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35 Miles From Shore : The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 180 by Emilio Corsetti III

In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion on May 28, 2008 at 7:15 am

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Publishing (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977897109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977897100
  • To purchase, click here.
  • Excerpt from the back of the book:

    On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with fifty-seven passengers and a crew of six departed New York’s JFK international airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten.  The flight ended four hours and thirty-four minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean.  It was at the time, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet.  The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three hours and involved the Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines.  In this gripping account of that fateful day, author Emilio Corsetti puts the reader inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the rescue helicopters as the crews struggle against the weather and dwindling daylight to rescue the survivors who have only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.

    I have never been on a plane.  I don’t have a fear of flying, but my husband and I are the types of people who like to plan our vacations so we have enough time to drive and enjoy the sights along the way.  When I read books like this about aircrafts that have had incidents that have caused them to abort their mission (for whatever reason), it makes me glad that we usually take the time to drive.  I know, I know, driving in a car is a lot more dangerous than flying, according to the statistics.  But I can’t imagine the horror that must overcome passengers of an airplane when they realize they will not be landing as planned.

    Emilio Corsetti has done an excellent job of researching the events, and being a pilot has the ability to enlighten readers as to the events that took place to cause the crew to have to “ditch” this plane.   He has done an excellent job of helping the readers understand the decisions that the crew had to make in lieu of the technical difficulties and mistakes that were made on this fateful flight.  He also does a great job of putting us in the shoes of the passengers, and helping to portray their emotions before and after the “ditching”.  This is the only open water ditching of a commercial airliner to date, pretty amazing considering how many flights take place daily. 

    If you want to read a VERY interesting review of this book, please click here to read a review written on by an observer on one of the Marine Corps CH-46 helicopters that took part in the rescue – this was an eye opener to say the least.  What really happened?  I guess we will never know for sure.

    This was an excellent read and really intrigued me to do some more research and see exactly what may have happened.  I had never heard of this incident before, so am glad I took the time to read this and gain this knowledge.

    Thanks again to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the opportunity!


    One Foot Outside the Door by Vina St. Fran

    In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, romance on May 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher:Zam Publishing (May 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615137970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615137971
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  • Excerpt from the back of the book:

    On the mean streets of Los Angeles, Rodney King once asked the question, “Can’t we all get along?”

    Unfortunately when it comes to realtionships pertaining to matters of the heart between men and women the answer is most likely no.  The problem is, you’d have a hard time convincing Cyndarella Worthy this is the case.  You see, this beautiful, 30-something African-American woman, has finally gotten it right.  Professionally, life couldn’t be better.  She is the owner of Peachtree Productions, a successful minority advertising agency in Southfield, Michigan.  The same is said for her love life thanks to Cyndarella’s Prince Charming, Thad Mitchell, a handsome African-American gentleman who sweeps her off her feet.

     Cyn, as she is affectionately called, is adored by her family and three lifelong friends from childhood.  However, will it be enough?  Cyndarella has a blas from the past in the form of her high school sweetheart and first love, Bashar Bazzi, and Iraqi, Chaldean (Christian Arab) American who left abruptly ending their four year relationship without explanation.  The devastation fueled her drive to have it all, and finally she does.  Within months of her upcoming nuptials to Thad, Cyn is forced to confront the past when a secret is exposed.  The stakes are high to beomce Mrs. Thaddeus Mitchell, but when Bashar resurfaces, all hell breaks loose.  Will Cyndarella ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after, or will she find herself back in circulation on Detroit’s competitive and vicious dating scene?  I dare you to turn the first page and read on to find out.

    Haven’t we all had a rough relationship?  One that leaves us more heartbroken than we ever thought possible?  For Cyndarella Worthy, that relationship was with none other than Bashar Bazzi, her first true love.  Granted, his parents never really approved of her but Bashar made up for it by giving her everything he had, and more.  So when he decides to leave the country for some famiy business she is upset…she doesn’t want to be separated from him and really doesn’t understand why he feels the need to go.  But when he doesn’t return and she is brushed off with no explanation as to what happened from his family, and no contact from Bashar himself, she swears off relationships all together.  When she finally does open up her heart it is to Thaddeus Mitchell.  She is hesitant to get too involved too quickly, but when he passes all of her criteria for what make a “good” man she decides to give in to his proposal of marriage.  She is excited at the prospect of moving on with her life and finally getting married, unfortunately, fate may not let it come to be. 

