Wednesday, December 21, 2011
“Pershing: Commander of the Great War” by John Perry is one of six books in The Generals series and is about the great American military leader, John Joseph Pershing. Pershing’s earliest memories were of war. The Civil War was raging on while he was a small boy growing up in Laclede, Missouri. After the war ended, the Pershing family became one of the richest families in the county. Pershing lost his interest in becoming a soldier and decided to become a lawyer. The family luck and fortune ran out so Pershing had to teach school in order to save money to attend law school. Pershing decided to apply to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York because his tuition would be free. West Point helped form Pershing into the man he became. He followed all the rules and was all business. He expected the best out of his underclassmen and later the soldiers serving under him. After he graduated from West Point, Pershing was sent to Fort Bayard in New Mexico. In chapter 2 we learn about his time spent in New Mexico and his role in the Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota. After Wounded Knee, Pershing was assigned to the University of Nebraska as a professor of military science. Chapter 3 tells of Pershing’s assignment in Cuba alongside Theodore Roosevelt. In chapter 4 we learn how Pershing wins over the Moros while stationed in the Philippines. Chapters 5, 6 and 7, tell of how Pershing meets his soul mate, Frankie, and their life in the Philippines and finally the tragic event of Pershing losing his wife and three of his four children. Chapter 8 tells of the Mexican Expedition in which during this time, George S. Patton served as one of Pershing's aides. After the Mexican Expedition, war breaks out and Pershing is sent to Europe. Chapters 9 through 12 tell of World War I and Pershing’s great role in winning the war. In 1919, in recognition of his distinguished service during World War I, the U.S. Congress authorized the President to promote Pershing to General of the Armies of the United States, the highest rank possible for any member of the United States armed forces. On July 15, 1948, John Pershing died in his sleep. He was buried with him men at Arlington Cemetery. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
In “House of Secrets” by Tracie Peterson we meet the Cooper sisters. Bailee, Geena and Piper Cooper have had a secret they have kept since childhood. They saw their father murder their mother. When their father wants them to all get together at the house where their mother died, the secrets start to come out. The sisters decide it is time for the truth and to confront their father. What they do not plan on is for their father to announce his new marriage and faith in God. When they finally accuse their father, they find out that what they have believed all these years is far from the truth. During this time Bailee starts having dreams about her childhood and in turn remembers certain events that she has long forgotten. In a moment of panic she calls her friend Mark to come be with her. What she did not count on is her feelings for Mark to grow into love. None of the girls want to have anything to do with God because when they needed him most they feel that he was not there. As the secrets start to come out, Bailee feels betrayed by both her father and God. With Mark’s help she finally realizes she does need God in her life and turns to him. Will the Cooper family be able to finally put the past behind them?
As someone who had several tragedies in my young life I could definitely put myself in Bailee’s shoes. When something happens to rock our perfect world, we wonder why God allowed it and sometimes we turn away from him. What we all need to realize is that He never left us. This book helped me remember that no matter how bad life can get He will always be there with us. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels that God has not been there for them at some point in their life. I received a complimentary copy to review from Bethany House Publishers.
In “A Sound Among the Trees” by Susan Meissner, we meet the descendants of Susannah Page. Susannah lived in Virginia during the Civil War and was rumored to be a spy for the North. Since the years of her death all the women in her family have had bad things happen to them. Some people believe the house is haunted and the ghost of Susannah is to blame for their problems. When Marielle Bishop marries into the family, she sets out to discover what is really going on at Holly Oak. Susannah’s great-granddaughter, Adelaide, still lives in the house and while she does not believe the house is haunted she does believe the house is stuck and cannot move past what Susannah did. With the help of Adelaide’s daughter, Caroline, Marielle discovers the rumors about Susannah are not true and she realizes Susannah does not have a reason to haunt Holly Oak or cause harm to the people living there. Will they be able to convince Adelaide and the people of the town?
