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Books I’ve Read – Reviews


I have never met Theodocia McLean, but I am familiar with her work at Cold Coffee Press. I have always admired her intelligence,and the great job she does of managing the site.

I was saddened for her when I read “My Theodocia.” It was shocking to imagine what it would have been like for her to be given away by her alcoholic father, to a man and a woman who wanted a child, because they were unable to have their own. Daddy Willie and Bessie were given legal custody of Theodocia before she was eight months old. They had good intentions, and Daddy Willie loved his little girl. When his wife died, he refused to give the child up, even though many encouraged him too. He was a fisherman, so he was gone most of the day and Theodocia was looked after by a steady stream of babysitters.

Years of neglect took a toll on her, and she did not develop and mature as quickly as she should have. Finally, the local pastor and his wife convinced Daddy Willie to give them custody of the pretty brown-eyed girl. Then Ewen and Annabelle made plans to take her off the island, and Annabelle lost touch with everything else that was familiar. When she was 6 years old they legally adopted her.

Theodocia’s life was full of neglect and abuse. At one point, she had to go to a private school. The rules were abnormally restrictive; punishment was abusive and cruel. It is no wonder that eventually she was diagnosed with mental illness. No child should have had to live with what she did.

The bright spot (and turning point) in her life was when she met and married Marshal, and they had a son, William. These events brought stability, security, and love into her life that she had never known.

Theodocia began to experience time lapses that she couldn’t account for. William was never in danger because of them, but when she went to a neurologist, she was diagnosed as a borderline Epileptic. Later on, she was also diagnosed as being Bi-Polar and later still, she was diagnosed as having DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personality Disorder). I can only applaud Theodocia’s strength, determination and endurance to become the accomplished person she is today.

My Theodocia made me feel humble; I realized that I have had such a fortunate and privileged life. This book is painful, but also offers hope, because, despite all her disadvantages, Theodocia did have happy days and enjoyable times.

I recommend this book. You will want to cry; I know I did. But you will smile at times too and you will never forget McLean’s story.

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com here

Note: There are editing errors in this book.

 

wind-river-wrangler-wind-river-series-book-1-lindsey-mckenna3-starsShiloh Gallagher is a best selling, romance writer. She has had a traumatic past—she had an abusive stepfather, who eventually killed her mother in front of her. Her testimony sent him to jail. For the last six months, she has been terrorized by a stalker—phone calls, turning door knobs and a knowing that someone is outside her door. Gradually she quits running in the park; she has her necessities delivered, so she doesn’t have to go out. Her fear makes her a prisoner in her apartment. And she can not longer concentrate to write. Finally, she can not stand the pressure. She slips away to Wyoming—to find shelter with Maud Whitcomb at Wind River Ranch. Maude had invited her many times, but Shiloh had loved her apartment in New York, and she didn’t want to leave.

Roan Taggart has a Special Ops background. He is well disciplined, alert and aware. Now he works as a wrangler at Wind River Ranch. He has had many women, but nothing serious. He is surprised at the strange attraction that he feels for Shiloh.

However, Shiloh’s stalker hasn’t given up. After a few weeks of peace, one day she senses his presence. She is terrified and confides in Roan. Roan takes her to the police so she can tell them what has been happening in her life. They start an investigation, and Roan vows to protect her until the danger is neutralized.

Shiloh knows she can never return Roan’s feelings until the stalker is captured.

This was an okay book. The plot was interesting, but Shiloh referenced too much from the point of view of being a romance writer. It began to feel disingenuous to me.

I read so many books; I may have become pickier than other readers. You may love the book.

This book can be purchased ay Amazon.com by clicking here

 

kerrris-war-by-stephen-douglassstars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)Kerri’s War is the third book in the King Trilogy and another Stephen Douglass masterpiece!- I didn’t want this Trilogy to end.

Kerri Pyper  is now the President and CEO of Iacardi and Sons. Due to her natural keenness and instinct for the trading in the commodity markets, she has become a legend on Wall Street.

