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Retreat to Shelter Creek - Lee Carver

Retreat to Shelter Creek
Book starts out with Ashley and she's back in town, helping her grandmother, living at her place while she goes through chemo for cancer. She also is getting divorced from her husband as he's taken up with a woman who he got pregnant. He also closed out all her accounts which were her earnings.
Story also follows Austin who has a son who lost his wife to cancer. He's the roofer and he wants the pig also as he hopes to breed with several of his.  He has family land problems after his father had passed away and others tell him their father told them they could have the land after raising crops on it for ten years. He and his brother and mother can't find any documents stating that or deeds...
Ashley decides to take on the first grade teaching position as she is broke and other arrangements have been made for her grandmother's care. Love mysteries surrounding all the devastation that occur and clues leading up to who caused it...
Love how the community is there for anybody who needs the help. Love the career of Austin as the details are so explicit and oil exploration information you know the author has done her homework correctly.
Feel so at home with this book as we had picnics in our travels with our own food-such good memories.  Lots more twists and turns to this story. so much action, romance, adventure and scriptures and passages posted about the immediate problems they are each trying to get help with.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.

Angel with Steel Wings - Anne Greene

 

 

 

 

Angel with Steel Wings by Anne Greene
Liked the idea of the storyline and within a chapter we were looking up information about Camp Davis as we had not heard of it. Which also got us to look up the WASP, women pilot program to see what it was all about.
Mandy is stationed at Camp Davis, NC and she helps fly repair planes and other jobs. She loves being in the air and knows her machines. The women have been grounded and they gather together and Mandy is the one who might be able to change all that for them by becoming flirty with the Major. She reads her Bible daily and often calls on God for more assistance.
They meet for a blind date and she learns many things about him, his deceased wife and their son. At one tim she helps babysit for the handicap boy and they bond. Major even takes her up as a co pilot in a new plane to her so she can learn about it.
He might have the solution to getting the women back up in the air again-it would mean she has to relocate and be away from that Camp....her goal is to get the knowledge and time behind the wheel in order to buy half of the home local airport system.
He has his own dilemmas to find solutions for as he knows he will be in the war in a few months time. Love how he becomes a child of God.
Parts I like are just learning about the women pilots and the Camp, planes, mysteries surrounding the ailing plane crashes, her bond with the boy and straight forward language used-kinda threw me for a bit.
Like how story follows Mandy and also Harvey as he travels overseas-seeing things for the very first time.
Loved parts where they talk of felling the trees and later teaching her  which trees and birds they were looking at.
Love career choices, romance, travel, action, praying to God, adventure and mysteries-a bit of something for everyone.
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

 

 

 

 

Angel with Steel Wings by Anne Greene
Liked the idea of the storyline and within a chapter we were looking up information about Camp Davis as we had not heard of it. Which also got us to look up the WASP, women pilot program to see what it was all about.
Mandy is stationed at Camp Davis, NC and she helps fly repair planes and other jobs. She loves being in the air and knows her machines. The women have been grounded and they gather together and Mandy is the one who might be able to change all that for them by becoming flirty with the Major. She reads her Bible daily and often calls on God for more assistance.
They meet for a blind date and she learns many things about him, his deceased wife and their son. At one tim she helps babysit for the handicap boy and they bond. Major even takes her up as a co pilot in a new plane to her so she can learn about it.
He might have the solution to getting the women back up in the air again-it would mean she has to relocate and be away from that Camp....her goal is to get the knowledge and time behind the wheel in order to buy half of the home local airport system.
He has his own dilemmas to find solutions for as he knows he will be in the war in a few months time. Love how he becomes a child of God.
Parts I like are just learning about the women pilots and the Camp, planes, mysteries surrounding the ailing plane crashes, her bond with the boy and straight forward language used-kinda threw me for a bit.
Like how story follows Mandy and also Harvey as he travels overseas-seeing things for the very first time.
Loved parts where they talk of felling the trees and later teaching her  which trees and birds they were looking at.
Love career choices, romance, travel, action, praying to God, adventure and mysteries-a bit of something for everyone.
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

Beyond the Past (The Caney Creek Series Book 2) - Jo Huddleston

Beyond the Past (The Caney Creek Series Book 2) by Jo Huddleston Have read the previous book in this series but there seemed to be a lot more characters involved. Jim, to me is like the matriarch of the family and he takes family business seriously. He is the one they all go to, to get a problem fixed. Story also follows Caroline-who Jim had once loved when they were younger. Their lives went in different directions. What I like about this book is that the problems are daily struggles with up to date problems still in our society. I also love the different age groups and what solutions are tried that are out of the box area. Love the travel and just the stay at home and have a picnic atmosphere. A lot of praying is done before the situations are even thought out totally. Turn of events with just one phone call and liked that this was not a predictable book. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.

