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: Tippy Toe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #2) by Leslie Meier

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Tippy Toe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #2) by Leslie Meier is a little darker than the first book in this series. With the repressive heat of the summer, Lucy's ankles are swelling with her fourth pregnancy, and she's craving doughnuts. On top of her pregnancy, she's preparing her two daughters costumes for their upcoming dance recital. When a retired dance teacher goes missing from Tinker's Cove and a grumpy shopkeeper is murdered, Lucy can't help herself from getting involved in the mystery.

Where I enjoyed the second installment of the Lucy Stone Mystery book series, I wasn't expecting a cozy mystery to deal with child molestation and was startled by one of the details that was provided. This is an important topic for sure, but it could be a trigger for others reading Tippy Toe Murder.

I loved the fact that it dealt with dance and preparing for the annual dance recital. It brought back great memories of my dance classes and recitals, especially the things that always seemed to go wrong during the dress rehearsals. That always meant that we would have a good show . . . at least that's what the saying was, bad dress rehearsal means a good show. The dance teacher being stressed was right on the money too! 

At the beginning of the book, I wasn't quite sure where the author was going with the disappearance of the dance instructor, but it finally began to come together. If you're reading the book and find it dull, stick with it because it does get better and becomes a bit action packed. Other than it being a bit slow paced at the beginning and being startled by some of the details relating to the abuse of the child, the only other thing I didn't like about Tippy Toe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #2) was how Lucy Stone's husband treated her. It seemed a bit out of character for him compared to Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #1).

Four out of five stars is what I gave Tippy Toe Murder for all the reasons mentioned above. I enjoyed the book for the most part, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment, Trick or Treat Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #3). If you enjoyed this book, you may enjoy Deeper Than The Dead (Oak Knoll, #1) by Tami Hoag.


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