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Cloud Messenger: Love and Loss in the Indian Himalayas - Karen Trollope-Kumar

Cloud Messenger: Love and Loss in the India Himalayas by Karen Trollope-Kumar
Book sounded interesting and I know I will learn a lot from it, especially about the Himalayas.
Memoir about the authors life.
Starts out with Karen and she's in the medical field and has a stint in India where she meets Pradeep and they like one another. Love the tours he takes her on while she's there.
They write continually getting to know each other much better-he visits her in Canada after her time has ended and she surprises him with a visit to India where she agrees to marry him. Love that the words spoken in foreign language are stated in English.
Over the years they continue on with their medical help to the people who live far away from hospitals. She finds his is more interested in spirits then medical and she gets help from other Canadians in the area and attends services to help her understand.
Through harsh medical conditions and outbreaks their lives are often in danger and they are separated as Pradeep tries to save the BNA.
Interesting to learn how and what the children must learn once they attend school.
So many challenges, struggles to make a difference in the women's lifes.
Received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

With Good Intentions: A Historical Romance novella (Secret Identity Book 1) - Jo Huddleston

WITH GOOD INTENTIONS by Jo Huddleston
Wanted to read this book because I like how the author describes everything in such detail she makes you feel you are there.
This one starts out with William Wentworth of his father's development company and he's been sent down to Conroy, Alabama and it's the year 1959. There is just one ice cream shop owned by women who won't sell so the company can remake the whole area around the college town.
Story also follows Jean Stewart and her mother who own and run the ice cream shop. William arrives in town and gives her an alias name and does overhear their money troubles while dining at the hotel lounge one night...
He listens to her story and dreams and knows what he can do to make it all right but will she ever forgive him for lying about his name and why he's in town?
Clean romance and think another book for a series could be written about their lives today or their kids lives and how the town grew over the years.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War - Cynthia L. Simmons, Rene Holt, Deb Haggerty, Jeff Gifford, Melinda Martin

Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War by Cynthia Simmons
Love the time frame of this book and the story line.
Starts out with Peter Chandler and with the death of his father he's inherited the problems at the bank.
His business partners daughter Mary Beth is also trying to help. Like how each get an alternating chapter so we hear what's going on from their perspective.
Her ailing father is about to die and he makes Peter promise to take care of Mary Beth, even marry her. They grew up together through the years. Her house will now board Confederate troops as the war gets closer to them, as does the spies from the North.
Loved hearing of all the plants, herbs she used to make cures for her ailing father. People in those time were very resourceful with what they had on hand.
Mary and Peter both fear for the bank and they also agree to go along with wedding plans-for her father's sake.
Peter and his mother and twelve year old sister will travel to safer location but Ruth doe snot want to go...
She doubts God is there for them due to the war and her father very ill....Her and Peter are able to discuss it to ease each other minds.
Love mystery of counterfeit money, love the clues they find...
Love the link between gold and God, interesting. Discussion questions at the end of the book and appendix of words/phrases used and author's notes. Would like to read more from this author.
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

Holly Garden, PI: Red is for Rookie Handcuffed in Texas Series Book 1 - Anne Greene

Red is for Rookie by Anne Greene
Was happy to learn I had won a copy of this book to read. Sounded like a good one and I was right.
Starts out with Holly and she and her best friend Matt, who are both PI's are watching over the night at the Meet and Greet Valentine's event that her mother had planned.
Something goes terribly wrong and Matt is kidnapped. Holly finds the clues and pieces it all together after talking with a few hands full of people. There are so many to name but so easy to keep track of.
With the help of God and her friends, family and suspects and cops she hopes to find the missing piece to the puzzle.
Lots of action, bit of romance, finding clues and where to look for them and especially like the rules noted as they resemble ones from Gibbs NCIS TV show. Very entertaining story and can see another to make this a saga series. The door is open for all that and more.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.

