Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Books read Oct 22






The Return by A.L. Parks
This book starts out with a woman leaving Newport, RI where she is a judge and heading to the family home in Colorado.
Most everything goes wrong, the flight, delays, noisy kids and then the snow and an accident.  Eve does get rescued, by Jake the fire chief.
They do share wine together and a few meals as they get to know one another. She's only there for the Christmas holidays for 3 weeks time then she'll head back to RI to resume her job.
He is totally taken with her and he's put life back into her, she's cooking again!
What really fascinated me about this book was seeing how they do their jobs, and learning how they do them. Love the sex, romance and rip roaring laughter. Easy read with twists and turns.
Very easy to keep track of the characters as they dome and go in the book. Can't wait to read the next several books in this series. Love they complement one another's actions.
I received this book from  the publisher in exchange for my honest review.



An Ocean Apart by Robin Pilchner
Loved this book after I found out the author has a relative that is also an author.
This one is about a man who has lost his wife and he helps run a whiskey business with his father. He still has 3 kids and his mother looks after them as he wraps his head around his loss.
The kids think it is also a good idea for him to go to the states to get his mind back on track. Business things he finds are not going as planned and he uncovers many inconsistencies.
He has no mind for the business so hires himself out as a gardener but is so much more to the family. They treasure him being there and when he is summoned home to tend to the family business due to his father's medical problem he
knows he must make his decisions. The children were able to be with him for a short time as he introduced them to NY long island during the summer.
Loved learning so much more about gardening and all the travel involved, such details.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Christmas Garden Affair by Anne Rigley 
Love the holiday and gardening and thought this would be a good read.
Louise and 47 others have been invited to visit with the first lady at the annual Christmas Garden Party. Bonnie Banfield was also invited-a rival that is trying to take over her PBS show from her.
Bonnie talks to her audience in a sexual demeanor and dresses with very few clothes on and that is causing her ratings to go sky high. Louise is losing her ratings...
There are many others who also don't like how Bonnie is sexulizing the garden industry and want her gone. When she is discovered dead at the party there are many who point to Louise and others.
Love the garden tips throughout the book and the clues as they come to lead us to the person who did kill Bonnie. Hard at times to keep track of all the people involved as there are so many of them.
Enjoyed the read so much I will be finding the other works of the author to read.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




All He Wants for Christmas by Lisa Plumley
Difficult reading this book in July and it's about the cold times during the holidays.
Story follow Danielle who has 3 kids and works at the toy store. She's so determined to get the promotion, she knows she deserves it as their store is deemed the best model store of the chain.
Story also follows Jason who is the head guy but one party might land him out of that job. Pictures are on the net with not such a great rep with what's being shown in them. He now has to go visit all the stores and try to promote higher sales in order to keep his job and that's still up in the air.
Part I liked the best was the family plans where he flies in to meet up with his family at a new location to them all. Love family time she and her family get to spend together and I just imagine all the toys during the time-bring back so many happy memories of my own childhood.
They do meet up and get to share time among other things. Sleigh ride is the ultimate and will reveal the whole hidden truths. Loved the recipes at the end, what a surprise.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review



French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
Wanted to read this book in hopes it'd have tips on how I can make my husband his favorite apple turnovers-healthy style.
Have read many of the author's other works and have enjoyed the books.
Have been to Paris once and can't wait to see the characters view. Book starts out where Lucy Stone and her husband along with other couples have won a trip to Paris for 2 weeks and participate in a cooking class because of their charity work with the hat and mitten fund.
Her daughter, Elizabeth is in Paris studying under a world famous chef and is excited about the visit. The accommodations are a let down but they are in the city of lights! Glad when Bill and Lucy strike out on their own to discover new things. When the chef is found stabbed their passports are all held from leaving the country.
The place they are staying is ransacked from the police-they think the chef might have been laundering money or some other black market schemes and now they are all drawn into the investigation. Lucy gets help from the others as the clues come in and they start to make sense of it all.
Murders and more investigations and help from their reporter friend Richard.  Book wasn't really what I thought it would be, because I read the prior books. Mentions a lot of locations but doesn't describe what they saw and did at the locations.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review


Wolf of Wall Street
1987 This is the story of Jordan Belfort and he's new on the job at Wall Street where commodities are bought and sold continuously during the day.
Follows his life as he learns from others how to get ahead.  Many marriages, hookers, drugs, liquor help him succeed.
Liberties that come with power he feels are his and thus that gets him in trouble on many fields.
Loved the action and descriptive details on furnishings and surroundings. Travel and adventures are great to read about and the downfall and every element
that happened to them both and the outcome.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Beachcomber  by Karen Robards
Love books about the seashore and with mystery intwined I though this would be a really good read.
Set on outer banks - can't wait to visit here myself, love the detailed descriptions.
Story follows the killer and their thoughts as they watch the woman in bikinis and they are his prey.
He was most taken with Liz and he stalks her as he has done to others. Also Christys' story is being told at the same time.
She's on a vacation in the outer banks when the other women have been killed on the beach. Luke is also following her as he's with the FBI and he wants information on a lot of money she had when she traveled south and left her boyfriend who was just handed a grand jury indictment.
She only delivered the suitcase so it would ensure her family would remain safe from now on....
Very real detailed action and frightening scenes. Loved hearing of the touristy things to do. Sex scenes really add to the story line.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Stars by Mary Lynn Ray
Brought this book on tape with me on our visit to our grandson on the west coast but we didn't get to read it. He would love it as he pointed out to me all the stars in the sky when we stepped out of the car about 1am the day we arrived.
He was so hoping to see the Northern Lights as they were to be seen at our house on the east coast the week before.
Love how it doesn't feel so dark with so many of them in the sky.
Love the idea of having your own star in your pocket. Such great ideas.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Love learning how things are done and how some can get away with it, forging art.
This book is about Claire and 25 years later a stolen painting from a big heist has arrived at her studio. She has been hired out to repaint originals so she can have a showing.
Til the painting shows up....travels overseas and dealings with the Mob appear in this book, such an action packed book. Loved hearing of the way the painting is done, such definite procedures.
Felt story could've been told in ascending chronological order and been a great read.  This book jumps around in town and I felt it was hard to follow that way. Few characters, easy to keep track of the main ones.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Against the Wild by Kat Martin
Have read most of this series and this one is about Lane Bishop and how she's ready to move on with her life. She's a design expert in the lodge industry and accepts the job in Alaska. She's there after she's lost her fiance and arrives with Flynn the rescued dog.
Arrives in Alaska to renovate the 1930 fishing lodge and meets up with not only Dylan Brody but the girl Emily who is not talking any longer, since her mother abandoned her and ran off with a lover.
Ghosts haunt the place and he loves the atmosphere for running the fishing lodge. Love the scenes described in detail, love true nature.
She uncovers many secrets and mysteries...sexual attraction to one another...hot spicy sex scenes. Love how they gather clues as to what's haunting the place...can't wait to read more of the family's books.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




What Your Mother Didn't Tell You and your father didn't know, advanced relationship skills by John Gray
Wow what a fantastic book. Starts out with what men /women are like and answers all the questions in how to deal with it in today's hectic lifestyle.
I found myself listening to what is happening in my life and my spouse and saying I do that and didn't realize why I was doing it and why he escapes into cave mode and why.
Very enlightening and can't wait to read parts of this book together. So much of it stems on how we were raised, which adults, nurturing or not, etc
Can't wait to also listen to more of these tapes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Collector by Nora Roberts
Lila Emerson, writer and professional house sitter has everything she wants, she takes it with her.
Love how she becomes familiar with the window people.  She witnesses the woman being murdered.
Ashton Archer, an artist,  knows his brother couldn't have killed his girlfriend. He will find out the truth and they are sexually compatible.
Julie her friend helps piece together other information she knows about those involved. Mysteries abound as they unearth other treasures. Love the connection between them all.
More killings and the plot thickens....action, adventure, travel and sex, what a great combination for a great read. Loved learning new things about art.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Promises by Judith Arnold
This is one part of the trilogy that starts out with 6 that get together, 2 male, 4 females to form the Dream magazine.
15 years later they regroup and celebrate. This is at the time of the late 60's where I was only 16 so many of the life events I still recall and how they have made an impact on my current life.
This story concentrates on Laura and her daughter-Rita and Seth who was also a founder of Dream.
Love the travel and treasures they find as they seek adventure in their travels.  Love their work choices and can't wait to read the other two books, concentrating on the others.
Like choices they make and what the options are.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Low Fat Recipes in 30 Minutes
Love checking out new recipes as we have changed our whole life plan now since my husband's heart attack.
Lean products and mostly fresh vegetables and fruits are the order of daily life for us.  Nutritionist gave us guidelines on fat content so excited to see how meals are made in this book that we can adapt in our plans.
Lots of different categories a few that surprised me. Especially love the substitution list of food. Found intro to have useful helpful information on what to do to plan meals, shopping trips from a list, etc
Like the idea of 14 day plan ahead, cook many meals at one time which is what we do every week. Found colorful photos at the beginning of each section to leave my mouth watering for more but there are few color photos in the book.
Content of the recipes is dead on. We already use fat free products and I found many recipes that we currently use something very similar. So happy to see that we are also on the right track as far as our healthy eating goes.
Love page at the end of every section where you can post your own notes on the recipes.  Can't wait to try the beef stew as we just bought some the other day and trimmed it of all visible fat.  Recipes also come with nutritional information at the end of every recipe so you can check there also if in doubt if you can use the recipe according to your dietary concerns. One problem is I do not see what a serving size is.
Very appreciative of the Asian dishes as my husband loves the spices and flavors. A treat to find desserts, chocolate!  Really enjoyed this book and keep it around as I have very few low fat books on hand-got rid of all the other ones that didn't cater to low fat, low sodium cooking. Attended a webinar entitled swapping healthy choices and this book fits right into everything they discussed.
I received this book from Library Thing Early Reviewer Program in exchange for my honest review.

 Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
The two woman meet when they are rooming together in college. Abby takes it upon herself to help out Maybelle and invites her to her home.
When you become a certain age the family allows you to pick a cottage and it's up to you to prove you can make it liveable.  With all the servants May can't understand why because of how she grew up.
We are able to meet Jennifer's  sisters and brothers and rest of the family. May feels so privileged to be given this opportunity to bump elbows with royalty.
Loved hearing how the other side lives and how May is able to unearth all kinds of information about the family compound and how it all came about, to preserve itself for the family to yet be born.
Blood money and how it plays a part in this book, interesting.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Thanksgiving by Margaret Baldwin
Story of how the Pilgrims came to be in the US and their journey across the water, the preparation beforehand.
Also includes of the first one and the celebrations of the day today.
Legends of the harvest and how other countries celebrate it then and now.
Love hearing what games the children played while on the ship that can be used today. Recipes of the food used then and how it can be made today.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



 Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate
Mallory Hale, a retired congressional aide, marries Daniel Anderson and it comes with a stepson. His new boss, Jack upsets her and she finds out things about him that substantiate it.
Love quotes at the beginning of each chapter. After they finally arrive in TX at Moses Lake she wonders if she has made a mistake. Daniel is traveling to work and she's often by herself, dealing with varmints and his son.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


 Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate
Moses Lakes, TX, Heather returns to her hometown, she's lived in the big cities as an architect.
She hopes to get her mother and uncles to sign off on the property but when she arrives she wonders who is the crook here, her relatives or her once boyfriend who is the banker, Blaine Underwood. She learns so much about her father's death and that leads to more questions.
Just when she gets answers more questions arise. When you think you know who is the culprit there are more surprises.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Appalachian Passage by Helen B. Hiscoe 
Always interesting to read about Appalachian people and lives of the miners.
This is a story of a woman her doctor husband and infant daughter, via her journal.
Such a proud set of people/community and stubborn.  1949 Cold Mountain, WV hard times...
Follows their lives as they go through daily events, glad they get to experience it first hand.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Mars and Venus in the Workplace, a practical guide for improving communications and getting results at work by John Gray
Found this book interesting and all the differences between a man and a woman in the work place. I still think a lot of the communication between the two are misleading
where a woman would dress to get what she wants along with touching and becoming very personal: crying, bringing up family issues, etc. Liked the discussions on how to substantiate asking for a raise.
Loved hearing male side of how they perceive things and  point system, glad to hear of this.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle
Travel, adventure and photography, art world, via world wide fascinates me and love the tale and trails.
Andre is the photographer and his place is ransacked and all photo equipment, film, etc is gone but other electronic things remain intact.
All relates to the pictures of the item he was sent overseas to photograph.
Food and how those in Paris can eat all the meals they do for hours and not get fat.
Love the car chases.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Mars and Venus in the Bedroom by John Gray
Have liked the series and thought I'd just read all of them.  Found it funny how a woman dresses what goes through the man's mind at the time.
Lot of helpful information that is easy to understand about how things are going and how you can make a difference.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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Lots of prizes and free ebook,  read 1st book now and enter to win the 2nd book in this series.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Books read Sept 2014







The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
Have read all the author's works and just love island living.
This story starts out with a love matchmaker and her life. It goes back in time, or should I say it catches up with her in the present time.
We find out her true love and why she had to let him go. her new love and her daughter. Also chapters are presented from the standpoint of many others that have come into their lives: co workers and the immediate family.
So much emotion in these pages. I was doing fine til the twists at the end of the book caught up with me. Have lost not only my mother this year but my mother in law and many of the pages were difficult to read with tears streaming down my face. Just and handful of characters and easy to keep track of who is who.
Love gift they were able to get together for her at the end. PRICELESS!
I received this book from LibraryThing.com in exchange for my honest review.


North of Boston by Elizabeth Ello
Perio is left to drown-a survivor while out in the ocean on a lobster boat.
Ned is not found. Noah is the child left behind. Others think the boat was hid purposely.
She gathers clues, that lead her to more mysteries, love the trail of the scents...


An Aria for Nick by Hallee Bridgeman
Why I wanted to read this book was for many reasons: Northwest and high tech mysteries.
Aria once on track to be a world renowned pianist is devastated when her best friend's father breaks her wrist at his funeral.
Nick was serving overseas and he left everything to her and his father was upset about that.
Years later and with her genius IQ she is able to associate her music notes with how to solve mysteries, on many levels. She has a PhD and is seeing clues as to Peter Harrington's involvement with nuclear espionage and calls in the feds.
Harvey Castle shows up and she realizes who he really is and they catch up with one another as to why his past life must stay covered up.
He works for the Feds and is gathering the information Aria has on Peter to implement him. Some things go wrong and now the other Feds are after them... Hard to follow with his dreams of days gone by...
She is able to turn to her psalms to calm her and to keep herself on track. Took me a while to get into the book as it was from various timeframes. Til you see the connection and the book makes sense, keep on reading.
Lots of mysteries and adventure. Lots of extras included at the end: translations of foreign phrases, computer and military terms explained and recipes to name a few.
I received this book from BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review.




Red Hot Mamas  
Many struggles as woman age and achieve 50 years of age and all the different obstacles they each stumble onto.
Studies showed different statistics and the different women highlighted are able to cope and move on and be happy.
So much information on many topics that are on my doorstep at almost 60 years of age.


One Bear: The Kids Learn To Count Book
Illustrated very colorful children's book showing not only the numbers from 1 to 10
but animals and other words that rhyme with what they are comparing. My favorite is 2 bunnies who think they are funny.
Such silliness can only be good for a child to get them to laugh and smile.



