REVIEWS

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Haven’t read such a wonderfully written memoir about a mother’s and son’s journey through his illness and untimely death from a brain tumor since John Gunther’s Death Be Not Proud. The emotions the author conveys are real, raw, and powerful. Losing a child is the ultimate pain. Alex was an awesome man and touched many people in his abbreviated life. He was a man, who, when the chips were down, had 4, 482 hours of leave (as opposed to the usual 100-200 hours) donated to him by his co-workers through CAL FIRE’s Catastrophic Leave Bank. Make sure you read this book and have some Kleenex handy.

MEREDITH LEONARD @ MEREDY PLACE (regarding Tumor Me)

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In this memoir written about Judith’s son Alex, readers will get to know the young man, inside and out. From her pregnancy, his infancy, childhood, teen years, and young adulthood, Judith paints the picture of an extraordinary young man -- a young man who loved, laughed, believed, hoped, and dreamed and who never let his illness define him. I will be honest – I was not sure I would like this book. Having just lost my father, I know what a toll grief can take and I can understand the desire for everyone to know about the beloved person you have just lost. This book transcends that. The author is an amazing writer who saw her son in all his flawed, but still perfect ways, who wanted to share with the world the incredible person he was and to make the point that we all need to show all of our perfectly flawed loved ones how much we care.

CAYOCOSTA72 @ FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS (regarding Tumor Me)

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This book jumped out from the shelf and said, 'Choose me! It'll be worth it!' So true! It was engaging from the beginning and held my interest through every chapter. The setting was unique, the plot was intriguing and I never knew what would happen next! My favorite part, though, was the characters. There were some unusual people, creepy/weird people and very lovable people. I can easily picture them all and would enjoy casting them for a movie! I was really sorry it ended; which is always a good indication of how much I enjoyed it. Buy it, book club people and there will be lively discussions and everyone will benefit! Trust Me!!.

DONITA RAPP @ AMAZON (regarding Nine Bucks and Change)

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A classic is a work which holds meaning across generations, and even across centuries. Big House Dreams fits that definition perfectly, as it introduces the reader to the lives of three generations of Jenkins women: their dreams, their mistakes and triumphs, and most of all their ability to adapt to change with love for friends and family intact pervade this touching Southern saga. Recommended for women, friends of women and all sensitive readers whose families include women.

LISA N. MCNAUGHTON @ AMAZON(regarding Big House Dreams)

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I loved the depths of the human condition that Nine Bucks and Change reaches. While this story stands alone, it is a fantastic follow up to Big House Dreams, where I first met Sheila Jenkins, a bright, strong, yet vulnerable young woman. Written in the southern vernacular and set in Nashville, Tennessee, Nine Bucks brought me into the story of folks whose lives change with the ebb and flow of consequences of their own actions as well as those actions imposed upon them by characters with foul intentions. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys getting to know a variety of characters, following events that are often unpredictable and who appreciates the paradoxes that life presents!

REBECCA DRAKE @ AMAZON(regarding Nine Bucks and Change)