Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Books read Dec 5

A Christmas Wish: The holiday prequel to Goodnight, Brian
Love the author's other works that I've read and reviewed and know this one will be among the set. Down to earth family living with no drama.
Each of the children were taught at an early age to make a wish for Christmas and how to make it happen for them.
Steph is now in college and thinks she may be in love...she tells her grandmother of the chance meeting..
Brian has overcome some of the damage done and continues to live because of the attention his grandmother gives him and she won't take the doctors word.
She is determined Brian will overcome his disease. Mama takes Brian to her old neighborhood in the Italian section of Boston and they reminisce of how life was so hard when she was growing up, while they walk through the snow.
Love how she gets 2 turkeys and leaves one for a patron of the church that will need it most. Love the paying it forward. Detailed descriptions of sounds and smells and sights that make you feel as if you are there with them.
Book also comes with an excerpt from Goodnight, Brian.

Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
Have read other works by the author and this series and enjoyed learning about a city nearby, all facts from long ago.
This one has me captivated as I know of other places around the area that have the built in steps from the harbor but not the one mentioned.
Rum runners on Rose Island brought a smile to my face as other relatives tell me their stories of the nearby town they lived in and it was going on in their lifetimes.
Hope to get to visit these summer cottages one day-yes it's on my do me list
Story starts out when Emma's cousin is to wed someone she doesn't want to wed and runs away after a murder is committed.  Like interactions with others she dated and the newspaper reporters and police.
So many of the same streets still exist and I can just picture some of the structures in their original form.
Other mysteries arise that also need solving and Emma is right there to ask questions.
Between the smuggling, extortion and the mystery around the petal of a flower there is much to keep the story moving along.
More murders and lessons for self defense are learned. Can't imagine a wooden staircase leading down to the waters edge at Forty Steps.
Love a book that teaches me new things, new places to explore in my back yard. Love mention of the Paradise Avenue area into the plot of things. Murder at Beechwood will be out in May 2015.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Love the Cat by Rob Marsh
Illustrated very colorful children's book about Sarah and her cat, Love.
The cat is crazy and gets out of the house when the door is opened, uh oh.
He heads right to a neighbor's house that does not like cats, but what happens next nobody expects.  Happy to learn this is a teaching book to young children.
Glad there was a misunderstanding between them and they got it worked out. Visit the author's website for more books.
I received this book from Library Thing via the member giveaway  in exchange for my honest review.

Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude  
Wanted to read this book for the calmness that the sun brings to my life. Glad I do have a bit of vision now that I can enjoy them rises and sets myself.
Comes at a great time, we've just had Thanksgiving and the memory of those no longer with us makes us appreciate those left here on Earth a bit more as the crowd gets smaller every year.
Love poems, stories of places visited and the scenery. Just beautiful! I have felt like I am along for the ride of a lifetime, visiting so many new places and seeing the sky from the angles.
Bookends of my life-sunrise and sunset would be my favorite page.  Love the index at the end where those contributing have a sentence or two about what they do in their lifes.
I received this book from the author via  Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
Syndy Sinclair, investment banker moves back to Chicago after her engagement is called off.
Her sister is to be married now...Isabelle.
Von Roberts is an agent and she is not falling for his charms. He can't live without her.
Problem is her sister is to wed his brother and that throws them together...
They all spend time at the men's family house.....
Loved hearing the Irish steamy sex scenes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Liked this book because it's about how one girl was able to market her skills on ebay and open a store to earn a living.
Very detailed and descriptive about how to achieve success.
Real life experiences of what worked for her and what did not and why. Also sections on credit cards, cash, security,  how to hire others to work for you.
To make creative resumes and have others actually read it, using networking social media sites to get ahead and what to do when you do get the job, how to keep it.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Trip to the Hardware Store  by Barbara Venkataraman
Funny, humorous at times of lifes every day events and how they can be easily become calamities.
Dad is not a typical person who can fix things, he tries, really hard so when he heads to the hardware store, others try to stop in to call in the professionals.
He tries to not fail but when the hot water stops and mom has called the plumber and he knows what the problem is in the pipe, just not where, she asks Dad to find it for them so it can be fixed. The disaster that follows sounds VERY similar to what we went through to find out pinhole leak in the pipes.
Next story is about having friends over for dinner. Plans are going along fine til she realizes so many of her friends have different food allergies so she substitutes many ingredients so everybody can enjoy the meal.
Another story about lazy bones brings information about well known people who did procrastinate and make life dimplier for others.
Account past due makes her realize she's sent a collection note to a friend and not who it was intended for.
Gadget girl is about the numerous items/gadgets one must have. but how many is too many LOL, clutter. i've decluttered a bit and can do more in the kitchen!
Where did the time go-she takes care of her dad who is aging and forgetful and so many doc appts, lab work, etc
High finance is a good one on how to collaborate with your family to achieve lifes unexpected events that call for a gift to be sent.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.

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