"What Are You Willing to Give Up for Happiness? serves as a great little guidebook for corporate employees and other readers, who will undoubtedly welcome her ideas on how to handle relationships at work and at home."
Ex- Rich Girl Tells is the difficult story of a real person who desperately wants to find her place in the world but doesn’t have any of the tools to get there. Thankfully Kami takes life in stride and was brave enough to share her journey with us. There are plenty of opportunities to see yourself in Kami and to learn from her mistakes.
"Unfortunately, Adams doesn’t provide much information on why the specific activities have been chosen. Only a few of the tasks seem specially designed for autistic children and one wonders why Adams devotes time, for example, to sign language or swimming."
"For all the rigidity that passes for parenting advice these days, this serves as a welcome counter balance and will appeal to readers already familiar with New Age principles and newcomers alike."
"Her memoir focuses on the poverty of her rural Arkansas upbringing, it also discusses the emotional poverty she felt as her father’s daughter. Mehl is thorough and forthright about the impact of being poor but doesn’t give equal weight to the effects of feeling unloved."
"In this short work of fiction, a family must come to terms with hidden secrets, loss and pain. Although Gates shines when it comes to the stories-within-the-story, he needs to sharpen his focus, choosing to concentrate on family stories or “one rape victim’s wrath” in order to create a credible novel."
"A professionally written narrative, told with detail and through a young boy’s innocent eye. While readers are likely to feel impatient with the story early on, those who persist will be rewarded for the wait."
"In this concise memoir, Lorene Holizki explains how she endured after her 16-year-old daughter, Kalei, died in an automobile accident...Honest and never preachy, Forever Kalei’s Mom advances our conversation about life, death and the complicated world of grief."
"Tiffany Grant delivers fresh perspective on waiting for Mr. Right in her fun and energetic book...Grant’s motivating spin on the dreaded single life is encouraging and will be passed around from girlfriend to girlfriend."
"Hemingway captures the energy of the times, while also writing with the irony and sly humor of Jane Austen herself, complete with the stylistic language of the Regency period. This is truly a worthy addition to the Jane Austen legacy, a story sure to please all Austen fans."
"Metcalf tells her story through layer upon layer of memories and anecdotes — her own and her family’s. The author’s writing style is plain and straightforward...This understated technique gives the book an almost experimental feel that will likely frustrate readers looking for a more focused narrative."
"Delivering inspiration as well as entertainment, The Olive Picker is deserving of a spot on the bookshelf alongside such popular memoirs as The Glass Castle and Running With Scissors."
"Her handy book helps women better understand themselves as they navigate the waters to matrimony. The book is short and breezy and consists of topics such as searching for Mr. Right, knowing when you’ve found him, and ways to make a marriage last. The theme of knowing yourself and seeking God’s will threads through the narrative."
"The author writes of how his life and career unravel in the wake of the devastating discovery that his wife had been sexually abused. This could have been an unblinking look at how those closest to a victim struggle to find their place as their loved one work through the memories.His narrative suffers from narrowness bordering on self-absorption."
"Cleveland has an interesting story to tell and has learned many lessons, both about borderline personality disorder and himself. He will need to revise with an eye to better organizing his thoughts, however, if he hopes to attract an enthusiastic audience."
"Surrounded By Love is made up of the stuff of everyday life, but in its simplicity it has a lot to say about how attitude shapes our legacy. Scarff has much to be proud of in that regard."
"Brooks asserts that our goal is to realize that all relationships are significant, whether as stumbling blocks or paths forward...Her wide-ranging knowledge is presented in an intuitive manner. The author’s vision of spiritual relationship building will appeal to those who wish to explore the inner landscape."
"Schaefer writes with humor and humility, and her self-awareness keeps self-pity at bay, making this a reflective read that nevertheless keeps a steady pace. Glimpses behind the scenes at her various jobs are interesting as well, especially for anyone contemplating a career shift. Readers within and outside the family will enjoy this story."
"If It Pleases The Court appears to have been a therapeutic story to tell, but it offers little that will please or engage readers not directly connected to the story."
"Readers who can tolerate the narrative’s disorganization may find comfort through the author’s experiences and personal take on death. But for those seeking concrete help with grief, this book offers more frustrations than rewards."