Book Reviews

Book Review: Vanguard of Hope by Kathy Steineman

Vanguard of Hope

Vanguard of Hope

Kathy Steineman

Publication Date: February 10, 2013

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

An unusual historical love story best describes Vanguard of Hope by Kathy Steineman. Hope is married to Peter and has a good life. Hope has tried her best to keep hidden the desires she has for Solomon one of the slaves. When Peter leaves the home for an extended trip, Hope gives in and sleeps with Solomon starting a blissful affair. The other staff members are starting to suspect the two lovers but can’t catch them.

Hope’s life takes a change when her husband returns professing his love. Hope’s plans change and she decides to give her marriage a chance. Peters knows about her affair and forgives her even when she has a child. When Hope loosing Peter, his death takes a toll but she must carry own. The suitors start to courting her but Hope’s heart belongs to the one she can’t be with. The choices Hope makes will either be beneficial or devastating.

Vanguard of Hope was an interesting book to read with many twists and turns. I must say that I enjoyed this story but it seemed more modern instead of historical. I could relate to Hope’s character but could not get a feel on others. The main character seemed ahead of her time which confused the timeline within the storyline for me. The issues and twist in the story kept my interest as well as the unique way the author delivered the story. I recommend Vanguard of Hope to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

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Drowning Book Blast with Rachel Firasek

About the Book:
Title: Drowning
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
“I dare you.”

Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison’s life forever. She’s a party girl that doesn’t believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.
Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family’s vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he’s envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.
With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.
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About the Author:
Rachel Firasek 
Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.

She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn’t truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart!
Her latest book is the new adult contemporary romance, Drowning.
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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Old Rectory by Helene J. Ibbotson

The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen

Helene J. Ibbotson

Publication Date: March 8, 2013

4=Great Page Turner

Having a dream and seeing it come true is how this couple felt in The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen by Helene J. Ibbotson. This husband and wife team transformed an old home into a place of warmth, love and a place to get a home cooked meal. The Old Rectory expresses everything that goes with remodeling a home while studying its history.

This book also provides wonderful recipes to tantalize any taste bad. I loved the way the chapters include the seasons. This was a unique way to have a cookbook within a story book.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

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Take Charge of Your Life Book Tour with William Glasser, MD



“A game changer for anyone ready to become the captain of their own ship.”
—Dr. Phil McGraw, host of the nationally syndicated series Dr. Phil

“Take Charge of Your Life urges readers to stop blaming and start accepting responsibility for choices.”
—Jeannine Chartier Hanscom, ForeWord Reviews

Are you seeking a happier and more satisfying life? In Take Charge of Your Life, author Dr. William Glasser explains choice theory—a science of human behavior and principles for regaining and maintaining a life you control—and how it can help you find personal freedom from relationship-destroying external control.

Take Charge of Your Life, a revision of his 1984 book Control Theory, explains choice theory using personalized examples and illustrative stories that allow you to learn how to improve your relationships and take charge of your actions. Topics include marital and relationship problems, parenthood, addictions, pain management, and psychosomatic disorders. For each situation, Dr. Glasser ties behavior to the pictures people create in their minds of what they want. He explains how the pictures got there and how people can choose new behaviors to get what they really want.

In Take Charge of Your Life, Glasser offers a real model of empowerment. He shows how you can become a part of the equation that adds happiness and connection to the world in which you live now and to the world of future generations.


William Glasser, a world-renowned psychiatrist who employs a nontraditional approach, has written more than twenty books, including Choice Theory and Eight Lessons for a Happier Marriage. Glasser is president of the William Glasser Institute and lives with his wife, Carleen, in Los Angeles, California.

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