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All Because of the Tip of a Needle - Philip Nork

All Because of the Tip of a Needle by Philip Nork Enjoyed the previous works of the author and this one also. It's about harness horse racing and how Sam Newman is raised around the industry and as he gets older he wants to do more in the field. He has vets that will travel to the farm to tend to his horses. He scouts and puts in claims on the horses after the race. M99 scandal and his life is over. He has a feeling with them and knows just how much time they need to just hang out in the field at his farm before returning to racing. He gets blackmailed and has to figure out who and why. So many clues to connect. Lots of surprises along the way. Love learning how he is able to rehab and train the horses. Love the connection he has with his grandfather. Glad he was able to get his story out. The people you meet in your life! Love all the new things I learned. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Adventures of Pinchy Crab and Ramon D'Escargot: a fun, full color, illustrated story book for children of all ages - Dan Alatorre, Don Castillo

The Adventures Of Pinchy Crab and Ramon D'Escargot by Dan Alatorre
Have read other works by this author and really appreciate the time and devotion with this book.
Colorful children's book about Savvy and her adventures at the seashore. The family visits one day and she makes friends with the treasures of the sea.
After they leave for the day the parents realize she's brought the snails home and they stop to let them out near the sand. Surprises along the way and the outcome.
What I really like about this book as I've lived on an island my whole life is the suggestions about how the parents can use this book: numbers, colors, science experiments (what could they use to float Ramon home).
Not only for very young children but older ones as well. Q&A at the end to get kids to think about what they've read that influence their daily life of having friends around.
List of other works by the author and a summary of each. Linkable coloring pages and more available. Author and illustrator

 

Laguna The Lonely Mermaid - Savannah Alatorre, Don Castillo, Dan Alatorre

Laguna The Lonely Mermaid by Dan Alatorre Coloful children's story. The mermaid is sad and lonely. She watches a boat capsize in the water and all the pirates go in the water. The dolphins help them to make it to an island. Sea creatures help the pirates and Laguna makes new friends. Love how the story came about and suggestions on how you can use it for educational purposes also. Great for older children also. Author bios and Illustrator bio are included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end with summaries of what the books are about. Q&A is included to get the child to think how things could be different. Added bonus material at the website. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Princess and The Dolphin - Dan Alatorre, Don Castillo

The Princess and the Dolphin by Dan Alatorre Cute children's colorful story about a princess that has a favorite stuffed baby dolphin called Hope. She dreams all night long and woke up happy. The dolphin gets lost one day and the child is sad. Her parents help her find the castle. Story takes you to the places they try to find the dolphin. Pages how you where the King and Queen search for the baby dolphin. Love the end where the author gives you other directions to keep the book interested: colors, animals in bed, search and find, coloring pages are available at website. Q&A also for young and older children. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with a summary of the books. Love how the story came about and how it was produced. Author bios and illustrator bio are included. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Unraveled: A journey of survival in 1954 (Fibers of Love) - Jo Huddleston

Unraveled: A journey of survival in 1954 (Fibers of Love) by Jo Huddleston What intrigued me about this book was the picture on the front cover. I love everything you can do with yarn, crochet knit etc. I do knit for local charities, the newborn program is one of my favorite. Love the title and how it's a symbol for the story inside. This story is about Alice and she's having a hard time recovering from the miscarriage. She's a young child teacher who's not returned to work yet. Paul, her husband is beside himself trying to help her. With the aid of her best friend who's a nurse they come up with a few suggestions to try. Some of those backfire. So many scriptures are quoted to help Alice heal. You never think by the end that she'd get over her guilt of it being her fault or even blaming God for everything. Really enjoyed this story and learning of all the resources available to others who suffer. Love all the small things that do matter from her husband. Love the style and ease of explaining what the scriptures mean in plain English. Can't wait for more from this author. Author bio at the end along with highlighted other works by the author. I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

Married in Montana (Paradise Valley Ranch Book 2) - Jane Porter

Married in Montana by Jane Porter Like the time period of this book and the simple things that are treasured as they all done by machines today. Starts out with Johanna's shop and she's so busy sewing for the Easter holiday. Her best friend, Elle visits and she tells her of her ailing father's condition, he won't last much longer. Elle had met Thomas, the night of the engagement reception when Sinclair breaks the engagement to become engaged to another. Thomas was the fireman that watched it all happen. Thomas approaches her father and they have an agreement. Her father wants to see her married by the time his life is ended. He's raised her his whole life. She approaches Thomas and asks him if he will accept her proposal. She really just wants a male figure to do the work on the farm while she is the one managing it, along with protecting her inheritance, along with time to get to know one another, perhaps up to a year. That's not quite the way he hears her though... What I like about this is not only doing things by hand but all the things I learned along the way, detailed descriptions of the town architecture and other events that have occurred prior. They do get married, living in separate rooms in the house on the farm. Story also brings us up to date with Thomas and how and where he was raised. It's a wonder how things will work out as they are both bull headed, strong set in their own ways. He takes over the managing as she grieves. Love how he takes charge, love the things he does to wake her up.....her hair gets between them.... Steamy sex scenes. Great epilogue! Received this 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

post june 27 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.

