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Review: These Healing Hills







Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII’s end writes to tell her he’s in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life.

When Francine’s and Ben’s paths intersect, it’s immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

Rating: 5-stars


These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart is a wonderful historical romance. This, book was a lot of fun to read. I enjoyed watching the main characters grow. Life hands them lemons, and they still move forward with hope. A woman loved a man but her affection wasn’t returned. From there her journey led her into the wilderness where she meets a troubled soldier. Their meeting wasn’t just coincidental. It was fate.  Fate brought them together. It still lies within the characters to decide their ultimate fate. Their future. Love plain and simple. Ann H. Gabhart hooked me into her new story. I had to know the outcome after meeting both Francine and Ben. Healing with sweet rewards. Overall, I enjoyed reading this this beautiful yet realistic tale. I recommend it to all.


Review: The Reluctant Soldier



The Reluctant Soldier spotlights the “forgotten war” – Korea, in hundreds of letters written by Neil Mellblom, an Army combat reporter with the Pacific Stars & Stripes and the Third Division’s Public Information Office, the United Nations sanctioned police action comes, to life. Neil received the Bronze Starr for “aggressive reporting” which made the division one of the best known of the Korean war. It may be the definitive book on a soldier’s life in wartime. Funny, yet deeply moving, it records Neil’s growth from a cocky Montanan to a seasoned adult.

Rating: 5 stars


The Reluctant Soldier by Marnie Mellblom is a fascinating historical read for all. It’s a collection of letters written by one soldier’s letters of is wartime experience and reporting. I found the whole experience new and refreshing when reading something that’s a part of history. I was excited, pumped,  and thrilled to have read this nonfiction book. World War II is a war that will forever be marked on every soul. Whether one was born during that time period or not, we still feel the fear, danger, and emotions that come from having lost friends and family. All soldiers should be honored and respected. Going into war is not anything anyone dares to dream of…yet it’s the real truth of our world. There will always be a war of some kind or another happening and we must not forget the one before it nor the people it has affected. I enjoyed reading the brilliantly well-written and organized way of this book. Readers will be blown away by one soldier’s journey from point A to point B. The letters from father to daughter made this an interesting read. Readers will get to travel all over the world and to go back in time during the time of war and relive old memories. Marine Mellblom has wonderfully captured a beautiful time in history to share with readers everywhere. Overall, I would highly recommend The Reluctant Soldier to readers worldwide.


Review: Sicario



On July 22, 1992 Pablo Escobar – the feared leader of the notorious Medellin Cartel – simply walked out of the Envigado prison. The latter was a luxurious facility that he had essentially designed for himself and a selection of his most trusted henchmen.

Free from even the minimal restrictions of the Envigado, Escobar was intent on continuing with role as the world’s preeminent drug trafficker. This he would do with practiced and unrestrained violence.

For the United States Government, it was the last of very many straws.

Intent upon ending his savage reign for all time, the decision-makers in Washington threw everything they had into the mix to find him and finish him…

… to include a covert Special Activity known as The Org.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Sicario by Regis P. Sheehan is outstanding. It’s gives readers a realistic first hand glimpse into a dangerous world. Readers will be fascinated with this stunning plot. A story that will keep readers turning the pages and seating at the edge of their seats. Intrigue, danger, and adveture can al be found within these pages. A hit man’ life is one hell of a roller caoster ride that readers will see, hear and imagine. It’s almost as if the readers are there experiencing all of the action instead of reading it.

Sicario is indeed a must read. Regis P. Sheehan shows readers all of the inner as well as the outer workings of a hit man, drug lords, and government ways. A brilliant way of informing yet entertaining readers at the same time. Readers may even have nightmares after reading this story. The cartel is a very dangerous enemy and their dealings are very deadly. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere. I definitely enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more by the writer in the future.

Writing Prompt

For this week’s writing prompt, we will be working with a Thanksgiving theme. Write what happens when a soldier comes home to his parents house to learn his parents need him to stay home with them. His parents health are evaporating and his parents are needing extra care. Their house needs repairing, his parents despite their health are determined to see their son settled down before it’s too late for them. But their son is going through PTSD and is not ready to settle down with a woman just yet. But will all change when he hires a plain ordinary, no nonsense woman like Jenny Anderson? How does Jenny feel towards the tough soldier who always manages to disappear when ever she is around? And how do his parents go about pushing Jenny and their son Adam together despite their no, I don’t need anyone attitude?

Write all this and what happens as the Thanksgiving holiday gets nearer for these characters.