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Oh heck, I'll give it five stars,"Ina would say. Can I get in the Guinness World Records? I love fiction where the characters are developed, there are no unnecessary scenes to fill up white space, and your happy at the end of the book, even if someone died. This book puts together the wisdom of Age, INA 104, and the enthusiasm and innocence of youth, the Boy-- and makes a magical cake. See life is a big soup, and tomato soup is the secret ingredient. Loved this book. The author has a wonderful imagination, knows how to write, and edit (even better) and gets that the goal of everyone in life is to be understood.
This book works on many levels. It's not for people who are looking fur a brainless read. Nor is it intellectual or literary fiction. It is extremely realistic, totally engaging, and very satisfying. The characters are authentic and totally e story itself is brilliant. To quote another reviewer "this book sings."I've read over 100 books in the last couple of years, and the only other one in the same league as this (in my opinion) was a Pulitzer Prize winner.
I thoroughly enjoyed characters and how brilliantly developed they were throughout the book. If you have ever loved a person in their twilight years, this book may re-connect you with them. And if you're looking for a great cover to cover beach read... this is it!
Character studies are not usually my fiction of choice, but I really enjoyed this one. I liked the clever structure of the novel, and the 104 year old protagonist was an intriguing personality. Being a music lover, and once a singer with a band, I basked in reminiscing the joys and tribulations of trying to make a living this way. The lives depicted twined together like discordant harmonies at times, but the result was a sweet and satisfying melody of a story.
I feel like I discovered a pearl in a sea of overrated novels. This layered story is very well written and the author makes conscious choices, like not naming the boy, or quoting his side of the interviews, which I find intriguing. The characters are complex and you will fall in love with Ona and her story.
I enjoyed reading this novel by Monica Wood. It was well written and the characters were developed with an interesting ability. A different sort of story that keeps me thinking about the wonderful possibilities life holds for some of us and the interconnectedness there is in life.
This book was redemptive and surprising. If you like the simplicity and depth if walking someone else' skin this book is that. I loved the way a small boys delight of life revived the life of every tired worn down person he touched. I loved how this boy's short life transformed others with love and joy. I think I'll read it agin.
Carefully written, fascinating book about hockey and finding ones self while living in the shadows. Suspend your disbelief that a girl could masquerade as her brother on a hockey team. This book is about leadership and selfless devotion to teammates and being your best self. It is about give and take and following your dreams. It is about having the courage to be get up and try again, despite failure. Beautifully crafted story. Thumbs up!
I was excited to get this one, as I loved the idea of the heroine disguising herself as a boy. I read it on my train ride and while I was waiting for a doctor appointment this morning, and just couldn't put it down. Just One of the Boys is a quick, fun read. I really enjoyed Alice and Hayden's characters, and I loved the hockey setting. Can't wait to read more by these authors!
5+ starsLoved this book!A hockey romance book that was actually about Ice hockey. Shocker! It just doesn't happen that ice loves, breathes and lives for hockey. Her family have just moved to a new town. Alice and her brother try out for the local team. Alice knows she can't play in the NHL. This is her last chance to live her dream. After some confusion, her brother makes the team even though she is the better player. Unfortunately for her brother, an injury stops him making his first practice. Alice steps in to take his place until he's better. Alice and Alexander are twins. Even though they are different sex people get them confused all the time. Their plan seems to be working. The only problem is her fellow teammate, Hayden.Hayden has a chip on his shoulder and struggles to control his temper. He is good at hockey but can't seem to stay focused. The new rookie, Al rubs him the wrong way right from the start. I mean who does he think he is!Can Hayden get over his issues and do what is best for the team? His new teammate may just be the key he has been looking for.I loved this book. I loved the hockey. I loved the twin swap and I loved the romance. Alice and Hayden's relationship holds the awkwardness of She's the man and never been kissed. It's funny and heartwarming. 5 stars plus I couldn't give more praise to this book. It was spot on.If you like sports romances you'll love this one!*ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
***I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.***Ok…so here’s the deal. I’m the first one to admit that I don’t like YA contemporary. It’s not my favorite thing to read. HOWEVER every now and then a book crosses my radar that makes me question my dislike. Just One of the Boys by Leah and Kate Rooper is one of those books. It’s such a fun, cute read. Filled with humor, some steamy/angsty scenes, and a cast of characters that tug your heartstrings, Just One of the Boys is one of my favorite reads this year!Alice Bell, or just Al to her teammates, has moved to the city of Chicago with her mom and twin brother and is so excited to be trying out for a Junior League hockey team. Al lives and breathes hockey, but when the coach passes her over for her brother simply because she’s a girl, she’s a little depressed and a lot angry. I can’t say I blame her there. Then her brother is injured and to keep his spot on the team, Al steps in and pretends to be him. Personally I found this aspect of the story slightly cliche. However it works and makes for a funny read. Al is a stubborn girl and looks enough like her brother to pass off being him. But their plan isn’t flawless. Neither Al nor her brother counted on Al’s attraction to the team’s star player.Hayden Tremblay is the younger brother to a star NHL player and lives in his shadow. He’s angry and bitter most of the time but he has reason to be. He lost his parents in a car accident not even a year ago. Hayden tugs at my heartstrings almost immediately. He’s a lost boy in a man’s body. Losing a parent is like loosing part of your foundation, but Hayden lost both on one night. It’s like he’s a house built on sand. Hockey is all he has. He lets his aggression out on the ice and keeps himself closed off to everyone. Yet the new rookie breaches his walls and he finds himself with a new friend who understands him better than his own e story really revolves around Al and Hayden with the chapters alternating POV (which I loved!). It is about the relationship that builds between them and also Al’s deception. The characters are so well written that I fell right into their story and read it in one sitting. I loved reading the growth of the characters as Hayden learned to open up and Al learned that maybe their is more to life than just hockey. And if you are worried about the hockey, don’t be. I don’t watch hockey but found the way it was written into the story exciting. I couldn’t bring myself to set the book down once I started!Overall, I really loved this book! It’s a sweet, funny read. Al is a fantastic character, even if a bit oblivious as her brother points out numerous times. If you enjoy contemporary YA romance, I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book. It does not disappoint!
First things first: I received this book through is book was everything I wanted it to be!!!!The book sucked me in right from the stars. A [email protected]#$% girl, who outplays lots of dude on the ice during tryouts and makes the team. Only, that she takes of her helmet and people realize that she's a girl and not a dude. GASP!!!! SCANDAL!!!! A GIRL. ON THE ICE. PLAYING HOCKEY. WHAT?????? So, of course. The only logical thing to do as a coach that just welcomend her on the team, is to make her understand he made a mistake and actually meant her twin brother. Who, well...sucked during the tryouts. SHOCKING, a dude who played mediocre got the place instead of a girl who played amazing. I could go on and on about this but I will stop right here...Back to the story. Xander, Alice's twin brother actually breaks his leg. And Alice is ready to take his place on the team, acting like she's him. YES PLEASE!!!!!Twin story: me She's The Man feels: CHECK!!!!I loved the main ice, I loved Alice so much. I loved her as Alice, I loved her as Al. She was amazing.Hayden. Let's be real about him for a second here, I didn't like this dude at all in the beginning. He was just a mean jerk, who I couldn't care less about. Towards the middle it changed. He got more backstory and NO, the tragic things in his past didn't excuse anything, but towards the middle, he became a actual human being for me that I cared for. He was still a jerk from time to d the minor characters.Xander. Man, I loved him in the beginning, hated him in the middle and loved him again in the end. There is a lot going on for him in the story, once again that's no excuse for how he handles some of the things, but still, towards the end he really stole my heart dison. She showed up and I loved her. She was super supportive, she was just such a great friend to Alice. Ugh. She was amazing.I got annoyed with the characters a lot of times, they made terrible decisions, the said a lot of awful things to each other. BUT I LOVED THEM.I loved the story. I loved the writing.I highly recommend this book.
