent woman. A well-known scientist soon falls into motherhood by accident…and now she’s living, behind a man as nothing more than a shadow. As a student studying sociology, communications, and education this novel….was beyond amazing. It informs, educates, and shows readers…what life was like for women like Rosalie Rayner. Readers will be spellbound by this magnificent story. A most compelling and well-written novel. Overall, I highly recommend Behave to readers everywhere.

Review: From Ashes Into Light

 

Synopsis:

FROM ASHES INTO LIGHT is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the haunting story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.

Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and an East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, young Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times helping her family members escape atrocities.

With the war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father, and ex-refugee mother, struggle with reverberations of trauma, suspicion, and prejudice. Upon leaving home, Friede meets her spiritual guide and confidant in her fiancé’s Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from her past are teachers and the horrors of history also contain beacons of light.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw is the most fascinating historical fiction piece readers will find. I couldn’t help but to fall in love with the characters and their journeys as the plot unfolds. Three unique characters are brought together…each one with their survival story. I found this tale absolutely compelling. Never have readers seen a book quite like this one. The culutral aspects and the historical time periods make this a number read for everyone.

Gudrun Mouw is a talented writer whose words come off the pages. Anyone who loves history will find it hard to stop reading this novel. From Ashes Into Light is one story that is both highly entertaining and educational. I loved the different point of views from the characters. That’s what really sets this novel different from most in its genre. Overall, I highly recommend this beautifully told story to readers everywhere.

Review: Theo Blinkerson & The Copper Coffin

 

Synopsis:

When someone sets out to destroy all electrical technology on the planet, it’s sometimes best to hide under the softest, fluffiest blanket available. Other times you have to run screaming from dangerous robots. In the worst of times, you find out that your best friend has forgotten that you exist and that you have to ride the world’s longest elevator with the scary girl you only met two days ago. Theo Blinkerson is about to have all of those times.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Theo Blinkerson and the Copper Coffin is definitely for fans of Disney’s Big Hero. Here we meet a young boy who didn’t have a lot of friends but had one in a neuorb. A neurob being a robotic person. This is where fans of Big Hero will love. These two friends…one being human and the not keep in touch using a highly advanced piece of technology that is powered by the sunlight…and looks like a credit card. For those who love technology, fantasy, adventure …then this is definitely the right novel for you. Readers will love story and the 14-year-old boy telling the story. Funny, fascinating, and entertaining. I loved this work of fiction by Gregory Butron. I am looking forward to reading more by him in the future. This stunning YA story is a must read for all. I highly recommend this to reader worldwide. Theo Blinkerson and the Copper Coffin is a novel that readers will read and read again. A new and highly intriguing story that will captivate readers from the beginning and keep them hooked until the end.

 

Review: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

 

Synopsis: 

The author of the best-selling The Gates of the Alamo now gives us a galvanizing portrait of Abraham Lincoln during a crucially revealing period of his life, the early Springfield years, when he risked both his sanity and his ethical bearings as he searched for the great destiny he believed to be his.

It is Illinois in the 1830s and 1840s. Abraham Lincoln is a circuit-riding lawyer, a member of the state legislature, a man of almost ungovernable ambition. To his friends he is also a beloved figure, by turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possessed—a man of whom they, too, expect big things. Among his friends and political colleagues are Joshua Speed, William Herndon, Stephen Douglas, and many others who have come to the exploding frontier town of Springfield to find their futures.

It is through another friend, a fictional poet, Cage Weatherby, that we will come to know Lincoln in his twenties and thirties, as a series of formative, surprising incidents unfolds—his service in the Black Hawk War, his participation in a poetry-writing society, a challenge to a duel that begins as a farce but quickly rises to lethal potential . . . Cage both admires and clashes with Lincoln, sometimes questioning his legal ethics and his cautious stance on slavery. But he is by Lincoln’s side as Lincoln slips back and forth between high spirits and soul-hollowing sadness and depression, and as he recovers from a disastrous courtship of one woman to marry the beautiful, capricious, politically savvy Mary Todd. It is Mary who will bring stability to Lincoln’s life, but who will also trigger a conflict that sends the two men on very different paths into the future.

Historically accurate, rich in character, filled with the juice and dreams and raw ambitions of Americans on the make in an early frontier city, A Friend of Mr. Lincolnis a revelatory and moving portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in his young manhood. It is a close-up, involving experience, the sort of vibrant glimpse beneath the veneer of history that only the very best fiction can provide.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan is indeed a fabulous read. Readers will be intensely intrigued from page one. Here, readers will see sides of Abraham Lincoln that we never really got to see in history books. Readers will follow this story and learn of Mr. Lincoln’s friends, good times and bad, as well as who Mr. Lincoln was inside and out. A brilliant masterpiece that shows readers the emotional side of history’s most famous men.  Stephen Harrigan has perfectly captured a man we all know. His writing gives readers an insider’s view that not only tells but shows them visually what Mr. Lincoln was like back in the 1830’s and 1840’s.