The Mediterranean Diet: Quick and Authentic Recipes for Every Season (Volume 1) - Julia Garcia

THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET quick authentic recipes for every season by JULIA GARCIA
Since my husbands heart attack and talking to the nutritionist we switched to mainly a Mediterranean lifestyle so I was excited to find this cookbook.
Starts out with what a Med diet consists of and then goes into the recipes. Never though of making our own olive oil and we do use enough of it and this book talks about what kind is the best for your needs.
Love how the chapters are broken up into and also has a 7 day meal plan along with shopping list, also a conversion tables and other charts. Like food pyramid and the explanations of what one should have every day vs. once a month.
We have high amounts of fresh grown vegetables in the summer months and our pantry has over 30 spices and herbs to choose from so we are right on track.
Process of making kefir seems to be similar to yogurt-not sure where to get the ingredients kefir grains. We do make our own yogurt in our pressure cooker and it's now after much experimentation coming out great.
Love the color photos. Each recipe has a beautiful color photo of the dish, which allergy free dish, and a summary of the dish.
Prep and cooking time along with servings. Some traditional historic facts about the dish are told.
Fresh ingredient list and how to make the dish along with some nutritional information-FAT content is NOT broken up into good and bad fat and there is no sodium levels.
Tomato stew with rice would be our choice to try. Find some fo the ingredients a bit out of my league: sea bream, eel, squid but i might use the recipe for fish we do eat.
Love the suggestions of making the dish different and other variations to try also for the reicpes.
Cabbage rolls using turkey sounds awesome!  Fascinated by the marinades where you can make a dish something completely different with spices used.
Excerpt from another book by the author is included.  
What I like about this book is it's not only about the recipes of good clean eating but it's a lifestyle where other components come into play: sleep and activity.
Love how the book is broken up into the chapters and all the information is included about the dish-love the summaries and historic facts. Even though some of the names sound a bit too high class you can always substitute for the foods you do buy due to your own dietary needs.
Received this from the author via LibraryThing and this is my honest review.
A KEEPER!

A Family Affair - Fern Michaels

A Family Affair by Fern Michaels Have read many of the authors other works and have enjoyed them. This is another great one! Start out with Trish and she's a show dancer in Las Vegas. A man in the audience offers her a thousand dollars to have a drink with him. She declines and others have found she's sick with the flu and get her out the door to go home. The story also follows Malik who has attended college along with his best friend and they meet so many good guys through the years. He takes care of Trish til she's better and gets a call that he must return home to Dubai at once. Rather predictable for a bit then the twists and turns appear. Story also follows Malik's sister and her husband in Dubai and also follows Trish and her sister Claire who's recently divorced and living in poverty due to her ex husband. Love how this story got it's name and didn't realize it til near the end. Sad to hear of the law and how the government worked in Dubai after five years of marriage...love the travel to different places and most especially to NJ where Claire is furnishing a house. So many surprises and easy to follow as there are just a handful of characters. I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review

A Cabin Full of Food: Filling your pantry, and using it - Marie Beausoleil

A Cabin Full of Food: Filling your pantry, and using it by Marie Beausoleil
Starts out with seasons and what vegetables should be started in garden, etc
List of things needed to cook the meals.  Encourages you to make your own-it's cheaper also.
Like chocolate chip cookie recipe although no photo or nutritional information the ingredients are a lot healthier than what's on the back of the bag of chips.
Love the recipe for baking powder as last winter I ran out and the recipe REALLY needed it-tried baking soda but I needed to take cream of tartar.
Lots of listings for spice substitutions, can't wait to try the french dressing mix as I use it every night.
Can't wait to try the oatmeal cookie recipe as you can substitute for the sugar.
Biscuits, muffins and I can imagine using parts of these to make our nutritional bars.
Even making your own baking mix and then using that to make a large variety of dishes.
Large section on vegetables, how to can, freeze and re-hydrate.  Lots of charts for size, liquids/dry, conversions for space, length,
A KEEPER!

