Review

Book Review- The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren

I always get excited when one of my favorite authors comes out with a new series!

Today on the blog I am reviewing The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren.

This is the first book in a brand new series and releases on 5/6/2020!!!

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About the Book:

I was a divorced, middle-aged witch banished to Ireland.
My life could be summed up in a limerick…

There once was a misguided witch
Who tried a man’s fate to switch
Her punishment set
To Ireland she must get
But better than feathers and pitch!

With a name like Quinn Calahan I sounded as Irish as a leprechaun dancing a jig on a four leafed clover, but the truth was, I’d never been closer to the emerald isle than drinking green beer at the St Patrick’s day street party in Boston until I messed up so badly I had to leave the US. I was offered a job in a tiny village in Ireland that no one’s ever heard of. And I think that was the point in sending me there. How much trouble could a divorced, middle-aged witch get into in a village that boasted very few residents, one crumbling castle that attracted no tourists, and a post office that was only open Mondays and Thursdays?

You’d be surprised.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Fabulous stars!!!!

The Vampire Book Club is the first book in a brand new series by Nancy Warren.
I absolutely love the Vampire Knitting Club by this author and I was thrilled to
see a new series. I really love this book, especially that the main character is older.

The story is set in a tiny village in Ireland. The setting was described so detailed I felt as if I was there.

 
The characters were quirky, flawed and well developed.

The mystery is multi-layered, not only the murder itself but the mystery of how the main character was banished to this small town in Ireland for breaking the witchy rules.

I really enjoyed this book and loved reading a few familiar characters from the Vampire Knitting Club.

This is a series not to miss!!!!

Pick up your copy HERE!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

Book Review- The First Emma by Camille Di Maio

I am excited to bring you my book review of The First Emma by Camille Di Maio on book blogger tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours. This book is based on a true story and I am thrilled to share my thoughts with you.

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About The Book: 

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Camille Di Maio’s fifth novel THE FIRST EMMA is the true story of Emma Koehler, whose tycoon husband Otto was killed in a crime-of-the-century murder by one of his two mistresses—both also named Emma—and her unlikely rise as CEO of a brewing empire during Prohibition. When a chance to tell her story to a young teetotaler arises, a tale unfolds of love, war, beer, and the power of women.

Miss W’s Review:

5 incredible stars! 

I am a huge fan of Camille Di Maio having read The Way of Beauty and The Beautiful Strangers.

I was really excited to read The First Emma and boy was I blown away.

This novel is based on true events, which I found fascinating.

The First Emma is an extremely well written story of Emma Koelher. Emma Koehler is the widow of Otto Koehler who had owned a Brewing company in the early 1920’s.

Emma has not lived an easy life and her late husband has extramarital affairs with two other women named Emma who were immigrants from Germany. After enduring a car accident the other two Emma’s came to care for the “First Emma”, one of whom possibly killed Otto.

About 20 years later , The First Emma hires an assistant to tell her story, and that is when we meet Mabel.

I was ABSOLUTELY captivated by this story. The research the author did is authentic and quite impressive.

I very much enjoyed the alternating timelines between the 1920’s and 1943 when Mable was helping Emma write the book about her life.

Emma is fiercely independent and does not care so much about the affairs as she does about keeping power in the brewing company.

The First Emma is a fast paced historical fiction story that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I fell in love with Emma and her fierceness and determination.

This book is a MUST READ ! I wish I could give this more than 5 stars!

About the Author:

 Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of twenty-one years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai’i to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmers markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it doesn’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal.

https://www.camilledimaio.com/

Her books include: 

THE MEMORY OF US – Amazon bestseller, finalist for the Holt Medallion Award for Literary Excellence.

BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS – Holt Medallion finalist, GDRWA finalist

THE WAY OF BEAUTY – Amazon bestseller in the UK and Australia

THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS- Pulpwood Queens Book Club Pick, Once Upon a Book Club Pick

Pre-order your copy of The First Emma HERE!

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Night Before by Wendy Walker

I am THRILLED to bring you my review of The Night Before by Wendy Walker on book blogger tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours !

Look at this COVER!!!

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About the Book:

A Today Show and New York Post Summer Reads Selection!

First dates can be murder.

“Ferociously smart.” —AJ Finn
“Riveting.” —Riley Sager
“Addictive.” —Liv Constantine
“Wonderfully tense.” —Aimee Molloy
“Irresistible.” —Mary Kubica
“Impossible to put down.” —Megan Miranda

Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

Miss W’s Book Review:

5 THRILLING Stars!!!! 

The Night Before by Wendy Walker is an incredible novel of suspense that I could not put down.

Laura Lochner was left completely devastated and emotionally drained after her last relationship. In order to move forward she decides to move back to Connecticut to live with her sister Rosie and her family.

Laura goes out one night to meet a man she met on a dating site. When she doesn’t come back, Rosie and her husband try to find out what really happened to her and start unraveling the clues to what happened to her sister “The Night Before”.

The author creates a well developed story that is perfectly paced.

The characters are strong, complicated and believable.

Not only is this a suspenseful read, but the family dynamics are well developed an an integral part of the story line. There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

The story is told between alternating timelines of past and present and from the different characters point of view. I particularly enjoyed this as a way to get into each characters head.

The plot twists keep coming at you until its shocking end!

Highly recommend this excellent psychological thriller.

About the Author:

Wendy Walker is the national bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten, Emma In The Night and The Night Before. She has sold rights to her books in twenty-three languages as well as film and television options. Prior to her writing career, Wendy practiced both corporate and family law, having earned her J. D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Wendy also worked as a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Wendy is currently finishing her fourth thriller and managing a busy household in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her three sons. https://www.wendywalkerbooks.com/

Grab your copy HERE  and get ready for a wild ride!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

Book Review- Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Today I am thrilled to bring you my review of Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson.

I was highly anticipating this book for SO long, and I was not disappointed!

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About the Book:

Publication Date: 5/19/2020

Berkley Publishing Group

When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop.

Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans for what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop….

Part-time shop employee Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the “knitty-gritty” of the business, and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation.

But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always. After all, real men knit.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!!!!!! 

Real Men Knit is a MUST READ!!!!! The author once again blows me away with her writing of family dynamics and closely woven (pun intended LOL) communities.

Friends to Lovers Trope, YES please!

The story revolves around a shop in Harlem, perfectly named Strong Knits. The matriarch, Mama Joy had adopted four boys . Mama Joy has recently passed away leaving the future of the story in jeopardy.

The story is written from two alternating perspectives, one of which is Kerry, who has been a worker and staple in the store for a very long time. Kerry has had a thing for Jesse one of the brothers since forever. The other perspective is written from Jesse. I loved that I was able to read both of these characters.

The romance of Jesse and Kerry gave me ALL THE FEELS !!!!

Jesse and Kerry band together to try and save the store.

The characters were complex, complicated and well fleshed out. I loved reading about the strong brothers and their love for each other and Mama Joy.

The inclusion of social media as a marketing tool was fun, timely and relevant.

I was not only rooting for the family, the romance, but also the store.

This story is a well written emotional, funny romance that I highly recommend.

About the Author:

A USA Today bestselling author, native New Yorker, Kwana Jackson aka K.M. Jackson author spent her formative years on the ‘A’ train where she had two dreams: 1) to be a fashion designer and 2) to be a writer. After spending over ten years designing women’s sportswear for various fashion houses Kwana took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer.
A longtime advocate for equality and diversity in romance and #WeNeedDiverseRomace, Kwana is a mother of twins and currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband. When not writing she can be found on Twitter @kwanawrites, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor/ and on her website at http://www.kmjackson.com

Pre-order Real Men Knit HERE  !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Super Charged Life Podcast with Dr. Judy Ho

I just listened to an incredible Podcast and I wanted to share it with all of you , thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for sharing this fantastic podcast with me !

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Subscribe, download and listen to SuperCharged Life on Apple Podcast

A new episode drops every Tuesday!!!

