8/8/17

Vixens of Vanishing Island By Candice Reed

Synopsis:
It’s been a decade since TV reporter Audrey Walsh walked out of a luncheon in tears after a disagreement with nine of her girlfriends. Ten years have passed since she last spoke to the women she thought were her best friends. When an invitation comes from a mysterious person inviting her to star on a reality show called, "Vixens of Vanishing Island," filmed on a remote island in Australia, Audrey jumps at the chance. But upon arriving, she experiences a shocking sense of déjà vu. Audrey and the nine other vixens are stunned to find out they have all been lured to the island, and the reunion quickly turns to heartbreak and horror as they are subsequently murdered one, by one. This novel was inspired by Agatha Christie’s bestseller, "And Then There Were None."


Review:
Captivating, gripping and unique
Inspired by the bestselling Agatha Christie novel “And Then There Were None,” comes an exciting mystery novel worthy to be compared.
Audrey Walsh hasn’t seen nine of her best friends since the breakup ten years before. After being invited to do a reality show, she soon discovers and meets up with her nine friends again on an island in Australia. What could this mean? Why have they all been chosen for this show? Then to their horror, they eventually all begin to be murdered one by one.

This is a true irresistible nail biting murder mystery. I was on the edge of my seat turning the pages quickly with anticipation of who was committing these horrific murders. Just when I thought I may have figured it out another riveting twist would emerge. It is humorous at some points to keep it light and break some of the tension. But the horror of the murders and who is next will keep you gripping your seat.

I loved “Vixens of Vanishing Island.” It’s compelling, intriguing, sexy and fun. This book is written with much detail and forethought. The writing is excellent.
The plot was well thought out and moves quickly. The characters each with their own unique personalities are intricately woven into the storyline.

This is a great summer read with all of its beachy components. But I recommend it for anytime you’re craving a great true mystery. The twists and turns will keep you contemplating who done it, needing to know the truth. I loved the ending of this great read, as there is a surprise ending that is fulfilling for the reader. The book is authentic, unique and very well written. If you are a true mystery lover you will savor each page.
Author Candice Reed has successfully composed a great murder mystery book. “Vixens of Vanishing Island” is the first book in her up and coming “Beach Books” series.
We are anticipating her next installment in the series.

8/2/17

Book Review "The Coven" By Chrissy Lessey


Synopsis:
The future queen awakens…

Newly single mother Stevie Lewis divides her time between raising Charlie, running a store with her best friend, and avoiding the meetings of her mother’s Beaufort Historic Society. Although her life has its challenges, it’s altogether average. Just the way she likes it.

When Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch, launches an attack against young Charlie, Stevie’s simple life derails, and her long-dormant powers awaken. A 300-year-old secret is exposed, revealing her destiny to one day rule the clandestine community of witches who hide in plain sight.

Now she must master her own magical powers before it’s too late. Because Vanessa’s on the warpath, and only Stevie can stop her.

Review:
This is the story of Stevie and her struggle to protect her son Charlie, who has autism. She needs to protect him from a coven of witches that have set an attack on Charlie. She learns of her own powers and a secret that is 300 years old that will lead her to her destiny.


Stevie’s relationship with her autistic son Charlie is an interesting component to the story. We learn much about how she deals with him as well as how he thinks and relates.
Stevie must also contend with an ex husband and has several other people in her life.
I loved that readers are transported and get to delve into the exciting area of the supernatural, as author Lessey writes it well.


Set in the town of Beaufort, the descriptions of the scenery and characters are very vivid and well written. I felt like I was there and part of the story. A delight for the imaginary senses. This is a fast exciting read as the plot develops and moves forward quickly. The past is interwoven with the present so well, I was impressed by the authors ability to bring the two together in a meaningful important way.
The interesting characters are well written and developed. I loved their personalities, quirks and wit. They are all integrated into the storyline with precision and aptitude.


I loved “The Coven” By Chrissy Lessey. I couldn’t put it down and turned the pages quickly wanting to know what will happen next. This is an exciting read filled with twists, intrigue and witchcraft.
But it is also warm and down to earth as Stevie lives her life with her son and the others in her life.
This is an extremely well written book. You can tell the author has experience in writing. There is clear direction with the plot and the characters are woven in nicely. The storyline itself is imaginative and creative.
Over all “The Coven” is an excellent book worth reading. With a slight cliffhanger of an ending, we are looking forward to Lessey”s next installment in the series.

