Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gabriel's Tears by Nedra Kiper

Overview:

Gabriel's Tears is about my life of extreme child abuse and the process of healing that abuse. Along the way you will learn why God allows children to suffer. You will also learn how Gods amazing angel's are right here with us and helping us heal. And you will also learn about my own angel, Angel Gabriel, and how he helped me and healed me in the most amazing ways. I will not spoil the learning process as you read my life's story. Be warned this book will shock you on many different levels.

My Review:

I can only imagine what the author went through.  Any child or adult that can overcome abuse of any type is an amazing and strong person.  And I commend her for being able to write this book regarding her past and bringing up all of those painful memories again.

As far as the actual book goes, there were a couple of issues.  First of all, there were a lot of typographical errors.  I'm really surprised that there were with the technology that we have, albeit though, there were.

Secondly, as far as the story goes, it was really hard to follow.  I was confused trying to figure out the correlation between Lucifer, the Angel Gabriel, and the author.  I realize who those people are, but to keep track of who was talking in the book was hard for me.

As far as stars go, I give this 2**.  No stars for the book but 2 for her story.

I pray that the author continues to grow and heal as time continues on.

Thank you to the author, Nedra Kiper, for providing me a copy of this book for my review.

A GOD For All Seasons by Patti Tingen

Overview:

As nature's seasons change, so too do the seasons of our soul. But God's love never changes. He is with us through every season of our lives. Join author Patti Tingen in a year of exploration as she reflects on her own spiritual journey, and provides hope and encouragement for yours - month by month, season by season. Find reassurance and pause for reflection in the inspirational readings for each month of the year.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book!  I love inspirational books that I can relate too.  And with being able to look at different inspirations during specific times during each season is wonderful!

Ms. Tingen does a terrific job with this book.  Below is part of an excerpt for the month of July.

"Fireworks, picnics, parties and fun-July is here and it's time to celebrate!  So run barefoot through the grass, take a splash in a swimming pool, set off a firecracker and let the watermelon juice run down your chin.  Return to the joys of your childhood, if only for an afternoon." 

Take a moment if you will and think about the paragraph above.  Can you picture eating a piece of watermelon and letting the juice drip down your chin?  Sounds relaxing and fun doesn't it?

I highly recommend this book for everyone!  It would go along great with your daily devotional.  This would also make the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list!

I give this book 5 *****.

Thank you to the Author, Patti Tingen, for providing me a copy of this book for my review.

The Night Horses by Anaka Jones

My oldest Frugal just finished reading this book and she loved it!  As a parent I loved the story.

Overview:

Children's book. Author Anaka Jones imagines the life of a herd of horses as they work, chow, play and turn a farm into their own three-ring circus in “The Night Horses”. In “The Night Horses” (ISBN 1452882789), Anaka Jones creates a playful children’s book that imagines the secret lives of barn horses who chatter, chow, play and work all while their owners are away. Though she is only in sixth grade, Jones has produced a lively book that mixes reality and fantasy to showcase the playful and humorous side of rural life. She invites readers to accompany her to a secret barn party where these animals will play as hard as they work. “The Night Horses” follows the animals’ daily lives. Each morning, the horse herd takes their breakfast at the hay feeder. Mulling around, they exchange gossip and share their plans for the day. There’s May, an old mare whose giddy-up spirit fuels her energetic personality. She wants to challenge Cloud to a race even though she is three times his age. Frisco and Bella are an inseparable married couple, and plenty of young foals timidly hide behind their mothers’ legs amongst the group. After a long day of work, the horses clean up, head to their stalls for dinner, and wait in the barn until their owners head back to the house. With humans out of the picture, the horses get busy creating their own rural night life, effectively turning the farm into their own little three-ring circus. The whimsical nature of Jones’ children’s book allows young readers to tap into their imagination and picture what goes on inside the heads of the animals around them. A perfect story for children who love animals, “The Night Horses” depicts the world of love and companionship to be found among horses and

My Review

What really inspired us is the Author!  I only wished I could have accomplished something like this at her age!

