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  1. Good morning, Everyone! I feel as if I’m finally back on track and well enough to support our awesome Rave Reviews Book Club whenever possible. I’ve been laid up, but on the mend. So, I’ve posted three review links. All three these books were incredible and I must tell you, I’m proud to be part of this Indie Author Pack!
    MOMENTS WE LOVE by Balroop Singh https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R1G1FZN9HDMEMW?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_srp
    The CONTRACT between heaven and earth – Gwen M. Plano https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R32624IUEI65OE/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07CZQ8WKH
    NO PEDIGREE a short story by Nonnie Jules https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/ROVXYEX05XTFZ/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  2. Hi Here’s my review of Souls: A Novel by J.A. Hinsman. It is live at Amazon.
    Souls: A Novel by J.A. Hinsman is a usual story of romance and murder with some predictable suspense thrown in. I liked how the word ‘soul’ has been used as a symbol in Ann’s life in different ways but a book loses its charm when it is riddled with typos just in the beginning. Glaring errors would surprise you; I have marked at least 10. Besides there is repetition of the word ‘wondered,’ most of the dialogues end with that word. This book needs a good editor, as the rambling, indiscreet style of writing suggests that unnecessary details could be eliminated.

    Slow in the beginning, the story picks up some pace when Ann talks about her emotional upheavals. There are two extreme kinds of characters – either they are incredibly good or absolutely wicked; gray areas don’t seem to exist in Hinsman’s world. Ann inspires awe but her perilous acts seem illusionary and her benevolence far-fetched. What spoke to me is the sibling love; Celeste’s endearing messages of moving on in life have a special charm yet Ann decides to play with fire. Half of the story is told in epilogue! I didn’t like that aspect too.
    Thanks. Balroop Singh.

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  3. Good morning ! I read & reviewed the short story ‘Saving The Evergreens: Garden Secrets’ by Maretha Botha. I reviewed the short story on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon.

    Regards,
    Fiza Pathan.

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  4. Hello! Below is my 5 STAR review of Strange HWY, by Beem Weeks.
    I won this wonderful collection of short stories some time ago, but only recently had the time to crack it open.
    Strange Hwy is comprised of nineteen stories that range from the supernatural, to the earthly. Some ended in tragedy, while others made me smile, happy for the outcome.
    There were copious servings of poignancy, situations that seemed all too real, but that’s a sign of great writing. One in particular, had me scratching my head as to what really happened to a young girl.
    Each tale is unique and there’s no distinguishable pattern that I could detect, for me, that’s a good thing.
    I’d highly recommend taking a journey down this highway.

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  5. Good evening ! Read & reviewed the short excerpt ‘The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up: An Excerpt from A Harem Boy’s Saga III – Debauchery’ by Young. I reviewed the excerpt on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon.
    Regards,
    Fiza Pathan.

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  6. Good evening ! Read & reviewed the short story ‘Hexed: A Purr-fect Catastrophe’ by Wendy Jayne. I reviewed the short story on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    I was first attracted to this short story by the attractive cover. I am glad to say the short story was a really delightful read. The appearance as well as the formatting of the short story is fantastic. The story of a witch that has been hexed to live the life of a feline was a wonderful read. The plot & concept was creative, unique & interesting to the core. The scenes with Hunter, Tamsyn, Wolf Boy etc., flowed very well together & the pacing of the book therefore was marvelous. The characters were well developed as per the requirements of this genre of short story writing. There are no grammatical errors in the book whatsoever. I just admire author Wendy Jayne’s way of putting together make-believe worlds which resonate so much with our regular lives & feelings. Thus, on the basis of plot, appearance, descriptions, genre, grammar & concept, ‘Hexed: A Purr-fect Catastrophe’ gets a 5 star review from me.

    Regards,
    Fiza Pathan.

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  7. I read and reviewed two short stories and recommend them both. Links for the Amazon reviews are included.

    “Jewel,” by Jan Sikes tells the tale of a starving family and a mother’s last resort effort to provide a better life for her daughter by sending her into prostitution. “Be nice to the gentlemen,” her mother advises. Jewel takes her advice and despite the circumstances, turns her life around. https://smile.amazon.com/review/R2BFX27PWOYCW1/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    The second story, “Shrink,” by Eric Halpenny portrays the psychological trauma of a veteran who survived the terror of the Vietnam war. This story, though fictional, accurately depicts the horrors that some of our soldiers have been unable to forget and is a reminder that freedom is not free. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3FABTQS7JOE8C/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07CHXKFNV

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  8. MY JOURNEY TO THE RAINBOW’S END by Forrest Stepnowski – 3-stars

    In this excerpt, I enjoyed learning more about the author – his childhood, the ups and downs of his family life, and even the experiences that led him to where he stands today as an openly gay male. My heart bled for him as he shared the actual note left behind by his dearly departed childhood best friend and lover, and equally, as I imagined the pain he must have been in, pretending to be interested in girls to cover up who he really was.

    As much as I enjoyed that side of his story, I cannot ignore the glaring issues also found within the story. As a mere excerpt from a larger body of work, there were too many instances of missing words, misplaced punctuation was prevalent throughout the read, and the pointless redundancy of the words lifetime, bound, realized, self-anything, etc., was overkill. I’d like to point out to the author that there are countless verbs that can take the place of the word ‘said,’ which was also used more than it should have been. The author zig-zagged in and out of present tense and past tense and there were those occasions when the ‘one speaker in a paragraph’ rule was broken.

    This author has amazing life experiences to share, but unless they are presented properly in well-edited form for those astute readers of the written word, the bodies of work presented will not be received as I’m sure the author hopes that they will be – and in my opinion, that is with profound reverence for what the author has experienced and lived through.

    I’m giving this read 3 stars because I appreciated the raw honesty in the sharing of his deeply personal experiences. I’m also hoping that if this read is edited, I’ll have the opportunity to revisit it for a more positive review.

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    1. Jan, thank you so much for taking the time to read NO PEDIGREE and I’m so pleased that you found enjoyment in it. That ending came to me at the very last minute – but, truth be told, I wrote the blurb for that short story first and then wrote the entire story around that blurb. Every time I wondered where I should go next with that read, I went back to the blurb and it guided me every step of the way until the very end.

