Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday January 14th 2020 – #Karma D.G. Kaye, #Interview Patricia Furstenberg, #Afghanistan Mary Smith


The first post today is from the Sisters of the Fey and is written by one of the founder members D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies. It is on the subject of Karma, and explores the meaning of the word and the intent.

Karma – The Law of Cause and Effect by D.G. Kaye.

From the Oxford dictionary: noun. /ˈkɑrmə/ [uncountable] 1(in Buddhism and Hinduism) the sum of someone’s good and bad actions in one of their lives, believed to decide what will happen to them in the next life. good/bad karma (informal) the good/bad effect of doing a particular thing, being in a particular place, etc.

Karma is a word used loosely by many, usually as a term for payback, as in: What you do will come back to you in some form at some time whether it be payback for wrongs or mean-spirited doings or reward for good deeds. But this is not exactly how karma works.

Karma is spiritual and it’s something we carry forward with us from previous existences. If bad karma has not been resolved in a past life it accrues and will have effects in the next life. Every action we perform has a consequence. Karma can be material, moral or emotional. The intent of one’s actions generates karma. 

Head over to read more about this fascinating and thought provoking subject: https://sistersofthefey.com/2020/01/13/karma-the-law-of-cause-and-effect/

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The next post is a wonderful interview of author Patricia Furstenberg on the blog of Books by Jen.

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It is a rare occasion reading not just a wonderful book but one by such a lovely author. Patricia Furstenberg reached out to me about six months ago to review her debut novel Silent Heroes, a riveting tale that follows IED removal squads in Afghanistan with their canine partners. It was an absolutely fantastic debut and one I would highly recommend. After finishing the book, I reached back out in hopes I could do my first ever author interview and she graciously agreed. I was so excited as a blogger, an aspiring writer myself, and a happy reader to interview such a wonderful author and person.

As an avid reader and writer, I am always curious, as I am sure many people are, as to what draws authors to a certain subject matter. What inspired J.K Rowling to write Harry Potter? What makes Steven King dive into dark and disturbing worlds? What was C.S Lewis thinking when he spun out The Tales of Narnia? Where does that idea come from; where was it formed? What drives a person to write about Afghanistan, military dogs, and an ongoing decade-spanning conflict?

Head over and enjoy this interview with Patricia Furstenberg in full: Books by Jen interviews Patricia Furstenberg

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Now time to catch up with the wonderful series from Mary Smith about her time working in Afghanistan.. always and adventure….this week unusual fishing methods on a day out!

Afghanistan Adventures #17

Friday is the Islamic equivalent of Sunday and therefore a holiday from work. Outings were occasionally organised and I agreed enthusiastically to a suggested fishing trip. Gul Agha, for once leaving his Kalashnikov behind, and his young brother, Hazrat, now one of my English students, accompanied us.

The surprising absence of fishing tackle was explained when we reached the river and Gul Agha and Hussain began to attach fuses to several home-made bombs.

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attaching the fuses

Explosive had been packed into small plastic medicine tubs and, once the fuses had been lit, these were hurled into the river. The dull explosions were followed by a mini tidal wave. The men jumped into the river, screaming and yelling with delight as they grabbed for the fish which rose, stunned, to the surface.

Head over to enjoy the post and the photographs… and please do not try this at your local duck pond! :Mary Smith’s Place Afghan Adventures #17 Fishing

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday December 6th 2019 #Reading/Writing Nicholas Rossis, #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Writing Tips Shelley Wilson with Owen Mullen


The first post today is from Nicholas Rossis with an important guide to encouraging young and old to read and write…

Getting people — and kids, in particular — to read and write has long been a passion of mine. You may remember my post, Reading Tricks for Kids of Any Age, originally written for Mom’s Favorite Reads.

Well, I recently came across an article by an article by Abigail Elijah of Knowledge Isle with 20 tips for developing your kid’s writing skills which inspired me to write up a new post, this one on the subject of getting your child to write. I hope you find these tips useful!

12 Ways to Develop your Kid’s Writing Skills

helping your child write better - girl writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksHead over to read the complete post and learn more about the twelve key steps to getting children to read and write more: Develop your child’s writing skills

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Please visit Amazon or Nicholas’s website to view all his books.