Weight Watchers Smart Points Cookbook: 100 Under 10: Top 100 Weight Watchers Recipes with less than 10 Smart Points; with Photos, Nutrition Facts, and Smart Points for every recipe - Erin Borden

Weight Watchers Smart Points Cookbook: 100 Under 10 by Erin Borden
Enjoyed this book although I do not follow the system as described. We are on a Mediterranean lifestyle so a lot of the dishes in this book we can actually eat.
Starts out with with WW is and smart point and how they work.. Categories of soups, vegetarian recipes, chicken, seafood which I loved the best, pork, beef chapters also.
Each recipe starts out with a color photo and list of ingredients. Most call for fat free or low sodium liquids along with fresh produce.
Instruction in how to make the dish, along with servings, smart points, and some nutritional information: has calories, total fat, carbs and proteins. The fat is not broken up into good and bad fat. There is also no sodium levels.
A KEEPER!

Photo Backdrop Secrets - DIY! (On Target Photo Training Book 12) - Dan Eitreim

Photo Backdrop Secrets - DIY!  
Have read many other booklets by the author and have not only learned new things but found them interesting.
Free bonus books linked in this book.
Lots of techniques are discussed and what each will produce in the way of the photo.
Lots of photos so you can see for yourself the differences. So much information about lights be sure to re read this book a few times.
Love the exercises along the way to try for yourself and how to do them and the results.

Elphie and Dad go on an Epic adventure (Elphie's books Book 1) - Hagit R. Oron, Or Oron

Elphie and Dad go on an Epic adventure (Elphie's books Book 1) by Hagit R. Oron
Was alerted to this book by the author at Facebook. Was happy to get it to review as there are many important lessons to be learned.
Family of a dad and son elephant and the dad wants to make chocolate milk for his son who doesn't want to go to the store.
Very colorful children's story about how they do venture out and find all kinds of neat things that entertain them along the way. The son is also taught lessons on how to behave while near the road.
Liked especially the imagination used in their travels as we do the same with our grandson on walks or bike riding.  Love that you can see the words on the pages, either light words on dark background or vice versa.
No difficult words and the parent should read the book with their child.
Met author via Facebook and was given a review copy and this is my honest review.

Legedns of the Lake - Philip Nork

The Legend of the Lake by Phil Nork
Book sounded interesting and I can't put the book down. It will be one of my favorite for this month.
Starts out in early 1900's when the grandfather and grandmother buy into a land development in southern WI where they go to visit every weekend leaving the big city in IL for much deserved time off.
Over the years they get to make suggestions as to what they want the area to be and how things change over time, including children. Author is so descriptive you can smell what the air is like and see the layout of the development as if you are there.
Love this book because it's about the same timeframe of when I grew up and I can recall playing outside with all our cousins as we all lived next door to one another.  Our grandparents beach house had one big open living/bed area and one kitchen with no electric, just propane and bottled water. Bathrooms were in a separate building.
Wicked cool memories as they bring a tear to my eye of awesome upbringing as the children grow up and I love the message of the book: A person never knows when someone will enter their life and broaden their horizons forever. What a treasure!  Foreign language in also replied to in English terms so you get the gist and are not left in the dark. Love saying about God and what rain means-priceless!
The people met over the years and the inventions created are so cool to hear about. Love the legends and we also had the same one about waiting one hour after eating before swimming again...
Love closeness of the family and how they grow forward together.  Can't wait to read more from this author. Miss values we grew up with-a handshake was better than any written document. Such open and honest interactions between the characters.
Mix this all with baseball-no matter what team and 8mm family movies and you have an awesome read.
Met via Facebook, got a review copy and this is my honest review.

Out of the Frying Pan - A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side. - Michelle Griep, Kelly Klepfer

Out of the Frying Pan BY KELLY KLEPFER
Enjoyed this book although it was a bit more like 2 books in one. First if the mystery of the chef found dead at the retirement center and the elderly sisters-in-law investigate on their own.
They also have a neice, KC that comes to visit who had visited before and fallen for the local cop, Jared but they break up as she leaves to go back to work in another location.
Katherine comes to help again and the elderly sisters pair them up together and realize what it is they really have in a relationship. Lots of turmoil, drugs, spies, wedding plans, ongoing love relations, and everyday events a bit tilted.
Like how religion plays a part in this with the explanation of the tattoo.  At times with so many characters things get confusing.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

