Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

Welcome to RRBC Member Reviews!  We know you’ve probably shared it on Amazon (or, maybe Amazon took your review down and are refusing to put it back up for whatever reason), but we’d also love to know what you thought of the RRBC books you’ve read.

Please leave the title of your book, the author of the book and your review down below in the comments section.  Before you leave, we’d also appreciate you clicking the share buttons on this page and sending it to all your social media platforms!  Members who have had reviews removed from Amazon will get credit if they share their reviews here.

Happy Reviewing!

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SPECIAL NOTE:  Because the reviews that had been posted in our old forum were very important, I asked our Membership Director, John Fioravanti to transfer all 276 reviews (with some of their replies) to this new forum so that your books would not miss out on that exposure that had been brought to them.

THANKS, JOHN!

 

298 thoughts on “Member Book Reviews – #RRBC”

  1. I posted a review of Fiza Pathon’s Scenes of a Reclusive Writer & Reader of Mumbai on Amazon (should be live soon). Great book! Here’s my review:

    5 stars

    Part book review, part memoir, this is the story of a young woman who has dealt all her life with rejection, beginning with that of her father who abandoned her because she was not a boy. It is also a love letter of sorts to the books she has turned to for solace all her life, to the places where she has discovered them, and though there is a strong theme of rejecting the company of others, also the people who have shared so much love with her through the years.

    I really enjoyed this book. The author is writing from a cultural perspective that is not my own, but her essays are so human and personal and honest that they easily transcend such barriers. It should be read with your TBR list handy, as you will likely add many titles to it. And I will end my review like the author ends most of her essays. If you are the kind of person who enjoys getting lost in the library stacks or in the backs of bookstores, or if you’ve ever thought it would be easier to have a relationship with books than with people, or if you have ever found yourself profoundly affected by what you have read, then this book is for you.

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  2. Hello again ! Read & reviewed D.L.Finn ma’am’s short story ‘Bigfoot’. I reviewed the short on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon. I gave it a 5 star review. Here is the review:

    This was a thought provoking short story about a subject that has puzzled people for the longest time – Bigfoot. Is Bigfoot real? Is it a concoction of the imagination? Is there something more to Big Foot than what we have seen so far through the decades? All this & more is answered in the form of a fictional short story by talented author D.L.Finn. I liked the short story & I am sure you will too. Grab a copy of ‘Bigfoot’ on your Kindle & find out about D.L.Finn’s take on this creature that has fueled the imaginations of many a man & woman over the generations.

    Happy reading & reviewing once again to everyone at RRBC ! 😀 😀 😀 – Fiza Pathan

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  3. Hi ! Read & reviewed Jan Sikes ma’am’s book ‘The Convict & the Rose’. I reviewed the book on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon. I gave it a 5 star review. Here is the review:

    I just loved this book. Award winning author Jan Sikes absolutely excels herself in ‘The Convict & the Rose’ which is the sequel to ‘Flowers & Stone’. The true to life tale of Luke Stone in Leavenworth prison remembering his love Darlina Flowers just touched my heart & made me love him. This book is about trying to cope without your soul mate being close to you. It’s about wandering, self-sacrifice, patience & eternal love. The poems penned by Luke Stone in this book are so beautiful that it made me very tearful & sentimental all at once. They high-light the genuine love shared between him & Darlina Flowers which is just nothing else but true eternal love. I loved the story of Darlina going through many highs & lows in life & yet remembering the love of her life pining for her in prison. I can go on typing about why I love this book & never get done. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves biographies told in the narrative prose style. I recommend this book to readers who want to be uplifted & who have to learn the virtue of patience. I recommend this book to all lovers of excellent writing & who basically like to read good prose. The book is easy to understand, well edited & has a lot of twists & turns from drugs to Harley bikes to country music to cult following to prison life to music etc., to chew upon & remember long after the tale is told. Don’t miss the opportunity to read this book. If you haven’t read the first book in this series which is ‘Flowers & Stone’, I recommend you read that before you pick up this one. Trust me, you will be hooked to this series in no time at all. Support author Jan Sikes & read this book. I am now just dying to get my hands on the next book in the series. Kudos to Jan Sikes on a job well done. And now I’ve got a crush on Luke Stone. Get your copy of this excellent book today ! Happy reading to all !

    Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC ! 😀 😀 😀 – Fiza Pathan

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  4. I have read and reviewed “The Ex Chronicles” by Maura Beth Brennan. Here’s my review: This is a super short story, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The situation the narrator, Angie, finds herself caught in – a love triangle – is believable. Although it is a heartbreaking event, the author managed to make it humorous. When Angie suspects that her perfect man is cheating and is determined to catch him, she does. But, when the confrontation doesn’t turn out like the scenario she’s played out in her head, she is left humiliated with nothing to do but return home with her tail tucked between her legs, so to speak. This is a short but enjoyable read. I gave it four stars.

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  5. I recently finished reading When Can I stop Running by John Podlaski. Follow the incredible story of two Detroit teenagers as they spend a haunting night in a listening post outside their new firebase. All around them were the enemy and they had no idea if they would make it through the night.

    John has created a very realistic plot and characters. I kept turning the pages, wanting to find out if they survived the night. Flashbacks to their earlier lives enhances the realism and makes you feel as if you’re there with them. Only someone who has lived through this type of event can apply the realism needed to convey what the teenagers experienced. This is the first novel of John’s that I’ve read and it won’t be the last!

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  6. I just completed a review of Think Murder by Cassidy Salem on Amazon – giving it 4 stars:

    The book description pretty much sums up the story except for the finite details which the author introduces in each new chapter. When starting the book, I first felt like I was reading a Stephanie Plum story as the main character, Adina stumbles across information that might help solve the murder. I did find the relationship between Adina and the investigating detective to be much too cozy for a murder investigation but their shared information eventually solves the case.

    I continued to second-guess who the murderer was, initially, hanging my hat on the boyfriend and then later on Bruce, the new helper at the dog shelter. However, when guessing at the motive, I found myself way in left field.

    I especially enjoyed the interfacing between Adina and her co-workers at the Think Tank; their gossiping, jealousies, and meanness are typical of most office environments that I had experienced. And a big plus for her boss who was quite supportive and compassionate during her ordeal – they are far and few in between.

    Overall, the story kept my interest throughout – compliments to the author for including so many twists and turns. I’d recommend Think Murder by Cassidy Salem to anyone looking for an afternoon of ‘who done it’ entertainment.

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  7. Hello ! Read & reviewed Karen Ingalls ma’am’s book ‘Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’. I gave the book a 5 star review. I reviewed the book on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    ‘Davida’ by accomplished memoir writer Karen Ingalls is a pleasure to read & a book to cherish. It is a tender story about two real people, a famous sculptor & his mistress & the eternal love they shared. The story chronicles in a prose form their life together which is written beautifully by Karen Ingalls. I loved the book. It brings out a lot of sentimentality as we recollect with the author the love between Davida & Gus. The book is a wonderful biography which all memoir lovers should read. Those readers to reside in the USA should also read the book to see the heritage of Gus’ art in their own country. The memoir ‘Davida’ is crafted well, with excellent extra information for further research & a lot of goodness which is a singular quality that makes ‘Davida’ an enchanting read. I highly recommend this memoir to everyone who likes well written biographies. It’s a quick read & well edited which makes it a perfect read on a week day. I hope to read more books by author Karen Ingalls in the near future. Kudos to her on a job well done ! Happy reading to all !

    Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC this weekend ! 😀 😀 😀 – Fiza Pathan

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