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review 2018-05-11 18:07
My Texas Heart (The Texas Kincaids Book 3) by Bonnie Phelps
My Texas Heart - Bonnie Phelps


I have read so many romances where the heroine finds her voice, My Texas Heart changes up the scenario and delivers a moving story from the hero's viewpoint. Josh is a man who loves from the depths of his soul, but he has a problem expressing emotions. Faced with drama in his personal life and turmoil in his heart, overcoming his demons becomes his top priority. For the love of his son. As in every story there are moments that will leave readers scratching their heads and massaging their hearts. Phelps sets about appealing to that which makes us human and she doesn't miss her mark.

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review 2018-03-26 14:46
Podcast #95 is up!
The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer - Bonnie S. Anderson

My ninety-fifth podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Bonnie Anderson about her biography of the 19th century activist Ernestine Rose (which I reviewed here). Enjoy!

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review 2018-03-26 01:56
Gives an overshadowed activist her due
The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer - Bonnie S. Anderson

The dominance in the public imagination of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott as the preeminent figures of the 19th century women's suffrage movement in the United States often obscures the role played by many other women in advancing the cause of women's rights during that era. One of them was Ernestine Rose, an immigrant from Poland by way of Great Britain who as a writer and platform speaker campaigned for many of the leading reform causes of the mid-19th century. Yet this was just one stage in a long career that straddled the Atlantic, reflecting many of the common issues that activists fought for in Europe as well as America.


Bonnie Anderson's book provides readers with a brisk account of Rose's career and achievements. In it, she recounts Rose's life from her upbringing in Poland, where her father's commitment to educating her led her to question and ultimately renounce her Jewish faith. As a young woman in England she embraced the teachings of the English reformer Robert Owen, her involvement with whom led her to emigrate to the United States in 1836. From her home in New York City Rose traversed the country advocating for such cases as free thought and abolition, though it was her advocacy of women's rights for which she became best known. While her efforts to end slavery were achieved with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, the subsequent fracturing of the women's rights movement in the U.S. led Rose and her husband to return to Britain, where continued her campaigns for women's suffrage to the end of her life.


By detailing the range of Rose's interests and efforts, Anderson restores Rose to her proper place in the story of the women's rights movement. While constrained by the paucity of sources about Rose's early life, she draws conclusions from the context of her times to fill in several of the gaps, helping to underscore the remarkable nature of Rose's achievements in the process. The result is an account of Rose's life that gives her the credit she deserves for her tireless efforts on behalf of the causes which she held so dear.

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text 2018-03-09 10:01
Friday Reads - March 9, 2018
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Touching the Clouds - Bonnie Leon

I survived #thebeastfromtheeast (aka Storm Emma) last week. Now we are getting #thepestfromthewest, which will be bringing lots of rain to our area but warmer temperatures. Seriously, I just want one nice weather weekend to enjoy.


We got a Boy Scout Pinewood Car Derby on Saturday and on Sunday I am taking the kids to see A Wrinkle in Time. In between the chores, errands, and activities I hope to get through the year 1915 in Forgotten Voices from the Great War, some of The Irish Americans (it is so academically dry though...), and start Touching the Clouds. I also have a bunch of reviews to write and updating various reading trackers.


Happy Reading!

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review 2018-01-22 14:48
"Thirty-five and ye still believe in goblins?"
The Gentleman and the Rogue - Bonnie Dee,Summer Devon
"You are rather like a child" Alan said, but he didn't sound scornful, and his tight mouth had relaxed. 
" I skipped that part o'life. So I decided to try again when I can". 

Meet two VERY different from each other characters. The stone-cold-and-composed at first sight Sir Alan and the easy-going-I -always -have-something-to-say boy from the streets Jem. 
The meet accidentally and the irresistible charms of our Jem capture Alan's attention immediately. 
The book starts with a very intriguing dialogue between the two of them that got me hooked from page one. 
But I'll be honest- I didn't like Jem much at first. I thought he lacks dignity.I know, I know... However, as the action unfolded and our characters had a very difficult task ahead, he won my respect and trust with the way he cooped with the situation and the risks he took. 

Overall, this is a very good historical novel with lovable characters, who don't get their happy ending easily. 
Oh, and there is a story about a goblin.
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