Review: Knowing There is More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

I believe we have extraordinary stories inside of us. Stories that perhaps we have never told to anyone because they are difficult for us to accept as true. Often they tell of an intervention where someone or something appears in our lives unexpectedly and challenges our commonly held beliefs. No longer are we 100% confident we operate solely with our five senses to maneuver through life. There is something more trying to wake us up.

Consider the possibility there is a divine knowing available to us, and all that is required on our part is being open to its presence.

These 22 stories, though unique in their settings, speak to this presence of knowing there is more. A knowing that brought one woman to trust again … a knowing that guided a woman to protect her children from those who appeared loving and safe … a knowing to take a class that later saved a life.

It is my belief that the more attention we give to this knowing energy around us, the more we will feel the abundance of life and be less likely to think, “Is this all there is?”

So let’s tell our stories to all who will listen-our storytelling will inspire others to bring forth experiences deep within them. Sharing our stories can warm our hearts, bring excitement to the moment, and enlarge the connectedness we all have to one another.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Knowing There is More by Carol Hibbert is an inspirational collection of stories that make me believe there is something more. My grandmother told me a similar story yet I could not tell if she was serious. After reading these tales, I am left wondering.  Hoping that there is indeed more. I found these to be deep, thought provoking, and healing. It brings a sense of peace and calm to others like me. Truly, a heartfelt collection. There is more than what we can fanthom at times.  It is not until we experience it, that we believe. Overall, I recommend this stunning set with emotional journeys to all readers.

 

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Review: The Last Good Girl

 

Synopsis:

From Allison Leotta, the “highly entertaining storyteller” (George Pelecanos) who writes “in a style that’s as real as it gets” (USA TODAY), a ripped-from-the-headlines novel featuring prosecutor Anna Curtis at the center of a national story involving campus rape and the disappearance of a young woman.

Emma, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Brooks, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced together surveillance footage of Emma leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

When Anna discovers the video diary Emma kept over her first few months at college, it exposes the history she had with Dylan: she had accused him of rape before disappearing.

Emma’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emma alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.”

Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta is a thrilling new novel that will be dragging its readers deep into its pages. Knowing how campuses are not as secure as parents and college students like to think, it was a real experience reading a fictional piece about a dangerous situation that occurred on a campus site. This novel brings chills down readers’ spines as they progress further into this dark, haunting, and highly intense plot. A highly profiled young man with many connections is on the hot seat and one woman is doing all she can to prove that he’s indeed guilty of a horrendous crime. But she can’t go any further until she has the proof she needs to accuse him officially.

Allison Leotta has brilliantly brought together the horrors of college life and the wrongs that can forever change one’s life. A freshman accuses one young man of rape and then she disappears. However, there’s evidence of her leaving a bar and him following her out of the bar. But what happens next after that is for readers to find out on their own. This well-written tale will have readers on the edge of their seats as the suspense and heat from politicians rain down upon the female investigator. The Last Good Girl has everything to lure readers to its story. A prosecutor hot on one man’s trail, secrets, and trial that will entice readers. Absolutely a must read for all. Allison Leotta is one of the best storytellers around…