Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. I read and reviewed D.L. Finn’s “No Fairy Tale: The reality of a girl who wasn’t a princess and her poetry” and gave it four stars.

    Being an empath I found this a very difficult read, not that it isn’t well written, it is. I felt the author’s feelings of abandonment. I suffered her physical abuse, even her suicide attempt. Reading that her mother had said, “I wish I could have had an abortion” was especially troubling. Forty years later, on her deathbed, the mother said “I am so glad that I had you.”

    Later on, in the book, I learned that the author is also an empath. She has learned to heal her physical problems by discovering, through trial and error, nutrition that she found especially suited to her unique metabolism. This is the happy ending I was looking for.

    While reading the author’s poems I was transported to my happy place where I hear the wind whispering through the trees and the surf crashing upon the shore.

    This book has proved to be a wonderful experience that I would recommend to everyone.

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  2. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed The One Awakened by Yvette M. Calleiro. My review is live at Amazon.

    I’ve never read any series faster than ‘Chronicles of the Diasodz’ by Yvette M. Calleiro. What a fabulous closure! Though it was predictable that evil would never win over love and light but it has been accomplished in a magnificent manner by bringing all the elements of life together. Once the darkness grows murkier, it has to edge out or it would be banished by incandescence. Those who choose the Goddess and believe in her power can never be vanquished by the sinister designs of demons. Damiana could never understand it, as she was evil incarnate. She tried to draw strength from her daughter, gloated over her power and planned to win the war against Diasodz.

    Willow tree with brilliant golden leaves symbolizes all that Sophia is endowed with – love, light, courage and dependability. She shines despite being a youngling and a Raizyn. I admire how each character is given the time to grow out of his/her fears and insecurities to act according to their own wishes. The conflicts within their minds have been handled in a perceptive manner and even the secondary characters like Mel and Khameel develop beyond expectations. However, there is a lot of repetition through thoughts of various characters and therefore it drags a little. The ending is also unnecessarily pulled out. I highly recommend Chronicles of the Diasodz – to be read in order.

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  3. Hi, Guys! After two month’s break from reading, I am back again, reading! I took two months break to do some writing and I’ve missed out on some great reads. I have read the following books:

    1. Treacherous Love A short Story of Misdirected Passion by Karen Black

    2. Brazos Wind by Jan Sikes

    3. Brother’s Keeper by Jan Sikes

    4. Unhinged by John Podlaski

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  4. Hi All, Just posted my review of Jan Sikes Short Story Brazos Wind on Amazon. A *****Sweet Little Short! Here is a portion of that review ….

    Author Jan Sikes uses the 1880s in Texas as the background to her western short story. The hardship that Jack McClean faced after the war kept him moving, unable to find the right place to settle down. When he spots smoke from a fire, he decides to check it out. He discovers an unconscious wounded woman, Savannah Logan.

    Jack is not the sort of man to walk away if there is a chance help. Ms. Sikes creates a man who cares for others. He is the hero of this story. Savannah has given up. The following excerpt, early on in this story, made me like this man and root for this woman. Their friendship begins with kindness.

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  5. Good morning all. I posted my review of Yvette Calleiro’s Short Story Breathless on Amazon. Here is a portion of the that review. It will also post on my RoxBurkey.com blog later today. ***** Wishes Can Come True!

    Author Yvette Calleiro takes the readers on a fairy tale adventure. Silena is a widowed mother who sets her sights on the wealthy, debonair William. She is also the hired help and server to many of the functions where she first noticed him.
    The setting for this romance fantasy is the Roaring 20s. Here parties happened often, with drinking and dancing always on the menu. The research that Ms. Calleiro did on this period in history, is rich with the vernacular of the day. It allows the readers to be immersed into the story. I found the example below from this short story charming and descriptive.
    ….

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  6. Hello everybody! I just completed my review of “Jewel” by Jan Sikes on Amazon. Here’s my five-star review :

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading, “Jewel” by Jan Sikes. Although I am not familiar with the song that this story mimics, I see it as a mix of “Cinderella”, “Pretty Woman”, and “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

    Jewel, her young sister, and mother live in squalid surroundings – a shack that’s as wet inside as it is outside when raining – by the father who left them behind, disappearing forever after an accident leaves him unable to support the family. Momma is now terminally ill and arranged for her two girls to live with others in hopes of having a better life than she can give them. Jewel, just shy of eighteen years old, is sent to live in a close friend’s brothel, and her younger sister to a well to do family. You’ll have to read the book to see how they fare.

