Thursday, October 20, 2016

Books read Oct 20

Under a Harvest Moon by Joleen James
Not only did the title get me but the summary=grape vintners. Love learning more grape things, so technical out of all the books I've read none mentioned the refractometer and technical things like brix.
Book starts out with Phiilip who is elderly and he has a man that works the vineyard for him. He dies in the field and in his will he's stated his daughter must live there for 90 days.
Others run the vineyard but she is the only one who can make the decisions as to what to do in certain cases. She brings her son with her and the housekeeper tends to him. Her ex husband has also tracked her down and as always he's only there for the money.
Find it odd Daneille must hold his keys and wallet and anything else that will allow him to escape while he has the child overnight. She wakes up early at 3am and Nico the production manager shows her what he's working on. Love the discussion of the grafting!
They also have play time and there are many hidden family secrets...
Just when they are getting closer to one another she hands him the letter her father left and there's one for her also.
Things become complicated and they split in many ways, never to be together again...
So many different angles, I'll be thinking of this book for many months to come.

     The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown
an old woman remembers her years at Christmas when the maid brings in the play box with all the
children's toys in them. she sets out to do an experiment, by putting out a toy on the curb to see
who will take it. she puts out several toys that are taken til she comes to the angel. she puts that
on her mantel and it comes to life. the angel tells the woman to sit back and watch what happened to
the toys she had placed out on curb. she learned the fate of each one.

Book Fun Magazine October 2016
Enjoyed this version of the magazine a lot more than in prior months because the pages that have background images I can read the writing that is encased in it's own box.
Love the 'Into the Frying Pan' because it was down to earth and came with recipes that I can modify to suit our lifestyle. Beautiful photos!
Other pages highlight a book and a new author to me and appreciate the summary and other works (photos) of the other books in the series.
Love indepth interviews about some of the people behind the scenes that make this whole network possible. I know all the work they do for us each and every day and the service is free to anyone who wants to read and post reviews.
Have found many books from this month that I can't wait to request. Getting an email is just not the same=they seem to just be a short summary where the magazine opens up their life and beliefs and stories to us.
Think about joining soon you won't be sorry.

How skunk got his stripes
Cute colorful children's book about how the skunk becomes friends with a bear. They do a lot of things together, even fish.
Skunk gets so hungry he wants the fish now and when he does the bear takes matters into his own hands...

Colors by Brenda Ponnay
Colorful children's book about colors and the many things they could stand for.
Reminds me so much of Dr. Seuss, not a rhyming book but a very silly one. My favorite is the color blue  because of blueberry bubbles.

50 Things To See With A Small Telescope
Starts out with an intro from the author then moves into how much money you have to spend on a telescope and how inexpensive they can be.
There are many that can cost a fortune.
Being blind I've never really seen the stars like others. I can pinpoint one or two but never saw the meteor showers even although they are right in front of me.
I find it fascinating to learn about all them because one day I may be able to see them. I did find the stars in the west are more visible to me than here in Northeast.
There are other things you will need, also a bit of knowledge about the galaxies and sun, moon and stars.
Like the examples shown in diagrams of how to find them all, kind of like connecting the dots.
Liked the charts of the upcoming lunar and solar eclipses.

Sweet Dreams, A Bedtime Hollow Adventure by Susette Williams
Colorful children's story about a train ride on the Bedtime Hollow into the galaxy and the things they see.
Favorite part for me was on the carousel as we've ridden not too long ago.
Enjoy the journey as it comes every night. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Frugal Minimalism And Loving It: 50 Proven Steps To Live A Minimalist Lifestyle, Clear Your Clutter And Live With Less (Simple Living, Frugal Living Tips, ... Organization Strategies, Living With Less) 
Living frugally means that you can still have furniture but you won't be wasting things. I'm only reading this to hopefully get some information on the food products we grow in our gardens.
Starts out with decluttering and we have done that in the rooms of the house, several times over and we learn not to buy things we will never use.
Like their take on clothes and jewelry and I've gone through some of my closets and jewelry. Every time we visit one of the kids I give my granddaughter some of the jewelry I wore on that trip and same with my daughter.
Rather have them use it while I'm alive then when I'm dead. This way there's no fighting over it.
Love the chapter on fiancees and cable TV as we've gone that already, use Netflix and make yearly payments on some bills.
For gifts I give people things I make out of yarn-scarves, hats, etc. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

