Book Reviews by Patricia Brooks
A Change of Habit Patty Kogutek, author www.pattykogutek.com
Book Reviewer: Patricia L. Brooks www.plbrooks.com
Author Patty Kogutek is torn between her life in marriage to God, and being away from her family. She’s lonely and often questions her decision. At times the story is funny, other times it skates close to stereotypical, but it is never dry or boring. Even while allowed to teach young children at a school near the convent, Sister Mary Kateri finds a lack of intimacy in her life. She seeks God, the church and others in the convent again and again for answers. Patty shows us well the struggles and frustrations of all she’s asked to endure … (read more…)BOOK REVIEW Accidental Pilgrim from mammogram to miracle
Author: Erin O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Reviewer: Patricia L. Brooks, author and publishing consultant
Erin O’Brien’s heartwarming, provocative and uplifting experience will capture your heart and challenge you to take a look at your own faith. You will be enticed to read on.
The Accidental Pilgrim is more than a story about a woman’s battle with breast cancer and coming back to her faith. It is a story of hope, and the willingness to sign on for the challenge of her life. Erin reminds us we are all going to die and to live in faith and God’s grace while we are alive.
When O’Brien hears the news she reacts as anyone would – this happens to other people. And despite a … (read more…)BOOK REVIEW I Look Like Me
Author: Paula Dieck www.ILookLikeMe.com
Book Reviewer: Patricia L. Brooks, Author and Publishing Consultant
I Look Like Me is the story of an idealistic childhood in the Midwest. A loving family. A father and his little girl. It is also about a lot of blonde haired, blue eyed cousins who do not look like the perfectionist who knows she is adopted and loved by her family.
Her memories are sensory as she recalls the intoxicating high of having good grades against the low struggle to find her identity while being reminded she’s different. She’s … (read more…)
In her novel, Words Falling like Water, Sonya Vaughn catalogs the commonplace
transactions made between a husband and wife: marriage vows, raising a child, paying a mortgage, advancing careers and talking out problems. Her protagonist
Lily addresses such marital problems as the effects of job stress and loss on a
relationship, divorce, bankruptcy, grief, loneliness and heartbreak. These are the center of Sonya’s absorbing novel based on true events.
As Lily’s career in the auto industry moves along and her failing marriage slows, she is often the one giving life to others: her husband who … (read more…)
At first glance there seems to be a simple connection between the suggestive yet simple title of Susan Pohlman’s memoir Halfway to Each Other and the breathlessly gorgeous visions we ave
of Italy, but that would be wrong. The story is so much more.
How a year in Italy brought our family home is enticing and alluring as the sub-title. The photo
of a weathered red door gracing the cover easily brings us through the entry of
this European lifestyle.
Within the pages of this memoir Pohlman is a glorious romantic yet a sensible realist about her marital situation and the risks of … (read more…)
The Slumber Party from Hell, the book Sue Ellen Allen published in 2011, seems like an intimate chat with an old chum. It’s a book that is more like an overheard
conversation. You feel you’re intruding but you can’t stop listening.
In this well written work, The Slumber Party from Hell puts the spotlight on the Arizona prison system that is penalizing, but not rehabilitating its inmates.
Allen says it took her seven years in prison to realize the Arizona prisons are part of the problem as they focus narrowly on penalizing and punishing our prison population. She believes her life has changed completely from this experience of dealing with breast cancer as a prisoner, as well as the unnecessary death of her friend and roommate Gina to cancer while she too was in prison.
Allen knew it was the end of the world as she had known it once she stepped in to that life and she was determined to … (read more…)
Marcia Fine likes to show-off her charming wit and skill at satire in her books about Scottsdale, but her narrative fiction based on her grandmother’s immigration to the United States prior to WWII is in my opinion her life’s work.
Such is this author celebrated for her award winning novel Paper Children: an
immigrant’s legacy claiming the Best Books Finalist Award, USA Book News; the Foreword Finalist Book of the Year award and the Eric Hoffer Independent Publishing competition finalist status.
The book is about a young aristocratic Jewish woman growing up in Poland in the early 20th century in a sheltered and refined environment.
She lives within the walls of Jewish aristocrats in Warsaw oblivious to
the ominous changes going on in Warsaw with the beginnings of the Nazi invasion. The story continues its eventful trek with second and third generations.
Grandmother Paulina’s … (read more…)