Sunday, May 24, 2020

Books read May 25



The Mystery of the Amphibious Jeep by Paul Moxham

The Mystery of the Amphibious Jeep by Paul Moxham
This story starts out when the kids are just done with school for the summer and they have breakfast and head to Will's house to go to the beach.
While there they have fun in the water and watch as a vehicle comes out of the water and drives on the beach.
Have seen these in our police/fire department for water rescues and have sat in them at Duck adventures in Seattle.
Kids invite the man to their house for dinner and while there the dog is late getting back into the house so the girls goes to look for him.
One remembers she left her sunhat in the jeep so they climb aboard and before they know it the jeep is moving. Two men that Tex had met earlier are stealing the jeep.
The mystery starts and the girl goes on  a trip they had not planned on.  They are able to follow them once they stop ....
Like how this one ends, only the girls are on the mystery ride.
Can't wait to read more of this series. Just love them all!

Books read May 24











 The Mystery Series Collection, Books 4-6 (Mystery #4-6) by Paul Moxham
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This collection of Mystery Series includes 3 stories:
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The Mystery at Claw Mountain by Paul Moxham
Have loved this series and books can be read as stand alones. I was able to get a lot of them for free when author promotes his books so have read most of the works.
Kids are at their grandparents house in Scotland and they brought Will along also. SO many adventures as they discover the farm, lands, pond and claw mountain.
Love the dog as he has super powers and he aids them in their troubles. Like that the parents allow them to sleep overnight at the shepherd hut after they clean it all up and even carry wood up the path.
Love all things snow and the kids do also. They get into the thick of things when they go exploring INTO the mine at the mountain. Before long they are in deep trouble.
So many events occur, they get captured, escape and caught again. Dog helps a bit and it's fun to learn about what's in the mine.
Loved this book and can't wait to read more of the kids adventures.
Loved hearing about the farm in Scotland and hope they get to visit soon again and do more exploring.
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*The Mystery of the Golden Dragons
The Mystery of the Golden Dragons by Paul Moxham
Starts out with Carrie and she's visiting the kids for several days with her dad is off to Monrovia for business.
The kids go on an adventure but they are being followed and watched as they sail to an island to spend the night.
They are kidnapped and taken out of the country to Monrovia where they learn Mr. Chang is taking them to meet the head boss at the Golden Dragons.
They are lucky is some regards as one of them has stowed away and keeps track of them but also gets help from other fighting the Golden Dragons organization.
Lots of mystery and discoveries as they are chased, escape and captured and the chase is on once again. They do meet up with Carrie's dad and for a bit they are able to foll their captors.
Lots of sights and hidden rooms are discovered that aide them again in escaping. They find the coolest of places to hide.
Liked this longer length book as it's so detailed in the conspiracy of the government.
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The Mystery of Treasure Island
The Mystery of Treasure Island by Paul Moxham
Have enjoyed the series, stand alone books by this author and they remind me a bit of the Hardy boys but this is so much more explained in details and descriptions.
Starts out where the children and their friend Will are in the Caribbean.
Starts when the group goes on a tour of a volcanic island and after the earthquake and some secrets they find they are held up by pirates...
Days later Uti, their tour and pilot has other errands to do so they tag along.as the parents go shopping.
Problem is with the severe thunderstorm they get thrown offtrack and are able to land on water of an island they are unfamiliar with.
The pirates find them and the kids are a bit smart about how they rescue the pilot and leave with the boat....
Love they finally get to visit the animal reserve and I love how they are going to spend the reward money-it's something I would do.
Had me on the edge of my seat, fast paced and so detailed you feel as if you are there and can experience all the bumps and bruises and excitement and the fear.





 The Mystery of Claw Mountain (The Mystery Series Book 4) by [Paul Moxham]

 The Mystery at Claw Mountain by Paul Moxham
Have loved this series and books can be read as stand alones. I was able to get a lot of them for free when author promotes his books so have read most of the works.
Kids are at their grandparents house in Scotland and they brought Will along also. SO many adventures as they discover the farm, lands, pond and claw mountain.
Love the dog as he has super powers and he aids them in their troubles. Like that the parents allow them to sleep overnight at the shepherd hut after they clean it all up and even carry wood up the path.
Love all things snow and the kids do also. They get into the thick of things when they go exploring INTO the mine at the mountain. Before long they are in deep trouble.
So many events occur, they get captured, escape and caught again. Dog helps a bit and it's fun to learn about what's in the mine.
Loved this book and can't wait to read more of the kids adventures.
Loved hearing about the farm in Scotland and hope they get to visit soon again and do more exploring.






