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Peace Cottage - Lisa Kent

Peace Cottage by Lisa Kent
This book starts out with a mother who's lost her spouse and with her two teen daughters they travel from VT to Maine to find themselves. The come across a store that leads them to a cottage that is deplorable but
Lucy is able to clean it up and the family is happy to have found the place. Girls are wrapped up in their life studies and work that gives time to Lucy to find her new self again. With her 51st birthday she is once again able to knit. She hates how they just walked away from everything in VT and reaches out to her family and parents and the sisters visit one Thanksgiving.
Some days are harder than others and she fears the time that both girls will be away at college-just next year. The landlord gave them a break on the rent after she cleaned the place spotless and they don't know much about Jack. Love the travel excursions they go on and the treasures they find that make their home complete.
Teared up a few times reading the words and thinking of myself in her position and that they are in such a healing place.
Love that they have found a church as it's Christmas time and we always grew up with the Advent calendars.
As the story goes on you find out the details of why they had to leave the town in VT and what Jack is hiding from them. Didn't see the ending as written and loved it as is.
Such memories and treasures. beautiful story.

The Truth About Cancer by Strenge, Kelly (2015) Paperback - Kelly Strenge

vThe Truth About Cancer Second Edition: A Child's Guide To Understanding Cancer (The Truth Series) by Kelly Strenge
Had read an earlier version of this and find it to be as useful. Children's colorful story about what it means when someone gets cancer.
It is a scary thing for someone you love to go through but it is not your fault. You can help them in many ways. Book pages show you as you read along how you can comfort those going through the different phases of cancer.
Shows you what might also happen to the loved ones because of different forms of medication and how to be ok with it.
Explains a bit in detail that it won't matter if you are young or old or what race you are or if you're short or tall.
Glossary at the end of the difficult words and their meanings. Lots of encouragement and hope. Free instant access for a limited time to other educational library for parents.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Princess Faith Encourages Eli (Princess Faith Series) - Kelly Strenge

Princess Faith Encourages Eli (Princess Faith Series) by Kelly Strenge
Offer of a free ebook about Princess Faith is included. Faith is playing indoors and Eli knocks and they play inside.
Colorful, some pages are dark to read, children's book. Other friends want them to come play in the park but Eli knows he doesn't play well enough to join them.
Faith is able to talk to Eli and they do decide to go to the park. Morel of the story is we are all good at one thing, not always everything.
Be proud of yourself for what you can do. The stories come from the Bible and they are true stories to believe in. Like the ending.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Fourth Descendant - Allison Maruska

The Fourth Descendant by Allison Maruska
This book starts out with a man contacting the others whose family also possessed a special key.
They are told to find it and they'd meet as a documentary film is to be created as they open the special vessel.
What I like about this is the action, adventure, travel to various places and just the thought of this book.
It's so believable that this could happen and I enjoyed reading it and following along as other events occur that bring them together, some closer than others.
Wish this concept was as easy to administer in today's world to help others.
Summary of other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Camino Island: A Novel - John Grisham

Camino Island by John Grisham
Enjoy Mr. Grishams books for many reasons.
They get me thinking, they take me to new places and I learn new things.
Love this one because it deals with the publishing side of books and how a heist is pulled off quite easily.
It's amazing where the manuscripts end up. Love learning about clamshell and cedar boxes. Lots of twists and turns in this book.
Loved the part about Hemingway and Zelda and Charles Dickens wife as I had just read a book on that subject.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Avalanche (A Stone Mountain Mystery Book 3) - Kristina Stanley

Avalanche (A Stone Mountain Mystery Book 3) by Kristina Stanley
Was looking forward to finding the easter egg so I'd have more books to read and I was able to find it when I read the book Aug 2017. Three more books from other series to read
Book starts out with Roy and he's on his way to the top of the mountain to go skiing. There is an avalanche and we hear his last thoughts...
Story also follows his sister and brother in law, Kalin and Ben who work at the ski resort. There are others in the company who come into play and it's easy to follow along as other major events occur that disrupt everything.
What I liked about this was not only the house Kalin and Bed had built for themselves but the people and lifestyle they surround themselves with.
Enjoy this as it's blazing hot outside in August and just reading about all the snow makes it bearable. Really like the series from just this one book. Lots of twists and turns...
Love the action, adventure, snow and operations of the resort.
Wish I read the other book sin sequence as some secrets are revealed from the earlier books and I hope to be able to read those for review at some point.
Received this review copy from Imajin Books and this is my honest review.

