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June 2015

Review: Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayers

Irresistible Force“Your mission is clear cut and well defined. The set of philosophies you develop in order to achieve  that mission will determine whether you make a beneficial contribution to the role police dogs play in modern law enforcement or whether you become a liability which undermines the good work of many men and women before you.” – Bruce Jackson, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Washington

I love stories with animals. A story with a military or police dog? Even more. Humans choose to be police or military. Their dogs do it out of love. Love for their handler first and foremost. Love for their work, pride in what they do. They lay their lives on the line for the handlers they love.

Bogart is just such a dog. A Belgian Malinois, Bogart has been police officer, best friend, and companion to Officer James Cannon in their positions with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Now, Bogart has been kidnapped, and James will do anything, including going against direct orders, in order to track down and bring back Bogart.

Finally locating Bogart at a small cabin outside of Raleigh, James intends to arrest the woman he believes is his kidnapper. But things aren’t like he thinks – and Bogart, or “Prince” as he is now called – is determined to protect not only James but also Shay, the woman who rescued him from the doggie gas chamber and brought him home with her.

The story is a bit typical, but I identified with Shay. Her history, ongoing terror and hyper-vigilance are well done, and punched me in the heart. Her stalker? Very believable, as was the treatment she went through at the hands of the police as a child. There could have been a well-written literary novel built on these same bones, going further into Shay’s background and what happened to her throughout her life. I would have really enjoyed that very much. James was a good guy, very patient with a deeply damaged Shay. His obsession with getting Bogart back was believable, including his ‘not quite legal’ stalking of Shay, as was Shay’s determination to keep the dog she rescued from the doors of the gas chamber. All in all, I enjoyed the book, though it isn’t one I would call ‘outstanding’. Bogart/Prince was the best part of the story, and the narrator’s pronunciation of the German terminology used in handling Bogart was beautifully done. Jeffrey Kafer is an excellent narrator, and I am always interested to hear what he is narrating next.

Those who gave their lives

Tears

To learn more about K-9 heroes, both police officers and military dogs, click on the heading, or the photo. These wonderful dogs have all given their lives to protect their handlers, other officers, soldiers and civilians. They are TRUE heroes. Often, the handlers who die in battle do so saving their partners and best friends – just as their canine companions would do for them.

“Called To Give My All”

I am a deputy in a canine crew.
I’ve been trained to see it through.

When danger’s near my ears perk up,
they taught me that as a little pup.

I’m often there to protect your rights,
my presence sometimes hinders fights.
I never attack with thought to kill,

when subduing one, my job I fill.

I never worry a single thought,
as to how I’ll fare at a certain spot.
The love I have for a handler’s care,
is all I need, each day to fare.

And if some day my luck turns bad,
I’ll relish all the joys I’ve had.

To be with men who stand for
good, in a special kind of brotherhood.

The story’s end by now you know,
of how I tried for a better show.

I did my best, though I did fall,
when I was called and gave my all.

Author Unknown

Review: Demon’s Daughter by Amy Braun – A Must Read!

Demon's Daughter: A Cursed Book“I had seen horrible things in my life. Men spread-eagled on a table, slowly being skinned alive with rusted knives. Women bound to chairs, beaten with brass knuckles until their attackers chose to rape them. A knife sawing roughly through a screaming man’s neck until his head was severed from his body. A traitor whose knees were shot out, leaving him unable to run to his family when they were set on fire.” – Constance, Demon’s Daughter

These are the things that humans do. Even the demons, as debauched as they are – and Constance knows all about demons – aren’t this depraved. No, it takes humans to commit these atrocities. But Connie will protect her sister, Andromeda, no matter the cost. Even if the cost is working as an enforcer for the Espanis de Sangre – The Blood Thorns – the most brutal, vicious cartel to ever ooze out of Mexico. But now Connie and Dro are on the run, not only from The Blood Thorns, but from the demons who are Ddetermined to have Dro, no matter the price.

