This is one of the best places to get completely honest book reviews. Most of the time, spoiler free. Occasionally, random posts will get thrown in there, but that just adds to the appeal. What’s so great about being predictable anyway?
I’m giving you full disclosure here.I went online and found a list of books that
were “based on a true story.” I looked through them all, and found one that
sounded good.It was about a girl ripped
from her family only to grow up not knowing who she truly was.Intriguing, right?Believe me, it was.However, when I went to find the story that
it was based from, there was nothing.That’s when I found out that the book I had already read all the way
through was NOT based off a true story, but in fact was about a topic that was
so lifelike that it COULD happen.Here’s
the question… Do I count this book? I am… for now.If by some grace of God I get done with the
reading challenge early, I’ll squeeze another book in there.Until then, here is my review of “A book
based on a true story, but not quite a true story.”
WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller
Stolen as a child from her large and loving
family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only
the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home,
never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from Laundromat vending
machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely.
But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real
dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida,
Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a
family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an
improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
4.5 out of 5 *Stars*
“Sponges are better than flowers.”
What a heartfelt sentiment that our hunky Greek,
Alex, had.You know, since sea sponged
are already dead so you don’t have to worry about them dying.Unusual, but if you think about it, it does
make a little sense.That was just Alex –
the suave young man that could charm the panties off of almost any person, man
As much as anyone liked to read about the heartthrob,
he wasn’t the main focus of the story.Callie, a teenage girl, was taken from her father and big Greek family
at a young age.When she was finally back,
everything was new to her.She had
forgotten everything.It was
heartbreaking when a person would reveal something that should have been common
knowledge for her. Such as the moment she found out what her full name
was.Then there was when she met close
family members that were nothing more than strangers, even her own grandmother.
“Georgia stands back to look at me – her hands clutching my
shoulders – and I see my face in her wrinkles, my eyes behind her red-rimmed
glasses.It’s strange to go your whole
life thinking your DNA is all your own, and then see yourself in someone else.”
This was a very compelling story.It was heartfelt and warm.A definite tear-jerker. You wanted her mom to pay, you wanted her dad
to feel loved, and you just wanted everything to fall into place perfectly
without any hiccups.Yes, I know it was
wishful thinking, but it didn’t hurt to hope.I wasn’t a huge fan of how it ended, but it didn’t change the fact that
I had a genuinely good time reading this book.
This story felt so real.Whether it be cute little Tucker snapping
green beans and “pretending they are
puny humans and he is the Incredible Hulk,” the silly drama of teenagers,
and even the frustration of getting a lame fortune in a cookie.
“You have the power to write your own fortune.”
Now if that cookie wasn’t just slacking off…
I am glad that I chose this book for “A book based
on a true story,” even if there was no exact “true story.”It wasn’t something I probably would have
read without this challenge. Yes of course, I recommend this book.Don’t forget to thank me once you’ve read it.
;)Till next time…
You know.Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a mushy, make you feel good book,
but it still has to be a little more risqué than one written by Nicolas Sparks.
(Nothing against Sparks.His books make
great movies, but the majority of the time his books are a little too tame for
me.) When I hit that mushy mood, I sometimes pick up a romance book that
consists of three or four short stories.They’re always predictable, and never fail to give me what I need.This one was no exception.
by authors Julie Kenner, Nancy
Warren, and Jo Leigh
For three women, the right time to find passion is BEFORE their
This time-travel romance anthology contains
stories by three bestselling authors which introduce three women who discover
the right time to find passion is before their time.
200 Years Ago?PISTOLS AT DAWN by Nancy Warren
After breaking off her engagement, Natalie
Bowman, finds herself in the 1800s being auctioned off as a sex slave! She’s
even more shocked when the highest bidder is Andrew Greenwood – the fiancé she
80 Years Ago?THOSE WERE THE DAYS by Julie Kenner
Uptight Sylvia Preston is terrified when she
time travels to a twenties party.But
when Tucker Green gets her dirty dancing, Sylvia wants to see just how
uninhibited she can be – in bed with Tucker.
60 Years Ago?TIME AFTER TIME by Jo Leigh
When history student Betty Kroger is transported
to WWII, it feels right – and even more right to show sailor John Stevens what
sex is like twenty-first century style!
4 out of 5 *Stars*
Three stories, all based on finding love in a
different time period. The idea drew me in.It was like a historical romance, but not. The details were so precise
in all three stories, that I had no problem getting drawn into any of them.
The first story was Those Were the Days where
Sylvia went to the twenties.It was
great.It was fun. There was an immediate
chemistry between the two main characters.Well, obviously there had to be since it was a short story, but I think
this is the only story I’ve read where the connection was formed while one was
unconscious.It didn’t matter.The dialog was sweet, the storyline had an intriguing
plot… It was just an overall cute short story.
“If you could be one of the actresses.A new life on film, I mean.What would you be?”
Her brow furrowed as she pondered the
question.“A fairy-tale princess, I
think.After all, she always gets the
“You deserve a happy ending,” he said, taking
her hand again.
“How about you?” she asked.“What would you be?”
“Ah, that’s easy,” he said without taking his
eyes off her. “I’d be the frog.”
The second story in the book, Pistols at Dawn,
was just okay.Yes, it had a duel and a
romance, and a good sex scene, but I couldn’t get drawn into it the same way I
did the first and third story.I did
enjoy the fact that both the man and the woman got sent back in time, but both
characters were a little too dry for my taste.
Which leads me to the last, and my favorite
story of the three, Time After Time.This story was utterly remarkable, and I didn’t want it to end.I would have loved it, if this story was a
full length novel.I actually felt
myself tearing up towards the end.The amount
of emotion it brought forth was incredible. Maybe it was because throughout the
history stories, similar romance tales have been told.
“This is what we fought for. Right here, right now. This is victory.”
It was as if I had stepped through the pages and
entered New York in the 40’s. You could practically feel the devastation and
fear coming from John, and the elation and sorrow coming from Betty.It had a great story line, and I LOVED how
everything tied together throughout the story.This is a story that I’m not soon going to forget.
“I know.” she said. “I’ll never forget you. Not in a million
For the book in a whole, I really enjoyed how
they were all tied together.It wasn’t
just a common storyline, but, believe it or not, the same traveling sex exhibit
came to each female’s city.
“She jumped as someone coughed behind her.Her cheeks heated as if she’d been caught
looking at dirty pictures, which, of course, she had.”
A little bit of Bippitie, and a little bit more Boppitie
Boo, and they were each sent to different time periods, but each by the
same person.It made it to one cohesive
book and not just three short stories.
So here I am, typing this review, and
remembering the excellent last story, and thinking “5 Star! Give it a 5 Star!”That could also be the Celine Dion that just
started playing as well.However, I am
sticking to my guns on this one.If it
were just the last story, it would be a 5, hands down, but it wasn’t.Taking everything into consideration, I’m
keeping the original rating, but I would definitely recommend the book for
light and heartfelt reading.Till next