      Again, thank you so much 🙂

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  9. Good afternoon ! I read & reviewed MY Journey to the Rainbow’s End: (Full Short Story from “Journey to the Rainbow’s End; A Drag Queen’s Odyssey”) by Forrest Robert Stepnowski. I reviewed the short excerpt on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both reviews are live on Amazon.
    Regards,
    Fiza Pathan.

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  10. In celebration of March Month of Short story reading, I have read and reviewed two short stories and placed my reviews at Amazon. Both my reviews are live.
    1. Death Song of the Sea: A Celtic Story by April A. Taylor has been inspired from an ancient Irish folk tale ‘The Bride’s Death-song.’ Taylor has elaborated it from her own perspective, adding some emotions to the relationship of father and daughter who couldn’t see beyond her feelings. Aileen’s selfishness leads her to unforeseen consequences and the darker twist that this story takes makes it fascinating and worth-reading.

    April holds the reader’s attention with her persuasive style of writing, breathing a fresh life into an old, forgotten tale. I loved the setting; even sea acquires an animate form with her brilliant description, becoming an enticing character of the story, which goes much beyond the original. Since it is an old folk tale, you may not like some expressions or actions but it has been superbly retold. I was captivated by the death song that was etched on the minds of the villagers.

    2. A Candle in the Darkness exudes love, kindness and generosity. I like how candle’s symbolism runs through out, hinting at the enduring spirit of goodness and Karen has handled it deftly, keeping the twist for the last moment. Grief and Mother Nature collaborate to highlight the power of attachments. This is a quick read and within minutes it would warm your heart, craving for more. Karen has written many such stories and I admire her prowess of crafting loving characters.
    Thanks, Balroop Singh.

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  11. My 4-star review of “Sword Swallowers” by D. Wallace Peach

    What attracted me to read “Soul Swallowers” by D. Wallace Peach was the premise that a person could absorb other souls to gain insight, wisdom, and wisdom to a path of understanding. This is an epic fantasy that primarily follows Lord Raze, who is embittered because he believes his father orders the murder of his young wife after he refused to marry a noble girl for a political alliance. Brimming with rage, Raze seeks refuge in the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts, After his elderly mentor dies, Raze swallows his soulstone to absorb his wise essence and to assuage his anger. Raze begins a humble life of raising horses and taking in other beleaguered people into his household. His quiet life is disrupted when his brother finds him at Ravenhood and embroils him in the web of political corruption and the dangers of slave traders roaming the countryside. Raze must finally come to terms with his past.

    Author D. Wallace Peach creates a fantastical world with the premise that people can swallow the souls of others to continue their legacies. However, there is a downside of swallowing too many souls; it may make you go mad or absorb the evil characteristics of the dead person. The world-building is rich in detail and the sensory description heightens your senses, such as: “The morning had dawned with a sultry sun, the air ripe with humidity, a host of crickets snapping in the dry grass. The tale is told from different points of view so you can understand the underpinnings of political schemes. The switch in points of view sometimes impacted the evenness of the pacing and dampened the tension.

    For readers who love unique world-building and a cast of memorable characters, I recommend that you read the first book, Soul Swallowers, in the Shattered Sea series.

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R2YMM9GK5VZH3V/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  12. I read the following books and posted the review on Amazon.Com:
    Reviews For March – 2020
    1. REFLECTIONS by John Fioravanti
    2. Ronald L. Powell: Missing in Action by Shirley Harris-Slaughter
    3. The Thing About Kevin by Beem Weeks
    4. My Sweet Lord: Short Story by Fiza Pathan
    5. The Truth Will Set You Free by Young

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    1. Thank you Joy ma’am for your awesome review of ‘My Sweet Lord’, it made my day ! Thank you for going out of your way to select ‘My Sweet Lord’ to read during the month of March. Happy reading & reviewing to you ! 🙂

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  13. I read and reviewed Gentleman of Misfortune. This fascinating historical fiction with its unusual plot is about mummies, con artists, a mysterious death, and murder. For the most part it is an interesting and enjoyable read. With that being said, I had difficulty believing that the mummified body of Quinn would not be discovered as not being thousands of years old. Perhaps that could happen, but I am not convinced. For me, the story line began to drag towards the last one-fourth of the book and I was getting anxious to get to the end.
    This is a book I would recommend and I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Angleton.

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  14. My review of Flame and Hope: An African adventure by Maretha Botha

    Flame and Hope is story about a dog born in a fictional desert that is modeled around the Kalahari desert in Southern Africa. As a puppy, Flame has a tough start to life when a band of cattle thieves threaten his master, a tracker named Kgabo, and his wife and family into helping them move stolen cattle across the border. Lera, Kgabo’s sickly wife, and two of their puppies, one of which is Flame, cannot manage the journey and get left behind. Lera and one of the puppies dies and, when Kgabo returns for them, only Flame is still alive. Kgabo takes Flame to the home of a friend of his and asks him to raise Flame as he can’t manage now that his wife has passed.

    Flame’s new master, John James, renames him Jack and despite some reluctance by Maisie, John’s wife, to take on another dog, he soon settles into his new home. Flame befriends the local animals, including a bird, named Hope, who is the narrator of the story. Due to difficult start in life and the losses he suffered, Flame is very empathetic and cajoles most of the other farm animals into becoming defenders of their farm, which they call Fauna Park, which is to become a sanctuary for all animals. Hunters are welcome to visit but are requested to hunt elsewhere. The participating animals promise to do their best to maintain the park’s status as a place of sanctuary.

    This undertaking by Flame leads to many adventures as he attempts to uphold his promise and defend all animal life in Fauna Park. Flame also learns a lot about his own nature and the nature of other creatures, such a the rat, who are not all as willing as him to uphold the promise.

    I did wonder what age group this book is aimed at as the style of writing and use of many local words and made up words based on real ones, does not allow for particularly easy reading, although they are defined at the back. I think middle school children would struggle to read this book.

    I enjoyed this book about life in the more rural and desert regions of Southern Africa. It introduces children to a different way of life and some of the cultural, political and social aspects of this region.
    Amazon link: https://smile.amazon.com/review/R2Q2GOYEPCA9ES

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  15. I read and reviewed My Sweet Lord by Fiza Pathan. Brutality, suicides, murder against Buddhist monks in the country of Raktsthaan. It is not a well-known country bordered by Pakistan and India. The message of the unjust treatment of the monks is well-described and at times was difficult to read. This is not an enjoyable or easy read because of the subject matter, but I learned about a country and the turmoil there.

