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The Passing Away of a Gentleman

Posted December 29, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Death, Fiction, Review / 0 Comments

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The Passing Away of a GentlemanThe Passing Away of a Gentleman by Ramesh Jeewoolall
Published by Austin Macauley on October 30th 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 188
Format: Paperback
four-stars

It often takes a major event to make an otherwise placid individual disrupt the normal running of life, but, like Mauritius itself, a country in the track of storm weather, the effects of a cyclone, or in Dev's case, an injustice, although potentially destructive, can lead to a change for the better.Dev, the owner of a new shop - The Shop - a successful and well-read man, harbours deep feelings about a wrong that has occurred in the past. With news of a cyclone heading his way he hatches an audacious plan to take revenge, or, more precisely, to teach a lesson to those responsible.In what may be described as a moral story, Ramesh Jeewoolall spins a tale of a good man driven to extreme measures. The Passing Away of a Gentleman is an excellent read for those who enjoy intelligent crime.

My take on this book: This book was definitely different than the other books I have read and reviewed for this wonderful blog site of mine. To me different can be a good thing. Sir Ramesh Jeewoolall has a very interesting story here that is based in his home country of Mauritius.

I am giving this book four stars though. The buildup of the story at the beginning was a little slow for me but overall it was a great story. This story has some surprises in it, some won’t be recognized until the near end.  Dev is a brilliantly honest mastermind. The whole reason for the crime committed was ingenious (no spoilers here). I enjoyed the relationship of Dev and two associates he mentored and protected. The whole timeframe that the book goes through is kind of weird since we don’t really know what year the story starts at, just when it ends.

The Passing Away of a Gentleman by Sir Ramesh Jeewoolall is a good book and would be one that I would recommend to my friends. You can tell that Sir Jeewoolall was a lawyer at one time by the style of his writing, which is also polite and gentlemanly.

I think that this book is a good and I hope that  other people will like it as well. Just give it a chance to impress.

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About Ramesh Jeewoolall

Ramesh Jeewoolall is a barrister at law by profession. He practiced as such and he became involved in politics. He was elected a member of the Mauritian Parliament. He has been a backbencher, the deputy speaker, minister and speaker. He has had to give up politics as well as his legal practice because of health problems. Now he is a man of leisure. In 1979 Sir Ramesh was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen.


The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Posted November 11, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Book to Movie, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Review, Romance, Series, Tear Jerker, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

The Notebook by Nicholas SparksThe Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Series: The Notebook #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on July 5th 2004
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 214
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.

My take on this book: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is an excellent book that almost anyone could read. One that has a happy ending while in certain parts of the book it will make you cry. The tears won’t be sad instead they will happy tears. Tears that make anyone feel like they could have a love like that one day. I feel bad for Noah having to deal with seeing his wife but not really seeing her.

Mr. Sparks has this way with words that makes the reader believe in whatever he is writing about like he does with The Notebook. The thing that he wants you to believe in is that your first love is the one that you are meant to spend the rest of your life with and when they leave you feel like you are missing something that you don’t realize you’re missing until you look back at those memories. That make you realize with what you are missing. Or when you try to move on but are just wasting time searching for your first love while not finding it in the person that you are dating with at the time.

Granted I don’t know many people like this but I know of some people that are married to that wasn’t their first love. It is the look in their eyes that you can see from not even reading this book to know that they have found their true love and that they aren’t going to let that person go without a fight. I see it every day with my mom and step dad and through pictures of my cousins through Facebook. I am very happy to know that they have found their true love and that they won’t stop fighting for them if they have to. I hope that they don’t have to go through the pain that Noah does in this book.

I am giving this book a five stars rating because it is good and I couldn’t put the book down once I got into it. I can’t wait to read another book. I will also love to recommend it to anyone that would like to read it.

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About Nicholas Sparks

As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist’s assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn’t published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005) and At First Sight (2005) all with Warner Books. All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 35 languages. The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million — with another $100 million in DVD sales — making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood.

The film rights to Nights in Rodanthe, True Believer and At First Sight have been sold, and Nicholas Sparks has written the screenplay for The Guardian, though he has not offered it for sale at this point.

He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.


Every Little Thing

Posted October 22, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

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Every Little ThingEvery Little Thing by Tracy Broemmer
Series: Lorelei Bluffs #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on November 5th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 482
Format: Paperback
three-stars

Russ Wescott wants his ex-wife and his old life back. Remarried, with a new baby, Jorie Macaslan lives a comfortable life. Her ex-husband makes her crazy, and unfortunately, he seems to be around as often now as he did when they were married. When Russ and Jorie's eighteen-year-old son, Cody, announces that his not-girlfriend is pregnant, Russ and Jorie find themselves thrown together in a new family crisis. Cody insists that Steph is just a friend, that both of them want to give the baby up for adoption, and that he's most definitely not in love with Steph. Jorie is worried that one day Cody and Steph will regret their decision. Then again, she doesn't want Cody to be tied down with a baby when he should be starting college next fall. After all, she and Russ got married young because she was pregnant with Cody, and look how they turned out. Russ is worried that Jorie is too much in love with her new husband and too involved in her new life to ever consider forgiving him for his one transgression that hurt her so badly. Will Cody and Steph decide to keep their baby, or will they decide on adoption? Can Russ make Jorie believe he's still as in love with her now as the day they were married?

My take on this book: All I got to say is wow this book will make you feel a whole lot of different feelings throughout the story. Tracy Broemmer did a great job on this book. I actually felt like I was back in Lorelai Bluffs, Illinois with these amazing characters. This book is so filled with the drama of every day life. I wondered at what life threw at the characters, cried with them, was upset with and for them, I rallied for their happiness, yelled at them for some of the decisions that they made, and thoroughly was caught up in their lives.

