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Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

The Memory Box

Imagine googling yourself and finding out details about your life you didn't remember. Caroline is a suburban housewife with a squeeky clean past or so she thought. Until one day, she googles herself.  She can't believe what she begins to find out about her past - a past she doesn't remember. How could she not remember? She feels she is losing her mind and seeks out a counselor only to find out she had been a patient of his previously. He helps her to unlock the memories she has stored away somewhere in the far recesses of her mind. 

This book is a spellbinding story that I just couldn't put down. It is a psychological thriller, with surprising twists along the way. It was very well written and I highly recommend reading this book. The ending threw me for loop; it was quite the surprising twist. At times I felt just frustrated with the main character for not pulling herself together, for not being able to just deal with things and move on. Then, the twists and turns in the story led me to a different conclusion. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gratitude in Motion by Colleen Kelly Alexander

Gratitude in Motion: A True Story of Hope, Determination, and the Everyday Heroes Around Us

A true story. Colleen Kelly Alexander's story. An amazing story of survival and coming through a horrific event with a stronger faith. Colleen was run over by a truck as she was riding her bike home from work. The driver never stopped and never cared that he hit her. That was the hardest, most difficult aspect for her to deal with - the fact he looked right at her, hit her anyways and never stopped. She should have died that day but didn't and her story is an amazing story. I was impressed with her sense of humor. She tells a harrowing tale and yet I found myself laughing as I was reading it. I am a breast cancer survivor and I can relate to using humor to face the tough. I found humor even in the ickiness of drains, gauze, and bandages. Colleen did too. She faced depression but she was able to climb out of the despair and choose gratitude. A friend has a blog about choosing joy because it is not so much the difficulties you face but how you face them that matters. A person can choose to be defeated by all that life throws at them or they can choose to rise above it all. A person can choose to be grateful and can choose joy even when facing the toughest of circumstance. I truly recommend this book. It is an amazing story. And certainly one that will help put things in perspective. It is hard to be down about any daily situation when reading about someone that has faced so much worse. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Dog that Saved Stewart Coolidge by Jim Kraus


The dog, Hubert, shows up one day and begins a life of crime. He sneaks into the grocery store and steals bones to eat. With no one to look after him, he is a very hungry stray. Stewart bonds with the dog but it is his job while working at the grocery store to stop the bandit thief. Stewart ends up taking the dog in which is how he meets Lisa, his neighbor who lives in the apartment below him. Lisa, would like to be a reporter for a major newspaper or television news some day. Currently, she writes occasional articles for the local small town newspaper. She begins to write about the thieving dog and her articles start to gain national attention. Yet, Hubert, who is at the center of all the attention, seems to have just one thing on his mind - it seems that Hubert wants to see Lisa and Stewart have a relationship together. The dog's antics seems to bring them closer together. 

It is a truly wonderful read. I enjoyed it and it is so nice to read a story where the characters, while not perfect, are striving to have a relationship that is Godly. Even though, they live in close proximity, they keep the relationship pure. It is a great story especially if you like stories with animals that almost have human characteristics. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Book review Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful and well written. I liked the characters. They were believable and real. A deadly new weapon, self-steering bullets, is stolen and FBI agent, Rick Cannon is in charge of the investigation to recover the weapon and prevent more deaths. The investigation leads him to Dr. Olivia Dobbs, when two of her patients are murdered using the self-steering bullets. A mutual attraction develops between Rick and Olivia as they hunt for the killer and try to recover the bullets. It's a great book. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know how it ended. I have ordered the first book in the White Knight series, Fatal Mistake and can't wait for it to arrive.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Underground Girls of Kabul

The Underground Girls of Kabul

I enjoyed reading this book. I think we take a lot of granted here in the United States. It is hard for me to relate to a culture where being a girl is not valued and where mothers will dress their girls as boys. I find it sad to think that women are so devalued. Still the inner strength those women have to find ways to survive and thrive in such an oppressive culture is amazing. This was a wonderful read. I think it is important to read books that give us insights into other cultures so we can have a better understanding. Truly a fascinating book.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

Thief of Glory   -     By: Sigmund Brouwer

I simply loved this book. It is very well written. It keeps your attention as you just want to find out what happens. The story begins with a flashback in time - our main character, Jeremiah Prins is an old man sitting in jail. His daughter asks him to tell his story. He realizes that "to tell our story makes us human and to be human is to tell our story." p. 275. His flashback is the story as he begins to journal it for his daughter to read after he is dead.

It is an amazing story --- the author's own father and grandmother survived the Japanese invasion and occupation of the Dutch East Indies. They ended up in an internment camp where they endured brutal treatment by the Japanese. The setting for The Thief of Glory is in such an internment camp. The author depicts the difficult struggles faced by those in the camp. It truly is a very good book. This is a story that needs to be told so that events like this can be prevented from ever happening again. It truly is horrific what the Japanese allowed to occur in the camps. Truly horrific.

The book highlights the struggles of a 10 year old boy --- boyhood rivalries, family dynamics and first loves. It is also about reconciliation and forgiveness for others and forgiving one's own actions. 

A wonderful quote from the book ---
"I did not like him, but in that moment I could feel love for him. It would be wonderful if we could always see that what we have in common as humans outweighs our differences." p. 310

I highly recommend reading this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for a honest review.

Friday, September 19, 2014

An Italian Wife by Ann Hood

Front Cover

I sincerely cannot recommend this book at all. I finished this book only because I kept trying to figure out what the purpose of the story was. Why did the author write it and what was she trying to say? In the end, I just think the book is a very sad commentary on what is going on in America today. The family immigrated to America from Italy. Josephine is the matriarch of the family. Her marriage was an arranged marriage which she was never happy with. She has seven children and the book then goes into their stories. Yet, it isn't always clear who you are reading about and how they tie into the family. The family is hugely Catholic but it is not a saving type of faith. The priest even has sexual relations with Josephine and one daughter lusts after the priest. There is alot of sex described in the book. It is way to graphic for my tastes. The later generations depict girls that are empty -- turning to meaningless sex and drugs to fill the void. No one in the book is happy. They all seem to dislike their family, hate their marriages. It is really sad. I am not sure why I even stuck with it and read to the end. It never got better. While I agree that America's culture is on a downward spiral and this book probably depicted some of the horrible, ickiness of our culture, I guess that I prefer to read books that inspire and lift up, that teach us to reach beyond our depravity and seek something better. At least if the book can't inspire or teach something it should be entertaining. This book lacked all of that. It has nothing to offer really. Still not sure why I finished it. Certainly will think twice before picking up another book by this author.