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#Trafficked by Sophie Hayes–Review-4 stars

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Trafficked is a disturbing memoir about a young, educated woman who was tricked into a life of prostitution. 

Sophie was brought up in an abusive home. Although, her mother was a loving parent, her father was a tyrant. His emotional and verbal abuse in the home was a constant. Sophie’s issues were mostly with men. It took years to trust Kas, even though, she considered him her best friend. When she finally agreed to join him in Italy for a week, he was ecstatic. So was Sophie. It was in Italy, however, where her relationship with Kas changed forever. Kas had become someone, Sophie didn’t even recognize. He was controlling, cruel, and violent. She was told in no uncertain terms that she’d be working the streets for him. Prostitution was to be her life now.

This book is emotionally raw and disturbing to read, but the message is clear. The need to raise awareness about human trafficking is paramount. Sophie was from a British middle-class home. She was educated, worked, had her own apartment and yet, unbeknownst to her; she was being groomed for a life of prostitution. Kas was her confidant and friend. She had shared information about her life and family with him. She later discovered that the intimate details that she revealed about herself were used to manipulate and control her. She thought Kas loved her. He didn’t. 

Although the book could have been written with less repetition, the story itself is unforgettable.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Sophie Hayes was in her early twenties when she was forced into prostitution in Italy. Following her horrifying ordeal, Sophie is rebuilding her life in London. She is working with the charity STOP THE TRAFFIK and the William Wilberforce Trust to raise awareness of trafficking and to help other women life herself. To date she has worked with Cherie Blair, the Metropolitan Police and the UN.The Sophie Hayes Foundation was set up and inspired by Sophie in January 2012. Since Sophie’s return to the UK she has been relentless in her work in order to make a difference and change perceptions. The mission of the Sophie Hayes Foundation is to raise awareness about, and support survivors of, human trafficking and modern day slavery.For more information please visit:www.sophiehayesfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/SophieHayesFoundationwww.twitter.com/SophieHayesFndn

 

The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur–Review-4 stars

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A True Story of One Man’s Incredible Journey!

The Art of Living Fully is an insightful and thought-provoking memoir. 

Tal Gur had all the perks of being a successful businessman when he decided that the corporate life was not for him. He wasn’t happy. So he decided to give it all up. Tal Gur made a list of goals that he wanted to achieve in his life and started fulfilling them, one by one. This book is his story. 

I like how the author outlines exactly how he went about reaching his goals while traveling around the world. Tal Gur doesn’t only include his successes but also his discouraging moments. Many of the inspirational points that he makes in this memoir are exceptional and good reminders about believing in oneself. 

While reading this book, I couldn’t help but think about the goals that I’ve met, and the ones that I still have on my list. Tal Gur encourages the reader to plot out their goals and follow their dreams. In a nutshell, this book is a wealth of knowledge in an easy to follow format about living life to the fullest, being true to yourself and finding happiness.

Thank you, Tal Gur, for my complimentary copy, of your inspirational memoir, The Art of Fully Living.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Tal Gur, a blogger, entrepreneur, and devoted adventurer, has spent a decade pursuing 100 major goals around the globe. But his journey had its challenges. Like most people, he faced crippling self-doubt and struggled for a sense of purpose. Behind every difficulty he discovered a life-changing gift, and now he’s passing what he learned onto others. Find out more about Tal and his 100 life goals project at http://www.FullyLived.com

 

Check Out Today’s New Book Releases!

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Released Today

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon–5 stars
The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel–5 stars
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman–4 stars
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton–4.5 stars
The Other Mother by Carol Goodman–4 stars

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews on These Fab Books, Here Are The Links:

 

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/09/i-was-anastasia-by-ariel-lawhon-review-5-stars

The Room On Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/18/the-room-on-rue-amelie-by-kristin-harmel-review-5-shining-stars

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman—4.5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/14/i-have-lost-my-way-by-gayle-forman-review-4-5-stars

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton—4.5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/12/the-sun-does-shine-by-anthony-ray-hinton-review-4-5-stars

The Other Mother by Carol Goodman—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/03/19/the-other-mother-by-carol-goodman-review-4-stars

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton–#Review–4.5 stars

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Don’t Miss This Unforgettable Memoir–The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton–Coming 3/27/18!

