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Divided Lives by K. R. Mullins – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Divided LivesDivided Lives by K.R. Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is 1912 and Lottie Flannigan is a young woman with a divided life in New York, in one half, she is a conservative lawyer who works in Midtown as a clerk for Justice Goff, who is also very conservative in his manner and expects that of his clerks too, however, her other side is a bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village, a mixing pot of cultures, lifestyles and it is somewhere where tradition is flouted and individualism is expected.

Lottie is happily living both sides of her life and keeps them well separated, that is until one day her office takes on the very publicised and controversial trial of Police Officer Charles Becker. The trial is one of conspiracy and also one where it could either make, or break a career and that is not just for the officer on trial, it also applies to this involved professionally as well.

This is also where her private and public lives begin to meld when some aspects of her private life are used by an unknown individual to blackmail her into making a choice between keeping her private life just that, private, or not by making demands of her, but they have picked on the wrong person and Lottie goes digging to find out who is behind it and why, all while working long hours on the trial. This is a story of scandal, mystery, crime and love and what the consequences of living a divided life can be in this story which will captivate you from the start and keep you that way all the way to the end.

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Divided Lives by K.R. Mullins

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Divided Lives by K.R. Mullins
Genre – Historical, Crime
Page Count – 324
Cover Designer – More Visual LTD

Trigger warnings–sexual content

Historical fiction -Adult

1912 New York is a city divided: Greenwich Village where rejected tradition is regularly flouted, and Manhattan where it is strictly upheld. Lottie Flannigan successfully balances both sides. While embracing a bohemian lifestyle, she maintains a legal career clerking for conservative Justice Goff in Midtown. Committed and dedicated, Lotte begins work on a high-profile criminal case involving local Police Officer Charles Becker.

Suddenly her professional and personal lives collide as she finds herself caught in a blackmail scheme that seeks to disclose her most intimate choices if she doesn’t do as they say. Is this related to the Becker Trail? Who stands to gain the most from this verdict: the justice? the prosecutor? the local police officers or lurking gangsters? Maybe even her missing lover–could she be a part of the blackmail scheme? 

In a fascinating look into a scandalous turn of the century trial and ever-changing Greenwich Village social norms, the book puts Lottie in the middle of Police Lieutenant Charles Becker’s Conspiracy trial.

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K.R.  is the author, her story is based on an actual trial that occurred in 1912 NYC.  She holds a BS in biology and a Masters in business. Her favorite classes were in history. She lives in Texas with her husband and son. When she is not writing she works as a Process Safety Engineer at a large chemical company. You can connect with her on her website at kimberlymullinsauthor.com, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Genre – Historical, Crime
Page Count – 324
Cover Designer – More Visual LTD

Trigger warnings–sexual content

Historical fiction -Adult

1912 New York is a city divided: Greenwich Village where rejected tradition is regularly flouted, and Manhattan where it is strictly upheld. Lottie Flannigan successfully balances both sides. While embracing a bohemian lifestyle, she maintains a legal career clerking for conservative Justice Goff in Midtown. Committed and dedicated, Lotte begins work on a high-profile criminal case involving local Police Officer Charles Becker.

Suddenly her professional and personal lives collide as she finds herself caught in a blackmail scheme that seeks to disclose her most intimate choices if she doesn’t do as they say. Is this related to the Becker Trail? Who stands to gain the most from this verdict: the justice? the prosecutor? the local police officers or lurking gangsters? Maybe even her missing lover–could she be a part of the blackmail scheme? 

In a fascinating look into a scandalous turn of the century trial and ever-changing Greenwich Village social norms, the book puts Lottie in the middle of Police Lieutenant Charles Becker’s Conspiracy trial.

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River Witch by Cheryl Burman – Review by Brandy Vaughn

River WitchRiver Witch by Cheryl Burman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story starts out letting the reader know that Hester is no ordinary girl, just like the river is no ordinary river. The river nymphs call to her to join them in the water, and she’s pulled away by a mysterious stranger before she can fall in. I love her wonderful description of the setting (I’m not sure of time and place) and character interaction within the text. Magical realism, history, folklore, green witchery, and adventure line the pages of this wonderful story!

