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: The Little Scottish Ghost by Franz Hohler

book review the little scottish ghost franz hohler

The Little Scottish Ghost by Franz Hohler is a children's picture book that is being re-released in the United States by NorthSouth Books on July 18, 2023.  This humorous and not so scary book is about a little ghost that is learning to haunt the house she lives in with her parents, but her lessons don't go as planned as she ends up making the residents laugh instead tremble in fear.  Because of this, she is sent off to a castle to learn how to haunt properly.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and NorthSouth Books for approving my request to read The Little Scottish Ghost.  Originally published in 1980, I had never heard of this book growing up, and it sounded intriguing.  I knew I had to read it and was happy that I received the ebook for free in exchange for my honest review.

This is a book I would have loved as a child.  I've always liked stories about ghosts, witches, and the like, even as a little girl.  Not scary in the least, The Little Scottish Ghost teaches children that even when things don't go as planned that whatever it is can turn out to be even better.  It also teaches the lesson that things aren't always what they seem.  With that being said, I did feel like there was something lost in translation.  The illustrations were fantastic, and I enjoyed looking at them. Four out of five stars is what I give The Little Scottish Ghost by Franz Hohler.

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