Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Farewell to Cedar Key Book Review/Release Day

Farewell to Cedar Key by Terri DuLong
Love this series and hate to see it end but the author will start a new series which I already know I will get all the books in that one as well.
Easy going reading, easy to follow characters and such up to date problems that we can all relate to, mixed in with knitting makes this series/book a big hit.
First thing I did when I got this ARC was to check the back of the book where extra treasures are hidden and they are there in this book also!  Didn't want to start this book because in a way I never want the series to end but I realize I have to read it to find out the mystery of the treasure at the end that will be IN the story.
Love acknowledgements and so happy to learn other blind knitters as myself will be in the storyline along with male knitters.
This follows Josie and her daughter, Orli when she's lost her job as an RN but fills in at the yarn shop. Plans to spend the Christmas and 16th birthday party in Boston with her father and grandmother, along with her mom are in the works.
So many twists and turns and just when things are falling into place other upheavals. Easy to keep track of the characters and love what's going on in their lives even though at they are all different ages and relationships.
Touching book, love what the pattern stands for, love the story behind it.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Books read Nov 24

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
This Christmas tale is about an angel that is granted the power to come to Earth to do good for the season. Harry Mills. His speaks to Celeste who has set him up with a job
where he teaches others about the story of Scrooge and about his life. The story is also about Addie who has finally come home since the death of her father to help her mother through the holiday season.
Problem is her mother and the next door neighbor are going on a cruise. and at the last minute the neighbor's son Erich who she had a crush on as a teen.
The book also encompasses others in the class and a few of the faculty. Funny at times and meaningful at other times, I found this book to be a good holiday read with a good point of change and to give things a chance.
Hope this holiday you will be granted a miracle of your own as those in the book.
An excerpt from Starry Night by the author is also included at the end.
 I received this book from Library Thing early reviewers in exchange for my honest review.

35 Christmas Dessert Recipes: Quick Recipe Guide to Holiday Pies, Cakes and Candy
This cookbook has no pictures nor nutritional information. Has the basic and some not so basic recipes for pies where you use a store bought crust to cut down on your time in the kitchen.
Holly wreaths would be my choice to make, something not quite so salty or high in fat content.
Apple rings also but using canola or olive oil.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Alphabet All-Stars Animal Pack: Volume One
Illustrated very colorful children's book that shows the letters of the alphabet and an animal with the same beginning letter. My favorite was the monkey.
It also tells a bit about the animal.  After the academy there is another book and it's similar but different. Along with a letter from the alphabet there is a question asked and you need to guess what animal goes with it.
The answer is given on the next pages along with a picture.   Another alphabet book follows that one with many of the same animals but depicted differently.
Next book is a guess the animal and alphabet letter game. You are shown a picture of an animal and have to guess the letter.
Other works by the author are highlighted.

 Jake Bakes Cakes: A Silly Rhyming Picture Book for Kids by Gerald Hawksley 
Very colorful illustrated children's book showing what kinds of cakes Jake can bake and who they are for.
Not only is this a silly rhyming book but it also allows you to match up what the person/animal would eat for a cake.
Love penguin one the best.

 Whaley's Big Adventure: Presented by Carole P. Roman
Color sketches of the whales and all the facts are very fun to learn about.
Whaley goes on an adventure into the ocean and he described many other whales he finds along the way and what their characteristics are.
He asks his parents if he can bring them home one day and they agree....

