Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Jan 15 Book Review: Last Duke Standing by Cheryl Bolen





Last Duke Standing by Cheryl Bolen
Have enjoyed the series and this one starts out with Alex and Lord Slade and they are gathered in the library discussing the death of Alex oldest brother. Alex will now inherit everything but his intended fiancée must be told....
She upon seeing his body thinks he was suffocated and she and Alex will work together to find out who murdered Freddie.
They spend a lot of time together, actually getting to know one another and like each other a bit more... Georginna doesn't want to spend a lot of time at her mother's because her grandkids are hellions and not under control by their parents who also live there.
She has to show him the letters that point to another who could have killed his brother...there are other leads that Alex takes up.

Some clues lead to Alex but she knows in her heart it couldn't have been him...
Like the politics and art mentioned in this book and land deals and what they could mean to others...
He knows who killed his brother because of the horse and he knows horses!  They are coming after him next...love the trio and how they stand by one another.
Other works by the author and summarized at the end.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Books read Jan 7






Second Chair by William Manchee
Have read a series, Death Pact by this author and loved it so much I bought the others in the series.
Liked this book as it starts out with Stan Turner being shown to a jail cell where there's a lazy boy recliner, fridge with cold beer and a TV in the cell.
Story starts and I found there are two stories in this book. One is he's being charged with an incident at his house when having a Christmas party for his clients. He's a laywer and appreciates them all.
He takes on a client who's been charged with murdering her own baby. Lots of twists and turns and very investigative details. Love hearing about them all although I didn't like the subject-I am a romance reader and reviewer.
Like to go outside my genre from time to time and glad I was able to read this book.
Really enjoyed this one and look forward to more from this series.
Received this book years ago from the author and this is my honest opinon.





Restless Waters by Mona Ingram
Book starts out with Sarah and it's May 1849 and she's on a ship heading to CA. She's leaving the Boston area because she knows she will never advance with her medical degree nor with a spouse. Disturbing events have caused her to make up her mind.
She meets many on her voyage and I enjoyed the trip along with the stops. She trusts others to help her once they arrive and some have unforeseen things happen.
Love how she is just so caring to everybody, especially when they need medical attention. She was brought up right with her father the doctor in the city she left behind.
Story also follows a man that is on his way out west to help the bank he works in but he knows he wants something different and he has opportunities to change his life as a relative has left him a lot of land.
Love how she is able to once again have her brother there with her and surprised at the ways they were able to make a living-priceless! Loved hearing about bowling-of all things out in the wilderness.
Sounds like a good series to be reading. So very detailed I can picture myself there with her.




Seascapes: Poems by Judith Shepard
Received this a gift and treasure it. The photos are just so perfect for our life.  Lots of sealife and weather beaten scenes that surround our home and paths we travel to for a daily hike. It's the perfect book as you read through the poems to calm you inner soul.
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Sweet Fat Bombs: 35 Tasty Keto Recipes for Weight Loss and Healthy Eating (Quick & Easy Recipes for Ketogenic, Paleo & Low-Carb Diets) by Joan Keller
Never heard the term before but glad to understand what it is now.
Starts with a table of contents where there is are categories for cocoa, chocolate, berry nuts, and vanilla fat bombs.
Into about fat bombs and keto diet. Tells you what you should be eating and what to avoid.
Each recipe start with a title, big color photo, prep, cook time and servings.
List of ingredients are included and I'm not sure if you can substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar products.
There are tips along the way also.
Nutriton inclues claories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, fiber, carbs, sugar and protein.
These all look so yummy. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



35 Italian Chicken Recipes by Jean Pardue
Starts out with table of contents where recipes are all chicken based-no specific order to them.
Dedication and short into pages.
Recipes start with a title, color photo for a handful of recipes, list of ingredients and directions.You should be able to subsitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products.
There is NO nutritional information.
Some recipes do not contain a color photo and some have servings sizes.
Like the combination of herbs and spices they use.
Other works by the author are included at the end. 




Mug Recipes: Amazing Mug Meal Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner and Dessert by Emily Morris
Starts out with other works by the author and table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals.
Intro about the recipes and how easy they are to make.
Each recipe starts with a title, color photo and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, and low fat products.
Directions are given but there is NO nutritional information available.
Some recipes have a brief summary of the dish prior to the color photo.
Cinnamon roll cake looks so appealing but would take me too long to make first thing in the morning, maybe for a snack later in the day.
I find why make it just for a mug make the full meal then you will have leftovers and nothing to do to actually heat it up for another day/meal.







Ribbon of Years by Robin Lee Hatcher
Enjoyed this book as it is two stories in one. Starts out with the life of Miriam and how she grew up and even into adulthood and family of her own.
Also follows Julianna and she's on her own but stumbles into an estate that holds the events of Miriams' life in the remains of the house.
Enjoyed the read, a lot of scripture and praying at the end-almost too much for me. Loved the story and how it eveolved over the years from all angles.



Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier
This is a collection fo stories from different authors with the same theme: eggnog murders.
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Eggnog Murder by Leslie Neier
This story starts out with Lucy and her family that live and work in Tinker's Cove, Maine. I have read many in the series and enjoy them as they are not very graphic.
This one has a lot to offer as it's Christmastime in the small village and things are happening.
The community has a lot going on some to raise money for the charities the community donates to.
Love hearing all about the events and especially the charities. Lucy is feature reporter for the local paper and she helps to solve the murders in town.
Red bear santa club sounds like a good cause as they raise a lot of money. There are a few deaths and with Elizabeth coming home from Paris and the house already full it's going to be a challenge to get through it all.
Love hearing about the LBD and how it can be enhanced. Hope the story about PTSD gets written and things happen that can aid others.
Amazing who the culcprit was in this story as it points to many along the way.
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Death by Eggnog by Lee Hollis
First time reading this author so playing a bit of catch up with the characters.
Hayley works at the Island Times and she gets along with a crime reporter Bruce but they don't mesh all the time.
The town is having their annual restuarnt dinner where everyone brings their establishments best treats to sample. Some are allergic to nuts and some to dairy.
Nobody gets along with the 80 librarian but none wanted her dead either. Amazing that we have been to this town in Maine-Bar Harbor and enjoyed other places nearby: Jordan's Pond, Mount Desert, etc. Awesome place to find nature, outside and peace.
Lot of characters but easy to keep track of who is who and does what for a living. Has recipes.
Love how Hayley helps solve the mystery of who the murderer was. She does talk to a lot of others in town and asks a lot of questions.
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Nogged Off by Barbara Ross
First time reading this author and enjoyed the book. This one starts out with Julia and she's on her way from Maine to NY to close out her apartment that she sublet and will sell to her in a weeks time. Problem is when she arrives things don't go according to plan.
After they arrive back in Maine with the furniture and other belongings things go haywire and the truck and it's contents are stolen. Love haring of the town and especially the events that take place annually-what a treat!
Julia takes it upon herself to help solve the mystery of the murder and who it really is. So much information about identical twins-so fascinating to learn about this.
Good story line and hope to read more from this author. Enjoyed the characters.
I received this review book from The Kensington Books and this is my honest opinion.





Thursday, January 3, 2019

Movies watched july-dec 2018




July - December 2018
Luke Cage season 2
Revolt
Set It Up
come sunday
Burnt
Father of the Year
Bitch
Mothers and Daughters
After the Reality
Lavender
The River Thief
death in paradise season 3
The Warning
Barely Lethal
Like Father
Slow West
HardCore
Moutain Top
calibre
Super Natural
Mississippi grind
Hostiles
Corbin Nash
Cathedral of the seas
The black panther
Iron Fist season 2
debt collector
singularity
prodigy
the angel
Norseman
211
daredevil season 2
Edge of Fear
Outlaw King
Christmas Chronicles
 Chirstmas with a view
The silencer
the protector
nothing to hide
breath
mohawk

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Best books of 2018




Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez by Jose Baez
I have liked the football player and when he was convicted of a crime I just shock my head no, they got it all wrong.
So glad I was given this book to review. I live nearby the area and learned only things form the news as the trial went on-they had it all wrong. Wish they would've found out the facts before reporting false things.
Story goes back in time to when he was young, going to college and going to NFL camp to get drafted. He was a very smart man and liked to hang out with the guys and also his girlfriend-at the time. Loved seeing the real pictures of his family-so touching and meaningful to me.
His laywer, Jose dug into the reports and found so many inconsistencies and dug for the truth. liked how social media played a part: tattoo, guns, video camera footage, etc.
Was sad when he was acquitted of the murder but didn't get released that night. Love words he lip spoke to his girl and his child at the court room scenes that they televised.
Like how the music helped him and how he found God and the teachings in the Bible. I think that's what kept him going as long as he did. After all had left to go back home as it was Easter to find out the next day what happened.
Wish mother and child well and hope she can recover some if not all his money that is owed him for her education and well being. He never should've been prosecuted there were so many errors in the trial and reports the police had collected.
Wish he had hung around with a different crowd and he was still with us. Treasure his life and what they were able to find after that will help all humankind to better understand. Thank you so much Aaron, for the suffering you had to endure for the good of others.
Love this book as it opened my eyes to what really happened to Aaron. This will be one of my top 10 books out of 600 this year.
Received this review copy from Hachette Books and this is my honest opinion.



