Review In the Closet of the Vatican Frederic Martel
Book reviews , Essays / July 9, 2019

It is regarded as the most controversial book about the heart of the Catholic Church, namely the Vatican. I am discussing about In the Closet of the Vatican, the book written by French journalist Frederic Martel and this is my review about this controversial essay. First of all, you must know that the disclosure of the work has been authorized by Pope Francis. This is, at least, the first shocking revelation made by the author in the pages of his literary text. As a matter of fact, In the Closet of the Vatican is a collection of the interviews made by the journalist during a long tour between Italy and the South of America. These interviews represent an excellent journalistic inquiry about the untold and unmentionable secrets of the Vatican Church. Yes, because the Vatican is a church, the Catholic Church. However, according to the book, the Vatican is a world aside, with its lies, secrets and dirty deals, as suggested by the complete title, namely, In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. The work is shocking and shaking, in my view, because reveals the impressive and the unthinkable degree of corruption of the Catholic clergy! Just think…

Review of The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
Book reviews , Fiction / June 25, 2019

The Painted Bridge is the debut novel by Wendy Wallace, a British freelance journalist and a writer.  In this review, I just discussed about this book.  When I read the novel, I cried and not because it was a bad fiction book,  but because it was a poignant masterpiece. Set in the age of Queen Victoria, this historical novel depicts the female condition in London during the XIX century. That is the same condition described by Virginia Wolf in her essay titled A Room of One’s Own, only that here, in the tale by Wendy Wallace titled The Painted Bridge, the female condition has been turned into an outstanding and touching novel. I remained really struck by this story. The book tells about a woman, Anna, who is a free woman, she in not accustomed to ask for the permission before venturing into a new undertaking, such as the one to rescue a group of sailors from a shipwreck. To save them, she leaves her husband, Vincent, alone, for a few days. But when she returns, she finds a cruel and unexpected surprise: Vincent ordered that Anna is locked in a mental hospital for frail women. As of that day,…

Second Marriage: An Insider’s Guide to Hope, Healing & Love by Sharilee Swaity
Book description / June 3, 2019

Description Marriage the Second Time Around is More Complicated! Were you or your spouse married before? Do the complications sometimes feel overwhelming? Do you even secretly wonder if you might have made a mistake? You are not alone! In fact, almost one out of every three people who gets married today has been married sometime before. And we all face the same struggles: stepfamily complications, healing from the past, and not wanting to repeat our mistakes. No matter how long you have been together — whether just engaged or celebrating seven years of marriage, it’s never too late to gain a new vision of your marriage, the way it was meant to be. This book will help you: — Stop the “blame game” — Forgive your “ex”​ — Get better at conflict — Work through personality differences — Bond as a stepfamily Readers have called it “helpful,” and “encouraging.” EXCERPT About This Book My husband, Vern and I, have been married for nine years now. For the first four years, we weren’t sure if we would survive as a couple but through prayer, counselling and hard work, we can now say that we are “happily married.” To make it work,…

Rings of Polaris By Paul Alan
Book description / May 2, 2019

Rooted in science fiction, the narrative is deeply invested in the emotional side of its main players. ‘Rings of Polaris’ fuses science fiction, dystopian, and action – in an adventure giving Arthur C. Clarke a run for his money. Readers are invited to strap in with  Rebel Lexis on a mission across the vast wasteland that was once Earth to the surface of Mars. While nobody will deny science fiction’s timeless popularity, both readers and critics are currently crying out for wholly-unique new narratives that don’t succumb to recycling of the “same old” concepts. Thankfully, Paul Alan has stepped up to the plate with gusto, serving up a compelling new series. About Author: Through unexpected characters and vivid prose, Paul Alan explores the varied landscape of science fiction. Alan’s interest in science often informs his writing. His first three action packed books, Rebel Lexis, Giants of Mars, and Star Child are deeply rooted in Science Fiction’s timeless popularity. He lives in Chicago, Illinois where he plots his next story arc. Excerpt “Rings of Polaris is strictly a work of fiction and any characters within this book resembling any real persons is purely coincidental. Digging deep in a Martian Desert men…

Review The Scopas Factor Vincent Panettiere
Book reviews , Fiction / March 13, 2019