 Tenant and Resource Guide: Michigan State Div of Law
Good book with lots of resource information at the end. Great book for those living in MI that will be renting.
Lots of questions to be asked and to be informed about before you sign the rental lease.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Like the ideas in this book, everything from untypical treats to the standby's. Great gift solutions also.
Recipes come with a photo picture and detailed instructions, along with nutritional information. Variations at the end of some recipes are also included.
Some of the recipes included alcohol. Like the brunch section also. None of the recipes we can make for ourselves as we can't have sodium and are on very low fat diet.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Another Dawn by Sandra Brown
Book starts out in 1890's and Jake is at Priscillias garden of eden, catching up with her about past events. She runs the saloon and whore house in TX.
Jake Lankstrom, cowboy and likes the outside.
Banner Coleman, Ross and Lydia's daughter who is to be married.
Ross and Lydia from the previous book, ranchers and Jakes mom lives on the ranch.
When Banner doesn't get married he loses his head and has sex with her and next day her father offers him the job of manager of Banner's farm. It's the job of a lifetime-freedom to work the land but he knows he can't stay and work Banner's land when it's her mother he really wants.
Banner can't have the land if he doesn't agree to be the manager...
She wants him as a husband and tries to lure him to her. He's told Ross he will protect her...
There are many instances where they are touching or hugging or kissing and they know they should not...
Hot steamy sex scenes and many other events bring mysteries, medical emergencies during a storm, secrets from the past and gossip to keep this story moving along.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Ladybug Blue
Colorful illustrated children's book showing the life of a lady bug for a day.
Follows the ladybug through the various color changes til they reach the red we all know.
Yes make your wish on a ladybug.

A Change in Altitude by Cindy Myers
Love this series and glad there is another book to read with the same characters that I am familiar with.
This book starts out with Jonesy's sister and niece coming from VT to his location in Eureka and his girlfriend Maggie Stevens welcoming her.
Maggie is pregnant with Jonesy's child and it will mean changes for them.
Love hearing of the townsfolk and how they help one another out and the mysteries behind all the mines.
So much going on, easy to follow, pregnancy, ghosts, wedding plans, threat of ex husbands, remodeling of a new B&B, past murders, keeps the story going while the town people go on about their business and the gold mine, movie slotted to be filmed around the town.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Children's Book: The Dragon Who Couldn't Breathe Fire (funny bedtime story collection)
Colorful illustrated children's book about a dragon. He is not able to breathe fire like his brothers and he knows it's important.
He tries to figure out how to make the fire and fails. An owl tells him some hints. His mother tells him magic can't happen right away, give it some time.
Other works and bonus gifts are available from the author.

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Liked reading this book as we have often watched TV series about the escapades of this man and his servant Friday.
So adventurous and fascinates me as to how he can survive and keep protected with no weapons to speak of. Loved the journey this book took me on.
All corners of the world and how they were able to live in the areas by bartering and how they protected themselves with the knowledge they gained from others.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Promise Kept by Robin Hatcher
Allison is now divorced and returns home where she's given a house from a relative. She finds the journals and other treasures
and contemplates why God did not save her marriage. Book follows the grandmothers life, Allison's life before and after marriage and divorce and current present life with her daughter, mother and father and her life in Idaho at her grandmother's house.
Love how the community has embraced her into their life. Love treasures she finds in the grandmother's trunks.
Confusing at times to go from different years so far apart and with different people. Different years of relationships with one another are interesting to listen to and how they come together to help one another.
Lots of quotes from the Bible, like the connection between God and those in the stories.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 104 Funny Thanksgiving Knock Knock Jokes for kids (Funny knock knock jokes) (Series 2 ) (The Joke Book for Kids)
We have a ritual with our grandson when we end our conversations on Skye to do a few knock knock jokes.
Figured these would be great as the holiday is approaching.
Although most are about the food there are many others about the people, places surrounding the holiday.
Fun and easy for a child to read. Great entertainment for the whole family. No color photos.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

A Secret Gift How One Man's Kindness in a Drove of Letters
Love hearing about the years of the depression in the US. This one starts out in 1933 and about Canton, Ohio where an ad in the local newspaper will aid 75 families.
The grandson finds all the letters and his grandfathers bank book and letters from others who wanted to be given a gift-for their families. The letters talk about the hardships and what they want for others in their families to make it a happy Christmas.
Surviving the years and how is fascinating for me.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