    She is given information about her past love that may bring down the new love that she has been so happy and willing to embrace.  Bashar didn’t just leave her and not contact her for no reason, as a matter of fact he had an excellent reason and it was something that was well beyond his control.  After Cyn finds out, she is not only shocked but is also outraged at his family for not informing her.  Will she crumble and leave Thad to be with her first love?  Or is it too late?  You’ll just have to read to find out.

    About the author:

    Vina St. Fran is the author of One Foot OUtside the Door, her first novel published by Zam Publishing.  She lives in the Midwest part of the United States.  Vina has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a MBA in Strategic Management.  She discovered and started writing at the tender age of seven.  Writing is her passion and she is currently hard at work on her second novel that will be a follow-up to One Foot Outside the Door as part of a three series trilogy.

    For more info, visit

    Thanks once again to the wonderful ladies at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for another great opportunity!


    Embittered Justice by Michaela Riley

    In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, Suspense, virtual book tour on May 26, 2008 at 8:42 am

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424197678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424197675
  • To Purchase, click here.
  • Excerpt from the back of the book:

    Jennifer Campbell is a beautiful, talented woman with ambition and drive to succeed in corporate America.  Moving to Virginia into the tightly knit community of Norfolk was a dream come true, with a house on the beach, family and security for the first time in many years providing the comfort and serenity Jennifer has searched for. 

    All is well, until the fateful day Jennifer received a telephone call.  “Jennifer, go someplace and hide; don’t trust anyone.  You can’t trust the police or internal affairs.  Just go somewhere you can’t be found.  I’ll call you in a few hours.”

     Jennifer thinks she has it all, a new fiance, a house on the beach, and a new career.  Sure, the house needs a little TLC, and the previous owners have caused her nothing but grief (to say the least) but she is finally able to start her new life.  That is, until a UPS package arrives on her doorstep.  After opening it, and seeing that it is filled with guns, she is riddled with doubt on what she should do.  Contact ATF?  Contact the police?  After conferring with her fiance, he tells her to just sit tight and wait for the rightful owner to claim it.  Seeing as how she has no experience in these types of things, she takes his advice and sits tight.  But, why would the homes previous owner be receiving guns at his old address?  And why did he refuse the shipment when it was delivered to his new home in California?  Just to set her up for a major headache?

    What ensues is terrifying to say the least.  You just have to read this one to find out all of the gory details, but let’s just say you may be leary about opening letters or packages that you aren’t expecting, you just never know what path they may lead to.

    Michaela Riley has written a legal thriller that is able to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, waiting to find out which additional twist is waiting for poor Jennifer, the innocent victim in all of this.  Unfortunately, I do believe that the events in this book, although fictional, could very easily happen.  Clients are misrepresented in the legal system all the time, and plea deals are reached in which innocent people are too afraid to stand trial, and instead plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit in hopes of receiving a reduced sentence.

    About the author:

    Michaela Riley was born in 1960 and grew up in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia in a town that borders the Ohio River and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. 

    As a child Riley would spend most of her time reading every book she could carry home from the school library. She admits, “Being a writer was a fairytale for someone else’s life. Then I found a story that needed to be told.”  

    Riley left West Virginia to join the Army in 1981 and quickly realized that the quiet life of West Virginia was very different than the screaming platoon sergeant. She decided early in her military career that she would go to college and that law was her first career choice.  

    During her college years and after completion of her active duty tour during the Gulf War, she supported herself in a variety of healthcare positions. She plans on retiring from the Army Reserves this year and smiles as she says, “It was the best job and career I have ever had. I love my country.”

    Nearly twenty six years later Riley has completed a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in nursing and a Master of Business Administration degree. She has been practicing as a Registered Nurse for almost twenty years and is the CEO of her own Professional Development Company.

    Riley began to pursue writing when she had the misfortune of spending time in a local court room. Research revealed increasing rates of plea bargaining and malicious prosecution. “I have always been an advocate for people in need. When your right to speak for yourself is prevented, something has to be done. The story must be told, everyone has a story. Writing has become something I am passionate about and I am working on two other fiction novels.”

    Riley lives near the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She has a son (born in 1977) and a Labrador retriever.  When not writing, Michaela gardens, cooks, and enjoys the outdoors with her family. Her favorite pastime is spent reading, going to movies or walking on the beach.

    Thanks again to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the chance to read and review this book.

    Emotionless Souls by David S. Grant

    In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, short stories, virtual book tour on May 22, 2008 at 8:05 am

    ISBN: 978-1-43484-828-4
    100 Pages
    Brown Paper Publishing –
    To purchase, click here.

    Excerpt from the back of the book:

    Disaffected tourists idle through the streets and bars of Paris and Dublin.  Office workers suspect each other of stealing cocaine at the Christmas party.  Human Rewousrce officers interview the stripper they frequent for a position in the firm (at least they think it’s that stripper).  Pickpockets get pickpocketed.  Nobodies stage emergencies to come save the day.  Mediocre porn stars murder their co-stars to increase DVD rentals.  Executives drop Ecstasy during the board meeting and realizes their affection for the touch of their supervisor’s shirt.  Comics drop shrooms into the restaurant’s sauce to get laughs from even the roughest of Monday night crowds.

     There were a few stories in here that I didn’t care for, but for the most part they all were pretty intriguing.  I LOVED the fact that they all were short (running on average 3 pages), writing a short story and holding your readers attention is not an easy thing to do.  I also enjoyed the fact that all of the stories focused on aspects of the “real” world that we all can relate to.  If asked to pick a favorite, I would probably have to go with Homeless CEO, a story of a homeless man who find a way to enrich the lives of pedestrians passing by.  He is eventually offered a partnership, does well, makes money, but just as quickly loses it all and ends up back on the streets where he started.  Thus is the world of business, cut-throat and a neverending spiral.  This is my first book by this author but I would like to read his some of his others, including Corporate Porn and The Last Breakfast.

    About the author:

    David S. Grant is the author of Corporate Porn, written in 2005 and published by Silverthought Press in 2006.  David’s first novel Bleach and sequel titled Blackout are now available through Offense Mechanisms, and imprint of Silverthought Press in 2008.  Also, newly published in 2008 the novel The Last Breakfast and short story collection Emotionless Souls through Brown Paper Publishing.  David lives and works in New York City.

    This book was another from the great ladies at Pump Up Your Book Promotion – have I said thank you lately?


    Checkmate by Jean Hackensmith

    In Pump up Your Book Promotion, virtual book tour on May 20, 2008 at 7:33 am

    ISBN 10:1-59466-116-2
    To purchase a copy, click here.

    Excerpt from the back of the book:

    Caryn Deaver’s husband tried to kill her and their children seventeen years ago.  He went to prison for the crime, but he’s out now and determined to finish the job.  A period of sadistic stalking is a prerequisite to the final “Checkmate”.  Each progressive stalking incident includes  note: “Checkmate – nine moves,” “Checkmate – eight moves”…If Dan has his way, the last move will ensure Caryn’s death, and the death of the new man in her life, Cheyenne Fire Chief, Zach Riker.  Zack is just as determined to thwart Dan’s “game” and will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves…or die trying.

    I love being able to review books like this, especially when they have just been published and released to the public.  I must admit that there are times when I try to be polite and not hurt the authors feelings when describing their book, but not this time.  Checkmate started fast, and the tension and pace just kept going.  From the opening pages, you get a sense for how sadistic Dan Hamilton is.  After tying his wife and two small children up, he locks them in the family bathroom and starts the home on fire.  He does this, not because they are disobedient, but just because he considers it fun.  Being a cop has it’s advantages, and he thinks he has found the perfect way to get away with his crime, that is until Caryn and the children escape and testify against him.

    Eighteen years have passed and Caryn and the kids have moved on with their lives.  Caryn is involved with a wonderful man, Zach Riker.  Zach is the Fire Chief and is also someone who has helped keep Dan behind bars, and been a support for Caryn for the past 2 years.  But he is about to become so much more, because Dan is being released from prison, and even they aren’t prepared for the cruel and twisted game he has in mind – a game they may not be able to win.

