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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

*Life is Beautiful*by Sarah M. Johnson*5-Stars

Life is Beautiful

Sarah Johnson’s memoir is both an uplifting and heart-wrenching story. Sarah bravely shares painful memories of her life from being a socially awkward teen and drinking alcoholically, to surviving a plane crash, where both her father, and brother died, and her mother nearly burned to death.

Although Sarah grew up in a home where religion was frowned upon, she always had a yearning to know God. Sarah believed that she was a constant disappointment to her parents and, therefore, suffered periods of depression. She cherished her younger brother, Zach. He was the only one who could truly calm her when her nerves were frayed. He was her confidant and best friend. When Zach died in the plane crash, a big part of her life died with him. Although her mother survived the crash, she blamed Sarah for her burned body and shunned Sarah because of it. Sarah truly felt alone in the world.

Life Is Beautiful is Sarah’s story. She doesn’t claim to be a perfect person or have a perfect life. Sarah tells of her experiences, disclosing mistakes as well as accomplishments. She also shares how she came to know God, even though it was through a person who was no good for her. She drives home the point that every person who comes into our lives is there for a reason whether they bring happiness or pain. It’s all part of life.

Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your incredible story.

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

5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*Fortney Road* by Jeff C. Stevenson* 5-Stars

Fortney Road

Fortney Road is a true and emotionally charged story depicting the horrific abuse that members of the Church of the Risen Christ, were forced to endure during the 1960’s and 70’s in Ohio. This poignant account of individual experiences while living and working on Larry Hill’s farm is both compelling and incredibly disturbing.

The founder of the Church of the Risen Christ, Larry Hill, claimed that he received messages and visions from God to prepare his followers for the Great War. Before potential followers could join Larry Hill’s church he carefully screened them. Once he accepted them, though, they became his chosen flock and trapped under his rule. Fear and intimidation kept his members from leaving the farm. Although Larry Hill preached fire and brimstone sermons against drinking, drugs and adultery, he carried around with him, his own supply of alcohol, and freely indulged in unlawful sexual activity.

Weekly meetings were held to announce member’s infractions and to dole out punishments. Mental, physical, and sexual abuse were the norm on Fortney Road farm.

This book clearly exposes the horrors of being trapped in a religious cult. I had to put the book down several times to ease the horrendous mental pictures that played in my head. But, it’s a story that needs to be told. Kudos to Jeff Stevenson for crafting such an extraordinarily well-written, and well-researched book. Warm thank you’s to everyone who bravely came forth and told their stories. Highly recommended.

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

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover