Friday, November 1, 2013

Books read in Oct 2013

66 books

The Good Wife by Jane Porter
I have read most everything else by this author and am happy that I'm able to read this one. Although part of a trilogy I did not find it hard to pick up and read and not feel lost.
I have read the first in the set and remember the women of the family and how things have been brought up to date in this book.
The mother has just died, Marilyn and the whole family has come together. There are many problems in some of the marriages.
Parts I really like in this series/book is that the book is about family life, from different generations and the problems are so right now.
This book is particularly about Sarah and Boone. They live in Tampa, FL and Bonne is a pro on a baseball team and travels much for the team games while Sarah stays at home with the kids. She'd love to relocate back to northern CA to be closer to family.
She feels she and Boone are not so close any more and she sees signs and they lead to infidelity but he swears she is the only one.  Brought up to speed on the others life's through the years as the sisters try to find the answers. More life events get in the way of Sarah returning to Boone in FL but she does send their son and he's got others lined up to help care for him.
The book also follows the life's of Lauren and her twin Lisa. Love all the baking talk and how their life's meet up with the Brennans.
Couldn't put this book down and 417 pages I devoured in a day. Love all the travel, different locations and most importantly I wish I had a sister/friend like the ones in this book who drop everything and engage in an intervention...
This book is the best of the series, in my opinion.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Highfall by Ani Alexander
Annika is just 17 and attending college for medical when she is almost run down by a black car.
The man takes her to the hospital where she's pronounced ok and they go for coffee. For hours they talk to one another and learn about each other.
She continues her classes and work after at the hospital. She sees signs of his illness and when he asks her to move in with her that is also brought up and she moves in with him.
His other friends introduce him to heroin and he loses his job at the bank shortly afterward. She feel she can't reach him.
She tries to make him see what his drug has done to them and upon learning she's pregnant she heads home to tell him but she walks in on them...
Her second boyfriend, Vasko is a financial analyst and they met via a programmer chat area online. They soon move in together.
The first and second boyfriends life's are followed as she moves onto Amsterdam for a change.
During the process she becomes mature and makes decisions that will make her happy.
I found the book hard to read because of the brutal language and sex scenes but able to get through it because of the story line.
She and Vasko make plans for the future and tragedy strikes instead...
She used to be such a dull ordinary girl, doing everyday ordinary things. She can't say that now. Not quite the ending I had pictured after all the drug use.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Maddie's Choice by Joyce Zeller
I wanted to read this book after reading the synopsis. Sounded like a book that would explain about how a cattle ranch runs, something I'll probably never see in my lifetime.
The story starts out with Maddie and how she lives in a condo in NYC. She had once traveled and at a diner sat and talked to Jonah and they kept in contact with one another over the years. Next thing she knows she's a published writer and things are not going so well in the boyfriend department.
She gets a letter from a lawyer that Jonah has left her half his ranch. She goes to Arkansas and stays for some time til her condo is refurbished. She finds the boys, Abe and Mark and their Uncle Gideon who's now back home from the war with PTSD.
She is able to cross paths with Gideon and she stays out of his way while writing in her new novel. She learns of the boys birthday, 16th and wants to throw him a bash and before she knows it the whole will come to celebrate. She has a gift for him that he's been wanting.
Besides the work on the ranch I was able to learn about the new project Jonah was experimenting with. This is amazing because my father was hired to feed the steers here in town due to this new experiment. Liked learning about the cows and their significance.
Things start going bad, rustlers stealing cattle and a bad gang might be connected. Action really heats up when some forces join. Hot steamy sex scenes. This is a great story on many different counts.
Love how she is so strong she is able to pick up where Jonah left off-his dreams of the ranch.
I received this book from Tribute Books in exchange for my honest review.

Halloween Food (Instructables Halloween) by Authors of Instructables
Loved the front cover and wanted to know how to make the treats: desserts, drinks and snacks.
Illustrated very colorful book showing step by step how to make the items. They are so real to life! Also tells why the author wanted to make them, what inspired them to do so.
Decorated Mummy Dogs would be my favorite to cook.
Candy corn would be my second favorite but it involves a lot more work.
Great book for family baking as long as the kids have supervision.

Moon Girl by Beatrix Tambunan
Illustrated colorful children's book telling a story of two sisters.
One is sun girl who keeps the sun out during the day hours so everybody can go to work, plants can grow, etc.
Moon girl takes over when the sun goes down so creatures can use the moon rays to travel and crawl outside.
Moon girl was feeling sad and not loved so she traveled to Jupiter and realized there was nothing growing there at all.
She came back to Earth and everybody was happy to see her because she does have an important job.

The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
Hannah lives on Nantucket and studies not only the stars but the workings of clocks, prisms and lighthouse lenses.
Her father has a new love and is moving to Philadelphia and he doesn't like the idea she will be home by herself. Edward her brother has finally come home with a wife, Mary.
She has had many marriage proposals and she contemplates accepting one so it will be suitable for her to stay and work on the island. She is so fascinated by the nebula's that she sees
and makes notes in her journal of seeing them. She will become famous with the refractors unveiling and she will attend. She works towards becoming the first astronomer.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chilvalli
Quiltsgiving get together annually for a winter session of camp to provide quilts to children in need, Project Linus.
Sylvia is the owner of the manor and she has many tasks to complete before the guests arrive for camp.
The twins live there along with their mother who helps run the place.
Love how the membership will be gathering the fabrics to distribute to those who will be sewing. They will camp in rooms at the manor and meet to not only talk but give each other tips and the room comes with home made meals and food is grown on the estate.
Opening day, after a meal, everybody introduces themselves and tells why they are there to quilt and what charity means to them.
Other activities are scheduled: historical quilts from the estate are discussed. There are chapters of those attending and how they interact with the others.
Loved all the stories and especially the quilting instructions.
Hated hearing of the fabric and how it's stolen from a shop that doesn't have a store.

I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 What Makes Me Special - Gru the caterpillar - Garden Friends series) by Rose Mckey
This illustrated colorful children's book is about the life of a caterpillar.
Everyday Father sun wakes him up and reminds him to eat. then at lunch and then at dinner.
Gru enjoys hanging from a tree watching the other animals in the garden.
He was sad because all the others can do things he can not. He asks Father sun what is special about him and he tells him to just wait...
When the spring comes he pops out of his cocoon. He  realizes just how important and special they all are.

