Friday, August 26, 2016

Book review: THE LOOMING STORM BY DIANE AND DAVID MUNSON



THE LOOMING STORM  BY DIANE AND DAVID MUNSON  
Wanted to read this book because our granddaughter had just visited some overseas countries  with a handful of other girls and chaperones.
Scared us to death knowing she would be so near where there was terror attacks but she was watched via other military friends of our son and even photographed at same locations as her and the others.
This one starts out in VA where Eva is just getting the kids out the door for school and husband Scott to work. After she leaves home the new elderly neighbor approaches her and informs her of a man asking about her and if she had men around.
Fred had never met her so didn't quite answer the man-he just wanted to alert Eva. At a lunch time meeting a gun is seen and shooting starts as the man wanted the women testifying in a case silenced. With her and her agent friend they have the area under control.
Her husband is involved with the new Supreme Court appointee and their lives surround the DC area. Never a dull moment. Although there are little things that happen they have time to pray as the clues come in, sometimes in droves, sometimes dribble til you get the idea they are a very active family.
Their work keeps them in the action, fast paced at times but easy to keep track of it all as it encompasse so many things.
Book also follows their daughter who's visiting Poland...more terrifying events occur as each of the parents work on other cases and their identities have been stolen...  There are many things I liked about this book: the mysteries and how they are linked, the travel and learning new words and procedures when in other countries along with how praying helps.
The one common thing is that praying to God seems to help them and their friends with their problems, even Kaeley who's in Poland...wicked good book and there is a list at the end of other works by the authors. Lots of twists that keep you so interested you will not put the book down.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org)  in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Books read aug 24




Black Monday by William Manchee
Have read other series from this author and loved the books, enough that I went and bought the other 2 in the series.
Starts out 1987 black Monday for the stock market. He's involved in many things going on, an executor for an old woman who has passed away and the proceeds will go towards her dogs, another needs IRS to unfreeze his accounts or a man overseas could die...
Like the family time at home and the kids interactions.  Alternating chapters about other cases using a male/female narrators.
Female narrated portions are about Paula, Stan's partner at the business and she's handling a murder trail.
Really good read, wish I had read it from the first in the series but I didn't feel left out as they told us what we needed to know about their past working together.


The girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux
Story that is done in parts of a play. Casey is there cooking for the play participants and she's not aware of who really owns the house and oversees one taking a shower on the back porch. She later realizes who he is... and he's the actor that the town hopes to donate his time to the play.
Money will go to charity but they get off on the wrong foot. The drama of the auditions is quite comical as all those who should've won had overdone their little walks and talks.
They do get thrown together and Casey wants no part of being in the show, just feeding all those there.
Peacock is the hit of the story in my opinion as if he made things happen. Lots of controversy over things during the play and the outcome was amazing to me that the big boys really were watching!
Light reading.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


August 2016 Book Fun Magazine
From the very first page of the magazine this month I really like it. Starts out with a book I just got to review for The Book Club Network and on the page as it's very informative there are other books by the same author.
As previous months the in-depth interviews and more than just a summary of the books is enjoyable and very informative.
Hunting for Treasure and other works by Sandra Robbins captured my attention.
Some of the pages are hard to read as they have textured background or are very dark and lettering is also darkish ( I have eye issues so maybe it's just me).
Due to the stories and the beautiful pictures I feel as if I've been around the world the past 45 minutes.
Links for others to join the book club are included in the magazine.
It's a club where you get free books and you promise to post your reviews online, joining is free!


 Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow
 Like this approach to get kids to eat more healthier. Starts out and we learn that Blake is not feeling so well. He only likes candy and cookies and things that are sweet.
The words are rhyming and easy to read on some of the backgrounds.
He meets a new friend and he tells Blake how he can get more energy-enough so he can play.
There are notes for the parents to ask the child while they are reading along with them to pick out what foods are red and what part of the body they are good for.
Like a mini quiz and you've been given the answers to, if you were paying attention. Really like blue and purple pages.







No Crib for a Bed: an inspirational short story by Deborah Heal
Have enjoyed other works by this author and know this will be treasured as it's about a pregnant woman on Christmas Eve.
Book starts out with Robin and she helps run the pregnancy center and contemplates writing an article about Christian woman who have a child. The note from a man in the paper states more Christians should put their money where their mouth is.
The local cop stops by with his new partner and they have picked up a pregnant woman and a child and they have no where to stay. He's not gotten much information from her but Robin takes them in.
She is able to relate other facts to her via stories and to show her the ultrasound. Latisha was no ill informed of things....she learns the truth now to help her decide on what to do...
Was given this ebook as a gift from the author.




Always with You by Elaine Stock
Not sure I really wanted to read this book as it's about hateful racial crimes but I thought I'd give it a chance for those who believe in God to make it all right.
Story starts out with Isabelle and she's come to the school playyard before going to dinner with her father and grandmother. A group of boys attack her, tie her up and drag her to the school building. Tyler, from the faithful group comes to her rescue.
Her relatives don't really care for him as do none of the towns folk. Alternating chapters from Tyler as we follow his path also. They continue to see one another as he rescues her again from the bad gang.
She plans to attend college but that may be on hold if things go on like they have been. She'd have to convert to his religion, memorize passages and reciting.
Enjoyed learning about the area they hiked on their honeymoon-looked it up online even.
She finds out things and decides what she must do, lots of twists and turns and can't believe the ending how it brings some back together. Only til the truth is told does it make sense.
Reading guide at the end is included.  Wasn't as fearful as I thought i'd be.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org)  in exchange for my honest review.



