Book Review: James Baldwin and the 1980’s

James Baldwin and the 1980s

Witnessing the Reagan Era

by Joseph Vogel

University of Illinois Press

Biographies & Memoirs , Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 16 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of James Baldwin and the 1980’s through University of Illinois Press and Netgalley:

How does James Baldwin apply to the 1980’s after all the majority of his work was published in the Civil Rights era , but he remained a prolific writer until his death in 1987.

In 1979 Baldwin’s book Just Above My Head hit the bookstores. A full year before the 1980’s but the Reagan Revolution was already underway. Baldwin’s book Just Above My Head stretches out over three decades from the 1940’s to the later 1970’s, but a great amount of the book takes place in the 1950’s.

Many believe there is a correlation between the 1950’s and 1980’s. His books covered the affects of Popular culture and Mass Media in his many published works. He wrote about topics that those in generations before him would not have been able to.

I give James Baldwin and the 1980’s five out of five stars.

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Book Review: The Advice Column Murders

The Advice Column Murders

The Oakwood Mystery Series

by Leslie Nagel

Random House Publishing Group – Alibi


Mystery & Thrillers , Women’s Fiction

Pub Date 03 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Advice Column Murders through Alibi and Netgalley:

Charley Carpenter feels like death warmed over, she swallows pain relievers to help ease the Insomnia induced headache she can’t seem to shake. She wanted to crawl back under the covers but that wasn’t an option.

Charley knows the couple next door is hiding something, her new neighbors are standoffish but she can hear the loud screams even behind closed doors, something isn’t right, but what?

A neighbors daughter is murdered, but who would want to kill her, and why? Could it have anything to do with the secrecy?

I give The Advice Column Murders four out of five stars!

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Book Review: Lone Witness

Lone Witness

by Rachel Dylan

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers


Pub Date 01 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Lone Witness through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

For those of you who are a fan of Christian Suspense and want a story full of intrigue I definitely recommend Lone Witness…

Sophie Dawson’s first job as a prosecutor in the white collar division of the Fulton D.A’s office is building a case against Local Bank Employees who seem to be cheating their clients. Circumstances beyond her control though leave her the only witness to a double homicide and end up turning her life upside down.

Sophie is not one to back down, but the bank case she is on seems to grow more complicated by the day and the gang will do anything to stop her from testifying. Sophie is determined to stand for what’s right, but is Cooper willing to do the same?

Find out in Lone Witness.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Recognize, Respond, Rescue

by Darby A. Strickland

P & R Publishing


Pub Date 30 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Domestic Abuse through P&R Publishing and Netgalley:

Domestic abuse takes many forms, often starting with one spouses need to dominate and control the others. This is a prevalent problem and Christian marriages are no exception. This books helps to answer the questions how can concerned family members , and even counselors know how to recognize it.

Oppressed spouses become isolated and dominated over time. They begin to feel trapped with no way out.

This brief book is great for anyone who fears they may know someone who is in a situation of Domestic Abuse.

Four out of five stars!

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Book Review: Paris By the Book

Paris by the Book

A Novel

by Liam Callanan



General Fiction (Adult) , Literary Fiction

Pub Date 03 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Paris by the Book through Dutton and Netgalley:

Robert Eady am eccentric novelist abruptly vanished leaving his wife behind as well as their daughters, a clue in an unexpected place, plane tickets to Paris.

Trying to uncover clues Leah decides to head to France with their girls hoping to find clues of where her husband may have went. Upon her arrival she finds a manuscript, one she had not even known he had been writing, the novel had been set in Paris. The Eady women follow the path of the novel to a small, floundering English language bookstore whose owner is ready to sale. Leah is surprised to hear herself accept the offer on the spot.

The family is settling into their new Parisian life and find themselves tracing the literary paths of some Parisian Classics, including Madeline and the Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. A series of startling discoveries makes Leah realize she may not be as ready to solve the mystery as she thought she was.