30 Day Whole Food Challenge: Complete 30 Day Whole Food Diet Meal Plan WITH PICTURES
The whole food diet is ridding yourself of processed foods which to me is a part of the Mediterrean lifestyle.
Most desserts, white breads should also be avoided.
Each recipe starts with total time, servings and a nice color photo of the finished item.
Ingredient list with healthy things along with directions. Nutritional value preserving but Fat is not broken up into good and bad
Sodium is also not mentioned which is a big consideration for us.
Has 3 meals per day for a full 30 days.

 Lola The Mermaid and The Splish Splash Olympics. A Beautiful Kid's Picture Book. (Fun Rhyming Children's Books)
Colorful children's book about Lola the mermaid and she's getting ready to compete in the splish splash Olympics
She talks to other sea life and they are also going to compete. Love that there are SO many different kinds of sea life depicted in this book.
She had played a lot with her friends instead of practicing and it showed when she went to make her dive. She knew what she had to do and she called on her friends...
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Wishflowers by Jamie Thornton
Interesting story about what a girl will do when the town comes to throw them out of their house for not paying bills.
Some neighbors lose everything but she has a list of what to grab and is ready. Love what the wishflowers mean...

The Perfect Tiny House: The Best Proven Tips, Tricks & Ideas to Live In Small House Yet Feeling Large by charles hanson
Interested in this because you don't need to pay taxes because you don't own the land you move your house to. Public property although some want the quiet life of the woods.
Many lists of how you can make the furniture you have to pull double or triple duty. How to declutter and why it will save you time cleaning and money in the longrun.
Only problem I would have is clothes-don't have a lot but some seasons I can wear all 4 seasons of clothes due to where we live. My yarn would need a few storage units as it is my retirement fund-i shouldn't have to buy yarn but for a special occasion.

Story about everything to do with Halloween from a person who was raised a Catholic.
Starts with the name and then where it came from, along with other country traditions of the day.
Not only discusses the color but costumes and even has games and recipes.
Recipes seem foreign to me as I am not familiar with Muscovado sugar and sultanas  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Scandinavian: 90 Super Easy, Amazingly Delicious Scandinavian Recipes Cookbook That Are Sure To Not Leave You Out In The Cold (cooking for beginners, Mediterranean, ... cookbook, Mediterranean diet for weight) 

 Baking Texas Pies-Sweet & Savory (Delicious Recipes Book 9) by June Kessler
Starts out with different ways to make a pie or tart crust.
Sections on various kinds of pies: frozen, cream, cobblers and meat pies.
Very few photos. Each recipe has list of ingredients and how to make the pie. Servings are included but no nutritional information.
Our favorite would be a meat/turkey pie.  Lots of tips for having pies come out just right.
Other recipe links are included at the end of the book

 The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Xist Illustrated Children's Classics)
Classic tale of Peter Rabbit and his bunny family. He wants what is in the farmer's garden
although his mother has warned him never to go near it. He can not resist and he gets caught....
Great photos and story.

Food Dressup: Crafty Ways To Get Kids To Eat What's Good For Them by Erik Kopp
Wanted to read this book because we have a picky grandson and thought maybe if we let him help with the preparation he might want to actually eat it.
An introduction to the struggles we all face and a list of other books that are helpful.
Very colorful dishes and many categories to select from. List of suggestions once you cut open a piece of fruit.
The recipes do not include a picture for each one but there are some pictures in the book.
The recipes re very healthy and easy to assemble.  Chocolate cake with zucchini/squash we will be making this weekend as it's very healthy and we have plenty of it from the garden.

Nighttime DSLR Photography: How to create awesome and stunning images at night
Have enjoyed other books by the author. This one starts out with how daytime photography is different from nighttime.
He's got a way with his words that make it easy to follow along and understand.
Different aspects of the settings and a tripod will help tremendously.
Really good suggestions with settings depending on which photo you want to take, will have to give this a try soon.