The idea of a girl pretending to be a boy in order to fulfill some kind of a dream because her gender was being perceived as an obstacle isn’t a new theme but the Roopers managed to still write a fun book with it. There is an 80s movie titled Just One of the Guys, Shakespeare played with gender in 12th Night, Disney did it in Mulan and an Amanda Bynes movie She’s the Man added the sports spite how often I’ve come across the ‘girl turns into a boy’ this book still felt exciting to read and I liked the hockey backdrop. Their character Alice is a hockey nut who is being denied access to her passion based on her gender not her ability. Now in 21st America normally this would’ve resulted in a lawsuit, protests and viral videos but that wouldn’t get us a decent story you want to read instead of rolling your eyes ey did use the interchangeable twin thing which I found a bit hard to believe because it’s a brother/sister instead of the same gender but they managed to make it work enough it didn’t feel too off particularly when you have the sister pretend to be a boy. Family dynamics were handled well and believably within the story as well as any conflict created between get other characters to bounce off of that were given good emotional leverage and felt appropriate for the age level, setting and plot. The Romance angle was sweet and reminded me of many Rom-Coms I’ve seen. I could see with a bit of editing this landing as a Disney Channel e humor and lighthearted moments made this an enjoyable book to read and gave me what I would expect from Entangled Publishing which is a company I can normally count on for good reading material.When the inevitable discovery gets made that Alice is a girl – let the fun play out. If you’re into Sports-Romances then add this to your Must Read List.
When I started this book, I thought it was going to be some cheesy little book about ice skating and hockey. How Alice and Hayden were going to fall in love and it'll be all rainbows and sunshines. But I was wrong and I have got to stop predicting books like is was so much more than a love story. Alice was such a desperate character. She tried so hard to show us she was this happy go lucky girl that wouldn't let anything bother her. But she couldn't keep that up for long. I saw the sad little girl who replaced feelings with hockey. With hockey, Alice reasoned, she couldn't feel the feelings she didn't want to feel anymore. This book was more than her trying to accomplish her goal. Alice was trying to find herself and I loved that. I can appreciate a good story arc like that.Hayden was a mess and a jerk. I did not like him at first. I wanted to actually punch him a few times. But then we got to know him better, as Alice did, and I realized he was a just a hurt boy who didn't know how to express himself. And my hate slowly thawed and I found myself actually looking forward to his POVs. He was actually a rational guy, which is something I can appreciate.Overall, this was a good introduction to me to sports romance, a genre I don't normally read. I was able to keep up with all the hockey gargon, despite having never played. The hate to love trope was used, which is always a plus to me because that is my favorite trope ever. Really, this was just a good solid contemporary.
Just One of the Boys was a super-cute, super-quick read that if you liked She's the Man, you'll absolutely love. (It's not quite as obviously a retelling of Twelfth Night as the movie is, but it's the same general idea. With hockey. So really, a win-win.) Like StM's Viola, Alice is told she can't play the sport she loves because of her gender; also like Viola, she takes her twin's place on the team, though for different reasons. All kinds of girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy hijinks ensue, and she develops a crush on the team's (formerly? maybe...) star player--but also becomes his best friend, which complicates things all over the anwhile, her twin is hiding a secret, her mom is making extra demands on her time, and did I mention she's got a crush on her new BFF? Not quite everything that isn't right get fully resolved by the end (what is her coach's response to her news???) but the book still leaves you with a happy glow 's hoping the Ms. Ropers have plenty more books in them!Rating: 4 stars / B+I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
A fun sports romance teen read, one I nearly overlooked (so glad I took a chance). The story follows wannabe ice hockey player, Al Bell. The only problem is, we're talking Alice Bell, not her twin brother, Alexander Bell. Picked for the team during tryouts Alice is over the moon, sadly once the coach realises she's a girl he goes with her twin brother Xander. Fast forward and we have Alice aka Al disguised as her twin and playing in his place. This of course causes many a problem when her teammate, Hayden, a hotshot with a chip on his shoulder takes an interest in both Al and Alice both on and off the ice. A wonderful lighthearted read beautifully written in dual POV that had me second guessing how this book was going to end, what with all the lies and deceit between the siblings and also with her best friend. I mean it's obvious the truth is going to come out eventually, it always does. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
It was fun to see how long it took for him to figure out she was actually a girl. I felt like that was a good move on the authors' part. Having her show up periodically as a smoking hot figure skater was a nice touch. I loved watching her teammates fawn over her. Hilarious!I enjoyed watching Hayden's growth as he and Alice grew into best friends. I think my favorite part was the Christmas scene where she goes outside to sit and talk with him about his parents' death. I enjoyed watching the growth of the characters and they changed throughout this book. They had both been through so much pain and had both been burying it. For me, that was the heart of this book. I love it that I can read a book that's silly and fun and leaves me giggling but also deals with characters who have real issues they need to overcome. Every Entangled book I get my hands on seems to have this element of growth with their characters and that along with the fast pacing and fun storylines is what keeps me coming back to Entangled Teen Crush.
What say you fuzzy britches? For their 100th release, Hammer Films remade the 1940 cavemen groaner One Million B.C. It would prove to be a roaring box office success, whilst simultaneously making Raquel Welch an iconic poster girl and Ray Harryhausen an even bigger hero. Plot is slight. Two tribes exist in prehistoric times, the Rock People and the Shell People. The former are more aggressive and basic, the latter more forward and assured. Tumak (John Richardson) of the Rocks and Loana (Welch) wind up together, fighting prejudices and lots of giant beasties! Hooray! That's really it, the message is clear but ultimately we are here for the dinosaurs and giant creatures (well OK, the scantily clad cave dwellers as well), with Harryhausen once again showing why he was a legend in his field of animation. With good fights, a bit of sexy sizzle and a volcanic finale, it's all good really. It's no history lesson of course, but as Harryhausen was wont to say, they wasn't making a film for history professors! 7/10
This is a memoir; a mother's anguished but eventually triumphant journey at solving the problem of her adopted son. Donnie Winokur and husband Harvey adopted two Russian orphans, Morasha and Iyal. In time it became apparent that Iyal was going to pose serious difficulties, plunging the family into the abyss of fetal alcohol syndrome. At wit's end, the Winokurs turn to a special service dog - is is the story of that journey. There is frustration, hope, terror, love, despair, and joy in these pages. Donnie is astonishingly open in her explorations: her dealing with a husband reluctant to try the service dog route, the serious committment in time and money to acquire a properly trained dog, and the substantial adjustments the family must make with the service rough it all, Chancer stands tall (over 4 feet when stretched out!) as the savior, not just for Iyal, but for Donnie, Morasha and even ever reluctant star removed due to unexpectedly rough language contributes nothing and mars narrative flow.
