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Counterfeit - Lee Carver Counterfeit by Lee Carver Was interested in this book because of the art and travel, knowing I will be learning new things in this book. Starts out with a woman who's in Amsterdam and travels to the local art galleries and is able to take pictures. She is observed and followed at times. When Kendra returns to her room she is able to paint what she had pictures of-not forgery but selling her work as her interpretation due to the brush strokes, etc. When she is leaving a prestigious gathering she realizes the painting she just passed was not the same as when she first saw it that night she tells others and she is now suspect to the forgery. The men, Richard and Martin want her to work with them as they want to catch the thief. Enjoying not only the discussions of art but the places she travels to, the sights she is able to see. Love how the author describes them all in detail. When everything she had was stolen she agrees to help Interpol with the information she knows-they will pay for her meals, room, etc for her expertise. Many times others have tried to kidnap her-to use her painting talent to their benefit.... Like how prayer helps her to keep going and able to overcome fears she has and how others notice she prays before each meal. Love the connection of crochet. Other works by the author are highlighted and summarized at the end. Like writing style of this author, can't wait to read more. I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review
Family Tree by Susan Wiggs (2016-07-28) - Susan Wiggs Family tree by Susan Wiggs Have enjoyed other works by this author and know this one will be another good one. Starts out with Annie and Martin and he's just left for work. They had an argument about the bison but she gave in. She had so much advice from her grandmother that really made life matter. They run their own cooking show...CJ is there to do an interview about her grandmother's cookbook. She had stated there's one key ingredient in each dish. Loved hearing about this as I put together two cookbooks for my mother in law in 2000s. Martin does the cooking on the show and Annie produces it. On her way to tell him they are expecting she finds him with the female co host.... Story also follows Fletcher who lives in VT with his son. Teddy watches The Key Ingredient because he knows who is producing it and glad she doesn't appear in front of the screen...he had a crush on her when she lived in town... Chapters go back in time and forward to the present making all the pieces of the puzzle fit. Love the area and maple syrup process as we've seen it, experienced it for ourselves just last year. So much to learn. Author makes you feel like you are there with detailed descriptions of the food served. It makes your mouth water! Love history of the town, so New England and details of the therapy. So many struggles for them all over the years and nothing goes as planned. Love technical culinary interjections, priceless! Loved everything I learned from this book. I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
That Summer - Jo Huddleston

That Summer (Caney Creek Series Book 1)
Have read other works by the author and enjoyed the reads.
This one starts out with Jim and he's had enough of his father's treatment and leaves to go to the city for a job and a place to stay. He hopes his father won't take it out on the younger kids still at home.
His mother understands but is torn from his leaving.
He is introduced to not only the plant owners daughter, Caroline but the ways of the city life,drinking with the guys and life at the boarding house.
Events and people break them apart and the only thing he can rely on is to go back to the church and follow his Bible and God.
Story follows each of them over the years...such heart aches and struggles during the depression and deaths...
So strong through to the end.
I was given the book from the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

Betrayed (Firebrand Series) (Volume 3) - Sandra Robbins BETRAYED BY SANDRA ROBBINS Have really enjoyed this series and glad I am able to read this one. Starts out with Casey Morgan and she's proven herself to Firebrand and they take her on a mission. She gets abducted in Indonesia and is rescued by Reese. She starts to tell him how much she loves him and that she might not have gotten the chance but he only sees her as a valuable member of Firebrand. She's heart broken... Have enjoyed the mercenary way of life and how it meshes with regular everyday life for some. It's exciting and gets your heart beating at the tender moments when the members not only rely on themselves but God. She's currently a deputy after leaving Firebrand and she was used to someone always having her back and is not finding that being a deputy. A traffic stop and arrest and then things go terribly wrong as she's accused of shooting Reese. The Firebrand guys look after her at the headquarters where Reese is also recovering. They try to figure out the clues and who is after them... Love the action, mysteries and caring that Firebrand stands for. Learning new things: fire triangle, ginseng. Awesome read, just when things are going at a smooth pace and everything is fine with everybody, is it really? Love the part about Smokey Mountains and i researched it, it happened! Love all the minute details of all the mysteries. Can't wait to read more from this author. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.
Journey from Fear to Faith (Spoken from the Heart Book 1) - Cheri Swalwell

