Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson Book Review by Dawn Thomas 232 Pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: September 17, 2018 Fiction, Missing Person, Friendship Hank is coping with the loss of his wife Becka. He and his friend Norm are bachelors in a retirement community where women outnumber men three to one. One evening, Hank gets an unexpected visitor. A beautiful Vietnamese woman is standing in the lobby. As Hank gets closers, he r...

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier Book Review by Dawn Thomas   311 Pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books Publication Date: June 12, 2018   Mystery & Thriller, Suspense   Georgina Shaw is a young successful executive at a pharmaceutical company. She is engaged to the owner’s son and has everything going for her. Her life comes crashing down when actions from her past emerge. Angela Wong is a beautiful sixteen ...

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The Trouble with Harriet by Dorothy Cannell Review by Dawn Thomas   316 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: June 13, 2017   Mystery, British, Women Sleuths   Ellie stops by a Gypsy woman to have her future told. The woman tells Ellie that she shouldn’t be upset or surprised when her father shows up. Ellie’s father has been absent for most of her life with the exception of the occasional letter...

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The Fall by Steve Taylor Review by Dawn Thomas   352 Pages Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd Release Date: June 29, 2018   Historical, Cultural, Ancient Civilizations, Modern Civilizations, Sociology   This is an amazing book. I had many eye-opening moments while reading. The author discusses how the ancient people were peaceful until about 6,000 years ago. He provides historical information that details “The Fall” and the di...

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The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson Review by Dawn Thomas Paperback: 280 pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books (May 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1938288203 ISBN-13: 978-1938288203 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Political Thriller Will Munoz is a San Francisco attorney who represents high paying slick clients. While sitting in a deposition, he asked himself how he became this person. He receives a troubling letter from his mother that leads...

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Book Review Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin Review by Dawn Thomas 222 Pages Publisher: Nature Unplugged Release Date: March 17, 2018 ISBN-10: 0692051198 ISBN-13: 978-0692051191 Non-Fiction, Memoir, Suicide, Family Relationships, Counseling, Psychology, Grief & Loss The subject of mental illness does not get enough discussion. Families that are touched by suicide are never the same again. Most times, the ones left behind do not get res...

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Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 348 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: July 4, 2017 General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Relationships, Family Dynamics Carlos and James have something in common. They share the same body but not the same memories. James is suffering from a psychological fugue. In this state, James disappears and Carlos emerges. He lives in Mexico with his t...

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Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 304 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: August 1, 2016 Series: The Everything Series General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Family Dynamics Aimee should be happy on her wedding day. Instead she is planning her fiancé, James’, funeral. Her whole world is spiraling out of control. A woman approaches Aimee and tells her James is still alive. Aimee doe...

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Designs to Color by Betty Schaffner Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 3 stars Pages 23 Publisher: Tallfellow Press Release Date: February 17, 2016 Nonfiction, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, Teens & YA This book is a combination of a coloring book with Zentangle images. Some of the pages use thick lines with large coloring areas while others are more detailed with thin lines. Most of the images are are abstract geometric shapes. Many of the images have b...

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Blue Ribbon Canning by Linda J. Amendt Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 268 Pages Publisher: Taunton Press Release Date: April 28, 2015 Nonfiction (Adult), Food & Wine, Cooking For years, I have wanted to can and make preserves. I tried twice with disastrous results. When I saw this book, I had hope and was inspired to try it again. The book begins with detailed sections on ingredients, equipment, and techniques. The author provides hel...

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Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson
Missing Person , Reviews / December 4, 2018

Title: Son of Saigon Author: David Myles Robinson Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: September 17, 2018 Pages: 232 Hank and Norm were living the good life: two friends with plenty of money, homes in a lovely California retirement town, and no problems—except for the boredom that felt almost fatal. Then Mai came into the picture, the love of Hank’s life during his CIA days in Saigon, desperately needing his help to save the so...

Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss
Uncategorized / November 28, 2018

Title: Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss Author: Shirley Melis Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 8, 2017 Pages: 316 Banged Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss by Shirley Melis Review by Dawn Thomas 316 Pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 8, 2017 Memoirs, Death and Dying, Grief In this memoir, Shirley shares her short relationship with her husband John. After healing from Joe’s death, her firs...

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Uncategorized / November 28, 2018

Title: The Little Shop of Found Things Author: Paula Brackston Publisher: St. Martin's Press Release Date: October 16, 2018 Pages: 320 New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in The Little Shop of Found Things, the first book in a new continuing series. An antique shop haunted by a ghost. A silver treasure with an injustice i...

Everyday Enchantments by Maria F. DeBlassie
Uncategorized / November 27, 2018

Title: Everyday Enchantments Author: Maria F. DeBlassie Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd / Moon Books Release Date: October 26, 2018 Pages: 200 Micro-meditations and celebratory reflections on actively living as a wild woman. Everyday Enchantments is a love letter to the magic of everyday life, the sweet moments and the profound that we often overlook in our hurry to get from one place to the next. This collection of essays reminds u...

Runic Book of Days by S. Kelley Harrell
Uncategorized / September 14, 2018

Title: Runic Book of Days Author: S. Kelley Harrell Publisher: Inner Traditions / Destiny Books Release Date: September 11, 2018 Pages: 208 Description A step-by-step guide to working with the runes throughout the year • Explains how the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark each rule the calendar for a half-month • Details the runes most powerful during each runic half-month, what they portend for personal and spiritual wellbeing, and tech...

Kitchen Witchcraft Spells and Charms by Rachel Patterson
Uncategorized / July 27, 2018

Title: Kitchen Witchcraft Spells and Charms Author: Rachel Patterson Publisher: John Hunt Publishing, Ltd / Moon Books Release Date: July 27, 2018 Pages: 144 Description There are a lot of things in the universe that we don’t understand. When something is meant to happen, it will whether you cast a spell or not. But you can help it on its way by guiding and encouraging it and maybe even tweaking events a little too. A spell can be wor...

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Reviews / July 11, 2018

Title: Jar of Hearts Author: Jennifer Hillier Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books Release Date: June 12, 2018 Pages: 311 When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who w...

The Trouble with Harriet: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell
Reviews / June 29, 2018

Title: The Trouble with Harriet Series: Ellie Haskell Mysteries Author: Dorothy Cannell Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: June 13, 2017 Pages: 316 Ellie Haskell and her husband, Ben, haven’t taken a vacation in years. Now their suitcases are packed, their tickets are booked, and they’re ready for a romantic getaway in France. But everything goes awry after a chain-smoking fortune teller makes a dire pr...

The Fall by Steve Taylor
Reviews / June 29, 2018

Title: The Fall Author: Steve Taylor Publisher: John Hunt Publishing, Ltd Release Date: June 29, 2018 Pages: 352 Ultimately Taylor brings a message of hope. He challenges us all to transcend the ego and integrate the intellectual brilliance it has given us with the intense connectedness and aliveness that spiritual practices can bring us. He challenges us to make a difference to the world by transforming ourselves through meditation and...

The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson
Political Thriller , Reviews / May 14, 2018

Title: The Pinochet Plot Author: David Myles Robinson Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: May, 1, 2018 Pages: 280 Successful San Francisco attorney Will Muñoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it's not until he receives his mother's suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Muñoz, assassinated thirty years earlier. Her suspicions...