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Beyond The Door [18 May 2017|04:34pm]

aleahkate_4ever
I touch the door handle

I feel the electricity flow through my fingers, numbing me.

Something powerful

Something amazing

Something terrible is beyond the door

I brush away the vines hovering over it

The heaviness creaks as I pull it open

Finally a light overtakes my eyes

And I stand in awe

Something powerful

Something amazing

Something terrible is beyond the door
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Book Review: Icing by Debra Sue Brice [12 May 2017|08:06pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at post
Denie Shaw considers her life settled.  She has a wonderful group of family and friends, and she has a successful cupcake store.  The only thing Denie refuses to admit missing is a fulfilling personal life.  After three disastrous relationships, Denie had resolved to never again get involved with a man.  However, an unexpected meeting with her crush, ice hockey star Tom Billingsly unearths emotions that thrust Denie into a tailspin of whether to let God unfold His plan or hide behind the fear entrenched in her heart.

Icing is a reminder that God has a future for each of us that exceeds our expectations, and that adhering to Christian principles yields a more satisfying life in the long-term.  To experience His grace, one must unconditionally trust Him and accept His will.  Trusting God unconditionally requires strength that must be developed and continuously maintained.  Throughout the book, Denie prays to God for guidance and thanks Him for blessing her.  Only by being faithful to Christian principles could Denie understand how past troubles prepared her for a new phase in life.  As a result, she learned completely trust God regardless of the circumstances.
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Book Review: 20 Short Ones by Dan Salerno [12 May 2017|11:02am]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: 20 Short Ones by Dan Salerno
God thrusts us out of our comfort zone in unexpected ways.  One reason for this upheaval is to remind us we are not alone in our suffering.  There is someone, whether a friend or a romantic partner, who can help us out of despair, if we allow that person to enter our lives, and, if we accept that guidance.

Each story features two main characters.  One character is struggling to resolve a troubled past, whether from a crisis of faith, a disastrous relationship, a disappointing career, or a childhood trauma, but found solace in dialogue with an unexpected acquaintance.  Despite having different religious or economic backgrounds, each “pair” found enough similarities to maintain an extended, insightful, life-changing conversation.  Furthermore, each brave soul risks rejection by approaching the other person, though he or she may have had a painful experiences with similar attempts.  Had the brave soul remained fearful of rejection, he or she would have dwelt in the pit of ambivalence over possible outcomes with that person and forsaken joy from a meaningful human connection.

Both parties must willingly participate in the opportunity God gave them to emerge from their shells and into a world of happiness.  Conversations can be therapeutic and sow personal bonds that unite people.  Though not all encounters lead to healthy relationships, whether as friends or lovers, the lessons learned from those disappointments can help us avoid similar episodes.  In fact, comparisons between past and present experiences aid readers and the characters discerning whether an encounter will lead to a meaningful human connection.  Fortunately, the characters are smart enough to learn from their pasts.  They also knew when to venture into questionable territory.  Otherwise, they would have continued along the same dreary path and remained isolated.
Overall, 20 Short Ones is an uplifting collection that proves God will rescue us from loneliness, despair, and tragedy.  20 Short Ones also triggers hope in finding someone special; surviving a tough workday; letting go of a failed relationship; and, overcoming childhood trauma are possible.  Accurate insights into human nature give each story and lesson credibility. 
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Book Review: Law of Attraction by Allison Leotta [22 Apr 2017|04:58pm]
authornwolf
In her debut novel, Leotta introduces the world to Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis.

As a federal prosecutor, Curtis had seen numerous domestic violence cases, but none affected her like that of Laprea Johnson.  First, Curtis is devastated after Johnson lies to have her abusive boyfriend D’marco Davis released, after vehemently seeking his incarceration.  Second, the case reaches a climax after Johnson is found dead in a trash heap.  Curtis has another opportunity to ensure justice is served for Johnson when she is assigned to work with senior U.S. Attorney Jack Bailey on the murder trial.  Despite a plethora of evidence to secure a conviction, Curtis’ instincts tell her something about the case is amiss.

Eventually, the turmoil in Curtis’ personal life causes her to comprehend why Johnson, along with other victims of domestic violence reunite with their partners.  Before the domestic violence trial, Curtis had gotten involved with law school classmate Nick Wagner, who represents Davis.  The relationship deteriorates, as neither can separate their personal and professional lives.  Meanwhile, Curtis finds herself attracted even more to another attorney at work.

