Friday, July 8, 2016

Books read July 8

Seashell Season by Holly Chamberlin
Have enjoyed other books by the author. This one starts out with Verity and she's staying at her friends house while she gets her life back in order after leaving her boyfriend Alan.
Her daughter Gemma is with her and Barbara will babysit while Verity works. One day she gets a call that Gemma is gone, Alan took her.
She gets on with her life after many years go by getting back into her artsy side and actually getting a job at the local college.  The call she thought she'd get it's 17 years later and they have her daughter and will board you on a plane from AZ to ME.
She is beside herself as the town has backed her the whole 17 years with support. She has so many unanswered questions about how her daughter was raised. Alan is put in prison and he's lied to Gemma about everything he told her. Her mother is alive and so is her grandmother...
Alternating chapters on how each one is dealing with being reunited. Love the beach and the collecting of the seashells.
At times the book gets boring as it's over 400 pages long. There's a huge story behind the pages though and glad I was able to get through all of it. As it's boring there are also many twists and turns along the way, helping to tell the story of the two females as others come and go into their life's.
Q&A at the end and discussion questions.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Starts out with Carin and her husband, Wick a race car driver, has taken all their money and closed all the accounts, the child JJ's tuition has not been paid in 4 month and neither has the condo they live in and they are being evicted. he's run off with a new woman. She is an author and her latest book is just out but the reviews are not good....the house in Chapel Springs, her grandparents would be there for her. The remodeling using her money should be done now as Wick took care of it all....
Story also follows Claire, a local potter and the reelection campaign in Chapel Springs. Her daughter is dating one who's not religious and that bothers her.
Ryan a returning military man with just one arm shows up and he used to look after Nana and he will look after her and make sure the place is secure and safe..
Carin hopes getting back home she can reconnect to church once again. Claire is busy with getting the ghost ridden from the theater...
Carin gets back to her writing and surprises come to light with how and who people that help her.
Liked all the mysteries and how they are solved. Reader's guide at the end and recipes too!
I received this book from The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review

Story line sounded interesting as she will put love on hold and it's based in Seattle.
Bethany and her friend are gonna head out for the Greek performance...they bump into some men and she ends up finding him sitting next to her in the seminar the next day, Brent.
She's a resident at the WA hospital and she is trying to get over her ex boyfriend. They meet often and she gets advice from her roommate, Danielle about dating.
Love hearing of the Seattle places they've frequented-we long to go back, wish we could go more often than once a year to visit the kids.
They become more than friends and hot steamy sex scenes as they learn more about one another. Her friend Caleb takes her for a ride and she is able to see Brent with another woman and she's so hurt...
She recalls her childhood and when her mother was on the floor crying her eyes out because her father was seeing many other women. She finds out the truth about Brent and it hit her like a ton of bricks...
Bethany still has her career to concentrate on and new relationships to discover. Brent still haunts her no matter where he relocates.
Enjoyed the other travel available and the details of  a new place. Very detailed descriptions of the pediatric doctoring.
When she becomes pregnant she has to make the right choice and there are so many ways it could go. Surprise ending for many.
Although there are just a handful of characters it's easy to keep them straight as people they work with come in and out of their lives.
Enjoyed the book, travel, learning a bit about the pediatric career and the romance.
I received this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review

15-Minute Meals: 35 Quick and Delicious Healthy Recipes that are easy to cook
Recipes come with a short explanation about the meal, the ingredient list and how to make it.
No pictures and no nutritional information.
Lots of spices.  No bake cookies sounds like one we use but we add other healthy items like raisins and cranberries.

 It's 90% Diet: 101 Weight Loss Recipes
This book analyzes what happens with most Americans especially when eating out and how to control how you get your food cooked and portion control.
Recipes include photo and detailed ingredient list along with instructions. Has some nutritional information but fat content is not broken down into good/bad fat.
Very healthy listing of ingredients, some from Trader Joe's stores.

 Delicious Soup: Top 20 recipes + 5 Bonus Chapters, Cookbook Soup Step by Step, Soup Recipes Prepare Easily With Picture
Cookbook that shows you step by step with pictures and words how to make and prepare the soup.
Measured in grams and no nutritional information. Some herbs and spices I'm not sure what they are or where to get them.

 Muffin Recipes from Scratch (Grama G's Top Homemade Recipes From Scratch Book 5
Good scratch recipes with no pictures and no nutritional information. I think you could make some of these with a healthy butter/margarine substitution using olive or canola oil instead.
No serving size indicated. Like the flavor combinations suggested. Bonus recipe and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Story of a little girl who lives with her grandmother in Europe and she does not have much in the way of material things.
It's the other things that really matter. Great colorful children's book.
She prays to God for the winter cold months are coming and she has no boots but she prays to help others.


Anti Inflammatory Diet: 180+ Approved Recipes & 1 FULL Month Meal Plan for Healing, Fighting Inflammation and Enjoying a Pain Free Life© (Eliminate Pain, Increase Your Health and Aid Weight Loss!)
Lots of discussion on what inflammation is, illness, etc and how to move to a healthier life.
Meal plans and how to detoxify and cleanse your body of bad foods and processed.
Recipes included with directions and details of the benefits but no nutritional information but ti's not really needed as the ingredient list is healthy.
Recipes are not in any real order. Lots of recipes for smoothies and other works by the author are highlighted at the beginning.

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