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The After House


The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip Cash

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.


My Review

4 stars

We start this story in 1840. Eli is the captain of a whaling ship. He is on his way home when he comes across a large male whale and plans to capture and process it. But the whale has other ideas and sinks his ship. Flash to present day and Remy Galway. Remy thought she found the love of her life but after she was married to him and became pregnant things turned sour. She is recently divorced and trying to pick up the pieces of her life.

Remy moves into the After House and strange things start happening. Eli is part of the house and has mixed feeling about a woman on ship. But he finds that he wants to get rid of her. Remy thinks something is amiss when the house is broke into, Remy’s studio gets fire bombed, and Remy is almost ran off the road. Is Eli trying to run her out or is something else going on?

I liked Remy. She is a strong character but when we meet her she is unsure of herself and blames herself for her divorce. Eli means well but he is a traditional man and has a hard time accepting Remy and her daughter. But they remind him of something and keep him off balance. I really liked Marum and Sten. I thought they added a perfect twist to the story.

This is a great mystery on several levels with a great happy ending. I love Michael Phillip Cash’s stories and this is another one that is great. Make sure to check out The After House, it’s going to surprise you.

To purchase The After House make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Michael Phillip Cash’s website.

I received The After House for free from Michael Phillip Cash in exchange for an honest review.

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There Once Was a Cat by Mary Jane Cogan

(Excerpt from Goodreads) THERE ONCE WAS A CAT is designed to appeal to many types of readers: cat fanciers, poetry lovers, and young readers. This book combines the antics of cats and the silliness of limerick poetry into a colorful, educational, and fun-filled reading experience.
The book contains twenty-six amusing limericks written about cats. The cats are named alphabetically, starting with A for Anna and ending with Z for Zipper. Each limerick is presented with a watercolor illustration. Within each illustration is the first letter of the cat’s name. For example, on the page about Anna, the young reader can search for all the A’s in the illustration, count them, and check the total with the answer page. Young readers, then, gain experience in alphabet, letter recognition, and counting skills.
Author Mary Jane Cogan holds a master’s degree in education. She drew from her experiences as a cat-lover, artist, and reading teacher to create this multi-faceted book.


My Review

5 stars

This is a wonderful book that has limericks about cats for each letter of the alphabet. Each one has a beautiful watercolor picture that matches the limerick. There is also a challenge for young readers to keep track of how many letter A’s, B’s, C’s, etc. are in each limerick.

This is the perfect book for young readers that will capture their attention and have them laughing along with the limericks and pictures. As a cat lover I just adore this book. The limericks capture cats perfectly. My favorite was the cat named Will. I have experienced this lots of times and could relate.

There Once Was a Cat will appeal to young kids, cat lovers, those that enjoy poetry and everyone in between. Make sure to get your copy today.

To purchase There Once Was a Cat make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received There Once Was a Cat for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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