Book Review: Daymares by Kenya Moss-Dyme

Title: Daymares

Author: Kenya Moss-Dyme

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Purchase: Amazon.com

Daymares is a collection of horror stories that were full of surprises. Kenya Moss-Dyme shares seven stories each one a little more disturbing than the first one, but very enjoyable. My favorite is “Her Things” about a husband whose dead wife does not want others touching her things in the house.

The stories are well written, suspenseful with well-developed characters that love to scare you. The book has a wonderful cover, which truly captures the meaning of the title and content. Overall, it is an entertaining book worth reading especially if you love the horror genre. I would like to see “Her Things,” made into a short film; it would be exciting to see it play out on screen.

I look forward to reading more of this author’s work and definitely recommend Daymares to others.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

Title: Her Secret Life

Author: Tiffany L. Warren

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

Purchase: Amazon.com

Onika Lewis life has not been easy, when she gets an opportunity to go away for college, she takes it against her grandmother’s wishes. Onika’s roommate takes her under her wing and soon Onika is living a completely new life. She believes everything is going well until her education is threatened. She decides to attach herself to a rich man and become everything he wants her to be for appearances.

She receives warnings about what this will mean for her life, but Onika believes she knows what she is doing. When her status is taken, an unemployed Onika has to start from scratch. She is at her lowest point when she meets Graham. He is a caring man and only wants what is best for Onika but only if she will allow him.

Her Secret Life was an entertaining book about woman wanting a better life. The main character’s transformation throughout the book kept me turning the page especially her innocence at the beginning of the book. This was a well-written book with well-developed characters and a consistent plot. Having read all of this author’s work, Her Secret Life is my favorite. I definitely recommend this book to others.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Title: Allie and Bea

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Purchase: Amazon.com

In Allie & Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde, readers are introduced to Bea, a woman struggling since her husband’s death. One day Bea receives a call that completely changes her life. She is a desperate woman who decides a life on the road would be better.

Allie is a young girl whose life changes after her parents are sent to jail. She is not used to struggling or sharing but she has to learn even if it is the hard way. When her life is threatened, she runs and receives help from an older woman. This is when the real fun begins.

Allie & Bea take readers on a journey of friendship between to unlikely characters. It is about one woman running from life who meets a young girl trying to understand life. I enjoyed the journey because it allowed me to connect with these two characters. The bond built while on the road is such a compelling story especially since both had to realize in some small way they really need each other. I recommend Allie and Bea to others.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Hope Blooms by Jamie Pope

Title: Hope Blooms

Author: Jamie Pope

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Purchase: Amazon.com

As Hope Blooms begins, we meet Cassandra Miller, a woman who has given up on life and happiness after losing her husband, Terrance. An old friend comes to see her and lets her know that he will not let her give up.

Wylie Everett returns to Harmony Falls, a marine and a friend. He has loved Cassandra from a far and now wants to help her through this hard time. As Wylie helps Cassandra heal, past feelings resurface and he will have to face the pain he has not dealt with before moving forward. While Cassandra will have to decide if she can let her husband go to live again.

Hope Blooms is a compelling story that takes you on a journey of pain and loss but overpowers it with love and compassion. The author does a wonderful job including the reader in every aspect of the character’s lives. I felt so close to Cassandra and Wylie but could also relate to the feelings Terrance’s mother, Patricia displayed. The setting of the book was perfect and the conflicts that arise are realistic, which makes you keep turning the pages. Having never read Jamie Pope’s writing, I can say this first experience has me hooked. I definitely recommend Hope Blooms to others and I look forward to the next book in this series.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley