Book Review: Historic Rural Churches of Georgia by Sonny Seals

Historic Rural Churches of GeorgiaHistoric Rural Churches of Georgia by Sonny Seals

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (September 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820349356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820349350
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Reviews: Pacific History USS Indianapolis, by Patrick Spencer

    Pacific History USS Indianapolis: The True Story Of The Greatest US Naval Disaster (Incredible Secrets of WWII)Pacific History USS Indianapolis: The True Story Of The Greatest US Naval Disaster by Patrick Spencer

  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: MouseWorks Publishing (November 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Indie Author Day is October 8, 2016

    I am slow on the uptake and just found out about Indie Author day. Today I spoke to one of the librarians at my local library and they did not know about the special day either. John at the  Clark County Library said he would look into it. I hope they are able to find a way to celebrate it with the people in the county. For a state by state and county by county listing of participating libraries, you can click here.


    Speaking of Libraries, this week I will be attending my very first writer’s group this Friday at 10:00. If you know me by now, you will know that I am a bit timid,and I do not leave my house much.  I fly solo like most writers and enjoy my alone time with the computer, my books, and my notepads. So attending this is my big step out into this wide world of other writers. I was asked to bring five pages of written material with me from a current work in progress or something else I was writing. I was also asked to bring 2 copies of my book for the library to have in their local author’s area. How exciting is that?

    But, I digress, back to the topic at hand.  Indie Author Day. I am so excited that there is a day celebrating all the indie authors. Some of the indie authors are becoming quite well known. Authors like,  Ana Spoke, have sold thousands of copies of  Shizzle, Inc. and continues to create even more books, like Indiot,  in her Isa Maxwell series. Colleen Hoover has also made quite a name for herself in the Indie market with her books,  Finding Cinderella and Maybe Not. There is a real market for Indie books and it is a wonderful thing that Indie Author Day exists.

    So check with your own local library and see if they have anything special planned for October 8, 2016. Libraries are for so much more than just borrowing a book. There are adult reading groups, adult writing groups and at our local library, there is a local  history group. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people that love books, history, and reading as much as you do.

    Book Review: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas, by Beth Ann Stifflemier

    Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of TexasMr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas by Beth Ann Stifflemire

  • Series: The Spectacular World of Waldorf
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Waldorf Publishing; first edition (September 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1943276358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1943276356
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South, by Christopher Dickey

    Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War SouthOur Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey

    Print Length: 410 pages

  • Publisher: Crown (July 21, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OWWC25S
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    About The Author:

    Award-winning author CHRISTOPHER DICKEY, the foreign editor of The Daily Beast, is based in France. Previously he was the Paris bureau chief and the Middle East editor for Newsweek. He served as Cairo bureau chief for the Washington Post and, before that, as the paper’s Central America bureau chief. His books include the acclaimed memoir Summer of Deliverance as well as Securing the City, Expats, With the Contras, and two novels about espionage and terrorism.

    My Review:

    This is the story of Robert Bunch, the British government’s consul in Charleston, South Carolina, before the start of the civil war. I have never read such chilling accounts of the slave industry as I did in this book. To know that even after it had been banned in the south a ship was confiscated and proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was carrying what was left of four hundred plus Africans to America, it was treated as a nonoccurrence.

    After reading these secret memos that Robert Bunch sent back to England, you can understand the distaste for the south that he conveyed. He had seen into the deepest darkest aspect of life in Charleston. He had been privy to the leader’s inner workings and their flawed decisions about human trafficking.

    When the Echo was brought into Charleston’s harbor, the city was given a birdseye view of the destruction, horrors, and inhumanity of slavery. Yet, when given an opportunity to prosecute the perpetrators, aka the ship owners, they were let go by the leaders of the legal system in Charleston. This shines a different light on what we in the south were told about slavery and Northern aggression. The north was not left out of the slavery problem as they were many times the owners and builders of these slave ships. Ships built to hide hundreds of illegally acquired Africans.

    Bunch was in the thick of things in Charleston and he saw things that many were not able to see. Sending dispatches back to England allowed them to have inside knowledge of the slave mentality of the Southern states and America​ in general. Written in an easy to understand manner, I was pulled into the history of the prewar south.
    An excellent read that encapsulates the real reasons behind that war and why Great Britain was so staunchly anti-confederacy. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

    My Recommendation:

    I can highly recommend this well crafted and researched book to anyone that wants to know​ the truth behind the slavery question of pre-civil war America This book brought so many points to the forefront that I had never seen in print before. It is an excellent resource. I felt I had to give it 5 stars, as it was wonderfully written.

