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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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Cattle Kate by Jana Bommersbach
Cattle Kate

Silvers Reviews, October 23, 2014


Westward Ho!!

Cattle Kate was a delicately raised rule follower, but she had to break away, and break away she did.

Ella Watson's story is creatively told and keeps your interest from the first page. "Taming" the west really wasn't for women was it? ​Even though it may not have been for women, homesteading is what Ella did, and what left Ella hanging from a rope at the ripe old age of 29.

I really did enjoy CATTLE KATE. Ms. Bommersbach did a great deal of research and turned ​her research into quite a fascinating​, splendid​ book. The ending pages document dates and times​, and these are even categorized in an organized, unique way with wonderful detail.

Learning about the West and how the Wyoming Territory became settled will keep you turning the pages and wanting to find out how Ellla actually lived and what turned people against her and her husband.

​If you like fiction at its best, don't miss reading CATTLE KATE. You will get a little bit of everything to appreciate and delight in. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review
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An Unseemly Wife by E B Moore
An Unseemly Wife

Silvers Reviews, October 17, 2014



Giving up the only life she knew, leaving all her possessions for a new life she was ​not ​excited about, following her husband's wishes and keeping​ silent. That is what Ruth's life was like as she followed the rules of her Fold​.

We follow Ruth and her family as they get ready to leave their secure community for the unknown in Idaho and follow them on their difficult, two-thousand-mile trek. A trip that was supposed to give them a better life.

The writing in AN UNSEEMLY WIFE is beautiful, and Ms. Moore smoothly and masterfully moves from one time period to the other revealing what Ruth's life was before marrying Aaron and what it was like now. As the journey west continued, Ruth realized that her life with Aaron would never be the same. She had no family close by, and the people they met were not like her Fold at home.

AN UNSEEMLY WIFE is actually an account of the author's great grandmother. I enjoyed this book because I do like historical fiction, but definitely wouldn't want to be living in the 1800's as a woman.

AN UNSEEMLY WIFE did drag a bit, though, but it was quite educational to see the difficulties of traveling in and living in a covered wagon along with the hardships of everyday life. You will feel the family's pain as sad things happen, and all the characters definitely grow on you. The children were so innocent and good. Ruth was obedient and a very good mother. Aaron was a good husband, but not one that I would want. He was kind but too strict.

If you are interested in the early days of settling America, you will enjoy this book. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.
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The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott
The Wonder of All Things

Silvers Reviews, October 13, 2014



Would someone really be able to heal another person and have that ability and not know it? Does love bring it to the surface? Does it happen when a dire situation closely affecting the healer happens?

Ava didn't know she had the ability to heal, and it turned her life ​upside down ​and the entire town of Stone Temple as well. Folks were flocking to this unknown town after Ava healed her friend Wash.

​Most of the people coming to Stone Temple wanted Ava to heal them or a loved one, but she became ill when she healed someone so it was a difficult decision for her parents as well as Ava.

THE WONDER OF ALL THINGS will make you think about how you would react to the situation if you were the healer or if you were a person needing to be healed. The characters in the story "grow" on you, and you become attached to them.

​Ava was sweet, but aloof. Wash was very likeable. Macon, Ava's dad, was different. Brenda, Wash's grandmother will make you want a grandmother like her. Ava's mother, Heather, who had passed away,​ was different. Carmen, Ava's stepmother, was likeable and someone I felt sorry for. The Reverend was someone I wasn't too fond of.

THE WONDER OF ALL THINGS was mostly conversation and a book that had an interesting storyline like Mr. Mott's other book, but it wasn't gripping. I simply kept reading because I "had" to find out if they knew why Ava had this power of healing and what happened to this small town that was flooded with more people than it could possibly hold. I didn't find the answers out to those questions.

It was an odd-themed book, well written, but not that interesting. The ending was a bit vague, and the entire book was nothing outstanding. 3/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher and without compensation in return for an honest review.​
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Crooked River by Valerie Geary
Crooked River

Silvers Reviews, October 8, 2014


L​iving in a meadow in a tepee with their father is how​ Sam and Ollie spent their summers because it was the only way they saw him after he left them and their mother. ​Would the meadow and the tepee be their permanent home now because their mother had died?

That was the plan, but when a dead body is found floating in their swimming hole that summer, all is changed. Their father was accused of the murder, and all evidence pointed to this homeless beekeeper. His appearance and ​lifestyle made him the perfect suspect.

Both Sam and Ollie ​are endearing, quite bright, and love their father. Ollie doesn't talk when she is upset,​ and she ​see​s​ things that others do not. She sees things called Shimmerings that warn her about good and bad. Sam knows why Ollie doesn't talk, but she doesn't know what Ollie sees.

CROOKED RIVER has wonderful characters and a wonderful storyline. You will fall in love with both of the girls and their adopted grandparents, Franny and Zeb, but their father, Bear/Frank,​ was​ a bit more difficult to like.

Ms. Geary's writing is very descriptive, exceptionally absorbing, and keeps you glued to the pages as Sam and Ollie search for clues that could prove their father is innocent. ​As so many reviewers have said: "This book is difficult to put down." I wholeheartedly agree.

Ms. Geary seamlessly and creatively takes you back and forth​ in time as the story unfolds​ and is told through each girl's voice in alternating chapters.​

Everything about CROOKED RIVER is warm and family oriented. CROOKED RIVER had me wanting to be there with Sam and Ollie to mother them and to tell them to be careful with their investigation of the murder and who they were befriending.

I really enjoyed this book. I will be looking for more from Ms. Geary. Don't miss reading CROOKED RIVER.

CROOKED RIVER just had a homey feel to it along with a storyline that had situations that ​could actually happen and a very suspenseful, tense ending. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind by Donald Mccaig
Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

Silvers Reviews, September 27, 2014


Who can forget Scarlett O'Hara, Tara, and of course beloved Mammy. Ruth's Journey is a tale of Mammy.

Mammy was born in the Caribbean Islands, was the only survivor of an attack on her household, and made her way to Savannah with the Forniers. As their "child" she was treated well, but was sold to another family.

Mammy Ruth moves from one famous Southern family's ​home to another as we the reader follow her and find out what made Mammy the mammy she was. There are many happy situations, but there are also many sad ones.​ The O'Haras are mentioned throughout the book ​and,​ of course​,​ that is where ​Mammy ends up.

RUTH'S JOURNEY was very well researched, but unfortunately difficult to follow and enjoy until the book was almost over.​

I loved GONE WITH THE WIND, but RUTH'S JOURNEY had something to be desired. It didn't get interesting until way into the book, and most specifically not until Mammy got to Tara with the O'Haras. Visualizing Tara and hearing chararacters' names from GONE WITH THE WIND made the wait worthwhile.

I enjoyed learning about Mammy, but RUTH'S JOURNEY wasn't a favorite read...it was a bit tedious even though the writing was outstanding.

You will love Mammy Ruth and feel sorry for her, and ​you will love learning about ​her strong will​ and her love and loyalty for the people she cared for and ​kept her going on through all her many losses. Mammy Ruth was an interesting person, and a character​ everyone most likely loved and will never forget especially in her dealings with Scarlett.​ ​ 3/5

​This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.​
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