If you have a young horse over, this book is for them!  I would recommend this to really any age! Even for the little ones.

Have you ever wanted to be invited to a party at the barn when it's dark?  Or wondered what the horses and other animals do after it gets dark?  Well now you get to find out!

 
 
The imagination that this young lady has is amazing!  The illustrations are great!  It is so neat to see that ability that she already has as a writer!
 
You will learn about the adventures of May, Cloud, Frisco, and Bella and the other animals!
 
This is a great book for all ages! 
 
 
 
Thank you to Anaka and Jeff Jones for sending me a copy of this book for my review.
 
I give this book 5 stars *****

 



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hillari's Head by Tim Stutler

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Overview

Paralegal Kristina Orris has moved to San Diego seeking a new life – a  normal life. She is burdened by the memory of Hillari, a sister with an oversized head and disfigured face. Home-schooled by a protective single father, Kristina herself had a vexing speech impediment and rarely left the house while growing up. But after her dad died, she knew she couldn’t stay. Kristina dreamed of being a lawyer. Pursuing such a goal might prove painful for any cloistered, mumbling orphan; but it would be impossible yoked to Hillari. At 18, Kristina abandoned her home, her past – and Hillari.

Now, eight years later, Kristina meets attorney Gideon “Duck” Ducker, “the single homeliest man she had ever laid eyes on.” But she instantly bonds with the warm, self-effacing lawyer. Kristina takes a paralegal job at Duck’s law firm, where the two are thrown into the most tumultuous and fascinating case of their lives. Everything is coming together nicely for Kristina. Only one thing prevents her from becoming the confident, fulfilled woman she longs to be: the swelling burden of guilt and shame over her past. But is it too late to redeem herself?

Alternately touching, humorous and heart wrenching, Hillari’s Head is about family, intimacy, resilience and, ultimately, acceptance. With its intriguing characters and elements of comedy and tragedy, Hillari's Head will appeal to fans of Nora Ephron (Heartburn) and John Irving (A Prayer For Owen Meany).


My review

I just finished this book today. 

I am a huge Law & Order junkie and I have been since the original L & O started in the 1990s!  So I was really looking forward to reading this book.  I love stories that have characters who overcome something in their life, that are easy to read, that cause a "say what" moment, and that have characters that make you both laugh and cry.  And to top it off, if I come across a book that has ALL of that PLUS has a Law & Order feel to it, then I'm hooked.

And that is what Hillari's Head did!  Tim Stutler did a great job writing this book!  Hillari's Head is easy to read, hard to put down, is funny and touches your heart!

There will be no spoilers in my review because you really need to read this book!  Instead I will talk about the characters.

The first character you are introduced to is Kristina.  What Kristina goes through as a young child and young adult is heart breaking.  After she moves to California, she becomes intrigued with one of her neighbors.  The author does a great job describing this neighbor!  As you read the story, you can easily picture Judge Monday!  You are then introduced to Gideon "Duck" Ducker, a friend of Judge Monday's.

As you read this story, you can easily picture the characters, and you will feel like you get to know them.  What I really appreciated about this book is that it was about lawyers, the practice of law, and WRITTEN by a lawyer. 

Hillari's Head is a great book that talks about acceptance, embracing your past, moving on with your life, and love.

This is definitely a 5 star ***** book that you must read!

Hillari's Head will be available to purchase August 1, 2013.

Thank you to Tim Stutler for providing me with an advance copy of the book for me to review.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NEW GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Click here for the NEW giveaway for your VERY OWN FREE COPY OF "Let's Go Shopping" by Tia Shorts!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Interview with Author Steven Manchester

Recently I was able to read a new book entitled, "The Rockin Chair".  WOW!  It was the most captivating story I have read in a very long time! 

Here is an interview with Mr. Manchester so you can learn more about the writer of "The Rockin Chair".


1. Could you please tell us a little about your book?

The Rockin’ Chair is a heartfelt novel. Think Mitch Albom meets Nicholas Sparks…in heaven on earth. 

