Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Review: The Devil's Prayer

Here is Amazon's description of the book--
     A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago. 

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul. 

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors. 

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction? 

My review--
    The Devil's Prayer is unlike any book I have read,  I did not want to like this book, but from the very beginning I was intrigued.  At the beginning of the book a nun hangs herself what follows is an explanation and description of the events that leads up to that horrific decision. Overall, I could not book this book down.  
   Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Book Review-- Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber





Here is how Amazon.com has the description of the book.

Beloved bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.
 
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.
 
Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
 
The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.
 
But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

My Review

I am a big fan of Debbie Macomber's books and movies.  I was very excited to be able to read this book through Netgalley.

Any dream will do book is not like all of the other books written by Debbie Macomber.  I really enjoyed the story of this book and the characters.  The story had some different twists which kept it interesting.  I thought it was going to be easy to guess how it was going to end, but I was delightfully surprised.  

I would definitely recommend this book.  Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book for my honest review.  
































Saturday, September 3, 2016

Book Review:Red Blood, Yellow Skin by Linda L.T. Baer


Here is how Amazon.com describes the book:

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous stepdaughter. Loan found solace in the company of animals and insects and escaped into the branches of trees.


In 1954, her family chose to relocate to South Vietnam, rather than live under the yoke of communist North Vietnam. When Loan was thirteen, she ran away to Saigon to flee the cruelty of her stepfather and worked at menial jobs to help her family. At seventeen, she was introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. At eighteen, she dated and lived with a young American airman.Two months after their baby was born, the airman returned to America, and Loan never heard from him again. She raised their son by herself. However, time healed her heart, and she eventually found true love in a young air force officer, whom she married and accompanied to America in 1971.

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is a story of romance, culture, traditions, and family. It describes the pain, struggle, despair, and violence as Loan lived it. The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless. It is about this struggle to survive and her extraordinary triumph over adversity that Baer writes.

Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in a small village in North Vietnam. Her family relocated to South Vietnam in 1954. She spent most of her youth in Saigon, where she met her husband. She followed him to America in 1971 and became an American citizen in 1973. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a successful businesswoman.

My review: 
 Sometimes you read a book  and just know it is going to be a Bestseller,  that is what I felt for this book.  I LOVED this book!!  I grew up in the sixties and heard about what was going on in Vietnam through the news and in school, but nothing prepared me for Linda L.T Baer firsthand account of how difficult life was at that time.  As you read the book you are amazed that the author was able to live and survive and ultimately prosper after all that she had gone through.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Author for the privilege of reading this book for my honest review. Five stars!!
N.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Book Review: The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo


This is how Amazon.com describes the book:

The Lives Between Us is about family and love. It's about desperate people doing what they need to, to save the ones they love. This book, Jodi Picoult style, is part love story and part social commentary. In the vein of JoJo Moyes, Me Before You.

How far would you go to save the one you love?

Grief-stricken reporter, Skylar Kendall, plots revenge on Michigan Sen. Hastings who opposed life-saving stem cell research and therapy. She gains access to Hastings, learning secrets that would launch her career and satisfy her need for retribution... 

Only, she hadn't counted on falling in love.

Winner of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award for Women's Fiction, and finalist for the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Chick Lit and the 2015 USA Best Book Awards for Chick Lit/ Women's Fiction.


My review:
This would make a great Book Club book it is loaded with a controversial  subject that will have everyone adding to the conversation. The author Theresa Rizzo sheds light on the need for stem cell research and therapy but also shows the other side of  the debate.  It will opens your eyes to a subject that is not put in the news enough.

Thank you to Netgalley and Theresa Rizzo for the opportunity to read and review this book.  Definitely a 5 out of 5 stars!!!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Book review: Bloodlines by Lynn Lipinski


Here is how Amazon.com describs the book

.Fired from his job at the Tulsa Zoo, 26-year-old Zane Clearwater wakes from an alcohol-and cough syrup-induced blackout to learn his mother was killed the night before in a fire in their trailer-park home. Zane has no memory of that night-could he have set the blaze? The police have a lot of questions, but so do Zane and his 14-year-old sister Lettie. When he gets a mysterious text that indicates everything his mother told him about her past was a lie, Zane embarks on a journey of discovery that results in meeting his supposedly long-dead father. Jeremiah Doom has a dangerous streak as long as the Arkansas River and a shady, secretive life. Zane may share his father's Cherokee blood, but can he battle against the anger and violence that also lurks beneath the surface of his own skin? Is Zane destined to repeat the sins of his father?