Chicken Recipes: Top 50 Most Delicious Super Easy 3 Step or Less Chicken Recipes for Family & Friends
Each recipe starts out with a great color photo of the dish, ingredient list, how to cook and variations along with detailed nutritional information.
Sodium in most of the recipes is quite high for us to enjoy but if we substitute other ingredients the recipes would be ok for us.
Chicken Caesar Wrap would be our selection to try first. There are many that sound appealing: lemon and use of honey.
What I also like is that there are so many different methods of cooking that is used.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end and some are free.


We've Seen Santa
Children's  book showing how the kids plan on finding out who Santa is. They want to catch him in the act.
Colorful pictures but words blend right into the background making it difficult to read.
Good rhyming book.


 I Love You! by Calee M. Lee
Children's colorful illustrated book about how a parent shows their child that they love them.
Besides using animals that are familiar they also show the action that is being talked about.
Like shooting star the best but they are all good. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Books read Aug 17






SAVING THE MARQUISE'S GRANDDAUGHTER BY CARRIE FANCETT PAGELS
Have read another book by this author and enjoyed it. This one starts out in 1700's and this time frame interests me as I recall a short lived TV show, covington crossings that I really liked because the female did everything her brothers did, even better at some things like archery.
Suzanne and her mother have their secret gotten in the hands of the bad guys and they msut flee leaving her father and brothers behind to defend from those who want to kill those who don't go along with the religion.
She was to marry Etienne and leave to rule over the Carribean estate of the family. The women head to her grandmother's and are stopped often along th eway trying to escape. They make it but she's not there, won't be for another week but others can tend to them...
Her whole life changes and Johan brings her to safety for a bit til things calm down. She thinks she can still get to the colonies...
So many come and go from her life as she attempts to make it to the colonies. Very good story line, enjoyed it.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org)  in exchange for my honest review.




The List: an inspirational short story by Deborah Heal
Have read many of the author's other works and have enjoyed them.
This one starts out with Bill and he's dying, within a very short time and he's trying to finish his list.
He has special notecards that he's sending a note to all on the list. Interesting to learn why and what they contain.
He's upset his granddaughter hasn't come to visit and will she make it in time for the special note he has for her?
I received this book from the author via email in exchange for my honest review.

Book Spotlight: Dandelions



Dandelions

Dandelions by Vivienne Vincent

 
“There are no Rhett Butlers and Darcys in real life. Only Heathcliffs.”

An avant-garde romance that goes beyond sexual chemistry and digs deep into human nature and relationships.

Elizabeth Goodenough met Saber Fergus for the first time when she was eight and he was twelve. He broke her heart when she was eighteen. Ten years later, an unwitting mistake on Izzy’s part once again brings her face to face with the same one-night stand that once brutally crushed her.

But something seems different this time. Has her dark knight really transformed into a knight in shining armor, or is he playing her all over again?


My Review:

Dandelions by Vivienne Vincent
Story sounded interesting and the book starts out when Izzy is 8. She recalls the interaction she and Saber have and then 10 years later when she's working as a barrister and she spills a drink on him.
Her first date and it's with him and she expects him to come to the door and he waits for her near his car. They agree they must communicate better.
Like analogy of dandelion and how it's an illusion vs a rose she does accept from him.
Fan magazines have a different impression of how he really is...her dog Dandelion's decreasing health makes her want to cancel the date but they have not exchanged numbers.
He is very understanding and they come to a solution as he helps her with the dog.
He is so experienced and she is new to all the lovemaking, even kissing...
Very explicit sexual, ON FIRE details as he teaches her how to please him in many ways. The next day she realizes what has happened.
At times you feel sorry for her knowing her upbringing...
...
A Billionaire's Bedroom Behavior Unveiled
Another ten years later: This part of the story revolves around Saber Fergus and starts out with Izzy and her grandmother has died and she moved to NY to live with her uncle and aunt. She gets training to be a typist and leaves their house to make it on her own.
She's felt betrayed from the way Saber treated her after that one night and she is replused by many others who want a date with her over the years.
She had to finish writing a story of how Saber has inherited his family estate and he has a pen collection. She can really make the story go the other way by substituting some words and letting others know the real guy. So funny, til the story is printed!
She is told to apologize to him and he just wants to control her life and she can't refuse part of the proposition.
Didn't see that ending coming! Lots of twists and turns along the way. Easy to keep track of the characters as there are only a handful. Interesting where the book starts and ends-full circle.
High velocity sexual content with a good story line about human nature.
I received this book from the author via Goodreads contact in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Boks read Aug 4




Under the Legend by Carolina Carter
What a story. Listening to it in fast mode makes it so much more appealing as the action is fast paced, but very understandable.
Book sounded interesting and always enjoy discovering yet another new author to me.
Nola has the endorsements to fly the airplane around the world, stopping at various locations for a live broadcast. Brandon is also the announcer of the broadcasts and he likes to take the lead.
They are following the path Amelia Earnhardt had gone.  Her GPS is messing up and she notices the sharks below in the water. She's low on gas and is looking for a place to land. She's got water and lunch and a life jacket.
She had seen a spot of land-if she had to bail....love the descriptions of what she's noticing below and how she keeps her head on straight. It's like we are there with her.
Nola remembers the man ... is she dreaming all this or dead? Once awake she tries to concentrate on where she could be as she has many questions and they are not giving her many answers. She's taken to Dr. Krader and he explains a bit more about the colony she's stumbled onto.
They make it nice to even consider, they'd give her a job at the newspaper and a place to live...although she really wants to get off the island and resume her life. She does meet others who could aid her but she's not sure she should trust them.
Interesting how the island works for deliveries and adult activities.  So cool that she never gives up trying to escape and the methods used no matter the consequences to her and others.
Wow the people she meets and why they are there! Lots of twists and not predictable by a long shot, very good read!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.




