Review: Electric Souk



Synopsis:

Ireland’s gone bust, and with it Aisling Finn’s life. She flees austerity for adventure in the desert. But the Arabia she finds is not that of her dreams. Everyone is chasing a fast buck, a fast woman and another G&T. Expats and locals alike prickle with paranoia. Debonair fixer, Brian Rothmann, charms Aisling with champagne brunches and nights at Bedouin camps. But is Brian a hero or a desperate expat prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants? Is this Aisling? Or is he using her as bait? Her only hope is Hisham, a local activist. But where do his loyalties lie? Aisling faces severe peril when the sleazy expat and blood-lusting desert worlds collide, as the Arab Spring erupts. She has to ask, whom can she trust? Can she trust her instincts? Humanity blisters in this haunting, lyrical thriller about trust and treachery.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Electric Souk by Rose McGinty is by far an interesting read. It instantly takes readers on an epic journey. A young woman leaves her homeland for work in another country. A country full of war, distrust, and danger. The stakes are high. Never knowing who to trust, Aisling Finn puts her life in the hands of those around her. Spies, secret police, and work fill her days. At first, the novel shows Aisling following people as they live a fast life full of drinking and good times. But fear hangs deeply in the air. I never knew what to expect next. Rose McGinty writes a superb novel. Suspense, intrigue, and the mysterious lure of what may come. Electric Souk is definitely an electrifying tale. Resistance, destruction, and secrets on every page. The intensity builds. The charcaters are written in a way that visually tugs readers further into the book. Loyalties and deception are major the,es surrounding these interesting charcaters. Overall, I highly recommend reading Electric Souk to all. 

Review: The Ebb Tide


Synopsis:

A Heartwarming Tale of Courage and Love from Amish Fiction’s #1 Author

When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter’s nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Sallie has long dreamed of seeing more of the world, but her parents are reluctant for her to put off baptism yet another summer, and the timing is unfortunate for Perry Zook, who has renewed interest in courting her. 

Though she loves nannying, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Kevin Kreider, a marine biology student who talks freely about all he’s learning and asks about her interests, unlike most of the guys she grew up with. Time with Kevin is invigorating, and Sallie realizes she’s never felt quite this alive around Perry. Then again, Kevin is Mennonite, not Amish. 

Sallie tries to brush aside her growing feelings for Kevin, but she fears what her parents would think about her new friendship. Just as concerning, however, is Sallie’s realization that her time in Cape May is increasing her desire to see the world, challenging her plans for the future. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will Sallie only find what her heart is longing for back home in Paradise Township?

Rating: 5-stars

Review

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis is a sweet Christian tale. A young Amish woman has had a heart for traveling the world in which God created. Her family wishes to see her baptized as an Amaish soon, but they start realizing it may not be what is good for their daughter. Sallie has a good Amish man back home who cares about her…yet her heart is constantly drifting back to Kevin. His family is Mennonite, not Amish. Sallie never once gives up trying to be a good Amish woman. She tries her best. But her heart is being pulled into another direction. Kevin and exploring the world. Beverly Lewis’s novel is heartfelt. The words carry a deep meaning and captivate me as I went through them. I felt sad and then happy for Sallie. Despite what our families want for us, we have to go find what it is that we want. Happiness is by falling our hearts. A deep and beautifully told story. The Ebb Tide is one that I recommend to readers worldwide. It’s relates to everything we all go through…each day. Finding ourselves. 

Review: Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou 



Synopsis:

Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou intertwines historic persons, actual events and distant locales of World War II with a fast-moving fictional Nazi plot to disrupt the manufacture of Higgins boats, the remarkable landing craft that won the war for the Allies. Spanning the globe from amphibious landings at Guadalcanal, to the Navajo code talker school, to the exotic environs of New Orleans, to the secret world of Bletchley Park, this tautly written thriller, covering two weeks during the summer of 1942, combines a fully imagined cast of characters with the historically important figures of Andrew Higgins, members of American and British Intelligence, Navajo code talker Chester Nez, Commander Ian Fleming of MI6, along with a Polish intelligence officer, and “Silver Dollar Sam” Carolla, crime boss of New Orleans.

An old German is found dead in a New Orleans whorehouse. Sewn into the lining of the dead man’s vest is a notebook filled with hand-drawn maps and notes about the comings and goings at military installations. German conspirators fret that their local contact (the dead German) is overdue. Mafia crime boss Nico Carolla, is soon drawn into the disposition of the corpse.

We move to the Pacific and meet the grandson of the dead German, PFC Brock, a U.S. Marine being trained for the landings at Guadalcanal. Then we meet Andrew Jackson Higgins at the helm of the single most important landing craft ever built, the Higgins Boat, the steel-ramped landing craft that brought American troops to Pacific islands and to Normandy. In his colorful manner, Higgins is instructing a class of Coast Guard newbies on how to properly drive and operate his nearly indestructible boat. Higgins faces shortages of materials, manpower, and factory space. The Mafia boss controls much of the labor supply. Accommodations must be made to placate the mob family, who also have Old World connections in critical to the upcoming North African landings.

The Waffen-SS officers charged with sabotaging the Higgins Boat plant arrive, only to learn of the loss of the intelligence gathered by the dead German. Now enter the code breakers at Bletchley Park who intercept the commando team’s messages, including one female mathematician through whose eyes we see inside Bletchley Park.

America is almost entirely dependent on Britain’s MI6 for intelligence gathering. We meet Martina Amerada, a Cuban woman with a high-level banking responsibility, including ties to British intelligence, and who is Nico Carolla’s mistress. Martina moves money for the crime family and provides diplomatic cover between the Palermo branch of the family and the planners of Operation Torch. We are also introduced to the Navajo code-talker program essential to securing Marine Corps messages in the Pacific theater.

The German commando team searches for the lost notebook by visiting the whorehouses Brock has been known to frequent, which leads to a murder and later retaliation by the Mafia against the German conspirators. Half the German commando team perishes. US marshals are drawn into the story as bodies are discovered in the nearby bayous. The Mafia is suspected. When the marshals confront Carolla, the marshals are put on the trail of the commandos which leads to the death of the marshals. 

Bletchley Park is busy trying to crack the code imbedded in the Himmler messages, We move back to the Pacific where grandson Brock is involved in the bloody landings ahead of Guadalcanal. Brock is wounded and nearly dies as the remaining commando attempts to demolish the largest Higgins Boat manufacturing facility in New Orleans. With the help of British intelligence, Nico Carolla prevents the plant from being destroyed and thus becomes the hero of the story.

Operation Torch gets underway and the Higgins boats prove their indispensability to the war effort. PFC Brock recovers from his wounds, and Martina takes possession of all intelligence related to the German commandos so the threat never becomes public knowledge.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou by Steven Burgauer is every history buff’s dream book. The scenes immediately come live. Bursting with death, loss, and action. A fast-paced thriller that sends readers back to WWII time era. Germans are striking again…and it’s only a matter of time if they succeed or fail their task. 

The realistic telling of what really goes on in a war time zone was believable. The characters each add a piece to the enchanting tale. It will take time, before the dead German’s team realizes that something is wrong. Secrets, dead bodies, codes and a mystery that is addictive. 

Steven Burgauer is a talented writer. His writing is superb. Having read another of his works, I find his storytelling engaging. It’s like reliving the past. A past that contains consequences for every move made or not made. Like a domino effect. The mafia are tied into this story. I found it entertaining. A large scale operation hanging loosely by a thread…and characters racing to save it…Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou is a historical fiction novel, many don’t want to miss. All the historical details and action going on…amazed me.  Diplomacy, violence, and enemies on attack…readers will find themselves lost within every page. Just like I did. Overall, I highly recommend this read to all. 

Review: Because You’re Mine 



Synopsis:

Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble is an exciting tale. Her latest novel, full of dark and haunting pages. Sadness too. I was instantly hooked. The drama between the leading female character and her husband’s friend creeped me out a lot. There were times someone I thought was the bad guy wasn’t. Colleen Coble has spun many twists and turns in this read. Beautifully told. A female singer is pregnant and shouldn’t sing. Yet she does so anyway. Almost losing her voice. A light banter between her and her husband is fun to follow. True love. Soulmates…forever. Exciting and most intriguing scenes like a cat that was bombed, a threat from a family member, and a trip to America. Traveling with the main character, Alana, was interesting indeed. Her band mates, three other women were amazing. Funny, charming, and added to the story. The plot quickly turned from one danger into another. Suspenseful, enticing, and one that I couldn’t stop reading. Because You’re Mine isn’t just a title but a theme to this novel. Colleen Coble has once more lured me into magical world of fiction. Her novels never disappoint me. Overall, I highly recommend it to all. 

Review: Hunters in the Dark

Synopsis:

From the novelist the New York Times compares to Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan, an evocative new work of literary suspense

 

Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future.
And on that first night, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events– involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a suave American, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter– that changes Robert’s life forever.
Hunters in the Dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Hunters in the Dark by Lawerence Osborne is dark, gritty, yet most engaging read ever. Nothing will happen like reader’s expect. Twits and turns everywhere. The suspense builds like a fire consuming a forest. Anticipation grows as readers wait to find the unexpected outcomes. I got to travel from my reading spot to Cambodia. Most exciting yet dangerous place I have traveled. The main character, Robert Grieve, is a British teacher, whose life sudden engulfs readers like myself into a steady plot. He leaves his life behind and the new one…is like wild rollercoaster. Karma and humanity tough topics found within the pages. The beginning was a bit slow, but it soon lead to the adventure at hand. Well-written. I recommend Hunters in the Dark to readers everywhere. 

— NPR “Best Books of 2016” – Staff Picks, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, and Tales from Around the World selection

Review: Beyond Every Mirror 



Synopsis:
His death is the only thing that can save the life of the woman he loves.

The pain that registered on her face at his words nearly sent him sprawling to the straw. His body shook, not only with the cold that had overtaken his healing torso but with fear, anguish and the battle with himself to take back the words, to gather her into his arms and say he was sorry and he would never let go. But, she needed to heal and she needed to move on with her life, such as it would be. And, though she may never forget, one day they would stop making her watch his death, witness the tortures. She would have children and a life, a family of her own. Something she could never have with a ‘sacrificial pawn,’ as he saw himself. 
“It’s time for you to go, Meirah, and never come back.”

*****

Diana Gabaldon meets Anne Rice in this fast-paced time dimension paranormal romance that will blow your mind.

*****
Beside his own image, Dane Bainbridge sees another; a ginger haired beauty–behind her, red mountains and clouds as if from another world. He’s seen her his entire life, a life filled with glamour and fame… and loneliness. For the woman in the mirror is his one true love. But, this he does not know, not until he is dragged into her world–one of beasts and lands beyond imagination. One where his sacrifice is the only thing keeping her and the world in which she resides alive. 