    Where to Find Our Man in Charleston:

    This​ book is available in Hardback, Paperback, Audiobook, Kindle, and Nook.

    Book Review: Jefferson’s America by Julie M. Fenster


    • Print Length: 442 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307956482
    • Publisher: Crown (May 10, 2016)
    • Publication Date: May 10, 2016
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B013ZNK5D0


    Book Blurb:

    The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration—and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation.
    At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation.

    Responsible for orchestrating the American push into the continent was President Thomas Jefferson. He most famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, but at the same time there were other teams who did the same work, in places where it was even more crucial. William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike—all were dispatched on urgent missions to map the frontier and keep up a steady correspondence with Washington about their findings.

    But they weren’t always well-matched—with each other and certainly not with a Spanish army of a thousand soldiers or more. These tensions threatened to undermine Jefferson’s goals for the nascent country, leaving the United States in danger of losing its foothold in the West. Deeply researched and inspiringly told, Jefferson’s America rediscovers the robust and often harrowing action from these seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s vision for a continental America.

    My Rating :

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 


    My Review: 

    I enjoyed reading Jefferson’s America the President, The Purchase, and The Explorers who Transformed a Nation so much. there were great stories that told about the men that were sent out to discover the passageways to the Pacific ocean and map the west. There were some colorful characters that I did not expect to encounter.

    One of these explorers, John  Evans, was sent to be a go between for the United States and Spain that controlled so much of the area west of the Mississippi River. The Spanish  were controlling the expansion while in New Orleans and so the Evans  arrived there, spoke to the leaders of the Spanish government and was recruited to go into the wilderness, establish trade with the Native Americans. He was ordered to make peace and establish trade with the Mandan Indians  and plot the routes he took. He was happy to become an agent for Spain, until he reached south Dakota where he decided to become a freelance trader. His story was so fun to read. He was like always changing sides and sometimes was working for both governments at the same time.

    That is just one of the stories that were so fascinating. The book is packed with stories and recounting of the travels of Meriwether Lewis and George Rogers Clark. These were known as some of  Jefferson’s men and they were actively engaged in discovering cities and towns all across the country. There are snippets of letters included in the book. So fascinating to see that President Jefferson spelled knowledge as “knoledge”. There are stories of women and children that lived harsh lives because of these early explorers and tradesmen. There is so much information about the Louisiana Purchase. A great deal of factual information complete with photo’s, letters, and human interest stories.

    One of the main attractions of this Historic non Fiction book is the in-depth knowledge you gain about Thomas Jefferson.  He was way ahead of the time in his thinking. When it came to farming, governing, and exploring. He did not want just rough and ready explorers on these missions, he wanted educated men. He wanted philosophers, astronomers, biologists, and anthropologists to gather information about the entire country.  The projects were insistent on documenting their finds with drawings, copious notes and  detailed maps. He knew what he wanted and he gathered men of all ages to do the task at hand. It was an amazing adventure to read about. I was so impressed with Jefferson’s brain.

    If you love history or are just curious about how America was populated, this is a wonderful opportunity to read all about that. reading about Lewis and Clark was especially poignant because I live in the same area that George Rogers Clark is from.  The High school here named after him.  Makes local history even more fun now that I know more about him.  I was provided this book by Blogging for books in exchange for this review. I have to admit I am a junkie for history, so I assure you the love I had for this subject, the writing and the anecdotal stories made my heart and my brain very happy. In this book some of the most obscure and some of the most recognizable names in American history are discussed in a personable and interesting way.


    This is a great tool for learning in an easy to read, interesting and colorful book. If you home school or just love having informative and comprehensive books on History, this is the book for you. It covers many years of growth and expansion for the United States.


    Where To Find:

    Jefferson’s America the President, The Purchase, and The Explorers who Transformed a Nation is available in many formats. Kindle, Hardback, Audio book and CD. By clicking  the links shown  below.

    Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Audible


    Book Review: Panama 1914 by Ken Rossignol

    Panama 1914 (The early years of the Big Dig)Panama 1914 by Ken Rossignol
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    So much interesting information that really let the reader know how much danger and hard work was involved in creating that mammoth canal. The dangers were real and the cost was extremely high. In money, in lives and livelihood.

    I loved the real accounts of the event. There are so much history and newsworthy accounts. The photos and illustrations were such a lovely feature of the book.

    The newspaper accounts that are shared in the book showed just what an important and huge event this was. Even the president was actively promoting it and there are pictures and tons of information on the Presiden’t participation.

    Advertisers even included the building project in their ads. It was on everyone’s mind. It was funny how the advertising guru’s decided to promote products based on their availability to the people in and around the construction zone.