Feel the Heat
This book starts out with Fransceca and she's saving the life of a man who's unconscious from the fire in the building.
Alex thought it was a man that had saved him as he goes to thank her in the hospital. He soon is giving her food and everything else she wants, she had saved his life.
They get along very well til she learns who he is and that he knows her mother-the woman who left them when Fran was very young and she's attempting to get back into their lives again.
Fran just wants to do her firefighting job as she's now been accepted into the family at work but during her 2 month time off to heal the broken bone she does go out to eat with Alex... she's from the working class and he's from the other side of the tracks and she sees what that did to her own parents.
Love all the fire fighting talk and how things happened, the investigations and how they determine the causes. Enjoyed the jokes and facts about firemen.
Travel and locale of Rockford is very appealing=can just picture the town in upstate NY they could be referring to as we have relatives there-very nice area.
Enjoyed learning more about the career and how it started at the visit to the museum. I feel like I've been there-so descriptive.
Alex wants more than just being friends and she's upset because she really wants the same but he leaves...will they get back together and hash it all out?
Her mother wants a second chance....hot steamy sex scenes but really enjoyed the fire mysteries more and learning new words.
Can't wait to read more from this series. Excerpt from Risking it All is included at the end. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.




Root, Petal, Thorn by  Ella Joy Olsen
Story line sounded interesting, wondering what I'd do with the same circumstances.
Starts out with Ivy and she's just lost her husband and she's got two children to raise. Her brother Stephen and Drew, his friend are nearby to help get her moving again.
Alternating chapters about the others who have lived in the same house throughout the years.
We find out the mysteries surrounding things Ivy has found as they lead to more clues as to the secrets they held.
At times it's confusing as to who is who, but the dates they lived in the house are key.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review.



Waste Free Kitchen: Save Money, Stay Organized & Reduce Waste
Starts right in with organizing the cabinets and how everything has its place.
Reuse containers and go paperless are just a few suggestions in becoming organized.
How to shop and save money and use coupons and sales. How to cook multiple meals and save them in freezer for another day.
Few recipes for quick meals, no pictures and no nutritional information.
Grow it yourself and make it rather than buying some items. Many uses for household things we already have, rather than buying expensive cleaning supplies.
Great tips and ideas.



Sell Everything: Get rid of all your stuff WITHOUT a yard sale!
Has listings of where to sell items online, by category and lists the pros and cons of each.
Great resource of information, Do your homework.



The Zebra Said Shhh
Colorful children's story abou the life of a zebra. Some pages are difficult to read the words due to the background color.
Lots of different animals do NOT want to go to sleep but the zebra tries to get them to listen to him.
At the end it tells you where they all sleep, their habitat, 10 different animals.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Regal Rose: the Ultimate Herb: History, Healing, Growing Roses (Herbal Amicus Book 3
Have read the previous book all about lavender and this was free so I thought I'd check it into also.
I do not grow roses at our house but love the feel of the soft petals and the fragrance.
This book covers it all, history, how to use the rose to heal some ailments and how to grow it and care for it throughout the year.
Recipes for tea and salve and other things are included.


Lavender the Universal Herb (Herbal Amicus Book 2)
While traveling to Sequim, WA we went past the lavender farm and was amazed at the size of it. I had recently ordered a live plant, not knowing it was coming from there
and I was able to keep it alive. Heard cats don't like it and I want the cats to stay out of my garden. I was able to separate it into 3 plants so I could run them around the border.
Very sturdy plant and I often walk by and brush my fingers against the plant and it's such a great smell.
History of the plant is discussed along with pictures.  Listing of ailments and how to use the lavender oil to help.
Has recipes for food products and also soap and lotions. Resources of where to obtain the plant is included, also online sources and how to care for the plant itself during and including harvest.


A Shower of Roses by Tom Milton
Won this book in a contest and just got around to readng it. Starts out where Eva and Marek are in London where he's a banker and does CIA work in Poland.
She is a USA pediatric nurse but it's going to take some time to be able to get the same job in London. She is friends with Julianna who plays the harspicord as her husband is freinds with Marek.
The girls don't hang out much. When Marek is back in town he invites other Polish males over and Eva notices they are being watched and notifies Marek...
Alternating chapters we learn of Eva and her parents life once they came to the USA. How Eva wanted to be a nurse and her schooling til the day she saw her father with a woman she wanted to hightail it away from them all...
Like how the book got it's title and what it symbolizes.  Wow didn't see that ending happening, lots of twists!
Enjoyed the travel and very descriptive roads and byways.



Sugar Free Crock Pot
Sounded like a good idea to check into these recipes.
Each recipe includes a color photo of the finished dish, ready to eat time, ingredients list of mostly fresh items,
Step by step instructions and other ways to prepare the dish as a different dish.
No nutritional information. Healthy chicken breasts would be the dish I'd want to try first.
Free ebook is also included at the end. Lots of recipes for stews, soups and even dips.
Has lists of things to buy at the store, to have on hand and other helpful charts.


ONE GREEN OMELET, PLEASE! (Adorable Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book, About Discovering, Appreciating, and Mindful Eating, for Beginner Readers, with 30 Illustrations, Ages 2-8
Have read many of the author's other works and have enjoyed the children's books.
Title reminds me of green eggs and ham! Colorful rhyming children's book about the family when they visit a nearby restaurant one Sunday after church.
It's buy and they offer a variety of food choices. Silly at times.
Her meal appears to be alive! She discovers all the treasures hidden under it.
Explains where all the food came from, great resource!  Another cute excerpt from another story is included at the end.
Free poster is clickable as a gift.