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    1. Thank you Karen ma’am for the fantastic review of my short story ‘My Sweet Lord’, you made my day. The issues that I have dealt with are very real & frightening. However, in order to avoid any controversy Raktsthaan was a country created by me. Love you ! Happy reading & reviewing ! 🙂 😀

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  16. My review of No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules:

    It is an irony that I read this book the week after I finished reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald with its two central themes of the wealthy in American not being accountable for their actions and how the America dream of equality for all and an ability for people who have ability and who work hard to attain social status regardless of their backgrounds.

    This short story, No Pedigree, explores these same two themes but in a modern setting rather than Fitzgerald’s setting of the 1920’s. I could help thinking, as I read this book, how tragic it is that 100 years later these same themes of prejudice, abuse and unfairness are still prevalent in some parts our society.

    Baylee Pierre is a young girl of extraordinary beauty and sound intellectual ability who ends up attending a high school in a wealthy area populated by privileged youngsters and their families. Baylee is different from her peer group in that she is the child of a black native American mother and a white father and also, her mother is the housekeeper of a one of the wealthy residents of the school’s feeder area who allows Baylee’s mother to use her home address to register her daughter at the local school. Baylee’s mother thinks she is doing the best for her daughter by giving her this educational opportunity, but her spoiled rich school school associates don’t give her an opportunity to become part of their world and Baylee is ostracised in the most cruel way right from the start.

    There is one girl, Carson Beckett, who is different and who becomes best friends with Baylee. Carson puts herself out on a limb to support Baylee against the majority. I enjoyed this touch in the book because it made it even more real and possible, as there is good out there and it was nice to have it recognised and this bit of positiveness gives the story some good balance.

    Baylee is subjected to the most horrific treatment any person could suffer and due to her mother’s limited finances, she is not initially able to seek the justice the situation clearly warrants.

    To bring my thoughts back around to my initial comments about The Great Gatsby, this book ends on a positive note with a clear indication, through the change in Baylee’s circumstances depicted in the book, that there has been some progress and movement towards the American dream being more attainable for all. There are good people out there who aren’t filled with prejudice and who embrace difference and enable progression for all.

    An excellent read.
    Amazon Link: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2HN2LUXNRQ3V5

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  17. I read and reviewed Killer Reputation by Cassidy Salem. This is about a young woman, Adina, who gets involved in solving the murder of a young man in her neighborhood. She learns a few things about the case from her boyfriend who is a police detective though not assigned to that particular case.
    The characters are well-described and the plot is good. I had difficulty believing that in real life, someone like Adina would be able to get herself as involved in the case as she was.

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  18. I read and reviewed Robert L. Powell: Missing in Action. I gave it three stars because it seemed to be more of an essay than a short story. The tribute to the author’s brother was touching.

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  19. Good afternoon again ! I have read & reviewed ‘Feeders: Madeson Reid, PI: Paranormal Short Story’ by Wendy Jayne. I have reviewed the short story on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    I was first attracted to this book by its enticing cover. I was a bit lost when the story ended but after reading the story all over again, I came to understand the plot. The plot is unique and is different from most of the vampire stories I’ve read over a period of 20 years. Vampire lore is my favorite topic, so I was very eager to see what would happen in ‘Feeders’. I was intrigued by the persona of Madeson Reid, but I feel this short story could have been a bit better presented. There was a lot of explaining at the beginning with regards to vampires, regular humans, humans who adopt vampires, vampire rights activists, robots, etc., which confuses the reader, diverting the attention from the main plot which is the murder mystery. I felt ‘Feeders’ would have fared better as a full-fledged novel rather than a short story where a lot was left to conjecture. The plot was interesting but could have been better developed. The focus was on a variety of different characters, who though interesting, were not flowing together with the main story. I have evaluated the short story on the basis of overall appearance, interior formatting, plot, concept, story timeline development, pacing, character descriptions, concepts described in the futuristic 2078 A.D tale, grammar, and genre which is definitely futuristic vampire dystopian drama. By the previously mentioned in-depth analysis, this book gets 3.6 stars from me.

    Regards,
    Fiza Pathan.

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  20. Good afternoon ! I have read & reviewed ‘Pure Trash: The Story’ by Bette A. Stevens. I have reviewed the short story on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    I really loved this short story. ‘Pure Trash’ by talented author Bette Stevens is a story of two brothers living in New England in the 1950’s. It’s a story about poverty & simple living & falls into the genre of literary fiction. The book’s cover is enticing & the interior formatting of the book is eye catching. The plot & concept of the short story is excellent. It is beautifully written & now I am very keen on reading the novel for which this short story was a prequel. All readers will be captivated by the elegant prose of Stevens & her clear & easy to follow style of narrating the story of Shawn & Willie. The scenes flow together very well & the historical references made by the author are accurate & well placed in the story. The reason for the title ‘Pure Trash’ is revealed at the end of the short story which will make your heart bleed as a reader. The pacing of the story is excellent & the scenes flow beautifully together. You feel one with the story & its characters. I especially was touched by the way the brothers Shawn & Willie collected their hard earned money to buy sweets, soda pops & other confectioneries which they would otherwise would not have been able to purchase. It reminded me of the kids back here in modern day Mumbai, living literally on the streets or in ramshackle slums. They too, like Shawn & Willie, often collect their daily earnings & spend them recklessly on sweets – kids will be kids! I have analyzed this short story on the basis of outer appearance, inner formatting, plot, concept, language, development, historical references, grammar, character descriptions & genre. ‘Pure Trash’ the short story gets 5 stars from me. I now hope to read the novel & more books by Bette Stevens in the near future.

    Regards,
    Fiza Pathan.

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  21. Good evening again ! Read & reviewed the short story Voodoo or Destiny: You Decide by Jan Sikes ma’am. I reviewed the short story on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    I was really attracted to this short story by the attractive cover which was enticing & full of the usual thrills when you read a supernatural tale. The cover design is well done & it clearly relates to the story, which is indeed about a voodoo ritual that changed the lives of a family forever. The title of the story relates closely to the tale that follows. The interior formatting is eye-catching. The plot is unique & creative. The story of Jade & Claire’s little voodoo practice goes a long way in teaching us that sometimes, we hold destiny in our own hands, even if what we hold in our hands is just a voodoo doll. The story is clear & easy to follow. The pacing of the story is good. The descriptions are minimal so the whole focus is on the main theme of vengeance with a voodoo doll. I have analyzed this short story on the basis of appearance, plot, concept, development, description, grammar & genre. On the previously mentioned criteria, this short story gets 4 stars from me.

