"...this fusion of soft science fiction and romance is well written, briskly paced, and utterly readable..Powered by an identifiable and endearing heroine, this novel is just the beginning of what could be a long and fascinating series."
"As a rallying cry, Ditchfield’s book has some thoughtful observations about helping developing countries with a “hand up” instead of a “hand out”. The book will inspire readers to want to do their part to become better citizens of the world, so they have an answer to Noel Cunningham’s endless query, “What have you done for the world today?”
"...the lack of a compelling linear plot to propel the narrative leads to a story that stalls and grinds to a halt well before the novel’s conclusion, despite its three-dimensional characters."
"Some readers will no doubt connect with her voice and vision. The book remains in need of editing for clarity and of proofreading to eliminate typos, but the optimism and encouragement come through loud and clear."
"This slim volume contains about two-dozen letters sent more than 70 years ago by Edward B. Rowe, a University of Texas medical student in Galveston, to his friend Wanda, of Wortham, Texas...the book would require more explanatory text to give the letters greater historical context and make them more relevant to general readers."
"A highly engaging plot, well-drawn, articulate main characters, a literary, yet accessible style, and plenty of action all conspire to make readers turn the page. However; the novel makes judges and police officers rather unsubtle villain which may turn off some readers. Nonetheless, this is a captivating read overall."
"Collected letters can offer a window into place and time, as well as memorialize their author. Late in Gwynneth Knowlton Wallace’s life, she began writing about her early childhood in letters to her family. “Dear Railway Children” is the tag Wallace begins each of her letters with, and her stories are unique and filled with detail."
"My Summers in West Africa is a living, breathing, vividly written guidebook into the heart of the African continent. It succeeds in its ambitious aim to provide a clear-eyed view of what to expect should one choose such an important expedition."
"Unfortunately, problems with style plague this short novel..As a result, readership will likely be limited to those open to this specific religious belief who are willing to overlook the narrative’s numerous stylistic problems."
"...the Greathouses are producing a charming body of minor work in music and dance. This second collection of their work offers a good starting point for the dance beginner who wishes to take his or her skills to the next level."
"This well-meant novella is fueled by Christian faith and deploys familiar tropes about hard work, perseverance and redemption...It’s a pity the author didn’t confine himself to the story of a teacher finding his way. The horror-tale theatrics he forces into these pages only confuse it."
"Despite an overly simplistic writing style and some poor grammar, the book has a promising start with many imaginative ideas introduced. Unfortunately, the rest of the book fails to live up to these expectations and becomes a standard and predictable good versus evil fantasy with archetypical characters."
"Duren has kind things to say about a few of the people she’s met, but much of the book reads like a list of personal grudges she’s been waiting to air."
"Women interested in learning how to parlay volunteer work into career gains may find Callan’s example useful. But without broader insights to engage an audience, the book seems best suited to the author’s inner circle, rather than readers at large."
"Overall, the author delivers original tales, told by narrators who are generally likable and familiar and facing situations most readers will identify with. The collection is worth a look for short story fans with a taste for literary fiction."
"This vivid, raw and haunting account of children caught in the crosshairs indeed gives voice to the voiceless, as Robinson intended. It’s a clear-eyed, intimate peek behind a disturbing curtain of abusive family behaviors that offers no easy answers...Devastating in content, it should be read by all as a wake-up call toward prevention."
"The American son of African immigrants visits the motherland in Nwanganga Shields’ second novel, which offers a vivid portrait of contemporary Nigerian culture and a cogent summary of its past."
"A young Colorado man’s aversion to collective authority is vividly illustrated in Off the Grid...[The book] touches on provocative ideas that may appeal to readers who appreciate such dystopian fare."
"While her observations are important, the author’s litany of problems—students talking back and threatening her; corrupt administrators and inept union reps—borders on overkill. Hearing the same basic scenarios over 400-plus pages tends to numb readers, who also may feel an element of ax-grinding in the narrative."
"A chorus of voices and perspectives brings small-town Nigeria to life in this debut collection of short stories...In its relentless focus on the inner machinations of small-town Nigeria, the collection unfortunately ends up missing the forest for the trees."