Weight Loss Workout Plan: 97 POWERFUL Fat-Blasting Exercises (Includes BONUS 18 Habits That Will Make You WANT to Work Out Every Day)!
Starts out with ideas on how to incorporate a workout into your daily commute into work.
The habits you create will become second nature if you do them daily. Easy things that you probably aren't even aware that you are doing already.
Myths and facts about food are also discussed. Free ebook is included at the end.
Weekly meal plan is also included. Some recipes are included but no nutritional information is listed. No pictures.
Lots of workouts included, with an without equipment.  Categorized sections are also listed making it easier to target a certain part of your body and the exercises that go with it.




5 Ingredients Cookbook: Over 50 Quick and Easy Scrumptious Meals
Starts out with cookie recipes but there are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Lots of categories and a few recipes per category. Much to choose from.

Monday, August 1, 2016

books read July 2016







The Lost Sheenan's Bride by Jane Porter
This is the last of this series but another is in the works using some of the same characters.
Starts out with Jet who's staying at her sisters B&B in Montana while she works at the one room schoolhouse taking care of a handful of children from different grades, temporarily.
Once the last teacher gives birth and comes back the district may decide the children need to go to school via the bus to another town so she may be out of work.
Story also follow Shane who's paying to stay at the Sheenan family home while he writes.  His past makes him believe he is one of the Sheenans' but proof is hard to come by, although the DNA proves he is one of them.
They go out as she's fascinated that he's the author of the books she's read and loved them.
He's just there trying to make friends with them but they are not very welcome.  He believes his mother's ghost still resides at the ranch as he investigates more clues about his past life.
The Sheenan members now know Shane is there to write a story of a family murder and they don't want him to investigate.
They post eviction papers on the house so he's only got 30 days left now and not enough time to write the story he's been paid for.
Jet really likes and feels comfortable and natural with Shane, but many others see them and tell her to stay away from him...
Like this book because you are made welcome with the characters even if you've not read the previous books there's enough information about everybody to understand what's going on.
Like also the detailed descriptions as the author writes to make you feel like you can see what's before you-the scenery, nature, sounds, smells, etc.
Some details of the past murders unfolds. Like the explanations of all the tattoos, so interesting, a story in themselves.  Loved sight seeing tours of Butte, sounds like a treasure to see all the preservation.
Jet knew she might have some important information as she's talked to a woman who lived there at the time of the murders. She knows she should just walk away from it all...
Excerpt from the next book-in the new series but a continuation of this series as well is included.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.






 The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks
Have read many of the authors other works and have enjoyed them. This one starts out in the present day and she is finishing up her sculpture of the mermaid. It's a big commission. Tess is back with Peter and Buzz maintains the cottages.
Tom Grace shows up and is given the keys to the lighthouse keeper's cottage a gift from Frank. Only he, Buzz and Frank know of what's happened. Dean is now incapacitated and Tom tends to hes every need. He looks forward to the new adventure and maybe even a local job as he's a school teacher.
Then the book goes back to 1877 where we learn of the legends surrounding Cradle Harbor Maine and the mermaid festival, etc.  Lydia and Linus are taking care of the lighthouse, she is relieved he will not be on the sea and her nightmare might go away...she's not able to have babies either...
Alternating sections from the present to the past make this book like actually having two books in one and you hope they will connect with one another, down the road.
Love learning about mermaid purses and hearing of the wind chimes and their connection to the mermaid song... Love hearing the legends and being so close to the water and what it all encompasses.  Love the DASH!
Beautiful magical majestic stories. Q&A at the end along with discussion questions.
Won this is a contest.





 The weekenders by Mary Kay  Andrews
Like these books as they portray real life of today's women's struggles and goals and accomplishments.
Wendell had first started dating her during high school and he promised her a lot. He has a hard time of making them complete.
Riley heading to Belle Island with her daughter, Maggie and her puppy Banks waiting for him to show up for the weekend and she's afraid he's not going to make it.
She realizes her daughter is growing up so fast, she'll be a teen soon. Wendell is working lots more hours and he spends lots of money on handbags for Riley and other expensive things for his daughter.
Full Moon party sounds like a blast. Although I vacationed and lived on an island I didn't go to the parties as there was more drinking and smoking than what I wanted to partake.
Chapters alternate from the past to the present so we can get more clear picture of Riley and Wendell during their teen years.
Hard getting used to all the female friends and all their kids at the first. She's served on the deck of the ferry-he is asking for a divorce!
When the girls arrive at the house they notice a foreclosure on the front door. Their remote controls won't work now....they have nowhere to go but her parents house... Sheriff shows up she hopes to clear up the locked doors but that's not the news he's there to tell her!
Lots of questions ....Why had her husband emptied all bank accounts even her $6 million trust from her family...Wendell had helped her drunk brother with many events and they were entwined in the family development business...
Book also follow Nat, the ferry captain among other jobs. love how he looks after Riley and Maggie. Riley hopes the family can help with finances but there are so many that hold secrets from one another.
Lots of twists, great book of mysteries, secrets, bit of romance, sex and family holdings and dwelling into it all.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



One Pot, Two Plates: 50 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes That Are Perfect For Midweek Meals (Good Food Series)
What I like about this book is that each recipe starts with a fresh page, shows a picture of the completed dish, list of times: prep and cooking, servings
and then ingredient list.  Detailed settings for the pressure cooker and how to even make it tastier.
Has a list of some nutritional information, fat content is not broken up into various parts, does not have sodium content but most of the ingredients are on the healthy side, all but vegetable shortening which I'd substitute.
Even has a cheesecake you can make in the pot.
Will be trying this new yogurt recipe tonight.
A KEEPER!