    I don’t want to give away to much of the plot on this one, but let me just say that it was very hard for me to put this one down.  Jean has an incredible way of writing that makes you want to grab this book every chance you get, which I did.  She is looking for insight on the book and whether readers would like to see more in the “Stalker” series.  I for one say, PLEASE continue!

    About the author:

    Proud mother of three and stepmother of two, and the even prouder grandmother of ten, I have been writing longer than I sometimes care to remember.  My writing career began unofficially back in 1982 when I was talking with my mother on the phone.  I was always a doodler and, the next thing I knew, the line, “Jenny McCall awoke with a scream on her lips” appeared on a piece of scratch paper. 

    Hmmm…I thought.  That would be a pretty cool first line for a book!  I had been an avid romance reader for years, but did I have what it took to be a romance writer?  Well, there was only one way to find out.  The first thing I had to do, of course, was figure out why Jenny McCall awoke with a scream on her lips.  I thought about it for a few days, came up with what I hoped was a good plot idea, and then went to work.  I had filled at least a dozen spiral notebooks before my husband finally realized I was serious about wanting to write a book and bought me an electric typewriter.  That’s right…no computer, no word processor.  A typewriter…but it did have a correction ribbon!  I can’t tell you how many times I retyped that first manuscript, trying to polish it as well as any first time novelist could on her own.  That book was followed by a second, and a third.  I now had a trilogy.  So, what do I do now?  Try to get an agent, right?  Actually I did acquire a literary agent a short time later.  She believed in my work, saw the potential…and actually came to stay at my home for a week and help me polish it.  Then it was off to the publishers, and the waiting game that would continue for over 10 years.

    To make an already long story a little shorter, those first three books went nowhere.  They didn’t deserve to.  The stories were good, but the writing was atrocious.  They served their purpose, though.  They infected me with a writing “bug” that forced me to hone what I was told was a raw talent.  Other than a few creative writing classes in high school, I had never had an “formal” education in the writing field.  Everything I knew came from reading literally hundreds of romance novels.  I had good teachers, though…Kathleen Woodiwiss, my idol, among them.  (She would later review one of my books, by the way, and called it “exceptional.”)

    Anyway, by this time, the agent was long gone and I was getting “personal” rejection letters from publishers on my own.  That’s right.  I had gotten past the “form rejections” and editors were actually telling me what I needed to do to improve my work.  I took that advice to heart, applied everything they said, and kept on trucking.  Finally, in July of 1999, I published my first book, “Wagons To The Past” and I was on my way. 

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    And yet again, I must thank my good friends at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book – you guys ROCK!

    Janeology by Karen Harrington

    In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion on May 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    ISBN-13: 978-1-60164-020-8

    Hardcover, 246 pages

    Published by Kunati Inc.

    I was intrigued by this book.  I am the mother of two young children, and know the stress that is involved with raising them and still trying to find “me” time and time for myself and my husband as a couple.  I will admit that it can seem overwhelming at times but I try my best and think that I do ok – I’m not a perfect person, mother, or spouse, but I accept that and make the most of every day, whatever it may bring.  Every time I hear the stories on the news about mother’s who take the lives of their child/children I shudder.  I personally can’t imagine what would make someone reach this level…don’t get me wrong, I am trying not to judge these individuals because obviously they do suffer from some sort of mental illness, I am just saying that I can’t imagine it.  A perfectly innocent child who usually wants nothing more than some love and affection.  But, I am going on and on when I really should be reviewing the book.  So, here goes.

    Since the birth of my daughter 4 years ago, I have realized that the worst thing that can happen to an individual is to lose a child.  For Tom Nelson the pain involved is even more intense- his wife, Jane, drowns their son and tries to drown his twin sister, who survives the attack.   This book revolves around the trial against Tom – should he spend time in jail for failing to realize that his wife was “ill” and not helping to prevent this tragedy?  Isn’t he suffering enough knowing that he may have missed some obvious signs of distress that may have saved the lives of his dead son, and institutionalized wife?  Where do we draw the line when it comes to liability?

    There are many aspects of this book that I liked.  I am always interested in the genetic aspect of things and this book does a wonderful job of exploring these possibilites.  Was Jane predisposed to do an act like this, due to her genetic makeup?  After reading this book, you may change your mind on how much the gene pool may influence our behavior patterns.  Then again, you may not.  It is something that could cause some heated discussions, and thought provoking as well.

