Book Review: The Campbell Sisters by Eileen Joyce Donovan

The Campbell Sisters by Eileen Joyce Donovan

Publisher:  DX Varos Publishing (March 7, 2023)
Category: Literary Fiction, British and Irish Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
ISBN: 978-1955065702
Available in Print and ebook, 396 pages

Campbell Sisters

Helen Campbell is the eldest and most practical of three sisters, daughters of hard-working Irish emigrants living in New York City in the 1950s. She does what she can to keep the wild-child middle sister, Carolyn, in line and support the youngest, Peggy, as she pursues her dreams of becoming a doctor. Then Helen meets Charlie.

While it’s love at first sight for those two, Carolyn’s antics threatens to derail all the sisters’ future happiness. However, through thick and thin, the three sisters strive to prevail, though not necessarily in the ways they thought they wanted.

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Guest Review by Sal

A treat for lovers of historical fiction and lovers of the romance genres, ‘The Campbell Sisters,’ by Eileen Joyce Donovan, tells the story of three sisters living and finding love in the sometimes-hectic world of 1950s New York City.

Helen, the eldest Campbell sister, is working at a home for orphans in the city when a random bicycle accident introduces her to Charlie, a local boxer who she finds charming and handsome. Although Helen is unsure about whether or not she should date Charlie, eventually she relents and the two begin seeing each other.

Meanwhile, Helen’s younger sister, Carolyn, becomes embroiled in scandal when Helen discovers that Carolyn is seeing a man who is married. When Carolyn’s relationship is outed to her parents, the consequences will have long-lasting effects on all three of the Campbell sisters, including the youngest, Peggy, whose only wish is to complete medical school and become a doctor.

Despite their initial anger at Carolyn’s mistake, all three sisters will have to come together to help her right her wrong, and their bond will be challenged more than ever before.

All three of the Campbell sisters have very distinct and individual personalities, and Eileen Joyce Donovan pulls that off brilliantly. I was eager to see where each sister’s story went and found myself completely wrapped up in the narrative. Donovan’s writing is fantastic, with just the right amount of world-building versus character-building.

Her view of 1950s New York was both expansive and romantic, and seeing it through the character’s eyes made for a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, so I feel pretty qualified to recommend this to fellow lovers of the genre. ‘The Campbell Sisters’ is a gorgeous addition to the genre, and it is begging to be added to your TBR!

About the Author

Eileen Joyce Donovan has been writing her entire life, in one way or another, whether it was imaginative stories for friends, or advertising copy for clients. At the persistent urging of her husband, she finally agreed to seriously edit and revise one of her stories and take the plunge. Years later, her persistence paid off and both her debut historical fiction, Promises, and her second novel, A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma, won prestigious awards. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and her essays have been included in various Chicken Soup for the Soul editions.

She lives in Manhattan, New York and is a member of Authors Guild, Women’s National Book Association, Women Fiction Writers Association, and The Historical Novel Society.


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Awards & Praise for Eileen Joyce Donovan

2019 Marie M Irvine Award for Promises, 2021

When Word Count competition for A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma

“This story is well written and immerses the reader in the period rooting for Alex. At times, I found her decisions a bit rash, but I remembered myself fighting for my career in a male-dominated field. The story is well-researched, and I enjoyed it immensely.”- Carol Amorosi, Author of The MacKay Mysteries, Series

“It was compelling to read of the mores of the time: school teachers couldn’t drink in public, staying at a boarding house came with a set of restrictive rules and trying to get lead stories in a newspaper entailed being part salesperson/part private investigator.
With the role of newspapers and reporters being in the news of late, this depiction of a young woman learning the ropes in a competitive, male dominated field was fascinating in the scope of how tough it is to get a story right.”- Susan Wands, Author of Magician and Fool

“I don’t normally read historical fiction, but I so enjoyed this book set in the 1920’s. The theme is timeless as the main character is determined to make it in a man’s world. Great read!”- Stacy Wilder, Author of A Liz Adams Mystery, Series

