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: On Air with Zoe Washington (Zoe Washington, #2) by Janae Marks

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On Air With Zoe Washington (Zoe Washington, #2) by Janae Marks opens with Zoe Washington going to work with her birth father, who has recently been released from jail for a crime he was wrongfully convicted of committing.  As they have lunch together, Zoe finds out her father has a dream of opening up his own restaurant and hiring exonerees.  When she starts researching how to open a restaurant, Zoe realizes it is much more difficult than she thought it would be and takes to the airwaves by creating a podcast.

I'd like to thank NetGalley for the Advanced Reader's Edition, or Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC), of On Air With Zoe Washington (Zoe Washington, #2).  I was thrilled to be chosen to read this book in exchange for my honest review.  The expected publication date of this book is February 14, 2023.  When I asked to review this book and was waiting on approval, I didn't realize that it was the second book in a series.  It can definitely be read as a stand alone book, but I personally would recommend reading the books in order as it will help the reader understand the background of the characters.  

I am glad to see that there are more books representing people of color as it's important for everyone to be represented.  Another thing I'm glad to see is that it talks about people who were incarcerated that were innocent and the important work of the Innocence Project.  Additionally, I was pleased that On Air With Zoe Washington deals with a family dynamic that is more prominent in today's society where a child is raised by a biological parent and a step parent.

Is there anything negative I can say about this book?  Nope!  It's a fantastic book.  I thoroughly enjoyed On Air With Zoe Washington (Zoe Washington, #2) by Janae Marks and give it five out of five stars.

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