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) Inc.in 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.

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