A Story Of The Fall River Line, 1847 To 1937 - Daoma Winston

A story of the Fall River line, 1847 to 1937 by Winston_ Daoma
Interesting story about the industry in my own area from 4 generations back. Also has news of other areas of the country.
Love the areas of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay as the ship heads out to the ocean. Also liked hearing how the company kept the ship going and what jobs and careers they had to do over the generations.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Unraveling the Pieces - Terri DuLong

Unraveling the Pieces byTerri DuLong
The last book in this series, not sure what is planned for the author now. Have enjoyed the books and this is one set out of 700 read annually that I kept.
Would've been awesome if a sketch or photo accompanied the pattern.
This story starts out with Petra and she's moved in the Victorian house which others have said is haunted and is magical and mystical and miracles do happen.
Story also follows Rhonda from 1969 and you don't quite see the connection but then things happen and you can't wait to see how it's all gonna play out.
Rather predictable but there are many twists and turns to keep you interested as it turns out to not be so predictable at all.
Love the community and all the help they provide to many in need. Remember over the years the characters and you are brought up to date with a bit of back story so you are not in the dark about them.
Love the differences between the characters and how it all works, they seem so comfortable with each other-love that! Will keep up with the author via amazon when a new book is published. Like the pattern and will make it for charity as I've done with all the other books' patterns.
I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review

Against the Grain - Phil M. Williams

Against the Grain by Phil M. Williams
Starts out with Matt and his uncle is raising him and homeschooling him. They run a farm and sell crops at the end of the road using honor system.
Emily lives nearby and has a brother who bothers her at times. Now that they are teens she realizes her mother might be having an affair and her father just cares about himself.
Neither parent cares that her brother and friends are harassing her and abusing her mentally.
Inspection is due at the farm and he has to do many things to kill so they will pass. His uncle is very ill.
The county is against him as he doesn't know all the details of the past....so much goes wrong for him but he has to find out more about his mother and make sure others know of how his uncle died.
He also hopes to right all the wrongs done to him and others while in foster care system.
Brutal straight forward descriptions of life events, details as he has flashbacks of what really happened and who was involved.
Love all the parts of gardening, so knowledgeable using his hands.  
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.
 

Christmas on My Mind - Janet Dailey

Christmas on My Mind by Janet Dailey
She's just arrived in town, hot on the lead to find her mother who had given her up when she was born.
Francine is in jail for another for being drunk and fighting. Jess will be housed at the sheriffs mothers house til they sort things out.
Ben Marsden knows everybody and likes helping out Francine.
Story follows Jess and the relationship she builds with her mother and story also follows Ben. There is an attraction between the two...
Looks like a predictable story line but it's anything but. Lots of twists and turns and secret pasts that come to the forefront and then more action.
Excerpt from another of the author's stories is included.
I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review

FRIENDSHIP: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance - Francis Mandewah, Sr. Rosanne Rustemeyer SSND

Friendship: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance by Francis Mandewah
Starts out with the author as a young child and his job on the farm in west Africa. Interesting learning about the village and how it operated.
After some education he lives with his cousin at the diamond mines. Church is very prominent.
Struggles with chores, walking 3 miles to school and still gets punished because the cousins wife didn't like him.
Ownership of the diamond mine details are told. Prayers and passages from the Bible help him along to achieve his goals of just getting educated.
He meets a man who is like a mentor and he is able to help with finances and other things. Love the travel and how he is able to do the things he needs to do.
Love the paying it forward and lifetime of travel and experiences and that it's brought up to the times we live in today.
Received from the author and this is my honest review.

