Book Review of Cozy Mystery A Lovely Murder (A Danni Deadline Thriller, Book 2) by Lori Ericson

Welcome to another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a #CozyMystery called A Lovely Murder (A Danni Deadline Thriller, Book 1) by Lori Ericson #RomanticSuspense

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and I reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a cozy mystery called A Lovely Murder, by Lori Ericson.

First, here are the book details:

A Lovely Murder (A Danni Deadline Thriller, Book 2) by Lori Ericson

Cover of A-Lovelya-Murder_by-Lori-EricsonEvil tends to snatch away the best-laid plans.

Life is finally coming together for reporter Danni Edens. Her mother's mental illness seems to be under control, her career is taking off after a major setback, and she's found love.

But a mistake from her past comes back to rob her of that newly found happiness and possibly more.

As Danni struggles with the biggest loss of her life, the challenges start piling up. She fights to keep her grief at bay while searching for the killer who took her fiancé, but soon realizes the culprit wants more blood. Her vehicle is deliberately sabotaged causing a wreck that injures her best friend. Then she's accused of murder and forced to defend herself. All the while, more bodies are piling up.

How can she prove her own innocence, protect her family and friends, and rebuild her life when a killer lurks? Will she lose all she holds dear, including her dream of a happy future?

Or even her life?

My Review

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Book Review: Time Travel Romance Little Bit out of Time by Alice White

Welcome to another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a time travel romance called Little Bit out of Time by Alice White. #TimeTravel #FantasyRomance

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a time travel romance set in Scotland titled Little Bit out of Time by Alice White.

This is a time travel tale with a splash of rmance. Here's the description from Amazon.

Little Bit out of Time is definitely a worthy read for anyone who enjoys magic, humor, and  time travel with a dash of romance.

-- Ronda Del BoccioRonda Del Boccio head shot Icon

#1 best selling author

Little Bit out of Time by Alice White

Little Bit out of Time by Alice White - Time Travel RomanceIn a small, Scottish town, a peculiar event at the local loch makes Ellie McTavish question reality—and her sanity—on a cool spring evening excursion.
Jolted out of time, she encounters strange folks, strange places, and even stranger events.
But how did she get there?

I gave the book a 5-star Amazon review. You can read my 5-star review here.

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Book Review of Break Your Self Help Addiction by Brian D. Ridgway

Welcome to another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a self-help book called Break Your Self-Help Addiction by author, speaker, mentor and #spellbreaker Brian D. Ridgway.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a nonfiction self-help book titled Break Your Self-Help Addiction: The 5 Keys to Total Personal Freedom by Brian D. Ridgway.

Break Your Self-Help Addiction by Brian D. Ridgway is a book to be EXPERIENCED, not just read.

-- Ronda Del Boccio, #1 best selling author & speaker

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Here's the book info from Amazon.

Break Your Self-Help Addiction by Brian D. Ridgway

Break Your Self Help Addiction: The 5 Keys to Total Personal Freedom by Brian D. Ridgway

Stop Working on Yourself. Step Into True Freedom. Today.

What if self-improvement is booby-trapped?

And what if there is actually a way to change your life – in all areas, all at once – by finding and shifting the ONE hidden issue that has been creating all of the stuckness all along.

Coming out of an abusive childhood and then living with the outcomes of that on-going pain, the author invested over $300,000, 30+ years and tens of thousands of hours on self-help, personal development, and business/money/success courses – as his life got worse and worse.

Finding himself homeless, desperate, suicidal, and stuck, he experienced an awakening that took him from homeless to living the dream in Hawaii in less than 90 days. In that awakening, he was given the Level 5 Paradigm.

Since that “miracle moment,” he has been able to help people around the world to take their first steps into true freedom.

Break Your Self-Help Addiction: The 5 Keys to Total Personal Freedom will help you to:

Access your Infinite Intelligence, Limitless Power and Ever-Present Guidance

“Shake off” chronic anger, sadness and fear in seconds.

Spot and dissolve the “hidden lie” in the majority of self-improvement work.

End the cycle of hope > investment > disappointment of self-help junkiedom.

Eliminate "the illusion of problems."

Get permanently “unstuck” and begin to consciously create the body, health, business, wealth, relationships, life and world of your dreams.

Is this just another self-help book?

Any book's value is in the eye nad mind of the beholder. I'm someone who has been into self development since my first set of Nightingale-Conant cassette tapes back in the 80s. While I definitely gain insights from everything I read (whether self-help or not), I have to say Brian D. Ridgway's approach is top notch.

