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Wool: Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation - Peggy Hart

Wool Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation by Peggy Hart
Love learning about the history in the US about wool and why it's no longer used as much as back in the 1600's.
I am a knitter and do use patterns from 1860's for Sturbridge Village using the wool from their animals to knit the items they want. Love that this village is mentioned in the book. So fascinating to learn so much!
Sketches along the way showing what is being talked about. It's much of how I picture the early 1900's with the local mills (I live in RI so am familiar).
Loved hearing of the resources that still produce wool yarn today.
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Received this review copy from the author via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

Come Sundown - Nora Roberts

Come sundown by Nora Roberts
The family business is running the ranch.
Bo runs it when Alice Bodine and she's returning home with all of her posssessions.
She recalls what had drawn her away...
The story moves to the present day where we find Maureen ahead of her schedule.
Other ranchers would be doing their chores. She runs the resort.
Love the idea of what all the resort offers, all inclusive for sure. Like ideas for the winter holidays to draw more to the area.
Story alternates between the ranch and resort to what Alice is going through.
Like hearing of all the relationships, in all different age groups.
The stories do combine towards the end when clues start getting solved. Love this book although it left me so scared and things were happening.
Would make a great series with so many characters in the family.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Calhoun Chronicles Books 1-4 (The Charm School, The Horsemaster's Daughter, Halfway to Heaven, Enchanted Afternoon) - Susan Wiggs

The Horsemaster's Daughter Wiggs_ Susan
Book starts out with Hunter and he raised horses. The latest is very brutal and he knows he needs some help to tame this one.
With help from a boy they get the contained horse on a small barge and take him to where they hope the horsemaster lives. He'd be the one to tame him.
He arrives and only finds a woman-his daughter. Her father is gone.
Like learning about the wild horses and how they show up to be close to her.
He watches as the next day Hunter sees the horse catching her but she wants a chance with the horse.
She had been taught by the expert, her father and she knew she had to take her time with the horse.
Love the relationship they discover on the roof.
They see into each other's soul and she sees he needs a new wife and he sees she is simple but connected to the horses-has no idea about the outside world.
Love how Alysha trains the stallion-Finn. Hunter tends to the other animals and knows his kids are in good hands with his inlaws.
Slaves wonder to the island and she knows what she needs to do-follow in her father's footsteps so they can continue their journey.
He meets a man he thought he'd never see again, she is amazed at everything she's learning about her father's life.
She finds love and wants to explore him.
Love mysteries, treasures, different locations and all the adventure of making it all work.
Alysha realizes how damaged his family is once she lives among them. She is so perspective. She finds out why his son won't talk and she is able to bring his grief forward, releasing him from his pain. After the job of training Finn her work at the estate is done.
Sexual scenes. She is able to learn more about her father and mother. Hunter also learns of his wifes last days and her private secret past.
He keeps his promise and sets her free to go to CA, her father's real dream.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Troubles at Timber Ski Lodge - Max Elliot Anderson

Troubles at Timber Ski Lodge by Max Elliot Anderson
Book starts out with a family, three generations and they live at the ski lodge. They are on their last attempt to keep it open as previous years have not been profitable.
Besides all the lodge troubles, Eric also has brother and friend problems. Like the idea and the book was so suspenseful as you never knew what was going to happen next.
Keep me reading and wanting to learn more about the ski lodge and all the machines that run it. When the plane with gold crashes the boys want to find it and be the hero.
They start out and end up spending the night in a cabin and head out to find the plane the next morning. Lots of action and quick thinking. Love ending and how they plan to use it and all the requests to be friends and being helpful.
Love how they follow the clues. Reminds me of when I was younger and read the Hardy Boys mystery series. Love this read and hope my grandson will like it as much as I.
Free on Amazon via BookFun author.

Tracy's Choices - Max Elliot Anderson

Tracy's Choices by Max Elliot Anderson
This book is about the life of Tracy and the choices she made along the way.
She rebelled at everything and ended up having a very hard life. Good thing is that she found God.
Very advanced details of events.
Free on Amazon via BookFun author.

