Fatal Judgement Reviewed

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Description:

"Extraordinary writing . . . a not-to-be-missed reading experience."--RT Book Reviews on Against All Odds (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven't warmed in the five years since she drove her husband--and Jake's best friend--to despair . . . and possible suicide.

As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, he's forced to revise his opinion of her. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life--and his heart--are in danger.

Full of suspense and romance, Fatal Judgment launches a thrilling series featuring three siblings bound by blood and a passion for justice.

My Review: Jake is a man's man! He has just gotten back from Iraq and has to deal immediately with an assignment that he would really rather not, "babysitting" a Federal Judge who is the wife of his dead best friend! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages late into the night! I highly recommend it!

The Memory Palace Review

Book Description:

" People have abandoned their loved ones for much less than you've been through," Mira BartÓk is told at her mother's memorial service. It is a poignant observation about the relationship between Mira, her sister, and their mentally ill mother. Before she was struck with schizophrenia at the age of nineteen, beautiful piano protÉgÉ Norma Herr had been the most vibrant personality in the room. She loved her daughters and did her best to raise them well, but as her mental state deteriorated, Norma spoke less about Chopin and more about Nazis and her fear that her daughters would be kidnapped, murdered, or raped.

When the girls left for college, the harassment escalated—Norma called them obsessively, appeared at their apartments or jobs, threatened to kill herself if they did not return home. After a traumatic encounter, Mira and her sister were left with no choice but to change their names and sever all contact with Norma in order to stay safe. But while Mira pursued her career as an artist—exploring the ancient romance of Florence, the eerie mysticism of northern Norway, and the raw desert of Israel—the haunting memories of her mother were never far away.

Then one day, Mira's life changed forever after a debilitating car accident. As she struggled to recover from a traumatic brain injury, she was confronted with a need to recontextualize her life—she had to relearn how to paint, read, and interact with the outside world. In her search for a way back to her lost self, Mira reached out to the homeless shelter where she believed her mother was living and discovered that Norma was dying.

Mira and her sister traveled to Cleveland, where they shared an extraordinary reconciliation with their mother that none of them had thought possible. At the hospital, Mira discovered a set of keys that opened a storage unit Norma had been keeping for seventeen years. Filled with family photos, childhood toys, and ephemera from Norma's life, the storage unit brought back a flood of previous memories that Mira had thought were lost to her forever.

Imagine if you will being a little girl and having your Mother who you are suppose to be able to trust and count on - not being that person because she has a disorder that she refuses to take medication for. That is what the two sisters Mira and Rachel struggle with. They are called back to Cleveland, OH because their Mother is sick and dying and they haven't seen her in 17 yrs. While there they dig through their past their Mother had packed away . . . This is a beautiful story of self-discovery, forgiveness, and healing. I highly recommend it!


okay so last night me and my man are sitting in this class that we've been sitting in since September. Now mind you this class is the next step for those coming out of Divorce Recovery. In this class are also married couples . . . WHY???? IS WHAT I AM WONDERING????? They could not possibly understand what a divorce person has gone through and it was BLATANTLY obvious last night! In the class we have a young married couple and these two think they have marriage by the tail! They need to take a page out of our book! None of us thought we'd be sitting there divorced and a lot of us married Christians and HELLO, it takes 2, 1+0 does not equal 2 and actually to have a marriage it takes 3, 1+1+ GOD to make it work! It was even worse last night with these two, going on about John the beloved disciple and how he was more loved by Jesus than the rest of the disciples or even the world that He died for. Yet He built the church on Peter . . so what does that say? It goes back to each of us having gifts that He gives us to use for His kingdom! John the beloved disciple was who He trusted to care for His mother after He died, that didn't mean He loved him more than anyone else!
I know I'm rambling. I am just utterly frustrated! I think this class is very good, I just don't think it is appropriate for married couples to mix with divorced couples, esp. young marrieds because they clearly do not understand divorce and all the emotions and dynamics that go into it. This couple in particular are just not teachable so it makes no sense for them to be there in the first place.
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