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Brothers Path by Martha KennedyBrothers Path by Martha Kennedy

In 1524 to 1531 times were tough in a small village near Zürich, in Switzerland.  It was the time of the Protestant Reformation.  Much like the bloody Spanish inquisition and the Christian crusades, it was a struggle for religious freedom.

‘The Brothers Path’ tells the struggles of the Schneebeli family.  The book begins with the birth and death of Rudolf and his mother.  The six brothers are left to navigate the tumultuous times.  We witness each brother’s journey to work and raise their families or take other paths, while also trying to stay alive.  Some embrace the Protestant religion, one becomes a priest, staying in the Catholic religion but none come out unaffected by the Reformation!

I didn’t know about this other religious struggle in history.  I love to read and learn about different places, periods and struggles in history so this book was a great read for me.  Some of this book is hard to read, it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion however, the characters are well drawn out and you can’t help needing to follow them to their fates.  At times I felt like I was their struggling along side. A very memorable novel that will stay with me. Recommended for historical fiction lovers.

I received the ebook for my honest opinion.


About Martha KennedyBrothers Path by Martha Kennedy

Award winning author, Martha Kennedy has published three works of historical fiction. Her first novel, Martin of Gfenn, which tells the story of a young fresco painter living in 13th century Zürich, was awarded the Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Review and the BRAG Medallion from IndieBRAG in 2015.

Her second novel, Savior, also an BRAG Medallion Honoree (2016), tells the story of a young man in the 13th century who fights depression by going on Crusade. Her newest novel, The Brothers Path, a loose sequel to Savior, looks at the same family three hundred years later as they find their way through the Protestant Reformation.

Kennedy has also published many short-stories and articles in a variety of publications from the Denver Post to the Business Communications Quarterly.

Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in American Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder and her graduate degree in American Literature from the University of Denver. She has taught college and university writing at all levels, business communication, literature and English as a Second Language.

For many years she lived in the San Diego area, most recently in Descanso, a small town in the Cuyamaca Mountains. She has recently returned to Colorado to live in Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley.

Website http://marthakennedy.co
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witter: https://twitter.com/MarthaKennedy6

To learn more about Kennedy’s award-winning novels, Martin of Gfenn and Savior,check out her Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/martha_ann_kennedy

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann KrentzSecret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Thanks to Erin D. Galloway of Berkley, I am giving away one paperback copy of Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz.  This book was published last year in hardcover and today it is coming out in paperback.

Description of Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now, it might take them to their graves. 
Nearly two decades after her childhood—and her friendship with Daphne—were destroyed in one traumatic night, a dying man’s last words convey a warning to Madeline: the secrets she believed buried forever have been discovered.
Unable to trust anyone else, Madeline reaches out to Daphne and to the only man she can count on to help: Jack Rayner, a security expert with a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. Along with his high-tech genius of a brother, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….

Praise for Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

“A suspenseful, romantic escape.”—People

“Krentz’s focus always is on the relationship between her central characters: Complex, strong-willed and vulnerable, they’re at the heart of what might be her best work yet.”—The Seattle Times

“Fans of bestselling Krentz’s books once again hit the literary jackpot with Secret Sisters as the doyenne of sophisticated romantic suspense serves up another irresistible combination of sharply etched characters, suspenseful plotting, smoldering sexual chemistry, and wonderfully written dialogue that snaps, crackles, and pops with the author’s distinctive wit.”—Booklist (starred review)

About Jayne Ann KrentzSecret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers and has sold 40 million novels.  She has written romantic thrillers under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. Learn more at jayneannkrentz.com and connect with her on facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz.

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Big Flies by Keith Hirshland: Review

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on November 28, 2016
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Big Flies by Keith HirshlandBig Flies by Keith Hirshland

In Sierra Nevada, Leland’s father, Chester Daniel David, highly celebrated travel writer dies. Leland becomes heir to the estate.  It is there that Leland comes across disturbing evidence that all the travel stories his father told were not authentic.  Worse, Leland is compelled to solve the mystery of what Chester had really been up to and at the same time, try to solve several related unsolved mysteries.

Some of the unsolved mysteries used in the story are real mysteries that are still unsolved today like the D. B. Cooper plane skyjacking and ransom demand in the Pacific Northwest and the inexplicable vanishing of $1 million from the Chicago First National Bank.

Big Flies is an entertaining search for the truth.  Keith Hirshland uses lots of humor and a well drawn out and colorful cast of characters.  With an intriguing plot and beautiful landscape, Hirshland weaves his tale seamlessly. I don’t read a lot of mysteries but I am so glad I read ‘Big Flies’!  I loved how Hirshland tied in real events to give it a more realistic feel.  I truly didn’t want it to end!  Highly recommended!

I received the ebook for my honest opinion.


About Keith HirshlandBig Flies by Keith Hirshland

Keith Hirshland is a sports television producer with more than three decades of experience and an Emmy award under his belt. He produced shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Hirshland later was among the first forty people hired by The Golf Channel in 1994. He was in the middle of the action when it premiered in 1995 and provided his talents for the all golf network for close to two decades.

Big Flies is Hirshland’s second book and first novel. He is the author of Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat), a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. Hirshland lives in New Jersey with his wife and Bernese Mountain Dog.

Website: http://www.keithhirshland.com
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