50 Delicious Pumpkin Dessert Recipes - Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Muffins and More (The Ultimate Pumpkin Desserts Cookbook - The Delicious ... Desserts and Pumpkin Recipes Collection 1)
Many categories of recipes to make using pumpkin. Problem for us is there is no nutritional information and from the looks of the ingredients, butter is not very healthy for us. Some recipes we could get away with using low fat items.
No pictures but the recipes do come with step by step instructions.
Author's website also contains many other kindle versions of cookbooks, something for everybody.
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Fred's Ears: When He Hides His Big Floppy Ears His Friends Can't Find Him!
Colorful children's book about a donkey with very long ears. He doesn't much care for them and tries with different hats to cover the ears up so they are not so noticeable.
Starts out with one hat, then two, then three, etc and all are different colors. This book would be good for not only counting but the different colors.
His animal friends can not find him because he is totally covered up....
3 blue hats are my favorite because I can make that type knitting.
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 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (Fun, Zany, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Multicultural Children and Numbers, Ages 2-8)
Colorful children's book showing not only numbers but children from different parts of the world in their native attire.
Counts to twenty and the author's other works are highlighted along with some samples.
Great educational tool where a child when reading a page could look up where the country is located on a map/globe.
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 THE LITTLE LEPRECHAUN WHO LOVED YELLOW! (Absolutely Delightful Bedtime Story/Picture Book About Following Your Heart, for Beginner Readers, ages 2-8)
Colorful children's book about Patrick the leprechaun who loves to wear yellow but others think he should wear green.
He finds all the colors he really likes and compare them to things he sees every day.
He leaves school one day to place the pot of gold at the end of the colroful rainbow and not realizing all in town would be looking for him....
Other works by the author have a sample attached.

OH DEAR SAID THE DEER:children's beginner readers early reader books collection(children's learning picture books)values(Preschool)Adventure ... Books for Early / Beginner Readers books)
Illustrated colorful children's book about animals and how they stay safe in the forest even when it's raining out.
The deer leaves to visit his friends houses to get a hat.
Love that he visits an ant, elephant, rhino and other animals to collect hats for his friends who are out in the rain or snow.
He's not able to go out because no hat will fit over his antlers. His friends have an idea....

 Fishin' a Bowl
This is a very colorful children's story about a fish that is in bowl and how he keeps himself busy every day.
He has a rock also that he can hide behind to watch people on the outside of the bowl.
A girl comes to feed him then a cat sticks his paw in the water....
They come to a solution to make each of them happy.

 Lars The Car - Kids Story Book for kids ages 4 to 8
This illustrated colorful children's book is about Lars and he is a car.
He has many friends who are also a certain color of a car and he asks for what he could be.
They give him many suggestions but he doesn't really care for any of them...
Next day he wakes up and figures out what he wants to be and starts training so he can be the best..

Candy Andy and the rainbow dinner (Happy Motivated children's books Collection)
Free items from the author along with this free ebook. Very colorful children's book about Andrea.
She would only eat sweets and candy but her parents tried to get her to eat healthy foods.
Her grandfather played a game with her about the color of food where she would eat very healthy foods.
Love author's take on this game and how it could work for you to get your child to eat.


 



Oliver and Jumpy, Introduction  by Werner Stejskal 
Agreed to read and review this book for the author. subject sounded interesting to me.
Found some of the words to be a bit advanced for my 8 year old grandson but with help he would be able to read the book. Wish print was a larger size.
Illustrated very colorful children's book about animals and a bit about their lives and habitat. Oliver is the tomcat and Jumpy is his best friend.
Love scenes of building a snowman where everybody helps.  So many different animals and sea life in this book. allows a child's imagination to wonder.
Real adventures start in the other books in the series.








Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 1-3 by Werner Stejskal 
Agreed to read and review this story. Found introduction to be full of color and a place where a child's imagination could grow.
Very colorful illustrated children's book with Oliver and Jumpy pairing up to bring another good children's story to life.
The first one is about Molly the Mole.  Besides giving you information about the animals there are educational facts included.  They stop by to visit with the mole and have some food.
This next one is my favorite. Next story is about Davy the duckling.  Love how all the animals, new and old come together to help.
Third story I felt was a bit much for young children as it deals with birth of an animal. Although it doesn't go into too much detail the fact is the baby is born which I feel would bring up more questions than answers.



