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review 2019-01-28 11:23
Death March Escape
Death March Escape - Jack J. Hersch

Title : Death March Escape

By :  Jack J Hersch

Genre: Nonfiction : 
Biographies & Memoirs ,

Pages: 253

book synopsis :

In June 1944, the Nazis locked eighteen-year-old Dave Hersch into a railroad boxcar and shipped him from his hometown of Dej, Hungary, to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, the harshest, cruellest camp in the Reich. After ten months in the granite mines of Mauthausen's nearby sub-camp, Gusen, he weighed less than 80lbs, nothing but skin and bones.

Somehow surviving the relentless horrors of these two brutal camps, as Allied forces drew near Dave was forced to join a death march to Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, over thirty miles away. Soon after the start of the march, and more dead than alive, Dave summoned a burst of energy he did not know he had and escaped. Quickly recaptured, he managed to avoid being killed by the guards. Put on another death march a few days later, he achieved the impossible: he escaped again.

Dave often told his story of survival and escape, and his son, Jack, thought he knew it well. But years after his father's death, he came across a photograph of his father on, of all places, the Mauthausen Memorial's website. It was an image he had never seen before - and it propelled him on an intensely personal journey of discovery.


My thoughts 


Would I recommend it : yes

This story was an amazing read from start to finish , it was also an emotional read as well but then again when it comes to nonfiction and especially the ones that are about WWI or WW2 then you know your going to feel the emotions, there was times i had to stop read it not because I wasn't enjoying it or liking it but because of how I felt. This book its just a story about a son loving his father and wanting to understand more about him ,but its also part of his history as well as the history of how the Jews was traded, about family that helped one man , even though it was dangerous , and how one man lost most if not all of his family doing this troubled times, how the Germans would pick and choose who would live and who would did , and especially about the death marches ,and how one man man not only escape from it once but 2 times and lived to pass the story on to his son the author. The story is  haunting but its also a story that can not be ignore or forget. And one that needed to be told , With that said I want to thank Netgalley as well as the publishers for letting me read and review it , exchange for my honest opinion.


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review 2019-01-27 16:53
The Sheikh's Tempted Assistant
The Sheikh's Tempting Assistant - Leslie North

title: The Sheikh's Tempting Assistant 

Author: Leslie North

Series: The Sheikh's Meddling Sisters #1

Genre: adult romance 

Netgalley ARC

pages : 135

Book synopsis:

Laura Bliss is an assistant location scout with no sense of direction—which is how she got stuck with a faulty GPS and the job of scouting sand dunes rather than the oasis her boss is currently viewing. With the sun going down and Laura seriously worrying for her life, she stumbles across a tent that looks more like a palace than a campsite. Dehydrated and burnt, it seems like salvation—until men wearing desert garb and toting AK47’s ride out in jeeps to gather her. 

Sheikh Raheem can barely believe his luck when an American woman is brought into his tent. He is passionate about his country’s natural splendor, but its PR is in desperate need of a makeover—perhaps as much as the dirty beauty in front of him. He makes an offer: Laura, with her eye for finding the beauty in a location, will help him craft a campaign promoting his country, and when she completes the project he’ll send her back to America with a paycheck she can live on for years. Seeing a chance for financial freedom, Laura jumps at the opportunity. 

As Raheem shows off the magnificence of his land, Laura finds herself getting swept into a fairy tale full of palaces, five-star luxury, and the most sensuous sex she’s ever experienced. Though she values her independence, the temptation to stay—not just for Raheem, but for the beautiful country that isn’t getting the attention it deserves—holds her in place. But when the country’s natural treasures are threatened, Raheem and Laura must decide what means more to them: their love for one another or their original plans



Mt thoughts

rating: 4

Would I recommend this series: yes

Just like her other books if your looking for a story to just lose yourself in then Leslie North's books are for you , because once you start reading her stories , you get lost in them and don't want the story to stop , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it ,exchange for my honest opinion .

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review 2019-01-26 21:53
Pruning the Dead
Pruning The Dead - Julia Henry

Title : Pruning the Dead

Author:Julia Henry

Series:A Garden Squad Mystery #1

Pages: 304

Genre: Cozy mystery

book synopsis

Post-retirement aches and pains can't prevent sixty-five-year-old Lilly Jayne from keeping the most manicured garden in Goosebush, Massachusetts. But as a murder mystery blooms in the sleepy New England town, can a green thumb weed out a killer?

With hundreds flocking to her inaugural garden party, meticulous Lilly Jayne hasn't left a single petal out of place. But the picture-perfect gathering turns unruly upon the arrival of Merilee Frank, Lily's ex-husband's catty third wife. Merilee lives for trouble, so no one is surprised after she drinks too much, shoves a guest into the koi pond, and gets escorted off the property. The real surprise comes days later--when Merilee is found dead in a pile of mulch . . .

Lilly wishes she could stick to pruning roses and forget about Merilee's murder--until her best friend and ex become suspects in an overgrown homicide case. Now, aided by the Garden Squad, an unlikely group of amateur crime solvers with a knack for planting, Lilly knows she has limited time to identify the true culprit and restore order to Goosebush. Because if the murderer's plot isn't nipped in the bud, another victim could be pushing up daisies!


My thoughts

rating: 4 

Would I recommend it :yes

Will I be going on with the series : yes

For a cozy mystery its slow going but does pick up the more you read, along with memorable characters that will my you shake your head at them, with that said I would like to Netgalley for letting me read and review Pruning the Dead, in exchange for my honest opinion

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review 2019-01-26 12:14
Death In the Water
Dead In The Water - Penny Farmer

title: Dead In The Water
Author : Penny Farmer
Genre: Nonfiction- true crime
Netgalley ARC
pages 288
Book synopsis
In July 1978, two bodies were discovered in the sea off Guatemala. They were found to be the remains of Chris Farmer and his girlfriend Peta Frampton, two young British graduates. Having been beaten and tortured, then thrown, still alive, into the sea, their bodies had been weighted down and dumped from the yacht on which they had been crewing. For nearly forty years, no one was charged with these brutal murders.

This is the shocking and compelling story of how Chris's sister, Penny, and her family tracked down his and Peta's killer. For decades they painstakingly gathered evidence against Silas Boston, the yacht's American owner, working alongside police in the UK and the USA, as well as the FBI, until he was finally arrested and charged with two counts of murder in 2016. Astonishingly, Penny was able to track down Boston's son, whose bravery in testifying against his own father was the key to bringing down Chris and Peta's killer after so many years.

Dead In The Water is the story of a murder almost unimaginable in its cruelty and one ordinary woman's unwavering determination to find justice for her brother.

My thoughts
rating: 5
would I recommend it: yes
Why : because its a story that needs to be read
Feeling mixed emotions right now, sad that it took almost 40 years for this case to be closed and for the families to find out what happened and get the justice for their last ones, but also angry that instead of getting the justice the families deserved the killer took the easy way out and dead of natural causes even if he was in custody, its a story that must be told and read , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it in exchange for my honest opinion.

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text 2016-02-04 20:55
January 2016 Reading Wrap Up

Courtney Milan Challenge (10% completed)

1. This Wicked Gift (Carhart Series Novella) 0 stars


Women in the Military Challenge (42% complete)

2. Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt 2.5 stars

3. When Janey Comes Marching Home by Laura Browder and Sascha Pflaeging 3 stars

4. Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe 2.5 stars


Non-fiction Challenge (3.63% completed)

5. Methland by Nick Reding 4.5 stars

6. In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman 2 stars


Great and Powerful TBR pile read down

7. The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (Dukes of War #1) by Erica Ridley 4 stars

8. The Spinster and the Earl by Beverly Adam 3 stars

9. Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee 4 stars

10. Small-Town Fireman (Gordon Falls #6) by Allie Pleiter 4.5 stars

11. A Scandalous Past (Scandalous #4) by Ava Stone 2.5 stars

12. Sunshine Hunter by Maddie Cochere 0 stars



# of books read: 12

# of pages read: 2,531

# of fiction titles: 7

# of non fiction titles: 5

average star rating of total books read: 2.70 stars

average star rating of non-fiction: 2.9 stars

average star rating of fiction: 2.57 stars


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