Saturday, July 4, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-080 - A RATHER UNUSUAL ROMANCE

Having just read/reviewed the last book I had in possession which I’d won in a giveaway, I decided it’s time again to once selection another book which has been written by a member of the internet support site I belong.  With the myriad of genres I’ve reviewed and with the same holding true for the members of this support group, I chosen to go with another romance book. Perusing the listing of romance books I wanted one which would be relatively touching in the storyline it contains. In the end and to my satisfaction I’d selected this book by Stevie Turner.

This is precisely the kind of book I really needed to read at this time given what’s been happening in my life regarding my OH.

While parts of the storyline tugged at my heartstrings, the humor it contains helped balance the darker portions, as did the message of hope.  The story of two middle-age individual suffering with cancer is one which quite a lot of readers can easily relate to, whether it be one of a strictly personal nature, or one which involves a close relative. Both of her characters needed to find/have someone who would easily understand what they’re going through and to hold their hand as they undergo their journey to fight the scourge which has invaded their body.

I wouldn’t have given this book the title it has because I didn’t really see anything unusual about it; rather I’d have called Ms. Turner’s endeavor here. “A Real Life Kismet,” since it’s based partially on factual events.

The level of emotion the story contains leads this reviewer to sense a lot of it is coming from the author herself as she writes about what has transpired in this segment of her own life. 

Given the bravery Ms. Turner has shown here in writing her book, I’m delighted to give it 5 STARS.  





STATUS REPORT # 55

I know I haven’t posted my status report in over a week as I’ve been quite busy with a myriad of things, most important of which is finally having a nurse coming to our apartment to evaluate my dear OH in receiving physical therapy at home; which is something the REHAB facility failed to do for almost four weeks.

Having a home attendant has finally allowed me to take care of things I’ve neglected for months, most important of which has been to promote the two books I’ve written. There have also been sites I’m involved with which I’ve catch up with the backlogs I’ve had there.

For the first time in several months, even before my OH got hospitalized and my life became almost chaotic on a regular basis, I’ve got no backlog in the books I need to read/review. This is due in part to my being unable to enter all the giveaways I used to enter; which means I’m now going to turn to my second source for books to review, the internet support group I belong to,
https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com [mention my name if you decide to join]

Somehow through all this I’ve been able to keep my ranking on Amazon intact.

As you might expect with all this going on, and scarcely any sales in neither of my books, I’ve become somewhat depressed at times. I would to publicly thank all of my followers who have contact me personally with your kind words of support. Hoping everyone and your families will have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

Love

  Robin Leigh  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-079 - AMERICAN MOJO: Lost and Found

I received a copy of this book through a GoodReads.com giveaway and the following is my honest opinion for it.

This book is a far cry from the myriad of genres of fiction books and memoirs I’ve reviewed to date. It’s not the type of book readers can read right through without taking any sort of break; they need to absorb each one chapter one at a time to reap the greatest benefits this book has to offer them.

The manner in which Mr. Kiernan has written his fact-filled book causes readers to want to read more by eagerly turning to the next page, which is usually not prevalent in books of this genre. Taking readers on a time travel trip to the past to view FDR taking us out of the Depression the entire nation had still been reeling in when he took office, adds a glimmer of hope for the middle class in seeing some light at the end of the tunnel to their present economic condition. One needs to look at the economic history of this country in order to avoid any possible repeat of the faux pas which has already transpired in the past.

For his thought-provoking endeavor I’m giving Mr. Kiernan 5 STARS.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-078 - STOLEN HEARTS

I won an e-book copy of this book through an internet giveaway the author held and the following in my honest opinion.

While the basic premise for the book of a child looking for the murderer of their parent(s) or wanting to clear their name with an underling romance theme has been done before, I found the mix of elements [mystery, suspense, and romance] for this book to be an intriguing read.

The book is riddled with secrets each of the characters are keeping from one another.  Crystal and Ruby are sisters who have embarked on a life of crime in order to eventually regain the lives they once had, they’re perpetually looking for evidence to accomplish their goal.

My heart almost skipped a beat when Crystal gets thrusted into a blind date with Kade, the detective who is investigating the crimes she has committed with her sister. At the same time Kade is searching for some way to forgive himself for the death of one of his former partners.

Paul, Kade’s new partner is engaged to marry Ruby, Crystal’s sister; how’s that for a coincidence.

Ms. Cooper, in her book, seems to be peeling the various layers of an onion which the storyline contains in the almost vivid history of her characters as she brings them up to the present with the emotions they’ve felt she has given her readers.

The interaction between Crystal and Kade is quite intense at times, without having any real sexual scenes, which I feel wouldn’t have added anything to the storyline; and am grateful for its elimination.

It is for the above I’m giving Stolen Hearts 5 STARS.




UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TKW9Y4W

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-077 - MANAGING BUBBIE

I won a copy of this book through a giveaway on GoodReads and the following is my honest review.

I’m envious of the author since I never got to experience the joy of having any grandparent on neither side of my family as they had been unable to survive the atrocities of the Holocaust. While having my parents as survivors still gave me a level of emotions other readers probably can’t relate to.

There’s quite a bit of an old-fashioned Shtetl mentality which persists in the minds of many of those who’ve survived the Holocaust and having parents being a barrier between the author and his grandmother gave him the best of both worlds, a luxury I unfortunately didn’t have.

There’s quite a range of emotions which can be found through the pages of this book, emotions which can at times make its readers cry and laugh at others.

The personal insight of this horrific time of history of the world paints a picture which anyone can relate to, whether they’re Jewish or not.

For the compassionate story Mr Lazega has given us I’m compelled to his endeavor 5 STARS.

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TPPSM7E

Monday, June 22, 2015

STATUS REPORT # 54

The home attendant we got this weekend is a doll; no problems whatsoever, she even helped getting my OH walking again. Now if I can get that damn Nursing and REHAB facility to do the necessary things so we can get a PT to come to our home, I’d be a happy camper.

As you can tell I’m back to reviewing books again with four reviews done [2 e-books and 2 REAL books] in the past two weeks.

It’s summertime and I’d like for everyone to check out my MG/YA Paranormal Romance novel “I Kissed a Ghost” as a gift for that young in your family. The book has an average of 4.1 STARS based on 21 reviews. And for something different my anthology of Flash Fiction entitled “Micro Fiction – An Anthology.”


Saturday, June 20, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-076 - LOVE HEALS THE HEART

I’d reviewed Diane Rose Duffy’s first book “Take a Piece of My Heart” which I’d won as a free download.  I gave this book 5 STARS for the story of a young woman who had been infatuated with her first love enough to marry him, against her parent’s wishes. The love relationship she had envisioned turned into an abusive one no woman would ever want to be evolved with. To take her readers into this woman’s life Ms. Duffy wrote her book as a diary.

In Love Heals the Heart she has taken us into life of her characters and although she doesn’t go into any details, one of them must have already been shell-shocked from a previous relationship. Naturally this causes a mistrust which gets eroded by Gracie as Dylan’s heart warms up and softens as love blooms. I love this theme regarding the heart as it pertains to love, just as I did in her first book.

The juxtaposition of Trish’s character to that of Gracie added to my enjoyment of the book as did her relationship with Gracie’s brother Justin. The humor, drama and mystery of the storyline adds in rounding out the entire book itself; which is why I’m giving this book 5 STARS, and looking forwards of reading more of Ms. Duffy’s writing endeavors.

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZD3KUL8