Friday, October 2, 2015

Brother Charlie by Isaac St. Laurent

Brother Charlie by Isaac St. Laurent
Something triggered in me to want to request this book and I'm glad I won a copy.
I't's a book about Charlie who is a toddler and he's always asking his mom to pay attention to him: playing toys, reading books, cuddling.
With the new baby she is not able to get a chance and Charlie sits down and looks at the baby and learns what it is he needs to do.
Very colorful photos, good for a child to read to show them love comes in many forms. So simple but so powerful.
I received this book from The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Books read Sept 2015

Nantucket by Nan Rossiter
Have read many of the authors other works and have enjoyed them. Love how the book got it's cover and what it means.
Starts out with Liam who has taken over his uncles boat building business on the island after he passes away. He had raised him after his parents died and he knows the business from all angles.
When he was a teen he met a woman Arcadia and they dated for a bit but she left the island. Coop always warned him she would be trouble as her money and high class status was from the other side of the tracks.
Life goes on for Liam and his dog and cat in the house his uncle refurbished by hand. Love all the talk of what he does in the business using his hands and the terminology of his craft and tools. Love learning new things along the way.
Such  a touching, caring story. He does meet her again He talks to her to find out why she never answered his calls or letters. She's got a bigger secret she's kept from him over the years...and so much more.
It's all so fast and so many struggles to still overcome. Love the characters, how strong they are with one another and others as they enter their lives.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

A Vintage Year by Kate Preston
Cover fascinated me enough to want to read this book. Love nature and growing things and story line sounded good also. Starts out with two women who are into wine and they want to bid on the case but lose to Harris Tucker, the tennis player. His accountant comes up with a scheme to teach Harris a lesson and he ends up working at the vineyard and a date with Cassie.
Laughed at the idea of spending a week at the farm. Love all the chores and jobs needing to be done, and during what seasons and that he is a city boy and has NO clue.
Harris has a deal that he will lose his wine if he doesn't show up for work. If he does show up Laura will owe him one of her bottles.
Harris helps out a lot at the ranch/farm/vineyard and falls into many scams that really lighten things up when matters are dire. Laura is now divorced and living back home with her two kids. Other family members are around to help her bring the kids to and from school but some days
she allows Harris to pick them up.....He finds he is the charm that will draw the crowds to tour the vineyard and they use him among his other duties. Love how the date turns out-didn't see that coming.
Best part for me was learning more about the grapes, growing them, all terms and the biodynamic parts of farming.
We learn of Laura's past and how she loved Harris, he had been her tennis teacher....she knows what her priorities are....
Others realize how much Harris is worth to their business and the job offers come in, a lot more money than working at the farm...
Love how the siblings work together and keep the secret from their father....conflicts arise from all corners and tempers flare.
It would be a miracle if Laura and Harris could ever have a relationship....
Love how you picture the story going and you are wrong at every turn. So many obstacles, funny at times...twists and turns and an all-around good read.
Best part for me was learning more of the vineyard and its operations. Felt like I was there, with very detailed descriptions. Also that I went on vacation for the festivals and fun nights out.
Handful of characters whose lives are intertwined and they work together...even the townsfolk for a better town. Can’t wait to read more from this author!