Once they are together, he remembers it all, and that knowledge means his doom for all eternity. But if he escapes her world, she will perish as will all others behind the looking glass. He is the key that keeps her alive, and she is the key that gives him hope. Can they break the curse that keeps them separated by torture and death? Can they escape together from a world that exists beyond every mirror?
Rating: 5-stars

Review

Beyond Every Mirror by Christine Church is an amazing fantasy. Christine Church’s novel was well-written. Every page intrigued me further. I couldn’t put this book down…the scenes were vivid and exciting. The characters were well-developed. There is a famous rockstar musician, Dane. He sees a woman in a mirror. Their connection is deep, intant, and painful. Painful due to their separation. Magic keeping them apart. As they get to see opeach other time from time in another time dimension, the plot thickens. Danger and a blazing need by both characters will knock readers off their seats. Dragging them into the book. A curse they must break. I got to explore an unusual world where Dane meets his love, Meirah. Meirah is a unique character. She’s strong just like Dane. Not exactly human either. Dane is human. He’s clever, strong, and talented. Only he can save her…Beyond Every Mirror brings sacrifice, family, and love into readers’ palms. These themes were woven in a perfect blend. Just the right amount of action, romance, and adventure. Once the book has been opened, there’s no returning…the writing plunges readers into its depth. Overall, I highly recommend this to fans of The Lord of the Rings. 

Review: Rome is Where the Heart is…

Synopsis:

Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …
When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.
What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.
Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Rome is Where the Heart is by Tilley Tennant is superb. The title alone snagged my attention. From there, I was following a young woman who marriage and work life were dull as ever. No wonder her husband wanted a divorce. But then again, he proved to be a dirt bag…and his wanting a divorce was the best gift ever for his wife. Kate was shocked, furious, and sad her husband dumped her. But then life, presented a perfect moment for her to travel. Rome…the city all love. Once she arrives, she meets a complete stranger. A gay man whose humor and charming personality, as well as good looks, make him the perfect guy friend. He takes on helping Kate explore and taste Rome’s finest food and places. I laughed so hard. This guy is the one people should invite to all social events. He can easily make any situation fun and easy going. His friendships with Kate helps not only her and him to…then, the plot gets even more intense. Unexpected people come into their life. Each friend has a whirlwind of events that will change everything. But their friendship will continue to grow. A hot romance between Kate and an Italian man was absolutely steamy. No sex…no dirty scenes. But their chemistry sparked enough attention to keep me interested. Alessandro has a complicated life. Life dealt him a sad hand until he meet Kate while just getting off duty. From there things are interesting. I was intrigued even more to know what will happen. I hope Tilley Tennant writes another book on these characters. I have come to love each one. They have a way of pulling me into the book. Overall, Rome is Where the Heart is…is indeed the perfect romance for all. I highly recommend it.

Review: Scot of My Dreams



Synopsis:

In Janice Maynard’s sweet and sexy new series, three childhood friends with a shared passion for the Outlander novels and TV show decide to travel to Scotland looking for adventure-and their very own Highland heroes…It’s a dream come true for schoolteacher Hayley Smith. No homework to grade, no students to corral, no social media, Internet or cell phone…just a month amid the heather and rolling hills around Inverness. A brawny alpha male in a kilt is probably too much to ask for. But Hayley is in heaven ambling around Loch Ness, gazing and then…falling into the icy water, before being rescued by a strong, chivalrous local hero…

Retired soccer star Angus Munro, aka Angus the Angler, is a little insulted and a whole lot intrigued when Hayley doesn’t recognize him. How long has it been since anyone saw beyond his wealth and fame? And how long before the macho athlete and his modern-day American damsel in distress act on an attraction that could make even the misty Scottish moors sizzle with heat? Long enough, maybe, for both to figure out if this is an affair to remember…or the start of something everlasting…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Scot of My Dreams by Janice Maynard is a magical journey readers won’t forget. I was instantly dragged into Hayley’s travel. She is forced onto a trip most would dream about taking. Her friends forced her. They all love Outlander series which inspired their trip to Scotland. One of the three friends is wealthy and paid for their travel. The other two only had to bring enough to eat and for their own hotel room. I enjoyed the women’s banter as they all fussed on explorations and embracing for a  brewing romance. All of them except for Hayley. She was the a tough critic against the fact that they each would find a Scot. One that would sweep them off their feet. But to meet this man of their dreams they need to go traveling on separate paths. I laughed along as the story unfolded. Behold…the impossible can become possible. This tale was beautifully told. Engaging from beginning to end. A romance does come to brew within the pages. It’s sweet and believable. Irresistibly good. A sexy Scotsman and an epic castle will surely keep readers hooked. Scot of My Dreams is fast-paced, exciting, and unforgettable. I finished reading it within an hour. I simply could not stop reading this novel. I loved it. Overall, I highly recommend Janice Maynard’s book to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Tut Clone Contracts



Synopsis:

Readers of this Book Will … 1. Enjoy robot combat with live ammunition at the 2033 Munich Oktoberfest as Edison Richards, a ten-year-old Tut clone, competes against the leading war-robot operators of Europe. 2. Participate in an attack on a drug lord’s mining camp in Guatemala as Kachil Coban, a Tut clone undergraduate at the University of Chicago, rescues a young Mayan cousin from sexual slavery. 3. Hide under a sink in the Oriental Institute as two of the Tuts’ girlfriends raid the place one night, looking for evidence of the clones’ origins. 4. Join a truck convoy crossing Cairo under fire as the Tut clan, now united, takes over their ancestral homeland, founds the 34th Dynasty, and revives a dysfunctional Egyptian state. 5. Listen in at the Tuts’ first press conferences as they meet the challenges of ruling Egypt after a lost war, an Islamic insurrection, and economic chaos. 6. Join the funeral procession of John Jazz Tut, assassinated by a terrorist, as he becomes the first royal interred in the Great Pyramid of Giza in 5,000 years. Hear Gordon Geertsma, now Tutankhaten II, deliver a funeral oration and restore Egypt to its place as a leading center of civilization in the year 2046, newly renumbered Anno Aegypti 6046.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Tut Clone Contracts by Jan Issaye Berkhout is one marvelous journey. Jan Issaye Berkhout takes readers into an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime. Intrigue, action, travel. Egypt is a fascinating place where so much can happen. This story has everything readers could dream of plus, more. It’s fast-paced and thrilling. There’s robotics, slavery, dysfunctional state of Egypt and others. Wars, danger, political as well as economic conflicts are brought into the tale. Creating a rich fantasy filled with nothing but exploration as the plot unfolds. 

This novel, caught my interest from the title alone. Anything with Egypt catches my attention. In fiction, there was a ton of room to make a story. The writer, Jan Issaye Berkhout went beyond any writer. I was excited, caught in suspense, and loving every moment. Every page had visual and entertaining scenes. The characters were well developed. Some parts of the novel, were educational. I found myself completely engaged inside of The Tut Clone Contracts. Whether one is into technology, sci-fi, or adventure…this is the perfect read as it has it all. Overall, I recommend it the book to readers worldwide.

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: Kitty Hawk & The Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost

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Synopsis:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight.

As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn about and experience as much of our amazing world as they can – just like Kitty Hawk herself.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

 Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading is superb. Once more, I have been dragged into the adventures and mysteries that Kitty Hawk takes me through…she is truly a phenomenal character. Kitty is a teenage pilot who goes about traveling the world and solving mysteries. Sort of like Nancy Drew but much more interesting. Iain Reading has created a world of fiction that both entertains and educates readers. I love that about this series. Florida Keys is where this story takes place. Once there, Kitty finds mysterious situations that will only peak readers’ curiosity even more. Intriguing, spontaneous, and dangerous. Kitty Hawk had me holding my breath. Her bold ways of finding the truth is  crazy fun. Iain Reading kept me guessing with every page. The characters were perfectly suited for this book. I can see this novel as a cross-over read. All ages can find something to love about Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost. Travel from home and engage in fun activities. Fast-paced and brilliantly woven…I highly recommend this to readers everywhere. 

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 Lions’ Den


Synopsis:

In the waning years of the seventh century BC, one of history’s most notable and terrifying warriors succeeded to the throne of Babylon, a fledgling kingdom barely twenty-one years old. This is the story of Nebuchadnezzar growing into manhood and racing to claim the crown of his dead forgather from the hands of his manipulative younger brother. It is a story of wars as consumed by hatred he sought to kill a boyhood friend that had become his lifelong nemesis. An invincible warrior…a shrewd politician…and an artist. Babylon was his masterpiece featuring the massive artificial mountain he built for his wife-the hanging gardens, fifty-four gold gilt temples, and three-hundred-foot high pyramid piercing the sky to be seen for miles in the distance. 

This is also the story of Daniel, a Jewish captive removed from Judah and placed in the royal palace of Babylon. Imbued with an intense faith in God, Daniel was a man of extraordinary abilities in governance and leadership. Two men as different as could possibly be. A man of boiling passions and volatile temperament, Nebuchadnezzar would never have survived without his most trusted aide, Daniel. Daniel’s closeness to almighty Jehovah was so compelling that even the arrogant and menacing Nebuchadnezzar was forced to come face to face with this creator. No matter who reigns or what is, God is in control.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Lions’ Den by Wes Brustad is an incredible tale. One that drags readers back in time to the Egypt. Phonecians and even the important figure, Daniel are alive. I was immediately fascinated. This historical book, brought to life amazing characters. Battles, wars, and a friendship unlike any other. Wes Brustad’s writing is superb. I felt like I was taken from my seat and brought straight into the book. The scenes were animated, engaging, and remarkably realistic. Traveling through the story was another highlight. I got to travel, live, and feel the cultures and peoples around me. The ending was great. A man left in turnmoil wondering if Daniel’s God is indeed the God of all Gods. Then, it ended with him wanting to build a temple for an unlikely friend. The friendship is strange but not impossible. Daniel is a man that is good. It is no wonder that the other main character accepts him. Despite different beliefs these two made it through. I liked how that was portrayed. The writer gained my interest and respect. Showing how to sides can fight and also become friends. Truly a phenomenal read. Overall, I recommend this novel, to readers everywhere. 

