Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hillar Rodham Clinton: On the Couch, by Alma H Bond, PHD

There have been so many books written about our former First Lady of AR, First Lady of our country, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Not all in good light I might add. If you look at the picture on the cover of the book you will see an older lady. The lines on her face are there because she has given almost her whole life to helping others. Look into her eyes and you will find the love she has for our country and her family.
The author shows us what has made her the woman she is today. Starting from her early years growing up with her parents. Her father ruled with an iron hand. He made know concessions when it came to his children. Hillary was the only girl but was treated like her brothers in many ways. When it came to school work a B was not accepted in the Rodham home. It had to be all A’s.
I lived in AR for a few years and read what reporters said about her. She was ripped apart on many things. Everything from the way she dressed, to why she put up with Bill Clinton and his women.
Hillary is a strong woman but she is human just like the rest of us. She feels pain, she cries when no one is around. People seem to forget her many accomplishments she has done.

Sandra Heptinstall

Arch of the Universe by Mark Whiteway

After the death of his wife Sarah, Quinn decided it would be best for him and his son Conor, to leave their home and start over again on another planet. They joined a group of 12,000 humans headed away from the planet Eire and the colony world orbiting Kapten’s Star. They were going to Hades-7
They were not far out when all of a sudden they were under attack. Lights flashing and parts of their ship were falling apart. You could see people being pulled out into space. Quinn quickly grabbed his son and they headed towards the life boat station. When they were in their suits they started to talk about some things they never had before. Things they should of said to each other. How much they both hurt from the loss of Quinn’s wife and Conor’s mother.
Quinn kept talking about how sorry he was for not really asking his son if he wanted to leave. Then Quinn looked at Conor and notice he looked pale. His suit read CO2. So quickly Quinn took off the tubes that were filled with oxygen on his suit and then put it in his son’s. He laid his visor on top of Conor’s. He knew they were both going to die.
From here on is when this story really takes off. Quinn finds himself in a white room and has no idea of how he got there. Then Conor comes walking in and while Quinn is happy to see his son he also has questions. When Quinn ask him how he was still alive he was told that Conor was dead. But the neuronal connections-the memories, the emotions, the essence of Conor had not fully decayed. They had managed to preserve him. Quinn is not so sure of that. He still sees his son at times, but won’t, or can’t believe that Conor is dead. you think you have the answers to this book, and it is changed by a simply two or three words. The attention to every detail in this book is an amazing job by the author. The character development is brilliant.
You will find aliens that you have to exercise your mind when trying to figure out who is good and who is bad. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the author takes a turn and you are back to square one.
The author is one of the best Sci/ Fi writers of our time. I am always amazed by his talent, and where he comes up with his stories.

Sandra Heptinstall
I do not charge for doing reviews
Rated PG for violence

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Death of Archie

I have a major secret that not many people know. I am 63 years old and love Archie, Comic Books. It started when I was five. I remember my sister and I would get 25 cents a week and we headed over to a pharmacy that had penny candy and comic books. I would buy two Archie comic books and the rest was for penny candy. I can’t remember what my sister Paula, spent her quarter on. I do know that she could make me feel selfish by not giving her my money. I actually put my quarter in my mouth and when it was going down I began to think maybe this was not a good idea. But at least she could not talk me into giving her my money. My parents were not happy with me. They had to take me to the doctor.

Over the years I lost all of my comic books, and then was busy raising my kids and working. Then I mentioned to my youngest grandson that I used to love Archie comic books. He then began to buy me Archie comic books whenever he saw them.

I must say the writing in this book and the illustrations are good. Yet, I am left with sadness as Archie dies. In a world filled with violence why do this to Archie? I bought Archie comic books even when I was a teenager. I must also admit that I also bought Little LuLu and Casper sometimes when I bought Archie. This time I was working part time and spent my own money.

So for all of us baby boomers I must say “R.I.P. Archie, we will miss you so.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Almost Perfect

This is one of the most heartfelt, feel good books I have read in a long time. Right from the start I was hooked. We have two main character and the first is Benny. Benny is a young teenage boy who suffers from a mild form of autism. Benny has only two goals in life. One is to make his mom proud and the second is to have his very own dog. Benny’s home life is very dysfunctional. He lives with his father and step mother. His mom is into drugs and even on her visitation weekends she very seldom shows up to pick Benny up. His father wants Benny to grow up and work with him someday. He does not accept Benny for the person he is.

The other main character is Bess. She is seventy years old and a dog breeder and trainer. She has shown her Umpawaug Poodles for years. She is well respected and known throughout the world of show dogs as one of the best. Bess has decided it is time to end her business. She is too old to care for her many dogs. She only keeps two of her dogs. One is Mc Creery and the other is his son Breaker. Even though her dog McCreery has won every show he was ever in, Bess never took him to Westminster dog show. It is not because she thinks he could not win, but much deeper reasons of her own.

While walking home alone because his mom did not show up as planned, Bennie hears a dog moaning. He follows the sounds and that is when this books grabs your heart. I have cried off and on while reading this book. The ending of this book totally surprised me. I could visualize what was going on and the tears really started falling.

In my opinion this book is an easy five star rating.
Rated G

I do not get paid to read and review books. In this case though I have to say this book is worth a lot of money to me. I only give books a four or five star rating so that people will get a book that is good or better.

Sandra Heptinstall

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mr. Miracle

I first have to say this book has a great cover. I did not notice it at first, but when I picked the book up it showed what could be snow falling or ice crystals. You can turn it in all directions and see it. It is truly a lovely cover.

The book is what you would expect from a Christmas story. We find Harry Mills who is an angel sent to earth. This is his first time on earth. When he was in heaven he would look down and observe people and thought he had a pretty good idea on what they were like. So when he was finally given an assignment he thought he was ready. One thing he did not count on was having human feelings while he was here.

His assignment was to help a young woman named Addie Folsom. In helping her he made some mistakes but the ending is what I expected. That did not diminish the story for me. I got this book for those reasons. It is a light read with interesting characters. The book made me feel happy and it was funny in places.

Rated G

Thursday, November 13, 2014


“My father died when he was only 54. At his funeral there were roses everywhere and all the colors of the rainbow. To look at my dad you would never guess that he was a man who loved roses with a passion. It is because of his love that I wanted to read this book.”

Billy Lapp was a young Amish man who lived with his father and older brothers. Life was hard for him as they treated him horribly. One day he woke up and said to himself “No more.” He left his home and never looked back.

Billy got a job at Penn State University’s greenhouse. He took care of all the plants and flowers there. He became known as a Rose Rustler. It was his job to go out when someone called and thought they may have an unidentified rose.

One day his boss came to where he was working at. She handed him a note, and said she had a call and wanted him to check out a rose. He just sat the note down and did not pay attention to it for awhile.

When he did he felt his world begin to spin. He tried to think of a way to get out of going, but could not. The address on the paper was Rose Hill Farm. Back to the town he ran away from. Back to where a young woman who was still in love with him.
You will meet a character named George. George has a way of showing up at just the right time when he is needed. I hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I have.

Rated G

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blossum the Possum Learns to Swim.

This is a small book but younger children will enjoy it. It is not easy to keep a child’s attention span, yet Master Wharton book did just that. He is one talented young man. If he keeps writing there is not a doubt in my mind he will be writing best sellers.

Blossom the Possum and Turt the turtle are adorable characters. The whole book is well thought out and delightful. At the end of the book William, gives an interview that I found quite interesting for such a young author.

I was surprised to find out why my ma would always say to me “Quit playing possum and get out of bed now.” You will also know what really happens to possums.
Way to go young Will, job well done.