Thanks to Net Galley and Ballentine Books, I received a free ebook in return for an honest review. This book is told through the voices of two charac Thanks to Net Galley and Ballentine Books, I received a free ebook in return for an honest review. This book is told through the voices of two characters. Carla is an 11-year old girl from Honduras, and Alice is a 40-something-year old woman from Texas. Carla's mother is in America where she works and send money home to support Carla, her grandmother, her 5 year-old brother Junior, and twin toddler brothers. The problem comes when the grandmother dies and Carla tries to get to America with Junior. Alice and her husband are unable to have children because Alice had surgery upon finding she had a cancer gene. You know the two will be connected in some way. You're just waiting for when and how. Carla's trip is difficult to read, but with the current issue with undocumented children, and the question of whether or not they should be deported, make this a timely question, and may make you change your mind on the matter. To avoid spoilers, I'll say no more, except that I would give this book ten stars if I could....more
Rachel Joyce has hit a home-run with this compliment to her earlier THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY. I received a free electronic copy from Net Rachel Joyce has hit a home-run with this compliment to her earlier THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY. I received a free electronic copy from Net Galley and Random House in return for an honest review. You don't have to read the previous book in order to enjoy this one, but, no matter which you read first, I'll bet you decide to read the other. Queenie is in a hospice house and waiting for the arrival of her old friend Harold Fry whom she hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie has been in love with Harold all those years, but Harold doesn't know it. The entire book consists of a final letter she's writing. She's no longer able to talk because of the cancer in her jaw. The other residents of the hospice house are colorful characters who nicely round out the cast. You'll howl with laughter, then burst into tears. It seems the undertaker's van comes to the house way too often. I think I would have liked it better without the last chapter, but, even so, I give this one a strong five stars....more
Thanks to Net Galley and publisher Thomas Nelson, Inc, for the ebook I received in return for an honest review. This is my first experience with Bill Thanks to Net Galley and publisher Thomas Nelson, Inc, for the ebook I received in return for an honest review. This is my first experience with Billy Coffey, but it won't be my last.
Two years after a tornado moves through town, only one person had not been found. A pink tennis shoe was all that remained of Mary and all that was buried at her funeral. However, her daughter Allie was convinced that Mary was still alive and maybe lost in the woods. She became even more convinced when a broken wrist compass her mother had given her began to work one day. Even though it stopped working again, Allie was sure this had been a positive sign, and elicited her friend Zach's help in searching for her mother. They would take along her beagle Sam.
Allie couldn't talk to her dad Marshall about her hopes or her grief because Marshall spent much of his time drinking with his friend or from the stash in his own closet.
Allie's menses began just before the search, so she had this to contend with.
There were rumors among the hill people that a beast lived in a part of the forest they called the dark woods.
While in the forest, the children saw signs of the beast ... toppled trees and deep gouges in the trees that appeared to have been made by huge claws.
Along the way, as they tried to avoid the beast, they became lost. Zach was violently coughing and had a raging fever. After hours of walking and running and getting her feet wet, and with the cold temperatures, Allie suffered frostbite on both feet and the pain slowed her down, but they persevered.
The story illustrates the lessons they learned as they ran out of food and water, as Zach got sicker and Allie's feet got worse.
While this is touted as a Christian tale, don't let this stop you from reading it. It will work for anyone with a monotheistic belief. It does not preach to you. It is a scary, harrowing tale with good results. It will be well worth your time to read it.
THE MAN WHO LOVED TOO MUCH: BOOK ONE by John D Rachel
Billy Green stole my heart.
From his earliest days his dear mother loved him with a love so deep yTHE MAN WHO LOVED TOO MUCH: BOOK ONE by John D Rachel
Billy Green stole my heart.
From his earliest days his dear mother loved him with a love so deep you could put your arms around it. But, even such a great love was not enough to balance the emotional abuse thrown out in wild abandonment by his sloppy, farting, beer-drinking "Get me another, suds, Woman," dad.
Billy was blessed with a brilliant mind, and it wasn't long before his mother realized she had not the capacity to home school him any longer and enrolled Billy at a Catholic school where he stayed through the sixth grade.
Billy was smart enough to stay at the top of his class and mischievous enough to warrant frequent visits to the principal's office.
The end of the sixth grade brought Billy his first kiss; high school gave him his first blow job; college produced his first love.
I laughed uproariously, and then I cried.
You will be begging for more. Voila! Your wish has been granted. This is the first part of a trilogy which follows Billy until he's twenty-eight. Part Two is coming soon.
This is written by someone who uses words so masterfully; who employs satire at its finest, can get downright dirty if life dictates it, and appears to have fun with it all.