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My Sister’s Books Review #53

The Walk

By: Richard Paul Evans

#1 in The Walk Series

 

Alan Christoffersen had it all, a beautiful home, a fabulous career and his soul mate as his wife. His life couldn’t have been better, but sadly it slowly disappeared after that fateful day when his wife fell off her horse. When his life becomes virtually extinct, Alan decides to end it all, but he is reminded of the promise he made to his wife. Since he has nothing left, he decides to go for a walk, but not just any kind of walk, one that will get him as far away as possible. With just a few supplies and his hiking boots, he sets off from the outskirts of Seattle, Washington towards Key West, Florida, in hopes of finding life again.

From the very first page, Evans delivers a powerful and poetic tale. Through the first person narrative, the author proves that true human character is revealed during critical times. The quotes from Alan’s diary that start each chapter, give a preview as to what is to come. Readers will be able to relate to Alan’s desire to walk away from everything and thanks to the use of descriptive words, they will feel as though they are walking and eating right next to him. Despite the fact that the book starts with Alan in Key West, he is still in the state of Washington throughout this whole novel. The Walk is a dramatic start to a promising series that will compel readers to follow Alan’s journey.

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #52

Small Blessings

By: Martha Woodroof

Rose Callahan has always been a wanderer, never staying long enough to get too emotionally attached to people.  However, when she starts her new job at the college bookstore, the welcoming, quirky individuals pull at her heart. Tom Putnam leads a monotonous life and with the help of his mother-in-law, they try to cope with his wife’s debilitating depression. When a shocking letter arrives, declaring Tom a father of a ten year old son, his world Is about to change forever. How will the people of this small college town cope, as their lives turn upside down?

Martha Woodroof challenges readers to think about the qualities that truly make up a family, whether it is love, duty, responsibility or blood. Broken into two distinct parts, the first section is a fast paced action ride, while the second is more descriptive and verbose. There is a strong cast of secondary characters that play a vital part to the story. With a little help from Shakespeare and Harry Potter, readers will dive into the magic of life and the beauty of love. This debut novel will leave readers hoping for more.

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My Sister’s Books Review #51

The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Hazel has terminal cancer that has forced her out of school. Despite her desire to stay inside reading, sleeping and watching television, her Mom forces her to get out and go to Support Group each week. It is there that she meets Augustus Waters, a boy who has been cancer-free for close to a year. He has a different outlook on life and with his unlit cigarette, he plans on making Hazel Grace’s life broader and brighter.

Written in a first-person narrative, John Green has created a poetic and powerful novel.  This book has a dark, realistic beginning, but quickly it sweeps the characters and readers up into a majestic fantasy. The author focuses on how cancer affects the patient, but also how it affects everyone. Knowing the end result, means grief is a daily experience for all, but the choice is to continue living life for however long it exists. Brimming with references to another heart wrenching, fictional tale, Green manages to tell an additional story within this one, to help foreshadow the growth of his main characters. Readers will cry and laugh as they fall in love with Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac.

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #50

Miss Julia Strikes Back

By: Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia’s new husband and friend are each away on their own dream vacations, so she decides to throw a party to occupy her time. Unfortunately for Miss Julia, the day after the party, she discovers her prize engagement ring missing. Someone has stolen several of her friends’ jewelry too. Miss Julia is determined to get her possessions back, before her loved ones return. The search takes Miss Julia, Little Lloyd and Miss Wiggins on a wild adventure down to Florida in hopes of catching the unsuspecting criminals. Upon their arrival, Miss Julia realizes she must also sober up Florida’s most prominent investigator to help her go undercover, before the Feds confiscate her rings as evidence. Will Miss Julia’s plan work or will her items be lost forever?

This book is the eighth installment in Ann B. Ross’s series, which contains fifteen titles thus far. The first person point of view carries readers on a wild ride with Miss Julia, which will allow them to feel everything that she is feeling. Ann B. Ross has created a pristine character full of southern charm and class, whom readers will adore. Since this book has Miss Julia on the road, it takes several chapters before the real fun begins. This is a delightful series for fans of cozy mysteries with a southern twist.

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #49

Carla’s Comfort Foods

By: Carla Hall with Genevieve Ko

 

Carla Hall is a chef known for her appearances on numerous television shows. With her latest cookbook, she hopes to show everyone how various cultures are connected through their cuisines. Carla demonstrates how one simple dish can be transformed through the addition of just a few regional spices. In the beginning she provides a useful spice chart that displays the connected tastes of the world. Though some of these ingredients may be hard to find, Carla provides numerous tips and helpful step by step instructions.  This book provides an easy way to take a trip around the globe, while remaining in your own kitchen.

