Monday, February 29, 2016

Books read Feb 29

Best friends forever by Roby_ Kimberla Lawson
This audio book starts out Celine and Keith, their marriage is on the rocks. He comes in at 5am after a night of drinking, this happens often.
She spends all her time online doing work and he's had enough of it. They also have to spend time with their 10 year old daughter, Cassie.
As she goes from doctor to getting tests we learn she has breast cancer and relies on her friend Lauren but the marriage is really complicating things, making everything worse.
She starts praying and everyday since she discovered the lump...She makes more fond memories for Cassie, because she doesn't know if it will be their last.
Liked learning the procedures done and why and in what order for the breast cancer.  At one point he leaves and you wonder if he will ever return...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Crockpot Recipes: 24 Extremely Delicious, Easy, Cheap, Family Slow Cooker Dinners-Amazing Crockpot Recipes You Won't Believe Came Out Of A Slow Cooker
Starts out with basic info about slow cooking then onto the recipes. There is no nutritional information and there are no pictures.
Some of the dishes can be made healthier by using low sodium products. Very easy to follow instructions.
Lots of meals to choose from. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Rainy Day by Kate Hewitt
Summary makes it sound like a good book, it's more than that for me.
Starts out with Lucy and she's been humilated not only at work but by her mother and boyfriend. She leaves to go overseas for a few months to board at her half sister that she's not seen but a couple of times.
She even has a job at the local elementary school.  Juliette runs and local B&B and has people in and out all day but the girls have time to spend together where they learn about one another.
They have the same mother and it's explained why they never spent time together while growing up. They have a lot of time to make up for.
Lucy is getting comfortable at her job and the boss...she goes out with a group of people that work there and is starting to actually like the boss-so many have warned he's stern.
Loved all the places described, especially those while they are out walking the dogs, such a perfect spot even during the rainy season.
Some of the English words I am unfamiliar with but you get the gist as you're reading along. Handful of characters makes it very easy to keep track of who is who.
Each of the sisters gets alternating chapters as the story goes along it's cool to be able to find out how the other sister is seeing things that one already described but from her angle.
They have goals they still want to achieve and get over the relationship with their mother, and Juliette sets the record straight on that accord. Family medical emergency leads one of them to leave England, for a short time.
But those plans don't go according to the plan either... more in the series from the same locale are excerpted at the end.
won in a contest

 AARP Magazine and Bulletin February_ 2016.
Really enjoyed listening to the excerpts from this magazine.
Especially because it had helpful information and tips and also an article on Neil Young.
Tax and other money things are discussed.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Three many cooks, one mom, two daughters, their shared stories of food_ faith & family by Anderson_ Pam - Keet_ Maggy - Damelio_ Sharon
Book from a mother and her two daughters. Their experiences with cooking from the very start-when they were young. Special recipes and how they came about, love the research part of the method-similar to how I develop my own special recipes.
Carrot cake would be my favorite.  Loved the paying it forward chapters. Also found out by their trials and errors what I do wrong in some of my recipes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Crock Pot: 1825 Crock Pot Recipes: 5 years of Crock Pot Slow Cooker recipes: Crock Pot Slow Cooker: Crock Pot dump meals: Crock pot cookbook: Slow cooker ... meals, crockpot, crockpot recipes free)
Lots of recipes, in no special order. Lot to choose from. There are no photos and there is no nutritional information.
List of ingredients and some recipes are very healthy. Good instructions on how to prepare the dish.
Not only meals but desserts as well. Some of the recipes don't have proper formatting and some recipe titles are hidden at the very end of other recipes.
No way to click on and go to the recipe.

 Who do you love by Weiner_ Jennifer
Have read the author's other works and have enjoyed the books. Starts out with a chapter by Rachel. Her friend has showed up in her apartment to clean it and to help Rachel with herself.
Then back to 1985 and we find out about Rachel's heart condition that she was born with.
Like how she befriends a girl who's dying and she sneaks out into ER to find funny things to share with her. She meets up with Andy who's there with a broken arm. She tells him of her Grimm stories, not the fairy godmother ones.
Story then switches to Andrew (Andy) and what he goes through growing up with just a mother...
His father was black and his mother is white and they live in the black neighborhood and he can't understand why people treat him bad.
Alternating chapters as the kids grow up til they meet again. She's had it really good and he's had to struggle for everything.
They are volunteering and they get more time to spend with one another.  A misunderstanding almost breaks them up but she can't get her parents to help her get to Philly to visit him.
Hes in track and field and she's a book reader and they want to take her overseas for a trip after high school.
What I like about this book is the feelings they have for one another even though it's been years since they've spent any time together. Hot steamy sex scenes.
They take their college days seriously...she's doing social work and trying to help those less fortunate and he's concentrating on running-for the Olympics....
And 9/11 hits...bring them together....and breaking up....and each goes their own way....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
 Points of light by Sexton_ Linda Gray
Woman who lives in NH goes through birth and is an artist. She befriends another woman who moves to the area who is also an artist.
Loved hearing of their work spaces and how she sees things in the children about their life.  Family tragedy occurs and it takes her a while to wrap her head around it all.
Like how she interacts with her husband, his dreams of raising horses and selling them, where she sells her paintings to tie them over til the next month. She can't get the image of the children bringing the mail to her...
Enjoyed hearing who they had turned to, to help with the grieving and hearing how others are coping.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Top 35 Easy Snacks & Appetizers Recipes for the Whole Family (The Best Recipes For Your Festive Table)
In the table of contents the list of foods to make also comes with time it takes to make them. very thoughtful especially if you have limited time to make a dish before company arrives.
Each recipe has servings size and complete time along with list of ingredients and instructions on how to make the dish.
So many to choose from. Our favorites to try would be salmon or shrimp appetizers. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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