What happens when Capitalism is closely intertwined with Art? And what happens when Art is linked to  people murdered or kidnapped? That is the literary framework of  a stunning mystery written by Vincent Panettiere and titled The Scopas Factor.  The novel I reviewed is not only a mystery, but a modern spy story, where  I saw many underlying messages.  From the first to the last page.   The Scopas Factor is the story of an American detective, Mike Hegan,  with a painful burden: all of the people he loved have been murdered, tragically.  His new girlfriend,  Diana, offers him a new job opportunity, but this new vicissitude opens the way to another vortex of compelling twists, such as a trip to a small town in California, where a girl is kidnapped and two men are murdered. Why? This is the second, rather, the third question arising from the novel.  The kidnapped girl is, in turn, the daughter of a woman who  survived  a massacre in a village in Laos, in 1990.  At that time,  the people of the village were murdered by mercenaries involved in American deals.   After the massacre, the survivors relocated to a refugee camp in Thailandia,…

Review of Sculpting Revenge by Mihir Jaiswal
Short review / February 27, 2019

This book made me come to my mind the unforgettable movie titled Ghost,  with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Do you remember? He has been murdered by a hitman and appears  to her while she is working with a pot of clay. In  the novel, the hitman is a cop who kills a black guy, Dave. The girlfriend who  talks  with the ghost is Arianna, an Italian sculptor.  Set between Italy and the US, the Scuplting Revenge is a well written novel about the always burning  topic of racism  and the murders of black people in the US by white cops.  I loved the tender writing style of this author. I felt his sweet personal story in the book, the one of a guy born from Indian and German parents. They have died and left this guy on the streets of Philadelphia.  He met Arianna on the Eve of the New Year. She called him “ Black Sugar” , but  he teases  her,  saying that these are racist words, but he talks with the smile on the lips. Until to the day of the murder, accomplished by a cop.  A planned death?   Arianna thinks about her revenge carving the sculpture…

Review The Broken Girls Simone St. James
Book reviews , Fiction / February 22, 2019

The Broken Girls is the title a mystery novel written by Simone St. James. In my review, I discussed about the success of this book and about its underlying messages. Yes, hidden messages addressed to readers who loved and will love this story (like me). Released in March of the past year, The Broken Girls has been regarded as the most addictive mystery novel of 2018. I also think it is a great and very interesting story under many standpoints. I explained all this in my review. The plot tells about a freelance journalist, Fiona Sheridan, who is obsessed by the murder of her loved sister happened twenty years ago. For the crime, the Court convicted the boyfriend, but the journalist has the suspect that the truth about this murder has not been discovered, yet. The story is set in Vermont, in 2014, but retraces the mysterious events occurred in a boarding school in 1950. Indeed, the main character of this novel is looking for information to write a story about a boarding school that seems to be haunted by the ghost of a girl murdered along with her baby. She was Mary Hand and the school is the fearsome…

Review of the Certain Hope by E.C. Jackson
Short review / February 6, 2019

This is the first romance novel that gave  me the goosebumps.  The plot is about the  love story of two thirty  year guys who decided to marry after only two weeks of dating.  The main characters of this much chatted wedding are Tara and Luke.  Both of them lost their parents tragically. Tara’s parents catch a disease during the first travel of their life.  Indeed,  returned  home,  they get sick and die in a very short time.  The parents of Luke, instead,  died  in a truck accident.    The future spouses are two lonely people, with a problem : Luke is a bossy companion, but Tara pretends to accept the dark side of her new love.   I greatly appreciated this reading and the way of the author to face the topic of loss and the consequences of this wedding. A hasty wedding made to fill the gap left by a tragic death. The tone of voice of the author  is heartfelt and seasoned with  religious sentences.  Thoughts about faith and God surround the various chapters and make them  really poignant.  I remained more and more involved by the novel, chapter after chapter,  and  consider it as the best novel to…

The Certain Hope, a novel by E.C. Jackson
Book description / January 21, 2019

Book description Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins. EXCERPT Acknowledgments My fourth book, book three of the hope-themed series, is behind me. Another labor of love is completed. I enjoy writing inspirational books that inspire me and encourage the people who read them. I thank my family and friends for their prayers and support, as well as my editors, book formatter and book cover designer. Without the team God…