Books Read in the Month of November 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 November of 2021. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for November. 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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Gray Mountain is a legal thriller that kept me turning pages. When there is injustice in the world I always cheer on the underdog. John Grisham had me cheering many in this book.

This story involves the coal industry and what sacrifices the communities suffer in order for the companies to carry out the production of coal. Mountains are destroyed, communities are decimated, lives are lost due to the inhalation of the coal dust from working in the mines. There was horrendous destruction and loss of lives in this story that tear your heart out.

It was an enjoyable read but made me think long and hard about using coal if this is what will happen.

Vanishing Girls is a gritty, crime thriller that is gripping and unforgettable. I couldn’t put this book down.

The subject matter, kidnapping and rape of women, is horrendous, dark and nightmarish. The thought of losing a wife, mother, daughter to a sick individual who does such things is unthinkable.

The author attacks this subject and keeps the reader glued to the pages until the satisfying ending is reached. Even though my heart was racing, my blood was boiling as I read each scene I couldn’t stop reading.

An unforgettable but heart wrenching read that I would recommend if you can stomach such a subject. The ending is well worth it!

Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is an unforgettable story of how some tragic events can change a person’s life and those of generations to come. The main protagonist, Millicent Glenn, suffers a horrendous tragedy in her life which effects her daughter, granddaughter and soon to be great granddaughter.

The subject is a difficult one to broach. I will not give away anything of this heart-wrenching story but must say that it brought me to tears. I felt Millicent’s pain and heartache. Millicent has always been told that she is strong and can weather any storm. But can she get over the tragedy of losing a child?

Anyone who reads this story will break down in tears. It is well written with strong characters and real family situations. All families have secrets but if these secrets are revealed will they break up the family or bring them closer than ever?

I highly recommend that you read this book if you can. It will leave you with a broken heart for Millicent and her family.

The Haunting of Brynn Wilder was more of a romance than a haunting. I enjoyed it until the end. I thought there would be a more complete and satisfying explanation to the story.

The author created an interesting concept about a haunting of a young woman who comes to a town near Lake Superior. She is drawn there inexplicably to get over a loss in her life. She meets an intriguing, handsome and captivating man who sweeps her off her feet. She feels as if she has known him all her life. But how could that be?

She begins to see things that she cannot explain in the boarding house where she is staying. She makes friends easily in this town and begins to share her visions with them and the man she is drawn to romantically. They are not surprised by her stories. The house is known to be haunted.

I was interested up to this point but then things slowed down and the story appeared to end suddenly. I needed more closure to some of the happenings. It was a good story but I think it could have been so much more. Not everyone will feels the same. Maybe you won’t. Read it and find out.

What if you could choose your parents? What if you could pick and choose what characteristics and talents you have? What if you could be nurtured from inception to be something special and use those talents to succeed in life? This is a book that shows us a bird’s eye view of how this could happen.

This is an intriguing premise that kept me engrossed in this story. Is this at all possible? Can we pick and choose who we want to be, what talents we will have, and how we will use them? 

In this book a small man, Phineas, has big dreams about doing things as he thinks out of the box. He begins as a shoeshine boy who wheels and deals with a rich man. The rich man listens to Phineas and sees something in him that reminds him of himself. He invites Phineas to his home and listens to his ideas. The story grows from there.

The author has created an intriguing story line and shows his talent for sports play by play. He makes you feel like you are part of the game. You feel the angst of the players, their pain, their joy and their defeat. This is not just a baseball story, it is much more!

I highly recommend this story. If you are a dreamer, maybe your dream is possible one day too.

The Confession was a moving thriller that was gripping and heart-wrenching as the main protagonist, a minister, vows to save an innocent young man on death row by delivering the real killer before the innocent man is killed.

Grisham delves deep into the justice system in this book by uncovering all the injustices by the legal profession and all its participants. The innocent man, Donte Drumm, finds himself thrust into the throes of prejudice and bigotry as he is convicted of something he did not do.

The minister, Keith, is approached by the actual killer and tries to convince the killer to give himself up and save Donte. What transpires through most of the book is what happens between the minister and the murderer/rapist and how they travel to Texas to try to stop the execution.

It is an enjoyable read though heartbreaking for the families of both victims, the murdered girl and the innocent young man. The author makes you feel the heartache and angst of the characters and will have you praying for the release of Donte and punishment of the actual killer.

This book starts off slow with a lot of descriptive passages. Once the actual story began it held my interest. I like the main character, Jack Reacher. He is a tough, resilient guy but with a heart for those oppressed. He does things his own way and not always by the rules. But he gets things done in his own inimitable way.

The story deals with a serial killer who is after women who are in the service and have claimed to be raped by their fellow servicemen. Someone out there doesn’t like this and deals with it. Who and why they are doing this is the question.

Jack Reacher is drawn or should I say forced into helping the FBI find the perpetrator. They don’t use finesse in dealing with Reacher which irks him to say the least. He has his own way of dealing with the FBI too. They better watch out! They have no idea who they are dealing with.

An interesting read that kept me intrigued until the end. Love Jack Reacher but don’t ways like the extra descriptive details that the author provides in his stories. Too much filler for my taste. But I guess I will keep reading because I love Reacher!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back soon. You are always welcome! Take care. Keep reading and reviewing and I will keep writing!

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 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 November of 2021!

  1. Jan Sikes says:

    These sound like great reads. Thanks for sharing!

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