Second Chance Love - Pamela S. Meyers

Second Chance Love By Pamela S. Meyers
Book starts out with Sydney and she's a lawyer now at her late father's firm. She's yet to handle a court case but she hopes soon.
Harry is the one in charge and he's sent her a few off the record things to do. One is dealing with his nephew who's in trouble again this year. She almost married him two years ago.
Now he says he's changed he is Christian and observes it. He runs his bull contracting business in TX but travels around a lot with the bulls for rodeos. She's the city girl and loves it and her friends.
She couldn't persuade him to negotiate the contract he has that he is walking away from but he says with God in his life he cant' continue the contract. There are other financial concerns at home also...
She's now on her way to go visit him while he's on the road at a rodeo to give him one more shot to talk to her about the contract...
Jace has secrets from his mother and everybody else. He's trying to make Syd fall in love with him again...
Twists and turns that mean she has to do something first then maybe he'll negotiate, family problems get in the way from all angles.
Enjoyed the locations mentioned as we've yet to travel to that area of the US. Enjoyed story and careers of lawyer and rodeo/bull riding/raising and how they use their expertise to help the younger crowd.
Love how religion is interjected into the story and all the obstacles that come up where they rely on God.
Can't wait to read more from this author.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
 

The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy & Healthy Mediterranean Pressure Cooker Recipes - Quick, Delicious, and Time-Saving Recipes for Electric Pressure Cookers (incl. Detox Smoothies) - Julia Garcia

he Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy & Healthy Mediterranean Pressure Cooker Recipes - Quick, Delicious, and Time-Saving Recipes for Electric Pressure Cookers (incl. Detox Smoothies) by Julia Garcia
Always fun to find new things to put into our pressure cooker that are healthy.
Book starts in with the advantages of electric pressure cooking and how to clean it naturally.
Recipe chapters include: soups, vegetarian, fish and seafood, poultry, meat, desserts, detox smoothies and meal plan with shopping list.
Also conversion tables and abbreviations explained. We are eating more healthier these days since my husband's heart attack and find the pressure cooker is so much easier and faster to use for a most healthy option of eating.
What we look for in recipes is fat content-have to know the good and bad parts, sodium and sometimes sugar. We also like to see the picture and to find the ingredients are fresh and healthy ones-not pre packaged salty items.
Very useful information in the first chapters of the book about nutrition and don't give up on recipes are crucial. Love very high quality color photos throughout the book, not just for the recipes. Love the ideas of cleaning the inner pot-will give them a try!
Each recipe comes with a color photo and a bit about the dish and what allergies the dish is made for: gluten free, soy free, nut free, etc.
Tells you how long to prepare the dish and cooking time, servings also.
Useful tips along the way.
List of ingredients but feel free to substitute for your dietary needs, especially using low sodium varieties.
Directions are given along with nutritional information that includes calories, proteins, carbs, dietary fibers, sugars, fat and sat. fats, no sodium levels are noted.
Like the suggestions on how to make the dish a bit different.
Chocolate cake will be one to try when we have company as fat content is a bit high for us to eat the cake on our own-we could have a sliver. Ground beef omelet sounds really good and quick to make.
Smoothie recipes do not use the pressure cooker but go along with a high nutrient based cookbook in a liquid form.
Found quite a few recipes I will try in the next few weeks. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review

Lasting Kind Of Love - Jen A. Durand

Lasting Kind of Love by Jen A. Durand
Luca is back in town from serving in the military because his father is dying. He brings him to doctor and hospital appointments for chemo and helps him around the house.
The neighbors were helping, even Olisa and her young son who come to visit. She and Lucas were going to be married til he left to join the military. They had dated and she went off the deep end after he left and ended up pregnant with another man's baby.
The story goes back in time to when they were dating and then forward to the present. Great to understand their relationship over the years as they chat on the computer often.
Struggles Luca and his dad Peter have as they never really agree on much and Luca is still trying to get his approval at everything he does.
Olisa is a strong woman and has had a hard life also but due to the color of their skin. Other twists and turns as other secrets are revealed.
Love Olisa's career choice and the fact she rasies her son by herself and helps whoever needs her.
Hot spicy sex scenes. Love the romance in this book. Excerpt from Two Millionaires is also included. Listing of author's works by series are cataloged at the beginning of this story. Some have a synopsis listed.
I received this from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest review.

