Book Review: I am Sophie Tucker



I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir by Susan Ecker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was attracted to this book because of the time period. I really like reading books that are early 1900s, and this book had pictures which where really great.

I still wasn’t sure what historic fiction means, I have found that it means that the piece is written 50 years after it happened, and the writers are going by research. For this book the writers state “it is 85% fact and 15% who knows”.

Besides wanting to read about this time period I found the whole book really interesting, yes the book can bounce around, but I didn’t find it hard to keep up. I loved the stories and am amazed at what the character Sophie Tucker lived through and fought her way to be the top. I am sure it can still be that way today as well.

I also loved the part where she finds out the history of how her parents came to the USA. I have family that came to this country as well and find those stories really interesting.

If you like to read about historical books with a view from the writer, meaning Sophie Tucker, then this is a book for you to read.

I was provided this book by Netgally for an honest review. 

What Goodreads says the book is about:

Features more than 90 beautiful color and 120 black and white period illustrations.

Part fairy tale, part crime novel, part rags to riches Hollywood myth, I Am Sophie Tucker tells the outrageous story of one of showbiz’s biggest personalities.

From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqué songs paved the way for performers such as West, Monroe, Midler, Cher, Madonna, and Gaga.

“Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s,” says co-author Susan Ecker. “She was close friends with seven presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J. Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra and every other notable of her era.”

Tucker tried to get her story published for nine years, without success. Undaunted, Sophie hired half a dozen ghostwriters, but she still had no takers for her no holds barred autobiography. Eventually, Doubleday published a sanitized version in 1945.

“After immersing ourselves in Sophie’s papers and surviving friends,” says co-author Lloyd Ecker, “this initial volume is what should have been the actual autobiography of Tucker.”

Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect. Over the years, she told multiple versions of each important event. At the end, not even Sophie knew the difference between truth and tall tale.

“This volume is 85% fact,” Lloyd explains. “The other 15% …who knows?”

I Am Sophie Tucker puts back all of the delicious bits nixed by Doubleday’s lawyers and throws in other Tucker show business dirt, intrigue, arrests, romance, murder, gangsters, and scandals. Now you can read it for yourself.

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About the Authors:

In 1973, Ithaca College students Susan Denner and Lloyd Ecker went on their first date to see an up-and-coming new singer named Bette Midler. Over the course of the evening, the couple fell in love with the Divine Miss M., her Sophie Tucker jokes, and each other.

Over the last forty years, the Eckers got married and had three children, and developed Babytobee. The sale of that business in 2006 allowed Sue and Lloyd to pursue their passion for bringing Sophie Tucker’s life to the page, stage, and screen.



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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

My Dream Reader; Blogging 101

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I started taking this online class for Blogging the beginning of January and now here it is the end of January and I am on lesson  3 or 4. Yes I tend to procrastinate, something I am working on but I don’t think I will change.   I am going to try and catch up this week. There is so much to learn about blogging, and I have been blogging a long time but there always seems to be more new stuff faster than I can learn. 

The topic is my Dream Reader, well my Dream Reader is someone who likes to read. And by reading I mean books, blogs, what have you. Also someone who likes to read reviews, this blog is mainly for book reviews. I will also be adding a new scrapbook/craft in the near future that will also link to this site as well.  I love to read a variety of books, mainly on my Kindle because I can see it better. But I do read books as well. I just finished a book by Howie Mandel that review will be coming this week. it was a great book. 

There will also be Giveaways , blogs and information from authors and others who blog about books. I think reading is still so important. There was a few years that I really didn’t read much, and then when I started reading again I actually felt my brain to start thinking again.  Reading is so important! 

I do review books that authors have given me to read and review, which is fantastic, I really love to help authors get their books out there so other can enjoy them. I have a Facebook site Top Kindle Books I share free and books I find on sale. Some books I share there because they are new or the author is new and needs to be seen, there are so many books on Amazon. I wish I had time to read them all.  I hope the person who is reading my blog will be able to find a book that they like. 


PS remember to check out my blog to find some Giveaways as well. I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Reading Challenge 2015

I was looking on Pinterest and I found this cool reading challenge. So I was thinking to myself I really want to try this, it is something that I can do. I think there are a few ones on this challenge that will be a challenge.  I have already challenged myself to read 100 books again this year, maybe adding a little spice to my reading list would be great. Any one want to join me on this challenge? I really think it would be fun. 


Reading Challenge 

Click on the above link to go to the web site that has this list that you can print. The website seemed pretty cool.

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: Temporary Bridesmaid by Lu Ann Brobst Staheli




Temporary BridesmaidTemporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Brobst Staheli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Temporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Brobst Staheli was a good fast story.

The story is about Jenny Grant, all her friends are married and the last one is getting married. She has a great job, well not always but she can take care of herself, but what is missing is a man, and since that isn’t happening she decided to settle on not worrying about being married, but of course it is in the back of her head.
She is helping her friend with her wedding and so she seems a little envious that her friends can find someone and not her. She also is dealing with her mom and some of her medical issues, pretty much life keeps going on.

James Cox had a strong feeling to sell his company and move to Salt Lake City, not sure why, but he knew Heavenly Father wouldn’t lead him astray. He found a temp job at the same company that Jenny works for.

