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Just the Facts by Ellen Sherman Book Review

 

Just the facts by ellen sherman _ Zainey Laney

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I got the opportunity to read Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman through Book Sparks University.

The book itself started off slow for me. This is not the usual type of books I read, as I go more to thriller, mystery, scifi, chick-lit, or young adult. This one is definitely just in the fiction genre. The main character, Nora, is discovering herself and her life as a reporter. This books seems to lend itself to people who are familiar to the journalism world, as some things sort of went over my head in situations. However, it was an enjoyable read and not too long!

Just the Facts is available on AMAZON in kindle, and paperback formats. Not currently available on available on Google Play.

Available: Sep 8

Press Summary:

When English major Nora Plowright finds herself staring at college graduation as if at the edge of a cliff, she decides to become a newspaper reporter–and right away, she manages to get a job at a local paper (which you could still do in 1978). Although fearful by nature, Nora pursues a tip from a stranger and soon is investigating corruption at the Maryland State Highway Authority regarding the controversial placement of a new freeway. The developing scandal, with its shady “players,” tests both her budding reportorial skills and her appetite for danger. Also, her passion for storytelling makes it increasingly difficult for her to stick to the facts.

Humorous and poignant, Just the Facts is a coming-of-age novel about finding one’s way in the real world that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with figuring out what to do when she or he grows up.

Disclaimer; I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until Next Time:

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Return to Robinson Island By TJ Hoisington Book Review

 

 

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Return to Robinson Island by TJ Hoisington _ Zainey Laney

I was recently given the opportunity to read this book, the sequel to Johann David Wyss‘s Swiss Family Robinson. The book takes place in the future, after Ernst has left the island to join the Navy, Fritz has started a family, and Francis has grown to be very skilled in animal husbandry and hunting.

After serving on the seas for a few years, Ernst takes some time off and goes back to the island for a visit, taking his friend John. While there the men discover pirate treasure, but really have no use for it on the island. Ernst takes a few pieces back to the mainland for some sound, yet discreet advice. But sinister forces are afoot, and this discovery threatens the island and the Robinson family.

This book is a very interesting read, especially if you have read the original story, or seen the movie. The description of the innovative ways used to live on the island has always fascinated me. And this story definitely does continue where the other leaves off, making a thrilling and fun ride to the end!

Return to Robinson Island is available on AMAZON in kindle, and hardcover formats. Also available on Google Play. Check out more on the website: https://www.swissfamilyreturns.com

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Release date: Oct 13

Press Summary:

Inspired by the “original” Swiss Family Robinson book written in 1812 by Johann David Wyss, Return to Robinson Island is a continuation of the adventures of the Robinson family fifteen years after their famous shipwreck.
 Return to Robinson Island is an entertaining, action-packed adventure story that has a thread of romance weaved throughout. It takes place fifteen years after the Robinson Family’s famous shipwreck on a remote island in the East Indies. The story highlights Ernest Robinson, who is now twenty-seven years old, engaged to be married, and is a 1st Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy. Ernest has distinguished himself as a fearless fighter, respected leader, God-fearing man, and loyal friend. However, his loyalty is tested when his commanding officer, Captain Charlie, is court-martialed on war crimes and Ernest has no choice but to tell the truth even if his testimony sends his former captain to prison.
When reports reach England that a vast treasure trove has been found on Robinson Island, Ernest and his family find themselves in mortal danger when Captain Charlie vows to retrieve the treasure for himself and wreak revenge on the entire Robinson family. Will the Robinson Family survive the attack?
Will Ernest ever see his fiancée again? One thing is certain: they won’t give up the island – or their lives – without a fight!
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Until Next Time,
Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney
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Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson Book Review

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Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson Book Review _ Zainey Laney

OK so I confess, the real reason I chose to review this book is because the cover is purple! Not really. So I started reading this book and realized that I had read books by her before. Janice Thompson has also written the “Weddings by Bella” and “Weddings by Design” . It looks like she likes this genre as this book is part of the “Brides with Style” series. I believe this book is the second in the series, and although I did not read the first, I may just go back because I liked it.

Katie works at a bridal shop and is dating the shop owners son, Brady, who is also a Maverick’s basketball player. Or he was, but he has been benched due to an injury. Katie is trying to balance love, work, and tough decisions in her life while helping Brady through his own life changing ones. The book is filled with lots of lively characters and an easy to read story. Plus there is also an element about Doris Day (I won’t spoil it, but it’s cute and makes me want to go watch more of her movies). Definitely one you don’t have to think about!

Every Girl Gets Confused is available on AMAZON in paperback, kindle, and hardcover formats. Also available on Google Play.

Release date: Oct 20

Press Summary:

How can she choose between the love she thought she lost and the love she stumbled upon in the aftermath?

Katie Fisher and Brady James may be a match made in heaven, but that doesn’t seem to guarantee them a happily ever after accompanied by angelic choirs. Katie’s almost-fiancé Casey is back in Fairfield, ready to rekindle their relationship. And there’s nothing Katie’s parents want more than for their small-town girl to leave Dallas and come home for good.

But can she really leave Brady behind? And will she ever be able to wear that gorgeous wedding dress she won?

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl Book Review _ Zainey Laney

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Today I am reviewing Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl. This looks to be book 3 in the series “Finding Sanctuary.” Sophie is a reporter for a big city newspaper who is chasing a decade old thief to a Mennonite city. Her past is catching up with her as she finds her childhood crush lives there. Seeing him reminds her of the hurtful past she wants to forget. Will she find the criminal and write her story? Will her childhood crush help heal her past?

This book was very much under the thriller/suspense genre. It was well written with complex characters and a plot twist I did not see coming (and I see them pretty far away). If you are looking for a good read that is rivoting, this is definitely a read for you. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s is not a book about evil or eclipses.

Rising Darkness is available on AMAZON in paperback, kindle, and hardcover formats. Not available on Google Play at this time.

Release date: November 3

Press Summary:

Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she’s left her past far behind her, she’s now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man–a prisoner–claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can’t resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career.

Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie’s confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary’s charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she’s getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop–fatal or otherwise–to her investigation?

 

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC to introduce to my readers.

 

Until Next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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The Imposter By Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Review

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The book I read last week was called The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It falls into the Drama Fiction category.

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher _ Zainey Laney

I read quite a few dramas, and while it is not my favorite category (that would be chic-lit or scifi/ suspense) it is a great way to pass the time and not tax your brain.

The Imposter is a pretty quick and easy read, so if you like quiet time with a cup of tea, this is a book for you!

What I liked about this book is that even though it takes place in an amish community, there are members of the church that are open to change and do not judge someone for their decisions. It is a book about love: platonic and romantic. And it really makes you think about what is important in life? Is it your core moral values or your love for the people around you? How should we really live to show people how we care? Can Imposters be friends? Can your friends be imposters? Yep there are a lot of questions, but this book gives their take on the answers.

The Imposter is available on AMAZON in ebook, paperback, and Hardcover formats. Also available on Google Play.

Release date: Oct 6

Press Summary:

A heart once deceived should not be easily fooled again . . .

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. But as her plans crumble before her eyes, she struggles to face an uncertain future. When a widow asks for help starting a new business, Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose.

What she doesn’t need is attention from Andy Miller, a farmhand who arrives at the widow’s farm just when help is most needed–and who always seems to say the right thing and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real or too good to be true? She’s been deceived once before, and she isn’t planning on experiencing it again.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a tale of love, uncertainty, and trusting God to write your story.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to review it for my readers. Post may contain affiliate links. Book review done with permission of publisher.

Unitl Next time!

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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The New Wild by Holly Brasher Book Review

The New Wild by Holly Brasher Book Review _ Zainey Laney

We are supposed to take care of the world we live in. But what happens when the earth decides it’s had enough with our wasteful ways?

Jackie is your basic teenager living life at summer camp for the last time. Until she wakes up and finds that the modern world no longer exists and those she loved on the other side of the nation. Her only companion is the camp jerk Xander, who teases her to her limit. Together they set off to find out if their family is still alive or has been claimed by the wild.

Fans of young adult fiction will enjoy this book because it seems slightly plausible. Well as plausible as you can be with some fantasy creatures and plants thrown in. I thought it was a good lesson in how we have built so many things we rely on that if taken away would be hard to replace.

The New Wild is available on AMAZON in both regular and ebook formats. Also available on Google Play.