Here is the link:

https://www.drjudyho.com/podcast-1

Sign up for Dr. Ho’s email list: https://www.drjudyho.com/connect

Miss W’s Review of Racism, Grief, Joy & Laughter In COVID19 with Margaret Cho & Nic Santos :

I absolutely LOVED this podcast. The theme of laughter and humor to help our mental and physical selves was one that really resonated with me. Dr. Judy talks about humor in therapy that’s called laughter therapy that can improve your quality of life and decrease your stress. I was captivated by the discussion about racism against the Asian American community amongst the COVID19 pandemic. It was shocking for me to hear there has been more than 1000 attacks against Asian Americans. Dr. Judy talks about how blame is a phenomenon of convenience and this xenophobia against Asian Americans is SO damaging.

I appreciated Margaret Cho & Nic Santos honesty and candidness about how they deal with not only being an Asian American but also a member of the LGBTQ community and that journey.

The tips that Dr. Judy talked about to allow humor to supercharge your life were fantastic.

I am REALLY excited to listen to this podcast every week!

Link to this week’s podcast:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/racism-grief-joy-laughter-in-covid19-margaret-cho-nico/id1501219826?i=1000470732434

From Dr Judy Ho:

This podcast is a passion project of mine and so important to me because I want to help provide accessible mental wellness tips that are research backed and easy to use for everyone. The goal of this podcast is to teach listeners to take control of their lives – in relationships, career, physical and mental health. I interview amazing guests each episode and provide scientific tips that can be implemented right away.

About Dr. Judy Ho: 

Dr Judy Ho is a Los Angeles based triple board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University. Her thought provoking insight and analysis of the human psychological condition has established her as a go-to television host, panelist and expert on numerous national broadcasts. She is the author of the best-selling book, “Stop Self-Sabotage,” a useful tool for anyone standing in their own way, who undermines their own interests and intentions and is looking for lasting change and meaningful success.

Dr. Judy will show you how to grab life with both hands and live it to the fullest.  Whether she’s helping to navigate life with her patients, swinging from a flying trapeze, singing her favorite Broadway songs or taking on a new adventure; Dr. Judy walks her talk and invites others along for the journey.

“SuperCharged Life with Dr. Judy” is where she will dive deeply and fearlessly into guests’ issues in love, sex, friendships, work-career, bad habits, addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. Sometimes it’s painful to uncover what’s really holding them back, but with Dr. Judy’s help they can discover a new way to take on life, inspire love and create happiness and fulfillment. Each podcast will give a tangible tool they can do that will “SuperCharge” their lives!

ABOUT STAGE 29 PRODUCTIONS

Stage 29 Productions was founded by CEO and Executive Producers, Jay McGraw and Dr. Phil McGraw. They have found success in first-run syndication, scripted series, publishing and app development, including the perpetual #1 daytime talk show Dr. Phil, the Emmy® Award-winning the syndicated series The Doctors, and the successful telemedicine app Doctor On Demand.

I hope you will check out this podcast!!!!

Let me know what you think!!!

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Finding Mrs. Ford

What an honor being on book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for the debut novel Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Joyce

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About the Book:

Paperback Release Date: April 7, 2020

Publisher: Post Hill Press

Mrs. Ford leads a privileged life. From her Blenheim spaniels to her cottage on the coast of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, she carefully curates her world. Hair in place, house in place, life in place, Susan Ford keeps it under control.

Early one morning in the summer of 2014, the past pays a call to collect. The FBI arrives to question her about a man from Iraq—a Chaldean Christian from Mosul—where ISIS has just seized control. Sammy Fakhouri, they say, is his name and they have taken him into custody, picked up on his way to her house.

Back in the summer of 1979, on the outskirts of a declining Detroit, college coed Susan meets charismatic and reckless Annie. They are an unlikely pair of friends but they each see something in the other—something they’d like to possess. Studious Susan is a moth to the flame that is Annie. Yet, it is dazzling Annie who senses that Susan will be the one who makes it out of Detroit.

Together, the girls navigate the minefields of a down-market disco where they work their summer jobs. It’s a world filled with pretty girls and powerful men, some of whom—like Sammy Fakhouri—happen to be Iraqi Chaldeans.

