Friday, June 24, 2016

Remembrances By Leah Palm Review

Remembrances A written and illustrated coloring book especially for adults. These short nonfictional stories will bring you a smile or a memory. You will find stories concerning music, cats, dogs, bicycles, ducks, chickens, birds, a grandmother, a father, a mother, and more. In addition, you will find an illustration to be colored that depicts the story.

 Also, the pages of stories and illustrations are perforated so you may separate and frame them. The illustrations are printed on acid free paper for quality finishing. You will be proud to keep them or give them as gifts. All the stories and illustrations need are for you to read and color them.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Author Leah Palm provides readers with fun memories from her own past that many people are able to relate to and coloring pages that go along with each story to keep people of all ages away from depression and engaged in activities.

Palm is an army veteran and retired occupational therapist with 33 years of total patient care experience. Living in an independent living facility, she found remembering the past and participating in coloring activities often helps her and other stay happy and active.

Cassandra's Review- Each page has a short story and a coloring picture to go with it.   I enjoyed not only reading this outloud to my family but being able to watch them color and have fun.

Odds On by Matt Hall Review

Evidence Is the Key to Investment Success

Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor isn't just another investment advice book. It's a memoir, a manifesto, and a guide to the way investing should be. Odds On describes author Matt Hall's role in an ongoing revolution in the investment world: the shift from a traditional sales-driven, active-management model to a model that draws on academic evidence to better serve the real interests of investors.
Matt's story begins with his first exposure to Wall Street, where he becomes disillusioned with the traditional investing model due to its inability to truly help clients. He stumbles into the emerging evidence-based investing world, and learns how to help investors reach their goals through methods that reflect the limits of our abilities to predict which investments will deliver the highest returns.

Matt's unique approach to investing is built on a dual foundation of knowledge and purpose: knowledge gained through evidence-based strategies involving research, data, and logic, and purpose gained by personal reflection on what money and success truly mean. In Odds On, Matt's storytelling makes financial topics truly relevant and easy to understand, while his investment philosophy offers readers a chance to move beyond decisions based on anxiety and confusion, and manage wealth in ways that lead to greater success and a richer life.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Matt Hall

Matt Hall is the President and Co-Founder of Hill Investment Group with offices in St. Louis, MO and Houston, TX. He is the lead on all strategic matters — crafting the firm’s vision, establishing its exceptional standards, and managing key relationships. Hall is forever a student of his craft and has attended the highest level of training and education tied to investment theory and practice. What's more, Hall has led many training programs for top advisors, and founded a peer group of hundreds of advisors, called Evidence-Based Advisors, from the U.S., UK, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Canada.

Hall graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He and his wife, Lisa, have a young daughter who is the star of their lives.

Learn more about Hall at and connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Odds On is currently available on 800 CEO Read, Amazon and other fine booksellers.

Cassandra's Review-  I am not super familiar with the topic of investing so this book packed a lot of knowledge that kind of made me feel lost for a bit.  The author does write in an easy to read tone that I could learn from without being overwhelmed.  

Legacy Discovered By Kerry Reis Review

When they first met sixteen years ago, Ali was convinced she had found in Ryan a man who grew up like she did: as a foster care orphan. In college on the East Coast, the couple was young and in love so Ali did not think it strange when Ryan demanded that they quickly marry and immediately transfer to a Midwestern university to begin their life as newlyweds. They are now a poster for stable, middle-class marriages. Ryan has an independent law practice; Ali is an ER nurse. The couple has a daughter and a son in high school and middle school, respectively. Yet when Ryan leads a blockbuster case, teaming up with other lawyers to lead a class action suit against a toxic industrial development by billionaire Charles Barnett, all hell breaks loose.

During the case discovery, Ali learns that Ryan is really the sole son and namesake of magnate Charles Barnett. “Ryan” faked his death by disappearing off his sailboat near the Massachusetts coast sixteen years ago. His real name is Charles Barnett Jr. and he faked his death to avoid the pressure of the family legacy and to marry Ali, who came from a lower social status. He took Ryan as his name, assuming the legal identity of a college roommate who died young.

 While shocking to all involved, Ali rises above the situation and uses her love for Ryan as the driving force to reunite the estranged father and son. Bit by bit, the family members put together the missing pieces of their lives. Ali learns how to reconcile her family to their new in-laws and the powerful society in which they live. She points the father and son on a path to a final redemption. This dramatic fiction of love and family is a story in the tradition of the classic 1970s film Love Story.

 Author Kerry Reis was inspired by the movie’s premise of a wealthy scion turning his back on his family and their wealth in order to marry a woman from a poorer background. He even used the names Ryan and Ali in homage to Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, the lead actors in the original film.

 Though it is a love story, Legacy Discovered steers clear from being a romance novel and instead, delves into the dramatic weight of family secrets and the burdens of love. Ali must grapple with the fact that Ryan is not the same man she married two decades ago, not even his name. Ryan must realize that on some level, he will always be Charles Barnett Jr. and must make peace with a father he often despised.

 It’s a story about how the secrets one man takes on for noble reasons will still come back to haunt him. Yet it also shows how the strength of love will reconnect families and provide redemption from the sins of the father. A searing novel that demonstrates the strength of love and the power of class to haunt our lives, Legacy Discovered is a moving meditation on how to redeem the past.

As Ryan says to his teenage daughter, “Status does not determine character. Character determines status.”

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Kerry Reis
Born in Oregon, Kerry Reis grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He moved to Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree in motion picture and television arts from UCLA. He went on to work with ABC Television for over 28 years, eventually becoming an associate director of digital broadcast communications with the Disney ABC Television Group.

Cassandra's Review-  This is not a soggy romance.  The author has written in the characters in great detail so that it is easier to follow along with the story.  Very well written and has an easy flow.

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