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: Murder at the Bookstore (The Bookstore Mystery, #1) by Sue Minix

Book Review Murder at the Bookstore (The Bookstore Mystery, #1) by Sue Minix

Murder at the Bookstore (The Bookstore Mystery, #1) by Sue Minix was published by Avon Books UK on January 19, 2023. It opens with Jen Dawson struggling with writer's block at the local bookstore.  When the owner of the bookstore happens to die, Jen is a mission to avenge her friend's death.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the Advanced Readers Copy of Murder at the Bookstore (The Bookstore Mystery, #1) by Sue Minix.  I was happy that my request to read this book was approved because I found the cover and synopsis of the novel intriguing.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Fun . . . Entertaining . . . Engrossing.  These are just a few words that I'd use to describe this book.  I loved the fact that some of the story took place in Savannah, Georgia because I have visited there and could imagine all the different spots and roads that were mentioned and kept thinking, "Oh, I know where that is!"  Most of the characters were very likeable, but there were a couple that I didn't like.  With that being said, one of the characters I didn't like ended up winning me over towards the end of the book.   This book was a quick read that I enjoyed immensely, and I will read the next installment when it comes out.

The only complaint I had about Murder at the Bookstore was that I figured out who the murderer was early on in the book.  Although the author kept throwing suspicion on other characters, I really didn't doubt who actually committed the crime.

Four out of five stars is what I gave Murder at the Bookstore (The Bookstore Mystery, #1) by Sue Minix.  The next installment in the series, The Murderous Type (The Bookstore Mystery, #2) by Sue Minix, is due out on May 25, 2023, which makes my day.

 

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