My Real-Life Miracle Thanks to Brian Ridgway

I've been familiar with Brian for a few years now. I invested in his first online mentoring program. What I found back then and since with his Level 5 Mentoring is that I was able to uncover and clear hidden beliefs and blocks I didn't even know were there. I've made overnight changes in a relationship with a family member that had been challenging for 30 years. That was downright miraculous to me, and it was all aobut me cutting through STUFF. His teachings helped me more than anyone else's in that situation.

So imagine how happy I was to see that he finally (after some strong nudges from me over the years) published his first book. I don't hand out 5-star reviews lightly. Look at them and you'll see some low stars amongst them...

What Makes  Break Your Self-Help Addiction a worthy read?

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Book Review of Jewish Historical Fiction Novel Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a Jewish historical novel called Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a Jewish historical novel called Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

The author describes this book as "The dark side of Fiddler on the Roof." This is the perfect elevator pitch for the historical tale set in czarist Russia at the turn of the 20th Century. Here is the description from Amazon:

Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Jewish persecution under Russian Czar

1899 Russia under the cruel Czarist rule is not a good place to be a Jew!

cover of Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-FieldsRussia under the diabolical Czarist rule is a very bad place and a very bad time to be a Jew. Fair game to marauding peasants and government militia alike, the random slaughter of entire Jewish families is commonplace rather than a rare occurrence. It is, however, a time for brave men. And brave women.

Barefoot, wearing only a flimsy nightgown, sixteen-year-old Havah Cohen alone escapes the brutal massacre by the Czarist tyranny that destroys her home and slaughters her family on a frigid November night in 1899.

Love ignited, lost and found, insurmountable struggles and challenges, Kishinev's Jewish pogroms and all odds against them, Havah and her soul mate, Arel, withstand the storms of life in this unforgettable story of a time and place rarely spoken of, and romance and courage so profound as to be rarely experienced.

While I read more paranormal, fantasy and suspense, I enjoy historical fiction, because I gain insight into another era in a way that my boring history classes in school never conveyed.

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Book Review of Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont

Help with social media for authors or anyone trying to understand Twitter is at hand with Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont. This book review shares why it is the best beginners guide I’ve seen.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. While this book  could help with social media for authors trying to navigate the hashtag infested lands of Twitter, it may also be useful for anyone who is new to or confused by Twitter.

Social media can suck a lot of time out of your life, in case you hadn't noticed. And if you want to learn how to use sites like Twitter more effectively, there area a lot of guides. I searched "how to Twitter" and got 4,908 results

Screen grab showing 4,908 search results for "how to twitter" on Amazon

SO if you're new to Twitter or totally confused by it,  which guide should you choose? There are good and bad books on the topic. Many are written above the head of the newbie who wants to wrap their head around all the hashtags, at signs and brief messages.

Author Ian Lamont offered me a digital copy of Twitter in 30 Minutes, and I have to say, this is the perfect guide for the Twitter greenhorn. Here is the book info from Amazon.

Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont

Updated and revised third edition of the top-selling Cover of Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian LamontTwitter book! Are you interested in using Twitter, but don't know where to start? Are you mystified by hashtags, retweets, and other strange conventions? The revised and expanded third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes is here to help! This unofficial Twitter tutorial will walk you through the basics, using plain English, step-by-step instructions, and lots of examples from real Twitter users. In no time, you'll learn how to:

  • Create a new Twitter account online or on your phone
  • Customize your Twitter profile with photos and a bio that's right for you
  • Navigate Twitter icons, the Twitter app, and Twitter.com
  • Follow other Twitter accounts … and block those you don't like
  • Identify local people and organizations on Twitter
  • Find people who share the same interests and hobbies
  • Compose your first Tweets
  • Share photos on Twitter
  • Use hashtags, retweets, and other Twitter conventions

There's more. Twitter In 30 Minutes shows you how all kinds of people use Twitter to promote their businesses, connect with their Twitter followers, explore their interests, and have fun! It's peppered with real-world examples, from everyday people to top Twitter celebrities.

Authored by award-winning technology journalist Ian Lamont, the revised third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes covers Twitter's new interface for the Web and mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android phones. There are new screenshots, along with instructions for Twitter registration on iOS and Android devices.

s is a perfect introduction to people who are new to Twitter, as well as those who already have accounts and want to learn how to get the most out of Twitter. Buy the book today!

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Book Review of Science Fiction Thriller series Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a science fiction thriller series called Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales #MindDimensionsOmnibus


Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a science fiction thriller series called Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales.

Mind-Dimensions-Omnibus by Dima-Zales

I received a free copy of the set in exchange for an honest review. I love stories about mind powers, and that's what attracted me to this set. I had not been familiar with the author before now. Before I share my truthful review, here is more about the series:

Mind Dimensions Omnibus (Volumes 0 to 4) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

All 5 books in the popular Mind Dimensions series from a New York Times bestselling author, available for the first time in one convenient, discounted omnibus edition. Over 1500 pages of thrilling action, adventure, and unique mind powers.