7/26/17

Must Read "The Golden Hour" By Marni Graff

Engaging, moving, mysterious.
The Golden Hour by Marni Graff is a fantastic, chilling mystery set in England. Nora Tierney is a young mother that’s dating DI Declan Barnes. Declan is investigating a serious murder involving an art conservator and stopping a possible devastating health epidemic. Meanwhile, Nora, has the feeling that she is being followed and stalked. As she goes about her life, she can’t shake the sense that she is being watched. She can’t figure out why anyone would be after her. When she moves to Oxford and Brighton her sense of danger increases. What ensues is a multifaceted entangled mystery that leaves readers wanting more.
Author Marni Graff has written a smart, intense and sensitive mystery filled with twists and turns. The characters are all well written and developed. They have interesting and unique personalities. I especially liked the way the  main character, Nora, is developed and written. There is a warmth and strength to her as she has a lot going on due to her past. The plot is intelligently penned and woven together. The descriptions of the beautiful english countryside towns and cottages gave me a feeling of awe.
I couldn’t put “The Golden Hour” down. I was drawn in from the very start. It is intense and sweet at the same time. Readers will love the exciting complicated mystery coupled with the warmth of family life in England, that is instilled throughout. Everything from the descriptions of the food and homes to the international intrigue captivated me.
The Golden Hour is the fourth installment in “The Nora Tierney English Mysteries”. Readers are in love with this series. And “The Golden Hour” may be the best one yet. We are looking forward to more from author Marni Graff.
Brilliant!

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7/11/17

Must Read "Him Downstairs" By Sherill Turner

Synopsis:
How do you get over someone who lives under you?
Life for Lucy Jenkins is going OK … ish. Yes, she’s thirty-three, single, and has had to work as a waitress and children’s party entertainer since her social worker salary suffered from budget cuts, but she stays positive and manages to pay the mortgage on her flat. Her home is her sanctuary – until Tom moves in downstairs. Lucy and Tom quickly fall in love and into a serious relationship, which is complicated by Tom’s recent separation from his wife, who he has two young sons with.


Lucy is heartbroken when Tom breaks up with her, saying that something has to give in his busy life. Encouraged/coerced/badgered by her friends into getting ‘back on that horse’, Lucy finds herself at a tacky Singles Night; dating Danny, a Justin Timberlake impersonator; and attempting a rendezvous with her ‘special friend’. Lucy’s quest to move on from Tom would be a whole lot easier if she didn’t have to hear everything he does.
After all, how on earth do you get over someone when you can hear them peeing?


Him Downstairs is relatable Chick Lit for readers 18+ who have dipped their toe into the world of modern dating and relationships. It contains adult language and humour, and is written in ‘British English’.


Review:
Hilarious, Thoughtful Debut Novel
Author Sherill Turner has written an exceptional chick lit read. It is filled with wit and charm.
You will fall in love with the main character Lucy as she is a strong woman with a positive attitude, and slightly neurotic. However she goes through heartbreak during her breakup with Tom who lives downstairs. She loves her home and having Tom living downstairs isn’t easy for her. Her friends try to get her back into the dating game. But it is impossible for Lucy to get over Tom with him living right under her downstairs.


I loved “Him Downstairs” by Sherill Turner. It is a light hearted read, but filled with drama as well. It kept me laughing and turning the pages quickly. The characters are quirky and well written. I felt a strong connection to the characters and missed them when I finished the book. The plot and characters are woven brilliantly together. At times, I felt like it was a true story.


The writing is exceptional, especially for a debut author. It’s deeper than your classical chick lit writing, it’s a great romantic comedy. It’s different in a very pleasing way. It can be categorized in “fiction for women” as well as “chick lit”. There were many emotions involved and I do have have to add that along with the laughter there are also a few tears.
The writing of the descriptions of the settings and scenes are superb. I felt like I was in the setting myself. That is an important value in writing. Our author did an excellent job.
I found myself fully engaged wondering what would happen next. I read it in one day, that’s how good it is. This would be a great beach summer read, or anytime you want to read a funny romantic witty book..

