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quote 2017-11-09 15:15
¨If you take a book with you on a journey,¨ Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, ¨an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it...yes, books are like flypaper--memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.¨
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell

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review 2017-11-06 17:38
The Last Veterans of World War II by Richard Bell
The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories - Richard Bell

This book is super powerful. You will be looking into the eyes and the heart of the last remaining men and women who fought for our freedom in World War 2. You will learn their name, current age, branch of service, as well as  their thoughts, feelings, and memories from their days during WW2. 

 

There are also black and white photos of each of these hero's as their are now, as well a pictures of them in the days of the war. In the photo's of their younger days each persons hands are represented holding those pictures. These pictures are like an emotional gut punch. The pictures alone are enough to tell part of their story, paired with their words makes this one of the best books I have ever read. 

 

Whether you agree with war or not this is a part of our history. The 44 men and women featured in this book are some of the few remaining members of our military from that time period. Most are in their 90's. Their lives may end soon but with this book there stories never will.

 

Thank you netgalley.com for giving me a copy of this book. 

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review 2017-11-03 03:37
Christmas in Silver full of magic and hope.Bell Falls...A great Holiday romance
Christmas in Silver Bell Falls - Samantha Chase

Christmas in Silver Bell Falls by Samantha Chase

Wow, I love a great Christmas story. Samantha Chase wrote an exceptionally great Christmas romance. Samantha Chase is such an amazing writer. I found the pace of the book steady. It was a hopeful and light hearted read. The characters were well developed and easy to love. Fans of contemporary romance and Christmas romance will love this book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

In Christmas, in Silver Bell Falls Samantha Chase introduces us to Melanie Harper and Josiah Stone. Melanie Harper is an author from North Carolina suffering from writer's block. Melanie inherits her grandmother's home after her grandmother passes away.
Josiah is the local sheriff who is her neighbor.

 

Christmas in Silver Bell Falls by Samantha Chase

Wow, I love a great Christmas story. Samantha Chase wrote an exceptionally great Christmas romance. Samantha Chase is such an amazing writer. I found the pace of the book steady. It was a hopeful and light hearted read. The characters were well developed and easy to love. Fans of contemporary romance and Christmas romance will love this book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

 

In Christmas, in Silver Bell Falls Samantha Chase introduces us to Melanie Harper and Josiah Stone. Melanie Harper is an author from North Carolina suffering from writer's block. Melanie inherits her grandmother's home after her grandmother passes away. Melanie hates all things Christmas.
Josiah Stone is the local sheriff who is her neighbor. Josiah falls for Melanie really hard and fast. He is determined to show all good things about Christmas.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas in Silver Bell Falls. I love the Holiday romances. I loved seeing the characters go through their own struggles. I loved how Josiah was determined to give Melanie a Christmas that she would love. There was funny moments and sad moments. These elements made this story a wonderful holiday read. I fell in love with the town of Silver Bell Falls and its residents.

I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 stars. This is a great Holiday romance. Must read.

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review 2017-10-20 21:24
When a Stranger Comes
When a Stranger Comes... - Karen S. Bell

Title: When a Stranger Comes

Author:  Karen  S. Bell

Publisher:  K.S.B.

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"When a Stranger Comes" by Karen S. Bell

 

My Thoughts....

 

All I will say is that this author really knows how to keep the reader in suspense in this 'magical realism, paranormal and  supernatural read.  It was quite interesting seeing Alexa Wainwright born [Gladys Lipschitz] as she 'soared to the number one  bestsellers list and became an international sensation.'

 

What will Alexa have to do remain on high as 'she vows to do whatever it takes to attain the heady ego-stroking success of her debut? '  Now this is where this story will take a switch as the character Alexa realizes that 'this vow will be tested as she's magically transported to a alternate reality.'

 

I liked how this author was able to present such a unique magic, paranormal and supernatural read that will keep you on pins and needles taking this read all in.  The characters were all so well developed, portrayed and delivered to the reader. There are a lots of questions that are needed to be answered .... such as ..how will Alexa make it in this world that is so full of loopholes [especially after 'she finds herself in this iron-clad book contract that even changes its wording on her novels?'  All of this happens  after she becomes involved with the publisher King Blakemore... signing a contract Alexa doesn't even remember and why were the people Alexa meets seemed to come right from her novels?  How and why was King Blakemore able to do all the things he was doing to Alexa?  What was Evangelina and Kips play in all of this so important to this read?   Who was in the tale that was truly a big help to Alexa  in understanding her background and why was this so very important in this read? What will happen as Alexa finds herself into a situation she sees no way out of?  What all will come of this reveal as Alexa gets 'a second chance to save herself from eternity with Blakemore and be free?' Now, to finds all of the answers to these questions and so much more in this well written story you will just have to pick up and read "When a Stranger Comes" and see how it is presented and comes out.

 

In the end after being given a second chance will Alexa to get it right this time will she be able to make a more a more sensible choice or will she make the same mistake again by going after the money?  Well, as this story end at least Alexa has someone new in her life...her dog Trinity who definitely seems to care for her especially after coming back to reality[or was it?] and also having her mom and Margaret back in her life after all is said and done.  What was now going on with Alexa's publishing company that had been sold to Blakemore Media head by CEO King Blakemore and the email that was sent saying "Enjoy your second chance. Make wise choices in this rewrite of your life, milaya moyna." Will Alexa be done with her 'Darkside Trilogy?' Again, to know what this story is all about you will have to pick up "When a Stranger Comes" and would definitely recommend as a good read.

 

To the author....Thank you for the privilege of reading your novel and giving my honest review of it. 

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review 2017-10-19 16:58
Haunted House Square
The Bell Witch: An American Haunting - Brent Monahan

Before I start the review proper, I should note that one really get thing about this audio book was the reader. He was great.

The Bell Witch is a famous American haunting. Monahan claims that this is an account written by Richard Powell who married Betsy Bell, the young woman who was one of the people haunted by the Bell Witch. So this is one of those fact mixed with fiction books that yanks my chain.

The problem with the claim is that the narrative doesn't quite make sense and is put in a vaccum. I think the conclusion is interesting, but Powell's narrative leaves out certain details, like all the time he was crushing on Betsy he was married. While a narrative written to your daughter wouldn't mention that, if this was truly a work of non-fiction shouldn't the editor note that?

And if you don't, why don't you edit out the problematic language?

And those are major problems. And yet, I wonder if this version isn't simply about gender and victimhood. Considering that the teller is a man who married a girl who is younger enough to be his daughter and who he has been in love with since she was 12, he is, in fact, a bit of predator. Considering her parent's history this too is rather interesting. So I wonder if that is the deeper point here - a point about gender and abuse.

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