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Book Review: Copper and Goldie – Cozy Collection of Hawaiian Short Stories

Copper and Goldie

13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawaii

By Rosemary and Larry Mild

The dynamic duo of Hawaiian cozies is back with thirteen short stories featuring ex-cop Sam Naho. The detective sergeant gets injured in the first of these stories. This turns his life upside down. He no longer has the job he loved or the woman he still loves. But Sam makes the best of his bad situation. Sam’s wife and child still mean the world to him and thankfully they are still in his life.

He becomes a cab driver along with his sidekick, Goldie. She is a beautiful, bright golden retriever that becomes his partner in solving the crimes that seemingly find the two of them. Becoming a Private Investigator is the next logical step for the Copper and Goldie.

These short stories are a progression of Sam’s life. The first is about his injury, the second is about his life as a new cabbie. While cohesive, as well as moving forward similar to a novel, they are definitely short stories. These snippets of life and crimes are quick and easy to read.

Like cozy mysteries, there is a small amount of blood shed and a little bit of violence that isn’t graphic. The mysteries are fun to try and solve before the end of the stories. And for the romantics there is the eternal hope that Sam and his family will someday be reunited.

Each of these short stories can be read quickly and easily. I recommend taking it along with you while waiting for your kids to get out of school or other activities, while waiting for appointments or a quick read before bed. Or you can be like me and read “just one more story” until you find you have finished the book in 24 hours. Either way, the characters, including the adorable Goldie, will capture your heart as fast as Sam catches the bad guys in each short story.

This is the third book I’ve read by Rosemary and Larry Mild. Of their many published books I’ve read Honolulu Heat and Death Steals a Holy Book. Both are delightful cozy mysteries that fans of the genre will love. Grab Copper and Goldie and cozy up with characters you will adore and enjoy your trip to the Hawaiian Islands via these two entertaining authors.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

 

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Book Review: Girls of Pearl Harbor – Page Turning Historical Fiction

The Girls of Pearl Harbor

By Soraya M. Lane

 

Sisters April and Grace, along with their best friend Poppy are on an adventure. At least for now that is what it feels like. The girls have been close for years, and when April decided to follow her dream to become a nurse in the military, Poppy and Grace went along. They were far from dedicated in the beginning; Grace couldn’t even stand the sight of blood. But all of them made it through nursing school and enlisted. Their assignment was in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It was 1941 and they seemed to spend more time on the beach than nursing, which was working out fine for Grace.

Then tragedy struck. Pearl Harbor was attacked. Life as they had grown accustom to was forever changed. People very close to them died that day and the wounded needed the nurse’s care more than ever before.

After the initial tragic days, it was evident the girls might not be staying in Pearl Harbor because they needed to be closer to the action to help our wounded soldiers. When April decided to go to Africa, her sister insisted on going also. They were needed there, but the living conditions were poor and the injuries were much worse than they encountered in Hawaii.

Their personal lives were in turmoil as well. Grace trying to be her own person and April always trying to mother her didn’t help. The girls love and depend upon each other, but even sisters have secrets they don’t want to share.

The Girls of Pearl Harbor allows the reader to enter an historical event from an angle different than most. All Americans as well as most of the world have heard about the attack that brought the United States into the war, but the characters bringing the reality to readers from each of their different perspectives was very interesting.

I also liked that choice of the girls going to Africa instead of the South Pacific as was expected. I didn’t realize that much fighting during the war was based there, as well as the brave nurses and other medical personnel that were needed to care for the wounded.

The characters were interesting and multidimensional. The growth in the nurses, as well as the way each of them handled their job as well as their personal losses, was an integral part of the plot and well done. The only thing that didn’t ring true was the amount of time they spent holding each other’s hands, grasping hands, clutching hands…it seemed as though they could not walk anywhere without all of them holding hands like toddlers. I even asked my aunt who lived on the base at Pearl Harbor while her husband was stationed there in the late 1940s if women held hands all the time. She answered no, they did not. I understand once in a while when someone is upset, but it got to be too frequent for me, taking away from the story.

