book reviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents Book review of Lucy by Thea Ramsey

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BOOK REVIEW OF LUCY BY THEA RAMSAY!
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BOOK REVIEW OF LUCY, WRITTEN BY THEA RAMSAY
WHEN?
Thursday August 29, 2019
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MORE ABOUT THEA RAMSAY (in her own words)…

“I’ve been a Christian for a long time. I’m Baptist, and have undergone the believer’s baptism twice—the first time when I was fourteen, the second time in the Pacific Ocean off Maui, with my late husband.
I’ve been writing since before I could spell. I still remember writing a short story in which I spelled magic “M-A-D-J-I-K.” Ha ha.
I’m a voracious reader, and still like magic, however you spell it. Not witchcraft, of course; I mean fantasies and fairy tales, which have delighted people for centuries.
I was born blind, have chronic pain from a variety of conditions, and a serious mental illness called borderline personality disorder.
I’m concerned about so much darkness and dystopic material in books and movies today. My mother liked horror, the strange and terrible, whereas I’ve always been attracted by beauty, the strange and lovely.
My favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 and 17. It’s still the best news I’ve heard all day. 1st Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 13-18 are also my favorite verses, as they deliver still more good news re the rapture of the church.
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that true believers in Jesus Christ are called his bride.
My fave book in the Bible is the Song of Songs.
Anyway, I like soft, romantic, beautiful things. There’s not enough of that anymore in the world, so my writing is about that.”

Thea’s latest book is entitled Lucy.

Description:
Ten-year-old Lucy and her parents live on Earth in the last throes of its final holocaust. Their only hope is being accepted as refugees on another world, but one rejection letter after another eats away at their hope, while death closes in on them. Hope revives when a stranger arrives with a letter of acceptance from the mysterious planet Andorpha.

While Lucy, her best friend, Kim, and her parents wait to board the space ship, her parents are killed. Lucy faces danger and growth as she comes to grips with her parents’ death and the strange customs of Andorpha. While Kim laps up Andorphian love like warm milk, Lucy wonders if it’s all too good to be true. When Lucy learns the Andorphians believe their planet is under a curse, she begins to suspect there is a reason that she and her family were so readily accepted as refugees. Do they expect her to be the antidote to an ancient curse?

When Kim urges Lucy to accept the Andorphians and their way of life, the only shot at life they have, Lucy is certain she’s right. But all is not what it seems.

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book reviews

Book Review: Shadow Woman by Linda Howard

This book review was inspired by Wandering Soul Writer’s book review of Shadow in the Mirror. As I was looking for that particular book, I came acress this fabous mystery/romance.

Lizzy wakes up one morning, looks in the mirror as she’s drying her hair, after taking a hot shower, and sees a different face. As she tries to piece together the missing two years of her life prior to the three years she lived in Washington D.C. and worked for an investment firm, she is brought down by severe headakes, nausea and vomiting. The pain is so bad at times that she ends up curling up on the floor.

As she starts to remember, she discovers that she is being followed. She looks back at old pictures, tax returns, and anything that gives her a clue about her past life. The more she remembers, the more danger she finds herself in. As she goes to a nearby stor, she meets Xabier, someone she knew during the two years that were wiped from her memory after her facial reconstruction. Even though she runs from him, she sees him in her dreams. Does she finally fit the piecees of the puzzle together? If so, how does she or X, as she calls him in her dreams, rid themselves of the danger they are both in?

I liked this book, because it kept me rivetted to m seat, and longing to learn more. I also like how the stories of the three groups of primary characters wer woven together at the end. I wish one of the characters hadn’t been eliminated at the end, but sometimes as an author myself, I know the feeling of “killing my darlings”, meaning eliminating the characters you love to hate. I highly recommend that you read this book. When you do, I suggest that you hold onto your seats, because it is a very wild ride!

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The Lone Warrior: Once Upon A Time in the West, a book review

Lori Austin has written a compelling post civil War Western romance, about a farmer’s wife in search of her daughter who was stolen by dog soldiers and taken to a Shianne camp to live. Along the way she meets a former soldier who is known as the “white ghost”, wanted in both Colorado and Kansas as well as being chased by indian warriors.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that as I read this book via the NLS talking book program for the blind and physically handicapped, I laughed, cried, fought, and fell in love with these fabulous characters, and if you’re an avid reader and love a good story, I believe you will too. This book is an action packed ride from Kansas to Colorado territory where in order for Rose to find her daughter, She and Luke must fight off Indians, outrun lawmen, and they get into several scrapes, fall in love, and even get married among the Indians along the way. The little girl is not found by her, it happens the other way around. You won’t be able to put this one down, but you’d better have a hanky or a box of tissues close by, because you will need them.
Happy reading and God bless.

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Academy 7, by Anne Osterlund, a review

Hey folks, this is different from my inspirational posts, and the posts about my book. I just read the most awesome scifi novel entitled Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund. I am not usually one for scifi, but this author sucked me right into the story, and onto her fictional planets. 

Academy 7 is a novel about two teenage characters who are invited to attend the best scool of the alliance, on a planet called Academia. While attending Academy 7 they defy all the rules and laws to find the hidden truth about their pasts. Even though their lives are in danger, they are drawn to each other. 

Even though this is a scifi adventure story, it has a bit of romance in it, because well, I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you’ll have to get the book and read it to find out what I mean.

Last, but not least I want to thank NLS narrator, Patrick Downer for bringing  this book to life for blind readers like myself. I don’t know wether the narrator makes the book so good, or the writer alone, but I think it takes a combination of both to make it so riviting. Thanks to the writer and the narrator for pulling me into this excellent novel.

Until next time, happy writing, reading, and God bless you all

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Academy 7, by Anne Osterlund, a review

Hey folks, this is different from my inspirational posts, and the posts about my book. I just read the most awesome scifi novel entitled Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund. I am not usually one for scifi, but this author sucked me right into the story, and onto her fictional planets. 

Academy 7 is a novel about two teenage characters who are invited to attend the best scool of the alliance, on a planet called Academia. While attending Academy 7 they defy all the rules and laws to find the hidden truth about their pasts. Even though their lives are in danger, they are drawn to each other. 

Even though this is a scifi adventure story, it has a bit of romance in it, because well, I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you’ll have to get the book and read it to find out what I mean.

Last, but not least I want to thank NLS narrator, Patrick Downer for bringing  this book to life for blind readers like myself. I don’t know wether the narrator makes the book so good, or the writer alone, but I think it takes a combination of both to make it so riviting. Thanks to the writer and the narrator for pulling me into this excellent novel.

Until next time, happy writing, reading, and God bless you all

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Where the Wind Blows By Caroline Fyffe, book review

If you want to sink your teeth into a book that you can’t get out of your head after the last page has been turned, then I want to recommend a book entitled Where the Wind Blows, by Caroline Fyffe.
This book is a historical western romance, but there’s not much mention of cowboys drinking in saloons like most westerns. If you love Christian fiction as I do, this book is a good read too, because many of the characters believe in God, yet this book has just enough conflict in it to make you want to keep reading. By the way, I forgot to mention that the characters will drive you crazy sometimes, until you reach the end.
Jessie Strong is a young widow who wants to adopt one of the children she took care of when she was sent to the orphanage as a child. Chase Logan, friend of Jessie’s husband Nathan rides out to her cabin to tell her of her husban’s untimely death. However, when the owner of the orphanage brings little Sarah and a teenaged boy to Jessie’s cabin, Chase has to pretend to beJessie’s husband, so she can adopt the children. Things get a bit shady, and Chase ends up actually marrying Jessie,to give Sarah a stable home.
I don’t want to tell you all the juicy stuff, because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I can tell you that I’d rate this one 5 stars, because I was hooked from the start. I received this book from the National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped’s talking book program, through my network library in Atlanta Georgia. I will say that the actor who performed this book as a commercial audio book was outstanding! Let me know how you like this book.