Strategic Posing Secrets - Hands & Arms! (On Target Photo Training Book 17)
Being on various social media sites I'm starting to see the poses and how effective they are in a profile picture.
Author shows many different ways hands can be placed to enhance certain things about the picture.
Never even though of the different parts of the arm making a difference but they do and those are shown as well.
Like exercises in the book because they make you do what you've learned so you can see for yourself the outcome.
Bonus items available and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Pick Me! Pick Me! The Story of the Magic Pumpkin
Colorful children's story about how the family goes to the farm to pick out their pumpkin.
I had never heard of pop-up text so it was an added pleasure to experience it.
All kinds of hidden meaning when you double tap certain pictures in the story.
There is magic in pumpkins!

I Believe There's A Monster Under My Bed
Children's colorful story about how a boy thinks there is a monster under his bed. His parents tell him what he should do...
In order for me to read the book I have to doubletap to get the higher font size then doubletap to lower it so I can turn the page.
Good story about what the boy does but page turning has to go.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Halloween quick easy recipes. Scary dish, desserts and drinks recipes: Includes recipes for kids
 Fun holiday book that features meals and snacks and drinks.
Each recipe gives a summary, some have a color photo and ingredients list along with how to make it.
No nutritional information but some really good ideas. Baked stuffed apples would be my choice.

Christmas Crafts: Easy Christmas Crafts Anyone Can Make!
Each pattern/idea starts out with a photo of the finished item, then list of ingredients/supplies and then how to assemble them.
Most decorations have a wooden section in them so you might need adults to help with the project.
Made many pinecone wreaths from pinecones in our yard from our trees.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Slow Cooker Recipes: Enjoy The Top 50 Easy And Delicious Slow Cooker Meals Under One Cookbook
Each recipe comes with a tiny photo, short summary and ingredient list.  Directions are detailed. No nutritional information but you should be able to substitute some for a healthier option.
Bread puddings would be a great choice for our lifestyle.
Besides desserts and dips there are main dishes.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Wishbone Wishes, Judy Moody and Stink
This one is about Thanksgiving time and all the events surrounding the holiday in their town.
Judy has a lot of collections: acorns, wishbones, etc.  She found her Pilgrim costume.
She wants to win this years turkey trot...such imaginations the bones are for the kids.
They will combine and be a team so they can win the 3 event game.
Lots of interesting historical facts about the holiday: Thanksgiving. Great story for kids to read, love their Thanksgiving dinner...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

For the Love of Caramel
Starts out describing what caramel is and it's flavor and then cooking tips.
Recipes but no pictures and no nutritional information.
Sauces and brittle type things are included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

All about glaucoma, questions and answers for people with glaucoma  by Leydhecker_ W_ (Wolfgang) - Crick_ R. Pitts
Husband was recently given some new testings for glaucoma, they will watch it, take pressure checks at different times of the day, as a baseline.
I read up more about this disease as if I don't already know enough with all the eye issues I have and learned a few new things.
Mostly the drugs taken and other diseases do play a part in vision. Things to look out for, high blood pressure medicine and being diabetic.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Locket by Richard Paul Evans
Have read other works by the author and have enjoyed them.
This one starts out with Ester and she's just come to the mining town, and chapters advance to 1989 where she lives in a nursing home.
Story also follows the boy, Michael who takes a job at a nursing home after losing his mother.
He has a girlfriend Faye who's attending college and she cooks for him often. Her father talks to him and he needs to break away from her or she'll never get any money or endorsements from him for her education.
Story also follows Ester and her life at the mining camp where she cooks and raising her mental child.
Interesting about the locket and the connections through the years...
Circumstances arise and he's up on charges of a man's death in the nursing home. He knows he's being framed...
Powerful touching stories.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The carousel by Richard Paul Evans
When I learned there was a prior book in this series I read that one first-The Locket.
Have liked carousels and have gone on at least one as an adult. I don't recall my younger days as I was blind and most of my adult life as well. After eye surgeries I got some vision back and was amazed to see the brightly colored lights, twinkling and they remind me of stars that I can now see also.
In RI we've had many amusement parks with the carousels and I've read stories about the horses and always find it fascinating to learn how they were built, out of what materials and why and where they are today.
This book is about the love story of Faye and Michael.  Chapters of Michael and his return to work and college. Faye has traveled east to attend college there as they each have a secret from others...
So much loss and love as the circle forms
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Friday, October 14, 2016

