Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Books read July 17





Horse Hunts: A Desert Manhunt (Smoke Tree Mystery Series Book 2)  by Gary J. George
Free from Kindle and I thought I'd enjoy this read but I loved it.
Am not familiar with the area but my husband spent time there so I'd question him about some things, brings us closer as we age.
Starts out with Horse-the sheriff and he's learned of one of his men being shot while one was drving through the center. He and his deputy Andy head out to the area and he finds out all kinds of clues from things he sees and he knows what direction he walked off in.
They also learn Harvey had killed his wife and put her in the back of the trunk. As the book goes on we hear from Harvey's side and why he did things and where he's heading and why.
We also learn of not only the terrain-very good descriptions, detailed and you can picture them in your mind, but we learn of Horse and how he got that name and his life after retuning from the war and before then when he had met his wife while they attended high school.
Love how the local Indian plays a big part in all this and he knows the court system will never be able to dole out the punishment the man deserves so he takes matters into his own hands.
Love that Horse has a wife waiting for him at home and how she takes care of him. Would love to read more from this series and am noting this is one of my favorite for this month. Would love to read more from this series.



Inland Intrigue by Michael Hughes 
Was offered this review copy and thought it might be one I'd enjoy reading. New author to me also.
What I like from the very start are the selections of words I've never heard as I tap on them to find out what they mean.
There is not much diaglog but enough so you get to learn more of the family and their views on many subjects.
Very detailed hour by hour at times of Tyler and what he does all day while passing the summer months away. Like the travel and learning different and new things about the campaign.
Love mystery surrounding the envelopes...consequences, betrayals, it's got it all and then some.
Received this review copy from the author via Goodreads connection and this is my honest opinion.



Summer gloves by Sarah Gilbert
Story of a grown woman who had grown up living her mother's life-a beauty queen even though she didn't want to do the shows but she had to please her mother.
She realizes that her husband has found another that he's more suited to but she doesn't want to rock the boat so stays together and finds one who will love her.
Daughter grows up and speaks her mind and her mother listens and will not force her to compete in beauty pageants any longer.
Lots of breakthroughs in this book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




how to make a great jar soy candle
Introudction about candle making and then safety instructions about canldes.
Shows photos of how low to cut the wick before burning and it shows you why.
Different utensils are mentioned and what their purpose is.
Tells you how to prepare a few days in advance so everything is ready to go. Process itself in steps is explained in detail.
Listing of suppliers is also included along with other works by the author. 



The it girls by Karen Harper 
Like how the girls have found different careers: fashion designer and one a novelist.
Starts out as young girls and they are moved to Canada from England. Because of their fathers health problem they end up back in England as they are growing into young ladies, attending balls and coming out parties.
Like hearing of the differences between the two and mostly the historic events that occur during their lifetimes and how that changes things.
Paying off a boat owner as they rescue you from the sinking of the Titanic but it's not as it seems. Betrayal and how it effects each of them.
Loved hearing of all the travel, the fashion design and writing businesses over the years. Good read
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
  



A Husband's Survival Guide to the Crunchy Life by Brian Michael Stegner
Like this book because it is silly but there are questionionares inside that you can answer to find out just what kind you really are.
Things to look out for to let you know it's happening right under your nose.




So You've Retired: A Practical Guide For Your Happy Retirement by Olivia Greenwell
Several years left to go and want to find out what's really going to happen.
Love lists of what you can do to get away from one another, too much time together with your spouse is going to wear on both of you.
Love chapter on downsizing, i'm today going through some old bills and health papers we no longer need and we went through a kitchen utensil drawer the other day while it was too hot outside. 
Like sections on travel and exercise and food consumption, it's what we are doing now when my spouse gets time away from work. Love just 2-3 day excursions to new places with friends.
Keeping your mind active along with your bucket list are great suggestions. Resource listings are available at the end but was surprised there was no advice on money matters.
Other works by the author are listed at the end.



Whole 30 Crockpot Cookbook: Quick and Easy Whole 30 Crockpot Cookbook by Leslie Yothers
Book starts out with intro and table of contents where the first chapters talk about the diet plan and the recipes are broken up into food categories,
Free gift is linkable. Like that each of the food groups is discussed and it also tells you which you should be eating and which to avoid. This diet isn't for everybody and check the advantages and disadvantages.
Each recipe starts with a title, serving size and servings per recipe, calories and prep time.
Ingredients is included and you should be able to substitute foryour healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products.
Some recipes have up to 20 herbs and spices, be sure to check first.
Nutritional information is included: fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, fiber, carbs, protein and cholesterol, NO sodium levels.
Directions are given for your crock pot.
There are NO pictures.