The Sea Keeper's Daughter by Lisa Wingate
Whitney and her cousin run 2 restaurants but one is failing and has met with disapproval at every turn. She hopes there is still some hope to get them out of debt and to make a go of both, but in the meantime the second one remains closed.
She then gets notified her step father, Clyde is in the hospital off the coast of NC and she decides to go there to help with his estate and try to get his kids to care for him...
Love the mystique of the sea captains, their ships that have wrecked on the coast and the wild horses...
Love hearing of all the treasures in her parents house, so precious!  Fascinating to learn about the FWP, never knew of it.
Story inside of this other story are the letters from her grandmother's twin sister who she had no idea even existed. Loved hearing of the FWP and the places it took her and her daughter in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Facts about the sea turtles and how they are hatched are welcome new to me, information. Like references to Sandy's Seashell Shop and the story keepers saga.
She does have a decision to make about the property and she also has choices. Love how the stories are all connected.
I received this book from Tyndale via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Love this author's book and this one is a treasured one. Starts out in France 1940's and the war has come to those who live there.
They are invaded by the Germans and must survive as the hard decisions are made. Book follows two sister and the paths they have each chosen.
I had just read a book by another author based on the war in the same location so will be interesting to read more of life during that time.
Evon remains with Sophia her daughter as her husband leaves to be the soldier he was trained to be. She is a teacher as is her neighbor whose children have grown up together. They live on farms in the country.
Her sister Isabelle lives in the city, high scale school where she's been thrown out of everyone. It's time she leaves school to be on her own. Her father takes her back to live in the city, Paris with her, He runs a bookstore. She is sent to her sisters as the Germans invade the city.
Obstacles keep her from getting directly there and she must survive the hardship of having no one.
What I like about this authors writing is there is usually a few stories in the book, entwined together.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
Love this seires and this one is about Larry who runs the crazy elf christmas lot. Lots of suspects in town and some mysteries surrounding the mayor, Norman's mother, Carey keeps declining others dropping by or going out with them,
Hannah's ex professor who she had romantic encounter with years ago is now her sister Michelle's friend, and Larry's ex wife teaches at the local college
Hannah takes it upon herself to help question others and put the pieces together. She is providing food for her friends upcoming wedding.
With Christmas things are very busy. Hannah discovers his body and figures he's running the business in the red and figures also that his ex wife might want to do him in also.
Recipes for Christmas dinner are included along with ones in chapters.   Love catching up with the townsfolk and finding out what they are up to.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Watched Longmire where Walt is interviewing candidates for the job position and he asks others about this book and what decision they would've made.
This one is about Lenny and George. Lenny will do anything George says and that gets him in trouble. Lenny liked a red dress a girl wore and he just wanted to touch it. When she yelled he wouldn't let the dress go and that leads them to running away for their lifes.
They walk to a ranch to work and Lenny likes a puppy. George knows if there is a girl involved they will end up having to leave again....the boss has a wife with a roaming eye....
The men hope to run their own farm where they grow the crops in Salinas Valley with a garden and animals and paradise to them.
Lenny doesn't realize how strong he is and many small animals end up dead when he's playing with them. The bosses wife shows up in the barn and she takes Lenny's hand to her hair and he won't let go and she's frightened.
Its up to George to set things right...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

What Pet should I get by dr. seuss
Audio children's book and their dad said they could have one. Rhyming story about different animals.
Each of the kids want a different pet. Then they look at the others that are at the store.
They have to be back by noon and there's still animals to pick. They imagine if they had one of each!
This collection also has one fish, two fish story which has rhyming and opposite words. Silly stories with rhyming words about made up animals and what their attributes are.
Like how the colors are bridging the works of dr. seuss from one year to another.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Silly Tilly
Audio children's book about a goose that rhymes and is very silly.
Goose trying to ride a cat! I can just imagine the pictures being shown.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Chinese Cooking: No Wok Takeout! 80 Amazingly Delicious 3 Steps Or Less Chinese Recipes Revealed (Chinese Cookbook, Cooking For One) (cookbook for beginners, ... meals cookbook, easy meals for one 2)
Hoping to find a healthy Chinese cook book that has recipes my husband can have.
Each recipe comes with a great photo, ingredient list and how to make the dish, no nutritional information.
Chinese fruit salad would be our choice as the other recipes would be difficult to obtain the ingredients for as we are unfamiliar with them.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Pork Chop Power: 30 kickass pork chop recipes for everyday cooking (Power Series Book 1)
Lots of choices for pork chops. Most are baked in a skillet. Some are grilled or baked. Like the combinations of some of the recipes
and some are actually healthy. Each recipe includes serving size, ingredient list and how to make the dish, also a color photo.
There is no nutritional information.

