I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Fendi, Rio, Araceli, Penelope, Archuk, Princess Grace, Milton, Leigh, Psycho, Dawn, Bentley, Harriet, Cromwell, Sylvia, Molly, Dodger, Phantom, Scooby, Samson, Mallory, Stevie, Janice, Lucky, Mountbatten & Mayford, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2020 103 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
Willem Arondeus was a fascinating historical figure, and one that you don’t hear of very often. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that the Dutch are left out of a lot of WWII stories in general, or maybe something more insidious like the fact that even eighty years later people still seem to have a problem with that fact that he was gay, but his is an important story all the same. Willem Arondeus was a man who took the pain of his life, someone who was persecuted for his sexuality, and used it to do whatever he could to stop the nazis from identifying Dutch Jews. He was someone extraordinary would did not have that goal in mind. He was just someone who wanted to do what was right. It’s stories like his that make me wonder what people like him would have been like if they’d been given a chance to live somewhere that he didn’t need to risk his life and be hated for who he was. To paraphrase, “Pity not the land that has no hero, pity the land that has need of a hero.”
This is a good story to be told.
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
Reviewed in India on 6 May 2020
I would like to quote some phrases from the book that will stay with me for a long time,
This one, for example, where Willem, who is happy selling his art for a smile and a loaf of bread, is taught the meaning of life by someone,
“you must ask for money in return. Do not work for a pittance and most definitely do not work for free. If life has taught me anything it’s simply that the less you pay for something, the less you get, especially when there are pricier options. Payment, and the more of it the better, results in the purchaser feeling they have something of value”And then there is another,
“some friends are stepping stones on a peaceful journey, while others are sunken concave traps, their only purpose to bring one down.”One of my personal favorites from the book,
Rational thinking be damned and the danger was when individuals were impacted by a mob mentality, their decisions were different than they would have been individually.I could outline scores of passages from the book without giving away the storyline, that I really don’t want to.
This book is much more than just a simple read. Artistically done and vividly projected scenes haunt you for days.There is a small incident in the story, about the fallen swift and how it helps Willem evolve as a person who is finally destined for a higher purpose in life. The little episode has been crafted with much expertise and a lot of heart. I instantly felt connected to the Author, when she described the scene on a plane much higher than a normal occurence. And it made me wonder that maybe it is something that lies dormant within all of us, or maybe we all are waiting for our share of the fallen swift moment.
This is a must read for those who like reading intriguing, serious and descriptive books. As for me, this book will stay on my shelf for a very long time.
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020
Kept my interest throughout. The back story central to plot is a transplant patient exhibiting personality traits of an organ donor. It’s not unheard of. The author does a good job wrapping up a complicated story involving the donor (briefly) and her spouse, along with the recipient and his spouse. Lots of emotional turmoil between the husband who received the heart transplant and his wife–who has her own history that contributes to the trying times.
There’s much <i>sturm und drang</i> among the rich Beverly Hills set. Some years after the transplant, leading cardiac surgeon Peter Dayton is charged with manslaughter. He allegedly prescribed the wrong meds to another patient. Irma Mullins, attorney who mediates cases, is shocked to see the news about Dayton. She never stopped loving him, despite his spurning her decades ago for someone more acceptable to Dayton’s parents. She reaches out to him and offers her help.
Did Dayton do it? Well, given the set up, the reader has to conclude probably not. So, how will Irma prove it? With lots and lots of research, aided by her investigative journalist friend. Plus, deep dives into the lives of all those folks involved back in the transplant situation–the brokenhearted husband of the heart donor, the recipient and his wife who doesn’t like the changes her husband has after he receives a new heart.
The only complaint in an otherwise excellent story is length and the words spent getting to the end. Might have been able to shave 15% or more words, making for a quicker read. Some of the rich characterization and other details seemed superfluous to the storyline. I felt impatient at times–<i>come on, move it along</i>. On the other hand, they may be just what a screenwriter and producer wants for adapting the book into a feature film. That is, once COVID-19 slows down enough. Don’t be surprised to see it in theaters in a two or three years.
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
If you want to know more about what those poor people went through this is worth the read.
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
Fendi has been rescued
Fendi’s freedom photo
Rio has been rescued
Rio’s freedom photo to the right
Araceli’s been rescued
Araceli’s freedom photo
Penelope has been rescued
Penelope’s freedom photo
Archuk (renamed by rescue Archie) has been rescued
Archuk aka Archie’s freedom photo
Princess Grace has been rescued
Princess Grace has been rescued
Milton has been rescued
Milton’s freedom photo
Leigh has been rescued
Leigh’s freedom photo
Psycho has been rescued
Psycho’s freedom photo
Dawn has been rescued
Dawn’s freedom photo
Bentley has been rescued
Bentley’s freedom photo
Harriet has been rescued
Harriet’s freedom photo
Cromwell has been rescued
Cromwell’s freedom photo
Sylvia has been rescued
Sylvia’s freedom photo
Molly has been rescued
Molly’s freedom photo
Dodger’s been rescued
Dodger’s freedom photo
Phantom has been rescued
Phantom’s freedom photo
Scooby has been rescued
Scooby’s freedom photo
Samson has been rescued
Samson’s freedom photo
Mallory has been rescued
Mallory’s freedom photo
Stevie has been rescued
Stevie’s freedom photo
Janice has been rescued
Janice’s freedom photo
Lucky has been rescued
Lucky’s freedom photo
Mountbatten’s been rescued
Mountbatten’s freedom photo
Mayford’s been rescued
Mayford’s freedom photo