This House is a Home: A story of coal mining, family and the Sengers of Stiritz - Philip Nork

This House is a Home by Phil Nork
Enriching and heartwarming story!
Last class assignment for the year and Pete has to find out about his ancestors and what better way then to go visit and talk to them.
Family, uncles and grandparents load up the car and lead to southern IL where other parts of the family live. Treasure the history of this one family and how it's portrayed to those of todays age.
Love how the author also explains what mining terms mean and how they were done.
Mining accidents and telling the time by the sun so much to this book.
Loved hearing how they use everything growing on the land.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Navigators - Dan Alatorre

The Navigators by Dan Alatorre
Not so sure I'm going to like this being that it's a sci-fic and time travel but will give it a chance.
Starts out where the group decide on the dig they will go to. Once there it's hot and they find themselves in a serious medical emergency because of a machine they found...
Like the adventure and action and bit of romance but the sci fic stuff is not something I totally believe in but makes the story...
Made it til the time travel, swearing present also.  Not my cup of tea.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Navigators - Dan Alatorre

The Navigators by Dan Alatorre
Not so sure I'm going to like this being that it's a sci-fic and time travel but will give it a chance.
Starts out where the group decide on the dig they will go to. Once there it's hot and they find themselves in a serious medical emergency because of a machine they found...
Like the adventure and action and bit of romance but the sci fic stuff is not something I totally believe in but makes the story...
Made it til the time travel, swearing present also.  Not my cup of tea.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Award: A Novel - Danielle Steel

The award by Danielle Steel
Enjoy the author's works and know I will enjoy this one.
Starts out Giella and she's about to get the award. Chapters go back to when she was 16.
Rebecca came from Germany, Giella's best friend. The Jews are being forced from their homes.
One day she sees them take Rebecca's family and throw them into a truck and they disappeared. She tracks them down and visits and is able to talk to Rebecca and even gives her a coat with promises to come the next day.
She visits through Christmas and for many months later always bringing foods and clothes for the family.
Story tells what she had to do to survive and she ends up in the fashion industry.
Love hearing of the model world, travel, the art world and the places she visits.  Tragedies and there are happy times also from both sides of the ocean.
Really enjoyed this book and glad she went on with her life but went back to her past endeavors... Didn't like that the author didn't spend as much time devoted to all of her children...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Blue Farm - Charles C.  Anderson

Blue Farm by Charles Anderson Have read #4 and 1 and 2 so going to enjoy this one also. Starts out with the twins and they are on their way to college, they bring their younger disabled brother Peewee along to get a feel for the campus. Peewee is kidnapped and they have to call their parents, who call the CIA and FBI. Days later they return home to find things scattered about which lead them to their brother's body. They talk and realize after seeing the camera pictures who is to blame. The twins are at college now and become friends with twins from Paris. Things become very intimate with both couples as they are learning about sex. Story goes on following the twins as they experience sex at college and also follows the parents at home as other clues come in to help them understand who is after their family still. Lots of very technical information about weapons of varying degrees. Lots of action, adventure, romance and travel and mysteries-something for everybody. Sexual adult actions and discussions.

Nuclear Farm - Charles C Anderson

Nuclear Farm by Charles Anderson Second book in the farm series and am enjoying this one as much as the first. Lots of travel, history battles studied to put into effect on their own farm-such strategies, high tech weapons, bit of romance mixed in with a mother who's a nuclear physicist, father who's a ER doc among other talents and a set of twins that at the age of 10 are ready for college. Love that the same characters are still in place, 10 years from the previous book and this starts up where the other left off so you are brought up to date on the happening around the farm and town of Farmville, VA Used to play Farmville on facebook and I can say it's nothing like this farm. Love caves and tunnels not to mention the toys and gold. Love hearing of how they are able to track down different components of this story. I can see this actually taking place in todays world of oil and nuclear weapons. Can't wait til twins are a bit older-next book coming up! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

The Farm - Charles C. Anderson

The Farm by Charles Anderson
I had read book 4 in this series and loved it so much I went and bought the first 3 books and just now getting to them.
This story starts out with Josiah and his buddy Andy exiting a crashing helicopter but he doesn't make it. Carlson will still continue the mission and does on his own but doesn't find what he was expecting.
Later he's at his night job in the US at the ER and he comes across a few Saudi Arabia princes who have been beat up-they will be returning home now that classes are over for the summer months. Problem is his RN Lindsey will be going with him to the farm for 3 days and they discover something not quite right.
Thing is we hear Lindsey's side to the story also and Andy is clueless, so far but he knows things are not adding up.
Love all the technology, weaponry and discovering the hidden treasures at the farm.  Love the history in this book about the area.
Lots of action, travel, adventure and romance and I learn so much about things I don't have a clue about. US and other countries are involved and he is gathering the clues to solve the mysteries.

[ Spoken from the Heart: Parenting 101 Vol. 2 By Swalwell, Cheri ( Author ) Paperback 2014 ] - Cheri Swalwell

Spoken from the Heart: Parenting 101 Vol. 2
Like the opening part where the author talks about her connection with God and how he helps her raising the children and caring for those that are in her charge.
Loved the different parts of this book as the child grows older and goes through the phases of becoming a toddler. Comparison of that and how adults handle difficult things.
Love challenges that are presented and how the author strives to get you involved. Love the encouragement to keep going.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Spoken from the Heart: Parenting 101 Vol. 3 - Cheri Swalwell

Spoken from the Heart: Parenting 101 Vol. 3
What I like about this book is the links inside that lead you to another's post concreting the evidence. Love learning the balance/moderate and how that came into play.
I sometimes also get things out of order in my priorities.
Love the questions that challenge me to answer. Like how each chapter starts out with a scripture passage and the remaining part of the chapter is based around that phrase.
Love the symbol that spaghetti squash represents-so cool!
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.