Friday, 6 May 2016

M is For Mothers

Most women who bear healthy children eagerly look forward to raising them to the best of their ability. However, every mother is not a dedicated parent.

Parenting is a major responsibility. When they are babies, you have to get up and nurse/feed them when you are tired; you have to learn to differentiate which cry means "my pamper is wet" or "I have air, please use colic medication" even when you are frustrated.

When they are toddlers, you can't wait for them to walk so that you don't have to lift them up everywhere you go! I distinctly remember when a colleague asked me if I was lifting weights or working out because my arms were showing muscular definition. I laughed and told him that it was just from lifting my son - no gym attendance whatsoever!

Experience and education really helps new mothers to become more comfortable with this new chapter in their lives.  Author Laurie WJN also recommends certain techniques to employ when coaching children.  In her book Fearless & Feminine: Raising Confident Daughters readers can find helpful ideas to pass on to their charges.

I completed my review of this novel on 23 August 2014.  I found it to be very informative. Here is my review:-

Fearless and Feminine: Raising Confident Daughters is a practical book specifically dedicated to parents who have daughters. Author Laurie WJN relates how she raised her two daughters and shares her actual experiences throughout the years. She delves into little anecdotes, for example, when the entire family partakes of a bowl of candy as their traditional fun activity during the holiday season. She goes on to stress the importance of doing activities as a family unit and making sure that you treat each child as a unique individual without making comparisons. Instilling discipline is another piece of advice offered by author Laurie WJN. You have to be firm and not spoil your children by giving them the latest video games, cell phones and other gadgets. It is also important that you teach them responsibility by allowing them to purchase items they desire using their allowances or pocket money. In essence, the book enforces the best ways in which to bring up your daughters as well-rounded, confident citizens.

Fearless and Feminine: Raising Confident Daughters is a very informative book. It highlights some of the techniques utilized by the author to help her children gain maximum self-confidence. I love the fact that author Laurie WJN kept the chapters short and sweet. This encourages the reader to follow the storyline with ease and read at a faster pace. I appreciate the sharing of intimate family details. This tactic is clever because it indicates that the author is truthful about her experiences and readers will readily relate to the ideas being offered. The use of subheadings is effective because it identifies the actual subject matter that is being highlighted. I believe that the basic information being shared can be geared towards boys as well. The advice is relevant and practical therefore, in my opinion, it does not have gender specific boundaries. The language used is colloquial and very easy to understand. I recommend this book to all readers, especially those who are in the process of raising children.

Reviewed for Readers' Favorite by Valerie Rouse

I dedicate this post to all mothers out there and hopefully inspire them to become better and informed parents on this Mothers' Day weekend.


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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Who Do You Love?

Stacy Adams
Falling in love is a feeling that cannot be described.  Most persons who are captivated by their partners would tell you that they desire to be in the other person's presence most of the time or that they constantly crave their company at parties or other social events.

What happens after a red hot romance wanes? Do you still dream about that person? Do you regret that the two of you split up and you both tried to move on with different partners?

The main character Eric in the book entitled Lost Love was probably asking himself these same questions. An old flame of his tried to make contact. He too tried to reach out to her as he was unsure of her motive for contacting him. Did he do the right thing?

This novel written by author Sherrie Sushko is filled with suspense.  I did this review on 17 August 2014. Read my analysis below:-

Lost Love is a delightful suspense novel based on an old friendship between Eric Dunns and his former schoolmate Larissa. Eric recently became engaged to his girlfriend Abby. He began receiving disturbing phone calls in the early hours of the morning. He was in a bar with one of his friends and he swore that he saw Larissa there. Eric even found it uncanny when his friend Scott mentioned to him that he was also thinking about Larissa. Eric’s mother contacted Eric and told him that she had a letter for him. It was a letter from Larissa. Eric knew that he had to find Larissa because his instinct told him that she might be in trouble. He began to search for any leads to her whereabouts, using the postmark on the envelope. Eventually, he made contact with one of Larissa’s former employers. This led him to Larissa and her boyfriend Ned’s house. Ned was drunk and disoriented, saying that Larissa was trying to break into the house. But was she, and where is Larissa now?