94   books read Jan 2018  best books: Marital Advice to My Grandson, Joel: How to Be a Husband Your Wife Won't Throw Out of the Window in the Middle of the Night  by Peter Davidson, Once Broken by D. M. Hamblin
95   books read Feb 2018 The Forever Year by Lou Aronica, Map of Your Heart by Susan Wiggs
65   books read Mar 2018  Beach Bliss by Joanne DeMaio, Driven to Kill by John Dalglish
55   books read Apr 2018  The Checkered War by Aunt Haggis
73   books read May 2018 Castaway Cottage by Joanne DeMaio, Rebecca's Song and series by Dawn Kinzer
23   books read June 2018  Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester, You Don't Know Jack by Daniel Barrett
47   books read July 2018 Fire the Landscaper: How Landscapers, HOAs, and Cultural Norms Are Poisoning Our Properties by Phil M. Williams
44   books read August 2018 Caselli Family Series  The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise, Pit of Ambition, Blackguards Redemption by Ta'Mara Hanscom
40   books read Sept 2018  The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser
42  books read oct 2018  Williamsburg Christmas by Anne Greene
52 books read Nov 2018  Peace During the Pain by Cheri Swalwell
51  books read Dec 2018   Unnecessary Roughness: Aaron Hernadez by Jose Baez?

681 books read

Books read Dec 2018






Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez by Jose Baez
I have liked the football player and when he was convicted of a crime I just shock my head no, they got it all wrong.
So glad I was given this book to review. I live nearby the area and learned only things form the news as the trial went on-they had it all wrong. Wish they would've found out the facts before reporting false things.
Story goes back in time to when he was young, going to college and going to NFL camp to get drafted. He was a very smart man and liked to hang out with the guys and also his girlfriend-at the time. Loved seeing the real pictures of his family-so touching and meaningful to me.
His laywer, Jose dug into the reports and found so many inconsistencies and dug for the truth. liked how social media played a part: tattoo, guns, video camera footage, etc.
Was sad when he was acquitted of the murder but didn't get released that night. Love words he lip spoke to his girl and his child at the court room scenes that they televised.
Like how the music helped him and how he found God and the teachings in the Bible. I think that's what kept him going as long as he did. After all had left to go back home as it was Easter to find out the next day what happened.
Wish mother and child well and hope she can recover some if not all his money that is owed him for her education and well being. He never should've been prosecuted there were so many errors in the trial and reports the police had collected.
Wish he had hung around with a different crowd and he was still with us. Treasure his life and what they were able to find after that will help all humankind to better understand. Thank you so much Aaron, for the suffering you had to endure for the good of others.
Love this book as it opened my eyes to what really happened to Aaron. This will be one of my top 10 books out of 600 this year.
Received this review copy from Hachette Books and this is my honest opinion.







The First Ride: The Real Story of Santa Claus by Gary Paul Bryant
Love how the book starts out in 1873 from the grandfather's journals about how Nicholas and Anna came to live at their farm.
Love how this story is told about the small town and how others help the neighbors.
Lots of strange things happen but there are explanations. Love the ride!



The Reckoning  by John Grisham
Story starts out with a man who's preparing to execute his plan. Once you find out what it is it's rather haunting. Very detailed description of what's going on but we don't know why.
As time goes on, after the trial and execution the book goes back in time to when he was in his 20's and what happened in his life. His story is detailed of his war years and experiences among falling in love and having kids.
You understand what happens as the light bulb goes on and realize just who is who and why and how they are related. Rather abrupt ending I felt.
Love reading this man's detailed books, I can picture them in my mind.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



The Paris seamstress by Lester_ Natasha  
Story follow a young woman as she is sent to the US as Paris is falling and she will not be safe there. Her journey to NY, staying with a relative and things unfold that are confusing at first til you understand how everybody is related.
More people are introduced to really complicate the story a bit.
Love hearing of her design work and how she breaks through for a showing after all her hard work.
Cool to hear how everyone is related-didn't see that coming.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Stranded by Don and Stephanie Prichard
Starts out so typical of a cruise, people are boarding and enjoying getting to know one another.
Things go downhill from there as they are escorted off the ship to life boats and told not to put on life vests.
An aunt and her neice tip over and another helps them to stay afloat but the boat is blown up. Story also follows a man left on the ship and he walks into something that is not right...
That ship ends up blowing up and they all wash ashore on an island. They are able to help one another and love hearing about what they discover.
Didn't see this book going that way but others come to the island as if the creatures on the island aren't enough to deal with.
Like the ending but didn't as it's left open to what happens next...
Almost want to get the second book but don't...



