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Michal

Michal

Who said true love did not come with a great price. Michal, the daughter of King Saul who falls for young David the handsome green eyed harpist who plays to sooth her father’s unpredictable moods. But, soon after their romance starts David has to flee for his life leaving Michal as a prisoner in her home and her father’s palace longing for the day David will return to rescue her. 

Review by Simone Da Costa

Abigail

Abigail

Abigail was forced to marry a man she did not love. Though her husband was easy on the eye, rich and prosperous he was a swine, crude mean and physically abusive. Being the submissive and  devoted wife she was raised to be Abigail hides the shame, hurt and embarrassment she often felt by the wrath of her husband Nabal and prays daily for God to rescue her from his cruel hands.

After the hand of God strikes Nabal dead because of his vicious ways Abigail begins to believe in true love again when she meets and quickly marries King David. Abigail’s new life was very simple, enjoyable and full of love until she realizes that her beloved husband, King David goes against God and marries other women from different tribes. Abigail becomes jealous and refuses to share David’s love and time with his other wives. She starts to regret marrying David and doubts his love for her and often thinks of returning home with her children to live with her father and sister-in-law, a much happier and uncomplicated life.

Review by Simone Da Costa

My Name is Blessing

Title: My Name is Blessing
Author: Eric Walters
ISBN-13: 9781770493018
Publisher: Tundra
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Age range: 6 - 9 Years
 
 
Based on the life of a real boy, this warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Baraka, a young Kenyan boy with a physical disability. Baraka and eight cousins live with their grandmother. She gives them boundless love, but there is never enough money or food, and life is hard —love doesn't feed hungry stomachs or clothe growing bodies, or school keen minds. Baraka is too young, and, with his disability, needs too much, and she is too old. A difficult choice must be made, and grandmother and grandchild set off on a journey to see if there is a place at the orphanage for Baraka. The story begins by looking at Baraka's physical disability as a misfortune, but ends by looking beyond the disability, to his great heart and spirit, and the blessings he brings.
 
-Book description: Barnes & Noble
 

Heaven is for Real

It was the true story which touched the hearts of millions and became an international publishing phenomenon with eight million books in print. Four year-old Colton Burpo claimed to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, recounting details with childlike innocence and speaking matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth...things he couldn''t possibly know.Told by his father but often in Colton''s own words, the disarmingly simple message is that heaven is a real place.Now a major motion picture slated for May release in Australia, this film tie-in edition includes bonus material, including details of the movie making experience and recent photos from the life of the family and the filming.The notion of heaven has intrigued since the beginning of time, and Colton''s amazing story will at once charm, astound, challenge beliefs and, ultimately, offer hope.

Description taken from Chapters-Indigo

 

The Courage to Go Forward

Author, social justice and labour activist, Bernadette Hood-Caesar stood up for her rights and for the rights of others. Her courageous journey is documented in her book entitled,
‘The Courage to Go Forward.’

The Courage to Go Forward chronicles Bernadette Hood-Caesar’s journey when she grabbed local headlines in 1987 and chose to make a stand in a class-action lawsuit against the State of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Through an Act of Parliament, public servants herself included, were deprived of their cost of living allowances and increments established via the democratic process through collective bargaining. She was a front line worker, providing an essential service and rallied on behalf of 65,000 staff employed in the public service.

Living in Trinidad, in the mid eighties, Bernadette had to assume two mortgages and she had three
young children. It did not appear that the union members had a chance for fair wages in Trinidad and
Tobago until she stepped in.

The stand that Bernadette initiated eventually led to a change in the Trinidad and Tobago
Government.  It was a lengthy fight and her strength, tenacity and courage will always be remembered.

-Bernadette Hood-Caesar

Meridon (The Wideacre Trilogy #3)

Meridon (The Wideacre Trilogy #3)
by Philippa Gregory

From the #1 New York   Times bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl comes the final book of the extraordinary Wideacre trilogy as the heir to the great estate comes home at last.

Meridon knows she does not belong in the dirty, vagabond life of a gypsy bareback rider. The half-remembered vision of another life burns in her heart, even as her beloved sister, Dandy, risks everything for their future. Alone, Meridon follows the urgings of her dream, riding in the moonlight past the rusted gates, up the winding drive to a house clutching the golden clasp of the necklace that was her birthright;home at last to Wideacre. The lost heir of one of England is great estates would take her place as its mistress...

Meridon is a rich, impassioned tapestry of a young woman's journey from dreams to glittering drawing rooms and elaborate deceits, from a simple hope to a deep and fulfilling love. Set in the savage contrasts of Georgian England,a time alive with treachery, grandeur, and intrigue; Meridon is Philippa Gregory's masterwork.

Description taken from Goodreads

Before You Do

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Bishop T.D. Jakes expounds upon making the right decisions in life and provides us with the necessary steps to avoid regret.  

Before You Do topics include marriage, divorce, taking risks, choosing your inner circle and avoid settling for less in your personal and business life.

Review by Simone Da Costa

Bathsheba

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A rare beauty who longs to be touched and feel the love and passion from her husband like she use to. Before her husband went away to war she often felt as though her husband does not love her as he use to and many a nights she longs for him to hold and touch her. While her husband is away fighting the King’s wars for many month her loneliness eats away at her and she fall for King David’s charm, charisma and attention.

After a passionate night with King David Bathsheba deeply regrets her foolish actions that not only betrays her devoted and committed husband, but it also turns her world upside down and her life forever.

