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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.

Never Ever - Gita V. Reddy

Never Ever by Gita V. Reddy
This book starts out with Raj talking to his wife Divya. They don't talk like regular people as she is deaf. He sometime speaks into her palm, sometimes sign language.
he's not sure why he said divorce but she misunderstands and everything goes wrong from then on. She ignores him and he's been coming home late at nights, hardly playing with the children or helping with the house.
She feels trapped and jsut wants the kids and she'll head back on India. They've seen their other friends divorce and nobody is together any more.
Misunderstandings and each thinking they know what the other is thinking and you wonder if they will stay together at all. This is part of a larger novel: A Tapestry of Tears dealing with subjects relating to those born in India and the struggles they have.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Missing Girl: A Short Chapter Book - GITA V. REDDY

The Missing Girl by Gita V. Reddy
This story starts out as kids are playing hide and seek at night and then they go home to study and do their homework. Problem is no one has seen Sneha. All the neighbors and kids help to find her by going to the places you'd hide for the game, to no avail.
Next chapter follows where Sneha is and how she got there and why...
While the parents have called the cops Sneha goes on her own adventure...
What I like about this book is that some foreign words are explained after they are mentioned in the story.
A bonus story is included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Knife and Fork (Chapter Books Book 7) - Gita V. Reddy

Knife and Fork by Gita V. Reddy
This book starts out with the monkey and he travels to the city where Lily adopts him. She is able to train him to use a fork and knife like humans.
Like comparisons between the monkeys and humans habits. Story also goes beyond that to when he returns to the forest. The other animals want to go to the city also and they don't want to hear what that's a bad idea.
He was not always welcomed there himself. They take his utensils and he goes off to live by himself. Like the ending and didn't see it coming.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.
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Dearie the deer - Gita V. Reddy

Dearie by Gita V. Reddy Story of a deer as they grow up. The mother has taught her things to help her survive in the woods and what to watch out for. Love that part of the story and as she goes off by herself. There are others around and she knows the signal to get them to help. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Excerpt from a Cinderella story is included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

The Captivating Lady Charlotte (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace) - Carolyn Miller

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller
Starts out with William, the duke and he's lost his wife during a complication to birth. The child is not his and he despised his wife for cheating on her with many.
Other chapters alternate and follow Lady Charlotte and her mother is trying to get her married off. Her brother Henry is a big help and he even brings suitors home for her.
She is quite taken with Markham. Visits are set up with her cousin Lavinia and she does meet the Duke William. So many controversies about his wifes' death, curse on his house, unexplained sightings, things heard, etc.
Love the mysteries surrounding everything and how they all come together at the end. Especially love the scenes with the gardens in them and details about the flowers and how they are grown, etc.
God is prayed to quite often from all different characters as they lean on him for support and guidance. Love the authors notes about the gardens in the older days. Love the secret passage ways.
Took me 4 times as long to read this book because the font size was not very dark and the size was a lot smaller-10 or 12 size font. I had to wear my regular glasses and a set of 3.5 readers and could only read for 20 pages at a time.
I was given this review book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.

Daksha the Medicine Girl - Gita V. Reddy

Daksha the Medicine Girl
Story is about a girl who is an orphan and she is able to spend the winter in the Himalaya Mountains where she helps a doctor with medicines all winter long and watches what he does to help others.
The next winter she stays and the old man goes to live with others closer to town. There are a handful of others there and they all huddle together in the houses to keep warm and prepare meals. A military group were thrown out of their jeep and she is the one that can help repair the injured man.
Love how she watches anther animal to see the movements of the arm and how it should move. After the winter thaws they leave and go to the military town. She receives a note about visiting because they want her to go to school to learn how to be a doctor and they will pay for everything.
Love the opportunity that is offered to her. Really enjoyed this story as I had just read a very long book about the area but they were missionaries who taught women in the tribes about health and taking care of their children.
Especially loved hearing of what she used in the wilds that helped others with ailments.
Received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest opinion.

