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“Precious Silver Chopsticks: A True Story of a Korean Noble Family” by Mae Adams

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Precious Silver Chopsticks: A True Story of a Korean Noble Family

by Mae Adams

Genre: Memoirs & Biographies/Asia/Korea

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From her childhood in a North Korean mountain village to a successful life in the United States, the years have brought Mae Adams many challenges. With the past full of ghosts, her final challenge is to share her story.

 

Rejected by a mother who did not want a second daughter, Mae grew up on the periphery of her aristocratic Korean family. Her loving step-grandma (a commoner) took care of her, allowing her to explore the joys and perils of their rural home. Mae describes her emergence into Korean culture, from her Japanese-style education to her most prized possession: her pair of silver chopsticks.

 

She endures her mother’s abuse, almost-tragic accidents, and her father’s funeral. But things would get much worse. At the end of World War II, Mae and her family flee to South Korea, while her grandma stays behind. Within five years the Korean War erupts, and again they spend several years as refugees before Mae came to the United States for a college education.

 

Her memoir delves into Korean history and the Japanese occupation, following Mae until her happy ending: marriage to a US Marine colonel and a family and career of her own.

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#Review “The Forever Night Stand” by Bena Roberts

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4/5 Stars!

A victim of spousal infidelity, a cancer survivor, and a convicted criminal, Sara Sharma McDonald can’t catch a break.

Cast off back to her parent’s home, she has the chance to begin again and build a new life… as long as she stays within the limitations of her court-ordered ankle monitor.

Sara misses her life of wealth and privilege, and best friend (and victim), Joe. And husband, Paul? No, she never says she misses… or loves him.

First love, George? Sara thinks about him more than she does Paul. But her feelings for George are a jumbled mess because she also feels he used and betrayed her eighteen and a half years ago. This single thought helps lead her to consider marriage to Raj, a man who’s contacted Sara’s parents about the possibility of an arranged marriage.

This sort of blew my mind because I didn’t realize arranged marriages were a still a cultural tradition after a first marriage fails or for people in their forties. Live and learn.

To me, Sara is a good example of what happens when you live your life for others… and not in a self-sacrificing, altruistic way.

She married Paul, I’m sure, because he was wealthy, and it was expected. But she blames George for allowing it to happen.

Despite Paul’s ongoing and numerous affairs, she. Stays. He’s not husband enough to accompany Sara to her cancer treatments and through the illness but she. Stays.

Like several characters I’ve read about recently in other books, Sara gets fed up and lashes out. Unfortunately, it was during a well-attended party, and she was holding a knife.

Returning home, Sara not only feels like a failure but also a huge disappointment to her parents. She loves them dearly and knows they would do anything for her, but I also believe she underestimates them… especially her mom. Sara believes she can gauge their actions and already knows their responses… and they kept proving her wrong! HA!

The Sharmas have a soft spot for George Wright, but there have been conversations with Raj about a possible union. However, after Sara’s fever illness when her mom said, “George? Raj? All I want is for you to be happy,” she became the star of the story for me! She was simply telling her daughter in a few words that yes, tradition and culture are important but none of it matters if you aren’t happy.

Go, Mama Sharma!

I liked George and feel losing Sara the first time broke something inside him. He had familial obligations but still blames himself as much as she does. However, when trouble arrives, George looks out for Sara. He knew more about her situation than she did, but twenty years of guilt and shame makes him awkward when it comes to her. Of course, not as awkward as Sara diving to the ground or between cars to avoid being seen, but I guess awkward has levels. HA!

Raj? No. Just no. I felt a bit sorry for him until he told Sara the type of marriage they would have. He was dead to me after that. HA!

In the end, it’s Sara who must make things right. She considers the men in her life to be weak but to me, Sara was the weakest link, and it had nothing to do with adultery or cancer or crime. She jumps to conclusions and makes hasty decisions all in one thought and not based on what she wants but to appease others. Losing George the first time broke something inside Sara too and she spent nearly twenty years going through the motion and never taking the time to think things through before acting upon them.

Until it truly mattered—and then eighteen and a half years spilled out of her! Go, Sara!

George was amazing, and Raj redeemed himself in the end. Well, done gentlemen!

The Forever Night Stand is an enjoyable novella that proves being in your forties doesn’t make you wise, you should never say yes when you mean no, and parents are always smarter than us, regardless of age!

Enjoy!

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Sara has her back up against the wall. She is recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy and at her own “cancer free” party, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

The adventure begins when she leaves her posh lifestyle in Scotland and moves in with her Bollywood loving parents, in West London. Her parents are tragically ashamed of Sara’s actions and her electronic monitor. She decides to make them happy again and considers re-marrying.

Enter Raj, a possible hero who comes with the promise of a huge Indian wedding in Goa!

George, the childhood love of her life who seems to be hanging around every corner. George was a Goth and used to be the love of Sara’s life – but she never knew it. Or should she just go back to her husband? Sara faces the biggest dilemma of her life, after making the colossal mistake of her life. What will she do and whom will she choose?