Warning. This book will tear your heart out. Donnie Kanter Winokur conveyed with great feeling all the challenges of raising a child with fetal alcohol syndrome, or for that matter, raising any child that is mentally challenged. She depicts the emotional toll to the family and the strong emotional ties that are developed between the members of her family truly and deeply. I felt her bone weary exhaustion and grieved for her pain. But I also was inspired and amazed at the strength and persistence which she mustered to raise her son. It was a stroke of genius that she realized and persisted in getting a dog trained to meet her son's special needs. The beautiful surprise was that no one anticipated just how much this dog would help everyone in the family.I thankfully received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.
A fascinating glimpse into the life of a family coping with fetal alcohol syndrome, and how their lives were forever changed with the addition of a service dog. The author writes with raw emotion, and, as someone who has previously been unaware of the day-to-day trials that a special needs child brings to a family, I was drawn in and couldn't put this book down. I hope that Donnie plans on writing a sequel someday.
The author and her husband adopt two beautiful children from Russia: Morasha, a darling little girl and Iyal, a beautiful little boy with an invisible disability: fetal alcohol syndrome. This is an honest, heart-wrenching account of Iyal's struggles and his mother's determination to make a better life for him. You will fall head-over-heels for Chancer, Iyal's service dog, who provides him with unconditional love and support. Equally important, Chancer gives the Winokur family a reason to hope for a better tomorrow. Don't miss this. It's a perceptive, informative and beautiful story!
Another enjoyable page-turner from JoJo Moyes. Once again, the theme of pitting the 1% and the other 99% against each other reaches an enjoyable conclusion. The characters are engaging and multidimensional. I never thought I would enjoy romance novels as much as I am Moyes' works. Partly it's because she celebrates the working class, and the qualities of grit and determination that inspire the reader. Also, her female protagonists aren't virginal; they're well-rounded, realistic people. Of course, it's good to have a guy on a white horse canter up, but in Moyes novels, the girl proves herself capable on her own. I will definitely buy more of this author's books.
Another wonderful read from Jojo Plus One tells the story of single mum, Jess ,struggling every day cleaning other people's houses and working in a bar at night to bring up her daughter Tanzie who is a gifted child, and Nicky her withdrawn teenage step-son who is bullied at school.Tanzie, 8 years old,is offered a scholarship to attend a prestigious Girls school to further her maths but there is no way Jess can afford the small difference in fees..Jess asks for help from her estranged husband who has given his family no support since leaving two years of Jess's housecleaning clients,Ed, comes to the rescue after finding himself at a loose end whilst in the midst of his own problems.He takes Tanzie and her family on a road trip to sit a mathematics Olympiad exam in the hope of winning first prize , a cash prize of Two Thousand pounds which would enable Tanzie to attend the new is an hilarious road trip and Ed gets taken in by Jess and her two children. All four,and the dog Norman, have their own story to tell and the road trip brings them all together against all odds.Or does everything go horribly wrong?
This was a good rainy day read. I am from America so some of it was a little hard for me to understand, but I really enjoyed it. Their journey up to Scotland together was very unique. I'm so glad it had a happy ending because there were parts that I was afraid it was going to end up bad. I like to end on a good note. :) If you need a book to get you through a beach trip or on a long vacation then give this a try.
To be honest I was not excited to read this one as I have read all of Moyes other books and didn't think this one could be as good based on the plot. I am so glad is was proved wrong! One Plus One has become my very favorite of all of Moyes e characters are deep and very well written. They draw you in and make you completely invested. The book reads like a movie- I could see the scenes in my mind as I read. I LOVE Ed's character and the steadfastness and growth you see in him throughout the will fall in love with that characters. I would LOVE to read a follow up story to see what they are up to after this book ends. :)
I thought this book would be a chick flick kind of story. You know a mushy romance novel, and I was okay with that. Instead it dealt with reality. Kindness, bullies, positive thinking, financial and family stress, and yes even love. I will recommend this book to my friends and family because it touches close to home. So much is going on in this book, some things predictable, some not. Bottom line it made me want to be a better person, less cynical. It's so easy to fall into that mindset, but this book reminds me that what's important is doing the best you can with what you have and reaching out to others if there is any way you can. Things usually work out for the best even if you can't see it in those darkest hours. This is an incredible story of being there for your family and others at all costs just because you know deep down it's the right thing to do. Remarkable story!
Tanzie's maths interest are very wide and simply attributed by there name or category. But in the closing pages one of those are cited and frankly the most mysterious of them all. And we are left either to be impressed with JJ's depth or sent on our way to satisfy our own curiosity. That one is "Strong Emergence". Look it up and drown in the maths mystique of the highest order. I will try to demystify the concept which has been of recent vintage emerged in the cloak of maths language, equations, and symbolism. Let me help with a metaphor that will take some of the mystery out of the e famous proverb: "The straw that broke the camel's back" is an example of (strong ) emergence . The theory has imbedded in it without quantifying the various properties of the system: I.e. The strength of the camel, the weight of the straws, the time constraint on the endurance of the camels, and other physical variables. We know by our experience with logic that the load is not infinite, and we can feel the continuity of the growing burden that the camel must endure. But we know that the last straw is imbued with a role not attributed to any other of the equivalent components. Think about it and try to find a similar maths explanation If you find one let me know. I stand guilty of over simplification, but how else to attempt at layman C. Pulseinc @
Jessica Rae Thomas has got to be one of the most positive people and rightful people on the world. She is broke to the bone and has two children to raise. Her husband is off "for recovery" and not supporting her family with a single pound. Still, she wants to grant her daughter the opportunity of lifetime by enabling her to go to a costly private school which will be targeting Tanzie's math when she decides to take a run down car to drive her family plus dog from South England to Scotland for a maths competition that might pay for Tanzie's tuition fees, and that car actually breaks down in the middle of the road, she never thought that Ed Nicholls would be the one to come to her rescue. The arrogant wealthy arse who's beachhouse she cleans on a regular basis. However, Ed has trouble of his own and for some reason, he decides to embark onto tthat chaotic trip to Scotland with nce I read and absolutely loved Me Before You from the same author, it was nearly impossible not to read this new book, especially given that the plot sounded so fresh and nice. Who doesn't love a geeky millionaire and a family in be very honest with you, this felt like a real life parody of Little Miss Sunshine. The similarities were absolutely obvious: you have the eccentric little daughter going of to a competition (maths/beauty pageant - sounds about the the same) and that troubled teenager with a goth haircut, and a mother who is hell bent on making this trip work out so she can give her child what she feels it deserves.But apart from those similarities, the whole story was very-well customised and exudes the lovely english charm that I don't come across often, given the very little "english" books I read. It is also a very striking comparison of two worlds: the big city London life were yuppies and self made men indulge in fancy things, and the life on the outskirts of the city, where a family barely has £12 a day as a food me parts of the story will make you laugh and some parts will make you cry. You will most definitely fall in love with Jessica's quirky character and positive vision of life, and you will become a great fan of Ed Nicholls and witness how something even more chaotic than the professional predicament he is in can actually bring him peace and happiness. It's a beautiful story about unexpected situations, finding happiness, and starting ever, do not expect any steamy scenes here - everything is being kept on a very light level, but the story is so sweet you don't actually miss it...