Review: Pepper’s Ghost

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Synopsis:

Charlotte Alexandra Long is determined to create her own life, but severe reverberations await her at the crossroads of each decision and always the possibility that the very thing she put in place on her own terms could be wiped away by an uncertain future. As Pepper’s Ghost weaves in and out of her experiences as a teen and young adult, and locations in the South and Midwest, Alex emerges from the remains of young Charlotte, but her evolving identity will never escape being an outsider in society’s eyes. After a series of ill-fitting jobs, Alex joins a traveling amusement company as a sideshow performer, where illusion and reality interplay through the metaphor of an old theater trick. She faces challenges from her troubled but devoted father, her self-absorbed mother, a spectrum of circus employees, and emotional ties to memories and places that give solace in times of ambiguity and loneliness.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Pepper’s Ghost by William Auten is a YA read that will lure readers into its depth. The young character, Charlotte Alexandra, aka Alex, is interesting. She is unlike most leading female characters. What she really is surprised me…her journey was one wild roller-coaster ride after another.  The dynamics of family life are played throughout this read. The parents make the life for Alex a bit more complex than should be. I liked how as a main character she was constantly challenged. Alex took on each challenge moving through life the best she could do. Sometimes things worked out and sometimes not. William Auten portrayed the realities of life along with fantasy in way the just made readers like myself more curious. Memories…and emotions were strong, it was easy to be swept up within them. Pepper’s Ghost is a coming of age tale that comes off as entertaining, mysterious, and deep. The plot was developed and the pace was steady. Overall, I recommend it to all.

Review: A Portrait of Emily Price  


Synopsis:

Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can’t fix—until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter . . .

Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.
But Chef Benito Vassallo’s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle’s faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well—inviting her into his world and into his heart.
Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben’s proposal and follows him home. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people of Monterello to transform her, Emily interferes with everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben’s tightly knit family. Only Ben’s father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily’s life and art begin to blossom, and Italy’s beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.

Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben’s world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Protriat of Emily Price by Katherine Reay is one that readers don’t want to miss. It’s vibrant and full of life. Life isn’t perfect and neither is the main character’s life. Drama and choices go hand-in-hand in both reality and fiction. I loved how Katherine Reay made her characters real. She portrayed everything perfectly. From traveling to foreign places, experiencing a new culture, and meeting new people…there’s quite a bit for everyone to enjoy. The food, new beginnings, and romance spark an intrigue that doesn’t end even with the last page. I was immediately hooked. A Protrait of Emily Price was the first novel of Katherine Reay’s that I have read. I was pleased with her novel and I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future. The combination of art and food plus, the difference in cultures was a brilliant mix. Exciting, adventureous, and hilarious. This was definitely one romance I will never forget. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: Wreck and Order 


Synopsis:

A boldly candid, raw portrait of a young woman’s search for meaning and purpose in an indifferent world

Purposefully aimless, self-destructive, and impulsively in and out of love, Elsie is a young woman who feels lost. She’s in a tumultuous relationship, is stuck in a dead-end job, and has a relentless, sharp intelligence that’s at odds with her many bad decisions. When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry, Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution.
While traveling through Paris and Sri Lanka, Elsie meets people who challenge and provoke her towards the change she is seeking, but ultimately she must still come face-to-face with herself.

Whole-hearted, fiercely honest and inexorably human, Wreck and Order is a stirring debut novel that, in mirroring one young woman’s dizzying quest for answers, illuminates the important questions that drive us all.

Rating: 3 stars

Review:

Wreck and Order by Hannah-Tennant-Moore takes on strong issues and weaves them into a great novel. The writer has a bold writing style that leaves behind no questions with her readers. Simple too. Readers are then taken on a young woman’s journey into the real world. She relies on her fathers money and while exploring the world. Immediately, I didn’t like the main character. Her attitude seem typical of the young adults who don’t care about anything until their freedoms are restricted. The book unfolds one drama after another. Plenty of adult content like sex and drugs are within its pages. Elsie feels lost and when the ending came it felt as though she were still just a lost soul searching. Nothing in life is easy. That was the huge theme played throughout the tale. I couldn’t sympathize with the main character at all. It seemed that she held the key to her life and the bad choices were all hers. No one else to blame. Readers will get to travel a lot. I still felt the main character has a long way yet to get to get to where she should be. Wreck and Order was exactly what Hannah-Tennant-Moore presented. A young woman wrecking her way through the muddy and daily challenges of life. It was believable and realistic. This was not my kind of women’s fiction. However, it may suit others.

Review: Dark Rage 


Synopsis:

In a universe of myth and magic that spans the known, two great forces battle for control of all the realm, and at the heart of it are two powerful sisters, Princess Asora of the enchanted Utopian Kingdom and Queen Laxur of the mighty Darkcon Empire. Asora and Laxur clash with great nations, armies, and powers. However, both wish to reshape the universe in their image and ideals–one with enlightenment and progress, the other with greatness and order.

Asora, a magical princess, seeks scientific and technological advancements, both for peace and war. Laxur, a dark queen, wants greater power and revenge. Love and morality be damned.
Change can create great opportunities and new life, but it can also lead to terrible strife.

In all this, the people from both nations love their leaders (Asora and Laxur). But the world around them is coming down around them. New factions rise to protect the old ways. And to that, Laxur discovers a power that is beyond all. Asora discovers an ancient machine of great power built by a culture from eons past.

Asora and Laxur have become the wills of their people and nations. And the fate of this universe is in their hands.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Daniel Darcey has written Dark Rage, with belivable out of this world characters!!! The two main characters are sisters. These sisters are opposites who fight each other using their magical power, talents, and knowledge of technology to keep the other one away from their plans. Asora loves history, reading books, and knows more about advance technology than her evil sister Laxur. Laxur uses her power of seduction to persuade people to do things for her. Laxur knows more about military fighting than her sister Asora. Both sisters love each other even though they constantly fight against each other for good versus evil. This amazing novel, contain excitement, love, adventure, advance technology, romance and wars between two kingdoms. There is never a dull moment when reading, Dark Rage. You will find yourself on magical discoveries, falling in love, and battling your toughest enemies. Daniel Darcey’s book is one that is geared for all readers in every genre! His stunning and brilliantly written plot will leave you asking for more. I highly recommend reading his first novel in the series. Once you begin, you will never stop reading. I look forward to this writer’s next book and grand adventure in this series. A sci-fi fantasy full of promise.

The writer’s talent is obvious from the beginning. His creation of Laxur an Asora was brilliant. No creature nor character can compare to the two sisters. Their personalities are so different from each other. Both princesses are determined. They will use everything in their power to keep their kingdoms alive. But how far will one of them go? Power is a major theme. I see both the good and bad sides of it within this new novel. Daniel Darcey also, let’s readers see the characters best and worst sides. I loved that. It made the characters come to life. Their world then became three-dimensional. The war is never over…and the fighting never stops. There will always be a new enemy to fight and choices to be made. Where the sisters go and what will come, is something that readers everywhere must dive into to see for themselves. I was never really into sci-fi fantasy until I read this book. Daniel Darcey has masterfully woven a series that has snatched me from my chair and deep into it’s pages. Dark Rage is a must read for all.

Review: In the Service of The Boyar


Synopsis:

In the land of the Boyar, a boy will fall in love and become much more than a man. Fleeing with his family from danger, a boy catches a glimpse of Fifika, as their clan travels with haste to the lands of the boyar, a mysterious benefactor. Smitten, the boy becomes her playmate there in the Carpathians where the boyar resides and whose hillsides are filled with enchanted beasts. The boyar assures the clan that the beasts are harmless unless provoked, but some of the members are not so sure. When tragedy visits Fifika’s family, the boyar invites her and the boy into his castle to learn from his English tutor, a lazy and fearful man. The boy, now almost a man, falls deeply in love under Fifika’s tutelage. When he finally learns Fifika’s secret, he must choose between his family and the only life he knows and the uncertain dangers of life with her in the mountainous lands of the boyar with a very different kind of family.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

In the Service of The Boyar by Jason Graff is a marvelous adventure. Full of mystery, danger, and the unknown. A young boy  and his family travel around from place to place. No particular land or people like them. Here, readers see the stigma that is attached to the boy and his people. Anger and cruel attitudes shown to this group. Then, they stumbled upon a land full or the most extreme dangers. Wolves and other creatures. If rules aren’t followed, bad things occur. This also reminded me of the Jewish people. How they were led out of Egypt and then went against God. Their rebellion caused them trouble. Just like the people inside this tale. The dialogue and action moved the plot forward. The story was told in the young boy’s point of view. It worked well for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fictional piece. The characters were well-developed. I felt both sad and a little frustrated at the gypsies. But like all humans we have our faults. I also, enjoyed the theme of respecting the nature. Nature isn’t something humans do well at keeping peace with…we’re always going against nature’s call. Jason Graff’s writing style hooked me from the first moment and held me captive until the end. His words left me feeling spooked and curious as to what was going to happen next. Adventure would be the one word I choose to describe this fantasy. Family, love, loyalty, and betrayals are themes inside here. In the Service of The Boyar by Jason Graff is a read that I highly recommend to all. 

Review: Transformed Paris


Synopsis:

Transman spy Charley MacElroy travels to Paris to help French authorities break up a Neo Nazi plot to scatter dirty bombs throughout the city. His older lover Electra comes along to study French, but she soon discovers Dickie Borque, an sinister British aristocrat with lavender hair, may be behind the plot. Charley, however, is not so sure.

Meanwhile, she and Charley begin having love troubles when he suggests opening up their relationship to suit his pansexual desires. After discovering that he may have been fooling around with his attractive new male assistant, Electra moves out in a huff. Soon Charley is wandering the quays alone, trying to find the dirty bombs while wistfully longing for his love.
Electra enlists the help of Dickie’s feisty eighty-something milliner, Odile, to break up the plot. But then suddenly, Electra disappears. Now, Charley must search frantically for both the bombs and Electra amidst the cafes, conversation, and the gleaming, rainy streets of Paris in winter. 
Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Transformed Paris by both Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey is definitely for adults only due the amount of adult content. Those you love erotica’s will definitely enjoy this read more than those who don’t read eroticas. Other than those issues, I have to say that the writers did an excellent job portraying their characters. The scenes of Paris were great. A famous city that readers can almost see, smell, and hear through the words on the pages. There’s plenty of action, travel, and adventure going on here to keep readers interested. Charley MacElroy is a want to be spy. He is like the guy in Pink Panther movie. Just like the actor from that movie this character wants to help the police solve a case. In this case, to prevent the spreading of bombs. This part of the fictional tale can be quite a nightmare to those who lived in New York City with all the bombings going on…this story will keep readers on the edge of their chairs.  I don’t like Charley so much…but the other characters are great. Electra proves to be the genius in this circle of characters. Overall, Transformed Paris has what it takes to be a fascinating adventure. I recommend it to those who love plenty of sex scenes, danger, and a good mystery. 

Review: Supernova

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Synopsis:

C. A. Higgins’s acclaimed novel Lightless fused suspenseful storytelling, high-caliber scientific speculation, and richly developed characters into a stunning science fiction epic. Now the dazzling Supernova heightens the thrills and deepens the haunting exploration of technology and humanity—and the consequences that await when the two intersect.

Once Ananke was an experimental military spacecraft. But a rogue computer virus transformed it—her—into something much more: a fully sentient artificial intelligence, with all the power of a god—and all the unstable emotions of a teenager.

Althea, the ship’s engineer and the last living human aboard, nearly gave her life to save Ananke from dangerous saboteurs, forging a bond as powerful as that between mother and daughter. Now she devotes herself completely to Ananke’s care. But teaching a thinking, feeling machine—perhaps the most dangerous force in the galaxy—to be human proves a monumental challenge. When Ananke decides to seek out Matthew Gale, the terrorist she regards as her father, Althea learns that some bonds are stronger than mortal minds can understand—or control.

Drawn back toward Earth by the quest, Althea and Ananke will find themselves in the thick of a violent revolution led by Matthew’s sister, the charismatic leader Constance, who will stop at nothing to bring down a tyrannical surveillance state. As the currents of past decisions and present desires come into stark collision, a new and fiery future is about to be born.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Supernova by C. A. Higgins is the second adventure in this brilliant series. A sci-fi fantasy that brings women up to the forefront and puts them on an unthinkable journey. I found this novel, quite interesting. It had all the right elements of its genre and still swept me off my feet. I love the computer intelligence shown inside this tale. One that is almost human like. Frightening, intriguing, and highly entertaining. Supernova is about computer science, emotions, and choices. Choices that can have consequences…C. A. Higgins is a talented writer who words lured me deep into a fantasy that has it all. Fighting, action, and technology. The emotional journey was like that of a roller coaster ride. Very exciting. Overall, I recommend this tale to readers everywhere.

Review: The Curse of The Bridal Chamber

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Synopsis:

The indomitable senior sleuth Imogene and her outrageously endearing Alabama family find themselves in hot water while on a family vacation at a mermaid convention in sunny Florida. When Imogene and her brood, including Goose the bulldog, encounter a dead body floating in the freshwater springs beneath their glass-bottom boat, the local police immediately arrest one of the Alabama visitors for the crime.

Now the aging amateur crime solver must exonerate her own family, but unearthing a killer among the park’s past and present mermaids and employees promises to be no easy task, since so many of them are thrilled that the victim is sleeping with the fishes. And a decades-old curse that has deposited more than one dead body in the Bridal Chamber spring now seems focused on Imogene and her kin, who are wading into dangerous waters indeed. Witty and colorful, The Curse of the Bridal Chamber will keep you enthralled until the final surprising revelation.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Curse of the Bridal Chamber by Hunter Murphy is the second wonderful installment to a great series. This latest cozy mystery takes readers to Florida. I love following Hunter Murphy’s group of characters as they travel. No matter where they go there’s bound to be an adventure. Wherever the main character, Imogene, goes, there’s a dead body popping up somewhere. This time;however, Imogene’s relative will end up arrested for the murder. It will take everything Imogene has as an amateur sleuth to solve the puzzling murder case.

Hunter Murphy has once again lured me inside of his world of fiction. Hilarious, exciting, and full of action. The mystery is intriguing and as the danger builds up, so does the suspense. A killer is close and with the sleuthing going on…the risks get higher. Imogene is a character to love. Her quirky ways and personality have a way of winning me over…she always keeps me guessing as to what will happen next. The Curse of the Bridal Chamber is full of those who hated the dead victim and a curse. Can Imogene and her partner solve the case before it’s too late? Overall, I highly recommend this new read to readers everywhere. The cover is as colorful as the plot within…a brilliant cozy mystery that swept me off my feet and into the book.

Review: Imogene in New Orleans

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Synopsis:

At the ripe age of 73, Imogene Deal McGregor has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more grit and spunk than her hypochondriac son, Billy McGregor, and Billy’s impulsive partner Jackson Miller can handle. The boys take Imogene to New Orleans with their devilishly handsome English bulldog Goose, hoping to visit friends and attend a second line parade, but moments after arriving in the French Quarter, they find their friend Glenway Gilbert murdered in his art gallery. Immediately, Imogene and the boys run into a temperamental and ethically-challenged lieutenant who appears hell-bent on neglecting the crime, compelling them to seek answers themselves. As they delve into Glenway Gilbert’s murder, Imogene and the boys realize the deceased artist was surrounded by suspicious friends and lovers. With Goose the bulldog by their side, Jackson and Billy seek answers among old friends and new enemies, while Imogene follows her own ideas on the case. But the sooner they solve the murder, the sooner they can get back to catching beads and eating pralines.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy is the second amazing novel in this mystery series. I love the main character, Imogene. A sleuth like no other. Her personality makes her a fun character to follow as a new investigation pops up…sadly this one involves the death of a friend. The lieutenant nearby should be working the case but isn’t doing a thing. Thus, Imogene and her two sons go about the investigation themselves.

Hunter Murphy knows how to create a world of fiction with just the right amounts of humor, suspense, and intrigue. A murder mystery that will definitely entertain fans every time. Visiting the dead’ art gallery for for clues will be interesting as well as long list of suspicious perpetrators. I also loved traveling to New Orleans through this novel. New Orleans has so many possibilities and with this set of characters is makes for a must read. Imogene reminds me of some of my best female detectives and sleuths. Like the lady from Murder She Wrote and Miss Fisher the lady detective. Imogene somehow has qualities of both of these ladies. Hunter Murphy has beautifully created a three-dimensional character that readers can’t help but to love. Imogene in New Orleans is a cozy mystery that I highly recommend to readers worldwide.

Review: Oliver and Jumpy


Synopsis:

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Love you all! Meow! 

Story 52: Oliver the Babysitter – Oliver has to look after his sister’s kittens.

Story 53: Smoke over the Sea – The friends have amazing adventures on an island in the sea.

Story 54: Raindrop – The journey of a raindrop.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Oliver and Jumpy Stories 52-54 make another excellent children’s book. The book like the others before was beautifully illustrated. Each colorful illustration went perfectly with each fascinating tale. Children everywhere will love this new title. Werner Stejskal has once again lured me into his world of fiction. Oliver is a cat and Jumpy is a kangaroo. Both are best friends. Each of them travel to different places and have fun adventures. In this exciting new tale, Olive and Jumpy learn about fire, water droplets, and get to experience babysitting family members. Funny, sweet, and intriguing. This book is highly entertaining as well as engaging. Children will not only enjoy the fun times ahead but learn about different topics as well. Educational and pure enjoyment. Oliver and Jumpy are the best. I highly recommend Werner Stejskal’s well-told stories to readers everywhere. He truly knows how to keep readers interested with each new book. 

Review: Deborah Rising

Deborah Rising: A Novel Inspired by the Bible by [Azrieli, Avraham]

 

Synopsis:

Set in ancient Israel, Deborah Rising (HarperCollins, 2016) portrays the dramatic (and unlikely) rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history. In the tradition of The Red Tent, The Fifth Mountain, and The Mists of Avalon, this absorbing novel delivers an inspiring story of suspense and adventure in pursuit of freedom and self-determination, starring a courageous 14-year-old girl who would become the most powerful woman in biblical lore.
Before he was murdered, Deborah’s father had dreamt that his daughter would one day become the leader of the Israelites. But the social and religious mores of her time dictated that a girl must marry–even against her will–and obey her husband in all matters. When Deborah is forced to marry the violent son of the local judge, she rebels, determined to forge a path of her own.

Captivated by the notion of escaping the arranged marriage and fulfilling her late father’s dream, Deborah embarks upon an epic journey to find a mysterious elixirist, one rumored to be blessed with the ability to turn women into men. It is a journey that proves increasingly perilous–filled with wild beasts, lustful men, unscrupulous priests, and warring tribesmen. Yet Deborah manages to attract unlikely allies, including lepers, slaves, Moabite traders, and even a dead tiger, while she persists in the face of seemingly insurmountable setbacks and continues to pursue her daring quest.
Part historical novel, part adventure story, part visionary fiction, Deborah Rising is a captivating tale about a girl on the cusp of womanhood, whose unrelenting struggle to overcome discrimination, sexism, and paternalism spoke to the lives of girls and women today.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Deborah Rising by Avraham Azrieli is a stunning historical fantasy. One that has an epic journey that no reader could guess. It’s nothing like anything I have read. This novel brings about some historical people and their customs as well as what kind of lives they lived back then. I was constantly intrigued by the story. Each page sent me on another journey. the main journey was one that a father passed down to his youngest. After losing her parents and her older sister, the young girl sets off to fulfill her destiny. However, trouble comes her way each time. The men from her land are worshiping idols and killing innocents due to lies and greed. The lives of women are similar to those of the Indian customs. Many women are controlled by men. A paternal ruling that still survives, today. I was frightened by what the women went through constantly. Even if they followed rules by their society there was always a man or men who abused them. Sadly, many are stuck in this threatening lifestyle. Like Deborah’s older sister. One false accusation and she like many other women were stoned to death over a lie. Women were not permitted to speak on their defense. I almost wished Deborah’s sister retaliated. Imagine letting your own people stone for no reason at all. Why should the innocent be slaughtered so easily? Realistically told and captured the time period perfectly. Avraham Azrieli is indeed a talented new author. His work can be read by teens and adults. The issues presented in this novel were strong yet the material was done in a clean manner. After reading this book, I felt like I traveled back in history. The young woman’s journey was quite fascinating to follow. An adventure that is both intriguing and entertaining. Deborah Rising is a YA religious tale, that I highly recommend to readers worldwide. I believe that the issues shown in this title are ones that need to be read by all.

Review: The Lesser Bohemians

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Synopsis:

One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man – a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.

A captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year, THE LESSER BOHEMIANS glows with the eddies and anxieties of growing up, and the transformative intensity of a powerful new love.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride is a beautifully written piece of literature. I found it intriguing from start to finish. The tale instantly wraps around me. Dragging me further into the interesting plot. A plot that moves rather quickly. The action is realistic. I can feel and see things through the the characters’ point of view. It switches viewpoints but is still being shown in first person. I can definitely see why this second novel is a hit. The writer’s talent shines through every page. The images are vivid. The emotions created by the characters’ situations leads me to being highly entertained. A love affair that happens out of nowhere. Neither character was expecting anything to happen. Both taken in by the moment. That first moment and onward. However, there is much more than just the present moment and raw chemistry that burns between them. There’s their pasts. So much of it can make or break them easily. This is the suspense that carries me through to the end. Wondering, guessing, and hoping. Not ever truly knowing what will happen until the ending. Raw, brilliant, and definitely exciting. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride is indeed a must read for all.. The young Irish woman studying art and and an older man who is a famous actor will have the time of their lives as readers follow their journey. I loved reading this book. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide and look forward to the next novel by Eimear McBride.

Review: One Christmas in Paris

 

Synopsis:

They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men … Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?

Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot is a beautifully written tale. I loved how the characters came from different backgrounds. That’s definitely one item that always catches my eye. When reading this new novel, I fell in love immediately. It talked about art. Different forms of art. Take two different kinds of artists and put them together. It creates an intensity that draws readers in deeper. I loved the fighting and the chemistry that forms between the two. Mandy Baggot brings readers a woman model who has two issues. One a mom that won’t stop pushing her to continue modeling and a boyfriend who betrayed her. Ava decides to go all out by defying her mother. Super short bright blonde haircut and a trip to Paris. There, she and her best friend engage in a secretive mission, meet two amazing French men, and fight for what they want. Ava learns to no longer do what her mother wishes. She goes after what she wants. She soon bumps into one particular French man. He instantly irritates for no particular reason and then he riles her up faster than one can blink. It was funny to watch. The warmth and other, set of emotions felt real. Mandy Baggot has a talent in creating three-dimensional characters that will pull in readers, everywhere. One Christmas in Paris is highly entertaining, hilarious, and romantic. Overall, I recommend this novel to all.

 

Review: Roman Crazy

 

Synopsis:

A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her in nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

As I just finished reading, Roman Crazy, I felt my heart race with all the possibilities of true love. Once it’s found, it there planted firmly. Never leaving. Imagine getting the chance of a lifetime to go to a foreign country and study abroad. While their fate has brought a man who is perfect in every way…both inside and out. Time flies by and a deep love formed. Yet life calls back, and back one goes. Just when everything was mapped out, life dumps unexpected surprises once more and time is lost.

Until Avery goes to see her husband and sees him dicking around in a way that he never has with her. He’s creative, passionate and just raw energy. But then the anger comes out and without a second thought she hits him with a bat. Her husband…messedaroundn with his personal assistant. Ouch! Mega ouch…but Avery won’t stand to be around a man who doesn’t love her. A friend calls her to Rome. There she has a life she’s missed out on in nine years. But then fate knocks her off her feet once more.

An unexpected person is now, among her mist. A friend of her friend. But all those memories from nine years ago come rushing back in…the time and love feels fresh again. Giddy as a teen, Avery has a lot to handle. Divorcing her cheating husband, enjoying spending time with a past lover who’s not sure if she’s there to stay or leave him again. Avery isn’t sure herself. But once she’s spending more time with the man of her heart, how can she leave? Roman Crazy is a feel-good romance with travel, food, and family too. Finding love and happiness that just a bonus. However, both Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, have left the fate of Avery and her lover to themselves. Will they work out or fall apart once again? I highly suggest readers dig in and read. I loved this journey and following the characters. Charming, sweet, and truly a page turner. Overall, I recommend Roman Crazy to readers worldwide.

 

Review: The Secret Book of Kings

The Secret Book of Kings: A Novel by [Brandes, Yochi]

 

Synopsis:

In the tradition of The Red Tent from internationally bestselling author Yochi Brandes comes the stories of the struggles of King David and King Saul in the early days of the Kingdom of Israel, seen through the eyes of Michal, Saul’s daughter and David’s abandoned queen.

Stories are deadlier than swords. Swords kill only those who stand before them, stories decide who will live and die in generations to come.

Shelomoam, a young man from the tribe of Ephraim, has grown up in the shadow of dark secrets. He wonders why his father is deathly afraid of the King’s soldiers and why his mother has lied about the identities of those closest to him. Shelomoam is determined to unearth his mysterious past, never imagining where his quest will ultimately lead him.

The Secret Book of Kings upends conventions of biblical novels, engaging with the canonized stories of the founding of the Kingdom of Israel and turning them on their heads. Presented for the first time are the heretofore unknown stories of the House of Saul and of the northern Kingdom of Israel, stories that were artfully concealed by the House of David and the scribes of the southern Kingdom of Judah.

Yochi Brandes, one of Israel’s all-time bestselling novelists, enlists her unique background in both academic Jewish scholarship and traditional religious commentaries to read the Bible in an utterly new way. In this book, a major publishing phenomenon in Israel and one of the bestselling novels in the history of the country, she uncovers vibrant characters, especially women, buried deep within the scriptures, and asks the loaded question: to what extent can we really know our past when history is written by the victors?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes is truly an entertaining read about Jews and their Biblical background. The tale captures the stories of the Jewish tribes and turns it into a fascinating world of fiction for all to enjoy. I also felt like it was an educational journey as well as to entertain me. Inside, readers will meet a family who is Jewish yet fear the soldiers. An explanation of war and bloodshed soon follows. A young boy wants to talk more about his tribe(s) yet his father seems far away and angered.  Secrets have been kept and it only makes the boy even more curious. The tale of a princess and the king is an interesting journey to behold. Not only does it peak the interest of the young boy but also of mine. I was intrigued from the beginning. The pages soon flew by so fast. The story leads readers into a series of deep thoughts. I truly enjoyed following the boy’s adventures as he seeks out the answers to all of his questions.  The Secret Book of Kings is a stunning piece of fiction that all will come to love. Overall, I highly recommend to readers everywhere.

Review: After Party (Poems)

The After Party: Poems by [Prikryl, Jana]

 

Synopsis:

Jana Prikryl’s The After Party journeys across borders and eras, from cold war Central Europe to present-day New York City, from ancient Rome to New World suburbs, constantly testing the lingua francas we negotiate to know ourselves. These poems disclose the tensions in our inherited identities and showcase Prikryl’s ambitious experimentation with style.

“Thirty Thousand Islands,” the second half of the collection, presents some forty linked poems that incorporate numerous voices. Rooted in one place that fragments into many places—the remote shores of Lake Huron in Canada, a region with no natural resources aside from its beauty—these poems are an elegy that speaks beyond grief.

Penetrating, vital, and visionary, The After Party marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The After Party (Poems) by Jana Prikryl is a collection of poems that will knock readers off their feet and into the book. Traveling to explore, feel, and loose one’s self in words so masterfully written. Jana Prikryl’s talent shines forth on every page. The work is highly engaging and addictive. I easily finished reading this wonderful collection of poetry under an hour. Each poem has its say and will win over readers instantly. Truly an enjoyable array of words for all. Entertaining, refreshing, and stunning. The After Party (Poems) is a book all will be talking about for a long time to come. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

 

Review: A Middle Class Dream Coast to Coast

A Middle Class Dream: Coast to Coast - US Edition by [Thakur, Kamlesh]

 

Synopsis:

In the pouring rain, while her husband is out of town, a woman gives birth to her second child: Krish. Raised in a typical Indian family in Mumbai and later in Chennai. Krish deals with the struggles typical too many.

His caste determines much about his life, and cultural ideology limit his potential. His family’s progressive ideas about women cause the neighbors in Chennai to resent them, culminating in the murder of Krish’s sister.

The family flees the neighborhood, and Krish works hard in school to make a better life for himself. At school, he meets his first love, Sweetie, but his love is unrequited, leading him to feel years of rejection. His continued pursuit of Sweetie over the years yields no results, and it is perhaps this rejection that forces him to strive so hard in his own life.

Though he obtains a college degree with average grades, he is able to get a decent job in the fiercely competitive IT services industry. Against all odds, his perseverance and determination allow him to rise to the top, and when a massive downsizing occurs, he finds he is one of the few remaining employees. The downsizing forces him to move overseas and leave his new wife behind in India. This ends up being one of many overseas adventures, as he lives and travels coast to coast, to places such as Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, US, Switzerland, and Europe.

Eventually, he and his wife decide to move to New York and create a new life together in the US. It is here where Krish devotes himself to fitness and discovers an uncanny ability to make the best of himself despite genetic limitations. Eventually, he and his wife move to Houston, Texas, and life couldn’t get much better.

From his humble beginnings, Krish was able to persevere and become a wealthy, self-made success story. In an effort to share his success with the world, he writes a book of his life, which ends up being turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, starring Krish himself.

This naturally leads to more wealth & fame, and Krish devotes himself to philanthropy, as he develops a new communal center devoted to education, healthcare and more.

A Middle Class Dream is a truly astounding tale of the American dream and self-betterment.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Middle Class Dream Coast to Coast by Kamlesh Thakur is by far an interesting and compelling read. I have recently taken several sociology courses that went over the life of those who live in a caste system. Making it out of that life is hard and only those with lots of wealth can move up and out of the system. Life in the Indian family is indeed an engaging and fascinating thing to read about, as well as imaging how they manage to keep living that way when the rest of the world has moved to more complex societies. The main character, Krish, reminds me of a movie that was similar to this. A poor Indian boy who lived in the slums lost everything but stayed in contact with the girl who he loved. Eventually, he made tons of money for them both to live well and that is similar to this tale. Kamlesh Thakur is a superb writer. His fictional masterpiece brings readers deep into a poor yet highly cultural society that lives in a caste-like system. Depending on what caste your family is in…that basically determines an Indian’s whole life unless they find a way to rise above it all. Struggles, determination, and a bit of success and make a huge impact on an Indian man’s life including the character, Krish. He alone is an inspiration to his people that working hard and not giving up are worth every struggle. I found the entire book entertaining, educational, and inspiring. A Middle Class Dream Coast to Coast is definitely worth every readers’ attention. From culture to travel to dreams and success, this novel is a must read for all. Overall, I highly recommend it.

Review: The X Cure

The X-Cure by [Forciea, Bruce]

 

Synopsis:

Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando’s stock, they call upon their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’ to maintain global domination.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The X Cure instantly drags readers into a dark and dangerous situation. Ski masks and assault rifles. Kidnapping and men shooting in Chinese…it’s something that will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats wondering why and what’s next. This is one medical thriller that will continue to lure and intrigue readers for a long time to come. Powerfully written and intriguing…imagine a science that destroys cancer cells by using the right amount of energy. Pharmaceuticals, drug  company conspiracies, cancer treatment and traveling to China will keep readers turning the pages fast. Danger, threats, and a revolutionary cure for cancer can all be found within this suspenseful novel. Bruce Forciea is a talented writer who knows how to engage his readers from the beginning to end. The characters are believable and the plot feels real…The X Cure is a masterpiece that readers don’t want to miss. Overall, I highly recommend this medical thriller to readers everywhere.

 

Review: A Long Walk with Sally

A Long Walk With Sally: A Grieving Father's Golf Journey Back to Life by [Clark Jr., David]

 

Synopsis:

A parent’s worst fear and most unimaginable horror began on April 4, 2004. As his world was torn further apart, David’s only wish was to escape–to walk away–but how could he? How would he ever find the peace he so desperately needed?