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Brandy Vaughn,September 2022

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Brandy Vaughn

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book one in The Notebook Mysteries series and the third book I’ve read in the series. The story starts in the preface sometime in the future, where the narrator (we aren’t told the name) is deciding to write a book, but doesn’t know where to begin. After going through the collection of notebooks, she decides where to start the story. Throughout the book the reader is interrupted by the narrator and Dear-one as she’s writing the story. This is an interesting way to tell the story of Emma. Even though each book can be read as a stand-alone novel, this book gives the majority of backstory of the characters, as well as more details into setting. The author also includes recipes mentioned in the book. German chocolate cake wasn’t made the way it was made when I was young. I felt more pulled into the historical time in this novel. It was a nice cozy mystery for the young adult genre!

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Divided Lives by K.R. Mullins
Genre – Historical, Crime
Page Count – 324
Cover Designer – More Visual LTD

Trigger warnings–sexual content

Historical fiction -Adult

1912 New York is a city divided: Greenwich Village where rejected tradition is regularly flouted, and Manhattan where it is strictly upheld. Lottie Flannigan successfully balances both sides. While embracing a bohemian lifestyle, she maintains a legal career clerking for conservative Justice Goff in Midtown. Committed and dedicated, Lotte begins work on a high-profile criminal case involving local Police Officer Charles Becker.

Suddenly her professional and personal lives collide as she finds herself caught in a blackmail scheme that seeks to disclose her most intimate choices if she doesn’t do as they say. Is this related to the Becker Trail? Who stands to gain the most from this verdict: the justice? the prosecutor? the local police officers or lurking gangsters? Maybe even her missing lover–could she be a part of the blackmail scheme? 

In a fascinating look into a scandalous turn of the century trial and ever-changing Greenwich Village social norms, the book puts Lottie in the middle of Police Lieutenant Charles Becker’s Conspiracy trial.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Haunted Christmas by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Brandy Vaughn

Notebook Mysteries Haunted ChristmasNotebook Mysteries Haunted Christmas by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second book in the YA Notebook Mysteries series I’ve read, and enjoyed the Christmas mystery. There are the same characters readers enjoy with a few new ones. This cozy mystery will sure delight testers of all ages. I enjoy the recipes the author adds at the end of the book so the reader can also enjoy the goodies! The German Apple cake sounds so delicious and I plan on making it for my family!

Review by @bilberrysweet
Brandy Vaughn, September 2022

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Embers on the Wind by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg – Review by Colleen Noyes

Embers on the WindEmbers on the Wind by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Embers on the Wind is a very complex, thought-provoking, novel. It spins back-and-forth over several generations and deals with some sensitive subject matter. It took a little while to get into this book, but about a quarter way through you can really start to put everything together.

The story has multiple characters that are both despicable and likable. You have to pay very close attention in order to keep track of everything that is going on, but you will find yourself understanding more and more as the book progresses.

We read this book as part of our book club and to get the feedback from different individuals and what their thoughts were enhanced my joy of this book even more. This author has a very unique writing style that takes a little getting used to but you can still enjoy everything about the story. At times it was hard to read parts of it and there may be some things that are a trigger for folks. I appreciated that at the end of this book the author already had book club type questions that brought about even more forethought and discussion. This is not a book that I typically read but was pleasantly surprised.

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The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls Book 1) by Rob Samborn – Review by Brandy Vaughn

The Prisoner of Paradise (Painted Souls, #1)The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Prisoner of Paradise is a love story that crosses space and time, combining art and history, and a refreshing unique plot. There are vivid descriptions of Venice that pull you into the story as if you were there. At the beginning I was thrown by the dual timeline, and play-by-play action scenes, but as the story progessed I found myself drawn to the mystery surrounding the characters and the painting. The plot builds as Nick and Julia uncover age old secrets. The end leaves you wanting to know more. I’m sure book two will be just as good!

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Brandy Vaughn, September 2022

Kara, Shieldmaiden of Eire (Forerunner Series Book 4) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review by Brandy Vaughn

Kara Shieldmaiden of Eire (Forerunner book 4)Kara Shieldmaiden of Eire by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book four in the Forerunner series. The Preface chapter gives you the background information from the other books up until this point in the series. There are maps of Eire (Ireland) and The North Way (Norway) at the beginning to help orient the reader to place. Woven into the story are real figures and places from Viking-era history even though this is a fantasy novel. This was a daunting read for myself due to not reading any of the previous books in the series or fantasy writing, however, Bautista writes with excellent vivid imagery in each scene. He uses details consistent with the time period and weaves Viking culture and mythology throughout. This makes the story believable and real to the reader. If you like Norse mythology, Viking history, with an unpredictable adventure, this is the story to read!
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Brandy Vaughn, September 2022
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