The Drifter: A Novel - Christine Lennon

The Drifter by Christine Lennon
Book starts out in 1980's where the girls are attending college in FL.
Much detailed encounters as they go through the years, the parties they attend and where they work and how to come to meet one another at the sorority.
Time the three lived together and melded and then at times grew apart but still friends. Story follows them further as they age... quite tragic.
Many secrets and mysteries from their college years that come to light near the end. Also includes discussion questions, author's reason for writing this book, playlist and her favorite books to read.
I received this book via LibraryThing: Early Reviewers  from the February 2017 batch.

The Whispering of the Willows - Tonya Jewel Blessing

The Whispering of the Willows by Tonya Blessing
Met the author and her book on the book fun chat and knew I wanted to read this book. It starts out with a large family that live in the holler in the Appalachian Mountains.
Girls are named after gems which I loved right from the start. Boys run the hog farm as their dad came back from the war wounded and in a wheelchair. The girls make sure he is bathed every day and they do the shaving along with planting seeds in the garden, tending to the outhouse and tending to the pigs and piglets.
Only the oldest who are going to leave after the 8th grade to be married do the cooking. The girls all sleep in the same bed cordoned off with an old curtain.
We have visited the Mountains and have been able to see the cabins of the old days in TN and in WVA areas for ourselves.
Love that the aunts work comes through as her love by using her hands to create.
Story is mainly about Emerald who is also in 8th grade and is growing up but her mother doesn't want her to leave as the twin girls will be married in the summer, Emerald to be married later.
They don't get to pick their spouses they only know they are to wed and to produce children and work on farms the rest of their lives.
Husbands grandfather ran a hog farm and I find it interesting to learn how the boys tend to them as we see hogs in their natural habitat and the historic villages we visit throughout the years.
Ernest singing hymns as he does his chores, at the top of his lungs, Lester mixed up with pastor's son making moonshine-what a busy family.
Emie goes through a personal tragedy and her parents want her to be gone, her brother Ernest helps her and she is able to live at her aunts. Others help her and she learns the truth later when one of the people invoked has to leave the area.
Love hearing the folk belief-like a wives tale or farmers almanac entry.  Store follows each of the children but more on Emerald.
Twists and turns and God has his own plans for them. Love the hymns singing and how everybody practices. Such a strong and courageous bunch to endure all the hardships.
I was given the book from the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.

Cookbooks: ANTI INFLAMMATORY - Recipes, Weight Loss, And Healthy Living (Anti Inflammatory Diet, Dinner Recipes, Nutrition Plan, Fiber, Arthritis, Low Carbs, Lose Fat) - Joanne Howard

ANTI INFLAMMATORY - Recipes, Weight Loss, And Healthy Living  by Joanne Howard
Book starts out with an introduction about what diet is the best for inflammatory disease.
Starts out with what foods to eat to avoid become inflamed: vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, nuts and other important foods.
Each recipe includes servings, list of ingredients and how to make the dish. Nutritional value includes why certain ingredients are best and what they will do for your body.
Because the ingredients are fresh and healthy nobody should have a problem with any of these recipes.
We eat so many of these foods that it's nice to have a different way of using the ingredients. Love the directions for how to make beef sotck.
Smoothie recipes are even included. Gluten free recipes included also.
A KEEPER!

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: The Ultimate Guide to Ridding Your Body of Inflammation by Eating Your Way Healthy (Eat Your Way Lean & Healthy Book 10) - Katherine Wright

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet by Katherine Wright
Starts out with understanding what makes inflammation in the body.
There are several diet rules to live by to help get rid of inflammation: eat more vegetables and fruits, reduce sat. fats,  increase fish consumption, change snacking habits, eliminate transfat and up your fiber intake
Other tips are also provided for the other rules.
Tells you what foods to eat also and why.  Tricks also when given options of the kinds of foods to eat.
5 daily meal plans and how to make them. No pictures and no nutritional information but most of the ingredients are fresh and some are healthy.
Also bonus about a sugar detox is included.