Books read oct 14

The lost art of reading nature's signs_ use outdoor clues to find your way_ predict the weather_ locate water_ track animals--and other forgotten  by Gooley_ Tristan
Very interesting reading although from England some of the same signs are true here in US. Things that you see in everyday life if you are hiking along woods and forest paths.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Story to Kill
Sounded like a good mystery story. Starts out with Cat, a professor who now wants to write books acquires her ex husbands house. She moves into it, in the town where she grew up, fixes it up to be a writers retreat. Her ex boyfriend is the handyman and others think he's hot.
She has many resources at the nearby college and the writers are able to use them. One important writer attends but after one day he's found dead. Her uncle the police chief helps to find out what happened.
Few characters and it's easy to keep them straight with one another.
Strange noises from the attic and nobody is there and her ex's journal shows up on the porch...
So many secrets, so many mysteries that all combine to make a good read. Amazing how it all comes to an end with answers. Excerpt from the next book is included at the end.
I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review

 Art of the Slow Cooking: The Collection Of 100 Slow Cooker Recipes  by Jeff Madison
Each recipe starts with the title, prep time, cooking time and servings.
Then the list of ingredients and instructions on how to make the dish.
There are no pictures. There are also no nutritional information.
Table of contents starts with a link to a dish, a link to the ingredients for that dish and link to the directions for that dish.
Halfway through the book the format changes for the recipes:  some nutritional information is included: fat content is not broken up into the 4 main ones, no sodium is mentioned but carbs and calories and protein are.

Trees by Illa Podendorf
Love trees and learning more about them.
This one discusses the different kinds of trees and their attributes.
Parts of the tr
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

ee and other fun facts about trees.

The City Bakers by Louise Miller
Like baking and discussing the details of baking.
Olivia sets a fire by accident and leaves the city to go to VT where her girlfriend lives. She's out of money and she helps set her up with a job and a place to stay.
For the job interview she has to bake an apple pie=she's not interested in her resume.
Loved hearing of the tips along the way of making the pie-I had to listen to this tape 2 x to make sure I got them right.
She's given a few options for a place to stay-the Sugar House or a room at the inn where she will bake.
Chapters are titled by the month of the year. Like how she becomes one of the community and how she does it.
Through love and loss the story goes on. Easy to follow the characters until the big Thanksgiving feast. Really enjoyed this story.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

An island affair by Richardson_ Monica
Liked the idea of this story. Jasmine and her siblings now own the island houses and she's there to rehab them and have them be part of the Caribbean, The Grove bread and breakfast houses for rent.
Each story alternates between Jasmine and you hear her thoughts on the construction worker-Jackson. He lives on the island and will do much of the work himself-he lives at a local hotel.
We also hear how her appearance effects him and his work.  He calls Edward her brother to warn him he doesn't care for intruding while he's working.
Explicit sex scenes and intrigue and mystery about their past lives. Especially liked the island life and how strong she stood to accomplish things, even though she used her body at times to achieve it.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Knitting pearls, writers writing about knitting by Hood_ Ann
27 writers who write and knit and their stories. 6 patterns are included.
Stories of loss and love and how knitting helped them survive through it all.
Most memorable is the one where she cleans out her mothers apartment since she's been gone for several months.
All the knitted item bring back such memories.  Recap of the authors lives, their works and resource listings of where to get the yarn mentioned and a bit about their names.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending
Love this book for many reasons. Although we already do a large majority of the things mentioned there are some we are lacking on: tools used outside and lawn mower maintenance.
Has charts of when to buy seasonal fruit and when to buy things on sale: month by month.
Has a portion on composting and gardening and how to get rid of clutter. Very well laid out.

Fudge cupcake murder  by Fluke_ Joanne
This book is about Hannah and she's instructed others how to cook and finds a dead body in the trash.
Her whole family helps her to solve the clues, her sister and husband along with her mother.
They each have some funny things about them while her sister is pregnant. The body points to many others who could've done the nasty deed.
Love mystery of missing ingredient from the cake recipe from one who wanted to donate it to the cook book.
Recipes are included and this is an easy going book to read. Although a series they can be read by itself.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The miracle of vision by Freese_ Arthur S
Interesting information about the parts of the eye.
Lots of information on what to look out for so you don't go blind, at any age. Procedures are discussed if you do suffer a loss.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Country Crock-Slow Cooker Recipes (Delicious Recipes Book 11)
Each recipe starts with a line or two about the item, then the list of ingredients. Some are very foreign to me.
Instructions on how to prepare the dish are included along with servings. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Listing of other books available is listed at the end.