Synopsis: Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.

Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.

A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, THE ROCKIN' CHAIR is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.
2.  Who is your biggest supporter?

My wife and children
3.  Your biggest critic?

That’s easy—“me.”
4.  What cause are you most passionate about and why?

I have two: As a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, I am a strong advocate of veterans. I do whatever I can—whenever I can—to bring awareness to many of their difficult plights. My wife and I also host a comedy fundraiser for A Wish Come True, Inc. each March. AWCT is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children ages 3 through 18; children who have a life-threatening illness. “Dreams are only A WISH away” is their cherished slogan. And whatever the dream, A Wish Come True, Inc. does everything possible to ensure that a child’s wish becomes a reality and the experience is one that the family will remember and always cherish. The aim is to give these children hope and strength to continue fighting. After seven consecutive years of hosting the “Laughter & Wishes Comedy Benefit,” we’ve raised $97,000, or enough to make 24 wishes come true.
5.  Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?

Many people have influenced me—writers I’ve never met and folks who have encouraged and inspired me along the way. I’d like to share my first great influence: I’d just returned home from Operation Desert Storm, and was working as a prison investigator in Massachusetts. Needless to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time. I decided to return to college to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, the professor—Barry McKee—talked about police work but nothing else. I finally raised my hand and asked, “The criminal justice system is vast. What about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” Barry smiled and told me to see him after class. I thought I’d finally done it! In his office, he explained, “There’s no written material out there on corrections or prisons, except from the slanted perspective of inmates.” He smiled again and dropped the bomb. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?” Nine months later, I dropped the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue on Barry’s desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer.
6.  What is the most important thing in your life right now?

My family; wife and children. Everything I do is done with my children in mind, trying to teach them by the example I provide with my own life.

7.  Do you have any advice for writers or readers?

I work with a lot of aspiring writers. With an industry rejection rate of 96%+, this business can prove very harsh. I tell new writers:

Be true to yourself, always.

Write constantly.

Keep the faith!!!
And NEVER, EVER, EVER quit.

Most people in this industry would agree that more than talent or skill or even luck, perseverance is the one trait that will always get the job done.

Knock on every door you can, and keep knocking. I promise that eventually someone will open and the warmth you feel on your face will more than validate every hour spent alone in the darkness.

8.  Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Lou Aronica and Peter Miller at The Story Plant! I’ve learned more in the last year than I did in the 15 that came before it. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with The Story Plant! 

Tom T's Hat Rack: A Story about Paying it Forward by Michele Spry

Overview:

Shelby Summers has a zest for life that can't be tamed... Tom Tucker has a dream of helping others who are facing the challenges he faced not too long ago. Join Shelby and Mr.T as they join forces to give back to their community, and be challenged to do the same for yours!

My Review:

My oldest Frugal read this book and then we talked it.  This is such a great story that ALL families should read! 

Shelby Summers spends her summer with her neighbor and adopted grandparents, Tom and Kim Tucker.  She has no idea what this summer has in store for her as she spends time with Tom Tucker aka "Mr. T", who has been fighting Cancer.

This is a wonderful story, based on a friend of the author, who was also diagnosed with Cancer.

As a parent, I love how this book is written about the importance of "Paying it Forward" and not always worrying, "what's in it for me".

This is a very easy read and it is very understandable for older children. 

I highly recommend BOTH parents and older children to read this book!!!! 

Thank you to Michele Spry for providing me with a review copy of this book.






Tuesday, June 11, 2013

O'Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale by Kimberly Sentek

Overview:

Two stories in one - double the reading fun! Meet Nico and Tugger, two dogs that became brothers. Their story is an endearing and fun look at sibling rivalry. - from two points of view

My Review:

My family really enjoyed this book!  I love that it is from BOTH Nico and Tugger's point of view!  This is a must have book for a child who is getting ready to become a big brother or sister! 

Even as an adult, it's a great reminder of what the only child could be thinking when a new sibling is brought into the picture.

