Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane

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From the bestselling author of Karnas wife, comes this book about Urmila, Sitas sister and the neglected wife of Lakshman and one of the most overlooked characters in the Ramayana.

As Sita prepares to go into exile, her younger sisters stay back at the doomed palace of Ayodhya, their smiles, hope and joy wiped away in a single stroke. And through the tears and the tragedy one woman of immense strength and conviction stands apart – Urmila, whose husband, Lakshman, has chosen to accompany his brother Ram to the forest rather than stay with his bride. She could have insisted on joining Lakshman, as did Sita with Ram. But she did not. Why did she agree to be left behind in the palace, waiting for her husband for fourteen painfully long years?

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This book is about Urmila. A lesser known character in Indian mythology, who is mentioned mostly…

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The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

Everyone that knows me knows that I am a bibliophile and I love to read. I was ecstatic to hear about a website where you can get free books that you are paid to review. So here is my first review. What made me choose to review The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere is the fact that it was a historical novel. Historical novels have always been one of my favorite books to read. From the first page of this book I was hooked, I surprised myself by reading it in a couple of hours and finished it before I left to go to work. This book is amazing and I loved how it’s about three sisters named Rosalyn, Julia, and Cara. The two main characters are Nate Moran and Rosalyn Bernay. A young woman named Rosalyn finds herself homeless and stranded in London.Rosalyn is an orphan who had to leave her last job because the man she worked for was trying to take advantage of her.  Her employer’s husband, Mr Huffman, accused her of theft when ironically he was the one that stole from his wife. Nate Moran is a young army sergeant who is recovering from a hand injury and filling in as a stagehand while his brother Patrick recuperates from a broken leg. When Rosalyn gets off a train in London two guys named Mick and Nate try to help her find a place she can stay. She doesn’t take their help but almost falls into a trap planned by Mick. Unfortunately, she naively believes that a elderly woman wants to help her by giving her a place to stay. The old lady actually is a madam of a brothel. She overhears Mick and the old lady talking about having Rosalyn become one of the girls in the brothel. She runs away only to have the old lady calling her a thief. She ends up finding herself in the Gilbert and Sullivan’s theater. She ends up getting a job at the theater first as a cleaner, then a dresser, and last as one of the singers. It was quite interesting when we met Rosalyn’s younger sister Julia who is about to move to London to go to medical school. Rosalyn’s youngest sister finally finds a job as a nanny. Julia ends up going  to visit  Rosalyn’s former employer, Mrs Huffman, and tells her the truth about why Rosalyn had to leave her job. Mrs Huffman, ends up having a police detective investigate her husband and gets back the jewelry that he pawned for his gambling debts. The book ends with a happy ending and Nate proposing marriage to Rosalyn.

An Apple Pie for a Duke- A very Romantic comedy (Delicious Regency Book 1)

An Apple Pie for a Duke- A very Romantic comedy (Delicious Regency Book 1) By Ruby Royce and Runnah von Spielfeldt

An Apple Pie for a Duke was written by Ruby Royce and Runnah von Spielfeldt and it is definitely an interesting romantic comedy. I loved the story and everything about it. I loved the Duke he was so amazing and it was so funny when Gigi fed the Duke’s horse some apple pie. The way that the two main characters fell in love was amazing. Every minute of this book was hilarious and had me captivated from page one. It was so funny when Dominic met Gigi’s father and how they first talked to each other. I loved how they decided to have a duel but when the father found out that he was Dominic he was like no my wife would kill me if I dueled you and your future wife would kill you if you dueled me. Also, it was very funny that Dominic believed the dog was a real person and that he was competition for him. I was so happy that I bought this book for my kindle. Amazing author. Good job on writing this story, Ruby! Keep up the great work in writing your stories! Good luck on all your future endeavors in story writing! You are an amazing author that writes amazing books. I will definitely buy the next free kindle books that you have written. Gigi was an intriguing kind of heroine. Dominic was such an amazing brooding hero.

No Escape from Love (The Penwood Legacy Book 2)

No Escape from Love (The Penwood Legacy Book 2) By B.L. Bierley

No Escape from Love is the second book in the Penwood Legacy series by B.L. Bierley. It was such an interesting book to read. I could not put this book down. I loved Russ and Admiral’s story. This wonderful new book reminds me of two of my favorite Shakespearean classics: Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew . It was hilarious how Russ and Admiral were caught. Bliss was wonderful. I loved how they went into the ship and the captain who was also Admiral’s father locked them up in the cabin room. It was funny when he said that he would not let them out until their marriage was real. I loved the plan they made to get rid of the French pirate and the ghost part was impressive. Thanks B.L. for another wonderful and well-written novel. Keep up the great work! Good luck on all of your future endeavors! I can’t wait to read the rest of the Penwood Legacy series.

Finding Bliss (Penwood Legacy Book 1)

Finding Bliss (Penwood Legacy Book 1) By B.L. Bierley

Finding Bliss is the first book in the Penwood Legacy series and it was written by B.L. Bierley. I really enjoyed reading this intriguing story. I loved the story line, the amazing characters, the cute romance between Eric and Bliss, and I enjoyed reading a story about a heroine who was born with the ability to have visions. I loved that even though Bliss was scared of the water she still saved her elder brother from drowning. I really could not put this eBook down until I finished it. I laughed so much while reading this especially during all the I told you so moments. I cried when they talked about the death of Eric’s father. The funniest moment was how Eric and everyone found out that Eric and Bliss were going to marry each other. Interesting that Bliss knew they were going to marry since she was 10. I would like to thank the author for writing this amazing story and wish the best on all their future endeavors. I hope this author will continue to write and I know that I will read more novels written by this author.

Six of One: A Tudor Riff

Six of One By Joann Spears

Ever wonder the truth about Henry VIII and his six queens? Well I did and this book tells us all about this. I bought this book for free because it sounded interesting. I was right about that because it was one of the best free books that I have ever bought for my kindle. I stayed up all night last night reading it and couldn’t put it down until it was finished. I loved the secrets that all the six wives of Henry the 8 had. Really interesting about who the real father of Prince Edward was. Also interesting that one of the wives was a three time black widow. One wife gave birth to a son before she married King Henry. One wife had a very powerful sex drive which was too powerful for the Tudor day and age. Really interesting about the true story of the Princes in the Tower. Loved how all six of Henry’s queens were described. Also loved Gloriana especially when Dolly the main character met her for the first time and she called a spitfire. It’s all about the red hair. It was really funny how Dolly believed that Elizabeth of York, Margaret Beaufort, Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Lady Jane Grey the Nine Day Queen, and all the other queens were supposedly actors who were reenacting the Tudor era in a play for her on the day of her bachelorette party since she was after all a History professor who was very interested in Tudor history. I loved the love story between Dolly and the guy who she let get away. It seems that it is true what people say about the first love is the most important. Interesting about one queen and the truth of her love story, that she was a lesbian and that she really cheated on Henry when history says that she was virtuous and religious. Interesting that one queen was really a witch whose father was a warlock and another queen dabbled in witchcraft. This book makes you laugh, cry, and I have to say that I recommend this book for everyone who loves Tudor history to read. This author JoAnn Spears has written an amazing novel. I hope that she will continue to write more interesting novels. Maybe a sequel? JoAnn, Good job on an interesting novel and good luck on all of your future novels.

Neerja Bhanot: A True Heroine

The Neerja I Knew By Aneesh Bhanot

The wonderful book “The Neerja I Knew” was written by Aneesh Bhanot, the younger brother of Neerja Bhanot. This book is a true story and for me it was very interesting reading about a Desi woman who became a hero when she saved the passengers on her flight. Pan Am Flight 73 stopped to pick up passengers in Karachi, Pakistan on September 5, 1986. Neerja Bhanot is the heroic Pan Am flight 73 head purser that saved the lives of 375 people in the Pan Am Flight 73 hijacking attack on September 5, 1986. It was very interesting to find out that the hijackers were from Palestine. I loved this book as I loved the Neerja movie. It was so sad to read that Neerja actually died two days before her birthday. It’s nice to see that humanity is still here. Neerja saved 375 lives and as the Talmud verse says “he who saves a life, saves the world entire.” Neerja chose to do what was right then what was easy and that is why I admire her compassion, courage and the fact that she didn’t tolerate any injustice. As an American woman of Indian descent I agree with Dharmendra Bhai why is America discriminating against the Indian victims from the Pan Am Flight 73 attack? It shames me that both my countries are silent over the fact that all victims deserve to be compensated for all they have lost irrespective to where the victim is from. I loved how Neerja hid the American passports when she realized that the hijackers were interested in the American passengers. Rest in Peace Neerja Bhanot thanks for all you have done! You are a true heroine!

Chitown Trip 2016 and Bharati Atha and Venkat Mamaiya’s 50th Anniversary

imageLast night was amazing filled with good food, good company, and good drinks. We were enthralled by stunning performances by my three cousins (the three children of our Golden couple), and the Golden Couple’s six grandchildren. The last dance was by my sister, Priyanka;the GG’s only granddaughter; and three of our other nieces. And then after dinner the dance floor was finally open and we never left it until the last dance. We got home around 2 and slept around 3 then after waking up at 10 we got ready and head off to a brunch at the home of one of my cousin’s. We played bean bag toss and we ladies won three games against the guys. Girl Power y’all. Now we’re about to get ready for dinner at Golden Couple’s house. I love partying with our family. Can’t wait to party with my mom’s side in India later this month. I totally love being a Desi Girl. I adore being half Macherla and half Jala! Hope y’all are doing well. Have a blessed day everyone!