“The characters and fast paced plot drew me in and kept me reading. I enjoyed the historical details and the fact that every time I thought I knew how a character would react, I was wrong. The author is too skilled to fall into stereotypes.”- Grammarian, Amazon Review

New Release: Dandy Kim by Nigel Hamilton-Walker

SEX… Actresses… Aircraft… Aristocrats… Arms… Automobiles… Casinos… Champagne… Crime… Gambling… Gangsters… Guns… Hedonism… Heiresses… Hookers… Helicopters… Intrigue… Lies… Models… Money… Nightclubs… Orgies… Parties… Police… Pornography… Prison… Racehorses… Restaurants… Robbery… Royalty… Scandal… Secrets… Smuggling… Socialites… Starlets… Villains… Yachts…

       The incredible audacious life story of Michael Caborn-Waterfield, otherwise known as Dandy Kim. A series of entertaining adventures from wartime Bermuda to the post-war high societies of London, Manhattan, Havana, Tangiers, Florida and the Cote d’Azur. Some of his antics are truly mind-blowing and unbelievable.

       His list of friends was an eclectic Debrett’s mixture of the World’s most influential, rich, powerful and notorious icons.  His list of lovers is a bedroom guide to some of the most fascinating and beautiful women of all time.

       There were many heated discussions about him from Hollywood to the White House, from Interpol to No 10 Downing Street and Scotland Yard.

Kim had a happy knack of being in the right place at the wrong time.  The tales of his escapades and the intriguing characters he encountered, often in the most compromising situations, are wonderfully entertaining.  Some of his stories including the infamous ‘Jack Warner’ robbery are truly mind-blowing and unbelievable.”

       He was a rakish mix of Don Juan and Don Quixote, an incorrigible adventurer. For the second half of the 20th Century his debonair and devilish schemes and scrapes, captured headlines worldwide.

This book incorporates many controversial delicate subjects including the abdication of H.M. King Edward VIII and a possible alternate heir to the British Throne as well as questioning the involvement of Royalty in the gruesome murder of Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas. It moves on to Bermuda, Cuba and Florida detailing the connection between the mafia leader, Meyer Lansky and President Batista of Cuba.

This biography describes Kim’s involvement with both gun-running to Cuba for Batista and the smuggling of contraband from a nightclub/ski school in Tangier for Britain’s most notorious villains Billy Hill and the Kray twins. Kim was one of the founding members of ‘The Chelsea Set’ and the book will narrate some of the many bizarre stories involving politicians, aristocrats, actresses and gangsters. The book will move on to address the infamous robbery of the movie mogul, Jack Warner’s sumptuous villa on the French Riviera and Kim’s subsequent imprisonment in Paris. It will also reveal Kim’s zealous attraction to the opposite sex including his special relationship with the actress Diana Dors and describe his creation of the UK’s largest sex supermarket, Ann Summers.

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Guest Post: Have You Always Wanted to Write? by Kelli A. Wilkins

Have you always wanted to write? Get started with…

You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction

by Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi everyone,

My name is Kelli Wilkins and I’m an eclectic writer. That means I write everything—short horror fiction, steamy full-length romance novels, science fiction, and even non-fiction. People are always asking me, “How can you write in so many different genres and styles?”

It’s really not that difficult. Why? Because the basic mechanics of good storytelling are universal, no matter what genre you write. Every fiction story contains the same ingredients: an interesting and engaging plot, characters the reader cares about and roots for, supporting details, and background that draws the reader into the story.

As an author of 100+ short stories and 20 romance novels, I’m often asked: Where do you get your ideas? How do I get published? How do you write a book? What advice do you have for writers who are just starting out? Do you have any writing tips? 

I’ve answered these questions many times in interviews and addressed them in guest blogs, but I always wanted to say more. One day, I started thinking about everything I’ve learned over the years, and inspiration hit me: Why not write a book on how to write? The result? You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction.

