Friday, April 15, 2016

Books read Apr 15

Home free  by Hailey_ Elizabeth Forsythe
Kate and her husband, Cliff after 25 years of marriage are splitting up. She will get the house in CA. Nina their daughter is leaving for college.
The car breaks down, Ford is his name and she invites him into her house and lets him use her husbands bathroom and clothes. She hears his story of how they traveled across the US and can't find a home so he puts his wife and children in a woman's homeless shelter so the children can attend school.
He has a sign that says he will work for money in hopes he can make enough to rent an apartment for them all.  Kate gives him the Christmas gifts meant for her husband and other gifts for his wife. Alternating chapters of how each is coping with their circumstances.
At times it's confusing to figure out if they're in the past or the present as she talks to her family members and you realize it's the past.
His wife thinks she's just using her husband for her own gain as she's lonely without her daughter and her soon to be ex husband.
So much changes for them all as they continue to live and work. She becomes pregnant and that causes them to come together...
Love how everything that's happened and changed Kate's outlook on life and what she wants to do with the money from the sale of her house.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

New England year: a journal of Vermont farm life by Follett, Muriel; Waters, Herbert
A journal of day to day happenings, events, school, county fair and different foods and how they are harvested/canned during the year.
Words make you feel as if you are there, in the 1800's.  Enjoyed hearing of the winter crafts and how the community pulls together when one is injured or needs help.
Have seen icecutting done and really appreciate all the hard work it takes. Maple syrup runs best with wind from the west. Such knowledge from this time that could be used today.
Certain trees for sleigh runners.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

SOFTLY, AS I LEAVE YOU by Candy Caine 
Liked the storyline and where the story takes place, hoping to learn more about skiing and the NE.  This story starts out with
Alisha and she's a nurse in the ER and her father has recently died-who had disowned her many years prior to his death. She meets  Daniel.
one week she and her girlfriends are in VT to ski. It's a place she can lose herself but she keeps running into him. She does sideswipe him on the slope and he breaks his leg and she feels so responsible.
They meet and really connect, hook up as we are brought up to date. Very steamy hot erotic sex scenes. She's takes it hard when he won't accept his parents invite to dinner and she thinks it's because of the color of he skin. She has her own secrets....and makes her choice to leave without telling him why...
Excerpt of Because of You is also included, along with At First Sight.
Listing of other works by the author and their synopsis are also included..
Hope errors get fixed-it's a good read.
I received this ARC from Romance Addict Book Blog in exchange for my honest review.

Healthy Mom: Healthy Treats & Snacks Your Children Will Love
Recipes have list of ingredients, no picture and a summary of nutritional information: fat is NOT broken up into the 4 main sections.
Curry oven baked chips appear to be one of most healthiest. No serving size so you really don't know if the nut. information is for the whole recipe or a serving.

