Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Gifts: A Jacody Ives Mystery by Linda S. Prather

The Gifts, A Jacody Ives Mystery
Linda S Prather
Echelon Press Publishing
9735 Country Meadows Lane,
Laurel, MD 20723
288 pages

If you love a good mystery mixed with the supernatural, and suspense, then this is the book for you. It is a thriller that has you thinking one way, and then within the next few pages you are on a journey that will keep you going until the end. It is like being on a roller coaster. You slowly make your way up to the top, all the time watching how high you are going. Then as you reach the top you say to yourself, “What was I thinking?” Yet it is too late to get off. This book is like a roller coaster.

Once you start reading it, there is no turning back. The book will drawl you into the story and the characters. I thought I had it figured out half way through the book, and then sure as shoot I found out I was lost.
This is a great read.

I rate this book PG 13 for language and violence

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Pirate's Bastard

Laura S. Wharton
Second Wind Publishing, LLC
931-B Main Street, Box 145
Kernersville, NC 27284
$11.95 paperback at Amazon
7.95 Kindle
168 pages

Ms. Wharton has impressed me by the amount of time she spent making sure everything was correct for the time period the book takes place in. Everything is right on the mark. This book is Historical Fiction and an excellent read.

Reverend Jonathan Eubanks, opens the church door and finds a small baby someone has left on the steps of the church. He takes the child to the orphanage where he will spend the first nine years of his life. The other children call him the town’s bastard and assault him and call him names daily. The only refuge he has is when he goes to the church, where Reverend Eubanks is.

One day Reverend Eubanks asked Eward if he would like to go with him to his next assigned church in New Brunswick, in the colony of Carolina. It would mean that Edward would not be able to return to Barbados for a long time. Edward jumped at the chance to get away. Where no one knows the story of his father Stede Bonner, who left his plantation, his wife and two sons to become a notorious pirate along with his mistress who was Edward's mother.

In New Brunswick, Edward found that no one knows anything of who he was, or his past life. As he grows older he becomes a ship builder and life is good for him. He falls in love with a woman and the future is promising. That is until a man shows up who knows about his past. Will Edward be able to keep his past a secret or will it come up to haunt him again?
Rated PG for subject matter.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Seeds of Spring: Lessons From the Garden

This book is so much more than just a how to garden book. The author takes us on an adventure in gardening for a season. I found this book to be philosophical, poetic, a test of endurance and informative.

Mr. Bates believes we should all be responsible in taking care of our planet. It is up to us to be as environmentally friendly, as we can be.

I had never thought a garden could be a work of art, until I read this book. The way the author plans his garden you will find different colors at different times of the growing season. The colors, shapes and textures could be compared to a realist painting.

I have to add that this book is also funny. I will never be able to look at a chicken again without remembering the battles Mr. Bates faced in keeping them out of his garden. The immortal cry of “fried chicken, fried chicken,” will always stay in my mind. I have to leave you with this warning, do not read this book and then go to a KFC for a long time. I did and could not stop laughing. I don’t know where it came from but I started saying in a loud voice “fried chicken, fried chicken."My friend is still saying "she can’t take me any where as she never knows what I might say." This is a five star book, and I give it a G rating.