This fun and practical book walks you through the story-creating process step-by-step: from getting a great idea to meeting your characters, developing a plot, and on to writing, revising, and submitting your work.

Each easy-to-read chapter is based on my years of experience as a writer, advice I’ve received over the years, and the technical “know-how” I’ve gained in writing classes and workshops. I also included helpful tips all writers can use, plus easy writing exercises to get you motivated.

Once you have the basics down, you can write—really!Here are two fun writing exercises:

EXERCISE 1: Write three to five dialogue exchanges where two characters meet for the first time. What do they talk about? What is happening in the scene or around them?

EXERCISE 2: All characters want something, whether it’s a cup of coffee, a new car, to escape from jail, to eat lunch, or to finish a big project. Brainstorm five things your character wants, large or small. Here are some examples: woman wants to escape her abusive husband; man wants to bury a body; private investigator wants to find a blackmailer; fifth grade kid wants to get away with cheating on a math test.

Here’s the book summary:

You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction

If you’ve always dreamed of writing and getting published, but have no idea where or how to start—THIS is the book for you!

You Can Write—Really! is an easy guide designed for beginner writers who need a boost of motivation and simple instructions on how to get started.

Award-winning author Kelli A. Wilkins takes you step-by-step through the writing process, covering the basics of plotting, editing, revising, and submitting. In addition, she explores ways to get your creativity flowing, explains where authors get ideas, and shows you how to create interesting characters for your story.

Helpful tips and fun writing exercises throughout the book get you started.

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Happy Reading (and Writing!)

Kelli A. Wilkins


Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 20+ romance novels, 7 non-fiction books, and 5 horror ebooks. Her romances span many genres and settings, and she likes to scare readers with her horror stories.

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What Do I Want

Cynical Wordsmith

There’s so many questions
I didn’t have the answers to
For so long
And it seems strange
To answer them now.

That’s what this is though,
Maturation, growing older,
Growing responsible,
Outlining and defining
Who I am,
Knowing the answers
Instead of guessing at them.

And after searching
And tracing back roots
And boiling all the detail away,
It’s this:

I want to not feel alone.

Everything else is just detail
And situation
And experience
The list seems endless:
I want to be understood.
I want shared experiences,
To learn from
And look back on.
I want to help and protect,
As there are times
When I need the same.
I want to see the beauty
That lives in a dreary world.
I want to have a family,
Who I know I can rely on
And who can rely on me.
I want to keep figuring myself out

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Book Review: If She Lives by Erik Therme

Tess Parker knows tragedy better than most.

After surviving the death of her daughter and kidnapping of her nephew, Tess is ready to return to normal life. But her troubled past has other plans, and when an old threat reemerges, Tess must seek the help of an unlikely ally to set things right.

No matter what the cost.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read Erik Therme‘s books and enjoy his writing style and the suspense in his books. I read the first two books in this series, If She Dies and If She Wakes. Of course, I had to read the last book in the series to find out what happens!

Tess is not as much of a mess as she was in the first two books. She’s realizing the mistakes she made in the past, although she was a grieving mother with little support, so it’s kind of understandable. She and her sister-in-law, Torrie, have become close and Tess has been staying with her since she separated from her husband, Josh. She takes care of Levi, Torrie’s baby, while Torrie works.

Tess is happy in her current situation, so, of course, it doesn’t last for long. Torrie’s house catches on fire and things spiral from there. She’s scared for herself and her family, and the journey she ends up taking is full of suspense.

The ending was satisfactory. It was a bit of a surprise, but I knew there was something…I just couldn’t put my finger on it! If She Lives is a standalone novel, but I suggest reading all three in order to get the most out of it.

About the Author

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Ellie-May & her Toy Dragon, Ben by Genna Rowbotham

Feeling so excited for a new day ahead, Ellie-May struggles to sleep. So when her toy dragon, Ben grows into a real-life dragon, they take to the starry skies and embark on a night-time adventure together, where they visit Ben’s castle and enjoy a dragon party.