Zoya by Danielle Steel
This book is about Zoya, how she was raised and the war and how she travels with her grandmother to Paris to escape.
She's lost the rest of her family and friends in the war. She has one Faberge egg that was given to her from the Czar.
She knows she can sell it for a fortune if she ever has to.   After having sold some of their jewelry she accepted a job as a dancer.
Pain and turmoil overcome them during war time...Her grandmother wants her to marry the cripple man before she dies.  Zoya refuses.
Married, moved to US, stock market drop and now she's alone with the children and is back to dancing to survive.
A new life after he dies and she finds herself back to square one again...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

An Island Just For Us by Barbara Hattimer
What first attracted me to wanting to read this book was the cover. The story and that it's about an island off the coast of Maine solidified it even more.
Elena is once again back to the island in Maine that her family of mother and father and 2 brothers stay during the summer month. This island is everything Maine, the food is astounding, the nature is just as good.
Loved going back to Maine with this book-I know exactly where this is and have visited myself and have seen movies from the same area. All the good memories: New England clam bake with rockweed, seashells, isolated island hopping.
The story is mainly about Elena and she has stayed away from the island for years but is back now. Todd and his grandmother are living in another cabin.
Both families meet and join each other at meals and parties.
Elena is in college and discusses her promise ring to Todd. He is facing his own battles within about his mother and father.
The grandmother has also her battles to fight that come to light throughout the story.
Doug and Mike-the younger brothers also have some things to overcome.  Pornography touches so many of them and not in a good way. With the help and praying to God the path is shown to them.
I received this book from The book club network ( in exchange for my honest review.

Life The Classic Collection Wonders of the World
I never thought I'd win this but I did and it's a hardbound book with 140 pages of some of the best photographs I've ever seen.
The book is broken up into sections: wonders of the world, 7 original wonders, wonders of today, natures' wonder and 7 Life wonders and more
The one I love particularly is the one of the Eiffel Tower. Each photo is given a few chapters to tell it's story.
Love the lights and the angle of the tower.

I received this book from SynapseConnect, Inc.

Good Morning, Sun by Rebecca Hamilton
Illustrated very colorful children's book showing the fun things in a day that
will delight children because they are things everybody knows of.
My favorite is the picture of the butterflies as they fly around. This book so reminded me
of the Goodnight Moon one by Margaret Wise and has the same tone but for daylight hours.
You can make it more interesting by asking the child to count or talk about the different objects on each page that are peeking out from behind something.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Starry Night A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber
I wanted to read this book for the title as it reminds me of Don McLeans' song: Starry, starry night / Paint your pallet blue and gray...
Carrie is currently in Chicago working as the society reporter but she wants to be a real reporter and Sophie can't even talk her into not handing in her 2 week notice to hightail it to Seattle for a job.
The head editor tells her if she can get an interview with Finn Dalton, whose written a novel about surviving in the wilderness she can have any job she wants. No other reporter has even located the man. She pulls out all the stops to locate him using the computer.
She has a lead as to his mother and tracks her down and manages to get invited into her house. After that she's on a mission to deliver an item to Finn from his mother. She has a lead as to how to get to his location in the Alaskan wild.
Sawyer the bush pilot, thinks he's doing Finn a favor by dropping her off and Finn contacts him to let him know otherwise.
Love the details of the travel involved and descriptions of Finn's cabin and the contents of it.
They don't see eye to eye on anything but she's got her article written after a night spent there with him and his dog.
They spend a lot of hours talking and getting to know one another.She has enough to write the article to further her career but when he said bye to her he asked her not to write it...
What will she do? write it or not? Light romance but I especially liked the wilderness scenes.
I received this book from Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for my honest review.


Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
Wanted to read this book because I thought it would be about needlework during Lincoln's career.
I found it was more about the political and family problems rather than the dressmaking side of things.
Elizabeth is the dressmaker and she spends a lot of time in Mrs. Lincoln's company during the days. She hears and sees and knows a lot about the couple,
the politics of the country. She is able to keep the secrets to herself. Loved hearing about how Thanksgiving got chosen for 3rd Thursday in November and about the 1860's.
Loved hearing of freeing of the slaves but I really thought this book would be more about the sewing.
Sad how much the dresses cost to make and how they need to sell them after the president is killed.

I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Prodigal by Michael Hurley
I wanted to read this book because it's the story of a boat from very long ago and the front cover looks fabulous. The story line I knew it would keep my interest.
Story starts out with a lawyer Aidan Sharpe and he's a lawyer but on the outer banks island for a few days. Just drifting around drinking and with his law buddies.
Upon returning to the mainland and work they discover they are to be in court for a major trial but things don't quite go as planned and we find Aidan back on the island indefinitely. He is able to live with Father Marcus and work around the island doing odd jobs. He and others land a job doing carpentry work at the boatyard til
a fight breaks out and they get banned. Lots of love scenes and the lure of the island life is abundant.
Loved the boat racing and all the nautical terms as I live close by to Narragansett Bay and am very familiar with the America's cup and Newport to Bermuda races. Lots of action and adventure-the kind I'd expect off the shores of the outer banks.
Felt at peace while reading this story and you wonder if they do find their paradise...Loved knowing that the work the author has done is put into his novel-it's all firsthand knowledge. Loved hearing all about the technical side and what comes into play to make it all work.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Sugar Camp Quilt by  Jennifer Chiaverini
Wanted to read all the books in the series and this one sounds fascinating.
Dorothea is making Uncle Jacob's quilt. He had a certain design but to her the squares did not make sense.
Once you realize what they are depicting the secret will be out. The story tells of the times before the war when slaves were owned by others.
She hopes to get the quilt done for Christmas day to surprise him. She really labored over it and he didn't seem to appreciate her best work.
The women are also involved in album blocks where everybody signs a section of muslin. It is also known as chimney sweep and they are hoping to get 80 blocks.
Days later she notices the quilt is not on the back of the rocking chair. Silas had given her a gift-silver comb and mirror and she will treasure it.
Her uncle is acting differently than normal and is making more trips to the camp and she watches for clues as to what is going on...
Loved the chat about the maples and how they were tapped back then. So many mysteries, loved the clues and following the trails.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

I am not afraid of Monsters by Sharlene Alexander
Illustrated very colorful children's book showing the size, shape and other attributes of things that could be considered monsters.
But the little boy is so brave but one night he does feel something licking his toes and tickling his feet he runs out of his room
but he remembered he really is brave and finds out what it is that is under his bed sheet...
Love this book and the 9 puzzles at the end that would really fascinate a child to do.

Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis
I love the Lucky Harbor series and am fortunate to be able to read this one in the series.
This one is about Leah and she returned to the town to help her grandmother with driving her to daily rehab while baking at the local bakery.
She is not allowed to say who wins the $100.000 and a bakery of their choice in any city.
She also has let it slip out that Jack, the fireman is her boyfriend and their relationship is on again. Jake is a bit put out because they are not an item and he'd had dates lined up..
Love catching up with the others in town.  Jack and Leah have known each other since middle school and some in town have put pictures on Facebook and Pinterest of them.
They agreed to have rules because they only wanted to make his mom happy with all she was going through and her grandmother also.
Loved hearing of the techniques of fire fighting with safety measures at the highest level..
Great Dane, Kevin often works his way in between them. Lots of 'f' bombs.
Love the clues to the arsonist and the relationship the 3 women have and that Aubrey gets the next book.  Free two chapter excerpt is included.
I received this book from Net Galley via Grand Central Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Evan Burl and the Falling By Justin Blaney
This fantasy, magic story is about an orphaned boy who lives in the castle with other orphans. They try their hardest to survive but for some it's to no avail.
The master, Mazol is a mean man who punishes the children. For me this is hard to read about a child getting punished when things are not even their fault.
I really enjoyed the magic and how Evan keeps the others minds off their hunger, with his magic.
The countdown til a year has passed is kind of terrifying-to not know if he will turn evil or if he will die.
Loved hearing of all the hiding places around the castle and treasure the time they are safe.
Liked how the story takes a long time to tell you about the children's past and the layout of the castle and surrounding areas and daily life.
Some chapters are written in another view from others in the story.
Strange things occur-like the fire where he throws the book into and the next day he notices his burned shirt and pain but the book is as perfect as ever.
Then the countdown is suddenly only 3 days left before he turns into a magician...
Cevo is hunting down Evan to kill him.
Claire's father has a note from Trillium to kill the boy, Evan. She will help Evan...
Love going through the story from various angles and there is just a handful of important characters to keep track of. sequence should be a good read also.

7 Deadly Sins of Special Educators by Chris de Feyter 
Thought reading this book would maybe help with my grandson's education as they've yet to figure out what his problem is.
It does have a lot of very good basic information that can be used for any child with a learning disability.
Stick to the CORE, focus on what matters most, and to challenge the child to learn.
The activities are really good examples of what to do to encourage a child in other ways.
I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.


 Katy The One-Eyed Cat (A Beautifully Illustrated Children's Picture Book for 4 to 8 Year Olds) by Tony Dunne
Illustrated colorful children's book about a cat that just has one eye.
There are 15 chapters of stories about Katy and how they got injured and limp now.
Some cats play outside and some stay inside.
The chapters are about other animals that also are outside and the story tells what each one does.
The words are easy and a child could read most of them with help.

Animalphabet by Mehrdokht amini
Illustrated very colorful children's book showing the alphabet with a different animal that matches the starting letter.
There are also a few sentences that sometimes rhyme and tell of the sound and other things about the letter being highlighted.
My favorite is the peacock and his socks don't fit. Love the variety of the animals as they are often not seen in all places around the world.

OVER THE FENCE by Peter W. Collier
Illustrated children's book and it's a mystery about what is  in the box and over the fence.
You are given clues and there are some rhyming words.
Anybody who came by to guess what was in the box had to pay ten cents and nobody guesses.
The guard even helped by giving others clues.
Love that the child will gain more imagination as the guesses are endless!
I have also read Snow Alligators by this author and smiled the whole book through.


my review:

Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock
Christie is a grief counselor and also an RN. She heads up the group that meets at the local YMCA and counsels those with cancer.
She does meet Eli when he's there with John-his neighbor. When he goes to the hospital with John, Christie tells him she will look after his kids.
They are striking out but he's not seeing things. He's in remission from cancer and his wife had taken off from them all. Beckie the teen girl is lashing out by telling another they will die because they smoke cigarettes. She's also failing classes.
The little boy, Tommy is also at a loss, Eli won't allow them to talk about cancer. When the principal talks to him he sets up counseling for them all and Christie is the one who's there and helps them all to some degree.
What I like about this book already is the up to date topic of cancer and how to deal with it, with adults and teens.
I have read some of the authors other works and they are just super!
Love that they have so many outlets ... Christie is so upbeat and always a positive attitude. When one dies she takes it hard and opens up to Eli about her past life as he's told her some things of his past.
Love bond created from her of Eli and his daughter..few characters and easy to keep track of with others coming into some scenes.
Tragedy strikes again and all bets are off...what will they do now? Love how the book got it's title.
I received this book from Stephanie from in exchange for my honest review.

The Christmas Quilt, Quilts of Love Series by Vannetta Chapman
Wanted to read this book because I've read most of the other books in the series and they are so varied-kept my interest. Love the holiday and have made one quilt for Christmas that I only bring out at that time.
Pregnant Amish woman with some modern technology that helps with the medical problems that arise.
The book really concentrates on the concerns the Leah, the mother has, fears that her husband doesn't love her, etc. very hormonal. Leah goes on about her life and does the laundry and hangs it outside where it's cold.
Her friend has had a baby earlier and is attempting to find time to actually make her friends new babies a quilt with Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam on blocks as she's having twins. The very detailed layout, picking of right pattern, colors of the quilt are described.
And the washing due to bleeding of the colors. While at the hospital she gets some yarn and starts crocheting a blanket, yellow for either a boy or a girl baby.
Modern technology also we take for granted today=sonogram. Sad they don't believe in pictures of infants.
Love that Annie is able to tell her a story for each of the Dutch children on the quilt. Some are about her early days at the hospital, some are passages from God. There are quite a few scriptures quoted that go along with the story line.
Love the nine patch and the color sequences and I can just picture them in my mind.  Thanksgiving day and the doctor pays a visit and tells them why and he has a story to share to help with the quilt making.
The stories have themes of the nine fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, etc  stories of the fruits of God's spirit.
The community comes together to help pay the hospital bill and it's amazing what people can do with their hands!
Comes with a glossary of foreign words so you can follow the story, discussion questions and an excerpt from the next Quilts of Love book=Aloha Rose.
I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.