Overall, The Girls of Pearl Harbor was very interesting and the characters likeable. I recommend it to fans of historical fiction and women’s fiction.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Honolulu Heat – New Mystery by Rosemary and Larry Mild

Honolulu Heat

By Rosemary and Larry Mild

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Honolulu Heat opens with the Wong family enjoying another beautiful day at home in the paradise of Kauai. Suddenly a hurricane warning is broadcasted, changing the course of their lives forever. The family of three becomes four as the neighbors were away for the day, leaving their young son with the Wongs. They never made it home in the storm, so Noah became theirs.

The family moves to Oahu to be with extended family as their home in Kauai is currently uninhabitable. They are happy in Oahu and decide to make it their home. Noah grows up with love and family, but as soon as he becomes a teenager his rebellious nature lands him in trouble.

It starts out as small infractions. He is involved in tussles with other kids, troubles at school and disobedience at home. But there is another side to him. He is loyal to his adopted family extended family and cares about what they think of him. Unfortunately, the influence of some of his friends will soon put him on a collision course with the law.

Finding himself on the run after his involvement with a murder, Noah ends up in Chinatown tangled up with both a mob boss and an extortionist, both of whom have killed many before and are in a turf war that Noah unwittingly is a part of.

Noah has no place to run or hide, but when he finds out that someone he cares about may be killed, he has to try and get back to someone that will believe in him enough to help stop the violence. Risking everything, he has to prevent another murder or die trying.

Honolulu Heat is a like Scared Straight on steroids. Noah makes bad choices like any kid his age, but basically he is a good kid. He feels guilty about the trouble he has brought to his family as well as his girlfriend.

There are interesting subplots. The lives of the mobster and crime boss are woven into the story adding more and more tension until the last pages where the authors tie up the storylines in a satisfying end.

I like the style of writing of this husband and wife team. The setting of the Hawaiian Islands is interesting and fun to read about. It is the second book I have read from these authors, but the first in this series. The story itself worked well as a standalone novel. I was confused at times trying to keep track of the the number of characters introduced. Honolulu Heat is the follow up novel to Cry Ohana and features the same characters.

Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman

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Book Reviews: The Magic School Bus Series for Early Readers

The Wild Whale Watch is one of many in the Magic School Bus series. The crazy field trips in Ms. Frizzle’s science class always involve magic, science and fun.

On thisDSC_0048 trip, the class learns all about whales. The journey is fun for the reader and fun facts are learned about whales.

The illustrations and format breaks up the information into bite sized pieces that avoids early reader overload. There is a lot of information, but all of it is easily read, interestingly changing formats.

Things I learned about whales that I didn’t know are:

* Each type of whale has a different blow pattern
* Flukes are different for each type of whale
* Narwhals are actually whales

Voyage to the Volcano is another book in the Magic School Bus series.

Kilauea at night

Kilauea at night

In this science based chapter book, the kids and Ms. Frizzle head out in the Magic School Bus to Hawaii to learn all about volcanoes.

It is formatted like the other books in the series. This one has illustrations and sidebars that look like notebook paper reports written by the kids in the class.

In this adventure the bus turns into a raft, a helicopter and a submarine to take the young readers along on a fun trip. Learning about volcanoes on the land and under the sea becomes an interesting and sometimes scary adventure that will have your kids turning the pages to find out what happens next.

We were fortunate enough to see Kilauea at night while on Hawaii – it is amazing! If you are planning a trip with a grade school age child, this book would be a wonderful way to introduce them to the wonder of volcanoes.

This series is a great way to teach children about the world around them. It encourages looking for answers by asking questions and going to other sources to find out how and why.

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I’m baaaack


I’m back again and ready to blog! My fabulous hubby surprised me with a 10 day trip to Hawaii for Christmas. It is one if the 3 states we have not visited, so was on my bucket list. Words can’t tell you how beautiful our 50th state is.

Here is one of the over 1500 pics we took the time we spent there.

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I’ll get back to my knitting updates this week. The 4 hour time change and going back to work within 16 hours of arriving home threw me for a loop the last 3 days.

I plan to blog on my writing site: lauramhartman.wordpress.com (In My Words) about the trip including sites we liked, restaurants we visited and lots and lots of pics.

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