On a golf course in Ireland, the answer came. Thus began a ten-year quest, taking David to 290 courses throughout the British Isles. As he was about to leave on his final trip, he looked out the windshield of his car and realized where he would find his peace.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Long Walk with Sally by David Clark Jr. is a memoir that will an impact upon readers everywhere. Readers will get to travel a father’s darkest journey. The loss of his only daughter. A loved child…now, taken from this world.  The emotional journey within this memoir is something to behold. It will not only capture readers’ interest but also their hearts. Sad, powerful, and inspiring. Who knew golf, one of the most boring sports to me could be therapeutic to a father? I was surprised. I learned something from this book. Readers, I know without a doubt will take something deep and thoughtful from this father’s experience and the way he dealt with handling his daughter’s death. A Long Walk with Sally shows us that we all handle grief and loss differently. This father found a way to cope, to come to terms with the loss, and found an inner peace. It was easy to connect with the father in this book. Well-written and poised in a way that readers will enjoy reading it. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

 

Review: House of Curds (3 & 4)

House of Curds: Seasons Three and Four by [Fleegle, Richard]

 

Synopsis:

The zany saga of Frank and Clear Underwire continues.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

House of Curds by Richard M. Fleegle season begins! Here readers brought into a two-volume book containing seasons three and four. The book for those unfamiliar with House of Cards (Netflix show) is a political satire. Hilariously entertaining as well as intriguing. Every page has action, drama, and secrets. The characters are beyond quirky and keep readers interested. The writing by Richard M. Fleegle is superb. His words have ways of dragging in readers.

Inside season three, readers will find out more lies, miserable people, and someone who clearly hates dogs. Then in season four, readers will find more anti-political- psychosis, traveling to Moscow, and murder as well as much more. A journey unlike any other book, I have read. This book has it all…ups, downs, and in-betweens. Redoing wedding vows...House of Curds is intense, gritty, dirty, and well-told. The characters…well, readers just have to read on to find out for themselves…overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere. Richard M. Feegle is indeed a talented writer whose work readers should add to their TBR piles.

 

 

Review: Leaving Independence

 

Synopsis:

Abigail Baldwyn might not be a widow after all…

Ever since she received word that her husband, Robert, was killed in the Civil War, Abigail has struggled to keep her Tennessee home and family together. Then a letter arrives claiming that Robert isn’t dead, yet he has no plans to return. Desperate for answers, Abigail travels to Independence, Missouri, where she joins a westbound wagon train to find him.

Leading a company along the Oregon Trail isn’t part of Hoke Mathews’s plans. But then the former cavalry scout gets a glimpse of Abigail—so elegant compared to the rest of their hardscrabble wagon community, yet spirited and resilient. Through every peril, they encounter—snakebites, Indian raids, fevers, dangerous grudges—his bond with Abigail grows.

Abigail knew this journey would test her courage. Now it’s testing her marriage vows and her heart, daring her to claim a future on her own terms in a land rich with promise.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Leaving Independence by Leanne W. Smith is well-written. Immediately, I was swept up into the story. The intrigue of a man thought to be dead but then told was alive…takes readers on a journey following a brave mother going to find her husband. She and her children look for answers. Answers are exactly what they get. But whether they are the ones they wanted is left to discover. Then, there’s more to the mystery…as well as a sweet surprise. A  brave hardworking man for the wagon train finds himself constantly coming to the woman’s aid. Something between them brews up…and only time will tell if they can find happiness again.

Leanne W. Smith brought a realistic western travel tale that readers everywhere will love. Family, faith, and courage are tested inside this novel. The character’s hardships were believable. The dangers ahead were three dimensional. I enjoyed following a family as they moved forward…the Oregon Trail. Things like the Civil War were masterfully woven for readers’ entertainment. Overall, I highly recommend this sweet historical piece to all. Leaving Independence is definitely a must read.

 

 

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: News of the World

 

Synopsis:

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proved difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

News of the World by Paulette Jiles is an absolute must read for all. Here is a realistic historical tale that will tug and pull at readers’ hearts. A journey that is nothing but beautiful and breathtaking…an old war veteran is now jobbed with taking a small girl back to her family that still lives. But it’s not a fun travel. The girl had her parents and sister taken and killed, from her, when she was younger. Then, the Indians that killed her family took her into their culture. Now, at age ten…she only knows the Indian way of life. It’s sad. The young girl grows up thinking the Indians are her only family and doesn’t know any English at all. It tore at me to see her taken from her original family and then she feels she’s taken from the family she remembers, the Indians. As the veteran continues to take the little savage girl to her family…things get harder for them both.

Paulette Jiles brings readers a story unlike any other. It’s deep, meaningful, and an unforgettable tale that will stay with readers for a long time to come. A young girl’s journey to survive and an older man who wants to do right by her. Soon both of their fates are brought together and this is where readers will be awed. Johanna has suffered a lot of pain, neglect, and abuse and now, with the Captian, she can re-enter society. Johanna can experience a family of love and care with the Captian. He ends up loving the blue eyed blonde girl who had it hard in life. All he wants is for her to be happy and safe. Maybe, they can find a peacefulness within each other’s company as they days turn into years. News of the World shows us how cruel and devasting our world can be. An orphaned girl needs a home, security, and love. Most of all patience. Yet no one but the old Captian has given this to her. This was the first novel, I have read by this talented author. I highly recommend News of the World to readers everywhere.

Review: Making It in India

 

Synopsis:

When Sanjay is forced to pursue engineering, he feels like a fish out of the water. With his future already determined by his parents, he feels trapped with nowhere to turn. Despite having no passion, to pursue engineering, he ends up in the cut-throat world of the IT industry in India. Then enters Tara, the girl who makes Sanjay chase his dreams and make him realize that life is more than one paycheck and a job you truly detest!

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Making It in India by J.K. Vahn is an interesting tale told from a male Indian man who from birth had his fate sealed for him by his parents. The story took me on a journey of Sanjay going thru his predestined journey in life and wanting to do what makes him passionate. Writing. Sanjay loves to write. His poetry is beautiful enough to make one special woman like Tara feel emotional. She loves reading what he has to write. In a way, she is his muse. The one who inspires him and tells him not to give up on his writing. Whereas his parents were strong in pushing their only son to an engineering school. Sanjay’s father was an engineer and so that’s what his parents pushed him to be. Somehow, Sanjay ends up doing well on his exam and getting a job at one of the best IT companies. He hates it. Not that he can’t do the work but it’s not something that stirs up a desire to do it. As he works as an engineer he learns how to deal with his work, life, and friends. Soon he gets promoted and that’s about when he finally takes a risk in turning his life around to his desire. It also helps that he has Tara supporting him all the way. Maybe his parents will support him as well…

Making It in India shows readers how hard life can be. Things we want may not happen when we want them too. However, we can turn our lives around if we really want to change directions. I loved how J.K. Vahn portrayed the ways, lifestyles, and thinking of the people from India. A realistic output on life, family, and most of all dreams. This tale was well-written. The story was told from the point of view of the main character, Sanjay. I loved following Sanjay as he obeyed his parents, did what was expected of him and went out to do what he’s passionate about as well. Challenges, love, and growing up…are main themes of this inspirational novel. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Amazon Link: Making It in India 

Review: Only in Naples

 

Synopsis:

Full of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother-in-law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad. Thanks to a surprising romance—and a spirited woman who teaches her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love—a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean.

When I saw the sea at Gaeta, I knew that Naples was near and I was coming home.

“There is a chaotic, vibrant energy about Naples that forces you to let go and give in,” writes Katherine, who arrives in the city to intern at the United States Consulate. One evening, she meets handsome, studious Salvatore and finds herself immediately enveloped by his elegant mother, Raffaella, and the rest of the Avallone family. From that moment, Katherine’s education begins: Never eat the crust of a pizza first, always stand up and fight for yourself and your loved ones, and consider mealtimes sacred—food must be prepared fresh and consumed in compagnia.

Immersed in Neapolitan culture, traditions, and cuisine, slowly and unexpectedly falling for Salvatore, and longing for Raffaella’s company and guidance, Katherine discovers how to prepare meals that sing, from hearty, thick ragù to comforting rigatoni alla Genovese to pasta al forno, a casserole chock-full of bacon, béchamel, and no fewer than four kinds of cheeses. The secret to succulent, tender octopus? Beat it with a hammer. While Katherine is used to large American kitchens with islands and barstools, she understands the beauty of small, tight Italian ones, where it’s easy to offer a taste from a wooden spoon.

Through courtship, culture clashes, Sunday services, marriage, and motherhood (in Naples, a pregnancy craving must always be satisfied!), Katherine comes to appreciate carnale, the quintessentially Neapolitan sense of comfort and confidence in one’s own skin. Raffaella and her famiglia are also experts at sdrammatizzare, knowing how to suck the tragedy from something and spit it out with a great big smile. Part travel tale, part love letter, Only in Naples is a sumptuous story that is a feast for the senses. Goethe said, “See Naples and die.” But Katherine Wilson saw Naples and started to live.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Only in Naples by Katherine Wilson is a surprising memoir that took me on a fabulous journey to Naples, Italy. There I followed a young woman who has just graduated and decided to intern in a foreign country like her parents did. This read was full of adventure and unexpected moments. Like when crumbs from the main character’s piazza fell, into her lap and the next moment a young woman sitting next to her reaches down by her crotch area…was like omg….what?! Then there was the car ride with the wind howling loud and she mentions marriage to a Neopolitan man like this: marriage…us? The answer was fine. Okay fine. Crazy, exciting, and definitely a memorable ride as readers like myself follow the American woman’s experiences living in Italy. The cultural, food, and language kept me turning the pages. Little by little I was learning words here and there in the Italian language. Not only was Only in Naples an entertaining read but also an educational one too. I loved reading this title that was brilliantly written by Katherine Wilson. Overall, I highly recommend this to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Body in the Piazza

 

Synopsis:

Faith Fairchild and her husband are celebrating a big anniversary with a trip to Italy, filled with exquisite indulgences—the art, the Chianti, the food, the Ferragamos! After a weekend in Rome, they’ll travel to Tuscany, where Faith’s former assistant Francesca has opened a cooking school.

But, along with pecorino, pannacotta, and prosecco, it looks like murder and mayhem are also on the menu! On their fist night in the Eternal City, the Fairchilds stumble upon a dying man in the Piazza Farnese. Mysterious characters from Rome resurface in Tuscany. And somebody is intent on sabotaging Francesca’s new business. It’s up to Faith to put everything right—and still whip up a mean Spaghetti a la Foriana, of course!

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Body in the Piazza by Katherine Hall Paige is an exciting adventure that took me traveling to one of my most favorite cities…Rome. A woman and her husband get the chance to travel to Italy for their anniversary. While there, a friend of theirs will be teaching classes on cooking. What should have been just a peaceful yet busy fun-filled romantic time for the couple soon turns into a deadly intense situation from nowhere… Inside this brilliantly told novel, readers will find murder, assassination, kidnapping and a mystery full of suspense. Can Faith Fairchild save her husband from a situation that will require the utmost courage and planning or will Faith loose her husband and let the assassin get away with it all?  Food, adventure, and a great way to travel from home. Katherine Hall Paige writes superb mystery novels that will keep readers turning the pages and on the edge of their seats. I found myself intrigued and completely plunged within the dangerous journey ahead. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written and well-developed novel to readers everywhere. The Body in the Piazza is definitely a must read for all.