The Thought Readers (Mind Dimensions Book 1)

Darren's had it easy his whole life. Finishing Harvard at eighteen, a lucrative job on Wall Street at twenty-one—all things are possible when you can cheat by stepping outside time. Thanks to his ability, he's a know-it-all, but what he doesn't know is how he's able to do what he does.

That is, until he meets Mira and discovers her dangerous, hidden world.

The Time Stopper (A Mind Dimensions Story Prequel)

Mira can stop time, but she can't change anything. After her parents are murdered, she'll do anything to get revenge—even take on the Russian mob.

The Thought Pushers (Mind Dimensions Book 2)

Darren’s life turned upside down when he met Mira. Now, as he races to uncover his own identity, he confronts new enemies—and realizes his unique powers might extend further than he ever imagined.

The Enlightened (Mind Dimensions Book 3)

Kidnapped, consciousness expanded—and that’s just the start of Darren’s day. As a new danger comes to light, he has one chance to save a loved one’s life and avenge the wrongs of decades past.

Some crimes can never be forgiven.

The Elders (Mind Dimensions Book 4)

Darren’s new powers are unpredictable, but they’re precisely what he needs to save everyone he loves. The Elders can teach him what he needs to know, but their help comes at a price.

Ultimately, Darren has to make a choice.

What is he willing to sacrifice for those he loves?

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Manos

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is #CozyMystery Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Manos

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a cozy mystery by Blanche Manos titled, Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery.

This is one of the better cozies I have read. You'll find out why shortly. First, have a look at the book cover and description.

Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery. by Blanche Manos

Nettie "Ned" McNeil cannot imagine why her Uncle Cover of Moonlight Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche ManosJavin feels that he is in danger, but she loads her suitcases into her car, leaves Atlanta and her late husband, and makes the long trek to Ednalee, Oklahoma, to help out. When she arrives, Uncle Javin's white Victorian house is strangely dark and silent.

Inside she finds him lying on the floor in a pool of blood. So begin her first moments back in her old home town, where the mystery of Uncle Javin's violent death pulls at Ned. But his mysterious murderer seems to always be just a few steps ahead of her search. How can she protect her own life as she pursues a killer who will stop at nothing to guard a deadly secret?

I like cozies, because they're suspenseful tales about people being thrown into difficult circumstances. Sure, there's a dead body, but without the gore of true crime mysteries. What else makes this a good read?

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Book Review of Historical Southern Novel Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a southern historical family saga called Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This time it's a historical southern novel based on the life of the author's mother, Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates. Here's a photo of Clella and Kenneth and info about the book.

Clella and Kenneth

Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates

How do you seek to redeem yourself when you don’t know what Cover of Pathways-of-the-heart_by-Diane-Yatesyou did wrong?

When Kenneth asked Clella to marry him, she agreed, believing their love would never die. But times and people change. Six children, the Great Depression, and two decades later, Clella feels desperate. The man she thought would always be by her side is miles away while she tries to remain faithful and pick up the pieces in another town. When a chance meeting changes everything, Clella’s faith and beliefs are tested.
Follow Clella through her true story about love, loss, betrayal, and the courage to love again.

I don't read much mainstream fiction, nor general fiction based on someone's own family history. Sowhat made this book worth reading for me? Continue reading "Book Review of Historical Southern Novel Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates"

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Book Review of Urban fiction Novel The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is an intense urban novel called The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I will honestly say that I don't read a whole lot of mundane books. By that I mean books set in the real world in ordinary times. I read a lot of fantasy, suspense, cozy mystery, thrillers and the like. I generally like to try on new realities better than delving into the gritty underbelly of this one.

That said, I also like to read a variety of genres, and I make it a point to read a few each year that are far outside my norm. I can always gain insights into life, try out new authors, glean new perspectives, and hopefully learn something from the writing that helps me hone my own craft.

So before I share my review along with a few hints for authors, here is more about the book., starting with the help wanted ad that opens it:

"HELP WNTED:

A woman to live with and care for four teenage girls in a residential home, to serve as foster mom and guide the girls through the academic and emotional challenges of high school. Master's in Social Work preferred."

- Excerpt from The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz BogardThe Middle Step is set in an inner city community just outside of St. Louis. It's a place where religion and race and poverty and lack of education all converge. The headlines don't often describe how these things can cause life to be difficult for the youth trying to grow up among such strife. Denise Pattiz Bogard tells a wonderful fiction story about what life is like inside the confining borders of the inner city.

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Book Review of 6 Divine Principles of Success by Zohar Radiance Halevi

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a self mastery book called 6 Divine Principles of Success by Zohar (Radiance) Halevi, founder of The Radiance Project. Discover why I found it an irresistible read.


Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I often review fiction, but this time it's a personal development book to help you live a BLISSful life. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, and I believe this is one you will enjoy if you care anything about self mastery and living a hapy life.

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6 Divine Principles of Success: The Sacred Tree of Life and the Secret of Empire Builders by Zohar (Radiance) Halevi

What are the six divine principles of success?

This book reveals for the first time a sacred and over 2000-year-old system for personal and economic growth, based on six principles from the divine tree of life. It shows that these six principles are common to the endeavors of empire builders such as Bill Gates, the Roman founder Emperor Augustus, and the biblical King David. As such, they are a unique formula to great financial success.

The contents of this book have been tried and tested with great success by a variety of groups prior to publishing. Businessmen and senior officials of more than four groups which have implemented these principles mention the following benefits:

• Allows you to better read both client and company interests.

• The six principles together will help you create a bigger sum than its parts, allowing a more efficient and profitable economic performance with moderate growth.

• Provides tools to improve relationships and increase business partnerships.

• Improves performance and reduces the working day. And as we know - time is money.

• Improves the quality and delivery speed of products and services.

• Maintains business and personal development success, as well as relevance in changing market conditions, and the lead in various sectors.

• Enhances constructive pleasure and builds positive energy.

• Brings you a few steps closer to the "American dream."
“I have been surprised and delighted by the ability of this book to enrich my life.” -  Keren Peled

Zohar (Radiance) Halevi is qualified in a multitude of disciplines: lawyer, computer programmer, expert in investigating, expert in the art of persuasion, mediator, personal and business coach and more.

This book is a product of the author’s life work over twenty-three years, to identify and analyze the sacred formula of universal human success. He skillfully integrates different sources of wisdom into a new, flowing and exciting perspective, as an inspirational masterpiece aimed at unifying personal development and economic growth.

Managers and businessman must have this book.

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Book Review of Moonlight A Fairytale Retelling by Ann Hunter

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is of Moonlight, another #CrownsOfTheTwelve Fairytale retelling by Ann Hunter.

Moonlight-by-Ann-HunterWelcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

Last week, I reviewed The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter. This week I'm reviewing a prequel novella in the Crowns of the Twelve series called Moonlight. As before, I received a free Kindle copy of the book in exchange for my honest book review on several social networks and my site.

Moonlight is a retelling of the swan princess fairy tale. Here is he info from Amazon:

Moonlight (Crowns of the Twelve  #1) by Ann Hunter

"My most beloved brothers, and father, With Mother's death and the threat of Ciatlllait's dark powers looming, I am not sure I am strong enough to save you. But I will try. War is coming. I am just one girl. I feel so small, but I will try to draw strength from Mother's final words: You are never alone." --Aowyn One vow. One curse. One thousand moons. While Princess Aowyn's six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the jewel in her mother's crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen's handmaiden, Ciatlllait - who is more than she seems. In order to save her family, Aowyn risks a dangerous deal with the dark creature Sylas Mortas. But magic comes with a price: and Aowyn soon realizes the one she has paid is too steep. Only true love can reverse the spell...but it will take one thousand moons. Set in a Celtic world, "Moonlight" is the story of faith and true love woven through a breathtaking retelling of the classic folktale "The Swan Princess"

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Book Review of YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance The Subtle Beauty Crowns of the Twelve Book 1) by Ann Hunter

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a #YAFantasy #ParanormalRomance The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter #CrownsOfTheTwelve

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it a worthy read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I want to adore every book I read, but that is never possible. I was given a complimentary Kindle copy in exchange for an honest review, and I am living up to my agreement in sharing this review on my site.

Today's book gets a mixed review from me. Some elements of Ann Hunter's writing and storytelling are skillful, but  Others, for me, not so much. I shall share what worked for me and what did not in this reworking of Beauty and the Beast.

The Subtle Beauty: Crowns of the Twelve Book 1 by Ann Hunter

Cover of The Subtle Beauty (Crowns of the Twelve BOok 1) by Ann Hunter displayed on my iPad #CrownsOfTheTwelveA cursed prince. A vain beauty. Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, High King of the Twelve Kingdoms. Glory hopes that - of all her sisters - she can escape the fate of a loveless marriage. But on the night she plans to elope with the royal falconer, her world comes crashing down: Her father announces Glory's betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm - a prince no one has ever seen. The prince is said to be a recluse, cursed and deformed by the gods for the sins of his power-hungry father. Yet when Glory is trapped in Blackthorn Keep she discovers that not everything is what she expected. An insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince keep Glory reeling. Can she overcome her vanity to learn that what you want isn’t necessarily what you need—and save the cursed prince?

