Book Review: Exquisite


by Sarah Stovell

Trafalgar Square Publishing

Orenda Books
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 01 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Exquisite Through Orenda Books and Netgalley:

Bo Luxton has everything a heart could desire a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a bunch of bestselling books to her name.  

Alice Dark in contrast is an aspiring writer, who is drifting through life with a string of dead end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend.  When Bo and Alice meet at a writer’s retreat the Chemistry is immediate.

Soon Alice and Bo are emailing frequently.  The emails becoming more impassioned, revealing who Bo Really is sparking a dangerous relationship between Bo and Alice to begin.

Bo Luxton is married with kids, will she risk everything for an affair, or is this something more? Find out in Exquisite.

I give this book four out of five stars!

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Book Review: Mari’s Hope

Mari’s Hope

by Sandy Brehl

Crispin Books
Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 01 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Mari’s Hope through Crispin Books and Netgalley:

In the final years of World War 2 in a small village in occupied Western Norway, Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor. Mari not only helps the doctor but she has her hand in helping her family against the Resistance.

This book will take us on a journey back in time, to the later days of World War 2 where we meet Mari and her family, where we learn of a families struggles and triumphs during World War 2.

I give Mari’s Hope, five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Peculiar County

Peculiar County

by Stuart R. West


 Teens & YA

Pub Date 30 Jul 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Peculiar County Through BooksGoSocial and Netgalley:

Growing up in Peculiar County Kansas in 1965 is a strange experience, even stranger for Dibby Caldwell, the morticians fifteen year old daughter who is being haunted by a ghost of a young boy which prompts Dibby to unearth the circumstances of his death.  She learns the boy is eight year old Thomas Saunders who had gone missing in May of 1953.  

It seems that no one living or dead wants Dibby to uncover how Thomas Saunders died.  In her search to find Thomas Saunders killer she discovers that her Father had been close to EveLyn Saunders 

Will Dibby be able to uncover what happened to Thomas Saunders, who was behind his murder?  Will she die trying? Find out in Peculiar County.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: An Italian Adventure, It Will All Make Less Sense When You Grow Up

An Italian Adventure, It Will All Make Less Sense When You Grow Up

An Italian Adventure, It Will All Make Less Sense When You Grow Up
by Gaia B Amman

Kuki Publishing
Middle Grade , Teens & YA

Pub Date 01 Nov 2015

I am reviewing An Italian Adventure, It Will All Make Less Sense When You Grow Up Through Kuki Publishing and Netgalley:

It’s Italy in the late 1980’s, ten year old Lee, a fearless bookworm struggles when Nico the schoo, bully moves to the northern town of Arese from Sicily.  The two could not know how they would change each other’s lives and change each other forever.

This coming of age novel deals with issues such as gender identity, guilt, religion, bullies including figuring out death and grown-ups; this novel is both humorous and insightful, coming of age Novel will show preteens and adults alike a side of Italy they never imagined against the stunning backdrop of the serene countryside, the Alps as well as the beautiful island of Sardina.

I give An Italian Adventure: It Will All Make Less Sense When You Grow Upfour Out Of five stars!

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Book Review: You’re Gonna Make It After All

You’re Gonna Make It After All
The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore
by Marc Shapiro

Riverdale Avenue Books

Biographies & Memoirs , Entertainment

Pub Date 11 Oct 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of You’re Gonna Make It After All Through Riverdale Avenue Books and Netgalley:

Born on December.29.1936 to George Tyler Moore and Majorie Hackett Moore in Flattbush Brooklyn.  Her Mother became an alcoholic, at the age of six Mary Tyler Moore tells her Mother that a friend of her Mother’s Molested her, but Majorie refused to believe her daughter, driving an even deeper wedge between Mother and daughter. In her later books she would talk about how much closer she was to her Father than her Mother.  Seven years after she was born, Mary’s brother John was born.

On July.3.1956 Mary Tyler Moore would give birth to her son Richie Meeker in Los Angels California.  Despite being a very good Mother within a year of being a stay at home Mother Mary was growing restless, in 1959 she got a guest shot on the George Burns show, she would be listed as Mary Moore, after that point she would always be listed as Mary Tyler Moore.  In 1961 Moore was not in a good place physically or emotionally but would get a call to audition for a show called The Dick Van Dyke show, a show that would help launch her career.  At first Dick Van Dyke feared the show would not work due to the age difference, but their chemistry on the show was immediately evident.  On October.03.1961 The Dick Van Dyke show debuted.  Mary Tyler Moore played Laura Richards on the show, and in the 60’s she did something you did not see women doing on television, she wore pants.  The show would run until 1966.

Moore would take on roles through Broadway and the big screen, shows likeThoroughly Modern Millie which opened in 1967.

In 1970 Moore would be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Her symptoms had progressed so much that she had become withdrawn and she rarely socialized with her other cast and crew members on Change Of Habit.  

Moore would miscarry, and her relationship with her son Ritchie would become strained.

Mary Tyler Moore helped to pave the way for women in Television.  The Mary Tyler Moore show was the first show of its kind, a single career women, who worked in a News room, would change the face of television and help pave the way for women in the industry.

Though the Mary Tyler Moore show was popular among feminicist, Mary Tyler Moore never considered herself a feminiscist.  By 1975 other shows would be pushing boundaries as well.  In 1977 after a seven year run, The Mary Tyler Moore would end.  In 1979 The Mary Tyler Moore hour would begin, but would be short lived. 

