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REVIEWS REVISITED - Those Children Are Ours by David Burnett, Author 'A wonderfully written story, full of impact and emotion'...
"This is the third book I have read by this author and I have never been disappointed, the way he writes the characters seem to connect with you instantly and you become engrossed in the storyline. Those Children Are Ours was no different and I was faced with a number of emotions throughout this story and a twist that truly had me gasping for breath, it was that intense and completely made this such an awesome read.
Jennie, I admit, had me feeling angry, she was a wife and a mother of two but completely lost her way in life, travelling down a dark path of alcohol and affairs, eventually leaving her family to fend for themselves for 12 years. Unbeknowst to everyone, even herself, she had bipolar which had gone untreated and years went by until she connects with a man known as 'the preacher' who turns her towards the right path. Now on her own, receiving treatment, teaching and regularly going to church, she decides she wants to see her children, Christa and Alexis again. This is where my emotions fought against themselves, yes I sympathised with her situation and perhaps even started to warm towards her, especially when you learn about her childhood, yet I still couldn't get past the fact that she had selfishly abandoned her children and suddenly decides, with the encouragement of her counsellor, to apply to see them again just because she wants to without considering what affect this would have on those involved.
The impact of this decision is extremely hard on everyone, obviously more so for both teenagers Christa and Alexis, and the implications surrounding this cause no end of chaos and a shocking turn of events that will have you unable to put the book down. All the characters are extremely believeable, you will love some and you will hate some (believe me!) and the author had the teenagers feelings and actions down to a 'T'. This was such a well written book that you cannot fail to feel the characters
A wonderfully written story, full of impact and emotion, that stays with you long after you have finished reading it."
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Our Beck Valley Books review of His Secret Life by
"It was lovely to read such a different story on love and the difficulties faced by both sides. I'm aware of a couple of gay men who had previously been happily married for years before coming out, but I have never come across a gay man falling in love with a woman and consider changing his whole life, so I was completely intrigued by the story.
Philip works hard in the corporate world, his work and his separate life are completely separate, not really by choice but the fear of what would happen if they knew he was gay, regardless of his skills. A lot of pressure is put on his relationship with Jason as they are only allowed to enjoy their relationship behind close doors.
To make matters worse he now needs a female partner to accompany him on his works do to keep his secret going. Luckily for Philip his sister, Sarah, introduces him to her flatmate and jobbing actress Emily to play the part for the evening They hit it off straight way and the pretend couple keep the charade going for work commitments, but can it last?
Emily realizes that Philip is her perfect man only it's typical that he is gay and it can go nowhere. Philip starts to realize that she is so much more than a pretend plus one. Will the two fight against all the barriers they face to admit to each other how they feel and if they do will they have the courage needed to make a go of things?
Kim Cano provides another realistic storyline that is thought provoking as the reader follows their day to day life, their emotions and fears."
Gay men don’t fall in love with women. Do they?
Philip is a gay man working for a conservative corporation. After his recent promotion, he needs a date for a company function and asks his sister’s new roommate, Emily.
Emily is an actress, waiting tables while starring in local plays and hoping for her big break. She agrees to be Philip’s date for the party, and soon they are attending one event after another together.
Philip and Emily click on many levels. Lines blur as the people they pretend to be start feeling like the people they are, causing a rift with Philip’s boyfriend Jason.
When Philip no longer works for the company, he doesn’t need Emily to play the role of his girlfriend anymore, but to his surprise, he can’t let her go.
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With the United States Eighth Fleet
Bizerte Harbor, Africa
Smitty ducked as bullets ricocheted overhead.
He seized his .50 caliber machine gun and gripped the handles to calm his nerves, shouting his lucky-charm phrase in rapid-fire succession.
“I’m OK. I can do this. I’m OK. I can do this.”
He swung the gun and aimed it at the oncoming German fighter planes.
Don’t fire. They’re too far away. I’m OK. I can do this.
The sky lit up again and again as the enemy continued its unrelenting attack. “I’m OK.”
An enemy plane materialized over the right side of the deck. Bullets flew from every direction as all hands began firing at once.
Smitty swung the machine gun toward the sky. His heart beat as fast as the bullets leaving the barrel.
Seventy-five rounds later, a gloomy darkness enveloped the deck as the searchlights dimmed. Smitty continued to grip the handles of the machine gun. He began to shake, stopped himself, and howled into the night sky, “I did it!”
The thrill of the moment ebbed, and his thoughts turned to a distant place, now a faint memory.
“I gotta tell Peaches.”
SMITTY TOOK A pencil and stationery from his footlocker at the end of his cot. He wrote at a feverish pace, the exhilaration of the air raid fresh in his mind.
Talk about fireworks. The tracers lit up the sky. That was one of the biggest and the most thrilling events to me.
Right now, though, I’m in the mood darling, for what? Writing letters. I have your picture sitting here but it hasn’t said a word. It’s taking some awful beatings riding around with me. The frame is a little beat up but the picture is ok yet. It’s the most valuable piece of property I have.
Her photograph captivated him: her dark hair, pinned back in the popular Queue Curl style, never changed. Her wire rim glasses stayed perfectly balanced, and she never averted her eyes; her mouth remained forever turned into a perfect smile, and those lips, those full, luscious lips.
Those lips look like they were all in the mood for a big kiss, in fact my highest ambition right now, if possible, would be to press my lips against those lips. I hope to God it isn’t too long till we can act that out together.
I’ll write more tomorrow. For now, though remember that I love you and I will love you always.
All my love,
He folded the letter and placed it in an envelope. He sat her photo on a table next to his cot. A tranquil mood overtook him as he studied her face. “I’m OK. I can do this.” A smile crossed his lips as he fell into an exhausted sleep. “I did do this