Monday, May 23, 2016


When I began reviewing books about 21 months I found novels with a character’s name for a chapter quite distracting, however I’ve come to realize the wisdom in doing it. Character named chapters give a definite idea of whose POV [point of view] you’re in, instead of trying to occasionally trying to figure it out for yourself.

There are quite a few women, impossibly yourself included, who, like Evelynn had been in what some may call a wonderful relationship with some guy for as long as you can remember. This was until she out he had made it with her sister, causing her to be become pregnant with a daughter.

But once out of college, employed in the field you’ve studied for, and free as a bird.; you’re glad that what’s this someone is no longer in your life. You love the life you’re living now and the relationships you’re in, but life as you’ve learned has a tendency to throw a curve.

If you allow yourself to step into Evelynn’s shoes what would you do if your previous love interest all of sudden turns back up in your life? Wouldn’t his appearance throw you for a loop as it has now upset everything you’ve got going for yourself, not forgetting you’re now taking care of your niece since your sister’s death?

While I hate stories in which the guy couldn’t find better to have an affair with than the protagonist’s sister, thereby causing a rift in the relationship have for each other. I love stories where there is reconciliation between two lovers who were made for each other; giving both a second chance for a happy forever after.

Does this happy ever after happen? You’ll have to read the book to find out both for now I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Today will be another brief post.

The drought which I’ve been experiencing seems to have come to an end since my last status report I’ve received three print copies of books I’ve won through the various giveaways I’ve entered. I now have a slight backload of books on my TBReviewed pile which I’m happy about.

I’m now reached a MILESTONE in my 2nd second career as a Book Reviewer, a milestone which about 21 months ago I could have only dreamt about; reading/reviewing 300 books. When I win a book from an author or a publisher, although I don’t have to, I feel obligated to write a review and then post it my two blogs as well as on the three main internet sites for book reviews: Amazon, GoodReads and Library. Since I don’t want to swamp you, my followers, down with every review for a book I’ve read, those books I chosen to read/review strictly on my own I’ve not posted the reviews here. If you’re interested in reading all of reviews you’re always welcome to visit by Amazon profile:

My OH is still improving and is getting overly anxious about doing things without any assistance. Which, while I extremely happy about, I worry about an injury occurring again. I know you guys can understand how I feel about this.



Thursday, May 19, 2016


I received an e-book copy of this book from the author through a giveaway he had on LibraryThing in return for an honest review.

Freddie Figg is your typical grade school student, who for whatever reason is always getting himself into trouble, whether or not he had actually been at fault; and is now in the principal’s office, along with his mother so you can try to explain what happened.

At this apparently advanced grade school, imagine dissect a squid there in the fourth or fifth grade. When I went to school we dissected a frog in our seventh grade science class.

Everything had been fine. Ms. Brown had passed out the trays of squids wrapped up in a plastic wrap and then left to go to the supply room to get everything they would need to do the dissecting.

Soon afterwards hapless Freddie had been the only one who saw a squid coming out the sink of the teacher’s lab table, a squid who wanted to play a game of hide and seek with him. But after several futile attempts in getting Oscar or Zoe to see the squid, Freddie it upon to get everyone else out of the classroom and into the hallway so he could get rid of the squid himself.

As the story progresses the squid gets bigger and bigger until it was a large as a car, and at the same time the struggle better Freddie and the squid intensifies. At the end of the story, Freddie had returned the squid to the sink and drain from where it came from. There was no sign of the squid actually being there except for the slime and ink which were now mysteriously covering Freddie as well as the walls and floor.

Was what Freddie told the principal and his mother the truth or had it been a wonderful fantasy from his imagination? You’ll have to decide for yourselves. But be warned the last sentence might have you thinking about your answer a second time.

For having written this delightful story which you’ll have to read in one sitting I’m giving this book 5 STARS.


How to Speak Golf is precisely what its description states it is: a lexicon of golf terms; that many golf enthusiasts and some professional golfs might not know.

The tidbits of golf history, golf courses of the world and others add to the overall enjoyment of the book as does the fun illustrations.

This book would make a great gift to the golf lover in your life.

I received a hardcover copy of this book through a GoodReads giveaway in return for my review, for which I’m giving 5 STARS.


Monday, May 16, 2016


This novella definitely turned on the jukebox of my mind as it brought back two songs which I can remember from my childhood.

The two songs I’m referring to are:
Where Did Our Love Go? – The Supremes – 1964 and

Our Love is Here to Stay – Nat King Cole – 1955
If you’re not familiar with these go to YouTube and listen to them.

These two songs I feel form the framework for the story Ms. Griscom has created here. Both Maggie and Ian have recognized the need to experience a rebirth of the wonderful marriage they once had. And what better way they figured than to take a lavish and expensive passenger paddle-steamer that cruises the Sacramento River.
It is Ian who takes the initiative in attempting to rekindle the excitement they once had before the burdens of life: kids and jobs had destroyed all of that. It is Ian who wants to make sure that once their love for each other returns it will remain with them forever.

With a story like this how can I not give it 5 STARS.



All of us, if not most, have heard when it comes to romance that opposites attract. But will this be the case when big city girl Emily goes to visit her cousin Janelle in the wilds of Oregon and then on a camping trip into the woods and meets up with country boy Bret?

Having lived in NY City and the metropolitan area surrounding all of my life I know how fast spaced life can be. Everyone is always in a rush to do everything, everything that is, even when it comes to finding love and getting a serious relationship going. Guys are continuously on the prowl to add another name into their black books and if they can’t kiss the girl they’re with the first time out, they’ll most probably consider her a lost cause.

I know how hard it is to be transported to the country with a silence that allows you to hear the birds singing and the crickets chirping. I know how it is to have even the neighborhood Chinese takeout and other stores closing their doors by nine o’clock. Which is why, when the author allowed me to step into Emily’s shoes, I became somewhat envious of the relationship she had forming with Bret; a relationship, unlike those in the city, is allowed to start off with a glowing ember before developing into a small flame.

Bret, when it comes to his personality, is definitely a breath of fresh air as far as Emily is concern. Not only does Bret grow on Emily, so does the wilderness, as she develops a special fondness for both.

Ms. Herrick’s writing adds to the enjoyment in reading this book as you can almost smell the fresh, unpolluted air of the wilderness the story is taking place in; as well as having a wonderful character development for its two main characters; which is why I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

I received an e-book copy of this book through a giveaway on the YAInsider website and the above has been my honest opinion.


Friday, May 13, 2016


I must say this had been a totally different collection of short stories than I’ve ever read, or others will read if they get this book.

For incidence, the author’s first short story, “Heal Thyself”, reminded me of episodes of the television program One Step Beyond.  According to the description on IMDB this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"

In selecting the rest of the stories contained in his book, the author, Don Massenzio in choosing not to include ones which belong to the same genre added to the enjoyment the book’s reading enjoyment. Despite the book having few errors, I find it still deserves the 5 STARS I’m giving it.