30 day heart tuneup by Dr. Steven Massley
Heart healing food, strength exercising and much more to help you get rid of the plaque in your arteries.
Should reverse heart attack damage and feel younger.
The Bruce exercise sounds like something we really need to learn about as it strengthens the inside of your body, organs, etc.
We have made major changes in our lives after my husband's heart attack. I am using the same techniques he is doing because if they are good for him they are good for me and my heart disease problems.
Dietary and exercise programs I always want to learn about as we have an elliptical in our living room now to use daily.
Learned so much more than what I have previously read and things from webinars. Love food and spice tips.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




A Christmas Embrace
Rose is a vet and Alex is a finance investor and they are married. Each is spending so much time doing their jobs they find themselves drifting away.
She wants to have a baby and he's not sure it's the right time.  She gets them tickets to the northeast (from LA) to spend the holidays as a traditional new england holiday.
They had gone to college in new england but he's got tickets for the football playoffs. Love all the detailed descriptions and discussion of the PA Dutch/German.
They get stranded and he is able to see her work at her profession that turns the light on for him....
They soon release what's most important...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Health and Nutrition Newsletter June 2014
Lots of medical newsletters covering many topics of interest for everyday life.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley
1855, time of slavery and underground railroad.
Fletcher has been granted a move on campus and he meets other religious groups of people and talks to them to understand about their lifestyle.
He attends President Lincoln's address about freeing the slaves and he knows he will be the master of the plantation in time.
Love details to make it a special day for everyone.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
3 women who grew up in the late 60's their children are now of age in the 80's.
Starts off with Sparrow (Susan) and her mother Susanne who is constantly asking about her real father, pictures, lifestyle etc.
Rebecca has no friends and she thinks it's because of her big nose, she needs a nose job.
Story also follows her parents and the diagnosis of cancer.
Claudia and Simon and many other combinations of people. Confusing at times but a good story.
Also goes back in time while the next chapter is present day involving the parents or the children-now adults.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Nightshade
This is a serial book and read out of order. Although they do give a bit of information of the prior books.
China's father is dead and her brother is following clues from 16 years ago.
When her brother comes up dead she's on board with McQuade to find out why and what case he was working on. There is also a daughter that needs to be looked after...
Love the connections between the different types of vegetables. Each chapter starts with a tidbit of information about the nightshade family. Can't believe how everything gets connected at the end.
Recipes included at the end.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Inside of a Pearl, Life in Paris by Edmund White
A journalist has left NY in the 80's and moves to Paris where he only knows 2 people. He learns all about the lifestyle and how to survive.
Gay sex scenes. I had wanted to read this book because I love pearls and I have always wanted to travel to Paris, which we have (in TN). The structure of the Eiffel Tower has always fascinated me.
This book has a bit too much scenes which I don't wish to read about so I've not finished the book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Tailgate by Elin Hildenbrand
Love this author and realized I had not read this one. Daphne and Clen were high school sweethearts.
Now that they are at college they don't get to see each other so often. She often catches the ferry on Friday nights to return to the island for the weekend when Clen wanted to spend time with her.
Last year he had shown up with his friends at her college, for the football game. This year she hopes to surprise him by showing up at his college, for the game.
She realizes he's changed so much as he wrestles with the guys on the yard and isn't shaving.
She is able to take on her fear head on by going to the game, with her friend....and now he's got plans to return to his journalist job after the game and not go on their dinner date.
Game is going well til others come between them and Daphne wonders about Clen and his new friends....til she discovers what's going on and she knows she has a choice to make: stay or go.
This is the pre story to The Matchmaker by the same author where their story continues... Love the aura she sees around others who are dating=-she can pair them up fr a lifetime...
Excerpt of The Matchmaker is included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