Him Downstairs is an overall wonderful book. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends it to all fiction readers. Click To Purchase “Him Downstairs” Now

"Faith Power Joy: Spiritual Guidance from 5 Generations of Remarkable Women" By Sheryl A Stradling

Synopsis:
Faith, Power, Joy tells the multi-generational saga of a family of women who followed their intuition, demonstrated their faith, and transformed their challenges into opportunities for service and joy.
The women's stories begin in 1890, when the author's great grandmother challenged a family friend in a bet and went on to overcome unexpected tragedy, grief and loss. She learned to share her faith through love and helping others heal. Her daughter enjoyed a stellar career as an educator in the public schools, which she achieved through determination to overcome the limiting social norms of her times, and her eldest daughter confronted lifetime illness and personal loss with courage and determination.
The author reveals these women's secrets for successful living as well as her own personal growth through spiritual practice and holistic healing, while her own daughter shares the source of her strength through her devotionals and examples of Christ-centered living. Their stories are both joyful and heartbreaking as each reveals her methods for overcoming adversity and transforming obstacles into opportunities.
These remarkable women built on the spiritual growth of their foremothers. They share their secrets for creating powerful and courageous lives through applying the spiritual principles of forgiveness, love, faith and service. Their stories inspire us with timeless guidance to harness our inner power, live by our faith, and share our joy.

Review:
Powerful, Thought Provoking and Engaging.
This is a wonderful book about overcoming obstacles, sorrows and achieving goals.
It is a spiritual book based on principles learned from five generations of remarkable women in a family. Starting with the great grandmother, each woman in the family learns to live, thrive and enjoy life through faith, love, joy and forgiveness. They each go through good times and bad, but all overcome life’s troubles through their commitment to their spiritual practices and helping others.

I thoroughly enjoyed Faith, Power, Joy: Spiritual Guidance from 5 Generations of Remarkable Women by Sheryl A Stradling. It chronicles the lives of the author’s own family. It is full of powerful knowledge, advice and spiritual teachings and tips. It is extremely well written and engaging, as author Sheryl Stradling expresses the heart of these women and the undeniable strength each one had. She expresses the idea that following spiritual principles can directly affect one’s life in a real tangible experience. I gleaned a lot from this book. I know readers, especially women, will enjoy the retelling of her family saga and the trials and triumphs they endured. I, personally, am going to put to practice the methods and teachings in this book. It is based on the basic principles of faith, love, forgiveness, joy and helping others. It is simple yet profound, which created powerful women as they grew in their lives spiritually and individually.

A truly inspiring book filled with wisdom, hope and insight.
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7/6/17

Must Read " Shore House Slumming" By Carli Palmer

Synopsis:
Working as an editor in Seattle, Dana Kline led a happy life. She had great friends, a career she adored, and her health couldn’t be better. But everything about it was mundane and safe. EVERYTHING. No gamble would have made her change her ways, so life was going to change it for her. After an unexpected release from her job and then finding out that she would become practically homeless for the summer, Dana gathered her courage and found herself ready to try a new life in Florida. The only problem was getting herself across the nation on a tight budget, hardly any connections, and an unadventurous self. After many stops along both coastlines Dana finds out that it’s okay to let her hair down, meet new people, and try new escapades. Just as long as her sanity doesn’t fly away with the seagulls.

Review:
Dana Kline’s stable life in Seattle is simple, unremarkable and uneventful. She’s comfortable with the way things are and doesn’t see a need for change. However change is exactly what’s in store for her when her boss has to lay her off. But, he also tells her of a job in Florida as a columnist that pays double what she’s making now. With no other options, Dana decides to head down to Florida and take the job. Being that she is on a tight budget she has to drive to her new destination. Not only that, but along the way, she is forced to stay with and house sit for people that her family and friends hook her up with.
What ensues is a delightful adventure filled with fun, excitement and new experiences. Dana finally learns to let her guard down and enjoy herself. Even in the most  amusing, slightly odd and peculiar situations Dana maintains and even thrives.