Cozy Light, Cozy Night by Elisa Kleven
Love the cover of this book as a quilter I know each square represents a story and this book is about a year's worth of adventure for a child.
Illustrated, very colorful children's book about the different seasons of the year and what a child can do during each one. I particularly like the fall because there is
so many fun things to do with the colored leaves...of the 19 pages I really liked them all. I think we all need to get out and play more in the fresh air,
like us older folk grew up doing-get unplugged from the play stations and tv and go outside and enjoy it.
There is SO much to see on these pages, go over them every night for a week and you will see new things.
I received this book from Net Galley JKSCommunications via Creston Books in exchange for my honest review.


A Ghost Went Trick or Treating by Gene Wilikers 
Illustrated colorful children's book about one Halloween night. A ghost went to one house, without saying trick or treat, he got a bit of candy.
On the sidewalk there were other kids in costume that wanted him to go with them so he'd not be bullied.
At the end of the block the others go to a different street and the ghost goes home to his monster mother. The others think he is a boy and they will talk to him in school the next day.
The monster, Clawd goes outside to talk to the mummy when others try to take his candy.
There are 3 other stories that have a sample page at the end of this book.

Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod by Maria Flook
Christa Worthington, famous fashion writer that lives in Truro, MA on the cape and about her life and her work.
Love the talk of the coast and washashores, lobstering on the island and living year round on the cape.
The story is about the murder and gives you many options as to who it might have been. She was unmarried and had a boyfriend but she also
has a past in town as well.  Love the history of the place, never knew it all and lives lost on the seas of those who had fished from there.
I don't recall that she had left a daughter behind either, it was just a sad story on the news and I did follow who did it...
Liked the eye disease discussions.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Rampage of the mountain man by William W. Johnstone
Love the tales of Smoke and Sally. This story finds them on the way to the west to sell some of their cattle before the deep winter sets in.
There are other side stories that do relate to the first one. Love hearing of the Indians and their traditions. Love strategy used while driving the herd.
When the unthinkable happens Smoke takes charge to set things right.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Never say Never by Lisa Wingate
Love the authors seaglass sisters and prayer box so I know this will be another good story.
The women ran the beauty shop and before they turned 70 they decided to go on a cruise. It's hurricane season also...
Chapters alternate between the women and their side of how they are preparing for the cruise with the oncoming hurricane....
Besides the current up to date lives of the three women the chapters also go back in time to relive those memories which have a bearing on what's happening currently.
Loved hearing how they survived during the hurricane, never giving up...
Love to hear what the storms leave on the shores that can be put into jewelry and wind chimes, etc...

I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Shenandoah Nights by Lisa Belcastro
Book starts out with Rebecca O'Neill a teacher and how she got roped into going on the Shenandoah with the school kids.
She fears the story of one time a teacher did not return and she will be staying in the same cabin on the ship.
Love the idea of the 5-6th graders learning how to sail for a full weeek during the summer months off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
When she finds herself in the 1700's she is terrified but after it happens many more times she learns to love one in the past.
She finally figures out with the help of God what his intentions are for her and in which century.
Good Halloween type read with a bit of mystic and magic and romance. This is book #1 in the Winds of change series....
 I received this book from The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.

Noah's Good Night Dream Blanket by  L. K. Shila
Illustrated very colorful book about a little boy who has had a busy day and doesn't want to go to bed.
He's tired enough and his mother opens a box and his blanket is there. His mom tells him it is a special
blanket and it's a dream blanket and it will bring him good dreams. The book shows us what he sees and
the new things he learns about on his journey. Before he knows it his mother is waking him up and he knows
the special poem with the dream blanket will be there every night.

Season of Passion by Danielle Steel
Kate while being a model was introduced to Tom and they hit it off and she fell in love with him. He was able to get her to travel to see him play football across the US.
They had the perfect life but he was too old to continue. He suffers a tragedy and ends up in a place where his brain injury is considered. With his football medical insurance he will be taken care of for years.
Her parents and his parents had written them both off. With his brain injury he is like a 7 year old boy. She was pregnant and his father would never realize he had a son.
She decided to write Tom's story and that's where she meets the TV produced Nick Waterman. He knows she is keeping a secret and he wants her to tell him herself.
Love all the travel and the places described along the way.  She is on tour but Nick and her son now her secret..
She loves her time in NY promoting the book and meets a man that has similar situations as she and they share a dinner.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The quilter's homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini
1920's newlywed Henry and Elizabeth Nelson leave PA for CA where they had purchased land to work. When they realize they've been swindled they are forced to work on the land.
The story starts out with their meeting when Elizabeth's family was at Elm Creek, the family house during the summer and Henry's family lived in the farm next door.
All the years of writing letters to one another-she does go out in the city with other men and she really wants Henry to propose to her.
Love all the talk of the quilt squares and what the colors and block names mean.
Book also follows others life's as they cross Henry and Elizabeth. Safari world sounds like an oasis in the desert but she learns the truth as she attempts to make money.
Loved the travel involved and how they see the new areas of the US through their eyes. Hated to hear of the scheme but she finds work and is not afraid to work at all.
Love the orchard and how the fruit is processed.  She is able to trade from her wedding gifts for things they needed right away.
So much heartache and struggles to make a living at this time of the century but they persevere and drudge onward.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 ew:BABY, BE MINE By Ginny Baird
Christmas and Nikki and her bestest friend in the whole world Jack are at the funeral and reading of the will for her great aunt Mallory. She's left the whole estate to Nikki with stipulations.
She has to wed by Valentines day and get pregnant after that. Jack helps her locate all her old boyfriends over the years to see if she can get one of them to marry her-even bribe them if that is what it will take.
Many are married and as she finds the others and pays them a visit she knows they are off limits. There is Jack who he's loved her since they first met when they were growing up. Her mother gives her some advice as well.
She never felt like Jack as anything but her best friend....and she thinks she found the right man for the job.
Jack has started dating others because he knows Nikki would never ask him to get married....will she learn in time you can't buy love?
With the holidays over there is a chance she might also lose her job. What else could possibly go wrong.
Just a handful of characters to keep track of. Very easy going story to follow.
Love that you can skip a few books in the series, good stand alone books also.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

25 Winter Craft Ideas: Easy Indoor Crafts for Kids by Monica Van Zandt
Illustrated colorful children's book showing how to make holiday crafts.
There are easy to follow: step by step instructions for each one and shows the end result.
My favorite is the snowman ornament and I can just picture my grandson
using the book to do the clay/paper machie recipes.

