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A Change of Time by Ida Jessen – Book Review

A Change of Time by Ida Jessen is an engaging book. I received a free copy for an honest review from Edelweiss+. This book, I must say, is very unique. The story is set up in 20th century in Denmark. The story unravels itself through the pages of a diary. A woman who just lost her husband struggles to establish her identity as an individual. The sudden freedom in the protagonist’s life is too overwhelming for her and she finds a way to find solitude in her loneliness.

The book feels like a poetry. The author beautifully narrated the pain of the protagonist. There are small poems sprinkled here and there in the book which are very beautiful and reminds the reader of old classics. The story is very well written and I’m guessing the translation from Danish is just.

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GONE by Jeannie van Rompaey – Book Review

GONE by Jeannie van Rompaey is a very unique book, one of its kind. The books is initially established in UK where a small family of four lives happily. Sarah and Alec raise their twins Kate and Ben in a very healthy environment. When another pair of twins visit them from USA to live with them for the holidays, the entire story turns into a nightmare for Sarah and Alec. Kate and Ben develop a strong bond with the American twins and eventually they leave to US on a so-called holiday but never come back.

Alec leaves to US in search of the twins and discovers a variety of truths about religious groups, cults and other strange groups. Sarah, on the other hand, realizes that she is never going to see the twins again in her life, drowns herself in art, painting and eventually gets herself busy in exhibitions. Alec finds a homeless young man of Ben’s age in US and brings him home and fosters him. Alec’s presence in UK with Sarah gradually decreases and he starts spending more time in US since Alec finds relief in taking care of the youngman.

Sarah falls in love with a widower Oumar. Sarah finds peace in bonding with Oumar’s fourteen-year-old daughter. Sarah decides to ask for a divorce from Alec but finds a conflict in her heart when she learns about Alec’s little secret, his foster son.

The story is very gripping with a lot of pain, grief, hope and love. If you ever loved someone and lost them, you must read this book. I liked how the author shown the characters of the story dealing with grief in different ways. Very engaging book and beautifully written.

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The Blue Fin by Author Raymond Lee Hegstad – Excerpt 3

Alaskan action -adventure, danger, romance After some summer employment? Alaska seemed like a nice place for adventure and easy work. As “Stream Guard for Alaska Fish and Game the job looked great. 

Fifteen men lost in the last five years did not frighten these two adventurous souls.They soon learn why living 250 miles and among Alaska’s wildlife could be hazardous to human life. Two visiting young ladies adds a bit of fun, but at a price…what could go wrong? 

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Raymond Hegsted was Born in Juneau, Alaska and raised by a truck driving Dad. Joined the Army on voluntary draft and served with 4th infantry Regimental Intelligence and Reconnaissance reaching the rank of corporal.

He spent time living and working in Italy where he also got the chance to travel to many other European countries. After returning to America he helped develop a computerized scheduling system for the Oklahoma Scheduling Department.

After ten years of marriage ended in divorce he was sent to Ohio to head up corporate scheduling. Here he married second wife, Dr. Glena Louise Hegstad (A Montessori teacher). He then took early retirement, started and managed 5 different Montessori Daycare Schools (three of them in Flagstaff, Arizona under the name of The GlenMar Corporation).

Raymond wrote his first book at the age of sixty-one.  His wife got her Doctorate in education and he wrote books. He love writing! One of the reasons he decided to write was “I got tired of seeing ever one else on TV; I was vicariously living their life and not my own. Everyone had a story…share yours.” He and his wife and have enjoyed many years with their four+one children…one child adopted them. They have been happily married for many years.

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Excerpt #3
Eric’s eyes flipped opened; outside of his tent he could hear the unmistakable movement of something. Whatever it was, it would come up to the tent flap and then it would retreat. There was not enough moonlight to get a clear picture of what it was but, at least one time, it looked like a bear cub…not good news.
Outside, the figure again moved to the flap-entrance and began to scratch at the canvass.
From the height of the scratches, Eric could tell that the animal was not as small as a squirrel or a large rat. He gripped his revolver and flipped back the cover of his sleeping bag. As quietly as he could, he moved closer to the flap…the animal stopped its movement and began to make an audible sniffing sound. It’s a dog?
Maybe it was a stay wolf or a mad dog looking for a meal…Eric was absolutely torn between concern and terror. He loved dogs, but fully opening the flap was a big risk. Slowly, he began to unzip the flap from the bottom to the top. Abruptly, a nose appeared at the bottom…round and black, and then the whimpering began. Eric couldn’t help himself…he zipped open the flap.

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Target In The Sun by Lynda Filler – Book Review!

Target In The Sun by Lynda Filler is a compelling story of a unique and unconventional couple Mia and Carlos. The story is entertaining from first to last page. The story is set up in Mexico and USA. Carlos who lost his family at a very young age in the drug war finds his way to US. When caught in a raid, he is sent to juvenile home where he opens up to Katherine, a social worker and she eventually adopts him. He succeeds in dealing drugs among his schoolmates and makes good money. Carlos meets Mia on one of Mia’s trips to Mexico. Their love story is very gripping. When Carlos decides to end his career in drug mafia, Mia approaches Lucia, a FBI agent through emails. After reading the journals from Mia and the emails exchanged between Mia and Carlos, Lucia decides to protect them against all odds.

This is a unique romantic thriller. The best part is, the story being narrated through journals and emails. This is the first novel I’m reading in Mexican setting. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Thanks to #LyndaFiller for sharing the book with me and #booktasters for referring this book to me.

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Life After Death by TJ Graham – Book Review

Life After Death by TJ Graham is a story of a woman named Mackenzie Hill. Inspite of the recent death of her loving husband, she works hard to win a journalism award and raises three kids alone. She continues missing her husband. Sex crimes detective Keith Wilson is attracted towards Mackenzie. Though she rejects his invitations on a dinner date initially, she gives in but they part ways due to some differences. Dr. Andre Lang is a doctor who moves to Atlants to start afresh after the terrible murder of his wife and daughter. Mackenzie falls in love with Andre after few meetings. Little did Andre know that his past has never left him alone and now that the killer of his wife and daughter is after Mackenzie and her daughter.

The story is about the turn of events and if and how Andre saves Mackenzie from the killer. The story is engaging. Mackenzie’s character is very well built. I personally didn’t like the ending but after all, not all love stories have a happy ending, right?