This was my first book to read by Susan Meissner and I loved it. She does a good job of connecting the present to the past. She brings the characters to life and makes you feel like you are one of them. This book also shows how easy it is for people to believe something they hear instead of wanting to find out the truth. This was a very good and fast book to read. I received a complimentary copy of the book to review from WaterBrook Press.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
In “Love on the Line” by Deeanne Gist we meet switchboard operator Georgie Gail from Brenham, Texas. When Georgie’s train is robbed by the Comer Gang, she meets the leader Frank Comer and Texas Ranger Lucious Landrum. Lucious has been after the Comer gang for quite some time and he almost had them this time. Georgie finds Frank to be nicer than she thought an outlaw would be and Lucious to be show off. Lucious’ new assignment is to go undercover as Luke Palmer disguised as a telephone salesman and repairman in Georgie’s town. Georgie and Luke do not see eye to eye at first and they definitely do not want to work together but they soon find themselves attracted to each other. While Luke is busy repairing phone lines and searching for clues about the Comer gang, Georgie has started up the Brenham Ladies’ Plumage League. The ladies are protesting the use of real bird parts for decorations on ladies hats. When Georgie’s passion for saving the birds brings danger to her, Luke is there to protect her. During this episode they realize how much they love each other and Georgie finds out that Luke is really Lucious. Luke finally figures out who is in the gang and tries to apprehend them but nobody in the town will help so Georgie has to. When Luke meets Frank Comer he realizes the outlaw is someone that was very close to him and thought he would never see again.
“Love on the Line” is a very sweet and fun read. Deeanne Gist never misses with her books and this is another favorite. It is not hard to figure out what is going to happen but it is still a great read. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
“Sherman: The Ruthless Victor” by Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin is one of six books in The Generals series and is about one of the great Union generals in the Civil War, William Tecumseh Sherman. In the first two chapters, we learn about Sherman’s childhood and his years at West Point. When Sherman was a small child he lost his father and was sent to live with a foster family, but he never really felt included in the family and always felt beholden to them. When he went to West Point, he finally felt like he was home. These years made Sherman the man he was. He wanted fame and to remembered as a great person. He did not want to be indebted to anybody, especially his in-laws. In chapters three through seven, we learn about his life up until the Civil War. Sherman wanted to be a military man, but he wanted to be in the action and he needed financial security for his family so he resigned from the military. He moved a lot in hopes of finding a suitable and lasting job, but he never did. Finally he found a job in Louisiana as the superintendent at the Louisiana Military Academy. He loved the position and he loved the south; Sherman was known for being proslavery. But when the Civil War broke out he knew he had to leave and return to the North. Chapters eight through twelve are about his strategies and battles in the war. We see how Sherman’s motivation for fame played a part in his strategies. We also learn some of the events that drove him to a nervous breakdown. Then we have his return to the battlefield at the Battle of Shiloh. We finish with Sherman’s famous, or infamous depending on where you are from, March to the Sea and finally the end of the war.
We all learn about the Civil War and the great generals in school. But we never learn about how they grew up to be the great leaders they were unless we read books like this. In this book, you will see how Sherman’s childhood played a role in the man he becomes. You will learn why he did certain things in the war that most of us never understood. And you will also learn how personal tragedies and disappointments throughout his life shaped him. I highly recommend this book if you are a Civil War buff. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
“Accused” by Janice Cantore is the first book in the Pacific Coast Justice series. In “Accused”, we meet Detective Carly Edwards. Carly is called to question a teenage boy that could possibly be involved in the murder of the mayor. Carly believes he is innocent but the homicide division is quick to close the case. As Carly investigates the case she gets a call from fellow cop and long time friend, Jeff. Jeff tells Carly there is more than what meets the eye with the case. He tells her that there are others from the police department involved in the illegal importation of drugs and the mayor found out and that is why she was killed. Carly gets help with her investigation from her ex husband, Nick. Nick cheated on Carly when they were married and she has a hard time trusting him again, but she knows he is not a dirty cop. Carly soon realizes most of the people she has helping her are Christians and believe that God will see them through. Carly does not want anything to do with God because she is angry at him for taking her father. While Carly and Nick work on the case, her heart starts to soften toward not only Nick but also God. She realizes just how much she does need God when her life becomes in danger by those she thought she could trust. Will Carly solve the mystery? Will she and Nick get back together? Will she finally and fully let go of her anger towards God? I received a complimentary advanced reader copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