I Love You Three: A Green Pines Romance - Milou Koenings

I Love You Three by Milou Koenings Book starts out with Mac Bennett and he's back from Iraq and keeps up his physique by hours in the gym. He hopes to get the job as a coach at a nearby school. He lives at home with his parents who work daily and he finds daily chores to do... Story also follows Julie who has a baby and is the prinicpal of the school. She also takes care of her parents and is torn between leaving her child at the babysitters. What I like about this book are the descriptions of Green Pines-I can place my body there and take deep breaths and lose myself in the town. Like the idea of the construction and ideas to go green. The job is his and so is the place to stay after he fixes it up. His brother is due home from prison-drug charges and he doesn't want to deal with any of it. She's got a crush on Mac but her plates full...love interaction he has with the troubled teens. So much past comes forward and this is not a predictable story line. So many twists and turns. Excerpt from the next in this series is attached. I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.

Stone Lake - Phil M. Williams

Stone Lake by Phil M. Williams
Book starts out with Jon and he's on his way home to his cabin in the woods but Morgan runs into the back of his truck.
He owns part of the excavating business along with his ex wife and her new husband-his ex best friend. Love that when he negotiates the work detail he will pitch in along with the workers so nobody has to work on Sunday.
Morgan is running away from her fiance and they become romantically involved. Love the secret place, garden and everything in the woods.
Descriptive details that make you feel you ARE there. Love travel especially to the beach house-priceless. He then finds out more about her real life and I didn't see this going that way, WHOA. Lots of things in the past really matter now-to prove her innocence he goes out of his way to help.
Lost it when he received the envelope, WOW full circle. Could tell, without seeing it that this book was written by a man because there's no real drama (like females usually write) just the facts. Love how he deals with his mother, finally.
Love the sex but more the romance. Love how they use their hands to do their jobs. Love learning new things and about new locations.
Love this is not a predictable story, so many twists and turns-took my breath away.
Can't wait to read more from this author. Easy to keep track of the characters, over time with others thrown in to keep the story flowing. Like how the author writes about what he knows-it's just more real for the reader.
Hope there is another book in this series about his next adventures. I pick one or two books per month as my favorite and this one is gonna be hard to beat for the year!

Princess Faith - Kelly Strenge

Princess Faith by Kelly Strenge
Have read another book by this author and thought this one would be a good addition.
Some of the pages for me, with my eye problems are difficult to see the words due to the background color.
This book starts out with the teddy Bear Princess Faith and their school has a new student, Harper. Although they are not the same as the others Faith doesn't know what to do about it.
She tries to help them fit in and doesn't know what to say. When the others start calling Harper names at recess she knows what she has to do.
I like the imagination of a wand waving and the Bible appearing with the answer to the situation. Love they can find the answer in the Bible for everyday problems.
Like how Faith gets the others to understand and how that changes how they treat Harper.  Love colors on the pages as they are calming and can see this series going a long way to solving everyday problems.
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.

The Truth About Cancer - Kelly Strenge

The truth about Cancer by Kelly Strenge
Wanted to read this book because we do have young children in our family and with odds of somebody getting cancer the book would be able to prepare us in how to talk to the kids. I am terrified of cancer myself and I think children would be able to see that in how I talk to them.  This book would make it easier.
What I like about this book are the colors on the pages-they are not vibrant and brilliant, they are calming with muted tones to help relax you.
The story starts out by reading to your child about what cancer really is, showing parts of the body and what is happening inside but in a way as not to scare the child. There are so many inspiring, positive thoughts in this book it reinforces that others are also around to help you.
Enjoyed this book for such a devastating diagnosis because you have to have faith and hope. I was afraid to read this book thinking it would terrify me even more. Glad I got over the fear and read it through to the end as it's calming and filled with faith and hope through the stages.
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.

Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery) - Sally Goldenbaum

Murder at Lambswool Farm
Back at Sea Harbor and they need to save the local farm.
Their town actually has a doctor who makes house visits. Dr. Allan has taken on a docter who buys half the business and he has no more heirs to continue on the family practice.
Glen comes to town and has a medical background but also wants to write a story about the town, especially the history surrounding the medical practice. He delivers two sheep one night and the doctor has been murdered.
Arsenic poisoning. Women of the knitting group try to solve who did it-they know Glen's car was fixed within a day but he stayed on many days after. Maybe it was the partner in the business, maybe the handicapped man Dr. Allan had fired...there is also no will....
Love talks of gardening, farm and sea shore.  Shrimp recipe and felted bowl knit pattern included from farm dinner table.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).