Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Book Review: Several books by Hallee Bridgeman




A Melody for James by Hallee Bridgeman
Have enjoyed other works from this author and looking forward to this one.
Without giving too much away we learn of how James lost his wife and a bit about his company and what he does for his job.
Story also follows Melody and how she didn't show up for her wedding after finding her ex with another. They meet on their return from London and share coffee.
He is able to rescue her from her ex at the airport but he didn't stay with her...She gets beaten badly as she finally comes to consiousness...
Over the years she finally is able to meet him again by chance and they become friends again.
Somebody is after his company and what they do and somebody is also stalking her and she's been to the police.
Lots of characters and easy to get lost with them but your senses go on full alert, scary at times, romantic at others and so much more.
Love how religion plays a part in this book! Story has me wondering if the culprit is one in the same for both of them going through the agongy of knowing someone is after them.
There is a leak among those they trust because some things nobody but a handful would even know about.
Just when you think the book is over they uncover more about the past that pertain to the future.
Discussion questions at the end along with other works by the author and an excerpt.
About the author and more recipes are included.
Received this review copy from the author when you sign up for her newsletter and this is my honest opinion.





On the Ropes by Hallee Bridgeman
Book goes from present to the past and you learn just who the characters are. She is now in witsec and must testify to put some away in jail forever.
Her sister has died already because of what she saw and she was relocated to keep her safe. She listens to her ex fiancee while he is also in court to testify and she learns so many new things about him and his life.
His family is the Russian mob although he was not but he's also there to turn states evidence and he hopes they can get away from it all at the end, living together....
Lots of action, travel and information about their jobs, he a fighter and her a doctor. Really enjoyed this book as I have the others from the author that I've read. Hope to read more.
Just when you think they are free and clear ... Discussion questions are listed at the end.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. About the author is also included.
Recipes included also!  Love the parts religion plays in this book!
Received this review copy from the author when you sign up for her newsletter and this is my honest opinion.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Books read Mar 15






The White Christmas Inn by -Wright_ Colleen
This book follows the people who show up for the wedding, one who is there to write a children's story as she's alone she wants peace and quiet and many others who live in the area and some who are stranded due to the snow storm.
Each person has their own problems and what I love about this book are the ages of the people and their particular problems.
The big snow storm hits in VT and all along the NE of the US. Wedding party shows up all but the groom. Others show up when the roads are closed.
There is no food at the inn as the caterer can't make it there with the food truck. Love how they are given what they need to survive from neighbors. Love also how they get the supplies.
Other intense problems are dealt with and each finds their own solution. Would love to read the next book, although this is not a series, it'd be cool to have them all show up a few years down the road to catch up.
Christmas and the decorations and smells of good food only enhance this book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Beauchamp Hall by Steel_ Danielle
Winnie lives in her deceased mothers house and has Rob as a boyfriend for over 11 years.
Her sister has a husband and two boys and her life is busy. Winnie works at the local printing shop and tolerates her boss.
She gets a copy of the English show and can't get away from it and orders the rest of the series. She's no longer appreciating his sexual moves and she wants love and it's not him...
Love how she is able to follow her dreams after so much turmoil. Like how she has to go back home and realizes the direction her life is going in...
Not really into the England movement but this book makes me think twice about it all. So caring. Love how it ends up.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



The Noel sranger by Richard Paul Evans
Maggie's diary starts us off and she wonders how her life got to be what it is...
Clyde is up and coming in the political field and she gets a phone call from the paper.
Her husband was arrested, for bigamy-he has more than one wife?
During November the snow storm and she met her girl friend at the coffee shop...
We learn how she left her hometown after high school and ended up in the catering business and how that went...
She really likes the man at the tree farm and he helps her with decorating and they go to dinner or lunch. On the spree of the moment
she goes with him out of the country...she knows her ex wants her to stand by him but there's no way she can...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).





The Glass Affair by Wayne Epperson
Starts out with Bernie owning his own investigation company and he employs Frank.
Then he also has Randi apply as she has some training and Bernie hopes Frank can teach her more.
They have a client and they start calling their associates for more information about the people involved. They are warned to stay away from the family.
Reminds me kind of like another TV show, very precise details but laid back in a way.
The woman ends up dead and now it's really up to Frank to find out why because he knows she took on too much. maybe even too much for him?
He looks into her past and follows that lead to talk to her old boss in TN which leads to other clues and he follows those also.
Back in town and Bernie has a lead on the bombing of their building. it's a wonder how this is all connected.
Lots of people involved, easy to lose track of it all...
About the author is included at the end.


Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets  by Stacy C. Bauer
Colorful children's story, sometimes hard to read the dark letters on a dark background. Lettering is also very small.
Parents have to talk to Cami because she is sneaking treats and they try to explain to her why she shouldn't be doing that....
She tries different things to make her think of other things. Love the gift the dentist gives her...
About the authors is included at the end.


Anti Inflammatory Diet: 4-Week Meal Plan for Beginners with Easy Recipes to Fight Inflammation and Restore Your Healthy Weight by Emma Green
TOC where recipes are broken up into meals.
Intro talks about what infmatory disease is and how to avoid it by what you eat.
Basic guidelines along with what to avoid and what you should be eating is included.
Meal plan for 4 weeks is included.
Recipes start with a title, medium size color photo, prep and cook time and servings.
Nutritional information: carbs, fat-NOT broekn up into good or bad, protein, and calories.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products and fresh vs canned.
Directions are also given. Sweet potato chips would be our choice to try as it's baked! Love the idea of chocolate cherry clusters for a snack after our hikes.
Bonus section of smoothies  and drinks . Conversion tables are listed at the end.
Other works by the author are highlighted at th eend.


Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook: 100 Delicious And Easy Recipes To Heal Chronic Pain And Inflammation by Donna McBride
TOC where recipes are broekn up by food category and meals.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep ad cook time, servings and size. List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products and fresh vs. canned.
Directions are given.
There are NO pictures, There is NO nutritonal information.
Interesting combinations of foods in a recipe.
Some recipes don't have the same consistency with formatting-they are all in upper case.
Like no bake pumpkin energy bites-great for after our hikes.




Instant Pot Mini: 100 Healthy & Easy Recipes for 3-Quart Models by Robert Carter
TOC where recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Intro about the mini pressure cooker-3 quarts. I think you should be able to double the recipe to use your regular size PC.
Also about features of the mini pot.
Each recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, small color photo, time, diet it's good for, prep and cook times and servings.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietay needs: low fat, low sodium, low sugar products and fresh vs. canned.
Directions are given and some nutritional information per servings: calories, total carbs, fiber, sat fat, trans fat, protein, sodium
Love the idea of mini dessert dishes in the instant pot. haven't tried it yet.
 


Authentic recipes from Morocco by Joan Adamson
Starts right in with recipe that have a title and a bit about the dish, list o fingredients where the items are some times in Metric and sometimes in Amercian during the same recipe.
There are a ton of ingredients in some and there is a section for how to prepare the dish. Time to make, difficulty level and calories. Servings are listed.
Tips are listed at the end. You should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sugar, low sodium products and fresh vs. canned.
There are NO pictures nor Nutritional information.
You also might find it hard to locate some Morrican ingredients at your local store.
Just tried lamb last month so want to give it another try with other ingredients because it was so good.



DASH Diet: 50 Top DASH Diet Recipes - 30 MINUTE DASH Diet Recipes to Help You Lose Weight Fast & Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes (Low Sodium, Low Fat, Low Cholesterol) by Gina Crawford
Book starts out with free ebook gift. table of contents where chapters are broken up itno meal categories.
Intro talks aboutwhat DASH is and the benefits and what foods you should be eating.
Each chapter starts with a color photo and a bit about a fact.
Each recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, servings and list of ingredinets and most are listed as healthy. You should have no problem substituting for your healthier deitary needs: low sugar, low sodium and low fat products and fresh vs. canned.
Driections are given also and nutritional info per servings: size, total carbs, dietary fiber sodium, sat. fat, total fat, trans fat, cholesterol, protein, mono fat and calories, sugars.
Wow super list of the important facts!
Can't wait to try the muffins, chicken pineapple dish!,
Especially like sauce/dressings section! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
About the author is included at the end.
A KEEPER!



30 breakfast ideas for diabetics : Low-sugar and low-carb recipes. For one by Julie McMair
We are not diabetic but our son in law is and we will when visiting make meals for everyone so thought it'd be a great idea to find out just what he should be eating.
Table of contents where meals are no in any specific order.
Short intro then the recipes.
Each recipe has a title, large size color photo, servings.
List of ingredients and how to make. Lots of tips and suggestions along the way.
Love the pancakes with carrots or zuchhini.
There is no nutritional information so you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products and fresh vs. canned.
Light omelet will be choice to try making so all of us can have some.
Egg muffin with zuchinni also looks good! Other foods are also included.
A KEEPER!




