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

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: The Hunter by Jennifer Herrera

The Hunter by Jennifer Herrera opens with NYPD Detective Leigh O'Donnell going back to her hometown of Copper Falls, Ohio to investigate three suspicious drownings in her hometown in hopes that it will help get her career back on track in New York City.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of The Hunter by Jennifer Herrera. I was thrilled and honored to be one of the people chosen to review this book before publication.

At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy The Hunter because it was a bit slow. However, after a few chapters, the pace of the storyline picked up, which made it hard for me to put down the book. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the twists and turns along with the red herrings.  One thing is for sure, I didn't see the ending coming, and that says a lot since I read a ton of books in the mystery, thriller, suspense, and horror genres.

The main character of Leigh was written well and is very relatable.  Her daughter was adorable.  Leigh's uncles were not very likable at first, but then, they grew on me, and I got to see how loving they turned out to be.  I had mixed feelings about Leigh's brother and soon to be ex-husband.  Other than that, I found most of the characters to be unlikable, but that's not a negative thing because there are always characters that the reader won't like.

Four out of five stars is what I gave The Hunter by Jennifer Herrera, and I hope that there is a sequel.  If you like mysteries, thrillers, and suspense, then I highly recommend you read this book . . . you won't be disappointed.

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