The book fun magazine this month was very interesting.
They seem to bring the books To Life by not only telling you what the book is about but going into question and answers and having offer family pictures that are very important to them along with book trailers. There are even recipes to try and allowing the baker to have the freedom to experiment with different flavors and different combinations.
I am an early reader for The Book Club Network  (and you can be one also, check out the links in the magazine to join up, it's free!) and I fulfill my part by requesting books I want to read. I post my reviews within several days of receiving the books, to various sites on the net.
One of the books I had previously read spoke a bit more about the whole series which I just read the second book in the series and can't wait to read the third.
A little bit more in depth with color photos really makes it look like a really good read.
There are so many different types of books available upcoming books for children, middle graders, adults, offering different categories and genres to appeal to the whole family.
Chat with the author interviews also interested me because Nora, the interviewer has such thought provoking questions to ask. She is able to bring up so many more interesting topics of discussion.
Lots of insight to the Catholic religion in the books written about the subject.
Favorite part was the paying it forward. I don’t go through coffee lines but when I visit our historic village where I have free passes I always leave  a few behind for those behind me so they don’t have to pay. I knit using knitting pins, about the diameter of pins, costume parts: mittens, hats muffattees, etc where the village provides me with the yarn from their sheep. Love knitting and donate a lot of my time to charity events and as they in turn appreciate me by giving me free passes for my friends and family I don’t mind giving them to others who are also there to appreciate the village experience-just one of many ways of paying it forward.
The magazine to me is like finding the missing puzzle piece as to why I wanted to read the books I've requested. It brings it all together for me.
Indexing at the end is excellent and each of the book pages has useful information about other books the author has also released.
Two thumbs up to all those who work behind the scenes to bring the book fun magazine to us!
B01J668P96


Freezer Meals for Every Kitchen: Top 50 Freezer Meals That Everyone Will Love by Reese, Michael
Starts out with why and how you can freeze foods for use later saving you time and money.
Chart of what foods freeze well and also a chart of those foods you should not freeze.
Also a chart showing how long to keep the frozen food safely before eating.
How to prevent freezer burn and other tips.
Chart of meals, 3 meals a day for a week.
Each recipe has a list of ingredients and how to make it and how to unfreeze it to eat. No pictures and no nutritional information.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Make Ahead Meals: Stock Up On These 44 Fridge And Freezer Friendly Meals Ahead Of Time, And You'll Never Go Hungry Again-Save Time And Reduce The Stress ... Slow Cooker Recipes, Make Ahead Paleo)  by Maggie Bradley
Like how this book is divided into sections. Each recipe has a list of servings it will make, ingredient listing, how to cook and how to freeze and in what kind of containers.
No pictures and no nutritional information.


Freezer Meals: 365 Days of Quick & Easy, Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Families (Freezer Recipes, Freezer Cooking, Dump Dinners, Make Ahead
Like that this book is divided into a few sections, very easy to look up a specific section.
Has a chart that will tell you how long you can keep the item in the freezer-quick reference. Also has some handy tips when freezing some foods.
Each recipe has list of ingredients and how to put it all together and how to freeze it.
No nutritional information and no pictures and no serving sizes.


The astronomer and other stories  by Betts_ Doris
Like books about astronomy as I learn new things.
Rural NC and story of relationships. The new boarders take up his time but there are discussions of love, loss, etc.
Interesting how they used the black soot from the chimney in many ways before the war.
2 young girls in one story imagine spies in a house nearby....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


 The princess and the pony   by Beaton_ Kate
This audio book is about Princess Pinecone for a birthday gift. A big strong horse and one fit for a warrior princess. Other princesses over the years have received amulets, shields and other warrior items.
The pony she had she was not able to teach warrior moves in the battle.
She does not quite get what she wants....funny children's story.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 The magic of the Glits  by Adler_ C. S_ (Carole S.)
Jeremy summer at Cape Cod-he has a cast on his broken leg and he has to babysit the 7 yo girl-Lynette.
He invents the game, the glitz to keep her busy.  They do spend time at the beach, just not near the water because her mother had drowned.
After the cast he picks up hanging out with his male friends playing ball, etc. He brings her with him...
He helps her get over her fears and he needs to have some more responsibility.  Her father wants to put her in an orphanage and then she wishes on the glits that she felt.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Some other summer  by Adler_ C. S_ (Carole S.)
Lynette is overjoyed Jeremy will come to the farm. He will come visit with her at the farm. He's 17 now and her cousin Debby is around and he pays more attention to her.
She pretties her horse Penny and then she will clean the house again til he arrives in the afternoon.   Lynette has a crush on him and she wants to marry him when she grows up. Love the area of Glens Falls as we have relatives there and have visited and walked the lands.
Like all the talk about the horses and the trails they take. They have put Jeremy to work and he's enjoying learning new things. then Debby returns.
She has a plan when the younger cousin Eddie has harmed her horse...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


 Best Egg Roll, Spring Roll, and Dumpling Recipes from Mama Li's Kitchen
Was looking for a recipe as my husband used to buy these and misses them. The recipes themselves are very basic with regular ingredients to use.
Many different methods of how to cook dumplings, egg and spring rolls, etc.
Listings of what ingredients to have on hand and list of different methods and why you'd use them vs. another.
Not only the recipes for making the items but also the sauces.
Many methods also of folding the various rolls and dumplings. Will have to try these. There are few pictures of the finished items and no nutritional information.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



