A Tangled Mercy

This book caught my attention and held it to the end. It takes a hard look at the atrocities of slavery and brings the parallels right into the present day. It brought the horror of the Charleston murders to me in a way that makes it much more than just a segment on the news.
Some parts may be idealistic but the book is educational, relevant and entertaining.

Secondborn

This turned out to be a good book, although it took me a while to get into it. It moves along quickly, but I found myself getting a bit lost at times. It is part Starwars, part romance, and part sci-fi.
I assume it is part of a series because the author set up a lot of areas where the plot could go further.
The one thing I didn’t like was the abrupt ending. It seemed like the author just decided to quit writing when there was more story to tell. I usually like cliffhangers, but they have to end in a way that is drawing you into the next book. This one kind of just stops.

The Scarlet Thread

D. S. Murphy flawlessly blends Mythology and Contemporary Fantasy into a “cant’ put it down” book. Start reading here and you’ll be hooked for the rest of the series and become a D.S. Murphy fan as I have become. Not a bad thing… Mr. Murphy has tons of free giveaways to keep you reading for a long, long time.

Next in the series is The Golden Shears. It promises to be as good as this one. Some reviews state that they don’t like the ‘cliffhanger’ approach to writing books. Personally, I love cliffhangers. It allows the book to continue long after I’ve finished reading…

This book is Quality writing and a great value.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Pérez.
Gut wrenching! Mary Pérez has written a book that I found difficult to put down. Each page is filled with yet another thing that would be the end of most of us, but she continues to persevere. This memoir shows what many children of alcoholic parents must endure while they figure out what is normal for most children.

The book is written in a style that just tells the story like it happened. There is no fluff or attempt to make it more interesting, just raw, painful, events, one after another, like they happened in life. perhaps the book could have been made more “novel like” for our reading pleasure, but I don’t think there is any way to sugar coat a life like Mary endured.

This is a great book for book clubs to discuss, much could be learned about how children are affected by their parent’s behavior. Perhaps it would be a good read for AA members, it is a sobering reminder!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan is a world war II story. I usually don’t get drawn into war stories, but this one is well written and compelling.

It is the true story of a young man’s journey through the war. He goes from innocent bystander to underground savior of the Jews to a soldier in the Nazi army. Pino Lella becomes a spy when his parents force him to join the German army in order to try to keep him safe.

As a driver to one of the top Generals in the German Army, Pino gets first-hand information that helps the Allied forces. His experiences are gut-wrenching, to say the least. As a spy, he is alienated from his family and friends and must face his war alone.

This book is easy to read, and a real page turner. It really makes you think about the effect of war on individual lives. This is history, but still relevant to current events. I learned more from this book than I ever did in history class.

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Read tons of new books–cheap

Did you know that you can get thousands of books to read for free? No, I’m not talking about the library. I’m talking about the Kindle. Okay, this isn’t quite free–wait–don’t go away! With Kindle unlimited, you can choose from thousands of titles for $9.99 a month. That’s less than one print book, and it’s portable and convenient.

With Kindle unlimited, you can choose from thousands of titles for $9.99 a month. And you can try it for free for 30 days.  That’s less than one print book, and it’s portable and convenient. No more lugging heavy books around.

You can either get a Kindle e-reader   starting at $59.99 for the plain version (that I’ve been using for years) or you can get a much fancier model. (click the kindle above to go there) But if you don’t want to invest in a kindle, did you know you can get a free app for your phone or computer? http://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/kcp With the phone app, you always have a good book to read in your pocket. Remember the last time you had to wait at the DMV to renew your driver’s license? Boring!

Even if you decide not to get Kindle unlimited, the Kindle or the app on your phone will save you a lot of money over print books. The typical print book selling for $12.95 (plus extra for shipping) will only cost you around $2.99, or often times it will be $.99. Really, can you afford to not have a Kindle?

What I really love about Kindle unlimited is that I have a set budget for my book habit. No more wanting to read that new book that’s out, but having to say no because I’ve already spent too much on books. As long as the book is enrolled in KDP select, it will be available for free on Kindle unlimited. (you have probably seen the $0.00 price for kindle unlimited users.)

The library is great, but you have to wait for new titles to show up if they show up at all. With Kindle unlimited, you get to be one of the first to read the new books when they come out.

Here is the link to check out the program. http://amzn.to/2r0hOgp

Why limit yourself when there is a huge library of new titles to choose from?

Rise

In her memoir, Rise: How a House Built a Family, Cara Brookins will make you wonder why you ever thought that little home improvement project you had seemed so hard.

Cara Brookins and her four kids set out to build an entire house in nine months. Yes, with their own hands. This was no little shack mind you, it’s a big beautiful home made of brick.

This is the story of a woman, who under incredible duress, from not one, but two mentally deranged husbands managed to rise above all odds. She weaves her story by alternating stories of her abusive marriages and her adventures in building a house.

This is an inspirational read if nothing else, but I think you will be entertained with Cara’s well-written book, Rise.