Furthermore, both cases present an opportunity for Curtis to avenge the domestic violence she witnessed as a child.  Curtis is constantly fraught with guilt about her past and tries to make amends by successfully prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence.

Suspense permeates each page, keeping readers focused on finding out who killed Johnson, the killer will be brought to justice, and whether Curtis will find true love.  Being a former federal prosecutor allows Leotta to make the novel insightful in two ways.  One, Leotta, uses her experience to educate readers about how domestic violence kills, damages lives, and separate families.  Two, Leotta provides clear explanations of legal procedures and ethical obligations lawyers must follow make this novel understandable to readers who are unfamiliar with the legal profession.  Lawyers can still identify with Curtis through their experiences.
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Hello [10 Apr 2017|04:54pm]
jackflyjones
I just joined this community. I  am starting work on a couple of projects and hope to find some livejournal support to get me through them. If you are a writer who loves to read other people's work and provide coaching and feedback please add me as a friend.
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Book Review: The Divine Invasion by Philip K. Dick [19 Mar 2017|08:55pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: The Divine Invasion by Philip K. Dick
Biblical stories come to life through ordinary people and are analyzed in The Divine Invasion.  As in other novels by Dick, the male protagonists struggle to understand two realities until they achieve enlightenment.  They also struggle to apply Scripture in real life.  The female protagonists are omniscient and guide their male counterparts to enlightenment.  Unlike his other novels, Dick has each character represent a biblical figure and is more upfront about theology through dialogue.
In The Divine Invasion, God was born on Earth as Emmanuel, sometimes called Manny, to a virgin Rybys Rommey-Asher and her husband Herb Asher.  With the help of his kindred spirit Zina, Emmanuel tries to remember his past and save mankind from the evil goat.   
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Introduction, Sharing a Recent Piece & Inviting Critique [05 Mar 2017|02:08pm]

sychronergy
Title: Shackled Wrists - Chapter 01
Author: Sychronergy
Pairing/Genre: M/M slash romance, fantasy, politics, master/slave themes
Rating: Nothing explicit, but language and adult themes are presented
Summary: On the cusp of a war between humans and demons, an exiled demon is cheated and enslaved by a human prince who owes him his soul.


Hello to this wonderful community! I just joined today after joining/beginning to use Live Journal not too long ago. I really hope to meet some lovely fellow writers, open  my eyes to some new writing techniques, maybe get some good book recs/get inspired and read some other works :)
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SuperCat Fanfics [07 Jan 2017|01:25am]

kinky_carter
Title: Falling
Author: badwolfkaily
Pairing: Cat Grant/Kara Danvers
Rating: G
Genre: Fluff
Plot: Cat Grant is falling, falling, falling, fallen for Kara Danvers.
Status: Complete

Title: The Origins of Love
Author: badwolfkaily
Pairing: Cat Grant/Kara Danvers
Rating: G
Genre: Fluff/Angst
Plot: "I'm so scared of you."
Status: Complete

Title: Where Have You Gone
Author: badwolfkaily
Pairing: Cat Grant/Kara Danvers
Rating: PG
Genre: Fluff/Angst
Plot: Cat Grant went missing and after Supergirl found her nobody could have dreamed of what she had been put through, what caused her to lose her memory. Now as they try and piece together what happened Cat and Kara grow closer. And so does danger.
Status: Ongoing

Title: Courage, Dear Heart
Author: badwolfkaily
Pairing: Cat Grant/Kara Danvers
Rating: G
Genre: Fluff/Angst
Plot: Kara paints Cat when she misses her and it always seems to rain when Cat cries.
Status: Complete

Title: Cat
Author: badwolfkaily
Pairing: Cat Grant/Kara Danvers
Rating: R
Genre: Fluff/Angst/AU
Plot: Some people change your life forever. (Carol AU)
Status: Ongoing

Title: I'm Christmas-ing With You
Author: badwolfkaily
Pairing: Cat Grant/Kara Danvers
Rating: G
Genre: Fluff/Angst
Plot: Prompt 1 for @SunniHolliday, Kryptonian Christmas. Cat and Kara aren't the biggest fans of the holiday Christmas but they might start to like it if they spend it with each other.
Status: Complete

