Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Book Review: The Leftover Bride by Alicia Street

The Leftover Bride by Alicia Street
Book starts out with contact sites, praise and awards, synopsis of the book, and table of contents.
Like the Farmer and the Dell when the girls are dancing around at the wedding...
Heidi had lent Bailey money for the shop when it opened now she's needing another loan...
Story also follows Devon who's a local photographer and has known the girls since when they were very young.
Love that he wants to photograph the girls with the hats they make.  Bailey makes soap and is looking for not only a partner but someone willing to help with the finances.
Neil shows an interest in her but at the party she sees him with another. Devon is in love but he tries to keep his distance from Bailey...
Neil has many marketing plans that will probably work especially with her fiances and selling the gifts he has lined up....
Bailey had agreed to new marketing and now finds herself desperate to get out of the deal-not much of her brand is even in the store any longer...
Love how the story goes back to the farmer and the dell, wicked funny there!  Miracles do happen. Other works by the author are highlighted and praised at the end.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Book Review: The Art of Crochet Blankets 18 Projects Inspired by Modern Makers by Rachele Carmona

The Art of Crochet Blankets 18 Projects Inspired by Modern Makers by Rachele Carmona
What I like about this book are many things: the vibrant colors, the shapes and how each designer has their own section in the book.
Title says it all, it is art and it is crochet blankets.  Starts with a table of contents where each of the six designers get their own chapters for their works.
There are also sections at the end: techniques, abbreviations, glossary, about the author and yarn resources.
Beautful color photos throughout.
Each section we find the designer and a bit about them, the artist and the inspiration.
Each pattern starts with color photos, title, summary of the finished piece and finished size, materials needed: yarns, hook notion and gauge and stitch guide.
Pattern starts out with good detailed instrucitons with help also from a color key chart for placement. Some also have charts for making the designs but also have printed words.
There is no level of expertise but I think a very new beginner would have some problems following along.
Love seeing the textures. Love also that a male designer is also included in this collection of blankets.
Amazing how the designers got the art into the crochet stittches. Look so real, exquisite and stunning.
Like them all-so different than afghans I've made in the past. Layered waves and ombre stripes are my favorites as I've started quilting just this past week.
What a KEEPER!
Received this review copy from F+W Media via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
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Book Review: The Mistletoe Bachelor Auction by Milou Koenings

The Mistletoe Bachelor Auction by Milou Koenings
Have read other works by this author and was excited for the invite to read this one.
Starts out with Rose, a model and she's in hiding and among her sister and friends. She's hiding because of the media that is hounding her.
Story also follows a fireman, Ryan and his friends set him up to be in the bachelor auction and Rose is to be a date for one of them.
We learn how Rose's brother is in charge and he wants to remake her business-set her up a perfume and makeup type business that will give his main company money in the long run.
Love that he doesn't know a thing about her and she tells him she's there to meet with a medical team to help with makeup on victims of terrible accidents or those with cancer.
She is donating her time to reading to children at library during the week before Christmas. Love hearing of the events of the town, Pine Grove.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Book Review: Sweet Peppermint Kisses by Josie Riviera

Sweet Peppermint Kisses by Josie Riviera
Chiara Johnson is driving to her new employment-a woman who has suffered some injuries from a horse fall.
The horse escaped from the fence area and ran out into the street and the boys in the car were injured and she stopped to help them out. She's late for her interview so the local cop escorts her to explain why she's so late..
Gertrude is the woman healing from her injuries and her brother Vance is the one in charge. He is writing an app about dating-she's gotten burned once from using one in the past. He takes a liking to her and he's allowed her to dress up the place with holiday decorations.
Love the idea of the book club-and there's only 2! Love hearing how they recycle items around the house.
She is also physically attracted to him and he wants her to bring her younger sister to help them celebrate the holidays. The family never celebrated...the grandparents always just maintained the horse farm and house to do anything else.
Misunderstandings and jealousy and her sister is missing-she fears heading to the ice that's not frozen yet... Like hearing how they celebrate with the children, what a treasure.
Love how the book got it's name and also the recipe at the end. Surprise ending.
Note from the author is included about the book. Great short story, can't wait to try the treats!
Recieved this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Books read Nov 2

Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah
Starts out with a young boy whos surprised his mom by saddling her house and it's Halloween. After the accident the kids accompany their dad Michael-a doctor to the hospital til they know more.
He calls her mother and she comes the next day to help with the children and pray for her daughter's recovery. She's in a coma now...such heartbreak as they try to continue on with their lives while praying and hoping Mika comes out of the coma.
Leo figures out what triggers her memory and he has to make a hard decision to contact her first husband. Just when that is all devastating there are other hard choices and things Leo and Mika had planned to tell the kids together...
She has to come to some hard truths and let those who she cares for know what's in her heart.
Didn't see this ending, but it's a great story.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Book Review: Sweet Blizzard by Milou Koenings

Sweet Blizzard by Milou Koenings
Lauren had left the plane but was shaken from the ride.
Story also follows Trey who rescues her from the blizzard. Takes her back to his cabin while he writes his next big book seller while she recuperates.
She's in town for the Black family, who he knows and he's finding himself intrqued by her and disattracting.
Wandering around in town she learns of the fate of the bookstore and library. She learns of other perks and is contemplating a big move on her part.
She's fond of Trey and I love their bantering on book subjects-even the kids ones, some I've yet to read myself.
Blizzard carnival around the town square help the town recoup some financial losses.
Interesting they he had spent time in prison and why...Love that some of the characters from other stories in the series are making appearances here-what a PLUS!
Easy to keep track of charcters, great read!  Excerpt and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Review: The Christmas Sparkle Test by Alicia Street

The Christmas Sparkle Test by Alicia Street
Other works listed by the author.
Story staarts out with Heidi and her sister Bailey and their father, Hank is there enjoying breakfast.
He's remarried to Cybil and hopes the kids will give her a chance to love his new wife and her kids.
Story goes back in time to when the girls were younger, 10 years prior.
Love the location and hearing of places we've visited over the years and the good memories.
We learn how Connor takes the blame and the reason he left her but not til the later years...
There is so much to this short story but it tells the whole story.  Author has a way of brinigng it all together, covering both sides.
Very unpredictable ending, prescious!  Love how the book got it's title.
 About the author is attached at the end.
Other works by the author are praised at the end.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.