The Easy 5-Ingredient Crock Pot Cookbook: Quick, Easy & Delicious Crock Pot Express Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals (Crock Pot Cookbook) by Willie Rogers 
Starts out with a table of contents where meals are broken up into meal categories.
Introduction about being so busy that you can't cook all the time every night and how easy the crockpot will make your life.
Benefits of having one are explained in the next chapter and how to use it.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, prep and cook time.
List of ingredients and most are already prebought or canned.
Direction are included and some nutritional information: calories, carbs, protein, fats, NOT broken up into good or bad, and fiber. NO sodium is mentioned.
There are NO pictures.



101 Quick & Easy Italian Recipes by Victoria Steele
Starts with table of contents where chapters are broken up by meal categories after intro and about Italian foods.
Each Recipe starts with a title, list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthie dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar products.
Directions are given to prepare the dish along with servings.
There is NO nutrtional information and there are NO pictures.
Hate they use canned tomato products as our Italian friends always used fresh.
A few recipes under the title actually tell you what Italian title means. There is one color photo in the book.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.





A Book of Dog Breeds For Children:: They're All Dogs by Amber Richards
Colorful children's book all about different breeds of dogs.
Each breed get it's own page showing a color photo, title and some fun facts about the breed.  21 different breeds are shown.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



The World is My Drum by amber richards
Colorful children's book about a little boy Hudson and he loves his drums.
He finds other things he can drum on....he puts a concert on for his parents. 
Find out if they like what he performed.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Summer Drinks (2nd Edition): 16 Quick & Easy Drink Recipes That Will Cool You Down In The Summer by Olivia Rogers 
Table of contents where recipes are not in any specific order.
Introduction about the recipes. Each one starts with a title, color photo and summary of the drink.
List of ingredients is included but don't think they need to take up 2 full pages for a listing of 10 items. Directions are given along with notes.
No nutritional information  and a lot of them contain alcohol.  Bonus book is offered at the end.





Books for Kids: Lilly Ice Cream (Children's Books, Kids Books, Bedtime Stories Books for Kids age 2-6, Beginner Readers by Iris Lin 
Intro and links to authors other works. Starts out with Lilly and they are a blueberry ice cream and she lives with her family.
On her way to kindergarten she looks for her friends but can't find them behind a tree. An angel helped her make friends with others. There are drawings, some mesh into color background so you don't even notice them.
One page shows different kinds of ice creams.
Doesn't seem to be a young child book to me that she's out wandering alone to school? 




Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber




Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
#CottageByTheSea #NetGalley
Starts with works by the author. Story starts out with a glimpse of a summer day and Annie is leaving but she's left an impression on the almost 7ft tall Kenton.
Annie is a physician assistant in southern CA and she's supposed to go home to the northwest coast sooner than for Christmas. Her brother, would be there with his wife, Kelly and child, Bella.
Her cousin Gabby would be arriving soon and they'd be spending Thanksgiving together in southern CA. They wake to a call telling them her parents house had slid down a hill and nothing was left-they were all gone, parents, brother and his family.  We called our daughter when we saw this on the real news to find out if they were ok as it was in the same area they live-they had driven by the place but the road had been closed and detours were up, devastation had already happened.
..
11 months later and she finds her moving back to Seattle, waiting for attorneys and body remains....they encourage her to envision a happy place til she recalls the summer trip...her first kiss, at the cottage at the sea...
With an opening she nails the job of PA and is able to rent the cottage with Kenton's help. She remembers him and Melly.
Like how she gets others together as they both need help from one another. She finds herself in a heap of trouble by intruding on others...love prescious treasures Keaton has given her.
She is given a chance of a lifetime and you listen to her talk to others to help her decide which path to take...also love how she helps Mellie with her problems...get such good feelings reading this.
Unpredictable, many twists along the way, good all around read.
Received this review copy from the author via NetGalley Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Ballantine Books and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Movies watched Jan 1 - Jun 30 2018




