My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
Felicia Lyons seems to have it all, including three lovely children, a successful, adoring husband and a great life in the ‘burbs. But all isn’t what it seems and as her story unfolds, layers of her life are peeled back to reveal the truth she’s been hiding.
Vivid descriptions help to bring Faye’s world to life, and show her journey hasn’t been an easy one. Her picture perfect world was built on the ruins of an entirely different life, a life that won’t remain hidden for long. Though at first I wasn’t quite sure where things were going, once it picked up speed I found the book impossible to put down.
Though at times I questioned Faye’s reactions to the events spinning out of control in her life, they made more sense to me as the story unfolded. It also helped that the author was describing some familiar locations in NJ and PA, which I recognized and could picture for myself. For me, those locations helped to place Faye and her family and friends into a very real world.
Overall, it describes the extent people will go to make a fresh start, even if it means losing themselves in the process. But in the end, there’s no running away from the truth of who you are and what you’ve experienced. (Received a review copy.)
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Amazon link: Second House from the Corner: A Novel
The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A very interesting story about a woman who begins to experience flashes of the life she might have had with her husband, who died years earlier.
As the flashbacks continue, she’s led to a different type of life and meets various people who are leading her on a journey to self-discovery.
Kate Waithman switches back and forth between her real life with her fiance, Dan, to her “might have been” life with her dead husband Patrick. For me, as the story went on, I found myself much more interested in her dream life than in her real one. The connections between her and Patrick were so loving and I wondered how long it would take for her to wonder why she was making certain compromises in her real life.
Very richly detailed, especially when dealing with Kate’s experiences with music therapy and working with deaf children. Though I had an idea how things would turn out in her love life, the revelation at the end was unexpected. I enjoyed the story, while at the same time I felt that some things fell into place a bit too neatly. (Received a review copy.)
Amazon.com link: The Life Intended
You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction by Kelli A. Wilkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book isn’t just for beginning writers, it has something for writers at every stage. With sections such as Meet the muse, Excuses, Ideas, Characters, Marketing, etc, whatever you’re looking for, there’s something here to learn from.
I have a lot of writing books, and some of them deliver on their promises, some don’t. But this book breaks down the writing process and shares tips and tricks to help you to learn and grow.
No matter where you are on your journey as a writer, you’ll get something out of this book. I highly recommend it as a reference and as a way to inspire and encourage you to move past writing blocks, and tap into your creativity.
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