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#BlogTour “The Forever Night Stand” by Bena Roberts

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A two hour romance which starts with drama and mayhem!Cover

Sara has her back up against the wall. She is recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy and at her own “cancer free” party, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

The adventure begins when she leaves her posh lifestyle in Scotland and moves in with her Bollywood loving parents, in West London. Her parents are tragically ashamed of Sara’s actions and her electronic monitor. She decides to make them happy again and considers re-marrying.

Enter Raj, a possible hero who comes with the promise of a huge Indian wedding in Goa!

George, the childhood love of her life who seems to be hanging around every corner. George was a Goth and used to be the love of Sara’s life – but she never knew it. Or should she just go back to her husband? Sara faces the biggest dilemma of her life, after making the colossal mistake of her life. What will she do and whom will she choose?

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Bena Roberts avatarAuthor Bio Bena Roberts

Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title novelist and romance adventurist. She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.

Bena’s favorite literary style is black humor, and she hopes to offer a unique voice in this area. Her books aim to confront the darkest of life experiences, with levity. Most of her writing is heavy hitting yet also entertaining.

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#BlogTour “The Girl of His Dreams (Bachelor #1)” By Janet Nissenson

Title: The Girl Of His Dreams
Author: Janet Nissenson
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 21, 2018
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

He was convinced he’d be a bachelor for life. And then he met the girl of his dreams.

Jordan Reeves has fully embraced the carefree, uncomplicated bachelor life, figuring that the poor example he’d been provided by his parents of so-called marital bliss was reason enough to remain single. He’s more than content to date one woman after another and never even consider settling down, especially since the only female who’s ever seriously caught his attention belongs to another man.
But during a vacation in Hawaii, Jordan unexpectedly meets a woman who could very easily change his mind about the joys of bachelorhood. Aubrey Larson is young, gorgeous, fun-loving, and has a wicked sense of humor to match his own. She’s also a dead ringer for the woman Jordan’s had an admitted crush on for the past few years, enough to be mistaken for her twin.
Aubrey recognizes the handsome Doctor Reeves as a player of epic proportions the first time they meet, but even her usual disdain for that type of male can’t diminish the overwhelming attraction she feels for him. But as their relationship deepens, Aubrey has no idea that becoming involved with Jordan will lead to a startling discovery about her own past, and cause her to question his true feelings for her.

 

 

 

Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity was her first official release in December 2013. There are a total of six full-length books planned in the Inevitable series, along with the upcoming “spin-off” Splendor trilogy.

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#Review “London Hat Hunting Mission” by Winnie Mak Tselikas

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5/5 Stars!

To help their friend, Mr. Globe, get over a headache, young friends Hope, Lea, Parth, and Jun go on an adventure in search of head aid – magical hats from the many diverse cultures of London which will make Mr. Globe feel better.

The four friends, each from a different culture, enjoy an easy friendship where skin color isn’t an issue and working together comes naturally.

As they search for the magical hats in the many districts and areas of the city, popular London landmarks and attractions are pointed out like Big Ben and the Tube. They even travel to Baker Street looking for a deer stalker, the hat made famous by fictional legend Sherlock Holmes.

The London Hat Hunting Mission has a natural flow and feel, enhanced by the innocence of the children. Beautiful illustrations and real photos are presented in a colorful back-drop and also include a large easy-to-read font that could be read by beginning readers and tweens alike.

The story is not preachy or political and sends the simple message that in order for Mr. Globe to feel good, he needs all cultures and ethnicities… together. Each and every one is important and brings something special to every day life.

I believe any child would enjoy The London Hat Hunting Mission, but I also recommend it for teens and adults because there are some things you’re never too old to learn.

Enjoy!

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Four little Londoners, Hope, Jun, Lea and Parth, come from a different cultural background, are good Coverfriends living in London. They are travelling to the iconic places around the city in search of magic hats to cure Mr Globe’s headache.

The book is illustrated with a mix of real life photographs of iconic places in London and digital illustration, so children can have a vivid visual experience of London and at the same time open up their world of imagination.

 

 

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#BlogTour “London Hat Hunting Mission” by Winnie Mak Tselikas

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Four little Londoners, Hope, Jun, Lea and Parth, come from a different cultural background, are good Coverfriends living in London. They are travelling to the iconic places around the city in search of magic hats to cure Mr Globe’s headache.

The book is illustrated with a mix of real life photographs of iconic places in London and digital illustration, so children can have a vivid visual experience of London and at the same time open up their world of imagination.

 

 

Purchase from Amazon UK  https://amzn.to/2HbY6e6

https://onedearworld.com/products/childrensbook-london-hat-hunting-mission

Winnie1Author Bio  

Winnie Mak Tselikas is a believer in diversity. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she studied engineering, worked in commercial sales and in 2011 switched to education upon moving to London. There, she met her half-French, half-Greek husband and they had a son, who now has family in China, France, Greece, HK, the UK and the US. Winnie considers her son to be a world citizen rather than of a particular nationality or culture. Inspired by her family and London’s diversity, she founded One Dear World and created the lovely adventures of Mr. Globe and the little Londoner dolls.

 

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