I have not yet read this book, but if it is anything like Mystic River, it's GOT TO BE GOOD! From the back cover: Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find her - onl to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and broken home. Amanda, now 16, is gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, an unstable crime boss and his deented wife, a priceless artifact, and a Russian gangster, In their fight to confront the past and find Amanda, Kenzie and Gennaro will be forced to question if it's possible to do the wrong thing and still be right or do the right thing and be wrong,
The Boy in the Moon, by Ian BrownAs a person with a ‘now’ lifelong neurological disability, I can relate to Ian Brown’s search for his son. My disability is much different than Ian’s, but I can relate to how Ian Brown feels for his son. In my case, my disability changed my life forever in middle life, but I had and lived a full life. For Walker, he never had a chance to experience any part of a normal life, and deep down, it was Ian’s desire to try to draw his life out for him to live a normal life. When a person has a disability, their world is a completely different world than anyone elses. You are not in the ‘normal’ world anymore. It’s so different. Yet, if you think Walker’s world in this way, this is all that Ian knows. He does not know life to be any different than the life he has lived so far. I know Ian Brown knows this. I base that upon my in-laws who have a son with Autism who is barely reachable. He is happy. It is the only life he knows. Yet day to day, he lives his life and knows no other. It is ‘his’ life, his world. That is how I feel for Walker. This ‘is’ his life as he knows it. He has no loss of life as this is what it is. It is just different than other peoples. Walker doesn’t even realize it is different. Life just is. This is his every day. With the severity of his disability, I think it is good he does not know any different.I understand all of Ian’s intense research, going to meet with different doctors, specialists, and meeting with as many people as he knew that has/had a child like Walker. I think it is a coping mechanism and also another search for answers to help, because I did the same thing when I was diagnosed with a very rare neurological disease that hits only 1 in 1 million people. With very rare diseases, most all doctors are at a loss to help. Like Ian said in the book, some doctors never heard of the disease he has. When they know nothing of the disease (and I even experienced doctors leaving the room to look my disease up on the internet), you feel so empty. Then you go about a search as Ian did, trying to find and get to the doctors who do know about it and sometimes it can be impossible. When it comes to a disability, if it is the parent or the person afflicted, they/we are going to do whatever it is we can to find more answers. There just ‘might’ be a glimmer of hope to help make the disease better by learning different treatments, etc. For people who do not have a lifelong disability, this may be hard to understand unless you actually experience this. Unless you are really in a world of Ian’s or have a disabled person in your family, you know how deep down how devastating it can be, yet it also puts a drive into you/Ian, to try to find a cure, and even a deeper drive to too reach his son, to find something to help him live a better life.The decision to put him into a group home most likely still haunts Ian to this day, without him admitting so, but there comes a time where the parent does have to admit that they cannot help their child any longer like a home can. To admit that is like giving in to defeat. I admire ALL that Ian and his wife have done for Walker. They stuck together. This story was very heart touching and true to life for myself. I could relate to all that Ian wrote about, but in a different way, as this is a child and from the beginning of his life.I really enjoyed this book as I related to most all of it. At the end of the book, Ian wrote that it took him so long to write the book, but it was because he was living it first. So true. Such a devoted father! Ian is a very lucky boy, even if he never understands it, you know he knows it.Laurie Carlson
No Safe HavenThis book was written by a mother/daughter team. It is a Christian Fiction/Suspense book. It starts out where Jenna and Andie (the mother and daughter) are in a small plane and it crashes into the side of a mountain. Cole, another passenger, but stranger, knows someone is after them to kill them. Apparently they are on the side of the largest mountains in Alaska. Andie, the daughter, has some spunk to her, being a teenager. You gotta love that. It was the treacherous track of trying to save themselves from whomever it was, and wherever they were they did not know, from the people who were after their lives. This book is filled with action and circumstances well beyond their control. It is how they do or don’t deal with these occurrences that they get through this all. This book was okay. I probably would not have chosen to read it on my own. The story is a little far-fetched in what ‘the bad guys’ wanted. I really didn’t understand why that was woven into the story. The story could have gone many ways, even just a plane crash and trying to survive from it, but did they throw in the part about someone trying to kill them to make the book ‘suspense’? It would have been suspense enough just trying to get off the side of the mountain with a strange man they didn’t know, and didn’t know if his abilities to help them could be trusted, let alone throwing into the plot someone trying to kill them.I do have to give the mother/daughter team writers credit for writing a flowing book. The book was not choppy at all. It read smoothly and nicely. I could see more books coming from this writing team, but please don’t throw in the type of suspense of someone trying to kill the characters. As stated, I would have enjoyed this book just as much had they just tried to get off the mountain to safety.I give this book 3 star.
