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Lost Child

I’ve read Torey Hayden books before. She is a child psychologist who writes books are about kids she’s helped who are extremely emotionally disturbed. This book I almost DNF’D 2x. Not because I wasn’t enjoying the book, but due to the shock factor of how the child of the story, Jessie talks and the subject matter. I’m also spiritually sensitive, so there were parts I almost felt spiritually attacked. I persevered to the end and I’m glad I did. This has to be the most EXTREME case of hers I’ve read.

I’ve never read a book about a person who has RAD: Reactive Attachment Disorder and Lost Child shows you what a child is like who has this disorder. The characteristics of this disorder are not for the faint of heart, or highly sensitive person. I’m an empath, hence why I reacted to the story stronger.

I received my complimentary copy of Lost Child by Torey Hayden from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. This book is worth reading, though it should come with a warning on the cover with how graphic it can be. I still am a fan of Torey’s work and hope she’ll write another book soon. Thank you for sharing Jessie’s story and how lives can be changed when we choose to reach out and care.

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The Only Skill That Matters

Do you crave to learn more in less time? The Only Skill That Matters tackles ways in which we can learn quicker, easier and have fun doing it. Super learner author, Jonathan Levi provides different ways we can help make recalling material in a fun way. Some examples he provides are to assign an image that will help you remember a piece of information you are learning. Another example he gives is if you are wanting to learn a tough subject to use a variety of learning means: books, podcasts, documentaries, etc. Mr. Levi also, talks about how we can speed read. Since I love to read this is a skill my ears perked up on. I’ve never thought of previewing something I’m going to read before I read it. There are many other examples the author provides.

This book may be super short, but the contents may take a few rereads to have this helpful information sink in. I’m still marinating the information I’ve read. This book was easy to read, challenging to comprehend some of the skills shared and gives me hope to know I can learn quicker implementing the skills shared.

I received my complimentary copy of The Only Skill That Matters by Jonathan A. Levi from Lioncrest Publishing, care of TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are of my own accord and mine. To purchase a copy click here for Amazon and to connect with Mr. Levi check out his website.

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When We Believed In Mermaids

Josie and Kit are sisters, best friends and soulmates of sorts. Their lives are dominated by their dad’s Italian restaurant and their parents fiery marriage. Both sisters look out for each other the best they can. Their lives improve when Dylan washes up on their doorstep one stormy night. He’s only a kid himself, but lies to appear older. Josie and Kit’s mom takes Dylan into their family, like one of their own. He becomes Josie and Kit’s surrogate brother, parent and best friend.

When the big earthquake of 89′ hits their California town all their lives change drastically. To numb from the grief Josie buries herself into surfing, drugs and boys. Kit keeps to herself reading and studying. Josie takes off to numb her grief.

One day Kit and her mom get the news Josie has died in France. Can Kit and her mom handle any more grief? Kit moves forward becoming a doctor and pushing away the grief of loosing her wayward older sister.

Years later there’s a news report. Kit glances at the newscaster and notices a familiar looking woman in the background. Is it Josie’s ghost? Does her sister have a secret twin out there? Kit’s mom calls to ask if she saw what looked like Josie on the news. Why would her sister be in New Zealand? How is it that she’s alive? Kit’s mom begs her to go find her sister. Kit relents and goes to New Zealand. Will Kit find Josie? If Josie is alive, why would she fake her own death?

I received my complimentary copy of When We Believed In Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal from TLC Book Tours and the author. This novel is a masterpiece of literature that will leave you craving for more. This story delves into the complicated world of fractured families that are trying the best they can, how siblings can be your lifeline when it feels like you are all alone in the world and how we don’t always share everything with our family. If you are sensitive to the topics of alcohol and drug use and abuse then this novel may not be the best fit. I thought I’d read my top favorite book for 2019 and I was wrong. This novel wins 100%. To find out more about Barbara O’Neal check out her website and purchase your copy via B&N.

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The Great Unexpected

Joel’s wife recently died and now he has a roommate at his retirement home that doesn’t talk back. Mr. Miller is in a comma, but is still someone to talk to. That is, until he expires one day and Joel has to watch the nurses try to revive him.

Joel wonders if he’ll get a new roommate then enters in Frank Adams otherwise know as Mr. de Selby; an old actor who has the flair to match his fancy scarfs he wears. He’s very chatty and everyone at the home seems to like him, but Joel is not too, keen on his roommate.

Overtime they form an interesting friendship of sorts. Slowly his roommate scrapes away the bitterness that Joel holds onto like a vice grip. Life seems to be looking up until Joel confesses that he wants to be done with it all. The question is how does he want to go out? Frank wants to help out so he starts to write a play of Joel’s final moments via brainstorming in his journal.

Since Joel’s time is nearing to an end once he figures out how he wants to go, they both decide they want a night out on the town. They escape the home and proceed to go to a bar. They get properly sloshed and go back to the home. The head director is fuming and Joel’s daughter is furious he’d risk his life when he has a ver perfectly good place at the retirement home.

One person whose worried about Joel is his friend Una, who was friends with his wife, Lucey. She’s been keeping an eye on him and he’s been avoiding her obvious interest in him.

