“Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of MeaningFreefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons was a breath of fresh air to me…needless to say, I loved it. Mrs. Lyons addressed topics in her book that are rarely unheard of in the public eye, and, if they are, they do not come without their fair share of shame. Being a woman in my mid-thirties and having questioned myself, “God. Why am I here?,” it was such a relief to read a book that put many things that I have or are thinking right there on the page. Not since reading “New Day” by Margaret Johnson-Hodge have I related to a character so much. The only difference is in “New Day,” Carol-Anne was fictitious, but in “Freefall to Fly,” Mrs. Lyons talks of her own experiences and her own fears. She gives her readers hope that things will get better. They, too, will get there.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is from one of her dear friends, “If you are in hell, keep walking. Because somewhere along the way, if you stay in the place where your heart breaks and you put one foot in front of the other, the darkness will eventually lift.”
I give it 5 stars.

“Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons was provided by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: My Two Wives and Three Husbands

My Two Wives and Three Husbands
My Two Wives and Three Husbands by S. Stanley Gordon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“My Two Wives and Three Husbands” by S. Stanley Gordon is a very sweet and endearing read that I will remember for a long time because of the way this author cared so much about finding love, who he found it with and his obstacles along the way. Mr. Gordon and the trials and tribulations in which he dealt reminds me so much of those also faced by the late E. Lynn Harris which he writes about in his memoir,”What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir.”
The author begans his story very appropriately, describing to his reader his background and family. He, then, brings the reader into his feelings toward his likeness more of men than women and tells about how, even though he was married twice to women and even had a son, those marriages still didn’t fulfill the need he had for a man in his life which he found three times…isn’t that great! I mean, most of us are blessed to find true love once in our lifetime!
“My Two Wives and Three Husbands” was just a really good love story…there’s no other way to put it. Though, there were times I felt Mr. Gordon deviated his writing from his main subject, such as when he was producing plays on Broadway, but he always found his way back to what made his story so appealing. I would definitely recommend this book to romance lovers especially fans of E. Lynn Harris.
I give it four stars.

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Review: Growing up Amish

Growing up Amish
Growing up Amish by Ira Wagler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Growing up Amish” by Ira Wagner grappled with faith and challenged the belief that the ideals you grow up with are right. It is an honest account by the author himself of how he grew up and struggled to remain stedfast in a world that seemed to strangle every sense of himself from himself. Still, miraculously, he kept coming back again and again believing that the Amish way, the way of his people, was the only “true” way to live and go to Heaven. This was an ideal that was ingrained in him, that he grew up with. However, as he finds out over a journey of five years, it wasn’t so. He could live the life he wanted and still have faith, and he would be better because of it.
I really liked this book. Reading about different cultures is always fascinating to me, and I just love how Wagner describes Amish people and their beliefs. He really lays it all out for his reader, and, unlike most, doesn’t leave many questions unanswered.

I give it 5 stars.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of “Growing up Amish” in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: A Cowgirl Remembers When

A Cowgirl Remembers WhenA Cowgirl Remembers When by Dawn Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"A Cowgirl Remembers When" by Dawn Nelson was a good read, and I enjoyed it. I am very happy that I was chosen to receive it from the Goodreads First Reads Program.

This book is a collection of adventure stories the author remembers from her childhood, teenage years and beginning of adulthood that involved her family, friends, horses and other pets. To western fans out there, this is a true read.

Personally, I’ve never really been exposed to the range or the life of a cowgirl, and I really appreciate the fact that Ms. Nelson paints a pretty vivid picture of it for her reader.

She does a great job of staging her words for the reader, making them feel as if they are rolling and tumbling down the hills with her, and I could almost feel the barbed wire as if it were being taken from my leg when she described, in her story "Pain Cow," how she pulled a string of barb wire from her leg. Some other stories that I really enjoyed were "The Escape," "Horse Thief," and "A Lost Soul."

The writing was okay, but the great imagery that Ms. Nelson lays out for her readers really bumped it up a notch.

I would recommend this book to others and would be open to reading other books from the author.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: High on Arrival

High on ArrivalHigh on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“High on Arrival” by Mackenzie Phillips was an awesome story…watching her on “One Day at a Time”, I never would have realized that she had such a difficult, and challenging life….but she did. And, she survived.

I guess I always took for granted that a child had proper parental guidance as they grow up to make sure they do not go the wrong way.  However, this was not the case with Mackenzie Phillips.  She was often left to fend for herself in a world that did not care whether she did the right thing…a world that turned its back on her and did not love her back.

As a result, she turned to the only comfort she knew – cocaine…drugs.  And, they kept her comfortable until she became an adult…so unstable that she didn’t even know how to live a proper and correct life.  So, what did she do?  Guess?

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading about celebrity lives…especially child stars.  You think they have such a great life, then reality hits…

I give it 5 stars.

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P.S. “High on Arrival” was provided on-loan from my local library.