Book Review: A Criminal Defense

A Criminal Defenseby William L. Myers Jr.

Thomas & Mercer

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 01 Apr 2017

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Television reporter Jenifer Yamura is murdered, a prominent Philadelphia Buissnessmen is accused of her murder and the buissnessman happens to be Mick McFarland’s best friend.  Soon Mick finds himself with a case that could make or break his career.  He must prove his best friend is not a murderer.

Will Mick McFarland be able to prove his friends innocent or will truths he does not want to face come to light, risking his reputation and firm.  

A Criminal Defense is the perfect book for those who love fast paced suspense that will leave you guessing.

I give A Criminal Defense five out of five stars.

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Thomas & Mercer

General Fiction (Adult) Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Apr 2017

Thomas & Mercer

General Fiction (Adult) Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Apr 2017

Thomas & MercerGeneral Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Book Review: Messy Beautiful Friendship

Messy Beautiful Friendship

Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships
by Christine Hoover

Baker Books


Pub Date 18 Apr 2017 

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This book reminds us that many women have trouble grasping the complexities of adult friendships:  This book reminds us that even in its messiness Friendship is beautiful.

The author points out that friendship often comes easier for children than adults.  She points out too that though only the good Lord is our perfect friend, he wants to bless us with friendship with others.  She encourages us to embrace the friendships God brings our way.  We are encouraged too, to accept friendships with Grace.

The author goes on to remind us that though hurt is inevitable, fear is not.  We are reminded too that though we have our differences, that they are inevitable, insecurities do not have to be inevitable.

We are encouraged to use our words wisely as well.

We are reminded too of the importance of praying for our friends, we may not be able to “fix” what they are going through, but we can pray for them.

I give Messy Beautiful Friendship, five out of five stars,

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Book Review: Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight (Detective Ruby Preston Crime Thriller Series)

by Caroline Mitchell

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 20 Apr 2017 

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Detective Rudy Preston is on the search for killers, killers stalking the streets of East London.  Will she be able to capture this serial killer before More fall victim?

Nathan Crosby is not only Detective Preston’s boyfriend, but also the number one suspect in these murders.  Could the man she loves, truly be guilty, or is he being framed as she believes.

Nathan has connections with the homeless all over London, which proves to be helpful to Ruby.

Just when Detective Preston thinks she has her suspect in custody, another murder takes place, when the suspect is in custody, eliminating him.

If you like suspenses that keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you guessing until the very end, you will love Sleep Tight…

I give Sleep Tight five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Women Who Move Mountains

Women Who Move Mountains

Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and Grace
by Sue Detweiler

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Pub Date 02 May 2017 

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This book Women Who Moves Mountains takes on a journey through prayer, and teaches us to pray with confidence, Boldness and Grace.

We are reminded that there are different types of prayers including prayers of desperation, those prayers when you face a life or death situation or a life altering one.  Sue Detweiller also reminds us that we don’t have a fear problem, but a faith one.

The author reminds us the importance of learning to Pray with Faith, the first step being establishing a firm foundation.

This book would be perfect for either A Women’s Bible study, or to add to personal Bible Study Time. 

I give Women Who Moves Mountains five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Lil’s Way

Lil’s Way

Book 1
by Colleen Baxter Sullivan

Waldorf Publishing

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 15 Apr 2017

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As a child Lil experienced a great deal of trauma due to sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

It’s the year 2000 and Lil is spending time in a mental facility.  She has learned to switch, turn off the pain, so much so that she no longer feels it.

At the age of twelve,Lil and her older brother are used to having to hide in the closet, but when her brother slips out after hearing his Mother’s screams of terror, and doesn’t come back to let her know it’s okay.

A lady comes and lifts Lil from the closet, she’s left wondering where her Mother and brother are.  After she spent time in the hospital, she was put into foster care but her first Foster Mother was physically and emotionally abusive.

After her Aunt Jones Lil is placed in a Catholic’s girl school, where she learned her Father was still alive, in a correctional facility for killing Lil’s Grandfather, and that in fact she had no brother.

Lil and her husband try for years to have a child but Lil is unable to.  Lil eventually does have a child though a girl named Jade, and Jade had a twin brother who was put up for adoption due to a small hole in his heart.

I give Lil’s Way four out of five stars.

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Book Review:Choices


The True Story of One Family’s Daring Escape to Freedom
by J.E. Laufer

Little Egg Publishing Company

Pub Date 15 May 2017

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The authors family escaped Budapest, Hungary after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  At the age of two J.E Laufer fled Budapest with her family.  Up until there escape the family faces danger, and J.E’s Mother fears it is the start of another Holocaust.  They live in a crowded apartment with another family.  One day her Father goes back to their cousins, to retrieve the blanket she left behind but the apartment has been ransacked.   Kati soon realizes it is time to flee, because they are going to be watched more closely with the dissapearance of their cousins.

They tell everyone they are going to visit a cousin on the Austrian border for a few days.  The children are given Sedatives so they don’t have outbursts, meaning the parents would have to carry them.

The family spent weeks traveling from one strange city to another until they were finally sent to Vancouver Canada.

I give Choices five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Threads of Suspicion

Threads of Suspicion

by Dee Henderson

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Pub Date 02 May 2017 

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Evie Blackwell has been appointed to Illinois states new Missing Person Task Force, she is partnered with David Marshall.

Sharon Noble has been working on Missing Person’s cases for the past eight years and will be spending the next two with The Illinois Missing Person’s Task Force.