Winter Soup: Soul Warming, Comforting Soup Recipes for Better Health and Natural Weight Loss (Healthy Eating Made Easy Book 2
 Very healthy choices for soups for the upcoming winter months. No pictures and no nutritional information but most of the recipes do call for the healthiest of ingredients.
Servings per item and prep time along with ingredient list and instructions on how to make the dish.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Quick & Easy Dessert Recipes: The Ultimate Top 51 Simple, Healthy, and Delicious Dessert Recipes Under 30 Minutes (The Complete Desserts Cookbook Series)
Great recipes for desserts that are easy and quick to make as most of them contain a mix of one sort or another so the hard work is done for you. Each recipes has a photo along with time it takes to make, cook and how many servings. Very detailed instructions on how to put the recipe together along with calories and calories from fat at the end.
Fat free dessert pie would be our choice as there is no fat in it and chocolate cake for one.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

19 Fall Craft Ideas For Kids: Inspiration From The Nation's Most Creative Blogs
Each project comes with a good photo and instructions on how to make it along with the things you will need.
Rock painting is my favorite one to try. Lots more resources and ideas are linkable at the end.

Promises to Keep by  Marjorie Eatock
Elenore Wright has worked for the antique dealer and when her partner, Julia Bumford dies. Anthony Mundane starts dating Eleanor and she's quite set back.
Nothing was ever written up and she assumed she'd be the benefactor. Benton Bradford has arrived and is the benefactor. They get off on the wrong foot...
 Some are conspiring to obtain the Picasso but Elenore knows nothing of the painting....she and Benton soon get along and his word tells her to run the shop as she had run it and he'd be back after he tends to his hog business upstate...
Problems arise when Benton's wife shows up and he's gone missing....down to earth - just your word is good for some...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Greatest Casserole Cookbook (Casserole Recipes): Easy Casserole Recipes and Casserole Dishes
 Free gift is clickable. Starts out with abbreviations used throughout the book. along with conversions.
Each recipe includes how many it will serve and ingredient list along with how to put the recipe together
There are no photos and no nutritional information. Didn't find healthy choices, either heavy cream is used or gravies or cream cheese.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

35 Recipes For Comforting Winter Soups – Easy Homemade Soups For Wintertime (The Amazing Recipes for Soup and Ultimate Soup Recipes Collection) (Kindle Location 202).  . Kindle Edition.
Classic and easy recipes to make the soup. No pictures and no nutritional information but you can tell from the ingredients that the recipes are very healthy to make and eat.
Wide variety of choices to select from. Besides the recipe of ingredients and instructions on how to make it there are suggestions for other sides to include to make this a full meal.
Can't wait to try the chicken and dumplings recipe.

Kids Knitting
Lots of useful information about how to start knitting. Great projects for kids to learn the craft.
Love the charity aspect of this book. Tips along the way. Liked hearing the traditional patterns used by other countries around the world.
Lots of possibilities with different patterns are included.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Hungry Fox
Children's colorful book about a very hungry fox. Shows him traveling around and what he eats at different areas.
But his tummy is still rumbling, he is still hungry.  In the forest the rabbit leads him to a spot where he can get food.
Other animals came to see what the commotion and noise is all about.

The Bees (Down in the Garden Book 1)
Colorful children's book about how bees work, especially in the garden and why they are important.
Story follows the bees throughout the day from the time they get up to the time they go to bed.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 How to Train Your Pumpkin
Colorful children's story of a boy who gets his pumpkin for Halloween. He treats it like a pet, waters it, feeds it, reads it stories, etc.
He goes to his dad for help who offers him a knife but the boy doesn't want to hurt the pumpkin and he comes up with another idea that will make his pumpkin the best Jack O Lantern ever.
Hate knives myself and you don't need them to carve a pumpkin.

