Friday, June 27, 2014

Books read June 27

Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin  BY Stephanie M. Ward
Love how penguins move around and that my daughter and her son also love them in all forms.
Very colorful children's illustrated book. Wally dreamed of other places on the earth where he could play, in the sun, on the beaches, making castles..
He stayed for a while and discovered all kinds of things...Love hearing of the imagination and the things learned along the way. Hope he gets to visit other locations.
I received this book from Library Thing, via the author in exchange for my honest review.

The Bachelor Doctor's Bride by Caro Carson
This romance book is about a heart specialist who attends the gala with a real estate agent, Dianna. They come from different worlds and he finally finds out about her life,
how she was born, the heartache and her attachment to dogs.  She learns of his passion with caring for others, the ones he can do something about so they don't die.
There is another woman, more suited to the doctor's needs and Dianna tells him and he can't figure out why she's telling him when he's only got eyes for her.
I received this book from Harlequin in exchange for my honest review.

All The Right Angles by Stef Ann Holm
This book follows two, Franesca who is an architect designer and aims high.
Story also follows Kyle and his company that his father had left him, along with his mother. Time changes decisions others had made and now everything is in an upheaval.
Love that there are two families involved and those involved=easy to keep track of them and how secrets will come out after the death that will either split the families or bring them together.
Loved learning all the industry from their points of expertise and the flying parts and other careers the relatives have.
Hot steamy sex and great family get together.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Going Home by Nora Roberts
3 different stories about different people, all Silhouette books.

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

Unfinished Business
Vaniessa, a concert pianist,  and her mother Loretta are together again. Van is visiting at her mother's house.
She remembers all the pianos but they are all gone. Van is brought up to date with her best friend-back then, and her brother Brady Tucker who's also a doctor now.
She meets with not only her friends but learns of the things in her own mother's life and the reasoning behind why her mother gave her up to her father.
Tender scenes and shocking ones...

Island of Flowers
Laney Simmons travels to Hawaii to meet her father. She finds out that in her 15 year absence much has changed even that her father owns the plane company that is flying her in.
The pilot, Dylan O'Brien, half owner, sees her as an upscale princess and treats her as such. She studies him while he's conducting business and sees how surprised he is to see her.
She learns the truth about her education and how her father had paid for it all and then some...
Loved hearing of the scenery as she realizes what is really going on...

Mind Over Matter
He turns to a fortune teller in hopes to make his job easier by learning more about the career.
David Brady is producing a show on the paranormal. Because of her involvement with the VanCamps he wants her to help bring their case to the forefront.
Clarissa Bass is the fortune teller.  She hopes to protect her mother and their life.
He fantasizes about her and learns more about her life and her family. Her mother was involved with finding others who had been kidnapped or murdered.
Lots of background information about the production of a documentary series. Hot steamy sex scenes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Children's Book: "True Friends and Other Stories" (Picture Book with Animals) Short Stories Collections and bedtime story books for kids by all ages, kids ... Stories for Children Series (Volume 2))
Illustrated very colorful children's book about a flock of doves and how the king one follows a hunter into the forest and learns what he is up to.
When they are caught in the net they come up with the solution so the hunter will not eat them. They get help from others also...
6 different stories are in this collection with good morals at the end of each topic.

 Children's Book - Petal's First Winter (Petal the Owl) by Joy Findlay 
This colorful children's book is illustrated. It is about the story of an owl during the fall and how the colorful leaves are falling off the trees.
When the snow starts to fall she plays in the snow. She gets cold and goes to find her mama to get warm.
Lots of activities to do during the fall with the leaves and with the first snowfall.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

The Rainbow Stick Boy (A children's picture book about diversity, and the beauty within)
Colorful hand drawn illustrations children's book about a town where every family have their own color.
The color is on them and their house, fences, etc.
One day a boy is born and he's multicolored like a rainbow and nobody knows what color to call him because they do not know what a rainbow is.
He comes up with a solution to the problem and then meets the girl who was born the same day as he. she has magic powers.
The storm that happens bring the whole town together...

 The Matchmaker -- Free Preview -- The First 5 Chapters: A Novel
This 5 chapter preview is about Dabney who lives on Nantucket and runs the Chamber of Commerce and is a matchmaker with much success.
The story also follows Box, her husband in alternating chapters.
Clen is expected from the far east to take up residency on the island. He had written to Dabney to warn her.
As the story goes on we find out what connection they have had to one another over the years and the rift that has kept them apart.
There are highlights of some of the couples she has brought together and their lives past and present. Story also follows Box and Dabney's life and how they met and started out and their secrets.
Found it confusing with all the other couples but know they will play a part in the big picture.
If given this book to read and review I would definitely read it, for the authors name-her stories are always good ones.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Books read June 24