But as the sun begins to rise and the stars fade, will Ellie-May be able to stay awake?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Ellie May finds out that her toy dragon, Ben, can turn full-size! The first night he does this, he takes her to a party at his castle! When the sun comes up, Ben asks her if she wants to stay and play. As much as she wants to, she realizes how tired she is and that sleep is important:

“But first, I need some sleep:
it’s important you know.
It helps me stay healthy,
and it helps me to grow!”

So, they go home and go to bed so that they can be ready for the day ahead.

Ellie May & Her Toy Dragon, Ben is a picture book with amazing illustrations that are bright and colorful that children will enjoy. It is a fun fantasy told in verse. Children will like this story. It will spark their imagination and help teach them the importance of sleep.

About the Author

Genna Rowbotham wrote her first children’s story in 2017, fitting it in around caring for her young family, and is now an author of nine children’s books as well as a short story in a magazine. Rowbotham has a passion to write stories that help entertain, educate and inspire young-ones as the reader can escape the seriousness of life and enter a world of magic.

Her other interests include reading, writing, travelling, astrology, spending time with her family and exploring the great outdoors.

She lives with her lively, imaginative family in Derbyshire in a house full of books, magazines as well as colourful drawings and all sorts of artwork from her children (empty cereal boxes are often taken from the recycle bin to reinvent something wonderful like a spy camera or telescope).

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Fool Her Once by Joanna Elm

Fool Her Once (A Novel) by Joanna Elm
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 416 pages 
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:  CamCat Books
Release date:   Feb, 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. There’s adultery, language, some sexual content, and violent crime, but no explicit descriptions of the crimes.


Some killers are born. Others are made.

​As a rookie tabloid reporter, Jenna Sinclair made a tragic mistake when she outed Denny Dennison, the illegitimate son of an executed serial killer. So she hid behind her marriage and motherhood. Now, decades later, betrayed by her husband and resented by her teenage daughter, Jenna decides to resurrect her career—and returns to the city she loves.

When her former lover is brutally assaulted outside Jenna’s NYC apartment building, Jenna suspects that Denny has inherited his father’s psychopath gene and is out for revenge. She knows she must track him down before he can harm his next target, her daughter.

Meanwhile, her estranged husband, Zack, fears that her investigative reporting skills will unearth his own devastating secret he’d kept buried in the past.

From New York City to the remote North Fork of Long Island and the murky waters surrounding it, Jenna rushes to uncover the terrible truth about a psychopath and realizes her own investigation may save or destroy her family.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Fool Her Once is a book that is difficult to put down. There are secrets from the past that Jenna, an experienced investigative reporter, starts to uncover. She wants to know what happened to the son of the serial killer she reported about years ago. She has always felt she needed to look over one shoulder and she wants to end that. But now, she uncovers things that make her scared about the future for her and her family.

The story switches from the past to the present. At times near the beginning, I didn’t feel it was necessary, but the longer I listened, the more I realized that it was necessary.

Along with the thriller aspect of the story, there are intertwined relationships that are all somehow a part of Jenna’s life. I’ve learned to keep notes on the different characters in books, thank goodness, or I may have gotten confused.

I enjoyed listening to the narrator, Rachel Fulginiti. Her pace and timing were very good.

I’m used to books with surprises, but there were one or two that had my jaw dropping! This is the first book I’ve read by Joanna Elm, but I’m sure it won’t be the last.

About the Author

Joanna Elm is an author, journalist, blogger, and attorney. Before the publication of her first two suspense novels (Scandal, Tor/Forge 1996); (Delusion, Tor/Forge/1997), she was an investigative journalist on the London Evening News on Fleet Street in the U.K. She also wrote for British magazines like Woman’s Own.

Then, she moved to New York where she worked as a writer/producer for television news and tabloid TV programs like “A Current Affair.” She was also the researcher/writer for WNEW-TV’s Emmy-award-winning documentary “Irish Eyes.” In 1980, she joined the Star as a reporter, eventually becoming the magazine’s news editor and managing editor before moving to Philadelphia as editor of the news/features section of TV Guide.