Evie prefers talking to people to get a case started off and to check out the victim’s personal effects.

Jenna Greenhill was last seen on October.17,2007, she was a Junior at Brighton College where she was a Biology Major and a Chemistry Minor. She lived in an Apartment Complex that was deemed as safe.

David Marshall is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Maggie, he gave his heart to Jesus, after an accident.

David is assigned to cases that don’t seem to have a connection until they learn that they do.

Will Evie and David be able to find the truth?  In doing so will they learn deeper truths about themselves?

I give Threads of Suspicion five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Love In A Time of Hate

Love in a Time of Hate

The Story of Magda and André Trocmé and the Village That Said No to the Nazis
by Hanna Schott

Herald Press

Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 13 Jun 2017 

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Magda and Andre Trocme are married, Andre a preacher and Magda stays home to raise there children.

Magda’s Father had not been a man to openly display his affections.  Her Stepmother looks at Magda only as a reminder of her husband’s previous life, but her Stepmother is pleased when Magda takes interest in her stepmothers Catholic Faith.

Magda attended a catholic boarding school for three years, a time when her Father rarely visited.  In 1918 the year of The Spanish Influenza.

Andre Trocme was born only a few meters from the Champs-Elysees, despite the families status and wealth Andre’s childhood was not a happy one.  He only got to spend a few hours a week with his Mother, Time that he cherished, for the most part he and his siblings were in the care of Nannies.  When he was only ten Andre’s Mother died.

In 1918 his family moves to Paris, a move that he hopes will lead to a more normal life.  After announcing to his Father who is pleased that he wants to be a Pastor, he begins studying theology in 1919. In 1921 Andrew interrupts his study in order to begin a period of compulsory Military studies.

In 1926 Andre and Magda are both living in New York, Andre studying to be a Pastor and Magda looking into social work. On April.18,1926 Andre proposes to Magda.

Magda’s family warned her against marrying Andre, they feared a Italian Catholic woman would not make a good match.  It wasn’t only Magda’s family that opposed to the union but Andre’s Father as well.  Despite these setbacks they were married and in the Summer of 1927 their first child was born, a daughter. They named the little girl Helena, Nelly for short and she was named after Magda’s Mother who had died when Magda was an infant.

For six years the Trocme’s lived in Sin-le-Noble where Andre served as a Pastor, while there they had three sons in 1930 Jean-Pierre in 1931 Jacques was born and Daniel in 1933. By 1933 the Children’s health are suffering and Andre requests to be move to a church in a place where the children could get proper care.  Nelly theoldest has suffered Bronchitis from her infancy.  In 1934 the family is finally moved to Le Chambon.

On June 14,1940 German troops marched into Paris, two days later the western advance came to an end.

Before the war shows up on their doorstep Magda and Andre already find themselves becoming a champion for their Jewish Brothers and Sisters.  Andre teaches his congregation to lie to the authorities about the presence of Jews in their cities, not an easy task for the Pastor, but a necessary one.

Andre houses some of those trying to escape the Nazi’s in the Parsonage, some were unaccompanied Refugees as young as four years old and the oldest of the unaccompanied refugees were nearly adults.  

Even those who did not belong to the church found themselves defending it.  In the summer of 1942,in Paris all the Jews were driven together to a sports stadium close to the Eiffel tower called the Veldrome d’Hiver, for five days in the middle of July they were held there without food or water, without beds, or wash facilities and with toilets that soon overflowed.  The sinister operation was named Spring Breeze.

By 1943 the Trocme’s find themselves in more danger and Andre is urged to go into hiding, and for ten months he is separated from his family, while Magda works as a Bicycle Courier, but by 194; there Middle son Jacques misses his Father terribly and is sent to Be with him.

This is the story of a remarkable family who refused to be a part of the horrendous mistreatment of their Jewish brothers and Sisters at a time when standing up could mean they were signing up for a death sentence.

I give Love in A Time of Hate five out of five stars.

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Book Review:  The Isis Hostage

The ISIS Hostage

One Man’s True Story of Thirteen Months in Captivity
by Puk Damsgard

Pegasus Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 09 May 2017 

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In May of 2013 Puk Damsgard had returned home to Beirut after two weeks of reporting in Yabrud, a Syrian City.  A reporter named Daniel Rye is already being held hostage by Isis Extremists.

In August of 2014 a video is uploaded to youtube showing the murder of American Freelance Journalist James Foley.

Daniel Rye was held hostage in Syria for thirteen months, eight of those months were spent with James Foley and other weatern hostages.

In May of 2013 Daniel Rye is captured by Isis, the conditions he is forced to live in along with the others captured is deplorable, battling sickness and malnutriction.  For a time eight hostages were held under the basement of a Children’s hospital.

James Foley turns forty while being held hostage, on December 23,2013 the Prisoners are told they are being released but Daniel is skeptical.  On June 19th after over a year in capacity, Daniel is finally released.

Six of the other Male Prisoners held in Captivity with Daniel died while still in captivity, and the female captives weren’t all spared either.

I give The Isis Hostage five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Chengli and theSilk Road Caravan

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

by Hildi Kang

Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 14 Oct 2011

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Chengli lives in China in the 630’s.  From the time he was little he worked for cha’aan’s wealthiest Merchant now that he is older he and his friend are trusted to sale Merchandise at the market.  But Chengli hears the Desert calling him.

Soon Chengli finds himself on a Caravan headed to take the princess to meet her betroved.  Chengli is injured while with the Caravan, the pain so bad he feared he would never walk again.

I give Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan five out of five stars.

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