Ok, with so many fantastic reviews, I'm beginning to feel bad that I liked it but did not love it. It's a good book but it's not great. Having said that, I really did find myself liking all the characters and feeling for them. You want it to work out even though you know that in real life, it would per my sometimes usual review format...Did I learn anything from this book?I think how hard it is to get ahead when living on the minimum wage was reinforced. Some people have it really hard and those of us who don't have no clue. I don't know that this knowledge will change how I live my life but it does help to be a little more aware.Did I think about the book when I wasn't reading it?Not at first but yes, towards the end, I was thinking about it when I was not reading it.Did I want to read this book when I wasn't reading it?Yes - I wanted to know what happened.Will this book stay with me long after it's over?Not all of it... it's good but not that good. However, there is a section where Jess explains to Ed how hard it is to get ahead once you have a baby at 17 and are always behind trying to catch up and this will stay with me. It is very well said. And there are comment about living as a single/solo parent on the minimum wage and yes, those will stick.SPOILER ALERT: I enjoyed all of it except for when Jess and Ed get together and then it just gets too pathetically mushy. I was almost happy when they broke up so we could get back to being real. For a while there I thought "Oh God, Mills and Boon/Harlequin Romance" and this is not what I signed up for.
Let me start by stating I just cannot bear most romance novels. While some might classify this as a romance novel, I found it to be more of an interesting tale with some quirky characters. I found it interesting to see how two strangers from different ends of a spectrum could develop a friendship through simple acts of compassion and through that arrive at an even deeper connection. While Jess is a financially struggling single mother, Ed is wealthy and many might assume that he would not have a care in the world due to his wealth. As Jess develops a friendship with Ed, she becomes aware that he has many issues that are equally as challenging and heartbreaking for him and that money does not guarantee a problem free life Each learns that everyone has problems sometimes just as heartbreaking as yours. Through Jess's life, Ed is able to see a strong woman fighting for her children's welfare and a mother that always puts her children first, although in one instance many would question whether that commitment to her children justifies some of the actions that she takes.Without giving away more of the story, I'll just conclude that this is an intelligently written novel of a romance, but not a "romance novel". It was interesting to see how two people from different walks of life were able to connect.
This is a great book! The main character is Jess, a single parent trying to raise her daughter, Tanzie, and her x-husband's son, Nicky, by herself because her husband has deserted her. She has several jobs just trying to pay the bills. There are no extras! She cleans for Ed, another main character. He is on the other end of the money issue. He has lots of money, but gets himself into some trouble which will cost him ss attempts to take a road trip to Scotland where her daughter has been offered a chance to take a prestigious math exam and if she passes will make it into a great private school. Jess cannot afford to send her there otherwise. She, however, takes her x's old car which doesn't run properly. She is pulled over by the police, and Ed accidentally drives by and rescues her and the om there the story really begins. They are on this road trip and have all kinds of experiences!!! There is never a dull moment!One of the issues brought out in this book deals with bullying. There is a bad group of kids living in Jess's neighborhood who bully Nicky. This is another reason Jess so wants Tanzie to attend a different school. Yet, even at the private schools, there can be a bit of bullying. When someone is different, they just appeal to those who think they are better!!!This is a story about hardship, bullying, honesty, determination, friendship, family, and love. It makes you laugh, and it just may make you cry a couple times! I highly recommend it!
Great app and great concept. However, it should have an option to record your own songs on the front page. Since there are only a few categories of songs, there should also be the option to request a song on the home page. (For example, there are no country songs, edm, etc). There should also be a feature of connected apps if other apps work with the one. Giving four stars because I know it just came out and hopefully updates will be coming soon. Have high hopes, great concept!
COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! This book was riveting, candid and utterly captivating. As one who suffered from a chemical overexposure (inadvertent on my end) herself, I cannot tell you how happy I am to see that some people actually find a modicum of justice for what they suffer at the hands of an industry hell-bent on maintaining the toxic status quo. In an era characterized by regulators as unethical and/or corrupt as the industries they're regulating, I am so glad to see people in positions of power feel compelled to hold the perpetrators accountable. Given the state of *regulation* (Ha!) these days, the justice system is our last best hope for recourse. Until these poison purveyors are forced to absorb the true costs (environmental, personal/public health) of their products, we (society) are going to continue to pay the price. I thank God for the judges and trial lawyers who hold these pesticide makers somewhat accountable. You may want to shrug off the caveats issued in this tome, but I'd take the lesson to heart, as chemical sensitivity and pesticide poisonings seem to be on the rise, not the decline. One day someone you love could be a victim of our improperly regulated, inadequately tested pesticide products (e.g. data not made public, not truly independent, tested only on animals). Better to be safe than sorry. These pesticides pose an unnecessary and substantial risk to children, expectant mothers, and the immune-compromised especially. There are other, better ways to handle pests -- options that don't require us to choose between our health and our crops.
This book reads like a John Grisham novel except this story really happened. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! I read it in 2 days. I was shocked by how corrupt DuPont was throughout the trial and found myself rooting aloud for the plaintiffs and the author as they fought on behalf of the young boy harmed by DuPont's negligence. The story is moving, inspiring and an extremely interesting look at our legal system, the loopholes designed to serve big business and the way a company like DuPont gets their dangerous chemicals to the marketplace without concern for innocent bystanders. They put profit over people. I hope they make this book into a movie. It's Erin Brokovic meets Civil Action. Not a heavy read like you might expect, but an important and relevant read given the changes happening with the EPA. If you like legal thrillers, this is a good book for a summer read.
The book confirms what most sane Americans know that corporations are for the all mighty dollar over individual souls. We have seen and heard over the years that company’s knew they had problems with their products but yet have sold them to the public without regards to public health because some Actuary has told them the risk of making millions is worth the risk of a law Ferraro is a man with a Big Heart to put up his own money and over 10 years of his life to help a family in need of a Savior. I know of these corporations because I worked for one for 30 plus years. And after I retired I found I was getting short of breath and had to be put on an inhaler then I found I had Asbestosis in my lungs from my 30 plus years of service to go along with the clock they gave me. We need more like Mr. Ferraro Law firm so we the people can be safe from those who put the dollar over souls. I thank you for helping me Mr. FerraroArt Stewart
Fascinating and inspiring story. I'm particularly interested in the notion of junk science and the law. And this story brings to light the importance of holding big corporations responsible for their products. As a parent I was moved by the journey this family took and the struggle they endured to bring justice to their sightless son. The story is riveting. I hope to see it on the big screen.
This is a very interesting narrative about a complex and important legal case against chemical manufacturer DuPont. The science was fascinating and well explained. The case raises important questions about environmental safety and recourse when things go wrong. Well written and engaging.
Great read. Amazing story about what happens when the little guy triumphs over an almost insurmountable Giant. This story reads like a great novel, but it is true! I found Blindsided to be extremely relevant considering what is going on right now. So scary to think that this could happen to anyone, anywhere. If you care about the environment, water, air and corporate greed, do yourself a favor, and read this book.
This story is a true story about one child's birth defect caused by a humongous corporation, who fought to deny any culpability and the lawyer who finally won for the child. It is a first person account by the lawyer, laid out in an understandable way. A journey through the legal system with all it's biases and politics as well as the legalities. Even though you know the outcome it is a good read.
Full disclosure: I'm a case study in this 's the thing - I've been in a lot of books. And yet this is the only book you'll see me reviewing.Why's that? Because most books on "entrepreneurship" focus on the stories. But the reality is that everyone's story is different. The environment and challenges faced by every single entrepreneur are wholly unique to them, and replicating that is near impossible.Elaine's spent years profile entrepreneurs over at Forbes, CNBC, Fortune, Money, and you combine Elaine's years of experience alongside her journalism background, and you get a book that actually breaks down the strategic and tactical choices each entrepreneur made. It's not a collection of aspirational stories (ugh) or faux-origin stories to inspire you (ugh x 2).No - instead what you get is actionable insight that helps you apply other people's experiences to your own business (and even your own life if you have no desire in entrepreneurship).This book is a no-brainer. If you wish to learn from other people's mistakes AND failures, you need to get it.