After completing her first two novels while living in South Florida, (Nelson DeMille described Scandal as “fresh, original and unpredictable”) Joanna returned to New York, enrolled in law school, graduated summa cum laude, passed the NY Bar exam, and worked as a principal law clerk for an appellate division justice in the prestigious First Department. She has been married to her husband Joe for 35 years and has one son.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker

Book Title:  Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Nov 2022
Content Rating:  G. Suitable for everyone.

**** 2023 Family Choice Award ****

Book Description:

Have you ever wished you could go away on your parent’s business trip or hide in their suitcase to explore a new city all on your own? Well, Katie and Steven sure have! They wonder why they always have to stay home when Mommy or Daddy travel for work. Once their favorite yellow teddy, Tootsie, comes up with the idea to stow himself away for Daddy’s trip to Washington, DC, Katie and Steven realize that they’ll be able to travel along, too—but just not in the way they first imagine!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Katie and Steven aren’t able to go on trips with their parents, but their magical teddy bear tells them to send him on their trips, and he can tell them all about it. Their teddy’s first trip is to Washington D.C., and he tours the entire city before going back home and sharing everything with Katie and Steven. They’re not sad anymore when their parents go somewhere because the teddy will tell them all about it.

What a fun travel book! Children will enjoy the bright, colorful illustrations as well as the story about Traveling Tootsie, their teddy bear. Even better, they will learn about Washington D.C. and some of the important places there such as the White House and the U.S. Capitol.

This is definitely a good book for a child’s library.

About the Authors

Kathy and Karen grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Virginia as teenagers. They enjoyed many family vacations, which began their love of travel. They both reside in Virginia with their families and continue to instill a love of travel with their own children. This is their first children’s book written together, about a favorite childhood memory that they always wanted to share with others to enjoy. They hope to inspire a sense of adventure in you!

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Adventures of Lefty and Righty: The Windy City by Lori Orlinksy

Book Title:  The Adventures of Lefty & Righty: The Windy City by Lori Orlinksy
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Mar 7, 2023
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Do you ever wonder what happens to socks that get lost in the dryer? Join Lefty and Righty for the adventure of a lifetime as they sneak out of the laundry room with a destination in mind: a White Sox game! But with so much to do in The Windy City, will they make it to the game in time? Through their fun-filled day, they’ll discover the sights, sounds—and even the tastes—of Chicago, all while encountering a few surprises along the way!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a great book! My grandson enjoyed the story about Left and Righty in Chicago, but I liked it at least as much as he did. It brought back a lot of memories from when I was a kid. We just lived there until I was 11 years old, but I remember going to several of the places Lefty and Righty went to, especially the Field Museum. It was amazing back then, so I can imagine what it’s like now. I’m going to have to take my grandkids to see Sue one of these days!

Lefty and Righty have a great adventure in Chicago and end up at a White Sox/Cubs game before rushing back home to jump in with the laundry.

We can all relate to matching socks, and kids will love the brightly colored illustrations while learning about the great Windy City. This is a story children will want to read over and over.

About the Author

Award-winning children’s book author Lori Orlinsky lives in. . . you guessed it . . . Chicago! Lori is the mother of three little ladies, who are small but mighty. At 5’1”, she wishes her children’s picture book, Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All), was around when she was growing up. Lori also wrote The Tooth Fairy’s Tummy Ache and Balloons for Tiger. Her latest book, The Adventures of Lefty and Righty: The Windy City, was inspired by her daily struggle to find matching socks when they come out of the dryer.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Flightlog: The Novel Adventures of a Stewardess Wannabe Who Becomes a Flight Attendant by Susan Humphrey

Book Title:  FlightLog: The Novel Adventures of a Stewardess Wannabe Who Becomes a Flight Attendant by Susan Humphrey
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  338 pages
Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Memoir(ish), Coming-of-age
Publisher:  Majuscule Press
Release date:   August 2022

Content Rating:  PG. A few romantic encounters but light on the details. Reference to tobacco use.