101 Quick & Easy Cookie Recipes
Hoping with the upcoming holiday season I will be able to find healthier cookies to make with emphasis on low fat and low sodium.
Handful of pictures and no nutritional information. Like the choices for many types of sugar cookies, soft, chewy and crisp. Many topics of selections
along with a no bake cookie section and Christmas cookies. Chewy granola bars will be one we try along with apple bars.
For the most part any of these will turn out great, although they all use butter or margarine you may be  able to do some substitutions.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Greek Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy Greek Food at Home With Mouth Watering Greek Recipes Cookbook
Colorful pictures with nutritional information provided for each of the recipes.
Very high in total fat, so high there is not much I could make with our diet restrictions.  Even the salads with the dressing contain too much fat.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Children's Books: THE VERY HELPFUL MONSTERS (Very Funny Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Kindness and Facing Fears, ages 2-8)
Colorful illustrated children's book about how a boy wants to be a monster.
Herbie wants to be a monster so bad and figures out he needs to do an internet search on how to be a monster.
He can't find a monster school to go to....no books on Amazon and he didn't know any professionals to ask...
He does meet up with a monster one night and he's given the answers he wants and how he has to change...
After talking to many monsters he finds out what he has to do to get noticed...
Excerpt from How the Cow Jumped Over the Moon is also included at the end.

 lifehacks: 144 More or Less Obvious Things That Will Make Your Life Easier (Improve Your Productivity Personal Life, Health, Fitness and Bank Account)
This book sounded interesting and I found it to be what I thought. Easier ways to enhance your life in many regards.
Not only health and fitness but work and social lifes.  So many of the changes in our life are given in this book. So easy to combine tasks so you have time on your hands.
So much of the information is valuable and always good to refresh your memory by reading about it.  Almost like a check list of things to do.
Buried alive i don't think I'll be needing but good info there.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 What do you see? Our Solar System (A beautifully illustrated children's picture book)
Colorful illustrated children's book that starts out by showing you something in the solar system and gives you clues as to what it is. Next page you are given the answer.
Each page has a picture of a mouse as he is near the object being shown.  Lots of facts are given about the planets and other things in the sky.
Ends with more facts about each of the planets.  Very easy for a child to understand and follow along.

The Affordable Christmas: How to Have a Fabulous Holiday without Breaking the Bank
Story starts out with how the author got into debt one year and it followed them even after the holiday. I've always been one to make things and hope this book would be one of those do it yourself kind of books.
I am always willing to learn how to make decorations in a different way.
Discussions on how the credit card make it possible to always have a nice holiday and pay for it later....
The holiday is so commercialized now we have gotten away from the true meaning of the holiday.
Preparing and planning and other ways to cut back are discussed.  Each chapter ends with a letter from how one person's Christmas holiday and how they coped with a change.
Liked the sections on bargain shopping and the recipes and listings of books for the holiday season.
Lots of gift ideas and traditions that are easy to make/do that won't break your budget. Very extensive index at the end.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end of the book.

Harry Hippo and the Wishing Pool (Beautifully Illustrated Children's Bedtime Story Book)
This illustrated colorful children's book is about Harry. He is a hippo and he thinks his reflection in the water is ugly.
He asks his parents about it....next day other animals come to drink from the water and when he tells them he likes  a particular part of their body, they tell him they hate it.
He wishes he was more beautiful and the toucan is there to make one wish come true....be careful what you wish for....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cyber Illusions by Nikki DUncan, Release Day


Torn between promises and passion, duty and desire…
Warning: A father’s chance to know his children tangles into a web of doubt and passion that threatens a few hearts.

