Reviewing Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! A White Male’s POV

This is my honest review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! which I have been requested to read. Ejourney explores themes of living in two cultures. The multicultural experience is usually not treated by novelists. In her series of three novels, Between Two Worlds, EJ shows off her style of literary romance, not of the more typical romances where lovely damsels tingle and swoon continuously for broad … Continue reading Reviewing Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! A White Male’s POV

Welcome Reluctant Stranger: 5 stars—Self-Publishing Review

Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! (Between Two Worlds Book 3), by E. Journey, is a touching story about a woman who must confront her family’s past. Leilani Torres, a psychologist, helps people heal. But can she heal herself? When she was only nine, Leilani, her mother, and two siblings flee their Pacific country, Costa Mora. Her father was supposed to follow them to the United States, but … Continue reading Welcome Reluctant Stranger: 5 stars—Self-Publishing Review

Sweet Words for Welcome, Reluctant Stranger!

Come times when you need to toot your own horn. Why not? Sometimes no one else can do it better. Like when you’re getting all these good reviews (for Welcome Reluctant Stranger) and you feel you must share all that heady stuff. The best part is these comments come from readers like you and me. Oh, professional reviewers have their place, but to touch anyone … Continue reading Sweet Words for Welcome, Reluctant Stranger!

How To Get To Know “the Other”: Part 2. Listen to their story

How many ways can you get to know a culture different from that in which you grew up? One delectable way described in Part 1 is through cuisines, which I’ve amplified in another post. Marlena DeBlasi takes a different tack in her memoir, That Summer in Sicily. While she does sumptuously describe sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures in earlier chapters, she seduces you into experiencing … Continue reading How To Get To Know “the Other”: Part 2. Listen to their story

Nancy Singleton-Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food

Who expects to be entertained reading a cookbook? Hungry, perhaps and eager to try out recipes from it. But, in fact, some cookbooks do more than give you recipes and possibly some background story behind them, so they’re not only informative, they’re entertaining. One such book is Japanese Farm Food. I know little about Japanese farms and indigenous Japanese culture except for what I’ve seen … Continue reading Nancy Singleton-Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food

Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See is a modern day existentialist novel. A book in the tradition of Dostoevsky, although that may not be obvious right away. The title alludes in different ways to the juvenile main protagonists of the novel, Marie Laure and Werner. For Marie Laure, the allusion is more literal. She is blind, from a congenital vision disorder. Nurtured by a loving … Continue reading Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See

Goodbooks Today Review: Welcome, Reluctant Stranger

************ Welcome, Reluctant Stranger” spans across many genres, though it does so impressively, without losing the sense of the plot and characters. GoodbooksToday.com Reviews E. Journey enwraps the audience in passionate dialog and riveting descriptions throughout Welcome, Reluctant Stranger. Readers of action, adventure, crime novels, political dramas, and certainly fans of love stories  will want to pick up this book. Given the nature of the … Continue reading Goodbooks Today Review: Welcome, Reluctant Stranger

Fiction Based on Some Fact: Cædmon the Lord’s Poet

How far must writers go to infuse their fiction with that invaluable ring of authenticity? A fiction writer gives meat to her story and makes it credible by describing events, settings, practices of the time and place, and—of course—speech use and patterns. I intend to write about this topic for my author site, but here I present my review of a historical novel for which … Continue reading Fiction Based on Some Fact: Cædmon the Lord’s Poet

GoodbooksToday.com Review of Hello, Agnieszka !

************ Journey has woven a beautiful narrative filled with complex relationships and interactions between women – aunts, mothers, and daughters.” – GoodbooksToday.com Reviews Evy Journey has woven an intricate, heart-wrenching coming-of-age story about family and love with HELLO, AGNIESZKA! The sequel to HELLO, MY LOVE!, this novel continues the story of a family who is shaken by the eldest son’s suicide attempt. In order to … Continue reading GoodbooksToday.com Review of Hello, Agnieszka !

