Friday, May 14, 2021

Books read May 14

 





The Happy Hollisters and the Ghost Horse Mystery (Happy Hollisters, #29)
This one starts while kids and Indy and his sister are on their way back home from the last adventure.
a pink sea gull, how cool is that and to find out why and they go help the adventure along and hope to find other signs of the ghost on the island.
Never heard of short sheeting, so funny! Love the techniques they learn and all about the horses. Am familiar with them but more mysteries arise.







The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Golden Witch (Happy Hollisters, #30)
This book finds the children helping a neighbor at his farm. It's Halloween time and they will take the use of his barn for a party. They also discover a few other mysteries to solve.
Everybody gets into the act of helping. Love learning about the molds we had seen old ones ourselves of china dish patterns in Ohio one year. So cool.
Sketches are great along the way. Kids get away with doing a lot of things others their age in a different time will never get to experience.
Old Tin is a riot and love the history of the vane.










The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Mexican Idol (Happy Hollisters, #31)
Kids get to go on a trip with Uncle Ross and his family to Mexico. His friend discovered a Mayan treasure and he's got the map.
Lots of danger and being lost in this tale. Kids are wrapped up into all kinds of trouble.
Love reading about the Mayans as I've watched many shows on TV about them, so cool that the kids go there.







The Happy Hollisters and the Monster Mystery: (Volume 32)
This story starts out with a mystery right in their own town. A monster and the kids are able to get footprint cast from the state park...
Others have seen the monster and there are other mysteries as the story goes on.
Love the toys the kids are collecting for a library so kids less fortunate will borrow toys like a book library.
Wicked cool idea when you outgrow them.








The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Midnight Trolls (Happy Hollisters, #33)
 Sad for me that this is the last of the books in the series. Loved it so much I went and bought Kindle unlimited  to be sure I could read them all.
Took about 2 months and have learned so much about others jobs and careers.
In this one there is braille and I am blind so this I was happy to learn about. love the alphabet at the beginning and how it's used in a code note when the kids really need it.
They get to even travel to Iceland with a blind friend that their grandmother is helping. Such cool things they are able to do.




Book Review: The Beachgoers (The Seaside Saga Book 13) by Joanne DeMaio

 




The Beachgoers (The Seaside Saga Book 13) by Joanne DeMaio 
Within the first few pages I talked out loud Wow she did it again' my spouse asked what was going on.
had to tell him she taught me something new already in her latest book. That and new words to me make this a keeper already.
Grew up on an island where tides make a huge difference to what you may want to get for dinner and never realized the time of tide, we used a chart on the wall for our specific beach.
Love all the characters and interactions among them. Big gala event will be something to cherish.
So many secrets, surprises, more of the past that I thought I knew all about, I was nowhere even close to knowing anything.
I can as the description is being read can feel myself getting caught up in the ride til it stops. So many emotions reading that and in the hospital.
Things aren't what they appear to be, wait and minute and they'll change....
Story goes back to a time to make present day things clearer.
Love this one the best but they are all excellent.
A KEEPER!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Book Review: B01K166X4O

 






Forever There For You By Chioma Nnani
Enjoyed this story about a young girl who is spoiled being the only child in the family. She lives in Nigeria and wants to be a lawyer and go to university in England.
She is an over achiever and makes friends as soon as she arrives at campus. Nadine has many relationships throughout her young life.
Troubling times when she is no longer appreciated and she lets it go to her head. Such abuse is so horrid to read about and hate the way it all turned out.
She had no idea who was really there for her.
Glossary of words used are attached at the end.
Excerpt from the next book is included.
Received this review copy from the book reviewer yellow pages and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Book Review: Mistletoe and Mayhem by Cheryl Bolen

 







Mistletoe and Mayhem by Cheryl Bolen and Others
Love this story as it starts out with Mary and she's on her way to the lawyer. She fears more bad news and is quite happy with the news he does share.
She is to get the lodge where she had been a companion to the Lord Paxton when he was alive. She'd read to him and play card games, etc. She also was able to bring her young son with her and he loved it there especially because his breathing problems were more better there.
When they were sent away due to his illness they returned to the city where she had no income and they lived on the edge of poverty.
Story also follows Lord's son David who was the heir. HE's upset because he loved the lodge where the men would assemble and hunt and ride. He didn't make it back last Christmas and he had a letter from his father to attend this year although he's dead.
He travels there, rescues a woman walking towards the lodge and as she sprained her ankle he helps her. He then learns who she is, the one who will take over the estate and his inheritance will pay the bill.
Love the connection they have to the lesser people in town and how they are able to tend to them. 
There are some misunderstandings and you wonder if she will up and leave it all behind......or if he will just give in and give it all to her....
Their bond as they spend time together has grown to more than like one another.
Love this story and how it took me away from my problems for just a few hours. What a treasure.

Book Review: COUNTESS BY CHRISTMAS by Cheryl Bolen

 
 







COUNTESS BY CHRISTMAS by Cheryl Bolen
also appeared in: 2020 Christmas Anthology Mistletoe & Mayhem
Love this story as it starts out with Mary and she's on her way to the lawyer. She fears more bad news and is quite happy with the news he does share.
She is to get the lodge where she had been a companion to the Lord Paxton when he was alive. She'd read to him and play card games, etc. She also was able to bring her young son with her and he loved it there especially because his breathing problems were more better there.
When they were sent away due to his illness they returned to the city where she had no income and they lived on the edge of poverty.
Story also follows Lord's son David who was the heir. HE's upset because he loved the lodge where the men would assemble and hunt and ride. He didn't make it back last Christmas and he had a letter from his father to attend this year although he's dead.
He travels there, rescues a woman walking towards the lodge and as she sprained her ankle he helps her. He then learns who she is, the one who will take over the estate and his inheritance will pay the bill.
Love the connection they have to the lesser people in town and how they are able to tend to them. 
There are some misunderstandings and you wonder if she will up and leave it all behind......or if he will just give in and give it all to her....
Their bond as they spend time together has grown to more than like one another.
Love this story and how it took me away from my problems for just a few hours. What a treasure.


Book Review: The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle-Pig Mystery (Happy Hollisters, #28)

 
 

The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle-Pig Mystery (Happy Hollisters, #28)
Like how this one starts out because I live near Foxboro where the main mysteries are located and the children and the clerk at their father's store will bring the kids and his sister to help find the wooden Indian statue.
Also a train had a robbery in the area that they hope to help solve also.
We also have ground hogs or woodchucks in our yard so interested how that end of things go...
Love description of the museum area as it also offers watching others do their jobs: blacksmiths, quilters etc. Love the signature square quilt my mother and myself have made them for ourselves.
Kids also find clues about the train robbers, not sure how they do it all the time but they do. Love the sketches.


Book Review: A MODERN GUIDE TO TEXTURED CROCHET by Lee Sartori

 








A MODERN GUIDE TO TEXTURED CROCHET by Lee Sartori.
Book starts out with samples of finished swatches using different stitch sequences.
Table of contents is enclosed showing patterns but they are not displayed in this preview of the book.
About the author is included along with her photo all about how she wrote this book during the pandemic.
Getting started crocheting gives you information about everything you would need to start: yarns, thicknesses, textures, gauge and blocking, swatching, and tools of the trade.
Disappointed they did not have a sample of one of the patterns but the photographs are too high content for computers to be able to translate in a timely manner.
Amazon page of the book shows pictures of the projects made with the special stitches: totes, hats, and patterns for all four seasons.
Received this review copy from Penguin Random House Interweave via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

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