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Retired professional singer, Holly Weiss let one voice led to another when she turned an about face from singing to writing. Result?
Debut novel, Crestmont, historical fiction set in the 1920s at a bustling summer inn.
A history of back pain and muscles knots makes me alert to any product that might help. I found the Boiron Arnica Gel to be effective in reducing my pain. It is a homeopathic product with no odor or harsh irritating ingredients. The gel is quickly absorbed into the skin with no stickiness on my clothing. Arnica Gel has long been known for pain relief. I apply it first thing in the morning before pain becomes bad. A little goes a long way, however, I find it helpful to reapply it as the day wears on. I cannot attest to the reduction of bruising advertised by the company simply because I haven’t used it for this problem....Read more
I heard the author speak and immediately purchased her book. Her premise is that we all struggle with disturbing emotions. The way past them is through a relationship with God, with other people, and positive self talk.
Contrary to "the power of positive thinking," the book acknowledges that we need much more than positive thought to turn our depression and anxiety aroung.
This is not a book you read. If you want to work on positive self talk, you must do the workbook section, which is an excellent guide to help you turn your negative thoughts into positive, productive ones. It is worth spending an intensive month on this section. The author lays out step-by-step how we can help ourselves overcome negative self talk.
Excellent resource that I will return to in the years to come.
The author gives a very different twist to the traditional "kidnapped by Native Americans" narrative. I found the book intriguing and refreshing. Words of wisdom spoken by Swaya, a kind of Native American mystic, will linger long. The book gives insight into Native American culture. More importantly, it explores how we transcend cultural barriers, learn to communicate, and appreciate those very different than ourselves. The ending is weak, but that pales in comparison to the enjoyment I found in reading the entire book. Highly recommended....Read more
If you are looking for a historical fiction maritime adventure this book is for you. It follows the life of Ely Morgan, who worked his way up the ladder to be captain of packet ships in the 19th century. Ely spent years prowling the seas looking for his brother who was supposedly lost at sea. The book is well-researched and an interesting aside is that Morgan is an ancestor of the author.
River pirates, kidnapping, power struggles and a bit of romance spice up the plot. I learned much maritime detail (forecastles, packet ships, shrouds, etc.) I only gave this book 3 stars because of the monotonous continual references to finding the brother, which didn't seem to enhance the plot and the need for editing. In the book's defense, I read an uncorrected proof, so much of that may be improved by publication time.
My copy was graciously provided by FebruaryPartners.com for my unbiased review.
In Calamity's Wake is a well-researched historical fiction novel combining pleasurable reading with great depth. I loved this book and appreciated the grace and honesty with which it was written. It is a great story, but is worth reading simply for the beautiful prose. This meditation on being lost and belonging will pull your heartstrings as it paints a convincing picture of The Old West. The chapters are short, the reading easy, but the storytelling is fiercely inventive. Natalie Caple embeds history well into the narrative, such as when Edison used his x-ray machine to locate a bullet in President McKinley's stomach.
The book opens with a first person narrative by Miette. She heads for the Badlands of the American Northwest in search of her mother, Martha Canary (Infamous Calamity Jane). This is a deathbed wish by the bishop who raised her (her mother gave Miette to him after giving birth.) Miette's father, the bishop, teaches her great things--that Indians are not savage, but perhaps the Europeans were, that children are not immoral at birth, but possess great potential, that the poor are not to be looked down upon. The quest to find her mother is interrupted by chance encounters with crazy people and constantly tinged with longing for her father who just died.
Big-boned Martha (Calamity Jane) was six feet tall, strong and square. She could shoe a horse at age 8, ate only one orange in her life, and favored a gun given to her by Buffalo Bill. Always kind to her little brother, Elijah, her restlessness is evidenced by:
* Involvement in opium running and was a highwayman
* She was in and out of jail many times
* She put an ad in the newspaper to her estranged husband that she would scalp him alive if she saw him.
* She had a child (Miette) by Buffalo Bill, whom she could out- drink under the table.