Meet Elizabeth Taylor, the British Writer

About three months ago, I got a copy of The Wedding Group by Elizabeth Taylor. No, not that Elizabeth Taylor. The other Elizabeth Taylor. These are a couple of published reactions when articles are written about that other Elizabeth, a British writer in the mid-1900s. Unfortunately, that shared name may be one big reason so many people have not heard of her. I, for instance, … Continue reading Meet Elizabeth Taylor, the British Writer

Hello, Agnieszka! A Five-Star Readers’ Favorite

Views from Three Readers: After her son tried to commit suicide, Agnieszka was left with no choice but to reveal a well-kept secret to her kids in order to help them understand their brother’s actions. Starting from when she was eight, she told her family her life story, with the hope that this would make them understand her journey and the choices she made along … Continue reading Hello, Agnieszka! A Five-Star Readers’ Favorite

Butting Heads With A Different Writing Style

I picked up this book mostly for the way it’s written, with vivid language and a jaunty almost staccato cadence that could leave you breathless just skimming through it. This writer has a way with words. And as I read, I thought—this must be the new way of writing. The way I write would be stodgy compared to it because I’m of the old school. … Continue reading Butting Heads With A Different Writing Style

“Energetic, specific use of language”

What makes for greatness in a book of fiction? Maybe this is a question impossible to answer for currently published books because only time can tell. Still, I did read a book some time ago that I thought was the greatest I have read in a very long while (counting some classics). I will bet on its being among the rare few that can stand … Continue reading “Energetic, specific use of language”

Book Reviews for Hello, My Love! on Book Blog Tour

The best thing, so far, about the Virtual Book Blog Tour for Hello, My Love is getting book reviews. I find the feedback quite useful.  I’m changing the cover and have made a bit of revision  in one chapter based on these reviews.   I had earlier relied on subtext to indicate motivation but subtext probably works only on careful reading, and reading for entertainment … Continue reading Book Reviews for Hello, My Love! on Book Blog Tour

Praise for Hello, My Love! from Goodbooks Today.com

************ “The unexpected surprises and emotional encounters of this novel keeps the reader enthralled until the very last page.”—GoodbooksToday.com Reviews There are few stories that capture the raw emotions of a true and powerful love. The desire and yearning to be with that special person your heart has chosen can be all-consuming and unrelenting. “Hello, My Love!” portrays just that. You can just feel the … Continue reading Praise for Hello, My Love! from Goodbooks Today.com

Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Shadow of the Wind

Shadow of the Wind. I’ve puzzled over this title. Technically, a wind would not have a shadow. Or, maybe, it does; but we need a sixth sense to see it. If so, this title is the best anyone could give this novel, although I must confess, I did not feel that way until I got almost towards the end of the book, 358 pages later, … Continue reading Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Shadow of the Wind

Steve Costello—Harnessing the Power of the Internet

Most of us have had access to the internet less than 20 years. Our engagement with it varies, of course. You can allow it to inundate your life and risk internet addiction (Yes, there are those who now consider this a disease). You can be comfortable with it—as most young people below 30 are—and use it only as much as you need to. Or, you … Continue reading Steve Costello—Harnessing the Power of the Internet

Apocalypse Now Redux, a masterpiece

Why is a review of Apocalypse Now in this book site? Simple explanation: The protagonists of my new novel, Hello, My Love! talk about this film. I saw Francis Ford Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now Redux recently. I have never been quite as affected by a film as I have been with this one and I am not especially fond of military/war movies.   All those fireworks … Continue reading Apocalypse Now Redux, a masterpiece

The Portrait of a Lady: Part 2. Henry James’ Case Study of Isabel Archer

When we first meet Isabel, she is in the prime of her youth—beautiful, irresistible to men (every male character seems to eventually fall in love with her), intelligent, poised, vibrant, hungry for life, and marching to her own drums. She has all the potential to be an exceptional woman. To remove the obstacles of poverty that can hinder realizing that potential, her admiring dying cousin, … Continue reading The Portrait of a Lady: Part 2. Henry James’ Case Study of Isabel Archer