Lost Love is a very interesting and fast paced story. I could not put the book down. Sherrie Sushko’s wicked writer’s web really drew me in! I sympathized with the main character throughout the book and shared all of the emotional turmoil that he was experiencing. Sherrie Sushko did an excellent job in developing the plot. I love the fact that the author formatted the novel using short chapters. This encourages the reader to read more quickly and become more addicted to the storyline. Utilizing one-sentence paragraphs at the end of most chapters was a clever tactic. This helps to promote the aura of suspense in the book. The language in the story is colloquial and the average reader can understand the plot. I appreciate the cliff-hanger at the end of the story. It was totally unexpected and exposes the creative genius of the author. The theme of lost love versus present love was thoroughly explored. This makes you wonder about your own personal relationships. You might ask yourself if you have made the right decisions in life in terms of choosing a life partner or ending a relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lost Love and I recommend it to all readers who love suspense novels.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Take Me To Rich City

Dotti NZ

 Who doesn't want to be rich?  I am sure that most of us wish at some point and time that we could pick the winning lottery numbers and live the carefree life?

Who needs to worry about utility bills and car payments when you now have a few thousand dollars to splurge?

Imagine that one day you wake up and discover that your entire world has changed. You have gone from struggling to make ends meet to being the recipient of funds for college and extra cash!

According to author Scott Czechlewski in his book entitled Family Harmony, this good fortune was thrust upon the heroine Amelia Harmony. This rags to riches story reminds us that each family might have skeletons in the closet.  In this instance, an illegitimate child is the skeleton in the well to do Lashley family. I completed this review on 13 August 2014. I gave it 4 stars. My review is as follows:-

Reviewed for Readers' Favorite by Valerie Rouse

Family Harmony is a suspense novel surrounding Amelia Harmony and her relationship with Ellis Lashley. Amelia and Ellis are from different corners of the town of Myler. Ellis is related to the well-to-do Lashley family whereas Amelia’s parents are poor and are barely making ends meet. Ellis is an only child who is extremely intelligent. Amelia was assigned to babysit Ellis at times and they became each other’s confidante. Before his sudden and suspicious death, Garner Lashley summoned Amelia to his study and gave her a key. Amelia realized that the key belonged to a safety deposit box. To her bewilderment, she discovered that Garner had left her four cheques for enrollment in university as well as lots of cash. He had also left a case containing a peacock-shaped hairpin, along with two photos. Further inspection led to the discovery that Garner and her grandmother were romantically involved. To boot, Amelia was shocked when she found out that her own mother was Garner’s child. In addition, Ellis was not the biological child of Chelie Lashley and Chelie Lashley was not even a person of honour. Other shocking revelations were manifested as well. In the end, Amelia learned the truth about her biological parentage.

Family Harmony is an interesting novel about family secrets. The story is very introspective. The influence of the main character induces the reader to focus on his own family history and wonder what secrets are hidden in the proverbial family closet. I love the emphasis author Scott Czechlewski placed on the interpersonal relationships in the book. This actually sets the stage for the startling revelations in the storyline. The language is informal and is quite easy to understand. I love the descriptive approach used by the author. This tactic gives the story a realistic and comfortable feel. The use of contrast concerning the rich vs poor element was very effective. This theme was very prominent. The southern setting blends well with the storyline. In essence, it makes you wonder whether you would treat others with an air of disdain or equality if you were rich and famous. I love the ironic twist at the end of the story concerning the fates of the families. I almost punched my fist in the air when I read this part of the story! The other pervasive theme of good overcoming evil was very entertaining as well. Kudos to author Scott Czechlewski for a job well done. This book is an awesome read.
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