What happened in that summer of 1979 when Susan and Annie met? Why is Sammy looking for Susan all these years later? And why is Mrs. Ford lying?

Miss W’s Review:

An incredible 5 star debut novel! 

Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce is a well written suspenseful thriller.

The timeline alternates between the past in Detroit in the 1970’s and current day in Rhode Island.

I was captivated by the visual imagery and the well developed characters.
There were twists at every turn and the dialogue was written so well.

The plot was perfectly paced , this was a book that was REALLY hard to put down.

A suspenseful story that puts you on the edge of your seat. What a ride!

Highly recommend this debut novel!!!!

About the Author:

Deborah began her acting career in 1982 in the lead role of Silver Kane (sister of the legendary, Erica Kane) on ABC’s ALL MY CHILDREN. She went on to star in dozens of feature films, television shows, mini-series and TV movies.

After the birth of her daughters, she moved with her family to Paris and worked as a reader for le Studio Canal Plus. In the 1990’s, Deborah was the story editor at Miramax Films, overseeing readers, manuscript acquisitions and script development, including editing such notable screenplays as EMMA by Doug McGrath.

With writing partner, Mitch Giannunzio, Deborah won a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council in 2002 to develop and workshop their original screenplay, SUSAN TAFT HAS RUN AMOK.

With her husband, Chuck, Deborah restored the 1939 Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT. Under her leadership, the Avon hosts an ongoing series of film luminaries, most recently, Mira Nair, Richard Gere and Chloe Sevigny. The late Gene Wilder, a longstanding advisory board member of the Avon, was an early advocate for Deborah’s writing.

Deborah and Chuck have also restored several hotels (Ocean House, Deer Mountain Inn, and Weekapaug Inn), a bookstore (The Savoy in Westerly, RI), and numerous other “Main Street” buildings. Deborah serves on multiple boards, including the national council of the American Film Institute, the executive board of the Greenwich International Film Festival, and the governing boards of the New York Botanical Garden, the Greenwich Historical Society, and the PRASAD Project.

FINDING MRS. FORD is her first novel  https://deborahgoodrichroyce.com/

Grab a copy of Finding Mrs. Ford HERE  !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- If you Must Know by Jamie Beck

I am so pleased to bring you my Book review of If You Must Know by Jamie Beck!

Release Date 6/1/20

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About the Book:

Life turns upside down for two sisters in Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck’s emotional novel about how secrets and differences can break—or bind—a family.

Sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner have little in common except the childhood bedroom they once shared and the certainty each feels that her way of life is best. Amanda follows the rules—at the school where she works; in her community; and as a picture-perfect daughter, wife, and mother-to-be. Erin follows her heart—in love and otherwise—living a bohemian lifestyle on a shoestring budget and honoring her late father’s memory with a passion for music and her fledgling bath-products business.

The sisters are content leading separate but happy lives in their hometown of Potomac Point until everything is upended by lies that force them to confront unsettling truths about their family, themselves, and each other. For sisters as different as these two, building trust doesn’t come easily—especially with one secret still between them—but it may be the only way to save their family.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W !!!!

Let me first say that I have been a fan of Jamie Beck’s romances for quite some time.  I would classify If You Must Know as women’s fiction. But do not worry! There is romance in this book and a bit of suspense along with a story about sisters with a strong complicated family dynamic throughout the book. 

I LOVE stories about sisters. I love my sister so much , but we are different. 

Amanda Foster and Erin Turner are totally different. The author does an excellent job of writing well crafted, complicated, flawed relatable characters. 

The plot is well developed and I was rapidly turning the page to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed the evolution of the characters relationship with each other as their bond that was once almost broken begins to mend. 

A great read, If You Must Know is Book 1 in the Potomac Point Series and I cannot wait to read the next book and see what happens next. 

About the Author:

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than two million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

Pre-order your copy of If You Must Know HERE  and let me know what you think!

 

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

 

Book Review- The Ruby of the Sea

I am pleased to bring you my review for The Ruby of the Sea by Peggy Lampman as part of the book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours.