Taryn Bellamy has shamelessly used the art of illusion to build a name for herself in the entertainment industry. But it hasn’t magically made it easier to raise the twins left in her care by her past best friend.
After one of the twins runs away, Taryn chases the girl all the way to Miami, where she comes to face to face with the kids’ father. He’s an FBI agent—and he sparks a dangerous heat in her veins. Heat that could send the heart and soul of her closely guarded life up in a puff of magical smoke.
When tech genius Tyler Greer traces a hacker’s cyber trail to a private runway at a Miami airport, he’s surprised to find Taryn, whom he suspects was involved in a series of high-profile art thefts years ago. A crime he could never quite make stick to the slippery, sensual illusionist.
Then he discovers the kids in her care are his. The truth rocks Tyler’s world…and leaves Taryn fearing the greatest crime will be against her heart.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Books read Nov 7

Emma Learns to Sprout (children's book about nutrition) (Picture Book for Preschool) (Ages 3-8)
This illustrated colorful children's book is about sprouting. When I first heard of this I thought they were going to do something with brussel sprouts.
Glad I took the time to read this and to really understand what sprouting is and all the steps along the way of the process. Love the end result of even healthier foods to garnish our meals with.
Love that the children in our lives can also help us in the sprouting process and can pass it along to their friends.

A Seductive Boss by Marie-Louise Damberte
Wanted to read this book because of the picture of the Eiffel Tower on the front and the storyline.
Jessica is able to leave NYC and get paid to work at a company in Paris that her aunt help set up. She is not only introduced to the work field, love the architecture discussions, but the different culture and being part of sexual events that she discovers first hand.
Some of the French words left me wondering what was being discussed as they were not translated but otherwise it fit into the book. Took me by surprise, all the erotic sex scenes and how she embraces it to fit in.
With the detailed descriptions of the buildings I felt I could go there and not get lost. quite a picture the book portrays. Story goes into depth as time goes on and I'm quite shocked at some things that happen and surprised at the ending-didn't see it coming but loved the future plans.
I received this book from Goodreads early reviewer program in exchange for my honest review.

The One and Only by Emily Giffin
This is a story about Lucy and she's lost her mother to cancer. Her dad is the high school football coach and her best friend is Shay.
Shay is so addicted with football. She works as a sport information spokesperson for the TX college team. Loved the references to the music of the time.
We find out why Shay lived with Lucy after her father left to go remarry his first wife and her mom had a nervous breakdown. We find out she declares her love for Lucy's father, the coach one night she's had a bit too much to drink and she's on a date with a Cowboy's football player.
Many real life things are talked about besides football, violence and ex wives.
The past comes back and they rationalize how they would've done things different...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Master Photo Lighting... Light 101 (On Target Photo Training Book 5)
I like to take photos but don't always understand why some are so bad. I signed up to get daily emails and as things are talked about I really do go try them for myself.
Love learning and teaching others about things I have learned. 
Examples of what is being discussed are shown to really help you understand what it going on in your camera.
The author is so down to earth and I don't feel like he's talking straight tech terms, they are easy for me to understand.
Many other sources of further reading are highlighted during the book so you can refresh your memory.
A lot of technical settings but if you go slow and do what you're told you can make the right settings on your camera. Lots of other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 How To Crochet - A Guide For Newbies (Crafty Creations Book 1)
Although I am a published crochet and knit designer I am always on the lookout for more projects especially for the many charities I make items for.
Really like this book for many reasons: very clear directions, picture diagrams showing what to do and the basics. there are a few patterns to help you and
the book ends with other works by the author.  Index of patterns (knit and crochet) for a price can be bought at amazon. Very good book to keep in your own library.

 Santa's Cat
Colorful illustrated children's book about Santa and the cat that does so much and how things are done in the land of ice and snow.
Love that this also rhymes and has pictures of the new things that are being talked about.
Comes with just a text version and what each page is showing. Great holiday read.

