Book Review: Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

Book Review: Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

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I was completely captivated by this book. I started the book during my lunch hour and was able to put it down, yet the story remained in the back of my head, wondering when I might start it again. The opportunity arose after work. From then on I was enthralled and help captive until the very end.

First of all, this was book three of the series, something I was not aware of when I had initially chosen the book. In this book, there is references to previous situations that I was unaware of and was sent searching to see what book I was in. In this case I was disappointed, because there was nothing on the book that indicated that I was in the third book of a series. Had I known that, it would have helped to know that it wasn’t necessarily the author who purposely lost me.

Despite that, I was soon able to pick up speed and get caught up within the story. There were three cases in all, and each were solved in their own manner, and yet correlated with one another as they were weaved into a single story.

All in all I was thrilled to have found a new author to follow and read, and would definitely recommend this book to read.

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Coming Home Again by T.I. Lowe

Book Review: Coming Home Again by T.I. Lowe

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This is, in my own opinion, one of the best stories I have read in a very long time. My intentions of reading it was just to start it for the evening, and then return to it the next day. But no, instead what happened I started the book and then could not put it down until long after midnight.

To be honest, the story was just a bit odd at the beginning. She is the throes of a nightmare where the man she is dancing with turns demonic. IN fact, I was trying to figure out if I was reading a Christian story or had accidentally picked up a romance novel.

Anyway, Savannah is in the midst of a mental crisis when a call from home sends her back to South Carolina from where she ran years prior. She is now married to a wonderful man

There are flaws in the story, such as the initial phone call. I had no idea why one moment she is contemplating suicide and then the next the phone rings and she is driving to South Carolina. The relationship between her and her dad, why it was explained more, and then the scene later in New York with Ethan Grey.

Despite the flaws of the details surrounding the plot of the story, it is the plot, the story of Savannah and why she is as messed up as she currently is. It’s only until she lets go of everything that she is holding on to that she finally finds some sort of mental peace, despite the tragedy that happened in her life at such a young age.

This is a story, despite some of its flaws with the exterior details, that left me with tears running down my face and that is before the story was even finished.

This is a book I was happy to have downloaded on my own and wanted to share my experience in the reading the story.

Book Review: Political Suicide by Erin McHugh

Book Review: Political Suicide by Erin McHugh

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The book cover promises to inform the reader of various ways politicians over the years have stumbled and made some rather grievous errors in judgement. The front cover attracted my interest, just by the vintage flair and the quality book jacket. It showed effort was made to create a book to get me (and you) to pick it up and thumb through the pages.

I’m not really sure what I was expecting when I initially received the book. First of all, the back cover doesn’t really say much about the contents of the book, other than blurbs of praise by reviewers of the book. For me, I don’t like back covers that consist of those type of comments. Just give me a blurb about the book, and be done with it.

As for the contents within the pages, I found myself interested in learning more about most of the individuals who have been “honored” by their inclusion into this book. It is definitely not an indepth look, rather a glossing over of the person and their indiscretions or mistakes they made while in political office. There were times while reading I found myself wanting more about the story. It’s as though each small chapter had to be whittled down to just the facts, and nothing else but the facts.

Despite the rather simplified book of our history of politicians, I did find myself enjoying the book. The chapters are quick and easy reads, a perfect book for the bathroom or coffee table. Overall, I did enjoy the book and find myself flipping through the pages to research a politician on my own on the internet.

I did receive this book from a goodreads giveaway, and it was on my own prerogative that I chose to write a review.

Book Review: Life of the Party by Bob Kealing

Book Review: Life of the Party by Bob Kealing

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By the time I finished this book, I had mixed feelings about it and the character Brownie Wise. The book is about Brownie Wise, the woman who helped bring forth the current success of the company Tupperware in addition to her business relationship with Mr. Tupper, the man who invented Tupperware.

First off, I found the book cover to be quality and the book itself was reminescent of what covers would have looked like in the 1950s. The pictures inside were few and I knew I would have loved to have seen even more of them, whether they contained Brownie Wise or not. Considering she was part of the Tupperware jubilees, it would have been interesting to see more of them, perhaps her ex-husband, her son and her palatial home.

The story was well written, although I did get lost in the way parties were created and the following information about dealers and distributers. I’m still lost and the book will definitely need a reread by me to truly understand the inner workings of running a Tupperware party (not that I’m going to hold one!)

Despite all that, I found the intertwining history of Brownie Wise and her team and Tupper to be very interesting. While it shared a lot of information, I felt in many areas that there could have been so much more to be said. But I will just do more research on the internet and hope to find answers in that way. The epilogue was very helpful in knowing what happened to Brownie Wise after her departure from Tupperware. But again, it leaves you feeling sad at how much she put her heart and soul into a company, only to be forgotten in the anals of history.

This was definitely a biography, and the intention was to tell you about the history of Brownie Wise and not necessarily to make you like or dislike her. From what I read, it sounds like she had to be a high-energy person.

All in all I did enjoy the book, and was hovering between a three-star and four-star book, and decided it was better than average.

I received this from the publisher from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jaegars

Book Review: A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jaegars

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This book is a slow start of a read, but slowly improves as the chapters move on.
One of my problems with books that start with a conversation right off in the first pages is that I often feel like I’m walking into a conversation mid-way and it takes awhile to get caught up. This is pretty much how I felt with this book. In this case, it wasn’t necessarily a conversation I walked into the middle of, but rather the character Lydia walking into a business man’s office to ask for money. Why? I didn’t know why. I found out later, but the initial pages didn’t have me loving this book. However, the depth of details and the promise of a story is what kept me captured and kept me holding onto the book until the finish.
The story is about Lydia King who has been recruited to go to a local businessman and get a donation for the Moral Society’s latest project. No one has ever had luck getting money from him, so Lydia is feeling the pressure. Especially since it is her fiancé’s mother. She already doesn’t feel like she measures up, so she is hoping that this will garnish good will her way.
From there the story moves on, the agreement of the businessman, Mr. Lowe, providing Lydia assists him on his projects and then he will grant her wish. In turn, Mr. Lowe is a bit stubborn and needs Lydia to encourage him to see things in a different light.
I did like the cover art and knew that was one of the things that drew me into selecting this book to read.
One thing that I did note is that it’s only towards the end of the book that it’s emphasized that Lydia is not of wealthy means, and the relationship with her parents seem to be a second hand story and not part of the main story line. It’s like it is there as a reason for the way Lydia acts. I wish that it had intertwined a little easier so that I could have liked Lydia a little easier (and maybe better).
It’s been a week since I finished the book and my end thoughts on this book is that it is forgettable. There are some books where they linger on, relishing the story. I think the book is well worth a read.
I did receive this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.