The Grandfather Tree: A Tale of Age and Usefulness - Kenneth M Martin, Dan Alatorre, Allison Maruska, Allison Maruska

The Grandfather Tree: A Tale of Age and Usefulness by Kenneth M Martin
This story is about a man who's worked his whole life and is retired from his job. He gets bored at home and he finds he is useless.
He decides to also get rid of the tree because it's as useless as himself. He realizes on his way to the market many things.
Love the things he's able to share and he finds he does have useful information to those who will listen.
Love gardening and trees and that children keep the tree cutter from cutting the tree-but for how long.
Reminds me so much of my father, a nurseryman among many other jobs he held, thanks for the memories. Other works by the authors who brought this book to publication are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy by the author and this is my honest review.

A Groom For Christmas - Anne Greene

A Groom for Christmas by Anne Greene
Have read the author's other works and know this would be a great read also.
Starts out with Felicity Daniels and she's made it as far as Ft. Laramie when her father had passed away. She promised him she'd marry and continue the journey to Oregon to claim land and start a farm.
Her father's friend Jed was there to help drive one of the wagons and support her. She's determined to wed within 2 days time as that's when the wagon train leaves. She had liked Ben but he shows no interest in her.
She makes a sign and puts it in the general store window asking for a husband. She does has stipulations and she also has some secrets. Many come and leave as they are not Christians or they drink.
It's a surprise who shows up and it's even a bigger surprise who she chooses. Love the descriptions of the trail they take over the months heading west. She knows her her spouse wants to gold mine in CA and he knows she wants to settle down in OR.
He has til the splitting fork in the road to persuade her...Drastic weather and conditions, not including crossing the rivers with animals and wagons. So scary and throughout the book they each pray to God hoping they made the right choices.
I was given this review copy by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

The Long Cutie - Dan Alatorre

The Long Cutie By Dan Alatorre
This story is about the diagnosis the authors get when their newborn is brought into the world. There are other stories by others who also suffer from the Long QT disease.
Love learning about new things and how they all work. This book also includes humor to get through the hard difficult times.
A link between the two comes out in this book.
After hearing the stories from the older crowd you realize how severe this disease really is and you wonder how many others you know with epilepsy actually have this. Such heartbreak but rewarding journeys.
Love the health community as they share what works for them and it might work for others, so caring and sharing.
I can relate to this story as I have a rare eye condition and have undergone so many tests over the years, not to help me but maybe to help others who are diagnosed with it. Hope is all you have some days. I do hope my results from the tests have helped others.
Such a compassionate book from everyone involved.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Short Years: 4th book will be out around Christmas

The Terrible Two's: Funny Things I Learned from My Toddler Daughter: Savvy Stories, Book 2 - Dan Alatorre, Dan Alatorre, Tim J. Gracey

The TERRIBLE Two's: Funny Things I Learned From My Toddler Daughter (Savvy Stories Book 2) by Dan Alatorre
Starts out with summary of author's other works and reviews.
This book starts off where the first book ended. It's about Savvy and her life with her parents. The things they all learn are priceless.
Humor, child rearing, new adventures. Some tragic medical events and funny things along the way. Stay strong.
What I really like about these books are that as a grandparent of some adults and younger we get to do the fun things with them. Blowing bubbles, playing in puddles, making a sand castle, going down slides with them, playing army guys, dancing the hokey pokey and singing and dancing. Thanks for all the memories.
Excerpt from the next book in the series is included. Other summarized books are highlighted at the very end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Hop and Chomp: A Caterpillar Story: Children’s Books – Picture Books for Kids – Story Books for Children – Beginner Book for Children – Age 3-7 - Gita V. Reddy, Gita V. Reddy

Hop and Chomp by Gita V. Reddy
This colorful children's book is about a grasshopper who is named Hop. He hops very well.
He sees an egg on a leaf and he watches it wiggle free. It just chomps on leafs all day. As time goes on he changes form and Hop introduces him to his other insect friends.
Chomp just wants to chomp all day as he goes through yet more changes to his body.
What I love about this book is it is not just for young children but for older ones as well as they may not be familiar with what happens to the egg then caterpillar.
Fun and educational along the way. Love the ending where other characteristics of the insect are discussed. Rangoili the art form of India is also discussed and shown in diagrams. Author bio and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Love this series as it's so easy for a child to follow along and they don't realize they are learning things.
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.

