For The Love of Dirt by Jill Dudek
I found this new-to-me author not long ago, while grocery shopping. I love supporting Indie Authors, so, even though I don't have little people in my life, I bought a copy to read for myself. Sometimes, it is comforting to lose the stress of the day in a children's story.
I found this to be a delightful book. Written for pre-school age children, it tells a fantastic story of exuberant children and how they equate love to the fun things in their lives, like dirt and water. This is a wonderful story perfect for instilling family values and reminding us that playing outdoors can be super-fun.
The illustrations, by Megan Mack, were light, airy, and whimsical. They added much to he story, and shared a bit of gentle humor.
As I mentioned, I don't have little people in my life right now. But, I'll donate this book to my Local Little free Library. I'm sure the child who discovers it will enjoy the story.
Andrew’s second book in The Masterson Files series, Sinful Father, has a compelling plot driven by secrets and lies… with a creative flair readers don’t come upon often. I’ve read much of Andrew’s work, and I am consistently pleased with his imagination and talent.
In this installment of his action/adventure series, I discovered an angry anti-hero who surprised me with the sympathy I felt toward him in the end. I never wanted to like this man, but alas, maybe I came to understand him a little. Inside the pages lives a hero I thought I understood, only to realize he has more layers than a buttery croissant. I may never pull them all apart, but it’s going to be fun to try. There is a cadre of strong women who remind me that being feminine isn’t the same thing as being weak. There were several points in the story where I laughed, and two scenes at the end left me in tears for two very different reasons.
This story was so full of sneaky twists that I am eager to read book three, Deadly Daughter, to discover where Andrew will take me next. I am tremendously interested to see how my favorite characters will stay alive… and perhaps live their dream of anonymity… but I also want to be sure the dogs are okay. Also, if I’m being completely honest, there is at least one character I’d like to see tortured just a little bit (maybe two).
There are at least three more books in this series (rumor has it there may be more than the published five on the horizon). All I’ve read so far tells me that the series will only get better as I continue to turn pages. Inside Andrew’s books, you will find a promise to provide safety to those you love, see those you don’t like get a little of their own, and perhaps punish the evil-doers with a bit of justifiable torture.
If you enjoy investigating a different perspective of life through the window of fiction and perhaps wondering about the innate laws of human acceptability… Andrew Allen Smith’s The Masterson Files series will offer a wide range of emotional and intellectual experiences that will not disappoint.
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