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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Father's Love by Pam Garlick

      Trying to forget was difficult at best for Di.  Being Director of Emergency Medicine at  Hope General Hospital didn't give her much time to grieve.   The last straw was a father and son brought in from an accident. They lost both of them.  Di knew she needed to get away.  Her friend Juanita offered their cabin out in the woods.  Di jumped at the chance and with very little fanfare, she was gone.
     Lucas had enough to deal with.  His ex-wife was going to be tried for murder and now his son was missing.  His faith was strong though and he knew God's will would be done.  When he and DiAnna Wayne meet it will be under less than ideal circumstances.  It's just what they each need at a time when they need it most.

      Ms. Garlick takes us on a journey through which love and faith guide all those involved.   I felt as if it were I who was in need of reminding what faith can do. I was deeply touched by this book.  Well written and terrific characters, this is a book to read and keep.  You'll never tire of the message it conveys.  I recommend it to everyone.

     I found no issues with this one.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it lightened my heart in many ways.

Throwaway by Heather Huffman

     Jessica's been a working girl since she was eighteen. It wasn't by choice either.  After being discharged from the foster care system and given very little money, she had to do something.  She met Spence about this time.  The man who would become her pimp for the next several years.  At thirty-two, Jessie just wanted to be happy and live normally.  She never thought it possible until she met Gabe.
     Gabe is a good cop. He's worked hard to get where he is.  However, when he meets his new assignment, he falls hard.  He couldn't wait to be close to her and talk to her.  Gabe knew she was the woman he wanted to spend life with.  The only problem was how to get her away from her pimp.  Just as he's trying to figure this all out, the military calls and he is shipped to Afghanistan.  He says he'll find Jessie wherever she is. Can she believe in him?

    Ms. Huffman wrote a solid book in this one.  Characters with life and issues make it even more believable.  I was swept along as I read this book.  I felt like I'd known these people for years instead of a few moments. They felt three dimensional.  I love a book that can bring me to tears and make me laugh.  I feel as though it's a credit to the author's abilities. You will do both with this one.  A subject matter many would shy away from, Ms. Huffman embraced and gave us a look at the other side.  Well done Ms. Huffman.! I can't wait to read more of your work.

     I found no issues with this one, other than wanting it to go on and on. *smile*

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because I've read it 3 more times since. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Oliver and Jumpy by Werner Stejskel

     Oliver the cat and Jumpy the kangaroo are very good friends. They love having adventures and spending time together.  Each adventure, they meet and help a new friend.  In this series, they meet Molly the Mole, Ducky the duckling, and Jumpy has a secret. Let's go with them and learn how they help others.

     Fun, sweet and helpful, this book will teach littles to be kind to everyone.  It's illustrations are simply terrific.  The writing is solid and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading these to the littles I know and they enjoyed hearing them.  Each adventure is new and fun but most of all quick.

     I found only one issue. Bigger words are used and may be difficult for littles to understand.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because of the beautiful stories it tells.


Oliver and Jumpy: Introduction to the Stories by Werner Stejskal

     Oliver is a very elegant cat. He's a very different cat.  He can't eat mice or anything like that. He's allergic to them.  His best friend is Jumpy, a kangaroo.  They have lots of adventures and meet many other animals. Let's join them.

     A wonderful series of books about helping others.  They are perfect bedtime stories because they are short and sweet.  Your young ones will love the characters. They are bigger than life and nothing to be scared of. I love the fact they end on a positive note. It's nice to bring children books they will learn from and enjoy too. I recommend you get these for the young ones in your  life.

     I did find a couple issues for American children at least. There are lots of big words used that many won't understand.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because the littles will love these books. 

The Tree In The Front Yard by Kimberly J Biller

     Sissy's life was a tough one.  She came from a poor family who moved around a lot.  She just wanted to be happy and have what other kids had.  Sissy did everything she could to keep herself busy during the day.  If it was summer, she spent her time outside. Her parents fought everyday. The tree in the front yard became her peaceful place. She was happiest there. She could survey the entire street.

     Sissy goes straight to your heart.  I just wanted to scoop her up and bring her home.  It broke my heart to hear her talk of simple things. I did enjoy this book.  It's well written and takes you on a journey few ever experience. It will do your heart good to read this book and then count your blessings.

     I found no issues with this one.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it touches you deep in your soul. 

One Street Over by Kimberly J Biller

     Ten year old Sissy was tired of her family moving around a lot.  She knew the reasons behind it but still, it wasn't fun.  She knew most of the people in the area and had a couple friends she spent time with.  It was difficult to find ways to occupy herself so she wasn't around when her parents fought.  A child of the south, Sissy was expected to help around the house and she did.  Sissy just wants a warm loving home with parents who don't fight. Can she get it?

     This story is so very sad.  The young girl would do anything to have a peaceful home.   So sweet and kind, I just wanted to hug this little one.  You'll enjoy the story told from Sissy's point of view.  It's well written and flows well.  Enjoy this one. It will open your eyes.

     I didn't find any issues.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it hit on many things I've dealt with and took courage to write.

I Couldn't Lay In The Bed They Made: A Memoir of A Child Bride by Kimberly J. Biller

     John and Jane married young. They were both escaping abusive homes.  They lived in Tennessee and set up a house of horrors for their children.  Little money, little to no food and no warm loving environment.  These two emotionally crippled people become parents to  several children.  The children don't even have the basic tools to get through life.  They will go on to make some horrible decisions that will affect them the rest of their lives.

     This book really broke my heart. I felt the humiliation and violence in my bones.  It takes us through the entire life of one of the daughters.  You will learn what true horror can be.  Ms. Biller doesn't hold back. She explains it all.  Such courage doesn't come easily. 

    I found no issues in this one.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's very honest and straightforward.