Savvy Stories (Savvy Stories #1) - Dan Alatorre

Savvy Stories: Funny Things I Learned From My Daughter by Dan Alatorre
Have enjoyed the author's other works and know this will be a good read also.
Starts out with details of the birth of Savvy and although it's comical at times things get drastically dangerous shortly after.
Daddy attempts to keep his head on and keeping things positive but he's not sure how long he can hold up. Medical emergencies and the family copes.
Loved hearing how it all works out during the bad times. Such community support and family as well. What I liked about this book was the honesty although some things the author is bound to made fun of as the circumstances are embarrassing but he's so outgoing with it all. Through the good times and bad times he stays on top of it all as new milestones are achieved. Feel like I got a bonus with all the talk of the vineyard as there is one in town and it answers a lot of questions I had about them.
Especially like the 'when you're a kid' segment at the end, kind of a wrap up of the things discussed.
Extensive author bio and work history at the end of the book. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Wait For Me (The West Virginia Mountains Series) (Volume 1) - Jo Huddleston

Wait For Me (The West Virginia Mountains Series) by Jo Huddleston This is a story about Julia and she's just graduating from high school and looking forward to going to college. Her father owns the coal mine in town and all the surrounding buildings where the workers live and buy things at the store. Her mother stays at home treasuring her time sitting on the screened in porch. The story also follows Roberto who after school runs the store. Because of circumstances like social class they should not be seen together or socialize. Other friends of theirs come into the picture and you realize the phrase "from the other side of the tracks' is what this is based on. Her mother pushes her into the social class she was brought up to be in. She loves her friends in town. Things I really like about this book are that it's in WVA-beautiful part of the US, it's about coal mining and how the owner takes care of not only the workplace but the living area the workers live. Love simple times where a walk in nature is an everyday occurrence. God and religion are present and it's not forced down your throat but gently spoken of and you realize even the younger crowd flock for weekly meetings among their generation. Love how the people help one another in times of need especially when the siren goes off meaning something is wrong at the mine. They each want to get ahead and follow their dreams. Like the glimpse into the second book which also is about their lives down the road and a third. Book also includes Discussion questions and other works highlighted by the author at the end. Romance, turmoil, tragedies, growing up, love in many forms are all part of this story which has twists and turns throughout. Not a dull book and I don't normally read on the weekends but I found myself finding time to do just that. Hope to get the opportunity to read the others in the series. I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

A Traveler's Advisory: Stories of God's Grace Along the Way - Marcia Laycock

A Traveler's Advisory: Stories of God's Grace Along the Way by Marcia Laycock
Enjoying this book because it takes you to a lot of different places. Love how the author uses Bible passages in everyday life events and explains them so you can understand.
She chooses many 'hard' times, 9/11, etc Loved hearing of all the sights, even in nature as they presented themselves on the journey.
Amazed at all the different locations and the descriptions of the places. The connection to religion is out there, you won't have to look for it. Liked hearing of all the traditions in each place they traveled to, made you feel like you were there.
Foreign words are explained in the contents. Lots of hope in this book.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

[ [ [ Preston Falls (Vintage Contemporaries (Paperback)) [ PRESTON FALLS (VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES (PAPERBACK)) ] By Gates, David ( Author )Apr-06-1999 Paperback - David Gates

Preston Falls by David Gates
This story is about a family, man wife and 2 kids. They travel to VT for their weekends to get away from the city.
Jean the wife is tired after working every day to drive 4 hours to get to the weekend house.
Willis the husband is on a leave, unpaid and is at odds with himself. After relatives leave early things fall apart for them.
She leaves with the kids to camp out one night before heading home because school starts. Willis ends up coming after them, gun in the truck along with the dog and gets into trouble and ends up in jail.
Story continues and we learn about the past as the kids grow older year after year. Roger is the oldest and has a mind of his own. Mel is a teen also and has her way of getting things done.
Interesting to learn about the northern town but I found a lot of abusive vulgar swearing-so unnecessary to get the point across.
He goes through his mid life crisis and she goes to find him, having no idea where he'd be...
Liked walks through the woods and other places described.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Catherine Dickens: Outside the Magic Circle - Heera Datta

Catherine Dickens, Outside the Magic Circle by Heera Datta
1850s Story of Charles Dickens wife, Catherine. Lots of drama surrounding the separation.
Married 21 years and they have 9 kids. The oldest is over the age and the others are given to Charles to raise-Catherine is cast off because everybody believes the story Charles has told.
Catherine's sister, Georgie has lived with them since she was 16 and Charles has taken a fancy to her....
Story goes back in time to when she was just meeting Charles. Love how the older child is able to visit with his mother and his other siblings so he can share information to them all from the other.
Can't imagine this happening in today's society, the pain she suffers and abuse.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.