Constance was four, the daughter of destitute Mexican immigrants who fled across the border with a price on their heads – a price set by the Blood Thorns – when she found Andromeda as a tiny baby, abandoned by a stream. Connie gained a sister, and someone to care for. Pale, white-blond Dro, who grows more beautiful every day, is Connie’s life, and she will protect her no matter the cost. Even if it means their life is lived poor, starving and on the run, stealing and fighting for survival. Connie is a weapon. Hard, harsh, untrusting, and absolutely brutal in the protection of her sister. The demons are coming from every direction, and there is no one to turn to. Until they meet Mannie and Max, and a picture begins to appear. Will the dusty town of Amarillo, Texas be their final stand?

The atrocities, savagery and utter evil of humankind, the brutality of demons, the utter soulless disregard for anyone but themselves of the angels – sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, mid-Victorian era Fops, refusing to get their lily-white fingers dirty – unless someone can be twisted to their advantage.

“The archangels would be saving your world. Collateral damage is irrelevant.”

God is love”. Yea, right. In what universe? Certainly not this one.

“Why do demons want to kill her and angels want to protect her? It can’t simply be because of what she is. The angels never cared enough to stop any demons from chasing us.”

But they are more than willing to slaughter innocents if it means they get what they want. Amy Braun doesn’t wield a pen, so much as a microscopic laser scalpel, slicing away the shroud of what humanity would like to be seen as, to reveal the rotting essence of blackness, the vile intent inherent in every entity from the church’s beliefs in what constitutes ‘goodness’, who would damn a child to the pits of hell for doing everything she could to save the life of an innocent, to the actions of humans who would put the most vile of christian ‘demons’ to shame.

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“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” – Blaise Pascal

I first ‘met’ Amy when I was asked to read Path of the Horseman and absolutely fell in LOVE with her writing.

“Amazing inventions, colossal failures, and countless wars. We watched it behind the scenes. Watched the monkeys from beyond the glass. We were intrigued, Hell was amused, and Heaven was losing patience.
Finally, the monkeys threw too much shit on the windows. They sparked a third World War, one that the Big Boss upstairs knew would obliterate the world.
So he sent us instead. We were much more effective. We were much more eager.” –
Avery, The Rider Pestilence

Only the Second Coming never came, and the Four Horsemen were stuck there with a few demons, the Plagued, the Soulless, and devastation all around. A wonderful analogy for so many things wrong with this world, and religion in particular. Amy has done it again with Demon’s Daughter. She rips the shields off of faith, humanity, and reality and shows the pus and rot within. It. Was. AWESOME. For until we lance he boils, the wounds can’t heal. And walking blindly will never allow any of us to see the light of the real truth – the truth that says, until we grow beyond our greed, hatred, and superstitions we have no hope of avoiding total destruction of not only humanity, but the Earth and all her beauty.

“The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.” –   Minna Antrim

Amy Braun doesn’t write for the foppish, the blindly religious, or the weak of heart. She rips apart sanctimony and blind faith, setting sunlight to darkness. She is one brave author, who can go toe-to-toe with the greats of both modern and ancient literature. She shines the light of truth, and blast the consequences – and I love her for it.

I received Amy Braun’s Demon’s Daughter in exchange for a realistic review.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER WORK. I can’t speak highly enough of her writing, and I can’t WAIT for the next.

Amy BraunAbout the Author:

Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, is an active member of the Writing GIAM community, participates in NaNoWriMo, and is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery.” When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.

Coming Soon:

Short story SURVIVALISM to be featured in THE DEAD WALK VOLUME 2 from FoF Publishing.

Short story DISMANTLE to be published in THE STEAM CHRONICLES from Zimbell House Publishing.

Short story HELL TO PAY to be published in LEGENDS OF SLEEPY HOLLOW from Myth Ink Books.

Avebury – the singers in the stones

So incredibly sad, that unknowable history is shattered and so much lost – for building materials….

