• 3 Stars,  Book Reviews,  Fiction,  Literary,  Self-Help

    The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

    The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

    The Prophet is considered a classic book and for a while I was confused about it. Is it fiction? Is it non-fiction? How exactly does it provide guidance for everyday life? Is it a religious text? Turns out that it’s classified as spiritual fiction, which makes sense when you read it. To me, it reads very much like the Bible—specifically, Proverbs or the parables of Jesus in the Gospels. Except the narrator gets pretty mystical at times, like when the townspeople ask him to expound on his thoughts concerning pleasure and love. Overall, I thought the book was just…okay. I can see why it’s loved by many, but for such…

  • 5 Stars,  Book Reviews,  Cozy,  Fiction,  Mystery

    Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower

    Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower

    I’ve read quite a few cozy mysteries to date, so there has to be a unique hook to really catch my interest. Murder in Amish country? That’ll do it. (I might also have a soft spot for the 1985 romantic thriller Witness.) Assaulted Caramel features Bailey, a New York chocolatier (read: fancy chocolate maker) who’s summoned back home to Amish country in Ohio when her grandfather falls ill. Bailey’s grandparents run an Amish candy shop, which is where Bailey had first learned the fine art of chocolate making. While in town to help care for her grandfather, a sketchy property developer winds up dead. Along the way, while investigating the…