Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

No Good Like It Is

Title: No Good Like It Is
Author: McKendree R. Long lll
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer; Bonnie Toews

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1450580785

1858, Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. 2d Lieutenant Dobey Walls meets and bonds with veteran Corporal Jimmy Melton. As the Civil War begins, they leave to join the 8th Texas Cavalry in Houston, then take part in the first and the final charges of the Army of Tennessee. Between those events, they ride with Nathan Bedford Forrest, play an honorable role in the Fort Pillow Massacre, harass Sherman with Shannon's Raiders, and visit the second best brothel in Atlanta. As surrender looms, they're released to search for Dobey's long-missing family in the Texas Panhandle. Their efforts are hampered by destitute farmers, lonely widows, dangerous militia, freed slaves, and runaways, who increase their numbers and excitement. In the process, they save a quadroon and her daughter from Yankee deserters who have stolen a Union payroll. This act of mercy brings them romance but puts Pinkerton detectives and a renegade lawman on their trail. Confederate Cherokees and Cheyenne Dog Soldiers add to the chaos.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Long lll, McKendree R.

Shaken to the Core (and Finding God's Strength)

Title: Shaken to the Core (and Finding God's Strength)
Author: Marjorie Hodgson Parker
Genre: Spiritual/Religious
Reviewer: Barbara Peacock

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1933979992

Drawing from powerful personal stories and timeless truths from the Bible, this devotional book offers hope and comfort for the darkest of times. These devotionals along with gentle exercises help strengthen body and soul as they build trust in God

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Parker, Marjorie Hodgson

Soft Cap Chronicles

Title: Soft Cap Chronicles
Author: J.E. Buck Ballow
Genre: History
Reviewer: Lee Boyland

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0741468018

The oral history of a unique unit in the Korean War, where they were known by many names but the enemy simply referred to them as the dreaded Soft Caps.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Ballow, J.E. Buck

Miss You To Pieces

Title: Miss You To Pieces
Author: Donna M. Purkey
Genre: Childrens
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1470158035

Riley’s dad is in the Navy and deploys for 6 months. To help Riley count the days, his mom introduces a unique puzzle project in which he also finds comfort, strength, and encouragement. Children experiencing a temporary separation from a loved one will identify with Riley’s story and will learn that while we are challenged, we also grow and become stronger. We build ourselves as Riley builds his puzzle, and we stay connected to our loved ones as Riley’s family, and his puzzle pieces, stay connected. The puzzle project can be easily adapted for any family experiencing a temporary separation. The book includes tips for creating your own puzzle project!

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Purkey, Donna M.

Get Rich in a Niche: The Insider’s Guide To Self-Publishing in a Specialized Market

Title: Get Rich in a Niche: The Insider’s Guide To Self-Publishing in a Specialized Market
Author: Jeffrey Bennett
Genre: Reference
Reviewer: Terry Shoptaugh

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B0056QJKFE

Get Rich in a Niche shows you how to be a niche expert in three well explained steps
1. Become an expert
2. Publish your book
3. Market your book

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Bennett, Jeffrey