Review: Destiny by Tom Lowe

Destiny | [Tom Lowe]“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” – Isaac Newton

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln

There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster;’ instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. — Noam Chomsky

“There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today… they are waiting for us to forget, because this is what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.” – Simon Wiesenthal

Isaac Newton. Arguably the greatest scientist who has ever lived, and some say the greatest who will ever live. Newton’s time was as unique as him – a time of great learning living alongside the darkness of ignorance, brutality and savage poverty – often encouraged by a church that held down the populace with the whip of superstition.

Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night: God said, “Let Newton be!” and all was light.
Alexander Pope.

 A brilliant scientist, without a doubt. But what could he have accomplished if he hadn’t spent thousands of hours, thousands of pages, on superstition?

* * *

Paul Marcus is a broken man. His wife and young daughter were murdered on the side of a dark, rainy road, Paul barely surviving a bullet and knife. His family slaughtered, he retreats from his work at the NSA. A brilliant mathematician and cryptographer, Paul leaves it all behind to spend time on his farm with his wife and daughter’s horses and the family dog Buddy. It is a quiet life, not truly fulfilling mentally, but he simply can’t force himself to return to his old life.

Suddenly, Paul finds himself forced back into the world. And all hell breaks loose. The newest Nobel Laureate in Medicine, he has no interest in accepting a prize he is being offered for decoding the portions of human DNA that controls a particular heart disease – a disease his daughter suffered. It didn’t save her – nothing could have, not when a bullet tore her life away. But the President of the United States is up for the Nobel Peace Prize, and it just wouldn’t look good for him if Paul refuses to accept the award.

Then he receives a telephone call that could change not only his own life, but the lives of every being on earth. Isaac Newton’s studies into the Bible have been found. But what do they mean? Are they the ramblings of a man so determined to find meaning where none exists that he is jousting at shadows? Or are the hundreds of thousands of words he wrote truly a window into the thoughts of god, and a warning of a coming Armageddon?

To be honest, I didn’t really think, once I figured out what the story was truly about, that I would be able to tolerate it, much less enjoy it. Was I ever completely and utterly wrong. 17 hours and 35 minutes of narration by Mikael Naramore and I was totally immersed in the story the whole time. Yes, parts of it made me smack my forehead and growl. The Bible was written by humans, rewritten and translated over and over through many languages – Hebrew, Greek, Roman, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, the list goes on and on, portions left out that didn’t conform to the church’s current thought processes, power struggles or intentions. Anything that might have been learned has long since been lost. But Newton was absolutely certain that the Bible was truly the word of god, and his findings would save the world.

Called to Jerusalem to interpret the papers and decode the work, he finds himself drawn into a world of intrigue, international espionage and murder, and shocking (horrifying) views into world politics and plots going back to the Nazi regime – and then further back to the 16th century. Plots that feed the fortunes of a select few families with intentions of ruling the world – and plans to destroy the very world that cradles us all. All. For. Money. Well, and power, we can’t forget power. Power beyond anything any rational human being could possibly realize.

I was completely enthralled by the amount of research that went into this book. It was, in a word, amazingly well researched and thought out. History, politics, finance, it’s all there, and all captivating. I could rattle on and on, but I will leave it for you to find for yourself. Well worth all 17 hours 36 minutes!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. Highly recommended if you are prepared to open your mind to it.

    • Written by: Tom Lowe
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins 
    • Unabridged Audiobook
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Review: Buzz Books and Buzz Books YA 2015

Buzz Books 2015: Fall/WinterSo many books! Every year hundreds of books show up on the market. But how do you weed through them all? One way is by checking out the suggestions of the good people at Publishers Lunch. The seventh edition of Buzz Books includes an amazing array of fiction and nonfiction books that have caught the attention of the publishing world this year. Included are major writers such as Geraldine Brooks, Lauren Groff, Alice Hoffman, Janice Lee, Ron Rash, and Adriana Trigiani. And new voices such as Virginia Baily (Early One Morning) and Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold, Fame, Citrus).

Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult focuses on only YA books of esteem. Well known specialty authors, such as James Dashner, Jennifer Donnelly, Patrick Ness, and Lauren Oliver are featured here, but there are also books by authors best-known for their adult books, such as Eleanor Herman and CammieBuzz Books 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter McGovern.

Each of these volumes include extensive excerpts from the stories, and many include links to receive the books themselves from NetGalley. Overall, these volumes are an exceptional way to gain an insight into some of the most talked-about books of 2015.

I received these volumes from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Review: Bear My Soul (Fire Bears Book 1) T.S. Joyce

Bear My Soul  (Fire Bears #1)Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln

I’ve come to learn that the determined and gifted and genuine sociopath has far more power to deceive than we realize. — Walter Kirn

There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster;’ instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. — Noam Chomsky

Power. As the common wisdom goes, “Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” And Krueger is absolutely corrupt – to a monstrous degree. Because Krueger despises shifters. And to carry out his vendetta against shifters, he works himself into a position of power – the power to own and control their very lives. And when he loses his temper? Well.

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up. — Mahatma Gandhi

The Breckenridge Crew of bear shifters are suffering under Krueger’s thumb, forced to fight, kill, and flat-out murder at his beck and call. And into this mess Rory and her son, Aaron stumble, desperate for help from Aaron’s father – the father who doesn’t know Aaron exists. Well you can’t blame Rory. A one night stand is all there was, and though Rory didn’t intend it, Aaron is the best thing that has ever happened in her life. But when Aaron shifts into a bear just before his first birthday, her terror that someone will hurt or kill him for being ‘different’ leads her to cancel her planned trip back to Breckenridge to introduce her son to his father. But now, at age five, Aaron’s bear has become completely uncontrollable. Uncontrollable, and dangerous. He has already hurt Rory, badly. And in order to protect him, she must find help. Even if it means trusting that the man who donated the sperm to his creation is first, safe for Aaron, and second, is, or knows about, bear shifters. Is Aaron a huge jump in human evolution? Or do other shifters exist? And is Cody Keller one of those?

This is a good UF/Bear Shifter Romance story. But what makes it more than just another shifter story is how well Joyce handles the issue of Krueger and the International Bear the Burn (Fire Bears, #2)Exchange of Supernatural Affairs. The misuse of power, visceral hatred of shifters who only want to be left alone, and the political manipulation of a government agency for personal hate mongering and power brokerage is handled beautifully.

The ending solved one problem, but in such a way that I know the problem will continue in Bear the Burn (Fire Bears Book 2). I picked this book up after spending several hours in the garden, showering and then having a bite to eat. I picked it up as something “easy” with a HEA. What I got was better than I expected.

Review: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler – Beautiful

23014670“But the heaviest things, I think, are the secrets. They can drown you if you let them.”
Ally Carter

“Let them think what they liked, but I didn’t mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank — but that’s not the same thing.”
― Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer and other stories

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”
― P.T. Barnum

Tragedy and loss are sounds. The slip of waves across rock. The cry of a loon across a dark lake. The patter of rain against midnight windows.

They are water, streaming from here to there, giving life. And taking it away.

His mother, Paulina, circus performer, fortune-teller, magician’s assistant, and mermaid, walked into the water when he was seven. His father soon followed, destroyed by grief. And only Simon, and his baby sister Enola, remain. Simon, a lonely young librarian, who clings to the home he grew up in, which itself clings desperately to the edge of the cliff above the sea, falling to wrack and ruin, a mere memory, a ghost of the warm family home it once was. Simon, who lives alone while his sister, like her mother before her, lives the life of the circus, the carnival, reading the fortunes of the lonely, the lovelorn, the lost.

But then, the book arrives. And time begins to waver, back and forth through time, the past melding with the present through the words of yet another “walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”* A poor player indeed, who struts and frets across a traveling carnival stage. There is magic here. Magic and pain and loss and death.

And drowning.
Always drowning.

