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Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith
Author: 
Heidi B Neumark
Publisher: 
Abingdon Press
Genre: 
Non-fiction_: 
Rating: 
7
ISBN/ASIN: 

9781630881245

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Hidden Inheritance is Heidi B. Neumark's journey of discovery after she discovers a puzzle in her history. Neumark, a Lutheran pastor, finds out that her father was Jewish, and though they were close, that fact was a tragic disconnect, a secret he'd kept from her. Her daughter's discovery (on Wikipedia) starts her on a journey of a combined exploration of history and personal philosophy with the assistance of experts, historians, survivors, and academics.

She travels to Germany where in Wittmund and Lubeck, she learns how her grandfather lost his business and died in a concentration camp after sending his son—her father--to the US. She wonders many things, like how her own faith might have grown innately from a part of her history she'd never known, as if religious feelings were coded in her DNA. The discovery does not turn her from her Lutheran faith, but does cause her to re-examine everything in detail, including developing insight about her eccentric Aunt Lore.

The history is interesting, and the perspective is unusual. Neumark remembers being a teenager considering her German heritage, never guessing that her lineage is Jewish, putting her family tree on the opposite side of the fence from where she thought she was. Because she is a preacher, it isn't unexpected that her self-examination begins to feel very preachy, as, among other things, she tries to apply her secrets, persecution, and prejudice to relate to her work helping contemporary LGBT youth. The holocaust destroyed many lives, and many of its survivors' lives were irrevocably damaged as a result. Perhaps Neumark was seeking answers and a way to cope with damage she'd never known extended into her own family. I admire Heidi Neumark's bravery in such a public examination of her family's deeply buried secrets, but do be forewarned that the spiritual navel-gazing begins to feel preachy.


It’s just about that time…yes, it’s almost summer, but that also means: new K.A. Tucker!!!!!
We’re so excited for the release of UNTIL IT FADES…on-sale June 27, 2017!

T - 3 days and counting...

It's come down to the final pre-sale weekend. Only three days left to purchase the ebook at $3.99 before it goes up to $8.99 on Monday.

The trade paper and hardcover editions have hit Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestseller lists so they're discounting both editions by 20%. That's a deal, right?

Join us for the virtual launch party on Facebook. We'll be going away all kinds of swag: T-shirts, signed books, and a Kindle Fire.

Check out this short intro I just made for my #WriteTip video series on YouTube. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
#WriteTip for Beginners: Free-Writing

Jonathan Fesmire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ukFYNtH58

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Author: 
Merry Jones
Publisher: 
Oceanview Publishing
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Rating: 
9
ISBN/ASIN: 

9781608091911

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As the story begins, Elle Harrison is beginning a new year of teaching second grade at Logan Elementary. Though this is a book in a series, we can tell without reading the other books that our Elle is a survivor, fighting to keep her life on an even keel, in spite of personal demons, destructive memories, and fears of random individuals like the creepy school custodian. She fights in a tangible way by taking on new challenges like selling her house to free herself of her past, and taking up the trapeze with her friends Becky and Susan (both projects with dubious success.) She's haunted by memories of her late husband, Charlie, and zones out, a thing her friends call "pulling an Elle." She has a lot to deal with, including finding the school principal Mrs. Marshall murdered, and being interrogated by Nick Stiles, the same detective who had been on her husband's case. By the end of the first chapter, her canoe is fully loaded with rocks and headed toward the waterfall with a slow leak.

We have sympathy with Elle because she has such troubles. She deals with not only her personal issues, but also having to work with Joyce (her nemesis). Joyce is something of a cold fish, and would be a challenge to work with in any environment except maybe in concert with other cold fish. Elle and her friends have empathy for their students, even troubled ones like Ty Evans, one of her former pupils who has a troubled family, and whose release from prison complicates the story.

Writing in first person is a challenge. Though Elle's life has made her neurotic, a condition which has her second guessing everything, this can be difficult for the reader to hear constantly and still remain sympathetic, she does remain a sympathetic character. This does make her pretty whiney for a heroine, although she has good reason to be. Her friends are somewhat supportive, and I can't decide if the author meant them to be realistic, loyal or pandering, because they know of her problems, but aren't as supportive as they could have been. (What kind of friends drink with someone prone to blackouts?) As for the mystery, on one count I was surprised, and on another count, I was not. I did enjoy the read. Even though Elle is a prisoner of her history and nerosis, and lives to be a piñata for life to beat up, I finished in one sitting. Childs Play is a series book that does stand alone.

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Riskybusiness bookcover
Author: 
George Hatcher
Series: 
Ambulance Chaser
Publisher: 
Casa Hatcher Press
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Rating: 
9
ISBN/ASIN: 

9780996592772

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Having read two of George Hatcher’s prior books, Risky Business feels like a re-acquaintance with old friends. Several of the characters are familiar to me, with the exception of Melina. Melina is new in Mario’s life. She comes into his life at a most opportune time, when he’s at a low point in his life.

His best friend and lover, Tanis, is killed in front of him, and Mario is devastated, and out for blood. In his small community, blood pays for blood with blood. He knows the bullet that took Tanis away from him was meant for him. What he doesn’t know is who wants him dead. He didn’t want the police involved, so he sets out on a mission to solve Tanis' murder, all while hurting physically and emotionally. Throughout the time it takes to gather information, he keeps on with business as usual. That includes satisfying his enormous sexual appetite, oftentimes, with more than one woman at a time. Mario slows down a bit only when he meets Melina after she is involved in a car wreck. He tried to use Melina to replace Tanis, but once again, another attempt is made on his life. This one is eerily familiar, but it was only then that Mario finds out who wants him dead, and why.

The book has a nice pace and is written in a dialogue that’s easy to follow. It kept me rapidly turning the pages to find out who put the hit out on Mario. He seems to be liked by everyone, especially the women in his life. When it is finally revealed, I’m left speechless because the plot was kept tight until the very end. Great suspenseful read with lots of action and genuine love all around.

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