Book Review: “The Girl in the Glass” By Susan Meissner

September 30, 2012 at 11:11 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Susan Meissner in her new book, “The Girl in the Glass” published by WaterBrook Press brings us into the lives of Meg, Sophia and Nora.

From the back cover:  Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.

Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg’s long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold.

When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissance isn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?

The Dictionary defines Renaissance as, “the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.”  So if we have a renaissance we are having a similar revival in the world of art and learning.  I have always felt that Ms. Meissner’s stories should be taught in school along with Hemingway, Steinbeck and Hawthorne, she is that good!  I have said this about Ms. Meissner’s previous works however it is more true than ever before Susan Meissner gets better with every story she tells and “The Girl in the Glass” is her best story yet.

How can you go wrong when most of the events take place in Florence, Italy?  Ms. Meissner knows how to skillfully weave history into a contemporary storyline where we root for the present characters as well as the one in the past.  “The Girl in the Glass” is a story of family, disillusionment and love.  Not only that Ms. Meissner gives us some excitement and adventure in this story as well.  As always Ms. Meissner gets us caught up in the story and the characters to the point that we actually hate to say goodbye to them when the book ends.  This book is a classic and I recommend it highly!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Press for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Wolf Hunt” by Sebastian P. Breit

September 29, 2012 at 8:58 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Sebastian P. Breit in his new book, “Wolf Hunt” Book One in The Burning Ages series published by CreateSpace gives us a different World War II adventure.

From the back cover:  If you had the chance to change the world, how far would you go?

2024. The world we know is crumbling. A devastating war in the Persian Gulf has left the global economy in ruins, and civilization itself is beginning to crack under the strain.

When a war-weary task force of NATO ships races against time and a rival fleet to prevent Brazil’s descent into a murderous civil war, their mission is unexpectedly upset by a mysterious tempest. Thrown back in time, Captains Steven Flynn and Florian Hallwinter with their crews emerge in the year 1940 as the world is gripped in the fires of World War Two.

Presented with the opportunity to change both past and future for the better, they find themselves drawn into a maelstrom of conflicting interests. While overcoming the suspicion of their natural allies of the time proves harder than they imagined, they soon discover that even the best intentions carry the seeds of doom. For whereas Flynn is American, Hallwinter and his crew are from Germany…

If you like history then this book is for you.  If you like science fiction then this book is for you.  If you like the fairly new genre, alternate history then this book is for you.  “Wolf Hunt” is a rip-rousing adventure yarn that will grab your attention and keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read them.  A war fleet from 2024 is thrown back in time to 1940 and then the real excitement begins.  Considering the weaponry at their disposal if they take action, whatever action they take will change the course of history.  Their very presence in 1940 already has a significant bearing on the future and now the captains must decide on what action to take.  More conflict develops as part of the fleet is German while part of the fleet is American or British.  “Wolf Hunt” is a real thriller as everyone is in deadly danger from within their ranks as well as from without from the War.  If this book perfect?  No, not quite, it could have used more editing and polish.  But as this is the only complaint that I can find it certainly does not diminish the action and adventure.  I liked it a lot and look forward to more in this series.

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Book Review: “Everybody’s Daughter” By Michael John Sullivan

September 29, 2012 at 6:10 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Michael John Sullivan in his new book, “Everybody’s Daughter” published by The Fiction Studio takes us back into the life of Michael Stewart.

From the back cover:  What if you had a chance to ask a loved one for forgiveness – after they died? What would you say?

Would you give up your own lifetime of happiness for someone else?

Michael Stewart confronts these questions as he travels back in time through a mysterious tunnel in an old church when the Romans ruled with brutal violence and Jesus preached his peaceful message.

His teenage daughter Elizabeth soon follows Michael, but is surprised to discover that her father is nowhere to be found. Little does she know that Michael has returned safely to the present, leaving her to battle a vicious Roman soldier.

Separated by centuries, Michael is trapped to fight his own battles in the present day. Elizabeth’s disappearance, and the discovery of her blood in his car ignites a rush of judgment as the FBI focuses on him as a person of interest. Michael’s only hope for saving his daughter rests in the hands of his best friend – a local pastor with secrets of his own – and a mysterious old journal containing tales of miracles within the walls of the old church itself.

Thrilling and suspenseful, Everybody’s Daughter takes readers on a miraculous journey of their own, where salvation can be found in acts of sacrifice and hope remains forever eternal through the passage of a tunnel.

If you enjoy a good time travel adventure then this story is for you.  Switching back and forth between current time and the First Century both Michael and his daughter, Elizabeth are in great danger in both time periods.  “Everybody’s Daughter” is a marvelous read full of atmosphere and details.  It is an adventure story, it is a thriller and most certainly it is exciting.  “Everybody’s Daughter” is about family and what we would do to save them.  Mr. Sullivan knows how to tell a story that is both interesting and thought-provoking and I recommend it highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B&B Media Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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