Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Books read Jun 3

Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson
This new saga is about Amanda and her daughter Choloe, they have relocated to Oregon and are now away from her abusive husband.
She has little but she is able to dream a lot by writing down her wishes on pieces of paper and letting the wind take them. She has no idea where they land.
The story also follows Jeb who is a local man who works his ranch and likes to make things out of wood. He finds many pieces of paper with wishes and after talking to neighbors learns they also have found the papers.
Legend of the bridge sounds cool, similar to another author's works with a wishing well and cave.
With the storm Jeb and others combine their efforts to save those without heat and electricity. He is able to talk her and her daughter to stay at his house and he hires her to work cleaning and cooking til he discovers the pictures she has on her SD card.
It's the only proof she has to get the divorce from Mark who's abused them both.
Love how his whole family helps her to see the lawyer and file charges against her soon to be ex husband. He does find her and they thought they were prepared enough but he crashes through...
They all know he will come after her again and hope they have put up barricades and continue on with daily life, birthday parties, holiday celebrations...
Amanda is growing closer to Jeb and they have each told one another they love each other....things tense up as the court trial for divorce is near...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Banners of Silk by Roslind Laker
Very long audio book but worth it.  What attracted me to this book is the silk. Figured it would be design work and I was right.
During Paris civil war and after a woman is befriended and gets a job at a couture house helping with the sewing. She meets many people
that come in and out of her and her families life over the years. Love hearing of all the work and how it was accomplished being that I am a knit and crochet designer, loved the background story and learned so much.
Lots of travel and move in this book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Kids are Natural Cooks
Audio book that is broken up into the 4 seasons. Based on farm to table items. Books has illustrations.
Kids are the ones who can make these recipes.  Norway recipes and tips for adults and teachers to work together.
Story follows how adults came along and helped inside the school along with bringing in their old equipment that the kids could use.
No nutritional information but fresh ingredients are used. Butter and vegetable oil you could substitute with a healthier choice.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Saving Mossy Point by Donna Winters
Captivated by the cover. Once I read the summary I knew this would be a good read.
Starts out with the new state of Superior and there is a state park that is need of saving as one in charge wants to sell it.
Betty has other plans and now that she's a widow she has a lot of time on her hands to do the work. She hopes to collect others who will donate their time in order for the park to have a folk school.
This is where they would learn different skills surrounding the area. If she can have the park run in the black this season he's agreed not to sell it right away.
Just within the first chapter I have learned what a lectern is and the device used to make a trail. Never knew the names and it's fun to learn new things. We are walkers and travel the northeast in search of fun places to walk and learn about the areas we visit.
She is continually asking God for all the ideas and everything on the calendar to help promote the park and what it will offer. Problem is Betty's grandson stops in-from the west coast, unexpected and a neighbor falls on the park land and injures himself, threatening to sue.
Just when things are running smoothly, or so we think..... mayhem occurs and then some...
Easy going read and I appreciate hearing from different generations of characters in the book. So much is going against them keeping the state park.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.  Great blend of religion in this book, it's not overpowering or pushy.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Circle of Pearls
Love how the pearls keep her on track as she finds out what they really mean as she grows older. Starts when she is born and the story continues and parallels the world she lives in, the war times and struggles.
Julia and others are able to save one woman who was being hanged and they didn't believe the punishment had fit the crime.
She becomes a seamstress and her expertise is valued.   With the civil war there is much to lose. Love the parts of the inventions and learning sign language.
Travels are great to listen to, the sights, sounds and thoughts.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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