Children's Book: "Flying Elephants and Other Stories" (Adventure Kids Books) Short Stories Collections and bedtime story books for kids by all ages, folklore ... Stories for Children Series (Volume 5))
Illustrated very colorful children's book. There are six different stories with written morals at the end of each one. Lots of animals and Gods creations.
Especially liked the six blind men as I am blind myself. Moral to this story is respect others views (they were all right in their own way). So many of these can be used in daily examples.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Remy's mother has been married 5 times and is a romance writer.
She has been just dumping her lovers, like her mother. She is her mothers manager and helps with the wedding, house renovations, etc.
 She has a breakup line for every season! All except Dexter who she wants to get rid of just before she heads to college, so will spend the summer with him and his band.
Not sure I like how the title came about-what it means to her and her father...
She has a heart of stone and maybe somebody will melt it, in time.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Lone Eagle by Danielle Steel
Kate Jamison falls in love in 1940. Her love goes off to war but she doesn't wait and marries another.
He does return....Story also follow Joe Albright and is he gonna be able to set her free-he loves her.
She loves everything about him, his passion of flying and his design work.
While he's overseas flying, they get the letter that he died, she talks to her best friend, Andy who can't go into the service. She treated him like a brother and now he wants her to be his wife.
Amazement as they learn he did not die at all and now she has choices and decisions to make, which will she select for her husband?
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Lightning by Danielle Steel
Sam Parker is a wall street  lawyer and is married to Alex, a trial lawyer herself. She discovers a medical emergency illness. Ghosts of his past compel him and he's not able to help her. She does find comfort in the most hidden places.
Next lightning strike hurts Sam. Is there anything left for them? Will their love for one another help them survive the storms? So close to some of the happenings in this book as I've gone through some of them myself.  So emotional and you know your whole life can change in the span of a minute-with the test results.
I didn't see the ending as it was written out, just so shocked by it all....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Morning by Nancy Thayer
Editor living on the island and husband is a carpenter. She edits a romance and finds another book within the one she's editing.
She hopes to conceive but they are having problems.
Lots of jealousy as his old girlfriend is on the island and has had many kids. She tries a lot of different methods to conceive but nothing works. Very detailed descriptions of the exams and what she goes through.
Like hearing of the lifestyle on the island itself. So diversified.  Many scenes with others and their sexual problems. Very emotional.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Falling for Fortune by Nancy Robards Thompson
This book in the series starts out with Christopher and we learn he has gotten his name changed and is leaving out his paternal name. He has taken a job with the Fortune family company and one of his associates is Kinsley Aaron.
She thinks he is a playboy with his fancy car and money and beautiful woman at every turn. They are thrown together to work on a project, which I loved about this book. Found the romance to be typical and expected-no surprises. Bit of romance and sex.
Really loved the project of anti-bullying at the spring fling event and all it entails. They date for a bit then he is offered a new job with the company, but not in Texas but NYC. She must plan his going away party and doesn't have her whole heart in it.    Can he just leave her there?
At times there are a lot of characters-from previous books, but you do learn a bit about them and what he has drifted away from his own family. Also we larn of her past and how she can mend others, maybe even herself.
I received this book from Harlequin in exchange for my honest review.

Spencer's Mountain by Earl Hammer Jr.
Recalled the author's name from the creator of The Waltons.
Foothills in the VA mountain as the eldest boy is leaving to go to college-very similar to the Walton's. you will see the resemblances.
At the family house the whole crew of 9 sons gathered the day before Thanksgiving. The day they would all go hunt a deer.
The mill had closed but Uncle Virgil had a job in the city.  Clay boy looked up to him for everything!
Love the legend of the white deer and the one who brings it down wiill be marked. Love this vs. the TV show as everything is described in detail. So much nature and outside things along with family traditions of inside life.
So much action described, more than a one hour TV show, but a full year. Members of the family life's are changing...
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Dreamweaver Trail by Emily March
Love this series because there is so much to learn from the books.
This one is about Gabi and how she's on an island in the Caribbean to recuperate from a shooting incident that rattled her while she was a cop.
The story also follows Flynn who owns the Tradewinds on the island and a lot of property. They meet and she misunderstands and thinks he's just the pool boy.
Lots of action and careers are detailed. She is becoming a glass blower and is given the chance to go to Italy to learn the trade firsthand.
He has found the dog she was sitting for but has gone through a lot of torture and has disguised himself but headed to her hometown to heal. Others learn of his existence around town and others seek him out to help him and her get together.
Hot steamy sex scenes but misunderstandings happen and they split and you wonder if the powers that surround the area will bring them back together.
Loved learning of the step by step process of the glass blowing and his trade of designing things. Few main characters and a bunch of other relatives that live in town and so good to catch up with what's going on in their lifes. Love how she's able to see things and then can design them.
Excerpt from the next book in the series is included.
I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Books read June 12

Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
I have read most of the other books in this series and like the diversity of the settings and the whole learning how the quilt plays the main character.
This story is about Ben who's just returned to the Miami area and wants to grow roots there with the publishing company he works for. He's the outdoor extreme sports editor.
Molly is the quilt editor for that section of the publishing firm and she's heavily involved with other community agencies donating all her time for the cause of helping others.
They are both thrown a loop when the president of the company throws them into competition against one another. She must learn how to kayak and he must learn how to quit.
There are only so many hours in a day and time is of the essence as the competition heats up. They are also thrown together and have to spend more time covering for the president at his many events that he's not able to attend himself.
Love that Molly finds out why her mother always felt so cold to her and how they resolve that. Ben tags along a lot as she does other volunteer work and they get to talk to one another to find out why the other wants the lead position with the new office.
Getting out of your comfort zone-Love also that the quilts will go to Second Chances and for all it stands for. I am a great volunteer myself. Quite a surprise when the winner is announced! Handful of characters, easy to follow all the stories. Excerpt of the next A Grand Design is also included at the end.
I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.

Here and Again  by Nicole R. Dickson
Have read the author's other works and loved the book and am looking forward to this book. It's a tale about the woods and trails which I strive to get to on the weekends.
We have traveled to the area of Shenandoah and have enjoyed it but didn't explore much about the battles. This book is about a family, a mother and her three children and they live on the mother in laws farm in Virginia.
She is  a nurse and travels to work some shifts quite a distance from home. She was raised in Seattle, WA and has found a home on the farm. Others have been caring for it as her husband is fighting a war in Afghanistan.
Decisions must be made when he is killed. Others in the family want the old woman to sell the farm but the farm was to go to the man's children.
The story is also about a solider back in the Civil War days. He'd write to his true love as she and her family escaped to head further south to avoid the turmoil. Love the violet hour and the saga of the buttons. Quite a unique tale as this author knows how to bring them both together in one story.
I received this book from Edelweiss by Penguin Group (USA) exchange for my honest review.

 Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark
Love Christmas tales and this will be my first book by this author.
The family is in the city for an emergency surgery for their father and the mother drops her wallet. Those who find it have plans on how to spend the money.
A St. Christopher medal that had saved the grandfather's live during the war. The young child follows the woman who has taken the wallet....
Story also follows others, and we learn about how they play a part in all this. What I liked about this story is it's the holidays and people relatively have good thoughts to one another.
The plot doesn't follow the usual predicted line where you know what's gonna happen. Lots of twists and I like how the detectives help with the clues they have and those of ones they learn about. Really liked this book and will find others of the author to read.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Painted House by John Grisham
Story about a house that's never been painted. Lots of colorful characters, 1952 with lots of baseball talk.
Mexicans and hill people come to aid in picking the crops. About the author's real childhood experiences in the cotton field.
80 acres rented planted with cotton. Nature gets in the way and the 7yr old hears things and sees things that will change their lives forever.
Love these stories. the author makes you feel like you are right there with them.and with the descriptions you can feel the same emotions.
Such a different life from what I grew up with, love learning about others. A lot of the story surrounds the brother who's serving his country in the military and the family hopes to see him soon.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Lost Lake by Sarah  Addison Baker
Lots of memories at the lake and she brings her daughter there to relive the good times.
Alternating chapters of past and present with the characters. One chance at keeping the resort is at the big event that others hadn't thought of.
Love, closure, is what others find at the lake...loved hearing of the magic spell the charms hold...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Wyoming Bold by Diana Palmer
Dalton Kirk has retired from being a border guard and is settling down on his family ranch where he lives with others in the family and their spouses and children.
Marissa designs websites and has visions of Dalton being hurt and now her life is in danger also. She's always loved Dalton. She tells him of things he had forgotten about and gives him hints on how to protect others that work on the ranch.
Some do come true and he tracks down the sheriff in TX and they have some of the same memories.
Dalton puts in surveillance cameras and now he has fears they are the enemy after all...lots of action, adventure, mystery, sex scenes and drug lords, conflicts... what an ending, can't wait for the next book...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop
17 mystery writers are given a task each Christmas to come up with a very short story surrounding one item-the bookstore in NYC.
I liked the stories and some I felt I didn't get the whole thing because they were so short. Going to get other works by the authors and read their longer works as they were interesting to listen to.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

secrets of the lost summer by Carla Neggera
Boston designer Olivia Frost friend Marilyn is taking her clients from her!
She acquires an home home in Knightsbridge and is going to restore an old home into an idyllic getaway.
She sends the owner a note to clean up their yard from the old refrigerator etc. Dylan McCafferey now owns the house next door from his late father. Nobody knows why he wanted the house so Dylan has a lot of investigative work to do. He was a treasure hunter...
She is able to spend time with her father and discusses her plans of catering and teaching about herbs as the gardens unveil themselves.
Dylan arrives in MA from the west coast and comes upon a dog. It's Olivia's dog Buster that attached himself to her.
Talk of her mother's planning a trip to PCH. one we have ventured to and loved.  The mother has bad anxiety and Olivia's sister thinks she might have it also. So overwhelmed and picking up things her mother no longer does has stressed her out.
They talk about their goals and find they do have common ground...Love all the conversations about water, field stone walls, and living off the land.
Love all the travel and nature scenes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Ideals, Christmas Vol 46 #8
1989 magazine old poems and stories and crafts.
Food, reflections, slice of life, through my window, country chronicle, bits and pieces, child play, garden journal,
craftworks, legendary Americans.  instructions for the craft ornaments are not included on this audio book.
Diamonds in the snow is exactly how I see the snow falling on the ground.
Loved hearing about holly plants and the life of Irving Berlin - such a charitable person!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Fix, Freeze, Feast: Meals for a Busy Family
Starts out explaining the process of a menu, the grocery list and how easy it is to prepare a bunch of meals at one time and freeze them for use later.
Lots of tips along the way. Some recipes show a picture but there is nutritional information listed.
Like the idea of breads and muffins-those you can grab and pop in the micro for 10 seconds and have a quick treat.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Books read June 11

Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester
I was so hoping when I saw this new title that I'd get a copy to read and review. Without even knowing what the book is about I love the author's other works and knew I'd love this one also.
What really fascinates me is bringing me back to my childhood days and reliving them as they go to a local amusement park-one I've been to often myself in the 60's.
Story starts out with Abby and she's moved back to her hometown after a failed divorce, with her 9yo daughter Paige. Not many in the neighborhood are friendly to reach out to them but Abby shows her daughter how they can change all that.
The book also follows Richard, who had a crush on Abby when they were kids, til he had to move away. He is now a millionaire and owns a lot of material things but is divorced.
Any vacation where the grandkids are present we do run a shiny new penny through the machine to stretch and press it. My daughter was the one to explain to us when she was a teen how it's really done when the local train runs it over on the rails.
Love hearing all about that and the wishes that come with it.  They share many memories of their younger years, allowing me to do the same-down to the cherry Kool-Aid.
Like how they mix the past events with the present ones-water fire. what a different world in the middle of the busy city, a place out of time. I have been to a large majority of the places mentioned in this book, a time for me to relive the calmness of the nature, scenes and just being.
Remembering the past lives, paying it forward and be accountable for yourself...Like how the story follows what Abby is going through from all angles, Rich from his lifestyle, and even Paige and how she is coping...
L/ove how he teaches others the things he's learned: treat others better, put them first, and make them happy which will make them want to make you happy. Precious pennies throughout the book!
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Books read May 2014

Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe
Wanted to read this book because of the cover, then I read the summary and knew I really wanted to read it.
Karen has died from cancer and her fight. Left behind are Michael-her husband who tries to hold it all together for the kids. Shaynee is now 16 and just gotten her first part time job and Lennox is just 11.
Karen has left them each a birthday gift and some don't want to open theirs. Michael opens his at the familys dinner the kids prepared and it's a picture album of their life.
They are all musically inclined, as was Karen. The book is told from Shaynee's view point and details not only her healing process but her father and brothers'.
Such heartache reading this as I've just lost my mother and just a few days ago my mother in law. Love the gift Shaynee is given and can totally relate to it. I searched through the cookbook I helped my MIL make with her recipes the day my husband took a day off to regroup and we worked together to create one of her recipes.
Meant so much to both of us. The gift she is given in the book is priceless and tells her how to heal and to help the others in the family. Such sound advice that I will use myself within the next month before we have the MIL celebration of life day.
Author also emailled me the songs that go along with the story-very inspiring as I also learning how to play the guitar.
I received this book from Early Reviewers Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.