I loved Shore House Slumming. This is not your typical Chick Lit Read where there is romance and drama. This is different as it mainly focuses on the main character and her extremely amusing journey that changes her in such positive ways, that one could say that the trip changed her life.
The amusing, quirky, well written characters that she meets during her journey give the story depth and a delightful twist compared to your more ordinary reads. The characters and situations are extremely well woven into the plot. It held my attention and kept me laughing and wanting more.

I felt this story had a fast forward moving plot. I was totally sold out and loved the ending. By the end, because of her travels and experiences, Dana had a true sense of herself, other people and the importance of enjoying and making the most out of life. She had truly grown as a person.
The book is well balanced and realistic. There was enough going on to keep me turning the pages quickly desiring more and more. This really is a great satisfying enjoyable read.

Shore House Slumming is an amazing humorous and well penned read. I highly recommend it to all chick lit lovers and those who crave something different in a great read. Shore House Slumming-A great summer read. Click To Purchase "Shore House Slumming" Now

6/20/17

Must Read "Pieces of Me Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters" By Lizbeth Meredith

Synopsis:
In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-old daughters for a visit with their non-custodial father—only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father’s home country of Greece.

Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters come true, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an hour budget. For the next two years—fueled by memories of her own childhood kidnapping—Lizbeth traded in her small life for a life more public, traveling to the White House and Greece, and becoming a local media sensation in order to garner interest in her efforts. The generous community of Anchorage becomes Lizbeth’s makeshift family—one that is replicated by a growing number of Greeks and expats overseas who help Lizbeth navigate the turbulent path leading back to her daughters.

Review:
Engaging, Eye Opening, Horrific True Story
This is a harrowing story about every mother’s worst nightmare. Lizbeth Meredith’s ex husband kidnaps her two daughters and takes them from Alaska to Greece. Lizbeth must find the strength and courage to go after them and fight to get them back. She must put her fears and low self worth behind her and take on the fight of her life. Getting her daughters back is all she can think of and all she can do
In this true story of one woman’s heart wrenching ordeal, we find that one can do more than expected when forced to save the lives of loved ones.

This story drew me in right from the very beginning. The things this woman must endure are more than any women could take. There is a lot of tension as she overcomes many obstacles and faces much resistance. It’s more than most people could endure. But with her children as her focus, she forges ahead.
It is an action packed book while Lizbeth faces danger and obstacles. With courage and perseverance she pushes ahead and fights the perspective governments to get her daughter's back. It seems that no matter what she does, there is resistance. But her hard work and continued struggle and persistence pays off as her children are finally returned to her.

The retelling of her story has to have been hard in itself.
But this story is excellently written as the author produces a clear picture of what her life was like and how she fought through thick and thin to live and to get her children back.
This was a tearjerker for me and I couldn’t put it down. I read it quickly, turning the pages in anticipation. The book is written with a clear voice and intent. This is a wonderful read. It is excellent in composition and written with a high standard of literacy.

If you love true stories and one that is full of action, emotion and anticipation with a heart wrenching plot filled with hope, then “Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters”
Is the book for you and you will not be disappointed. This is one astounding terrific book, that is far above most.

