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Forever There For You By Chioma Nnani

 

 

Forever There For You by Chioma Nnani

 

 

Forever There For You By Chioma Nnani
Enjoyed this story about a young girl who is spoiled being the only child in the family. She lives in Nigeria and wants to be a lawyer and go to university in England.
She is an over achiever and makes friends as soon as she arrives at campus. Nadine has many relationships throughout her young life.
Troubling times when she is no longer appreciated and she lets it go to her head. Such abuse is so horrid to read about and hate the way it all turned out.
She had no idea who was really there for her.
Glossary of words used are attached at the end.
Excerpt from the next book is included.
Received this review copy from the book reviewer yellow pages and this is my honest opinion.

 

Mistletoe and Mayhem by Cheryl Bolen

 

 

Mistletoe and Mayhem by Cheryl Bolen

 

 

 

Mistletoe and Mayhem by Cheryl Bolen and Others
Love this story as it starts out with Mary and she's on her way to the lawyer. She fears more bad news and is quite happy with the news he does share.
She is to get the lodge where she had been a companion to the Lord Paxton when he was alive. She'd read to him and play card games, etc. She also was able to bring her young son with her and he loved it there especially because his breathing problems were more better there.
When they were sent away due to his illness they returned to the city where she had no income and they lived on the edge of poverty.
Story also follows Lord's son David who was the heir. HE's upset because he loved the lodge where the men would assemble and hunt and ride. He didn't make it back last Christmas and he had a letter from his father to attend this year although he's dead.
He travels there, rescues a woman walking towards the lodge and as she sprained her ankle he helps her. He then learns who she is, the one who will take over the estate and his inheritance will pay the bill.
Love the connection they have to the lesser people in town and how they are able to tend to them.
There are some misunderstandings and you wonder if she will up and leave it all behind......or if he will just give in and give it all to her....
Their bond as they spend time together has grown to more than like one another.
Love this story and how it took me away from my problems for just a few hours. What a treasure.

COUNTESS BY CHRISTMAS by Cheryl Bolen

 

 

 

 

Countess by Christmas by Cheryl Bolen

 

 

 

 

 

also appeared in: 2020 Christmas Anthology Mistletoe & Mayhem
Love this story as it starts out with Mary and she's on her way to the lawyer. She fears more bad news and is quite happy with the news he does share.
She is to get the lodge where she had been a companion to the Lord Paxton when he was alive. She'd read to him and play card games, etc. She also was able to bring her young son with her and he loved it there especially because his breathing problems were more better there.
When they were sent away due to his illness they returned to the city where she had no income and they lived on the edge of poverty.
Story also follows Lord's son David who was the heir. HE's upset because he loved the lodge where the men would assemble and hunt and ride. He didn't make it back last Christmas and he had a letter from his father to attend this year although he's dead.
He travels there, rescues a woman walking towards the lodge and as she sprained her ankle he helps her. He then learns who she is, the one who will take over the estate and his inheritance will pay the bill.
Love the connection they have to the lesser people in town and how they are able to tend to them. 
There are some misunderstandings and you wonder if she will up and leave it all behind......or if he will just give in and give it all to her....
Their bond as they spend time together has grown to more than like one another.
Love this story and how it took me away from my problems for just a few hours. What a treasure.

 

Miss Agnès: A Tender Coming-of-Age Novella…

 

 

 

Miss Agnès: A Tender Coming-of-Age Novella Set In 1908
This story starts with a quote and dedication page and table of contents.
Author's note is included. Story is about Agnes and she's growing up with her dad who's not her real father.
They are in their summer routine where she reads a lot and likes to tend to her dog Gaba. He is a dedicated musician and he has been invited to play at a mansion and will bring Agnes with him.
Agnes has a friend Kat but she's away spending time with her grandmother so she has no one to talk to about feeling and thoughts.
He had met the host, Horace and she recalls their twin children years ago but she only remembers their names. The boy and girl twins take her under their arms at the musical event and it's decided they will come to visit at their castle on the weekend.
She gets a glimpse as to their free style of thinking and living. It's quite the opposite of her life and she's not sure how to take it.
She is able to show them around and the play croquet and do other fun things. She is leery about them for personal reasons and is invited to stay a weekend at their mansion again. Elle hopes to get her in the racing car and Jacques hopes to converse more with her about the authors' they have in common.
Agnes is very naive and not comfortable with some things that occur and very late at night when Elle comes to her bed she misunderstands ....
Found the descriptions in this book very Victorian and so many words I had to look up as I never read this time period before. Very interesting and could follow what was going on.
Especially love the descriptions of the clothing, so detailed.
Sneak peek at the next book in the series, a chapter when Agnes has become a doctor with her friend Kat.
About the author is included and listing of her works in series groups along with contact links..