I liked how the title Every Little Thing ended up in some of the chapters. I thought that was cool as we use the phrase “every little thing” as things crosses our paths in daily life. Mrs. Broemmer is an amazing author and this book is really good. If anyone asks for a recommendation I would probably give it to them. That is if they are looking for a book about somewhat day-to-day life book.

I will give this book five stars because it is that good and I think it deserves it.

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About Tracy Broemmer

Tracy Broemmer holds a BS in political science and a Masters of Science in Education. Before deciding to stay at home full time with her children, Tracy worked in the early childhood education field.

Still a stay at home mom, though her children are now twenty and fifteen, Tracy is an avid reader, volunteers at a local parochial school library and spends her waking hours writing the books she’s thinking about when she should be sleeping.

Tracy is the author of fifteen women’s fiction novels, including the Lorelei Bluffs series and five middle grade/young adult novels. She is currently working on a stand-alone women’s fiction manuscript and avoiding edits on another project.

Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, watching NFL, listening to music and anything to do with books!


Where There’s a Witch by Madelyn Alt

Posted July 29, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

Where There’s a Witch by Madelyn AltWhere There's a Witch by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on July 7th 2009
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 290
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Taking a break from her job at Enchantments, Stony Mill’s finest mystical antiques shop, Maggie O’Neill visits a carnival, where she senses some bad spirits. And though she’s Indiana’s newest witch, she’s learning fast that bad spirits spell big trouble.

A carnival has rolled into Stony Mill, and Maggie joins in the revelry but comes across a construction worker arguing intensely with a young woman. Later that day, the woman is found dead and fingers point to the worker: Ty Bennett.

Ty was part of the construction crew that unexpectedly unearthed a buried cellar – along with something supernatural – during the demolition of a local church. Now it’s up to Maggie to uncover the dark spiritual energy leaking into their town before it spoils everyone’s fun – and to catch a murderer while she’s at it.

My take on this book: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

Woot! I am done reading this book! I am really happy that Maggie finally choses between Marcus and Tom and that she chose the one that I liked. Granted it has taken her five books to finally make up her mind but she has finally chosen.

Once again Mrs. Alt has surprised me with who the killer is. I had a feeling though that it was someone with the church this time. I wasn’t too far off with my guessing of who was the murderer. I can’t believe what that person was doing to the people they loved. I won’t tell who the killer is, but still, wow.

I do hate that Melanie, Maggie’s sister told Margo about Marcus, Felicity, and their group of friends being witches. Margo, aka Melanie’s best friend and is Maggie’s arch enemy, then told her husband, who writes a newspaper, and wrote a letter in the newspaper but signed it Anonymous.

After that most of the town was interested in going to the store to see the witches. But mostly to judge as the townspeople are church going people that want to stop Maggie and friends “evil Devil ways.” Then there are ones that just don’t care what the newspaper printed. Granted it did take a little bit of time after the newspaper was out and about before Evie’s mom found out. Once she did Evie was no longer allowed to work there or see Maggie, Tara and Felicity. Of course that’s mostly because Evie hasn’t told her parents about her gift so they don’t see why she is connected to them.

I am giving this book five stars because it captured my attention, kept me guessing and I was able to finish it a whole lot faster. Not only that but this story was really good and with each story the characters are growing a little bit more. I especially like the new side of Tara, who I misjudges and she isn’t the polar opposite of Evie as I first assumed.

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No Rest for the Wiccan by Madelyn Alt

Posted July 27, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

No Rest for the Wiccan by Madelyn AltNo Rest for the Wiccan by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on November 4th 2008
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 295
Format: Paperback
four-stars

Maggie O’Neill loves her job at Enchantments as much as she loves being Indiana’s newest witch. But when her family needs her, she’s still willing to lend a hand – even if she has to reach beyond the grave…

It’s a long, hot summer in Stony Mill, and Maggie is busy watching TV reruns, minding the store, and figuring out her love life. Then, she reluctantly volunteers to care for her bedridden, oh-so-perfect sister, Mel. But Mel isn’t the only focus of Maggie’s attention. There are some strange spirits hanging about the area – and it looks like a job for Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. ghost-hunting team.

Even as she tries to deal with the long dead, Maggie must also cope with the recently deceased. When a friend of Mel’s loses her husband to a dreadful fall, the police call it an accidental death. Maggie’s not so sure, and sets her second sights on finding a first-degree murderer…

My take on this book: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

This book was awesome. I’m giving it four stars because it was one that I really really liked and I was caught up in the story after the first chapter. Granted it took me a little bit longer to finish this book then I wanted, but that’s okay I guess.

Even though I am reading these books after my mom, aunt, and sister I am enjoying reading them. I felt so sorry for Maggie throughout the whole book because of her having to deal with her younger drama queen of a pregnant sister, Tom’s jealousy toward Marcus, trying not to run into Marcus, and a bunch of other things. I am quite pleased to say that Maggie caught a pretty friendly kitten.

I hope that Maggie figures out her feelings for both Marcus and Tom since a love triangle is pretty exciting for a little bit but it does faze out as well. I still stand by my early comment before that Maggie would be better off with Marcus than with Tom in the long run. Then again that is just my thinking and I wonder if we ever actually do find out.

Overall this book is really exciting and pretty entertaining. I actually never thought of the murderer being two people and let alone the two people that it was. But then again that is usually how it always is for me with these mystery books. I always think of one person and having it completely turned around and the actual killer surprising me. But then again I can’t believe what Melanie and Margo did to Maggie, Marcus, and Liss about their witch ways.

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