Movies 2018
Jan - June
The Punisher Season 1
El Camino Christmas
48 Christmas Wishes
Pirates of the Carribean: deal men tell no tales
The Middle Man
Pottersville
Vengence
Bad Day for the Cut
Acts of Vengence
Dirty Money
The Matchbreaker
The Sharinna chronicles
Holiday Breakup
Catrun 2
Wild Alaska
Trash Fire
When we first met
Radius
The Infinity Chamber
Murder on the cape
Camera Shop
6 Days
doctor strange
cave
the last rampage
fullmetal alchemiy
The Great Gilly Hopkins
Pete's Dragon
Strange Things
Battle Drones
Icarus
Jessica Jones season 2
2307 winters dream
Death in Paradise
The Week Of
Troy
Wind River
boon the bounty hunter
Locked in
Titan
Birdshot
Kodakchrome
Anon
The Clapper
Troy the odessy
Other Life
Game over, man
Dare to be wild
24 hours to live
Sun Dogs
Aliens ate my homework
Safe Rosie no matter what
wyonna earp season 2
My daddy is in heaven
thor ragnamok
Outside In
amanda and jack go glamping
Who gets the dog?

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Books read Jun 2018





MY REVIEW:


Not Fair=prequel to Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester
Starts out with the family: Mac and Jen and their three kids.
Mac has problems: not only at work but anxiety and addiction to name a few, Jen is also overworked and she needs him to pick up the kids.
Jen had just started a new job at the press and he has to take over some of her home duties.
He takes the kids to a summer fair and they are all having fun til the son goes missing. He can't keep up with everything and something has to give...
Real life is NOT FAIR.
Free review copy from the author.
   


Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester
Have read other works by the author and have totally enjoyed them so was happy to read a review copy.
This one starts out with Jen and Mac celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary one night where he has a lot of surprises for her and her for him.
Next day is his sons birthday but on the way home they witnessed a car crash but emergency vehicles had arrived to help them. The family also has 3 kids and they live an ideal family life.
Jen wants to go back to work as a journalist as the kids will all be in school in a few weeks time. She gets the job and Mac gets to spend time with his kids on the water.
Love the memories of going through NH as my husband and I have travelled the path there.
A misunderstanding of something Mac finds at home on the counter and he just losses it and is charged with domestic assault. He ends up in jail and then comits himself as he's also a drunk.
Jen holds her own secrets and how she holds the family together and feels the empty spot in her heart with him gone.  The doctors are able to find out the real problem to Mac's problems and are able to control them with meds.
Now the hardest part-to get to visit with the kids... Such detailed descriptions of events and also medical parts that made me understand a lot more about the symptoms.
Couldn't understand why the title of the book is what it is til very end...the whole book was working up for them.
Moral of the story is to keep your faith, never give up.


Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.






You Don't Know Jack by Daniel J. Barrett
Have read other books by this author and they are impressive.
This book is about Jack and how he helps others in the community. Love the initials of tests and other items and then they ae explained in English what they are.
He mentors kids to attend class and pass the achievements tests (GED's and job training)-get them off the streets. He's learning his team is dissolving and the program is ending. With the loss of his job he loses so much more when he gets home.
Killing them with kindness is up for order. Lots of twists and turns and I had to laugh out loud a few times! Love that he meets up with others from prior books as I know the characters already but you'd not be left out in the dark.
Love hearing the other side and how it backfires. Love that those invovled are NOT afraid of physical labor and the work he plans to do now with his life.
So much good to accomplish for those who will eventually work for it. Love how much knowledge Jack has and he uses it for good things.
So many struggles, tough love and obstacles for a good cause. This is a better than paying it forward book as you can feed a man one day but teach him to fish so he can provide every day.
Things I loved about this book is the romance, the people one meets in their life, the travel-new places for me to explore, the pay it forward and using your hands and knowledge to help others.
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.







El Pombero! by Jackie Goldman

Interest in this book is because I have an uncle who worked in the country-not sure if that's where he was born.
Also recall spirit things on their walls thus the Pombero legend makes sense to me. Starts with Heather married to Hal with a young child, Stella.  She's just had a miscarriage, while recuperating she learns of her bff Jay brother Simon who died and she reads about the details.
Jay wants to visit the site where it happened and invites her to come but she's wrapped up in recuperating and getting a donor for a bone marrow transplant. She learns so many family secrets from her time with her mother...
They travel there and are able to meet with Simon's girlfriend. Love how they really connect with one another as they both suffering a major loss in life.
Turmoil and poisionous gases, very dangerous areas to be traveling. Lots of twists and turns and mysteries.
Love the very descriptive details of the area, so different than how I had imagined it. Love how it ends, didn't see that happening.
Would like to read more from this author. Love how majestic the picture is painted while at the National Park and the falls. Have heard of them, never visited.


Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.





Maeve Perfect Match Series by Josie Riviera
Love how this series, all standalones with a common theme, came to be, so cool!
This book starts out with Maeve and she's been so busy tending to her ailing brother and working and her friends notice it also. The match site owners want her to try out their service-pick an island and spend the alloted time together with her perfect match, while the company takes photos of them enjoying each other and the location.
She makes arrangements and ends up going to her island of choice, Corsica. Love the reasons why she wants to go there. She is treated with high regard when she arrives-eveything is seen to and her match have itinerary they are following-places to see, things to do, and relaxing. She is a purchaser of hotel equipment.
Story also is folling Edward and he is part owner of a huge company that is interested in making another resort-that's why he wants to go to the location-to take photos of the area and to see if it will work. He and Maeve do spend a lot of time together, getting to know one another and they are really from the different parts of society that you know it will never work out for their match.
Love the things they do, how caring each is to the other, especially love the food topics and sights and surprises. One doesn't go as planned when they meet up with Edward's friends and they really make her see a different side to Edward. Upon return she is summoned back to Ireland, an emergency. You know it was too good to be true.
Note from the author about the location, recipe included, acknowledgements, About the author and list of other works by the author are included at the end along with an excerpt from the next book.


I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.



Knitting Ganseys, Revised and Updated Techniques and Patterns for Traditional Sweaters by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Wow what a treasure of information. I design my own Irish Fisherman type sweaters and afghans and really enjoyed reading this book.
Starts out with a table of contents where the chapters are broken up into what the ganseys are to all the construction phases and patterns.
Stunning high quality photos throughout this book, you can see detailed stitching. Loved learning of the history of the gansey and Arans and differences between them.
Loved the tools of the trade as I have some of the curved needles myself, charted variations of stitches and how they are worked.
Every picture tells a story and then some as we learn of the myth behind the fisherman sweater. Love that the ganseys used initials in the bottom section to identify who it was made for.
Also other aspects tell the difference-yarns used and colors of them along with patterns.
Loved seeing the different neck shapings and othervariaions throughtout the book. This is truly a designers resource book as it has it all and then some. Techniques are shown and explained how to do the stitching, or even casting on. That portion explains why you should one method over another and why.
There is a sample small gansey to make to give you an idea of the techniques that are being taught only using 4 oz. of yarn rather than making a full sweater-but that is also included here, the patterns, etc.
Lots of tips along the way.  Tools and step by step instructions how to prepare for your own design are also included.
There are also 9 full size patterns.
Each pattern comes with a title, color photo,  finished sizes, yarn suggested, needles, list of notions, guage, featured techniques and other notes.
Instructions for each of the sections along with charted gussetts.
I like that some are made for men and there is also a woman's section for the same gansey.
Measurements are also done in inches and metric. Resources and supplies list is also included. Abbreviations and also metric onverstions are included.
Dedication, acknowledgement and about the author are included at the end along with an index.
Other resource books from others are also highlighted if you wan to check further into the different techniques.
Loved reading parts and learning all new things along the way along with the designing aspect of this book. Ends with how the gansey tradition continues.
A KEEPER!
What I did not like was showing the patterns in very dark colors. I realize those are the true colors but for showing them in the book I felt they could've used lighter shades.
Received this review copy from the author via F+W Media and Interweave via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
#KnittingGanseys,RevisedAndUpdated #NetGalley






Spring's Storm by Lyn Cote
Have read other works from this author and have enjoyed the reads.
This one starts out with Thea, she's got a lot on her plate. She's not only a lady who teaches others the piano in her house but she tends to her grandmother who'd suffered a stroke and is in local nursing center and she visits and brings treats often and she runs family fishing cabins during the summer.
On top of that Trace, the next door neighbor bought the boys camp and will be starting it up again. On top of that it's a small town and everybody relies on info about him from her.
A student comes and her mother has a sick dog and drops the 2 year old twins off at her house also. Within a short time the whole house is in chaos and that's when the new neighbor shows up.  It gets worse over time.
Her step sister has run away, she meets up with her father and finds out truth about why they sold their house...some towns people don't want anything to do with the camp and have sabotaged events and his truck and poisons her dog, never mind the whole kitchen and supplies.
What I really like about this book are the ways Trace encompasses the townsfolk and talks to them at church using passages from the bible to help. There are lots of secrets-their upbringing, religious training and how much community does matter.  It's so realistic with what's going on in today's world.
Love how community is there to help when it's needed especially the auction and the support it gives to the boys camp. Love interjections of faith throughout this book and praying to the Lord.
Misunderstandings draw them apart and she realizes who is the culprit that is harming them all...love meaning of title in this book. Author bio and other works included at the end along with an excerpt from another book.


Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.



Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky
Have enjoyed many years of this authors works and know this will be another KEEPER.
Starts out with Mackenzie Cooper and her daughter. Then we are at present time with Maggie and she's an artist and it's a small town in VT, Devon. Things advance to present day but many reflections on the past events that took others from her life.
Love hands on with the clay and other forms of art being displayed at the gallery, so very descriptive.
She's also a makeup artist that others rely on.
Her ex shows up in town and she tries to avoid him. He's moving there, he even bought a place there and she learns even more.
Complicated details as she visits with her Probation Officer as we find out why.
Super loved hearing about the chaos at the yarn store.
Love generosity she shows to burn victims with the craft she's enhanced.
Just when she's getting comfortable with her job and friends others from her past show up.
Another story within this one involves hacking into the Internet spa files.
Family medical emergency throws them all off balance...
So up to date events occur, love how the book was given a chance by just the click of a mouse and all the research that went into a lot of this book. Fascinating to read about.
Love how it all comes together and then you understand how all the other stories are linked together. Handful of characters and easy to keep track of.
I received this review book from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley and this is my honest opinion.
    #BeforeAndAgain #NetGalley



The Earl, the Vow, and the Plain Jane by Cheryl Bolen
Like that I had just read the first one and this one reaches out to others I've met in the prior book. It's great to catch up with everyone and also it's a good stand alone.
Love how the title has the components of the book story itself.
So many emotions they go through while attending events that include dancing.
Love the political dinners and discussions and how important they are and love the secrets that come out about who is writing the articles for the paper.
Love hearing of the food and precise details of coming out mean. Very descriptive details just walking outside near the gardens-so lovely.
You know they can never be married because of a vow made. Found at times there were a lot of characters that might confuse the readers.
About the author and other works by the author are included at the end.


Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.





 Sweet Entanglement by Jean Gordon
Love that this book can be as a single book from the series of 12-so far. Like the description of the book and intrigued me enough to want to review this one.
Starts out with Lauren and she's the attorney for his petty crime of sleeping on the beach although he states he owns property in town.
He's a motorcross cyclist and his career had been cut short.
He has a community service job of picking up beach trash that will pay his fine.
Jesse and her do have a past, 10 years and he hopes to catch up with her.
Book circles a lot of the property he has inherited. There are all kinds of trouble surrounding it and documents that were delivered.
The last straw erupts information at the planning board meeting. She hopes to get her mother to escape the trap...
Laurne had always stuck up for him but he can't figure out whose side she will be on now...
Great story and I would like to read more from this author. Hoped for more location type descriptions.
Lots of surprises and unpredicted plot. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. 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.



Kamyla Chung and the Creepy Crawlies by Ellwyn Autumn

This colorful children's book starts out with Kamyla and she's heading to bed talking to her dad about creepy crawlies and he reassures her they are not in their house.
Love that the dad gets to put her to bed. Pages and text are very well displayed-you can see white lettering on darker pages and words are highly visible. Love this feature and also on the tablet you can enlarge them if you have vision problems.
She uses her other stuffed animals to help get her to sleep and put her fears away about creepy things.
One night she sees things and actually cries out and her parents come to cmfort her. They call in the experts and he looks high and low for the creepy crawlies hiding places.
Like that he allows her to help also and how he discoers what the problem is and is able to show them all. There are good crawlie things and glad to see they are also highlighted as being good.
Now that the fear is gone there are other fears to take their place. Love also how mother is there to reassure her also. Like all the measures they take to rid the room of creepy things.
Would love to read more from this author as I like how the story is told but life lessons also that are brought to the forefront.
One thing I did not like was such a dark color for main cover. That usually turns me off from even wanting to read a book.


Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.



