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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Review: Saving Baby by JoAnne Normile and Lawrence Lindner

JoAnne Normile loved horses all her life but was never able to own any until she had a well-established family of her own. Then with two horses of her own, she increased her herd to include two race horses. Baby (Reel Surprise), saved by Normile from certain death during birthing and Scarlett, a filly descended from Triple Crown winner Secretariat, was added to her horse family.

With no previous experience in racing, but determined to make a go of it, Normile immersed herself in the racing world but was stunned to learn about the harsh treatment of most thoroughbreds, the deplorable conditions of the track and management, and the tragic end that many of these horses face. It took the death of her beloved horse Baby,  who became yet another victim, to propel Normile into action.

Normile launched CANTER, a non-profit rescue organization which places thoroughbreds with new owners. She has also spoken been an advisor to senators, congressmen, filmmakers, legal firms, and humane organizations regarding the condition and treatment of race horses.

If you are horse lover or a fan of horse racing, you won’t want to miss this book. I give if four out of five stars.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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The Kindle version of my book Brave New Century, a Christian historical romance, is available today on Amazon for just 99 cents.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review: The Hangman's Daughter

The title and the writer’s history made me want to read this book. Oliver Potzch, the author, is descended from a long line of Bavarian executioners. The historical details make it worth the read. I learned quite a bit about the hangman’s duties which included not only torture, but ironically, many of the hangmen were also healers who used herbs for medicinal treatment. The tale is a mystery set in a small Bavarian town in the 1600’s. When an orphan child is found murdered, a literal witch hunt begins. It’s not long before a supposed “witch” is found to blame the murder on. There are also villains afoot and the hangman, Jakob Kuisl and the son of a doctor team up to find the real killer. 

I found the book interesting and it was the historical details that intrigued me the most. I had to suspend my disbelief regarding the main villain when I learned some of the details about him because they were so far-fetched. I also felt Potzch got a little too hung up in dragging out the torture scenes and there were time certain phrases used seemed inappropriate for the 1600’s setting.

There is also a romance between the hangman’s daughter and Simon, the doctor’s son, but it is on the peripheral and not the main thing. Though I would like to  give it five stars for originality, I have to counter balance that with other factors. I felt it sagged somewhat in the middle and the pace slowed considerably.  For me, it lands more in the three star category. Still, a fun read if you want to learn a bit of history and mystery.