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About the Book:

From the award-winning author of The Promise Kitchen comes a riveting new story of twin sisters caught in their mother’s crosshairs on what to do about their disturbed younger sister.

Lush with devastating secrets, lies, romance and psychological drama…”You tell me about a family without a certain amount of dysfunction, and I’ll tell you that family is lying.”

After aimlessly traveling the country for fifteen years, Linnea Chandler returns to her hometown of Key West, Florida keeping the genesis of a life-altering phobia to herself–not a good idea, as she comes to find out. The 19th Century lighthouse that she, her parents and two sisters call home also has a troubled past, carrying the frightening myth that eerily mirrors the mystery of her younger sister today. Should Linnea run while she can?

The women must decide to what extremes they are willing to go to protect their secrets. Ignore the brutality behind the retrieval of spoils from a fatal shipwreck in 1857? Defy a 2017 hurricane threatening to pummel their town? And when their world is upended, do the women have the strength to move forward?

Miss W’s Review: 

A 5 Star READ! 

The Ruby of the Sea is a POWERFUL book. This books is a well crafted book that is expertly written and and deals with some heavy mental health topics such as sexual abuse and bipolar disorder. This is a story about family and sisters, three sisters to be exact. A compelling story about three sisters and the love they share for each other, but also the secrets they hold. The story is written in alternating perspectives of each of the sisters POV.

This endearing, powerful book will take you on an emotional ride that had me crying as I anxiously turned the pages to read more of these powerful women’s story and the heartbreak that mental illness has taken on in their lives. I cried for them and for me, as I have experienced much of what the author so respectfully represented in the sisters story.

There are some funny moments along with the endearing family dynamics between the sisters.

Key West was a great backdrop for this story and I really enjoyed reading about the 19th Century Lighthouse Legend.

About the Author:

Peggy Lampman is the award-winning, best-selling author of THE PROMISE KITCHEN and THE WELCOME HOME DINER, both published by Lake Union Publishing.

Her passion is writing novels that break down familial and cultural barriers. For her, creating a cast to populate a story is one of the great, cathartic joys of writing. Of particular pleasure is developing flawed characters-living in and reconciling with-the shadows cast by their equally flawed parents.

She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for Hill and Knowlton, a public relations firm. She moved back to Ann Arbor, her college town, and opened up a specialty foods store, The Back Alley Gourmet. After selling the store, she wrote under a weekly food byline in The Ann Arbor News and MLive.

Her free time is spent reading, binge-watching NetFlix, herding kids and indulging in her fascination with Big Green Egg cult cookery. To learn more about her releases (and see what she’s eating!), visit her author page,(peggylampmanbooks) and subscribe to her blog: http://www.dinnerfeed.com.

Pick up your copy of this incredible novel HERE!

Until the next chapter,

 

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Life is a 4-Letter Word

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for Life is a 4-Letter Word by Dr. David A. Levy

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Honestly, this is  a book the world NEEDS right now. With the uncertain times, we need to laugh and feel inspired and positive and that’s what this book will do for you!!!! 

About the Book:

Laugh and Learn with These Life Lessons

Insights from a veteran psychologist: Dr. David Levy is a media consultant who has appeared on over 70 television and radio broadcasts, from CNN to National Geographic, to provide psychological perspectives on current events. His previous works have been published internationally, many of them becoming bestsellers. In this book, Levy approaches readers on a more personal level but carries the same expertise that he’s shared with viewers and listeners worldwide.

Valuable life lessons: Levy’s book takes a different approach than others in the self-help genre. Rather than being instructional, Levy shares bits of wisdom through telling his own stories. In other words, he offers life lessons without lecturing or preaching. Written in a style that is engaging and humorous, readers will find relatable truths in Levy’s uplifting stories and wise advice.

A journey to wisdom: The path to living a smarter lifestyle is not always smooth. Levy encourages readers to embrace all the feelings his book may bring out as they read his stories, from laughing to wincing, and learning along the way. Discover the power of positive thinking as Levy shares a lifetime journey of personal reflections, growth, and wisdom.

Dive into Dr. David Levy’s latest book, Life Is a 4-Letter Word, and find…

  • 40 autobiographical essays, each one containing a relatable and applicable life lesson
  • A unique source of both humor and inspiration that reassures readers that life is good
  • A self-help book for men and women from a published professional in psychology

If books such as You are a BadassThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and Sometimes You Win—Sometimes You Learn have interested you, then Life Is a 4-Letter Word should be your next read!

Miss W’s Review:

I really enjoyed Life is a 4-Letter Word.

The writing style of a series of 40 short essays makes for a easy, fun , albeit inspiring read.

The chapters all held a positive theme with a “moral of the story” that was written in language that was easy to understand.

This book is one that I will go back to time and time again as it is timeless in the positivity that we all need in our lives.

About the Author:

Dr. David A. Levy has extensive experience as a teacher, therapist, writer, and researcher. He is a Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where he has been teaching graduate courses since 1986. He received his B.A. degree in theater arts from UCLA, a M.A. degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a second M.A. degree in psychology from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA, where he specialized in social psychology, with minors in psychological assessment and personality psychology. He served as a Visiting Professor of Psychology in the Soviet Union, where he delivered lectures and workshops in psychology and psychotherapy at Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) State University, the Leningrad Academy of Science, and the Bekhterev Psychoneurological Institute. He was honored as a Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow and the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine, and was a recipient of the Shepard Ivory Franz Distinguished Teaching Award and Charles F. Scott Fellowship at UCLA.

Dr. Levy holds professional licenses both in psychology and in marriage and family therapy. He has worked in a wide range of private practice and inpatient psychiatric settings, he has supervised clinical interns, and he has utilized his expertise in psychological testing (particularly the MMPI) in forensic cases.

Pick up your copy of LIfe is a 4 Letter Word HERE  !

I know you will love this book during this uncertain time.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

Book Review- Cancer is for Old(er) People

I am thrilled to bring you my stop on the book tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for Cancer is for Old(er) People by Brett M. Cordes, Amy Calkins Teague, and Kyle Moses .

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About the Book:

 Recounting his experience with cancer as a 19-year-old boy, Brett Cordes shares his extraordinary journey, including all of the nitty gritty details that one may not ordinarily hear when reading about others’ battles with cancer. His childhood friend, Amy Calkins Teague, discusses Brett’s journey from her perspective, as well as the experiences from her own fight against ovarian cancer. From their diagnosis to their ultimate recovery from the disease, Brett and Amy share their story- proving that cancer does not have to define you. Another of Brett’s friends, Kyle Moses, offers his own story in describing his journey through this all-too-familiar struggle with the disease. With key pieces of advice and inspirational stories, this novel helps those not only battling cancer to keep pushing forward, but those caregivers, friends and family who have loved ones who are sick.

Release Date: 2/7/2020

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars. I don’t think my review can possibly do this book justice, I can only hope you will pick up this book and see how wonderful it is for yourself and your family members. 

This is a book that I found very interesting and enjoyed, as much as you can enjoy a book about cancer. The author shares his experiences, both good and bad with his battle with cancer starting at the young age of 19. Additionally the author’s friends also share their personal stories about cancer and how it affected them.

As a cancer survivor, this was an inspiring read. The author gives advice for those battling cancer and their loved ones. The author does a good job demonstrating his authentic voice with his experiences that are real and raw yet heartwarming.

I WISH this book was available when I was battling cancer. My motto has always been that “cancer is not who you are, it is what happened to you” and the authors inspiration that Cancer should not define you is one that I related to.

I am grateful to be in remission and I am grateful for those that came before me and came after me.

This is a must read for anyone. Everyone is impacted by cancer one way or another and this book is written in a way that is inspiring and uplifting and real.

About the Author:

Brett M. Cordes is an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon in Houston, Texas. He has established a ten-year practice in and around the Texas Medical Center. After having fought cancer at the age of 19, Cordes was inspired to become a doctor. Additionally, his experiences with cancer as a friend, patient, and physician alike have led to the writing of this book. He hopes to help and inspire others fighting the same battle as well.

Pick up your copy HERE  and let me know what you think.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda