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The Big Sneeze - Ruth Brown

The big sneeze by Ruth Brown Children's story of a farmer taking a nap in the barn one hot summer day. Farmer sneezes that the fly lands on a spider, that captured the fly and the list goes on. Farmer's wife asks what is going on, LOL I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown (2009-09-22) - Margaret Wise Brown

The little fir tree by Margaret Wise  Brown
Story of a little tree and it's life as it grows up and what it means to the little boy who gets it for a Christmas tree.
Great children's story from one of the best authors. They return the tree to the forest and sing carols and decorate the tree.
Poem about the holiday. Man who normally got the tree didn't come one year.
Great surprise for all.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Can't Sing or Dance (Conch Town Girl) (Volume 2) - Daniel J. Barrett

Can't Sing or Dance by Daniel J. Barrett
Have read various books in the series and can't wait to fill in the missing pieces.
This one starts out with Joe and his friends' father is charged with drug dealing.
Other familiar characters from the other books are also in this one, making it family based.
Story also follows Julie-the one Joe plans to marry some day. Tilly is also present as she works at the local waffle house. Past events are presented but not details.
Love the directions, you can trace wherever they go yourself. Lots of action, mystery, twists and a bit of romance.
Brutal identifying the body...there was so much more he and Mark and Frank needed to investigate: the car, wifi, ipad, drugs, gangs, missing files, use of drones...
Love the action and how they get the clues solved as they lead to more. Like how the relationship is moving along between Joe and Julie.
Love all the locations and descriptions of interesting things to see and do.  
Met via Facebook and was given a review copy and this is my honest review.

Taking Care of Your Own (Conch Town Girl) - Daniel J. Barrett

Taking Care Of Your Own by Daniel J. Barrett
This story involves Joe and the rear admiral has put out a plea for help.
It involves the kilos of cocaine that were obtained from a seizure and through the process of destroying them, some have gone missing, rumors state they got back to the original Colombians.
Joe with help from Mark and Frank and others think he can find out what's going on.
Story also follows Julie, teacher's aide, career counselor at school, coach and an author who's going to meet with Joe and Disney to get the details of the movie deal they will offer her. She also wants to find a house to move into before the wedding as she's not going to live with Tilly forever.
Lots of action, romance, and so many mysteries and clues. Learned so much about the process of the drug dealing, ability of drones.
One of the guards also has a family emergency when she calls Joe for help...
So much to appreciate from reading this book.
Met via Facebook and was given a review copy and this is my honest review.

Her Sinful Secret: A scandalous story of passion and romance (The Disgraced Copelands) - Jane Porter

Her Sinful Secret by Jane Porter
Haven't read the others in the series but reading this one I did not feel left out of the loop.
Logan Copeland has secrets and needs to tell the billionaire Rowan of one of them before he takes her to his castle...
He's only protecting her from harm but she paid for one night with a high price. Now that they are together she yearns for his touch as she's felt it before but he has stipulations...
Great read, has a bit of everything, twists and turns, romance, mysteries and love.
Received a review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge - Becky Aikman

Off The Cliff: How The Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood To The Edge
Warning: swearing
Starts out with Callie and how she grew up in KY, moved to TN and then onto CA over the years she's had many jobs and has met many people.
Also goes into what the movie industry is doing as not many movies staring women are endorsed as much as those with men in them.
Lots of name dropping so you understand who is out there doing their best.
Follows the people at the top of the production as they are selected, along with actors and actresses. Goes into their family life also and what motivated them into their field.
Amazing when it gets to the actual production and the complications they come up against. Lots of references and quotes listed at the end.
Enjoyed the book mostly because of all the descriptions of the locations that I've yet to visit. Storyline was a bit different than what I'm used to reading.
I received this book from a publicist via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.


The Beach Inn - Joanne DeMaio

The Beach Inn By Joanne DeMaio This book starts out where the last one left off. Follows those working/living in Stony Point, CT. Seaside New England village where everything is in place. Lots of surprises in this book. Can't seem to get past the shanty and how Maris is shown it for the first time. It's breathtaking-the romance and atmosphere of a great healing place. Book follows Maris and Jason in their endeavors. Elsa at her house-not quite sure what to do yet-sell or open it as a B&B now that Sal is gone. Twists and turns in this book. Lauren and Kyle-love her driftwood items and he at the diner. Glimpses into the past books so you are not left out in the dark, but not all the details. Memories of those no longer there are spread throughout the book making you wish you had known them better while they were there. Love how Neil's manuscript reflects his friends lives. Especially love all the things that make this come to life. Community sticks together to help each one heal. Received a copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Other Side of Horse Racing - Philip Nork