On October.15.1980, Moore was awakened from a sleep to the sound of the phone rings, on the other end is Grant, telling her, her Son Ritchie was dead.

In 1986 Mary Tyler Moore was inducted into the television hall of fame, and in 1988 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for comedy through The American Comedy Awards.

In 1990 Moore played in The Last Best Year and Thanksgiving Day, in The Last Year Moore plays a therapist who is reluctant to counsel a young women who has fallen critically ill.  Thanksgiving Day is about a family who comes together during the Holidays to combat family and buissness problems.

In 1993 in Stolen Babies Moore plays an adoption agency head who was secretly running a black market baby selling scam.

By 2010 Moore’s eyesight had been severely affeceted by the diabetes, in 2012 her mobility was so severely affected by the disease she often required a wheelchair.  By then she was pretty much confined  to her home, but kept in touch with friends by phone.

Mary Tyler Moore passed away on January 25.2017 but her legacy lives on.

I give You’re Gonna Make it After All five out of five stars!

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Book Review: How God Grows A Girl Of Grace

How God Grows a Girl of Grace

A Devotional
by JoAnne Simmons

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Children’s Nonfiction , Christian

Pub Date 01 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of How God Grows A Girl Of Grace through Barbour Books, and Netgalley:

Have a daughter, a niece or granddaughter who you are looking to get a Devotional for, perhaps for Christmas?  Then How God Grows A Girl Of Grace would make a perfect gift.

This devotional shows today’s Girl, how to grow up in God’s way.  Girls are encouraged to let go of strongholds, and past hurts, to grow closer to God, they are reminded that God provides and that he is a God of Peace, that he heals.

We are reminded that God was our rock, that we are all given Unique gifts, readers are encouraged too Guard Against Greed.

I give How God Grows a Girl Of Grace five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Katarina Deliverance

Katharina: Deliverance

by Margaret Skea

Historical Fiction , Literary Fiction

Pub Date 18 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Katarina: Deliverance through Sanderling and Netgalley:

It’s Germany 1505

At only five years old and after the recent death of her Mother Katerina’s Father and Step-Mother place her into a convent in Brehna.  Katarina would never again see her Father.

Sixty five miles away at Erfurt in Thurgina a promising young law student Martin Luther turns his back on law in order to become a monk.

In 1523 on an Easter Sunday Katarina and Marin Luther would meet, a meeting that would change the course of their lives and reverberate through Christianity even to this day.

This novel offers a fascinating portrayal of Katarina Van Bora, the wife of Martin Luther.

I give Katarina: Deliverance five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Prodigals Welcome

The Prodigal’s Welcome

Includes Bonus Story of My Beloved Waits by Peggy Darty
by Kristin Billerbeck, Peggy Darty

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Christian , General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017

I am reviewing a copy of The Prodigals Welcome through Barbour Books and Netgalley:

Nathan Pemberton, the Prodigal Son returns home to post Civil War Mississippi.  Nathan Pemberton comes home to find everything about his home changed, and his childhood sweetheart married.  Nathan can’t help but question where his place is.  Will he be able to find the forgiveness he longs for?  Find out in The Prodigal’s Welcome.

In the bonus story My Beloved Waits by Peggy Darty, Grace Cunningham is trying to save her Alabama farm, after the war when a Northern Stranger brings a cryptic message from her Father who is dying.

I give The Prodigal’s Welcome five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Shallow Grave

Shallow Grave

A Matt Sinclair Mystery
by Brian Thiem

Crooked Lane Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 11 Jul 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Shallow Grave through Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley:

The Oakland Coroners office uncovers a Shallow Grave in the outskirts of the city, homicide detective Matt Sinclair is almost certain he will find a drug dealer who got caught in a turf war. But is shocked to find it is Phil Roberts, the commander of the departments intelligence until ad well as Matt Sinclair’s former partner.

Police Brass feel that it is the member of an outlaw motorcycle gang who murdered Phil Roberts, but Matt and his current partner Cathy Braddock aren’t satisfied that this is the case. As Sinclair and his partner selves into Phil Robert’s past, Secrets from both his work and personal life come to light.  Secrets that some will go to any length to keep in the dark, but Sinclair refuses to stop even if it means muddying his former partners name and sabotaging his own career.

Will Sinclair be able to solve the murder of his former partner, and still keep his badge? Find out in Shallow Grave.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Long Journey Home

Long Journey Home

A Young Girl’s Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust
by Lucy Lipiner

Concierge Marketing Inc.

Usher Publishing
Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 07 Feb 2013

I am reviewing a copy of Long Journey Home Through Usher Publishing and Netgalley:

The Summer Of 1939 was the last summer of Luisia’s childhood, the Holocaust would take much of her extended family, thought and Aunt and a cousin would make it through, having escaped to Switzerland.    Luisia had lived her life in Sucha Poland.

On September 1st when Luisia was only six, her parents roused her and her older sisters from bed.

She talks about the difficulty of the winter of 1939/1940 under Soviet Occupation.  She talks about the difficulty of having no friends 

From a sheltered life in the Tatra mountains to her time as a barefoot and hungry little girl in Siberia and Tajikstan as central area to her families final arrival in the United States.  She talks too about her time in an a home for Orphaned Holocaust Children, Until it was discovered her parents had miraculously survived.

Long Journey Home is a powerful memoir of survival.

I give Long Journey Home five out of five stars!

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