It may be easier than ever to start a business. It may require less capital than ever to start a business. But can you create a business without employees that is both personally and financially rewarding? For the many business owners who prefer not to hire employees, Elaine Pofeldt does a brilliant job of answering this ing many examples of very successful, non-employee businesses, Elaine lays out the path that can work for individuals who want the freedom to live life on their own terms with the financial success to support them. This book is a must read for anyone who is neither suited to be an employee nor interested in hiring employees and who wants to do meaningful work while making a difference in the world.
Hi Elaine ! My name is DelRae Messer. I am from small town North Dakota and now live in Minneapolis with my two girls, Mckenna and Gianna. I have epically failed forward in business to finally find an opportunity like the ones you spoke about in your book, The Million-dollar one-person business. I was broke and broken just 3 years ago, a single mom and had lost hope, when I was introduced to a business opportunity that would allow me to make a huge impact in health, leadership and opportunity for others !! I had to write to tell you THANK YOU!! There are so many people searching for a way to become their own boss, with little to no investment, overhead or employees and design life on their terms. I now get to spend time with my daughters, while leveraging my impact and income with other like minded entrepreneurs in the wellness space and your book is our business model defined !! I want spread the word about your book authentically and passionately to get this message to more people, who may be on their hands and knees praying for an answer like I was just three years ago! My goal is to create more leaders Instead of followers to help more people wake up to their greatness to impact !!Again, thank you!
I enjoyed the experience of reading this book. The book itself is an anomaly - a naked hardcover with print even on the end papers. I liked the cover design which is a big number 1 with what looked like a million dots raining down alongside it. The final product that is this book made a great first impression on me. The author introduced many solo business owners who have stories that sound like mine, and maybe yours, so she made the million-dollar, one-person idea sound like a revolution that I felt inclined to e main reason I liked this book is the limitation implicit in the author's thesis statement. She doesn't talk about multi-million dollar companies. In fact, over and over she states that some entrepreneurs don't even want to make a million dollars because they don't want to sacrifice some of the things they would have to give up to scale their business to that level of productivity. The book is about finding and applying the concepts that will allow you to run the business you want, to support the lifestyle that is most attractive to you. Some of the business owners that appear on these pages scale up a side project until it is just big enough to allow them money and time off to travel, but then they reject the venture capitalists who offer to make their businesses more successful. The book offers not just business tips but also advice on how to stay true to your evolving goals and how to reassess to manage your changing finances if growth stalls.I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to others who are interested in the entrepreneurial e Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want.
I didn't know what to expect when this book arrived. I had been interviewed by the author a few times, once for a story in Forbes and again for this book. What I can say, without any bias, is that this is undoubtedly the best book I have read on how to craft, cultivate and sustain as successful one-person business. This book offers a much needed step-by-step guide that is customizable to the individual, not a set formula. Pofeldt offers help tips, strategies, and resources to make it happen, distilled down from hundreds of interviews with people running all different types of is book is essential reading for anyone looking to start their own one-person or small business, or anyone looking to work out a way to scale up the revenue in their business, while keeping operations lean to maximize profits. I am honoured to be included amongst the other business owners that are profiled, but more so, I am grateful that there is now a book in the world that I can recommend unequivocally to anyone looking to start their own thing.
Just as the Buddhist proverb says, "When the student is ready, the teacher shall appear!" After a career as a television news producer, I switched gears a few years ago and began working independently (as a "solo-preneur") in the field of public relations. I followed the suggestion of another classic expression, and chose to "do what I love" ... but I never learned how to actually run the business side of what I do. The wisdom contained in Elaine Pofeldt's new book truly is "priceless," and I'm excited about putting these lessons into practice. Thanks, Elaine! I've enjoyed the work of writers like Tim Ferriss and Gary Vaynerchuk for years now, and I'm excited about the idea of adding a new "guru" to that short list -- especially because I know the ideas and strategies Elaine shares in this book all come from her many years as a financial journalist, and she has interviewed those who don't just talk about these ideas in theoretical terms, but instead have used them to build highly successful businesses!
I love that Elaine set out to challenge the notion that you need to build a big business with a big team in order to be successful. This book is filled with case studies of entrepreneurs who chose to leverage systems and technology to grow profitable businesses with little overhead. Learning things for yourself first hand can be costly, learning from the experience of others on the other hand is a much better way to go. By extracting the knowledge and experience from dozens of entrepreneurs, this book ultimately condenses decades of wisdom into days of reading.(In full disclosure: I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this great book)
The Million-Dollar One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want by Elaine Pofeldt is an innovative book offering business advice to entrepreneurs. I liked the premise of the book: developing a business for one person that would yield a high profit. I also liked how Pofeldt gave broad advice for starting a business – such as how to fund it – as well as specific and detailed advice on minor subjects – such as how to organize emails in Gmail. One of my favorite chapters was “Realize and Reset Your Vision,” which talks about retaking your entrepreneurial temperature and staying true to evolving your goals. If you enjoy entrepreneurial pursuits, The Million-Dollar One-Person Business is a good book to pick up.*I received this book for review*
The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want was a book that I got thinking it would be a fun one to skim. Yep, no skimming here, I was intrigued the whole way through! I loved getting to hear all the people who have started up business and succeeding at them.Examples of people making seven figures selling gumballs or six figures selling decorative mailbox flags. I mean, when you think of getting rich, I am sure those two things are the first thing to pop into your head!I loved all the practical advice in this book as well. I have gmail and wanted to be able to send some emails where I knew if the other person opened them. There was an add on mentioned in this book that I could do that. anks to Blogging for books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Elaine Pofeldt has taken all the wisdom garnered from decades of writing about—and living—the life of a solopreneur and poured it into this very smart and entertaining guidebook. Readable, practical, and smart, The Million-Dollar One-Person Business is more than a roadmap to seven-figure solopreneurship. Pofeldt’s talent for good storytelling brings each of the successful entrepreneurs in her book to life in a way that’s not only compelling to read, but overflowing with lessons for readers. The road to solopreneurial success may be bumpy and windy, but as one of the entrepreneurs in the book says, “Following your dreams is never a straight path."
This is written to allow the reader to experience the emotional roller coastal each of the characters went through. A good book for those who have an interest in the workings of the Mafia.
This book is more about the mob than it is about the club, Scores. I enjoyed it very much and feel so sorry for Michael Blutrich. What a screwed up justice system we have! I still cannot believe he spent 13 years in prison; that was so unfair.
I do not consider myself a book reader by any means. Mostly in part because they worked better as a sleep aid rather than providing any entertainment value. I was fortunate enough to come across a copy of Scores and it was apparent after the first few hours that this one was pretty useless in the providing any relief to sleep deprivation. From the moment I picked it up the chapters fell off like I could imagine the dancers wardrobe would. An insider's look behind the scenes of an era that made history. Would make a phenomenal movie a must read !!!
Picked this book up after seeing Anderson Cooper's rave review. Couldn't have been any happier that I did! This book / story is a true page turner and is incredibly well written. I highly, wholeheartedly recommend it and hope Michael writes a follow-up about his life post incarceration! I may go back and reread it, it was that good!