County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Pie Cookbook: Proven Enticing Pie Recipe Winners (County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Cookbooks Book 3)
Found this cookbook adequate. Has various ways of making pie crusts and many variations on the fillings.
Few pictures and no nutritional information. Lots of choices.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Review: Mom Goes for a Walk

Mom Goes for a Walk: Picture book for the youngest readers (Meet my family 3
Colorful children's book starts out with the things their mom does when they go for a walk. My favorite page is the knitting one as I have finished a vest for my grandson and he loves it!
Each page where it tells what the mother is doing, the page also shows it-makes it easy for kids to follow along if you are reading with them.
I loved our walks with the grandkids as we got to be kids ourselves, going down slides, playing with bubbles, etc.
Hope author does write one about the walk with dad, be an awesome father's day gift also.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Review: Set for New Years

Heartwarming Holiday - Anthology
Lots of authors with their stories but I am only reading/reviewing:
Set for New Year’s  Nutcracker Sweethearts: Novella #3   by Amie Denman
Christmas town, Maine
Starts out with Pippa and she's the conductor for the ballet. There are holiday decorations all around her-too much but she has to pay the bills. Viola has wandered off....
Ryan had dropped her and she was with the child now, Voila. She had given up everything and the child was not even hers. 
Story also follows Bodie and Neil as they are making the feast tables and ballet settings...His dog runs around and finds the young child while Pippa thinks he's harming the child.  The woman has misunderstood...
She meets his aunt who runs the local inn when she goes to apologize and she agrees to have dinner with them and 10 others...
They each tell of their past experience with a significant offer and the children in their lives...
He knows Pippa and Viola will not stay long in town, he must not fall for them... especially loved the walk in the woods and all the wildlife. Then she gets an unexpected visitor and how whole world is about to crumble.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Spotlight: Forever Fit and Flexible : Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond by Cheryl L. Ilov


Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond

by  Cheryl L. Ilov

Book Description for Forever Fit and Flexible, by Cheryl Ilov

Do you believe that getting older means losing health and vitality?
Here is your path to feeling youthful and vibrant.
"...IIov has an engaging style and much to offer....Forever Fit and Flexible is a well written, thorough guide to healthy living that will be enjoyed by a wide spectrum of readers looking for the same." --Blue Ink Review
Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond offers you the possibility of living with a new sense of energy and vitality as you move into your fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond. Once you get moving, you’ll want to keep moving!
Imagine starting each day with a spring in your step. Envision liking what you see in the full-length mirror before you get dressed.  Now visualize that you can engage in any activity with strength, grace, and confidence.
In Forever Fit and Flexible, Cheryl Ilov provides a program that will help you create this and more. Her movement lessons provide the building blocks to better posture, core strength, flexibility, balance, and functional strength. As you develop a solid physical foundation,  you will also:
·         eliminate chronic pain
·         improve injury-related mobility issues
·         experience increased energy
·         develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset
·         … and much more!

Book Specs:

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Willow Bay Publishing (June 24, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997681306
ISBN-13: 978-0997681307
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches


 Cheryl Ilov has always been drawn to health and wellness, the biological sciences, and movement arts, including classical ballet. She began her professional life as a respiratory therapist, and after seventeen years of practice, she returned to school and earned her master's degree in physical therapy in 1996.

Cheryl discovered The Pilates Method in 1983, and once she began working as a physical therapist, she made the connection that Pilates presented a wonderful tool to help people of all ages recover from injuries and illnesses. She immediately began applying the principles of Pilates to her patients to improve their quality of life and level of function. In 1999, she founded Ilov Integrated Arts, specializing in Pilates-based rehabilitation. Cheryl had her first experience with The Feldenkrais Method® in 2000.

