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Postmark Berlin

Father Burke was at the pub drinking away his worries while Meika Keller was needing to speak with him. Why ten at night? The next morning she is found dead, floating in the water of the Halifax coast. Father Burke is overcome with remorse. His gift of sight doesn’t help him sleep at night when all he can see is her expression as she’s floating in the water.

Why would Meika be killed off or kill herself off? From outer appearances she seemed to have a wonderful life teaching at a prestigious university, her stepchildren adored her, as did her husband. Who would want such an accomplished, beautiful woman dead?

Father Burke knows a little bit of her past from Meika sharing with him that she’d escaped East Germany in the 70’s and that her daughter had not survived the escape. He decides he wants to figure out why she died. His conscious won’t let him rest till he figures out the mystery. Father Burke decides to travel to Germany with his brother Terry after they discover that Meika received a cryptic postcard from Germany.

Father Burke is not only dealing with Meika’s sudden death, but the drama at the school where he teaches music. He has one troublesome student who thinks he can get away with bullying since his parents are one of the main financial donors. One of his students, Normie is a young girl who cares about her priest and is worried about how much he’s known to drink. Will Father Burke be able to cut back on his addiction?

I received my complimentary digital copy of Postmark Berlin by Anne Emery from Baker and Taylor Publishing Services, care of NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice. This novel is filled with twists and turns that will keep you reading to find out what happened to Meika. This novel was a tad long, but interesting enough to keep you guessing what happened. The characters are complex and interesting. I will have to read the other books in the Father Burke series.

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What Unbreakable Looks Like

Do you know what it’s like to be trafficked by your own mom’s boyfriend’s friend? Poppy can tell you. She thought she was Mitch’s favorite of all the girls. Her world is thrown for a loop when the cops bust into the hotel where they are staying at and she’s sent to the hospital to get checked out. Poppy finds out her aunt, Krys, wants to take her in. Does Poppy want to escape the Hell hole that her life has become? How can her own aunt choose a broken, used up teen like Poppy? Will anyone truly love her?

When she gets the chance to escape the hospital with one of the other girl’s pulled from the hotel Poppy stays back and decides from then on she’s going to relearn how to be Alexa. She’s leaving Poppy behind and wants to reclaim who she was born to be. Lex.

Will Lex go and live with Krys? Does she cave in and decide to return to Mitch? What will she choose? This novel drops you smack dab into Poppy’s world. It’s a story about how evil sex trafficking is and how one teen decides if she wants to face her demons.

This story is not for the faint of heart. This topic is very adult, heartbreaking, gut wrenching and leaves you stunned. Can you handle Poppy’s story? Her story is addictive and I can guarantee you’ll stay up to find out what happens. Poppy is a character you can’t resist rooting for. Not only rooting for Poppy, but for Lex. Will Poppy allow Lex to shine?

I received my complimentary digital copy of What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin from MacMillian, care of NetGalley. The views are of my own will and are mine. This novel better win lots of awards because this story is vital for everyone (age appropriate of course) to read. I can’t stop thinking about Poppy, Lex and a whole cast of characters you’ll wish you could call up to chat. This novel has the power to change and to help end sex trafficking.

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The Anesthesia Game

This story delves into the lives of: Mitsy, Hannah, Pandora and Sydney. Mitsy is Sydney’s mom, Hannah is Mitzy’s sister and Pandora is Mitsy’s personal psychic. Hannah is sick with the c word and her mom, Mitsy has checked out emotionally minus taking Sydney to appointments and her dad is MIA by over working. Mitsy reaches out to Pandora for help. Pandora is trying to find herself aside from her psychic business. Hannah is struggling with an addiction to spending to help ease the pain of her marriage falling apart. Sydney’s dad steps in to ask for Hannah to come help out since Mitsy is in her own little world, not wanting face her daughter’s illness in a real way. Sydney is trying to deal with being a teen and having an illness. This is the adventure of Hannah going to help out Mitsy and Sydney.

This novel is beautifully written with such in depth characters that they feel real. This storyline deals with tough topics like illness, marriage, friendship, sisterhood and spirituality. It’s the story of four women who are trying to find their way when their world’s are each falling apart.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Anesthesia Game by Rea Nolan Martin from the author, care of Booktasters. The views expressed are mine and of my own accord. This novel took awhile to get through because I didn’t want the story to end. This to me is the sign of an excellent story.

