HEART OF THE BLACKHAWKS

HEART OF THE BLACKHAWKS              GREGOIRE, DUPUIS, PILOTE
Posted: Sept. 25, 2013


18444658 NHL legend Pierre Pilote brings readers rinkside in this compelling biography from the defensive great himself. The longtime Chicago Blackhawks captain of the 1960s tells his story in this no-holds-barred tale that mimics his famously rough-and-tumble playing style. From his upbringing in northern Quebec in which he played in a Monday night beer league, to captain of the Blackhawks, his captivating story of success has it all. Any sports fan will enjoy the stories of Pilote teaming up with the likes of Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Glenn Hall, Moose Vasko, Tommy Ivan, Rudy Pilous, and Billy Reay. This is truly an unforgettable story told by an unforgettable star.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:


A story of a true hockey legend that I knew nothing about but was amazed by his story and by his play. This story begins from when his parents got together and then goes through his childhood. Where he actually played baseball first then got into hockey later. That to me was strange since he grew up in Canada, I just figured it would be the other way around. He then moves on to Jr. Leagues and up through minor leagues getting some breaks along the way. That happens though and for him it worked out. Once he got an offer to go to the Blackhawks camp he did everything he could to make the team. From there he turns into one of the best defensemen

FRANCIS OF ASSISI: A NEW BIOGRAPHY

FRANCIS OF ASSISI                                    AUGUSTINE THOMPSON
Posted: Sept. 25, 2013


13252139 Among the most beloved saints in the Catholic tradition, Francis of Assisi (c. 1181 1226) is popularly remembered for his dedication to poverty, his love of animals and nature, and his desire to follow perfectly the teachings and example of Christ. During his lifetime and after his death, followers collected, for their own purposes, numerous stories, anecdotes, and reports about Francis. As a result, the man himself and his own concerns became lost in legend.

In this authoritative and engaging new biography, Augustine Thompson, O.P., sifts through the surviving evidence for the life of Francis using modern historical methods. The result is a complex yet sympathetic portrait of the man and the saint. Francis emerges from this account as very much a typical thirteenth-century Italian layman, but one who, when faced with unexpected crises in his personal life, made decisions so radical that they challenge his own society and ours. Unlike the saint of legend, this Francis never had a unique divine inspiration to provide him with rules for following the teachings of Jesus. Rather, he spent his life reacting to unexpected challenges, before which he often found himself unprepared and uncertain. The Francis who emerges here is both more complex and more conflicted than that of older biographies. His famed devotion to poverty is found to be more nuanced than expected, perhaps not even his principal spiritual concern. Thompson revisits events small and large in Francis's life, including his troubled relations with his father, his contacts with Clare of Assisi, his encounter with the Muslim sultan, and his receiving the Stigmata, to uncover the man behind the legends and popular images.

A tour de force of historical research and biographical writing, Francis of Assisi: A New Biography is divided into two complementary parts a stand alone biographical narrative and a close, annotated examination of the historical sources about Francis. Taken together, the narrative and the survey of the sources provide a much-needed fresh perspective on this iconic figure. "As I have worked on this biography," Thompson writes, "my respect for Francis and his vision has increased, and I hope that this book will speak to modern people, believers and unbelievers alike, and that the Francis I have come to know will have something to say to them today."


HUBBY'S REVIEW:


I have read other books about ST. FRANCIS, but this book made him more as a person and some one that was easier to relate to. There are parts of the story that are the same as in other books but this one goes into a little more detail. As to why he was depressed and what lead up to it. A lot of research went into this book and for me it was welcomed. Not the same story just retold. You find out that he had a time where he was parting and drinking coming home late. That it was not just being in prison for a year after a battle that he fought in but the sheer horror of that battle and being left on the field after wards with just a few friends left really had an effect on him. It was like he had P.T.S.D. When he finally did get home he did not anything to do with his former life and looked for a new life. That is when his service. Actually his study of the Gospels and of John mostly. Where he speaks Christ dying on the cross is the most important part and to live in reverence of the cross. When he began going to church he started noticing how many crucifixes needed repairing and the churches as well. He began fixing and cleaning. People started hearing about him and wanted to follow him. He told them they must give up all things, some did some did not. One thing that got me was how he got after priests about washing the linens for the altar, cleaning the chalices, wearing the proper vestments and keeping the Eucharist locked up. He also felt that priest should kneel as well as lay people. A lot of these were put into action by Pope Herodias III, this was well after St. Francis letter. Could not be proved if he read the letter or not but he is the one who granted his mission. The rest of the book was the same information. I really enjoyed this book it was a good book. I got it off of Net Galley.

THE LINCOLN DECEPTION

THE LINCOLN DECEPTION                     DAVID O. STEWART
Posted: Sept. 25, 2013

16073017 A deathbed confession and a long hidden conspiracy are at the heart of a riveting historical mystery centered on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

In March 1900, as former Congressman John Bingham of Ohio lies dying, he begins to tell a strange tale to his physician, Dr. Jamie Fraser. Bingham famously prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, conspirator Mary Surratt divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic.

Though Bingham takes the secret to his grave, Fraser cannot let go of the mystery. Bored with smalltown medical practice, he begins to investigate, securing an unlikely ally in Speed Cook, a black, college-educated professional ballplayer and would-be newspaper publisher. Cook is fascinated by Fraser's inquiry and, like Fraser, thinks the accepted version of Lincoln's assassination rings false. Was Booth truly the mastermind or were other, more powerful forces pulling the strings?

From Maryland to New York City, from Indiana to Washington, Fraser and Cook track down key figures and witnesses, including Mary Surratt's neurotic daughter Anna; Booth's nephew, actor Creston Clarke; and Clarke's attractive business manager, Mrs. Eliza Scott. Piece by piece the truth emerges, separating fact from rumor, innocent from guilty, and revealing a story of greed, ambition, courage, and tragedy.

Blending real and fictional characters, The Lincoln Deception is a superbly researched, brilliantly plotted and thoroughly gripping mystery that explores one of the nation's darkest and most fascinating eras and the conspiracy that changed world history.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:

I liked this story but there were moments that I could not keep with it and had to come back to it. I did really like the two main characters. I really liked the one nick name "Speed". I could get with his character a little more than the other one. The point of the book on whether Booth acted or came up with the plot by himself we will never know. But some of the points that were brought out were interesting. I wish I could have gotten into the story a little more but for me it just did not do it all the way through. I got this book from Net Galley.

ONE MORE DAY (REVIEW BY MY HUBBY)

ONE MORE DAY                                          M. MALONE
Posted: Sept. 25, 2013

15838111"You're with the right person when no matter how bad things get, you'd still rather be with them than anywhere else..."

RIDLEY WELLS HAS NO idea what to do with her life now that she's graduated from college. But when a friend is murdered and her apartment is trashed, she runs to the only person she trusts, her twin sister. No one will think to look for her in the rinky dink Virginia town of New Haven.

Of course, her luck lands her passed out in the grass in front of resident badboy, music producer Jackson Alexander. Strike 1!

Then she realizes Raina's out of the country and she has nowhere else to go. Strike 2!

So when the handsome producer with the platinum smile mistakes her for her sister, she gets an idea.

Where better to hide than in plain sight?


WARNING: This book contains cloak and dagger intrigue, family drama, brothers fighting, supermodels with attitude and hot sex between people who can't keep their hands off each other. Just saying...



HUBBY'S REVIEW:

One More Day can I say unbelievably sexually charged young couple who get thrown together during a time in their lives where most would call it fate has brought them together.
When, Ridley Wells who is, Raina Winters the famous models sister, comes into some trouble over the simple thing of just trying to find their other parent the twin’s never met.  She was just a normal average college graduate working part time blending in. Nothing like her sister who was always out there in the public eye. In fact her sister changed her name to help protect her from the public eye that Raina’s life would bring her. But when the investigator is murdered and her place trashed she runs to the one person she knows can help her. Her sister.
Living off the grid to get there taking trains and buses and living on plastic wrapped foods out of machines gets to her. Not to mention the New Haven, Virginia humidity. She ends up passed out on the grass in front of a fish pond and found boy two adorable boys of a music producer Jackson Alexander his friend Matt and Jackson’s brother Nick. Ridley comes to and realizes that she has a problem to deal with. Yet, she knows Raina is out of town and she can now just be her for once, right? She has nowhere else to go she needs help and somewhere to hide.
When Jackson our handsome producer with the million dollar smile that can talk her panties right off mistakes her for her sister, she takes the idea and runs with it. What’s a girl to do, what better way than to hide in plain sight. Now if she can only get ahold of her sister and find out why she changed the security code number and let her know she is acting as her and what has happen and she needs her.
As you know by now I love this series. This Author just grabs you with her Characters and her way with words and her style of writing. She has this sense of family and love that is so nice but there is a huge thing of for the couple and their loving. Ridley and Jackson wow they can burn it up. Know this is romance erotica. Which means to me a true love story that has erotica in it. I cannot wait to read Matt, Nick, & Trent's story and I hope there is a Ben’s story we don’t know that much about him.
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She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com






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THE WAGER

Lose a bet, lose your heart...

What is it about a junior-high crush that can send an otherwise intelligent woman into a tailspin? TV reporter Char Lynn wishes she knew. Jake Titus is too rich, too handsome, and too arrogant: a trifecta that once lured Char into the best night-and worst morning-after-of her life. Now they've been thrown together in a wedding party. It's awkward, but survivable . . . until Jake stops acting like a jerk, and starts acting like the man she'd always hoped he could be.

If watching your brother marry your best friend is weird, being attracted to your best friend's other best friend is downright bizarre. Unfortunately for Jake, Char hasn't forgotten how he once tossed her aside. Worse still, Jake's already-nutty grandma is even crazier about Char. Cue meet-cute shenanigans and all manner of meddling, and somehow, Jake's falling. For Char. Now all he has to do is make her believe it . . .



 

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