Kerri’s War begins when the terrorist attack on September 11, 2011, hits the World Trade Center in New York, hitting the South Tower, in the spot where Iacardi and Sons New York offices are. The attack decimates the New York headquarters, killing 338 of the 342 employees. Only four survived. Three of them were in London at the time. Peter Tavaris, Iacardi’s most senior trader, Walter Deaks, and Billie Dukes, watched the event unfold on CNN from their hotel room in London.  Kerri Pryor was at home, in bed with a virus. She also watched, in shock as she realized that all of those people who she had known and cared about were gone—their families left behind, with a dismal future. She also realized the impact the loss of the offices would have on the company.

Karri’s main concern is the plight of her employees’ family members. She desperately wants to give them financial security, to help ease their loss. She decides that she wants to rebuild the company as quickly as possible, and she begins that task immediately.

She also decides to divide the tainted money in the King’s Trust, into equal amounts and anonymously give it to each family affected. It would give them each a considerable amount, and it would disburse the ill-gotten money that had brought nothing but grief to her family. This generosity brings many complications into her life when the Feds find out about it.

When Ken Layton, president of Enerco, a gigantic energy trading company with headquarters in Houston, calls Peter Travis and says that he wants to buy Iacardi and Sons, promising to make him President, Travis is elated. He hates Kerri Pryor. He firmly believes that he should have been given the position as President and CEO at Iacardi, but he had been overlooked once again. This was a way to oust Kerri as President, and become wealthy with the shares that he would have in Enerco. He vows to make the deal happen, even though he knows Kerri will not be receptive to it.

While Kerri fights to rebuild Iacardi, Peter Travis, and Ken Layton wage war against her. Underhanded tricks, murder, treachery, and betrayal frighten her, but Kerri is strong and determined. Even when she seems to be beaten, she does not bow.

Can Kerri reclaim her place in the Corporate world? Will she ever find love? Does she want either one?

Do not miss this stunning finale!

 

 

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What I really took from ”Happiness…” was that we are each responsible for our own happiness.  Many years ago I learned from my wonderful mother-in-law that happiness is a choice. She had faced many challenges in her life, experienced things that she could have become bitter about. When I asked her how she dealt with those disappointments, she said she decided to be happy within herself. I never forgot that, and it is a statement of belief that I choose to live by.

This book also points out the importance of knowing yourself, of protecting yourself respect, of cherishing home and family, and the value of “real” spirituality.

For me, there were many gems in this little book.  I am going to quote a few of them.

We become uncomfortable when things don’t happen as desired by us. It doesn’t actually make you sad. When we don’t accept reality, it makes us angry and miserable…’  How true this is, and when we do not accept reality, disappointment will make us unhappy.

Another line from this book is ‘Happiness cannot be defined, because everybody has their own measures for happiness.’  Once again, this is so very true.  The things that make one individual happy can cause distress to others, even within the same household, or in a relationship.

This paragraph also resonated with me. ‘Dissatisfaction is also a pillar of sorrow. It can be of due to any of our tasks or from family or a friend. Dissatisfaction is an obstacle on the journey towards happiness. A mind which is not satisfied will only incur loss to us. Embrace whatever comes to you and give it your best try every time.’  Letting dissatisfaction take hold in your mind, does lead to sorrow, and so often our dissatisfaction is caused by not living in gratitude, but being unhappy about what does not happen as we desire.”

I also recognised the truth in the following passages.

‘Almost every one of us today has two personalities: one which is our true self and the other which we are trying to show the world. We often act throughout our life and wear masks of what we wish to portray. And, in order to look better, we often forget our true selves. But, this act of looking good will surely make you tired at some point in your life. And, if we are actually good in reality, then you will never be tired. Conflict between these two personalities keeps us away from happiness. We should present ourselves exactly as we are. We should let our true self blossom; we don’t need any fake personality. Be open and stop wearing fake masks, only then you can feel happiness. People will accept you as you are, otherwise your life will become a burden for you…’

‘….Opinions of those who know us become our Identity.  Do we at least know half about our self than what we know about others? Answer will be no, not at all. Where do we have time to know about our own self? Knowing your self is not only important for our happiness, but it also saves us from many failures. Without knowing about our own self, neither we can improve nor can take pride of who we are. So, we should spare some time to talk with our inner self and know what we actually are. If the opinions of our friends, relatives or family members shape our identity, then know that those opinions are not entirely correct. Every person tries to impress others, then how reliable those opinions are? We come to know about our true self at the time of anger, quarrels and criticism. We are so fond of false opinions that we fail to accept true opinion…’

‘Self-respect is very important in life. If you don’t respect yourself, then nobody else will. Gaining anything at the cost of it will make you (un)viable as a person. Our existence will not be of any importance. So, protect your self-respect at any cost, which is the costliest thing you have.’ 