If you have been following Mary Smith’s incredible adventures in Afghanistan but missed the last episode, here is a snippet and a link.. this time a very heartbreaking incident that must have been so difficult to witness.

MarySmith’sPlace – Afghan adventures #11

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One day, Rosanna was awaiting my arrival at the field hospital with great impatience. A young woman had been brought to the hospital after a wall of her house had collapsed, burying her completely in mud and rubble. She couldn’t move her legs and Rosanna needed another woman to help her lift and examine the girl. She was afraid the girl’s mother-in-law could not understand the need for minimal movement to avoid further damage and, although any one of the Translators could have done it, the women would not allow a man to be present for the examination.

Head over to read the rest of this account of the accident and aftermath: Afghan Adventures #11

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And finally a guest post by bestselling crime author Owen Mullen on the blog of Shelley Wilson, author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction. Owen shares his top ten writing tips. Reinventing the wheel when it comes to any work, including writing is not just time saving, but skill improving and I am always interested to discover more.

Top 10 Writing Tips by Crime Author Owen Mullen @OwenMullen6 #WritingTips

Welcome to week 21 of our Top 10 Writing Tips by… feature. If you’ve missed any of the other top tip posts, you can find them all HERE. Please feel free to pop over and connect with the wonderful authors who have taken part.

Next up for the challenge is crime and thriller author Owen Mullen.

Owen Mullen, Top 10 Writing Tips

Bestselling author Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.

Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter,. He had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; He still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where Owen writes.

You can buy books by Owen Mullen: Amazon UK

Owen Mullen, Top 10 Writing Tips, Out of the Silence, Crime Fiction

Head over to the post to discover the Top 10 Writing Tips by Owen Mullen: Shelley Wilson with Owen Mullens Top Ten Writing Tips

You can buy books by Owen Mullen: Amazon UK

Owen Mullen, Top 10 Writing Tips, Out of the Silence, Crime Fiction

You can buy books by Shelley Wilson: Amazon UK

A small selection of books by Shelley Wilson and to discover more: Shelley Wilson Author

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 Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read these posts in full thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday November 27th 2019 – #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Nostalgia Antoinette Truglio Martin, #Blogging Jenny in Neverland


The first post today is a catch up with Mary Smith’s Afghan Adventures which is now on part ten…This week Mary is shopping at the local Bazaar which is well stocked with the essentials and if you are willing to climb up wooden ladders up against the side of the buildings.. often with rungs missing you could also visit the second floor workshops… makes me grateful for the escalators in our local shopping centre.. please head over and enjoy and catch up with the series so far.

Mary Smith’s Place – Afghan adventures #10

The bazaar held an endless fascination for me, although the attention my presence attracted embarrassed Hussain horribly. He hated to see men staring at me. ‘’Mum, pull your chaddar round a bit more, those men are looking.’ With my chaddar pulled down to my eyes and up to my nose I would end up unable to see much more than the road in front of me. As I went about my shopping Hussain would accompany me, his face becoming more and more thunderous as a procession of curious onlookers formed, trooping from shop to shop behind us.

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A typical bazaar – though rather quieter than usual.

Tiny shops lined both sides of the street. Some were of traditional mud and wood construction but others were large transport containers. In the shop where I purchased sweets there was only about a yard of standing room. The rest of the floor was taken up by displays of sweets from Pakistan (these were an assortment of caramels and sherbet or chocolate filled boiled sweets, far superior and far more expensive than the plain, Afghan made sweets which came with tea), sacks of walnuts, almonds, dried apricots and sultanas from Jaghoray’s orchards, and cartons of cigarettes. These were mostly Japanese, under licence to the Afghan Government – Seven Stars, Peace – while were rip offs of branded names.

Discover what is on the shelves at the bazaar and enjoy the full post: Mary Smith’s Afghan Adventures #10

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The next post is from author Antoinette Truglio Martin and is an ode to plastic covered furniture. Something I remember from my Godmother’s house and her car… which was pristine as you can imagine.. head over and enjoy the nostalgia.

An Ode to Plastic Covered Furniture

You don’t see it too often anymore. Once it was all the rage and a must-have in every living room. It was advertised as practical and clean—every housewife’s dream.

