Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Review: Married in Montana by Jane Porter

 

Married in Montana by Jane Porter
Like the time period of this book and the simple things that are treasured as they all done by machines today.
Starts out with Johanna's shop and she's so busy sewing for the Easter holiday. Her best friend, Elle visits and she tells her of her ailing father's condition, he won't last much longer. Elle had met Thomas, the night of the engagement reception when Sinclair breaks the engagement to become engaged to another. Thomas was the fireman that watched it all happen.
Thomas approaches her father and they have an agreement. 
Her father wants to see her married by the time his life is ended. He's raised her his whole life. She approaches Thomas and asks him if he will accept her proposal. She really just wants a male figure to do the work on the farm while she is the one managing it, along with protecting her inheritance, along with time to get to know one another, perhaps up to a year. That's not quite the way he hears her though...
What I like about this is not only doing things by hand but all the things I learned along the way, detailed descriptions of the town architecture and other events that have occurred prior.  
They do get married, living in separate rooms in the house on the farm. Story also brings us up to date with Thomas and how and where he was raised.
It's a wonder how things will work out as they are both bull headed, strong set in their own ways. He takes over the managing as she grieves. Love how he takes charge, love the things he does to wake her up.....her hair gets between them....
Steamy sex scenes. Great epilogue!
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 27 Book Review: Off the cliff




Off The Cliff: How The Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood To The Edge
Warning: swearing
Starts out with Callie and how she grew up in KY, moved to TN and then onto CA over the years she's had many jobs and has met many people.
Also goes into what the movie industry is doing as not many movies staring women are endorsed as much as those with men in them.
Lots of name dropping so you understand who is out there doing their best.
Follows the people at the top of the production as they are selected, along with actors and actresses. Goes into their family life also and what motivated them into their field.
Amazing when it gets to the actual production and the complications they come up against.  Lots of references and quotes listed at the end.
Enjoyed the book mostly because of all the descriptions of the locations that I've yet to visit. Storyline was a bit different than what I'm used to reading.
I received this book from a publicist via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, June 26, 2017

books read June 26





This House is a Home by Phil Nork
Enriching and heartwarming story!
Last class assignment for the year and Pete has to find out about his ancestors and what better way then to go visit and talk to them.
Family, uncles and grandparents load up the car and lead to southern IL where other parts of the family live. Treasure the history of this one family and how it's portrayed to those of todays age.
Love how the author also explains what mining terms mean and how they were done.
Mining accidents and telling the time by the sun so much to this book.
Loved hearing how they use everything growing on the land.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.


The Sweet & Slim Alternative Ice Cream Recipe Book by Rene Davis
Introduction about what's inside the book that are healthy.
Benefits of low calorie, low sugar, low fat and gluten free diets, each is explained.
Each recipe has a title, summary and the ingredients list of healthy things along with how to make the dish.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information but the ingredients are healthy.
Some of these need to use your ice cream maker machine.
Definitely a variety of options.



Air Fryer Made Simple: 33 easy and healthy recipes for everyday cooking. Products from Your nearest store only! by Patrick J. Underwood
Don't have one but know others who do so want to learn about the process.
Introduction talks about the technology of the airfryer.
Has basics and rapid air technology, and all about the parts of the fryer.
Few pictures along the way to show you.
Each recipe starts out with a title, color photo and servings, total time to make.
Ingredient list and how to make it. Also has some nutritional information but doesn't break down fat into good or bad. NO sodium levels and some of the foods are high!
Has recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and desserts. Lot of the recipes sometimes don't give an exact measurement of the ingredient, says about so you have to use your own judgement.
Fish and chips dinner and vegetable balls would be my favorite. Lots of prep time for these recipes.
apple chips sound interesting and could probably be made in an oven.
Some recipes start in American measurements but also some only are using metric-in the same recipe. Some ingredients like caster sugar you might have a hard time finding.
What are 2 pieces of eggs? do they want the white part or yolk even? Free bonus book linkable.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

  