"A Reluctant Queen, The Love Story of Esther", by Joan WolfThis book is a Christian Fictional story based upon The Book of Esther, from the Bible. It takes place during 485BC, in Susa, under the new leadership of the new King Ahasuerus, who spent his summers in Ecbattana where it was cooler, as Susa was so hot. Esther had been raised by her Uncle, Uncle Mordecai, after a massacre happened in her hometown of the land of Edomites, where they were then driven into exile in Babylon. During this invasion, both her parents were killed and Uncle Mordecai took her in as his own to raise her. Esther had been raised as a Jewish girl.There came a time when the Edomites sent a letter to the Great King asking him to confirm their rights to southern Judah. They got it, but, the Prophet,Obadiah were in a frenzy claiming Edomite stole southern Judah. Mordecai was worried about war breaking out and got an idea that if Esther got into the palace to represent the Jewish people, then she could be the one to help their people.Esther wasn't so sure about this plan. What about the boyfriend she had and was thinking of possibly marrying? Would he still be home waiting for her when she got back? Esther really didn't understand the role she would end up playing at the palace. What was her destiny meant to be? How could 'she' do anything that would help her people? The decision was made for her and she still couldn't quite understand why. She would be the one to go to the palace and take the chance of possibly marrying the King. She never thought it would happen to her. It would be one of the other girls. That's good, she thought, her father was not Jewish and this is how she would enter the palace, but would she even be accepted if the King knew her mother was Jewish? This fact would have to be kept secret. She got to the King's Harem and was greeted badly. Put down for how her hair and skin looked. Thus, started the beauty regime. Eventually the King does choose Esther as his Queen. She falls deeply in love with him, he deeply in love with her. She never tells him she is part Jewish until . . . this is when she finally understands why and what her role is to play as the Queen. Can't go on anymore because there will be to many spoilers! I think anyone who enjoys reading novels about the books of the Bible will enjoy this story very much and they will enjoy the story in historical detail.I really enjoyed this book a lot. I loved how the author turned this story into a book. I like it when the books of the Bible are turned into novels. It seems as if we can relate to them much better than reading the Book of the Bible by itself when it has been turned into a story that is much more easily understood. It certainly adds to the stories.This author took great care in writing this story to make sure the history and everything related exactly as it did in the Bible at that time. The last time I read a book like this that related to a book of the Bible was "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant, which turned out to be one of my favorite books. This book is also similar to "Hadassah, One Night with the King, A Novel" by Tommy Tenney.Personally, I really like the Books of the Bible turned into novels a lot. I love how the research is done to a "T", and how we can relate to the Bible story even better than what we can when it is woven into a story rather than just by reading the book of the Bible. I enjoy these novels very much when they are put into the perspective of their every day life back then. For us today, it is hard to read the books of the Bible when we don't understand the daily, routine life they had back then. It's wonderful when an author such as Joan Wolf comes along and puts these stories into novels that we can understand when they are so detailed such as this one it. I would read this book again, I enjoyed it so much. I give this book a 4.5 star.This book was provided to me for free by LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for a review! Thanks to them for the opportunity!
This is a book about the Shakers. Completely different than the Amish. In this book, young Gabrielle was happy as a Shaker, until she realized she had the ability to decide for herself if she wanted to stay one or not. She went through a lot of unrest in making her decision. In the meantime, she meets an Outsider who is NOT a Shaker. She likes this man. What will Gabrielle do?
I give this book a "5 Star"!!!! This book is the BEST crochet pattern book I have EVER bought! First of all, it is Sprial-Bound, which makes it SO EASY to follow the directions while you are crocheting! The book can even stand up on it's own! This book contains every possible type of motif you could possibly want to crochet! This book contains directions in words and as a chart. It even exlains HOW TO USE A CHART, which for me I find is very difficult at times. This book has taught me some things I never about, and I have been crocheting for at least 10 years now! You always learn something new in every book you read/buy, but often, when it comes to crafts, it is uncommon to learn new things. NOT with this book! I am amazed at ALL it covers! It also covers HOW to make your OWN motifs, how to make your own CHARTS! From the beginner to the advanced crocheter, this book is invaluable! I would be at a loss if I knew this book existed and it was NOT in my library! I give it a 5 star! For the people who gave it only a 1 to a 3.5 star, I don't understand WHY they would rate it SO LOW??? This book is the BEST individual motif crochet book I have ever come across! The amount of information it contains is invaluable on it's own!