Frank and Joel decide to go on a few more nighttime jaunts into the city. One such adventure they bump into Joel’s grandkids who find it hilarious their grandfather is boozing it up with his roommate. Who knew partying with your grandkids could be a fun time. When they return more precautions are taken so they won’t escape again.

This novel discusses so many important topics. Friendship is a key one, but also, the topic of receiving respect when you are elderly. I know when my grandmother had to move into her retirement home it wasn’t easy. Having sense of loss after living in a house to a small apartment with neighbors all around is a big change. I also, think going from living independent to assisted living is a big change, to feel your sense of control of your own life is being micromanaged by someone else who is in charge. Another topic covered is how we ware masks as a defense mechanism. Joel’s roommate Frank uses his character, de Selby as his persona when he’s not wanting to be vulnerable. Joel uses grumpiness as his defense mechanism.

I received my complimentary copy of The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney from TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are my own and of my own will. This book is a gem and a reread. The characters are hilarious and thought provoking. The banter between Joel and Frank reminds me of the movie, “Grumpy Old Men.” I can’t wait to read more fantastic books by Dan Mooney.

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A Torch In His Heart

Do you crave romance? Does a love story across time sound inviting? Have you wondered about reincarnation? If so, then look no further with, A Torch In His Heart. This novel is the journey of Helle and Jason who met as children back in ancient times. Helle was royal, but Jason was of the clan of healers. Their status in life was meant to keep them apart, but they were determined to stay together. When Helle is married off to an evil royal man she is gutted. Jason is crushed.

Fast forward a number of life times. Helle is now a smart, gorgeous woman who keeps having strange dreams, or what feel like flashbacks. One day at her new job she notices a man come into the office to meet with her boss. All of a sudden she has a flashback of this particular man and recalls what his name is. He seems so familiar to her, but how is that possible if she’s never met him before? Helle feels there is some kind of connection. Her boss is furious this man has come to see him. What kind of threat does this man, Jason, possess?

Eventually Helle and Jason get to talk. Helle can’t fathom what Jason is telling her. Could her dreams be actual memories from her past life with Jason? Could this explain why her boss seems so angry toward Jason? Is her boss the man she was forced to wed so long ago?

Follow Helle and Jason as they figure out how to stay together when their past keeps haunting them in the present. Her past husband won’t be ignored and he will do anything to get her to stay with him.

I received a complimentary copy of A Torch In His Heart by Anna Belfrage from TLC Book Tours, care of the author. The views expressed are mine and of my own accord. This novel is long, but beautifully written. If you love steamy romance then this novel delivers very nicely. I don’t exactly believe in reincarnation, but this story is fascinating. To think that two lovers can search for each other lifetime to lifetime is intriguing and sweet. The power of love through the ages.

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Bent But Not Broken

I don’t have a penis. I always wondered what it would be like. I wondered why men are so obsessed with their manly parts. After reading Bent But Not Broken I think I understand much better.

Don Cummings noticed his penis was changing and not in a comfortable way. He goes to a doctor to find out what’s wrong and discovers he has Peronie’s disease. His manly part curves which makes intimacy a tad challenging and gives him anxiety. He wants his penis to be like it was and wants a cute. This book is his journey in finding a way to cure his disease. He openly talks about how this affects his relationship with his partner Adam and how the treatments for this disease affected him.

I received my complimentary copy of Bent But Not Broken by Don Cummings from Heliotrope Books, care of TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are of my own accord and strictly mine. I recommend this book even if you are straight. This disease effects countless men and could potentially affect your partner, or spouse. To understand how this disease affects a man’s self esteem and how it changes him physically is vital to understand, to know how to be supportive and patient. This memoir was a tad outside my comfort zone due to said topic, but it was educational, has humorous moments and you’ll be cheering for Don throughout his book. To buy a copy click here and to find out more about the author.

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Where The Forest Meets The Stars

Reading debut novels is an adventure. You don’t know what thrilling new author you might discover. Honestly who can look at this book cover and not want to dive into this story? I just finished reading the last page and I already want a sequel.

Jo is still reeling from the passing of her mom and coming to terms with her own health challenges. As a bird researcher she enjoys the solitude her work gives her. One night Jo encounters a little girl who appears lost, hungry and shy. Feeding this unknown waif Jo learns this girl is an alien visiting from another plant. Ursa does seem very bright for her approximate age. Doing the right thing a few days later, Jo calls the local police, but gets the strangest reaction. Ursa runs off as soon as she senses it’s the police.

After locating Ursa, Jo realizes the police won’t be any help. Her and Ursa encounter the local egg man who sells eggs near the house she’s renting for her summer research. Egg man is handsome and Ursa seems to take a liking to him. Because of Jo’s health challenges she doesn’t feel desirable, but egg man is cute and they seem to get along.

Both Jo and egg man take to both helping out Ursa by swapping taking care of her. Through this joint effort they all start to create a bond of sorts. One day when they are out helping Jo with her field work Ursa gets whacked by a tree branch. Due to the injury Jo and egg man start to drive her to the hospital, but Ursa leaps out of the car and makes a dash for it.

This book covers a myriad of topics from what makes up a family, relationships, health, to missing children, and so much more. This book was intense from page one and had me wanting to find out what happens to Jo, Ursa and egg man.

I received a complimentary copy of Where The Forest Meets The Stars by Glendy Vanderah from Lake Union care of TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are my own.