She began the required four-year training program to become a Feldenkrais practitioner in February 2006 and graduated in November 2009. During Cheryl's remarkable journey of learning, healing, and self-discovery, she also discovered a martial art called Ninpo Tai Jutsu. She fell in love with the art and the training as well as the powerful connection between Feldenkrais and martial arts and their incredible healing power.

Cheryl has dedicated her life to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible. Having personally experienced the anxiety of dealing with chronic pain, stress, and fatigue, she also understands the frustration of feeling out of control, gaining weight, and struggling to find a healthy, effective way to recover after devastating injuries. Cheryl has integrated her education, experience, and expertise to develop a program for people, regardless of their age or current level of function. It is her firm belief that anyone can be fit, flexible, healthy, vibrant, and energetic in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond.

My Review:

Forever Fit and Flexible : Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond by Cheryl L. Ilov
Was interested in reading this book because after my husbands heart attach we cracked down and got healthy and am always willing to learn and try new things to keep that way.
Book starts out with the authors own journey to achieving her goals and how at different stages of her life she realized what was happening.
Principles of the plan are discussed in detail and broken up into chapters. There are even exercises that are very well not only thought out but descriptions of how to do them and realize how you feel.
Very useful information and so easy to keep track of in a journal. Balance one I really appreciated the most as I use my trekking poles when we hike as I feel being blind I am at a loss as to balance sometimes.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Books read Oct 4

Go to Sleep Mom!
When I first saw the title I thought this would be about a child trying to get his mom to go to sleep so he could stay up and do what he wants.
The little boy goes about his nightly routine, brushes his teeth and gets a story read by his mom then he hops into bed. He's woken up with noises and he goes to investigate.
He finds a list of things his mom still has to do before she can go to bed....
He knows he can help.... other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Lost December by Evans_ Richard Paul
Diary entries tell the story of Luke and how he finished college, night of graduation party one of his best friends die
His father wants to bring him into the firm but Luke has other plans.
Luke decides he and his girl need ot travel Europe because his friend would never get the chance. His other friends come along also and Luke pays for them all as Shawn is trying to work out his money problems.
Travel is great and the bills amounted to so much more than I can even imagine. Things fall apart and then he learns of his fathers health and retiring and he's been disowned.
After getting beat up a man rescues him and gets him a place to stay and work... He takes a job at his father's copy center and meets a regular person with a child and he befriends them..
Misunderstandings and things go the wrong way for everybody but maybe Luke can fix it?
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A perfect day  by Evans_ Richard Paul
Wanted to read this book because it sounded like a great book.
Starts out with the husband Robert losing his job in the sales department. He writes instead and loves the story and others have read it and love it.
Agents don't like it so he gets a manual job. Then one reads it and he is on his way to success on the large scale. She sends him away from home for 4 weeks as he does signings and tv shows.
His daughter Carson takes it hard that he's away that long and his wife although she talks to him, it's not the same as being with him. The story is about the time his wife spends with her father when they find out he's dying.
He kept lingering on, way past the expectations til Robert talked to him about how he loved his daughter.
He also has a hard time dealing with being away from home and the success.
Things get even harder and a man tells him something only he knows. From there he has choices to make, something that can ease the pain.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Key lime pie murder_ a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes  by Fluke_ Joanne
Hannah is a judge for the county fair but she finds another judge dead.  Hannah proceeds to gather clues, find out who wanted her dead and who has an alibi.
She also is involved with Mike the cop and the dentist Norman. You wonder if she will ever pick one!  Love the characters and Hannah's family and people who run nearby shops in town.
So funny how her sister Andrea bought it that oatmeal was their mothers cure for getting gray hairs as Andrea has found a few on her head LOL
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Robert B. Parker's Debt to pay by Coleman_ Reed Farrel
Another tale from Jesse Stone chief of police of Paradise, MA and things are slow this time of year, all but somebody shooting tires out of random cars.
His ex wife Jen is about to be married and he's been invited to the wedding. His new love interest Diana wants him to come with terms of their relationship and he needs to rid his mind of Jen.
Jesse proceeds to combine a lot of different crimes to just one man....
Story also follows Mr. peepers a contract killer. He is part of the mob was on the trail for revenge. He kept a low profile and has no problem with killing someone in a slow torturous manner.
Lots of travel and speculations as to who the culprit is as he brings his new love to meet his ex wife and she's about to be married....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Children's Book of Recipes: 30 Fun Dishes for Young Chefs (Educational series for kids 4-9 years 2)
Colorful book for kids and parents alike. Very cool names for recipes and the different parts of the recipe are color coordinated with what they mean throughout the book.
Many tips before you even start of how to substitute foods if you are eating gluten free or egg free, etc.
Beautiful photo  for each recipe that shows the finished product. Each of the ingredients are listed along with a picture of the item so the children can help find the items before you make them.
Step by step numbered picture instructions along with other tips.
My favorite would be sandwich train as the possibilities are unlimited.
So much work has to have gone into this book, what a treasure!
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