    Regards – Fiza Pathan.

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  22. Good evening ! Read & reviewed Jan Sikes’ ma’am’s short story ‘Jewel’. I reviewed the short story on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    I loved this short story. The story was clear & easy to follow. The title of the story clearly relates to the story of a poor family of a mother & two girl children who are in a desperate need to save themselves from their impoverishment. The plot as well as the concept of the story is creative, unique & interesting. The flow of the story is very good & is very suspenseful. I kept on wishing the best for this family of women living in a swamp in America. There are no spelling or grammatical errors in the book. My heart reaches out to the main character in this story who is indeed ‘Jewel’. The significance of the title is mentioned towards the end of the story which creates a great impact on the reader. ‘Jewel’ is one of the best short stories I have read this year. I have evaluated the story of the protagonist Jewel, her sister Sara & her ailing mother using a certain line of critique which entails – appearance, plot, concept, development, description, grammar & genre. It is a a very beautiful story with a strong social message. ‘Jewel’ gets a 5 star review from me.

    Regards,
    Fiza Pathan.

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      1. Jan ma’am, ‘Jewel’ is really a very good short. It was a pleasure to read it. God bless ! I’ve reviewed ‘Voodoo or Destiny: You Decide’ too & the review is live on Amazon. Lots of love – Fiza Pathan 🙂

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  23. My review of Detours in Time by Pamela Schloesser Canepa. 🙂

    Milt and Pinky are time-traveling companions, and they jump forward 50 years into 2047. Milt can’t resist a little research and learns the details of his death. He also discovers that in the future he will have a daughter as well as a grandson who is born after his death. A bit of innocuous meddling sets the butterfly effect in motion and much of the book is about efforts to undo parts of what they’ve done.

    The pace of this book is rather slow and steady, but the story is saved by the author’s attention to details and great characters. The details of life in 2047 are quirky and fun and served to remind me of how weird human beings are with our biases and creativity and how normal it all feels when we’re in the thick of it.

    Milt and Pinky are adorably ordinary and sweet to each other and are thoroughly believable with loads of personality. They don’t experience much interpersonal conflict, but they are quirky in their own ways, and I loved their tenderness toward each other. In many ways, to me, the book was about the trajectory of their relationship. POV shifts are frequent but flowed naturally and somehow seemed fitting. Dialog is natural and carries most of the narrative.

    The story wraps up but leaves a few dangling threads for the next book in the series. This is an interesting book, and I recommend it for sci-fi fans who enjoy a leisurely quirky read.

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  24. Review for Jewel by Jan Sikes.
    The incredible love of a mother!
    This book is astonishing in its ability to convey characters profoundly and expose emotions in short but concise writing. The dialogue between mother and daughters, especially with the main character, Jewel, is real and heart-wrenching. This author knows how to make a short story right. Well done.
    (Posted on Amazon under Gabby.)

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  25. Review for A Long Walk Home: A Christmas Novelette
    by D. L. Finn

    Five Stars: A meaningful and well-written story

    The mood in the first part of the story is melancholy and bitter and filled with anguish. The author’s skillful writing draws readers into scenes with the main character, Kenzie, and lets them empathize with her. Amid excruciating pain and a desperate journey, mysterious beings trail her, which adds some suspense to the storyline. As the story progresses with twists and turns, Kenzie encounters some miraculous events and struggles with her inner battle for forgiveness. The ending is heartwarming with a touch of angelic romance and the spiritual balance of good and evil.
    This is an engaging and lovely read, especially at Christmastime.

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  26. My review of John Howell’s “My GRL”

    John Cannon is on a sabbatical from his high-powered attorney job and decides to spend a year on Mustang Island off the coast of Texas working on his used 65’ boat. Then his friend ends up shot, and the sheriff suspects that he’s keeping secrets. Add to that, it turns out that terrorists want his boat.

    This book moves along at a good clip as John deals with the sheriff and then gets embroiled in the terrorists’ plot. He’s a great character, and for me, he brought the book to life. He’s kind of an average guy, but he’s smart and resourceful (for the most part), and he has some attitude. I had a great time watching him deal with all the problems while completely out of his element.

    The story didn’t bog down with description or backstory, and it had just the right amount of shipboard detail to lend authenticity to the setting, John’s capabilities, and the story’s resolution. I would definitely read more of this character and author. Though a thriller, the book was also a lot of fun. Highly recommended for readers of action novels and thrillers, and book-lovers who enjoy great characters.

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  27. Pregnant Future by Joy Lo-Bamijoko
    Reviewed by Yecheilyah Ysrayl
    Rating: 4 Stars

    I was compelled to pick up this book because “Pregnant Future” is a powerful title, and I was curious to see what hopeful future awaited Justina. Justina is a young woman who dreams of going to college and living life on her own terms. As the story progresses, we learn how challenging this is for her. Tina encounters many battles as the culture and society attempt to get her to settle for less than she envisions for herself.

    As we enter Tina’s world, I was shocked at how people treated her. The boys at school wait to jump on her and her own mother and sister beats her, but the abuse doesn’t stop here. Young men assume they can take her as a wife, and even the Sisters discriminate against her (calling her derogatory names) in Rome. It was heartbreaking to read of the abuse Tina endured. I enjoyed learning about the culture of Nigeria through Tina’s eyes, and it was a refreshing difference from stories set in the US.

    I love the story/testimony of this book and the message of hope and perseverance.

    From the book description, Justina is a fictional character, but I couldn’t figure if I were reading about something that happened in real life or not. Is this a telling of the author’s life (did these events really happen), or is this sort of like historical fiction?

    Memoirs and novels have similarities but are distinct forms with separate expectations. Since I wasn’t sure if this was a true story or not, it sometimes impeded me being able to see where the story was going. I thought this was a fiction story, but I think it might be a memoir/autobiography, though it’s not listed as a memoir.