Review by Simone Da Costa

God Don't Like Ugly

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God Don’t like Ugly, Mary Monroe’s unforgettable second novel.  The story takes place in the south in 1950s a time that breathe the ugliness of racism. Annette Goode, the thirteen year old heroine of Monroe’s poignant book. Annette is an innocent, well mannered and overweight young girl who was secretly raped since the age of seven by Mr. Boatright, a boarder who rented a room in her mother’s home and whom Annette also calls her daddy due to being abandoned by her father.

For many years Annette kept silent and hides her pain by indulging in food. Until 1963, the year she meets the beautiful green eyed Rhoda Goode. After years of suffering and attacks from Mr. Boatright, Rhoda gives Annette the courage to end her abuse once and for all.

Review by Simone Da Costa

Flyy Girl

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Omar Tyree captures the voice of middle-class black teenagers in Urban America. The main character, Tracy Ellison, a young girl with knockout looks, sexy, curvy, boy crazy, spoiled and is at times conceited. As she comes of age she is often motivated by the material life of the Hip Hop era in the 1980s.

Tracy gets caught up in the fast life and soon finds herself trapped in a world of violence, drugs and sex. Having gone through a major ordeal living the fast life she starts to do some self-examination and comes to the conclusion that she needs to change her life for the better.

Review by Simone Da Costa

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

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Judy Blume, the sensational writer of popular children and young adult books. In her classic book, “Are you the God? It’s me Margaret,” Judy made it hard for me to forget her first written book and my first great read back in Junior high school. You see, the character Margaret is a reflection of many young adults going through puberty like I was and asked all the right questions as such. Because of that I smile every time I reminisce about, “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.

In Judy’s book, the main character, Margaret Simon, almost twelve moved from New York to the Suburbs. Although she is the child of a Christian mother and a Jewish father, Margaret grew up without a religious affiliation and was curious to know who is God.  In looking for direction in choosing a religion and searching for God Margaret develops a relationship with Him. In building a relationship with Him Margaret finds herself most comfortable talking with Him about how she feels and expresses her thoughts to Him about religion, school, cute boys and puberty, as she finds it very hard to adjust to the problems of becoming a teenager.

 This book is one of my all time favorites in that, Judy talks about the normal teenage issues with humor in her delivery. For example, when Margaret joins a secret girls club where they talk about cute boys, measuring their breast sizes, bra cup sizes and getting their periods.  Margaret’s character is very realistic and completely relatable to young female teens that may be confused about their body changes/womanhood and Judy makes no apologies for questioning those teenage worries.

At the time I read this book, I was also twelve, yeah, I know a very long time ago and it has still made an impression on me to this day. I found Judy’s book quite interesting as there were not many books during those years that had a character talking about puberty, boys and periods, so you could imagine how intrigued I was and I still am by miss Judy’s classic read.

Review by Simone Da Costa

In The Meantime

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In The Meantime is an excellent book for a brokenhearted man or woman. Self-help guru, Iyanla Vanzant uses housecleaning as her central analogy. She tells us how we can avoid the same romantic relationship mistakes by doing a mental housekeeping, cleaning the windows, closets, floor, doors and corners of our minds in order to overcome past pains and hurts, past memories and disappointments. Vanzant says we must clean out our heads and souls if we want to one day find true love and happiness.

Review by Simone Da Costa

The Murder of King Tut

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I was at the library one day browsing the shelves when my wondering eyes focused on a book called, The Murder of King Tut. I thought to myself, hmmmmm….. after all these years people are still writing books about King Tut and some what trying to piece together his mysterious death. However, I put aside my reservation and placed it on the shelf in replacement of, The Murder of King Tut. After all, I could not past up the opportunity of a potential good read and a good read it is.

In an attempt to garner their own conclusion of the boy king’s life and death, James Patterson and Martin Dugard took me back 3000 years to King Tut’s childhood, adolescent and early teenage years to his sudden death. As, I read the book with anticipation, eagerly turning each page, I found myself unable to put the book down, as I was so captivated by the story.

James with the help of Martin dug up historical facts: evidence, x-rays, forensic clues, many stories told about the boy King through out the ages and Howard Carter’s documented stories. Howard Carter, a 26 year old English Egyptologist who made it his life’s mission to uncover King Tut’s tomb back in 1923.

As, I read about the exotic Egyptian world filled with gold, power and prosperity. It was also filtrated with a lot of jealousy and envy within the palace walls. As I read on, I yearned to know more about ancient Egypt, especially King Tut’s past life. It was then that I came to discover that the Pharoah was challenged from the very first day of his reign by his most trusted advisors who often plotted to over throw the king’s inherited throne. Then suddenly the teenage King mysteriously dies. For years and centuries after King Tut’s death his name was removed from Egyptian history. To this very day Pharaoh’s murder remains an unsolved mystery and is the oldest mystery of all.

But, the story did not stop there for me. At the end, I realized that James and Martin planted a seed in my mind about another possible murderer, Ankhesenpaaten: King Tut’s half sister and wife. In the book, Ankhesenpaaten was upset with King Tut who was unfaithful for the good of Egypt, as Ankhesenpaaten was barren. To make a long story short, Ankhesenpaaten loved the king so much that when she found out he was unfaithful she could not fathom the idea of Tut being with anyone else but her. She felt betrayed by her true love and was very enraged and, therefore, may have killed the King. But, I could be wrong as there are so many possibilities about King Tut’s death through out the centuries that it goes without saying that the boy king’s death is indeed mysterious and controversial.

Review by Simone Da Costa