I have known about this book for quite some time, but it took a "miracle" of sorts to allow me to open my mind enough to actually read it. A friend ofI have known about this book for quite some time, but it took a "miracle" of sorts to allow me to open my mind enough to actually read it. A friend of mine, Mary Cunningham, who is on her own personal journey, sent me an email recently and suggested that I try to get in touch with a Reiki practioner for a Reiki massage. I was stunned. I could not believe the words, Mary is one of the most skeptical people I know, at least she used to be. Mary went on to tell me about an experience she had had, and I was amazed to realize the change in her voice and her choice of words, her overall attitude. I was talking to this fresh and invigorated person who was more excited about something than I think I had ever seen her. It warmed me. It inspired me. So when Mary said she had read "Ever-Flowing Stream: Tapping into Healing," twice, and loved it, I decided to put my well being in Mary's hands. Turns out I was putting it in my own hands.
Dana Taylor has offered up her view of something that has not always been widely accepted. Reiki and self-healing are often considered "unsavory" to say the least. Dana offers her personal background with regard to life and how to get the most out of it. She doesn't give the meaning of life, but she certainly offers insight into how to give one's life meaning.
Powerful stories and raw emotion are masked beneath her subtle humor and downhome personality. While the book is not a tutorial or a lesson, it is a guidepost to consider something more.
As a Muslim, I will say that I sometimes found her Christian analogies a bit confusing, but they did not detract from the ultimate goal of the book. I did not read this from my religious self, I read it from my whole self. I would especially tell anyone who has issues with forgiveness to read this book. But be forewarned, it won't change your life. You will have to do that yourself, and Dana Taylor helped me realize how much I want to achieve....more
Bravo, Sarah Shaber. The opening of the Simon Shaw series is a welcome addition to a growing sub genre. Genealogical mysteries are growing in populariBravo, Sarah Shaber. The opening of the Simon Shaw series is a welcome addition to a growing sub genre. Genealogical mysteries are growing in popularity and this particular story offered readers a glimpse into Genealogical Forensics.
The author deftly wove the past and the present together to give readers a unique mystery to solve. Clues and misdirections abound as Simon struggles to stay alive.
Juggling his job and his personal life, Simon begins to wonder if he hasn't taken on more than he can handle. But there is a murder to solve and Simon isn't going to go down without a fight.
Shaber does an excellent job of using the charm of the old south as a secondary character.
I look forward to the rest of this series, and I hope it is a long one!...more
Norma E. Rawlings has a knack for storytelling. I was extremely intrigued by the premise of the story. The author did a pretty good job with the pacinNorma E. Rawlings has a knack for storytelling. I was extremely intrigued by the premise of the story. The author did a pretty good job with the pacing and the development of the plot. She kept it interesting and added the right amount of twists and curves to keep me reading.
That said, were it not for the story, I would have stopped reading a few pages in. The author's style of writing is quite unsophisticated. There is a lot of room for improvement with regard to the quality of the writing. I meant it quite literally when I said the author was a storyteller. I want to become a part of the story as I am reading and that was not possible with this book. It was 80% plus told from the narrative point of view. When she did go into the characters point of view they shifted so frequently I could barely keep track of who was talking. It made for very difficult reading and many times I wanted to stop. But the resolution of the story beckoned me and I had to keep going.
The clever use of genealogy as a secondary character worked well and the author did a very good job of using the techniques of the trade to bring the mystery full circle.
I do recommend this book to anyone interested in genealogical mysteries, and I will read more in the series....more
I have been on a reading bender lately and genealogical mysteries is my new thing. "Hiding the Past" is a good read. Not stellar, but enjoyable enoughI have been on a reading bender lately and genealogical mysteries is my new thing. "Hiding the Past" is a good read. Not stellar, but enjoyable enough.
The characters are not as well-developed as I would like, but they are likeable and true to the story.
When a man who has no idea who he is reaches out, it is his biggest mistake. Morton Farrier, a forensic genealogist, is supposed to find the answers, but as smart as he is, even he has no idea what he is up against.
But more than anything, the new case is making Morton face his own demons....more
This is my first time reading Scott William Carter and I am quite impressed. This story borders on being typical for the genre, but Carter offers a neThis is my first time reading Scott William Carter and I am quite impressed. This story borders on being typical for the genre, but Carter offers a new perspective from the main character. They all come with baggage, but Garrison Gage is a man who isn't all that sure he wants to be damaged.
Barnacle Bluffs is an interesting little town on the Oregon coast with lots of potential. This story was a strong opening for a series that readers will certainly appreciate.
I am glad I read this book. Genealogy ranks right up there with reading for me, so to be able to read mysteries with this kind of premise is pure joyI am glad I read this book. Genealogy ranks right up there with reading for me, so to be able to read mysteries with this kind of premise is pure joy for me.
I will admit that there are some issues with editing, but the story is solid and more than a little interesting. Jimmy Fox has created a character that is uniquely flawed and fairly likeable.
With a doable number of twists and a solid mystery, "Deadly Pedigree" offers readers a unique approach to the genre as well as inserting a fair amount of history and intrigue.
Nick Herald is quite a character and I look forward to reading more of this series....more
This is a new author for me and I am pleased with the result. Being a mystery fan who reads quite quickly, I am always on the lookout for ways to occuThis is a new author for me and I am pleased with the result. Being a mystery fan who reads quite quickly, I am always on the lookout for ways to occupy my time and Ms. Venkataraman gave me just the thing I needed for a rainy afternoon. The characters are realistic and likeable and the issues they face are timely and important. Add the mystery elements and it is a pretty darn good read. It is also well-written. Almost no distractions from the flow of the story and that is a rare treat indeed.
With a few unique aspects, this story takes the reader one step further than the typical mystery.
I will be reading more from this author and you should too....more
There was no way I was going to enjoy this book. When I began reading it, all I could focus on were the excessive number of adjectives that jumped offThere was no way I was going to enjoy this book. When I began reading it, all I could focus on were the excessive number of adjectives that jumped off the page at me. I found myself reading them out loud to my husband and laughing. I had almost decided to give up on it after the first chapter. But I read. I read anything, and everything, so I pushed on. I am very glad I did.
Jimmy Fox has created a character who is just like you and me. He has issues and he lives on. The genealogy aspect is handled very well and I found the whole premise to be believable and entertaining. A little bit of mystery, a little more mayhem, and people you really like and dislike.
The beginning of the book is a tough read, but after a chapter or two, Fox finds his stride and gives readers a book that is quite good. In fact, I ended up enjoying it so much I had to force myself not to dive right into the next book. I have already purchased it, but I try not to read two books by the same author right in a row, Funny how writers never write fast enough for readers.
Thank you Jimmy Fox for making me glad I invested the time. Well done....more
This is the kind of book that anyone and everyone can read, appreciate, and relate to. We all have a little part of us that thinks we can do anything,This is the kind of book that anyone and everyone can read, appreciate, and relate to. We all have a little part of us that thinks we can do anything, but Bernie, actually can. It's one of the perks of being a god.
Steve LeBel has done a wonderful job of bringing together a cast of characters who not only compliment each other, but bring out the reality and life of one another. With a clever writing style and a fascinating story, LeBel offers readers an incredible journey into a universe of originality and intrigue.
This book has everything to please readers of nearly every genre: family, romance, mystery, suspense, humor,fantasy and so much more. You won't want to miss this one and once you read it and love it, make sure you tell all your friends. I know I will....more