Without Love by Anne Garboczi Evans
Second century AD Romans. This book really surprised me for a few reasons. Was dreading the length of the book, almost 500 pages.
I realized near the 400 page mark that i was dreading it ending so soon.
Story of a woman Libya who has a young son. Through her life she had been a slave, sold as a dancer and an infamia where others shun her she's not worth anything.
Her life has been a hard one and she's had to use her deceitful ways to get food at times for them to survive on.
Part I really enjoyed was learning about the Romans their culture and how it played a part in her life also. Rules are a bit different and there are a lot of them.
She's been sold so many times, from one to another and she hopes at some point she will be set free-her son also. She helps Wryn and others find out details of the betrayal that will occur but in order to get her son educated she sells that information to the enemy.
They each enjoy spending time with one another and Wryn is to wed so her days to become free are even shorter. Things do not go according to plan...
There is so much to this book, locations, action, politics, adventure, mystery, spying, children antics, ways of lifes of many different career choices, scriptures and what they meant to the Romans, and a bit of romance.
Translation key glossary at the end. Discussion questions listed at the end and acknowledgements. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Would treasure reading more from this author. Didn't realize this was part of a series, I read it as a stand alone.
Received this review copy via Olivia Publishing via Bookfun.org and this is my honest opinion.





You Send Me by Jeannie Moon
Love hearing about connection with the compass-we have many in our possession.
Jordan is about to get married but...she had found him with another woman...
Story also follows Nicky who's staying at his grandparents house at the beach who also rent out the house Jordan lives in. She found her new pet helped fill the void.
He's recuperating from surgeries to his hip and there are more to come.
Love the very descriptive details of the area-love the ocean and water scenes.
He, an ex Navy doctor came to her resuce during the storm when she had just left her car with supplies to help make her better, when the oak tree fell on the car.
She not only had a chest cold but bronchitiis. He helps take care of her and her dog during the storm.
Love how she treasures her dog and father and allows Nick to help her out with both.
There is a lot to this story! Such tender caring moments shared. Major misunderstandings occur after Nick's visit with her father...he's attracted to her and she to him but they are still hiding things from one another.
She wants her father in hospice to die happy and to show him how she will be loved after he's gone. Adult situations, swearing and sex scenes. Love how realistic this is, the location and learning new things. Would love to read more from this author. Love hearing of the connection the compass has to this whole story-priceless! Funny scenes and hilarious ones when she meets his whole family for dinner and she stays longer...and yes very tragic teary eyed scenes as well.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with 'about the author'.
Didn't realize this was a series because I read it as a stand alone and it was perfect. Will probably get my hands on the first book.


Received this review copy from Tule Publishing via Negalley and this is my honest opinion.







DIY Protein bars: The Best Homemade Protein Bars Recipes by Kelly R.
Starts with a table of contnets where the bars are browken up into different types.
Short intro about the healthy part of the protein in your diet and what that really means.
Each recipe starts with a title and brief sumary. List of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sodium, low sugar products.
Details on how to make are included but not servings.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
Found a few I want to try because I can control what goes into them.



Summer Desserts for Kids (3rd Edition): 29 Recipes to Keep the Kids Cool During the Summer! by Olivia Rogers
Starts with a table of contents and recipes are not in any specific order.
Sort intro about the book.
Each recipe starts with a title, color photo and brief summary of the dish.
List of ingredients and most of them contain store bought items so you would be able to substitute for a store brand vs. a name brand but the other items you might be able to subsittute for low fat, low sodium, low sugar products.
Directions are given and there are no servings listed.
Fruit salad minus the added sugar would be my selection.
Offer of a free book.



Favorite Cake Mix Recipes by Southern Soup Jockeys
Starts out with table of contents where the chapters are broken up into Breads, cookies, other goodies, bundt cakes, cakes with fruit, chocolate cakes, cakes, bars and streusels,
Short intro about family old fashioned recipes.
Each recipe starts with a title, list of ingredients including a cake mix and other foods already prepared or canned. Directions are included. You should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodiu , low sugar and low fat products.
Servings are also listed.
There is NO nutritional information. There are NO pictures.
I chose chocolate zuchinni recipe to try because my freezer is still full of it from the garden.