The Other Side of Horse Racing by Philip Nork
Enjoy learning about horses and have yet to ride one but want to learn more about them.
Enjoy the Derby and other races in May but more about finding out about the people who train them and ride them.
Gambling is an escape and ends up being an addiction.  Bobby Tucker grew up with no father, those he loved had died. It's best to just go on by himself he thinks.
Love that it explains all the terms about betting and place the horse comes up at the end of the race.
Strikes up friendships with some ladies and pops. Different track where the horses run got him unnerved and things just aren't right...
Loved hearing all the stats, percentage wise about the different tracks and horses.  Wind and drafting totally makes sense!
Word gets around among the teens and they use him for his winning bets.
Time goes on and things go horribly wrong on all counts. After graduation he goes with his father to live in FL. He hopes to remake himself and be more outgoing.
He gets a job and once again you wonder if he's done with gambling.
Tough love sets in and you hope he will wake up from his nightmare....Love the opportunity that is offered.
Lots of twists throughout this book, left you guessing what could happen next.
Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Misguided Sensitivity - Philip Nork

Misguided Sensitivity by Philip Nork
This book starts out with the author's struggles through childhood as his parents divorced.
He had others in his life as he grew up and treasures everything he learns from them. The lessons he learned are listed in the chapters.
Love that he is able to get something and give something to others in return and how he meets them again later in life.
Remember our skating days and wondered if I ever skated past my spouse as we didn't know one another til 10 years later-fond memories.
Author writes his side of the story and you get a glimpse of the other's thoughts as well. Love school writing assignment where the class all realize one major thing that effects them all. Everybody has their own plan of action to be accepted into society.
Love the definition of acquaintance and I have a ton of them, LOL
Feel like I've learned so much and it's been right in front of me the whole time. Can't wait to read other works by this author.
Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Life Is a Balance: It Isn't Only About You - Philip Nork

Life Balance by Philip Nork
This book summarizes the prior book in the series: Misguided sensitivity and then moves on to when the male character is older.
Heartache, struggles, joy, death, medical emergencies, emptiness-he sometimes needs help to get through life that balances good and bad.
He wonders if the gift is actually a curse. He needs to take control of his own destiny, find his spiritual self again.
For the summer he and his younger brother head to FL where his father lives and they reconnect and he learns of his life there.
He decides to live in FL after their return, he cuts away from everybody he knows in St. Louis after a huge going away party from the roller rink.
FL has many opportunities for him as he takes it all in. Love the descriptions of the rides, so detailed I feel like I am there.
Auras are fascinating to learn about.  This book is so involved with the people he meets and each one gives another clue to the puzzle of his life.
At times you wonder if he will find one to really love and grow old with. Love the visits from Nana and what rain and roses signify.
Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating: Hilarious Weight Loss for Wives - Katie Robles, Gregg Bridgeman, Amanda Smith

SEX, SOUP AND THE TWO FISTED EATING: HILARIOUS WEIGHT LOSS FOR WIVES BY KATIE ROBLES Was skeptical wanting to read this book but the author in chat assured us we would be laughing. She was right! Besides having discussions about sex, soups and religion you just can't see it all going together but it does. There are quotes from all over the Bible to back up what's being said. It's basically a book about a lifestyle including sleep, soup and exercise. We follow the Mediterranean lifestyle and this sounds very similar to it as the food is very healthy. Lots of recipes but no nutritional information but you can tell from the healthy ingredients it will taste good and still be good nutrition wise. Love how she tells you to experiment with all aspects of this til you get the right combination to make it all work for you. For her it helped solve her weight problem and high cholesterol problem. For us it's just a way of life now-don't want any more heart attacks. What causes us concern is still seeing all the bad food others eat at work to no avail telling them to better themself-they want no part of it=maybe after they have a heart attack they will be persuaded. Love resources by chapter although she's not a licensed nutritionist she's done her homework! I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

Mister B: Living With a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist - A. Lynn Byk, Kathryn Kowalchik Swezy

Mister B: Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist by A.L. Byk
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review
This book starts out with the family moving into their fathers house. Love hearing of the blimps and what they were really all about. Same with Apollo explosion and why although the officials never told you.
The father (father in law), Mister B loves to learn how things works, like a computer so he studies at his local library-walking there as he no longer drives. He doesn't have a computer just wants to learn all about them.
So many other subjects come up. Helium in TX-this guy would do well on Jeopardy. The family is giving it a year to see if they like living with their father before they decide what to do next. They had sold their house but didn't make much money on it as they owed so many people money.
Love the pictures along the way. Book is set up like a diary or journal where it's written in on a daily if not weekly basis. Love time spent where prayer and much thought goes into things they always wondered about.
Living in Woonsocket, RI growing up near cotton mills. Love what they all sacrifice so an old man can remain in his house.
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