My review:

This is a very good story of a young man that has his life turned upside down when his mother dies.  I did not want to put this book down.  A very good read. I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book for my honest review.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review: Golden Earrings by Belinda Alexandra


Here is the description from Amazon.com:

For fans of Colleen McCullough, Kate Morton, and Lucinda Riley, a powerful saga of family, love, honor, and betrayal set in historical Barcelona and romantic Paris, from the author of Tuscan Rose.

“You who judge me: come! Let me tell you a story…” Paloma Batton is the granddaughter of Spanish refugees who fled Barcelona after the Civil War. A disciplined student attending the school of the Paris Opera Ballet, Paloma lets little get in the way of her career until she receives a mysterious pair of golden earrings. She begins exploring her Spanish heritage and becomes fascinated by la Rusa, a woman who rose from poverty to become one of the great flamenco dancers of modern times before committing suicide. As Paloma begins to unravel the secrets of the past, she discovers more than one person who had good reason for wanting la Rusa dead—including Paloma’s own grandmother.

Written with the same depth and emotion as Belinda Alexandra’s “rich, unforgettable saga” (Kimberly Freeman, author of Wildflower HillTuscan RoseGolden Earrings moves between two of the great cities of Europe: Barcelona in the lead-up to the Civil War and Paris in the 1970s. It is the story of two women and the extremes to which they are willing to go for love. And above all, it is a story of great passions—and great betrayals—where nothing is quite as it seems.

My review:
I really enjoyed reading this book.  Historical fiction is my favorite genre, although this is the first time I have read historical fiction about Spain during the Civil War and the lives of Gypsies, the writer brought the period to life.  The beginning of the book starting off with a supernatural twist had me hooked.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this book for my honest review.


Book review: Arrowood by Laura McHugh


Here is the description from Amazon.com:

“This robust, old-fashioned gothic mystery has everything you’re looking for: a creepy old house, a tenant with a secret history, and even a few ghosts. Laura McHugh’s novel sits at the intersection of memory and history, astutely asking whether we carry the past, or whether it carries us.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Leaving Time

A haunting novel from the author of The Weight of Blood about a young woman’s return to her childhood home—and her encounter with the memories and secrets it holds

 
Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has a mystery it has never revealed: It’s where Arden Arrowood’s younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago—never to be seen again. After the twins’ disappearance, Arden’s parents divorced and the Arrowoods left the big house that had been in their family for generations. And Arden’s own life fell apart: She can’t finish her master’s thesis; a misguided love affair has ended badly. She has held on to the hope that her sisters are still alive, and it seems she can’t move forward until she finds them. When her father dies and she inherits Arrowood, Arden returns to her childhood home determined to discover what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer.
 
Arden’s return to the town of Keokuk—and the now infamous house that bears her name—is greeted with curiosity. But she is welcomed back by her old neighbor and first love, Ben Ferris, whose family, she slowly learns, knows more about the Arrowoods’ secrets and their small, closed community than she ever realized. With the help of a young amateur investigator whose website, Midwest Mysteries, is devoted to solving local cold cases, Arden tracks down the man who was the prime suspect in the kidnapping, though he was never convicted of the crime. But the house and the surrounding town hold their secrets close—and the truth, when Arden finds it, is more devastating than she ever could have imagined.
 
Arrowood is a powerful and resonant novel that examines the ways in which our lives are shaped by memory. As with her award-winning debut novel, The Weight of Blood, Laura McHugh has written a thrilling novel in which nothing is as it seems, and in which our longing for the past can take hold of the present in insidious and haunting ways.
 
My review:  I loved this book!!  I love good mystery where I can not figure out the ending.  This book kept me enticed as to whether she would ever find her sisters and also if she would ever be able to get on with her life.  I will definitely read more of Laura McHugh's books and highly recommend this book to others.

Thank you to Netgalley and the author of this book for an advanced copy for my honest review.  5 out of 5 stars for this one!!