    I also was intrigued by Mariah, a relative of Jane’s who is clairvoyant.  She is able to touch objects in a trunk that belongs to Jane and help piece together the missing parts of Jane’s past – parts that may help us understand her personality, and what may have caused her to commit this horrendous act.  The writing of these events was wonderfully done – I loved the way the author used different “voices” to represent the different family members and time frames.  Very well done.

    About the Author:


    Karen Harrington was born and raised in Texas, where she still lives with her husband and children. She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.

    Karen’s first writing gigs were in corporate America as an editor and speechwriter. Her fiction writing has been recognized by the Hemingway Short Story Competition and the Texas Film Institute.

    She authored and published There’s A Dog In the Doorway, a children’s book created expressly for the Dr. Laura Schlessinger Foundation’s “My Stuff Bags”.

    “My Stuff” bags go to children in need who must leave their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

    Karen also supports and advocates the proliferation of Crisis Nursery Centers designed to provide free child-care to families in emergency situations.

    To view a trailer for this book, please click below:



    Once again I need to thank my friends at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for allowing me the opportunity to review this book!


    West Across the Board by Andrew Jalbert

    In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion on May 14, 2008 at 7:55 am

    ISBN – 978-0-595-42194-7

    170 pages

    To purchase click here.

    Excerpt from the back of the book:

    What are the elements of friendship that last a lifetime – the mysterious connection that can outlast great distances and long periods of separation to bring friends back together?  For Lazaro, a salty Cuban mariner, and Dominic, a sophisticated Chicago engineer, the answers can be found in the game of chess.

    I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading this book.  First novels can be a bit choppy and poorly edited at times, showing that the author has some growing to do before the true quality of their work shines through.  Such is not the case when it comes to Andrew Jalbert.  I was delighted not only by the story, but by the way the characters were formed and the ability of the author to separate two different eras in the same book, while still allowing the story to flow smoothly – something that is not an easy task.

    The friendship between Lazaro and Dominic is one that we all hope to have.  When tragedy strikes Lazaro he flees the Keys and decides to start over, never looking back.  His friend Dominic writes faithfully at first, but Lazaro just wants to close that part of his life so he packs the letters away with the infamous chess board.  He does think of his friend often, but it is too painful to think of everything that has happened so he immerses himself in the lives of his wife and son.  But when tragedy strikes again, he starts to rethink the separation and writes Dominic, keeping it very informal and just full of information about what has been going on in his life.  Dominic writes back but also keeps it impersonal.  This continues until Lazaro receives a phone call which beckons to his heart to go back to the Keys to see his long-time friend, something he should have done long ago.

    This story is sure to tug at your heartstrings and make you realize that sometimes it is better to face your fears and keep living, without giving up the things that truly matter.  Very well written and easy to read!

    On a side note, I was THRILLED to have Manitowoc mentioned, as this is my hometown.  And, my husband is from Two Rivers.  During World War II, Manitowoc built 28 submarines, and we still have one on display.  I have been through it a bunch of times, and it is truly amazing to think that people actually functioned on these vessels.   

     Thanks to everyone at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the opportunity to read this!

    Behold Your Mother by Heidi Hess-Saxton

    In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion on May 12, 2008 at 7:39 am

    ISBN 978-0-9800483-0-8

    71 Pages

    To purchase a copy, click here.

    Let me first start out by saying that I am not Christian.  I was raised Catholic so I am familiar with the teachings, I have just found that it wasn’t for me.  But, the one aspect of the Christian faith that I always loved was Mary.  My grandmother has ALWAYS prayed to Mary, in fact when I told her about this book she asked me to let her read it.  She loves speaking to Mary as one mother to another.  She asks Mary to go to her son and ask for whatever she is in need of. 

    In this devotion to the Blessed Mother, author Heidi Hess Saxton shares her personal reflections and how she came to develop a meaningful relationship with Mary, at first thinking Jesus might not approve.  The book then includes 48 powerful meditations beginning with scripture and ending with a short prayer.  I loved how following each line of scripture she interpreted what Mary may have thought at that time in her life.

    Really a very interesting book for Christians and non-Christians alike. 

