Review of The Face on the Milk Carton-By, Caroline B. Cooney


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By, Caroline B. Cooney

Jane “Janie” Johnson was a fifteen-year-old sophomore in high school. She was a happy-go-lucky tenth grader, who had several close friends and a boyfriend/neighbor Reeve. Additionally, she loved her life as it was, but everything changed one day at lunch. She grabbed her friend’s milk carton at school and finished it, even though she has a slight milk allergy. Janie turned the milk carton over to see whose face was on the milk carton today.

Imagine her surprise, when she realized that she was staring at a picture of herself in pigtails and a dress she remembers in a flashback. She looked at the picture of a missing three-year-old girl named Jennie Springs from New Jersey. Immediately, her mind begins trying to make sense of everything she knew about herself. She began having flashbacks of her at three-years-old wearing that dress and hanging out with a woman with twin babies.

She did her own investigations and her boyfriend Reeve became her confidant. She began having “daymares” or flashbacks of old memories, which included a strange woman and twins. In the attic, Janie found an old trunk, which had the mysterious letter H-written on it. In this trunk, she discovers papers and things done by someone named Hannah. Additionally, she found a dress in the old trunk that matches the dress that she was wearing in the picture on the milk carton.

She hides her discovery from her parents, but soon she begins asking her parent’s (Frank and Miranda Johnson) tough questions. Unfortunately, they knew that they had to tell her the truth, so she learned that her birth mother was their only daughter and was named Hannah. They explained how Hannah was a member of a cult and that when she finally came home, she had Janie with her. Her parents acted nervous, but finally explained that they are in fact her grandparents instead her parents.

Janie knew them as her only parents and she chose to call them her parents, but there was a twist in the story. Hannah might be kidnapper and her parents/grandparents were innocent. For reasons only Hannah knew, she left Janie with her parents and vanished out her own parent’s lives after returning to the cult. Fearing the cult will come after their granddaughter/daughter; the Javensen’s changed everyone’s name to Johnson and began moving around until they settled down.

Now, after hearing about the kidnapping, the Johnson’s are worried that they will lose Janie and Hannah will go to prison. Will Janie be able to stay with the only parents that she has ever known or will she be forced to say good-bye?

My Opinion on the Book

I really loved the way the author wrote this book from Janie’s/Jennie’s point of view. Additionally, I enjoyed being able to follow Janie’s emotions from the time she recognized herself on the milk carton to when she had Lizzie help her tell her parents what was going on. Finally, she was able to share the burden with her parents and they can work together to find a solution to the problem that they now face.

Janie tried so hard to work through the feeling, but she was unable to keep it from affecting every relationship she had from her parents to her friends. Luckily, she had a confidant in Reeve, her boyfriend and neighbor. I think the author Caroline B. Cooney did a wonderful job, showing the story and developing the story at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the sequels. If you have a chance to read this book, be sure to write what you thought about it in the comments. I highly recommend this book for teens and adults alike. Especially if you like mystery, suspense, and drama.

PS: There is a movie about this book.

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXOXO

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

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Meet Author Crystal S. Kauffman


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About the Author

My name is Crystal S. Kauffman (Pen name: Imogen Rayne). I am a Freelance Author/Poet/Songwriter with 16 years of experience. I have published over 1000 articles online and offline, since I began my writing career. Additionally, I enjoy using my talent to help small business owners, who need help with their everyday business communications like press releases and articles. I also enjoy making fliers and brochures, as well many other forms of business communications. Most of all, I love reviews of books and products, so please email me for more information. Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Glimpse Into My Life 

Currently, I live in Jacksonville, FL with my husband and my two beautiful children, who are my biggest fan and contributors for my new novels. Personally, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2 B survivor, who loves to create and write. Therefore, for the last 8 years, I have been using the talent God gave me to create and maintain a support community for those touched by cancer. The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is for patients and families touched by cancer, who has been touched directly or indirectly. Visit our support community, if you would like to help make a difference or if you are in need of support. Laugh At Cancer Support Community

My Published Work 

Rhymes of The Heart– This is an uplifting and inspirational collection of poems. These rhymes come from my heart, throughout the good and bad times I experienced. I believe many of my readers and fans can relate to the poems I have written. Additionally, ten percent of each purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community on Facebook.

Planting Seeds to GrowThis is a collection of short stories I previous published for children. I really hope that enjoy my work, because each story is fictionally based. However, you will know what stories are based on my own life. I believe that this book is wonderful read for you and your children. Ten percent of all purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community

*****New Novels Coming Soon*****

 Ana’s Stand-Available Soon

 Angel’s Tears-Mystery, Drama, and Crime

 The Birth of Veil-Fantasy Genre

New Release by ZitrO Productions: Confession of a Scorned Baby Mama


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What do you do when you’re fed up with your baby daddy? Angeleese Warner had finally reached a breaking point after discovering her man, Terrence’s dirty, little secret. Torn between trying to keep their relationship from going downhill, Angeleese is unsure if they’re destined for longevity.

When tragedy suddenly strikes, she’s left alone to pick up the pieces to her broken heart and keep it pushing. Will Angeleese ever meet a good man, or is she destined to keep returning to her comfort zone—her baby daddy?

