Book Reviews by book.maddie

A Christmas Love Story begins with a sweet woman named Harmonie Homeowner and her Christmas decorating. Harmonie loves the holidays because she spends time with her big family, and who doesn’t love the holiday magic?! As Harmonie decorates her cozy home for Christmas, the author introduces two ornaments to readers, Nicholas Nutcracker and Brittany Ballerina. While each of them has their specific professions and talents, they are both lacking something in their lives: true love!

The War Among the Paines is a riveting life story of a family that is historically affected by war. Treat Paine narrates this story and explains the history of his family to his wife on the way to his mother’s funeral. He takes us back through WWI, WWII, and both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Throughout the story, Treat attends Cornell University, falls in love with many women, and experiences war for himself. Through each recount of the past, readers learn more about the Paine family complexities and how war has infiltrated everyone’s lives.

The Starlight Bar and Grill begins with two brothers, Scottie and Carl, recently reunited following the death of their father. He established a welcoming eatery and filled it with a cast of vibrant characters, but it closed down when the boys were younger. The brothers are back in town and ready to fire up the grill once more. The story unfolds as the brothers learn to live alongside each other and each of their baggage. Along the way, the brothers reestablish this magnificent place where people from all backgrounds gather to celebrate life and all of its facets.

What I Tell Myself About Talent begins with a young boy searching himself to determine what he is good at or what he describes as talent. The story soon flows into a collection of multiple children searching in the world around them to discover their true callings. Along the way, the kids learn the benefits of hard work in jobs like shoveling snow or mowing grass, and they see the beauty in the world through painting and making music. They also discover through the various vocations in the world that the people around them mold how they see themselves.

The final book, The Beginning of Always, closes the incredible trilogy created by Karen Janowsky. The story of Nina and Daniel and their mission to save the world is ending. The end of the trilogy brings a plethora of unexpected events. Paul, Daniel’s old friend, continues his mission to write all of history. However, while the WISE group tries to save and preserve the original unfolding of history, unexpected deaths result. Unexpected and hidden love stories are uncovered, and they transform enemies to allies.

The Persistence of Memory Book 2: All Our Yesterdays continues Book 1's love story between Daniel “Lionheart” and Nina, or Inanna. WISE is still on the hunt for ancient artifacts, and throughout the novel, readers see new sides to some of the members. Now that Nina’s true identity as a demigoddess is revealed, she embraces the discovery and even reveals some truth about Daniel’s shared past.

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