Many homes I knew in my youth had plastic covers on sofas, coordinating chairs, and lampshades. Clear plastic slipcovers protected the “good” furniture from family living and company. A few homes had plastic runners that directed foot traffic through the house. Who doesn’t remember pretending the runners were rafts protecting us from crocodiles lurking in the blue rug? Thankfully, plastic covered furniture had gone out of style with little hope of reviving, like bowler hats and foil embossed wallpaper.

We were a family of seven when my parents built their Sayville home in 1969. The big colonial included two-and-a-half bathrooms, four bedrooms, a generous kitchen, den, and the formal living room. The formal living room furniture was bought from an Ethan Allen fire sale—items saved from a huge warehouse fire. Mom couldn’t resist the bargain.

Please head over and enjoy the post in full and leave your memories in the comments: Ode to Plastic Covered Furniture

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Now for some blogging expertise from Jenny in Neverland who has enlisted the help of three other full time bloggers to provide guidance on how to be successful.

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f you didn’t check out part 1 of this post a couple of days ago, I’d recommend you go and catch up here – Then as soon as you’re caught up, let’s jump right in to part 2. Are you a beginner wanting advice from 4 full-time bloggers about blogging as a job? You’re in the right place!

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As I mentioned in part 1, blogging as a job is becoming increasingly popular and much more recognized these days. And making money from blogging isn’t as taboo as it used to be (although we still need to work on it). More people are realizing that they, too, have the skills and drive to do something like this.

And go for it, I say. But it’s certainly not as easy as you might think and you definitely can’t just “become” a full-time blogger over night. It took me 6 years since starting my blog to get to where I am. A large chunk of those years, I had no idea blogging as a job was a realistic option. So I’ve gathered up 3 other full-time bloggers to share what we know.

Head over to meet all four of the bloggers and learn more about how they have become successful full-time bloggers: Advice for Beginners – Jenny in Neverland

About Jenny

Just your regular girl next door, who spends too much time watching Jane the Virgin, eating McDonald’s breakfast hash browns (I swear to God, they were sent from heaven) and enjoying a good vinyasa on the Yoga mat.

Oh and there’s a bit of blogging thrown in there too when I’m not doing all of the above.

I’m a blogger who creates content on blogging, well-being and self growth, aimed to guide bloggers to grow and gain confidence in the industry. But you might also find a bit of beauty, travel and Disney from time to time too.

I’ve been blogging for over 6 years, having started out just reviewing books and have been a full-time blogger for around 2 and a half years. Despite having started as a very niche hobby (I still love books, just no longer review them!) over time, I grew to enjoy expanding my topics more and more and I firmly found my feet within the “lifestyle” sector.

Read more: About Jenny – Connect to Jenny on Twitter

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Fantasy/Horror Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #ScienceFiction Teri Polen, #Memoir Karen Ingalls, #SeeingEyeDog Patty Fletcher


Welcome to this year’s Christmas book fair where I will be sharing the books of all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with their most recent review in the last six months. I will be selecting authors at random so that there is something for everyone in the post.

The first author with books to delight fantasy/horror/thriller lovers, is Vashti Quiroz-Vega and her featured book today is the first book in the Fantasy Angels Series – The Fall of Lilith.

About The Fall of Lilith:

So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.

At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.

Free Will involves asking difficult questions and making hard choices, choices that require strength and sacrifice. These decisions can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.

They can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Nov 15, 2019 Joshua Grant rated it Five Stars

Vashti Quiroz-Vega paints a fascinatingly dark picture of the dawn of creation in The Fall of Lilith! As angels rebel against God following Lilith, humanity falls into their crosshairs. Quiroz-Vega’s look at a time before humanity was incredibly intriguing, filled with depth and action that kept me flipping for more! Check this one out if you love angels or fantasy with a darker twist!

Also by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

and : Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Vashti : Goodreads

Connect to Vashti via her website: Vashti – WordPress

The next author is Mary Smith and I have selected No More Mulberries to feature as it was a book that I fell in love with and have in fact read twice. I can highly recommend. Mary has also a number of other books based on her work in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as Scottish history.

About the book

Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather.

