Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Behind Closed Doors by Mila Cassandre was a depressing but good story. Cassandre tells her story about growing up in a world where everyone is against her, including herself. It is not until later in her life that she was able to find happiness. This book is not for everyone! Mila Cassandre has led a very troubled life. Born to a mother that always put herself first before her kids’ safety, Cassandre was constantly sexually abused by the many men in her mother’s life. Because of this, Cassandre fell into drugs and alcohol at an early age. In Behind Closed Doors, Cassandre bares her soul and tells the reader her experiences about being raped, living in foster care, and becoming a teenage prostitute. Cassandre’s life has been filled with disappointing people and dangerous situations.
At times during her story, I felt that Cassandre was a danger to herself. She was constantly picking the worst people to have a relationship with. Cassandre’s story did, however, make me see why she did what she did. This has helped me to better understand some people in my own life that are very similar to Cassandre. Somehow Cassandre managed to turn her life around and find the happiness that she longed for her whole life. I can see Cassandre’s story helping a lot of people. For that I am recommending it to people who need to know that overcoming your addictions is possible. It may not be an easy read, but it is worth it!
Congratulations Nancy Beaudet on winning the 2016 Best Sales Award with "Ache for You (Trapped in Three Hill, Book # 1)! We look forward to your next book in the series as well as seeing who wins at the end of this year!
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Congratulations to Katherine E. Tapley-Milton on your 5 Star Review win for "The Disappearing Mailboxes of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia"!Read Now
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
The people of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are well known for their bright colors. They paint their houses in bright colors, and their doors and window frames stand out with bright colors. These Atlantic Canadians are also revered for their folk art. A leisurely drive through the countryside in either of these provinces reveals a wide range of marvellous folk art structures, not the least of which are their fascinating mailboxes. There are lighthouse mailboxes, doghouse mailboxes, and those that mimic the main house behind. There are mailboxes that demonstrate the art of recycling, using old barrels, even empty propane tanks, painted and added to the artistic effect. There are the more creative mailboxes that depict birds or wildlife, or even a dog climbing into the mailbox. Unique, original and very colorful. But is this creativity doomed: a blight on our ever-changing landscape that is now dominated by alternative means of communication?
Katherine E. Tapley-Milton’s coffee table picture book, The Disappearing Mailboxes of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (A Tour of Mailboxes), takes the reader on a journey through two of Canada’s Atlantic provinces, with colorful images of folk art mailboxes. With interesting trivia and historical information on these two provinces, interspersed with marvellous photographs of the mailboxes, the book is something to treasure and enjoy over and over again. The author poses the question of these delightful, but probably doomed works of art, challenging the reader to ponder the ever declining service of door-to-door mail delivery. The book further compliments the artistry of a people not afraid to stand out as unique, colorful, and creative.
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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
Crash Into Me: Twists of Fate Series by Nancy Beaudet immediately introduces the reader to Winnie. Plain and unassuming, she works on cash in a local department store. Winifred has a fatalistic view on life as hers progresses from one dreary day to the next. She deals with people in a dignified manner, despite their often unpleasant demeanour. What else can she do? Life is life and hers is anything but exciting until the one day a customer takes her to her limits of tolerance, and another invades her space in a most unexpected manner.
Reeves Cooper was not your average Joe. Well, he was, but he did not think so. He felt he was God’s gift to the opposite sex and occupied his free time seeking and enjoying their company. However, when he sees Winnie in an uncompromising stance, he is smitten. She shirks off his attempts at humour. He is all the more determined to pursue and embarrass her. Definitely a recipe for disaster you might say, but when a storm isolates the store, and Winnie from her home, for once in his life Reeves surprises himself by becoming a good Samaritan. Where this leads gives the reader a decidedly good time, wondering where fate will take each one of them next.
I read this book super quickly because it is a very good, humorous read. There are sexual innuendos and profanity, but they seem inoffensive when mixed with the characteristics of these two people. You want to be Winnie’s support as she struggles with boundary and trust issues. You’d also like to slap Reeves into shape and bring him out of his immature thinking, but there is no need, because Nancy Beaudet has them covered. A delightful, very good read. If I could have had one wish, it would be that the story was longer. Recommended adult reading.
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