All About Deer by Jim Arnosky
This audio book I found interesting as we do have deer at my mother's property on the island.
Always amazed me to figure out how they knew when it was hunting season and they would vanish.
Other works by the author are also highlighted. Very educational about the different types of the deer. I had heard the names but didn't realize they were in the same family.
So much information about the deer and how they survive. My favorite part is the shape of the feet-heart imprints are left behind.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Power Play by Danielle Steel
 Alternating chapters as the story follows each family and their daily lives as they go through business and family events.
Phoeona, single has proven herself. Marshall is married and has a livid past that may catch up with him.
Two CEO's kids have started dating and the story follows the rifts as events from their past come to the forefront.
Thought this would be a her life as a CEO and his life as a CEO and they are the complete opposites and I thought it'd be pretty predictable.
Glad there are so many twists and turns and then some as things settle down.. Few characters, very easy to keep track of, love small details.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Hunter's Moon by Karen  Robards
Molly has gotten herself fired from the grooming job. It was the only job she had and she needed it to pay the bills and feed the other children that she cares for.
She finds a large sum of money in a different feedbag at the stables and takes it-she really needs it. Problem is the FBI man, Will show up and they not only want it back but they need her to get her job back and spy for them, along with their surveillance cameras.
Love all the talk of the horses and their attributes and care.  There are more mysteries and things really heat up, not only her gathering clues for Will about the horse controversy but their pretending to be sweethearts.
Animals getting hurt and child kidnapping really make this a fast paced action story that is easy to follow. Adult sex scenes added to this story.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Was interested in improving my skin tone so when the opportunity came up I jumped at the chance to try this product out.
Organic vitamin c anti-aging serum for face-this just says it all! You still need to experience how it feels while you are applying it, the scent is sooooo soothing and calming.
I do not use many beauty products but a few basics so this product was a luxury item for me=one that I will continue to use.
I did not expect the product to be as good as advertised. It is even better. Love the scent, so citrusy and it's creamy. Expected a mess when applying and it was not at all, so easy with the applicator that comes in the product.
There is a difference after just one week and I can also feel my skin tighten but not stiff.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Books read Sept 17

  



Oliver and Jumpy, Introduction  by Werner Stejskal 
Agreed to read and review this book for the author. subject sounded interesting to me.
Found some of the words to be a bit advanced for my 8 year old grandson but with help he would be able to read the book. Wish print was a larger size.
Illustrated very colorful children's book about animals and a bit about their lives and habitat. Oliver is the tomcat and Jumpy is his best friend.
Love scenes of building a snowman where everybody helps.  So many different animals and sea life in this book. allows a child's imagination to wonder.
Real adventures start in the other books in the series.








Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 1-3 by Werner Stejskal 
Agreed to read and review this story. Found introduction to be full of color and a place where a child's imagination could grow.
Very colorful illustrated children's book with Oliver and Jumpy pairing up to bring another good children's story to life.
The first one is about Molly the Mole.  Besides giving you information about the animals there are educational facts included.  They stop by to visit with the mole and have some food.
This next one is my favorite. Next story is about Davy the duckling.  Love how all the animals, new and old come together to help.
Third story I felt was a bit much for young children as it deals with birth of an animal. Although it doesn't go into too much detail the fact is the baby is born which I feel would bring up more questions than answers.



30 day heart tuneup by Dr. Steven Massley
Heart healing food, strength exercising and much more to help you get rid of the plaque in your arteries.
Should reverse heart attack damage and feel younger.
The Bruce exercise sounds like something we really need to learn about as it strengthens the inside of your body, organs, etc.
We have made major changes in our lives after my husband's heart attack. I am using the same techniques he is doing because if they are good for him they are good for me and my heart disease problems.
Dietary and exercise programs I always want to learn about as we have an elliptical in our living room now to use daily.
Learned so much more than what I have previously read and things from webinars. Love food and spice tips.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




