Friday, 16 January 2015

Broken Trust by Thoman Maurin

Book Title: Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin
Category: Adult fiction,  285 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Cultivating Change LLC
Published: November 2014
Available in: Print and E-book format: mobi (for Kindle)
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Tour dates: Jan 7 to 28, 2015

Broken Trust by Thoman Maurin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around three college-time friends, thrown back together in life by destiny. Pursuing completely different tangential careers, the three form an unlikely partnership to solve some horrid crimes. What starts as an interesting investigation soon unravels into a very deep and far-sounding powerful problems, involving political conspiracies, underworld dealings, murder, artifacts from the world war and above all, battle for survival. Will the three friends manage to stay alive, leave alone solving the mysteries, is what the book takes us through.

The book was bewilderingly pacy! Each page had nail-biting suspense and I had to finish it one go. The numerous twists and turns in the plot add to the intrigue factor. At times, as the reader, I couldn't help wishing for a slight more depth into the characters of the three protagonists, only to help me empathise with them better. But that said, the authors have done a brilliant job churning out a superb suspense piece of work!

My rating: 4 stars

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Book Synopsis:

This is a story about three smart, successful people who were once fast friends in college and have now been thrust together again in an unlikely, multi-layered investigation with far-reaching international implications and billions of dollars at stake. One is a forensic accountant for the SEC, one beta tests hardware and software for the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense, and the third is a wildly successful entrepreneur, software developer and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

They get caught up in the hunt for a corrupt Swiss banker intent on finally unloading the last of the gold stolen by his father in World War II; a violent, narcissist leader of a Mexican drug cartel making his move to take over as the head of all cartels in Central America; and the daughter of a murdered Bulgarian arms dealer making the deal that will give her mother financial stability and get them both out of the increasingly unstable arms business.

The plot unfolds as financial crimes committed by insiders put common criminal activities to shame in a world where technology has increasingly insinuated itself into our lives to good and bad effects.

Author's Bio:
Thomas Maurin is the pen name of husband and wife writing team Bonnie B. Hartley, Ph.D., and
Michael T. Hartley, CFP®. They both write non-fiction books and articles regarding financial and family business topics and have delivered talks on those subjects internationally over the last thirty years.

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Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again by Megan Cyrulewski

Who Am I?

How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again

by Megan Cyrulewski


Who Am I?: How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again by Megan Cyrulewski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A book does not need to be sensationally romantic to move a reader, or be filled with action-packed adventure to keep them hooked to every page. This book was a true-life account of the horrid battleships that Cyrulewski faced, being an "ordinary" woman like each one of us here, but burdened with excruciatingly painful circumstances. The vulnerability of the author in the situations she describes moved me to tears at many instances. The fears and flaws are so natural that it's easy to empathise with why she did what she did, and why she put up with things for as long as she could.

But that said, this book, although tragically endearing, is not just about the tear-drenched moments. It's also about resilience, bouncing back and living life to the fullest. The words are powerful and carefully chosen to warn and at the same time, inspire. How the author overcomes insurmountable challenges is heartening and mind-blowing to be read.

This is a book I am going to keep re-reading often, as a reminder that all is not lost as long as the spirit is still alive.

This is a must-read book!

My rating: 5 stars

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Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into postpartum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact – and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.

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Tyler was out of control—I had to stop him from taking my daughter…
Before I could even react, he snatched Madelyne out of my arms and put her in the back of his car. She started to hyperventilate.
“What are you doing?” I screamed.
Tyler ignored me as he tried to strap her in the car seat.
“Tyler! She’s terrified! You can’t do this! Let’s take her to a park or something. She has to calm down before she can go with you!” Was he crazy? How could he do this to his own child?
I squeezed in between him and the doorframe of the car door. “Tyler! Stop!”
“Don’t touch my car!” Tyler screeched as he tried to slam the door shut. I had my leg in between the door and the frame so he couldn’t close the door. I tried reaching Madelyne who was still wailing and howling. It was a horrific sound. All of a sudden, Tyler put me in a chokehold and dragged me from the car. I could see my dad out of the corner of my eye trying to get someone’s, anyone’s, attention.
“Help!” I screamed. “Help me!” But we were parked too far away from the actual police station and since it was Sunday, no one was around. “Someone help me. Please!”
Tyler tightened his arm around my throat. I couldn’t breathe. Oh my God, I thought. He’s going to kill me. Tyler was completely out of control. I knew if I didn’t do something soon, I was going to blackout.



Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old.  Eventually she settled into a career in the non-profit sector and then went back to school to get her law degree.  While she was in school, she documented her divorce and child custody battle in her memoir, Who Am I?, which was published in 2014.  Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy.  Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with Troy Youth Assistance as the Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors.

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Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again
by Megan Cyrulewski

The Ambivalent Memoirist by Sandra Hurtes

The Ambivalent Memoirist: Obsessions Digressions EpiphaniesThe Ambivalent Memoirist: Obsessions Digressions Epiphanies by Sandra Hurtes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's not often that a reader gets treated with a memoir that doubles up as an interesting page-turner. I found this book thoroughly captivating. Set in chronological essay form, the memoirs capture the life of the author, her reminiscences of her life this far, memories of survival, growing up in the shade of the warmth of her parents' affection, all beautifully woven into this book.

It's hard to classify this book as just a memoir. It touches existential philosophy at a deep level, making the reader retrospect about their life in turn. It's true that many questions in life go unanswered, but what is at times important is how well a lesson has been learnt, even in hindsight. The chronicles in the book reflect on this very point at many instances.

Overall, this was a brilliant read and I highly recommend this to everyone!

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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The Ambivalent Memoirist
by Sandra Hurtes
“. . .[an] honest memoir full of compassion and wit that infuses ordinary events with intimacy and intensity. . .Teaching college English courses and preparing her first essay collection, she must address her own pain. . .as well as her parents’ experiences during the Holocaust. . . Writing as art and psychological salvation is at the heart of this book, taking “readers deep below the surface” of words toward personal vindication.”
~~Publishers Weekly
Some people call moving through life without a plan “acting on faith.” I moved without a plan because of bona fide fear—fear that I would live out my whole life within the landscape of that twenty-seven-year apartment. It held memories of all I had and hadn’t achieved, along with my deepest grief for my mother. I must have been really scared, because I don’t move easily about the world. In fact, when the [graduate school] acceptance letters came in (and everyone but Missoula said yes), I chose the graduate program built on Manhattan concrete.
My Review of The Ambivalent Memoirist
I received a copy of this book from the author through Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Book Synopsis/Blurb:
In The Ambivalent Memoirist Sandra Hurtes asks, “Where is my place?” She’s a single and childfree woman at midlife, whose parents were Holocaust survivors. Through writing, teaching, knitting, and yoga, Sandra searches for her place, one that is devoid of the trauma of her parents’ past.
Rating: 5 Stars
This book is amazing! I found myself reading absolutely every word because it is poetry in plain prose. I could completely relate to this fear of moving through life that Hurtes speaks of in the book because, I too, “get a great rush from proving my limited beliefs of myself wrong”.
The book’s chapters are set up in an essay-like form in a chronological order of life events, most taking place in New York where she spent a good portion of her life. Hurtes descriptions of New York made me highly reminiscent of the city as I read, since I too, have family that live there.
Trying to grow out beyond your parents’ shadow is tough, and sometimes, it is comforting to have that shadow following you in life. I could see hints of my own Grandfather, who came to America from Italy and lived through the Depression through Hurtes father, Bernard as I read about the Magnavox TV. That kind of love is something my own Grandfather had too!
I highly recommend this memoir and look forward to reading more works from Sandra Hurtes.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sandra Hurtes is the author of The Ambivalent Memoirist and the essay collection On My Way to Someplace Else. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and this legacy is examined in her work. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the English Department at John Jay College and teaches creative nonfiction in private workshops.
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