Review: A Peculiar School by J. Schlenker



A Peculiar School 

J. Schlenker (Goodreads Author)



Vicki Turner Goodwin‘s review

Feb 09, 2019


It was an amazing read. 


This is the most curious tale of animals written in their own voice that I have read. I enjoyed meeting Owen, Theodore, luce, and Ethel as well as all the other carefully woven characters. The writing is crisp and thought-provoking. With characters that range from earthy to genius, each is well examined by Schlenker.
J has a way of creating an entire world for her animals that is both real and fantastic. I wanted to know more about these guys. An excellent read with heart and intelligence.
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Why? A Guest Post by Participating MTW Author, J. Schlenker

Once someone told me that could do an excellent impression of me. That took me by surprise. I don’t even think I could do an impression of me. I said, “Okay?”

He said, “Why, why, why?”

I guess he had me pegged. I do question everything. For me life is a mystery. I have so many questions, but I guess the big one is why am I here. But, then, a string of other questions arises from that one.

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Book Review:The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries, by J. Schlenker

The Missing Butler and Other Life MysteriesThe Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries by J. Schlenker

  • Publication Date: November 16, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N41RJP7
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    August Wrap Up: Spreadsheets, Excuses, Ideas, and Missteps

    September 1, 2016:

    Autumn is in sight and great things are on the horizon. Today is my sister’s birthday! Happy birthday, Cheryl – Anne!

    But today, to get September started with a bang,  I’m going to celebrate several August events. The final tally for word count in August was  68,381. that is about 15,000  off of July’s word count.
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    New Release: Book Review: The Color of Cold and Ice by J. Schlenker

    Cold and Ice

    • Publication Date: July 20, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English

    The Book Blurb:

    Sybil has dreams; the prophetic kind, although interpreting them correctly is another matter. Her latest dream involves her sister Emerald, who wants to pursue her art once more and move on with her life after losing her husband. John, once felt he was making a difference as an ER doctor, but finds himself slipping away in his Manhattan practice as well as in his marriage. Allison, John’s wife wants to change her ho hum existence with John into something spectacular. Mark, Allison’s brother, a struggling musician, wants to quit rambling in life and find his purpose.
    The cold changes everything.

    About J. Schlenker:


    J. Schlenker has been featured on my review blog before with her award-winning  Jessica Lost her Wobble. That was her first book and to me, they just keep getting better and better. You can read more about J. on her Amazon Author’s Page. She has several  more projects in progress. A  is a gifted writer.  I truly believe she has a very bright future.


    My Rating:

     ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:


    The Color of Cold and Ice by J. Schlenker is a vivid experience. It is not just reading a story it is tasting the meaning of colors and watching those colors spread out their fingers into many people’s lives.

    People like Mark, the down and out musician who may be ready to put aside his guitar for a real job. If he only could. But he lives the music, even when the music has grown stagnant over the last year. There had to be inspiration out there. He needed to find his inspiration again.

    People like Emerald. The woman that had lost her husband and was left with the love if her life, Chad. She loved the picture that hung in her son’s room. The picture that connected him to his father. She was so vividly painted by J. Schlenker, that you can see her creativity shining through the words.

    The married couples reminded me how much work a marriage is. It also showed how exciting it can be when it is going right, and how much hope can play a part in making it right.. This book filled me with the warmth of the colors. I was touched on so many levels as to how hard life is and how wonderful it can be.

    Oh my goodness, the characters are so colorful, as colorful as the cover and just as full of life. This book really is an enchanting story. Complete with the metamorphoses that take place in many of the characters lives. J has a unique vision in her writing and it shines through so well in her new book. The emotions are so strong in this book. you find yourself rooting for all the characters, especially when things seem so scary and uncertain. I enjoyed reading it so much. It has made me look at life, colors and happiness in a whole new way.


    I can without a doubt recommend this to anyone that loves a good story about families, self-discovery, and self-improvement. This book is packed with art, wisdom,  and wonderful, well thrashed out people and places. Oh, the places you will go with this book! This book is spiritual and filled with new age concepts and just plain sweet romance. It is a book for everyone.

    Where to Find The Color of Cold and Ice:

    The Color of Cold and Ice by J. Schlenker is available in paperback and on Kindle. You can access them  both by clicking the link below.


    Book Review: Jessica Lost Her Wobble by J. Schlenker

    Jessica Lost Her WobbleJessica Lost Her Wobble by J. Schlenker
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This book, Jessica Lost Her Wobble is one of those books where you just want to know more and more about the main character. The book doesn’t disappoint. A full life of memories, regrets, pains and love all wrapped up into one amazing book.

    Jessica is middle aged when she moves to the island. The same island that she had taken her children, Josh and Gina to for vacations and retreats when they were small. She has seen a lot in her life and she has survived with a subtle sense of humor that makes me smile. Perhaps it is her British sense of humor that is too dry, but when she finds someone that appreciates it she is so happy.

    When she moves to the island to live a life of solitude and quiet, she surprises herself by making friends with a young woman, Amy. Amy also lives on the island year round with her grandmother.

    It is an unexpected friendship but what it brings to Jessica is a non-judgmental person that listens well and is interested in hearing her story. Meeting and becoming friends with Amy allows Jessica to address her life face to face. Something she has attempted to avoid in the past.

    There are so many depths to this book. I can’t say enough about its ability to draw the reader in and make them feel as if it is just as important that we hear this story as it is for Jessica to finally tell it.

    I can’t even talk about the twists and turns that make this book so incredible. The twists are so forceful that you are caught unaware. That is an amazing aspect to this book.

    J. Schlenker did a wonderful job in the pace of this story. You followed Jessica through all the ups and downs and you understood her. Until you can’t understand what has just happened. I can honestly say this book has everything that a book needs to endear itself to you and make it unforgettable. I can say, I will never forget Jessica or her story.

    There is so much in this book to love. I am so thankful to J. for allowing me to read it. I totally got lost in the island life and Jessica’s life. It is beautifully written. Exceptional book. I would give it 10 stars if they were available.

    Jessica Lost Her Wobble is available in Paperback and on KindleUnlimited at Amazon

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