Lightening by Danielle Steel
Alex is a lawyer about to go to trial for several weeks if not months. She has her annual exams and it shows a lump in her breast which they talk her into having a biopsy.
She's now going under the knife and the only thing she wants is another child. Annabelle is the best girl ever and she dotes on her whenever she can.
She gives the doctor the go ahead to remove parts of her breast and/or lump nodes once he finds out about the mass that is in her body.
She is more upset that her husband hasn't been there for her through the different aspects of the disease.
Many from the support group stop by to visit with her and she does find Liz reassures her of her fears. They are able to talk about her husband and how he's reacting.
Sam's way of dealing with it is to get comfort from another woman in the office. Her support is the people at the office and the housekeeper..
Hot steamy passionate love scenes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The quilter's kitchen  an Elm Creek Quilts novel with recipes by  Jennifer Chiaverini
This book is mainly about the kitchen at Elm Creek Manor. It is being renovated and Ana got the job to be the chef.
Lots of food and recipes that are served at the quilter's camp. Lots of stories about newly found dishes that hold a
place in Sylvia's heart and family. Love all the stories about the holiday foods.
Love the history of the feedsacks in quilting and farm work. Love hearing about all the treasures they find!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Circle of Quilters by  Jennifer Chiaverini
This Elm Creek Manor story is about the quilters of the manor. A few of the founding members want to leave and
they are faced with getting replacements.
Maggie has bought a quilt at the garage sale for $5 and it's one that is over 133 years old.
She brings it to the circle quilters and they can identify many of the squares. Love all the research she does by traveling to Lowell, MA where the woman lived prior to her marrying the owner of the mill.
She travels to Elm Creek to apply for the job of teacher.
Karen is another applicant for the job opening.
Love that the founders are still involved in the camp process and I recall their stories from other Elm Creek books.
Love the idea of cookies decorated like quilt squares-I can't even imagine the time it takes!
And Anna is a chef that wants the new job at the manor-it'd be a step up for her. She is also a quilter. Her love interest is going sour...
Russel is another the book follows.  He and Elaine are runners and their goals turn to charities dealing with cancer. Elaine dies and he takes up quilting and also applies for the job at Elm Creek.
Gretchen is another applying fot the job. She's always wanted her own quilt shop.
Interesting to learn who they picked and why...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Wedding in Great Neck by Yona Zeldis McDonough
The Silverstein family is getting together for the youngest child wedding on Long Island, NY.
Problem is there are family situations that might spoil it all...
Confusing at the beginning as there are many names and spouses names thrown out. Not sure if the book comes with a family tree as I'm listening to this on a tape.
Justine wants to cause havoc and thinks the groom will go with her and then others will see that he's not meant for Angelica.
I feel each of the main children could have their own story=there is so much to each one of them.
Love the mystery of the ring as we find out others are cheating on their spouses...
A bit too much drama for me but was a fun read.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Lion And The Mouse - Children's Picture Book for age 4 to 8 (Folk Tales) by Emilia V.

Illustrated colorful children's book about a lion and how he rests after a meal. A mouse ran across the lions path and the lion prepares for a fight.
The lion is by far the bigger fiercer animal and he promises to let the mouse pass and the mouse will repay him one day.
A week later the lion is caught in a net and can't get out. The mouse sees what happened to the lion...
The lion recalls the deal he made with the mouse...

Book Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes an enchanting novel about love, family, and the delicate power of snowflakes.

Reluctant to leave her cherished New England hometown after her sister's winter wedding, former journalist Vera Sterling makes a sudden decision. She takes what's left of her severance pay and invests it in real estate ... in one particular drafty colonial home and old timber barn set upon the pretty banks of Addison Cove. In that rough-hewn barn, she discovers a secret treasure left behind by the previous owner, the proprietor of the long-forgotten Christmas Barn gift shop.

While restoring her rundown, wood-sided home--its creaking floors, broken bannister, and neglected widow's walk--that secret slowly unfolds like a bit of snowflake wonder, crystallizing hopes and dreams for many in this small Connecticut town. But mostly for Derek Cooper whose own tragic story has headlined Addison's news. And whom Vera has come to love.

When the first snowstorm hits during Derek's annual Deck the Boats Festival at the cove, residents become stranded. It is then up to Vera to not only bring the town together, but to mend one man's heart she fears she may have lost.

Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is a heartwarming story, one that reminds us to look to winter's stars. Because snowflakes can grant very special wishes ... if only we believe



My Review:

Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio
Love the author's other works and just by the name I know I am going to enjoy this book.
This book takes place in Addison, CT where the countryside is brought to life with the words from the author as the seasons go from one to another.
The perfect wedding plans in the most perfect snowy location for Brooke and Brett. Brooke's sister Vera Sterling has lost her journalism job in the city but has yet to tell anyone. 
As Vera heads back home to the city she is sidetracked from the house with the barn at the end of the historic district and before she knows it, she's the new owner.
The story also follows Derek Cooper whose father runs the local hardware store and he works there as the carpenter. She finds herself talking to him about what was once a nail hole and will be a major repair now of her old seafaring house.
Love hearing of all the local traditions from the apple festival, scarecrow voting, Christmas light parade of boats. At each of the festivals Brooke sets up her tent and sells baked goods where she usually sells out of her coffee cakes.
Love snow axioms and other trivia and technical facts of snowflakes. Vera is also able to find her old school mates at the fair and she learns more about Derek's past in the town where they grew up.
She lands a job with the local paper part time.  Not only does Derek grief for his daughter, the whole town does as Christmas draws near.
Vera with help from others restore the barn into The Christmas Barn with the items in the boxes for the tag sale. When the snowstorm is due to hit the night of the boat of parades Vera tries to talk Derek into postponing the event.  He misunderstood why
she was writing an article about the parade for a Providence paper. All money raised that night goes to charity in Abby's name.
Snow is magical with the wishes upon the winter stars. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