The moment you start reading it you cant put this book down!! I loved it, it's a regular NYC mob story drama classic. This book was a great read and went by in the blink of an eye.
Holy cow what a story. If you grew up in Brooklyn in the '80's or if you didn't live under a rock, you will know every player in this book. Mob rule was martial rule and the author provides a first hand account right from the thick of it. This is one incredible story but do not start this book unless you have 48 or more hours straight to spare because you will absolutely NOT be able to put it down. It's an incredibly exciting read and you will not care that the author is not an author by trade. A truly amazing story that makes you feel like you were the one wearing the wire at the table with the bad guys.
I was never a big Howard Stern fan, and never visited Scores, but I found this book mesmerizing. I couldn't put it down. The writing is compelling and the plot is totally engaging. You feel like you're getting a real behind-the-scenes view of the workings of the Mafia, as well as the FBI in dealing with them. Blutrich comes across as a compelling and complex character, with a sense of humor and perspective about his increasingly complicated situation. Finally, there is something quintessentially "New York" about this book, which will make it of interest to fans of other crime writers, like Lawrence Block. Highly recommended!!
I am amazed at how much I enjoyed this read.I was hesitant to buy the book. I'd heard of Scores but I didn't think details of the inner workings of the place sounded all that interesting. A magazine article, sure. An entire book on the subject seemed a bit much. First and foremost: this book is so much more than a day in the life of a strip club owner. I get that the club brought Mr Blutrich into the mob's orbit and it is a unique enterprise, but the insane existence outside of Scores he ends up living is really the dominant theme of the book. There are so many twists and turns to Blutrich's story and he really does a great job of taking the reader along for the ride. I also found the guy likable which really makes the ending even harder to swallow. Even if you saw the 60 Minutes piece on him a few years back ( I did but had really forgotten the details) or are somewhat familiar with the story, there's no way you could have a true insight into the hell ( fascinating as it was) he went through. It was so well done I have to admit ( since the guy is a lawyer by trade) I was surprised there wasn't a co author credit. Good job, Michael.
Scores is the story of Michael Blutrich, a successful New York attorney who opened one of the most famous "gentlemen's clubs" in the country. The real story, though, is how the Gambino crime family got it's hooks into the club, and how Blutrich was made an FBI informant to take down the mafia family. I honestly could not stop reading this book. It was exciting, well written, and grabbed your attention right away. Blutrich's descriptions of his "adventure" made you feel afraid for him, yet somewhat disgusted by him, at the same time. I won't get into the morality of a strip club. That's for someone else to decide. I just sat back and enjoyed the story. This easily could have been a five-star review, except for one thing. Blutrich, in the beginning of the book, talks vaguely about his "Florida troubles". Throughout the book, as he goes deeper and deeper into his informant status, he mentions this many times, but never really gets into it. Finally, you determine that he is under indictment in Florida for some type of insurance fraud. His agreement with the New York U.S. Attorney's and the FBI is that if he keeps informing on the Gambino's (and others), he will get a substantial sentence reduction. And informing he does, very effectively. And it looks like things are going to go his way. BUT, the Florida U.S. Attorney's are not going for this agreement, as Blutrich goes on and on about. According to him, the prosecuting attorney and judge in Florida are unfairly against him. They go out of their way to inflict unnecessary harm on him, based mostly on jealousy. Blutrich ends up serving WAY more time than he thought, all because of this one U.S. Attorney and Judge. You are left feeling that he has really been screwed over by the system. So I did a little digging, researching the book a little further. Turns out, his little insurance fraud case in Florida was actually a MUCH bigger deal than he let on. According to a 60 Minutes profile, what actually happened was that Blutrich opened Scores with money he stole from a large life insurance company in Florida. The money he stole left nearly 26,000 elderly policy holders bilked out of their life savings. The theft totalled $440 million dollars, one of the biggest white collar crimes in U.S. history. Aha! So maybe that's why the U.S. Attorney's in Florida were being so hard headed! Sure, he testified against the mob, and that's great, but in reality there was no nobel purpose, he did it only to save his own skin in Florida. He goes on and on about how unfairly he was treated, how he was promised almost no prison time yet ended up serving 13 years. What he doesn't tell you in the book was that his codefendant in the Florida case was treated much more harshly, ending up being sentenced to 845 years! So Blutrich really did get a big break. Blutrich's complaining and crying at the end of the book really kind of spoil what would have been an outstanding story.
I won an ARC of this in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, Thank an Advanced Read Copy there are a few spelling mistakes but that can be taken care of by the finished product. I liked how she switched to different peoples perspectives during the story. I also enjoyed her strong female characters.I must start this review saying that every expectation I had from a Nora Roberts book was swept away. I've only read two of her other series and I wasn't sure what I would be getting myself into. This story embraced, ensnared, and enchanted me.“When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he’d killed himself. And billions of others.” I was reminded painfully of The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect is the power to cause a hurricane in China because of a butterfly flapping its wings somewhere in the world.... If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, then the hurricane would not have happened-The Butterfly Effect and Chaos Theory. So when he shoots the Pheasant he set in motion a greater effect. I found it significant that Ross MacLeod had left blood there when he was a child and then the Pheasant died there, I believe that is what triggered it. I was left wondering why nobody went to Scotland to try to figure out the cause and stop the Doom at the source.I cannot wait until the next book because I read this book last night and I was left with so many questions, I do hope in the next book that we get to hear what is happening at New Hope and that it doesn't rush through the Thirteen years without a telling us what had been happening elsewhere. I want to know if the lady who predicted the Doom is an Uncanny. I want to know what happened with Max's brother. I also hope that instead of rushing Lana into her new relationship that Nora takes the time to explore their feelings and taking care of Fallon. I want more of how the Uncanny's react to all the people hunting them, it reminded me of racism and I want to see how they over come it and what Fallon's role is.
This type of book is NOT my usual genre . I selected this book from Kindle First simply because none of the other selections appealed to me, and I liked the cover art.Let me first send a big thank you to to the authors for including a glossary of all the acronyms used in the book! Other reviews have discussed the plot so I won't go there. I was engrossed in this story from the very first page. The plot is, unfortunately, very realistic in this time in history. I experienced several different emotions during the reading of this book. I was fascinated by the plot twists and turns , saddened by the losses of life and the sacrifices of personal happiness made by the hero, fear because the plot was so realistic it could be a harbinger of events to come, and lastly, satisfaction at an ending well is book is so well written that the use of acronyms did not seem excessive, a reader not familiar with military lingo can easily follow the story.I am very much looking forward to reading more books by this writing duo.
A former SEAL who finds a new identity as a spy, Jack Dempsey has a score to settle. Traveling the globe with his new team that is just beginning to form a bond, he will face perhaps the most serious terrorist plot since 9/11. Racing against time, will he and his team be able to figure out the plot and intervene before time is up?I love a good thriller, and Andrews and Wilson do not fail to deliver in Tier One. I found myself consistently engaged in the storyline and loved the characters, especially Jack Dempsey. The plot was so realistic it could have been ripped from the headlines (though thankfully it was not!). The action was non-stop, and the authors' writing style flowed well and was authentic to the events portrayed in the book.I was hesitant about choosing this as my August Kindle First selection I realize this is a bit silly, but I do tend to judge books by their cover, and I really did not like the cover artwork for this title. However, I was very pleased with the book and found it to be one of the best Kindle First selections I have read in some time. I am looking forward to reading future installments in this series, and can't wait to see how the characters will develop over time. The brotherhood and bond between the team members really added to the character development, and the authors also left room for some romance in future sequels. Thomas and Mercer have another hit series on their hands!