Simon’s tale reaches back, back to Hermelius H. Peabody’s Portable Magic and Miracles Traveling Show. Hermelius H. Peabody, self-proclaimed visionary in entertainment and education. Hermelius H. Peabody, who one day comes upon a real Wild Boy – a Wild Boy who was left in the woods to die, and instead lives – lives, and learns to listen to the water. Learns to vanish.

“The Book of Speculation”
is a small miracle. History and mystery, mysticism and the water. Always, always the water. A lost book, a lost soul. A lost history found, beliefs crumpled.

And the water sings, its quiet song of death.

I received “The Book of Speculation” from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Highly recommended.

  • Shakespeare, Hamlet

Review (and yes, a RANT) for Elisabeth Naughton’s Fatal Pursuit

Fatal Pursuit (The Aegis Series) by Elisabeth Naughton“I want to say a little something that’s long overdue, the disrespect to women has got to be through. To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends, I wanna offer my love and respect till the end.” – Adam Yauch

That. Is. IT. You work your fingers to the bone, set everything up just so, design and plan and make sure that everyone is as safe as can possibly be expected given the fact that the people you work with are security experts with darn dangerous jobs, complete with guns and knives and things that go boom. Oh, it isn’t bad enough that your boss, a domineering jerk with a superiority complex and an ego so overinflated he had to buy a whole other building to store it in, won’t let you go out on field work, because apparently since your reproductive organs are on the inside and not the outside, you aren’t good enough – even though your father spent every hour or your life from the time you were big enough to haul a rucksack and pull a trigger teaching you to be good at field work (although, once you got old enough to actually DO said field work, see above…) NOW the unmitigated JERK changes the whole game on you DURING an op – and leaves you sitting there with your thumbs up your bum and feces on your face while he waltzes in and does what he likes. OH! And yes, apparently everyone else knew he changed up everything – and didn’t even tell her… Well, yep. That. Is. IT.

After three and a half years of working to keep Jake Ryder’s teams safe in the field, of being patient and banging her head against the wall, all the pent up frustration of being shoved to the back of the room, disrespected, ignored, and refraining from pointing out Jake’s idiocy, biting her tongue to keep the peace, well. Anything can happen in a split second in the field – lives depended on being able to be fast on her feet as the Ops Manager, on being on site to handle any of a million complications that can cost lives – but Ryder’s determined that “her place was anywhere besides in the field”. Gender bias, anyone? But this is the very last straw on a very large pile of straw that caused the whole thing to fall down. Marley is out of there – maybe he expected her to do what he wanted, when he wanted, no questions asked. And yeah, maybe she had put up with it for long enough that she had nobody to blame but herself. But this sort of disrespect? Holding her back. Treating her like she is expendable, a mindless tool, after all she has done to keep them safe? Just down right not trusting her? This is finally IT.

“You know what, Jake? You want to do things on your own? Go ahead and do them. Be my guest and do them all. I’m done with this.”

And just as she is walking out the door, who should ring her up but her ex-boyfriend. Her dead ex-boyfriend. Well, everyone thought he was dead, killed on an op gone bad in South America. What perfect timing. In a cold fury, Marley borrows Jake’s jet and pilot and soon finds herself in the jungles of Columbia on a rescue mission. Gray McKnight was alive – and her own father had lied to her about his death – had left Gray behind.

How much more betrayal can a woman take?

Let’s call a spade a spade. Jake Ryder is one of the more obnoxious jerks in the annals of obnoxious jerkhood. Spoiled rotten, self-centered and totally clueless. He works Marley like a slave, gives her no respect, no positive input, basically blows her off and just expects her to be there, like a good little lap dog, when he needs her. And then, when she finally is “done with this” . . . He is shocked?!?!? Where is his good little lap dog, fetching his slippers and pipe and waiting for him to kick her across the room when she is done??

