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Blog Tour | Review | A Secret Lies Deep by Jake Hatmacher

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œA Secret Lies Deep” by Jake Hatmacher , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?:)


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Title: A Secret Lies Deep
Author: Jake Hatmacher
Genre: Psychological, Romance
Publisher: Jake Hatmacher

Publishing date: 2nd April, 2017
My Rating: 3/5 stars

 


Synopsis:

SECRETS… We attempt to conceal our own but are frustrated by those concealed from us.Β  That is the crux of Eryn’s story as she seeks answers to the questionsβˆ’the secretsβˆ’that have troubled her since her youth.Β  Perhaps if she wasn’t so smart these questions wouldn’t bother her, but she is.Β  Eryn’s new job is a further challenge to her own secret as she strives to protect it.Β  Not only that, but when challenged concerning her sexuality she must ultimately decide whether that secret is worth withholding forever.Β  It’s not that no one is aware of Eryn’s secret.Β  She has entrusted it to close family members and a few childhood acquaintances.Β  When confronted by her grandfather, unhappy with the cause of the secrecy, Eryn’s defenses and his words put a barrier between them that she feels helpless to resolve.Β  She desires his acceptance again.Β  But how will she regain it?Β  Perhaps if she could only find the answers to her troubling questions.Β  But where would she even begin?Β  By coincidenceβˆ’or is it by divine interventionβˆ’she and her co-worker are given the task to research genealogies for a new display at their museum.Β  Unbeknownst to Eryn, the path to her answers begins on her flight to New York as she embarks on her new assignment.Β  What she experiences next is a remarkable and shocking series of events which leads to the truth she seeks, and to the discovery of who she was truly meant to be and who she was truly meant to love.


My Take:

SECRETS… We attempt to conceal our own but are frustrated by those concealed from us.

Isn’t this an intriguing starting line?

When I first read the synopsis, for me, with each sentence it took an interesting turn. The synopsis had me in as I didn’t like the cover much. (I do judge the book from it’s cover sometimes, guilty! πŸ˜› We all do, don’t we? πŸ˜› )

The way the synopsis ended. From drama to all philosophical, I was in. Now, I had to read the book.

What she experiences next is a remarkable and shocking series of events which leads to the truth she seeks, and to the discovery of who she was truly meant to be and who she was truly meant to love.

So, here it goes…

The book starts with Eryn’s and Diana’s playful bickering in their museum office. For some parts it was funny but some parts the wittiness felt forced like this one here.

” Work, work, work… work, work, work, that’s all we ever do!”
“Diana, why don’t you get a Snickers or something because you are starting to get on my nerves!” Eryn suggested as she sat behind her office desk reviewing the tour groups that were to come through the musuem that day.

To make up for this, the skit they plan for the museum is fun to read about and the party they go to with Diana going on crazy and Eryn having to be the voice of reason is good but Eryn kind of over thinks at a point.

Diana is the girl who keeps complaining about her work the whole time but in a funny manner while Eryn is the serious worker, that’s the reason Eryn is promoted way faster than Diana is.

The story progresses gradually, it sure has a lot to hold your attention, it could get bland at points but the next parts usually make up for it. It havingΒ female transgender main character and some paranormal undertones made up for quite an interesting read. πŸ™‚Β The patches focused on the museum and their work is very interesting as well. πŸ˜€

I feel like this book is more about the lesson it conveys than the way the story is told. If it was not for something that I believe in I am not sure I would’ve liked it much. The emotional and mental turmoil of finding out the meaning of your existence, who you actually are, what you actually want is something we all go through at one or the other point in our lives.

For some of us, it’s not that complicated but for some of us it is about questioning everything that we know of and then fighting the feel that we know nothing about ourselves, having to question even the basic stuff and living in the fear of society not accepting us.

This book touches the subject well enough. Eryn’s struggle sums it up for all us- why we are on this earth, our history that we have experienced and what we will experience.

She makes it a mission to figure out she actually is. I feel that readers will connect to her at that level and it will help the readers to embark on their own journey to discover their true selves.