 

 

 

 

 

A Homecoming To Cherish by Josie Riviera

 

A Homecoming To Cherish by Josie Riviera
This story starts out with Nora and she's just arrived at the Inn where her daughter Samantha and her will be living for months to run the Inn while the owner recuperates.
We learn a lot about Nora and Samantha and their thoughts on a lot of different subjects. The one I am interested in are the ones about God. Nora has lost all hope to reaching out to God.
She meets Julian at the Inn while waitressing and doing other jobs. They form a friendship and we learn about how his past has brought him to rely on God.
Like hearing the scriptures verses throughout. Nora feels she's getting too close and God hasn't answered her yet and she wants to leave to head back to VA and her job.
Sam has started to make friends and is cheerful again about life and learning about God from others.
It's a wonder they don't split and leave the Inn with those running it.....
Enjoyed the read because it's about a woman over 30 and she has raised her daughter by herself.

 

The Extractor Jack Storm #1 by Ethan Jones

 

 

 

 

The Extractor Jack Storm #1 by Ethan Jones
Love this type of book because I can picture the scenes in my mind as if I am there.
Not only are the scenes described in detail but there are also things like the smells which is a sense I use a lot being blind. Would love this as a movie series!
So many action packed events that take place.
Story starts when Jack was on vacation with his family but the bad guys have found them so he sends his wife and child away and he continues with a mission to get rid of them once and for all.
He gets a call that their plane went down.... He brings himself back after he's sold the house and everything that mattered to track down where his family is, to no avail.
He returns to the agency he worked for and proceeds to extract one of theirs that is in harms way. Just when you think he will follow directions he has his own mind and uses it, shocks others on the way out the door....
Adventure, bit of romance, travel locations, weapons and tactics and strategic moves are discussed and so much more.
Love the call he gets while having dinner about the plane wreckage that was found....
Couldn't put this book down. Ends with a glimpse of the next book in the series..
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

A KEEPER!

Soccer bundle, 3 books that are necessary

 

 

 

 

 

Soccer by Dylan Joseph

 

 

 

 

Soccer: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Outsmart Your Opponents and Improve Your Mentality, How to Get a Good Night's Sleep Every Single Night, and How to Fuel a Great Performance
Bundle where there are three books about soccer:
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Soccer Mindset: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Outsmart Your Opponents and Improve Your Mentality by Dylan Joseph
Book starts with offer of free checklist printout
Table of Contents where there are many chapters and each one focuses on an aspect of the mentality of the game plan.
About the author is included where it talks about how the author got involved in soccer and writing.
Highlight of 4 other books by the author and a dedication page along with a preface.
Love the pyramid shapes and what each portion of it stands for in this book.
Chapter one starts you off with an explanation and examples of what growth mindset is vs fixed mindset. What I love about this book is throughout there are sections in bold type and those are the important facts to pay attention to as they are explained further.
Like examples of putting each of the mindsets against one another to see the differences.
Locus of control is also another important chapter and I also love hearing about game day jitters and how to overcome them.
This chapter also gives you activities so you can select an option and answers are listed in the appendix at the back of the book.
Chapters talk about so many more aspects of the mental part of the game that I find it useful in other parts of our regular lives.
There are so many sketches and charts throughout the book that I think really depicts what they author is saying by showing. There are also many examples of soccer players and their experience with a problem and how they overcame it.
There are also helpful tips for the different positions of middle fielders, Forwards, defenders, goalkeepers, also tips for parents and coaches to emphasize things that will be a positive role. Love the chart showing who capitalizes on the ground conditions the most.
So many other rules/laws spoken about the explained in terms of soccer also.
Ends with an afterword and the free gift checklist.
Offer of a free ebook when you sign up at the author's site and also an appendix where the answers are given to the test.
Glossary is also included with the word or phrase and further defined.
Acknowledgements end this book.
Like this book very much because besides having the physical abilities to play well in soccer you also need the mental traits as well.
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Soccer Sleep: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Get a Good Night's Sleep Every Single Night (Understand Soccer Book 9) by Dylan Joseph
Starts with offer of a free checklist for sleep.
Table of contents where chapters are broken up into important sections of sleeping.
Dedication page and preface follow.
Love pyramid in color showing all aspects of soccer training with sleep and nutrition among other non sports related items also noted.
Introduction about the elements of the book in 5 different sections.
Parts that I love the best is that i don't have to be a sports player at all to benefit from the research author has done for better sleep.
I love also that some sentences are highlighted for me, the most important summarizing facts of the paragraphs, like highlighted in bold that stick out.
I actually tried a few things: pillow choice and napping and what he tells you to do actually worked for me, just one time trying.
light and getting rid of annoyances to get faster sleep patterns is enlightening.
Other color photographs, charts and graphs are also included during chapters to help explain different things.
Things relating to soccer playing are also discussed during each of the chapters as it specifically relates to that.
Love the six bonus tips included at the end along with about the author.
Other works by the author are highlighted with links at the end.
Offer of a free book when signing up to be part of soccer squad book team.
Glossary of words are defined at the end and acknowledgements.