Christmas in Twilight, book review

Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde
Love holiday reads and this is one of the better ones. Starts out in North Texas where Hutch (Brian) has just returned from not only the war but the Army. He's been discharged due to his injuries and is back at the family home where his sister had been living.
When he arrives he meets Jane and her son Ben who are taking care of his sisters' child, Kimmie. We find out a lot about their past lives over the course of the pages. Love hearing how he copes with not being able to talk, he seems to have patience and calm about him.
Jane we find out isn't who she says she is and we learn about her past, the hiding, etc.
Love how the community helps each of them out in various ways. You know from the start they will end up together, it's the journey along the way that is the interesting part. True North, love this phrase! Sex scenes are toasty hot.
Violence is a bit on the strong side but there's a lot of action bringing the whole story together...was hoping for the Kismet cookie recipe...
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Books read Nov 4


Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears a West African Tale
This audio book starts out with an iguana and a mosquito talking about the yams the farmer was digging.
Snake then approaches the iguana, then goes into the rabbit hole. Love the animals and their sounds as the parade of animals continues.
Lion calls a meeting and he gets down to the problems....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The House that Jack Built, a Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Children's book that I was able to listen to. I can just imagine the pictures of the things that are in the house that Jack built.
In the audio version the item is announced prior to describing the page and what is happening.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Bumps in  the Night by Harry Allard
This audio book is about Dudley who tried many different ways to get to sleep to no avail.
He heard a lot of different noises and then heard a sound that was not at all like anything he had heard before. The sound turned the tv on and then off.
bumping up the stairs, smack, it touched his beak and then ran back into bed. He saw the white thing going back down the hall.
The other chapters are when he goes to his friends and ask their opinions about what it could be... One tells him to talk to a median who will talk to the ghost to find out what they want...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Best Book of Riddles Puns and jokes by Bryon Cunningham
Over 1000 on this audio tape that will delight a child of any age.
So many topics of interest are lumped together. One of my favorite was the ones about elephants.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Flour Spectacular recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery and Cafe Joanne Chang
This book sounded like something I wanted to try. The tips are the beginning are priceless and exactly what I needed to hear about as I am contemplating making my own pumpkin pies for the holidays this year.
Problem is I have to keep the crust low sodium and low fat but just hearing the tips of blind baking and tempering a mixture are so most helpful. Creaming and putting eggs in, never knew there was a chemical reaction taking place before you mix them together.
Lots of different topics to keep you busy in the kitchen for months.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

On the Rocks by Erin Duffy
This story is about Abby and she's shopping with her best friend Grace for wedding dress. Problem is in today's society and the onslaught of Facebook she finds out her fiance is single before she finds out.
So much of their lives are out in the world, on the net. Grace wants to get Abby out of her slump and they head to Newport, RI to spend the summer by the sea...Love the descriptions of the area as I live nearby and treasure my time at the sea.
Hate to realize how much Facebook has played a life in some people's life as we tend to get away from it, being just a gossip column and so intrusive. Same with google searches to find out if the one you're dating, all about their past...
Abby finds a part time job and meets up with other locals who drink nightly-to keep busy while Grace works in the city during the week.
Funny at times to hear of the bachelorette parties at the bar and the dates Abby goes on. She continues to hear from Ben, her intended...
Beginning of each chapter has a blurb/saying about something big in the chapter, that is usually very funny. Her sister gets married and that whole nightmare but she continues to date ...
Enjoyed the author I will seek out her other works.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Consumer Reports Oct 2014
Lots of interesting articles that I need help in deciding about in the very near months.
Generators is one of them and how to stay warmer this winter.
Love all the tips of where to shop, money off due to your age and what days to shop at what stores.
Tech things such as digital wallets, flu shots, wearables, Mercury in fish, winter weather: heat prices, windows, duct work,
generators, heaters, blu ray players, irons and much more. love the tips!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Windows 8 for seniors and dummies
One of our new PC's has windows 8 and it's so different than the other versions so I figure i will need to learn it even though there's not much I'd be using on it.
Very useful information if you are able to do what they say while listening to the tape at the same time.
Like how there are three different methods for inputting information. My problem is linking everything to a Microsoft email account, which I don't want to do on this pc as it won't be home for long.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Friday, October 31, 2014

