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Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories that Should Never Be Forgotten by Jerry Borrowman

These true heroes with incredible stories of bravery, split second decisions and all the pressure that war can deliver.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  Invisible Heroes of World War II
Author:  Jerry Borrowman
Publish Date:  May 1, 2019
Genre: Non Fiction
Source:  Shadow Mountain Publishers
Publisher’s Description: This unique collection documents twelve fascinating and largely untold stories of minorities, women, and Native Americans who supported the Allied cause in World War II. Courageously serving as soldiers, spies, POWs, builders, medics, and movie stars, they fought for the cause of freedom and democracy against the combined threat of the Nazis and Axis powers.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is not the normal kind of book for me.  I usually go for urban fantasy and away from anything realistic.  I saw the cover and it reminded me of the episodes on M*A*S*H that had the journalistic twist to them.  I don’t have anyone that went to war during WWII.  For those of you that aren’t history buffs, WWII started in 1939 with the Nazi’s invading Poland and ended with the atomic bombs being dropped on Japan in 1945.  That war was spread globally over 30 countries. That was a terrible time in history.  It was war.  Bloody, vicious and cruel war.  Nazi’s brutalized people, imprisoned people in concentration camps, bombed people and places, stole and destroyed art, money and tried to dominate white supremacy and bragged about it.  These are stories of people fighting against the Nazi Germans as well as the Japanese. This book has stories from soldiers and stories of people that were not soldiers but had more bravery in their little toe than I have in my whole body.

I chose this book because it intrigued me. I wanted to read about these heroes.  The people that I found fascinating were the Navajo Code Talkers.  They are true heroes for the code they developed and the ability to deliver messages quickly and efficiently though surrounded by noise, violence and chaos.  There were 29 men that designed this code and served their country even as they were bullied and ridiculed themselves because they were Native American.  Their story is amazing.  There was woman by the name of Nancy Wake whose story was told in this book.  She led over 7000 troops HERSELF!  She was so clever at subterfuge that she evaded capture for years.  She was a British Spy, she was a member of the French resistance and she fought sexism the whole time she volunteered for the fight.  She was not the only one.  So many people have stories that should not EVER be forgotten and this book brings their bravery, strategical thinking and cleverness to light.  I was absolutely blown away by these people.  Their life accomplishments make mine seem like a kindergarten effort.

This is not a long book, I read it in a couple of hours.  It was a humbling book. It was incredible.

 

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

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Spotlight on Daisies and Devotion by Josi Kilpack

Book Spotlight on a proper romance written by Josi S. Kilpack and published by Shadow Mountain Publishing.

 

 

 

 

 

I am a fan of the Mayfield Family series.  Josi S. Kilpack is back with part 2 and it released May 14, 2019.  This is a proper romance so it is appropriate for all.

TitleDaisies and Devotion
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Series:  Mayfield Family #2
Release Date:  May 14, 2019
Description:  Timothy Mayfield is ready to marry for love, but, since his personal finances are thinner than he’d like, he knows he’ll also need to find a wife with wealth. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, Timothy’s circumstances change, and he is free to pursue his “perfect woman”—one with blonde hair, blue eyes, a light laugh, arched eyebrows, elegant fingers, and a dazzling smile, among nearly twenty other characteristics.

Maryann Morrington doesn’t match anything on Timothy’s list—except for wealth. An heiress in her own right, she is tired of men pursuing her only for her money. But at nearly twenty-two years old, and not a particularly stunning beauty, she can’t be as picky as her friend Timothy is.

The two friends end up playing matchmaker for each other. Timothy will find a decent gentleman for Maryann, and Maryann will prove to Timothy that his “perfect woman” doesn’t exist.

Until Miss Shaw comes to London.

Now, with Timothy’s heart captivated by the blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Maryann must decide if she should risk her heart and reveal her true feelings for her friend, or if she should settle for someone else. It’s an up-and-down game of “he loves me, he loves me not” with both hearts and friendship on the line.

Spotlight on Invisible Heroes by Jerry Borrowman

Book Spotlight on Invisible Heroes, a nonfiction book published by Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I’m not one who actively reads non fiction books.  This one caught my eye because it spotlights real life heroes from World War II.  There are tons more heroes out there that have not had there stories captured in print, but here are a few that have been put to paper.

Title: Invisible Heroes of World War II:  True Stories that Should Never be Forgotten
Author: Jerry Borrowman
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Description:  This unique collection documents twelve fascinating and largely untold stories of minorities, women, and Native Americans who supported the Allied cause in World War II. Courageously serving as soldiers, spies, POWs, builders, medics, and movie stars, they fought for the cause of freedom and democracy against the combined threat of the Nazis and Axis powers.

Book Spotlight: Apprentice Needed, Wizard for Hire #2 by Obert Skye

One Book Two proudly presents a spotlight on Apprentice Needed by Obert Skye published April 2, 2019.

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Title: Wizard for Hire #2, Apprentice Needed
Author:  Obert Skye
Genre: Young Adult
Released: April 2, 2019
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Book Description: Ozzy Toffy’s adventure, which began in Wizard for Hire, continues when one dark and windy night, he gets out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean.

More than ever, Ozzy could really use the services of Rin, the wizard he hired to help find his parents — but Rin is missing, despite Ozzy’s continual attempts to contact him. And Clark, the mechanical bird his father left him, is as peculiar and vain as ever.

When a mysterious package arrives, Ozzy and his good friend Sigi are sure that the plane ticket and thumb drive they find inside are from Rin. Trying to get Clark through security at the airport proves complicated — as most things are with Clark. But when they arrive in New York, they discover there’s even more adventure in store for them.

Will Rin return and save the day? Will Ozzy figure out why he keeps walking into the ocean? Can Sigi find a way to trust her delinquent father? Will someone please appreciate Clark the way he’d like to be appreciated? For once?

Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed is a story filled with humor and excitement that shows us the magic in everyday things.

Book Spotlight: A Song for The Stars by Ilima K. Todd

One Book Two proudly presents a spotlight on A Song for the Stars by Ilima Todd published April 2, 2019.

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Title: A Song for the Stars
Author:  Ilima Todd
Genre: Proper Romance
Released:  April 2, 2019
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Book DescriptionHawaiian Islands, 1779

As the second daughter of a royal chief, Maile will be permitted to marry for love. Her fiancé is the best navigator in Hawaiʻi, and he taught her everything he knows—how to feel the ocean, observe the winds, read the stars, and how to love.

But when sailors from a strange place called England arrive on her island, a misunderstanding ends in battle, and Maile is suddenly widowed before she is wed.

Finding herself in the middle of the battle and fearing for her life, Maile takes John Harbottle, the wounded man who killed her fiancé, prisoner, and though originally intending to let him die, she reluctantly heals him. And in the process, she discovers the man she thought was her enemy might be her ally instead.

John has been Captain James Cook’s translator for three voyages across the Pacific. He is kind and clearly fascinated with her homeland and her people—and Maile herself. But guilt continues to drive a wedge between them: John’s guilt over the death he caused, and Maile’s guilt over the truth about what triggered the deadly battle—a secret she’s kept hidden from everyone on the island.

When Maile is tasked with teaching John how to navigate using the stars so he can sail back to England, they must also navigate the challenges of being from very different cultures. In doing so, they might also find the peace that comes when two hearts become one.

 

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