Can Terrance make it work with Angeleese for the sake of their children? Or will a new woman in the horizon alter everyone’s plans?

Meet Author Marina J.

Buy you own copy of Author Marina J.’s Novel: Confessions of a Scorned Baby Mama

Hellbounce: Demons Don’t Always Hide in the Dark


Hellbounce: The ARC Chronicles Part 1

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As a psychologist in a prison hospital, Eva Ross had always dealt with her share of sinners. The corrupt, the insane, their minds were all hers to unlock.

But when those around her, those she trusted with her life start to exhibit the same characteristics, she is forced to turn to a stranger, a man whose name she is incapable of even remembering, for sanctuary. 

Follow Eva as she crosses continents to unlock the answers, and her eventual destiny.
Hellbounce. 

Demons don’t always hide in the dark

PS: I am currently reading this book and I love it! Look for my review soon.

Author Matthew Harrill Kindle Page 

Excerpt from the Book

“Eva woke to the sound of the television churning out early morning commercials. She sighed.

“Another morning, another hotel.” It seemed to her that since Worcester, she had lost all sense of identity. Not all of that had been because of the anonymity that radiated from Madden, but it had had an effect. With the revelations in her life, she had had no choice.

Throwing on some clothes, Eva opened the curtain and delighted in what Madden had promised would be a spectacular view. The Chattanooga National Park, dominated by the majestic Lookout Mountain lay in front of her. Forests at the base led to scrub and tree-laden slopes, with the grey behemoth dominating the middle. Even from this far away, it made Eva feel insignificant.

It was not the first time in the past few days she had felt that way. Since waking up in the shadow of Mount Rogers a few days ago, their travel had been bordered by mountains the whole way. Even when Madden had insisted they detour to stop at an old friend’s house in Knoxville, it turned out to be the grandest of mansions. Then the friend had insisted that despite Eva’s urgency, they take a trip into the Smoky Mountains. She could not avoid feeling small and out of control.”

 

Places you can find Hellbounce now:

The Cross & The Switchblade…A Life Changing Book.


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I began reading this book after The Springs Church gave it to me in a visitor’s package. I couldn’t put the book down, because the subject of the story was so appealing to me. The book discusses how David Wilkerson and others took time out of their lives to help teenage gang members. First, he traveled back and forth, but God led him to stay in New York.

This meant he basically began working the different gangs and was even received death threats from gang member. In order to reach these struggling teenagers, he used love and compassion. He trusted that God would provide what they needed from food to lodging.

Soon, he found a house, which after a lot of work,  it became known as the Teen Center. He helped those teens who wanted to turn their life around like: homeless teens, drug addicts, gang members, and teen prostitutes.

You will love reading this book and watching how the power of God works in mysterious ways. This book is emotionally powerful. I hope you will get your own copy to read, because this book is a top 10 on my list.

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Meet David Wilkerson who went home to be with the Lord  in 2011. His achievements will always be remembered by those lives he touched throughout his ministry.

The Queen’s Pawn Is A Fantastic Book


I started reading a fascinating historical book written by Christy English. The book discusses the life of Alais and Eleanor. The story is about kings, queens, princess, princes, and other royal family. 

The queen falls in love with Alais, who happens to be her ex-husband’s daughter. Eleanor was once married to King Louis, but she is now married to King Henry II. Her son Richard (the Lion heart) is to be married to Alias, a princess of  France.

The lives of the Kings of England and France would forever be entwined together, because of the marriage of Richard and Alais. Eleanor the Queen loves Alais and sees her as her own daughter. 

Take time to read this book to learn how it ends. You will enjoy reading a piece of history and learning more about each character. On a scale from 1 (disliked) to 10 (Wonderful), I give this book a 10!

Christy English is a wonderful writer who allows the reader to see Eleanor’s and Alias’s point of views. This was fascinating to me and I am interested in reading more of her work. 

PS: Thank you to my daughter for giving the book to me as a Christmas present. XOXO

Shenandoah from Happy Tribe


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Shenandoah from Happy Tribe

Listen to “Shenandoah”for yourself.

A friend asked me to share his link, but I listened to it after I shared it. I found the song to be relaxing and nice to listen too. I enjoyed listening to the new song that he created, while also listening for the things that he asked me to listen for. I think he did a wonderful job in playing this song. Now, I would like to share it with my readers. Let me know what you think about this new song, which was played by one of my closest friends. Additionally, he has a list of more songs that he has composed, so take a moment to listen to them as well.

Statement from Happy Tribe/ Jan. 3, 2015: Shenandoah“, From “Let me Spin You A Song,” a cycle of American songs. While Alan Lomax suggested that “Shenandoah” was a sea-shanty. Others suggest that it is of Native American origin, for it tells the tale of Sally, the daughter of the Indian Chief Shenandoah. She is courted for seven years, by a white Missouri river trader. I have attempted to “paint” the rolling waves into a simple string accompaniment. Listen for cross fades, terraced dynamics, and pans. I hope you will “like” and “share” this first song of my new cycle.– Happy Tribe

John “Happy Tribe” Valentine

Happy Tribe Website