Beyond A Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman
This was a good, fun mystery. I enjoyed the characters and storyline. I liked how the main character’s daughter got drawn into the story, but felt the main character made some stupid decisions, but don’t we all! Overall, it was an enjoyable read that keeps you hooked and turning the pages!
When Carol Childs is called to the scene of a body dump she has no idea she’s about to uncover a connection to a string of missing girls. Young, attractive women drawn to the glitz and glamor of Hollywood via an internet promise of stardom and romance have been disappearing. A judge’s daughter leaves behind a clue and a trip down Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame reveals a connection to a high powered real estate mogul and to a cartel targeting girls for human trafficking.
Old Hollywood has its secrets, its impersonators and backdoor entrances to old speakeasies and clubs where only those with the proper credentials can go. And when Carol Childs gets too close, she finds herself politically at odds with powers that threaten to undue her career and like the very girls she’s seeking, disappear.
Life Unstuck: Finding Peace with Your Past, Purpose in Your Present, Passion for Your Future
This is a great book. She has a fun way of making her points using stories and analogies. She also has some fun checklist stuff for people like me that love to “find out their personality” and such.
The point of the book is in the title. Learning to find peace, purpose and passion. It’s beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Please pick up a copy for yourself and one for your friend! In fact, go through it together. I think you’ll really enjoy it and learn a lot about yourself and why you are “stuck” where you are.
With passion and enthusiasm, Pat Layton invites women to imagine their world unstuck–a place where they feel at peace with the past, find purpose in the present, and revel in the possibilities that the future holds.
From the Back Cover
No matter where you are today, the life you long for can be yours!
We all start life with the ability to dream, but somewhere along the way life gets sticky. We find ourselves wondering:
· Does anyone know me for who I really am?
· Am I going to have to “fake it” forever?
· What do I have to offer the world?
· How can I dream about tomorrow when I can’t even handle today?
· Is this all my life will ever be?
· Do I dare to dream of more?
With passion and enthusiasm, Pat Layton invites you to imagine a life where you experience peace with the past, enjoy purpose in the present, and expect the possibilities that the future holds. With fresh personal tools and clear action steps, she delves deep into the areas we get stuck in the most and unveils the path to the life you long to live.
I just loved this book! The story of this people was so fascinating I had to drop everything else I was reading and concentrate only on this. Which is strange for me, because I usually have multiple books going at the same time. This is a beautifully written piece. The author does a good job describing the scenery and the tension with the characters. The book is filled with suspense and intrigue. It is a captivating piece from cover to cover. This is not your typical novel. The author successfully integrates the themes of leadership, love, loss, hope and survival into a smart and engrossing book. “This book is highly recommended to anyone looking for an epic adventure, a tale of friendship, love and betrayals with a touch of magical realism.” – the most accurate review I have seen to date, I could not describe it in any more or less detail.
In a squalid ancient city on the edge of a desert (based in part on the African Sahara’s Empty Quarter) a weary, thrill-seeking thief named Omari sets his home afire to start anew and to cover his many crimes. When the entire city is unintentionally destroyed by the flames, the cornered thief tells the displaced people a lie about a better place which only he can lead them to, across the desert. With the help of an aged, mysterious woman who knows a better place actually does exist, they set out. The desperate people must come together to fight their way through bandits, storms, epidemics, and more. As a result of Omari’s involvement with Saba, a fiercely independent woman who is out to break him in the pay of a merchant whom he has offended, his ability to lead – his very life – is jeopardized.
The Year of YES! – Tracee Sioux
“I highly recommend this book to every person who is struggling to find their place in this big, wonderful world. Tracee holds nothing back as she shares her journey…and I warn that it may at times be shocking to witness her frankness. However, it is that frankness and honesty that make this book resonate to your own soul for a long time after you finish.”
What happens when you say YES! to everything your Soul tells you to do for one year?
The Year of YES! is one woman’s spiritual journey to free herself from the conventions that bound her Soul. This memoir is a raw, unflinching confrontation with the pain and regrets of a jagged past, an exploration of sacred (and not-so-sacred) sex, a slaying of demons, a baptism, and a transmutation of self.
Tracee Sioux starts her Year of YES! on the heels of a divorce. Having tanked her career for motherhood, she was making $600 a month and feeding her kids from the food bank. Yet, her Soul made a promise: Follow me, I know where I’m going, I know the fastest, easiest way to get there and I will never, ever steer you wrong.
She said YES!
Sioux’s Soul took her to Crazytown, realm hopping in other-worldly dimensions, to healers all over the globe (including a currandera in the Mexican desert who put a curse on her), to Meetup groups where they practice Orgasmic Meditation, to dating websites and an exploration of a deeper sexuality. She confronted her family pattern of addiction, and cast her own demons on the fire.
Her Soul’s intention: to heal her of 40 years of psychic garbage.
Though Sioux’s past is full of trauma—sexual trauma when she was a teenager, a series of relationships with addicts, being an eye-witness to 9/11 and giving birth three weeks later in Manhattan while suffering from PTSD, drug rehab for Xanax addiction, and severe anxiety and depression—her Soul leads her to the exact perfect circumstances, healers, rituals and magic spells to heal her and rebuild her life.
A humiliating incident four years ago cost Kenzie Armstrong her pride and her marketing career, but now she’s making her way back at a run-down racetrack where she’s charged with increasing attendance. After a chance encounter with a storefront psychic, Kenzie begins secretly wishing that the fortune teller’s far-fetched prediction will come true.
Her best friend, Gemma, an outspoken extrovert and dreamer, has her own secret wish—finding the true identify of her biological father. But is it worth the risk? And at what cost?
Brynne is a powerful and bossy horse owner at the racetrack, with a seemingly perfect family and Bel-Air mansion to match. But her world is full of dark secrets, many of which threaten everything she has.
Sarita, a track coordinator by day and Goth singer by night, bristles under the expectations of her traditional Indian family. Underneath it all, she secretly longs for their approval and acceptance of her chosen life.
The Secret Life of Wishful Thinking is a warm and humorous tale about four women who forge an unlikely and supportive bond—and have the audacity to dream.
A little on the predictable side, but just like a chick flick you’ll want to read it anyway. A lovely story that I’m sure most women can find something to relate to, for anyone who has been pushed to figure out who they really are – this is your read! All in all a lovely read.