Cross Posted To: cat_x_kara
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Book Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [12 Dec 2016|03:29pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
A new sea creature captured international attention.  Academics, seamen, and mystics, among other professionals drew conjectures about the identity of their obsession.  Professor Pierre Aronnax determined the creature was an unusually large sea mammal.  Yet, he could not resist the opportunity to verify his conclusion.  Hence, he boarded the Abraham Lincoln with a large crew, including his assistant Conseil and renowned harpooner Ned Land.  The crew is discouraged after many uneventful nights, until they saw an enormous dark object surrounded by fluorescent light.     Captain Farragut ordered his livid crew to seize the long creature.  A chase ensues.  That even Land cannot penetrate with his harpoon, proving their objective is not a mammal.  Eventually, the Abraham Lincoln proved victorious but at a great cost, as Aronnax, Conseil, and Land were abandoned in dangerous waters.  Yet, the excitement just started, as subsequent adventures exceeded their imaginations.

The three men awoke to find themselves inside their objective and learn they are captives of a submarine led by Captain Nemo.  Nemo give them a tour of the Nautilus and provides for his prisoners.  But, he threatened them with execution if they attempted an escape.

The novel prison, the submarine life, and the mysterious personality of Nemo fascinated Aronnax.  Aronnax made copious notes of his internal and external surroundings, which shows Verne possessed considerable knowledge regarding physics plus aquatic life.  These details also reinforced the erudite personality of Aronnax.  The prisoners enjoyed excursions on land in Antarctica, and in Southeast Asia.  Otherwise, they travelled around the world underwater.  After several months of captivity, only Land openly tired of his circumstances.  Still, all three agreed to escape at the first opportunity.

Irony permeates the pages of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  First, Nemo, who condemned his oppressors, turned into an oppressor.  Second, Verne used Aronnax; Conseil; Land; and, Nemo to demonstrate that humans, even those who seemed complacent, will not accept repression indefinitely through bouts of repressed anger.  Aronnax vainly implored the bitter Nemo to be released.  Conseil joined his companions in multiple failed attempts to flee from the Nautilus.  Land had a volatile temper that increased with the duration of his imprisonment.  Finally, the liberation Nemo sought underwater transformed into captivity within a fixed parameter of iron plates.  Outside the Nautilus, animals and plants thrived without limitation. 
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Running From Them [23 Nov 2016|03:52pm]

aleahkate_4ever

"How long have we been running?" Tim asked while yanking off a twisted set of thorns from off his leg. Anne pressed her watch and a glow lit up a tiny section of the dark forest. "5:20 am." she said "It's been about two hours." Tim nodded, allowing himself to inhale and exhale. Small drops of blood dropped off his leg but he ignored the pain.

"That was scary as hell man." Anne said wiping away a tear. "I mean what kind of cop shoots another one?" Timothy looked over at Anne's worried expression. He just wanted to hold her, let her know everything would be okay but he couldn't. He didn't even know himself. He crossed his arms and swallowed. "Let's keep going." he muttered. "

"Why are we running? I mean can't we just throw the oxy out? Get another stash later?" Anne asked. Timothy shot her a look.

"Are you kidding me? If we drop it those other cops looking for us are going to find it and use it to track us." he kicked a stone "We'll sell it."

"Yeah it's worth a $20." Anne said.

They pushed the branches away, slapped away bugs and kept trudging through the forest floor. Tim's anger kept rising. He was just an amauter high school dealer. He didn't deserve this. His memory wandered...

Anne handed Timothy a $20. "That's $500 we got so far." she whispered to him. Tim handed a wild eyed, skittish teenager a bag. The boy snatched it and ran off like a rabid dog. Stupid people. Tim thought. Anne smiled. "I like the alley you picked behind the school." She looked at the graffiti. "There's character here." All the sudden, two police cars came wailing to the scene. Tim and Anne tried to run. "Hands in the air!" A woman officer yelled. Reluctantly, they both stopped and raised their hands. All the sudden, the second one got out the car and shot his partner. Blood went flying as the red headed woman hit the ground. "What the hell man?" Tim screamed as they started sprinting again. Unfortunately, the older man caught up too easily. The officer pointed a gun to them. "Hand me the money." he said. They backed up against the wall in disbelief. Finally, Tim threw him the wad of $500. The bills danced around the man as he smiled an evil smile. "That's all we made before youcame youfreak!" Anne shouted. The officer picked up the bills off the broken sidewalk. "You girls stay good now." he grinned then he got back in the car and drove off.