Now, no book is "perfect," whatever that may be. No such thing. Any book might be strong in some areas and not so much in others. I read as a writer who learns from how the book author applies skill (or fails to do so), and as a reader who loves to get swept deep into a captivating other world.

So what aspects of the book did I find enjoyable, and which turned me off?

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Book Review of First Maggie Storm Blue Cozy Mystery Uncultured Pearl by Sherrill M. Lewis

All my book reviews share what makes the selected volume good from both the reader’s perspective and the writing skill/author perspective. #BookReview

UPDATE: I just learned that the author Sherrill Lewis died January 27, 2016 after a long battle with ALS.

Sherrill Lewis

I never knew her, but here is what Kimberly Pennell said about her: "Her husband said her two goals in life toward the end were to see all her far-flung kids and finish the 4th book in the series. She got both and died the day after finishing the book. (shiver)"

Shiver indeed! She definitely stayed around to finish what she had set out to do. I loved this book and will read the rest in the series. Now, on to the review.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I love cozy mysteries, and today's review is a cozy with a touch of romance.  It is a hint of romance and not graphic, thus safe for younger or more sensitive readers. I am not a fan of graphic intimacy myself.

The way I encountered this book is because I read unsolicited submissions for a publisher, and Ms. Lewis submitted her book. I suppose I outed her by telling the publisher her books are all self published and available on Amazon.

I started reading the portion of  Uncultured Pearl she submitted to the publisher and was unhappy to run out of pages. So I used my handy-dandy Kindle Unlimited subscription to read the whole book.

I typically don't review self-published books. There are a lot of bad ones, since it's free and easy to publish. I enjoyed this book a lot,, though, and there are some good teaching points for authors in what I shall share as well.

Yes, I know a commercially published book can be bad too, but at least it has seen editors. It's more likely to be not for my taste VS awful and full of errors.

OK so, here's the info about the book:

Uncultured Pearl (Maggie Storm Blue Mystery Book 1) by Sherrill Lewis

Description from Amazon.com:

Cover of Uncoltured Pearl (Maggie Storm Blue Mystery Book 1) by Sherrill Lewis Maggie Storm Blue is taking a medical leave from her job as a PR copywriter/magician in Oklahoma City. Over the last ten years, 50-pushing-60 Maggie has experienced several psyche-battering events. De-stressing at her uncle’s idyllic lakeside home in Maine, she finds herself sidestepping her aunt’s matchmaking mischief, embroiled in solving multiple murders, and being the target of mystifying mayhem. She hopes the mayhem does not follow her back to Oklahoma. Meanwhile, she wonders, This is a vacation?

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Book Review of Magical Realism/Paranormal At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a #paranormal #ghost story called At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler, set in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week's review is a paranormal romance that's more about the dead than the living. It's called At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler. THe publisher puts this book in their mainstream category. I'd call it magical realism or paranormal, as it is about ghosts/spirits.

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Here's the book.

At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler

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Book Description:

It's hard to get on with your life when you're already dead.

Penny had been stuck in the same diner for decades—ever since she died in 1952. Her diner was comfortable and safe. Serving ice cream to those who dropped in on their way to the next level of existence, she helped to ease their transition into The Light, the one place she can't go. Her afterlife was perfect.

But when the ridiculously handsome, bad boy biker Jake Thatcher shows up and becomes stuck as well, Penny rediscovers feelings that she thought had been buried with her body.

Life is still life, and love is still love. But was her existence really perfect, or was it something else entirely?

Now for my review. DId I find this a magnetic read? Continue reading "Book Review of Magical Realism/Paranormal At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler"

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Book Review of Humorous Paranormal Dog Tale Twilight Bone byDevin O’Branagan

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a humorous paranormal dog tale called Twilight Bone: Show Dog Diaries Book 1 by Devin O’Branagan.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, I'm reviewing a fun and touching book told from the point of view of show dog Tally. This book has certainly gone to the dogs. O'Branagan anthropomorphizes dogs, and I often don't like when authors do that. You'll find out if this is an exception shortly. Here is the description:

Twilight Bone by Devin O'Branagan

The Twilight Bone: The Show Dog Diaries, Book 1, by Devin O'Branagan

In this tale of the paranormal, Talisman the Australian Shepherd is a feisty, young show dog with psychic gifts who is called upon to ghostbust at a prestigious dog show. Tali's companions include her neurotic sisters, the hilarious spirit of Mae West, a hyper, freestyle-dancing Border Collie, and her heart person Valentino DeMitri--who has just found his own heart person. In this humorous novella, Tali must deal with star-crossed love and a terrifying ghost haunting the dog show she is attending. Can her innate ghostbusting abilities save the day? Funny and exciting, touching and inspiring, The Twilight Bone is a chewy treat for humans of all ages!