Bread Machine & Oven Cookbook by Christopher Lester




Bread machine and oven cookbook by Christopher Lester
Very colorful pictures and other works by the author are highlighted at the start.
Table of contents and recipes are broken up into bread categories: bread machine loaves, tasty savory pies, sweet oven tarts and pies, buns, bagels and baguettes, snack buns,  sweet buns, Mediterranean pastries bruchetta,  calzone, breadsticks.
Intro starts the book off with pic of sweet rolls and talks about bread machines.
Author goes over all the ingredients and what you can use along with tips.
Utensils you will need if using the bread machine.
 We tried the very first one as we didn't have any yeast and stores have not had any since January and it's the end of May here.
So easy to just put everything in the machine and when it beeped we put in raisins. Came out just perfect, pictures attached here.
 Each recipe starts with a title, servings, prep and cook time, crust type, program.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs : low sodium, low sugar, low fats and fresh vs. canned.
Measurements are in US and also (/UK).
Directions are included. There are NO pictures but the instructions are so easy to follow.
Nutritional information: calories, total fat, sat. fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbs, dietary fiber, total sugars, protein, vitamin D, calcium, potassium.
Can't wait to try more.
A KEEPER!!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Books read May 23





His Special Angel by Lynne Marshall
His Special Angel (Mercy, Inc. #2)  by Lynne Marshall
This story starts out with a table of contents then the story.
Mallory has raised her daughter and she's getting ready to attend the college of her choice, on the east coast which is very expensive.
Mallory had been working longer shifts, putting money away but nothing near what she needs even with the scholarships her daughter had won.
She's heading to meet with the head doctor who used to do rounds and was such fun but now he's not so fun with all the paperwork he has to do and others have noticed the change.
... She gets him to ER where they run tests on him and she heads back to work.
After his surgery she is given the chance to take care of him on weekends for extra money. 
He had written up a special document that prohibits the use after a time and to allow him to die. She wills him to live and we then learn more about him, his homelife, his ex wife and his upcoming travel.
She listens and is able to learn more about his sudden illness and with his help they discover what it could be and JT, the patient questions his doctor about it.
So much comes into play, so unpredictable and he has a fight on his hands. More that just one as he alienates his special nurse.
Great story and as in the first book I learned about some many surgical procedures that really make this a great read. I see everything done on medical dramas on TV and they had not made sense to me.
Loved it for so many reasons: learned new words, love hearing about caring people, love careers where one uses their hands and brains, family life and just caring.
Love the unexpected ending with the help of her daughter, so cool!  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
About the author is listed at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.








Dancer by Jenna   Rose
Dancer by Jenna Rose
Story starts out with Brock and he's the mob boss and he's noticed a girl and tries to entice her into having a meal with him but she has other plans and heads home.
Story also follows Hope who is now living under Darryl's hand and has to dance to earn money that she owes him because her now dead parents  were given money from him and now it's her debt.
Mobsters all turn up on her first night and Brock sees her and pays off her debt and takes her home. He has no idea what her last name even is....til his second in command tells him.
Very erotic detailed sex scenes. Like story line especially when she learns of the truth and she thinks he had killed her parents. She runs  and does learn the real truth at the courthouse...
Thought this would be so much more about dancing-either in ballet or a troupe.
Love how some of her dreams come true.  Other works by the author are listed at the back.


The Worst Christmas Book in the Whole Entire World by Joey Acker

The Worst Christmas Book in the Whole Entire World (Entire World Books 3)  by Joey Acker
Was hoping to be taken away from the madness we are living in but found it took me to another madness.
Was kind of funny cuz I kept waiting for something to happen and there is no magic in this book.
Very dull but kept my attention to the end. It's everything that is not Christmas related, mixed up locations and everything else.