 The Christmas Cookie Collection   by Lori Wilde Vol 1-4Love this book-it's four stories in one to begin with and I have read many of the authors books about Twilight and love them all. Especially like Christmas themed ones.
I have read the other Club books and love the town and people for all the charity work they do for others.
This book starts out with Carrie, Carrie  MacGregor and she hates Christmas.
She runs the town yarn store after the original one in town burned down. She heads up the town knitting club also and it's just a week from Thanksgiving.
The knitters ambushed her into decorating the shop because they knew why she'd never do it herself and we learn as the story goes on the reasons why...
This story also follows Mark Leland who is returning to the town to host his 'Fact or Fiction' myth buster show...
He is torn between keeping his promise to Carrie about NOT mentioning their busted relationship or cashing in on that for the show...
Hot steamy sex scenes and he knows he lives on the west coast and she in Texas and there's no way they will ever be together and she knows she may have him one night but forever??
Loved the scenes with Christmas decorations, so very detailed!
Next section of this book is about Raylene and we know from previous books that she was once married to Earl (for 35 years)  but when he found out about something in her past that she neglected to tell him about he left on Christmas eve.
She works at the Horny Toad Bar in town... She wanted closure and agreed to let Nate, a returned from the war SEAL hang up Christmas decorations for her. She also put a 'help wanted' sign in the window of the bar.
Shannan Dugan had wandered into town and applied and got the job. She had been dealt a raw hand after her grandparents had died..
Lots of mysteries and secrets and I love the talk about the cookie swap!
Hot steamy sex scenes..
Last section is about Christine who runs the local bakery and she's just created a new cookie from her own recipe. I love this as I love to experiment myself once a year.
Her cat had recently died, she'd never have kids and her parents were in Europe to spend Christmas with his brother, who is a GI.
Eli, who she had known from high school was back in town to get a cake for his 14 year old daughter's birthday. They have a lot of time to catch up on...
Love the idea of fantasy vacation, camping and hiking! They both know they have to take things slow but their physical attraction to one another says differently.
There is no way this is going to work, they each have businesses that are so far apart from one another...the birthday party does not go as planned and it could be the end of their relationship..
This section is about Grace. Flynn and Jesse celebrating a really good Christmas despite their past and the baby is about to be born..
They are delivering a Christmas Angel gift to the family less fortunate this year. The weather man advised of the ice storm about to hit the area.
Love little tips at beginning of each chapter for a perfect Christmas.  His past once again catches up with him...
Community comes together...
I received this book from Edelweiss by  HarperCollins in exchange for my honest review.

Pub Date   Oct 29 2013 Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs
Loved hearing of the legend of the Christmas pickle and the recipe!
India's friend Darcy met Logan who was at the camp with Charlie. They start talking and Logan realizes Darcy does not like kids. They get interrupted and never make it back together for a drink later that night.
India and Darcy do talk on the way home and she kinda liked Logan but just wants to remain single.
Logan had moved to Avalon to be near his son Charlie but after the divorce and she married another and moved he's bored with selling insurance in town and only seeing Charlie a few times a year.
Logan agrees to take both of the kids if Mrs. Martin needs him to.
Logan wants to take over the ski lodge, he just needs backers.
This book also follows Darcy's story and she's in the city working but her ex will be going to the family Thanksgiving dinner and she's decided to head to FL to be with India's family in the nice warm sun.
Love the family feast and more what they do after, so caring, such good memories of teaching my grandson the hokey pokey.
One morning Logan and Darcy are able to share the sight of dolphins and much more.
Her job is setting up sports shoots for equipment she's promoting, names snowboarding and he invites her and the crew to his new job: Saddle Mountain. Because of her he had taken the risk of buying it..
The Christmas holiday plans might change....Darcy misunderstands why Mrs. Martin is at the resort...and Logan can't understand why Darcy wouldn't want kids...
They do learn more about one another...maybe all the Christmas cheer, decorations, food will bring them closer...
Loved all the recipes and can't wait to try a few and catching up with all the others in the family that I remember from earlier books.  Love that the book concentrates also on the kids problems, not just the adults. Priceless pickle prize at the end!
I received this book from Net Galley via Harlequin MIRA in exchange for my honest review.


Pub Date   Oct 29 2013 Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by Raeanne Thayne
Genevieve Beaumont has returned from Paris and she has a deal with ther father that she can have her trust fund after she's
cleaned up and flipped her grandmother's house. Gen is an interior designer but one night she's had enough and heads to the local
bar where she looses it and ends up punching the assistant DA. Her and Dylan Caine both end up in jail.
His brother gets them off the charge with 100 hours of community service at his sisters cabins-Warriors Hope and she needs the cabins
decorated for the holidays before the warriors come for a few weeks time to recuperate from their wounds. Dylan has been there done that and  just wants to put his time in but he's forced to do that with Gen and they are rather complete opposites.
As they spend more time together he can't help but love to hear her just talk and that gets him in trouble with her as he fantasizes about her. He thinks she's disgusted by his stump as he is an amputee...
Loved hearing the reception the warriors receive on their road to mending by learning how to ski, snowboard, etc.
Gen reaches out to a woman who got dumped and she plays matchmaker because she thinks Trey should not be alone for Christmas.
Love how the whole community comes together...
I received this book from Net Galley via Harlequin HQN in exchange for my honest review.




Pub Date   Oct 29 2013 The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
This book in the series is dedicated to Honor with appearances from her sisters: Faith and Patience and Hope.
Her father is seeing Mrs. J and the girls think she's too young for him. She had gotten into a bar fight with Brogan's new girl and now she knows they are getting married and Dana is pregnant.
Her sisters set up an account online for her with the dating sites and she's met a few men, been out for drinks with them and they didn't click. When she's in a jam Tom helps her out with a kiss at the bar so Brogan thinks she's on a date.
It doesn't stop there though and the book describes a hot steamy sex scene.
The book also is following Charlie and others in town.  Tom also explains about how he has a stepson that isn't really a stepson at all.... He's very English and I like the translation of some words used.
Tom has now lost his teaching job at the college and the only way he could keep Charlie would be to get a green card by getting married. Honor needs to have a baby as her eggs are not going to be very futile soon because of her age.
Love the tour of the facilities and the process of how to make the wine and talk of the fruit.
Situations occur that lead to everybody doing a turn about...
More tragedy occurs bringing people together...
I received this book from Net Galley via Harlequin HQN in exchange for my honest review.

