Archive for October, 2016

Review: The Body in the Birches – Katherine Hall Page -

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062310828
ISBN-13: 978-9780062310828
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Sophie Maxwell and her entire family was spending time at the Birches. Her Uncle Paul, whose wife died a year earlier was finally getting around to reading her will. But the fun vacation turned to tragedy, when Bev the family housekeeper is found murdered on the beach. Sophie gets Faith Fairchild, a neighbor and amateur sleuth to look into it. Was it her Uncle Simon? Her mother? And why was she killed? Was she somehow connect to the will?

I really liked this, it wasn’t as fast paced as I would have liked, but it was an enjoyable story. A lot of time, four chapters, was spent on character development which seemed a bit excessive at times. But the characters were interesting, and had realistic personalities and motivations. The plot was kind of run of the mill. But overall, I found it to be an enjoyable mystery.

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Review: Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God – Sarah M. Johnson

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Life is Beautiful
Hardcover: 198 pages
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (August 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1630474886
ISBN-13: 978-1630474881
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Sarah Johnson and her family were going on a mission trip to help build schools in Guatemala. Enroute to the small village, the plan she was on crashed. Eleven of the fourteen people on board were killed, including her father and brother. Her mother was seriously injured, and events would also damage their relationship. This memoir is a record of that time, her struggles, her families flaws, and how she managed to overcome the most traumatic even to occur in her lie and how she found her faith again.

This book was a very quick and very short read. The author is very detailed about things that went on, and about her family. Some of it was very sad, such as her dad’s meth use, and her mother’s anger issues with her over events of the wreck. I found her to have a very inspiring and interesting story, and it kept me turning the pages wanting to see how someone can still see the good in life when almost everything they’ve loved was taken from them.

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Review: The Shifting Sands of Cam Ranh Bay – Janice Stroud Sentif, Lt. Col. Carolyn J. Eberhart

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
The Shifting Sands of Cam Ranh Bay
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Shifting Sands (February 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615608043
ISBN-13: 978-0615608044
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The Vietnam War, we hear all about the soldiers, the battles, and the politics. One area though, we hear little about and that’s about the combat nurses. From 1964 to 1975 there were only 7500 women to serve in Vietnam. This memoir is the story of some of those women. We follow along from one receiving their first orders, through all the daily life and perils, to the end when they finally get to go home. But it’s not one woman’s story, but the stories of many women.

I loved this book. For the first time, I was able to see every step of the process for a soldier going through the war. In the process I learned a lot about the Vietnam War, the military, and the nursing program. The author did a great job in compiling all the anecdotes and putting it all together into a cohesive timeframe. The prose flowed very easy, and I found it very easy to read and understand what was going on. Overall a terrific memoir on a seldom noticed faction of the Vietnam War.

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