A Dangerous Invitation - Erica Monroe

A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe
Book starts out with Kate Morgan has been followed and now she has a gun to his body...and she finds out it's Daniel. She knows of his past.
Story also follows Daniel O'Reilly who had left London because others wanted their goods back and he dind't have them or kill Tommy.
They try to solve the mystery of who had actually killed Tommy.
Being buried alive, whoa such details. Sex scenes and they figure out what really happened to not only Tommy but her father.

The Trouble with Being Wicked - Emma Locke

The Trouble with Being Wicked, Naughty Girl Book 1 by Emma Locke
1840 Celeste Gray and her friend Elizabeth are just carrying items into her new house. It's dilapadated and Liz can't wait to get out of the molding place.
Celeste had hired a footman, Tom to help. She had paid Lord Triston and he had no idea he had sold it to a woman.
The women were to live there while Elizabeth gave birth-they have no help and they are not close to the city. Story also follows Lord Triston and his two marriageable sisters.
Love the outside excusions and gardening. We learn more about all of them and their past as time goes on....
A wrench in the works in the guise of a man from the city-Roman. She hopes he keeps her identity and whereabouts a secret...erotic sexual scenes and descriptions.
Other works and excerpts are highlighted at the end.

Her Wicked Ways - Darcy Burke

Her Wicked Ways by Darcy Burke
He and he buddies are there to rob the coaches but all he is offered is a kiss. He needs money for those at the orphanage for medicine.
He finds her name Miranda, appealing. Because of her behavior she's being sent to work at the orphanage in the way of punishment.
She had hoped to help Beatrice find a husband. That kiss though, was like one she never had before.
Fox is a farmer and helps at the orphanage, his family owns and runs it. She is able to ask others for contributions and lets him know he appeals to her.
Rob tries to pursuade him to go after Miranda before others get her.
Love hearing how she wants to teach the girls new things and how she handles the boys and manners at the table.
They are able to spend a lot of time together and the orphanage and learn more about each other.
Very explcit sexual scenes. Lots of mystery that involve money, missing money.
Very boring and long drawn out for my liking. Other works and excerpts are included at the end.
Received this free review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation: Dukes of War #0.5 - Erica Ridley

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley
She has taken care of her brother and his estate and she realizes he will never choose a bride til she herself has a new job by being married.
The annual Christmas party is usually held at the Marshall estate but this year it's undergoing large renovations that will not be ready so the ball has been cancelled.
She takes it upon herself to solict his help and money and her ideas to make the Christmas ball happen. He follows her around to other locations til they realize it's really her brother's estate that can handle it all and they make it happen. Excerpts from other books are included.
Love having read this one as I've read many in the series and have enjoyed them. Love hearing of the kissing ball and know it's really mistletoe.
Received this free review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Should've Been You: A Man Enough Romance - Nicole Perkins McLaughlin

Should've Been You by Nicole McLaughlin
Book starts out with Jase and he's tending his herd as he reminisces as to how he got to this point in his life.
Becca is back for a day or two and her father isn't home yet. Her father had rescued Jase from the beating his father had given him one Christmas eve. Since then her family had taken care of him and the others in his family.
Twins: Becca and Hannah-both so different but he's been close to Hannah but she's now engaged to be married.
Becca hopes to be engaged to Brian soon.
Jase left for the army then realized what he wanted in life so headed back to start the cattle farm.
She was a mid school history teacher in town.
Love how the story follows them each and their separate and together moments over the years.
Steamy sex scenes. Misunderstandings and moving forward. Love the holiday celebrations and how they are carried on.
I received this review book from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley and this is my honest opinion
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Stars, Love And Pirouettes - Alicia Street, Roy Street

Stars, Love and Pirouettes by Alicia Street and Roy Street
This story follows Jenna and her brother has just gotten married. She's a dancer in the city but has recently taught classes in her hometown.
Love the discussions about stars and other galaxy items.
She's taken a leave from the ballet and she is staring in a movie. Now she has options, not only with work but with men.
Love catching up with the others in the family and town.
Great series.