    I really enjoyed learning all these facts. The way it was written was engaging. It is obvious to me that the writer Ken Rossingnol is a huge lover of history. It is obvious that he has some amazing research in this book.

    As a lover of history, I was in heaven reading this. I can recommend that anyone that loves history should read this book.

    Pick up a copy of Panama 1914 at Amazon.

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    Book Review: Ancient Egypt: The Egypt of King Tut by T. D. Van Basten

    Ancient Egypt: The Egypt of King TutAncient Egypt: The Egypt of King Tut by T D Van Basten
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I really enjoyed this delicious fact filled book about Egypt during the time of King Tut. It was fascinating to realize that King Tut, who usually is not given much credit for ruling the country, did however put the country back onto the path of prosperity.

    Tutankhamen’s father The Heretic King Akhenaten had just about driven Egypt into the ground as he focused on making the country follow one god instead of the multitude of gods that they had worshiped before. In order to make Aten the only god he had to force the people to walk away from all the other gods and deities.

    Akhenaten then set about building a new city dedicated to the god Aten. That city’s construction took precedence over all the other cities in Egypt. They all suffered form neglect. It took a young King Tutankhamen his entire reign of about 10 years to regain the lost religion as well as the repair of the other cities in the realm.

    The book covers fascinating facts and rumors about the discovery by Carter in 1922. The curses, how they came to be as well as bunkers of the curse.

    DNA facts are included as well as new discoveries about his health and life. Connections with Nefertiti are also reinforced in this book. A very interesting subject is raised about the little workers in the tomb. Information that was new to me about their purpose and number in the afterlife.

    There is one chapter on Ay and Horemheb, my personal opinion is that they are, at least for sure Ay is, a villain. There was information in this book that both agreed with me and sometimes went against my personal feelings on the subject. But I read to learn.

    I always felt bad for Tut’s wife and my favorite story about her contacting a foreign king after his death is included in this book. I just love that story and the sad events that followed. It just feeds into my dislike and distrust of Ay.

    If you love Tutankhamen, like I love Tutankhamen, you will love this book. It is a great read with ideas that are new and the latest information about the potential for new discoveries.

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    Four World War 2 History Books by Ryan Jenkins

    World War 2 Snipers: WWII Famous Snipers and Sniper Battles RevealedWorld War 2 Snipers: WWII Famous Snipers and Sniper Battles Revealed by Ryan Jenkins
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Such good information about the snipers of the World War 2. I had no idea that women were recruited as snipers at that time. These were young women and men that had shown skill with the rifle. This book covers the Soviet, Finnish and German snipers.

    There were Japanese snipers that had a totally different style. I was surprised to find that America did not have a dedicated sniper training program during that time.

    There are many books on the subject of World War 1 and World War 2 that I plan on reading next. Great job from the author in compiling such detailed information.

    World War 2 Soldier Stories Part II: More Untold Tales of the Soldiers on the Battlefields of WWII (World War 2, World War II, WWII, Soldier Story, True ... Bill Donovan, Monuments Men Book Book 1)World War 2 Soldier Stories Part II: More Untold Tales of the Soldiers on the Battlefields of WWII by Ryan Jenkins
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    It is wonderful to see the stories of heroes that you had no idea about their stories.

    One of the most amazing stories was about Daniel Inuoye. I knew him when he was a senator, but I did not have a clue about him before then. What a great book of amazing people.

    This is another one of the short books by Ryan Jenkins that everyone should read.

    World War 2 Soldier Stories Part XI: More Untold WW2 German Soldier Stories (World War 2, World War II, WW2, WWII, German soldiers, soldier stories, unbroken, ... Higher Call, Killing Patton, Forgotten 500)World War 2 Soldier Stories Part XI: More Untold WW2 German Soldier Stories by Ryan Jenkins
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Interesting and informative

    I really learned so much about two different types of men. One a man that wanted to be the best during the worst of times. A man that has to think about the dangers to his wife and his self. Really a fascinating read on a good man.

    The other man was not a kind man. He was driven and could be hard. He made decisions that showed his intelligence but also showed his coldness. Such details in the experiences that he faced really brought the war clearer to my mind. Great reading.

    World War 2 Soldier Stories Part X: Stories of Bravery in the American Home Front (World War 2, WW2, World War II, WWII, soldier stories, a higher call, ... killing patton, unbroken, american Book 1)World War 2 Soldier Stories Part X: Stories of Bravery in the American Home Front by Ryan Jenkins
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This book about the bravery in the American home front really put the light on the people here in the states that struggled and suffered through the war years.

    It explained about the workers and the farmers that were reeling from the depression then were involved in the war effort.

    It was a good book to see what was going on at home during the war.

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