Retired USAF Medic. Medical descriptions of medical equipment and in field procedures were well described and appeared to be based on current techniques. The high demands of special ops personnel ,and the physical and mental toll exacted on themselves and their family members are understood by few, outside of their community. Hopefully civilian readers of this book will garner a better understanding and appreciation of how these elite troops contribute so much to our (and other) nation's security. A great read with detailed descriptions of operational particulars that makes it obvious that input came from some of the "real "McCoy's" currently, or formally involved in this "area of expertise".
Action CheckThrilling Double CheckBuckle your seat belts Triple CheckNo decision for me on my selection for the Kindle First book for August. How could I possibly choose anything other than a novel about Navy SEALs? And, the end result is that I was not disappointed for one minute while reading this book. It is filled with action which starts in the Arabian Sea where the reader first meets Senior Chief Jack Kemper on a mission with his fellow SEALs.We learn that during his 20 years of service he is used to the harried missions that start with the 3 beeps on his cell phone. So, he takes each one in stride with his thoughts of 'Blow up, Clean up or Pick up'. Life goes on with the SEALs and along the way we get a refresher course concerning Iran's nuclear program in the description of this book mentions, the story delves deeply into the line between duty and revenge. Al Queda plays an active part in this one and I actually felt shaky when reading the scene in the Tactical Operations Center in Djibouti on the horn of Africa.Powerful, poignant and packed with action that will not disappoint readers that like military action. The trident symbol for the SEALs has always been so important to them. There is a scene concerning the passing of a trident that will make one tear up with emotion. And, yes, justice comes into aracters are well developed as is the plot and the story flows smoothly from the beginning to the last page. There are a lot of acronyms in this book and all are well explained. So like the military in every day st highly ease note that this my Kindle First selection for August.
My genre of choice these days is Military Thrillers. Covert Ops, Black Ops, whatever you want to call them, that's what I love to read about. This book does NOT disappoint. My first read from these authors turned me into a fan immediately. I don't like to give away any parts of a story. If you like military backgrounds mixed in with human relationships, brotherly love between tight knit secret teams, add this to your list of books to read. It's the first of a series by the same name (Tier 1 Series) followed by War Shadows and Crusader One, which I preordered for my Kindle already. It's hard to find new authors that can stand up to the elite like Vince Flynn, but these guys have what it takes.
I read this engaging story while on a trip abroad and felt very invested in the story line. The characters at times seemed needlessly evasive even in their own thoughts, and as a result of was hard to find myself able to attach to them individually. In the end I cared far less about them then I wanted too but enjoyed the story. The end was too predictable and honestly seemed like a cop out by the writer to set up the series, they could have done that gag much less obviously. I am left unsure as to if the series will draw me in for book 2 as a result of the cheesy conclusion.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It is violent, forceful, gut-wrenching, and paints a picture of a world virtually nobody knows. My own personal military world crossed paths with the world described in "Tier One." This gives me some insight into the character and make-up of the heroes who populate this world. This story is not just about heroism, however. It also tells the true story of Militant Islam and the role Iran (Persia) is even now playing behind the scenes. More than anything, "Tier One" is a wake-up call to our leaders that if we don’t take appropriate action now, we may forever lose the chance to do so."Tier One" is a no-holds-barred, no-pulled-punches look at the best of America’s Special Operations Forces. It is very well written, giving the reader insight into the minds and thoughts of not only [email protected]#$% field operators, but also the men calling the shots from the TOCs. Pick a weekend to read it, because you will not want to stop reading!
It keeps the reader on the edge from the start to the finish. The main character is a strong and dynamic seal team leader. The plot exciting, dramatic, and takes the reader along for the ride. The ending is surprising and and unexpected. I highly recommend this book!
Good writing at times (enough so that I finished the book). But poor story telling overall. Premise of the book is absurd. Ending of the book was both predictable and anticlimactic. I just did not connect with the main character at all. In fact, main characters feel whiney and their dialog got annoying. I guess when you want the main characters to die that's a sign that it's just not a good read.
I thought this book was very entertaining and captivating, but the language was bothersome. I am hesitant with harsh language, unless it is necessary for the story. I think this story did need that element due to the fact that the characters were in war zones and dealing with life and death situations....this is reality. It did not feel gratuitous. So now that we have established that the language was too much at times, let's get to the story...I thought this story was well told and slightly suspenseful. This won't win any awards for great literature, but it is a well told suspense novel. I think that Brian Andrews did a good job of keeping my attention and keeping me engaged in the characters and the storyline. Overall, this was a good book.
People who truly love dogs experience intense cycles of joy, trust, hope, pain and loss. It's the human experience of love compressed into a too-short lifetime of about fifteen years or less. Kay Pfaltz generously opened her heart and home to a funny little abandoned dachshund (with a "parsnip nose") while she was still grieving over the loss of her cherished Lauren, whom she wrote about so beautifully in Lauren's Story: an American Dog in Paris - another great book.Flash needed Kay, and Kay soon learned that she needed Flash. This book is no mere "dog story." It is a gentle, introspective and inspiring book about human growth. Each chapter is headed with an insightful quote from such great minds as Jonathan Swift, Ursula LeGuin, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sophocles, and the people surrounding Kay during her journey with Flash are vivid, fascinating, thoughtful and endlessly interesting. But the favorite quote I've brought away from it is the author herself saying:"...maybe the answer was much simpler than we could imagine. Maybe we just needed to be here and be present every single moment and see the miracle of it all."It sounds so simple, doesn't it? It isn't, though - it's a lifetime challenge. In Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned into One Big Miracle, Kay Pfaltz unfolds a beautiful, moving, often funny, always involving story of the miracles that people are and the miracles that dogs are and the wonders that they can bring to each other.If you love dogs, or love people, or love... love, I think you will love this book.
Mortality is a sentence passed on all of us, two- and four-footed alike. There are temporary reprieves, but there are no pardons.If we read a book and really like the protagonist, we hope that the sentence won't be carried out while we're watching. We can pretend that time is frozen when we turn the last let's make it clear right now – and it's scarcely a spoiler – that we don't get our wish when we read "Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned into One Big Miracle" by Kay Pfaltz. But the subtitle is accurate. Mortality does not preclude miracles. Kay Pfaltz lets us watch them happen."I don't ever want another dog." Many of us have said that after the death of a much loved dog. That's where Ms. Pfaltz is in her life when the book begins. But she has a sister who knows better than that, which is how, one October day, she finds herself in the parking lot of a Barnes & Noble accepting delivery of a smooth black dachshund, resembling "a large salamander," who had been flown to Virginia from Arizona, where he had been dumped for a car. And, as one of the customers in her shop/café says, "I guess we find love where we can. And love finds us when it's right."Flash joins Ms. Pfaltz in a period of emotional turmoil for her, and, as dogs are wont to do, he makes the turmoil easier to bear, sometimes by just plain love and sometimes by being enough trouble to take her mind off her other en, one November day, Flash is rushed to a clinic for back surgery. What was supposed to be normal IVDD turns out, instead, to be an inoperable tumor. And sentence is passed. Flash will live another two weeks. Three at most.And that's where the path to miracles begins. You know that the word "miracle" is in book's title, and you want, desperately want, the fairy tale ending, even though you know that the book is non-fiction. And you get miracles, even if not the one you want. The miracles come slowly, as Ms. Pfaltz explores various purported homeopathic cures and gratefully accepts the days that are given to her to be with her beloved boy. He makes it to Thanksgiving. He makes it to Christmas. She wants him to see the flowers bloom in her backyard in the spring, but that seems so much to is is not a suspense novel, but we will still allow you to follow the spiritual journey – for this is a deeply spiritual book – of Ms. Pfaltz and Flash for yourselves. On the journey, she discovers, accepts and embraces her own feelings and destiny, just as she does for Flash.Flash loved to sing, and in this book you will hear his song in happy times and sad. You will hear it still once you've closed the book.
