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review 2018-12-09 06:39
rising from the ashes
Riding Towards Shadows - Nellie Merthe Erkenbach

Riding Towards Shadows really impressed me more than most books I've read in recent months.

A self-discovery novel that exudes strength and vulnerability at the same time, is personal and also help (almost instructions) for women in a similar situation. Nellie Merthe Erkenbach takes us on her journey through the pain of loss, a journey into her past, which she undertakes to heal in the present.

The Glasgow of the 1990s is an unknown world but opens up through Erkenbach’s vivid descriptions and flashbacks.

Riding Towards Shadows is a "road movie" and that's why the vehicle plays a special role; her motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Sportster, is almost mythical, a symbol of masculinity that helps this woman to emancipate from male stereotypes. The actual journey thus becomes an inner development, a maturing process.

Because these are real people, some characters remain a little unclear but this gives the story a certain kick.

Riding Towards Shadows is suffering from love lost and growing through dealing with the pain, it is not a humorous book but one that stays with the reader for a long time after the last page is turned.  

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url 2017-09-19 15:52
Free E-book: Black London: Life before Emancipation by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
Black London: Life Before Emancipation - Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

I saw this mentioned on Twitter (@medievalpoc). You can read online or download a PDF, Kindle file, or EPUB.

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review 2017-05-03 01:08
Everyone should Read
The Emancipation Proclamation - Abraham Lincoln

I knew about the Emancipation Proclamation and knew that it had freed the slaves. I knew that it was created because of the states threatening succession from the Union. I knew some things, but I had never read the whole Proclamation. I will be assigning this to my homeschooled girls to read and we will discuss this. I noted that only slaves were freed in certain places, not all, but it was eventually applied to all. Everyone should take some time to read all the old documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation.

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review 2016-03-20 22:46
NetGalley Review: Emancipation
Emancipation - Jo Michaels

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

This book was actually pretty good. A serial killer has a pen pal who happens to be a lawyer but what are the intentions of both parties involved? 

The good and gory parts if you like that do not come until close to the end. We spend a majority of the book with Tobias and Jess and how Jess is determined to free him from prison because well he is innocent or at least Jess thinks he is. 

Now Jess is a hot lawyer and you can tell she plays off how beautiful she is, she really likes Tobias and wants more from him but it seems he has other plans. Jess is very smart and I didn't realize just how smart she was until the very end and that is scary. 

Tobias I just couldn't believe he was innocent with the thoughts he would think, or how he was manipulative to those around him. 

This was a decent dark thriller that had me wondering what would happen if this happened in real life? 

The ending to me was the best part of it all to me the rest was good but the ending the best. 

I really want to give out more in this review but I feel as though I would be giving too much away. 

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review 2016-02-09 00:00
Emancipation
Emancipation - Jo Michaels I was given an ARC for an honest review.
Warning contains spoilers

This was far removed from my regular reading so I thought it might be interesting to try a new author to me.
Most of the story revolves around the prison life and letters back and forth from prisoner to lawyer. I admit thinking what a bimbo, what is your outcome going to be. He is pretty evil and she seemed to be so innocent and naive...surely not.
I'll admit I did NOT see that coming. Once that conclusion started to unfold I had guessed who she probably was. But I still wondered if he'd be able to escape and destroy her life. Got quite brutal there at the end and I guess I thought 'you had that coming to you'!
The story flowed well and the characters were well fleshed out and intriguing.
Well done, if you enjoy dark tales I recommend this book.
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