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My Pink Champagne Life–witty, autobiographical “must read”

My Pink Champagne Life

by Meredith Shafer


My Pink Champagne Life is an autobiographical work by Meredith Shafer who tries to celebrate all the big and little events that shape her life.  The story touches on her first marriage and divorce, but focuses mainly on her marriage to Mr. Wonderful and on her blended multi-cultural family.  I rarely read a book twice, but I probably will read this book again.  It sparkles with wit and offers wisdom based in real experiences and a love of God.

Shafer pulls no punches about her life as she describes, often with tongue in cheek, what life is like in the (Mother) Hood—from the creativeness of her kids to the craziness of trying to juggle being a military wife, mother of four, public speaker, author, and lawyer who works from home directing a foundation.

With superlative turn of phrase, she injects humor into the telling of the messiness of everyday  life and how God has carried her through.  Shafer shares how God has molded her character through the good times and the bad.  I wish this book had been around when I was a young mother.  It will be an encouragement to women who want to be their best for God, who want to come to God without their Sunday mask on, ready to trust God to bring about changes in their lives.

Shafer has written another book which should hit the shelves on November 15, 2016. It is entitled Mad Cow: a PTSD Love Story.  If you don’t want to wait until then, you can connect with the author on her website to buy it directly.

Michelangelo’s Ghost–a good cozy in which I expand my cultural awareness

Michelangelo’s Ghost

A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

by Gigi Pandian

Michelangelo's ghostMichelangelo’s Ghost is an interesting cozy.  The mystery is good and the characters and setting took me out of my comfort zone, which is good in this case.  Jaya Jones is a history professor in San Francisco.  She is attractive, feisty, petite, intelligent and adventurous.  As Jaya is of Indian and American descent, like the author herself, the book has many authentic references to Indian culture and foods.

In her pursuit of the killer of her former mentor, Jaya, accompanied by her successful brother Fish and his exotic girlfriend, travels to Italy to trace the Renaissance roots of an art find that the mystery is centered around.  The little known artist has connections to  India and possibly to Michelangelo.

There are twists and turns to the plot, characters who are not really as they present themselves, and a good tying up of loose ends. I recommend this book and am interested in reading others in the series.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Henery Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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