By the same token, she was sensitive and caring. She could ride like the wind and loved horses. She carried a Chinese man down a mountain after a grizzly ripped off his face and took him to a doctor. She leaves her daughter, Miette, a letter telling her story so that her child would know the truth. Calamity Jane's letter to Miette is based on Jane's biography, as noted in the Author's notes.
An example of the beautiful prose: "There are points where time accordions. It is as if the past, the present and the future are pressed together in a concertina, every minute toughing and then every minute open to be viewed."
Bravo to Natalee Caple for her stunning debut novel, In Calamity's Wake.
Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
Fiskars is a well-known brand amongst most seamstresses. Knowing of the quality, I was please to receive an 8-inch pair. I thought I would receive a pair of very sharp scissors, but I got so much more. They easily cut through several layers of cotton, then I tried leather and suede with great success and precision. Fur trim for doll clothes - piece of cake. Not only can the Fiskars scissors cut through a wide variety of difficult and thick fabrics, they are easy on my hand. I had carpal tunnel surgery that went bad several months ago and have constant difficulty doing any task with my hands without severe nerve pain. These scissors are have a great ergonomic design described as "Softgrip touchpoints". I can cut for much longer periods of time with no pain whatsoever.
This is a high quality product from a reliable, trusted company. I recommend it highly without reservation.
The book explores the roles women played in the American Western Pioneer experience. It is full of poignant and amusing photos of real women who more than held up their end of keeping their families together as they journeyed to and settled in the west. The accompanying narrative is striking and surprising. I appreciated the diversity of women recorded. We read of all classes, white and Afro-Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics.
Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
Chuck Colson called Prison Ministry "the definitive book on prison ministry." I learned a great deal about prison, the life of inmates, and how to go about ministering to them. The book is refreshingly honest, helpful and insightful.
The author is credentialed. He served prison time for robbery. After his release and conversion to Christianity, he spent 25 years bringing God's love to inmates. He is truly qualified to speak of "Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out." Many suggestions on effective prison ministry are presented. Are you cut out for this kind of ministry? Spitale will help you sort that out.
The book gives many details into the emotional, physical and psychological lives of prisoners.
- Their rights to privacy are surrendered.
- Admitting weakness often is an invitation to harsh treatment.
- Loneliness is woven into the fabric of their lives.
- Living with fear is an everyday experience.
- All life decisions are made for them.
The premise of the book is that Jesus Christ loves prisoners. Men and women at the end of their ropes need someone to touch them. Spitale and his ministry seek to do just that and will help anyone seeking to do prison ministry. Highly recommended.
Orphan trains went regularly from the East Coast to Midwest farmlands between 1854 and 1929. Children were adopted by families to work on the farm in exchange for food, shelter, and education. As this book reveals, their experience was often very sad and oppressive.
The story toggles between modern-day Maine and Depression era Minnesota. Vivian Daly, an orphan replanted in the West, is now an old woman going through her mementos in Maine with the help of Molly, a seventeen-year-old Penobscot Indian, who is serving community service. The women find a common bond in their foster homes.
I felt too much of this very short book was spent on the present day. The interesting story (that of the orphans) was hastily sketched out. The POV is of a ten-year-old being transferred from one foster home to another. The language used for her was more like that of an adult. I would say the book was appropriate for young adults, but not with a rape scene and the language. I was left wanting more of the stories of the orphans.
Harper Collins graciously supplied the ARC for my unbiased opinion.
Poor Bailey the dog can't find a place to sleep. Everyone's bed seems to be full. He makes the rounds of every person in the family. The sister's bed, so full of stuffies, related to my granddaugher who also sleeps with books and stuffed animals. The illustrations are prints originally done in charcoal with acrylic paint. This is a good bedtime book, perhaps for an older sibling to read. Much discovery must happen by examining the pictures. This is a good thing, however, I would have like to see some more of the text supplied on the flyleaf imbedded into the story. For instance, "He tried to sleep in the brother's room" could have been placed on that page. As it is not, I would say it is age appropriate for under 3 years of age, not including 3 years of age....Read more