 AARP June/July 2016
Lots of useful music about health, finance and preparing for when you are older.
Enjoyed all musical interludes from many different genres.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Vegetarian Quick & Easy - Under 15 Minutes: (100 Simple Natural Food Recipes) (Weight Maintenance & Low Fat Lifestyle) (Vegetarian Weight Loss) (Special ... & Vegetarian Recipes Collection Book 2)
Have made some dishes and looking for something different. Starts out with other works by the author.
Explains what a vegetarian is and the benefits and how to time manage.
Even has recipes for kids to make and parties along with romantic and some for busy moms.
Each recipe starts out with why the dish is good and servings, and ingredient list and how to make it.  No nutritional information and very few pictures.
So unfamiliar with some of the ingredients. 
Summer pasta salad looks real good to eat!



 Attractions by Joshua Smith
Book starts out with him and his family at the amusement park. It's summer and the heat and lines of people waiting are getting to him. There is no place among family outings to get it on with his wife.
They each design their own cars and then they get to ride in them. The father and son in one car, the mother and two girls in the other and they race against one another to design the one that will give them the most points.
He keeps imagining women and their parts as he gets turned on even more. He wonders at times if it's all a dream...
 Excerpt from another story is included.



 Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel
Book starts out with Sam and he's designed a dating program and it's a big hit. He likes Meridith but it takes time for them to really see one another.
After her grandmother passes away he sees how sad she is and knows he has a program using AI that can help and it does and it doesn't.
Really strange happen and they open it to others to try out as they are suffering also. Unheard of what happens next... Few characters easy to keep track of what they each are doing.
Love the scenery and places visited in the book, near Seattle as we've been to many of them.
I received this book from a contest I won.
 
SURFACE  by Stacy Robinson
Story line sounded intriguing. Starts out with Claire and Michael and they have a son Nicholas who's home for the summer from boarding school. He's now 17 and he meets up with his other friends at night.
As Michael has left the country to do business one of his associates shows up and he and Claire hit it off-he's got info on a new project and she questions him about it. What ensues is they end up in bed and he drops his cocaine that Nicky finds and uses-and Nicky is a diabetic.
He ends up in a coma and surgeries and then Michael sends him to a rehab hosptial in LA and Claire goes with him.
Story goes back in time so we can understand Michael and Claire's relationship before they got married, then we are back in the present at the LA rehab place. Nicky is showing progress but Michael who flies in from Denver, CO doesn't think as much as he should be improving. Nickys sees himself as a retard.
Quite a few twists to the story and then other events on top of that make this a good read. Action, mysteries, loss, travel, new friendships and betrayal. She is able to uncover some things that lead her and her friends to think Michael is having an affair. She does learn what it's all about and so much more and she meets him headon with how she can help him.
Like how the book got it's name and yes the mother in law knew it from the start. Crazy plan of hers to help her and her son survive. it's never going to work...
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review




Maggie's Rainbow: A Cord of Three Strands, Book 2  by Lydia Moen
I have read book #1 a string of pearls and enjoyed the book so it's a series with the same characters.
This book starts out with Maggie and she's had to call 911 as she hears intruders and glass breaking downstairs. After climbing into the closet the chief of police announces he's there and tells her things about the muffins she has fed him to make her realize he's the good guy.
Misunderstandings all around as her grandson Josh is back from Germany where the military has patched him up. He and his friend are there. Hank is a mess and he gets in a bit of trouble while there. The others have tried to help him but are not sure it's for the best that he remain there....
What I like about this book is the sense of community-love the idea of the gift shop and who is to help/volunteer.
Lots of new places to visit along with the characters. Very descriptive, so detailed you feel as if you are there.
Like all the different ages of the characters and the different struggles they each have and how Al has the right answer for them all, as if by magic the scriptures appear with the appropriate message.
Refreshing way of analyzing the problems, writing them down. Book is rich and plentiful with God's scriptures throughout the hard times.
Love the meaning of the rainbow, strong bond of the three cords, and the twist at the end as we often go on surprise journeys, not telling the other where the end result will be... Can't wait for the next from the three authors.
Wish they had put the recipe for peanut butter goodies in the book.
I received this book from The Book Club Network(bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review


Ring of Fire by Susan Fox
Have read other works by the author and have enjoyed the books.
This one is about Lark Cantrell and she's the fire chief at Caribou Crossings. Her mother and 10 year old son are used to her leaving in the middle of the night to guide the other firefighters and help put fires out.
I do enjoy firefighter stories as I learn so much from them, interesting topic and I'm not sure why.
Within the first 50 pages I've already learned a few new things: what horn on saddle is for, how CP patients and those with articial legs can do things...
Major Eric Weaver is doing rehab there in British Columbia, on leave from the army when Lark pulls him out of the burning house he was renting. Her son Jayden who has CP and he are paired with horses, it's therapy and I love hearing all about it.
Lark has sworn off men since her husband had walked out after learning their baby had CP but she starts to get hot and bothered about Eric.
She likes how Jayden has another male he can talk to-things she can't relate to...They become lovers over time and then some unexpected things occur that might help or not..
hot steamy sex scenes.  Excerpt from a Holiday in Your Heart is also included at the end. Would enjoy reading more of this town in BC.
I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review