Anne felt a root at her foot and tripped, her head hitting a rock. "Ow!" she cried. Tim snatched her up. "Shut up." he said. He pointed ahead. It was a town just a few feet away. Tim picked off a leaf from his sweater. "There's a Motel 8 over there. Looks cheap. Let's go!" Anne said. They shot through and made it to the lobby.

The door dinged as it opened. "Can I help you?" An older Asian man said. He adjusted the business cards and coffee cups. "Sure, we need a room." Anne said as she plopped down a credit card. He swiped without hesitation. "Where'd you get that?" Tim hissed. "My mom." she whispered. They reached the hotel room. There were two flimsy beds with the thinnest comforter imaginable with dressers and a TV with three channels. But it was better than nothing. Suddenly, Anne's cell phone rang. "I told you to toss that out!" Tim said with anger heating up his face. "Whatever." Anne hufffed. She pressed the green button. She recognized the voice immediately. It was her exe's dad. A police.

"Anne don't hang up," he said "We've got cars coming to you but we saw the incident on the street camera. If you guys come in and answer all our questions, we'll forget all about the deal. All we need is your testimony." "You're liars." Anne hissed. The voice on the other line grew soft. "Anne, we're not lying to you. You're the only witness to this." Anne thought for a minute. "Who is it?" Tim growled. Anne tapped her fingers on the drawer then snatched the oxy out of Tim's pocket and flushed it down the toilet. "Hey! What are you doing? That's a $20!" he yelled. "You've got it." Anne said to the other line. "We're safe." she mouthed to Tim. "I'm never doing this again. We're going home."

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Book Review: Ubik by Philip K. Dick [22 Nov 2016|12:36pm]
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Book Review: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (2) [10 Nov 2016|10:08pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (2)
After reading this book, I appreciate the United States even more.  I hope others who read this book feel the same way.
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Book Review: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick [10 Nov 2016|01:30pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
This book is a science fiction novel about what might have happened if the Axis Powers won WWII.  According to Dick, the world would have been governed by those whose “egos have expanded psychotically so that they cannot tell where they begin and the godhead leaves off.”  Germany and Japan would control half the United States.  Japan would govern the western portion.  Slavery would be legal.  Jews and Africans would be exterminated.  Americans would be subservient to the Japanese.  Artifacts of American history would be mere curiosities to the Japanese collectors.  Unsatisfied with ruling Earth, Germany would seek to conquer outer space.

Yet, even the most oppressive regimes cannot force everyone into permanent submission.  There will always be the brave souls who challenge authority.  Those who believe in righteousness successfully act upon their conviction that the yoke of oppression is intolerable.  They are the ones in whom a flame of hope in achieving what seems impossible keeps rising and propels their rebellion by burning through all self-imposed barriers.  Through Rudolf Wegener, who tries to prevent the unbridled German egotism; through Nobusuke Tagomi, a Japanese government official who never compromises his Buddhist upbringing to value life above all else; through Juliana Frink, who had her epiphany while reading a banned book describing a world in which the United States and England won WWII; and, through Frank Frink, who longed to win back his ex-wife by becoming a successful businessman, Dick shows that this enlightenment occurs at all levels in various ways.  But, first, one must have faith in oneself.  Second, one must be honest in identifying that impetus to act for righteousness.     


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Book Review: Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry [15 Oct 2016|09:59pm]
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Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry
Thomas Pitt and Victor Narraway investigate a prostitute murdered in Buckingham Palace during after a dinner party at which four prominent men sought support from the Prince of Wales for their railroad project in Africa.  Each man, their wives, and the Prince of Wales, could have murdered the woman.  Justice must be served discretely and before Queen Victoria arrives to avoid a national scandal.        