    Jewel if a fast and smooth read without errors and held my attention to the very last word. Well done Jan Sikes! Highly recommended read…even if you don’t know the song(s) this story commemorates.

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  7. I just finished reading Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer. My review is posted below and is currently pending on Amazon.

    I chose this book hoping that it would help, in some small way, to fill the void left by the absence of baseball in 2020. The story however has little to do with baseball. Empty Seats follows three Single-A teammates named jimmy, Bud and Bobby in the Montreal Expos organization in the early 1970’s. Although two of the three become relatively close during that first season, they bond with a third irascible teammate after a defining event following the end of the season. From that point forward, the book meanders along with little substance. At times, some chapters reminded me of a Seinfeld episode. “I get up in the morning. I get dressed. I go to work. I come home. That’s a show.” Only these chapters about nothing had no Seinfeld humor and precious little baseball. This book has a great deal of potential. The author does a nice job of creating the three main characters and their backstories. What it needs is an infusion of tension in each chapter and some polish to make it come alive.

    I gave this book two stars mostly because it is littered with errors. At one point the baseball team in question is the Jamestown Expos. Later, it is referred to as the Jamestown Falcons. Throughout the book, compound words are written as two separate words. For example, curve ball, seat belt, home town, etc. The author uses the phrase, “in the knick of time” in lieu of “nick.” These are just a few examples of errors. There are literally dozens. It was like reading an unedited manuscript.

    Another problem with the book was that one of the three main characters’ stories was told in the first person while the other two were told in the third person. Sequencing was also an issue. In one chapter, Bud tells Jimmy that Bobby is in the hospital in Buffalo. In the next chapter, Bobby is being transported to Buffalo. Point of view shifts within each chapter which I also found distracting.

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  8. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa. My review is live at Amazon.

    Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa is the story of an aspiring actor who responds to an acting job advertisement but lands into the hands of a private investigator who hires him and makes him Malachi from Mike. He is too young to think, as dreams seem all-important at such a stage of life and therefore he falls into a trap willingly though he is a man with a conscience. All the assignments that Jack gives him are superbly handled but he grows with each lie he has to tell. Could he follow his dream? Did his job prepare him for a promising future? Pamela keeps you guessing.

    On the surface, the narrative seems to move from one situation to another, with a little sub-plot thrown in but you have to delve deeper to understand the relevance of ruse master. This book conceals subtle messages about the need for responsible parenting and makes an appeal to understand youngsters. Canepa underlines that there could be many such persons like Mike and Clinton at the crossroads of life, who need to be heard and mentored without any judgment and criticism so that they could follow their aspirations. Her characters are realistic and know how to deal with the worst phases of life.
    -Balroop Singh.

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  9. Hi all, Just finished Robert Fear’s Summer of ’77. Freedom, Friends, and Fun without any of the SM clutter of today. Life was simple. Great read, Fred!

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  10. I just finished reading Pregnant Future by Joy Lo-Bamijoko. What an incredible glimpse into the life of a young woman from a different culture! I truly enjoyed it. Here is my review:

    This was such a great coming-of-age story about a young Nigerian woman who fought against cultural and societal norms to find her place in the world. The author did a wonderful job pulling me into the Nigerian culture. Tina’s voice was very strong, and I couldn’t help but admire her inner (and outer) strength. She was bullied and abused by those she knew well and trusted. The author did a phenomenal job of showing Tina as multi-dimensional. Her experiences felt authentic, and I easily felt for her on her journey’s highs and lows. I loved that she was just a regular human being trying to make it in a world that kept throwing hurdles in front of her. I would definitely recommend this book to others. 🙂

    https://www.amazon.com/review/RB4KUWT1H7ZK6/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  11. I read Visitors by WJ Scott and gave it four stars. Here is my review:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R135ERN1KJDBC2

    Visitors is an intriguing short read about two small boys who are sent to live with their aunt in a small town in the USA. Brody, the older boy, aged twelve, is aware that his mother is very ill, possibly dying. He feels responsible for looking after his younger brother, Tom. The boys haven’t seen their aunt for a few years, but when she collect them from the airport, Brody immediately notices how youthful she looks. As they drive through the small town that is near Aunt Sally’s small holding, he also noticed that the cars and certain other features of the town are old fashioned and are from the 1950s. His aunt gives him a glib excuse for this but it makes him curious. Other strange occurrences and odd restrictions on the boys freedoms make their presence known and the two boys set out to determine what is going on in this strange town.

    This is a well written tale with a happy and fulfilling ending which I would recommend to readers of family dramas with an interesting twist which makes this a sci-fi book.

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