The Ant Thief: (Story Book for Kids)(Picture Book for Kids)(Beginner Book for Children)(Story Book for Children)(Bedtime Stories)(Children's Picture Book) - Gita V. Reddy, Gita V. Reddy

The Ant Thief by Gita V. Reddy
This illustrated very colorful children's book starts out with Noira the ant and they live in an anthill. Describes the area nearby.
The ants discovered a lot of the things they had collected were now missing and they wanted to find the culprit.
Noira keeps in good shape daily by exercising that enabled her to run and climb trees.
She hated to work so sat and watched all the others gather food. She stole a ring and told others a different story.
Magic things happen next but it's not all good. Lesson of this book is not to steal because you will get caught.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest review

 

Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous: Bedtime Story for Kids - Picture Book - Gita V. Reddy, VG Arts

Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous by Gita V. Reddy
This colorful children's book is about Bala0Gala who is a tiger but they used to be a deer.
Forest of Gamba-Bamba is where they lived among other animals. Lots of silly named animals and how they rhyme with the first part of their names.
Different animals are depicted and there is a bit about how they live and play.
Magical things happen in this forest where they change into different animals to help save others. Love the ending and what creature they turned into next.
So full of imagination, you can be anything you want.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Video book trailer is also included
I received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest review

Super-Duper Monty: Volume 3 (Picture Book for Ages 3-7) - Gita V. Reddy, Abira Das

Super-Duper Monty by Gita V. Reddy
Book starts out offering a free gift, puzzle, coloring, etc
Colorful children's story about a frog who lives in a green mossy pond with his family.
He leaps around a lot and they called him leapfrog. He leaps so far one day and jumps out of the pond and starts wandering around. A frog needs to be kept wet near the pond at all times.
He falls asleep and wakes when some boys are putting him in a box which they take to school very far away. What happens next is scary but the teacher helps.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest review

The Alphabet Game: An Interactive ABC Book for Kids - Gita V. Reddy

The Alphabet Game - an interactive ABC Book for Kids by Gita V. Reddy
First time reading this book through via an audio device it sounded like a typical alphabet book.
Then I loaded it into my tablet and magic happened in front of my eyes. There are different ways to use this book.
It all depends on the child and how old they are and what they have accomplished in the way of learning and seeing the letters.
It's all explained in the book-how to use it. One way is go from a to z. Very colorful pages. The game is played when you press on a certain letter on the page-it will tell you which ones and then it goes to a different page by itself.
There are variations explained also at the end so you can make up your own games. There is also a book trailer link to click on that shows you how to use the book.
Can also be used as a number or color book where you teach the different colors or how many animals on the page to your child.
Really love this book because it can be used for many years!
I received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest review

 

Clean Regency Romance: Not So Sweet Maria (Sisters By Marriage Book 1) - Jessica Spencer

Clean Regency Romance: Not So Sweet Maria (Sisters By Marriage Book 1) by Jessica Spencer Lady Maria has gotten a bad hand from the start. Her parents die and leave her an orphan and others do take care of her but it's not a warm welcome. Later in life she finally agrees to marry so others will stop asking her. love all the mysteries surrounding her and her inheritance. Others also are not so truthful either and you wonder how they will spend the rest of their days, never knowing each other's real names. Lots of action, mysteries and struggles to survive the scams. Enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next in the series. Love the design work and what's incorporated into them and how. Received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest opinion.

There's No Such Thing As A Quick Trip To BuyMart!: Go in for bananas, come out with a lawn mower (Savvy Stories) - Dan Alatorre

There's No Such Thing As A Quick Trip To BuyMart: Go in for bananas, come out with a lawn mower (Savvy Stories) by Dan Alatorre
Enjoyed this story as it has humor and real life situations where everything goes crazy at times.
Some embarrassing moments that make you feel like the author is on your side as you've also experienced these same things.
Wicked funny!
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Santa Maybe (Savvy Stories) - Dan Alatorre

Santa Maybe by Dan Alatorre
Enjoyed this story as it follows the family as the child grows and he wants to impress her with meeting and talking to Santa at the store.
He was only there for canning jars and thought he'd just run in quick, get them, pay and be on his way home again to help with the holiday traditions.
Never heard of the dish and because the book also includes the recipe it may be one we try for ourselves.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.