Holiday Luv Bundle by Alicia Street
Four stories of the Holidays...
A note from the author and then the book sstarts. 
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The Christmas Honeymoon
Serena and she's just noticed the man with his wife and family..
She's a waitress and the man feels she's pushing holiday food where she serves at the diner...
They spend time together and she decorates a tree for his house but others in town want her gone and they are blackmailing her into turning her cousin's diner in to the health dept...
Love how she stands up to the library board, WHOA!  We also learn why the holidays are so rough for Damien-heartbreaking!
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Be Mine for Christmas-
Ellie finally finds her son, Brandon in a workshop at the Christmas tree farm. The man offered her a free tree but she's not a charity case and has a job lined up for the next day.
Dressed as an elf she's working at the appliance center handing out candy canes til Reese shows up again-trying to protect her he ends up losing her the job but he has a holiday job for her at the shop...
She opens up to him with her problems and he knows he'd make a great dad for Brandon.
Love hearing all about the Christmas shop she works at=so very festive! He recalls her when he had a life threatening accidend-she was able to keep him alive-his angel.
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The Christmas Wedding Cake
He is now a chef trainer and the cookoff want Natalie to be matched with him-they are old sweethearts.
She was hoping for exposure to her diner but doesn't want to be the blunt of it.
Interesting backstory about Shane and his sister Robin. His teen years with his musical group and his location to the west coast.
Mysterious part of this is when they do get back together they exchange notes about the email sent to one another breaking up-neither had sent it.
They have an idea who did though...love cooking tips along the way.
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His Christmas Promise
Story of a woman who's been in an accidnet and her dog has run away. With help from others and flyers they are able to get a call that he's been found.
Justin has found the dog and taken a liking to and wanted to buy him. He's back from the military-helicopter commutes, which she had taken a few with him. 
Ronnie-Veroninca arrives ant ehy are able to remninsce with one another...
Love hearing about the therapy dog and the good they are able to do for many.
Love the bartering, so prescious.


Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.



The Cranny by Vincent James Vezza
Read the allegory about this same subject and loved it.
Like how the author has names for the tadpoles-=a to j and that they have a story also.
Like how the bible is brought into this book along with the passages.




 Her Christmas Secret by Alicia Street
Lila Belle has brought her toys and accessories to the big city. She has the opportunity to show it off on a table in a big store.
She hopes to meet the president of the company in hopes he'd want more of her items and that would help fund her endeavor.
She meets the maitenance man and he helps her and even accompanies her to a nearby party of friends.
Misunderstanings occur before he can tell her who he really is...she jumps to conclusions on her own...
She gets a proposal from Wendell and a bit more than that which turns her off but she has to come up with a way to fund the toys for her sister and their family...
Grant is still interested in Lila and can't get her out of his mind...love the events they are able to go to.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.



Back to Christmas by Dennis Canfield 
Read a previous years version and now this one as it's been updated:
It's a very different book than the last version. This one is mostly about how people are placed on the naughty and nice lists.
Part I love the best are when the elves intervene and the technology no longer works and after standing in lines for hours they do work.
Love also how the family gets to know things about one another because they have/make the time to actually talk to one another, rather than using technology.
Kudoos to the elves who helped!
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.






Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 575 Best Instant Pot Recipes of All Time (with Nutrition Facts, Easy and Healthy Recipes) by Rachel Collins
Starts with dedication page, table of contents where the pot is discussed in detail and recipes are broken up into meals and food categories.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, prep and cook times.
List of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat products and fresh vs canned.
Directions on how to make are included.
There are NO pictures and there is some nutritional information per serving: calories, carbs, protein, fat-NOT broken up into good and bad, sugar and sodium levels.
Huge section on making your own stock and we tried it. Works awesome for making your own soups from the stock.
Want to try the pumpkin bundt cake as I can make it healthy for us to eat. Resources are listed at the end along with a section about the author.
A KEEPER!



Quick Bites Cookbook: Easy Antipasto Recipes
Offer of a free ebook and table of contents where recipes are not in any special order.
Each recipe starts with a title and list of ingredients and how to make thie dish.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information. The recipes do not start at the top of a new page.
You should be able to substitute for your healtier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products and substitute fresh for canned items.
Lots of variety for quick bites and appetizers.






25 Days of Christmas Treats: Delicious, no-fail recipes to please even the pickiest eater!  Barb Asselin 
Book starts out with a table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals.
Short intro and one about the 25 days schedule.
Tells you what foods/drinks are made on certain days.
Each recipe starts with a title, color photo and list of ingredients along with directions to make the dish.
There is NO nutritional information but you should be able to substitute for your healtiher dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products.
Like the recipes for fudge as they are easy and will taste just right.
Frog recipe looks just like our no bake cookies but an ingredient or two different. They are good.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.
Good holiday keepsake.



Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles
An Easy, Innovative Technique for Creating Custom Designs, with 185 Stitch Patterns by Melissa Leapman
This book concentrates on making shawls using a modular form in 7 easy steps.
Make a lot of these for others at nursing homes and for other religious charities.
Tips along the way that you can use in most any pattern you have used or will use in the future.
There are so many variations even in the edgings and starting rows.
Helps you decide on the shape you want.
Some of the colors of the finished items are in dark yarns with dark background-hard to see what it is you are looking at.
Like diagrams and charted stitching guides. Like how briefly the 7 steps are discussed then next chapters are more detailed.
There are charts along the way that show what you should select as per the yarn you choose and needles.
Found the book confusing as you have to go to many different sections in the book to finish one piece as they are broken up into modeular wedges.
Good thing is you can customize the sections to what you want to achieve. Gallery of shawls is included along with all the information you need to get the supplies to make one for yourself.
Resources include glossary of knitting techniques, shown in diagraoms along with written words in how to make them: how to read charts, finishing your shawl and an index in a foreign language.
Problem I have is I hate sewing smaller pieces up, rather do a one piece design-there are some of those as well.
Received this review copy from Storey Publishing, LLC via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
  #KnittingModularShawlswrapsandStoles #NetGalley


Merry Little Winter book collection by 5 authors
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Merry Christmas, Amor by Cindy Flores Martinez
Story starts with Sheriff Matt Nunez and he's dreading the holiday season...
The town will celebrate by lighting of the town tree that Sunday. He had come back to take care of his ailing mother, Mulberry Shores was a safe town.
He answers the call and approaches a woman who's car has been stolen...The older woman was there to visit with her daughter.
They've had several car thefts recently. Victims wnat him to fix everything but it all just drags along with him in the next call during the whole day.
Story also follows Esperanzo and she's finally leaving home as we learn of all her tragedies.
She missed math test to become a teacher but she can get a job at the daycare and it was just a temproary job til God spoke to her that it could be something else.
Her car is stolen just in front of her eyes, this is not how she wanted her new start to begin...
Love learning about the different culture and customs of their heritage. They both have father issues and are not ready to talk about it...
Everyone in town has seen him with Esperanzo and comment on it-he has taken her to a Mexican meal, store to get food supplies, his apartment so she could make cookies for the children at daycare where she did get the job.
She prays to God often and it helps ease her some.  He is in pursuit of a bad man but it brings back memories of her father being taken away...
Love this as she gets him involved wth helping out the kids as they decorate the tree he had bought for them.
Love learnng new things, new traditions, customs of others as this book took me someplace special to cherish.
Such love and miracles, never saw it coming! My dad was a sheriff also so this brings back a lot of good memories of something he would've done.
Wish recipe was included!
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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Secret Admirer by Suzanne D. Williams
Starts with Esther Parrish and she receives a package at work from a delivery man.
The surprise of her brother Ben coming home for a few weeks before they ship him out is a surprise.
Love hearing of her enlisting his help to distribute blankets to the vets who are in the park-homeless and spend a bit of time with them.
Story also follows Weston who helps run the shelter where a lot of homeless and vets come. He loves that she gave her scarf to a man and helps bring them blankets.
She spends time with Weston and tries to get other clues as to the secret admirer but it's a jumble of sorts...
Cute story lots of surprises.
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To Calm a Bodyguard by Tanya Eavenson
Starts with Madi Reynolds and she's an ICE agent but things go south and her life is the one in danger....
Bryce is her bodyguard but another has that job tonight. Things don't go according to plan and she's unconscious and Scott has her....
Lots of twists and turns in this story. They open up to one another and truths come out-but just glimpses. She has to keep her distance from a man she dated years ago as they prepare for her brothers wedding.
They also have to pretend to be Mr. and Mrs. for work purposes ...
Love the travel, mysteries, romances. Don't like how it ended because there is more of their story.
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Hometown Promise by Merrillee Whren
Book starts with Lucas and he's come back to Ohio to be with his grandfather.
Story also follows Julianne and she's a local and she wonders why he's at church... She works at her dads store and was late to choir practice.
Lucas is the new latest member...she's quite upset because of the last time he was drunk at college...She recalls he was just like her dad, a drunk and her mom stuck by him, she won't....
Medical emergency brings them together along with chorus practice...
He clears the air of their past and hopes she can forgive him and they both rely on God's help.
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The Heart Collector by Jackie Castle
Story starts out with Dan and Sarah as they are youngsters sharing the same treehouse. Love how they each decorate their side of the house.
She is making a list of qualifications for a husband as her sister she feels made a bad choice.
After she leaves he peeks at her list and knows he has a challenge to be her husband when they grow up more they've made it through 5th grade.


Years later Sarah has returned with her son and Dan has returned from being a lawyer to run the family store-woodworking which he loves.


