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Embracing Defeat: A Chevron Ross Book Review

I found myself attracted to this history because of its stellar reputation and my own murky knowledge of post-World War II Japan. I’m pleased to state that it was well worth my time. Drawing from numerous sources, author John Dower depicts a culture humbled and devastated by war, its people…
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March 11, 2022
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Reviews from the Blog Tour

For those who haven’t already heard, The Seven-Day Resurrection is about a failed novelist who awakens one morning to find that his mother has come back to life, seven years after her funeral. I’ve been giving readers a taste of this story during a four-week blog tour hosted by GoddessFish…
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March 4, 2022
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The Bridge Books: A Chevron Ross Book Review

In recent years, series novels have developed their own literary niche. Independent authors especially seem bent on writing one book, then using sequels to milk its characters and scenarios for all they’re worth. Most of the book marketing advice I’ve read lately assumes and encourages this trend. Evan S. Connell…
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February 28, 2022
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The Downstairs Girl A Chevron Ross Book Review

What an imaginative scenario! A Chinese teenager who designs hats, writes a newspaper column, and lives in the remnants of an underground railroad tunnel in 1890 Atlanta. And that’s just the setting. The Downstairs Girl is rich in atmosphere, deftly-sketched characters, and ubiquitous perils for a young woman in the…
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February 18, 2022
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The Forgotten Home Child A Chevron Ross Book Review

Cruelty, and rationalizations for it, have been with us throughout history and seem to have no boundaries. Even in the Old Testament, we find instances of torture and enslavement. God Himself warns His people against throwing their children into the fire as sacrificial offerings to false deities. The passage of…
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February 11, 2022
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Memorable Characters in Literature: George Babbitt

Sinclair Lewis had a talent for holding up a mirror to society. His title character George Babbitt is easily recognizable: materialistic, pompous, blustery, social-climbing, self-serving and self-aggrandizing. He rationalizes his way through life on the pretext that what’s good for Babbitt is good for the U.S.A. But reader, beware! As…
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February 4, 2022
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A Chevron Ross Book Review: The Winter Soldier

I can’t decide what I liked more about this novel – the narration or the characters. The Winter Soldier drew me into a theatre of World War I that I knew little about. Lucius Krzelewski, a promising medical student from a wealthy Polish family, finds himself back in kindergarten when…
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January 28, 2022
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The Seven-Day Resurrection Goes Live!

The Seven-Day Resurrection is now on sale at all major book retailers. Here are some early comments from reviewers: “Many authors have written stories about coming back from the dead, but they don’t tell the story with this much artistry. The story’s heart is in the right place, and the…
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January 18, 2022
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Memorable Characters in Literature: Jeremy Pauling

Whether it’s fact or fiction, nothing makes a story more appealing to me than the characters. I like to know how other people see the world. How other people see them. What motivates them. What they expect from life, and how they react to its joys and disappointments. Even such…
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January 7, 2022