6/14/17

Must Read: Touch (Rosa DeAngelo, #1) By Casey Costra

Synopsis:
In Staten Island’s Little Italy neighborhood, Rosa DeAngelo marries at 18, leaving behind her secret admirer, Tony Prezzi, who in turn marries his own pursuer. Domestic violence almost kills Rosa and does kill Tony's police wife. Their friends, family members and a new European touch therapy spa, Le Salon de l’Amour all try to help them find the next chapter of their lives. Neither can heal without touch, yet their paths to recovery leave them untouched and alone. Their responses create an abused women’s movement in Little Italy and beyond.
Review:
Enjoyable, Engaging and Delightfully Different
This is a romantic story about two people, Rosa DeAngelo and Tony Prezzi. Destined to be together, they each lead separate lives in the beginning. Rosa marries at a young age. Her husband turns out to be an abuser. Eventually Rosa leaves him. Meanwhile, Tony Prezzi marries also. But His wife, who is a cop, dies a hero in the line of duty. Will Rosa and Tony find each other, that is what is on the reader's mind. However, it will be a while.
Rosa learns of a european technique called touch therapy. Through that she experiences extraordinary healing and a new way of feeling. For the time being, Tony is working on his career. When will these two get together?
This story is heartfelt and endearing. It follows Rosa and Tony for over a decade as they grow and mature and find their way in the world.  I was drawn in from the very beginning. It touches on the serious issue of domestic abuse. But there is a lot of humor and lighthearted conversations and events.
Set in the New York Italian community, I reveled in the culture and the humorous characters.
This book is written extremely well. I was impressed with the writing and the simple smart manner that author Casey Costra wrote the characters and the plot. It flowed at a fast pace and held my interest throughout. The characters interactions and conversations with one another are meaningful and touch on important life subjects.
The storyline is unique and uncontrived . The touch therapy part is an unique exciting and meaningful idea. I really enjoyed the italian family and culture aspect which isn't a common theme, making this a unique story. I think that author Casey Costra wrote it very well. Sometimes writers write too many characters and then the storyline can be undefined. This one is an extremely well written story with excellent composition. Casey Costra is an outstanding writer.

Touch By Casey Costra is an interesting, sincere, sexy story of people that lead realistic lives. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all readers that are looking for something different and exceptional. Click To Purchase "Touch" Now

6/12/17

"Revelations Incorporated Workplace Wisdom for the 21st Century" By Brian Ray

In today’s competitive job market, it takes more than just degrees, experience, and knowledge to succeed. College graduates are often shocked to learn the real truths about how business (both big & small), operates. The reality is that many individuals returning to work after many years are learning just how cut-throat the business environment can be.

Revelations Incorporated helps new college graduates, existing workforce personnel and those returning to work become prepared for experiences that may occur. These situations include hiring decisions, promotions, raises, and so much more. Readers will learn business survival skills, see examples of real business decisions & outcomes, and learn how to prepare themselves – socially and mentally – for the real world of business.

How does business really work? How do upper Management and Executives make decisions, and how can I brace myself for impact or deal with the effects? How can I prepare or even defend myself in such a seemingly chaotic environment?

You’re not the only one who has these questions and fears. Find out the real truths about business inside and discover the big difference between business and reality!

Review:
This is an informative book written from the personal experience of author Brian Ray. He is highly educated and comes from the point of true experience. Along with the knowledge of the corporate structure and pointing out  it’s negative nature, the author has created a self help book by giving the reader tips on how to survive such an environment.
It presents relevant and applicable understanding, insights and knowledge into the inner workings of the corporate workplace. Coming from extensive hands on experience, the author relates the trials and trouble that a large company employee can have. It is filled with wisdom and insight to help the worker to overcome and flourish in such an environment that sometimes can be hostile and difficult.

Revelations Incorporated: Workplace Wisdom For the 21st Century is well written and well formatted. It is a fairly easy read. It includes a wealth of knowledge for the employee of a large company. Not only does the reader learn about the negative forces in the workplace, but how to overcome them as well.

As the author points out, the corporate workplace can be hostile by nature.
So if you have faced troubles in the large company environment, you are not alone and this is the book for you. You will glean much knowledge and ideas to help you survive in the workplace. Author Brian Ray has extensive experience and breaks down the large company  structure and reveals the truth of what really goes on. He gives many tips to help any worker to survive and grow in the corporate world.

If you are struggling to get a leg up in the workplace, and want to find out the truth of what goes on behind the scenes, this book will help you find your way. After reading the book, I highly recommend it and the small investment will be well worth it’s weight in knowledge. It will help pave the way for smoother sailings in the corporate world.