Kale Recipes: Over 65 Low Carb Kale Recipes full of Dump Dinners Recipes and Antioxidants and Phytochemicals by Don Orwell 
Free gift and TOC where the recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Intro talks about the author and his bog and superfoods. Allergy labels are explained.
Each recipe includes a title, allergy labels and servings: list of ingredients and how to make.
Some recipes include a small color photo.
No nutritional information so you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar, fresh vs canned products.
We grow our own kale and I freeze what we can't consume right away so always have kale in the freezer. It's great in soups and muffins.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Dump Cake Recipes: 50 Simple Dessert Recipes (Bakery Cooking Series Book 4) by Debbie Madson
Short intro about the recipes in the book.
TOC where cakes are not broken up into any specific category.
Each recipe includes a title, servings, list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs by making your own cake mix, using low sodium, low sugar and low fat products and fresh vs canned.
I realize dump means a quick fast dessert but you can also make it healtheir if you have the time.
Directions are also given. There are NO pictures.
There is NO nutritional information.
My choice would be the angel food dump cake and using real cut up cherries.


PLANT BASED DIET: The revolutionary diet book with easy and tasty recipes for healthy and smart people! (Smart Diet Revolution 1) by Richard McWhites
Starts with a table of contents about the diet itself and all aspects of it.
Medium sized color photos can be found throughout the book.
Intro and chapters about the diet, what it will do for you and the misconceptions of the plan.
Each recipe includes a title, small color photo and a few paragraphs about the dish.
Total time, servings and list of ingredients, mostly healthy ones. Should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products along with fresh vs canned items.
Instructions are given and there is NO nutritional information available.
Some ingredients like Ackee may be hard to find at the store.
Love that some you can use the pressure cooker for as there are directions for that and the stove top method.
Recipes do NOT always start at the top fo the page.
Some recipes besides the american measuremnts also include British measurements.
Especially like the berry muffin and bites recipes for a quick treat.




Keto Diet Instant Pot Cookbook: 1000 Day Keto Diet for Beginners: Instant Pot Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb Keto Cookbook: Easy Keto Diet Recipes: ... Prep Recipes:Ketogenic Diet Recipe Book by Katie Banks
Book starts with table of contents-lots of intro chapter and recipes are broeken up into food categories.
Into talks about how to use the cookbook, the information in it  and what keto diet is.
Talks about also all the bad side effects you may experience. be sure to talk to your doctor before starting this regiman.
Each recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, prep and cook time and servings.
Nutritonal values-not sure if it's by serving: high fat version calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bed, protein and carbs. Low fat version per serving: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, protein and carbs.
List of ingredinets and you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
there are also low fat and high fat versions of ingredinets.
how to make the dish and a full page color photo of the dish.
There is also at the end of the food category chapter a chart showing dish, low and high fat , calories, servings, and other nutritional info in chart form.
Chart makes it easy to find a meal for right amount of people and other attributes.
There are also charts color coded at the end.
Index of recipes charted by calories is included-6 week schedule
Instant pot for beginners is also included at the end...





Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Book Review: Holiday Hearts A Sweet and Wholesome Romance Bundle by Josie Riviera





