Secrets of GlenMary Farm

E.S. Burton

iUniverse, 460 pages, (paperback) $34.95, 9781450297639
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Secrets of GlenMary Farm is an apt title for this complex, layered novel, for around every turn, there is a puzzle.

As the story begins, Janice Harmon has decided that it’s time for a change in her life and moves to GlenMary Farm, a breathtaking estate in Kentucky that serves as a home for both […]

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God at Work in Our Dreams

Faria Mutsambiwa

AuthorHouse, 56 pages, (paperback) $24.49, 9781452061481
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

From the dawn of time, many have believed that dreams contain a certain prophetic power. From Australian aborigines to Egyptian pharaohs to Hopi Native American shamans, true vision didn’t occur during the waking hours of day, but during the seemingly silent darkness of sleep. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Judeo-Christian tradition where […]

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A Sheepish Man

Mark Segal

AuthorHouse, 121 pages, (paperback) $9.92, 9781456789497
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

In the waning months of World War II, Robert Thornton White, a middle-aged, decorated fighter pilot from the previous world war, finds himself helping to train a new generation of pilots even as his own anti-war sentiment grows stronger by the day. He feels powerless as he watches his only child, also a pilot, rush […]

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The End and the Beginning

Jim Oleson

Outskirts Press, 305 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781432761202
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

The End and the Beginning rests comfortably in the tradition of fine historical novels. Set in an early 19th century America populated by runaway slaves, abolitionists, explorers, indentured servants, and military men, it combines fictional characters with historical figures, such as the great Indian chief Tecumseh, to admirable effect.

As a child, Jim Morgan runs […]

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From the Time of the Writing

Duncan Alexander Maclean

Trafford, 423 pages, (paperback) $26.45, 9781412099240
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

In this unusual flashback through history, the narrator recounts his many incarnations over a period of 1.6 million years. He depicts a simple early life as part of a small nomadic group existing in harmony with nature. Climate and geologic changes through time drastically alter human lifestyles and, ultimately Homo sapiens emerge, which the story’s […]

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The Blackbird and the Rainbow

Christina Smith

AuthorHouse, 412 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781449044732
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

The Blackbird and the Rainbow begins as Chrissie Smith, spending a pleasant weekend with her husband, Geoff, and their youngest son, Steve, receives the news that her oldest son, Dave, has died of a heroin overdose. Dave seemed to have finally kicked his drug habit, which makes the news even more devastating.

After this dramatic […]

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Up From Corinth

J. Arthur Moore

Xlibris, 160 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462874545
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Eleven-year-old Duane Kinkade encounters kindness and cruelty wearing both blue and gray uniforms in this second volume of a projected fictional tetralogy about the Civil War by retired schoolteacher Arthur Moore.

Searching for his father in the Confederate Army after his mother was killed by raiders, Duane is wounded during the battle of Shiloh. He’s […]

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The Faithful Five

Hattie Murphy

Trafford, 51 pages, (paperback) $10.14, 9781426996986
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

It should be acknowledged from the start that this plainly written spiritual memoir, The Faithful Five, contains numerous typographical and grammatical errors. Yet, if you look past the surface of this intriguing little book, you will experience firsthand what the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus meant when he said that “the language of truth is unadorned […]

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Richard J. Johnson

Trafford, 337 pages, (paperback) $19.92, 9781426959981
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Anyone who has ever tried to break a spouse of a garage-sale habit will probably want to keep Richard J. Johnson’s Found! The Lost Treasure Ship San de Cristo out of the house. This story of four friends’ search for sunken treasure begins with Brad Mason’s impulsive purchase of an old book at an estate […]

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Erin Sankey

Xlibris, 341 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453577004
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Erin Sankey’s wildly imaginative, contemporary fantasy for young adults begins with much promise. Chicagoan Frances Hennessey is a high school junior when his parents are killed. Sent to live with a grandmother he barely knew existed, Frances realizes quickly that Emma Gledstorm is like no other person he has ever met; she lives on her […]

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