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Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas – A Book Review

Copyright: 2002

Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis:

Katie Wilkinson had the found the perfect boyfriend, or so she thought. Now that he broke up with her without any explanation, she’s not so sure. Then Katie receives a diary, but not her ex-boyfriend’s diary. No, she receives Suzanne’s diary. Who is this woman and why did her ex-boyfriend send Katie this woman’s diary? Soon Katie will discover secrets that she never even guessed existed.

My Opinion:

I’m not big on love stories, but Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas was fantastic! I read the book within two days and couldn’t put it down! James Patterson creates characters that his readers immediately fall in love with and one can’t help but feel as if they are part of the fictional world that Patterson creates.

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas has it all – happiness, joy, sadness, loss – everything. From beginning to end, Patterson keeps you on the edge of your seat, wanting more and more of this fabulous story. I really have no complaints about this novel. I definitely recommend you try it out!

 

 

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The Intruder – A Book Review

 

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Copyright: 1996

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

John Gates used to be happy. He had a job, a wife, and a daughter. Then, everything changed. Now John is on the streets, struggling each day to get by.

Jake Schiff is a lawyer who has a wife, Dana, and a son, Alex. Everything seems fine until one day, a homeless man enters their lives and changes it forever. Before he knows what’s happening, Jake is confronted with both people and events that try their hardest to come between him and the ones he loves. What will he do to protect his family and his life as he knows it? Will he be successful or will the challenges that face him be too much to bear?

My Opinion:

Peter Blauner’s The Intruder will without a doubt be one of the best books I read all year! From beginning to end, I found myself thoroughly intrigued by the plot and characters of this story.

Not only is The Intruder full of action and suspense, but it is a great example of humanity and both its best and worst. the book excels at whisking its readers into a world of sadness, violence, and even – at times – hope.

As an author, I have to say that The Intruder is a book that I highly recommend to any adult seriously considering becoming an author themselves. If you find that you struggle with character development, this is an excellent novel to study in order to help improve your skills.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book! After not bothering to pick it up for years, I soon discovered what I treasure trove I was truly missing. If you’re looking for a book that you’ll never want to put down and that will constantly have you wishing you were as talented as the author who gave it birth, then I highly recommend The Intruder by Peter Blauner!

 

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Goodreads Reminder!

Hey guys! I just wanted to remind you all that I have an account on Goodreads! To check out my books, current reads, and reviews, please feel free to visit the link below. Thank you!

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16029217.B_W_Ginsburg?from_search=true

-B.W. Ginsburg

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Reviews!

Hey everybody! I just thought I would take some time today to share with you the reviews I’ve received for my books, Rest in Piece and Abstract Clarity. These books can be purchased on Amazon.com. The direct link is: https://www.amazon.com/B.W.-Ginsburg/e/B01MU5Y0YL/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1519066568&sr=8-1. Thank you!

REVIEWS FOR REST IN PIECE:

4.0/5 stars

“This is a great book from a first time author. See my review on Goodreads.com for more detailed info (spoiler-free!)” – Ariel, Amazon.com

4.0/5 stars

“My initial take on Rest in Piece was as a motif similar to the one in The Lake House (a film I haven’t seen, but I know enough to recall that spin) where two characters are living yet communicating decades apart. Ms. Ginsburg’s novel is a bit more sinister than that as Catherine Adams is trapped in a type of purgatory by a mysterious puzzle. This is more of a Jumanji vibe, if Jumanji dealt with demon possession.

What the book gets right is the urgency of Louise’s quest and fascinating eeriness of the puzzle. It’s also a swift, easy read, which is not only perfect for the mid-grade group it’s directed towards but anyone who wants to delve into a rousing paranormal tale. Mid-graders will appreciate and identify with many of the hurdles Louise faces in her effort so save the trapped Catherine, and the young girl’s fears for her parents’ reactions are logically sound. She even points this out to her father near the end, and George has to agree.

There is an over abundance of telling and exposition in this novel, which unfortunately takes a great deal of the surprise factor away. There are many shocking scenes at the end, which would have had a much greater impact with more concisely edited lines. The characters are also not overly distinctive, so I had to mentally juggle and remember who was who especially during the climax scene where numerous people were involved. George Erikson, Louise’s father, is one exception due to his often explosive temper (not violent though, thank goodness).