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    1. Thank you so much, Yecheilyah, for your beautiful take on my book. Yes, the story is a fictionalized true story. The events in the story happened, not necessarily to the author but the author experienced most of it. Thank you

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  28. Hi, I have read and reviewed The Hanged Man by Raymond M Hall. My review is live at Amazon.com.
    “The Hanged Man by Raymond M Hall reminds me of many movies I saw as a youngster – where good guys challenge the bad guys and despite the power and the clout the latter hold, good guys win in the end. Digby Rolf, a prison chaplain walks into murky waters willingly, eager to unravel the real culprit behind the rape and murder of Sally, a young girl. The plot gets darker, as it proceeds and takes you through the criminal activities of the gangs of East End of London in a filmy style. The story crawls forward and backward in the hands of amateur investigators who don’t have any firm plan. The information they gather is unorganised and sloppy. It couldn’t hold my attention.

    “You would meet unrealistic characters akin to movies otherwise who endangers one’s own life to get justice for others, especially the dead? And how would this crusader for justice explain the murders that occur due to his so-called investigation? This novel drags on through the sleazy and slimy world of clubs and gang bosses, their ruthless and boring tricks of luring, intimidating and killing others. The only saving grace is the faith and the hope that mentors Summer and Digby to accomplish their mission. I heaved a sigh of relief after I finished this slow-paced book but I must confess that I felt like dropping it too many times.”
    – Balroop Singh

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  29. I haven’t posted my reviews here in a bit: Here are my latest reviews:

    Finding Billy Battles (Book 1) by Ronald Yates – https://smile.amazon.com/review/R1QA2VPIFMZPA9/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Jewel by Jan Sikes – https://smile.amazon.com/review/R2UY828HDBJ1ON/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Three Rules by Marie Drake – https://smile.amazon.com/review/R2DL4HOAH17JLB/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Slimmer: A Contemporary Short Story by Wendy Jayne Scott – https://smile.amazon.com/review/R3U6HWTIN4O98F/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Journey to the Rainbow’s End by Forrest Stepnowski –

    https://smile.amazon.com/review/R145UYVKBO6K16/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Visitors: Short Story Mystery by Wendy Jayne Scott – https://smile.amazon.com/review/RSL14FJ5OU93X/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    I also read and reviewed No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules, but Amazon hasn’t posted it yet.

    Great reads, everyone! 🙂

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  30. My 5 star review of the delightfully surprising story by Wendy Scott is available on Amazon

    Author Scott portrays the lives of two brothers, Brody and Tom, as they are sent to live with an aunt, who is nearly a stranger. Early in the story the focus on family and desperateness was driven home to me.

    “ “Sal, I need you to listen. I’m sending my boys to you.” His mother’s tone rose a notch. “Don’t interrupt me. No, I can’t come with them and I don’t know how long they’ll need to stay. You are the only kin they have; and before you start again on your I-told-you-so lecture, let me say, yes, you were right. Declan Riker was a no-good-loser who run off with a bar-floosy, leaving me to raise two young ones on my own. These boys are the best things in my life, and I would willingly suffer through all that heartache again so I could be their mother. I get that you need a reclusive lifestyle for your painting, but I’m calling on you to step up and be my big sister. Their plane tickets are booked so you better be there at 4 pm tomorrow to pick them up.”

    His mom had slammed the receiver down before Aunt Sally could reply. A sick sensation similar to when he’d ridden the carnival flying chairs after gobbling three bags of cotton candy, stewed in his lower belly.“

    Vivid descriptions are painted with the word choice and even flow of the story. The character development was concise and realistic for the boys and their reclusive aunt. But my heart was one with Marley as he exposed the boys to the mystery on Tucker’s Mountain. It is a story that will resonate with pre-teens who need to fall in love with reading and storytelling.

    Not only do I highly recommend this story, but I think It is one I will return to now and again to remember what being a kid is like-sweet and full of wishes.

    Thank you Wendy for a great read!

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  31. ***** 5 Stars from Teagan Riordain Geneviene for “Scenes of a Reclusive Writer & Reader of Mumbai: Essays” by Fiza Pathan.
    Many of us know how it is to have a moment of feeling unwanted. A few of us know what it’s like to experience that at a profound, core level. Some of us keep those feelings stomped down, denied, ignored, carrying the weight of it for decades. This author has transformed her pain into a passion for reading, a love of books, libraries, and bookstores. The mark life has emblazoned on her heart became a light that shines in this collection of essays.
    When I saw the word “reclusive” in the title, I knew I had to read this book. It was not about me expecting to like it or not, it was an intuitive reaction. Besides, calling me a recluse would be an understatement!
    Even so, I always enjoyed meeting people who were different from me, hearing their stories, learning about their day-to-day life. Reading this book felt like visiting all the bookstores and other places the author mentions, not just with a friend, but with a friend whose true thoughts you got to see.

    Ms. Pathan paints the scenes simply yet vividly. Here’s one example.
    “The women who sit at the temple’s entrance with their cows now know me well, and look at each other when I carry off a jute bag full of books to the waiting taxi.”

    I could see, hear, and smell that scene. This book is very well written. I don’t say that lightly. It’s also personable. Despite the pain it conveys, it is also imbued with the warmth of this author’s personality.
    I freely recommend this book.

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  32. ***** 5 Stars From Teagan Riordain Geneviene for “Through the Nethergate” by Roberta E Cheadle
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3QYFHPA287WN5/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07ZJTW2DF
    What might happen if a teenaged girl, encountered supreme evil? Ah, but Margaret is not the average teenaged girl.
    I’ve read several of the author’s books for children, and found them delightful and imaginative. I was surprised when she began writing much darker stories, although I could imagine the need for “balance” that must have taken her to the horror genre. She bravely dives into the scary, ghostly stuff right away.
    Cheadle’s love of history is evident in Through the Nethergate. This adds positively to all aspects of the story. As a self-proclaimed research geek, I can tell that the author put considerable effort into her investigations.
    Through the Nethergate takes place in a variety of settings. It also includes an abundance of vivid characters, from the girl and her grandfather, to ghosts and demons, to priests.
    There is an unexpected Biblical aspect to the story. Personally, this was neither positive nor negative for me, as I don’t tend to associate ghosts with religion. However, I think it will add to the story for many readers. There was an unexpected detail with one of the otherworldly settings, which I thought was a terrific touch, but I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun by describing it here.
    There are some gruesome descriptions, but no extremes in language. The Kindle version is 270 pages, if that helps you. Whether it is listed as “young adult” or simply “horror” I don’t think one can be too old to enjoy this otherworldly tale.

