Book Review: Ashley's War, The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Ashley's War:  The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a non-fiction book published in April 2015.  The story follows several women and their quest to become the first women to be in combat along the Green Berets and Army Rangers. This is a book that was selected in my workplace for discussion between women and/or veterans.  The book discussion was broken into three parts much like how the story was broken up.  It garnered great conversations. Some of the things that happened in the book didn't surprise me, such as how physically demanding the tryouts were to be part of the special operations.  It's a demanding job that requires people to be not only physically strong but mentally strong.     What did shock me was that it took the military so long to allow women to fight along men on the battlefield.  Another thing that astonished me were how accepting most of the men in the Army Rangers were of the women fight

Book Review: Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) by Stephenie Meyer

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Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) by Stephenie Meyer tells Edward Cullen's side of the story of when he and Isabella "Bella" Swan meet. The tale is so much darker when told from Edward's perspective and gives the reader more insight into the original story of Twilight (Twilight, #1). Hang on to your seats Twihards because you're in for the ride of your life!

Who else was ecstatic when they heard that Stephenie Meyer had actually completed writing Midnight Sun and was actually publishing it last year? The news made my 2020 a little bit brighter among the pandemic. And, how apropos was it that Edward's version of the story was released at this time when his backstory directly correlates to what is going on in the world today. If you haven't read the first or second installment of the series Twilight (Twilight, #1) and New Moon (Twilight, #2), or seen the movies, then I want to forewarn you that there are a couple of spoilers below.

As excited as I was about this book being published and released, I had a hard time getting into the storyline. It took me several chapters before I became invested into Edward's version of events. By the time I got to where Edward takes Bella to meet his family the first time, I couldn't read fast enough. And, when I got to the meeting of the Cullens, James, Laurent, and Victoria, I was just beside myself because I kept getting interrupted. I kept telling my family to stop bothering me until I finished Midnight Sun. I just couldn't get enough of this book and the story.

I would love to see Edward's perspective of New Moon (Twilight, #2) since Edward is missing for a good chunk of the book. And, I desperately want to know what he and the rest of the Cullens were doing when they left Forks. One can only hope that Stephenie Meyer writes this story.

All in all, I gave Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) four out of five stars because I did struggle with the story in the beginning. If you liked Midnight Sun, I recommend A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness.

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