“To Have and To Hold” by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller is the first book in the Bridal Veil Island series. It is set on the fictional island of Bridal Veil off of the coast of Georgia. Audrey Cunningham and her father, Boyd, moved back to Bridal Veil from Pittsburgh in order for Boyd to remain sober and regain his health. The problem that they face when they return to his family home is the taxes. So that the Cunningham’s can keep their home and be able to pay the back taxes, they open up their home and surrounding buildings to boarders who are on the island building a grand resort. The contractor for the building of the resort is Marshall Graham. Audrey does not trust him because his father was a notorious drunk and she fears he is to and that he will cause her father to slip back into his old habits. Everything starts to change when Boyd knows he will not be there much longer to look after Audrey, and he asks Marshall to do it after he is gone and to also make sure she does not turn away from God during this time. Audrey and Marshall become friends during her father’s illness and soon their feelings for each other deepen. Also during this time, there seems to be something underhanded going on at the construction site. Somebody is trying to sabotage the building of the resort. As Audrey and Marshall try to figure out who is doing the damage, they also have to deal with the ups and downs of their new relationship. Will they live happily ever after? Will their faith in God stay strong?
This is a great first book in the new Bridal Veil Island series. There are so many great characters besides the main ones, especially Aunt Thora. You can’t go wrong with a Tracie Peterson or Judith Miller book. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.
Monday, October 3, 2011
In “Waking Hours” by Lis Wiehl we meet forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. Dani is brought in on a case involving the death of a local high school girl, Julie. The awful way that she died leaves the town in an uproar. Dani has help with the case from her former classmate Tommy Gunderson. Tommy was a NFL player and after a tragic accident he quit playing and moved back to his hometown with the goal of becoming a private investigator. Dani and Tommy question several of Julie’s classmates and discover that they were all involved in a passage party. The problem is none of them can remember what happened the night Julie died. Dani and Tommy know one of these kids knows the whole story behind her death and may have even been the one to kill her.
“Waking Hours” is the first book in the East Salem Trilogy. This is a very fast paced book full of suspense. This story has many twists and plots that will keep you guessing, and when you think you have everything figured out it will leave you with a cliffhanger. Lis Wiehl quickly became one of my favorite authors with her Triple Threat novels and she does not let her readers down with her new book. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
In “Sunrise on the Battery” by Beth Webb Hart, we meet the Scoville family. Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville moved to Charleston, South Carolina so that they could provide a better life for their daughters, Catherine, Lilla and Casey. Mary Lynn has done everything she can to be accepted by Charleston society so that her girls will have more opportunities open for them. Jackson is constantly reminding their daughters what is important in life and he always pushes them to do better in school and other activities he thinks are appropriate. Mary Lynn starts to realize there is more to life than just being accepted by society. When she starts to go to church and read the Bible she tries to get her husband to join her but Jackson does not believe in God. Jackson feels like God left him a long time ago. Mary Lynn starts praying for Jackson and asks her friends at church to do the same. Jackson has a life altering experience and realizes he has been wrong all these years. Jackson goes from one extreme to the other and becomes so wrapped up in spreading the Gospel that he forgets about his family. Word spreads around Charleston about Jackson and his family has to pay the price. Mary Lynn is no longer accepted in the social circles and the girls get picked on at school. Mary Lynn feels betrayed by God and wonders if she will be able to stay in her marriage. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