Holiday Hearts A Sweet and Wholesome Romance Bundle by Josie Riviera
A Snowy White Christmas by Josie Riviera
Starts out with Margaret and she's back in town where she grew up hoping to buy the mobile home she was raised in. She gets a part time job being an elf at Christmas at the store with others in hopes to save the money for the sale.
Story also follows Fernando, her love from high school. She had left shortly after school ended to the west coast to model but she has other secrets she keeps from him.
He is into real estate and he has secrets he hides from her. Some things just don't make it into their conversations.
They do get together for meals and visits with his family but she has her own life. Part of his secret comes out at the sale. She is devastated.
Felt story was a bit rushed at the end when secrets are revealed as to who Emmy's father is.
Like this book because of how hard each of them is struggling-her with taking care of her daughter who has disabilities. He has given his brother (who has disabilities) a kidney and they are recovering still.
Glad she realizes over time what's really important as things are revealed.
Love hearing of the holiday festivities, how children handle being disabled and fit into society, charity and caring for others in this story set in Upstate New York.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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Candleglow and Mistletoe by Josie Riviera
Noelle is traveling to Snowy Rock and going to tend to her aunt's candle store.
After the crash she gets help from Gabe, a local and she's terriried of the icy roads.
She had also met a little girl and her mother-who had gotten injured....
What I like from the start are the music she plays-sounds so comforting and soothing as do the candle scents.
Like hearing all the tips on the candle making process and why it burns when wax gets too low.
Like Gabe's career and learning about it. She is able to find another piano to play because she's aunts is broken.
She opens up about her past and marriage...
There are other conflicts as he's taken Lucille out for Thanksgiving dinner and she's the owner of the other candle shop in town. Love hearing of the scenes and activities they do, so precious.
Love that Holly has come to set the record straight about Gabe...and that she had gotten through the performance with her ex.
Author bio and excerpt from A Snowy White Christmas is included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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A Portuguese Christmas by Josie Riveira
Wanted to read this book because I am also Portuguese.
Starts out with Krystal and she lives in Newport, RI (on the same island as where I live) and she's in a surfing competition in Portugal and her cousin and her family are there with her.
The surfer cutting into her space causes her to go under the wave and get banged in the head from the surfboard-her angel. No more surfing til her concussion reside and she will be in Portugal for Christmas.
Love hearing of the traditional food as it was also served at our house in RI. My father and his family were Portuguese and lived within a hands throw from one another-like our own community, living on ancestiral lands.
Story also follows Adolfo who attended the surf competition and found himself tending to Krystal. He was just a farmer growing olive trees and her cousin had told him he needed a break from his work.
She also designs swimsuits and hopes that some day it will earn her money.
Love hearing of the sightseeing around the town, designs of the structures, food and decorations of the holiday season. Bull fight really intrigued me as I've yet to see one in person.
While she is stuck there she calls her brother Julio and hopes he will not put their father in a nursing facility til she gets back, she thinks he'd like to live with her, taking care of him. She just needs to win this competition.
She is still grieving the loss of her husband, a surfer himself. Adolfo is very senstiive to others needs and he is passionate.
Just recall an 80 foot wave that a man had surfed, off the coast of Portugal just a few weeks ago-the largest ever anyone had surfed.
Francisco is out of jail now and he will be hired on to help at the olive vineyard. He is very amorous and he takes it upon himself to bring her to practice surfing at the ocean.
She knows it will go against what Adolfo has to say about it as he knows she is not recovered from the injury. Same work ethics we were raised with.
Love hearing of the salted cod fish as I have one wooden container that the cover slides off. Misunderstandings and you wonder how things will turn out.
Concussions recently in the news also is brought up. Love the snowmen out of sand with the twins Descriptions are so very detailed you feel as if you are there.
Note from the author, a recipe! acknowledgements, about the author, and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Book Review: Valentine Hearts by Josie Riviera



