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My Name is Sarah Armstrong
My Name is Sarah Armstrong
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Sarah, February 20, 2016
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MY NAME IS SARAH ARMSTRONG is Judith Turner’s first novel. The titular Sarah tells her story first-person through diary entries and scenes from her life. This is a quick read about identity and faith.

The book follows Sarah’s adolescence in a troubled home. The friction in the house is somewhat surprising since Sarah’s family is Mormon, and family is a key component of Mormon life. Sarah narrates that the neighbors left for church at the same time every Sunday, a fitting metaphor for the uniform steps expected of a Mormon family: “I watched all eight of them dressed in their Sunday best as they would exit their front door. . .That’s how we knew it was time for us to leave to go to church.”

Sarah’s father dominates the household through scatter shot ambushes of words and invectives. Every family member must keep alert to stay out of range of his acerbic commentaries. When he decides to leave the church, the entire family shares the stigma of the outsider, the shunning of the lost.

Sarah yearns to confide her fears in her mother, but Sarah’s mother is a frail figure. She is troubled by various ailments which she tries to remedy with pain killers. The mother has neither time nor strength to offer her daughter counsel though Sarah remembers happier times filled with music.

As Sarah thinks and grows, her main refuge is in the outdoors, especially the mountains. The subordination of self to the magnificence of the Rockies helps to keep Sarah grounded. She relishes going on picnics, taking hikes, family camping trips, and most of all, skiing, when the entire world is turned into a fresh, white play land.

Though an excellent student, Sarah begins to struggle at school and seminary. She is so filled with teenage angst that she cannot focus: “there were wolves . . . .not only in the woods but also on the streets. . .even in church.” The intervention of a kind English teacher gives her a sanctuary where she can ask questions without ridicule. These questions lead her to some momentous decisions, including her career choice and her college opportunities.

We follow the grown-up Sarah on a trip back to Utah, and it is on this trip that Sarah’s memories are unleashed. As she takes command of her dysfunctional family’s influence and her new understanding of faith, Sarah is free to become exactly the woman she wants to be.

This is a bright and joyous book that leads the reader through some of life’s most painful questions. Turner tells the story with a deft hand and gives Sarah the urgent voice of a single-minded teen. I am very glad to have read MY NAME IS SARAH ARMSTRONG.


Prismatic Holiday Stationery - 80 Sheets
Prismatic Holiday Stationery - 80 Sheets

3.0 out of 5 stars but paper is too thin to print easily., December 15, 2015
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Cute design, but paper is too thin to print easily.


Voila Round Nesting Christmas Gift Boxes (4 Pc Set) Styles May Vary
Voila Round Nesting Christmas Gift Boxes (4 Pc Set) Styles May Vary

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, December 15, 2015
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Something a little different under the tree.


4 Piece Christmas Nesting Gift Boxes; Red & Green Stripes
4 Piece Christmas Nesting Gift Boxes; Red & Green Stripes

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, December 15, 2015
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So adorable and perfect for the season.


18 Inch Doll Clothes - Red and White Celebration Dress w/ Purse | Fits 18" American Girl Dolls | Gift-boxed!
18 Inch Doll Clothes - Red and White Celebration Dress w/ Purse | Fits 18" American Girl Dolls | Gift-boxed!
Offered by Emily Rose Doll Clothes
Price: $9.95
3 used & new from $8.30

5.0 out of 5 stars These clothes arrived on time and are nicely made., December 15, 2015
Fabulous! Granddaughter has a December birthday. These clothes arrived on time and are nicely made.


Lost Canyon
Lost Canyon
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust, August 22, 2015
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This review is from: Lost Canyon (Kindle Edition)
I trust this author. Her previous books have dazzled me. So when LOST CANYON begins a little slowly with in-depth character studies, I let my trust lead me through. I am very glad that I did.