SFTH: Spoken from the Heart Journey by Cheri Swalwell
Have been wanting to read this series but didn't want to start in the middle.
Scripture quotations start each chapter out and they reflect what's inside the chapter.
Written with today's words and events.  Love real life in the stories and how they are exampled through the book.
Upbeat, uplifting and down to earth.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

Christmas Card - Paul Theroux, John Lawrence

A Christmas card by Paul Theroux
This story starts out with a family and the father has gotten them lost on the snowy road.
They notice a light and approach the house. The man wants the family to stay the night.
The man leaves a card for them when they leave in the morning. The card is magic and changes so only some can see the true image.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Ultimate Gift - Jim Stovall

The ultimate gift by Stovall_ Jim Have read another book by this author and enjoy the reads. Jason Stephens inherits from his uncle after his death. His uncle gives him many gifts through the legacy that Jason has to learn-sometimes the hard way. They will cut him off if he tries to cut corners. The uncle has lined up places and other people he has to see to learn a lesson. Jason didn't like getting up very early but the plane leaves early and it's not in first class. Love first lesson of physical labor and how after a month he wants to just finish the whole length of new poles-he ends up with a vehicle in the long run. Jason wants to know the end result and he has to follow the rules in the order they were meant... Life lessons, priceless! I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Property of a Noblewoman: A Novel - Danielle Steel Property of a noblewoman by Steel_ Danielle Story of a man who is works at an auction house box. Jane is also involved and when she hands over the death notice to her boss, she is handed the assignment to see it til it's done. There are a lot of details they must follow the rules. The contents of the box sound amazing, I can just see the sparkling gems. Other pieces of information lead them to different places to try to find a relative. 22 pieces of jewelry that might have to go up to auction if relatives don't show up. They need them appraised. Like the back story of their relationships and how they are turning in different directions. Phillips mother's name is also Pearson but they were not familiar with relatives of the past. Love that this story is more than just one story. Love how it's tangled all up together and where all the clues lead. I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Property of a Noblewoman: A Novel - Danielle Steel Property of a noblewoman by Steel_ Danielle Story of a man who is works at an auction house box. Jane is also involved and when she hands over the death notice to her boss, she is handed the assignment to see it til it's done. There are a lot of details they must follow the rules. The contents of the box sound amazing, I can just see the sparkling gems. Other pieces of information lead them to different places to try to find a relative. 22 pieces of jewelry that might have to go up to auction if relatives don't show up. They need them appraised. Like the back story of their relationships and how they are turning in different directions. Phillips mother's name is also Pearson but they were not familiar with relatives of the past. Love that this story is more than just one story. Love how it's tangled all up together and where all the clues lead. I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Tomorrow Will Be Better - Betty Smith Tomorrow will be better by Betty Smith Have read another book by the author and have enjoyed. In the 60's and she's growing up in Brooklyn, has finished high school and has dreams. She attempts to get a job and lands one and still hopes to come out of life married and with kids and a husband who cares for her. Story follows her through the childhood years and later as she struggles to survive, marriage and children. I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Everything or Nothing - Michael Baron

Everything or Nothing by Lou Aronica
What I liked about his book is that it's from the male point of view and there's not a lot of drama if told from a female point of view. It also follows other characters and different age groups and the problems they face.
Maxwell Gold, head of Chamber of Commerce is running for mayor for his local town of Oldham, CT and when available takes care of his young child. His wife has divulged some information that he finds troubling and understands why she's not by his side in the campaign.
Familiar with the area but it's interesting to learn about the process of running as we just went through a national election. Found it interesting to learn of how he will accomplish the goal of attracting the same like businesses to his town keeping the same feel and atmosphere intact.
His sisters are around the help fill in.  Story moves right along-not dull or boring.
Liked hearing the options available and which one was selected and why. Few characters so it's easy to keep track of everyone.
Excerpt from The Hearts of Men series is included: The Forever Year, When You Went Away, The Journey Home, Anything,  Crossing the Bridge, Flash and Dazzle,  Spinning, A Winter Discovery, Leaves, Recovery, An Anniversary Feast, Blue,  Until Again, and Differential Equations, .
I received this book from the author via The Story Plant in exchange for my honest review