 

Review: Charmingly Yours

 

Synopsis:

For Rosemary Reynolds, life in tiny Morning Glory, Mississippi, is just like the fabric store she runs: it seems she’s always waiting around for someone else to make the first stitch. Then a dear childhood friend passes away, leaving behind a gift that sends Rosemary on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Despite her mother’s protests, Rosemary heads to New York City for a stay in her cousin’s trendy SoHo loft. On her first day in town, a wrong turn leads her to Little Italy…and into the arms of handsome, outgoing Sal Genovese. Sal’s mother wants him to marry a longtime family friend, but to him, Rosemary is a breath of fresh country air, and he’s happy to show her a good time. Soon, Rosemary is swept up in a world she thought only existed in movies. To turn a two-week fling into a forever thing, she and Sal will have to make every moment count.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Charmingly Yours by Liz Talley is extraordinary. A novel about a group of close friends that are attending a funeral for a friend they just lost. Their best friend has written them a letter before she died, giving them a task of things she wants them to do and also provides them the ways in order to get the items  done. For each thing they accomplish, they must add a charm to their friend’s charm bracelet. After each woman gets her individual letter, they read it alone. This tale then focuses on one of the remaining friends. Rosemary Reynolds. She is a super sweet, polite, and always the good girl. Her mother mostly tries to keep her daughter in a bubble wrap world where nothing that the mom likes can change or hurt her daughter.

However, Rosemary Reynolds is a much tougher and sassier lady then all give her credit for…she goes to New York to have a little fun and to let loose before heading back home to her southern town.  While in New York, Rosemary happens to run into a super sexy, funny, and great man. A man who instantly finds himself hopelessly falling in love, with her. Both hang out and soon the sparks are flying everywhere. What started out as a new friendship…soon turns out to be much hotter and sexier than originally planned. Hearts are on the line. Sal lives in New York working at his parents’ restaurant and Rosemary is only visiting for a short time…when the time comes will Sal choose Rosemary or will he choose to live a life his parents want for him? Charmingly Yours is by far the most amazing novel ever. I laughed and cried so hard.  The friends are so close to one another that it’s like I’m one of them the group. They instantly pull me into the journey and I loved every moment of it. Liz Talley is a superb writer. I think of the last time I felt such strong emotions at such an early point in any one novel until I read this one. It truly blew me away. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide, and I look forward to reading the second novel in this series.

Review: The Exiled Seven

 

Synopsis:

When Alariq is exiled from his home city-state for a crime he did not commit, only six, stand by his side convinced of his innocence and steadfast in their loyalty.

The seven dwarfs must set out from Ishtara to look for a new place to call home, but in doing so, they make a discovery that puts them all in danger. They are rescued and taken in by a mysterious and beautiful outsider, who lives alone in the depths of Loraheem Forest. What follows is Alariq’s struggle to come to terms with his exile, as those around him seek, to make a place for themselves in this new life. Soon, however, it becomes clear their situation is more complex than they initially realized, and they begin to wonder if there is more behind Alariq’s exile than simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Told in a unique storyteller voice, this reversal and reimagining of the classic fairy tale explored the themes of shattering betrayal, the subsequent struggle to trust again, and the basic desire to take control of one’s own destiny.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Exiled Seven by Blake Renworth is a unique tale told in a narrator form. It’s like watching a movie come to life. This novel has a fascinating twist. A dwarf exiled along with his loyal companions will soon find themselves taking on one very unexpected adventure of a lifetime. The hero…is one that none would have expected but will come to know. The Exiled Seven is this hero’s story. Readers like myself are taken deep into the plot and held in suspense as we are led into the unknown. Blake Renworth’s writing is brilliant. I felt like I was transported directly into his novel from my chair. The characters are an interesting bunch of dwarfs each with their own set of skills that make them easily likable. The connection with Alariq, the hero, is deeply satisfying. He’s not what one deems as the norm for a hero and yet something about him drew me into his story. For fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and fairy tales…then, this, is indeed highly recommend for reading.

The Exiled Seven is vivid and highly entertaining. Travel, adventure, and action come in full loads within this read. The tale is opposite that of the original Snow White story. However, there are many other variables that, gives The Exiled Seven a fresh outlook as well as a new world for readers to get lost within…Alariq was wrongly accused, for a crime he didn’t commit and was then banished from his city. His group of six other dwarfs believed in him that he was innocent. Readers can figure out right away the differences of this tale, and the one called Snow White. The dwarfs have no choice but to leave their home that they once called their city and enter into dangerous ones that are occupied by creatures that would bring fear to all…frustration, despair, and conflict sets, upon the group of dwarfs as they realize danger isn’t just in getting into a safer territory but from the city and their city’s enemies. Time is a major factor in staying alive…and only that will tell if the group survives…Blake Renworth’s The Exiled Seven is the perfect blend of fantasy and folklore as well as fairy tale. I can definitely see this novel being played on big screens everywhere. Overall, I highly recommend this masterfully woven piece to readers worldwide.

 

 

Review: Eo

 

Synopsis:

“Eo” latin for “go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel” is N.J native Jennifer Renson’s second book of published poetry. Leave your world behind and go on a journey through time and place.

In “Eo”, we return to post-apocalyptic Georgia where we follow a father and his thoughts about his son while an odd radio transmission is broadcasted. Friends follow a circus, as another returns home to the ideal cottage, and a spectator watches a world of creatures from a window in the clouds. Readers enter the minds of several characters in their own worlds while exploring others. Smell the ocean air, absorb the sun and spend some quality time with the moon.

As a special surprise, the readers get to add their personal touch to the book. Stuck in traffic? Play a little tic-tac-toe. Traveling to somewhere new? Write it down and paste the pictures. Draw the constellations you feel from the plane window. Turn your daydreams into a poem of your own or two.

Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, car, boat, horse, bicycle or foot, you can carry, inspirational and delightful poetry with you. Paperback and lightweight, this poetry book is ideal for all of your travels. Even if you are simply taking some time to yourself, be sure to take Jennifer with you.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Eo by Jennifer Renson is a brilliant collection of well-written poems that automatically lured me deep into her words. Stunning how tiny black words on a page pop off the pages and becomes scenes filled with action, adventure, and emotion. When reading this collection of poetry, I can sense the deep inspiration coming off the pages and being absorbed by me with every flick of a page. Endless beauty, inspiration, and raw talent shine within this book. As a reader, I felt, myself drawn into other places. Every word felt like it was my own…that openness and raw form of writing by a poet is one that can’t be ignored. It beckons and calls me deeper into its heart. Jennifer Renson can take me anywhere and make me feel anything all with the magic of her words.If readers look closely they will recognize Walking Dead themes within the wonderful book.  Eo is not just a book of poetry but packed with a lot of other surprises to keep readers like myself, busy reading. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Mirror Thief

 

Synopsis:

The core story is set in Venice in the sixteenth century, when the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world’s most wondrous inventions: the mirror. An object of glittering yet fearful fascinationwas it reflecting simple reality, or something more spiritually revealing?the Venetian mirrors were state of the art technology, and subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals worldwide. But for any of the development team to leave the island was a crime punishable by death. One man, howevera world-weary war hero with nothing to losehas a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city’s terrifying enforcers of the edict, the ominous Council of Ten . . .

Meanwhile, in two other VenicesVenice Beach, California, circa 1958, and the Venice casino in Las Vegas, circa todaytwo other schemers, launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret . . .

All three stories will weave together into a spell-binding tour-de-force that is impossible to put downan old-fashioned, stay-up-all-night novel that, in the end, returns the reader to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice . . . and the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of art.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay is a sensational masterpiece. Martin Seay is truly a master of creating plots that will absorb readers into a thrilling adventure unlike any other. This thriller contains three varying stories that will intertwine and become one massive story that blew me away. A novel that defies all other works of fiction and leaves readers satisfied from beginning to end. The Mirror Thief is like a black hole that sucks everything and in this case everyone into its depth. A fast-paced highly entertaining tale that had me hooked, awed, and breathless. Readers who want an adventure as thrilling as the most frightening thrill rides in the world….will fall deeply for this splendid masterpiece.

It’s hard to believe that The Mirror Thief is Martin Seay’s debut novel. What a way to splash into the world of fictional writing. I have never read a tale quite like this one. Inside this story, I got to travel to three different locations, meet many intriguing characters and learned about a mirror technology that is the center of it all. Secrets, danger, and three different times periods make this an outstanding read. The craftsmen that created the mirror would be punished by death if they left the island…and there was one who had nothing to lose. A mirror that can be used for information purposes is a rare and highly wanted object used by many. What will come to the thief is something that readers must find out own their own…Overall, I highly recommend this enchanting tale to readers worldwide. I look forward to reading more by this talented writer in the future.

 

Review: At the Edge of Summer

 

Synopsis:

The acclaimed author of Letters from Skye returns with an extraordinary story of a friendship born of proximity but boundless in the face of separation and war.
 
Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother’s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate. A curious child with an artistic soul, Clare Ross finds solace in her connection to Luc, and she in turn inspires him in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Clare arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. Devastated by her departure, Luc begins to write letters to Clare—and, even as she moves from Portugal to Africa and beyond, the memory of the summer they shared keeps her grounded.

Years later, in the wake of World War I, Clare, now an artist, returns to France to help create facial prostheses for wounded soldiers. One of the war veterans who comes to the studio seems familiar, and as his mask takes shape beneath her fingers, she recognizes Luc. But is this soldier, made bitter by battle and betrayal, the same boy who once wrote her wistful letters from Paris? After the war and so many years apart, can Clare and Luc recapture how they felt at the edge of that long-ago summer?

Bringing to life two unforgettable characters and the rich historical period they inhabit, Jessica Brockmole shows how love and forgiveness can redeem us.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

At the Summer Edge by Jessica Brockmole is a historical getaway where I was deeply enchanted by the beauty and emotional journey of this stunning tale. Imagine a gorgeous place where you can go to relax and heal. No worries at all. The fields surrounding you with a calm peacefulness. This is where two individuals will find both happiness and love only to be separated from one another. However, fate has plans for these individuals to meet once more. War, family, and distance have separated both man and woman and under chance, they met again. Hearts grow fonder through time or will tragedy and war take away what was meant to be?

Jessica Brockmole’s writing is marvelous. I felt like I was sucked into her world of fiction and planted into the main characters body…everything she saw, felt, or did became my own thoughts or actions. The love, tenderness, and emotions swept me off my feet. There’s something deep between both of the main characters, Luc, and Clare. Clare is helping the soldiers and Luc happens to be one of the ones she’s helping…the only question is wonders is if he’s still the Luc she got to know and knew. The intriguing plotline hooked me as I followed each character’s journey through life as they meet, then separated and finally brought together. With all wars there are scars that run deep both outside and inside of us…sometimes it takes a familiar face to help us through our struggles and to let go of the past. I was mesmerized by the inner struggles of both Luc and Clare. Their wounds go deep but their love is deeper yet. Overall, I loved reading this novel. I highly recommend At the Edge of Summer to all.