Thank you to the author, Kimberly Sentek, for providing me with a copy for our review!

Monday, June 10, 2013

the Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester

Overview

Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.

Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.

A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, THE ROCKIN' CHAIR is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.

My Review

First of all I need to say that I am a new fan of Steven Manchester!  His writing for this fictional story was wonderful!

This story is very captivating!  The novel was a easy read and it was very easy to stay interested from the first paragraph to the very last sentence.

Mr. Manchester goes into great deal describing each of the McCarthy family members.  I felt like I knew Grandpa John and I had a very clear picture of what he and the rest of the family looked like.  His descriptions are very detailed.  However, he doesn't focus on one point on an extended period of time. 

This family could easily be any family.  All families have unsaid problems, hurts, memories, and things that should be aired before it's too late.

This book is a great reminder of how short life is and if we keep things inside, before you know it, it will be too late.

You will learn about Grandpa John, Alice and their son Hank and his family.

This story also talks about Alzheimer's.  I started crying more than once throughout the book.

I highly recommend this book!  I don't want to talk a lot about the book as it will give a lot of details away but if you are looking for a great summer read or a great book to give a friend, this IS the book to give!! 

Thank you to Mr. Manchester for providing me with a review copy of this book. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Interview with Author Tia Shorts

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Tia.  Her book does a great service to those of us who are fashionably challenged!


What is fashionably challenged?
 
 Fashionably challenged is term that I use for a girl who is stuck in a serious fashion rut, or someone whoʼs on a strict budget and has to come up with creative (and inexpensive) ways to look fabulous.  That is a challenge!
 
 
What was your biggest fashion mishap?
 
It's sad but throughout the years I had several fashion mishaps, but there is one that haunts me to this day.

When I was a freshman in high school, I decided to shred the bottom of my jeans into long pieces. I thought I was being so cool and unique until I tripped on one of the pieces and went tumbling off the Metro bus face-forward to the ground. Even the bus driver got a good
laugh from my fashion mishap.
Why did you decide to write the book?
 
I wrote this book for several reasons, I started out wanting to help women become better shoppers, but then it turned into a full fashion and styling guide because I also wanted to help women feel more confident by learning how to choose the right clothes, shoes and makeup.
How long did it take you to write the book?
 
I have been working on Letʼs Go Shopping: A Guide for the Fashionably Challenged for about 3-4 years because I was driven to write a great fashion and styling resource for women. I put so many awesome tips and advice into one book that it could really be a series. I want to be known as someone who gives a good bang for a buck...wait, that could be taken the wrong way. I want the reader to feel like they are getting a quality product each time they pick up one of my books. I owe it to them!
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
 
Writing a book is a full-time task. You have to commit to your craft and put 100% into your work. There were many days I had to spend writing while my girlfriends were out having a blast in the sunshine. If you are publishing yourself, you have to wear many hats and you have to be good at many things. You have be good at marketing, public relations, and be a little tech savvy if you have a blog. Organize yourself and prioritize. As an artist, I would rather be working on my next book than writing a press release or optimizing my blog, but those are the tasks that must be done if I want to tell the world about my book.
When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
 
That's an interesting question.  I considered myself a writer when my elementary school teacher pulled me aside and told me I had a gift of storytelling through words.  It wasn't until I was an adult when I had the courage and discipline to focus on my work.  A special thanks to teachers who plant seeds of encouragement and creativity in their students hearts.
 
Who is your fashion inspiration?

Victoria Beckham has a style that is timeless but also fashion-forward. She knows how to wear very simple pieces but in a really chic way.
 
What is BEAUTIVATION?
 
BEAUTIVATION is a movement that I started to help motivate women to realize the beauty and power that they have within. You have to recognize the beauty within before you can make the right styling choices because your style is only a reflection of your true self.
 
Why do you refer to yourself as the love child of Tony Robbins and Kimora Lee
Simmons?
 