 My Review:
Stealing the Moon & Stars by Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens
I wanted to read this book because it's about a charity and funds were stolen from it.
Not sure what to expect from the book from the start but enjoyed it so much it was hard to put down.
Got caught up in the investigations and the love affair that Jordan and Eddie have. Loved learning all the aspects of why things happened.
Quite a few surprises that take everyone for a turn. Throw in a mix of family members and you got a good read.
Light romance and sex but enough to help move the story along and it's the forbidden love that will make this series continue as they work together on more cases.
I received this book from  Tribute Books Tours in exchange for my honest review.


A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
Love this series and learning all the patterns and what they really stand for. This one is exceptional as it's about the Indians and God and how they came to trust the stars. Love the saying : a bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars, and so the book begins.
This book follows Frankie and her son Harold. They have left SD and landed in Arizona that was as far as the truck would get them. They had plans to head to LA and the government was gonna relocate them, get them a place to stay and jobs.
The story also follows Nick who works for the bureau of Indian affairs and is a Lakota himself-same as Frankie and Harold. Harold wants to get back to Pine Ridge because that's where his father's spirit is. Nick had to intervene when Harold showed up at his place trying to hotwire his truck, all beat up.
He dreams of Frankie sewing his grandmother's Lakota quilt that his ex wife gave to him during the divorce.
Their paths cross often, Harold is always in trouble with fighting, and Nick is around to help sort things out, get them through it.
The Navajo fair sounds very much like the one we attended in Ohio several years ago. They each see things that make them realize change is upon them.
Different decisions for each one as they try to stay true to God and their Indian heritage... excerpt from Maybelle in Stitches, the next in the series is included at the end.
I received this book from Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.

Sincerely Yours
Anthology by 4 different authors.
A Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
1850's  This tale is about the adventures of Camilla and she has come all the way from England in hopes of catching up with her friend.
She jumped onto a ship and went up north heading towards Albany. Many mishaps along the way that delay them in arriving in time for her to meet her friend. Captain finds out more details of her past....
She becomes friends with the Captain, Captain Black over many a night. When she finally does arrive she finds her friend has left but has left a note for her. She has many choices to make and any number of solutions to her problems.
Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Merrie Bentley has been writing a column about marriage and now the editor wants to meet with her, thinking M.M. is a man, to discuss further employment. She tries to talk her music teacher into pretending to be her husband, acting as the one the editor wants to speak with but he declines.
She needs to find a temporary husband...Her aunt who she lives with is trying to set her up with eligible men to marry...
Liked hearing of the "Godly topics" and after she injures her hand she seeks advice from others as to their views...
She knows she must come clean with the editor....
One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Jonah designs and makes carousel horses and he knows he must return to his country and rule his family's land soon.
After the wedding of a friend he meets the grooms sister Lorraine and he figures she's too high and mighty to do menial tasks. She goes about and learns how to do them as her brother and new wife are not there to do them.
She then even helps him with the painting of the horses. Loved learned all about the finer workings of them. She knows her family will never let her marry just a commoner...
A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Love how Grace comes up with a treatable disease so she can spend more time with her friend Rebecca at the hospital. Love her idea of what can help cure others...But Dr. Hazard has other plans...Such a surprise to see who people really are in this book.
Really liked this book and finding out new things and locations and time frame.
I received this book from Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.

Softly at Sunrise, released on August 21, 2012.s
This part of the family saga is about Rachel. She's returned to the family fold, living in the house with Ethan they had shared before she got kidnapped. The boys had rescued her and she's still missing pieces of her memory. She did recall losing the baby and found the divorce papers
She is back to work now, teaching children and her and Ethan are moving to a new house. She fears she pregnant...
Hot steamy sex scenes. Rachel takes on a troubled teen during lunch with extra help as her parents are going through a divorce.
Action packed scenes as the father of the girl goes to school and makes his demands known with a gun...
Excerpt of shades of gray is included at the end.

 Shades of Gray, released on December 31, 2012.
This story  concentrates on PJ who's left KGI and we find out why. Hot steamy sex scenes with one of her team mates-what was she thinking?
Mission they all meet about is a man that they need to take down because he wants to buy young girls and exploit them. She agrees to be the decoy but something goes wrong and they have taken her and abused her while the team listens on...
She gives up her spot on the team and unknowingly goes after Nelson and his boss. The team come to her rescue but she's missed the main guy....she is SO damaged. The Kelly women help her heal and she feels a part of them.
She stays with Cole and she gets intel about more girls being stolen...
My audio copy also included the previous book, Softly at Sunrise.

Healthy Snacks For Kids: Super Quick, Sure-To-Please Healthy Snacks On A Shoestring Budget
Good tips on how to select foods for a child, watch for hidden ingredients and avoid preservatives.
What I like about these is the child can help make them. They are colorful and pleasing to everyone and healthy.
Nutritious breakfast foods to prepare that will be easy for a child to help make and eat.
Lunch and dinner meals are also discussed. Also a book about how to travel for free is excerpted.

Children's book "The Snail Who Forgot The Mail"(Self Confidence & Self Esteem) (Teaches your kid the value of Patience 3-8) (anger management book) (Bedtime ... (Early Readers Picture Books 3-8)
Colorful children's book about the forest monsters. They are planning a party for the king and they want everybody to attend.
Snail was to deliver the mountain kings present but when he arrived he realized he had forgotten it at home.
He tells everyone he left it at home and they think it will take him 3 days to get back home and 3 days to get back. The king wants his gift right now.
The snail has the solution in a minute...
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

The Beginners Guide to Knitting: Learn How To Knit The Easy Way
Book starts out with an overview of the book and what it will cover.
History is discussed first along with what you might want to be your first project.
Then we move onto selecting needles and yarns. Good pictures of how to cast on the stitches, knit and to purl.
Just a few patterns but there are many resources to click on at the back of the book for more information. There is so much information in this book that is useful and covers many topics.
Other clickable knitting books are highlighted at the end of the book.