LOST CANYON is the story of Los Angeles and its continuing racial tensions delivered through the tale of weekend hikers out to test themselves in the Sierra Nevada. The mountains glisten, both beautiful friend and fearsome foe. Each person has a background story of loss. Gwen, Tony, and Oscar put their faith in their personal trainer, Tracy, to lead them through an exhilarating long-distance hike.

Gwen, Tony, and Oscar lose faith in Tracy when things start to go wrong for them. A forest fire on their planned route and a few forks in the trail where decisions are made change their reality. Each must learn to trust not only steadfast Tracy, but also their own lost hearts.

Huge repercussions abound in LOST CANYON. The adventures hit hard and fast, and because we know each character so well, we also second-guess the decisions. The suspense is immense. The ending is unique. Nina Revoyr can be trusted to deliver a story of profound thought, detailed imagery, and a continuing theme.
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A Guide to Writing Your Memoir or Life Story: Tools, Tips, Methods, and Examples
A Guide to Writing Your Memoir or Life Story: Tools, Tips, Methods, and Examples
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! Write your Memoir, May 6, 2015
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I helped to proofread this marvelous, pinpointed guide. If you have ever thought, "Should I write my memoirs?" the answer is YES. Your will find this guide invaluable, and better yet, Groner provides answers to questions you have probably wrestled with. Should I hire a ghostwriter> How do I organize the book? Who cares about me and my life anyway? Groner offers solutions to your fear and your writer's block. He helps the novice writer and the paid writer. He is aware that your time to write is limited.

I have pestered my own family members to please, please, please write their memoirs, for who knows your story better than you do? This short guide may be enough to get more people to write it down. Go ahead, the good, the bad, the ugly. Write it down. Your life matters. Tell about it.


poems in water
poems in water
by Mary Langer Thompson
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enticing Flow of Words, May 6, 2015
This review is from: poems in water (Paperback)
To read Mary Langer Thompson is to encounter observations and emotions drawn from a variety of sources. Mary and I have been writing friends for years. I applaud her poetry even as I applaud her outreach to students of every age. Her goal is to make poetry a pleasure, not a punishment in her writing classes. She certainly makes reading her poetry a touching and dramatic and even surprising use of words.

This anthology, POEMS IN WATER, flow from the seriousness of "braving big bear lake" to every woman's partnership with maps in "how the gps stole my husband." and the clever, hurt in "follow-up letter." These are poems you will want to share with someone, whether it's a writing group or a classroom of students or your spouse.

Huzzah, Mary Langer! Thompson! My life is enriched by your words.

A copy of POEMS IN WATER was sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.


The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe
The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, May 3, 2015
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Third or fourth book I read about Marilyn, and it really changed my perspective on suicide vs murder.


Secrets of the Tower
Secrets of the Tower
by Debbie Rix
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pisa, Then and Now, April 27, 2015
This review is from: Secrets of the Tower (Paperback)
Who doesn't love Italy? Whether modern-day or ancient history, Italy calls to us with its beautiful buildings and fascinating interplay of politics and powerful men.

In Secrets of the Tower, which I received free for a candid review from Bookouture, we are engrossed in the lives of 21st century researchers and documentarians, their loves and struggles, as well as in the times 800 years prior, when the Tower of Pisa was built.

Rix has most of her facts woven well into a book laden with characters and intrigue. We switch narrators from the present-day to the time of Pisa's decision to build their great campanile. The narrator, only 18 and married to a 36-year old man (very old in those days of early death), Berta di Bernardo is swept into the architecture and fulfillment of Gerardo's dream. Though her own maid is given reason to hope for Gerado's love (those Italian lovers!), Berta is too smart to allow a love triangle to end her vision of the finished tower.

As another reader noted in her review, some of the research (on tomatoes for example) is not 100% correct, but most of us won't know that. What we will know is that this book skillfully tells a story of two women, one modern, one ancient. Rix creates drama, suspense, and doubt, in the lives of both women. SECRETS OF THE TOWER is a truly delightful read, offering those of us who admire Italy from afar to take a tour with a sure-handed guide.


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