Release date: August 26

Press Summary:

Mother Nature is pissed.

Few will survive.

Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets.

Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie’s opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that’s the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real—and very dangerous.

Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to review it for my readers. Post may contain affiliate links. Book review done with permission of publisher.

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The Secret Fire by CJ Daugherty Book Review

The Secret Fire _ Zainey Laney

Interested in fantasy young adult literature that is sure to turn into a series? This one is for you.

The Secret Fire is the first book in the Alchemist Chronicles series and is the story of a boy and girl who have never met, but their past is intertwined in fantastic ways. Sacha is 17 and can’t die…until he turns 18. His father tried to find a cure for his affliction with no success, dying in the process. Taylor has started showing some interesting powers, and finds that she almost can’t control them.

Once day Sacha and Taylor meet when their teachers match them for tutoring, even though they live in 2 different countries. Thus begins the exploration into their ancestors and how their mistakes changed the present world.

This book is really easy to read, and I found myself breezing through it in almost no time. However, I was a little frustrated by the formation of the sentences which were sometimes redundant, using the same word twice. However, I received an ARC so perhaps this would be changed in editing. Also the end did not conclude even with the cliffhanger ending, feeling almost abrupt. It did, however, leave me wanting to read the next, so it did it’s job!

The Secret Fire is available on AMAZON in both regular and ebook formats.

Release date: September 3

 

Press Release:

Sacha Winters can’t die. Until his eighteenth birthday he is invincible. On that day it all ends for Sacha – the result of a curse that has plagued his family for centuries.

His death will fulfil the curse – and unleash a wave of destruction. He has no idea how to stop it, only the cryptic notes left behind by his father, and a strange connection with a girl he has only just met to guide him.

Taylor Montclair is a quiet, studious girl focused on her dream of getting into Oxford University. She’s also the only one who can save Sacha. Only neither of them knows that yet. And Sacha lives hundreds of miles away, in Paris.

Taylor and Sacha have eight weeks to find each other. To unravel the secrets buried in their families’ past. And to discover the power that lies within them.

Sacha’s life, and the fate of the world depends on it. The clock starts NOW.
Disclaimer: I received this book in order to review it for my readers. Post may contain affiliate links. Book review done with permission of publisher.

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The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

The Memory Weaver tells the story of a child who grows up in the un-civilized west who goes through a traumatic experience which determines how she lives her life and shapes the person she grows up to be.

Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick _ Zainey Laney

 

Eliza Spaulding lives with her parents and family on an American Indian reservation, bring the gospel to the natives. On the whole, the natives are friendly. But then another tribes kills the missionary leaders and kidnaps the children, holding them hostage for a few months.

The story is told from the point of view of Eliza, making her way into adulthood, falling in love, and surviving in the west. Interspersed with her story, are diary entries from her mother, deceased for a few years, explaining the horror that took place at the hands of the natives. Even though at the beginning the details are not clear, the experience beings to paint a clear picture as both stories intertwine.

I was surprised to know that this story is based on true events. Through the trial and diaries of the people involved, much is known of the attacks. However, Jane Kirkpatrick decided that she would write in the point of view of the children involved. Much of her story is supposed but some is not. Kirkpatrick fills in the gaps with extensive research on the subject.

This is an appealing and enjoyable look at this period in history.

The Memory Weaver is available on AMAZON in both regular and ebook formats. Also available on Google Play.

Release date: September 1

Press Summary:

Description

Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now a mother of two, Eliza faces a new kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her mother’s grave–and returning to the land of her captivity.

Haunted by memories and hounded by struggle, Eliza longs to know how her mother dealt with the trauma of their ordeal. As she searches the pages of her mother’s diary, Eliza is stunned to find that her own recollections tell only part of the story.

Based on true events, The Memory Weaver is New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest literary journey into the past, where threads of western landscapes, family, and faith weave a tapestry of hope inside every pioneering woman’s heart. Get swept up in this emotional story of the memories that entangle us and the healing that awaits us when we bravely unravel the threads of the past.

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of twenty-seven books, including A Light in the Wilderness and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her books have been awarded the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction and have been finalists for many others. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

 

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to review it for my readers. Post may contain affiliate links.