Thursday, October 2, 2014

Books read Sept 2014

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
Have read all the author's works and just love island living.
This story starts out with a love matchmaker and her life. It goes back in time, or should I say it catches up with her in the present time.
We find out her true love and why she had to let him go. her new love and her daughter. Also chapters are presented from the standpoint of many others that have come into their lives: co workers and the immediate family.
So much emotion in these pages. I was doing fine til the twists at the end of the book caught up with me. Have lost not only my mother this year but my mother in law and many of the pages were difficult to read with tears streaming down my face. Just and handful of characters and easy to keep track of who is who.
Love gift they were able to get together for her at the end. PRICELESS!
I received this book from in exchange for my honest review.

North of Boston by Elizabeth Ello
Perio is left to drown-a survivor while out in the ocean on a lobster boat.
Ned is not found. Noah is the child left behind. Others think the boat was hid purposely.
She gathers clues, that lead her to more mysteries, love the trail of the scents...

An Aria for Nick by Hallee Bridgeman
Why I wanted to read this book was for many reasons: Northwest and high tech mysteries.
Aria once on track to be a world renowned pianist is devastated when her best friend's father breaks her wrist at his funeral.
Nick was serving overseas and he left everything to her and his father was upset about that.
Years later and with her genius IQ she is able to associate her music notes with how to solve mysteries, on many levels. She has a PhD and is seeing clues as to Peter Harrington's involvement with nuclear espionage and calls in the feds.
Harvey Castle shows up and she realizes who he really is and they catch up with one another as to why his past life must stay covered up.
He works for the Feds and is gathering the information Aria has on Peter to implement him. Some things go wrong and now the other Feds are after them... Hard to follow with his dreams of days gone by...
She is able to turn to her psalms to calm her and to keep herself on track. Took me a while to get into the book as it was from various timeframes. Til you see the connection and the book makes sense, keep on reading.
Lots of mysteries and adventure. Lots of extras included at the end: translations of foreign phrases, computer and military terms explained and recipes to name a few.
I received this book from in exchange for my honest review.

Red Hot Mamas  
Many struggles as woman age and achieve 50 years of age and all the different obstacles they each stumble onto.
Studies showed different statistics and the different women highlighted are able to cope and move on and be happy.
So much information on many topics that are on my doorstep at almost 60 years of age.

One Bear: The Kids Learn To Count Book
Illustrated very colorful children's book showing not only the numbers from 1 to 10
but animals and other words that rhyme with what they are comparing. My favorite is 2 bunnies who think they are funny.
Such silliness can only be good for a child to get them to laugh and smile.

50 Delicious Pumpkin Dessert Recipes - Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Muffins and More (The Ultimate Pumpkin Desserts Cookbook - The Delicious ... Desserts and Pumpkin Recipes Collection 1)
Many categories of recipes to make using pumpkin. Problem for us is there is no nutritional information and from the looks of the ingredients, butter is not very healthy for us. Some recipes we could get away with using low fat items.
No pictures but the recipes do come with step by step instructions.
Author's website also contains many other kindle versions of cookbooks, something for everybody.

Fred's Ears: When He Hides His Big Floppy Ears His Friends Can't Find Him!
Colorful children's book about a donkey with very long ears. He doesn't much care for them and tries with different hats to cover the ears up so they are not so noticeable.
Starts out with one hat, then two, then three, etc and all are different colors. This book would be good for not only counting but the different colors.
His animal friends can not find him because he is totally covered up....
3 blue hats are my favorite because I can make that type knitting.

 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (Fun, Zany, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Multicultural Children and Numbers, Ages 2-8)
Colorful children's book showing not only numbers but children from different parts of the world in their native attire.
Counts to twenty and the author's other works are highlighted along with some samples.
Great educational tool where a child when reading a page could look up where the country is located on a map/globe.

 THE LITTLE LEPRECHAUN WHO LOVED YELLOW! (Absolutely Delightful Bedtime Story/Picture Book About Following Your Heart, for Beginner Readers, ages 2-8)
Colorful children's book about Patrick the leprechaun who loves to wear yellow but others think he should wear green.
He finds all the colors he really likes and compare them to things he sees every day.
He leaves school one day to place the pot of gold at the end of the colroful rainbow and not realizing all in town would be looking for him....
Other works by the author have a sample attached.

