In this current yet timeless story recent widower and Air Force fighter pilot Ted Foley falls for a journalist who also happens to be the widow of a f...moreIn this current yet timeless story recent widower and Air Force fighter pilot Ted Foley falls for a journalist who also happens to be the widow of a fallen fighter pilot. After ten –years, Emily Meade was still trying to make it through the night before being consumed by her own grief and panic attacks. She had no intentions, of giving her broken heart to anyone, especially not another flyer. This is not just a military love story. There is mystery and suspense. Emily’s off the wall next- door neighbor provides breaks of humor in contrast to the drama. This is a sensitive and passionately written life story. It validates the fear our military spouses live with each and every day of their lives. It is a great tribute to them and for us civilians offers a window into their lives that we rarely if ever get to see. This story although fiction is written with such emotion one cannot help but believe these characters are rooted in reality. I hope the authors are planning a sequel. I cannot get these characters out of my head. (less)
When it comes to her job as a movie reviewer for a national magazine Violet Epps carries a mighty-sassy pen. In real life she is a timid woman who lost...moreWhen it comes to her job as a movie reviewer for a national magazine Violet Epps carries a mighty-sassy pen. In real life she is a timid woman who lost her ability to defend herself out-loud, a result of being bullied as a child. Violet is desperate now, to find her assertive voice in order to win the fight for custody of her at-risk teenage niece and the courage to break up with a lazy leach of a boyfriend. I love it when I feel an emotional connection to a character and Ellen's character's did not disappoint. Oh how I wanted to join the conversation in Violet's living room with my fearless idol, Dorothy Parker. I swear I could smell the gin and cigarettes. Bravo Ellen, I will be anxiously awaiting Dorothy's next adventure.(less)
A rare realistic look into the sacrifices and sorrows our nations military families face everyday told by a woman that has lived the life. Kathleen is...moreA rare realistic look into the sacrifices and sorrows our nations military families face everyday told by a woman that has lived the life. Kathleen is a gifted storyteller and character crafter. I am look forward to reading her next novel. This is the second book this month that has made me laugh out loud and cry...(less)
Thrilling, Intelligent, Current and Bold… Although The Land of Hope is the third book in the author’s trilogy, Journey to the West, this book has no tr...moreThrilling, Intelligent, Current and Bold… Although The Land of Hope is the third book in the author’s trilogy, Journey to the West, this book has no trouble standing alone. I will be going back to read Same Moon and Trials of Life. Pearl, the main character and narrator has moved on after leaving, forcefully her successful career and has landed as an interpreter for law enforcement as well as other agencies while struggling with the heartache of being separated from the love of her life Andrew. Page after page Junying reveals each of her characters layers, one at a time artfully drawing us in until we are emotionally, intertwined and invested in this story and its characters. Right before our eyes Pearl becomes a real, breathing human being with flaws, passion and the age- old, soul born struggle of good verses evil. You may find yourself disagreeing with some of her choices, yet you will cheer her on and wonder what is coming next. You will swear you can hear Pearls as well as the other characters hearts beating louder with each turning of the page. This story is one of fiction yet it is deeply rooted in truth. The struggles of illegal immigrants is real, gritty and beyond shocking. Human beings that leave everything they own and loved ones to cross borders into other lands, not just America but all over the world and can easily find themselves victims of the world’s most dark, notorious criminals. They can be sexually exploited, financially devastated and/or sold into slavery. Junying does not just ‘touch on’ the politically charged topic she dives right into what I personally believe is our worlds most current, egregious and under reported crimes against humanity of all time, the epidemic of human trafficking. Parts of this book were painful and quite difficult for me to read through because of my own past but I applaud and congratulate Junying for finding the words that will shine a very bright light on a very dark reality. This book will emotionally affect you, it will bring every ounce of compassion and empathy you hold in your soul to the surface and leave you deep in thought. (less)
Unique… I was honestly slightly confused as I started this book as to whether it was fiction or non-fiction. Once I realized it was both I was pleasant...moreUnique… I was honestly slightly confused as I started this book as to whether it was fiction or non-fiction. Once I realized it was both I was pleasantly intrigued. What a clever concept. The authors’ grandfather did not survive a plane crash in 1939 in Denmark. He was a very young man only in his 30’s. The crash occurred the night before the start of WWII. Six people were on that plane. There were two Standard Oil employees from New Jersey, A German lawyer, a member, of Parliament, an airline employee and the pilot. The pilot was the only survivor. Active imaginations like mine, or any conspiracy theorists could easily peg any one of those passengers as an espionage pawn. I am in awe of the authors twenty –year- quest to unravel the mystery surrounding her grandfathers’ death. Was it an accident or was it an act of espionage? Her research left not one stone unturned on any continent or in the world of afterlife. The world of past life regression is fascinating. Bill, one of the main characters does not smoke but after being hypnotized, he becomes a smoker because he was a smoker in his past life. I found this interesting because I quit smoking three years ago but still smoke in my dreams. Her passion for this project is evident on every page and in her detailed footnotes. Personally, I love history and every detail was impeccable but at the same time, I found the footnotes a bit distracting. I would have preferred them at the end of the book or in the center for easy reference. All I will say about the ending is Bravo. This book has everything, fiction, non-fiction, mystery; romance, past lives, psychics and history. As overwhelming as that sounds and it should be, the author does a brilliant job of tying it together rather nicely. If you are looking for something different, maybe burnt out on vampires give this book a try I think you will enjoy its uniqueness.
I fell in love with the cover for Baby Grand and anxiously awaited the novels release. It was well worth the wait. Every guess I had as to what would...moreI fell in love with the cover for Baby Grand and anxiously awaited the novels release. It was well worth the wait. Every guess I had as to what would happen next in this novel was wrong, shockingly wrong. The characters hooked me from the first to the last page. I fell somewhere between love, hate and sorry for all of them. They are still running lines in my head. Dina’s writing style made the reading effortless. It is honestly hard to believe this is the author’s debut novel. I highly recommend this book and I will be anxiously awaiting Dina’s next novel. (less)
This book is SO real. Brian is an amazing storyteller with an exceptional gift of humor which is desperately needed during challenging time. I heart t...moreThis book is SO real. Brian is an amazing storyteller with an exceptional gift of humor which is desperately needed during challenging time. I heart this writer and his family.(less)