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  33. Good evening again ! Read & reviewed ‘Songs of Heartstrings’ by Miriam Hurdle on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    This book of poetry really showcases poet Miriam Hurdle’s talent & command over the various forms of poetry. I loved this book & as a teacher of poetry for the past 12 years & a poet myself, I am happy to say that ‘Songs of Heartstrings’ is a collection worth a read. The interior formatting of the book is eye-catching & I love the photographs & other various images placed in the book to bring out the various themes of certain poems. Some of the sketches & paintings in the book have been done by the poet herself & are as gorgeous as her well crafted poetry. My favorite poems in this collection were: ‘Dawn’, ‘Edible Garden’, ‘Punctured Wounds’, ‘Chill & Shiver’, ‘I Love You’, ‘Candlelight’, ‘Gift of Books’, ‘Beach Walk’, ‘Consideration’, ‘Your Own Higher Ground’, ‘Champion’ & ‘Tunnel Of Music’. As you can see from my own favorite titles, the collection contains a variety of themes which are brought out very well by various poetic forms used by the poet Hurdle. Whether it is about eternal love, trying to find your self worth while undergoing painful chemotherapy, finding peace in one’s garden, musing on the slow perseverance of a tortoise, contemplating on musical forms, etc., all these visuals & more you will find & delight in, in this book ‘Songs of Heartstrings’. I especially was moved by the poems related to chemotherapy & recovering from Cancer. I actually could feel the ache & wounds of the poet as she described the way how painful chemotherapy can really be. In fact I felt faint when I read those parts – they were really crafted that well! Music is the food of life is what my culture believes in, & the poet’s similar feelings towards music made my heart soar as I read her poetry. But my favorite poem in this collection was ‘Simple Life’ which I think defines me as a person, living life in a simple way with simple pleasures that makes life beautiful & worth the stay till we move to – who knows where? Another poems in this collection that really made me get the ‘feels’ was ‘Beach Walk’. While reading & contemplating on this poem, I remembered my visits to the beach as a toddler with my estranged father who had rejected me at birth because I was a girl. Those days of walking on the beach as described by Hurdle reminded me of him in a good way & what could have been if the harshness of brutal sexism never had its way. I even was mesmerized by the poem ‘Gift of Books’ because I live to read & read to live, so this poem by Hurdle really made me happy. That is the best part about Hurdle’s poetry, it makes you happy & full of glee even though she is touching upon topics that would in other circumstances be painful. Please read this collection of poems, pick up your copy of Miriam Hurdle’s book today. I look forward to reading more poems by Miriam Hurdle in the near future. I am certainly not done with this book, I will be dipping into it whenever I pick up my Kindle on days when I want to remember how to keep smiling in spite of it all & when I want to remember a few happy times with my father.

    Regards – Fiza Pathan

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  34. Good evening ! Read & reviewed ‘The Heart’s Journey Home’ by Natalie Ducey on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both the reviews are live on Amazon. Here is the review:

    I was attracted to this beautiful book of soulful poetry by the cover. The book’s cover was attractive & enticing which really made me want to delve deeper. I loved the book. The interior formatting was done well & was very eye catching. The theme of poetry that speaks to the heart of a reader concerning different journeys of life was brought out beautifully by poet Natalie Ducey. I especially loved her love poems like ‘Reckless Words’, ‘Silence of the Heart’, ‘Love’s Illusion’, ‘Goodbye Without Warning’, ‘Eternal Love’, ‘Let’s Dance’ & ‘Where Does the Love Go’. These poems touched my core & tears of fond remembrances of my youth welled up in my eyes. The best lines that touched my soul were in the poem ‘Young Love’ which were: ‘The years have passed, You still cross my mind; I pray dear love, That your journey’s been kind’. This line opened the flood gates of my eyes & made me feel the essence of this book which was love, journeys, separation, determination, goals achieved & beautiful memories of yesterday. The poems that made me want to sit back & take note of my life & the challenges that I have still to face are ‘Small Town Girl’ & ‘Fallen Angel’. The poet Ducey pens her words like she is penning the very heart of the reader. She writes simply but profoundly & because of this I highly recommend this book to all poetry lovers out there who are in need of a good cry & to remember love gone by. Please read this book, you will not regret it. Support talented poet Natalie Ducey & pick up your copy of ‘The Heart’s Journey Home’ today. The poems flow together very well, the pacing of the book is well done & there is no way you can read this scintillating collection & not be touched by it. Kudos to Ducey on a job well done ! I look forward to reading more of her poetry in the near future.

    Regards – Fiza Pathan

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  35. A READ TOO SHORT

    THE THING ABOUT KEVIN by Beem Weeks: By far the shortest short story I’ve ever read. (4 stars)

    I will never waste time in a review sharing what the story is about as you can get that information from the LOOK INSIDE feature here on Amazon as well as the blurb. So, let’s just cut to the chase which is what I like to do and all that I have time for, really.

    I enjoyed this little read. This isn’t the first book that I’ve read from this author and what I enjoy most about his writing is the real conversation and the realistic storylines housed in his books. He tends to write about things the way they could actually happen in real life and that’s why I enjoy his stories.

    This book could have garnered 5 stars from me but for the fact that by the time I was settled in to get deep into the story, it ended. When I turned the page to move into the next chapter, I was taken to the author’s bio. That was so disappointing, so, in my opinion, this read more like a sectioned blog post (a very interesting blog post), but, a blog post nonetheless. I felt that even for a short story (a really short story), the author had plenty of room to explore this storyline more so that the reader wouldn’t feel so let down at the end, which should have been just the end of another chapter and not the end of the “book.”

    There were a few missing words and an instance or two of misplaced punctuation, but, all in all, it was a good read albeit too short of a read. Maybe the author can peg this as an excerpt of some sort from a full-length upcoming novel, if he’s planning on turning this into one. (That would make me very happy, by the way.) I’ve seen this done before and I think readers won’t be let down any when they are informed beforehand that what they are picking up is just a tiny piece of something more to come.

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  36. My review of Journey to the Rainbow’s End by Forrest Stepnowski:

    This book is a depiction of a young man’s journey through the confusion of adolescence, when the first suggestions of a different sexual orientation from most of his peers appeared, to his meeting the love of his life and achieving acceptance of himself and his life choices.

