The Color of Cold and Ice

This is a reblog from one of my latest book reviews. The review is provided by Jasmine of How Useful Is It at WordPress. Many thanks for her review.

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coldandiceSynopsis from Goodreads:
Sybil has dreams; the prophetic kind, although interpreting them correctly is another matter. Her latest dream involves her sister Emerald, who wants to pursue her art once more and move on with her life after losing her husband. John, once felt he was making a difference as an ER doctor, but finds himself slipping away in his Manhattan practice as well as in his marriage. Allison, John’s wife wants to change her ho hum existence with John into something spectacular. Mark, Allison’s brother, a struggling musician, wants to quit rambling in life and find his purpose.
The cold changes everything.

bowline2About: The Color of Cold and Ice is a fiction novel written by J. Schlenker. This book was published on 7/20/16 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. This book is the author’s second novel and her first was called Jessica Lost Her Wobble which was published…

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Jessica Lost Her Wobble by J. Schlenker *Spoiler Free* Review

Book Review of my first book: Jessica Lost Her Wobble

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Genres

Fiction, Adult, Contemporary

Goodreads summary

“J. Schlenker’s debut novel, “Jessica Lost Her Wobble,” a finalist in the 2014 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
“Jessica Lost Her Wobble” is psychological in nature. At mid-life, Jessie, the main character, after many upsets, moves to an island for contemplation of her life and to make a new start. While there she reflects back on her beginnings in the early 20th century in England, her move to New York City and marriage at a young age while making friends with a girl half her age. This friendship opens up a new world for her and helps her explore her own soul. Jessie becomes a part of the island, otherwise known as a local as she re-invents her life there and finds love. But all is not as it seems.”

Characters

Jessica/Jessie: She goes through a…

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Book Review by The Page Turner

Reviewed by: The Page Turner

Book Review: The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries, by J. Schlenker

The Missing Butler and Other Life MysteriesThe Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries by J. Schlenker

  • Publication Date: November 16, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N41RJP7

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Review:

When I first started this book of short stories I was immediately interested in how J. Schlenker draws such amazing pictures with her words, then I was taken by the actual drawing that accompanied the stories. Each story was rich in detail and there were some delightful images to go along. Frogs, mermaids, beets, all vivid and colorful and unique in their beauty.

The stories were thick with life, The Missing Butler was a story that showed me how much we can misconstrue if we are not careful and thoughtful in our mental processes. It was a great mystery with lively characters and a bittersweet feeling throughout.

One of my personal favorites concerned Oscar and his retelling of his past. He kept me on the edge of my seat just as he did his little listener. Again the pictures were perfect for the story and just as engaging and the tale.

One after the other the tales made me grin, laugh, smile and feel sadness, and compassion. It made me relive moments with my children when they thought I was being odd and unreasonable. There is something for everyone in this book. Some of the comments that the characters want to say are funnier than anything they actually do say. And she has some very funny characters in here. Another personal favorite is the couple in the Conjoined Twins Caper. I can see them in all stages of life and I resembled a few of their moments. My favorite illustration was Master of the Stacks. Loved the image as much as the story.

The stories cover so many different moods and reactions.So many characters in various points of their life. It was fresh and it was delightful. The anthology of short stories is beautifully written with words that stirred emotion, there’s nothing better that can be said about a book than that.

My Recommendation:

Pick up this book and read it slowly, running the words through your brain. Take your time capturing the nectar of each one. There are truly some tasty treats in this colorful book.

Where to Find, The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries:

This colorful book is available as Kindle and Nook, by clicking the links below.

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