Rebecca Rasmussen's book The Bird Sisters is a deep look into the lives of two sisters. Both Milly and Twiss, remained unmarried and although lived co...moreRebecca Rasmussen's book The Bird Sisters is a deep look into the lives of two sisters. Both Milly and Twiss, remained unmarried and although lived contentedly nurturing animals and people, they had a secret that continued to haunt them. The author does a splendid job of moving between time frames enabling this reader to gain an understanding of these two women and what made them the way they were.
For in all of us the past begets the future.(less)
Karen Monroy's book 30 Day Money, Master, Mind, is a journey into self-discovery. Ms. Monroy, will help you tear apart your deepest self destructive t...moreKaren Monroy's book 30 Day Money, Master, Mind, is a journey into self-discovery. Ms. Monroy, will help you tear apart your deepest self destructive traits, take a close look at yourself and come out the winner.
Her step by step course is truly a masterful work. Though not each part will apply to all people, this reader found most of it very helpful and insightful and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to grow as a person and to enrich there life in all ways.(less)
Doreen Cox’s describes her book, Adventures in Mother-Sitting, as being cathartic and her own dance with grief, I believe it is much more than that. A...moreDoreen Cox’s describes her book, Adventures in Mother-Sitting, as being cathartic and her own dance with grief, I believe it is much more than that. As a woman who had also been as Ms. Cox describes a care-bear, for my disabled and aging mother, this book was also cathartic to me. So often in the role of caretaker, we lose much of ourselves. Sometimes, as it did with me, much of my family, defined me as an extension of my mother. What is more, I defined me on some unconscious levels as an extension to. I lost myself to some degree in my role, yet it also proved to be so rewarding on other levels. For, when in life are we given a chance or do we take the time to know another human being deeply, let alone one of our parents, except if we take on this type of role. Our society has a tendency to isolate us from not only our inner selves, but also from knowing others as well as might have been in the past when generations lived in the same household. During the reading of this book, I laughed, cried, and grew. I found aspects of myself that I had not known were there and things about those years that I had never before been able to put into words, not to myself, nor to others. I hadn't actually faced the levels of, joy, and heartache that comes with taking such intimate care of another human being. Yes, as parents or babysitters we take care of little ones, but rarely do we find ourselves looking deeply into our emotions, or wondering about them as people. Yet when one takes care of an aging adult as a caretaker, (or care-bear) we learn things that we may not have ever known, both about the other person and about ourselves. This changes us on levels that can take years to learn and understand. In my case much of my understanding of is just beginning ten years after my mother’s death, it began when I read Doreen Cox’s book. I think her book to be one of the most valuable books I have ever read, and it will be one I will go back to repeatedly as the years go on. I also truly believe that whether or not you ever take on the role of care-bear or not, this book will help you learn how to manage your own grief, and to learn how to become more of yourself. In my opinion, it holds the keys for coping with situations that go far beyond caretaking. What I learned from Adventures in Mother-Sitting are laying the groundwork for who I will become over the years until I face my own dance through the next and last door of this life. It has enabled me to understand not just myself more fully, but aspects of my life and those around me. I am learning to open up on better levels without fear. I am letting go of past hurts, old patterns, and recognizing that even when I make mistakes I can do more than learn from them, I can forgive myself those errors. Adventures in Mother-Sitting, has given me the ability to look past those hurts that others have caused me, forgive them even when I know that I cannot go back into a situation. In her book, she described an incident that happened in a store, when she became impatient with her mother and snapped at her, and how one of the shopkeepers looked at her as if she were a horrid person. Ms. Cox, may not know this, but by describing this incident, she helped me, not only begin, forgiving myself for those times I was annoyed, but also to forgive others for their inability to understand me. For all of us do things that those that do not know us or understand our situation, will sometimes judge and sometimes that judgment is harsh. This harshness is not always a reflection of whom we are, but more often a misunderstanding of the situation at hand. I am not proud of those times I have been irritated or done something that seems odd to others, some of these things have helped me survive and some have been done as a reflex to a situation I didn’t understand either about myself or about the circumstances around me. It helped me to see I can even love those who seem to hate me, for reasons I don’t understand. Ms. Cox’s book helped me find within myself the capacity to know that even when the connection is no longer such that I am able to understand why the other person feels the way they do, I can forgive myself for those times my lack of ability to explain myself has opened the rift wider. I am on a long journey of discovery, but the road has opened up, the fence has come down at least inside myself. I believe this book is an absolute must read for anyone who is or will be a caretaker, and for everyone that wishes to understand themselves or others more. (less)
I absolutely adore Karen Vaughan’s character Laura Hamilton. I funny, adventurous, sexy, women, who just happens to come up with one murderer to many....moreI absolutely adore Karen Vaughan’s character Laura Hamilton. I funny, adventurous, sexy, women, who just happens to come up with one murderer to many.
I won’t give you a teaser, for I don’t like spoilers, suffice to say this book is a truly delightful read, with some real twists to it.
Dead on arrival, a Laura Hamilton murder mystery by Karen Vaughan is a must read for anyone how loves a mystery with a bit of twisted humor.
Ms. Vaugha...moreDead on arrival, a Laura Hamilton murder mystery by Karen Vaughan is a must read for anyone how loves a mystery with a bit of twisted humor.
Ms. Vaughan, brings us a brilliant and funny character in Laura Hamilton. This book is a definite keeper and will find a place in my reread list through the years. Truly who cannot love a book whose main character is full of charm, wit, and adventure. (less)
Dellani Oakes has done it again. In her book Ninja Tatoo, Ms. Oakes gives us a run for our money in this action packed, adrenaline rush, romance novel...moreDellani Oakes has done it again. In her book Ninja Tatoo, Ms. Oakes gives us a run for our money in this action packed, adrenaline rush, romance novel.
Her main character Teague leaves you breathless and wishing more romance books came complete with such realistic male characters.
Though Ms. Oakes should put warnings on her books, cold shower might be needed during the reading of this novel.
Kudos to Dellani Oakes for once again bringing us a romance novel worth its weight in gold. (less)
Dellani Oakes, has written a brilliant, romantic, science fiction, thriller. Set in the year 3032, this is one book you don’t want to miss. Wilhelm Va...moreDellani Oakes, has written a brilliant, romantic, science fiction, thriller. Set in the year 3032, this is one book you don’t want to miss. Wilhelm VanLispig (Lone Wolf) is a devilish rogue, sure to turn your eye, and melt your heart, if you are a female, but if you are a male, you may want to run as fast and as far as you are able.
Matilda Dulac a strong, beautiful, heroine is every bit the match for the Lone Wolf. The world Ms. Oakes creates is full of mystery and mayhem. Please, hold on to the seat of your pants, for this book holds surprises that will leave you begging for more. (less)
In ‘Looking For Me,’ there is such mystery, sadness, and splendor, as to make one weep, scream, and want to rage at the terrible injustices the human...moreIn ‘Looking For Me,’ there is such mystery, sadness, and splendor, as to make one weep, scream, and want to rage at the terrible injustices the human species can foist upon unsuspecting animals and other humans.
With a delicate brush, Beth Hoffman, paints her characters in ‘Looking For Me.’ Each stroke brings us one step closer to understanding and knowing each character. As she breathes life into her characters, we glimpse how easy life can be, and how difficult we make it. We see the depths of evil that can occur in the human spirit and just how imperfect we can be, and we discover the stunning heights we can achieve if we allow ourselves to soar.
Ms. Hoffman’s portrayal of such complex characters gives us a further indication into the vast talent this writer has. I won’t tease you with a preview of this book, for I don’t want to spoil one tiny moment of the discovery one can find in its pages.
One can also understand just how much compassion we can achieve. If we are willing to go the extra mile and realize that no matter how well we think we know someone, there is a backstory that has not been shared with us, one that can be beautiful and yet heartbreaking. As each character unfolds, the motivations behind their personalities become clearer.
