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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings

Anne Tillerton is similar to Annie Oakley. She's a dead shot  with a gun and for the past few years has made her living as a buffalo hunter. But when Nick Lovelace comes to the aid of a passenger on a train during a hold up, Anne ends up saving Nick's life.

Anne's sordid history includes killing her husband. We learn later it was a kill or be killed situation and she suffered abuse and the loss of a child. All she wants to do is come to town to find a cook, but instead she ends up caring for an abandoned orphan child and helping Nick in the process.  There couldn't be more of a mismatched pair but when the two are thrust together and it's interesting to see the relationship develop. It was refreshing to meet up with a female historical character who wasn't the stereotyped damsel in distress. I truly cared
about Anne and Nick is noble guy. The one issue I have is that Jennings has Anne using powdered baby formula which, according to what I've researched, didn't come into use much later. I give it four out of five stars.




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Alzheimer's Prevention: Protect Your Brain for Life by Dr. Melody Jemison

A very thorough book written by Dr. Melody Jemison. Jemison lists multiple things you can do to prevent the progression of Alzheimer's.  The author references a variety of studies. It's never too early to start putting these measures into place. In fact, the earlier the better, as taking the recommended supplements or establishing suggested regimens can actually give you and edge over Alzheimer's though not in some cases if you are already genetically wired for it. I give this 5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review: The Heart of a Gypsy by Roberta Kagan

During Nazi Germay Christian Stearn, a freedom-fighter is rescued by a band of gypsies involved in the resistance after being captured by  the Nazis. Christian immediately falls in love with Nadya the beautify gypsy girl who helps orchestrate his rescue. Christian then joins forces and works with the gypsies.


The author uses the story to help educate readers as the the plight of the gypsies during this time.  They were treated as the Jews were as scum by the superior Aryan race and were annilated as well in the concentration camps. At times it felt like an info dump of gypsy culture and history and Kagan tends to tell more than show what happens. There were a couple of steamy sex scenes. Nadya ends up being virtually an object with little to do but stay at camp and pine for Christian to return from dangerous missions.  Had this been better written I would have given it a higher rating. I give if 3 out of 5 stars.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review: Hearts Awakening (Hearts Along the River) by Delia Parr

Ellie Kilmer is a spinster with no money and a plain countenance.  Her only hope for supporting herself is to serve as a housekeeper on Dillon Island for widower Jackson,  a widower with young boys.  Jackson makes a marriage proposal to Ellie, but it will be in name only and he’s mainly after a cook and caregiver. The more Ellie gets to know Jackson the more she learns about his troubled first marriage and the other women he still carries a torch for. Ellie is a sympathetic character and I felt for her and for the rejection she experiences by Jackson’s boy.  It’s good story. I give it four out of five stars.