Easy Homemade Bread by Debbie Madson
Easy Homemade Bread, 50 simple and delicious recipes by Debbie Mason
Short into and what is included: 10 recipes each: quick bread, white and whole wheat yeast, bread mixer, bread sticks and other items.
Each section starts with a summary of the category, medium size color photo and then the recipes.
Each recipe starts with a title and list of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sugar, low sodium and fresh vs. canned items.
Directions are given.
There are NO pictures, There is NO nutritional information.
There are a handful of recipes that also contain a picture.
Can't wait to try a few of these this upcoming weeks.


Easy Homemade Edible Holiday Gifts by Louise Davidson

Easy Homemade Edible Holiday Gifts by Louise Davidson
Short intro, table of contents were recipes are separated by food category, other works by the author are highlighted.
Intro about giving of holiday gifts that are edible. Lots of examples are given.
Few pictures.
Jar mixes start with a title, prep and cook time and servings. List of ingredients and 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 how to place in the jar along with instructions  to place on the top that includes oven temp, other ingredients and servings.
There are NO pictures.
There is NO nutritional information.
Like bread section more because the breads freeze well and just takes a bit of time to thaw them out.
Like flavor combinations.
Start of every chapter has a few pictures but you don't know which recipes they are for.
Other works by the author  are included at the end
Conversion cooking charts are also included



The Heart Healthy Cookbook for Beginners 2020 by Adele Wilson
The Heart Healthy Cookbook for beginners 2020 by Adele Wilson
TOC where recipes are broken up by meal and food categories.
Introductions chapters talk about what is a healthy diet and basics that contain medium sized color photographs.
Different important aspects of the diet are explained.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, cooking 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  and there are NO pictures for each recipe.
There is some nutritional info per servings: calories, protein, carbs, fat, sat. fat and sodium.
Like that you can use different appliances for the recipes: one calls for bread machine and then the oven to finish.
Slow cooker is another and pan on the stove.
There are tons of recipes, lots of different flavor and variety.
Some recipes have a LOT of ingredients, some canned. Measurements are not uniform so be sure to read the recipe a few times.
Like no salt and low sodium recipes at the end.
Appendixes are included at the end with a meal plan for three weeks.
Recipe index is also attached.



35 Chicken Appetizer Recipes by Jean Pardue
35 yummy chicken appetizers 0 invite your dinner guests tonight by Jean Pardue
Book starts with table of contents where recipes are not in any specific order.
Dedication and list of other works by the author are listed.
Short intro about the book.
Recipes start with a title 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 is NO nutritional information.
There are about 5 color photos of the recipes in the book.
My choice will be well flavored cheesy chicken nuggets as we have all the ingredients and we can use our special low sodium ingredients to make them healthy.
Ends with link to authors page, and list of her other works.




Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook by Olivia Mason
Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook by Olivia Mason
Table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals. Starts with intro about the instant pot, its features, settings,  and benefits.
Each recipe starts with a title, color photo, servings and cooking time.
From here the text is divided 1/3 to the left are the listings of ingredients and they sometimes go for 4 pages.
To the right are the directions.
There is NO nutritional information.
Found quite a few soups I want to try myself, also detox vegetable soup.
I like that some recipes call for the measurements in US.
Be sure you have all the ingredients listed as some have over 20. You should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sugar, low fat, low sodium and fresh vs. canned items.
Other works by the author are listed at the back.


My Grandpa's Secret by Gracie Jayne

My Grandpa's Secret: Book 1 A Child's Freedom by Gracie Jayne
Was hoping for a feel good story but that's not this book.
This is about a boy who's taken away from his foster home to go live with his brothers and grandparents.
Til they are officially adopted everything is fine then the abuse occurs.
To save his brothers he goes through years of abuse starting at age 7, anal penetration and other sexual disgusting acts.
There are other books in the series but I felt I had read enough of the very descriptive graphic details.
Story could've been told with no graphic events but the author chose otherwise.
I won't be reading the rest of the series.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Books read May 20



A Dubious Rock by Gerald J. Kubicki

A Dubious Rock by Gerald J. Kubicki
Really enjoyed this mystery and thought when it first started out it was to be a 1940's war book.
Just a dream but it seems all so real. There is so much action and special teams that come to the aid of the police and other forces.
Just when you think the Homeland Security team is in the clear they are shot on again and they have to ramp things in. They do have connections and that really helps.
Like the subject matter as I did not know much about the rocks at all. Entertaining for me.
Especially like the excerpt about the pollution going on in the oceans of our world and a book in the series.
Was on the edge of my seat when I heard about the women and how there were able to subdue those after them with their special kicks and other devices they used.
They need to set up a school so others can learn from them.  Action, adventure, mystery, cartels from all over the world and so much more.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.