A Christmas Homecoming (Bar V5 Ranch) - Melissa McClone

A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone
Have read other works by the author and am familiar with the locale of this book and other authors who write from the same area.
Elle works at the ranch, not only tending to the guests by Josiah-her brother's friend and she had a crush on him when she was younger.
He's returned home after the war damage and he's doing rehab. Love hearing of the winter activities as she is able to talk him into going.
He does find her attractive but he comes off as uninterested. She loves getting him under the mistletoe and kissing him.
Love hearing of the volunteer work she does and how he signs up to help out as well.
Like interaction with other males and how Josiah finds out more about Elle's past and that makes him want to help out a lot more...
Elle knows she has to stay away from him and another at the Bar V5 will try to attract Josiah-Elle wants to be far away from witnessing all that.
Josiah tries to stay up on the happenings with Wittech-the company he does computer work for. Like the suggestions of how to improve your brain memory.
She learns about his business after rescuing the lost cat and she realizes he also has financed the kids day-by supplying favorite foods, after all he's a millionaire.
With Christmas the whole day and their relationship changes and you wonder if they will ever get together....
Enjoyed the read and learning new things about Montana and the people at the Bar V5 ranch.
Excerpt from the next book is included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Murder at Mistletoe Manor: A Mystery Novella - Holly Tierney-Bedord

Murder at Mistletoe Manor
Klarinda owns the manor with 7 rooms and she thinks it's odd that Myrtle-Jill of all trades has reserved each of the rooms for next Tuesday.
Pierre the chef thinks so also but welcomes the crowd. Things are a bit laid back as the first couple finds dust along a hidden woodwork groove.
As others arrive she finds that they were sent an all paid invitation for the night. She then receives a big pile of money with a note stating that it should cover the expenses.
Seems some people know one another-some think they won it by listening to a radio station or some other contest.
Things are in desperation: plow needs to be fixed to plow the driveway, plumber needs to fix one of the bathrooms, and there is not even a Christmas tree on display...
Strange events occur and 4 people are coming up dead.... Klarinda and Myrtle investigate the clues and draw their own conclusions....like how the clues are discovered and solved. Didn't see them coming to an answer..
Excerpt from another book is included at the end.

Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams, E.B. White, Kate DiCamillo

Charlotte's Web by EB White
Had never read this book and got a digital copy and my friend wants me to make the characters in knitted finger puppets so I thought I better understand the book first.
Starts out with Fern and she saves the little pig that was born, She tends to him when she's not in school. He gets so big he has to move to a farm where there are other talking animals.
He meets up with a rat, goose, sheep, and a spider. He finds out he is to be killed for the winter feast and the spider says she will save him from that.
A message in the web makes the farmer think the pig is special and they forget their chores and give the pig special treatment and meals...
Liked learning about all the animal facts. Fair changes all their lives...Felt kinda sad as the animals die, but then they leave their offspring behind, not sure how a child will take it.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Mistletoe (Clairmont Series Book 4) - S. Jane Scheyder

Mistletoe A Clairmont Novella by S. Jane Scheyder
Liked the story line, set off the coast of Maine and each of the kids adult parents Liz and Christopher are trying to make them slow down-they had just gotten engaged. The parents can't understand why the rush, Cam needs to finish his law degree as Kelly works at the coffee shop.
The mistletoe gets to them, she can't get enough of Christopher's kisses and keeps going back for more.
Love hiking and other winter activities and descriptions along the way. Like hearing both sides of the same things happening.
The parents may get what they want.... great story, enjoyed.
Excerpt from another in the series is included at the end.

After September - Stephanie Smith

AFTER SEPTEMBER BY STEPHANIE SMITH
Rose had enough-always running in to her ex and his new bride and nothing was holding her to stay now. Kids were in college so she sold the house and rented one in St. Croix to just get away from everything.
She ends up injuring her foot after waking up on the island and goes to the doctor who runs the local orphanage. They each have an attraction to one another.
Love island life and she discovers she has to find something to do. She had noticed a church on her jaunts around town on her bike-we just bought bikes-yes in our 60's and are enjoying them tremendously.
Author describes the house in such detail you can picture it yourself and want to move in. Ocean breezes was the perfect calming effect.
She had prayed to God to take away the pain and stop praying when the pains remained. She talks to Patrick, the doctor and a bit more relieved after he tells her his story and invites her to church.
Things are going well with them and then they are not. Things are not going as she had expected.
She had turned her back on God and she realizes she really needs him in her life...
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.