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: Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier

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Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier is the first book in a series and was first published in 1991. The book is about mom of three Lucy Stone preparing for Christmas and working the night shift at a mail order company. If that isn't enough, when Lucy takes a moment to get some fresh air, she finds one of the owners of the company she works for dead in his car.

This cozy mystery is the perfect book to read while on vacation because it is an easy read, and it draws you in from the very beginning of the story. It also makes you feel like you're part of the Tinker's Cove community. I definitely was put in the Christmas mood . . . too bad it isn't Christmas time. This was the third book I've read in the series . . . I've read them out of order, but I plan on reading the rest of the books in order from this point on. I am just in love with this series!

There isn't too much I can say that's negative about Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier with the exception of the main character's cat was murdered, and Lucy didn't seem too terribly upset about it. This bothered me as I am an animal lover, especially one of cats. To top things off, it was never really explained why the cat was killed. I kept expecting there to be a connection somewhere further on in the book, but there really wasn't with the exception of another character killing his dog. This bothered me as well. I just don't like reading about animals dying, even though it is just fiction.

Even with the couple of negative things, I gave Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1) by Leslie Meier four out of five stars, and I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy cozy mysteries. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend reading Death of a Kitchen Diva (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery, #1) by Lee Hollis.

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