Private Paris by James Patterson
Story starts out with the detectives' friend Sherman call where his granddaughter is missing after she got disconnected from a call telling him drug dealers were after her.
She's lost her parents and barely graduated with a trust fund. Loved hearing of the streets of Paris, tagging buildings and the action surrounding why she's missing...Louie and Jack are on the trail to find her.
They find Kimberly Conchinski and she tells him she needs a place to hide. She escapes from the safe hotel and alias name, sorry to have put her grandfather in harms way from the trouble she's brought.
There are also chapters from the Major Machard and how he goes about getting information from the people on the street. He is found dead and the cops use clues that lead to a tagger and the veiled woman.
Using clues and her bank card transactions they are able to track her again... Internationals travel, loved the fashion aspect, action fast paced similar to Nelson DeMille's style of writing, so descriptive.
Love how they end this one because it comes with an excerpt from the next book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Michelangelo's world by Ventura, Piero
1472, born. Years later he becomes a worker.
Explains how the marble is in his blood and many other facts about his younger life. He loved working in marble.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 The mountain story by Lansens, Lori.
Story of Danny, who's just 18 and he's at Angel's Peak thinking about just ending it all. Starts out with the letter Danny writes to his son-years later.
He recalls his mother, all the good things. Frankie paints the whole house after Gloria dies-Danny's mother. He decides they need to go to CA, the desert, after Frankie has lost the house in a bet.
Danny is of Indian heritage and has no problem being outside. Wolf Truly is what they call him.  Love the gift the librarian gives him-his future.
As the tram drops them off, he still has walking up the mountain to achieve. There are other women who are there and one wants the particular flower. The secret lake is closeby. One is there to commemorate her wedding anniversary.
Love hearing of the sights and sounds as he travels.  Some chapters go back in time, some are present with those from the past.
Such strategy and survival skills. strong, powerful to the end....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Hyacinth Girls
Story starts out with Rebecca and she's guardian for her sister who's passed away. Alternating chapters of the present where Callie is being bullied at school and how her aunt is dealing with it.
Also the other chapters are about the start of Callie's life and prior to that-when Rebecca was a teen herself.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway
Really enjoyed the stories from the younger years as they remind me of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.
Interesting how the stories parallel the author's life, good to hear them in chronical order rather than in bits and pieces as I have over the years.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 making ends meet by Barbara Howar
Starts out 9 years old at the beach lazing around watching men in their uniforms.
Myrtle Beach, SC and the men who flew the planes.  Clara her mother had parties for all the troops til they left with their pins on her clothes.
She has to stay home to take care of Teddy her younger brother. During the war as chapters go back in time and to the present...
She heads to NYC and launches into the fashion industry. Love all the background detailed talk of the trade.
Sending the children to boarding school is out of the question for her.  We learn of all her male relationships over the years.
Lydia tries to bring together her fashion parts of this book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Delicious Poultry: Top 19 Recipes and Dishes From Turkey Duck and Quail, With Illustrations
Each recipe comes with photos of the dish, and photos of the process of the ingredients as they are needed
along with how to make the dish. No nutritional information.
English measurements-grams.  Most recipes are for quail and duck and a few turkey.
 Catching the Light: Four women, four compelling short stories
Different stories about women and the choices they make that they sometimes wish had been different.
Some are disturbing to me as the women are being not only punished for not being what the spouse really want but hitting her.
Glad other things intervened to help her get out of the bad situation. Enjoyed one other where the woman is sitting for a dog due to the woman who became hospitalized.
Love how she's able to go outside and find others with same passion for their pets.

 Omelet Recipes - Easy, Quick and Deliciously YUMMY
Recipes appear to be made for a family gathering as there are a large number of eggs used.
No pictures and no nutritional information. The ingredient list does not always give amounts so it's a taste thing.

 Baking: Delicious Baking Recipes For Cookies, Pies, Cakes, Pastries, Desserts, and Assorted Treats
First starts out with tips on how to make a really good cake, tips so they don't fail.
Recipes do not have a photo nor nutritional information. Very detailed ingredient list along with instructions.
Lots of choices for a dessert, recipes appear to be from England as they call for ingredients not readily available in our local stores.
The Pie Cookbook - The Ultimate Pie Recipe Book: The Only Pie Cookbook You'll Ever Need
Each recipes comes with a good photo along with prep/cook time and instructions on how to make it.
Most use shortening or butter-olive oil we've found to be a more healthier choice.
No bake cookie crusts are also given.  After the crust recipes there are recipes for fruit, custards, creamcheese fillings.
Bonus cookbooks and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 DIY Crafts: 27 Outstanding Art Projects and Homemade Gift Ideas for Simple Things to Make at Home for the Summer to Surprise Your Family and Friends (DIY Crafts, Homemade Gift Ideas, art projects)
Summer outside things to make. Each item has a nice color photo along with instructions on how to make it.
Free bonus gifts at the end.

 Chicken Recipes: Easy and Delicious Chicken Recipes To Prepare During The Week!
Each recipe has a color photo of the dish, ingredients and how to make it. No nutritional information.
Cornmeal crispy grilled chicken sounds like a good healthy choice.
How to shit in the woods: an environmentally sound approach to a lost art by How to shit in the woods: an environmentally sound approach to a lost art by Meyer, Kathleen
Have had to pee once and was lucky we had found a secluded place.
Has a chapter for women as well. You can't take nature and being able to drink from flowing water any longer so it's important to follow some things to make the environment safe for all.
Finding the right spot and preparing the spot are discussed.  Have seen funnels for women so they can pee like men.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Name That Train
Rhyming very colorful children's book about the cars that make up a train.
Love the front of the engine as each as depicted what they carry by what's on the front of the 1st train. Some are silly and are some are common.
Guessing game as questions about the next train on the next page has clues.
Website listed for other works by the author.

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