Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it MadeHell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Richard Rhodes hit the mark with his book Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made. Rhodes has provided a glimpse of history which has been ignored for far too long. The prequel to WWII, The Spanish Civil War was more of a testing war for Hitler, at the expense of the Spanish citizens.

Rhodes has taken his time and tracked down first hand accounts of this war. It is this which makes this book worth reading. Some history writers fill pages with so much detail or strategic information the reader gets bored. There is nothing boring about this book. There are lessons to be learned here and much to understand.

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the time leading up to WWII. I also feel this book should be read in High School due to the historical content.

Special Thanks to The Reading Room for sending this book to me after I entered a giveaway.

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Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway

Lacy EyeLacy Eye by Jessica Treadway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I won this book after entering a giveaway on The Reading Room.

Lacy Eye is a powerful, depressing book about the murder of one parent and the injury of another. The mother and father are attacked in their bed one night over Thanksgiving. The mother survives, but is unable to remember the event in detail. The man who killed her husband is her daughter’s boyfriend or so she thinks. Everyone around her, including her other daughter, believe her youngest daughter had something to do with the event. She is unable to see this until it is too late.

Lacy Eye is a difficult read for anyone who is a parent. It is depressing to follow the main character as she tries to figure out if her daughter was involved in the murder of her husband. The lengths she will go to, to not remember are amazing.

As a parent, the one thought that continued to run through my brain while reading this was, “what would I do if this happened to me?” Even after finishing the book, I still could not answer this question. I found myself wanting to reach through the book and shake the mother until she stopped living with blinders on.

This book is disturbing because we all know someone who lives in a very small box and refuses to see what type of person their own child is. We know the mother who says “it is just a phase.” or “He didn’t mean it like that.” or “He is so misunderstood. If only people would stop judging him..”

Lacy Eye describes the behavior of someone close to me so well, I had to check who the author was several times. This is not a feel-good work of fiction. It won’t make you warm and fuzzy. If you are prone to depression, this might not be the book for you. If you know someone who has a hard time seeing their own children as the world sees them, you might want to give them this book when it comes out in March 2015. Then again, they might not even understand why you are giving it to them.

A big thanks to The Reading Room, author and publisher for allowing me the chance to read this book. I will be looking for more books by Jessica Treadway.

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Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow

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Disclaimer: I won a copy of Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow, penned by Tilly Bagshawe after entering a Review Giveaway on The Reading Room’s website.

Chasing Tomorrow starts out interesting and strong. It’s main character center’s around a strong female lead, as do most of Sheldon’s books. I was confused as to why Tilly Bagshawe’s name was also added as an author, since I have only read one of Sheldon’s books, until I did a little research. Bagshawe is currently writing in the style of Sheldon, per request from Sheldon’s Estate. This is the 2nd book of Sheldon’s I have read and the 1st of Bagshawe’s.

The main female character starts out fierce, but becomes predictable in the middle of the book. I am glad I finished the book and did not stop at this point. The ending makes up for any predictability.

The Female lead is a con-artist who is marrying another con-artist. It is no surprise when their relationship tanks and the lead finds herself alone. She leaves her old life behind and starts over with a surprise addition. For ten years she lives a quite, secluded life, until an investigator calls her regarding a string of murders. At first, she is the main suspect. She has to leave her new life behind and enter back into the dark world of a con-artist in order to help find the killer.

Overall, this was a decent book in the style of Sheldon.
A big Thank you to The Reading Room, the author, and the publisher for the chance to read and review this book.  Don’t forget to visit The Reading Room here for giveaways and more book reviews.