Despite any foibles, I’d still recommend this novel, as it was a quick, intriguing read, was quite a bit different from the norm, and I love the fantastic pun/double entendre of the title.” -Adrienne, Amazon.com

5/5 stars

“B.W. Ginsburg throws us into the world of twelve year old Louise and her struggle to rescue a nine year old girl named Catherine from a world unlike any other I have read about. As you follow Louise in her struggle between obeying her parents and saving Catherine from a terrible fate you get a real sense of the maturity she is starting to step into. On one hand she strives to make her parents happy, and the other she works secretly against their will to do what she knows to be right.
As Louise begins to piece the puzzle together she starts to formulate a theory about the disappearance of Catherine and what it will take to bring her back. Ginsburg takes us on this journey with Louise as we secretly root for her to pull off her daring plan without being foiled by her parents.
This book kept me entertained throughout and provided a nice twist that made reading it fun and entertaining. I found myself wanting to skip ahead just to find out what was really going on. I read this book in several sittings one night and it made for a fast read. If you want something entertaining and with a unique plot twist, this author is providing you with that through her novel Rest in Piece.
I gave this book five stars because I never found myself getting bored with it, the author wrote in a manner which was easy to read, and I enjoyed the journey. I read the book in one night. This book delivers.” -Illinois, Amazon.com

5/5 stars

“Love this book! The character development was great, the story itself was well thought out and unique. The book was a definite page turner!” – Whiterhythm74, Amazon.com

5/5 stars

“Loved this book!! Kept me on the edge of my seat, wanted to jump in the book and be part of the story!!!!!” – Katrina Williams, Amazon.com

4.0/5 stars

“A real page turner; easy to get involved in the characters and the final quest in the novel.
Very likeable characters with also a sinister dark side to others. A great book with a suspenseful
ending.
” – Amazon Customer, Amazon.com

REVIEWS FOR ABSTRACT CLARITY

5/5 stars

“Abstract Clarity is a collection of short stories that won’t disappoint! Mystery mixed with time travel mixed with scary all wrapped up in one ! B.W. Ginsburg just gets it right …. Her writing is unique – creative and something that you will simply want to keep reading – I Loved this book and highly recommend!!!” -Rhonda Johnson

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORT MY WRITING!

 

 

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The Appointment – A Book Review

Luke P. Narlee’s The Appointment

Getting Through Anxiety

Copyright: 2017
Rating: 5/5
My Synopsis:

The country is in lockdown and Jacob Johansen is one of the few people who isn’t totally devoid of feelings, emotions, and memories. In this scary and lonely time, Jacob receives a letter that offers an opportunity of a lifetime. But can it be trusted? If Jacob decides to take on this special offer, will he be happy with the results, or will he regret his choice? All this and more will be discovered in Luke P. Narlee’s novel, The Appointment.

My Review:

Luke P. Narlee’s novel, The Appointment, is proof that a treasure trove of fantastic indie authors exist. If ever a book can prove a reader wrong that an author must be well-known to be talented, it is The Appointment. The novel is fresh, fast-paced, thrilling, and doesn’t contain a single dull moment.

From start to finish, The Appointment keeps its…

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Book Review Page Added!

Hey guys! Located in the top menu on this blog, you will now find a link that once clicked, will take you to a list of books that I have reviewed. To read the full review, you can click on each title.

If you notice that you are directed to a different blog other than this one when you click the links, don’t worry! This blog also belongs to me and is mainly used as a source for writing about my anxiety.

I hope you all have a great day!

-B.W. Ginsburg

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Why Honesty Is The Best Policy

Let’s talk honesty. Let’s talk kindness and respect. Let’s talk about how we should use both of them when sharing our opinions.

When someone asks for our opinion about their writing (or really anything), I firmly believe that honesty is always the best policy. Period. However, I also believe that we should share that honesty in a kind and respectful way. For example, if we read a book and we don’t care for it, I don’t think we should say something like: “Your writing is awful! or “Your plot makes no sense!”. Rather, we should find a nice, but honest, way of expressing our feelings.

Honesty is the best policy for many reasons. Most writers and authors (including myself) want to know how they can improve their writing. We take our work seriously and we don’t want people to say they like our writing just to spare our feelings. Simply being kind without honesty does not help us become better writers, it merely makes us feel that there is nothing we need to work on. For most of us, we want to be the best we can be. This doesn’t mean we have to point out every little flaw to each other, but it does mean that if we don’t like something and we think it’s relevant to mention, that we should.

Honesty, however, is very different from going out of your way to be hurtful. Like I said, there is a huge difference between being honest in a kind, helpful way and just being cruel. So when someone asks for your opinion or a review, tell them the truth, but try to do so in a considerate manner. Chances are that the writer will appreciate you taking the time to discuss any issues with them while also, of course, appreciating your kindness while doing so.

The bottom line is this – don’t be afraid to be honest. Just do so in a way that is respectful.