    About the author:

    Heidi Hess-Saxton converted to the Catholic faith in 1994, after spending 30 years actively participating in a variety of Christian traditions.  Having pursued graduate studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, Heidi lives with her husband and family in southern Michigan.  She is editor of Canticle magazine, and adoptive parent columnist at and

    Thanks to everyone at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for allowing me to review this!

    Busy week

    In sunday salon, weekly geeks on May 11, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I haven’t had a reading week like this in a LONG time!  I am not sure what made it possible for me to read so many books this week, but I am glad that I did.  There are some weeks where it seems like I struggle to get one book read – this week I finished one and started and finished 5.  They are:

    Checkmate by Jean Hackensmith – finished May 5

    Emotionless Souls by David S. Grant – started and finished on May 5

    Embittered Justice by Michaela Riley – finished on May 6

    When a Man Loves a Woman by LaConnie Taylor-Jones – finished on May 8

    35 Miles from Shore by Emilio Corsetti III – finished on May 8

    My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – finished May 10

    (Reviews will be coming on all of these in the very near future)

    One of the things I think helped is the fact that we actually had some decent weather.  I then take the kids outside, hang some wash on the line and bring a book to read.  But, my hubby lost his job on Friday (which really sucks as he is the sole income in our household) so this week I will be busy helping him look for work.  This couldn’t have come at a worse time, but it will all work out, somehow.

    For our Weekly Geek theme this week, we are supposed to write down some fond memories of childhood books.  I guess it all depends on how you define childhood.  When I was quite small, before I could read, my favorite and I mean all time favorite books were any by Dr. Seuss.  Ok, who am I kidding, these are probably still my favorites.  It sounds so cliche because he is such a favorite for so many people, but with good reason.  If asked to pick a favorite book I think it may be Horton Hears a Who, but I really hope I never have to truly pick.  I know the one my mom liked to read to me the most was Green Eggs and Ham.  They are all such classics and each (for the most part) also have some lesson to be learned.  True Genius!

    Having two little kids myself I enjoy reading Dr. Seuss to them as well.  There aren’t too many authors nowadays that I like as much, although I also enjoy reading the Sandra Boynton books to them as well.  There are some others but I can’t think of any right now.  Oh well, what can you do?

    So, off to enjoy my Mother’s Day.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you and enjoy your Sunday!

    Letter of Love from China by Bonnie Cuzzolino

    In book review, children's book, Pump up Your Book Promotion, virtual book tour on May 8, 2008 at 7:09 am

    ISBN 1-4243-0236-6

    For children ages 4-8

    To purchase click here.

    This book hit me in a way that was unexpected.  I am not an adoptive parent, but my best friend was adopted and I was with her when she found out (her parents didn’t tell her right away, which devastated her).  I can’t imagine what some of these mothers must feel when they wrap their little newborn up for their last goodbye.  I know that somewhere in their hearts they know that they are doing the right thing by giving their child the life that they deserve and that won’t be financially possible for their biological parents.  But it must just about tear your heart in two.

    On the other side are the parents that are looking to adopt.  How wonderful that these women realize that they can’t offer their children the life they believe they should have and make the ultimate sacrifice by putting them in anothers care.  I can just imagine the feeling that must overcome these new parents when they lay eyes on their new child/children..your heart must be just about ready to burst with the love that is inside waiting to start your new life together.

    This book is great for any parent, but is truly essential for anyone that is thinking about adopting or has adopted.

    Beautifully illustrated by Jax Bennett

    About the Author:

     Award winning author Bonnie Cuzzolino and her family live in New Jersey.  Bonnie and her husband Ray are the parents to a beautiful daughter adopted from Hubei, China in November of 2001 at 12 months old.  She and her husband are now waiting for a referral for their second daughter from China through Holt International Children’s Services.  Bonnie has had a lifelong passion to write children’s books.  This book is her first and is dedicated to her daughter, Jillian Mei.

    I believe that we are given the gift from God to love.  For some peopl there are circumstances in their lives that interfere with this ability.

    Our daughter’s birth mom chose to leave her in a place that she could be found quickly and cared for, in a bamboo basket, wrapped warmly in blankets with a note of her birthdate and a small amount of money.  A decision that many of China’s birth moms who relinquich their children make.

    Thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the chance to review this book!