Book Review: Revenge


DI Jemima Huxley Thrillers Book 1

by Gaynor Torrance

Sapere Books

Mystery & Thrillers , Women’s Fiction

Pub Date 07 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Revenge: DI Jemima Huxley Thrillers Book 1 through Sapere Books and Netgalley:

After mutilated female corpses are discovered in shallow graves located in the woodlands it quickly becomes obvious a serial killer is at large…

No one is reported missing, no apparent motive, an d no suspects leads to an investigation that is far from easy, and definitely not straightforward.

Suspicion falls on those associates with the privately owned woodlands, and soon it becomes clear there are dark, sinister secrets that they are determined to hide.

Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley is put in charge of the case. But Jemima has dark secrets of her own…

Can Jemima lay her personal demons to rest?

Or will the case threaten to overwhelm her?

Can she catch the killer, before more women end up dead?

I give Revenge five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code


Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code
by Rebel Girls

Rebel Girls

Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 12 Nov 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code by Rebel Girls and Netgalley:

Ada Lovelace was a girl far ahead of her time. She used her incredible imagination to dream up technology that could have jump started the digital age nearly two hundred years ago. In facts she ends up writing what will become the world’s first
programming language.

When she was a child Ada was curious about everything. She becomes obsessed with animals and things that fly. She even writes her own book about them which she calls Flyology. She and her cat, Mistress Puff, geinto all sorts of trouble. According to her mother, Ada is a bit too wild and her imagination could benefit from some discipline, so she puts Ada into a rigorous syllabus of mathematics, languages, and geography.

When Ada comes out in London High Society, she gets invited to the most popular Soirée in town, it is hosted by inventor Charles Babbage, it is there that she discovers a mysterious machine which unlocks a future full of possibilities. But she can’t escape marriage forever, and soon finds herself a wife with three children. She aches to study math again, to stand on the same ground as the eccentric inventor she met so many years ago. She hires tutors to teach her absolutely everything about math and numbers, before joining Babbage in his mechanical world.

Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code is a story of the pioneer of the computer industry and a girl who was far ahead of her time

I give Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Soul of Wine


The Soul of Wine
Savoring the Goodness of God

by Gisela H. Kreglinger

InterVarsity Press

IVP Books

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 03 Dec 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Soul of Wine through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:

From ancient times people have believed that wine is imbued with spiritual meaning and can become a mediator between heaven and earth, evoking divine presence. The Greeks believed in the wine god Dionysius, the Romans in Bacchus, and the Etruscans in Fufluns. The Jews believe God Gabe them wine to give them glad hearts, while the Christmas Celebrate the Last Supper with bread and wine.

Wine is a wonderful, lavish gift from God, it is mysterious but in this book Gisela Kreglinger who is the daughter of a contest and a trained theologian shows us how to look at wine as a more full bodied Christian Spirituality She shows us how the soulful savoring of wine is God’s way of wooing us back into a great love affair.

We are reminded that Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding. During Communion we receive both bread and wine Through these gifts we experience God’s glorious and loving presence among us, feeding and nurturing us in body, soul, and spirit. Wine was never meant just for a small and elite group of well-to-do people but is for us all.

I have found that The Soul of the Wine brings forth good arguments in an understandable manner, and is well written and is therefore worthy of five out of five stars.

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Book Review: One More River to Cross


One More River to Cross
by Jane Kirkpatrick



Pub Date 03 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of One More River to Cross through Revell and Netgalley:

The year is 1844, two years before The Donner Party the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to become the first wagons to come into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, they were mostly Irish Catholics and were going to California in search of religious freedom and educated. They had a safe journey until October when they faced a heavy snowstorm and had to face difficult decisions. This would be the first of many for young Mary Sullivan, newlywed Sarah Montgomery and the widow Ellen Murphy along with her pregnant sister in law Maolisa.

The party separates into three different directions, they each face loosing those they love and face the reality that adversity can either destroy or redefine. Two of the women and four men go overland around Lake Tahoe while three men stay to guard the heaviest wagons–and the rest of the party, which included eight women and seventeen children, huddle in a makeshift cabin at the headwaters of the Yuba River waiting for rescue or their deaths.

Will they survive this dangerous journey, and the harsh conditions? Find out in One More River to Cross five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Words Between Us


The Words between Us
A Novel

by Erin Bartels



Pub Date 03 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Words Between Us through Revell and Netgalley:

Robin Windsor has lived most of her life under assumed name, trying to run away from who she discovered her Father was. She thought she had finally found a safe place, a Sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan. But the store is struggling and the past is never far from there.

After receiving an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her Fathers scheduled execution Robin is thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. That book a first edition of The Catcher in the Rye is soon followed by other books she and Peter shared nearly twenty years ago. One book arrives in the mail each day. But why would Peter be making contact after all these years? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she’s about to be exposed all over again?

The Words Between Us shows us that the words we say, the words we read and the words we write have more power than we could imagine.

I find The Words Between Us to worthy of five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Madam C.J Walker Builds A Business


Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business
by Rebel Girls

Rebel Girls

Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 12 Nov 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Madam C.J Walker Builds a Business through Revell Girls and Netgalley:

Sarah Breedlove who later reinvented herself and rebranded herself as Madam C.J Walker a forceful entrepreneur whose products still dominate the black hair care industry. Sarah was Ben on the same plantation her family had once been enslaved on, and she was the first child in her family to be born free. As a little girl Sarah learns the value of hard work. She cooks, she cleans, she picks cotton, she does laundry, and she babysits. At only 14 Sarah is married and when she is only eighteen she has her first child. From the stress of backbreaking labor and having to grow up so quickly, Sarah’s hair begins to fall out! Instead of falling into despair, Sarah learns how to take care of her hair and invents her own recipe to encourage her hair to grow.

Sarah has a problem at first though she cannot get people to buy her products at first so she reinvents herself as Madam C.J Walker a high-society lady with the authority to help black woman with their hair care needs. Madam C.J Walker builds a business empire and she dominates the black hair care market with her natural products, and offers opportunities for other poor washerwomen in her community to have a path to financial freedom. With her immense wealth, she treats herself too. She buys herself cars, fancy dresses, and a mansion with 34 rooms!

This story will encourage girls and women of all ages to work hard, in order to reach their dreams.

I give Madam C.J Walker Builds A Business five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Prairie Lotus


Prairie Lotus
by Linda Sue Park

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Clarion Books

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 03 Mar 2020

I am reviewing a copy of Prairie Lotus through Houghton Mifflin Harvourt Children’s Book Group/Clarion Books and Netgalley:

Hanna is a half Asian girl in the Heartland of America in the 1880’s. She’s new to town, and has to adjust to her new surroundings and with that comes to deal which means having to deal with the towns almost unanimous prejudice against Asians.

Hanna could not let the towns attitudes stop her from reaching her dreams. She is determined to get an education, to work in her Fathers dress shop. And she dreams of making one friend.

I found Prairie Lotus to be a well written, well researched middle grade novel, touched on two tough subjects, coming of age and discovering who you are, at a time when everyone judges a person by the way they look, because they are half Asian, or whatever there difference may be.

I give Prairie Lotus five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Unscripted


by Davis Bunn



Pub Date 01 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Unscripted through Revell and Netgalley:

Danny Byrd is a young line producer well known in Hollywood for being someone who gets things done on time and under budget. His reputation takes a beating after his partner and former best friend who makes off with their investors money. Danny only has once chance to redeem himself and restore his ruined career.

Megan Pierce is an L.A Lawyer who has spent years of her life proving herself to her impossible bosses only to find herself disgusted at their snobbery and their specious business practices. After an opportunity to make a difference comes her way, Megan Pierce knows she must take it. Despite the fact she is not even certain what “ it” is.

Danny and Megan just may end up finding redemption in one another. What they could not realize is that they may also be each others hope for love.

I found Unscripted to be an intriguing, well written novel, with well developed characters, and is worthy of five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Friend-Ish


Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion

by Kelly Needham

Nelson Books

Thomas Nelson


Pub Date 27 Aug 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Friend-Ish through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:

In this book Bible teacher Kelly Needham debunks the world’s constricted view of friendship and casts a richer, more life-giving, biblical vision for friendship as God meant it to be.

Everyone wants a friend who is consistent, who is present and a friend who values us. A friend who values us, the longing for this type of friendship is something God wired in us.

We are reminded too that Eternal Life is found in knowing God. Eternal life is not separate from God, as if it were a gift given by him. Eternal life is him. We search for stability in our friendships but it is Jesus who is our stabilizer.

Friend-ish points out that friendship is important but our most important relationship is our relationship with Christ.

This book points out that as the family unit grows more unstable and the average age of marriage increases, a shift had taken place in our culture: for many people, friends now play the role of family. And just as with family relationships, our friendships often don’t turn out quite as we envisioned or hoped, and we wonder, Is there a better way to do this?

I give Friend-Ish five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Conversations with Dickens


Conversations with Dickens
A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts

by Paul Schlicke


Watkins Publishing

Biographies & Memoirs , Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 12 Nov 2019

I am reviewing Conversations With Dickens through Watkins Publishing and Netgalley:

Charles Dickens was the equivalent to a Pop Star. Before radio, cinema, television and the internet he attracted international adulation on an unprecedented scale. His first novel the Pickwick papers was written when he was only twenty four years old. The Pickwick Papers was a publishing sensation going through multiple editions, abridgments, translations, adaptations, dramatizations and spin-offs throughout the century.

In this imagined interview you run into the Ghost of Charles Dickens at the beloved Inn of Mr Pickwick while sheltering from a Summer downpour. While chatting you become swept away by his vigors, warmth and humanity feeling as if you’ve known him all your life.

Charles Dickens was a great novelist who continues to attract international education on an unprecedented scale. He cultivated an intimacy with his readers, and after he died many of his admirers felt that they had lost a personal friend.

In Conversations With Dickens you get to sit back and listen to this master conversationalist talk about everything from work in a boot-polish factory to lecture tours in America.

I give Conversations With Dickens five out of five stars!

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