The final gem that I am going to share is this quote from the book. ‘Don’t be afraid of spirituality, it is not a part of any religion. It is simply a science to live our life. …..Always take the side of justice. Accept truth and realities. Live life with joy and self-confidence. Fill your life with happiness, joy and enthusiasm.’

There is so much more to be gleaned from this little treasure. I thank Dinesh and Sagar Khetia for writing it and sharing it with us.

Highly recommended for anyone who truly wants to learn and are willing to begin to apply the simple concepts to choose happiness in their lives.

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com by clicking here.

Isle of OZ -- An Accidental AdventureIsle of OZ — An Accidental Adventure by R.T. Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book in 3 hours after I went to bed one night—I was still smiling after I shut off my light to go to sleep.

I’m certain any male would have been tempted to throw Olivia Pavarotti back into the ocean, when he realised how snooty and downright rude she was. He had found her unconscious in the water and pulled her into his life raft after the plane they were riding in crashed.

Navy Seal Commander Zackariah Steele has dealt with many women but never one like Olivia. She does not seem to grasp the seriousness of their situation and she shows no appreciation for the fact that he saved her life. She refuses to “take orders” from him when he tells her to eat the raw tuna that he has caught, even though he impresses upon her that it will save her life. He disgust grows and he quickly begins to give back jab for jab to her sarcasm and nasty attitude.

The handsome Navy Seal and the feisty reporter from Iowa rubbed each other the wrong way for days, even after their raft finally washed up on a deserted island. She scoffs as he deflates the raft, and his lifejacket and then uses a branch to brush away all signs of their footprints as they make their way to the treeline. She is certain that help will arrive any minute and she wants to be out in the open to make sure they are found. He is well trained and totally aware of the possible dangers. Finally, he gets it through her head that all of the people on the plane died when it plunged into the ocean, and it is highly possible that when the remains are found it will be assumed that any missing bodies were carried away by the currents.

Shocking events happen that change her attitude. She begins to respect his judgement and then she begins to acknowledge how attractive he is. He has been aware of her other more desirable attributes for days—she isn’t all smart mouth: but he still knows it’s wisest to keep things hands off.

This is a clean read, filled with temptation. There is also mystery and danger- and I couldn’t help but chuckle at the impossible way they related to each other.

I wondered about the Title—the Isle of OZ—thinking of the Wizard of Oz, or something like that, but it didn’t fit. I found the reason the island was named The Isle of OZ endearing.

If you enjoy a funny romantic tale that revolves around people who are so opposite that they would be more apt to kill each other than fall in love don’t miss this read!

Ica Iova is a skilled author who makes her characters feel very real. “Boundaries” is her second book and as soon as I finished it I downloaded “She Never Got To Say Goodbye.”

First off I admit, I was predisposed to like Boundaries because it was set in Vancouver, British Columbia—the most beautiful city in the province I live in. But once I started to read I got drawn into Gabriela Parson and Landon Godchild’s world and to be honest I forgot about the beautiful city that I know because it ultimately took me to the darker, seedy side of it.

Can you imagine what it would be like to be Gabriela, landing the job of her dreams in a prestigious law firm, determined to prove her worth—only to discover that her handsome, sexy boss, is a man that she’d had a blurry one night stand with years ago.  Not only did she not recognise him at first, but how shocking to discover that he clearly remembers her.  And he wants to pick up where they left off!

Iova clearly portrayed Gabriela’s struggle with herself. To become intimately involved with her boss is against her rules, her principles and is also a certain route to professional suicide. But Landon does everything he can to persuade her to bend her rules.

But this book becomes so much more than a simple romance when Gabriela starts to dig deeper into the case that she is working on with Langdon and suspicion and doubts arise about Jack Richwood and her boss.

Her best friend, Bianca Miller, and Gabriela start to “investigate” on their own and find themselves in unimagined danger. I found myself reading anxiously, hoping that somehow they would be found before it was too late.

Highly recommended!