Hometown Girl at Heart (Hometown #1) by Kirsten Fullmer
Starts out with Tara and she is refinishing an old piece of furniture in the new building she had just bought. She's hoping to win the contract to change it all into a resort but by keeping the history and charm of the place and she's pretty sure she'll win the bid with the female head of the company.
Store also follows Justin who moves into a new house to take over the resort property and make it what it needs to be-a get away from DC. He's got it all lined up with the male owner of the company.
Each is so far from one another it's not funny. She is so educated in the field of decorating but he has his qualities also. They don't even realize it that they can hardly talk to one another when they are together-they are so hot in love with one another.
Love the locale and learning how things are done, and what to the furniture. Love the connection the town has to her and what it all encmpasses.
They try to compromise with the construction phases and furnishings but neither wants to give in really.
Story is comical at times as they butt heads but also very technical in how they are selecting things.
He does learn about her younger years and it all makes sense why she acts like she does.  Sex scenes. Just when you think things are so predictable there are twists and turns thrown in.
Didn't see them coming, what a surprise! Abrupt ending, must be continued in the next book in the series.


Lighting Candles in the Snow by Karen Jones Gowen
Story starts out with Karoline and her life up to when she meets Jeremy. She meets her sister in Utah and gets a job there-being they are the only ones left of the family-their parents travel and live in Florida.
She meets Jeremy and there's a lot of thought process of how they met, got along, she wanted to meet his family-only his mother left, til they moved in. They do get married and things don't go quite right and they end up divorced.
Suz her sister is always the positive one and keeping Karoline moving.  She's lost her job at the mortgage company and does some part time temp work but she still love Jeremy. She meets and dates another man but Jeremy comes back into her life.
Sad thing for me was finding out what candles in the snow was all about-it's so sad, about his past.
Love hearing of the hiking and the locale, some place I'd like to visit some time.
Author bio and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.


Scent of Persuasion by Nikki Duncan
Starts out with Kami Evans and the new assignment she's taken on to help prove her stepbrother didn't kill himself.
She has to do a lot of things to pursuade information from others.
The story also follow Breck Lawson and he's the new CEO and trying to investigate what's really going on with the company.
Like how they meet and combine forces, so to speak. Lots of twists and turns in this one along with romance, sex and a lot of mystery.
So many surprises. good all around story to read.


Dancing with the ferryman by frankie valente
Really enjoyed this story for many reasons. Like how she discovers what her boyfriend is up to and acts on it.
She leaves the area, pregnant with his child but he's going back to his wife and kids-which she didn't know he had.
ove her best friend for being there for her as she discovers her new living situation. Love how the neighbors encompass her into their plans and make her one of their own.
p and down relationship with the ferryman and love the details of his work amongst it all.
Love the life on the island and things are simple there and especially like the epilogue-didn't see that coming!



The Inimitable Instant Pot Cookbook: Your Go-to Collection of absolutely the best Instant Pot recipes by Maleha Sanders
Starts out with a table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals categories.
Intro talks about not only the pressure cooker but the different modes, tips, and types along with precautions when the pot is in use.
Each recipe starts with a title short one liner about the dish.
Prep and cook time is included.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar products.
Directions are included and some nutritional information: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, fiber, carbs and protein. NO sodium levels.
There are NO pictures.
I even found misspellings-when you go to ass milk, it really means to add milk.
For me it uses things already made, was not impressed with this book.
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Medicinal Herbs: Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and Medicinal Herbs To Improve Your Health (Medicinal Herbs For Beginners Book 1) by J.J. Ortezky
Book starts out with a table of contents and the chapters are broken up by chemistry, alternate methods, prep of the potions, herbal treatments and principles of herbal medicine.
Offer of free ebooks.  Intro talks aobut history of the herbs and when they were first used for medicinal purposes and how they are used today.
There are recipes for various diseases and very unusual herbs back in Egyptian days.
There is a lot of information about the herbs and how to put them together for what ails you. Do like using things you can find at home for curing you rather than buying chemicals but this book is a lot more advanced for me.
Like how to treat the common cold-i have all these spices and the cough drops we use have a lot of the same products in them.
There is a glossary of words associated with herb actions. List of healing herbs is also included and where to locate them in the world.
Another book within this one is about aromatherapy and this section has the same setup as the earlier booklet.


Growing Season by Melanie Lageschulte
Story starts out with Melanie and sh'es just lost her job along with everybody else. She takes some time looking for work to no avail and ends up back home where she helps an ailing friend run the hardware store.
Her housing problem also is solved as she finds the farmhouse along with all the animals and garden. Story could be a short story but every thing is described in such detail it makes the story on the longside-which I love.
She even has her friends come down to paint-although she's only there for summer months.  They also love the farm life and consider moving there themselves. Love hearing how just everybody within 20 miles comes to help when needed and she's there to help them all as well.
Such a close community-loved hearing of the parade and just all the small things that make a difference in rural living.
About the books and other works by her along with bio and excerpts are included at the end.
Would love to read more from this author.