Pub Date   Oct 29 2013  Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, Cindy Myers
I wanted to read this book because of the many author's included about the same theme.
4 good books for the price of 1!!
Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels
Claire O'Brien was summoned to fly to Ireland from CA via NY because Donald Flynn was on his deathbed and she was in charge of his finances.
She would then travel to her brothers in CO and she had the girls gifts packed with her. That was the plan...and nothing went according to the plan...
Once she gets back to the US she does head for CO and many lifes becomes threatened...The only one who can save the day would be Mr. Christmas...
The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick
Too Much, TX and Miss Velvet Tudrmore has had the honor of sharing how the town started and telling others of the history from years past and how women founded the town.
The new history teacher, Mr. Delacorte has an idea to help Velvet out by having his honor students conduct the senior interviews - thus saving her money from the budget and giving the students the experience...
Postal worker has found the yellow rose and $2 to have it delivered to Ms. Velvet at the historical society and nobody knows who the giver is...
It's just a few days before Thanksgiving and everybody in town is at the store to buy last minute items when Velvet is approached by many wanting to know who sent her a dozen roses. Things really escallate when the rumors start.
And to top that off nobody knows who the single rose is from....
Love all the talk about quilting and that career choice.
So much activity going on in town for the holidays...
Velvet thinks she knows who the admirer is and her sister knows for sure and doesn't want to disappoint her so she comes up with an idea so her sister won't be disappointed...
Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine
Jaine Austen is an out of work freelance advertising writer and she went to apply for a copyedit job and got the elf wearing costume instead. Well she really needed the money anyways.
The santa, Scotty is a drunk but the other santa is Barney and they have chats about Shakespeare.
Loved hearing about the Tiny Tim project-so worthwhile.
Mishps at the mall with her cat lead to the santa being killed...
She's hot on the trial of who she thinks killed Scotty..
Room at the Inn by Cindy Myers
Barb  Stanowski and her husband Jim were headed to Eureka when the roads were closed due to the heavy snow fall. With the thread of avalanches they were in their car for the night.
Patrol came around the took them to the local summer cabins instead. She is not thrilled but Jim is making the best of the situation and she thought he'd be totally upset over the inconvenience.
She never thought Jim after 21 years married, would quit his job and go with the invention he and Michael had made-a golf ball recycler.
She forms a bond with the woman and her family in the next cabin over and she wants to help with the boys gifts as they will be stranded there. The mother is knitting hats and scarves and the husband is carving small animals.
Mae the owner of the cabins is happy to get extra state money for the use of the cabins and she's a loner. She quilts during the long winter months, others would be drinking.
Love how they all come together to make it special for the kids....
Didn't realize that this was part of a series from the author that I've read part of the series already. What a treat!
I received this book from The Kennsington Books and Net Galley in exchange for my honest review

Pub Date   Oct 29 2013 The Mountain Between Us by Cindy Myers
I was excited to be picked to read this book because I have read the other two related stories and love the locale and the characters.
This is the continuing story about Maggie and she was only going to stay a week to settle her father's possessions after he died but she ended up staying. Now she is in love with Jameco Clark who's back from the war and runs the local saloon/ski instructor in season and rides a motorcycle.
Maggie Stevens is terrified to tell him about the baby she is carrying, it is his but she's almost 40 and feels it's too late to start a family.
The story also follows Bob and Olivia both think the upcoming winter will be a bad one...
The book also follows Lucas, Olivia's son likes to do things with DJ and Olivia likes DJ but doesn't want him to know.
Another character is Cassie who runs the library and the annual Founder's Day pageant the telling of the town's history and she wants shelves for the library.
And a section also for Lucille the mayor who also runs the local antique shop says they may not even have money for snow plowing...
And Gerald is new in town and talks the town council into investing their money... All these things will make the story complete once things work out...
Love all the Halloween things going around in town.  Love hearing of the mine and all the other secrets that come out over time and how the community comes together...
Christmas events are just awesome, so caring and warm the feels leaves me with.  Love that this book is happening at the same time as The Room at the Inn by the same author.
I received this book from Net Galley via The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Pub Date   Oct 29 2013  A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer
The island is decked out with Christmas attire and the day of the Stroll has begun. Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived on the island via the Coast Guard and
the kids will climb onto Santa's lap and tell them of their wishes.
Nicole has married Sebastian and his married daughter Kennedy and her husband, James and child Maddox will spend the Christmas holiday on the island with them.
Nicole has helped the Stroll by baking cookies and her best friend Jilly has hot chocolate to accompany the cookies-at the library.
Snix is a lonely dog that the summer people left on the island when they left at the end of summer. The dog has wandered around trying to fit in and be able to feed himself.
Nicole strives to outdo Seb's first wife by decorating: tree, garland, ornaments, etc. His first wife Katya never liked to clean the pine needles, nor ever wants to gain weight.
Maddox this year wants a dog, but his mother is having a new baby boy and he won't be able to play with them right away as they will be too small.
Kennedy just wanted her mother and father to get back together and demanded they both be at the birth of the new child...
The unthinkable happens when a huge storm hits the island and Kayta shows up to spend the holidays with them...
I received this book from Net Galley via Random House Publishing Group  Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest review.