Coloring Books For Adults Volume 1: 40 Stress Relieving And Relaxing Patterns, Adult Coloring Books Series By (Adult Coloring Books, ... Anti Stress Coloring Books For Grownups)
Clickable bonus gift included.  Lots of pattern to choose from. The ones that got my attention were ones that
might've been made with a Spirograph or those used in a kaleidoscope.
Choose your own colors.  Easy to download and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Lipstick on his Collar
Hallee has succeeded and runs her own publishing company but she's also found out her husband is sleeping with her best friend.
She has to stay on top of everything. She will go to any means to keep it all. Story goes back in time to when the women first met and then they met Jake and others....
Claws come out as they give it their all to win the editorial award. Olivia uses sex to gain votes Hallee uses her brain.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

War of the Wives
Simon leaves two wives when he dies. Selina is poised and has 3 children and runs the family home married for 28 years.
Lottie lives with a teen in the city, married for 17 years. They are both married to Simon and he's now dead.
Book follows both up til the point where they learn of the will and how things are going to be for each of them....
Find this hard to believe, that it even happened, the law allowed him to marry to 2 different people...
Crazy what they must do, together....

Coloring Books For Adults Volume 3: 40 Stress Relieving And Relaxing Patterns, Adult Coloring Books Series By (Adult Coloring Books, ... Anti Stress Coloring Books For Grownups
Thought this idea would be a good one to relieve stress. I do have crayons but I use them for my design work. It's easy to see the shape of something when you can chart it out with colors.
Find this set is more flowery and love the daisy and sunflower templates.
Choose your own colors, easy to print out. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook: Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Recipes
 Book starts out with cooking tips for slow cookers. Has categories for all kinds of meals, dishes including desserts.
Each recipe includes prep time, serving sizes and cooking time, ingredient list along with nutritional information at the end.
No photo.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

No-Bake Desserts & Refrigerator Cakes - Quick & Easy Recipes
At the start it tells you also what other ingredients you can substitute for.
Each recipe has a color photo, serving sizes, prep time and cooking time, list of ingredients and pages of step by step directions on how to make the item.
There are no nutritional information but you might be able to substitute for a healthier ingredient.
Found the recipes would be good for a special holiday. The dishes just don't fit into our healthier lifestyle as they would have too much fat and sodium.


 Crock Pot Crazy Recipes : The 50 Best Slow Cooker Recipes
Many meals that can be made in the slow cooker. I did not find very healthy ones for our new lifestyle, even with substitutions.
No pictures and no nutritional information.

 .The Hard Times Kitchen: Homestyle Recipes for a Small Budget
 Starts out with what should be in your pantry, how to shop, shopping lists and where to shop.
Grow a garden and can and preserve your harvest. Each recipe has serving sizes and ingredient list along with instruction on how to make the dish.
No photos and no nutritional information but it'd not be hard to use a healthier choice of an ingredient.
Saved cornbread and zucchini bread recipes as they will get eaten up quick in our house.
 Lunch Box Recipes: Light Up Your Kids' Faces And Take Lunch To The Next Level With 49 Satisfying And Nutritious Lunch Box Recipes That Take Minutes to ... Meals, Dinner Recipes, Healthy Snacks
Lots of recipes for your child's lunches, geared for them and getting them to eat healthier. Also large nutritional information listed. No photos.
Some take up to 30 minutes to prepare so if that's a concern with time in the morning get up earlier or have some of the dish already done, sitting in the fridge.
Don't think my grandson would eat anything but the mac and cheese dish. He's such a picky eater.

What's For Dinner?: Easy Meal Prep Ideas for Busy People (Lift Your Life Book Series
Book starts out with meal planning and shopping lists. Other tips and sheets are available at the author's web site to help you get started.
Lots of recipes but not really written as such, No nutritional information or photos but a general idea of where to start and the choices you could put into a dish.
Variety and things you can freeze to just take them out of the freezer to make a good fast meal.