In “A Most Unsuitable Match” by Stephanie Grace Whitson, Fannie Rousseau has just lost her mother and does not know what she should do next. When Fannie’s father died several years earlier he left control of his business affairs to Mr. Vandekamp. Now that Fannie is all alone in the world she realizes how bad things have gotten with her financial situation. When Fannie has to go through her mother’s things she finds a stack of letters and a picture of her mother’s twin sister, Edith. Fannie has never met her aunt and did not even know her mother had a sister. She decides to go to Montana to find her aunt and to also get away from Mr. Vandekamp because he is trying to marry her off to someone that is not suitable. While on the boat bound for Montana Fannie meets Samuel Beck. Samuel is trying to find his sister and make amends with her after she ran away from home. When the boat sinks, Fannie’s servant Hannah dies and Samuel and his friend Lamar help Fannie the rest of the way to Montana. What they find in Montana is a wild and rugged land and that Fannie’s aunt is not who she portrayed herself to be in the letters. During these months Fannie and Samuel become close and realize they deeply love each other. Will Fannie and her aunt be able to move past the things that happened in the past? Will Fannie and Samuel be able to be together? I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
“The Betrayal” by Jerry B. Jenkins is the second book about the Chicago Police Department Precinct 11. In the first book, “The Brotherhood”, we met Detective Boone Drake. Boone helped pull off a massive sting and brought down the heads of the biggest street gangs in Chicago. While moving their key witness, Boone was shot. Now in “The Betrayal” Boone learns there is a rat within the Chicago Police Department. When his girlfriend Haeley is arrested, Boone starts investigating to see who is framing her and who is really behind the leak. As Boone and Jack Keller, his boss and good friend, start getting closer to the truth, Boone’s life becomes in great danger. Not only does he have the real conspirator after him but also the gang members that are still on the streets. They are also after Pascual Candelario, the key witness. Boone and Keller know Candelario and his family are at risk because the conspirator knows where they are being kept. Will Boone be able to keep Candelario safe and keep Haeley out of prison?
“The Betrayal” is an amazing follow up to “The Brotherhood”. We not only have the suspense of who actually did it and why they are framing Haeley, but we also see that no matter how bad it gets for Boone and Haeley they rely on God to see them through. I highly recommend both of these books and can’t wait for the next one. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
In “Falls Like Lightning” by Shawn Grady we meet smokejumper Silas Kent. Silas grew up without any family and then he met pilot Elle Westmore. When summer came to an end, Silas left without any explanation. Elle moves on and gets married and has a little girl. Now six years later Silas and Elle meet again and Silas realizes he has never really gotten over her. Silas gets called to lead a crew to battle against a massive fire in the Sierra Nevadas and Elle is the pilot that is taking the crew to the fire, but things are not what they seem. The new crew has another agenda in mind. They have discovered gold and will do anything to get it, even if it means killing their team members. When an engine is sabotaged the crew has to parachute early and Elle has to crash the plane. Silas finds out what the crews plan is and barely escapes when they try to kill him. He finally gets away and tries to find his way to Elle, but will it be too late? This book is a page turner from the beginning. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
In “An Unlikely Suitor” by Nancy Moser, we meet the Scarpelli family. Lucy lives with her mother and younger sister, Sofia, in New York. Lucy soon finds that her family will be homeless if she does not find a new job and place to live. Luckily, she finds both when she meets the owner of a dress shop. The three women become seamstresses in the fancy dress shop. When Lucy meets Rowena Langdon, the two become friends even though they are from two very different social classes. Rowena finds a way to bring Lucy to Newport for the summer and while she is there, Lucy falls in love but she knows he is from a rich family and wonders why he would want to marry her. Lucy’s family soon follows her to Newport to help create gowns for a costume ball. Sofia also finds herself attracted to a man but he is Rowena’s brother. While Lucy is falling in love, Rowena is dreading her arranged marriage because she is in love with someone her parents would not approve. Will the three women follow their hearts or the rules of society? I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
“Growing up Amish” by Ira Wagler is a true story on how life really is among the Amish. Ira was born into a large Amish family. His family was part of the Old Order Amish in Iowa. In this book, Ira tells about the day to day life he lived; from his childhood on the farm and going to school to his teenage running around years and finally to his decision to leave the church. When Ira was a young boy, several of his siblings left the Amish community to find out what else was in the world. Finally it was Ira’s turn to see what was beyond the Amish community. He tells us how hard it was for him to leave and his struggles to survive without his friends and family. He returned to the community several times and tried to join the church, but ultimately realized he had different feelings and beliefs than his family.
