Reviews by pamhockey25
Heartbreaking and fascinating!
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As an adoptee from this era, this book was of high interest to me. The way society viewed and treated these women was unimaginable. I feel great compassion for these women who really were not given a choice at all. This book will give you a whole new perspective on what these women went through, what they were told, how their families treated them. Even if you are not part of an adoption triangle, I think the glimpse of society at this time is fascinating. If you were given up for adoption during these years, I it is a must-read. I applaud Ann Fessler for recording and transcribing these oral histories. She found a great cross-section of women who were willing to share these stories that need to be told. I couldn't put it down. Read it!
A Great Read!
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Dixie Hemingway is not your average pet sitter. She's a former deputy who withdrew from society after a major tragedy. The series is about her reconnecting to people, and each book follows her journey. The pet sitting aspect of the story is interesting, the situations she finds herself in keep you turning the pages. This installment finds Dixie caught up with a new friend who appears to be running from an abusive relationship, and caring for a service dog belonging to a child undergoing surgery for seizures. Blaize Clement has a way with words. I'm enjoying Dixie and the recurring characters who are being introduced. I can't wait to read the next one.
Loved It!
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This is the first of what is now a series of many books. The main character, Dixie Hamingway, is engaging, and she is dealing with the aftermath of a personal tragedy. She's a former sheriff's deputy who is slowly reentering society. The details of the tragedy are revealed as you read. The series follows her journey as she learns to come to terms with what happened. She can no longer deal with her former job and is content to spend her time out of the mainstream, taking care of cats and dogs. The book looks light and fun, but actually deals with a lot of deep topics. Even so, this book was a fun, fast read because I couldn't put it down. Dixie has a great supporting cast, who I assume we will also get to know as the series continues. She lives in South Florida in a small apartment, attached to a house occupied by her brother, a firefighter, and his partner, an undercover cop. This particlar mystery has Dixie finding a dead man in a client's home and she follows the clues with lots of unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend this book and will be reading more of the series myself!
Worth reading twice!
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This book has lots of great suggestions. I found it particularly useful for helping me figure out how to get the right things done. If you feel like you are spinning your wheels, doing, doing, doing and never getting anywhere, read this book. A lot of time management books tell you how to fit everything into your day so you can do it all, but this one talks about how to prioritize your activities so you do the things that matter most. Yes, you will actually eliminate activities! Reading this book is like having a life coach standing right beside you -- providing success tips, keeping you focused, and cheering you on along the way. Worth reading twice! I devoured it the first time and am now going back and reading it more slowly to get more out of it!
Watch it!
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I had no idea what this movie was going to be about and it was spellbinding. If you don't know what it's about, that's probably the best way to watch it. Makes you think. The acting was excellent, and the story was brilliant.