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Book Review of Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a gripping dramedy novel called Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

Interesting story behind me reviewing this book: I had a chance to read it before Mr. Tafoya had found a publisher. I was reading "slushies" (aka slush pile submissions or open submissions for a publisher. When I read the start of this book, I HAD to read the whole thing, and once I did that, I recommended they snatch it up.

Why?

  1. Superior writing.
  2. Excellent storytelling.
  3. Keen understanding of comedy.
  4. Insights into human nature.
  5. Top-notch author platform..

Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

A dark story of genius, friendship and stand-up comedy. A mysterious man with a Midas touch delights the world but still seeks release from his own personal nightmare.

 

Mark Wladika can do just about anything. As a high school sophomore, he demonstrates an uncanny grasp of quantum physics. As a young Marine, he is a master of hand-to-hand combat, capable of taking out men twice his size with a single blow. He is a cosmologist, a philosopher, an observer of the human condition, and-unbeknownst to anyone-a man plagued by sorrow, loss, and deep longing.

One day, Wladika directs his genius to the art of stand-up comedy, and by doing so brings a new sense of hope to lackluster Albuquerque, New Mexico. As his fame grows, comedians, comedy aficionados, and businessmen alike believe that Wladika can transform the city, so much so that it will soon become to comedy what Chicago is to the blues, what New Orleans is to jazz, and what Hollywood is to movies.

Finding the Buddha is told through the voices of six characters whose lives the comic profoundly affects. Each hopes to benefit from the Midas touch of the mysterious genius who rockets toward the top of the comedy world, unaware that he doesn't care about fame or fortune—he's on a quest.

 

Praise for Finding the Buddha

Go read Finding the Buddha.
. . . The damned thing made me cry several times. At one point I closed the book because I had to absorb what I had just read. (You'll know the part.) Anyone interested in phenomenology will also appreciate this text. Underneath the comedy (or maybe because of the comedy . . . I'm still trying to figure that out) is an inquisition into existence and finding happiness.

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a cozy mystery called Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, it's a cozy mystery called Melody for Murder. College professor Bertie Bigelow thinks her biggest problem is her job being on the line when one of her students goes off the rails at a live performance. She soon finds herself accused of murder and in deeper danger than she ca imagine.

Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins

Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins

Book Description

On the South Side of Chicago, one SOUR note can lead to MURDER. When recently-widowed college choir director Bertie Bigelow reluctantly accepts a New Year's date with Judge Theophilous Green, she never imagines the esteemed civil rights pioneer and inveterate snob will be found shot to death the next morning. She's even more surprised when her talented but troubled student LaShawn Thomas is arrested for the crime. But Bertie suspects that someone in her tight-knit social circle is really the killer. Is it hot-tempered Patrice Soule, the voluptuous diva and recent winner of the Illinois Idol contest? Is it Charley Howard, the BBQ Hot Sauce King, a self-made millionaire with Mafia connections? Is it the mysterious Dr. Momolu Taylor? Newly arrived from Africa, he's invented a hot new sex drug that's got some powerful politicians feeling frisky. Or could it be Alderman "Steady Freddy" Clark, corrupt South Side ward boss and would-be patron of the arts? One thing is certain: Bertie Bigelow will need to keep her wits about her to avoid becoming the killer's next victim.

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Book Review of Historical Fiction Novel Ridgeline by Pamela Foster

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a #historical novel called Ridgeline by award-winning author Pamela Foster

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review.  Each time, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. I was on hiatus for a while because I traveled to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan to train with my new guide dog. We have been home for a short while, and I'm back to writing

This week, I'm sharing Ridgeline, a historical fiction novel by an excellent writer, Pamela Foster.

I've reviewed another of her books,

Ridgeline

Ridgeline - a historical novel by Pamela Foster

Book Description

Book One of The Long Journey Home Series

by Pamela Foster

      Jeremiah Jones set off to war, a boy full of pride and ignorance, seeking glory and to prove his manhood. That boy never returned. Wounded to the depths of his soul, Jeremiah clung to sanity only by holding tight to the memory of Maggie, the girl he'd loved since the first time he saw her in his father's church. But Maggie had married another.

      His soul seeking peace, but his warrior's heart wanting only battle, Jeremiah's mind is caught in the middle, between heaven and hell. Though he rides the saddle-preacher circuit, bringing the word of the Lord to all who'll listen, inside rages the killing beast that war birthed within him. The only ones he can count on are two ghosts; the first two men – but not the last – who tried to stand against him. Tried, and failed.

      Cold company indeed, for that long journey home.

Was this a worthy read?

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Amazon Censorship: Interact with an Author and Your Book Review Goes Down!

Amazon.com’s new policy is pure Big Brother censorship. Know the author or interact with him/her and your book review can go down. If I’ve reviewed your book, grab a screen cap NOW!