    I can remember my own teenage years and the angst of trying to fit in with my peer group and be the same as everyone else. When you are that age, the herd mentality is strong and you have not yet developed your personal identity or the strength of character to stand alone against the current. These are hard years for everyone and must be exceptionally difficult for people who perceive themselves to stand outside of the accepted “norms” of society.

    Journey to the Rainbow’s End is an outpouring, in prose and poetry, of the author’s journey of self discovery and graphically describes his emotional state during its various phases, and in specific circumstances and situations. Confusion, fear, anger, self-disgust and depreciation, happiness, joy and self-acceptance all play a role and draw the reader right into the poet’s world.

    Some of the stanza’s that moved me the most in this book are as follows:
    “Happiness only comes when one works for it …
    not when one foolishly quotes Shakespeare or Grimm’s Brothers.”
    from I wish

    “They may not be pulling the trigger or hanging the noose,
    but they are responsible for the pain”
    from The greed and conceit of men

    “Waiting for a day when I can break the shackles that hold me down,
    to break the bars around me that have caged me in,
    and letting go of my past that will haunt me until I die.”
    from Soul Searching

    “I am merely a perfectionist made by multitudes of mistakes,
    Who cannot seem to connect the dots of my dreams, wishes and needs.”
    from Ghosts

    This book will be understood and appreciated by anyone who has ever felt that they stood on the fringe of society looking in and by anyone who feels concern for those that feel this way and would love to see them enter the light of acceptance and love.
    Amazon link: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RULVAVIHYWCB1

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  37. My review of the Book of the Month – WJ Scott’s Visitors: Short Story
    Brody and Tom are sent to live with their aunt by their ailing mom. Aunt Sally is a recluse in a town that doesn’t take well to visitors, at least to one kind of visitor. When the boys find out what’s really happening at the lake, they learn why everyone in town is so secretive. A sci-fi short story full of kindness and hope, and though predictable at its conclusion, a sweet read.

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  38. I have read and reviewed “No Pedigree” by Nonnie Jules and I posted this 5-star review on Amazon.com:

    5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT FINISH!

    This is one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. It is flawless, very well written, and the story holds the reader’s attention from start to finish. No Pedigree clearly illustrates the awful price that victims of this crime of racial hate must pay… again and again. Considering the fact that racial hate crimes are on the rise in the United States and many other countries worldwide, Nonnie Jules’ timing is as flawless as her writing. It is a shockingly painful story that sports a powerful ending that I never saw coming! As well, I was pleased that all the loose ends of the tale were neatly tied up in the final chapter. I highly recommend this read whether you normally enjoy short stories or not.

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    1. WOW! What an awesome review, John F.! Flawless? Well-written? You must be mistaken as so many say that authors cannot and should not edit their own work and I certainly always edit and proof my own work. I don’t trust anyone’s eyes by my own, I suppose.
      Hmmm … I guess those naysayers don’t really know what they’re talking about then. Hahaha

      Seriously, thank you so much for your kind review of NO PEDIGREE. I loved reading this book myself and I am the author. I think I’ve read it so many times now, I know the entire book word for word.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I wrote it just for reader-enjoyment.

      Bless you!

      P.S…how long would you say it took you to read the book?

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  39. I’ve read and reviewed Bravura by Lisa Kirazian. My review is live at Amazon.
    Bravura by Lisa Kirazian is a striking story that reveals the power of music, which transcends beyond entertainment or momentary joy. It is also the story of relationships, of friendship, of siblings, of love told through the passion of music, how music heals, how it calms our mind and nerves by drowning the sorrows in its ever-flowing strains; it can also lead you to the elation of ecstasy and add glow to little joys.

    I loved this book, as it transported me to another world, where connections are natural, where streams of harmony flow straight into your veins and mingle into your blood. If you have music, you have everything – creativity, emotional sensitivity, love, togetherness and peace. Kate’s mother initiates this love for music but Neil discovers it much later. Both of them evolve perfectly, exemplifying how sibling support could embellish your personality. Colin and Anne add challenging aspects of relationships and are handled deftly.

    Neil, a dithering disaster emerges from the sidelines with one successful performance that he had been hoping for. He could feel the guiding hand of his mother, the tender care of his sister, the passion with which he had loved his girl friend – all emotions merge in one moment of melody and applause. Despite some typo hiccups, this book won my heart. I am sure any music lover would enjoy this book.

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    1. Just posted a five-star review of Rhani D’Chae’s story, “I Have Always Loved Women” to Amazon. It should be up in a few days. It was, as are all her works, very well-written and flowed beautifully. My ONLY mild disappointment was that the twist in the story was given away in the opening, so the element of surprise was reduced. Still, an engaging, fun short story well worth reading.

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    2. Extending a heartfelt thanks to Yvette M. Calliero, D.L. Finn, and Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko who have left reviews on Amazon for my short story “Stardust.” I so appreciate this and have added your names to my growing list of authors to read! Thanks again, and thanks to RRBC members for being so supportive.

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  40. I read and reviewed Bravura by Lisa Kirazian. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. Music, love, drama, deaths, and abuse are all a part of this story about the Driscoll family. The author describes each author to the point I felt like I knew him or her. The author vividly described the concert performances. I felt like I was a member of the audience. I am looking forward to reading the second book of this trilogy.
    Unfortunately, I had difficulty with the lack of breaks when the subject changed location, an event, or from character to character. The last part of the story appeared to be slower than the rest of the book which was fast-paced.

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  41. My 5-star review of Caste Metal: Short Story by Fiza Pathan

    This is an incredibly moving novella and I am astonished at how long I reflected on this story.
    “He wore a clay cup the size of an English teacup with a thread under his mouth and a broom tied to his waist with a rag from his nineteen-year-old mother’s saree.” When I read this description, I thought it sounded rather odd. Why would an eight year old child where a cup tied under his chin? What could the broom be for? As this story unfolded and I grew to understood the meaning of these physical signs of the lowest caste in India, I was infused with a huge horror. It seems incomprehensible that an entire grouping of people could be so badly mistreated. Of course, I know that such awful systems existed in the past, in India and in many other countries in the world, but it is still difficult to get your mind around such an unfair and impossibly selfish system with my modern mindset.