Touch Me And Tango - Alicia Street, Roy Street

Touch Me and Tango by Alicia Street and Roy Street
This story starts out with Tanya-dancer who had traveled throughout Europe for the past several years.
She's part of a couple with Andre. Mark is her fiance and she finds out he needs to marry to get his inheritance.
She had always been in love with Parker-the nurseryman back home.
She's returned to take care of her mother who's now disabled... There are a lot of repairs that should be done while she's there...
Her mother wants them to locate the treasure and be rich... They need to get Parker to help but he hung up on Tanya... She also needs to make amends with Parker's sister Casey...
Her and parker have history and he even still has the ring.
Death threats and other life emergencies make them realize their time together may be short.
Lots of action, adventure, mystery, sex scenes, treasure hunts are just a bit of this book.
Love hearing of the wheelchair ballroom dancing, priceless!
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Snow Dance - Alicia Street

Kiss Me Dancer by Alicia Street and Roy Street
This story starts off with Casey and she's in charge of the 8 and 10 year old students at the barre. Love hearing abou the dance moves.
Josh left with his bio dad and she ran after them to find out who he was.
Story follows Casey and her family and her career and job of running and owning the ballet shop and the lease is about to be sold.
Parker, her brother took over the landscaping jobs his father had along with other miscellaneous jobs. He had helped her redo the whole place for the studio and her own apartment above.
Story also follows Josh and his dad. He's a very rich man and arrived in a limo and has yachts and everything else he ever wanted.
Drew Burn from the trucking company and he's got tats all over. She is strongly attracted to Drew.
He is highly attracted to her also when they show up for the local play Josh will be in.
Great keeping up to date with the others in her family as we were introduced to them in the previous book.
Like twist of the fortune teller. Their relationship takes different turns and twists and plans are made but with hestiation...
Sex scenes.She's lucky to have her best friend Natalie around when things don't go exactly as planned...

Snow Dance - Alicia Street

Snow Dance by Alicia Street and Roy Street
Amanda is new in town and opening a vintage line of clothing. She meets Russ at the hardware store where she gets the paint from.
Russ talks her into hiring his younger sister, Casey who's finding it hard to help with her cancer ridden dad and her mom went back to the bottle, school and a younger sister.
Love hearing how Amanda talks her into setting up for dance moves. She's not smiled in so long and Parker is so happy to see it.
We also learn more of their background lives. Amanda finds things missing, and other strange things happening.
Very descriptive details and few characters, easy to keep track of.
Twists and turns all around, enjoyed the read and will read the next in the box set.

Going Back (American Romance, No 255) - Judith Arnold

Going Back by Judith Arnold
Phyllis and her two friends always shared lunch together once a month in the city.
Andrea and Eric are married and will have Eric at their house when he arrives til he gets settled.
They had met him in college and hope he's as good looking as then. Daphne is a real estate broker and they them to coordinate a place for Eric.
They both recall what happened 8 years ago and hope the other had forgotten.
Lots of drama as Eric looks for a new place-his parents are divorced, live in the same building and still hook up but don't live together. Each of them think the other parent has got their hooks in Eric and is persuading him.
Steamy sex scenes as their relationship is moving forward. Love the parts where he shares info on his parents and she actually listens.
Lots of twists and turns and just when you think it's being predictable it is not.
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The Rooster Bar - John Grisham

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
Starts out with the Frasier house, it's Christmas and the mother is busy with festive decorations and music.
The father had left them moving on to a new woman who he had pregnanted.
Louie was on house arrest. Mark, the older was back from lawyer school but headinb ack to school for final semester. They all have their burdens and struggles.
Story follows a buddy of Mark and Todd and Zolta. They all attempted to watch over Gordie, he was off his meds, going to marry Brenda in several months and he jumped off the bridge instead.
Love the conspiracy wall and info on thumb drives, priceless!
Zola's parents are being deported-she's legal but they are not, heading back to Sengal.
Very interesting schemers and how they get away with claiming to be lawyers...
Every angle covered, love reading this author.