Valentine Hearts by Josie Riviera
I Love You More by Josie Riviera
Starts out with reviews and praise for the other works by the author.
Anastasia is going to spend some time with her friend Jaclyn and arrive as Jaclyn's brother Luciano shows up as he works nearby when he's not in other countries selling his company product.
She just needs a bit of time to file for custody but she is also a cancer survivor and has found a spot that is causing her problems.
Like hearing about the international adoption and how her daughter is the love of her whole life.
Love the different locations and descriptions of how they live-the surrounding and also at the same time so glad to hear of parks and being outside.
Love Vermont in the winter with all the snow and ice scultures. The lawyer doesn't go quite as planned and with her having time to really think things through she makes a decision about the whole thing.
Story is also following Luciano and what his agenda is-quite fascinating, the endeavor.
They are able to spend time with one another and know each other so well even though they've not spent any time together since they were little kids.
Love precious gift she is able to give him. Special recipe is attached, yum!
Other works by the author and about the author are included at the end.
Excerpt from Oh Danny Boy is included at the end. Great read, can't wait to read more.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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1-800-Cupid by Josie Riviera
First time reading this author and loved all the details. Love learning about different locations in the book, felt as if I was there also!
Story starts out with Candee (works at the local hardware store) and she lives with her sister, Desiree (works at country club) and she's into real estate. She bids on the mansion at the end of the street and noone has lived in it for many years.
She hopes no one else wants to buy it-it's in Roses, NC. Story also follows Teddy and his friend (Rob) in FL and they are into helping his nephew who needs medical surgeries. Teddy meets her and expects a woman over 50 as the real estate business has been operating for over 30 years.
Candee shows other places in the area to Teddy and he shows an interest in her mansion-she thinks it's hers already. She plans to redo the place for disadvantaged children.
He and his friend hope to flip a house for a living. She is heavily into beagle dogs and volunteers also at no kill shelter. Misunderstanding and you wonder if they will ever be together again...
Lots of surprises in this book and like how they change plans and just go with things.
Love ending did NOT see that coming. Recipe at the end-another surprise!
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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A Valentine to Cherish by Josie Riviera
This story starts with Scarlett=love this name for this book because of all the red tones.
She's changing after her bethothed leaves to head back to his families home to take over for his ailing father. She is going to change, be more quiet, loss weight and lot of other things.
Love that she's a mentor for a young girl and they are able to spend time together because of Scarlett's job at the animal store. Love how the author finds all these cool jobs for the characters in this town.
They listen to a song played by a man in the park and go to the bookstore where they plan to purchase Valentine party tickets. After talking to the author and writer of the songs he will buy them the tickets and they talk a bit, getting to know one another.
She doesn't want to get her hopes up to only be let down because he moves on with his singing tour. Joseph is the man who wants her heart and the way she is-he doesn't want her to change a thing.
They get to spend quality time together and they discuss their past lives. Love how religion plays a big part in this book and she uses religion to help her get over her fears of not being good enough and uses it when she also wants food she knows she shouldn't be eating.
You wonder if they will ever really get together as he plans on traveling and she just wants to stay in Cherish....
Heart shaped meatloaf recipe included. Note from the author and about the author are inlcuded at the end.
Excerpt from a Christmas to Cherish is also included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Can't wait to read more from this author-so very descriptive and detailed-you can picture the scenes as if you are there.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Book Review: Holiday Hearts Volume 2 by Josie Riviera





Holiday Hearts Volume 2 by Josie Riviera
Aloha to Love by Josie Riviera
Really enjoyed this story because it follows a woman-Angelina and she's a writer and some of her script needs correcting before they can make it into a movie.
The scientific expert Caleb is on the cruise also and he conducts classes about his career choice. He knows a lot about volcanoes. She takes his classes and he helps her with the script-he playing the male part.
Love that he tells her, when he stops reading his lines, that a guy wouldn't say that. what was written. They improvise and get through the script and then some.
Story also follows Rachel who's pregnant and on her way to meet her spouse who's already on the island.
Love hearing of the events that take place away from the ship and all that is learned on the excusions.
Good holiday romance, more from five others.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion
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A Christmas to Cherish by Josie Riviera
Always enjoy reading a Christmas story, and it's just July here. Book starts out with a few words from the author and list of her other works.
Started with Emmanuelle, a professional harpist and she's on her way to Dorothy's store. She's starting her new life after years of troubles.
Loved hearing about all the Christmas decorations.
She prays to God to help her get through the transition and to let things lay in the past.
Her ex took everything from her...
Story also follows Nicholas who's a deputy and is free from his ex girlfriend after she left him at the altar on their wedding day.
Dorothy hopes to get Emmanuelle to stay and work at her music studio. She knows her and Nicholas have spent many an hour over the year and they have many common interests.
This book is filled with holiday events, mystery and danger and twists and turns and love and believing in God.
Like the location and hope to read more from this locale. A note from the author about the book is included at the end, bonus recipe! acknowledgements, about the author, and other works by the author.
Excerpt from The Love Song to Cherish is included.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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1-800-CHRISTMAS by Josie Riviera
Book starts out with Desiree and she realizes she's overeatten near the holidays...She now owns a house that is need of repairs and is a lawyer.
Her sister, foster kids have not had a real Christmas as their parents were alcoholics. Now that her sister is married her brother in law helps with getting a man staying at the house while bringing it up to date.
Keiran shows up, an Irishman and she remembers him from high school-the rich kid. He's left his last girlfriend and hopes to work enough so he can buy and run his own store. His parents run a bar and serve food.
They spend time together as in a date after the work day has finished. Love how she sprinkles Christmas all over the house-it sounds very festive with his hel of the huge tree.
His father wanted him to pursue his football career and Keiran just wants to open his own pub and cook food. He has many special family recipes and they sound delicious.
She needs a stable guy and Keiran doens't even know if he wants to do carpentry or run the pub so she needs to set him straight...
Love baking contest they have set up in town for others to select a winner. This story can go either way with their continued relationship... His ex shows up and wants a portion of his money that she's not earned and there are other disturbing details.
When he ends up leaving town with the ex Desiree has no idea if he will even return for Christmas. She prays to God to make a miracle occur as he's the only one that can.
Bonus recipe included. Love how determined she is to make this a special Christmas.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Excerpt for 1-800Cupid is enclosed. About the author is included.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Book Review: Riding Out the Rough by Hiliary Walker




