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: Poppy Harmon and the Shooting Star (A Desert Flowers Mystery, #5) by Lee Hollis

Book Review Poppy Harmon and the Shooting Star A Desert Flowers Mystery #5 Lee Hollis

Poppy Harmon and the Shooting Star (A Desert Flowers Mystery, #5) by Lee Hollis is published by Kensington Books and has an expected publication date of May 23, 2023.  When actress Serena Saunders hires the Desert Flowers Detective Agency, Poppy Harmon is shocked that her nemesis is being so friendly.  Does Serena have an ulterior motive?

Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington Books, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Poppy Harmon and the Shooting Star (A Desert Flowers Mystery, #5) by Lee Hollis.  I was thrilled to be approved to receive a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

I've read a few books by Lee Hollis that are in his other series and enjoyed them immensely, and this newest book in his A Desert Flowers Mystery was just as entertaining as the other books I've read by this author.  Unlike his other series, Poppy Harmon and the Shooting Star had several plots throughout the story.  As soon as one scenario was wrapped up, another one was introduced.  However, all the storylines tied together at the end of the novel, and I predicted who the culprit was.

Although it was predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and I'd like to go back and read the series from book one.  I didn't feel like I missed out by starting the series with the fifth book because the author did a phenomenal job at giving the reader plenty of background of all the characters.

Four out of five stars is what I gave Poppy Harmon and the Shooting Star (A Desert Flowers Mystery, #5) by Lee Hollis.

 

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