German Cuisine: Authentic German Cooking for the Home Chef by J. R. Stevens
Interested in this book because the company my husband works for live and work in Germany and I have thought of inviting them to dinner when they visit.
Also husband's family is from Germany as well and I think a lot of her dishes made over the years originated from there.
Short introduction then into the recipes broken up into everyday categories.
Each recipe has the American name and then the German name, prep and cooking time and servings.
List of ingredients-I'm not sure where you can get most of them in the US and I don't think all of them are very healthy but you might be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
Directions are also included but there are NO pictures and there is NO nutritional information.
Potato patties are similar to what we today make but we use low sodium products.  Potatoes and dumplings look interesting and I'd be using low sodium low fat broth and skim milk for the cream. Love just the simple recipe for the dumpling and one for potato dumpling, as I can put them in the electric pressure cooker and make them in the chicken soup we make or beef stew.
German spice cookies sound interesting in the fact it uses pepper.
 Like apple pie cake because it servings 2-4, just right size and i can substitute for healthier options.
Blueberry cake also sounds good but i don't think it's going to serve 40 people!
some of the recipes start off in US measurements and then are mixed with metric. not sure why.
German cookies serves 240? that's a ton of cookies for just using  2 1/4 c flour even though they are like 1 inch snakes cut into 1/4 length.
Other works by teh author are highlighted at the end.




The Navigators by Dan Alatorre
Not so sure I'm going to like this being that it's a sci-fic and time travel but will give it a chance.
Starts out where the group decide on the dig they will go to. Once there it's hot and they find themselves in a serious medical emergency because of a machine they found...
Like the adventure and action and bit of romance but the sci fic stuff is not something I totally believe in but makes the story...
Made it til the time travel, swearing present also.  Not my cup of tea.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.



An Evening With Grandpa by Diana Matlin
Treasure the time spent with those who are older because you will learn where your life started and how it's shaped.
This children's middle age book is about Annie and she's home stick from school and can't go to the show. Grandpa has to babysit her so the rest of the family can go.
Few pictures. Grandpa has his own idea and reads her a story first to explain it all.
Great story about how chess is played.




Everybody Gets Angry by Noah Lukeman 
Cute children's colorful story of the times a child gets angry because they can't get what they want.
Very clear easy to read the words in black on a bright background of the page.
Also for every time the child gets angry, happy things occur also. Love the page showing all the angry times and then the collage showing all the happy times.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.



The award by Danielle Steel
Enjoy the author's works and know I will enjoy this one.
Starts out Giella and she's about to get the award. Chapters go back to when she was 16.
Rebecca came from Germany, Giella's best friend. The Jews are being forced from their homes.
One day she sees them take Rebecca's family and throw them into a truck and they disappeared. She tracks them down and visits and is able to talk to Rebecca and even gives her a coat with promises to come the next day.
She visits through Christmas and for many months later always bringing foods and clothes for the family.
Story tells what she had to do to survive and she ends up in the fashion industry.
Love hearing of the model world, travel, the art world and the places she visits.  Tragedies and there are happy times also from both sides of the ocean.
Really enjoyed this book and glad she went on with her life but went back to her past endeavors... Didn't like that the author didn't spend as much time devoted to all of her children...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).







Awesome series: something for everybody: The Farm, series by Charles Anderson






The Farm by Charles Anderson
I had read book 4 in this series and loved it so much I went and bought the first 3 books and just now getting to them.
This story starts out with Josiah and his buddy Andy exiting a crashing helicopter but he doesn't make it. Carlson will still continue the mission and does on his own but doesn't find what he was expecting.
Later he's at his night job in the US at the ER and he comes across a few Saudi Arabia princes who have been beat up-they will be returning home now that classes are over for the summer months. Problem is his RN Lindsey will be going with him to the farm for 3 days and they discover something not quite right.
Thing is we hear Lindsey's side to the story also and Andy is clueless, so far but he knows things are not adding up.
Love all the technology, weaponry and discovering the hidden treasures at the farm. Love the history in this book about the area.
Lots of action, travel, adventure and romance and I learn so much about things I don't have a clue about. US and other countries are involved and he is gathering the clues to solve the mysteries





 Nuclear Farm by Charles Anderson
Second book in the farm series and am enjoying this one as much as the first.
Lots of travel, history battles studied to put into effect on their own farm-such strategies, high tech weapons, bit of romance mixed in with a mother who's a nuclear physicist, father who's a ER doc among other talents and a set of twins that at the age of 10 are ready for college.
Love that the same characters are still in place, 10 years from the previous book and this starts up where the other left off so you are brought up to date on the happening around the farm and town of Farmville, VA
Used to play Farmville on facebook and I can say it's nothing like this farm. Love caves and tunnels not to mention the toys and gold. Love hearing of how they are able to track down different components of this story.
I can see this actually taking place in todays world of oil and nuclear weapons.  Can't wait til twins are a bit older-next book coming up! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.