Riding Out the Rough by Hiliary Walker
Book starts out with recap of UC and why the author wrote this book for/about her son.
Jack is the horse trainer and he learns who Joe is and that he's the father. He's taking a liking to Laura a widow who is the adopted mother of Joe but he's having a hard time telling her he's the father....
He needs to be up front with her...his real father is there and tries to give him advice about hsi long lost son.
Robert is also there because of the dog he's helping to train and raise. It helps with his self confidence.
Bits of conversations are retold to others and so many misunderstandings occur and Jack is upset as is Laura and the others involved.
They really just need to talk it out, if they can...so many tragedies happen and you wonder if they will ever get to spend time together...
Turmoil but calm as they pray. Wasn't expected this ending-what an accomplishment. Loved this series, hated to see it end.
Other works by the author and more about UC are included at the end.  About the author is enclosed.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Book reviews for Mar 11






Grandpa Went to Heaven by Amber Richards
What I like about this book are many things.
Author explains to the parents at the end what to focus on and not make things complicated for young children.
Pictures with words are easy to understand with things the young children is familiar with.
Reassuring that this is one thing you don't have to go overboard on with the recent death of your loved one.



The Geyser Girl of Yellowstone Park by Myrtle Brooks
Story of Old Faithful and the girl who lives inside the hot springs.
What I liked about this book was detailed descriptions of the nature in the area.
There are many stories inside this book.
One is about the Halpens, Ned who is a cavalryman/ranger in the park who spends his life keeping law and order.
Fllower of the Steam Basin is another and I like how others she trusts teach her words and other useful life lessons as she goes from the hot springs life to one of a girlfriend of one who lives in town/comes to visit during the summer months.
Story of Ned goes many decades and how each one has a link to the park and keeping order.
Best part of the book for me was the vow Flower of the Steam Basin makes when her mother dies.  She also runs with the wild animals in the park as if they are her sister.. She is at ease with them and helps others survive the traps and other harmful things that occur.



Instant Pot for Beginners: Easy, Delicious Recipes Made Simple by Multiple Authors
Book starts with TOC where recipes are broken up into meals.
Intro talks about the instant pot.
Each recipe has a title, servings, time and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sugar and low sodium and fresh vs. canned products.
There are NO pictures.  There is NO nutritional information.
Recipes do not start at the top of a page so you might miss them.
Some ingredients may be hard to find at your local store.
There is quite the variety of dishes to choose from.
Other works are linkd to view online.



Clean Eating: A beginner’s Guide to Eating Clean, Avoiding Toxins, and Feeling Great. Including Recipes! (Healthy Eating Series Book 1) by Faye Froome
Book starts with TOC: intro conversion tables, nutrition, recipes where chapters are broken up into meals.
Into talks about clean eating, what it is and how you can use it also, benefits and what foods to avoid.
Few color photo throughout and also foods that are allowed on this diet.
Recipes start with a title, servings list of ingredient where you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sodium, low sugar and fresh vs. canned products.
There are NO pictures.
Nutrtional info-not sure if it's by servng: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, prtoein, carbs and fiber.
Some recipes have American and British measuremnts in the same recipe so it might take a bit of time to translate them into one or the other language.




 Power Pressure Cooker XL Cookbook: The Quick & Easy Power Pressure Cooker XL Recipes - Healthy, Fast & Delicious Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes by Tina B.Baker
Book starts with  TOC wehre cahpters about the pressure cooker and recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Intro talks about the pressure cooker. Free bonus ebook is included.  Controls of the cooker are included, benefits of using it, how to operate proply  and what each button does.
Troubleshooting and cook guide is inncluded.
Each recipe has a title, prep, cook time, servings nad list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat,low sugar and fresh vs. canned products.
Directions are given and some nutritional value per seving: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, figer and protein.
There are NO pictures.
There are very few small color photos of the item.
Mango cake would be my choice to make.