Book Description:

“It was 1978. People didn’t have home computers, video players, or answering machines. We rented our telephones from local phone companies and hand-wrote letters. The terms ‘politically correct’ and ‘African-American’ had not been coined. ‘Eating disorders’ and ‘alternate lifestyles’ were not yet common household phrases. Only strippers wore thongs, which made perfect sense to me, as they only caused one to gyrate their hynie in a desperate attempt to dislodge the bothersome wedgie.”

So writes Sherri Van Ness, an unassuming girl from the burbs of Kansas who’s about to embark on the adventure of her life when she signs up to become a stewardess. But it’s much more turbulent than this doughy-eyed 19-year-old ever imagined as she tries to navigate past grouchy passengers, fly-by-night relationships and the unforgiving, relentless, humiliating, monthly weigh-ins. Some dreams come true. Others require a vomit bag.

That’s not to say Sherri doesn’t enjoy herself. Au contraire! There are friends to be made and men to be made and the maid who made up her room in New York is so nice!

Yes, the work is difficult at times and the money isn’t always good, but there are perks: free flights and an endless supply of tiny vodka bottles and salted peanuts (peanut allergies hadn’t been invented yet.)

Like Dorothy Gale sans Toto, Sherri leaves Kansas and finds herself amidst a cast of characters as strange to her as the Scarecrow and the Munchkins were to Dorothy. Her whirlwind journey takes her from innocent, insecure stewardess to mature and confident flight attendant. Or does she?

​Book your flight now with this very enjoyable read, put your seat back in the upright position, and enjoy the ride!

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

They say you should write what you know, and the author proves this is true. Although this is fiction, she based it on fact. It’s obvious that she knows what flight attendants did and had to put up with back in the day. I had a cousin who became a flight attendant in the 70’s, and I was always amazed with her accomplishments. I also thought she was perfect for the job because she was gorgeous and didn’t have to worry about the weight requirements that restricted many of us from even thinking about becoming a flight attendant (so sad).

From the point of view of Sherri who wanted to be a stewardess all her life, the story starts with her going to school to be a flight attendant, the friends she made in school, and then her life as a flight attendant. It’s full of stories of friends, men, boyfriends, and flights.

There are quite a few characters but that would be expected in the life of a flight attendant. I enjoyed watching Sherri learn and grow both in her job and her personal life.

The narrator took some getting used to mostly because the sound wasn’t as high quality as most audiobooks I listen to. Eventually, though, I got used to it.

This wasn’t really my cup of tea; however, for those who enjoy lighthearted memoir-type stories, it’s a good read, and I recommend it.

About the Author

Susan Jo Humphrey, the daughter of a diplomat, was born in Izmir, Turkey where she lived for three years. She also lived in Korea and Thailand, before returning home to the US with her family as a teenager. She has traveled all over the United States, and has called several parts of this country ‘home.’ Her many airplane rides as a child convinced her she must one day become a stewardess. Suz was a flight attendant for thirteen of her twenty-five years with UAL. She began penning FlightLog with the help of the Naperville Writer’s Group, outside of Chicago. There, she published in their annual pamphlet, had a humor piece printed in an online magazine, and contributed many articles to local newspapers. At the time of publication, she is busy working on FlightLog II.

Away from the keyboard, Suz loves yoga, reading, cooking, listening to music and playing her guitar. She still enjoys mapping out travel to faraway places she’s never seen, as well as planning return trips to her favorite spots.

She currently lives in Southern California and has two grown children. Today, she’s in healthcare, where she’s worked since 2014. Suz was the ‘baby’ of her flight attendant classes – and the ‘senior’ student in her nursing classes. She’s eager to write that story as well: a novice baby-boomer RN begins her dream career as a travel nurse – just as a pandemic breaks out!

connect with the author: website 


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