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Book Review: Thunder dog by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

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I was so happy with my first choice of a book to review for Thomas Nelson. Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson, with Susy Flory, is a riveting story of Hingson's escape of the Twin Towers on 9/11 with his guide dog, Roselle. Hingson has been blind since he was a baby but readers of this book soon learn that blindness doesn't hold him back. Throughout the story, Hingson flashes back to his adventurous and mischievous years as a boy growing up into an intelligent, articulate adult who could do most things people with sight can do. His parents defied the doctor's advice of their day and didn't put Hingson in a special school for blind children. Instead, they encouraged him to do all that he could do and he was mainstreamed into public school. Those early experiences helped him learn things that would ultimately prove helpful as he sought to escape the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Hingson shares what happened that day as he chose to trust his guide dog, Roselle, and ma…

Book Review:The Fine Art of Insincerity

I picked up this book looking for a light read. . .it wasn't a light read but The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt was a good read. Three sisters in the South travel to St. Simons Island to empty their late grandmother's house. Ginger is the oldest sister. Penny is the middle sister and Rosemary is the youngest in the trio. All sisters come together for a "girls only" weekend that forces them to look at each other and look at themselves as they all face big life issues as they clean out Grandmother Lillian's belongings.

I found this to be a quick read, but it wasn't light-hearted chick lit as I expected when I looked at the beach cover. There were some heavy issues dealt with in this book but Angela Hunt writes a book that leaves you wondering how it is going to go until the end. I thought the ending was good and I am glad I took the time to read it.

Book Review: She Makes It Look Easy by Mary Beth Whalen

How many times have I looked at another woman and thought to myself, "Boy, does she have it all together. . .If only I could do things as well as she does. . .She makes it looks easy!" I bet you've had a time or two when you've had those same thoughts. But is everything really as wonderful as it appears for any of us?

She Makes It Looks Easy by Mary Beth Whalen explores the thoughts and daily life of two neighbor women as they get to know each other. Ariel is the mom of 3 boys who struggles with staying on top of housework, moving and parenting her 3 boys while her husband travels with his job.

Justine is the neighbor that Ariel moves next to in the neighborhood that Ariel thinks is "perfect." Ariel also thinks Justine is just about perfect. She can keep her house clean, care for 2 girls, volunteer at church, whip up gourmet meals and look perfect all the while she is doing it. . .But is everything what it appears to be? This book is well worth the time to …