Friday, March 20, 2015

Books read March 20

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
Jack St. Bride is back in a small town, teaching after having been released from prison, a crime he didn't commit.
Addy runs the Do or Die restaurant and appliances are failing....and she has to bail her father out of jail and things get worse.
Story also follows teen girls who have formed a magic circle and they make things happen. Lots of colorful characters in town keep this book moving along.
Also goes back in time to previous years so you gain the knowledge of what has already happened to the characters.
One policeman finds out about Jack's past and makes sure everybody else the trial and how they are able to find the clues to solve the mystery. so intense and so many little details.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Blue Moon by Luanne Rice
Lobsterville restaurant is run by the 3 sisters, fighting to keep it together.
Nora is in love, Bonnie with 2 kids wants to spread her wings and Cass is the spark.
Cass is married and they have a daughter with a disability that is taking a lot out of them, Josie.
Teens growing up, discovering Satan and sex and trying to fit in. Adults trying to live the best life they can, getting through troubles with one another and work.
Love talk of loberstering, boats and the fishing towns along the coast.
Lot of drama in this seaside steamy sex scenes...things aren't what they seem.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Christmas Wish by Richard Siddoway
Will Martin is back to the town where his grandparents had raised him when his parents are killed.
He's there to help the grandmother to settle the estate and he is given the journals, one written every Christmas eve....He recalls many happy holidays.
She wants him to find out about the woman mentioned in the journals for over 27 years....
As life goes on they each learn all the things the grandfather had done for the others in town, whether it be money or a good word to further their education and all kinds of charity work done, with no recognition.
The town is growing on him and he's getting pressure to go back to the city to his that his handshake was good enough as a signed contract.
Love how the ends are all tied as the last page is turned.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

How To Eat Away Arthritis
Love most of the ideas in this book on how to live with arthritis, if not put it into remission. Some ideas you can do on your own-diet, but the detox you should really contact your doctor. Only drinking water for 2 days is not cool with me.
Lots of resources and case studies of some people that have been cured by following different lifestyles.
They state the food allergies are the cause to most of the arthritis diseases.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Angel Tree
Pine River, and every year a tree appears and everybody posts their wishes on the branches. This year the kids are determined to find out who puts the tree in the town square.
Valerie wants her seeing eye dog to have surgery, another boy wants a new house for his family.  Angels take one of the tied wishes and make the dream come true but this year is different...3 kids combine their talents to figure out who the angel is that makes it all happen. They just want to give them recognition.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
Love pearls and the holiday so figured this would be a good read.
Setting is weeks before Christmas and everybody chips in to decorate. The family and their family and their family will all be together under the same roof.
Liked hearing of the ghosts that show themselves during the family's stay. Pearl is there to help get it all straight.
Clean slate drinks were passed around and Theador waited for it to happen......everybody spoke what was on their mind and it wasn't always nice things to say...
Just a handful know of Pearl's powers...she recreated past holidays and everything about them.
Lots of recipes, what a treasure!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

If You're Happy and You know it by Jane Cabraea
Audio book but I'm pretty sure the colorful pictures go along with what the people are doing in the pictures.
Children's book about a monkey elephant and a giraffe. Remember playing this song with my grandson
as we did different things. Some silliness and laughter for all.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

ABC Letters in the Library by Bonnie Farmer
Audio book but I'm pretty sure it shows the picture the letter represents.
Alpha list of library related terms.  Love h for hush the best.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Death by Cashmere Seaside Knitter's Mystery by Sally Goldenbaugh
Knitting attracted me to this series. 
Izzy opens a seaside knitting shop and there's a group that meets weekly til one goes missing and the group investigate to find out who did it.
Cass a lobster woman has found Angie, the female that lived above the knitting shop, dead, tangled up in her lobster pots. Others had seen Angie drinking and walking onto the breakwater...poachers stealing others lobsters in the pots...
lots of unanswered questions arise as the group proceed to investigate the clues..
Love the community teamwork and how everybody helps one another, lots
of gatherings that involve food and the recipes sound delicious.
Secrets that are found and brought to the forefront shed light on what's really behind the murder.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
This book I won from Library Thing and was happy to be able to read it. Love the different careers and very details what they do on a daily basis.
Enjoyed the reuniting with the Olympic swimmer and the path his career has taken him. They all meet up again in TX where Eannon hopes to get the local job teaching others how they can get into the Olympics.
Sarina is a great architect and although she is on her own, living with friends, she hopes to expand her jobs to make it in the big time.
Noah is her boyfriend lawyer but he travels a great deal of time and they hardly see one another. Danny is a gay male friend that Sarina lives with. He and Eannon were college buddies and they meet up and he spends the night, buys a local house and gives her the job to redo the house as he wants certain things in it.
She is getting pressured from her boyfriend and his family to get married and have kids-where she will no longer be working because she will be raising the kids. She's not so sure that what she wants in life...
Events occur that keep her from her boyfriend, she helps out Ean with his flu and her father is deathly sick that puts all her work on hold...
She is so confused about the men and her job and she puts her foot down to get things done... Enjoyed the read and there is an excerpt for Eannon's brother Colin in the next book with HIlary. Will g
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

 Denim blue sea by Joanne DeMaio
Love the author's previous works and when I heard of this new one I knew it'd be another good read and I was right.
Like this one right from the start as I live near the ocean and it has a calming effect on me. Can't seem to get enough of the scent either when we return home from travels around the US.
This book is about a couple that is to be married at Stony Point, CT and all their friends have over the years, summered there as well so it' s natural they come together. Also an aunt of the bride was invited-from Italy.
There are many wedding gettogethers and unplanned ones as well. We get to meet not only the main characters but their friends, spouses and kids. Memories of past summers also make an appearance to not only understand the secrets that are coming out but the lives of the people
mixed in with their current lives. Love how it's like a jigsaw puzzle as the pieces are all fitting together and at times you wonder if there will be a wedding at all. Journals from his dead brother all but the one he really needs...
Jobs and careers are an added plus here for me as both are made to sound so interesting and creative and there are so many details described. Love learning new things!
So many emotions, lost of loved ones, gaining new family members, wedding prep and teamwork amongst friends.
Reminds me of a happily ever after book but with the twists there is heartache and pain and happiness. Love how the characters all interact with one another over the years and seem at ease with everyone. Fun loving bunch of people wish I had this bunch for my friends. Love this book the best by the author and can't wait for other books.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Patterns in the Sand
Izzy and her fiber shop have once again have a body in the shop. Others see it and alert the police but the woman is not dead at all, just tired from traveling from Boston to Sea Harbor. Willow is a fiber artist and had agreed to teach others about her work.
Love the Friday night feasts of fish by the neighbors. Lots of good suggestions on how to cook fish.
Aiden Peabody, another local artist that was hosting an open house the night he died was also friends with all the locals.
Love details on the sweater, even will try out the sand stitch on a baby afghan project for a local charity. Always learning, can't get enough.
Willow does tell them why she's been in town and they try to help Willow. The clues do lead to others who stated they want to kill the artist.
Was great to catch up with everybody from the previous book and can't wait to read the next in the series. Especially like the patterns, although not spelled out the net is good to find out how they are made. Excerpt from the next in the series, The Moonspinners is included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

5 delicious hot soups for Christmas By Joey Avniel & Daniel Nadav
Received this as a gift for reviewing the author's other works.
Sounded like a good booklet of recipes.  Lentil soup would be my favorite because it uses common foods that I have in my house and the combination of them all together sound like it would be fragrant and very tasty.
There are also other books to check out with vegetarian lifestyle in mind.

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