Forged in Steele, released on June 25, 2013.
This family saga book is mostly about Steele, part of the KGI group that help safe those who have been kidnapped or abused.
The girl gets injured and they stop at Marin's so she can fix her up. They get to spend a lot of time together and then he must go on the mission and she has news for him, when he returns.
The kind of news that changes them all...she runs her practice for the less fortunate in Costa Rica and then she gets kidnapped...
Love hearing about the plan to save her...

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Read one other book by this author and thought I'd try another as I enjoyed the process of the clues to solving the mysteries that arise.
Love how he captures your attention and holds it for the whole book as the plot moves along.
Interesting learning how the tobacco company didn't feel they were to blame for the people who died from smoking.. I know nothing of the jury process so that part was interesting to learn about.
Liked all the statistics and the ongoings of the people during the trial on the jury.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood
Loved reading this author's other works and knew I'd like this. It is a compilation of other writers who also knit and why they knit and what knitting has done for them over the years.
Some find it calming, others do it to relieve grief, make gifts for those we love.
Don't think one of the stories really needed the swearing to get the point across....
Love that men authors are also included here in this anthology.
Patterns also included. Especially liked 20 people at the party were going to learn to knit, with their own set of needles and yarn pre assembled=each block will be sewn into an afghan for the new mother.
Enjoyed all the stories. Never realized the common things with these two crafts: writing and knitting.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Morning Glory by Sarah Jio
Have read many of the author's other works and really appreciated the feeling that she knows me and what I'm going through.
This story is about Ada who's left NYC and arrived in Seattle. The houseboats we had visited ourselves a few years ago and love the descriptions of not only the floating houses but the calming effect and the sites of the city. We've yet to visit Glass Works but hope to this year with a kite.
Also Penny and Dexter have alternating chapters-they also live on Boat Street. Such a caring community...Bach on the Dock like a block party sounded real fun!
Realize a few chapters in that Penny and Dexter lived in the houseboat Ada is renting many years prior. She finds a trunk and lots of treasure and so many mysteries to solve. Love the legends of the morning glory vines.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Silent Night by Robert B. Parker
Have read other books by this author and nice to learn others pick up his unfinished works after his death.
Love what this story stands for and I've not yet this series yet, but the Jesse Stone ones.
Orphan in the city and land disputes. Love how the PI's get involved, even for high class holiday events.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Angelina's Christmas by Katherine Haliburt
Everyone at her school stayed late to help decorate for the play. Most houses had lights and were decorated for the holiday, except for one house.
She makes cookies in hopes of giving one away to the old man. Her brother Henry wnats to give his to Santa Claus. Next day her mother and her bring holiday food to his house and the dad and Henry cut a tree for him.
He dresses up as Santa as everyone decorates the tree and tells them a story of when he was not able to drive his US Postal truck to deliver the presents...
Nice surprise for what the town does for the old man, Mr. Bell.  Henry participates.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the full love story of Christmas by Ann Voscamp
Quotes from bible are connected to regular questions like what do you want for Christmas.
Traces the link down through generations of what the greatest gift is.
Book has devotional stories beginning with Dec 1 going all the way through Dec 25. Reminds me of the advent calendar we'd hang up on the back of the door and put an ornament on the tree each year when the kids were young.
Love the easy ways you and the whole family can participate in the things that are being described.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Quilter's Holiday, by Jennifer Chalverni
Have read most of the other books in this series and enjoy not only the patterns but the friendship others get by coming together to sew for charity.
Love hearing of the occupants of the house and what the latest is with their families.
Thanksgiving tradition by sewing quilt blocks and why they selected that particular one..
Quilting marathon and everyone has brought a leftover dish from the special day to share with all quilters that have assembled. Snow is due and a lot of it.
Loved hearing of how to name a quilt and of the advent calendars-much like the one our kids when younger had.
Loved learning of the importance of the 9 block and how many other things in our lifes correlate to it.
Alternating chapters from those at the celebration talk about what's going on in their lives. So many mysteries and clues throughout.
Auction of their items, proceeds go to food bank, so generous! Hate that the snow brings about a lot of hearing of the winter get together and where the proceeds for that go.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Rana Look by Sandra Brown
This book written under her alias name is a loveswept romance novel.
Ruana has left her modeling career and gone back home to start a new career when pushed too hard by family. She stays at Aunt Ruby's boarding house and Trent arrives.
A nephew, flirtful scenes and he proposes a pact. Trent and his secrets and tragedy occurs ...steamy sex scenes....
Misunderstandings and money get in the way of their happiness....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Stand UP Guy by Stuart Woods
My first book from this author and I'm enjoying it. A man has gotten out of prison after he's served his 25 year sentence for armed robbery. There were 5 in on it and there are only 2 others left. Some of them know where the money is and he's being shot at and gets help from the PI Stone.
He has many ideas for him and follows them to start a new life and lay low.
The president is also trying to help his wife become president and they are a friend of Stone..
Very detailed plots, there are many as the players come together to get back what is theirs. Didn't care for the ending and have a feeling I'll be meeting up with these characters in another book...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Last Juror by John Grisham
In this book we learn about the history of the paper and how putting in controversial obits makes a difference. The new editor also posts a lot of local community news: group meetings, killings, etc.
One has been sent to prison for rape and killing a woman. He tells the jurors he will come after them if they find him guilty. They do and after his time he's released. The author really goes into learning about the people, their lifes and all about them.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Return To The Beach House by Georgia Bockoven
I have not read the first book in this series but will probably get it to read as I like this one so much.
Story starts out in June with Aliison Kirpatrick and she's vacationing on the west coast where her grandson joins her for a month before he heads off to college.
He's into horses and he meets up with Grace-who's cooking for her dad next door who's into surfing and tending the orchid nursery. They trade horse lessons for surfing lessons.
What I love about this is the lessons about riding a horse-what not to do. I can't wait to try it for myself, when I do get to go.  Love that Alison also has a life and love her exploring of the area as the places she's going to, describing were ones we didn't stop at on our trip up the PCH.
This book is broken up into sections where each section is about a different couple that are staying at the beach house at a different time during the year.
So interesting to learn about them all, their careers and what they love about the ocean and surrounding areas.  He learns things about his father and grandfather that help him to stir himself into a new direction after the summer ends.
Alison realizes some truths also....
August story:  Four women who went to college reunite at the beach house and catch up on why they didn't get together at the 5 year mark. So many different problems. Love the secret they've carried with them for years.
Sad to hear of some of their secrets but glad when others are revealed.
January story: Love that this story starts out with an update from the first story! This one is about a photographer who's at the airport to meet his girlfriend.
Love the stories of the photography part. Lindsey is not adjusting to being back in the states and does not want to go back to the war zone.
House seems so different to all the occupants but it makes them feel like they are home with just one item.
They must come to terms about their relationship and work....
End of the book has the author's other works which I'll be checking into myself.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.

Wish by Jake Smith
Wanted to read this book because it's about baseball and I miss the journey and dreams.
This one is about a boy, Aaron who's no longer in remission. His dad, James has grown up playing baseball and is now a coach. Young daughter Lizzie and wife Emily are all surrounding Aaron at the hospital where they are able to live while he goes through his tests, chemo and hopefully more bone marrow transplants.
Aaron immerses himself in baseball, stats-I love stats! To me it's his way of not forgetting his ordeal but coping with it that takes him away from the limelight to lose himself in. He gets a visit from a pro ball player and they get in-depth about the game and stats.
Follows everyday life things that occur, praying to God and how each of them copes with their new routines.
Love gift Aaron is able to give to his dad with the help of the ball player...makes you sad he had to give up his dream long ago..What a treat for me as never having gone to a ballpark. all behind the scenes are now open.
After I learned what the wish really was i had to close the book, put it down and stop crying, so happy for them all...things like this just don't happen to regular people...
X read! Love it when everybody comes together for a good cause.
I received this book from Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.

Hot Shots by Anne March, Lynn LaFleur
I wanted to read this book because it's about firemen and I love learning how they do their job, the location and because there are three different authors, one that I'm familiar with. I usually end up liking and reading the other author's works. I hadn't planned on more such hot steamy sex scenes than the main theme: firefighters.

Fired Up By Anne March
Hannah Green is at her watch tower in the Sequoia National Forest and during a lightening storm she loses the radio. Cole is the Cajun firefighter who comes the next day to replace her radio. They share many a night talking to one another, sexually and playing out roles to get the other to orgasm.
Adult language and scenes.  Are they going to get to play out their fantasies that they've told each other of over the radio on their private channel? Wish there had been more of a storyline, rather than a lot of sex.
Sizzle by Lynn LaFleur
Maysen Halliday runs Hot Shots magazine and is the photographer. She's on assignment in a small town in Texas. Clay Spenser is the town's fire chief and he doesn't like the idea of the publicity for his fire department.
The volunteers are to meet Maysen at the station and she can take their beefy photos. She plans to also highlight female firefighters in a special article.
Clay avoids Maysen claiming he's too busy with others to meet for meals. She meets up with the woman firefighters and learns Clay didn't go out of town and gets the directions to his house and she gets the tour along with a change of mind from Clay.
Things really heat up... Now to convince them to pose for the calendar and others would buy it, thus giving them money for the new tanker they need. Hot steamy sex scenes.
Five-Alarm Masquerade by Stacey Kennedy
Abby Hill watches her bedroom burn where the only family photos left were located. The fireman consoles her and she stays with her friend Sierra.
An invite to a five alarm masquerade arrives with instructions on what you can and can't do-bit on the kinky side and like a 'swinger's get together'.
Gavin Morgan can't get her out of his head and lets her know, both disguised at the event.  Very steamy sex scenes.
Excerpt from Smokin' Hot is included at the end.
 I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Bittersweet Rain
Caroline loves Roscoe, the older man rather than the son who's her age. The step daughter is 5 years younger than her but her mind is that of a child.
Rink, the son, has always stated he'd take care of Laura Jane. She doesn't understand why he doesn't live with them.
The raising of the thoroughbreds is an industry that Roscoe loved. Others now run it for him and Laura Jane shows love interest in the manage, Steve.
She and Rink had been together in their younger days, but Rink got another girl pregnant.
Story goes back in time and we learn just how close they were... Like how all the different confrontations with those involved are handled. Interesting to learn how Roscoe manipulated all their lives. Lots of surprises from all around after the death.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

This Matter of Marriage by Debbie Macomber
Hallie McCathy is now 30 and ready for a family. She has set one year to meet the right man to marry.
Steve Marris lives next door and he has an ex wife. They become friends and she tells him of her mishaps with dates.
Hilarious escapades of the dates and throw in Steve's daughter and son who visits on weekends who wants a mother for her dad...
He wants to reunite with his wife and hopes she will reconsider.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Passion's Promise by Danielle Steel
Lots of action and different lifestyles. Some are together as just friends, but dedicated friends and they see others. he other males, her other males.
She is a heiress and hides that. She hides her identity with 5 different aliases,  by writing columns and only a handful know who she is. She takes the assignment to interview Lucas-he's out of prison now but the CA dept could put him back.
He's on a goal to fix the prison system and aided those on the inside to form a union of sorts to get their rights. Now that he's on the outside he can do more...
Unthinkable things happen and you wonder if their love for one another will last....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Secret Dinosaur #3: Jurassic Adventure (The Dinotek Adventure) by N.S. Blackman
Illustrated colorful children's book about mechanical working dinosaurs of years past.
Marlin has gone to live with them once they've escaped to the mountain. They learn new things about one another.
What I like about this book in the series is it teaches you to adapt to your surroundings and to use the barter system to survive. Remember the golden rules!
Love how the things that happened in the past fix the present so there is a future.
I received this gift from the author in exchange for my honest review