The Sun Does Shine is an unforgettable, haunting story of a terrible injustice that was done to a black man from Alabama, Ray Hinton. In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to die by execution. Ray spent nearly thirty years on death row before the state of Alabama admitted that they had made a mistake, and set him free. Although evidence and a polygraph test had proven Ray to be innocent of the crime, that he was accused of, he sat on death row for thirty years, anyway.

This memoir is heartbreaking and brought me to tears several times. When Ray Hinton decided to stop hating the people who put him on death row, his life and those around him began to change. Ray adopted his inmates as his new family and brought inspiration, laughter, and faith to everyone on his cell block. Even the guards couldn’t help but like Ray Hinton.

Although this story was difficult to read because of the terrible injustice, done to an innocent man, it’s a powerful novel; moving and unforgettable. This story will stay with me for a very long time.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)
Anthony Ray Hinton is a Community Educator for the Equal Justice Initiative, and was falsely accused of committing two murders outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1985. He was wrongly convicted and spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row before he was exonerated and freed in April 2015. A deeply compelling speaker, he has become a powerful advocate against the death penalty and speaks nationally about the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

 

 

7 Lessons From Heaven by Mary C. Neal, M.D.–5-Stars–

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Don’t Miss This Awe Inspiring True Story!

7 Lessons From Heaven is a book about Dr. Mary Neal’s incredible afterlife experience. This book does not only describe her near-death-experience but also how angels often intervene in our everyday lives. She also writes about how living a joy-filled life is easy, once you truly understand what awaits you after death.

Dr. Mary Neal had a kayaking accident in Chile and drowned. According to scientific data, anyone experiencing what Dr. Neal did, would be dead. But Dr. Neal is not only alive, and well without any brain damage, she is currently a practicing board-certified orthopedic spinal surgeon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her near death experience boggled my mind. One of the most comforting parts of her story was that she had no fear, none at all. The moment Dr. Neal realized she wasn’t going to survive the accident, she was engulfed in love. She tells her story with amazing detail. This book is so heartwarming that I didn’t want it to end. I savored each page.

Dr. Neal includes in her book, stories about how angels not only intervened in her life but others as well. She also talks about meeting Jesus and having a life review. The last part of the book is dedicated to living a joy filled life knowing that God’s promises are true. If you were not convinced before reading this book, that there is indeed an afterlife, Dr. Neal’s true account will erase all doubt. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Crown Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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*Rise* by Cara Brookins -5-Stars*

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A Fascinating and Inspirational True Story!

Rise is an amazing true story about a mother’s determination to accomplish the near impossible. Cara Brookins needed a home for her children; a place that hadn’t already been, tainted by memories, of her ex-husband’s frightening and bizarre behavior. But, since she didn’t have money to buy a new home, she decided to build one, with the help of YouTube videos and her children.

Cara never dreamt that she would one day be pointing a loaded gun at the man she once loved. But, when her ex-husband Adam stood outside the house, wearing horns and a devil outfit, tapping on the window with a knife, Cara stood ready to pull the trigger.

Reading about Adam’s crazed, and stalking behavior was as captivating as it was horrific. When Adam was off his medication, he was paranoid, psychotic, and depending on his voices, dangerous. Building a home was more than just an experience for this author, it was the avenue in which she used to bind her family together, heal their emotional pain and strengthen their self-esteem. Cara Brookins shares her extraordinary story with brutal honesty and raw emotion. I found Rise to be an engaging, fascinating and inspirational read.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Crossroads* by Christopher Conte

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Crossroads is a fascinating collection of fifteen essays, written by accomplished Ugandan women; that shine a spotlight on different aspects of their culture. These amazing women share their stories of hardship and challenges, as well as how they live and survive in Uganda’s male-dominant society. I found each story compelling, thought-provoking but also very disturbing. All of the essays have a thread of oppression that runs through them, yet each one of them is unique and powerful.

Reading this book has opened my eyes to the severity of women’s suffering in Uganda. It has also rekindled my appreciation for the freedom that I experience every day in the United States.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover