Thursday, January 7, 2016

Books read Jan 7, 2016

Trouble at the mines by Rappaport, Doreen
Fascinated with mines and how they work, not sure why but I like reading about them.
This one is about the time of 1898 and it starts out with the whistle blowing at the mines. Arnoff, PA the whistle means an accident if not death in the mines.
The father and sons do make it out but conditions are worse than ever. The men have collected together and up in an uproar and have fired many of those involved.
Those who have lost husbands have been evicted also.
As some of the boys have been fired some of the girls must stay with other relatives as there is not much food for everybody.
They do go on strike and the story tells of their further struggles.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Thanksgiving Day parade mystery by Markham, Marion M
Love watching the parade on TV Thanksgiving morning.
The band goes missing in the morning... Mickey will try to find the missing band...Kate is off looking for birds when she comes across Mickey.
The twins work together to find the leads them to the bank, why is it open today?
Like how science plays a big part in solving the mysteries.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Lights out, a cyberattack, a nation unprepared, surviving the aftermath by Ted Koppel
This book from just the title I feel could actually happen to the US.
Journalist Ted has much information and tells us how we might be able to survive it.
With attacks already in our country and around the world it'd not take much for one to harm our electric sources that we'd not be able to recuperate from.
Lots of good info on planning, even though what you plan for may not be the attack your city gets.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Life estates by  Shelby  Hearon
Sara and Harriet come from different states but met each other in boarding school. They stay in touch over the years til they are now
in their 50's and a life and death crisis bring them together again.
They reminisce of the days gone by, their romances and health emergencies til one dies....
Her other works Hug Dancing sounds like a great book to read.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart
CeeCee and Birdie meet at the beach when CC isn't able to find her mom. She's a dancer on stage and she can also sing.
CC heads to the west coast where she becomes a big star on the stage. She keeps in contact with Birdie...
Birdie meets up with CC when she comes back to do shows in the summer. The manager notices Birdie and offers her a job. CC is very jealous as she is the one that is the star.
She has sexual fantasies about John the manager til she finds out Birdie has had sex with him and Birdie informs her of her mothers death.
Hard to follow at times as each sends letters or newspaper clippings and you don't really know who it's about til the signature at the end. Birdie moves onto her mothers college-to find a guy to wed.
CC marries John who will send her also to voice classes as she's still a big star.  Over time they are each alone, one is pregnant and all they want is a man to take care of them.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Christmas by D. J. Herda
History, traditions, decorating and the food of the holiday.
Liked hearing how other countries celebrate.  Gifts you can give that are free is a great list! Easy recipes to make for quick treats.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Wissahickon Woods
Short story of a man who gets a second chance at life after suffering a heart attack. He changes his life by quitting his job and wanting his wife to relocate to the west with him.
He befriends a blind man who he teaches how to fish. The couple gets into a fight over the issues...

My first summer in the Sierra by John Muir
Always enjoy the outside, walking discovering new things.
Have watched many on the John Muir Trail in CA and watched shows but having it all described is like being there, doing it ourselves.
Like listening to his journals and everything he sketches, plant, animal, etc.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Tim, a novel by Colleen  McCullough
Story of an older couple that have a mentally retarded son and the daughter they have a year later is perfectly normal.
They are able to keep the boy at home teaching him what they can. Many others make fun of him and take advantage of him. One day after his day laborer job with his father and others the woman nearby asks if he can mow her lawn and help with flowers and planting.
He comes every Saturday and she even asks the couple to take him to her beach house and they agree. She is able to show him love, as she never had it from the foster home she grew up in.
She is even able to teach him words and some math. Tim's mother passes away and he understands what happened to his mother when she died.
Other events occur and the professors think she should marry.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Copper Mountain Christmas by 3 authors
This book contains 3 novellas from 3 different authors, all centered around Copper Mountain Montana.
Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter
Love holiday reads and was happy to learn this one was free on the first few days of it's release.
Harley Diekerhoff works at the Copper Mountain Ranch for the holiday season to keep her distance from her family in CA.
Her gruff Boss Brock Shennan had hired her via a temp agency. They needed a housekeeper that knew the work and did it well.
He had lost his wife after 1 1/2 years and he didn't want a chatty housekeeper. It'd be a perfect fit.
She has had her own tragedy and we learn of it as the story goes along. She is really concerned when the biggest storm of the year hits and her boss is out in it. to track down some lost cattle.
The other ranch hands won't go look for him-the boss would have their heads. Love that she cooks for them all.
She gets the surprise of her life later that night and confronts the boss when he arrives.. is she going to leave or can she stick it out?
Love that their feelings on many topics come out of their shells and how they've kept them hidden so long.

