Books Read in the Month of October of 2021!

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 2021. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for October. I might have read even more if I didn’t have another WIP. But, I always seemed to have a WIP! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

I love 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. Thank you for your kind support of my work and my fellow authors.

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This book, Life’s Daily Treasure 366 Doses of Hope Optimism Personal growth and Encouragement, was not yet published when I wrote my review.

I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

This is the first book I have read by this motivational, award-winning author/speaker. In this book he offers 12 months of Inspiration from the Bible, National Day, Anniversary of someone famous and Born that day, Motivational Saying of someone known or not and his own Battle’s Bullets.

As I began reading the monthly inspirations I felt my spirits liftedAs an author myself I especially enjoyed this particular Battle’s Bullet – ‘If you don’t receive the fruit of your labor immediately, do not become discouraged but stay the course.’ There are many times when I do feel this way. Battle’s words encouraged me to ‘stay the course.’

Another Battle’s Bullets – ‘It’s not when we start in life that counts but where we finish.’ This is so true; but as we go on in life we can’t always see what is ahead. Battle’s words tell me to think positively for the finish line. (My own bullet.)

Here is a sample of Scripture: ‘1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us.’

I enjoyed the Motivational Sayings especially this one by Einstein: ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.’ 

One more memorable Motivational Saying: 

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.’ – Francesca Reigler

If you are in need of inspiration, pick up this book. You will feel inspiration flowing throughout your being. I highly recommend this book by this inspirational and motivational author. He has several other books that will inspire you also. This is a beautiful book that will continue to provide encouragement to you whenever you need it.

We all need to be inspired so that we can continue living full and rich lives. Thank you, Richard Battle, for being that inspiration!

Then She Was Gone is an extraordinary story that is heart wrenching and unforgettable! Once I began reading I couldn’t put it down. Many nights I forced myself to stay awake to keep reading. But, alas, I did fall asleep.

This author has written a creative and unbelievable story of love, loss, heartache and family relationships that are real and crushing to one’s soul. Just the thought of one’s child going missing tears me apart. How can a family not break apart? How will they be able to put the pieces of their lives back together again?

The main protagonist, Laura, is the sort of woman who is a caring and sensitive person. She finds herself broken when her daughter goes missing. She strives to get herself back to being a good mother to her two other children and a devoted wife to her husband but that doesn’t happen. She will never feel whole again until she knows where her daughter is.

This book is so gripping that the reader feels what the mother feels and cries along with her. I loved this book even though it made me sad. I had to know what happened and why.

Read this book and find out what I mean. You will not be able to put it down either. I highly recommend!

The Last of the Moon Girls is a story of family relationships, self-limiting beliefs, forgiveness, magic, mystery and some romance thrown in for good measure.

The main character, Lizzy Moon, is a strong woman who returns home to put things right with her family’s homestead and her late grandmother’s reputation. Her grandmother died with rumors of her involvement hanging over her about the death of two young women.

Lizzy knows that her grandmother was not responsible for the two young women’s deaths. Althea moon was a lovely person who cared for others and help them unselfishly. She was not capable of hurting anyone.

Being back home Lizzy finds the community is anything but welcoming to her when she begins to uncover some things about the suspicious deaths that occurred on her property. She turns to her friend, Andrew Greyson, who she has a deep connection to from their past.

This was an enjoyable read with strong and well-defined characters.

Into the Darkness was a shocking and captivating thriller/mystery. It kept me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath. It deals with the Dark Web which is a frightening concept that is more real than we want to imagine.

The author, Sibel Hodge, touched on a dark side of the internet that frightens all parents. When one of the characters a teenage girl, Tony, stumbles onto a site in the Dark Web she is horrified and wants to do something to stop those who are torturing and killing others.

There are two stories that intertwine in this tale of darkness. The main protagonist a former SAS operative, Mitchell, is drawn into the case when the teenager taken is his goddaughter. There is also a detective Warren Carter who doesn’t think the clues in the murder case he is working on of an elderly couple doesn’t add up. These two men find themselves drawn together by these two cases they must do all they can to protect the teen and themselves because the men involved and in control are higher up than they could have ever imagined.

This book was frightening to think about. I pray that this is not happening in our world and if it is please keep your children off the Dark Web at all costs.

The Fourth Estate is a fascinating story of two men who crave power and become obsessed with having the biggest newspaper in the world. Their lives intertwine as they become more famous by the fortunes they have accrued and the newspapers they collect.

Jeffrey Archer has created an epic story of two men who become the most powerful men in the newspaper business. They become rivals and try to put each other out of business without any thought to the people who lose their jobs due to their ruthlessness, the lives the change forever and the women who they have loved and lost.

I enjoyed this story but found it a bit long and drawn out. But I think all Archer’s books are over 500 + pages. I still think he is the master storyteller who has the innate ability to draw fascinating characters and full and complex story lines.

The Case of Emil Diesel is an intriguing real life mystery of one man’s struggle to regain his father’s art as his inheritance. This case happened during WW2 as the Germans confiscated many works of art from hapless citizens, Jewish and otherwise.

The son, Max Diesel, travels to Germany after his father’s death to try and reclaim his father’s valuable art collection which suddenly disappears into the hands of the German’s and greedy art museums.

The author has collated all the evidence about this case and created an interesting story involving the complicated relationships between the families, romance, and the heartache of loss.

A sweet story about a woman who is going through multiple traumas in her life. Her husband of many years wants a divorce because he wants a different life style and she discovers that she has breast cancer.

Maggie Abernathy doesn’t know what to do or where to turn until unexpectedly a seven-year old girl, Chloe, stumbles into her yard looking for a friend. They both are in need of love and friendship. At first Chloe is an annoyance that Maggie wants to ignore hoping she will go away. But soon Maggie realizes that Chloe needs her as much as she needs Chloe.

This is a sweet and tender story of finding one’s way through heartache. As I read this story these characters captured my heart and I wanted to reach out and help them along until they were both whole once again. A lovely story that I highly recommend!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of me and my books and all the reviews that I receive. Please keep them coming! I hope you will keep coming back for more entertaining reading and events about new works, daily news, birds, fish and other things that pop into my already overcrowded head.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 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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7 Responses to Books Read in the Month of October of 2021!

  1. noelleg44 says:

    You certainly had a busy month reading a variety of genres, Janice. It seemed you picked well.

  2. Loved Maggie’s Way! Awesome that you enjoy reading as many books as you do.

  3. Jan Sikes says:

    What an eclectic selection of books, Janice. I have had my eye on “Then She Was Gone” for a while and your review makes me want to hurry it up! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Mar says:

    Jewell’s book is already on my TBR list but looks like I need to add a few more. Thanks for sharing with us, Janice!!

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