Sunday, September 30, 2012

what would you do?

What would you do if you lived in Germany in the 1930's?  Would you leave the only home you ever knew?  Would stay and fight for a change?  Would you keep your head down and hope for the best?  Rebecca and Eli are a Christian/Jewish couple who have to make this decision.  "The Day the Flowers Died" by Ami Blackwelder in an e-book I received for free from  Blackwelder starts the book with Rebecca and Eli meeting, dating and falling in love, in regular traditional fashion.  Eli is Jewish and Rebecca is Catholic.  Neither is a die-hard practicer in their faith.  It's more like their parents are religious and they celebrate the holidays.  To start off with their religious difference make little or no difference.  But as Blackwelder plays out social and political control of the Nazi party and its growth, it comes to matter more and more. 
The beginning starts off in a play-by-play style, making it hard to get into, but then Blackwater starts to hit her stride.  She gives reasoning on how and why Nazis and Hitler came to power and how easy it was with a government that is evenly balanced and at a stand still with a weak president.  Sound familiar?  Once she got going Blackwelder became a marvelous writer who hooked the reader.  The best part was that it didn't cover the usual Nazi/Jew story and tell of life in the camps.  It is about the build up of the power and the attempts to get out of the country.  The sensitive will need tissues at the end.  Just to warn ya.

Monday, September 17, 2012

johnny's war review

This is one of the best books I've ever read.  And I've read a lot of books.  Jim Braly makes John Cutter, the main character in "Johnny's War" seem so real, I was surprised that he wasn't.  I actually looked to see if the author was an Iraq vet and expected the novel to be semi-autobiographic.  It's not at all.  Jim Braly is a newspaper writer.  Now he is a superb novelist.
The novel is told in three parts.  The first being Cutter's time in Iraq, 2006, as a private in the American army. He is new to the desert.  He is niave and soaking it all in like a sponge.  His buddies and leaders are tremendously developed in character. The second tells his time in  recovery from extensive wounds. He travels from Iraq to Germany and on to Walter Reed.  The author holds nothing back when writing on the injuries Cutter sustanes. His nurse is a hoot. The third tells of his AWOL/vacation across America. He hits the sights with his army buddy and learns to care for himself.  He also learns what he can and cannot handle with his new life. And for some reason he doesn't want to see Kansas. (but it's so exciting) The research of army life is detailed and descriptive.  The characters seem so real that the reader will take each disappointment and achievement personally.  It is hilarious, it is thought provoking, sad, AMAZING.  I was hooked instantly.  I received this e-book for free from

Friday, September 14, 2012

in the heart of texas is a rocky mountain high

"Blue Straggler" by Kathy Lynn Harris is a novel about a Texas girl who goes to Colorado to find information about her grandmother and winds up finding it about herself. Imagine Jennifer Weiner writing a book about Chelsea Handler. It is funny, odd, adventurous, and makes you want to travel. It starts off with Bailey in Texas with her wacko family and her screwball friends.  After a couple of drunken binges and a one night stand, Bailey finds a picture of her great grandmother, whom no one will talk about.  Annie, the grandmother, left her family and went to Colorado.  She then proceeded to marry over 5 times.   Bailey is on the search.  When arriving in the small town in Colorado, she proceeds to have more drunken binges and one night stands, thus, she comes to face the fact that she understands a little more about Annie then she first expected.  She then meets Adam, your traditional sensitive mountain man.  She starts a new life.  Then Texas comes calling and a decision must be made.  This is a quick read, but enjoyable.  Would recommend it for women.  I received this book for free from

Thursday, September 6, 2012

wildflowers review

"Wildflowers From Winter" by Katie Ganshert is a novel about an appearingly selfish and rude woman who has left her hometown with a strange fear of returning, to make it big in Chicago.  She returns for the illnesses and eventual deaths of her friend's husband and her own grandfather.    Bethany, had a rough childhood, but still comes across as hard to like for the most part.  However, that doesn't stop "Wildflowers" from being a book you can't put down. 
The basic agenda of the book is that being Christian is a good thing, and that those that judge others in the name of Christianity tend to be nutjobs and not actually Christian.  This book gives the reader an understanding on the difference.  It is predictible, but most romances are.  Romance is a side story to the Christian vs nutjobs storyline.  I like this one and I think most will too.  Especially if you are on the fence about being Christian or not due to PC appearance.  I received this book for free from