Mediterranean Salad Cookbook: Incredibly Delicious Salad Recipes for Natural Weight Loss and Detox: Mediterranean Diet Cookbook (Healthy Cooking and Eating 3) by Vesela Tabakova
Starts with table of contents where the recipes are not in any specific order.
Introduction talks about healthy wegith loss and the part salads play in it all.
Each recipe starts 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.
Directions in how to make are included.
There are no pictures and there is NO nutritional information.


Zucchini pasta would make a great lunch. About the author is also included at the end.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Review: Spring's Storm by Lyn Cote





Spring's Storm by Lyn Cote
Have read other works from this author and have enjoyed the reads.
This one starts out with Thea, she's got a lot on her plate. She's not only a lady who teaches others the piano in her house but she tends to her grandmother who'd suffered a stroke and is in local nursing center and she visits and brings treats often and she runs family fishing cabins during the summer.
On top of that Trace, the next door neighbor bought the boys camp and will be starting it up again. On top of that it's a small town and everybody relies on info about him from her.
A student comes and her mother has a sick dog and drops the 2 year old twins off at her house also. Within a short time the whole house is in chaos and that's when the new neighbor shows up.  It gets worse over time.
Her step sister has run away, she meets up with her father and finds out truth about why they sold their house...some towns people don't want anything to do with the camp and have sabotaged events and his truck and poisons her dog, never mind the whole kitchen and supplies.
What I really like about this book are the ways Trace encompasses the townsfolk and talks to them at church using passages from the bible to help. There are lots of secrets-their upbringing, religious training and how much community does matter.  It's so realistic with what's going on in today's world.
Love how community is there to help when it's needed especially the auction and the support it gives to the boys camp. Love interjections of faith throughout this book and praying to the Lord.
Misunderstandings draw them apart and she realizes who is the culprit that is harming them all...love meaning of title in this book. Author bio and other works included at the end along with an excerpt from another book.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Review: Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky




Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky
Have enjoyed many years of this authors works and know this will be another KEEPER.
Starts out with Mackenzie Cooper and her daughter. Then we are at present time with Maggie and she's an artist and it's a small town in VT, Devon. Things advance to present day but many reflections on the past events that took others from her life.
Love hands on with the clay and other forms of art being displayed at the gallery, so very descriptive.
She's also a makeup artist that others rely on.
Her ex shows up in town and she tries to avoid him. He's moving there, he even bought a place there and she learns even more.
Complicated details as she visits with her Probation Officer as we find out why.
Super loved hearing about the chaos at the yarn store.
Love generosity she shows to burn victims with the craft she's enhanced.
Just when she's getting comfortable with her job and friends others from her past show up.
Another story within this one involves hacking into the Internet spa files.
Family medical emergency throws them all off balance...
So up to date events occur, love how the book was given a chance by just the click of a mouse and all the research that went into a lot of this book. Fascinating to read about.
Love how it all comes together and then you understand how all the other stories are linked together. Handful of characters and easy to keep track of.
I received this review book from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley and this is my honest opinion.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Book Review: You Don't Know Jack by Daniel J. Barrett




You Don't Know Jack by Daniel J. Barrett
Have read other books by this author and they are impressive.
This book is about Jack and how he helps others in the community. Love the initials of tests and other items and then they ae explained in English what they are.
He mentors kids to attend class and pass the achievements tests (GED's and job training)-get them off the streets. He's learning his team is dissolving and the program is ending. With the loss of his job he loses so much more when he gets home.
Killing them with kindness is up for order. Lots of twists and turns and I had to laugh out loud a few times! Love that he meets up with others from prior books as I know the characters already but you'd not be left out in the dark.
Love hearing the other side and how it backfires. Love that those invovled are NOT afraid of physical labor and the work he plans to do now with his life.
So much good to accomplish for those who will eventually work for it. Love how much knowledge Jack has and he uses it for good things.
So many struggles, tough love and obstacles for a good cause. This is a better than paying it forward book as you can feed a man one day but teach him to fish so he can provide every day.
Things I loved about this book is the romance, the people one meets in their life, the travel-new places for me to explore, the pay it forward and using your hands and knowledge to help others.
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.