 Oct 29 2013 Holiday Kisses by Alison Kent, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Shannon Stacey
4 stories in this one book.
This Time Next Year by Allison Kent
Brenna Keating is on her way to her grandmothers. She swerves to avoid and deer and finds her car nose deep into a snow pile.
Dillion is on his horse making the rounds when he finds her car and drags her out by a window and brings her back to his place and dresses her ankle and puts her to bed under quilts.
As they sit and talk in front of the first, he's told her they will be snowed in for days as this is the storm of the century.
She finds out he knows a bit about doctoring and makes rounds to the local people on the mountain to see how they are doing and to bring them food or whatever they need. Others on the mountain supply those in need with food if need be.
After they shared a kiss he went out to the barn to work and she decided to make a Christmas tree and decorate it. And she was baking cookies when he came back in. One of the bonds I have with the character here is I also keep my big 20 lb. bag of flour in the freezer.
After they have finished in the bedroom he tells her what the dates on the fan blades mean, very touching and real.
Lots of surprises when she finally gets up from bed. He brings her to her grandmother's on the back of the horse.
The present he gave her was one he made by hand. What a treasure! Later that day he took her back to his cabin and drove her home with plans that her car would be repaired.
They made plans 'this time next year'.
A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton
Wyatt is about to bid on his ex-wife's younger sister Calliope day care center.
When he saw her she did a number to his head. She wasn't like her sister at all and he kept losing track of what she was saying. He better pay attention and get the job, so other contractors didn't get it, and get the job over and done with and get out of there.
She still had a crush on him and when she noticed his clipboard she thought she'd just swing by and drop it off for him, in person. She finally finds him at the bar and gives it to him, gets a beer and proceeds to learn from Joey Johnson how to play pool.
It's late at night and she's still in the building. He goes to find her and walk her out to find a lot of snow on the ground. He puts her in his truck and they go to her house. After a meal and a light kissing it's decided he will spend the night.
He backs away from her, not wanting to start rumors and getting people to gossip about her.
She confronts him and tells him her sister will be in town for the holidays and that he should talk to her and get some closure so they can move on. She sets up the meeting and he is furious with her for doing so....
It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon
Carrie took the job in DC and left her hometown and boyfriend of Hollowoy, WV. This year she's going to stay in town and just work through the holiday, not go back home.
Austin decides they have not broken up at all and if she can't come home he will go to her. He gets a job selling Christmas trees outside her apartment in DC after paying the registering fees.
Lucky his brother Spence got him out of his drunken mode and that's why he was on the trail of Carrie.
They are able to talk and she tells him her mother gave up all her dreams to raise her and her brother.  She doesn't want her life to be the same cuz she can see how unhappy her mom is.
Spence is at the tree lot to also give him romantic advice for the month of December. She keeps coming back to the tree lot and still hasn't picked out a tree yet. By the time she did go back to the tree lot he had left the area to drive the first batch of trees back home. He was done, he knew her place was in DC.
Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey
Claire had lost her husband for over 2 years now and Justin was there
for her, always had been, late in getting to her first.
She does bookkeeping for a lot of small businesses in the area at her home.
He's a roofer and in the winter he plow roads in NH and she sometimes tags
along with him.
They end up at a party and she's had a few too many and they go back to her
house for the night.  He can't get over that Brandon was his best friend
and he's now having sex with his friends wife-sure he's dead but he still feels
like it's wrong.
Will they ever be able to move on or just break it off?
I received this book from Net Galley via Harlequin and Carina Press in exchange for my honest review.

Sleds on Boston Common by Louise Bordon
The name of the book attracted me first as we would drive by the hills.
1774 Dec. 24, Civil war times and a 9 year old boy wants to sled down the common's hill.
The soldiers were camped on the Boston Commons hills. The children still had
to go to school and they attempted to sled down the commons...
Harbor is closed and the townsfolk didn't like the interruptions in their town.
The soldiers would cut down fences and trees for their fires in the camps.
Love that the children learn not only math and English but navigation skills!
Love the facts I learn about this place: a wishing stone. Loved learning about the architecture
there and will look for the red brick Provence house-weather vane on the cupola golden Indian archer next time I'm there.
The troops had also cut into the pond so they couldn't even skate.
Henry Price talked to General Gage. He told him the commons were for the public
and how they can't use the sled runs. The general listens and directs the troops what to do.
It's Henry's birthday also...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Lassie A Christmas story by Earl Hammer
I recall Earl Hammer is the one who wrote the Walton's series and thought I'd listen to this one and knew I'd enjoy it.
Vermont, a day before Christmas: Timmy and his dog Lassie watch the snow fall.  Their grandfather showed up and they leave to go cut down the Christmas tree for that year.
In the snow they find many animals footprints, even the mountain lion.
When they find the tree Timmy and Lassie had picked while picking berries one spring day they do come up to the lion and Lassie with his barking sends the lion on his way.
A blue spruce! Ruth, Timmy's mother goes out to get a free things before the blizzard is to hit. She gets bails of hay for the deer herd as they won't go able to get much with all the heavy snow in Hudson Falls.
Lassie and Timmy set out for their grandfather's house and Lassie runs to find Ruth.  Andrew from the store helps them to go find Ruth.
Lassie is close to where Ruth's truck went off the road and he gets wet in the river. Lassie scares the lion away from the deer and goes to find the boys where he drags Timmy in the direction of where the truck was.
The tree has been finished and the nativity set up and Ruth looks at the bright star in the sky and thanks God they are safe.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini
1860's Elizabeth stays behind as her husband leaves to fight in the war. She must stay strong.
She hides that she's pregnant and gives Thomas, her husband one of her quilts to take with him because she won't be able to keep him warm.
Racial tensions, politics and war are the focus of this book and the quilting and the part it represents during the war.
When the men write to tell the women they've not even had potatoes nor fresh vegetables the local circle of quilting women go into action.
When they are requested to make 60 quilts they make plans to get a building that is large enough for everybody to sew them.
Dorothea comes up with a great idea to get the quilts done and a contest for the quilters...
Love how the sampler came about and what is in it, what a treasure!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Special Delivery by Danielle Steel
This book follows the story of a few couples. Paul is a movie producer and his wife Jan is trying desperately to get pregnant and has been through testings and it's not her fault.
Her mother has just lost her husband-her second marriage but Amanada and Jack get together and he is able to talk Paul into going to a doctor.
The older couple find out she's expecting a baby and it takes him a while to warm up to that fact. They had a hard time just telling their kids that they were a couple, there's no way
they can tell them about the baby...tragic delivery...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Possums Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter
Story about a possum that is having a harvest moon party. The other animals tell him why they are not able to attend:
gathering nuts for the long winter, eatting so they will be fat for the winter, some must burrow underground already.
He can hear things - the animals doing their chores, and never imagines they will come to his party...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Undaunted by William Manchee
I had read the second book in the author's other series and loved it so much I did go out and buy the other two books and they were just as good.
This book is mainly about Stan Turner and his life, growing up, in high school, college and then married and then his military life.
I recall the draft lottery as my brother had #134 as we sat huddled near the radio that day as the #'s were being announced.
Liked following the military career and found it to be similar to what my son told us about when he was in the army boot camp.
Hard at times to hear of the abuse and dying senselessly. Court trial was a bit different than the regular ones in the public sector.
Liked how the action was there all the time and you had to pay attention to the clues as they came out later in the trial..
Not a typical book I would've picked to read but I really did enjoy the story line and characters, and a bit of travel and learning about the Marines.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

 Possums Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter
Story about a possum that is having a harvest moon party. The other animals tell him why they are not able to attend:
gathering nuts for the long winter, eatting so they will be fat for the winter, some must burrow underground already.
He can hear things - the animals doing their chores, and never imagines they will come to his party...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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