What Means the Most by Hazel Taylor
What Means the most by Hazel Taylor
Short story of a woman who returns to where her grandmother lived on the island of a few thousand where everybody knew you and your troubles.
She meets up with the boy that was like a brother to the family and he is there to welcome her back to the island. He's back from fighting the war and she's there to bury her grandmother.
Reading of the will the family find everybody was included in her generosity and the house and special instructions are left for Morgan.
The grandmother had kept something of hers when she was just a young teen and she wanted her to complete the wishes...
Quite the list and Cadence will help her finish them all.
This is the first book in the series and there are four in total.
Excerpt from the next book in the series is also included.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Book Review: Lessons and Beliefs: Searching for Love in the Gay World by Mark Tedesco



Lessons and Beliefs by Mark Tedesco
Lessons and Beliefs: Searching for Love in the Gay World by Mark Tedesco
Was hesitant to read this book because I am not interested in the gay world but in relationships yes so I agreed to read and review this.
Really happy I did, love the quotes at the start of the chapters from well known people-some of my favorites also.   Many of the experiences I had a glimpse of from the authors other works that I've read.
At times it's very happy times then things just go wrong or it takes time for them to go wrong and some even go into counseling because the relationship means so much to them.
At other times I felt the lead character was being taken advantage of but he didn't want to face that, I think it would mean a breakup which he did not want under any circumstances.
Fear of cancer gets him moving in the right direction, knowing he may not have the rest of his life... Love the action he took against one to get what was his, shouldn't have had to go to the extremes it did...
I am so jealous of all the travel, totally a treasure. That and all the new words I learned.
Not sure I got it all but was seeing it as a man and woman and could see that happening.
Experiences of a lifetime in just one book, can't wait to read more from this author.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

May 19 Book Review: A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky




A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky
Book starts with dedication then the story. Goes way back to when the character was a young girl and all the memories til she realizes the camera is the secret she uses.
It captures so much more than she can remember.
Joy her daughter and her were to read a book together but she started it without her mother.
Mallory now is a professional with her camera taking real estate pictures. She gets a call from her old hometown, Westerly, RI which I am familiar with.
Jack grew up together and he is her best friend. Her dad scolded Jack and he's calling to tell her that he also had a gun.
Jack thinks her dad shot his mother....Joy talks her mom into spending a week at the shore with her relatives: Annie her sister and her dad.
As they arrive in town to walk around and get lunch Annie calls from the walk in clinic where their dad has injured himself and they meet there then onto the home...
So much happens when the family reunites and other friends come visit and she learns the real truth about her father. The relationships throughout the years draw close together with the tragedy as they all try to heal with loss and sorrow.
Surprised when she has her job to get back to in NY but she still has memories of RI.
Like family secrets come to light, learning about approaching dogs, healing, locations, friendships, photography, catching up with family and funeral arrangements in detail.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

Book Review: I'd Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos


I'd Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos

I'd Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos
There's two stories in this one book that intertwine together.
Story starts out with Ginny and she's just learned from her spouse, Harris that he's been fired.
She learns so much more, but he keeps a LOT of other secrets to himself. The teen daughter also finds out, not much but she reaches out to the girl he was a mentor to where he worked.
Avery learns her side to the story and at times can't believe her father did some things.
While this is all going on there is another story here in between the pages. Ginny when she was in high school and the group of her friends one night a terrible secret came out to destroy one and a fire kills a fireman...
Ginny spends time in later years at the park talking to Daniel and others at the dog park. She is able to discover some clues to that night so long ago...
Harris has a sit down with his wife and daughter as they ask him questions and he informs them of his hardships dealing with everything and who he turns to for help.
Very emotional story and how it all works out I found unbelievable.
Received this review copy via giveaway at Library Thing and this is my honest opinion.