Books Read in the Month of October of 2019!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of October of 2019. Here are the 9 books I read and reviewed for October.

I loved sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon.

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Loving someone who can’t get his act together is a tough thing to do and quite a challenge. Laila and Chad are young lovers and marry too soon. Now their lives are torn apart by Chad’s drinking and drug habits. What will they have to do in order to begin again and learn to love one another.

The author takes on a sensitive and relevant subject of today in this enjoyable story of hope and love. How far will they go to keep their love alive? Will Laila be able to forgive Chad for hurting her in the past? Will she take him back and learn to accept him flawed as he is?

I found this book to be heartbreaking as these star-crossed lovers try to find love once again. It’s a perfect beach read for summer or anytime.

This book was an epic story that had to be digested in smaller increments since it was 671 pages. It was like reading three books in one.

I did enjoy it but found it to be too long at times – could have been three books. The main story was fascinating about the twins’ birth and how they grew to be so different. There was a large amount of medical technology involving surgeries that was hard to keep up with at times.

There were many fascinating characters that were followed throughout the story but the main characters were the twin boys from birth to

Cutting for Stone deserved 5 stars for storyline, 4 for length and 4 for too much medical information for the lay person to comprehend. I was almost relieved when I finally finished it. It was a huge project to take on. At times I had to get away from it and read three other books that were quicker reads and not so intense.

I don’t feel that it’s necessary to outline the story since others have already done that. All I want to do is let the reader know what they are about to undertake. This book is well worthwhile to read but make sure you have patience and plenty of time to finish this book.

I can see this book being made into an epic long movie one day. It was an incredible undertaking to compile so much into one story. Kudos to the author for this epic novel!

4.0 out of 5 starsA Love Story of Lost then Found!October 6, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseKatherine and Jake’s love story in Lightning Lingers Book 2 of Lightning Strikes Trilogy is a case of young love and tragedy that breaks the couple apart. Katherine and Jake move apart after his father’s disappearance and go on with their lives in separate ways.

She goes back to school and becomes a doctor while Jake takes up flying one thing he vowed he would never do after his father’s death in a plane during a thunder storm. When they are forced together once again they must find their place together or part forever. Will they be able to forgive and forget the past and all the hurt they caused each other?

The author created strong characters, both men and women in this book which makes for a better story as they go up against one another and come to terms. This reader can see how she became a best-selling author.

This was an enjoyable love story with a mystery running through it that made it compelling to finish quickly. I look forward to Book 3 in this series.

5.0 out of 5 starsWinston Windflower, a Hero in my eyes!October 13, 2019Format: Kindle EditionI received a free copy of this new book by Mike Martin. Having read all of his books to date I was happy to read this latest one. My review is of my own volition and a honest view of the book.

Winston Windflower is a hero in this book but he has been one in my eyes throughout this series. If only there was a real person like him, a kind and generous man, a wonderful, affectionate father and supportive husband. He is the consummate family man but a hard-working Mountie too.

Mike Martin has created an enjoyable series with plenty of action in Winston’s daily life as a Mountie. There are drugs, murders, mayhem and danger at every turn as he tries to solve and connect the dots in these cases. The supporting characters are well defined and likable and round out the story satisfactorily. The background of Canada sounds like a lovely place to live besides all the fog and cold weather and snow.

The author writes in an easy manner that makes the story feel as if you are part of the cast and at home or taking a walk along with Winston and Lady, his dog. A thoroughly enjoyable and quick read that makes you want for more. Love Mike Martin books. Looking forward to more! Highly recommend!

Prodigy of Rainbow Tower, Book 2 is an action-packed fantasy that has a gripping storyline and memorable characters. The author has created a fun story with plenty of adventures for the main character, Luke Callindor, and his cohorts.

I read Book 1 more than a year or so ago but picked right up with Luke and his friends as if I never left them. This book continues with more adventures, odd creatures, spells, castors, gnomes, and the usual suspects that kept this reader enthralled.

This series could be made into a TV series or full-length movies as in the Lord of the Rings. It is not as complex as the Lord but equally fascinating and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, Luke, Fizzle, Fritz and Nyx. 

I look forward to reading and learning more about these endearing characters and their fun and challenging adventures. Kudos to the talented and creative Charles E Yallowitz!

Duplicity is a non-stop roller coaster of a thriller that has so many twists and turns that I fell dizzy but in a good way! I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery which held many surprises and kept me turning pages as fast as I could. It was difficult to put this book down – it was that gripping!

It’s difficult to talk about a book like this without giving something away, therefore, I will not tell you what the book is about except that Max and Alyssa are a happily married couple until the untimely death of Max. The mystery centers on this but delves much deeper as the pace ratchets up and up until you find yourself holding your breath at the revelations that come to pass. Can you believe all that transpires in this story? Will you be able to catch your breath when all is revealed? Check it out and find out for yourself.

A wonderful story that will stay with you for a long time. Highly recommend!

Summer Rain was a enjoyable third book in this suspenseful series. I liked all the characters in play especially the main characters, Dani and Patrick, and how they met and connected through lightning.

The author has done a wonderful joy of piecing the three stories together, each book being centered upon one of the family members and how they were compelled to search for answers after the loss of their father in a plane crash. Patrick was added to this story and linked to Dani through a similar loss in his life, his mother who was killed in another plane crash. Barbara Freethy created strong, resilient characters who are not afraid to venture into the unknown in spite of danger at every turn. This makes for some exciting and suspenseful reading.

I look forward to reading the next series involving one of the FBI characters that will spin off from this book. I’m sure the author will have more satisfying stories to tell that will keep this reader engaged.

The Lake House secret is the first book I have read by this author but certainly not the last. It was an engrossing read with plenty of suspense and love interest to keep me invested in its conclusion.

There are many suspects when the remains are found close to the protagonist’s, Jenessa Jones’ neighborhood. Beginning her new job as a reporter in her home town Jenessa finds herself embroiled in the mystery and committed to learning whose remains are uncovered and the perpetrator of the crime. What she doesn’t realize is some evidence points to someone close to her. Can she find the killer before powerful people cover up the crime or before the police bungle up the investigation?

This was an enjoyable and quick read that is just the beginning of a series of mysteries by this talented author. I look forward to more from Debra Burroughs.

Search for the Golden Serpent (Book 1) is like taking a step back in time. It’s full of adventures, humans and gods at war with one another and a fight to prevent Christianity to surface. The main character, Evan (Evandros) is catapulted back in time by Zeus to help the gods stop Christianity from taking away their powers and find some precious artifacts.

The author created a wonderful storyline around ancient times and complex characters who make the reader feel as if he/she is actually on the quest along with Evan and his counterparts. It began slowly but once Evan was pulled back in time the story ratcheted up.

I have read other books by this creative author who certainly does her research to fill in her stories with rich details about Greek mythology that bring her stories alive. I highly recommend this book and others by Luciana Cavallaro.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my monthly reviews for October of 2019. I hope you will check out these wonderful books soon. Watch for more interesting posts coming each week and monthly reviews of all the books I read.


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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Books Read in the Month of October of 2019!

  1. I read Cutting for Stone a long time ago – so I don’t remember everything about it. But I do remember thinking there was a lot of medical terminology – the author is a doctor, isn’t he? That would explain it. Great list!

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