Showing posts from November 13, 2011

Turkey Monster Thanksgiving - Anne Warren Smith

Turkey Monster Thanksgiving by Anne Warren Smith Paperback, 112 pages Whitman, Albert & Company 

* This is a Net Galley review. I received no compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

This year, instead of celebrating Thanksgiving in the family's traditional way by eating pizza in their pajamas, nine-year-old Katie wants to create the perfect holiday and be just like a "real" family. But by Thanksgiving Day, Katie has invited guests Dad didn't expect, festooned the house with what may be poison oak, and set the sweet potatoes on fire. Ultimately everyone sits down to a most unusual dinner—one that succeeds because it comes from the heart.
My Opinion: This was a fun book to read. I love the message that every family is a "real family" regardless of who is missing from the "traditional" family structure. The fact that it is a single dad who is in the home while the mother is not is a very welcome part of it. I know many men who…

The Value of Rain by Brandon Shire

The Value of Rain by Brandon Shire ebook Published  by The Practical Group  ISBN: 9781465826
*I received this book with a request to review. I received no compensation for my review. My review is based upon my honest opinions and feelings.* Good Reads: The Value of Rain is an emotionally rich but corrosive tale of hate and revenge told by a most extraordinary narrator. 
Charles is 14 when he is dumped into a mental hospital to cure his gayness, after being found with his first love. For the next ten years he endures mental and physical torture as part of that cure. When he is finally free, he begins a relentless quest for revenge against the woman who abetted his commitment into that hospital, his mother Charlotte. Charlotte, an extraordinary woman in her own right, cruelly uses her family in her quest to maintain her secrets and exact her own revenge. The Value of Rain chronicles this profane and profound journey through hate to the unexpected beginning of redemption.
My view: I found this …