Turner's Point by Gordon Osmond
I wanted to read this book for many reasons: the travel and the time the mother and son get to spend with one another-to make amends.
Brockways, ex husband and wife find others and the son Kyle has come out. It's easy to keep track of the characters as most of them were in relationships with a family member at one time.
Love the travel but wish more details were described. Love when Eileen takes over the kitchen to make an omelet-priceless!
Journey started in Ohio, then to the west coast for not only a graduation but a marriage. Then mom and son travel back to Ohio-the long way. Love the time they get to spend on the road and realize their dreams out loud.
Adult language. The story also follows Tasha who stars in the soap opera that she and Greg are rehearsing for. Kirk detains them...he's been a fan of theirs for years...
Erin and Dan at the new law firm...and new clients. Didn't find sex scenes with males all that interesting-out of my comfort zone.
Loved how the name of this book relates to the story and how it all came about.
Story also follows Duncan, director of plays in Ohio and he proposes a play to Kyle and Eileen.
Found on many pages a sentence would go longer than a page and I'd lose my train of thought along the way.... enjoyed all the memories of shows and plays mentioned.
Also includes summaries of publishing book club offers, summaries of free ebooks, etc
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Dance of the Dandelion
This book takes place in the 1300's. Dandy has grown up in a village and befriends William and Tim. They make a pact and are known as Maid Marian, Little John and Robin Hood.
Dandy cares of Richard and is glad to be his friend. She is considering some dark thoughts and she falls and is saved by a knight. Gus she calls him rescues her and tends to her wounds and brings her to his part of the castle, the tower.
They wed even though her parents don't care for the union. As she becomes friends with those who live in the castle because of her sewing skills she also learns of Gus's past from his poetry in the book and of things others have told her of him.
What I really like about this book is the words, some are in Latin and it's fun to look them up. I did read Latin when I was very young as my older brother was studying it for a semester.
Her path leads her to many different relationships over the years...lots of religion, quotes from the Bible. She seeks guidance from God and gets her answers.
I received this book from a contest.

Plum Island by Nelson DeMille
This novel is about John Corey who's recuperating on the beach and gets a call to help investigate.
The bio chemical animal testing island, Plum Island is the main focus. There are a couple, scientists, that had been murdered who worked there.
Love all the clues he finds that don't add up when touring the island with the officials.
Like how he talks and then tells you what's on his mind. Gives an insight to what's going on. Love the connection between Captain Kidd and the sex scenes and the investigation.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Cooking with Apples
Book starts out with not only the history of apples but many other facts, also how healthy they are. Liked the part about the different types and what they are each really good to bake with.
30 recipes of appetizers, dips,  soups and salads, meat toppings and desserts.
No nutritional information and no pictures of the finished dish.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end of the book.

No Bake Recipes for Kids (Cooking with Kids Series
Author believes if you start the child out young helping out in the kitchen they will continue to do so. good believe, everybody should learn their way around the kitchen.
Starts out talking about healthy food groups and how many servings each age group should be eating daily.
Next up is safety around the ktichen.  Few pictures but many recipes with directions easy to follow and easy to prepare.
Some recipes tell you how many it will serve. There is no nutrtional information.
More books in the cooking with kids series are highlighted at the end of the book.

SOUTH MOUTH BBQ RECIPES: Food so good that if you put it on top of your head, your tongue will beat your brains out tryin' to get to it
This book offers a free ebook link.
Basic recipe is about what I use to make Boston baked beans from scratch so I know how nutritious the ingredients are along with the good taste.
Liked the stories that go along with how the recipes came about.
Pictures and no nutritional information. Directions also come with tips on how to make the meal even better.
Love the use of SO many spices. Includes hillbilly wisdom and other works by the author at the end. Loved the black tooth dessert, priceless!

FAVORITE RECIPES: A Collection of Easy & Delicious Recipes from Best Selling Authors Jean LeGrand, R. Scott Frothingham & Cooter Brown
Each recipe has it's own page which includes not only a picture but some come with a paragraph or two about the recipe. Each one comes from another book so this is
a good collection from all over. Loved the ideas of the meal muffins, and things made in a mug and breakfast breads. directions don't seem to be too complicated and can't wait to try a few.
No nutrtional information.

The Lucky Little Labrador Goes to School -- A Chapter Book With Pictures! Ages 6-10 (Little Readers #4)
Children's book where Lucky the Labrador lives with Kevin and his family and they try to train him and discipline him.
Book starts out with the meanings of some of the difficult words used in the story.
Nine chapters that start out with Lucky and his adventures in the backyard that land him in trouble, with not only Kevin but his mother.
Obedience school should cure him of getting into trouble and the next day he starts...
Love how they all have to pitch in to make it all work. More books by the author are highlighted at the end.

What Kind Of OWL Are You? (Who Do You Choose To Be?)
Colorful children's book asking about what kind of owl you would be and showing you pictures of jobs of others.
Each page tells of the different job duties. Free gifts are offered in this book.

ABC Come Play With Me: A Picture Alphabet Book for Young Children
Very colorful children's book showing the alphabet. Not only a common item is the picture on each page but silly things that also begin with the same letter that is being highlighted.
A free book by the same is also available.  Love the ending page which shows all the letters along with the item they represent.

Mexican Cookbook: Easy & Delicious Recipes Everyone Will Love
Mexican cooking at its best. Top recipes with instructions on how to make them. There is no nutritional information.
Pictures for each recipe with a little bit about them and then the directions on how to make them along with a serving size.
Loved learning about the scoring system on the hot peppers.
Index at the back of the book not only shows the picture of them and a spice, where applicable, but the heat index as well.