OH DEAR SAID THE DEER:children's beginner readers early reader books collection(children's learning picture books)values(Preschool)Adventure ... Books for Early / Beginner Readers books)
Illustrated colorful children's book about animals and how they stay safe in the forest even when it's raining out.
The deer leaves to visit his friends houses to get a hat.
Love that he visits an ant, elephant, rhino and other animals to collect hats for his friends who are out in the rain or snow.
He's not able to go out because no hat will fit over his antlers. His friends have an idea....

 Fishin' a Bowl
This is a very colorful children's story about a fish that is in bowl and how he keeps himself busy every day.
He has a rock also that he can hide behind to watch people on the outside of the bowl.
A girl comes to feed him then a cat sticks his paw in the water....
They come to a solution to make each of them happy.

 Lars The Car - Kids Story Book for kids ages 4 to 8
This illustrated colorful children's book is about Lars and he is a car.
He has many friends who are also a certain color of a car and he asks for what he could be.
They give him many suggestions but he doesn't really care for any of them...
Next day he wakes up and figures out what he wants to be and starts training so he can be the best..

Candy Andy and the rainbow dinner (Happy Motivated children's books Collection)
Free items from the author along with this free ebook. Very colorful children's book about Andrea.
She would only eat sweets and candy but her parents tried to get her to eat healthy foods.
Her grandfather played a game with her about the color of food where she would eat very healthy foods.
Love author's take on this game and how it could work for you to get your child to eat.


Oliver and Jumpy, Introduction  by Werner Stejskal 
Agreed to read and review this book for the author. subject sounded interesting to me.
Found some of the words to be a bit advanced for my 8 year old grandson but with help he would be able to read the book. Wish print was a larger size.
Illustrated very colorful children's book about animals and a bit about their lives and habitat. Oliver is the tomcat and Jumpy is his best friend.
Love scenes of building a snowman where everybody helps.  So many different animals and sea life in this book. allows a child's imagination to wonder.
Real adventures start in the other books in the series.

Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 1-3 by Werner Stejskal 
Agreed to read and review this story. Found introduction to be full of color and a place where a child's imagination could grow.
Very colorful illustrated children's book with Oliver and Jumpy pairing up to bring another good children's story to life.
The first one is about Molly the Mole.  Besides giving you information about the animals there are educational facts included.  They stop by to visit with the mole and have some food.
This next one is my favorite. Next story is about Davy the duckling.  Love how all the animals, new and old come together to help.
Third story I felt was a bit much for young children as it deals with birth of an animal. Although it doesn't go into too much detail the fact is the baby is born which I feel would bring up more questions than answers.

30 day heart tuneup by Dr. Steven Massley
Heart healing food, strength exercising and much more to help you get rid of the plaque in your arteries.
Should reverse heart attack damage and feel younger.
The Bruce exercise sounds like something we really need to learn about as it strengthens the inside of your body, organs, etc.
We have made major changes in our lives after my husband's heart attack. I am using the same techniques he is doing because if they are good for him they are good for me and my heart disease problems.
Dietary and exercise programs I always want to learn about as we have an elliptical in our living room now to use daily.
Learned so much more than what I have previously read and things from webinars. Love food and spice tips.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Christmas Embrace
Rose is a vet and Alex is a finance investor and they are married. Each is spending so much time doing their jobs they find themselves drifting away.
She wants to have a baby and he's not sure it's the right time.  She gets them tickets to the northeast (from LA) to spend the holidays as a traditional new england holiday.
They had gone to college in new england but he's got tickets for the football playoffs. Love all the detailed descriptions and discussion of the PA Dutch/German.
They get stranded and he is able to see her work at her profession that turns the light on for him....
They soon release what's most important...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Health and Nutrition Newsletter June 2014
Lots of medical newsletters covering many topics of interest for everyday life.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley
1855, time of slavery and underground railroad.
Fletcher has been granted a move on campus and he meets other religious groups of people and talks to them to understand about their lifestyle.
He attends President Lincoln's address about freeing the slaves and he knows he will be the master of the plantation in time.
Love details to make it a special day for everyone.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
3 women who grew up in the late 60's their children are now of age in the 80's.
Starts off with Sparrow (Susan) and her mother Susanne who is constantly asking about her real father, pictures, lifestyle etc.
Rebecca has no friends and she thinks it's because of her big nose, she needs a nose job.
Story also follows her parents and the diagnosis of cancer.
Claudia and Simon and many other combinations of people. Confusing at times but a good story.
Also goes back in time while the next chapter is present day involving the parents or the children-now adults.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

This is a serial book and read out of order. Although they do give a bit of information of the prior books.
China's father is dead and her brother is following clues from 16 years ago.
When her brother comes up dead she's on board with McQuade to find out why and what case he was working on. There is also a daughter that needs to be looked after...
Love the connections between the different types of vegetables. Each chapter starts with a tidbit of information about the nightshade family. Can't believe how everything gets connected at the end.
Recipes included at the end.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Inside of a Pearl, Life in Paris by Edmund White
A journalist has left NY in the 80's and moves to Paris where he only knows 2 people. He learns all about the lifestyle and how to survive.
Gay sex scenes. I had wanted to read this book because I love pearls and I have always wanted to travel to Paris, which we have (in TN). The structure of the Eiffel Tower has always fascinated me.
This book has a bit too much scenes which I don't wish to read about so I've not finished the book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Tailgate by Elin Hildenbrand
Love this author and realized I had not read this one. Daphne and Clen were high school sweethearts.
Now that they are at college they don't get to see each other so often. She often catches the ferry on Friday nights to return to the island for the weekend when Clen wanted to spend time with her.
Last year he had shown up with his friends at her college, for the football game. This year she hopes to surprise him by showing up at his college, for the game.
She realizes he's changed so much as he wrestles with the guys on the yard and isn't shaving.
She is able to take on her fear head on by going to the game, with her friend....and now he's got plans to return to his journalist job after the game and not go on their dinner date.
Game is going well til others come between them and Daphne wonders about Clen and his new friends....til she discovers what's going on and she knows she has a choice to make: stay or go.
This is the pre story to The Matchmaker by the same author where their story continues... Love the aura she sees around others who are dating=-she can pair them up fr a lifetime...
Excerpt of The Matchmaker is included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

All About Deer by Jim Arnosky
This audio book I found interesting as we do have deer at my mother's property on the island.
Always amazed me to figure out how they knew when it was hunting season and they would vanish.
Other works by the author are also highlighted. Very educational about the different types of the deer. I had heard the names but didn't realize they were in the same family.
So much information about the deer and how they survive. My favorite part is the shape of the feet-heart imprints are left behind.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Power Play by Danielle Steel
 Alternating chapters as the story follows each family and their daily lives as they go through business and family events.
Phoeona, single has proven herself. Marshall is married and has a livid past that may catch up with him.
Two CEO's kids have started dating and the story follows the rifts as events from their past come to the forefront.
Thought this would be a her life as a CEO and his life as a CEO and they are the complete opposites and I thought it'd be pretty predictable.
Glad there are so many twists and turns and then some as things settle down.. Few characters, very easy to keep track of, love small details.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Hunter's Moon by Karen  Robards
Molly has gotten herself fired from the grooming job. It was the only job she had and she needed it to pay the bills and feed the other children that she cares for.
She finds a large sum of money in a different feedbag at the stables and takes it-she really needs it. Problem is the FBI man, Will show up and they not only want it back but they need her to get her job back and spy for them, along with their surveillance cameras.
Love all the talk of the horses and their attributes and care.  There are more mysteries and things really heat up, not only her gathering clues for Will about the horse controversy but their pretending to be sweethearts.
Animals getting hurt and child kidnapping really make this a fast paced action story that is easy to follow. Adult sex scenes added to this story.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

1 comment:

Jane Hanbury said...

I'm impressed with all that reading, it fair puts me to shame.