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  • More Snapshots? From My Uneventful Life
    David I. Aboulafia
    I loved the first book in the series and wondered if Aboulafia would be able to sustain the energy in this sequel. I'm pleased to say that he did indeed...there's still the youthful exuberance and wacky sense of humor evident in much of what he's shared...In Aboulafia's introduction, he mentions that some of the readers of his first Snapshots book asked for more, and I will confess to being one of those benighted souls. I'm glad I did. The author's tales continue to enthral, bemuse and outright entertain. His writing style is conversational and smooth, and loaded with quirky surprises that jump out when one least expects them. More Snapshots? From My Uneventful Life is most highly recommended! ~ Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

  • Glance at My Other, A
    Bruce Randal Wilkerson
    When Josh finds the body of a young Algerian girl floating in the Seine and tries to rescue her, he dies in the attempt and his consciousness migrates into her body. Becoming a girl is difficult enough, but becoming a young arab girl poses unique challenges for this American boy, and the struggles he faces in dealing with her day to day life, and her observantly religious family would make for an interesting read. However the drama is amped up even more when he becomes convinced that her death was no accident, and that in fact a member of her family may be responsible.
    A clever body swap and culture swap tale, this was a good read with plenty of twists to keep me engaged as a reader. I particularly liked that the author provided translations for the dialogue, which takes place in both French and English, depending on which characters are speaking, and from that point of view, it could almost be used as an educational tool. ~ Anette Jordan, NetGalley

  • Emancipation of B, The
    Jennifer Kavanagh
    A book which doesn't finish after the last page

    It doesn't. You keep thinking about it, and it would be a good one for Reading Groups. The ending is not satisfactory, or is it? Clearly the author intends it to be so for B. Interesting for practitioners of Buddhism. ~ crispy, amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    5.0 out of 5 starsI I recommend "Because I Had To" to clients
    I am a Therapist and I work with at risk populations; children in foster care, juvenile offenders, and children/adolescents with difficulties around their adoption. The impact of adoption on the children, adolescents, and families is an under addressed issue but, David Bulitt’s novel "Because I Had To", offers an authentic look at adoption. The powerful aspects but also the challenges. Reading and witnessing the story of Jess is difficult to take in but, David eloquently tells the reader not only Jess's difficulties but also the friendships and bonds that were created in her life. Yes, it is true not all stories of adoption have a positive outcome but many do and "Because I Had To" is told in a realistic and positive way. Most children and adolescents adopted would agree with David's powerful account. I recommend "Because I Had To" to clients. Great job. ~ Marirose Ungerman, Therapist, Amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    "I am a Therapist and I work with at risk populations; children in foster care, juvenile offenders, and children/adolescents with difficulties around their adoption. The impact of adoption on the children, adolescents, and families is an under addressed issue but, David Bulitt’s novel "Because I Had To", offers an authentic look at adoption. The powerful aspects but also the challenges. Reading and witnessing the story of Jess is difficult to take in but, David eloquently tells the reader not only Jess's difficulties but also the friendships and bonds that were created in her life. Yes, it is true not all stories of adoption have a positive outcome but many do and "Because I Had To" is told in a realistic and positive way. Most children and adolescents adopted would agree with David's powerful account. I recommend "Because I Had To" to clients. Great job." ~ Marirose Ungerman, Theapist, Amazon

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    No happy endings here...And that's part of the appeal of this story; a candid account of two people struggling with relationships, particularly their relationship with themself. 4 stars. ~ Stephanie Cross, Amazon customer review

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    Alright, we have taken a break from romance to bring you a book that hits you hard in the feels. Because I Had To is by David Bulitt and is a mystery/ psychological thriller that takes you down the roads you never wanted to go down but knew you had to.Jess Porter has not had an easy life. The only person she felt that she could connect with is her father. But now he’s dead and she’s been adopted. However, things aren’t much better for her. After all, how can you possibly get through the day when your perfect twin sister has it all and you’re left with her scraps. She not only struggles academically but socially as well. Naturally, she has been seeing therapists for quite some time. But they don’t seem to be helping as she’s still cutting, still feeling broken, and still feeling unwanted. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. She begins this journey, moving to South Florida, trying to find her birth mother, and hoping that all of the jagged pieces of her life somehow fit together as she learns about some of the secrets of her past. But the question then becomes, will her secrets help her grow, or send her spiraling back down to the place of misery she’s been trying to claw her way out of.