Soccer Passing & Receiving: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Work with Your Team by Dylan Joseph
Book starts out with offer of printout, table of contents and about the author and his other works along with a dedication and preface.
Have read the other books in this series and find the repition of some importnat instructions to be a great thing as they are incorporated into the new advice.
The parts that struck out to me, as I sit on the sidelines is you can see what part of the foot is in control of the ball and with the right posture you can direct it to where you want it to go.
Also depends on many other things but if you use the right part of your foot and leg the game is in the bag.
Like the techniques discussed and what's being done by the videos at the author's website.
Love the illustrations numbered with an explanation of what is going on with the passing of the ball using your foot parts.
The illustrations in this and other pictures make it very easy to understand what's going on.
Bonus printout available. Glossary terms included at the end of the book.
Acknowledgements and what's next are also included.



I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.





Not Christmas Without You by Jane Porter
This story is about Charity and she's heading to check out a spa for her friend in the Tetons.
She doesn't want to be around when her ex is strolling with his new girl around town.
Story also follows Quinn and his baseball career and how he ends up in the Tetons.
Love that they act natural when they meet at the spa and are able to be themselves.
Later they discover he was from the same town Charity lives in. She does't want to get involved with him or start anything serious because he'd be on the road for 9+ months a year with the ball team.
His ex girl is also in town delivering baseball artifacts for an auction but she thinks he still wnats to marry her...
Misundertandings, you wonder if they can get on the same path again. Love the new location in this book as we've yet to visit in that area. Sounds like just what we'd want in a vacation spot. Love hearing of all the festivities around town and how they all celebrate.
Love catching up with all the others as I've followed the towns stories for years now. Always something to look forward to.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end-in their order.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.


 #NotChristmasWithoutYou #NetGalley





Farmer Phil's Permaculture by Phil M. Williams
Colorful children's book about farming.  Eden and her family have moved to the country because her dad was tired of racing the rats. Too funny! but she loves taking care of the chickens nad cats.
She notices the animals and knows she has to do something about their surroundings. it's so different than Farmer Phils' place. She sees the layout of the crops also, so different from their own farm.
Love the answer to the problem as Farmer Phil tells them to just observe and you will see the solutions. Glossary is included at the end.
free at amazon




Dragons Love Ice Cream by Brett Fowler, Harriet Kim Anh Rodis
This colorful children's book is also rhyming.  Magical story.
Other children's books at Amazon are listed at the end.





The Night the Elves Took Back Christmas
Starts with a big list of who's on nice list, and you is added at the bottom
Colorful children's book that is dark to read and tiny print words.



Jess and Wiggle (Imaginata Children's Books Book 1) by Uvi Poznansky
Like the poem at the end. the book itself is hard to read with print they use.
Rhyming colorful children's book.  Silly funny read. About the author is enclosed along with other works by the author.



Christmas Treat Recipes: The Best Christmas Candies, Cookies, and Desserts (2016 Edition) by Hannie P. Scott
Free ebook gift, table of contents where foods are broken up into categories.
Abbreviations land conversions lists are included. Each recipe starts with a title and servings.
Ingredients are listed and you probably shoudln't substitute for your healthier dietary needs with these, eat sparingly.
Directions are also given. There are NO pictures nor nutritional information.
Some of the recipes call for store bought cookies and other items already made.
Love that they have listed buckeyes, never knew what they really were but have eatten them before.
Lots of seasonal flavorings, so many to choose from. candy, cookies, drinks.



It's your first day of school, Busy Bus!  by Shaffer_ Jody Jensen
Listened to this colorful illustrated children's story and can tell the pictures tell the story.
The bus, it's their first time driving on the first day of school. Love how the bus is prepared, better than a 28 point inspection when you bring your current car in for service.
Everything is gone through and up to speed.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Happiest Season by Rosemarie Naramore
Story of a woman, Maggie with a young sonk Rickey who's left the town where she and her husband had lived in Eugene, OR to get away from bad memories of his death.
She gets surprised by her son declaring there is a camel in the backyard and she calls the local police, who do show up to find just that! Local live nativity animal had gotten lose and loves her cookies that her son fed him.
Policeman,  John comes by often, after having lost his wife years prior to help her out, repairing the siding, going to the store with them to get the supplies and spending time with the young child-showing him things that a dad would be doing...
Despite the animals that keep wandering away from the nativity set and causing damage at Maggie's, Rickey is having God bring him a present for this Christmas. He knows it's a job too big for just Santa.
Lots of typos in this book, not sure why. Like the story as it's about God and it is the reason for the season.




