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Two Floors Above Grief

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    ABOUT THE BOOK Book Title :   Two Floors Above Grief: A Memoir of Two Families in the Unique Place We Called Home  by Kevin M. O'Connor Category :  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  318 pages Genre : Non-Fiction, Memoir Publisher :   18th Floor Publishing Release date:   November  2022 Content Rating :  PG for two languages use and use of F-word.    As a child in the 1950s, Kevin O’Connor knew his house was different than those of his friends. A stately, three-story, nineteenth century Victorian. His bed tucked next to a stage in a former ballroom. His uncle and aunt lived with their three daughters on the floor below. A large electric organ stood stately in a corner of the first-floor mortuary business. Stacked caskets and an embalming room filled the basement. Nobody had a house like his. Set from the 1920s to ‘80s,  Two Floors Above Grief  is full of fascinating details and anecdotes about his upbringing as a funeral home child, brought to vivid life through a compelling collection

Fleeing Egypt

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  ABOUT THE BOOK   Book: Fleeing Egypt Author:  Jaycee Pierce Genre: Women’s Fiction (Christian) Release date: October 24, 2022 When Jennifer (Jen) Hoyt leaves for college, the word ecstatic feels like an understatement for how she feels. She can finally move away from the dysfunctional family who neglected and abused her to make a better life on her own. After being an overachieving outcast in school, Jen is confident of academic success, but what she wants most is to be a part of a loving family. During her first year of college, Kyle, a friend of a friend, captures her heart, but her attempts to “make him love her back” have dire consequences. When Jen finds out she is pregnant, she knows one thing: she wants to keep her baby. Will Kyle decide to form the family she so desperately wants? If he doesn’t, how will Jen keep her baby safe from those who hurt her? Jen doesn’t know the Lord yet, but He’s already making a way for her. Click here to get your copy! ABOUT THE AUTHOR No one i

Sisters of Castle Leod

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Sisters of Castle Leod by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard Publication Date: January 19, 2023 Black Rose Writing Genre: Historical Fiction ABOUT THE BOOK Finalist - 2022 American Writing Awards Millions are fans of Diana Gabaldon's popular Outlander books and television series, but few know that Gabaldon's fictional Castle Leoch was inspired by a real Scottish castle, Castle Leod. The two sisters who lived there at the turn of the twentieth century were among the most fascinating and talked-about women of their era. Lady Sibell Mackenzie is a spiritualist, a believer in reincarnation, and a popular author of mystical romances. Petite and proper, she values tradition and duty. Her younger sister Lady Constance, swimming champion and big game hunter, is a statuesque beauty who scandalizes British society with her public displays of Greek-style barefoot dancing. The differences between the sisters escalate into conflict after Sibell inherits their late father's vast est

Girls Can!

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  ABOUT THE BOOK Girls Can  is the heart-to-heart that every girl aged three to eight NEEDS to hear. It celebrates that girls can play princesses... or brave knights! Its pages follow powerful and confident young girls as they skateboard, build robots, adventure outdoors, and explore careers as doctors, pilots, farmers, law enforcement, and more. But the book does so much more than imagine girls in under-represented arenas. Underlying every playful rhyme, and bringing it all home at the end of the book,  Girls Can  equips and empowers young girls with the mental scripts they need to overcome stereotypes. Emphasizing themes like acceptance that some may not understand them and allowing their actions to speak for themselves, it reassures young girls that they DO have a place in this world and in fact, were born for it. MY REVIEW Girls Can!  has a special message and is so fun to read! The rhymes carry a wonderful bouncy feel, and the illustrations are engaging and entertaining.   I love

Hope and Fortune

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  ABOUT THE BOOK A child who loses her way seeks help from 12 multi-cultural and multi-generational fairies, who give her practical life advice to get on the right track. Trying to possess its beauty, Esperanza chases after a butterfly, which inevitably leaves her behind, lost and scared. Then, she meets 12 Fortune Fairies. Among them is the Fortune Fairy of Beauty, who talks about the beautiful butterfly that flew away and comforts Esperanza by saying: "Beauty is not what you see with your eyes but with your heart." The other Fortune Fairies likewise give Esperanza words to live by to discover her true path. Hope and Fortune  is a children's book with positive and frank messages about empowerment and self-discovery, designed to stay with a child well beyond childhood. MY REVIEW Hope and Fortune  is such a tender, sweet, and inspirational children’s story. I love its special messages and advice.   Esperanza is frightened when she loses her way in the Fabled Fairy Forest.