Jewels by Danielle Steel
This book is about Sarah and her life. Starts out when she is young and marries a guy in high society. She soon learns he is using her name and status to get what he really wants.
They divorce and the parents are lucky to drag her over to England where they attempt to set her up with a new interest, to no avail.
She ends up meeting a duke that acts like a regular guy and he's one she can talk to about world affairs. They end up marrying and she really wants the chateau in France on 10 acres of land.
The war takes them from each other and she misses her sister, brother in law and children, along with her parents. Love all the scenes of her fixing up the house where they will live, the war invasion and how she befriends the German soldier that delivers her 2nd child.
Happy and sad events as she travels, after the war to visit her mother in how strong she is during the whole time under siege and after the war as she helps others heal from their wounds.
Like hearing of her design work and how her career took place....travels around the world.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

As Close as Sisters by Colleen Faolkner
Mackenize, Aurora, Lily and Jeanine all met on the beach when young and now they meet again as adults as they have gone in different directions.
Chapters from each of them, Mac is writing the diary and she's dying of cancer. At 42 she's arrived at the beach before the others arrive.
The ghosts will return from the nightmare...liked the part where I learn new things, time between tides and how caring Mac is as she undergoes treatment that will help others but it's too late to help her.
Sad and happy times as they remember the past years at the beach house...
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Sea Story by Sam Llewellyn
Liked all the adventure and the reaching of the different ports along the journey of the race.
In this book there are really two stories, the one on land and the one on water. And one photographer along the way
and his interpretation of the sailing of the yachts isn't quite how it is for those who actually sailed it. Fascinating to hear of the land part, all the politics
that really make the race or break those sailing it in.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

You Are My Pumpkin (Emma Books)
Colorful children's book about pumpkins along the lines of 'you are my 'sunshine' but with Halloween themed pictures.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Farm Farts!
Other works by the author are highlighted at the start.
Colorful children's rhyming book about Eddy and the day at the farm. He didn't notice when Lucy went into the car and off he drove.
Lucy likes the farm animals and wants them to taste some of the baked beans the family has made for their big party....what a bad choice LOL

The Jungle Crew (Bedtime Stories for Children, Bedtime Stories for Kids, Children's Books Ages 3 - 5)
Children's colorful story of a lion who has no friends, His appearance to others seems hard to get along with, his has sharp teeth and he roars.
He finally sees a hippo and they get to talking and become friends in the jungle. love all the colorful animals.
Next they run into a giraffe who wants a friend....
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Frugal Living Tips: 100 Frugal Living Tips: Live Frugally and Save Money on Everything (Spend Less Money, Save Money Tips, Frugal Life, Living Frugally, Ways to Save Money, How to Save
 Advice on how to save money, gas, etc so you can buy the things you really need. Lots of ways listed.
Links to eat healthier are included. Most are common sense things that you might have learned the hard way.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Delicious Cake and Dessert Recipes: A Family Inspired Cookbook of Classic Italian, Swiss and British Patisserie
Lots of tips learned from her grandmothers over the years and their cookbooks. Shortcuts and what works when doing certain techniques.
As this is a book written by one who bakes in England some of the ingredients might be hard to find in the US.
Color photos and ingredient list is in grams. Very detailed instructions on how to make the recipe.
Some very fancy desserts and some plain.

Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Easy Delicious and Healthy Crock Pot Recipes Your Family Will Love (The Best Healthy Recipes)
Love this book as it has nutritional information for every recipe but no photos.
Very healthy alternatives for meals. Many other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Pork Chop Recipes: 101 Extraordinary and Delicious Pork Chop Recipes for Everyday Meals
Free clickable link to get a free book at the start of the book. We occasionally have pork chops and I usually just bake them in the oven with potatoes and vegetables. I know bland.
Hope this book will show me how else I can prepare them.  Grilled and with pineapple would be a hit for my husband, he loves them both!
Like the guidelines of how to shop for chops and what not to do to them to keep them fresh.
Colorful photos of each dish but no nutritional values or serving sizes. LOTS of ideas and what spices to use. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Cooking for Two: 365 Days of Fast, Easy, Delicious Recipes for Busy People (Cooking for Two Cookbook, Slow Cooking for Two, Cooking for 2 Recipes)
Free gift book is highlighted at the start of this book along with other books available by the same author.
Cookbook contains no pictures and no nutritional information. Does has a wide variety of dishes for the meals and how to make them.
No serving size is listed but the recipes are for two but not sure of the serving size, in ounces.
Lots of casseroles and cooking in the crock pot but what fascinated me was all the recipes for two for desserts. Those I know I can substitute healthier ingredients.