When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

Her husband, too, has a past of his own – from being shunned as a child to the loss of his first love.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jul 09, 2019 James rated it Five Stars

No More Mulberries is an international contemporary drama written by Mary Smith and published in 2009. The story focuses on Miriam, a Scottish midwife, who has married two men from Afghanistan during her lifetime. The tale unfolds by jumping time frames across different chapters to share the reasons why Miriam’s life has become what it is today. At times, her days have been heartbreaking, and at others, they have been an admirable source of strength. I chose this book because I’d seen many positive reviews and it fit the parameters for my month of international and/or autobiographical reads. Let’s chat more about this complex and wonderful story…

Miriam had a wonderful husband and life, but he passed away. She had a young son to raise in Afghanistan during a difficult period in the country’s history, especially for a red-haired Scottish woman with strong beliefs about how things should be. Knowledgeable in medicine, she won over some of the village, yet she always knew she was viewed differently. Then, she remarried and had another child with the second husband. At first, they had a strong love. Although she’d converted to Muslim, her husband, Iqbal was careful to find a balance between his beliefs and her beliefs. While he could be strict, he was by no means radical or excessively controlling of his wife. As tension rises between them, Miriam revisits her past to understand why her first husband died. Through the process, her eyes are opened about her own blame in the new marriage as well as as what truly happened to her first beloved.

The story is rich with a supporting cast who provide laughter, love, fear, and pain. Smith eloquently shares a culture and a lifestyle with her audience, some who may know little about the Muslim faith or Afghani culture. While I’ve read a few other books focusing on this part of the world, they tended to stick to the religious aspects of the Middle East rather than the social aspects. I was glad to experience a different side of the life through this story and the author’s wonderful ability to showcase both the good and the bad.

Questions of parenting, forgiveness, pain, tolerance, and curiosity quickly enter a reader’s mind. What will become of someone who defies her husband? Who will stand by you when you have no one else to trust? How do you ensure the village listens to your advice on bearing a child when the culture dictates the complete opposite solution? This novel helped me understand a different mindset, and while it wasn’t necessarily one I agree with or support, I found a balance of alternative ideas and options to push me to think more critically. It’s a great experience, and one we should all have when reading a book about something different than our own knowledge.

A great find, and something that would be a benefit for all readers with an open mind, a curiosity about life outside their own culture, and a small glimpse into the world that many know from the outside but little know from the inside.

Also by Mary Smith

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Read more reviews and follow Mary: Goodreads

Connect to Mary: Mary Smith’s Place

Now one for those of you who enjoy Science Fiction/Fantasy from Teri Polen with The Gemini Connection which has received a recent review.

About The Gemini Connection.

Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is. On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.

When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the first time, he can’t ‘feel’ Simon—it’s like he no longer exists. Evan blames himself. No one knows that he ignored his brother’s pleas for help on the night he went missing. A year later, Simon is still gone. Evan lost his twin, but Tage might have lost its last hope of survival when it’s discovered that Simon’s unfinished project could be its salvation. Evan is determined to find him—somewhere—and bring Simon home. Their unusual connection might be more extraordinary than they know, and the key to locating Simon.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Kevin Cooper 5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly penned. 12 November 2019

This is one of the best sci-fi stories I’ve read in a long, long time. What I loved about it the most was the dynamics in the relationships between, Evan and Max, Syd and Evan, Simon and Max, and of course, the Gemini connection between, Evan and Simon. The intensity of these relationships alone is enough to keep the reader intrigued page after page in this brilliantly penned masterpiece.

Also by Teri Polen

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Teri: Goodreads

Connect to Teri via her website: Teri Polen

The next book, is in my opinion one that all women would find interesting and inspiring and their partners too. Written by ovarian cancer survivor, author and retired nurse Karen Ingalls – Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Survivor.

About Outshine

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II Ovarian Cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once called ”the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, Ingalls redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that ”the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.”

Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of survival, and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

One of the recent excellent reviews for Outshine

Ms Fiza Pathan 5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Read! September 5, 2019

Outshine’ by Karen Ingalls is a memoir of strength, faith & resilience in the face of Cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 2 Ovarian Cancer & this book is about how she tackled the cancer or as Ingalls puts it ‘the big C word’. This is a memoir penned by a strong woman who did not buckle down in the face of ‘the big C word’. I admire her husband Jim who was a great support to her during this situation. I don’t think I would ever be as brave as Ingalls if I ever was detected with a fatal disease. Kudos to her for her perseverance & faith in the Almighty. Ingalls’ book is tender, inspirational & full of wonderful soul stirring quotes at the end of every chapter that can make your day brighter. She shows herself to be a woman of spirit & a woman who has taken the cancer she was a victim too as a life lesson or a test sent to her by the Almighty to make her a better human being. Kudos to her on that point. This book is interactive with a set of excellent questions at the end of the book which can be used for discussion purposes at any book club or any place where books about Cancer survival are discussed. I highly recommend this book to anyone & everyone who needs a bit of sunshine in their lives. I also highly recommend this book to Cancer patients, survivors & care givers. I hope to read more books by Ingalls in the near future, especially her novels which she wished to write after her chemotherapy was over. Do support this book & happy reading to you

Also by Karen Ingalls.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Karen: Goodreads

Connect to Karen via her blog: Karen Ingalls Blogspot

The final book today is for dog lovers and tells the story of how a Seeing Eye dog transformed the life of Patty Fletcher – Campbell’s Rambles

About Campbell’s Rambles

This is the story of how the author obtained her first guide dog, Campbell, from The Seeing Eye™ in Morristown, New Jersey: what motivated her, the extensive training she had, the special relationship she developed with her trainer, and the good friends she made.

Once she returned home to Tennessee, there were many new challenges to be met and overcome, including domestic abuse. All that was in addition to her chronic conditions of bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia.

With honesty, courage, and humor, Patty Fletcher tells a remarkable story of personal development that is sure to inform, entertain, and inspire others, both blind and sighted.

One of the recent reviews for Campbell’s Rambles

Certain books come to you at just the right time. I have been meaning to read Patty Fletcher’s memoir entitled Campbell’s Rambles for quite some time, but life events have prevented me from doing so. I regret not reading the book sooner. This book is one of my favorite reads this year. Campbell’s Rambles is a story of the beautiful love that exists between a dog handler and her first guide dog. But, more than that, the book reaffirms that life is a gift, that though many hardships exist, love always manages to find a way into your heart.

I was so touched by Patty’s gradual realization that the relationship between a handler and their dog is based upon mutual love and trust. Her first meeting with Campbell made me both laugh and cry. I love sloppy dog kisses, too, and could totally relate to the moment she realized that she and Campbell belonged together. A particularly favorite scene for me occurs at a time when Patty is threatened and Campbell illustrates his unfailing loyalty to her. Campbell’s Rambles affirms something I have known for some time: that animals love those who show them love in return and will defend those for whom they care with every fiber of their being.

Perhaps the best aspect of Patty’s book is the growth she experiences through the gentle caring and steadfast support of Mr. Drew Gibbon, her instructor at The Seeing Eye. I loved certain scenes where Patty learns to accept the kind offers of assistance from others. One of my favorite scenes occurs in a creamery. I will not provide spoilers. I will just say that a simple act of kindness means so very much. I related most to her feelings of self-doubt as it is a problem that has always plagued me as well. Campbell’s Rambles is a candid and fast-paced memoir that I simply could not put down. Acquiring a seeing eye dog is a momentous decision, and I enjoyed learning about Patty’s experiences and the enriching rewards Campbell has brought into her life. I also loved learning of the independence Patty has found through her time with Campbell.

The book has given me a desire to consider the possibility of training to acquire a guide dog more seriously. At the very least, it has given me insight into the joys (and challenges) that await when life-changing decisions are made. As my favorite person in the book says, “Take a chance. You have a 50 percent chance of being right”.

Campbell’s Rambles is thoroughly recommended. I urge anyone who is considering acquiring a guide dog or who would like to learn more about the process and the experiences of one particular handler to give the book a chance. A prospective sequel entitled The Raw Truth was mentioned in the Afterword of Campbell’s Rambles. I hope that one day it will be written. I will definitely read it. Happy reading to you all.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Connect to Patty via her blog: Campbell’s World

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm… thanks Sally.