I love the Decky and Charlie stories. This couple has such a nice relationship. I love how the real Decky (R.E. Bradshaw) creates believable characterI love the Decky and Charlie stories. This couple has such a nice relationship. I love how the real Decky (R.E. Bradshaw) creates believable characters and stories. And the way the author presents family life. In these stories, Decky's mom is bipolar. This is portrayed well as Decky tries to live an uncomplicated life with her new love.
In this book, Decky researches the history of Charlie's family ranch. It is an education for all who read about the Comanche tribe and the troubles they had with the white invaders. I was glad I was reading this on Columbus Day. It made me feel I was celebrating the Native Ameican Day as it should be called.
Okay, I have to admit, though, I wasn't completely thrilled with the book. The first part felt forced. The dialogue didn't ring true, or something. Not sure I can pin it down. But after the story got off the ground, I was hooked. It wasn't quite the thriller the last book was but it still had its share of adventure and action. Meanwhile, I learned a lot about the Comanche tribe and the Panhandle of Oklahoma.
Oh, and did I mention--horses? Yep. There are horses. That made me very happy. (My twelve-year-old self was galloping along with the characters.
I am looking forward to reading more by R.E. Bradshaw....more
This book was recommended by a GoodReads group I belong to.
Once, again, I finished a book when I wasn't able to write the review. Now in the midst ofThis book was recommended by a GoodReads group I belong to.
Once, again, I finished a book when I wasn't able to write the review. Now in the midst of the current read, I have to remember the feelings of the previous literary adventure.
Let's work backward. I felt the ending left much to be desired. Even though this is a hefty novel, I wanted to know what happened next. Is it possible there is a part two out there?
Okay, now it is coming back to me. I remember this getting off to a slow start. I wanted to move on to other reads. But there was something about the main character that had me curious to see what this was all about.
Oh, and the problem of POV and changing from first to third person. Argh! I couldn't figure it out. It seemed like a mistake but then I read some of the reviews on GoodReads and realized that it was a tool used to separate then and now. Still, I could have done without that shifting.
I loved the dark, death themes that this family seemed involved in. Notice the word 'seemed', as in the end that might be questioned.
This was a coming of age story. Yet it involves a lot of the human experience, old amd young alike. I would think this would be best read by new adults or older, younger readers might not recognize the rebelious nature presented.
And we've come full circle... In the end, I was very glad to have read it, experienced life from another's eyes. Now I need to see if I can get ahold of a sequel....more
Disclaimer: I feel I can claim I am friends with the author, Margaret McGaffey Fisk. She has been an important member of the writing group I belong toDisclaimer: I feel I can claim I am friends with the author, Margaret McGaffey Fisk. She has been an important member of the writing group I belong to. I don't think that comes into play in this review, first of all because I fell deeply into the world she created, and second because I was saddened to find myself back in reality when I finished this adventure.
Safe Haven began this adventure for me. It precludes the series The Steaamship Chronicles of which this, Secrets, is book 1. I had already fallen in love with the characters, Lily and Samantha. To research the burbs and other reviews please check out Amazon and GoodReads.
Meanwhile, my review. Although this started sadly and then got exciting, it leaves me in the heads of Sam and the boy, Nat. I would guess this is the set up for much more fun ahead.
I wish Samantha was set free to do what she does best, but, again, that will happen, I'm sure, in the next books. There seemed to be times where I tended to put the book aside and attend to other shining things. I don't remember having that problem in Safe Haven. Maybe it is all my own problems and not that of the author. Maybe I am not in the demographic the book is for. I do know I would have had fun reading this to my children, or had them read it to me way back when.
It is: A great bedtime story, a great for Young Adults as Sam learns to fit in her world. And fun for this old lady!...more
In my cabinets, you will nearly always find, Bragg's old fashioned Apple Cider Vinegar. In my fridge, Bragg's Amminos. So this book sang to the choirIn my cabinets, you will nearly always find, Bragg's old fashioned Apple Cider Vinegar. In my fridge, Bragg's Amminos. So this book sang to the choir in this case. I merely wanted to learn more about the usefulness of AVC.
Instead, what I found was A Bragg's lifestyle commercial that included far too much of their religion rather than science,
Still, I did learn a few things and felt better about my constant love for AVC water to drink. In my own life I have seen my waist wittle, my tummy shrink. No, I am not skinny, but I feel better about what is happening with this old bod.
It is worth the read, if only for ideas of uses and recipes to include AVC in your daily diet. ...more
Okay, maybe 3.5 stars. I know everyone is going to be upset with me about my rating since most of the ratings I see are four and five stars. I supposeOkay, maybe 3.5 stars. I know everyone is going to be upset with me about my rating since most of the ratings I see are four and five stars. I suppose if you were healthy enough to read in a paper or hardback book you would see the breaks. But those of us who must use text-to-speech those breaks are not so obvious. I spent most of the early chapters rereading to figure out whose viewpoint I was reading from. And it went from first person to third person at the drop of a hat. A simple *** between these might help a person know what's coming. Even chapter numbers along with a name would help.
Then at about 51% into the book it goes from an inspirational, bittersweet story to Christian fiction. I almost decided not to finish. Luckily the author regains the strength of story she had before and rarely uses the crutch of God to show how human lives affect each other. Not that I have given up on Christian fiction. If I know what it is ahead of time I can adjust. But in this case, the theme is of LOVE and life. It isn't that God is foreign to this theme. God is Love, ya know. But with all the other problems I had staying with the story, this one jangled the nerves the most.
Now for the good news. Even with the daughter dying of a brain tumor, whose husband had become the enemy of the family, the emotions of those two problems didn't overtake me and leave me feeling depressed or angry. The author managed to keep the story about life and love and gave us hope. Not irrational hope of snake-oil, that the daughter would be magically healed. And please, don't misunderstand me. I do believe that miracles happen. And I believe that people can change, but I didn't believe the son-in-law would change. The story gave enough to the reader to know these two factors would remain the same and the story is how everyone dealt with the facts.
In the end, I found the inspirational message of how our lives affect those around us and the help we give could just be the help we need....more