Baking Cookbook – Fast and Easy Recipes for Busy People Bakery Bread Cupcakes - Easy To Prepare - Quick Cook by Janes Wish
Book starts with a table of contents where it lists the recipes, not in any specific order.
Each recipe includes a title, prep and bak time and servings.
Medium size colorful photo. List of ingredients and how to make the dish are included.
There is NO nutritional information.
Contains many favorite everyday dishes that everybody would treasure having a copy-all recipes in one place.
Some of the recipes use British measurements with American making the recipes a lot longer to translate before you actually can make them.
Raw PB date bars would be my choice for a quick energy nutritious bite.



The Everyday Soup Cookbook: Delicious Low Fat Soup Recipes Inspired by the Mediterranean Diet (Free Gift): Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss (Souping Diet Detox and Cleanse Book 1) by Alissa Noel Grey
Book starts out with TOC where there are chapters about the Meditterean diet and recipes are not in any specific order.
Intro starts out about the diet and how to follow along.
Each recipe has a title, servings, prep time and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar and fresh vs. canned items.
Directions are given.
There are NO pictures. THere is NO nutritional information.
Like light chicken soup the best ofr nutritional value-everything is fresh.
Love the use of herbs to get just the right flavor of the dish.
Like combination of flavors.
Bonus recipes included: smoothies.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.




Easy Rotisserie Chicken Meals: 50 recipes for shredded chicken (Family Cooking Series Book 2) by Debbie Madson
Each recipe starts with a medium size 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.
Table of contents has recipes broken up into main food groups.
Each recipe starts with a title, list of ingredients and  directions.
There is a small color photo at the end of the recipe.
There is NO nutritonal information available.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.




Simple Recipes for Easy Homemade Face Scrubs and Body Exfoliants: Organic Beauty on a Budget (Herbal and Natural Remedies for Healhty Skin Care Book 1) by Vesela Tabakova
First talks of important of natural ingredients, table of contents where scrubs and other recipes are not broken up into any specific order.
Intro about face scrubs and why make them at home, basic ingredients and general rules.
Each recipe starts with a title and list of ingredients and how to mix them and apply.
There are no pictures. There are SO many recipes and all using fresh ingredients.
Body scrubs for every season-so cool. About the author is included at the end.



Instant Pot MultiCooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals by Limon Biswas
Book starts off with benefits and uses of the instant pot. Q&A included. Table of contents where chapters are broken up into meals.
Handy charts: rice to water.  Each recipe starts with a title, list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar products.
Directions are given also. along with serving suggestions.
Has listing of servings, prep and cook times, Page length color photo is in the book, just NOT alwasys right near the recipe.
There is NO nutritional information.
Like the variety of what is offered and I know how to make it healthy for us. About the author is included at the end.
A KEEPER! even without the nutritional information.




Tasty Backyard Party: Outdoor Cooking Recipes For Delicious Barbecuing & Grilling by Josh Andrews
Starts with TOC where recipes are broken up by food category.
Free ebook offer and intro about grilling outside. Measurement conversion, dry weight charts are listed.
Each recipe starts with a title, medium size color photo total time, prep, level and servings.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary need: low sodium, low fat, and low sugar products.
Servings options are also given. Directions are also given.
There is NO nutritional information.
Like the variety of the recipes available.
Lobster tails would be my choice-not really a burger though.
Love side dish recipes at the end, great idea for a complete meal.





Bread Baking For Beginners by Dorit Griffin
Book starts with a table of contents where different breads have their own chapters.
Intro talks about how this book will help if, being a newbie to baking bread.
Another chapter tives you gudelines for items wyou will need along with basic steps, kneading, removing the bread.
there are few color photos. Each recipe starts with a title, servings, cooking time. List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products.
Prep steps are included.
Confusing with some recipes as it never tells you how long to let eh bread sit or how long to cook it before it starts into another recipe.
Some recipes also have a medium color photo. There is NO nutritional information.
Each recipe does NOT start at the top of a new page.
Some ingredients you may find hard to locate at the store: tapoica flour, ptoato starch, xanthan gum,  and za'atar.
Pumpkin muffins would be my choice to try. Would like to also try the pita bread as we do use it quite a bit.
Includes an index for the recipes at the end by chapter-not page numbers.