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #48

The Windy Forest

By: Sherry Jackson

 

Rhonda is shocked by the news of her aunt’s passing and she is caught off guard by her aunt’s will. Rhonda has inherited her aunt’s beloved cabin and gift shop in the mountains, but there’s a stipulation. Rhonda must live in the cabin for six months, prior to any future sale decisions. There’s just one problem, there a rapist terrorizing the neighborhood, oh and not everyone feels that her aunt’s death was accidental. Rhonda knows she needs to focus on her own safety; however her thoughts can’t seem to avoid her new strong, handsome neighbor, Tom. Will Rhonda and Tom figure out the truth before it is too late?

In her debut novella, Sherry Jackson shows potential as a romantic story-teller. Though the blurb on the back of the book leans more towards a mystery, the focus is on the building romance between Rhonda and Tom. The two mysteries are subplots providing an accelerant to the main storyline. There are numerous sentence structure and diction errors, but readers won’t be strayed from the intrigue. Overall this is a sweet story, with a dash of suspense.

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #46

The Unwilling Bride

By: Margaret Moore

Lady Constance was betrothed to Merrick of Tregallas from the day she was born. She remembers him as a spoiled rotten child and doesn’t want anything to do with him, until she meets him as the dashing knight. Merrick refuses to return to Tregallas due to his dangerous past, but when he catches sight of his future bride, he wants to be a better man. Though his past may come back to haunt him and cost him his Lady before she is even rightfully his.

Margaret Moore writes about a strong, determined woman during a time period that women were supposed to not speak. She adds a subplot full of twists and turns that only add to the romantic storyline. Though this book is the third in a series, it works well as a stand-alone novel. There are many characters to keep up with, but the intrigue keeps readers entertained. Readers will be rooting for Merrick and Constance all the way until the end.

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Similar Authors:

Margo Maguire, Kresley Cole, Rose Gordon

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My Sister’s Books #45

The Reluctant Bride

By: Leigh Greenwood

 

Tanzy decided to become a mail-order bride in order to avoid a marriage to her cousin, after most of her family was killed in a horrific feud. However, when she travels to meet Russ Tibbolt, she finds him in the middle of a shootout. Distraught over the violence, she refuses to marry him, until they get to know each other better. Just one problem, their attraction for each other puts their lives in danger when the past returns.

This book is a tedious read, since the first half of the book is slow. However, the intrigue picks up towards the end, when Tanzy decides to go undercover to help Russ survive. Greenwood does a good job of describing the details of the western territory and the ‘town.’ Readers will enjoy feeling like they stepped back in time, while they worry for the character’s safety.

 

 

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This author recommends Stobie Piel.

Similar Authors: Caroline Fyffe, Cynthia Woolfe

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My Sister’s Books #44

An Unsuitable Bride

By: Jane Feather

Alexandra Douglas has just learned the news of her father’s death, but there are even worse things to come. The lawyer gives her the unfortunate news that since her father divorced her mother, he declared her and her invalid sister, bastards. All of his fortune has been left to his current wife. Knowing she needs the money to pay for her sister’s care, Alexandra devises a plan to gain back her portion of the money. Peregrine is in town visiting an old friend, when he stumbles upon the old lady librarian. Sensing that there is more to this woman than her disguise reveals, he makes it his quest to get to know the truth, while hiding his own secrets.

Readers will immediately feel as though they stepped back in time from the very first page. Jane Feather does an excellent job of writing detailed accounts of dialect relevant to the times. Her main character, Alexandra, is forced to go undercover to regain her rightful inheritance, not out of greed but out of need for her sister’s care. Readers learn a lot about her mysterious ways through the delicate manner in which she treats the library books. She is obviously smart enough to deceive the family, but not smart enough to keep away from Peregrine. Readers who have not read the first two books in the trilogy will feel as though they missed some information, but they will quickly understand what previously happened. This storyline focuses on justice and righting wrongs, no matter the consequences.

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This author recommends:

Karyn Monk, Madeline Hunter, Laura Lee Guhrke

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My Sister’s Books Review #43

Texas Bride

By: Joan Johnston

Despite the fact that Miranda Wentworth lost her parents in the Chicago fire, she has kept her and her five younger siblings safe in the nasty orphanage. Now that she is about to turn 18, she is being kicked out and risks losing her siblings. Her younger sister provides hope, when she tells Miranda that she responded to a mail-order bride ad in the newspaper. Desperate to keep her family together, she sneaks her youngest siblings out of the orphanage to start their new life. Little does she know, Jake Creed has a few surprises of his own, including a young daughter who is in need of a mother.

Joan Johnston gives readers a well-balanced story with this first book in her Mail-Order Bride Series. Readers will appreciate the inner struggles the main characters deal with, while trying to manage the turmoil of the Texas weather.  Though Jake is a cowboy and his ranch is in need of repair, the story focuses on the turmoil of forgiving and accepting the past, in order to open up for future blessings. The ending gives readers closure between Jake and Miranda, while piquing the interest for the rest of Miranda’s family.

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This author recommends:

Catherine Hart, Sabrina Jeffries, Stef Ann Holm

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