Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Boat Runner

The Boat Runner The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a moving WWII novel about Jacob, a young Dutch man, who struggles with losing the members of his family and his friends to a horrible war. The story starts in 1939, with two brothers from Holland who are sent to a Hitler Youth Camp in Germany and leads to one to die and the other to join the German army out of anger.

This is also a story of redemption as Jacob's uncle reaches out to him and brings him back on the righteous path. Jacob eventually finds his purpose and brings good to this dreadful wartime. The page turning story is well structured and the writing is beautiful. Another great book for readers who enjoys historical novels.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Review: Crooked Heart

Crooked Heart Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I forgot I had this book and came across it last week. This is the story of Noel, a 10-year-old orphan boy, which takes place in London during the WWII. Noel is living with his guardian who is suffering from dementia. After her death, Noel moves with an uncle and aunt's house and eventually is evacuated to St Albans during the Blitz on London. Vera will cunningly welcome him in her home and this is where the story really begins. This is a beautiful, moving and funny at times story. I recommend it to all readers who enjoy a good historical novel. You will love it.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Reincarnation Blues

Reincarnation Blues Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine you are given 10,000 chances to achieve perfection. Most people would not need this number of attempts. But, what if you tried 9,995 times and you are told that if you fail in reaching perfection in the remaining five times, your soul will be thrown into oblivion. This is what happened to Milo, a man who lived 9,995 lives and is now facing the end of all ends if he does not reach perfection in the next 5 lives. Milo is not alone in his journey; Suzie (a.k.a. Death), his beautiful lover, also seeks ways to help him achieve perfection and be together forever more. "Reincarnation Blues" is a unique and creative story filled with humour and thought-provoking passages. This is one of my favorite books for 2017.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: The Baker's Secret

The Baker's Secret The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Baker's Secret is a story of courage, ingenuity, and resistance in a time of war. The story takes place at the end of World War II in a small village in Normandie, France. Emmanuelle, a young baker, witnesses the oppression of the Nazis who are occupying her village and comes up with creative ways to help her fellow villagers. She will risk much and will lose much. Stephen P. Kiernan did not embellish the story and showed the true colours of the cruelty that took place under the Nazis’ oppression in France. This story shows that not all heroes come in army suits. There are the unsung heroes who sacrificed and risked much to save their fellow country men and women. Emmanuelle’s story will move you.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: Hello, Sunshine

Hello, Sunshine Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would you believe if I told you that I read this book because Hugh Jackman recommended it? Yup, I totally did and I have no regrets! It is a fantastic read. It has the same flavour as the movie "Sweet Home Alabama". "Hello, Sunshine" is the story of Sunshine Mackenzie, a host of an internet culinary show, who, at the top of her success, loses everything in one day. She returns to her childhood home to face the consequences of her actions and slowly rebuild her life piece by piece. This is a fast and light read! Get in your favourite chair and surround yourself with your softest blanket during these cool days and let this book warm your heart.

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