Children's Fish Book+ E-Video: Joey and the Net (Adventure & Education series for ages 3-10) (Animal Habitats & Environment children's books collection) [Kindle Edition]: Educational Book series
Colorful children's book about a fish. The type of fish we learn about the history from long ago to present day, Lake Mead.
The fish carried her young in her mouth but she lost Joey in her travels.  A fishing boat is nearby and she fears they will capture Joey. The mother fish teaches all 29 fishes of the dangers of the lake, even Joey.
She gets caught one day and the baby fish all swim away and Joey has a plan to save his mother with the help of his 29 other brothers and sisters.

The Adventures of Blue the Very Happy Dog; Blue Gets His Magic Collar (Childrens dog books and short bedtime stories for kids) (The Adventures of Blue Series.)
Illustrated colorful children's book about a happy dog, blue. He lives with a family and is so well behaved he is allowed to go outside by himself every day.
He finds many adventures on his trips outside the gate as we learn...The family buys him a new sparkly magic blue collar and he finds out what it can do...
Many other animals are greeted and we find out what they can do. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Fruit Infusion: A Collection of Day Spa Inspired, Fruit Infused Waters
Colorful book about healthy drinks. Book starts out with why water is important and what benefits the different fruits and vegetables have mixed in with the drinks.
Directions follow on how to prepare them.
One section specifically for metabolism boost is next.
Another section is called workout with hints on what to put in your bottle while exercising.
A section on remedies will help you feel better also...And bedtime drinks, ice cubes and using carbonated soda.
There are so many combinations but I also loved hearing of what they can help improve your ailments without drugs.

Little Grey Bunny: Children's Picture Book (Bedtime stories for children)
Illustrated very colorful children's book about a box of bunnies and one day people come to the pet store to get a bunny of their own.
Most of them are white but there is one grey bunny who feels very special because of it's color. Nobody takes him and the owner carries him in the box when the store closes.
A storm outside and the man forgets about the box and the bunny is on his own......
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end of the book.


Love with a Perfect Cowboy by Lori Wilde
Have enjoyed the other books in this series and knew I'd love this one.
What I really like about this series/book is the new words I learn. I am continually jumping up to go to my pc and load up the dictionary to find out what the words mean.
I also do not want a book with 3/4 of it is back story. This book is all brand new things with just a touch of the older things that occurred.
Melody a big ad campaign job in NY City has just been fired and her world known famous photographer boyfriend has dumped her. On the way leaving the complex she runs into Luke from her hometown of Cupid, TX. What the heck is he doing in NYC?
They do share a meal and so much more later when he tells her of what's going on with the town and asks her for help. She confides in him what the latest in her life.
Hometown life and there are many secrets. The family feud that has lasted hundreds of years is in force still. You do not cross into enemy territory but stay true to your family.
She devises many projects that might help the town recover from it's financial loss due to lack of rain. Loved hearing of the different festivals they sound like SO much fun.
Luke, the mayor uncovers a secret that holds all the plans together and he confronts her about it. Nothing seems to be going right but their steamy sex scenes which nobody can ever find out about.
You wonder if the feud will ever end.... sad this is the last in the series, but i'm happy to learn it's not going to continue into 20 where 3/4 of each book is the back story-unlike Lori's books.
Also loved the travel, parts I may never see for myself in my lifetime and being able to catch up with the others in the community.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

 Mediterranean cookbook:The Right Stuff(ing): Quick Slow Cooking-The Full Guide for Delicious Stuffed Dishes (Special cookbook,Unique recipes
Offers of another cookbook as a gift for reading this one is in the book.
This topic always fascinates me as we are basically on a Med meal plan. Always looking for new ideas.
Stuffed beets would be my choice of a really good dish to make. Lots of fresh ingredients and very healthy.
Really good photos of the different steps of preparation. Very detailed steps on how to prepare the dishes. No nutritional information but there doesn't appear to be butter or sugars, but healthy substitutes.
For meats i would use the 93% lean meats/poultry with only 7% fat.
Besides chapters on meat/poultry, there is one called vegetarian/vegan, cheese, another called sweet.

The Taste of Northern India - Where Spirit and Flavors Combine- a culinary journey through recipes and landscapes By Shira Barak
This book by the same author as the Med. cookbook, the right stuffing, concentrates on Indian spices and combinations. Each recipe tells you serving size and preparation time.
Very fresh ingredients, herbs and spices.  Also very colorful photos of the prepared foods. Especially want to try the spinach dish.

Scientists That Changed the World: The Story of Wireless, An Educational Comic Book for Kids (A Historical Science Comic Book for Kids) 
This is book 2 of the series, this one is about wireless communication. It's told in a comic strip type along with the story as well. Colorful older children's book about how wireless came about.
Marconi and his explorations. Back in the day it was called radar and tells how that was used.
Many other books, for children and for adults by the author are highlighted at the end of the book.

French Cuisine Cookbook: 50 Easy and Delicious French Recipes (French Cooking, French Recipes, French Food, Quick & Easy)
Each recipe comes with preparation time, ingredients and calories per serving. No  pictures and no nutritional information.
Recipes sound very easy to make but not quite so healthy although you should be able to substitute a whole egg with egg beaters, etc.
There are also quite a few VERY healthy dishes so there is something for everybody.
Has categories for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and treats and other dishes. Lots of fresh spices, herbs and vegetables.
Love chicken cordon blue-gonna have to try that one!
French fries their way, even sound healthy. Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Summer Activities For Kids: Fun Ways To Keep Kids Active - And You Sane: activities for kids 4-8 years old
This book is directed towards parents and how to keep sane during the LONG summer months. Besides safety they suggest following a routine schedule of things to do daily.
Use of a big calendar with blocks to write things to do is a big help.
Lists of places to go that are also educational but fun. Wicked cool!
Such a fun book, can't wait to experience the fun with our grandson this summer.