 Blue Farm by Charles Anderson
Have read #4 and 1 and 2 so going to enjoy this one also.
Starts out with the twins and they are on their way to college, they bring their younger disabled brother Peewee along to get a feel for the campus.
Peewee is kidnapped and they have to call their parents, who call the CIA and FBI. Days later they return home to find things scattered about which lead them to their brother's body.
They talk and realize after seeing the camera pictures who is to blame. The twins are at college now and become friends with twins from Paris. Things become very intimate with both couples as they are learning about sex.
Story goes on following the twins as they experience sex at college and also follows the parents at home as other clues come in to help them understand who is after their family still.
Lots of very technical information about weapons of varying degrees. Lots of action, adventure, romance and travel and mysteries-something for everybody.
Sexual adult actions and discussions.




revised review 6/29/2017

Desperate Farm by Charles C. Anderson
Now that I've read this fourth book in the right order it's not confusing at all as others come to terrorize the family.
Tory and Nate reach out to the Carlsons for help when they discover what could be more warheads. The family gather and canvas the different GPS locations to find any clues.
The twins have gotten back together with the other twins but Ava is playing hard to get-you have to earn the right the talk to her after what was done to her.
Love how she calls the animals and all the travel and new places to explore. Also love the cave system where Precious is taking care of Caleb back home.
Lots of action, adventure, travel, romance and nuclear warhead mysteries and so much more-something for everyone.
Love the ending bittersweet and didn't see the Broken Arrow occurring, what a strategy and love how Ava manipulates others. Sorry to see the series end.
bought the ebook version although I have a signed hardbound from the author.



read this is 2/23/2015

Desperate Farm
Just into this book a few chapters and love it. Sorry I had not read the previous books but the plot is coming together as we are brought up to date. Characters are a bit confusing, feel like they are coming at me in tenfold and I don't know who is even on whose side.
So many mysteries, KGB, hidden warheads, relationships with the twins, nature and the outdoors really appeal to me. So happy to learn of all the new places we've yet to explore and new things: elk and the hunts, etc.
The family is on the trail to find the warheads that are pinpointed with lat/long #'s on Alex's map that the kids have inherited. Like the plot and how the author keeps the book moving along as we go from location to location and it does get linked along the way.
Descriptions of the trails and scenery are so detailed I feel I am right there with them. Love all the indepth things about just every location they travel to. A surprise ending, for me and love the fast paced military based action romantic read.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Farm by Charles Anderson





The Farm by Charles Anderson
I had read book 4 in this series and loved it so much I went and bought the first 3 books and just now getting to them.
This story starts out with Josiah and his buddy Andy exiting a crashing helicopter but he doesn't make it. Carlson will still continue the mission and does on his own but doesn't find what he was expecting.
Later he's at his night job in the US at the ER and he comes across a few Saudi Arabia princes who have been beat up-they will be returning home now that classes are over for the summer months. Problem is his RN Lindsey will be going with him to the farm for 3 days and they discover something not quite right.
Thing is we hear Lindsey's side to the story also and Andy is clueless, so far but he knows things are not adding up.
Love all the technology, weaponry and discovering the hidden treasures at the farm.  Love the history in this book about the area.
Lots of action, travel, adventure and romance and I learn so much about things I don't have a clue about. US and other countries are involved and he is gathering the clues to solve the mysteries.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Books read June 15






Perennial Gardening by Susan Hollister
Really enjoy this book because it has flowers that I grow every year. Some I was unsure of how to care for so I would just leave them in the ground year round and they do great.
Chop them all down to ground level in the late fall-after the first snow so stems can take nutrients from the soil to be able to come up the following year.
Love how some are spread in the air-that explains how one plant got way over to the other side of the garden.
Also listings of perennial vegetables-which I grow a few of, including lavender. Has a section on flowering bulbs and how to care for them. Herbs and grasses are other chapters.
Great resource book.  Wish there were pictures to accompany the item being discussed. Section on berries also. And a section on design and what to consider when making your template of the area you want to transform.
Section on potted perennials and how to plant them near something that will help pollinate them.
Care and maintenance is also discussed and what the important things about any perennial.  Bonus chapter is about when you bring them indoors.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
A KEEPER!