Garg. I wanted to punch them both in the face – Jake for being Jake, and Marley for putting up with it! Because, you know, she isn’t really done, she plans to come back to heel as soon as her rescue is done. It’s not like she couldn’t find a better position, with a boatload more respect, somewhere away from Jake and her dad, someplace where she is appreciated for her excellence at what she does. Nah, she is sure she will come back and, yep, things won’t change, she is just taking a little vacation. In Columbia. In the Jungle. Amongst the drug runners and cartel members and armed psychos. Have I mentioned the armed psychos? Oh, and let’s not forget Grey. There is something odd there – but that is to be seen, because Marley can’t leave him down there, not like her father did.

And then, here comes SuperJake. (Insert 1970’s Superman theme music here.)

Convinced Marley is just “playing a little game” (how demeaning is That, I ask you?) he blows into Puerto Asis, Columbia, all filled with sanctimony and enough pomposity I photowanted to kick his ya-ya’s up between his eyeballs . . . And oh, Doy,One thing registered. That she was still mad. But he couldn’t tell if it was because he’d changed that op, or if there was more going on.” Ya THINK?? Sigh. And, OMG!! When he finally find her in Pureto Asis – GASP – she is With. A. Man!! Well, he certainly didn’t want her for a girlfriend – “He’d sure as hell never pick Marley”.

So, why’s he got his panties in a twist?

Of course, unable to keep his nose out of things that are definitely NOT his business, Old Jakey has to get all up in her business, and she has to drag his incompetent backside through the jungle on her quest to rescue McKnight. And he really is the most incompetent supposed Special Forces dude I have ever come across in a long history of loving suspense and thrillers. Marley actually has to elbow him in his side to get him to shut up when they are within feet of paramilitary soldiers armed with automatic weapons who are determined to track them down and kill them. Really? His lack of jungle skills, fear of creepy crawlies and general incompetence had me rolling my eyes nearly out of my head.

The shame is, the story could have been a lot better. The concept was good, even though there were many times when I found myself screaming at the characters. “Even after everything they’d already been through on this trip, he still thought she couldn’t hold her own.” She showed him up, time and again, in jungle survival, in pulling his ignorant backside out of the fire more times than I cared to count, and he still disses her. The thing is, it really is her own fault. . . . would she forever be stuck in this role-standing on the fringes, waiting for someone to view her as capable, waiting for him to see the real her?” Well, sister, you let everyone push you around long enough without standing up for yourself, why should you be so surprised when they just keep doing it? Jake spends all his time calling other people dumb, idiots, etc… but his actions pretty much proved that posts have a bit more savvy than he does, and yet she still allows herself to be treated badly.

There were many other things that irritated me about the book, most especially the What City Has the Most Spoiled Children?idiocy that occurred after they return to the States. There is the completely obnoxious, “I don’t want her, but you can’t have her, and by the way, I am going to boink her against a wall during your engagement party – you know, the one where you are celebrating your engagement to her – and she is going to let me” thing going on that drove me to drink.

Oy. I put this review off for three days, thinking I would calm down and write a ‘fair and balanced’ review. Nah. There were some spots that were well done, some spots that weren’t too irritating, and a lot of things that just made me yell and throw things and wind up with a killer migraine.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. Definitely a disappointment to me, though ooey-gooey, starry-eyed romantics will probably find it to be just dandy.disappointed

Review: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von ArnimPenguin Books made this book available to me, and to be honest, I was a bit confused as to why they would pop this one into my read-list. I do not usually read this sort of book. The whole “four women go away to get to know themselves again” just doesn’t interest me. Personal tastes, not that it is a bad genre – it is simply not something I find enthralling. But this one surprised me. Another reviewer stated that books of this genre are often dismissed as “sentimental trifle.” I suppose that has been my thought as well. Well, this shows me!

“The Enchanted April” is set on the shores of the Italian Mediterranean, a land of breathtaking beauty, a perfect setting for this story. Lotty and Rose, Mrs. Fisher and Scrap. All have problems in their lives, all have battles they have fought, and often lost. The story is filed with each of the women finding realization, new meanings, and even hope.

I don’t think I will ever become a complete fan of the genre, it simply isn’t ‘me’. But this book was highly enjoyable.

This book was provided to me by Penguin Publishing in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

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