    This book especially spoke to me because I am a twin. My brother and I have been compared our entire lives but we are two very different people. I struggle with street smarts and he had issues academically. Our parents tried hard to treat us as two different people, but everyone else would always assume twins are exactly the same. Why couldn’t he get an A in English and why couldn’t I go around the corner from my house without getting lost. I felt that Bulitt accurately portrayed the struggle that you feel when you want to live up to someone else’s life but you just can’t.
    What made this story amazing, was how it didn’t just gloss over the nitty gritty and it wasn’t just teenage angst. Yes, there was plenty of that, but a lot of the issues that Jess was dealing with, are a lot bigger than we usually have to deal with at this age. You see her go through therapy fighting herself to get better.

    Fun fact about Bulitt, he is in family law. This book drips of real life scenarios, real outcomes, and real law. I cannot stand it when there are inaccuracies in books and not one thing seemed fabricated or lacking research.

    The problem with this book, though it is a quick read, is that it is a heavy read. I guess that’s the downside to handling issues like this. You definitely need to know what you’re starting before you get into it because it is not a fun and light romance. Though, sometimes you do need a break from those.

    Give Bulitt a try and be ready to not only be wowed, but to be taken on a journey that may require a tissue or two. But don’t worry, Bulitt throws some funny moments in there from time to time to balance the harder times. ~ Sarah Fischer, A Kiss at Midnight Reviews

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    "I'm not usually the type who reads short novels, but after the hype in local press about the book I couldn't help but I pick it up and give it a shot. And I'm sure glad I did!

    Because I Had To starts off extremely strong, the first few pages in particular drew me right into the story. The story begins without any fuzz, or long introductions and shows off the challenges both the character goes through. The author managed it make you feel the pain Jess goes through, but also allows the reader to see the ups and downs that JB, a successful lawyer with a loving family, goes through. Through the first section, about Jess's childhood, and problems with her family and especially her, I was pleasantly engaged. I couldn't wait to read on to see how how she and JB are connected and the story develops.

    The book, admittedly, takes some unexpected turns in the content department as it teeters between witty humor, anecdotal essays, psychological disorders and personal stories. I found the writing interesting and refreshing, as it tackled so many important topics like abortion, self-inflicted pain, family challenges, but also light hearted topics such as the friendship between JB and his office assistant and what comes in life after the kids moved out.

    Where David Bulitt's book drew me in was when Jess and her therapist had therapy sessions. Those session really brought her character alive and showed the development her character and approach took throughout the book. Also JB's anecdotes always made me laugh throughout the book (who doesn't talk to their dog all the time when home alone?) which made the character very relatable.

    So thank you David for giving us a slice of JB's live and for letting Jess be such an interesting character to follow throughout the book.

    Needless to say, I finished the book in one evening.

    Can't wait for the next one!" ~ Barnes&Noble, BN reader

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    "A wonderful story about a young girl finding her way and the love of one man looking to find and figure out a small piece of himself. The bond between them in unbreakable. An enjoyable and quick read with great hints of humor by author David Bulitt. This second novel was the perfect follow up to his first novel, The Card Game. I cannot wait for the third novel to see where the road leads for Uncle Bro." ~ amazon reader, amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    "I especially enjoyed the depth of the main characters and the way the author jumped right into the story. Can't wait for his next book." ~ amazon reader, amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    "Bullitt's book is a fast and engaging read. He begins by describing the separate lives of Jess Porter and JB, two very different characters, and then cleverly connects these two characters. In the process he explores the personal struggles and emotional challenges that each of them individually face and how their association leads to self discovery and growth for both of them. Bulitt covers some weighty issues, but at the same time maintains a mood of humor and lightness. I enjoyed the book very much and would love to see a sequel." ~ amazon reader, amazon reader

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    "Loved this book, could not put it down! Can't wait for the next one... this one left me hang in'" ~ amazon reader, amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    "If you like contemporary fiction this is for you. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A real page turner suitable for a great book club discussion. In fact, everyone in my book club bought it and loved it. Can't wait for Bulitt's next novel." ~ amazon reader, amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    "The book grabs your attention from the very first chapter. I was entriqued with the depth of the characters and couldn't wait to find out more about both Jess and JB and how the dealt with life's choices. Sometimes you think that something you don't have will solve all your problems and then you realize that the relationship you wanted was right in front of you after all. Bulitt shows he can write about guy stories in "Card Game" and complicated relationships in "Because I Had To". An easy and sometimes emotional story." ~ amazon reader, amazon

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Just couldn't put it down, it had me gripped right to the end. Would really recommend this book to all readers! Big well done to the author and look forward to reading more from him. ~ Georgina, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A wonderful read, compelling, heartbreaking and at times uncomfortable to read, as the author digs deep into the failings and psyches of his two main characters. It is in some way, a cautionary tale on the choices we make and the lives we lead, Beat the Rain is a psychological drama rather than a thriller, which has you hooked the further into the book you read, combing a page-turning plot with brilliant characterisation and raw emotion. I could barely put it down by the time I was half way through, and by the end was pretty wrung out. Nigel Jay Cooper is undoubtedly a name to watch if his debut is anything to go by. I thoroughly recommend this little find. Five stars. ~ Emma S, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A well-written heartrending book which held my interest throughout. Keep the tissues handy!! ~ Pat Cavill, Goodreads Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Five stars - I simply loved this book. I'm a very hard to please reader, I lose interest quickly and my attention span is appalling but this had me from the first chapter and stayed with me until I could bury myself in it again. It's beautifully written, and is about life and love and mistakes. The characters are compelling yet flawed. You can't decide if you love them or hate them, in the end I gave up trying to judge them and just let myself get absorbed in their tale. If the author had another out I'd buy it in a heart beat. Loved it. ~ Poetry Fan, Amazon Customer Review

  • Pilgrimage on the Path of Love
    Barbara Ann Briggs
    Love Saves Us From Wrong And Guides Our Path In Life

    "Pilgrimage on the Path of Love" is the story of Shantila, a courageous woman, travelling alone in India in search for the true meaning of life. The path she follows is the path of love. With almost no money in her pockets, she lets all-knowing mother nature guide her each and every step and provide meaningful experiences very useful for individual evolution.

    Shantila falls in love with a Tibetan buddhist lama, only to find out that this kind of personal love has to develop into unbounded universal love. Universal love and knowledge, which the ancient Rishis of India express in the words: “Aham Brahmasmi, Tat tvam asi, Sarvam kalv idam Brahm” - [I am Brahm (Totality), Thou art That, All this is Brahm]. By the grace of God, Shantila is blessed with glimpses of this exalted state of consciousness, filling her heart with love for whole creation.

    "Pilgrimage on the Path of Love" is written by Barbara Ann Briggs in skilfully refined and easily flowing words. The reader will be absorbed in adventurous real-life stories, leading to deeper understanding of progress and evolution towards the highest goal.

    Dr. Herbert Gerstendorf ~ Dr Herbert Gerstendorf, Germany

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Five stars. I bought the kindle edition of the book when I happened to see it as a 99p offer, I thought I'd give it a try at such a low price. I'm so glad I did! Once I began reading it I became so immersed in the characters I couldn't put it down. This is a fantastic debut novel and I am so looking forward to reading the author's next one, which I will buy at full price. ~ Mrs S V Tomlinson, Amazon Customer Review

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