Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dreams Thrown Away by Dilsa Bailey

Title of book: Dreams Thrown Away
Author’s name: Dilsa Saunders Bailey
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release date (or anticipated release): 08-14-2009
ISBN: 978-1-4327-4222-5
ASIN (if applicable): None
eBook ISBN: None
Specs: 6.14 x 9.21 Paperback, 404 pages, Ebook and Kindle Edition
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Category: Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Expectant Release Date: August 2009
Page count: 404
Size: 6x9 paperback, eBook available too on Nook and Kindle

Review Summary:

Kalina Denise Harris has dreams of meeting a wealthy man who will sweep her off her feet. This seems to be the fantasy-fairytale dream for most single young women. In the opening chapter, “word is our bond” was a valuable lesson taught between father and daughter’s morning talk. Sometimes, we are willing to throw our own dreams and happiness away to please someone else to make them happy. The once happy, perfect home clashes before Kalina’s eyes, and discovers her only friend, Mandy, married and pregnant. She was hoping her only friend would also go to college too. Later, she has nowhere but to her aunt’s house in Philadelphia. This situation didn’t last very long. No longer a country girl with a drawl, has to learn the streets and runs into people who knew her mother and aunt—small world. Her na├»ve upbringing surely changes after two years of being under the household of Jordan living with his six grandsons by his son, Billy.

This debut novel is a splendid read, beautifully written and delicately told with such horrid incidents flash on the pages once an adulterous affair goes berserk leaving the seventeen-year-old Kalina in a hopeless state. Dreams shattered in a tickling of an eye. Moreover, this story had twists and turns and tragic events I was not looking to bump into. The author also wrote a story that wasn’t predictable and hoped for a meaningful ending. I hope this author writes more entertaining and edgy stories because she has a fan!

Lesson: Be careful what you do to others, for you will reap what you sow.

Dream 4 More Reviews received a copy of "Dream Thrown Away" via pdf file (eBook) from the author for a book review.

Dream 4 More Reviews,
Adrienna Turner
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Beautiful by Kiexiza Rodriquez

BeautifulBeautiful by Kiexiza KIE Rodriquez

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Inspirational Romance Mystery.

Publisher: DiamondStar Entertainment

IBSN 13: 978-1-463-65039-1

ISBN 10: 1-463-65039-6

ISBN SmashWords: 978-1-4524-6673-6

LCN: 2011932578

Release Date: July 2011

Page count: 300

Size: 6x9, Paperback

Sometimes women are willing to make sacrifices and even squash their singing career for their husband to fulfill his dreams—this is Shireece and Sean. Tierra is living the glamorous life as it seemed. Tierra Rodriquez occupies her time at charity balls, events, and holds it down in her stilettos in the corporate world—promotion knocks on her door for all her hard work at Baxwell Enterprisez. Wow, who gets a promotion and on top of that, two weeks vacation, with her secretary (Ms. Teri) on vacay too. Executive position suits this classy, sassy, high-class professional, but the only woman in the company. Soon, she runs back into her long-time friend, Aquarian (QU) Speene. He confesses about his loss but also his love for Tierra, which she wondering why now. Cheering this couple on and can’t wait to see where this will transpire—love for hire.

Other valuable lessons taken from this novel:

*add God in your conversations

*long-term friendships between Tierra and Shireece

*male friendships, treated like a brother/sister relationship

*a family that prays together, stays together and unleashes the power of forgiveness and healing

The author has improved on their writing style, yet still proofreading issues such as punctuation, word inconsistency (pay roll should be payroll) to name a few. Overall, as a reviewer and author, I see how this writer has grown, filled in the blanks of the hidden pieces in this new version of the novel, and ready to read the next novel in the series. If you love romance, chick-lit, and contemporary fiction—this is a match for your book reading pleasures.

Dream 4 More Reviews has received the revised version of "Beautiful" via electronic format (ebook) by the author for a book review.

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Adrienna Turner

Dream Rating: Sweet Dreams (Dream4More Reviews)

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