I did not come up with that..lol. Tony Robbinsʼ is able to influence people to
dream big and take action to seize the day, and Kimora Lee Simmons is a woman who
is extremely focused and driven to succeed. I am humbly honored that my friends see
those amazing qualities in me.
What motivates you?
 
I am motivated to be the best in everything that I do. I consciously choose to win, and I believe that one should never doubt their ability but continue to grow and develop.
 
 
What is one fashion tip you can give to women?
 
Trends come and go. Stay true to what works for your body type and you will always be fabulous. Figure out your most flattering body part and wear clothes that highlight and accentuate that area.

Confidence is also the key!
 
 
What is major fashion faux pas?
 
Thereʼs two... imitation handbags and wearing labels from head to toe.  There is nothing worse than being a walking billboard for a designer brand.
 
 
What is a good shopping tip?
 
Shop when you look good and feel great, otherwise you will feel like nothing looks good on you.  Also, use the internet to scope out the great deals before you head out to the mall.  You must be a prepared and organized shopper if you want to save money.
 
Do you work another job as well as writing your book?
 
No, this is it.  In fact, I was working as a makeup artist when I decided to retire and focus on my writing. Without a steady income, I have to make this work, but I believe in this book so much that it was worth the risk.  Plus, what is life without a little adventure and uncertainty.

What is the downside to writing a book?
 
There really is not a downside to writing a book because you are creating art. Like other good authors, I put my blood, sweat and tears into my work. I must say there are times when I get lonely from working on the computer for 8-10 hours a day and want human interaction...lol.
 
What makes your book different from the other fashion books on the market
today?
 
My book is different because itʼs interactive and personalized for the readerʼs
body type. As a woman, I understand the need to want to look your best, and I really
focused on solving the beauty and fashion needs of todayʼs woman in a simple, easy to
understand way.
 
 
 

Let's Go Shopping: A guide for the Fashionably Challenged book review! - NEW GIVEAWAY!

Did that title catch your attention?  When I was contacted by the author, I thought does she know me?!?  LOL!  I kid you not!  I am VERY fashionably challenged!  Give me jeans and a t-shirt and we are good to go!  But I really want to be more fashionable!  And now thanks to "Let's Go Shopping: A guide for the Fashionably Challenged" book, I feel more confident to try!

After reading the book, I really appreciate Tia's enthusiasm and encouragement!  This book is a MUST for any ladies in your life!  She also shares her own mishaps.  We ALL know of our own fashion mishaps.  I can actually think of MANY!  Especially a certain hairstyle I had at one time....and we all know hair takes a while to grow out!  YIKES!

Tia speaks to her readers in a very easy to read method.  And she gives REAL advice for the REAL woman!

To learn more about Tia Shorts, click here to go to her Amazon page!

Here is also a link to her YouTube video!  This is a must see!

I highly recommend this book! 
 
 
So that you can get your own FREE copy of this book, we are giving copies away to 3, YES 3 lucky readers!!!!!




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Thank you to Tia Shorts for providing me with a preview copy for my review.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Frugal Mommas Book Reviews are growing!

We have been getting so many requests that I have added a few new reviewers that will be posting on my blog.

There are so many great new books and authors that we want to make sure that we review as many as we can!

Your book may be read by myself, Daddy Frugal, little Frugals, or PR Palisch, who is a dear friend of mine or by one or two other friends of mine who love to read.  When we receive your request, I will let you know, depending on the genre, who will be reviewing your book.  If you prefer that I personally review your book, please let me know.

Thank you!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Mr. Joe Tales of a Haunted Life by Joe Barnett and Jane Congdon

Overview

Do you believe in ghosts? Joseph Barnett didn't until he became a school custodian in a midlife career change. Joe had no idea that his first assignment, working nights in a kindergarten school would force him to confront his darkest fears. "Ghosts are part of my story," says Joe. "I believe in them; I have no choice. After you've seen one ghost, you believe. I know what I saw and heard. Here's something else I know: there are many ways to be haunted, and not all of my ghosts were dead. That's the other part of my story. I grew up with an alcoholic mother and it was later in life and took almost becoming a ghost myself for me to see my life differently. I believe in ghosts, and finally, I believe in myself. But back when this all started, I was just a guy trying to make a living.”

