One hundred years ago, during the final days of the First World War, a microscopic menace attacked humanity on a global scale: the Spanish Influenza. The conditions of the war (overcrowding and global troop movements) hastened the rapid spread of this disease. Because of the lack of reliable healthcare and sanitary practices in the public-at-large, this disease quickly escalated into a public health crisis.
Heroes in real life don’t wear masks and capes. Sometimes they don’t stand out at all. But real heroes can save a life—or many lives—just by answering the call in their heart. ~Victoria Arlen
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” ~Albert Einstein
The Key to Everything, a novel by Valerie Fraser Luesse, tells the tale of 15-year-old Peyton Cabot. The only child of well-to-do parents, Peyton must watch helpless as his tender-hearted father, broken by the battlefield, drowns his demons in a bottle of bourbon.
Have you ever read a book that you both loved and loathed? Much like a horror movie that scares you senseless, scene after scene, and yet, you just can’t stop watching: That was how I felt about the book, Daughter of the Reich, written by Louise Fein. I did not want to keep reading, but I could not put it down.
First, before I delve into my book review, I want to dive into my past for a moment.
Have you ever felt that sickening sensation that someone is watching you? Growing up, for more than a year, every time I rode my bike down one road not far from my house, I got the weird feeling that someone was watching me. It gave me the heebie-geebies…
On a separate issue, a few days ago, I posted a story about three family members who were adversely impacted by fire…
By now, you are probably asking yourself, why is she bringing up past memories and fires in the family tree in a book review? Here’s why…