A Christmas Embrace
Rose is a vet and Alex is a finance investor and they are married. Each is spending so much time doing their jobs they find themselves drifting away.
She wants to have a baby and he's not sure it's the right time.  She gets them tickets to the northeast (from LA) to spend the holidays as a traditional new england holiday.
They had gone to college in new england but he's got tickets for the football playoffs. Love all the detailed descriptions and discussion of the PA Dutch/German.
They get stranded and he is able to see her work at her profession that turns the light on for him....
They soon release what's most important...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Health and Nutrition Newsletter June 2014
Lots of medical newsletters covering many topics of interest for everyday life.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley
1855, time of slavery and underground railroad.
Fletcher has been granted a move on campus and he meets other religious groups of people and talks to them to understand about their lifestyle.
He attends President Lincoln's address about freeing the slaves and he knows he will be the master of the plantation in time.
Love details to make it a special day for everyone.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
3 women who grew up in the late 60's their children are now of age in the 80's.
Starts off with Sparrow (Susan) and her mother Susanne who is constantly asking about her real father, pictures, lifestyle etc.
Rebecca has no friends and she thinks it's because of her big nose, she needs a nose job.
Story also follows her parents and the diagnosis of cancer.
Claudia and Simon and many other combinations of people. Confusing at times but a good story.
Also goes back in time while the next chapter is present day involving the parents or the children-now adults.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Nightshade
This is a serial book and read out of order. Although they do give a bit of information of the prior books.
China's father is dead and her brother is following clues from 16 years ago.
When her brother comes up dead she's on board with McQuade to find out why and what case he was working on. There is also a daughter that needs to be looked after...
Love the connections between the different types of vegetables. Each chapter starts with a tidbit of information about the nightshade family. Can't believe how everything gets connected at the end.
Recipes included at the end.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Inside of a Pearl, Life in Paris by Edmund White
A journalist has left NY in the 80's and moves to Paris where he only knows 2 people. He learns all about the lifestyle and how to survive.
Gay sex scenes. I had wanted to read this book because I love pearls and I have always wanted to travel to Paris, which we have (in TN). The structure of the Eiffel Tower has always fascinated me.
This book has a bit too much scenes which I don't wish to read about so I've not finished the book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Tailgate by Elin Hildenbrand
Love this author and realized I had not read this one. Daphne and Clen were high school sweethearts.
Now that they are at college they don't get to see each other so often. She often catches the ferry on Friday nights to return to the island for the weekend when Clen wanted to spend time with her.
Last year he had shown up with his friends at her college, for the football game. This year she hopes to surprise him by showing up at his college, for the game.
She realizes he's changed so much as he wrestles with the guys on the yard and isn't shaving.
She is able to take on her fear head on by going to the game, with her friend....and now he's got plans to return to his journalist job after the game and not go on their dinner date.
Game is going well til others come between them and Daphne wonders about Clen and his new friends....til she discovers what's going on and she knows she has a choice to make: stay or go.
This is the pre story to The Matchmaker by the same author where their story continues... Love the aura she sees around others who are dating=-she can pair them up fr a lifetime...
Excerpt of The Matchmaker is included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




All About Deer by Jim Arnosky
This audio book I found interesting as we do have deer at my mother's property on the island.
Always amazed me to figure out how they knew when it was hunting season and they would vanish.
Other works by the author are also highlighted. Very educational about the different types of the deer. I had heard the names but didn't realize they were in the same family.
So much information about the deer and how they survive. My favorite part is the shape of the feet-heart imprints are left behind.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Power Play by Danielle Steel
 Alternating chapters as the story follows each family and their daily lives as they go through business and family events.
Phoeona, single has proven herself. Marshall is married and has a livid past that may catch up with him.
Two CEO's kids have started dating and the story follows the rifts as events from their past come to the forefront.
Thought this would be a her life as a CEO and his life as a CEO and they are the complete opposites and I thought it'd be pretty predictable.
Glad there are so many twists and turns and then some as things settle down.. Few characters, very easy to keep track of, love small details.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Hunter's Moon by Karen  Robards
Molly has gotten herself fired from the grooming job. It was the only job she had and she needed it to pay the bills and feed the other children that she cares for.
She finds a large sum of money in a different feedbag at the stables and takes it-she really needs it. Problem is the FBI man, Will show up and they not only want it back but they need her to get her job back and spy for them, along with their surveillance cameras.
Love all the talk of the horses and their attributes and care.  There are more mysteries and things really heat up, not only her gathering clues for Will about the horse controversy but their pretending to be sweethearts.
Animals getting hurt and child kidnapping really make this a fast paced action story that is easy to follow. Adult sex scenes added to this story.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).