Songs of Willow Frost****

By Jamie Ford

This was an interesting read. It is incredibly sad but does touch on an important topic–the discrimination against minorities and women’s rights. Reading this book Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 10.58.44 AMwill show you how far our society has come, but some similarities with today’s standards remind us that we have far to go.

The book starts out in an orphanage and then through several flashbacks shows the events that lead to the child being placed there. The story is about the injustice and tragedy in the mother’s (Willow’s) life. It is an eye-opening account of the harsh realities that ‘polite society’ places on women–but not on the men that are equally (or more) to blame.
You will want to reach into the pages of this book to make things right again. The author does try to make a happy ending, but it is clear that these characters will continue to suffer after the last page of the book is read.
My fours star rating is due to some facts that the reader already knows being repeated unnecessarily.

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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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.