Ciao, amici! I’ve got two reviews today, so I’m going to skip the intro and get right into them. The first is a new release by Jan Sikes; the second is a work by Sally Cronin. You don’t want to miss either of these gems.
A Feel-Good Tale Perfect for the Holidays
’Tis the season for feel good stories, and I can’t think of a story that will leave you feeling better than this one.
We start in a dark place. Can a man truly be happy if he attains all his professional dreams at the expense of his personal relationships? That’s the question singing sensation Cole Knight finds himself pondering after another stellar performance. Hounded by a reporter who hasn’t yet reached the pinnacle of his career, he finds the answer is a resounding no, then sets out to right all his wrongs… if he can.
The juxtaposition of a star at the top of his game and a reporter struggling for a start makes for an interesting and compelling comparison. The journey of discovery Cole embarks on is a rollercoaster of emotions—exhilarating highs and heart-wrenching lows. Despite his flawed history and the poor decisions resulting in his current state of malaise, I couldn’t help but root for him. And the strength and courage it takes him to repair the damage he’s done it worthy of a reader’s cheer.
I highly and happily recommend this work to any reader looking for a story representative of a true and pure message this holiday season… love.
Would a Rose by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
I’m the first to admit, names fascinate me. Historically, they were said to be powerful in the mystical sense. I have no idea whether that’s true, but I know being able to give any problem a name is the first step to solving it, and there’s great power in that.
A woman has roughly nine months to come up with a name for the child(ren) she carries, yet mine didn’t have names when they were born. Or two days later. I needed to look at them and meet them and get to know them before I could decide what name would define them forever.
That’s why I couldn’t wait to read this collection by Sally Cronin. It’s so easy to forget a name upon the occasion of an introduction, but names are so much more than a way to distinguish one person from another. The author explores the power of names in the stories she writes. We don’t get a lesson in etymology, but we do get an excellent sense of what these names once signified.
It was a fascinating take on the topic and a fast and fun read.
If you’ve read either of these works or anything by these authors, or even if you just want to chat, please leave a comment below. Grazie!