Thursday, January 19, 2017

Interrupted Journeys: A Memoir of an Army Brat by Barbara Fifield

Interrupted Journeys: A Memoir of an Army Brat by Barbara Fifield is a memoir on the life and childhood of Barbara Fifield when she was child in a household with an army parent. The book follows Barbara as she has to deal with numerous relocations which means new schools, new people, new homes, and a loss of familiarity with people and places. As Barbra’s family is forced to move every one to two years her and her family begin to develop all sorts of problems ranging from Barbra and her sister, Marilyn, suffering from nightmares to their mother’s drinking.

I found the memoir to be particularly interesting as while I have never been an army brat as a child I was uprooted about every four years due to my father’s job. While I did not suffer from this nearly as much as Barbra and Marilyn I felt like I could understand what they were going through. I found their story to be quite interesting as they had to cope with the constant changing during their childhood where stability was important. I found the memoir to be particularly well written and I like how it was written in sequential order as it made for an easy to understand timeline. The author went out of her way to make sure all of the people were well developed throughout the memoir so that the reader could truly understand who everyone was as a person. The descriptive language was perfectly balanced to allow the reader to create a picture in his or her head without bogging the book down with too many details. Barbara Fifield’s memoir gave me some real insight into the life of a child in an army household and I feel like parents who wish to become soldiers should read this book first so that they can truly understand the challenges their family might face as a consequence of their decision to join the army.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Uplift by Natalia Terfa

Book Details:

Book Title:  Uplift: A Little Book of God's Promises to Give Hope and Uplift Your Soul
Author:  Natalia Terfa
Category:  Adult Nonfiction,  152 pages
Genre:  Inspiration
Publisher:  Wise Ink
Release date:  Nov 2016
Tour dates:  Jan 9 to 20, 2017
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

No matter how old we are, where we live, or what we believe - there are times in everyone's life that cause us to struggle. An it's in those times that we want nothing else but a word of hope and instead are so often surrounded by trite platitudes and false promises.

This is not that.

This small book was written to be something different: to uplift those who need it, to bring grace and love and light to the darkest times, and to be a voice of hope in the world where hope is often at a premium.

Read it yourself and be uplifted, or gift it to someone going through dark days.
We all need a little hope in difficult times. This is just a place to start.

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Natalia Terfa
About the Author:

Natalia Terfa is a pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is passionate about grace, yoga, and reading. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter - the love of her life.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter for Book ~ Twitter  ~ Facebook

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cooking for Picasso

Cooking for Picasso was an interesting audio book. I found the narration to be well done and the emotion was perfectly done for each part. The story of it was both interesting and thought provoking. The CD's were great as I was able to upload them to my computer with no problems. Since I enjoyed it so much I am now looking for ways to upload it to iTunes and transfer it to audible.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Westobou Gold by Hawk MacKinney

Book Description:

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The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persist.

In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeates Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnaws a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seem a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.

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Author's Bio:

Image result for Westobou Gold by Hawk MacKinneyInternationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. He served in the US Navy Reserve for over 20 years, and was a tenured faculty member at several state medical facilities, teaching postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel. Since retiring Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. The Cairns of Sainctuarie, his science fiction series, includes The Bleikovat Event and The Missing Planets, with a third book in the works. Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was released early 2016.

Connect with the author:  Website

My Review
Westobou Gold by Hawk MacKinney was a very well written book. I have to say that I really enjoyed all of the suspense and intrigue elements that at first seemed randomly stuck together until Craige began to untangle them. Hawk MacKinney fast pace style of writing suited this particular plot perfectly as he pulled various elements together like one would fit puzzle piece together. I personally found Criage Ingram, ex-SEAL, to be my favorite character because of the amount of time Hawk MacKinney spent developing him. To me he seemed like he could almost walk off the pages of the book and into real life as a real person. The amount of time and thought this author must have put into creating the plot and then putting his words to paper must have been a long time. I really enjoyed reading Westobou Gold by Hawk MacKinney and I plan to give some of the author's other books a try!