Book Review: "The Object of My Affection" by Cinthia A King

This enchanting book took me on an emotional rollercoaster, evoking laughter and tears while delving deep into the intricate tapestry of love’s trials and tribulations. Cinthia A. King’s The Object of My Affection is a literary gem that sparkles like a diamond in the rough, gripping my attention from start to finish, making it utterly impossible to set aside. 

Mary Margaret, a spirited artist with a heart of gold, embarks on a noble mission to uplift inner-city youth through the transformative power of art. Having endured the challenges of age and past heartaches, Mary Margaret faces another emotional trial when she encounters John, a handsome man whose gentle spirit sees past her guarded façade. Against all odds, their burgeoning friendship blossoms. (Con'd below) 

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Book Review: "Play Golf Better Faster" by Kalliope Barlis

“Play Golf Better Faster” by Kalliope Barlis is a comprehensive guide that shares the author’s two-year journey from a golf novice to a professional and her teaching insights from two decades. This handbook is divided into three sections, covering mental strategies, effective practice, and gameplay improvement. It introduces unique techniques like erasing bad shots, anchoring good ones, maintaining a positive attitude, and target-focused play. Readers are invited to transform their golf game and derive more enjoyment from it. Kalliope Barlis excels in golf and teaches privately and in LPGA clinics, enhancing her students’ enjoyment and awareness of the game. (Con'd below)

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Review: Grappling Klay by Luca Castillo

The message in this book: If you are not thinking right—get help. After two sessions with a psychiatrist, the main character has an epiphany surrounding this quote: “Don’t ever apologize for respecting yourself.”

Author Luca Castillo writes Grappling Klay in the first-person present tense, which is not my preference, but since the book has received over 80% 5-star ratings, I decided to check it out.  (Con'd below)

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Review: Cynthia and Dan: Cyber War by Dorothy May Mercer

In "Cynthia and Dan: Cyber War" by Dorothy May Mercer, readers are plunged into a gripping blend of romance, crime, and mystery. The story revolves around Cynthia, a dynamic woman leading a team fighting terrorism and cyber threats. Caught in a love triangle between her longtime boyfriend, Sgt. Dan, and the enigmatic Sky, Cynthia navigates personal and professional challenges with finesse. Mercer's storytelling skill shines through unexpected twists and turns, keeping readers engaged throughout. (Continue reading below)

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Review of "Milo and Jo" by Linda E. Charron"

Milo and Jo" by Linda E. Charron is a charming book with good intentions packed into just one thousand words. Whether you're a cat lover or not, this little gem will surely delight. The story follows two male cats, Milo and Jojo, who reside in a dress shop where the owner has disappeared. When a mysterious device appears in place of their litter box, the cats are puzzled. While the story unfolds with intrigue, some aspects could benefit from clarification, such as the purpose of the device. Despite this, the humor woven throughout, like the cats' reactions to the device, adds a lighthearted touch that kids would enjoy. (Con'd below)

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Review of "Minding Dementia" by Meagan Bishop:

Navigating the labyrinth of dementia is a daunting journey, one I embarked upon with a heavy heart upon learning of a loved one's diagnosis. In search of guidance through this uncharted territory, I turned to "Minding Dementia" by Meagan Bishop. (Continued below)

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Review: “The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid” by Gary Robinson,

In “The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid” by Gary Robinson, we are introduced to a poignant narrative that spans five decades, following the journey of Duke Reynolds, a teenager who escapes a tumultuous home life to join the circus. Over the years, Duke traverses the country alongside a colorful cast of characters, mastering the art of sword swallowing amidst the eccentricities of circus life. However, a tragic accident abruptly concludes his circus career, leading him to retire in a tranquil Northern California town. Here, Duke encounters Gary Robinson, a troubled youth grappling with his sense of purpose, prompting Duke to embark on one final adventure to steer Gary away from self-destruction. (Con'd below)

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Review: Truth and Evil by G. Edward Martin

In World War II, a German soldier dies after committing a grave crime. Facing God’s judgment, he’s sent back to Earth to alter his actions and comprehend truth and evil. His journey entails confronting the embodiment of lies and exploring humanity’s capacity for both evil and courage. Through numerous trials, his soul is transformed, ultimately shaping history. (Con'd below)

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