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 occu...moreThis 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.(less)
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 off...moreThere 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.(less)
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,...moreThis 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.(less)
As a budding genealogist I was fascinated by the concept of this book. Usually I like a story and have problems with the writing. Th...moreVery Disappointing
As a budding genealogist I was fascinated by the concept of this book. Usually I like a story and have problems with the writing. This was the opposite. she is quite a good writer, but the story...very short for the premise...was a bit confusing and did not leave me with any satisfaction. I would like to see more from Julie Wilson, but I am quite skeptical.(less)
Falling to Pieces is the first "Amish" book I've read and I am very glad I started with it. Vanetta Chapman has a wonderful way with characters and de...moreFalling to Pieces is the first "Amish" book I've read and I am very glad I started with it. Vanetta Chapman has a wonderful way with characters and developing setting. I am impressed that she could make the setting such an integral part of the emotional balance. Callie, Deborah, and all the other characters are so well blended.
Chapman does a wonderful job with the suspenseful theme of the story. There were a few times I wondered if there was room for one more man to come into Callie's life, but they are all important players who have their own roles. I really enjoyed this book and the author's style and will definitely read more.(less)
Another excellent resource from Deborah Collin. This time, she is giving us the inside scoop on how to deal with photos and images when working on gen...moreAnother excellent resource from Deborah Collin. This time, she is giving us the inside scoop on how to deal with photos and images when working on genealogy or any other projects. One of the biggest problems I have run across is figuring out how to restore old images that I have rescued from some evil box. In the past, I have tinkered, but could never quite figure out exactly how to make the outcome worth all the time I had invested in the image.
Ms. Collin gives solid and practical instructions on exactly what to do. I do not follow instructions well, but hers were clear enough that I actually understood them. Her insight into various graphic programs is excellent. I have learned of several new programs that just might save me from more gray hair.
As usual, Deborah Collin has written a book that is good enough to be worthwhile and still simple enoough for anyone to use. I especially like a writer who doesn't feel the need to talk down to readers. I always feel like she is talking "to me" as she explains things and that makes learning easier.(less)
I just finished reading this book and I can’t tell you how much it is going to help me. I have just begun researching my German ancestors and I was qu...moreI just finished reading this book and I can’t tell you how much it is going to help me. I have just begun researching my German ancestors and I was quite afraid of how I was going to figure it all out. W. Daniel Quillen’s book gave me exactly what I needed to get the ball rolling.I have read several of his other books on genealogy and as was the case with them, I found a wealth of solid usable information with enough humor and interesting facts about his family to keep me from getting bored.
One thing I have discovered about Mr. Quillen’s books is that once you’ve read one, you find all kinds of reasons to read the others. I have almost the entire set now and I refer back to them frequently when I need a refresher or a tip. ANother great thing about this series of books is that Quillen uses his actual experiences and results to make points and clarify sticky issues.
Tracing your Eurpoean Roots is an excellent guide for stepping out of the comfort zone (once again) and searching out those relatives from far off places.(less)
I wasn't sure what to think when I decided to read this book. I have been tracing my roots for a very long time and I don't seem to be learning anythi...moreI wasn't sure what to think when I decided to read this book. I have been tracing my roots for a very long time and I don't seem to be learning anything. At least I wasn't. I was also frustrated with books claiming to be help guides, but only touch on the most basic things and mostly irrelevant.
Since buying this book I have added an entire branch to my tree that had previously been tormenting me with its elusiveness.
Ms. Collins opened up doors for me regarding things I should have known, but didn't. Her down to earth style of writing is more like having a pleasant conversation with her than reading a book. She gives you the facts, then backs it up with practical experience. She explains important things in a manner that any beginning tree climber can understand and offers useful information for people who have been at it for a while but need more guidance.
I didn't find any slow spots and I even figured out how to highlight and bookmark on my Kindle so I could refer back to things. I think the best thing about this book is that it made learning fun and it had earned its retail price before I even got half way through.
I strongly encourage newbies and even others like me who have some skill under their belt, but need to fine tune it, to add this book to their library. I have read several other books on this subject that were so dry I could not even finish them. But this is going in my book log of favorites right along with my W. Daniel Quillen titles.
Thank you, Ms. Collins for a delightfully educational guidebook. (less)
One never knows what to expect when diving into a business/reference book, but this one pleasantly surprised me.
With clear examples of what to do and...moreOne never knows what to expect when diving into a business/reference book, but this one pleasantly surprised me.
With clear examples of what to do and not to and WHY, this one offers a lot of information that should be common sense, but seems to be consistently ignored. I own a business and I wish I had known then what I learned from this book. I would have done things a LOT differently. As it is, I have learned some things that I will be putting into play now, to make my business work better.
Terry Oliver Lee has a quick wit and keeps the information from being stale and repetitive by using personal examples. This isn't your typical dry business book. If you are considering a business or even already have one. I encourage you to give this book a try. (less)