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It's Time to Say Goodbye

For almost 20 years, I've been reviewing books for my own site and others. I reviewed for Amazon Vine for a while and did some reviews in Romantic Times. It's been a long road, and I need to be honest with myself. It's been a while since I've really loved reading. Most of the time now, it feels like a chore. That's not a good thing.  Last night, I had the worst dream ever. An old family friend showed up to take my mom and I to Montreal. The problem is this old family friend died of breast cancer nearing 25 years ago. My mom was in the wandering stages of Alzheimer's, and that was a hard stage. She panicked in stores, yet in my dream, our family friend dropped us off at Christmas Tree Store (a store my mom loved), and we each were able to pick out $50 worth of stuff.  As Alzheimer's progressed, my mom was also notorious for wanting everything she saw. She filled a cart with garbage she didn't need, but the manager hugged me, said he knows what it's li

One of the Boys by Jayne Cowie

Release Date - July 11, 2023 Genre - Future, Suspense In a future time, scientists have found a genetic marker that indicates if a boy will become a criminal or not. If a boy is found to have this gene, he can be separated from the others to find the right medications and teachings to keep him from becoming bad. Screening starts off voluntary, but it's soon expanded to became mandatory for certain things. Bea and Antonia had boys around the same time, but the sisters' experiences and lifestyles are completely different. Antonia is the dutiful wife and social climber and has her son tested. Bea refuses, despite Antonia's constant pleas. As the boys age, it becomes clear that one of them is normal and one isn't, and the boy's mother will do anything and everything to keep him safe. Bea is the more likable sister in this book. Antonia and her social status helped make her unlikable. The story moved swiftly, and there are side characters I liked even more. As the story