Besides having a short amount of time, penetrating an opaque mist of secrecy surrounding each inhabitant and solving additional mysteries arising from each clue make solving the case more difficult for both men.  As Pitt tries to make sense of his discoveries inside Buckingham Palace, he finds himself entangled in a web of moral decay in which the most respectable of men will compromise himself for selfish interests.  He is appalled to find the epitome of propriety teeming with greed, hedonism, and personal suffering.  Meanwhile, Narraway seeks additional help from contacts who take him into the Africa wilderness where a scandal from years ago proves to be his most significant clue.

By illustrating how her characters of all classes grapple with following their consciences or their professional duties, and how some people will disregard human life for personal gain, Perry, again, provides a lot of insight into human psychology and social customs of Victorian England.   
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Book Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. [20 Sep 2016|02:00pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Miller, who was Catholic, foreshadows the devolution America as people become increasingly secular in his novel from 1959 A Canticle for Leibowitz.  Set in the 3100, A Canticle for Leibowitz addresses the onslaught against Catholicism that is relevant today.

This novel begins with Brother Francis, who is in isolation during Lent.  A stranger leads Brother Francis to a subterranean vault created by the founder of his order Isaac Edward Leibowitz.  After searching in vain for his wife Emily, Leibowitz founded an order of monks dedicated to preserving civilization by copying smuggled books of history; sacred writings; literature; and, science.  Brother Francis believes that Leibowitz wrote the documents his search uncovered, and that the skull belonged to Emily.  However, his superiors question the authenticity of these artifacts.  Brother Francis then fears that the beatification process of Leibowitz, already in place, may be threatened.  Eager that Brother Leibowitz achieves sainthood, Brother Francis obeys a summons to New Rome where the Pope resides.  Along the way, he is forced by a robber to relinquish his reproduction of scared manuscript.

Eventually, a secular regime dominates the country and wages an attack against Christian values.  What started as isolated incidents, the robbers lay in wait for travelers to New Rome, including Brother Francis, exploded into a federal policy of preserving power by force.  This regime even refuses to take responsibility for violating Divine and international laws by prevaricating when confronted with allegations of committing atrocities.  In time, victims of nuclear warfare compromise their faith by relying on euthanasia instead of God to end their pain, and the Catholic Church becomes an anomaly in an increasingly secular world.
Overall, Miller illustrates how society devolves as the role of Catholic values in daily life diminishes.  For instance, Miller uses discourse in Latin to emphasize the weakening presence of Christian principles, at least in America.  Latin, once the universal language in Catholicism, is now incomprehensible to many readers.  Furthermore, Dom Zerchi shows that members of the clergy understand the trials of those to whom they minister.  The clergymen grew up in the same world and experienced the same suffering.  However, they usurped their tribulations by deepening their relationships with God.
This novel is important for learning more about Catholicism plus the underlying reasons behind positions of the Catholic Church regarding euthanasia and nuclear weapons.
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Book Review: The Great Divorce: A Dream by C.S. Lewis [20 Sep 2016|01:57pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: The Great Divorce: A Dream by C.S. Lewis
A chance bus trip took the author to Heaven with many other passengers.  When they arrived in perfection, they had the choice of staying or leaving.
Through dialogues, which are rich with imagery and metaphors, Lewis that clarifies tenants of Christianity and explain why people eschewing a better life.  In Heaven, love is a more enriching, encompassing concept than on Earth and worldly possession are worthless.  In defiance of logic, letting go of the lifestyle to which one became accustomed is too overwhelming for many people.
Finally, The Great Divorce: A Dream makes Christian principles easy to understand and glaring the hypocrisy of human nature.
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Fiction Entry [29 Aug 2016|10:44am]

go_t
Hi. This will be my first entry in the community...
I am not fluent in english...
But I hope you'll come and check out this half-poem, half-story that I made.
I am unexperienced and this is also my first post in my journal.

I need some people to rate it and to tell me their honest opinions.
If this go well, I will make a novel based on this story.
Is it okay? Please check it out.

Title: No One Can Have You
Short Summary: A girl falling for a boy might seem typical but it isn't. When a girl falls in love, she needs to own him. She will have him. No one can stop her. I will have what I want. I will have him. Till death will us part. Will you love me?