It was heart-shattering to read what Taylor Fulks childhood was like. I wanted to commit murder as I read the book–people like the man she knew as her father do not deserve to live in my opinion–and I am not a violent person. Then to see how the results of what he did coloured the choices she made in her relationships after he was out of her life–the guilt, the self-loathing, the lack of confidence…the search for love in the wrong places. Until she reached the end of her endurance, and then drew only the only thing she had left–self-preservation-and began to look after Taylor.
Sadly this thing happens all the time–it could be your next door neighbour, your uncle, your pastor,a teacher, a politician. You never know what goes on in a household, but if you see dramatic changes in a child’s demeanour, each of us needs to be responsible and step out of our comfort zone. We need to say something about what we see to someone who can investigate, someone who can make a difference.

I think what I loved about her story was not the book, My Prison Without Walls, but Taylor Fulks own statement in the from the author where she wrote “My life is what it is. My experiences happened in the past. I don’t live there anymore. I can choose to be angry and ashamed for the rest of my life, or I can accept my life for what it’s been, what it is now, and move toward the light…and who knows, maybe help someone else along the way. Hence, my mission statement: The rest of my life will be the best of my life. It’s not about my destination…it’s about the journey that gets me there.”

Kudo’s to her–what a remarkable woman she has become, what strength of character she has developed. People can rise above these tragedies if they dig deep and make a decision to do so. I only know her from the book, but I am soooo full of admiration for her!

This book can be purchased at Amazon.com by clicking here.

 

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I was completely taken by the first book in this trilogy (All Hallows at Eyre Hall)—so much so that I immediately uploaded Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall to my Kindle.

Once again Luccia Gray has written a spectacular tale of love, unexpected betrayal, conspiracy, kidnapping, intrigue, shocking secrets and revelations that change life for the people at Eyre Hall in unexpected ways. This book takes you from their Yorkshire countryside to a despairing search in London and then across the Atlantic Ocean and stormy seas to colonial Jamaica and back.

Only desperation (or insanity) would have forced the journey back to Eyre Hall from Jamaica under the circumstances Jane and Michael found themselves in.

At the end of this book you still cannot be certain of what will happen—so many things hang in the balance. Will Michael survive, what fate awaits Jane when she returns home?

I am dismayed that we will not know the answers until the third book in the series is published in 2016!!

Note: While Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall can be read as a stand alone book, a reader will miss out on a greater understanding and the richness of the background of the characters if they don’t read All Hallows at Eyre Hall first.

This book can be purchased at Amazon.com by clicking here

 

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I confess—I have never read the classic Jane Eyre, so I can’t compare the first book to the sequel Luccia Gray has written, but I was totally smitten with her portrayal of the Jane’s life twenty years later in All Hallows Eyre Hall.

It takes a lot of courage to take on a classic, but Lucci Gray did it in spades. I became so involved with the characters that I read late into the wee hours, and when I woke up a couple of hour later I grabbed my Kindle and read for another fifteen minutes,until I had to give in to sleep again. In the morning I did something I never do—I read until my husband got up and it was time to throw off the sheets and make breakfast.

I don’t think there was anything that irked me about this book. I felt little compassion for Edward Rochester, who lies on his death bed reaping the rewards of his infidelities, but by the end of the book I pitied him even as he admitted his final betrayal to Jane and I realised that he had been totally obsessed with her, craving the love he had betrayed.

Jane repeatedly took responsibility for the results of his infidelities, showing love and kindness that would be rare in a lesser person. I understood the inappropriate relationship that grew between Michael and Jane. I admired him for standing up to her in the end, but I really hoped that things would work out for them….alas fiction is often as powerful as fact.

And I wanted someone to do away with the dreadful Richard Mason, and my heart broke when Jane made a bargain with the devil.

I read many, many books and I have to say I am seldom so taken with a read as I was this one. In fact, I broke my personal rule, as I have many TBR’s on my Kindle, and as soon as I finished this book, I got up and went to my computer to purchase Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall: Book Two Eyre Hall Trilogy (The Eyre Hall Trilogy 2)

I HAD to know the rest of the story!

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Texas Twilight (McCutcheon Family Series) Caroline Fyffe wove John Jake McCutcheon and Lily Anthony, and spunky Tante Harriet Schmidt into a tantalizing story–and when you throw in all the other characters it was a great read. From the beginning it -continue reading…>

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