East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Have read this book many times and always enjoy the read. I seem to get something different out of it each time I read it.
It's about a few families that have migrated to the Salinas valley in CA. Love the detailed descriptions of the flowers in the valley.
The Hamilton family are basically farmers-he had left Ireland and came to CA to farm although his land is rock ridden he knows many things that others profit on.
Also follows a family from the Northeast and he's been in the army, got wounded and came home to his family. He brought back diseases that caused his wife to die. He quickly marries. One female marries Adam Trask and they move out to CA.
Quite the adventure and travel and how the two families become connected. So many lies and deceptions. Glimpses of the war also.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



The Four Seasons by Mary Alice Monroe
The funeral will bring the sisters together: Jillian, Beatrice (Birdy), Rose. Mary the 4th is now dead.
Model in Paris, pediatric doctor and word processor working from the family home,  were their professions. In Mary's last wish video they learn she wants them to find Spring and give her the share of her money from the estate.
The book goes back in time to when she told her parents she was pregnant and we learn all the details.
Alternating chapters from the present to the past...She's sent away to a convent for unwed mothers and they will give the baby to a family.
The woman and daughter gather together to trace the one baby given away. Feel the emotions as they go through them, different for each of them as they go onward.
The secret I wonder, will it come out as to who the father could really be or remain a secret forever.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Only Way Out by Susan Mallery
Have read many of the authors other works and have been on her street team to promote her books.
This one is a very old one and so different from the Fool's Gold series that I'm actually enjoying the strategy of it all.
Jeff has watched his wife and child die in the blast, Krey is the culprit and in time he will get revenge. On the island he lays low and almost takes Krey out but a woman gets in the way.
It's his ex-wife and she's there to get the child Krey had kidnapped. He runs into her as she's escaping with the child and they plan together how to get off the island when the airports been shut down from Krey's order...
Like the survival skills he teaches her.  Bits of romance but really liked the action and adventure.
I actually bought this book because it was one I had never read or was given a copy to review.



Bitsy's Bait and BBQ  by  Morsi_ Pamela
With the divorce settlement she buys off ebay a B+B.
Emma and Kate and her 5 yo son Josh were on their way...
Humorous and each chapter has tips to help the situation along LOL,  It's not a B+B but a bait and BBQ shop...
Story also follows the life of Shawn, he helps him mother run the burger joint.  He's gone missing and had married the girl, Kate they hired.
She's made sure the child has child education fund and trust fund for college.
Kate receives a letter stating the father wants to revisit the visitation and sue for custody.. She knows it's not Shawn but his mother that wants the child.
Shawn and his mother and the laywer show up and rent a cabin for the summer while trying to get the grandchild away from their mother. Shawn is not for this at all and helps her in other ways to get her business off the ground thus giving them time to talk to one another...
Like the ideas of how to make the business a success with help from the townsfolk. Sex scenes also. Bit confusing at times with some of the townsfolk drama.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Avoiding the Medicaid trap, how to beat the catastrophic costs of nursing-home care by -Budish_ Armond D
Many strategies to avoiding paying more for care later in life.
There is so much to this I had to stop and re read many sections as they will relate to me.
1970's version so some tax preparation, laws have changed but still good basic information.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Sixty plus & fit again, exercises for older men and women  by Rosenberg_ Magda
1977 edition but thought I'd check it out. We definitely are more mobile now than 20 years ago and realize the more you keep moving the longer you will live and be healthier.
Especially like the face and neck exercises.

I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


A Christmas escape by Anne Perry
Starts out when Charlie arrives in Stromboli, a mountainous island off the coast of Greek. He can't wait to walk to the mountain top where the volcano sometimes erupts.
Candace startles him, a 17 year old girl.  Like tour of this area as I'll never get to see it for myself, very descriptive!
Events occur that leave a man dead. There are only a handful of people there and the killer is one of them. Charlie takes Candace under his care. They investigate to see who'd want the man dead...
The volcano has erupted!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Marry me at Christmas by Susan Mallery
Madeline is the wedding gown store owner. It starts out with some trying the gowns on and it looks like they are pumpkins.
Fool's gold and the bridal shop owner is in charge of all the details of a local bride and groom.
Roselind has just started working there as her kids are back in school now.  Madeline helped them be happy with whatever combinations they wanted.
Lots of back story and the characters that live there. This is the town where females are the leaders in every department in the town: mayor, fire chief, event planner, police chief, etc.
Ginger is to be married and the mayor needs her to do everything.  Johnny Blaze is the brother of the bride.  Wedding will be in 7 weeks time and during the Christmas season.
Story also follows Johnny and he's a movie star, travels a lot and is everybody's love fantasy. Lightening and tingling when they shake tips her off that she's found her 'one' as her mother would say, it's a family trait.
Have read all the other Christmas holidays books in this series and the same events happen with live nativity.
Lots of pregnant women and the men they are married too, we are brought up to date with their lives. Predictable ending.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Seashell Season by Holly Chamberlin
Have enjoyed other books by the author. This one starts out with Verity and she's staying at her friends house while she gets her life back in order after leaving her boyfriend Alan.
Her daughter Gemma is with her and Barbara will babysit while Verity works. One day she gets a call that Gemma is gone, Alan took her.
She gets on with her life after many years go by getting back into her artsy side and actually getting a job at the local college.  The call she thought she'd get it's 17 years later and they have her daughter and will board you on a plane from AZ to ME.
She is beside herself as the town has backed her the whole 17 years with support. She has so many unanswered questions about how her daughter was raised. Alan is put in prison and he's lied to Gemma about everything he told her. Her mother is alive and so is her grandmother...
Alternating chapters on how each one is dealing with being reunited. Love the beach and the collecting of the seashells.
At times the book gets boring as it's over 400 pages long. There's a huge story behind the pages though and glad I was able to get through all of it. As it's boring there are also many twists and turns along the way, helping to tell the story of the two females as others come and go into their life's.
Q&A at the end and discussion questions.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review



