Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review of Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing by Neil Spector, MD

Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True HealingGone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing by Neil Spector

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dr. Neil Spector, one of the nation's top oncologists, led a charmed life. He was educated at prestigious universities, trained at top medical centers, and had married the woman of his dreams. It seemed too perfect. And it was.

In 1994, it all came crashing down. He and his wife lost two unborn children. And a mysterious illness brought him to the brink of death. In his compelling memoir, "Gone in a Heartbeat," Dr. Spector describes in great detail how he was misdiagnosed and, despite being a medical insider, was often discounted by his fellow physicians.

As he recounts his own unorthodox approach to medicine and physician/patient relationships, Dr. Spector encourages readers to never surrender their power to a third party. He tells of courageous patients who served as role models, he conceded that doctors do a disservice to patients when "we treat them like statistics," and he advocates for educated patients who can make informed decisions collaboratively and not simply follow instructions.

In Dr. Spector's words: "To recognize that we are in control of our own bodies and destinies can be a powerful step toward true healing."

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Dr. Spector chronicles his at times frustrating experiences trying to find out what was causing his heart to fail. I was surprised that his doctors didn't listen to his complaints and take him more seriously considering he was a colleague. I found the book read like a novel, it kept me very interesting. He wove his own poetry in with the book and I felt they worked well with the chapters. He also provided good advice such as not to take what doctors say at face value, to listen to your gut, and to be your own advocate. I think it's a good read for those suffering from health issues and ones who are also caregivers.

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Genre: Memoir
Published: February 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Review of Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women: Edited by Nina Gaby

Dumped: Women Unfriending WomenDumped: Women Unfriending Women by Nina Gaby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
A series of essays on women being dumped by their female friends. Many of the stories had me going " I know how she feels!" All of them were good even though I felt a couple didn't really belong but I still enjoyed those as well. This is a must read for women.

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Genre: Essays
Publisher: She Writes Press, March 2015
212 pages

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review of A Killer Collection by Ellery Adams

A Killer Collection
A Collectible Mystery # 1
189 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Beyond the Page, January 2015
Book Source: Publisher via netgalley

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

Molly Appleby is a young writer for Collector’s Weekly, and when the attractive reporter isn’t covering auctions and antique shows all over the South, she’s trying to get her new relationship with a coworker off the ground. When her latest assignment takes her to North Carolina pottery country to cover an exclusive kiln opening, she’s certain the show promises surprising offerings and rare finds. What she doesn’t expect to find is a dead body.

George-Bradley Staunton is known throughout the antiques world as a very wealthy and very ruthless collector, and when he drops dead just after the opening, there are all too few mourners and a seemingly endless list of suspects. When the local police are stumped, Molly steps in to put her journalist’s nose to work sniffing out the culprit. But no sooner does she start collecting clues than another dead body falls into her lap.

As Molly digs beneath the genteel surface of antiques and collectibles, she finds a world filled with backstabbing and competition, and what started as a story about rare collections might leave Molly with nothing more than a collection of corpses. 

While uneven, Molly is a likable heroine. The mystery kept me interested and I like the developing romance. I liked it enough that I started reading another book in the series.

So, I'm giving it...


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book Review of Traceless by Joanne Clancy

TracelessTraceless by Joanne Clancy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
235 pages
Published: September 2014

 Adam Stoltz vanishes in the middle of the night.
His girlfriend, Darcey Ackerman, is the last person to see him alive.
An international manhunt and police investigation ensue, but Adam remains traceless.
Darcey is obsessed with finding out what really happened to Adam, but someone is watching her, and she is about to discover that there is a fine line between love and hate...
Traceless - some people should never be found.

Even though there were some flaws such as confusing time jumps- overall it was a good mystery. I also enjoyed the ending. I wasn't expecting it.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Review of Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott

Stranger ChildStranger Child by Rachel Abbott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kindle edition
326 pages
Publication Date: Feb. 24, 2015
Genre: Suspense
When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. 

Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?  

 When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

A novel that kept me up all night. It had lots of twists and turns and an interesting plot. Emma was a strong, likable heroine. I recommend it.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Dyslexic Dick II: The Marine Corps Truly Uncommon Experience by Richard " Dick" Kraemer

Dyslexic Dick II: The Marine Corps Truly Uncommon Experience
By: Richard " Dick" Kraemer
Genre: Memoir
522 pages
Published: March 2014

This book is an autobiography of Kraemer's life in the Marine Corps and as someone with dyslexia. It is a story of how both things led him to accomplish things in his life. It is a unique story that is at times humorous and always interesting. I enjoyed reading it. So, I'm giving it...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Box of Rain by Debra R. Borys

Box of Rain (Book 3)Box of Rain by Debra R. Borys

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Cousins Shorty Davis and Booker T Brooks grew up in pretty much the same circumstances: single mother, too many siblings crowded into a small ghetto apartment. So what makes one kid choose violence as his method to survive living on the streets and the other choose education?

Chicago reporter Jo Sullivan doesn’t know or have time to worry about it. She’s dealing with her own issues when her estranged father comes to Chicago to participate in a cancer clinical trial.

When a severed head turns up in an alley dumpster, however, she’s thankful for an excuse to shift priorities and find out why all the evidence seems to point to the one kid least likely to have committed the crime.

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

It was an absorbing read with realistic characters and plenty of twists and turns. It also tackled homelessness in a caring, sensitive manner. I recommend it.