If I have ever connected with you on the social web and I've reviewed your book - grab a screen capture, because Amazon might tear it down any second.

If I have ever reviewed your book on this site, the Amazon review I also do could be pulled down. Why? Simply because I interact with authors whose books I review, whether I know you or not. And the way Amazon is behaving, that means reviews from people like me, including your friends, fans, and anyone who tweets or FB's you, could be censored by Big Brother Amazon.

Big Brother Amazon: "We removed your customer review because you know the author."

Here is a snippet from an article in The Guardian.

Amazon accused of 'Big Brother' tactics over customer reviews

Author Jas Ward has launched change.org petition after it emerged that the retail giant is monitoring social networks to screen would-be reviewers
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Friends not welcome ... the Amazon logo pictured at a press conference. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

If you interact with an author in any way online, beware: Amazon might decide that you’re “friends” and ban you from leaving a review of their latest book. The online retailer appears to have tightened up its review policy to weed out people boosting their mates’ books with glowing notices, but whatever algorithms they’re using to work this out seem also to be catching anyone who engages with their favourite writers on social media. The policy has prompted allegations of “Big Brother” activity and sparked a petition calling on Amazon to reverse the decision, organised by US romance author Jas Ward, which is heading towards 11,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. Ward has penned an open letter to Amazon on the change.org petition site, writing: Read More

This is CENSORSHIP plain and simple.

Social media and email mean that even the loftiest star authors ae no longer out of reach. Most authors have a Facebook author page, a Twitter account, Instagram, and the like.

  • If you know an author, you may not be able to review their book.
  • If you tweet your favorite author, you're out as a reviewer too.
  • If you read a great book and review it and tag the author in social, watch out!

This is bad for authors and avid readers alike! Reviews are highly valuable and should not be stopped.

Amazon Customer Review Guidelines

friends of the person, group, or company selling on Amazon may not write Customer Reviews for those particular items.

So...Tweeting someone now makes them a close friend or family member? When did that happen?

What can you do

1. Sign the petition.

2. Tell your author and reader friends.

3. Make a lot of noise all over the web to bring this censorship to light!

Sign the Petition nown

Please share this all over the social web!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.

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Book Review of Psychological Medical Thriller Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a psychological #thriller called Depraved by Woody P. now.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This time it's a chilling psychological thriller called Depraved by Woody P. Snow. And I have to warn you this book is not for the faint of heart or the seuqamish.

 Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Cover of Depraved by WOody P. Snow

Trapped between life and death while a murderer lurks, only thoughts of revenge keep him alive.

Trapped between life and death, justice and revenge,
while a beautiful murderer lurks.

Evil disguises itself behind a mask of beauty in DEPRAVED. Finley Bliss must survive a shocking betrayal by his stunning, murderous wife Eva. Stranded in a coma and warehoused in a squalid nursing home, Finley must cross back over the mystical river of life to consciousness, so he can reveal the truth, exact justice and seek revenge . . . but how? Ruthless Eva has legal and medical protocols on her side — the authority to pull the plug to end his life support. Finley's only chance is a mysterious being he calls James Earl Jones who appears by the river to give him counsel.
Depraved is an insightful, genre-bending thriller — a gripping mystery and a compelling love story, from the beginning to the surprise ending.

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Book Review of Romance Suspense Vanished (Callahan and McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a This time it’s a #RomanceSuspense novel called Vanished (Callahan and McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

elcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I happen to love suspenseful books, both reading and writing them. I don't mind a bit of romance, so long as the story is focused on the suspense. I read and decided to review it for you.

Vanished (Callahan and McLane, Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

 cover of Vanished (Callahan and McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.

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Book Review of Memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princes bride by Cary Elwes

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a #memoir called As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

This week I depart from fiction book reviews to cover a memoir. Perhaps this is a bit selfish on my part, as I am starting to write a memoir of my own, but I haven't yet reviewed a memoir, so why not, right?

Memoir VS Autobiography

Perhaps you, like many people, have some confusion about the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. They're really not synonyms.

An autobiography covers the span of a person's life. I tell my mentoring students that unless you're a gigantic name like Oprah or Donald Trump, or unless you've had a life that is off-the-bell-curve remarkable, people probably don't want to read your entire life story.

A memoir, on the other hand, doesn't require you to be a superstar in order for people to want to read it, because it's a slice of your life, covering a particular theme or experience.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie TeshKeep in mind that book genres can be as much a blend of diverse elements as the population of the USA. Many books combine several genres. My first boo, I'll Push You Steer, with which Bonnie K. Tesh and I co-authored, is a compilation of short pieces by each of us about living with our "disabilities" in a positive way. This book can be considered a memoir. We didn't cover our lives birth to present.

so now on to the review of As You Wish by Cary Elwes, AKA Wesley in the movie The Princess Bride.

As you Wish: Inconceivable Tales from The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

The Princess Bride is the little movie that could. Now an iconic movie and a cult classic, at the time it was a huge gamble.

Iocaine powder, "Mostly dead," the Dread Pirate Roberts, "I am not left handed," "As you wish," "Inconceivable," and so many more classic quotable lines and memorable characters are part of our culture now.

I feel so incredibly OLD when I realize how long ago this movie came out, and I have loved it since the first time I saw it.

Those of us who love the movie can practically speak the lines with the actors, but at the time, it could have been a flop.

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Permed to Death: The Bad Hair Mysteries Book 1 by Nancy J.. Cohen

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a #cozymystery called Permed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I found this week's read because I bought her book on writing cozy mysteries. Being a fan of cozies, I had to give one of hers a try.

Permed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen

Description of Permed to Death from Amazon:

Meet Marla Shore, a Florida beauty salon owner with a knack for creating dazzling dos—and solving mysteries . . .Marla was already having a bad day, but when one of her clients dies while getting a perm in her salon, her day just can’t get any worse . . . until the smugly competent Detective Vail accuses her of poisoning the wealthy widow’s coffee creamer! Granted, Bertha Kravitz was hardly her favorite customer, but Marla could never have murdered the ornery woman. Now it is up to the savvy stylist to find out just who did. Combing the woman’s privileged world for clues, Marla soon discovers that the town is crawling with potential suspects. As the case grows more snarled, Marla becomes determined to unmask a cunning killer before she is outwitted—and dead.

As with any book, there are things you like and things you don't. Was this a top rate read? Continue reading "Book Review of Cozy Mystery Permed to Death: The Bad Hair Mysteries Book 1 by Nancy J.. Cohen"

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Book Review of Contemporary Medical Adventure Novel State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a contemporary medical adventure novel called State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, it's a contemporary medical adventure novel called State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I read this book about a year ago, and it still sticks with me. That's why I decided to do a review of it here.

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Thankfully, the book is much more interesting than the cover. Here is the description from Amazon:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New YorkTimes Book Review

Award-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonrainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotionalurgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and ThePatron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers anenthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventurestory and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name ofdiscovery and love.

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Book Review of Historical Fiction Novel The Red Kimono by Jan Morrill

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a #historicalfiction novel called The Red Kimono by Jan Morrill.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

Author Jan Morrill's first novel weaves great storytelling, thorough research, and her mother's experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II into this novel about the power of hatred and perception.

Read more about the book.

The Red Kimono by Jan Morrill

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The Red Kimono by Jan MorrillIn 1941, racial tensions are rising in the California community where nineyear-old Sachiko Kimura and her seventeen-year-old brother, Nobu, live. Japan has attacked Pearl Harbor, people are angry, and one night, Sachiko and Nobu witness three teenage boys taunting and beating their father in the park. Sachiko especially remembers Terrence Harris, the boy with dark skin and hazel eyes, and Nobu cannot believe the boys capable of such violence toward his father are actually his friends. What Sachiko and Nobu do not know is that Terrence's family had received a telegram that morning with news that Terrence's father was killed at Pearl Harbor. Desperate to escape his pain, Terrence rushes from his home and runs into two high-school friends who convince him to find a Japanese man and get revenge. They do not know the man they attacked is Sachiko and Nobu's father. In the months that follow, Terrence is convicted of his crime and Sachiko and Nobu are sent to an internment camp in Arkansas, a fictionalized version of the two camps that actually existed in Arkansas during the war. While behind bars and barbed wire, each of the three young people will go through dramatic changes. One will learn acceptance. One will remain imprisoned by resentment, and one will seek a path to forgiveness.

From the Back Cover

"The story of a Japanese family uprooted and forced to live in a bleak World War II internment camp gives human faces to one of the shabbiest chapters in U.S. history. Told from the viewpoint of an engaging Japanese girl, The Red Kimono tells it all--the bitterness and pain as well as the joy and pride and patriotism of a people too resilient to be beaten by racism. The Red Kimono touches my heart."--Sandra Dallas, New York Times best-selling author of Tallgrass and True Sisters

"A slice of American history beautifully told by three young Americans coming of age in a turbulent time." -- Jodi Thomas, New York Times best-selling author of the Harmony Series.

"The attack on Pearl Harbor sets in motion this incredible story of a race of people betrayed by their country. Only a writer with Morrill's talent could tell it with so much compassion and honesty. You won't soon forget The Red Kimono." -- Velda Brotherton, Author of The Boston Mountains: Lost in the Ozarks

Why was this book so good I gave it a 5 star review on Amazon?

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