HOME TO CHAPEL SPRINGS BY ANE MULLIGAN 
Starts out with Carin and her husband, Wick a race car driver, has taken all their money and closed all the accounts, the child JJ's tuition has not been paid in 4 month and neither has the condo they live in and they are being evicted. he's run off with a new woman. She is an author and her latest book is just out but the reviews are not good....the house in Chapel Springs, her grandparents would be there for her. The remodeling using her money should be done now as Wick took care of it all....
Story also follows Claire, a local potter and the reelection campaign in Chapel Springs. Her daughter is dating one who's not religious and that bothers her.
Ryan a returning military man with just one arm shows up and he used to look after Nana and he will look after her and make sure the place is secure and safe..
Carin hopes getting back home she can reconnect to church once again. Claire is busy with getting the ghost ridden from the theater...
Carin gets back to her writing and surprises come to light with how and who people that help her.
Liked all the mysteries and how they are solved. Reader's guide at the end and recipes too!
I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review









VITAL TEMPTATIONS
Story line sounded interesting as she will put love on hold and it's based in Seattle.
Bethany and her friend are gonna head out for the Greek performance...they bump into some men and she ends up finding him sitting next to her in the seminar the next day, Brent.
She's a resident at the WA hospital and she is trying to get over her ex boyfriend. They meet often and she gets advice from her roommate, Danielle about dating.
Love hearing of the Seattle places they've frequented-we long to go back, wish we could go more often than once a year to visit the kids.
They become more than friends and hot steamy sex scenes as they learn more about one another. Her friend Caleb takes her for a ride and she is able to see Brent with another woman and she's so hurt...
She recalls her childhood and when her mother was on the floor crying her eyes out because her father was seeing many other women. She finds out the truth about Brent and it hit her like a ton of bricks...
Bethany still has her career to concentrate on and new relationships to discover. Brent still haunts her no matter where he relocates.
Enjoyed the other travel available and the details of  a new place. Very detailed descriptions of the pediatric doctoring.
When she becomes pregnant she has to make the right choice and there are so many ways it could go. Surprise ending for many.
Although there are just a handful of characters it's easy to keep them straight as people they work with come in and out of their lives.
Enjoyed the book, travel, learning a bit about the pediatric career and the romance.
I received this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review


15-Minute Meals: 35 Quick and Delicious Healthy Recipes that are easy to cook
Recipes come with a short explanation about the meal, the ingredient list and how to make it.
No pictures and no nutritional information.
Lots of spices.  No bake cookies sounds like one we use but we add other healthy items like raisins and cranberries.




 It's 90% Diet: 101 Weight Loss Recipes
This book analyzes what happens with most Americans especially when eating out and how to control how you get your food cooked and portion control.
Recipes include photo and detailed ingredient list along with instructions. Has some nutritional information but fat content is not broken down into good/bad fat.
Very healthy listing of ingredients, some from Trader Joe's stores.

 Delicious Soup: Top 20 recipes + 5 Bonus Chapters, Cookbook Soup Step by Step, Soup Recipes Prepare Easily With Picture
Cookbook that shows you step by step with pictures and words how to make and prepare the soup.
Measured in grams and no nutritional information. Some herbs and spices I'm not sure what they are or where to get them.

 Muffin Recipes from Scratch (Grama G's Top Homemade Recipes From Scratch Book 5
Good scratch recipes with no pictures and no nutritional information. I think you could make some of these with a healthy butter/margarine substitution using olive or canola oil instead.
No serving size indicated. Like the flavor combinations suggested. Bonus recipe and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Boots
Story of a little girl who lives with her grandmother in Europe and she does not have much in the way of material things.
It's the other things that really matter. Great colorful children's book.
She prays to God for the winter cold months are coming and she has no boots but she prays to help others.

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Anti Inflammatory Diet: 180+ Approved Recipes & 1 FULL Month Meal Plan for Healing, Fighting Inflammation and Enjoying a Pain Free Life© (Eliminate Pain, Increase Your Health and Aid Weight Loss!)
Lots of discussion on what inflammation is, illness, etc and how to move to a healthier life.
Meal plans and how to detoxify and cleanse your body of bad foods and processed.
Recipes included with directions and details of the benefits but no nutritional information but ti's not really needed as the ingredient list is healthy.
Recipes are not in any real order. Lots of recipes for smoothies and other works by the author are highlighted at the beginning.






THE STEEPLECHASE BY CARRIE FANCETT PAGELS
Wanted to read this book as we are in the horseracing season and am always looking forward to learning new things.
Horses intrigue me as I've never ridden one nor know much about.
Starts out with Martha and her stepmother and child have left the country-usually she takes 6months away from her father and other children.
Martha's brother friend is always trying to get her to marry him but she doesn't see him in that fashion. He has other plans...
The story also follows Phillip and his family estate encompass an academy and other lands. He works at the stables there but not many know of his expertise...
He thinks he's been sent an angel-Martha. Martha prays to God often and she thinks he is hearing her prayers as she's been sent and put in Phillip's world.
The race she learns about and plans to enter, as a male as females aren't usually welcomed. She makes a bet with Phillip-he not knowing she will race at all.
Twists in the story are unexpected but welcome. This is a light read and held my attention to the end.
Author's other works are highlighted at the end of the book. Some look interesting as they are based in the 1800's.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review