Category Archives: Book Reviews

Ebook Review: A Storm Hits Valparaiso by David Gaughran 5/5*

Once I started this book, I just wanted to be left in peace to finish it, and everything else—including preparing Sunday dinner—became an annoying distraction. We have all heard of Simón Bolívar, a leader in the struggle to free Hispanic-America, … Continue reading

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George Hamilton’s Book Review – Malaika by Van Heerling 4/5*

Malaika is a wonderful short story about an American searching to find the answers to questions in his life by seeking solitude in the African Serengeti. He is befriended by a lioness, with whom he is able to communicate by … Continue reading

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George Hamilton’s Book Review – Death of a Serpent by Susan Russo Anderson 4/5*

With finely written prose rich in historical imagery, sound and other sense details of 1800s Sicily, Death of a Serpent was reminiscent of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon for this reader. Recently widowed Serafina is a determined sleuth, adept at … Continue reading

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Review of Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth 4/5*

I love novels that help me to experience a new culture, and the Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck took me on a thoroughly entertaining journey through early 20th-c China. We follow the lives of the hardworking but poor farmer … Continue reading

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Review of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” 4/5*

The early 1960s. The civil rights movement is well underway, with marches, boycotts and sit-ins. The resistance to change is no stronger than in Jackson Mississippi, where a black man can be beaten to within inches of his life for … Continue reading

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