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My Father’s Business

I enjoy shopping at Dollar General. You never know what you’ll discover, but they always have unique bookmarks. I still have one that’s embroidered from ten years ago. When I got asked if I’d like to review My Father’s Business by Cal Turner, Jr. with Rob Simbeck I said, “yes,” since I like to personally shop occasionally at Dollar General.

This memoir goes behind the scenes of this major retailer to show the humble start of Cal Turner, Sr. starting the retail chain that would morph into becoming Dollar General where everything is only a $1. Based out of Scottsville, KY where hardworking customers value a great deal and buy. Senior Turner knew what his customers wanted and needed. He would look high and low for great deals to sell to his customers. When his eldest son, Cal Turner, Jr. got into helping out in the stores he knew one day he’d take over the reigns of Dollar General.

This book is a short read, filled with personal stories of Cal Jr. growing up under the shadow of his dad and what it was like to grow up in a family immersed in living, breathing retail. Cal Jr. does share how his Christian faith helped shape his work ethic and personal life. There are tense moments and moments you’ll laugh. If you enjoy business books that are part memoir then you’ll enjoy this book.

I received my free copy of My Father’s Business from Center Street in exchange for my feedback. This was an enjoyable read and it’s neat to read about the history behind an iconic store.

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The Moment Before

Holly Chicago is determined to not let any man capture her heart again after her heart was broken by her father who left on a trip when she was little and never returned. She loves her father and is sure he didn’t abandon her, but the years keep flying by with no word from him. Holly keeps his memory alive by writing to him in her journal. She also, finds solace in visiting Joe, a piece of artwork at a museum near by that makes her think of her father and makes her feel closer to him.

Elias Haddad only meant to go visit his dying father, but instead got caught up in politics and arrested trying to enter his homeland of Syria. He misses his daughter Cheryl. Elias keeps hoping to one day be freed.

Holly revamps herself after leaving her verbal abusive mom behind. She doesn’t want to think of her real name or her heritage. Her Syrian roots might just get her into trouble after the scary events of 9/11. Holly chooses to start over in a small town where a handsome local lawyer named John Veranda is quite the distraction. When Holly was out of high school she tried to ask Mr. Veranda to help her in her search for her missing father. The difference is Cheryl goes by a new name and will Mr. Veranda recognize her?

This novel, The Moment Before by Jason Makansi is a story about family, relationships and the courage to not give up. I was provided a copy of this novel for free from TLC Book Tours care of Blank Slate Press. This is an intense read and brings to mind the years after 9/11 and what the American mindset was at that time. Holly, John and Elias are characters that don’t leave your inner world after the last page. I don’t usually read political themed novels, but this one is worth it. Go grab a copy from Amazon. Thank you Mr. Makansi for writing on a topic that shouldn’t be forgotten.

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Becoming The Talbot Sisters

Waverly and Charlie are twins who are orphaned when their parents plane crashes in Africa. They are sent to live with their Aunt Mae whose not rich like their parents were, but showers the girls with a stable, caring home life.

As adults Waverly uses her inheritance to go to culinary school and Charlie decides to travel to Africa where she ends up doing nonprofit work there. The twins used to be close, but as the years go by they became more like strangers. When Aunt Mae passes away they are brought back together.

In her grief Charlie makes a huge life decision to try and give Waverly the one thing she’s most wanted in life. A child. To be her sister’s surrogate. After multiple miscarriages Waverly has almost given up hope, so when Charlie offers this generous possible gift Waverly hopes her husband, Andrew will be on board. Will Charlie go through with her offer to Waverly? Will their sisterly bond survive such a complex situation?

This novel is sweetly written. Waverly and Charlie are two distinct characters that stand out. Waverly is a Food Network host of her own cooking show while Charlie is the traveling nonprofit humanitarian. I can relate to Charlie in that I am more of an introvert who likes to read. Waverly reminds me of my sister in her love of cooking unique dishes. This novel tackles tough topics like infertility, sisterhood and what makes up a family.

I received my ARC copy of Becoming The Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden for free care of TLC Book Tours from Thomas Nelson. I am usually not into Christian fiction, but this novel isn’t religious in tone. To grab a copy click here for Amazon and to find out more about the author Rachel Linden check out her website.