Politicians face many ups and downs just like the rest of us ordinary people. A Friend of Mr. Lincoln shows a man’s journey as he goes about his career and becoming the man he’s known for today.  It was interesting to find out who Mr. Lincoln’s real historical friends were as well as the fictional one that Stephen Harrigan has created. The story feels so real that’s frightening. Readers will feel as though they have been teleported back in time as the follow the story. The plot was well-written in a way that would compel readers from everywhere and send them straight into the heart of the novel. History comes alive under Stephen Harrigan’s words. Vibrant, realistic, and positively riveting is exactly what readers will think after they read A Friend of Mr. Lincoln.  Told in second person point of view, the pages fill readers with scenes of every detail. Almost like a movie. I highly recommend this stunning historical fiction to readers worldwide. It was exciting to learn more about a president who came from the same state where I was born and raised.

 

 

Review: India Was One

 

Synopsis:

…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

He was in South India and she was in North India…

Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.

How will they get together? Will India become one again?

Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the US and back to India when they find out that India is divided.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

India Was One by An Indian is an extremely intriguing and highly entertaining novel. Readers will be fascinated by the amount of culture, conflict and suspense. An Indian knew exactly what to bring to his readers when writing this fictional piece. Readers will get a deep insider’s view, to India and its people. I absolutely loved the passion the writer put into this remarkable story. After studying about culture, society, and a tiny bit of India and its people…I was hooked from page one and could not stop reading. A modern India that undergoes a conflict that will set the course for two individuals…a divided country brings up so many what ifs and an edge of your seat wait that will leave readers talking about this book for ages to come.

This was the second book that I have read by An Indian. He work is detailed, well-written, and a must read. Fiction at its greatest. Imagine traveling to a foreign country under trying times…The danger….and difficult times ahead are something readers will need to read to discover for themselves. The characters were realistic and their situation was believable. I highly recommend India Was One to readers everywhere.

Book Review: Al & Rollu by Vaidu Klis

Al & Rollu: Part 1. Out of body (Battle for the Astral)

Al & Rollu by Vaidu Klis is a highly fascinating romance novel where readers are taken into a whole new world full of danger, suspense, and intriguing characters. A young virgin named Rollu has the ability to leave her body and travel to another world called the Astral. There she has to be very careful because the dangers there could keep her from ever going back to her other world. But that is not her only worry. Rollu must decide between two men on whom to give her heart to and who would become her betrothed. Only her betrothed can use her crystal to unite both the Astral and this world together. Who will Rollu choose and will she make the right choice?

Al & Rollu is the best fantasy novel readers will pick up to read. An enchanting world is brought to life before readers’ eyes from Vaidu’s talented way with words. The characters will forever capture the souls of readers and keep them imprisoned within a paranormal universe unlike any other. I enjoyed reading Rollu’s journey as a young woman with a special gift. Watching her grow throughout the plot is amazing. Rollu will stun readers everywhere. Overall, I highly recommend reading this brilliant masterpiece and rate it a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Where Tomorrow Waits by Din Ka

Where Tomorrow Waits is an exceptionally well-written novel that readers will fall in love with. For those who fell in love with the novel Written in the Stars, then this book is for you. A young girl Dari is living through her mother’s lies and dark secret. Her father finds out about her mother’s lies and secret and goes on a journey to rescue his daughter. Meanwhile, Dari is already on a much dangerous journey that is filled with horrors and death. Will Dari’s father find her before death takes them both? Will Dari die trying to escape her horrible life to start a new one in America? Dari is soon faced with two decisions. Both can cost her, her life. Which choice will she choose? Will death take her away? And will she and her father unite? This novel is about a heartfelt story of a young girl and her father. A story that will leave readers with intrigue as to what will happen to Dari and her father. Din Ka has a well-written novel with tons of raw emotion and suspense that will hook and lure readers in for a lifetime. This haunting story will hook readers from the beginning.  I would recommend this novel to readers. It is a story that all must read. It will captivate you. Overall, I rate this book a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Atlantis Pyramids Floods by Dennis Brooks

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Atlantis Pyramids Floods by Denis Brooks is a wonderful book to read. His book is very educational but written in a manner that would leave readers wanting to read more about his topics. I found this book to be informative and highly detailed. I love history and architecture. And Atlantis Pyramids Floods had it all. The book can be read by readers of all ages. The fascinating facts make it for a pleasant yet, exciting read. I wasn’t disappointed when I read this stunning book. I learned a lot more from Dennis Brook’s book than I have in all my years spent in a public school. He makes his topics sprout to life on every page. I would highly recommend picking up a copy of his book and begin reading as soon as possible. So much to learn and so many new adventures an places waiting at your finger tips. Overall, I rate the book a five out of five stars.