The 13th Gift
By: Joanne Huist Smith
Joanne Huist Smith’s husband passed away a few months before December. Depressed and unable to participate in the Christmas cheer, her youngest of three children worries that there won’t be a Christmas this year. One night, a mysterious package arrives on the doorstep, a gift from some their True Friends. Each night, a small present arrives in tune with the classic song, “12 Days of Christmas.” The blessing she receives from her anonymous friends, allows her to come to terms with the Christmas spirit, and to not only accept happiness, but also to look forward to participating in the excitement of this holiday.
Home is Where My People Are
By: Sophie Hudson
The old saying states that the American Dream is a two story house with a nice, flat yard and a white picket fence. But what truly makes a house a home? Is it the building or is it the people? Do you have different homes throughout life, or is it just one single place that your soul belongs? These are just a few of the things that Sophie Hudson explores in her latest memoir Home is Where My People Are.
Waggin’ Tales: Bogey’s Memoir
By: Maureen O’Brien
Bogey was unwanted, told repeatedly he was too dumb to love. Thankfully his original set of humans left him at the Grand Strand Humane Society, where he remained focused on staying positive. Soon, his forever parents found him, adopted him and opened his eyes to a world full of love.
Using Bogey’s voice, Maureen O’Brien shares the adorable memories of Bogey’s life. An uplifting and heartwarming tale of how Bogey’s adoption gave him a family that finally showed him the love he truly deserved. Readers will follow Bogey from the glorious day of his adoption and throughout his life, including events that occurred in Heaven. The author turns a sensitive and always difficult topic, into a positive experience. Overall, animal lovers will smile many times as they fall in love with Bogey’s story.
The Puppy that Came for Christmas
By: Megan Rix
Megan and Ian Rix have desperately been trying to have a baby. Megan feels as though a baby would finally complete their family. Throughout the numerous failed attempts, the couple has kept their struggles quiet. Along the way, they find a group called Helper Dogs. This group trains puppies to assist humans with disabilities. Megan and Ian get to experience all the joys and heartache of fostering two little puppies over the course of a year, until they finally get their forever dog.
The Puppy that Came for Christmas is a beautifully written memoir. Megan’s emotions shine through her words as she struggles to conceive. She keeps her story honest by showing the good times as well as the bad, such as medication failures or experiencing jealousy over her brother’s surprise announcement. However, puppy lovers around the world can relate to all the pleasures and sorrows that comes with Emma, Freddy and eventually Traffy. With their first dog, Megan tells readers about each of Emma’s triumphs and the new world of possibilities that opens from being a doggie parent. Then Freddy brings a bit of silliness to help distract from the pain of Emma’s graduation. Readers will laugh, cry and ooh and ahh throughout this inspirational book.
Note:This review was written for My Sister’s Books and Sasee Magazine.
By: C. D. Bonner Format: eBook. Read: November 2014
This is a collection of stories to remind adults of every age of a simpler, more hands-on era.
I Talk Slower than I Think is a nod to the good old days. Filled with southern expressions, each chapter relays an old family story passed down from previous generations. This book will have readers laughing out loud, as well as a few nodding along as they relate to certain events. Although there are some stories that are more emotional than entertaining, overall this is a feel-good book that both Southerners and Northerners can appreciate.
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.
By: Alex McKeithen. Format: Hardcover. Read: March 2014.
Alex McKeithen decided to study art abroad in the inspiring European landscape. Unfortunately for him, when he arrived in Paris, he suffered a breakdown, running through the streets proclaiming he was the Seventh Angel and that the apocalypse was coming. This book is his story through these events and his recovery back in the states.
Alex McKeithen is brave for spilling his life and thoughts out in this book. He even gives readers more insight into his spinning mind, by adding notes along the side, as though this was his personal journal. The author doesn’t shy away from the harshness of his illness or the realities of treatment inside the facility. However he does try to insert humorous scenes to help break up the monotony. This is an exceptional book about the inner workings of an overactive mind.
Again, I thank you for your patience with these reviews. As I am sure you can imagine, it was quite difficult to not only be living the experiences of caring for someone who struggles daily, but then to read a few back to back books about mental illnesses…well reading is my escape and it is pretty difficult to escape my reality by living someone else’s experiences. Again I offer my apologies over the delayed reviews, but I am thrilled to announce that we are moving forward through the next books on The List.
Do you or someone you know, suffer from bipolar disease? Do you appreciate the value of experiencing someone’s life through their words?
The PR Representative provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about her, please visit her website.