Wednesday Book Reviews — Twofer, #RRBC

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

I’m continuing my break, but I still wanted to share something good!  We all need positive things — and great things to read. So here are a couple of quick book reviews. Both of these are for the “Rave Reviews Book Club” (RRBC).

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Karen Black, A Candle in the Darkness

From the blurb

Is there life after death? Not according to Valerie. Following the accidental death of her husband, Valerie was distraught.  In spite of severe storm warnings, and against her in-laws’ advice, Valerie set out for Maryland, where she and Randy had been planning to live. It took a tornado, and the words of a stranger to show Valerie exactly how to move on without Randy; or was it with him?

My Review

It was a dark and stormy night – for sure!  A short paranormal story, yet it is a full story.  The author manages to engage all the senses during this brief read.  Black’s candle lights the way for those who “want to believe,” it’s a perfect heartwarming stormy night. (This story is one of the RRBC Book of the Month selections.)


John W. Howell, My GRL

John Howell Books

I had already purchased this book (and the rest of the series) before I bought into the book club.  This is not the first time I’ve read “My GRL” – it’s well worth multiple reads.  That applies to all of John’s books.

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From the blurb

John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, needs some well-deserved time off. He takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. His short-term plan is to become a charter fishing boat captain. John is unaware his craft has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to destroy a class of Annapolis Midshipmen on their summer cruise. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. To further complicate the situation, he was lying on the gun that killed her

My Review

The beginning of an exciting series.  I had reviewed this book previously on Amazon, but I see the writeup has vanished – as is often the case.  It’s a book you’ll want to read more than once.  Murder, spies, espionage, and a relatable hero – what’s not to like?  I was immediately drawn to the hero.  His situation made him even more compelling.  One suggestion – don’t use this book as something to help you relax and go to sleep.  It’s far too exciting for that.  I didn’t want it to end – and happily there are more books in the series, each just as captivating as this one.

I need to continue my break for awhile longer. So comments are closed.  Hugs on the wing!


I made a commitment to do four reviews this year, of books in the Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) catalog.  One had to be of one of their books of the month.  That is “A Candle in the Darkness,” my third review.  The fourth is of John W. Howell’s “My GRL.”  Also, I previously posted reviews for Robbie Cheadle’s “Through the Nethergate,” and Fiza Pathan’s “The Reclusive Writer and Reader of Bandra.”  There was an April fools “joke” from the book club.  I’ve done my reviews now, but these are lovely books — no joke!