The Fireman's Fair
Rob Wyatt is redoing his life, moved and taking things slower and realizing just what is important in his life.
Ex lawyer and Hurricane Hugo has gone through Charleston, moves to the beach bungalow.
Family and girlfriend relationships and out of work but trying to keep it all together as he helps others out that complicate other relationships.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

At the Rainbow's End  by Joann Ferguson 

1898 Samatha Perrry has just lost her paretnts and  she knows she must leave her brothers house.
She accepts Joel Houseman's proposal from the Yukon to wed. Problem is Joel is actually two different men and they both proceed to win her over for their bride.
Love hearing of the nature and distant land and gold mining in such a desolate area.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Intimate Strangers by Juliette Mead
Story of 2 families swapping houses for 2 months. One family from USA, other from UK. They each bring their whole family with them and
each has set up interesting things they think the other family will want to do when abroad.
Interesting to hear of the problems they each have as they are in uncommon situations. Just the things around the houses are so different than what they are used to.
Christy visiting in England is given free rein of the house and discovers Oliver's book and his thoughts and wonders if the events are true. Mystery around the book arises
and there is more to swapping than just their houses.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Garden Magic In Your Backyard!: The Experts tell you how.
Like how this book starts out, what to expect by chapters: planning, pruning, etc. Never though of dividing my flower plants but it might be something I will be doing this fall as some bulbs have disappeared totally from the garden-they have no room.
Liked the ideas of pruning and when depending on the tree/flower. Tools of the trade was informative if you don't know the difference between some.
So much information and easy to understand and follow to having the perfect gardens and lawn.

Mouse Goes To The Doctor: Rhyming Bedtime Stories - Rhyming Picture Book (Mouse Tales)
Colorful rhyming children's book about Lincoln who has a mouse that is always by his side. He plays with him during the day and sleeps with him at night.
When the mouse gets a broken leg he asks his mom for help to take him to the doctor. He has no money to pay but he has other things...

70 Clever Secret Hiding Places. DIY Household Hacks On How to Stash Your Stuff!: (secret hiding places, secret hiding safes, money safety box, how to ... hide things, hide money travel Book 2)
Interesting places room by room of where to hide your valuable things from bulgars and how to disguise them.
Also has a list of where not to hide things...


Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
When I started this book I thought wow what a great way to get out of doing the household chores til I realized she was not faking it. Then I got scared that she forget about her life and thought she was someone else and not married, no kids, etc.
She returns to the house where Collin tries to help more around the house and with the kids. He discovers journals from Louisa and starts reading them, not realizing it's her true feelings, about them and life.
He tries to make things better for Jazz by doing things he's never done before with her and the kids-taking time from work and having fun activities with them all. Scents might jog her memory so he gives her many things to smell and sometimes it does remind her of some things in the past.
She brings up things he never knew about and she swears she's a writer but not bookstores carry her books.
They all go to her  family reunion where she recalls one tragic event and it comes to light what happened when she was just a child and it puts one of her children in harm's way and Collin helps to stop it from happening again.
He had also never realized how much church mattered and being part of the community with religious beliefs. Good read, kept me interested and was fun to read about. Other inspirational works by other authors are highlighted at the end of this book.
I received this book from Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Was interested in learning more about the Spanish language as I had taken it in high school for a few years.
Lot of the words I'd not use in an everyday conversation but the book gets you to use proper usage of words in the right tense.
 Liked layout of the book and how the lessons are presented. Like especially filling in the missing words from the previous pages that you've studied.
I didn't care for the length of the book. Some words/sentences take up one whole page as you are learning what the words mean.
Liked searching for Spanish words in a puzzle format.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Children's Books : Sweet as Fruit (Books for kids , ages 4-11 ) (Nutrildren - Nutrition for Children Book 2
Have read some of the author's other works and enjoyed all the new information to a better lifestyle along with a good story for kids to follow along with.
This book is a colorful children's book about the benefits of eating fruit.
Very interesting book but I felt it was more directed to the older kids and adults because of all the technical terms that one can hardly pronounce but with a parent reading along with a child they could easily understand about the fruit and why we must eat it daily.
Super photos and fun facts about all the fruit we can easily get throughout the year in the US and it's link to the states.
Learned so much by reading this and hope the next book will be along the same lines but about vegetables.
Love the idea of having a balanced rainbow source of fruits. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with a clickable link for free gifts.
Was alerted to this free kindle book from the author and I have provided this honest review.