Japanese Takeout Cookbook Favorite Japanese Takeout Recipes to Make at Home: Sushi, Noodles, Rices, Salads, Miso Soups, Tempura, Teriyaki and More (Takeout Cookbooks 6) by Lina Chang
Book starts with Table of conetnts where recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Free ebook offer and other works by the author.
Intro talks about Japanese food and how its culture matters.  Good history of how the meals came to the US.
Another chapter lists ingredients and what each is and why it's important to your health.
Some color photos.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, prep and cook time, medium sized color photo and list of ingredients.
Directions are given and there is no nutritional information available.
Not sure if you can substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products.
Some of the dishes look very nutritous and appitizing.
Love the basic steps about how to make sushi, comes with photos also.
Also like that it gives you serving suggestions. Might be difficult to find some of the ingredients: sake, mirin, wasabi root, chinese mustard, etc.
Desserts even look appealing to me.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Converstion cooking and oven temperature charts are also included at the end.




Foodi Multi-Cooker Cookbook For Beginners: Top 500 Quick, Easy and Delicious Foodi Multi-Cooker Recipes to Pressure Cook, Air Fry, Dehydrate, and More by Emma Rollins
TOC where chapters are broken up into meals.  Introduction about how hand picked the recipes are especially for beginners.
Benefits are also discussed, functions and buttons of the multicooker. Trouble shooting tips also for this pressure cooker.
Each recipe includes a title, prep and cook time and servings.
List of ingredients and you should be able to subsitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sugar, low fat and low sodium products.
Directions are given and servings suggestions.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
A lot of these recipes could be made in pressure cooker I have but this cooker is also an air crisper which is an added feature that I will be looking into-just one more device off my kitchen counter if I can get many devices into one item.




Soup Recipes: The Ultimate Recipe Guide by Jackie Swansen
Starts with free ebook offer and TOC where the recipes are not in any specific order.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep time and servings.
List of ingredient, love that they are using low fat and low sodium products. Directions are given but there is
NO nutritional information. There are NO photos.
Don't understand why some recipes mix measurements: (American and British, why not convert this for us?)
There are links that also take you to an online site to get that recipe-not sure if Canadian Living agrees with this practice.
You also may find it hard to find some items, mostly herbs and spices as  they are not common to most.



Proper Pasties: How To Make An Award Winning Cornish Pasty by Billy Deakin
Starts with acknowledgements and wall of fame link along with a disclaimer.
TOC includes recipes broken up into different pasty making lists.
Starts with a foreword about the area of Cornish and a bit of history about the pasty.
Some color photos. The country even has championships to name the winners of the best tasting ones.
Chapter starts with a list of ingredients to make a pasty and each ingredient has a few paragrphs aobut the best you can buy.
Section about the crimp fascinated me separating it tino pie, turnover or a pasty.
There is so much information  and I really just want to get to the recipes.
Each recipe starts with a title, brief summary of the dish, servings.
Ingredients are listed in British along with American measurements along with how to make the pastry and the filling.
There are no pictures for individual recipes. There is NO nutritonal information.
Appendix lists other pasty shops and their location in Britain.
Tips on how to make pasty and further reading resources are listed at the end.




Salads in Jars Cookbook: Healthy, Quick and Easy Mason Jar Recipes by Louise Davidson
Starts with mason jars and how they can be used for many purposes.
TOC where the recipes are not in any specific order.
Free ebook offer. Introduction about how to make your lunch so different than what others are having by pulling out your salad in a jar.
Tips for preparing and packing salads is given.
Recipes start with a title, servings and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sugar, low fat and low sodium products.
Dressing section is also listed along with how to make the dish. 
There are NO pictures. There is some nutritional information based on grams per single servings: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, protein and sodium.
Love that you can make the dressing to go with the salad all in one container and seal it so it won't spill inside your lunch bag.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Measureing equivelnet chart is listed at the end and oven temperature chart also.





South Beach Diet: Ultimate Guide for Beginners with Healthy Recipes and Kick-Start Meal Plans by Emma Green
Starts with TOC and how they use phases and then food categories.
Intro talks about metalbolism and  different phases of foods that will keep you going all day long.
Allowed vegetable chart is included  and legumes, sauces and seasongs, meats, .
Each phase has a meal plan for 5 days giving you the page number of the recipes included in this book.
Each week a new item is added to the meals.
Each recipe starts with a title, small color photo and what phase it is, prep and cook time and servings.
Nutritional info per servings: calories, total carbs, protein and total sugars.
List of ingredients and you should be alb eto subsittue for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fats and low sugar products.
Instructions are given.  Shrimp cocktail would be my favorite to try because you are making the sauce yourself and can control the sodium.
Conversion charts are listed at the end along with other works by the author.