Good Enough - Pamela Gossiaux

Good Enough by Pamela Gossiaux Book starts out with a writer, Amy heading to work: gets in an accident but other driver was texting, she lost her job, her boyfriend and the engagement ring in his pocket. Nothing goes right but with the last snide remark of him she picks up the lottery ticket that his pregnant girl has dropped. Things just get worse, arrest for trying to get her clothes back... The lottery ticket is the winner, problem is her ex boyfriend might think he owns it so she hides it from everyone... She has a dream of running a magazine with help of a life coach. She gets a building, printing presses and has money to hire others to write a column. And just when you think she's got it all covered she realizes her assistance is the pregnant girlfriend of her ex, except now she has the disabled baby. Her brother has secrets about Josh, her life coach also. Things just don't go well....so much had turned upside down despite all the good she's done. She has the power to make it all happen...if only others will forgive her. Loved this story for the romance, hard work, play time in NYC and just unexpected things. So many twists and turns and NOT predictable by a long shot. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Would enjoy reading more of this authors works. Received a copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Never Say Never (Conch Town Girl) - Daniel J Barrett

Never Say Never by Daniel J. Barrett Book starts out with Joe and his Coast Guard friend heading to meet up with others. The FBI alerted the FL officials about a possible terrorist threat. As we live in the northeast we are very familiar with the events of the Boston Marathon bombing at the finish line... and also of the airport shooting as we have relatives close by there. The man landed from Boston and with his two friends ended up killing a guard and wounding two others. Joe and Mark meet up with other officials to find out all the details and to determine where the threat is. Joe is expecting to get married within a few weeks time. His girl Julie, is staying behind finalizing her second book before it's made into a tv movie and also has teaching to do and classes before the wedding in a few weeks time. They just signed on a house and will have two weddings: one in NY and one in FL. They go to their resources and find many clues and leads and investigate them, detail by detail. Much action and adventure as they get closer...you won't know til the end if they are successful. Suspenseful, scary at times as this is our life today in the USA. Never realized how much detail went into a cops funeral-we had opted out from much of it. Story also follows the perp as he dodges being caught. We learn more about his life over the years...Especially like how some abbreviations are given what they mean within a few sentences of first being brought up. Never knew about the way the casket faced in the church before! Descriptions are so detailed it'd be too easy to turn this into a tv movie! Never saw the ending that occurred! At times there seems to be a lot of people but they become clear during the book. This book kept me up at night reading and on a weekend-I never do that! Love that I learned a lot of new things, understood what was going on and Like turn by turn driving directions so we can follow along. all the mystery and adventure and action along with a good story line. Twists and turns! I can tell from some references to how others had met that the prior books in this series would go into more detail about the circumstances. Can't wait to read more of them. Met via Facebook and was given a review copy and this is my honest review.

Conch Town girl - Daniel J. Barrett

Conch Town Girl by Daniel J. Barrett Have read another book in this series and enjoyed it immensely. This one fills in, for me, a lot of puzzle pieces as the events were introduced with not a lot of detail in the book I read. This book starts out with Tillie and after seeing a man in a white van she must leave work and hurry home to Julie who she's raising. She is sideswiped and lost conciousness. Julie calls Joe to come help. They with help from others get paperwork together to get Tillie's house in order. Book goes back in time to when Joe attended RPI and Julie was in Brown getting degrees and when Julie was just a teen and had first met Joe. Present day-they clean out the attic and find $300k and put it in the safe deposit box, not knowing whose money it is. Can't be Tillie's as she works as a waitress at the Waffle House. Her parents maybe but most likely Julie's father who died young. Joe's friend Mark Silvia also helps out with solving who ran Tillie off the road and whose money it is. Julie writes her saga and we learn all about that. We learn the relationships with those mentioned from their past that they are still friends with. Julie feels someone is following her, her moves as she goes from school to coaching. Her house has been gone through...drug dealing... What I like about this book is a bit of romance, the location and such detailed descriptions of the locations, the travel, mystery surrounding the accident, money and other new things that will make the puzzle complete by the end of the book. Loved hearing how they would take care of Tillie upon her return home. Love hearing the details of the book Julie is writing. Many twists and turns, WITSEC, who knew! Love all the different careers and learning how they are done along with different ages and circumstances. What a good rounded book. Trying to take my time reading these as I know the next one is not quite ready yet to read. Met via Facebook and was given a review copy and this is my honest review.

Journey to a Strong Tower: Higher Ways Book 1 - Marcia Laycock

JOURNEY to a STRONG TOWER by Marcia Laylock
This story is about Pince Eghan who's been taken on his 16th birthday. The enemy wants to tell him of what will happen to his father the king, his guardian and the castle because they did not listen.
Story follows Eghan and also chapters of his father and guardian. Also chapters of the enemy and their plans to destroy the castle and king.
His keeper, his uncle tells Eghan of his mother-his sister. Eghan has chores and The Book, of his mothers to study but he finds it hard ot understand. The chores his servant would've done and he's above that, or is he? If he wants to eat...
Passages from the bible are quoted. Everybody must help out with haying, both valleys even though snow is coming.
We also are able to watch as the guardian is trying to infiltrate the group so he can learn about Eghans whereabouts but he gets into trouble with the heavy snow...
Love how the One True God is being preached upon Eghan, his guardian and his father from all different locations...
Love the name of the book and it's symbolism during the story.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review