The Awkward Owl
Colorful children's book about an owl who can't do the flying moves other birds can do. Anyone who sees him calls him awkward.
Little girl rescued him from hurting himself further and made him a house, outside and took care of him.
The owl loves her too and decides to give flying another try. She encourages him along the way...
Enjoyed why this book was inspired from his daughter. More works by the author are highlighted at the end.

I Like Cupcakes
Cute very colorful rhyming children's book about how the little girl really likes cupcakes and what they are topped with.
Has recipe for fairy cupcakes and frosting with help from an adult. Everything is in grams
Yammy Diet Cupcakes Healthy Dessert Recipes. Naturally, Delicious Desserts That No One Will Believe They Are Low Fat & Healthy (Diet Cookbooks, ... Loss): Eat and Love
History of the cupcake is discussed and how popular they are today.
Each recipe has a beautiful picture along with ingredient list and how to put the cupcakes together along with directions for frosting.
No nutritional information. Angel food or carrot cupcakes would be our choice to make.

Scooter and Cupcake
Colorful children's book about two piggys who are best friends and they like to do everything together.
The pages go through everything they do and there are a lot of them.

How To Shoot Weddings Like A Pro! (On Target Photo Training Book 21)
Have read many of the authors other booklets and have enjoyed them.
This one starts out as other with sunset photography.  Some pitfalls because you only get one chance to get the shots.
Check list of things you will need to do before hand to be totally ready for the big day when you are the wedding photographer-that also means going to the reception for pictures.
Other aspects of the day are highlighted with their own check lists of who to take pictures of as a group-VERY detailed.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

The Simple Skillet Cookbook: 15 Elegant and Easy Recipes for Your Cast Iron or Electric Skillet (Cast Iron Cooking - Skillet Recipes - Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook)
Recipes for your skillet. Starts out with breakfast and continues onto lunch and dinner and even a few recipes for dessert.
No pictures and no nutritional information. Detailed list of ingredients along with a summary at the very start of each recipe.
Instructions along with cook time.

John Muir wrestles a waterfall  by Danneberg_ Julie
Love hearing of the moonbows, never heard of such a thing. Loved hearing all about the nature
at Yosemite and things others will never get to do. The author explains what he did and saw in 1868 at Fern Ledge.
Reminds me of Thoreau as he had a small cabin and survived on the land.
Moonlight spray and how he wanted to protect the land is discussed.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

BeeYOUtiful: A Storybook & Mindfulness Activity Guide for Busy Little Bees (Lead to Love 2
Very colorful rhyming children's book about a day. Some are good, some are not so good and how to cope with them.
Also excerpts from other activity books: Hugging book, breathing book and many others at the end.

Interior Design: How To Make Your Home Look Amazing by Sebastian Sharp
Book starts out with basics of finding your style and also a large section on decluttering so you can find out what it is you really have.
Lots of ideas with color and multipurpose items.

Can't-Miss Pumpkin Desserts
Not sure what it means by level but in each recipe it also tells you serving size and what size pan to use to bake the item.
List of ingredients, along with how to make the cake and frost it and how to serve and store it.
No pictures and no nutritional information. Pumpkin donuts would be my choice to make.

Clean Eating: Delicious & Healthy Recipes Cookbook For Weight Loss + 7-Day Meal Plan For Weight Loss & Wellness (Clean Eating Diet, Weight Loss, 7-Day Meal Plan, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living)
Starts out with difference between organic foods and clean eating.
Other myths are discussed in next chapters.  Weight control and some food substitutions.
Meal plans and listings of what foods you can eat.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.