This is truly the most moving, heartfelt, incredible book about the bond shared between a pet parent and a little black and tan Dachshund named "Flash." Every pet parent should read this story. It's a story of fun, bravery, persistence and uncondtional love between Kay (the mom) and [email protected]#$%!& will draw you in, and make you feel what the author experienced, trying to make her best friend healthy after learning Flash has a tumor on his spine. I really couldn't put it down, and I will never, ever forget it, as we have canine kids of our own that we would do anything for, too. I highly recommend it. If there is one book you'll want to read about a relationship with a dog, this is the one.
I must say this book is one of the best books about a dog and his owner that I've ever read! Being a dog lover, especially a dachsund lover, I have read a lot of books, and this is my favorite one! I struggle with fear of death, and love, and life, and this books nails how I was feeling right on the head, as well as confirmed that I am far from the only one feeling this way. How wonderful it was to read that a fellow dachsund lover learned about life and love from her dachsund, just like I did. I have 3 dachsunds. I work as a registered veterinary technician, and I see sick dogs all the time. I was obsessing with the death of my oldest dog, Nena. She was the only one I had for 10 years. I didn't want to betray her by getting another dog, feeling like I wouldn't love her as much if I got another dog. I saw a puppy at a dachsund meetup, and that was the end of it! I went out and found a chocolate puppy 2.5 months, and fell in love. And then 1 year later another one, named Zellie! This house is now so full of love. No more fear, just day by day living, just like the dogs. There's no other way to live, or you will live your whole life not loving for fear of dying and losing love! This book is a gem! The author donates 100% of all profit to dogs, so please, get this for a friend, or for yourself!
Flash’s Song is a heartwarming – and sometimes heartbreaking – story of the love between a rescued dachshund and his adoptive “mom,” author Kay Pfaltz. Reluctant to adopt a dog while still grieving for her beloved beagle Lauren (about whom she's also written a book), Pfaltz nonetheless develops an unbreakable bond with Flash, a joyful little dachshund with an overbite and an uncommonly long nose. Pfaltz tells of her own interpersonal (human) relationships along with her daily adventures with Flash and two beagles she also comes to adopt. Then, at age 13, Flash develops cancer in his spine, and is given three weeks to live. Pfaltz initially rages against his illness, but then decides to make Flash’s last days to be of the highest quality possible. The three weeks miraculously expand to over five e author shares experiences that show her becoming a wiser, kinder, and more forgiving person during this time. I highly recommend this endearing book to anyone who likes dogs – or who enjoys marvelous storytelling.
In Flash’s Song, while grieving a broken romance, Kay Pfaltz reluctantly adopts Flash, a homeless Dachshund, to add to her family of two rescued Beagles, Sasha and Chance. The four enjoy the sort of funny happy home that only a pack of dogs and a doting human can create until Flash is diagnosed with cancer and Pfaltz begins her search for healing, both of Flash’s ailment, and her own grief. The odyssey both medical, and spiritual, delivers the author from the mundane to a transcendental perspective where Love, for Flash, her Beagles, nature, and the people she meets along the way, performs miracles and is the only currency. Beautiful quotations by compassionate thinkers head the chapters and the peace Pfaltz found on her journey is beautifully expressed and transformative. This book is a balm to all those who have loved a pet.
“I have admired Kay's writing for so many years--what a gift she has for helping us connect to animals and see and feel the beauty and wonder they bring into our lives. Like Lauren's story, Flash's Song is a gem, not to be missed. If you have ever loved an animal, you will feel a kinship with Kay as she so beautifully describes that precious gift of unconditional love that they give us. If you have ever grieved the loss of an animal friend, Kay understands the depth of that loss. As an animal rights advocate, I also love Flash's Song, because I believe it can help us all see the sacredness of each individual animal in the world--that they all--like Flash--have a story to tell, a family to love, friends to cherish, and a right to be free from harm. “ --Judy Carman, Peace To All Beings, Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul; and co-author of The Missing Peace
I was attracted to this book because I grew up with a dachsund, my favorite breed!—but primarily because I read Kay Pfaltz's other wonderful book, Lauren's Story, and I know the author is a superb and sensitive writer. Flash's Song, also autobiographical, is excellent, moving, and explores somewhat different territory than the first book. It is in many ways more revealing, poetic, and introspective. It is a story about life itself, our inner journeys, our connection to the world and time. Definitely recommended!
Give this book to anyone who needs to be lifted. I was given this book on Christmas day and I finished it an hour ago. I couldn't put it down.Flash is a miniature dachshund who the vets say will only live three weeks. And Flash's Song is the story of how one little dog defies the odds, and what his person does to help him not only live longer, but live a life of quality. But the story is 'deeper' than that. There is a beauty in the author's love and appreciation of life, of all things. This is an honest book with very little negativity, something for which I was grateful. It is a beautiful book of the love and miracles that are available in life. While the story of Flash takes center stage, (excellent descriptive passage about dachshund life!) there are passages of beautiful writing that lovers of good literature will particularly appreciate. There is also an intimacy in reading Flash's Song that drew me in. The author is honest in sharing doubts and fears, but the focus remains on Flash. A beautiful, touching book. I recommend this to dog lovers and anyone seeking a miracle in his or her life. Great quotes too.
Kay' Pfaltz's book affected me in the same way as Flash's sweet face on the cover - it opened my heart. It's a well-written story that touches every emotional aspect of life and shows us how animals play such an important part in our spiritual growth. Read this book if you want to feel really good!
This does contain REAL Berenstain Bear books. For your information, the titles included are:1) Ready, Get Set, Go!2) Soccer Star3) Shoot the Rapids4) To The Rescue5) The Neighborly Skunk6) Wild Wild Honey7) Easter Magic8) Eager Beavers9) And the Substitute Teacher10) Life With Papa11) Nursery Tales ( a Berenstain Bear version of goldilocks, the little red hen, and the gingerbread man)12) Get the Don't Haftas13) Get the Grouchies14) Get the Noisies15) Get the Screamies16) Get the ScarediesPros:- A whole lot of bears for a tiny price tagCons:- They are not the most popular books most people are used to. And they seem shorter than classics like "Too much junk food" or "Get stage fright"- You cannot navigate the collection by title. Under the "go to" tab, my fire only allows me to choose from Cover, Title page, or Book Start options without the actual titles to indicate what you are choosing.- My kindle fire displays two pages at once, just like you are holding a book open. This is fine for the books with fewer words and thus larger font. But for many of the titles, it makes the small words teeny on 7" screen. This may be frustrating for younger ones.Overall: for $4, this will be useful for my eight year old during our summer road trip. If it was awful I would have asked for a refund. Just know what you're buying.
I loved this book and it was a great deal. You get many, many of the classic Berenstain Bear books that will keep your little one entertained for quite a while. Easy for young readers and entertaining for parents to read at bedtime.