Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory is the amazing story of a blind man, Michael, and his guide dog, Roselle, making their way down 78 flights to escape one of the twin towers in New York City on September 11 2001.

Michael Hingson had a pretty normal life as a child, he rode his bike and played with other kids and went to school as well. The only difference is Michael is Blind, and has a service dog named Roselle. He works in the World Trade Center as a regional sales manager on the 78th floor. He went to work like any other day although for what was about to happen on September 11th 2001,it would change his life forever as well as the lives of so many people. Hearing the sounds as the first plane hit the building not really knowing what had happened, only knowing that they had to evacuate the building and could only use the stairs. So they journey begins as each step gets them closer to the exit of the building. The find out as the are going down what is really taking place around them.

This was an amazing book and am so glad I got to read it and as we approach the 10 year anniversary of that tragic day, it was an inspiration that there is still hope and triumph on a day that so many felt loss and hurt and sadness. I would recommend this book to everyone. And am thankful that I was able to read it and review it through Booksneeze.

I give this book 5 stars and Highly recommend it!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bitter Harvest review

Bitter Harvest is the fifth book in Sheila Connolly’s Orchard Mystery Series. And while I loved this series, I was however expecting a murder to investigate and it just wasn’t there. It was about relationships and solving the mystery of a sampler they found about a family that once was.

December has come and so does the end of the first Harvest season for Meg and Bree. Meg wants to rest and relax and consider what her options are for the next year will be. Will she continue on or not, Meg has to decide if she wants to pursue a relationship with Seth as well. She gets a lot of thinking time when she and Seth are stranded at Meg’s house due to the worst storm that has hit Granford yet.

While stranded in the house Meg and Seth decide to do some cleaning to stay warm. Since the furnace died and the storm has hit temperatures were dropping fast. Upon cleaning Meg finds a Sampler in the back of a closet that is the life tragedies of a family from the 1700’s. This Sampler has peeked her interest and apparently the interest of another person as well, as strange things start to happen around Megs House. Is someone out to get her? Does she have an enemy or is it just her imagination? Seth and Bree decide it is time to set a trap and find out who is doing these things to Meg, this after Meg gets locked in her barn over night.

I really enjoyed this book and learning more about the characters I love. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.