Books read Oct 2014

There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow by  Lucille Colander
Love this kids book especially for those who do not get a lot of snow. It starts out with a woman who swallows some snow and then other items.
I only listened to the story, I had no pictures in front of me. Sounds like a great story and questions you can ask the child before things happen on next pages asking what the child knows by looking at the picture.
Love the elements, snow, pipe, coal, hat and a stick and a scarf.  Love all the rhyming words as well, makes this a silly story for any child. You do find out at the end why she did what she did....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Trains and Lovers by Alexander Smith
Various stories from people who share the train and their life experiences.
Loved the travel each had described and loved the jobs of a few of them: fisherman who lost his oar and the one who had picked up the steam train in a art setting where trains had not even been invented when the painting had been finished.
I have done both things and felt a bond.  Didn't care much for the travel to and in Australia, just no bond for me there, seems like such a foreign country with the culture.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Why Mars and Venus collide: improving relationships by understanding how men and women cope differently with stress by john gray
Love the series and know I will gain a lot of knowledge from this one even if some of the problems don't relate to me directly.
Lot of technical information about the parts of the brain and in each how they effect us.
So much hormone discussions and how to achieve the highest level possible and what actions you can take to help yourself and your spouse.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Blind Spot by Robert Parker/ Reed Coleman
Love this series and I can just picture this as a movie being played by Tom Selleck as Jessie Stone.
This one involves a woman who was killed at one of the mansions and we are given clues to try to figure out who really killed her.
There is another story during this where an old friend shows sexual interest in Jesse and she has ulterior motives to gain information from him for someone.
Love the twists and turns.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray
Love the series of books as I find some parts of it directly relate to what I'm going through or have recently solved on my own.
My problems are put into his words with solutions that will work for everybody.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Four Friends by Robyn Carr
This is the story of 4 friends who live near one another and have for years as their lives have progressed through various stages of love and relationships.
The past events have come to light for some that lead them to upheaval.
Like especially the friendship of the woman who run every day, their lives as they do all they can for their families. Teens dealing with drugs, drinking and their parents breakups along with date rape that brings the parents together to deal with it.
Follows the spouses side to the stories as well as you get a well rounded opinion and can select a side to stick with.
Liked the confrontations and how they were handled.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Against the Tide, the fate of the New England fisherman by Richard Adams Carey
Love hearing how the fisher people survive. Risky and arduous work and the reasons why the industry is declining.
This is about a story where the man is followed as he goes from company to yet another over the years, each a different fish industry.
Love learning how the trades are done. Politicians and rules and regulations come to light to help me understand what happened to the downfall of the industry.
Especially like the stats that bring it all together.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
Fruitcake weather and a nice warm memory of why it's made and with who.
His cousin Mrs. Falk is remembered fondly. Detailed descriptions of the scenes as they are brought into the picture.
I can just imagine the smells as the baking starts. He's only 7 and she's in the 60's.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Delilah's Daughters Angela Benson
After her husband dies she struggles on to make her three daughters strong and keep them together as a singing group.
Each want the fame and fortune and deals are talked about but they'd leave some of the group out of the loop.
The past catches up with them as time goes on and their careers are on different paths.
Lots of twists and turns as things are revealed from the past. Easy to keep the characters straight. good read.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Pearls by Celia Brayfield
Story starts out with the pearls and they have been examined and the results are told to Catherine, the Mona Lisa of Wall Street and her sister Monty, the rockstar have lost their father and pearls have magically shown up under their pillows.
Love the clues of the pearls themselves....they hire a PI to find out why their father killed himself.
The story then goes back to when James, their father was alive and his wife would rarely spend time together, but he was heavily involved in the girls education, even when Monty got caught smoking.
Liked antics of the girls while attending boarding school with nuns teaching them...
Gets a bit confusing at times as the story follows the older days of the father growing up and the kids in their lifes growing up.
They find many secrets as the story goes back to reveal them. They find ways to get out of how society has placed them in their roles.
Like the story especially the world wide travel and facts about the pearls, xrays and what the rings mean... book was over 24 hours listening to the tapes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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).