This was a very well told story from someone who really grew up with Amish. There were funny parts in the book as well as sad. This is a coming of age story unlike most people experience. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to figure out what they should do with their life. I received a free copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
In "My Foolish Heart" by Susan May Warren, Isadora Presley is the town recluse after a tragic accident leaves her unable to leave her home. She is also the host of the radio show My Foolish Heart. She works out of her home and gives advice on romance to her listeners. But Isadora has never been on a date. She wants to be able to meet someone and fall in love but after the accident, she has panic attacks and is not able to leave her neighborhood. Slowly she is able to venture out to places but feels more comfortable at home. Caleb Knight moves in next door and he has his own scars he is hiding from the town. Caleb moved to Deep Haven to be the new football coach after their football coach was injured in a car wreck. Caleb and Issy get off on the wrong foot and when they find out they are neighbors, things become more awkward. Especially when Issy finds out why he is in town and when Caleb finds out her father is the coach he is replacing. Caleb wants to get to know Issy better because he is intrigued by her. He calls My Foolish Heart hoping to be able to get advice on how to win her over. Neither Caleb nor Issy realize they are talking to each other on the show and they start to fall for each other on and off the air. Can Caleb help Issy overcome her fears? I received a free copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.
In “Fairer Than Morning” by Rosslyn Elliott, we meet the Miller family. Ann has helped her father raise her younger sisters after her mother died giving birth to the youngest. Ann had to become the woman of the family and was not able to follow her heart and her dreams. When she is finally old enough, her suitor Eli tries to win her heart, again. When Ann’s father has to go to Pittsburgh, he decides to take his three daughters with him. While in Pittsburgh Ann meets apprentice Will Hanby. Will’s master is a cruel man and beats will when he does not do something the master wants. Ann and her father try to help him while they are there but when they leave to go back home, Will is almost killed by his master. Will flees Pittsburgh and makes his way to the Miller’s home. Ann’s father takes him in and allows him to become his apprentice and help with the farm. After a bounty hunter who is looking for escaped slaves shows up, Will and Mr. Miller help the slaves to safety and Will realizes he needs to work things out with his former master so that he won’t bring harm to his new friends. When they go back to Pittsburgh, Will becomes a free man after his master is thrown in jail but while there he and Ann realize just how much they care for one another. Which man will Ann choose? I received a free copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.
In "Larkspur Cove" by Lisa Wingate everything seems to fall apart in Andrea Henderson's life so moves back to Moses Lake. Andrea has recently gone through a divorce and is trying to raise her teenage son, Dustin, on her own. Andrea is a case worker for Child Protection Services. She loves her job and helping children and their families. But she can’t seem to be able to help her own son. Dustin is still angry over the divorce and would rather spend time with his dad instead of living with his mom. The problem is his dad does not feel the same way. Dustin acts out and finds himself in trouble with the local Game Warden, Mart. Andrea and Mart work out a plan that will keep Dustin out of trouble and Dustin soon finds a friend in Mart. Andrea and Mart start working on a strange case trying to find out who a mysterious young girl is and why she is living with the town recluse. The more time Andrea and Mart spend together, the more they realize they love each other. Will there pasts keep them apart? I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
In “A Heart Most Worthy” by Siri Mitchell, we meet three Italian seamstresses trying to make their way in 1918 Boston. Julietta is the bold, outgoing one. She loves to flirt with the boys. Julietta catches the attention of two men. One she has known all her life and she does not think he is the one for her. The other is a daring man who is hiding something from Julietta and she does not realize he could mean harm for one of her friends. Annamaria is a shy girl who wants to do everything to please her family. Annamaria knows she will never marry or have a family because it is her duty to take care of her family and parents as they get older. But Annamaria starts to have feelings for the boy next door, but her parents do not approve of him. She finally goes against her family and puts her wants and needs first. Luciana is hiding a secret from her new friends. Luciana fears there are men trying to find and kill her and her grandmother. She takes a job with the other girls at Madame Fortier’s dress shop and soon catches the eye of man from the upper class. Luciana trusts him and soon falls in love but she does not want to bring harm to him or his family. Will the three girls finally find true love with the one God wants them to be with? I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