Of course they would be perfect together but there a bunch of mishaps they don’t meet at first. They do eventually meet.

There is also Jenny’s friend Stephie, she is having some issues and I thought that was more interesting than Jenny’s life, I am hoping the author will write another story about her as well.

Even though I loved the story I felt that some of the characters weren’t as developed as others. Also only James every mentioned prayer helping to guide him, I wish the women in the story also spoke about saying a prayer or going to church. I think this would have added to the story. I do like it was a clean Christian romance.
I did receive this book for an honest review.


What Goodreads says the book is about:

Jenny Grant has given up on men, and therefore her dream of ever getting married. But when James Cox comes to work in her building as a temp, she has to convince herself to stay true to her new conviction. All around her, everything is falling apart in her life. She’s been asked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding—leaving Jenny the last single in her group—her mother’s forgetfulness has progressed to a level that might prove dangerous, and the raise and promotion Jenny longs for may not be within her reach. When a man who looks like James steals her wallet her distrust of men rests on his shoulders.

James Cox has no idea why he has given up his position as a California CEO to move to Salt Lake City, but he’s certain it isn’t to find a bride. When the call comes for a temp position at a computer programming company, he figures this must be why. But his co-workers are not always easy to get along with, especially the fiery-tempered woman named Jenny Grant. If he didn’t find her so beautiful and interesting, it might not matter. Except that it does

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About the Author:

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli got her start as a celebrity paparazzi-stalker-chick, which led to her award-winning career as a ghostwriter for celebrity memoirs. A masochist at heart, she taught junior high school English for 33 years, and once spent two weeks of summer vacation backpacking through Europe with 15 of her students. She has won three Utah Best of State Medals—two for writing and one for teaching—but refuses to wear them all at the same time because she’d hate to be known as a show-off. She is the true bibliophile, with something in excess of 1,000 books in her personal home library. After having donated the nearly 1,000 books in her classroom library to the other English teachers in her department, Lu Ann moves this year to a new position as the school librarian, where she can be surrounded by books and share her passion for reading with the entire group of students and faculty. Her published works include A Note Worth Taking, a MG/YA novel; When Hearts Conjoin, the story of the conjoined Herrin twins; Psychic Madman about mentalist Jim Karol; One Day at a Time: Teaching Secondary Language Arts; Books, Books, and More Books: A Parent and Teacher’s Guide to Adolescent Literature, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Lu Ann is a Senior Editor with Precision Editing Group, where she works with clients on both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts

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Book Review: Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena

Loving LuciannaLoving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena was a very good story, I will admit though I haven’t read a Medieval book in a long time.

At first the story was hard for me to understand, had to reread some of the pages, but after I started figuring out who was who and the fact that the story did jump back and forth between a young Lucianna and Elizabetta. I was starting to get the feel of the story. I honestly loved the story by the end.

Lucianna grew up in a convent, being left there by her Mother, she never knew her real story till she was a teenager, but even then she wasn’t sure. Since this was so long ago, not much records were kept, no DNA samples, no internet she had to just go on what she was told.

I feel this was a very interesting story that made me want to finish reading the story. Yes it took me awhile to get into it, but I loved the characters and the author did a great job of bring them in to the story and wanting to know what happens next. I do plan on reading more in this series as it was very interesting. Something about this story and time period was really intriguing and worth being read.
This was also a clean romance story.

I did receive this book to review for an honest feedback.

What Goodreads says about this book:

Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.

Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.

“Loving Lucianna” is the first in Joyce DiPastena’s new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!

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About the Author:


Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.





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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review; Jeremy’s Promise and $50Giveaway

Jeremy's PromiseJeremy’s Promise by A.R. Talley

The trip that was meant to save Annie and Jeremy’s marriage brought it to near ruin. Now Annie has returned home, frightened and confused. Jeremy, too, is frightened—and angry. What will it take to save their marriage?

It’s clear. Jeremy needs to forgive—Annie needs to forget.

A promise is made. A tragedy occurs. A second honeymoon is disrupted. A chance encounter brings David Andrews back into Annie’s life.

Annie is determined to remain faithful. She’s made a promise she intends to keep—Jeremy’s Promise.

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Praise for Jeremy’s Promise

A.R. Talley, gives you a believable look at the struggle of one couple to reconnect and heal their marriage, with dialog which sweeps you into the moment as if you were there with them, experiencing both their pain and recovery. Kudos to the author who has once again produced a book I couldn’t put down, as well as one I felt compelled to read multiple times. ~Donna Dech

Jeremy’s Promise second book in a trilogy by A.R. Talley is an awesome, emotional, romantic, highly recommended, well written story with captivating and engaging characters. ~Debbie Ballard
This is not a book I would have picked by myself! I loved it from start to finish! Eagerly waiting for the third book in the trilogy to come out!! I highly recommend this book! ~Goodreads

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AprilAuthor A.R. Talley

A. R. Talley lives in Ohio with her husband Doug and the last of her seven children (the rest have flown the coup.) She loves to cook, read, write, watch movies, play piano, and laugh. Her second favorite vacation involves the British Isles and a small café in Scotland.

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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl