(HARLEQUIN ROMANCE 12/11)
An uplifting tale serves a well-liked woman floundering in her personal life, but highly effective at her job. A blizzard sends the potential buyer for her family’s business with his young Diva Christmas-hating daughter to her door for shelter.
Our attractive heroine, one of the most maternal and intuitive mother figures ever written, quickly helps the Diva fade and a Christmas-loving child spring forth. The hero is well written as both a good man and a caring father. He is, also, a bit of a handsome charmer used to getting further with a good body and nice manners. Our heroine makes him re-evaluate these gifts and what might win her over.
A nice holiday read with many holiday trimmings.
(Love Inspired Suspense 9/11)
This offering from the Heroes for Hire provided me a new experience. It offered an uplifting read without seeming to be at a tent revival. Skylar Grady is a private investigator abducted to the Arizona desert where she wakes up without survival skills except a strong will to live. She has been on a case tracking a deadbeat dad so she can’t figure out why the stakes grew so high.
It is a suspenseful, fun, romantic, and spiritually uplifting read. The hero is wounded but such a great match for our heroine’s Happy Ever after (HEA).
If you shy away from overly preachy books but are a Believer, see faith in daily life as portrayed by McCoy.
NYLON ROAD: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR
This true graphic coming of age memoir tells the story of Bashi, an Iranian born in 1966. Pre-revolution, her parents enjoyed a certain lifestyle and political voice. Both disappeared with growing food scarcity.
The illustrations produce a fluidity I have not seen in other graphic novels. Admittedly, I have not read more than a dozen, but I encourage you to look at the artwork.
Bashi tracks her passage from pre-revolutionary politically active pre-teen to teen years under the Khomeini era. She loyally resisted chances to migrate from her homeland to stay with her parents.
She details restraints on Muslim Iranian women, which unfold at times a touch brutal but realistic.
The book encourages introspection. “I learned that not knowing is not a sin. Not knowing and yet being prejudged is where the problem starts.” P.79
Her knowledge of other cultures helps human understanding. Her book’s message is more encompassing than just human understanding and worth the read.
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Reviewed by Robyn Daniels