6/8/17

"Without Wings Book One-To Save A Soul" By Thomas Joseph Beck

Synopsis:
In a mob hit gone wrong, notorious gangster Nicky Vocci takes a bullet to save an innocent mother and child.
The next thing he knows, he wakes up in an auditorium with six female angels. Impressed with his dying act of sacrifice they offer him the opportunity to save his wretched soul. He must help the good angels fight the demon angels, by helping troubled humans. They send him back to earth with a new body and a new name: Daniel Peter. His mission: to save Lily Flowers. The demon angel named Insecurity is tormenting Lily, pushing her down a dark path filled with alcohol, drugs, and all the wrong men.
Daniel must help get her back on track, and convince her she is worthy of a good man namely Liam Patrick, a childhood friend of Lily's, philanthropist, and all-around good guy. Their falling in love will save her. There is one small problem: Liam can't stand Lily's new lifestyle or the company she's been keeping. For her own part, Lily thinks Liam has grown self-righteous and boring. Not to mention that if the demon angel Insecurity discovers who Daniel really is, he will destroy him.
Other than that, it's is a piece of cake
Review:
Nicky Vocci is a well know italian gangster. He is  thug and a merciless murderer.
He lives for himself and causes harm to many people. But in a turn of events, Nicky gives up his life to save a mother and child. He is then commissioned by a group of angels to intervene in the life of a young woman, Lily, and help save her from life’s circumstances and ultimately save her from death. The angels tell him that by saving her, he will in turn save himself. Will he be successful? That is the question that is on the reader's mind.

Without Wings-To Save A Soul is an interesting allegory type story. It is engaging and full of action. Nicky, whose name becomes Daniel in his new life, has the task of helping Lily overcome
Insecurity and find freedom from many tormenting feelings. He is also tasked to help Lily find love with the caring gentleman, Liam.
I thoroughly enjoyed Without Wings. I was drawn in by the fast paced story. It is intense and engaging. Being a story about a ruthless gangster, there is a lot of crime, murder and violence. But the tale does soften up when Daniel encounters the angel faith and is told to help Lily and Liam find love in one another.
This book is written very well. There are many twists and turns. The characters are well developed, realistic and likeable. The storyline and plot are clear and concise.
The author, Thomas Joseph Beck, takes readers on a roller coaster of events and feelings.
I couldn’t book the book down and read it in one day.

If you enjoy books that contain action, sex, murder and ultimately love and goodness, then this is the book for you.  
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6/6/17

A Much Younger Man (Tryst Series Book 1) By Mia Fox

Synopsis:
It was wrong, but maybe that’s why it felt so right.
We met when Cole tackled the thief who stole my purse. It was raining. I was cold and hurt. Cole rested a hand on my forearm to reassure me. His touch was warm, his voice soft and confident. Neither of us could look away from one another. And then he smiled. For the first time since my cheating ex left me with a mountain of debt, I felt alive and beautiful, again.

Cole’s thick thighs and ripped abs are the source of endless fantasies, but he’s also a gentleman who sheltered me from harm. Not to mention, the thrill of being noticed by a much younger man.

Later that night, I wrote a blog post about my forbidden fantasy. It went viral instantly. Now my boss at the online site where I freelance wants me to see Cole again and to post about the taboo romance that’s captured the attention of thousands of people online.

We’re both consenting adults. Should it matter that Cole’s half my age? Or that I’m doing this to help pay my bills?

Is being with Cole wrong or…oh-so-right

Review:
Engaging, sexy and romantic.

This somewhat taboo love story got my full attention from the very first chapter. Then, I couldn’t put it down. Our author, Mia Fox, takes us down a road of an attraction between a woman in her forties and a young man that is much much younger than her. The main character, Kat, struggles with her emotions and feelings about being with such a younger man. But, plenty of men have younger women, so why does this have to be taboo. That was my thinking.

The beginning starts out with flirtation, attraction and excitement between the two of them. Then, we are taken on a ride of strong emotions of various types, along with adventure and action that comes as a surprise. All the while Kat is struggling with various emotions because of  her relationship with Cole and it brings up feelings and things she must overcome. This is a love story and love has no borders, we love who we love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
The characters are very realistic, likable and well developed. I really like the interaction between the various people, but especially between Kat and Cole. I was drawn into their lives and their struggles. The author weaved the characters into the plot perfectly. The storyline and plot are superbly written, and a lot of forethought obviously went into this story. Author Mia Fox has written a great work of fiction for those who crave something different, and would like a little forbidden love thrown into a great read..
This is a unique story and different than what I have read in quite a while. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It is a smart, fast, and easy read, but not lacking in depth.


If you like a little sexy and slightly taboo read, mixed in with adventure, danger, and all kinds of emotion that will require some tissues, then this is the book for you.