My Review

When I first heard about the book, I was both intrigued and apprehensive.  For me, when there is a discussion on ghosts, I immediately put up a guard.

However, knowing that in life, we all have a past and have encountered pain, I couldn't wait until this book arrived.

This is a memoir about Mr. Joe.  I really loved reading this story!  It is a very easy read and I really felt like I got to know Mr. Joe.  I could easily picture everything in the book and easily imagined the school, Glen Ferris, and other events and places in his life.

Mr. Joe has went through so much and the ghosts he has encountered both in his life as well as the ghosts he encountered, made me feel sad for Mr. Joe.  What he went through, just as a young boy was devastating.  Then with everything else that happened, it's amazing he has survived.  

I love the fact that he wrote his story with his sister, Jane.  Thank you for sharing your story!  I feel like I personally know Mr. Joe now and I wish you well.

I highly recommend reading this book!

Thank you to Joe Barnett and Jane Congdon for providing me with the free review copy of this book. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Catalyst - The Passage of Hellsfire #1

Overview

For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.

Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess—and change the world.

Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.

Now Hellsfire must leave all he’s ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power—power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can’t, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.

In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn


My Review

For the book review, a fellow Frugal Momma, who is also a writer, read the book and this is her review.

I was excited to read this book based on the story line and if I am correct a new author. My excitement faded quickly though as I read the first few pages. The story seems good but there is too much wording that it makes reading it tedious. I feel the author was taking me by the hand and telling me what was happening instead of allowing me to see things for myself. Basically, show don't tell.

Here are a couple of examples.

In the second paragraph you describe the dress well enough to tell me that this character doesn't have a lot of money. Then you go on to talk about the elbows and cuffs of the dress are worn fabric. I thought this was a wonderful description! I also know from telling me the main characters job is doing heavy labor is another way of showing me the characters are poor yet in another paragraph you state that they are poor. Another example is, "I sighed and bit the inside of my lip." That line shows me that the character is uncomfortable. The next line is totally unnecessary.

I am a little confused as to why am devout religious person would name their child "hellfire" but maybe that is told in the book.

I don't know if this book is published or a work in progress. If it is a work in progress and you take suggestions from other readers and rewrite I would love to read it. If it is published I would love to read your next project.

As a fellow writer I understand the frustration of peoples opinions but I've been told myself that my first chapter of one of my projects was telling not showing. I think sometimes we are too close to see it. Once I was told this I seen it and rewrote the first and many other chapters.

Thank you for allowing me to review.

Thank you to the author for allowing me to receive a pdf of the book for the review.

 

Last Off - A Titanic Novella by Laughton Chandler

Overview

Four young stowaways — illegal passengers, below even the 3rd class — find themselves on the R.M.S. Titanic, the grandest ocean liner in the world on her maiden voyage. At first unknown to each other, hailing from four different countries, they begin to learn about each others’ pasts as they bide their time in the bowels of the ship, united in their hopes of making a new life in America. When disaster strikes, what will become of them? Who, if any, will be able to escape the epic tragedy Walter Lord described as ‘the death of a small town’

My Review

In this novella, we are introduced to four young men, who are stowaways, in the R.M.S Titanic.

The author does a great job describing each of the stowaways personalities.  I won't go into alot of detail due to spoilers but I will say I was crying at the end.  It was a very bittersweet ending.  The thought that those two sections separated is something I would really like to see investigated more.  I have seen several documentaries regarding the Titanic and would forward to seeing more regarding this.

And honestly I would love a mini series regarding this novella and the story behind these young stowaways.  We know how the upper and middle class areas of the ship looked like.  I'd love to learn more about the ones who stowed away.

The only complaint, if any I would have, is that I wish the author would have wrote more regarding what happened to each of the characters.  However, I understand with it being a novella, the length of the book/novel is a bit shorter.

Thank you to the author for allowing me to review this book.