A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera
This hot steamy sex story is about Annie and she's returned to Marietta and taking over the house her dad left her. She's estranged from her sister and hopes to mend things with her.
She currently works as a waitress when the Scott brothers come in for their weekly chili and soda dinner. Carson and Annie have a past and we learn about their time away from one another and how their lives changed them.
Love hearing of the traditions, new ones but she's terrified to go into a new relationship, too fast, she needs time.
He's a widower with a young son who needs a mother and she'd be perfect. She's almost ready to just up and leave til the snow storm, the tree and reconnecting with her sister and helping with the live nativity.
Love the tree information, what a great idea!

Home for Christmas by Melissa McClone
This story starts out with Rachel and she's arrived at the Bar V5 ranch where her brother works (he's partner) with Nate.
Ty has told her she can use the kitchen to create and she's just been bamboozled out of her savings to open her bakery back home in Arizona. She's only in Montana for 3 weeks and makes gingerbread houses resembling real houses that people live in and they buy them from her.
Nate falls in love with her on sight as his dating online escapades hasn't gotten him a satisfied date in years. He loves her cooking and baking and has agreed to let her stay and even finance a shop here in town and she can use his kitchen in the meantime.
Love all the marketing ideas for Rachel to sell her baked goods.
A misunderstanding could send her back to Arizona...


Simply Healthy Whole Food Cookbook: The 30-Day Food Plan Including 50 Approved Recipes
Recipes include list of ingredients and very detailed instructions on how to prepare the dish. No pictures and no nutritional information.
Recipes do appear to be healthy choices of fresh food. Not sure what they are considering a serving size for some of the products as we measure things in ounces.

Let It Snow by Erica Ridley
no chapter 10?
Wasn't prepared for this book. Thought it'd be a nice snowy read. It starts out with Lance Desmond who's returned to his house and his friend shows him devices that might interest him.
He's now on a quest to find a bloom in the Castle Cavanaugh. This tale is one from many times: magical, mythical, mixed in latest up to date. Funny at times when he's talking to others that have come through a portal using modern English phrases.
Princess Marigold must not become his friend or he will vanish within hours like the others.
Mercenary knight who's buying a pirate ship, has a smartphone but no wifi and likes candycrush.
Marigold has quite a tale as to why she's in the castle, day of her birthday and no furniture...
He would make her birthday and Christmas wishes come true before they both got back to his real world...
Lance had brought many things with him, perhaps he has the knowledge to beat the curse of the castle...
Lots of surprises and sex. Bit far fetched for me
I received this book from the author.

Campbell's kingdom by Innes Hammond
About the oil fields in Canada with background of all the intricate details.
His grandfather had formed a company in Canada and he's now the holder of all of the company as his grandfather has died.
Early 1900's He had never given up on finding oil...hydroelectric production and plans...
Bruce travels to Canada and meets many of his grandfathers associates. The lawyers are trying to pressure Bruce to sign the deed over to them...
Lots of mysteries await him as he starts to solve what is going on..the survey reports were false and he has the real ones...could it be there is oil under the land?
Building of the dam and the sale of the land is a plan that is up for controversy.
Loved hearing of the land and the pure nature still there as the men climb up to the land.
When he first arrived in Canada he knew he only had a few short months of his life left but something happens to complicate it all.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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