Top 35 Amazing Cakes Recipes for the Whole Family (The Best Recipes For Your Festive Table Book 2)
Other works by the author are highlighted at the beginning of this book.
Broken up into categories and I like that it tells you how long it will take to prepare the dish.
No pictures and no nutritional information but has a lot of recipes for fancy endings and feasts.
Very detailed instructions on what to mix, when and any other tips with step by step instructions.
Yogurt cakes look like the healthiest in this book.

Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
Have enjoyed many works by the author and know this will be another good read.
Starts out with typical life for parents and twin boys. Growing up Michael always wanted to be like his father, the doctor.
He marries Maggie and they have a son and daughter. Bill flees to England and starts researching his mothers symptoms...
She had fallen once and now her husband is in charge of all her medicines and Bill thinks she's being poisoned.
The other son is rather a disappointment to the family and over time he learns about his disability that effects everything he does. He marries and has two boys but with the crash of the stock market he's out of luck and money and houses and cars.
His wife Elena flees to LA to live with her father and the boys and he's offered to help Peter also but he needs to do things on his own.
Amazing tale of the two families over the years and how they are brought together and more disturbing events occur, will it bring them together or draw them further apart from one another.
Love the travel and learning new things.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Children's Book - Rocket Boy Adventure Series Book Set One
Colorful children's book about a boy who jumps into his rocket and explores new places.
One book starts out with going to the sun, another: Venus, Mercury, nebulae, etc
Great educational tool!

The Street Where The Dollar Tree Grew - Bedtime Stories For Kids: Stories For Kids With Pictures - Rhyming Verses
Colorful children's book about a boy who is wandering around his town and sees the old lady's house but there are coins on the tree.
He falls and she helps him and offers to show him the dollar bill tree. He collects many bills and she tell shim to share them with the poor people.
He goes to a store and buys things just he wants. but then nothing works. He thinks about what she said and starts giving things to others and finally the magic has started.

Children's Books: THE VERY HELPFUL FATHER (Deliriously Fun, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book, About Fathers and Having a Good Attitude, for Beginner Readers, 25 Whimsical Illustrations, Ages 2-8)
Colorful children's story about a very helpful father. The boy is now grown with a family of his own and he can't believe the condition of his messy house. He calls his dad, who knows the answer to everything,
and he follows his suggestions. Problem is things get worse as he continues to call for advice.
Love how it all plays out to the right solution.

Children Books: The Food Revenge (Bedtime Stories For Children)(early learning books)(Picture Books) (Twins Stories Book 3)
Colorful children's story about twins who like to throw food on the floor after they've had a bit to eat. Problem is the food doesn't like to be on the floor.
Love how they get revenge on the kids....

I Don't Want to Go to School
Colorful children's story about a boy who's afraid to go to school this year. He comes up with reasons why and his parents calm his
fears and explain how it really is and that he has nothing to fear.

Relentless Desire/ seasons of yesteryear by rachel ryan/ sandra brown
widower Lee has left the girlfriends party and pulls over to the side of the road. chad stops and helps get her into the back of his truck and delivers sarah. drives them to the hospital and contacts her relatives and then he's gone.he reappears later and they try to get past their earlier lives but his job/work haunts her to the point where she can't marry him. can she learn to live with it ?