I give Paris by the Book five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Cecily Neville (Mother of Richard the III

Cecily Neville

Mother of Richard III

by Dr John Ashdown-Hill

Pen & Sword

Pen and Sword History

Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 30 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Cecily Neville Mother of Richard III through Pen and Sword and Netgalley:

Though no one can be certain Cecily Neville was believed to have been born on May.3 1415 at Ruby Castle. It is believed too that she was the youngest of the twenty two known children of Ralph Neville who was the first Earl of Westmorland.

It is said that Cecily gave birth to twelve children but not all of them survived!

Richard is believed to have been born in February or March of 1441/2

It is rumored that Cecily has been known as the Rose of Raby because of how beautiful she was as well as her birth at Raby Castle, another nickname was said to have been Proud Cis because she was said to have been vain as well as having a fiery temper, but that is only speculation. Her life is in-fact shrouded in mystery.

It is known that Cecily was the Matriarch of the York dynasty. She lived through a tumultuous time and lived to see the birth of the future king Henry VIII. She saw the house of York defeat their Lancastrian cousins to watching the defeat of her own son Richard III, at the battle of Bosworth, as well as seeing one of her own granddaughters become Henry VIII Queen Consort!

I give Cecily Neville five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Family At No.13

The Family at Number 13

by S.D. Monaghan


General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 27 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Family at Number 13 through Bookouture and Netgalley:

Sometimes perfect lives can hide the deepest, darkest most devastating secrets!

Mary is beautiful and rich she lives in a house on an exclusive street with stunning views and an immaculate garden from the outside everything looks perfect but it isn’t.

Things are different behind closed doors. Her husband Andrew rarely even talks to her, preferring to spend his days alone down in the basement. She has a teenage nephew who is full of rage, he lashes out with warning. Her life that she so carefully constructed is coming apart.

Before long someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes threatening her and her family.

Everyone has secrets but someone at No.13 has secrets that could leave all the family in danger!

I give The Family at No 13 three out of five stars!

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Book Review: Worlds of You

Worlds of You

Poetry & Prose

by Beau Taplin

Andrews McMeel Publishing


Pub Date 22 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Worlds of You through Andrews McMeel Publishers and Netgalley:

This is a beautiful collection of poetry from Australian Poet and Social Media Star Beau Taplin:

Worlds of You is a beautifully compiled collection of poetry dealing with the many emotions and aspects of life. The words are filled with lyric and wisdom and written from the depths of the heart.

Beau Taplin offers wisdom and heart as well as insight and comfort in this beautifully written collection of poetry.

Five out of five stars !

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Book Review: Blind Betrayal

Blind Betrayal

by Nancy Mehl

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers


Pub Date 17 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Blind Betrayal through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Martin Avery wants to tell his attacker’s that he is a good son and helps to care for his Special Needs Sister. He is angered, he is a good man so why is someone out to hurt him?

Deputy u.S Marshall Casey Sloanne has been working at the St Lois Marshall’s office for a couple of years when she is given a routine assignment helping to transport a reporter Valerie to D.C to testify in front of a Grand Jury. The reporter had been a story about an up and coming environmentalist who disappeared, and later discovered whose backers may have ties to terrorism.

This seemingly ordinary assignment suddenly takes a shocking turn, Casey must put her own feelings aside about the unexpected reappearance of a man from her past , as she and the other two marshals take Valerie on the run. Soon it becomes apparent her testimony has more dangerous implications than they knew.

Can they all make it out alive?

Find out in Blind Betrayal!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Cross Your Heart

Cross Your Heart (Detective Jess Bishop Book 2)

by Kierney Scott


General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 25 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Cross Your Heart through Bookouture and Netgalley:

Special Agent Jessica Bishop finds herself handcuffed in a box, folded over into the fetal position.

Days before Special Agent Jessica Bishop begins looking into three cold cases in which girls go missing, while investigating she finds a disturbing link between the three missing girls. She is determined to find out what happens and fights to reopen the cases.

In each case the kidnapper left a small bag of candy where he had taken the three girls.

When a fourth child is taken this time from a hospital room, once against small bag of candy was left in the room in place of the child. Jessica knows right away it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to the breaking point, Jessica takes a risk she may come to regret but she really has no choice Ava will only get sicker out of the hospital.

Can Jessica save Ava before it’s to late?

Find out in Cross Your Heart!

Five out of five stars!

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