Dustin Reviews: ‘Simon’s Choice’ by Charlotte Castle

'Simon's Choice' by Charlotte Castle“But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?”

Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want.

Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia.

He can almost accept her impending death.

He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her

But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.

He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit.

As cracks form in Simon’s previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones … will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?

Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.

Simon’s Choice, what can I say? The story was a roller coaster of emotions with characters (for the most part) were engaging and believable. Simon openly tells his story as he deals with a terminally ill daughter and how that plays into his changing life. Charlotte Castle has written a moving and touching story that anyone who has had to deal with the loss of a loved one can relate.

About the author

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Simon’s Choice is available at: Amazon


Kindle Length: 302 pages
Publication Date:
July 13th 2010 by Taylor Street Publishing (first published July 10th 2010)
Language: English

4 out of 5 stars

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Dustin Reviews: Shades of Gray by Andy Holloman

Start with “Breaking Bad”, add dash of “Cops”, and stir in a darker version of the “Love Boat” and you get all the right flavors for “Shades of Gray”

 How far would you go to save your child’s life? Could you break the law?

What if your travel business was suddenly in danger of going under because of 9/11?

A single father decides to partner up with a woman from the opposite side of the tracks.

Can their partnership deliver the cash they BOTH desperately need?

Could they fall in love?

And will they survive to see the Summer of 2002?

Shades of Gray was an extraordinary story, filled with heart, soul and compassion. The characters were well developed and the story flowed smoothly until I hit one of the numerous editing/proofreading errors (missed or duplicated words and the occasional Kindle formatting glitches). I know, I sound like a broken record when I mention editing/proofreading errors, but they do effect the reader when reading a story. If I were to rate Shades of Gray on the story alone, it would easily be a 5-star. But the numerous errors and word repeats pulled me out of the story on way too many occasion. Over looking the errors, Holloman has a very good, gripping story. I look forward to reading more from Andy Holloman.

About the author

Shades of Gray grew out of Author Andy Holloman‘s experiences as a travel agency owner, and the murder of a client. Suspecting she was a drug smuggler, a story sprouted in Holloman‘s over-active imagination: How far would a desperate person go to save their child and their business? A graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, lives in the Raleigh, N.C., area with his wife of twenty years and three children. When he’s not writing, Holloman is carpooling, keeping his wife happy, and attending school and sporting events. He loves the great outdoors, is an avid reader, and a social media goofball. Most evenings, he can be found tapping on his well-worn keyboard as he “births” his next novel. Visit AndyHolloman.com for updates on his latest writing ventures.

Shades of Gray is available at: Amazon


Tags: suspense, mystery thriller, relationships, thriller fiction, north carolina, family drama, contemporary fiction, drugs, drug dealers, men’s adventure, twists, action, drama, mystery, thriller, mystery

Print Length: 242 pages
Publisher: Triple J Press; 1st edition (November 28, 2011)
Language: English

July 2012 – KBR Semi-Finalist for Best Thriller/Mystery
July 2012 – Semi-Finalist for Reader’s Favorite, Suspense
April 2012 – #1 Best Seller, Amazon, Men’s Adventure

4 out of 5 stars