Delicious Summer Desserts (Delicious Recipes
Each recipe includes title, list of ingredients, how to make and bake.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information and I'm not sure if you could achieve the same if you substitute for healthier choices due to your dietary needs.
Some tell you the servings. Book works for about 27% done then I can't go any further. Have tried getting it again to no avail, even tried on the tablet.

Next day it goes further but recipes are the same format.




Perfectly Precious Poohlicious by Mary Elizabeth Jackson
Colorful infant story of a child and why they are special and compares it to other things.
They are perfectly made and why they are.  Has songs and lyrics included.



A Beginner’s Guide to Patio and Raised Bed Gardening (Gardening Quick Start Guides Book 6) by Martha Green
Have been gardening for many years and usually find useful information. Starts out with the introduction and why gardening is beneficial.
Free herb bonus book is linkable and why you should grow them.  Starts out with how to accomplish growing them.
Compost, fertilizer, plants, soil, sun and tools among other things to start out.  Has listing of some herbs and tells you how to grow them.
Has a large choice of herbs and how to tend to them, arranged in alphabetical order.
Has a section on mistakes growing and how to fix the problems. These are mostly for container gardening. Next section is on raised bed gardening.
Goes over all the information you'll need to make one and what makes them different but beneficial as well.
Very extensive chapters about what to use for borders and why. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
A KEEPER!


100 Best Berry Smoothies for Fat Loss by Jennifer Lee
Starts out with an introduction and summarizes each of the chapters.
First is blackberries and it states the benefits, storage, preparation, then goes into recipes. Everything is fresh and low fat variety. Has a list of ingredients and how to make the drink. No pictures and NO nutritional information available.
Even though all use the blackberry there are a lot that also use fresh vegetables, making it very nutritious.
Strawberry is the next section with the same concept from chapter 1. You should be able to substitute the yogurt for a low fat content.
Blueberry is next followed by raspberries then cranberries.
 

The Blue Elephant by Jeffrey Quinn
Colorful children's story about a father who goes to Africa to see the animals. There is a legend that if you see a blue elephant you will have beautiful talented daughters.
He meets many animals along the way noticing what makes them different than all the other animals.
Each one tells him of more attributes the daughters will have. He searched high and low and magic happens.
Cute story.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Parenting 101 series by Cheri Swalwell



Spoken from the Heart: Parenting 101 
Didn't think I'd like this series because our kids are over 40 now and not living at home but raising their own families.
They still need parenting and their children also so it's been a good source of renewal for me.
Love how this starts out with a letter from the author's grade two class which she states what she wants to do when she grows up.
A mother of children taking care of them all and farm animals. She's there now doing just that many years later with a devotion to God and teaching them.
What I like about this book is that I have gone through a lot of the processes, emotions, and feelings along the way as I sit here and shake my head yes that comes in handy still today.
Chores together-used to set the pile of laundry at each persons table setting so they'd have to put their clothes away first before having dinner til they also helped with the folding.
Like that she asks you a question and I am able to pause the reading to actually thinking and answering it to myself. Love learning about the habits of bison as we enjoy nature and how it all fits into the human cycles.
There's so much to this book, I can see reading one chapter a day for more than a month to devote to each one. Just because is a favored response when I would use it on my mother after presenting her with a gift, something as simple as daisies picked from my garden.
Scriptures are quoted that are relevant to what's being discussed and translated into words we can understand.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.




Spoken from the Heart: Parenting 101 Vol. 2
Like the opening part where the author talks about her connection with God and how he helps her raising the children and caring for those that are in her charge.
Loved the different parts of this book as the child grows older and goes through the phases of becoming a toddler. Comparison of that and how adults handle difficult things.
Love challenges that are presented and how the author strives to get you involved. Love the encouragement to keep going.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.



Spoken from the Heart: Parenting 101 Vol. 3
What I like about this book is the links inside that lead you to another's post concreting the evidence. Love learning the balance/moderate and how that came into play.
I sometimes also get things out of order in my priorities.
Love the questions that challenge me to answer. Like how each chapter starts out with a scripture passage and the remaining part of the chapter is based around that phrase.
Love the symbol that spaghetti squash represents-so cool!
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.