5 stars to “Adam’s Witness” by J.A. Paulson–a terrific first novel from a Canadian Author!

 

Adam’s Witness is a terrific first novel! I read it in one long sitting—wanted to see how it ended. The plot has many twists and turns—the romance fraught with tension because Grace and Adam had to fight their attraction. Devastatingly handsome, and honorable, Detective Sargent Adams knew that his unbidden attraction to the main witness and possible murder suspect in an unusual and shocking murder in the Saskatchewan city where they both lived, was against the rules and could jeopardize the case. When she became a victim, they both realized that their attraction was powerful. As the weeks slipped by, neither knew exactly how the other felt. After the dust settled, the investigation and trial concluded, months had passed, and Adam and Grace were hesitant to show their true feelings, in case they were not reciprocated.

I always try to figure out who the guilty party is when I read a murder mystery, but as this story unfolded, I continually realized that I had no clue.

I love it when both male and female characters openly express deep emotions toward their family, their friends and the ones they love intimately. There is plenty of real emotion among these characters. This book is woven around socially sensitive subjects: one that sadly still exists today, even though most of us want to believe it is not an issue. Another that is rejected by all normal people, but is more prevalent than we want to admit.

Great Job J.A. Paulson. I look forward to reading more of her books.

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5 stars for “Zappa’s Mam’s A Slapper” by John Lynch. A touching story of overcoming the hand life dealt a man.

After I read Lynch’s Bio, I was curious about his writing; two different genres, written under two different names. I read one of his historical fiction books: “A Just and Upright Man,(R.J. Lynch)” and then purchased “Zappa’s Mam’s A Slapper”(John Lynch)

I enjoyed both, but “Zappa’s Mam’s A Slapper” really touched me. This is a book that had so much reality and feeling; I felt I could have been reading a biography, rather than fiction.

Lynch portrays the many aspects of Billy McErlaines journey from life as a child at home with his siblings and their dysfunctional, promiscuous mother, to his involvement with the criminal element in the neighborhood, arriving at a point where he breaks under pressure and commits a felony that results in him being sent to a Young Offenders institution at the age of 14. There he sees more of the vilest sides of humanity. Fortunately, with inspiration and direction from his counselors, he discovers a budding talent with a camera and Photoshop. Both are skills that he takes with him when he is released on parole at the age of 18.

When he returned to society, Billy (known as Zappa) was determined to pull himself out of the environment he grew up in. As I read, I wondered if he could do it, when those around him chose to do the only thing they knew. His mother made my heart ache, and as I read the last couple of chapters, my eyes filled with tears.

In the end, Billy had to make a life altering decision. Would he break the cycle, or would he watch history repeat itself.

This book, made me think about how sheltered my own life has been; also about how important stability and love are for people of all ages.  “Zappa’s Mam’s a Slapper” is not all about tragedy and despair though—I laughed at times, I admired Billy at times, I shook my head many times, and I feared for him often.

This isn’t a read for the faint of heart: it is a harsh and sometimes ugly look at humanity. It can offer hope for those who struggle to rise above their circumstances; it should open the eyes of others to humility and gratitude for having been dealt a kinder hand. I am not traditionally “religious,” but the phrase “But for the grace of God, there go I…,” came to me.

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5 stars for “Do Not Assume” by Kasey Riley. Another great book by this talented author!

I have read all of Kasey Riley’s books, and she has become one of my favorite authors. August Fire was a change of pace from her first two books, and Do Not Assume was even more intriguing to me.

I absolutely loved this book—in fact I read into the wee hours of the morning twice in a row! This only happens when I am truly hooked, because I always know that I feel much better the next day if I keep to my routine.

Nicoleta Sofia Parcells—(such a romantic name)-was orphaned at birth and after having suffered through many foster homes, I’m certain she would have been a handful by the time she was eleven when her parents adopted her. Only special people could have guided her to become the outstanding person that she grew up to be. I appreciated her unique parents—how they cherished her, but encouraged her to grow personally and reach her highest potential. I loved that as a child they hadn’t taken any guff from her—I also loved that they appreciated her “gift” and wisely advised her that she should accept it and guard it from others. I thought it was really special that they gave her a DNA kit and the police reports from her mother’s murder, because they understood that she needed to know more about her back ground.

I loved Nicoleta’s independent spirit and her determination to survive when she was faced with the unthinkable.

James Woodruff tugged at my heart from the beginning, and it was clear early on that Nicola had captured his, even though he tried not to let it show. Nicola didn’t give him much encouragement, because she was set on succeeding.

Do Not Assume is an exciting thriller that takes Nicoleta from the USA to Romania—where she does not know the language, or the country and its customs. She falls into the hands of people who have sinister intent, and she is forced to rely on her “gift” and her sharp mind to protect herself.

If you enjoy a page turning thriller filled with mystery and a bit of romance, along with a plot that is unique and exciting, I highly recommend “Do Not Assume.

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