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Find Your Light: Practicing Mindfulness To Recover From Anything

This slim little book packs a punch. Barbara Conyers takes you on the journey of self discovery of what it means to practice mindfulness in your life. She saddles up the 12-steps along side going through what mindfulness is and isn’t. Ms. Conyers gives helpful exercises throughout the book to help you explore what being actively mindful is like. She also, shows how addiction plays a role in our lives and how being mindful of what addictions we have and how to confront them is vital.

Having read other books on mindfulness it’s great to see the exercise of deep breathing suggested. When I was sick a year or so ago, I would get anxious, but focusing on breathing deep helped calm me down. One exercise I need to incorporate into my life more is just sitting with my thoughts and emotions; knowing they will flow accordingly. They aren’t permanent, though my body thinks so because it goes into flight or fight mode. If you need a short book on my mindfulness then I do recommend this book.

I received my complimentary copy of Find Your Light: Practicing Mindfulness to Recover from Anything by Barbara Conyers from Hazelden Publishing, care of Smith Publicity. The views are of my own will and are mine.

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Maggie’s Ruse

Maggie and Marta are twins that are always together except for the time they went to camp as kids. Marta is the actress and Maggie is the painter. They share an apartment. Their mother remarried a rich man, so they are allowed to pursue their passions since they get economic outpatient care.

One day Marta and Maggie decide to play a twin prank on their guy friend, Josh, who likes Marta. They dress as alike with matching wigs. Josh thinks he’s chatting with Marta, but it’s really Maggie. When Josh kisses her, Maggie responds in kind. This display of affection angers Martha, but Maggie reminds her it was their idea to trick him. Due to this turn of events Maggie decides she needs space from Martha.

Maggie’s take off to stay with her old art co-op friend Leah in a small town not too, far from Maggie’s childhood home. She gets in a groove painting and feeling like Maggie finally has her own space. Marta back at home feels strange not having her twin home, but tries to adjust. Will Maggie and Marta clear the air regarding Josh?

This novel tackles the quandary of having a twin and being expected to get along and be similar, when in fact you are as different as days is from night. It’s about figuring out who you are a part from someone who understands you better than anyone else. I always wonder what it would be like to have a twin. It’d be instant best friend.

I received a complimentary copy of Maggie’s Ruse by Anne Leigh Parrish from Unsolicited Press, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are of my own accord and mine. To grab a copy via Amazon and to find out more about Anne Leigh Parrish. This book was fast paced in length, but had more of a mellow feel to the storyline.

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Book Connection

Some books you just soak up. I noticed this book at a local used bookstore, but it was a tad pricy hardcover, so I resisted. When I saw it at the library my eyes lit up. I just finished The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. It was a gem filled with gorgeous photos, quotes and interviews with a wide range of individuals. Each section covers a different topic.

I’m not an Oprah groupie by any means, but this book she put together is so inspiring, convicting, educational and eye opening. I definitely want to secure my own copy so I can book tab it all over.

Thank you Oprah for opening your soul and allowing the world to see you fully as you are. You are a wonderful woman who blazes a path ahead for those of us learning to take our first independent spiritual steps.

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Life At 8mph

I dragged finishing Life At 8mph. I didn’t want this memoir to end. It was too, rich in life to have to get to the last page. This book will have you laughing about every page. The author has a way of describing a scene that is so vivid you just need popcorn while reading.

Peter was needing a new job and saw a job posting at his seminary. Little did Peter realize the adventure he was about to embark on part time. When he arrived to meet Richard he didn’t realize that Richard has Cerebral Palsy and is in a wheelchair. Richard didn’t let Peter escape with the, “I need to pray about if I should accept this job,” since Richard was a reverend of sorts, so he just offered they prayed together on the spot. This memoir is Peter’s journey helping Richard with seminary classes and day to day things. The adventures these two go on are hilarious, sobering and inspiring.

This book was so satisfying that I hope Peter will write a sequel. If you need a great book on the power of friendship then this is a wonderful book to splurge on, or gift to a new friend. Peter is not preachy, though there are Christian nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout this book.

I received a complimentary digital copy of Life At 8mph by Peter Bowling Anderson from KiCam Projects. The views expressed are mine and of my own choice. I can’t shut up about how much I love this memoir. Now all we need is Richard to write his memoir.