    The little boy in this story is a gifted child and it does seem rather amazing that such giftedness would be overlook and vilified in any society, but this was the law of the land at this time. Untouchables could not learn to read, in particular, they could not read the scriptures.

    For me one of the best things about this short book is that it taught me so much about life in India at this time, but it still managed to end on an uplifting note and demonstrate that in every situation and circumstance there have always been those people who believe in love of their fellows and go to great lengths to demonstrate it, often at extreme personal risk.

    Well done to the author on this intensely moving book.

    https://smile.amazon.com/review/R153UDA6VPAMEK/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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    1. Thank you so much Roberta for the awesome review of my book. Thank you for choosing ‘Caste Metal’ to read & I am touched by the words ‘intensely moving book’. You made my Sunday even brighter. Happy writing, publishing, reading & reviewing to you this coming week ! 😀 – Fiza Pathan

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  42. My 5-star review of Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary after Abuse by Gwendolyn M. Plano:
    Initially, I found this book quite difficult to read. I am a very determined person who has always been focused on equality for women, so when I first started reading this book it seemed incredible that an educated and attractive woman like the author could become trapped in an abusive relationship, especially for twenty-five years. How could anyone accept such bad treatment? I asked myself. Why didn’t she leave Ron and turn to her family for help? Despite my emotional agitation during the first part of this story, I continued reading because it is completely compelling and beautifully written. As I progressed through the book, I found myself undergoing a metamorphosis as I gained insight into the heart and soul of Gwen, as an abused woman, and how the abuse completely broke her spirit and destroyed her confidence. She didn’t really have a choice about her life. Her ability to make decisions was stolen from her by her circumstances. Not even her protective instinct for her children could overcome the destruction wreaked by her husband.

    Gwen was fortunate enough to have people in her life who cared enough about her to work hard on guiding her along the journey of healing and self redemption. She also clearly has a strong character and was able to finally take the necessary steps to free herself and her family from the destructive situation they were all in. Her own abuse was not the only cross Gwen has had to bear in her life and your heart bleeds for her when you discover how some unscrupulous and frankly evil people nearly ruined both her daughter and her own lives.

    For me, there were two really pivotal moments in this book. The first was when the author describes herself as living in a box of fears and her unhealthy marriage as being a safe place within this box. By safe place, what she meant is that her marriage, although it was dysfunctional, was at least predictable and there is a strong element of security in predictability. This particular description had a strong impact on me as I realised that most people, myself included, have our own box of fears. It may not be fear of being alone, or being able to support your family alone, it can be many other things, but we all have fears and we all have our crutches that we cling to in an attempt to avoid dealing with our issues.

    The other defining revelation for me was when the author explained that our fear and personal anguish is carried in our physical bodies and expresses itself ultimately in pain. If we do not learn to control and cope with our fears, we will never be free of pain and will eventually do ourselves great bodily harm.

    This book is a description of the author’s life journey through an initial failed marriage and then into another long-term abusive relationship. It describes the downward spiral in the victim’s mental health and psychological well being. The tone of the story turns when the author starts to recognise the dysfunctional nature of her relationship, not just know, but really understand its destructiveness, and starts taking small steps towards turning her life around.

    This is a story of determination and courage, which I came to realise are attained in many different ways and in varied circumstances. I believe that every person in any kind of relationship with their parents, children and partner, can benefit from reading this incredible story.

    https://smile.amazon.com/review/R2RBEZEZALQK6V/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  43. Hello again ! Read & reviewed ‘A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching’ by John Fioravanti. I reviewed the book on Amazon.com & Amazon.in (verified purchase). Both reviews are live on Amazon. I gave the book a 5 star review. Here is the review:

    I just loved this tiny little book about something that is very close to my heart – teaching ! If you are a teacher like me & are looking for an uplifting read which deals with teaching & education then read John Fioravanti’s book ‘A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching’. Fioravanti has a beautiful style of writing which manages to touch your soul & make you sit back & think stuff over. I love this book which is the story of what it meant for him to be a teacher & how he tried to find fulfillment in what he did. I loved the ‘Lunch Break’ sessions mentioned here in this book. When I was a teacher working in a high school myself, I had a similar ‘Snack break’ session in my classroom. What is it all about? You’re not getting spoilers from me, read the book to find out. Read the book & find out the way to start out as a teacher, the struggle with discipline, low phases, government policy issues that affect teachers & so much else. To me, Fioravanti’s non-fiction is always uplifting & motivational. This book is one of his best works & I highly recommend it to anyone & everyone who are working in the education system. I love the way Fioravanti narrates his growth as a good teacher & an equally insightful human being. I agree with him that teachers sometimes learn more from our students than vice versa. I have been teaching children since I was 19 years old & now, after 10 years of being in this noble profession, I agree with Fioravanti that you have to be of service to your wards as they are gifted to you by their parents, the ever trustful parents, to mold their children into wonderful human beings. This book is not about the intellect, but the heart of teaching & I highly recommend it. It can be a great gift to any teacher or educator. Support Fioravanti & buy this book. Get your copy of this book today! I hope to read more books penned by Fioravanti in the near future. Kudos to him on a job well done !

    Happy reading & reviewing to all RRBC members this weekend ! 🙂 🙂 🙂 – Fiza Pathan

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  44. Just reviewed Robbie Cheadle’s “While the Bombs Fell.” A great read.

    This story reads like a memoir, and I loved it. It follows the daily life of Elsie, a 4-5-year-old growing up on a farm in England during World War II. The story starts with the family listening to an air-raid siren and climbing into their shelter beneath the garden. And though the war is the backdrop to the story and impacts daily life in significant ways, this isn’t really a story about war. At heart, this is a story about the resilient spirit of children growing up within a strong family.

    The details of daily life are incredibly well-researched, and this book could almost serve as a guide to rural life in England in 1942 when rationing required adults to make some careful and creative choices. At the same time, the story is filled with delightful anecdotes of family life and the perspectives of a child, including a fear of Jack Frost, the trials of a stinky outhouse, and a trip to the movie theater to see the Three Stooges outwit the Germans.

    The story unfolds in an omniscient point of view, and there’s not really a plot (thus the feeling of a memoir), but from beginning to end, the book is thoroughly engaging. I read it in one sitting. As an added bonus, the author included a few wartime recipes. Highly recommended to readers of memoirs, historical fiction, WWII fiction, and warm family stories.

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