Review: Iris and Ruby

 

Synopsis:

The unexpected arrival of her willful teenage granddaughter, Ruby, brings life and disorder to 82-year-old Iris Black’s old house in Cairo. Ruby, driven by her fraught relationship with her own mother to run away from England, is seeking refuge with the grandmother she hasn’t seen for years.

An unlikely bond develops between them, as Ruby helps Iris to record her fading memories of the glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo of World War II, and of her one true love–the enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux–whom she lost to the ravages of conflict.

This long-ago love has shaped Iris’s life, and, as becomes increasingly apparent, those of her daughter and her granddaughter. And it is to affect them all, again, in ways they could not have imagined.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas is a woman’s fiction novel that features that joys and sorrows of life. It dragged me instantly into life back then during World War II and then back to the present moment in the same Egyptian city. Cario. Iris goes about telling her 19-year-old granddaughter about her memories of her life while she still can…Ruby feels that helping her grandmother is something special…in just the time they are together the bond between these two women grow and tugs as readers hearts. Absolutely stunning and beautifully enchanting to read. Traveling far away without ever having to leave home and finding wisdom that comes with age as well as romance all inside this brilliant tale. Rosie Thomas is a writer whose talent shines with every page. I was lost immediately as the pages began turning and the story swallowed me up whole and took me along the two women’s journeys. Overall, I would highly recommend this story to all.

Review: Parched

 

Synopsis:

The sun has become a ‘red giant’ and the world is hot and parched. In California, James and Lexie Deforio have three goals: to find food and water, to survive another day, and to protect their two children. When their home is abruptly robbed and burned to the ground, the family is forced to embark on a cross-country journey in search of safety and water.

Facing ruthless bandits, murderers, and some of the most extreme conditions they have ever encountered, they struggle to survive. When James is shot trying to help another family, Lexie and her children set out on a harrowing journey to save him. Finding temporary safety in the abandoned Ohio salt mines deep under Lake Erie, they appear to have found a new home. But, like everything on their journey, not all is as it seems.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Imagine the world we know turning into nothing but a hot deserted land where the sun is red, and the heat is scorching your skin. This is where readers are taken and will meet a family so like our own. They battle every day against the unrelenting heat that reaches above 95 and with only 3 gallons of water and canned food, they must survive. This family composes of a father, mother, son, and a baby girl as well as their dog. A truck comes bringing water for families to take. Then disappears after thirty minutes time. At night, that’s when the worst danger comes…each night checking to make sure everything is locked up properly and set-up so that you can tell if an intruder comes into the home will set readers hearts into a panic. No electricity, no water, and food that comes from a can. Robbers, despite people, and an unbeatable heat will soon cause this family to leave in search, for food, water, and safety. Parched by Andrew Branham is a must read for readers worldwide. A tale that carries the worst nightmare of all for humanity. Here readers will follow a family’s struggle to survive where water is the most valuable asset to have. I loved reading this novel. Andrew Branham’s talent with words will show readers how hard life can be  and the dangers that come with it. The story brings suspense, fear, and an intensity that will keep readers sucked into its pages. A sad and heartbreaking survival story that readers will love. Overall, I highly recommend Parched to readers everywhere.

Review: Niveus

 

Synopsis:

Niveus is…perfectly peculiar.

The silver-haired beauty with eyes the color of a dying rose is the only daughter of Ravan and Nicolette. She wanders the Wintergrave Realm like no other, unseen and unheard, sharing an extraordinary gift. The Wintergrave Dynasty’s strange daughter, she beloved by all and understood by none.

Ravan’s realm seems the perfect place to shield Niveus from the outside world and all the dangers that lurk there, until…a wicked soul from the North appears. Malik is smitten with such a profound hatred and jealousy of Ravan that he comes with one intent—to destroy his daughter.

But Malik’s scheme takes a twisted turn when he finally lays eyes on the extraordinary creature, and his wicked plan drags Niveus and those who love her, on an epic trek like no other. And with Niveus’ power at his disposal, it seems no one can stop Malik—not Risen, not Nicolette…not even Ravan.

What will it take to tilt the world even again? Perhaps the undying love of another is the only thing that can conquer true evil, but what will be the sacrifice needed to bring Malik’s bloody realm to the ground?

All your favorite characters return in this final chapter of the Wintergrave Chronicles. Venture with them into 14th century Prussia to discover if Malik will be undone or if Niveus or someone she loves…is lost forever.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Niveus by Sharon Cramer is beautifully stunning. I have never read such a powerful novel like this one. Love, courage and hope are just a few themes that make this a must read for all. A kingdom battling against an evil that is intent on taking down everything and keeping it for himself. Niveus is a young woman who is a beauty unlike any other woman and is thus feared a bit those around her. She instantly goes to those who are suffering. Niveus can travel realms and has her own powers just like mom has. Niveus is a leading female character that believes whatever fate has dished out then that’s what was meant to be. Niveus goes through a lot of suffering as well…as the evil comes, onto her, taking her for himself and soon his fate will be decided. Niveus has many who would battle their lives to keep her safe, like her brother and the man whom she truly loves. Readers will soon find that Niveus is carrying a secret and the fate of everyone is one that readers must figure out on their own…Sharon Cramer’s talent is obvious as readers turn every page to read the fast-paced yet well-written plot. A story that will capture readers and send them into a whole new world. I loved reading this fantasy piece about sacrifice and  unconditional love. Overall,  highly recommend this brilliant title to all.

 

Review: The Arrangement

 

Synopsis: 

Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is young, restlessly married, and returning from her first sojourn in France. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al’s charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. After a night’s transgression, it’s only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives.

Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement is a sparkling, sensual novel that explores the complexities of a marriage and the many different ways in which we love. Writing at the top of her game, Ashley Warlick gives us a completely mesmerizing story about a woman well ahead of her time, who would go on to become the legendary food writer M. F. K. Fisher.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick is a historical fiction piece that gives readers an inside view of one woman’s life. Love, passion, intrigue…all brilliantly written for readers to enjoy. A woman who has a passion for writing and is married to one man but falls in love with his best friend. The novel is exciting because it happens around the early 1930’s. A fascinating historical moment in time. Ashley Warlick brings readers a female character who is strong, independent, and hard working. It’s hard not to love the main character. The character’s personality is a bit bold and sassy for a woman during this time period but fits in perfectly with the fictional plot that Ashley Warlick has masterfully woven for readers enjoyment. What happens on this one woman’s journey as her heart goes back and forth between two loves and her career…is one that readers must read to figure out on their own. I was deeply enchanted by this sexy tale.

The Arrangement takes readers deep on a journey of self-discovery, love, and a promising future. The novel is steady paced yet fast-paced in certain scenes and highly suspenseful. Mary Frances has choices to make. After all, she’s a married woman to one man yet her heart goes out to another. Readers will enjoy following Mary Francis and her affairs as well as her developing writing career. Just as in real life, there are bumpy roads and Mary Francis will experience many before she arrives at the height of her career and love. Ashley Warlick has brought a sensually exciting read for her audience. Once readers open up this title, they will be instantly dragged into the life of M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Francis). What readers will love most about this character is that she isn’t sure what she wants exactly until later in the novel. This vulnerable part of her exposes her in a way that makes it easy to connect with her. Overall, this is definitely a must read for readers worldwide. A woman’s novel that everyone can enjoy and be sucked into from the first page onward.

Review: Beauty and the Feast

 

Synopsis:

Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who’s all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.
When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He’s not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe’s voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.
When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Beauty and the Feast by J.R. Barret is a highly entertaining romance. It’s hot, sexy, and funny sweet. This was the first novel I have read by this talented author. The characters were fun to read about and follow along with as the plot developed. Readers will be enticed with this title from the first page. Food, culture, and amazing travel, readers will get to taste and view when reading this brilliant novel. I found myself completely lost as I read this story. It was like I was right there watching and engaging in the exciting scenes around me. The smells were so vivid that I found myself almost tasting the delicious meals prepared by the main character. She is beautiful, smart, and fun. J.R Barret’s novel is steady paced and well-written. Once readers open it up to read it won’t be put down until they read the last page. Inside The Beauty and the Feast, readers are taken into a kitchen where we find our main character cooking and then being hosed down by a horny teenage boy. A horny teenage boy that she has to babysit for her boss. He takes great pleasure in soaking her shirts until they are transparent . . . then leaves grinning like a Chesire Cat of Wonderland. Readers will be intrigued by Eva whose cooking skills will make anyone’s mouth water . . . especially that of a hot sexy man who heats up her dreams. Gabe is soon led to Eva and unlike most romantic relationships; this woman has a lot more than looks to attract a red-blooded male. But what fate holds in store for them both is one readers must find out on their own. I absolutely loved reading this title—the cover and name of the book fit in perfectly with the story and its characters. Spicy, sensual, and masterfully woven, The Beauty and the Feast, is definitely a must read for all.

Review: Turka Bella

 

Synopsis:

Compelling Military Love Story

A week after watching the events of September 11, 2001 claim thousands of innocent lives, Jonathan Feldman, a 23-year-old Jewish-American from Chicago’s affluent Gold Coast neighborhood, decides to join the U.S. Army.

With no prior interest in the military, but feeling lost a year out of college, Jonathan feels compelled to be a part of something bigger than himself. Like many young soldiers at the time, he enlists with ambitions of saving the world from Muslim extremism and visions of hunting down the evil perpetrators of 9/11.

Those dreams are shattered when he is transferred to a remote base in Germany that is soon to be closing down and left forgotten by the American government. But what happens when Jonathan’s brother and friends visit for Oktoberfest that changes his one-dimensional existence forever.

It is at that time, when Jonathan is perfectly unprepared, destiny brings Ela, a beautiful Turkish Muslim businesswoman from Istanbul into his life.

Love blossoms…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Turka Bella by Jonathan Feldman is a stunning memoir that will automatically grab readers and take them deep within its pages. The people and scenes come, to life, on every page. Everything and everyone felt so real. Readers are taken back to the before and the aftermath of one of the most horrific events in the history of the U.S. The terrorist attacks of September 11th will forever haunt the American people especially that of one in particular. He can’t shake the terror he saw happening in his own country. I enjoyed following the character’s journey and his family heritage. A Jewish culture and language…along with the character’s sense of American duty that leads him on his new path in life. A path of love and destiny. Jonathan Feldman’s memoir is brilliantly well-written and will captivate audiences from all over the world for ages to come. Love, hope, and fate…are all a part of this fast-paced memoir. A memoir that has a little of everything and will never be forgotten by its readers. I enjoyed reading Turka Bella, and I look forward to reading more future works by this talented writer. I highly recommend this powerful yet beautifully told memoir to readers worldwide.