In his father's footsteps by Steel_ Danielle
Story starts with Max but goes back in time to his parents. They had met at the concentration camps where they worked near the morgue.
Lots of tragedy and they are relieved when US troops come in and drive bad soldiers out of there. They have options and decide to marry-to keep together as they are totally alone in the world.
In NY they are given a small room where they will work for the mill owners-Emma as a seamstress and Jakob as a janitor. After she finds herself with child he decides to get another job and approaches a jeweler and tells him his story. Izzy is a jewel himself, love what he does for the family.
They make good choices through hard struggles and he learns the jewelry business, makes great investment choices and becomes very rich. With the help of their son, Max we find out about his travel around the world and then settles into investment property.
Medical issues take the parents and Max feels separated from his wife after having traveled with business over the years-he doesn't even know his own kids. His wife, pregnant knows she was not a good mother and the littlest girl was listening...
Hate hearing of her extra martial affair and what it could mean to the other children, never mind her husband...
Like how Max realizes that the past and family life are the most important thing in life and he instills that onto his children.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Happy Days: The 23 Secrets To Happiness by Deanna Williams
Starts with a table of contents where each item has it's own chapter.
Starts with an intro about research done on the subject and her findings.
I like how basic everything is and if you just stop for a minute and think about it they can all change your life for the better.
My favorite is the hobby-I knit and love to make things to give to those less fortunate-which is another of the items in this book.
References are included and other works by the author.



Nutella Recipes: A fantastic cookbook packed with a wide variety of Nutella recipes! by Anthony Boundy
Starts with an intro to nutella and how it can be used for all meals.
Each recipe has a title, color photo, summary of the item, servings, time and list of ingredients where you should have no problem substituting for your healthier dietary needs: low sugar, low sodium and low fat products.
Directions are included. Found a few mistakes: bake for 1012 minutes. i think they are missing a - mark there.
Recipes do not start at the very top of a page but wherever the other left off.
Carnival nutella bananas would be my favorite to try.


Insanely Yummy and Healthy Cookbook: Delicious and Healthy Recipes your Family will Love by Hilary White
Starts with a table of conetns where recipes are not in any order.
Each recipe starts with a title, big color photo, summary of the dish, servings, prep and cook times.
List of ingredients and you should have no problem substituting for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat products.
Directions are given but there is NO nutritional information.
I do like that the recipes comes from all over the world-quite different tastes.
What I do love about this book if you click on the ingredients it opens into another page on the net that shows nutritional information, shame it couldn't be included in with the recipe.
Some of the recipes have a bunch of herbs and spices, be sure you have them all before you start.
Love shrimp and salmon recipes the best as there's not much to do to them as they are healthy by themselves.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Debt-Free: 9 Step System to Get Out of Debt Fast and Have Financial Freedom: The Quickest Way to Get Out of Debt Forever by Ashton Jude
was interested in learning how they did it as I've gotten out of debt using other credit cards to pay higher ones off, never close them, company did that on their own when you stop using it, thus not ruining your fico scores.
Starts with a table of contents where each step is discussed.  Instructs you how to get out of debt by following the steps outlined. Anybody can do it.
Other works by the author are highlighted during the book.
I disagree about starting up a business as you need some things that you have no money for to begin with.
Decreasing your expenses should be the easiest-stop living above your means.
Free bonus book offered.



A Very Scary Pumpkin (Nuggies Book 3) by Jeff Minich
Colorful children's story about moving day. Print is a bit small but story is good.
Can't enlarge the font and the tablet has to be sideways to read it.



Vegetarian Home Cooking: easy vegetarian book one by Sheila Carr
Starts with a table of contents and recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Intro about normal vegetarian food.  Each new category has notes and tips from the author.
Each recipe has a title, small color photo, prep and cook times and servings. Tips from the author and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products.
One thing I do not like is the measurements are in American and English-mixed in the same recipe. why not convert them all to one or the other? so confusing.
Directions are given but no nutritonal information.


Stress (3rd Edition): 17 Stress Management Habits to Reduce Stress, Live Stress-Free & Worry Less! by Linda Westwood
Book starts with a table of contents where each chapter has a stress buster and how to achieve it.
Intro about who the book is for and what to expect and intro are included.
Gives you a lot of different choices you can make to change your lifestyle, even healither eating.
Free book from the author is implanted among the pages.  Diety and exercise are the best of the tips.









Stranded by Don and Stephanie Prichard
Starts out so typical of a cruise, people are boarding and enjoying getting to know one another.
Things go downhill from there as they are escorted off the ship to life boats and told not to put on life vests.
An aunt and her neice tip over and another helps them to stay afloat but the boat is blown up. Story also follows a man left on the ship and he walks into something that is not right...
That ship ends up blowing up and they all wash ashore on an island. They are able to help one another and love hearing about what they discover.
Didn't see this book going that way but others come to the island as if the creatures on the island aren't enough to deal with.
Like the ending but didn't as it's left open to what happens next...
Almost want to get the second book but don't...