Please Click Here If You're Interested.
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Book Review: Tales of the Islanders by Charlotte Bronte [19 Aug 2016|01:09pm]
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Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: Tales of the Islanders by Charlotte Bronte
Tales of the Islanders is a collection of adventures the Bronte siblings developed while playing with their toy soldiers.  The siblings unleash their vivid imaginations through stories of mythical creatures, lavish castles, and journeys through dark forests. 
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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr [19 Aug 2016|12:57pm]
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Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See is filled with several themes and precise descriptions of Europe from the 1930s to the 1970s.  One major theme presented in the title.  The title inspires hope to shine light a beacon of light in darkness like God always overcomes Evil.  Another major theme is that war only brings suffering to both sides, which is emphasized with graphic details of death and sadness.  A third theme is that humans are connected to each other through their actions.  A fourth theme explores how childhood affects adulthood.

This novel is primarily about Marie-Laure LeBlanc and Werner Pfennig, two children who grow up in pre-World War II Europe.  LeBlanc is a French girl who becomes blind at six-years of age.  Still, she has a happy childhood with her father in Paris.  Werner, a child prodigy, lives with his sister Jutta in an impoverished German orphanage.  The siblings keep each other company until Werner is sent to serve the German army.  Despite stark differences in their upbringings, the worlds of LeBlanc and Werner repeatedly collide through radio frequencies.  Despite the chaos of World War II, a love story unfolds, proving that nothing can extinguish the greatest treasure in life.  Additionally, Doer proposes that even the vilest human beings will exhibit compassion.  First, Werner protects a member of the French Resistance, despite is indoctrination of revealing opposing forces.  Second, Frank Volkheimer, who served with Werner, delivered the personal effects of a fallen fellow soldiers to his survivors.

LeBlanc is the most perceptive character.  Though unable to see military planes flying overhead or those around her fleeing their homes, she smells gasoline from those aircrafts and overhears hushed conversations about the war.  Her other senses also guide her through streets, make her aware of human nature plus the changes around her.  Aware of something terrible afoot, she asks direct questions about what is happening and feels dreadful about the future.

Werner senses that his role in the German army promotes evil but does nothing to stop the horror until his life is threatened.  Yet, Werner constantly compromises himself to avoid working in the coal mines where his father died.  His only hope for a different fate is uncovering enemies to then be annihilated by tracing their radio signals.

The other surviving characters are emotionally lonely in their struggles to overcome wartime trauma throughout adulthood.  They relive behavioral patterns from childhood.  Jutta becomes an algebra teacher who marries an accountant.  Their son particularly likes playing with his train sets.  Calculating numbers and mathematics were common themes for young Jutta, whose brother excelled in mathematics and science.  Werner spent hours teaching himself physics and trigonometry or fixing radios.  Light is present in multiple forms, the most powerful of which was invisible.  For instance, radio signals allowed Werner to locate enemies, though he could not see the air waves.  Through imagery, readers can vicariously feel the fear of being discovered; the pressure Werner imposes on himself to be valuable; the horror of anti-Semitism; the determination of LeBlanc to survive; and the anguish of war victims.  Overall, the female characters are more resilient.  Foremost, LeBlanc survives the German occupation of France.  Plus, Madame Manec, with whom LeBlanc lives while in hiding, organizes a group to defy the German army.
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Book Review: 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick [17 Aug 2016|12:33pm]
authornwolf
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick
Death, suspense, and romance combine to create an intriguing mystery story about triumph over tragedy, in which two scorned lovers are presented with an opportunity to experience true love.

Calista Langley resigned herself to helping others find companionship or romantic connections, after her former lover Nestor Kettering ended their engagement and married a more endowed woman.  Suddenly, Kettering resurfaces to win her affections again and end his loveless marriage.  At the same time, Langley receives tokens of mourning left by an unknown intruder.  Desperate to save her life, Langley reluctantly accepts the services of renowned novelist Trent Hastings, whose crime-solving skills acquired from writing detective stories may be of assistance.  Together, Langley and Hastings risk danger in the streets of London to uncover her mysterious stalker.  Meanwhile, Langley the growing independence of her brother Andrew, and Hastings tries to forgive himself for his past mistakes, along with the woman who broke his heart.

One theme is that, even after emotional pain, romantic longings linger like glowing embers, ready to be reignited.  Quick also educates readers on Victorian social customs, particularly those associated with funerals, and reveals how those rules got broken.
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