BOOK REVIEW # 2017-036 – FINISH LINE

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As promised here is the 600th book review I’ve posted on Amazon earlier today:

I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

As young, urban boys who sometimes have nothing do except occasionally commit some mischief, Justin Ventimiglia and Keith Puccio got involved with and got picked up performing an act of property destruction. Naturally, these two juveniles had to be taught that they need to pay for what they’ve done, and the St. Louis authorities felt the best way would be to give them summer jobs at the Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of town.

The story this book contains is a coming of age one as these two protagonists experience a life outside of the dysfunctional one they’ve become used to living in. The shenanigans of the eccentric adults with their drinking, gambling and smoking they witness causes them to have some interesting reactions. This creates a somewhat special bond between all involved.

When you throw in a young man fighting the dreaded disease of cancer into the mix, you get an emotionally touching story of life and death, as Justin and Keith begin to have an understanding of the tests life can throw in front of you along with the love for the game of golf itself with the challenges it gives to those who play it.

While this book seems geared to those who are golfers, it’s a story which can be enjoyed by anyone. Although this book reads like a stand-alone, it’s the second part of the six-book series [Prairie Winds Golf Course] written by the author, James Ross.

For having given his readers, this poignant coming of age story, I’ve given Mr. Ross 5 STARS for his endeavor here.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2H3QEZEWO4GB8

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R39ZPBKQAUA3X4

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BOOK REVIEW # 2017-035 – GETTING MARRIED AT LAST

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I read this book via an Amazon KINDLE Unlimited download.

I found this brief book to be precisely as the author has written for her description; the truth being said, it’s not only inspirational, but quite poignant as well. The problem is too many people set their personal HEA [Happy Ever After] too high, which only results in one disappointment after another; people need to know what both their assets and negative attributes are to really fulfill their heart’s desire, which usually involves getting married at long last.

Personally, I married at 43 to my dear OH, aged 39. I knew what my limitations were; a slight speech imperfection and a genetic condition affected my physical appearance, especially my facial appearance. But one day, I found someone who could look beyond all this and to the personal I’m like on the inside; in fact, both of us looked at each of our personalities and compatibilities more than anything else, much like the author herself.

The only negative thing I can say about her book is that I feel she’s targeted her reading audience towards women. We’ve got to recognize and remember that there are scores of men who are still suffering the same way, downtrodden that they’re still living alone, and might benefit from reading the book themselves.

Every book should have a playlist which can accompany it, and this book is no exception. While for this book most people would think of Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody”, there’s another song which he sang “Somewhere There’s a Someone” which I feel far more epitomizes what this book is trying to communicate. Here are the lyrics, see if you agree with how I feel:

Somewhere there’s a someone for everyone
Somewhere there’s a someone for me
Though I may be lonely now
I’ll see it through somehow
To someone’s heart I know I hold the key

Somewhere there’s a someone for everyone
Somewhere there’s a someone for me
And I’ll search my whole life through
Until I find a love that’s true
For I know somewhere there’s a someone for me

(Somewhere)
(Somewhere)
And I’ll search my whole life through
Until I find a love that’s true
For I know somewhere there’s a someone for me
For I know somewhere there’s a someone for me

For wanting to share her story and to help others to get out of the rut they’re in, I’m happy to give Lori A. Peters and her book 5 STARS.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3GUBPIJ9NXSVW

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2QIWK40R8MLC9

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-034 – IT BEGINS AND ENDS WITH FAMILY

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

When I got married it was relatively late in my life, I was 43, and my dear OH was four years younger. We felt it was too late to start having children, besides I suffer from a genetic condition which we didn’t want to pass onto any children we might have had. But, after reading this highly inspirational book, I now feel we should have not fostered but adopted a young age-appropriate child for parents our age; especially since neither one of us any real family to speak of. I’ve got a sister and a handful of cousins, and my OH has a couple of cousins, none of whom we really talk to.

I, in fact we all can see and can image a couple adopting one or two children, but the couple, Jo Ann and Dan Wentzel had amazing 75 children, frequently eight at a time and mainly teen aged boys. Those of you who have had children especially boys know what a handful it is to raise one or two of them; so, you can just imagine the fortitude and patience these two must have possessed to raise blended family and brew this size.
Those who read this book need to thank this couple for sharing their experiences of actually being a foster parent. What they’d discovered had been doing this successfully all came down to what family subtleties are needed to raise them and to have a family which come close to a natural family as possible.
This includes changing their mental attitude of family from the dysfunctional one they’ve been accustomed to living in. And once these children have reacclimated to a more normal family environment, they can return to their birth family with a new outlook for their lives and family they’d been born into. Hopefully, if the time these children had spent with the Wentzels, or in fact any foster family, has been successful this newly acquire attitude can be passed on to their children; and not the dysfunctional one they came from which would only perpetuate the situation into the next generation.
Along the way in sharing their story, the Wentzles share their various and at times quite different parenting methods, in the hopes others might benefit from in the raising of their own children; and that. perhaps after reading this book others might consider the joys of fostering children of their own/
Given what this couple has been willing to share with others, how can you not give this book the 5 STARS, I’m giving it.
US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1TB5TYXS3J936
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RW17AY8C2BM7

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-033 – SUZY HAS A SECRET

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I read this book using an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

As children, we’ve been taught to listen to our parents and to do everything they tell say us. We know how much they love us and they won’t do anything to hurt us. One of these things concerns tattling on someone else who did something they shouldn’t have done, because doing it wouldn’t be a nice thing to do.