Why would I pick it up?

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Deep thinking? Why not? πŸ˜€

As the author says in his bio: “They also include humor, although mostly subtle…” πŸ˜›Β 


About the author:

jerry's portraitAs you already know, I am a professional writer. But I’m also a physician. I spent many years practicing, and practicing means working, as an obstetrician and gynecologist. I still maintain three state licenses but I spend my time now writing.

The fictional stories that I have written have sprung out of time spent treating patients. The stories are unique in that although they are fictional, they have much in the way of historical fact and medical fact. They also include humor, although mostly subtle and are flavored with a touch of fantasy.

I grew up in a city of near thirty-five thousand in the north-central part of Illinois. My higher education was at Loyola University of Chicago, followed by medical school at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. I treated patients for 25 years in Illinois before moving to Ohio, where I now reside.
Besides writing, my time is filled taking care of my home, gardening, hiking, and simply enjoying the fresh air outdoors and the beautiful plants and animals that nature provides. I am always trying to introduce new plants that are not invasive, conserve water and attract butterflies. The reason for wanting to attract butterflies has a story, but let me just say here, it mostly has to do with their variety of color and the way they appear to float on the air as they fly-they are calming.

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Review | The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Account of the Visit from St. Nicholas

 

Title:Β The Night Before Christmas
Author:Β Clement C. Moore
Genre: Classic, Children’s Fiction
Publishing date: 16th December, 2014 (first published 1823)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 9

My Rating: 3/5 stars Β 

 


Synopsis:

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus.


My Take:

I remember reading this last Christmas and I only got around talking about it one year later.

This is a classic Christmas read. I am so glad that I read this. There isn’t much for me to say that’s going to be any different from what a lot of people have said.

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I didn’t read an illustrated version but there are lots and lots of illustrated versions available by various illustrations.

This is one of the books that can be read as a tradition every Christmas. I really enjoyed reading this.


Why would I pick it up?

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As I said, “can be read as a tradition every Christmas.”

Review | The Awkward Owl by Shawnda Blake

The Awkward Owl

 

Title: The Awkward Owl
Author: Shawnda Blake
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book, Short Story
Publishing date: 18th August, 2012
Published by: Awkward Owl Media, LLC
Pages: 32

My Rating: 3/5 stars Β 


Synopsis:

When a little owl has difficulty flying, he needs an extra boost of confidence to try again. It takes the loving care of a little girl to help him overcome his awkwardness and take to the skies. A sweet and funny story for bedtime or anytime.


My Take:

This is a cute and colorful picture book with a beautiful message. πŸ˜€

Other owls can swoop and soar but our little guy is yet to learn how to use his wings properly. He flies backwards, to the sides, and bumps into trees. He is slowly discouraged. A little girl who observes him takes him home, her mom doesn’t approve of it, so she builds him a home, feeds him, gives him clean water to drink, and most importantly gives him love. She worries about him and wonders why he can’t fly like other owls.

It was a fun little book that has a very important message that kids should learn. ❀ πŸ˜€


Why would I pick it up?

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For the cute pictures and the moral! ❀ πŸ˜€

Review | Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I by Audrey Ballard

Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I

 

Title:Β Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I
Author:Β Audrey Ballard
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Short Story
Publishing date: 27th July, 2014
Published by: BookBaby

My Rating: 1/5 stars Β 

 


Synopsis:

Two sisters who initially are at odds, team up to help a mermaid with a broken tail. The mermaid, Aquamarine, performs at the local zoo with the dolphin show. There’s a witch, talking critters, mermaids, and a mysterious island. This story is put into short episodes for reading at bedtime or any other story time.


My Take:

This is the first and only book to date that I’ve rated only one star. It is so badly edited that I was frustrated reading it and didn’t want to finish it. The grammatical mistakes made me feel like the book never went to the editor.

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The story would’ve been good if not for how poorly it is told. I couldn’t enjoy the story because of how it is written. The books that kids read has an effect on them and this book is not going to leave a good one.


Why would I pick it up?

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Sadly, won’t.