Monday, April 4, 2011
In “Heart of Ice” by Lis Wiehl, we are once again drawn into a murder mystery and the ladies of the Triple Threat Club soon find themselves in the middle of it. Elizabeth Avery appears to be a nice, attractive young lady to most people, but those that know her best know that she has a heart of ice and does not care who is standing in the way of her dreams. Elizabeth will stop at nothing to have the man she wants, even if it means killing his ex-wife and young son. What she does not count on is that the man she has hired to do the job has a change of heart. When he tries to tell his story to a young reporter, they both end up dead. In the midst of all the killings, Elizabeth befriends Cassidy. Cassidy is also a reporter and a part of the Triple Threat Club. Cassidy, Nicole and Allison are all involved in the murders. Cassidy reports them, Nicole investigates them and Allison prosecutes the alleged murders. The ladies do not realize what is going on right under their noses and that Cassidy’s new friend is behind it all. Will they be able to solve the case before one of them is the next victim? I received a free copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
In “A Cowboy’s Touch” by Denise Hunter, we meet Abigail Jones who lives in Chicago and is a writer for a magazine. When her mother, who is also her boss, starts to worry about her health, Abigail is forced to take the summer off. Abigail goes to Montana to stay with her great aunt, Lucy. Abigail is supposed to be there for rest and relaxation and to look after her aunt. Abigail meets a young girl named Maddy and quickly becomes her friend. Maddy talks her father, Wade, into hiring Abigail to look after her while she is out for summer vacation. Wade did not realize how young and pretty Abigail was when he agreed and Abigail did not count on Maddy’s father being such a handsome cowboy. When Abigail realizes just who Wade is, she decides to write an article that could help save her magazine. Abigail tries to find out the truth about Wade’s past and in the process she starts to fall for him. And even though Wade tries to stay away from Abigail, he finds himself drawn to her and finally realizes how deep his feelings are for her. But when Wade finds out what Abigail has done, he thinks she can’t be trusted with his heart or his daughter. I received a free copy of this book to reveiw from Thomas Nelson.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
In “Save the Date” by Jenny Jones, Lucy Wiltshire runs a home, Saving Grace, for girls who have no family and need a mentor and a place to live. The primary donor, Sinclair Enterprises, has to cut their funding and Lucy has to face the possibility of losing the house and putting her girls back out on the streets. When Lucy runs into an old schoolmate, Alex Sinclair, the two realize they can help each other get what they want. Alex is running for Congress and knows that in order to help him win the race he needs to find a wife, so he makes a deal with Lucy. If Lucy will pretend to be his fiancée until after the election, he will give her enough money to run her non-profit organization. Lucy realizes this is the only way to save her girls from being homeless once again. Over the next few months, Lucy and Alex realize they have fallen in love with each other but are too scared to admit it. They finally give their problems to God and take the next step in their lives. I received a free copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.
In "The Brotherhood" by Jerry B. Jenkins, Boone Drake is a rookie cop for the Chicago Police Department. He wants to make a difference and help clean up the streets of Chicago. When a tragic accident changes Boone’s life, he has to deal with the death of his loved ones, the guilt of believing he could have prevented it and anger toward God for allowing it to happen. Boone slowly begins to heal with the help of Pastor Sosa and his partner, Jack. When Boone is promoted, he meets a new friend, Haeley, and also finds himself doing what he started out to do, putting an end to the gangs in Chicago. Boone becomes a stronger man of faith and is able to find love when he least expected.
This was a book that dealt with a lot of issues many of us have to face in our lives. We all go through tough times that test us and our faith in God. During those times we find out how strong we are and that we need God and our family and friends to help us. This was a great book and was a fast read because you want to know what happens with Boone and see if he can stand all the tests God puts him through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.