Santa and the Border Collie by Angelo Dirks
Starts out with Santa and he's located in Seattle, love hearing of a city we've visited many times and enjoy.
He'll be ringing a bell at the museum in hopes others will put money in the kettle.
He meets a young man with his dog and daily they exchange hi's and even a meal some nights. Christmas eve he doesn't see them but gets a call and terrible things have happened.
Hate hearing what this young man had to face-glad Sam the dog was nearby.




Elijah, epic poetry book 2 by Abdiel LeRoy
Start out with a table of contends broken up by book.
Like preface because the author explain how the book should be read or narrated.
I hardly ever read poetry but this book the way it's laid out told me a story in different form and I liked some of the ways the words would rhyme with one another while lighting up the scene before my eyes.
I had no problem picturing the scenes in my mind.  Book is referenced heavily throughout to go along with the bible and many of the stories I had read.
Also liked how the author got his name, fascinating.




The Hot Sauce Book: Recipes for Making Your Own Hot Sauces and Cooking With Them (The Essential Kitchen Series Book 3) by Sarah Sophia
Book starts out with a thank you ebook from the author and a table of contents where recipes are not in any special order.
Also has recipes for the different meals using the sauce recipes which is most helpful.
Shrot intro about the star rating of food, the hotness.
Each recipe starts with a title spice level, list of ingredients and how to make the sauce.
There is NO nutritonal information and there are NO pictures.
For the recipes that contain the freshly made sauce there is a title, servings, and list of ingredients, which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar products.
How to make the dish is included. Like some of the food combinations.




Sugar Free Baking Recipes: Healthy And Delicious Sugar Free Dessert And Baking Recipes (Sugar Detox Diet Cookbook Book 1)by Jennifer Anderson
Start out with a table of contents where recipes are broken up into muffins, cookies, cake recipe sections.
Short intro about the book. Each recipe starts with a title and list of ingredients. You should be able to substitute some ingredients for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sugar and low sodium products.
I don't care for the use of Spelenda so i would cut down or substitute for that in the recipes.
Some recipes have a lot of ingredients-be sure you have everything before you start.
Directions are given how to prepare and cook the items. There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.




Slow Cooker Recipes / Crockpot Recipes: Top 25 World-Class Recipes From Around The Globe (World-Class Recipes From Around The World Book 1)by Steven J Smith
Starts with table of contents  where recipes are not in any order.
Intro about slow cooking. Each recipe has a title, short summary of the dish and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sugar, low sodium, and low fat products.
Some recipes have over 20 ingredients. How to make it also included.
There are no pictures or nutritional information.
Like that the foods are from around the world. Like hearing of the combinations of spices.



European Food: Easy European Cooking with Delicious European Recipes by BookSumo Press
Starts out with offer of free ebooks, about the author section and short introduction about the series.
Table of contents where recipes are broken up into countries and what are they most famous for.
Coomon abbreviations are included.
Each recipe starts with a title, list of ingredients and directions how to make. There are NO pictures.
You should be able to substitute for your healtiher dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, and low sugar products and fresh vs canned.
Servings, prep and cook time and some nutritional information is available: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, protein, cholesterol and sodium based on 2000 cal diet.


30 Minute Meals: Quick and Easy Recipes You Will Love by Hannah Abedikichi
Starts with a table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals, free ebook gift offer.
Abbreviations and conversions are listed.
Tips are given and then recipes start.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, list of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sugar, low sodium, low fat products. How to make the item is included.
There are NO picture or nutritional information. Some include a link to another recipe in the book that would go along with the meal-muffins, etc.
Other works by the author are inlcuded at the end.





Australian Cuisine: A Cookbook with Recipes from Down Under and the Outback by J.R. Stevens
Starts out with offer of a free ebook, table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep, cook times and servings. List of ingredient and how to make. Some are healthy but not sure where to find all the meat products-what we could use in the US.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
BBQ shrimp would be my choice to make, sounds very appetizing.




Australian Food: Top 30 Delicious And Nutritious Appetizer, Dessert And One Dish Meals From Australia by Sadia Saeed
This book starts out with the offer of free ebooks.  Table of contents where the recipes are broken into meals.
For each recipe there is a title, prep and cook time and servings. List of ingredients and some i'm not sure what you could subsitute them for in the US.
Directions are given but NO pictures and NO nutritional information.



Best Ever Fruit Cobbler & Crisp Recipes (Best Ever Recipes Series Book 2) by Lori Burke
Book starts with table of contents where dishes are broken up into cobblers, crisps,  and whipped cream toppings.
Short into about hwo the book got started.
Other works by the author are highlighted. Each recipe starts with a title, short summary of the dish, servings. 
List of ingredinets is included and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products.
Directions how to make are included along with topping suggestions.
There are NO pics, NO nutritional information. Lots of variety for different fruit combinations and spices.