But what happens when a relative, like Uncle Bob, starts doing something he shouldn’t and tell us to keep it a secret even from our parents. This is what Suzy has to deal with in this brief story when he starts touching her in places she somehow feels is wrong; she becomes scared and doesn’t want to get in trouble for tattling on her uncle to her parents.

This creates a conflict in her young mild since her parents had also taught her that if something is bothering her she should come to them. When she tells her friend Lucy what’s happening, Lucy’s older brother tells Suzy to tell her parents and that she wouldn’t get into trouble. Suzy follows his advice, tells her parents who respond by sitting down and talking to her about what Uncle Bob did to her.

Inappropriate touching is a sensitive, everyday occurring issue which parents need to discuss with their young child, and this book serves as marvelous beginning from which this discuss can begin. The book then gives parents ideas as to how to go about doing this. For trying to help parents, especially first-time young parents, in dealing with this important, sensitive issue, there’s no way I can’t give Ms. Jackson 5 STARS for her endeavor here.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1YT2ZBHQ3KV79

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RC9WCV27YLQNH

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-032 – NERDY BABY

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While the premise of this picture book is to teach your young early reader child nerdy geeky techie words might sound a bit LUDICROUS, in reality, it’s a TOTALLY SOUND IDEA.

Kids today are far more technically savvy than their parents, and even more so when I [being a child of the 1950’s] was at their age. If there’s any doubt just look at the way they’re able to easily grasp the knowledge needed to use the internet.

Parents are supposed to nurture their children’s intelligence by giving things which challenges the ability to do things, such as the simple task of reading a book. These days learning the three R’s of, Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic is no longer enough, as they need to be tech savvy as well; I believe this book can serve as one of their first steps in facing the futuristic world they’ve been born into and I’ve given Kady Dash 5 and this book 5 STARS for trying to accomplish this end.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R26WLJ2V0YZ4LS

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RJEXYUTW0N0BK

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-031 – LILLIE, A MOTHERLESS CHILD

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

This underlining essence for true story of Lillie Fritsche tends to harken back to the traditional Negro spiritual “A Motherless Child.” The reason I’m saying this is that like the song being a clear representation of the agony and depression felt by the children of slaves who had been forcibly taken from their parents at an early age, Lillie had to deal with the reality of losing her mother when she was seven.

Lillie instead of feeling the prejudice which had been so prevalent towards blacks while she was growing up, she had to face a similar animosity because of her German ancestry and the unpleasantness of the nationalistic sentiment at that time.

In this book, Ms. Hobbs has given her readers an exceptionally poignant reading experience, regarding her mother, Lillie’s life. The author allows them to follow Lillie’s life as she grows up facing the hurdles which were continuously placed in front of her until becomes an inspirational example of how far faith can take a woman if she believes in herself; which is why it has gotten the 5 STARS I’ve given it.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2IZZ6HT0TWOU8

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1Z8GC9TJS5IOM

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-030 – ONLY 60+ YOU GO GIRL

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If anyone looks up my bio you’ll find I’m not only a Blogger and a voracious Book Reviewer with 572 reviews already under my belt since I started this, my 2nd second career, three years ago this week, I’m also an author with two books under my belt; an anthology of 100 Flash Fictions and my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel [which I’m currently re-editing.]

I found that this book speaks to me. Having married in my early 40’s to my dear OH about 23 ¾ years ago, we wound up having no children [probably good since there’s a genetic condition one of us has]. After having a massive heart attack and a quadruple by-pass surgery around age 60, I decided to sit down and finally fulfill a dream I had when I had been a young child. The dream had been to become an author which I’d fulfilled about two years later, and now I’ve the two books already written as I mentioned above, I’ve also got two endeavors which I’m working slowly on’ an adult Contemporary romance and a MG/YA Urban Fantasy. Now I’m just awaiting to get enough sales so I can quickly finish them and get them self-published as well through CreateSpace.

I haven’t let my age stop me with what I love doing now, which is my writing. Not am I only writing the stuff I’ve mention, I’ve writing stuff which can best be described as erotic.

As you can probably tell from what I’ve written above I’m not letting my age stop me from writing what I do; nor is my age stopping me from other endeavors. I believe I’m epitomizing what this book is trying to offer all those who read it. And if you’re like me, you shouldn’t let anything stand in your way from doing what you want to do or fulfilling those dreams which have yet to be fulfilled.

As I tell any woman, to whom I’m connected to on FaceBook, on their birthdays:

Happy Birthday Girl !!!
And Many, many more
Remember… The older you get, the better you get !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Given the above, it should come as no surprise that I’m giving this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves. So, to use a US Army campaign, “Be All You Can Be,” and consider getting a copy of this book.

BTW – If you’re wondering about my age, I’M ONLY 66 ½ YEARS YOUNG !!!

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2AZF93ML7316T

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1FWPVK6WHJEOK

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