Last, but not least this book can teach us a new way to look at nature, and make us wonder who the animals really are and how much we need to open our eyes and look at the world differently.
If ever one wanted to know the heart of a poet, all one would need to do is read Jean Lisette Brodey's book My Way to Anywhe...moreTHE MUSINGS OF A TRUE POET
If ever one wanted to know the heart of a poet, all one would need to do is read Jean Lisette Brodey's book My Way to Anywhere. In its pages are all the emotions, feelings, and musings of a true poet.
While reading these glorious verses, I felt as if I had met her, I cried, mourned, loved, lost, and laughed with her. It held me spellbound as I traveled through her memories and life. Laughed out loud reading her children's verses, which very much reminded me of those verses, I grew up with, written by many of the classic children's poets.
Dr. Brodey's talent is deep; her prose written to delight and to touch one to the deepest core of their being. I believe anyone reading, `My Way to Anywhere' will find something in it that will touch them.
Highly recommended for all ages as in its pages there is something for everyone.(less)
Coincidences by Maria Savva, is a thought provoking tale. It leaves one wondering about so many things. Does a twin have special abilities to sense or...moreCoincidences by Maria Savva, is a thought provoking tale. It leaves one wondering about so many things. Does a twin have special abilities to sense or feel the others experiences? How often do people do things that turn out badly for others, believing that it is in everyone’s best interest because it is easier for them?
I loved this book, the style of writing and the story line. It delved deeply into the psyche of each of the characters bringing them to life for the reader and made it a joy to read. I am glad to have found a new author and look forward to reading many more of Ms. Savva’s books over the years.
Darkening Danger by Sammy Sutton left me spellbound. As it drew me deeper into the world of Dr. Michael Levine and Johanna Mueller, I found myself lur...moreDarkening Danger by Sammy Sutton left me spellbound. As it drew me deeper into the world of Dr. Michael Levine and Johanna Mueller, I found myself lured into the possibility that we could have this happen in our future. Was this darkness designed by Doctor Levine or is he the solution to it?
Where are we as a world going as we continue on this path of self-delusion and destruction? How long will we keep our heads in the sand to save us from looking within?
Ms. Sutton left me nearly panting for more, on the edge of my seat and wondering if it were possible and how we as a people could avert this. Is this a metaphor for the darkness that reigns in some souls or a reality that may come in time if we continue on our current path?
I highly recommend this book and personally cannot wait for the sequel. (less)
CAMILEON: Beyond The Veil is a work of pure genius. Ms. Bell paints us a picture so real we become drawn into the possibility of parallel worlds. Do t...moreCAMILEON: Beyond The Veil is a work of pure genius. Ms. Bell paints us a picture so real we become drawn into the possibility of parallel worlds. Do they exist one can ask themselves, and by the end of the book we can believe? The reader can imagine the possibility as well as the probability while reading this book that they are present and wonder if Ms. Bell has not been there and met these people. Ms. Bell tells us a story with characters that are well rounded, and we find ourselves bewitched with the theory of parallel worlds. It is a concept that many have used, yet few so clearly and full of insight. As a reader, I the characters became my friends, I cared about their lives; I learned and grew with them. I wondered over the lessons young Camille needed to understand and the meaning behind them. I pondered over the reasons for the coexistent worlds needing to be dealt with at all. Whether the veils between the worlds did, in fact, exist, and beings from other dimensions did not sometimes move into our world. I cannot wait for another book that will allow me into the lives again, and loves of the people in this dimension again. Kudos to Ms. Bell for taking on such a complex subject, doing it so delightfully, and making want to change our world into such a place. Highly recommended for anyone who likes new possibilities.
The Call of the Wild was recommended to me by a fellow author. It is a marvelous book that touched my heart.
It also made me decide to read more by Jac...moreThe Call of the Wild was recommended to me by a fellow author. It is a marvelous book that touched my heart.
It also made me decide to read more by Jack London and I fell in love with his writing. Especially those written about Alaska, the days when it was a really wild land. That could not be tamed, only learned.