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Soccer Nutrition: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Fuel a Great Performance (Understand Soccer Book 13) by Dylan Joseph
I am just really excited about this book, hope you can tell as I talk so much about it.
Book starts out with offer of a free guide, one page to take with you summarizing the steps to take in this book.
Table of contents and dedication page are included.
Preface where pyramid of soccer positions and goals are labeled.
Introduction talks about more of main points of this book.
Chapters I like the best are those with pictures showing diagrams of pyramids and how different aspects are more important than others and what you should be concentrating on. Had no idea what I eat first is important for the rest of the day for me.
Love chart on age and activity makes a difference when it comes to calorie intake.
Love that this book like the others highlight and bold print sections that are most important to the whole chapter.
Color pictures along the way show what is being discussed.
My plate diagram is how we had been eating now I see the difference with the next pyramid of food types.
Talks about when and how to eat for the player who has a game that day.
Post game even has meal plans, such a cool idea.
Compared to other world soccer players, how they eat and why. I can relate to eating more on days i have chores to do, lots of physical manual labor vs one where I am just doing small chores.
Like comparison of sports drinks vs. water. We'd take water every time. Nutritional label really matters to me and almost 8 years since my spouse had a heart attack it shows you in serving size and what and how much of everything you should be intaking.
All the bad processed parts of food are also discussed and why they are a bad idea.
General nutrition is a really good topic and why you should eat your meals in a certain order. Never thought about it but I like vegetables first as they are usually hot and won't stay warm for very long.
Examples of the authors days: inactive and active and what portions he will intake.
LOVE BMI calculation because the doctor doesn't know if I have body weight or muscle mass. I actually went to the site and put all the measurements in and I am very happy with the outcome! Thanks for the link!
Love summary at the end of each chapter.
Excellent example of the newer nutritional labels and what they really tell you about what's really inside the food in the package and how much you really should be eating of it-serving size.
Love this book for the experimentation the author tells you to try. Love it myself as we try all the spices and combinations in our pantry. Oils are most helpful when you really don't know exactly what kind of oil to get.
So glad to hear about this book because I love healthy foods. Was interesting to learn what a soccer player would need vs. a regular person.
Offer of free book, about the author and other woks by the author are highlighted at the end.
Author's contact info and website are included.
Glossary where words are explained in detail. Acknowledgements are listed as well.
A KEEPER!, not just for soccer players.
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The Mystery of Buckingham Palace (The Mystery Quad Book 2) by Anston Hawking

 

 

 

 

The Mystery of Buckingham Palace by Anston Hawking

 

 

 

 

The Mystery of Buckingham Palace (The Mystery Quad Book 2) by Anston Hawking
Book starts out with bringing us up to date about the last mission the family went on.
They are summoned from the president-he wants them to go to Buckingham Palace and find out about turmoil there.
Love that the book follows them on their trip while also following the bad guys in England and Spain. You are also able to understand their plans.
There is so much fighting from all over the world and they explain how they fought back. Love the details and strategy.
Who would've thought a spy was amidst them, hope they catch him in time before they need the US troops again to finish the battles.
So very well detailed with descriptions. Love hearing how it all came together and can't wait for the next episode of the Mystery Quad.
Received a review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Easter with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid

 

Easter with Snowman Paul by [Yossi Lapid, Joanna Pasek]

 

 

 

Easter with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid
Colorful, children's, rhyming book about snowman Paul and it's Easter time.
The kids can't believe their eyes, Paul is begging for eggs. There is a contest Easter painting and Paul wants to participate also.
He persuades a hen to let him have the egg so he can decorate it and win the contest. She agrees.
Dan the little boy questions him and he sees the crack...Paul thinks it's extraordinary!
Love how Dan thinks about it and decides to stick by his friend and what he wants...
Love how the decorated ones that won are shown, so cool and special.
Such a cool design they created, never thought about it.
Book ends with other works from the author

Montana Cowboy Daddy by Jane Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montana Cowboy Daddy by Jane Porter

 

 

 

Montana Cowboy Daddy by Jane Porter
This story starts out with Erika, a student working on her PhD degree. She gets a call and rushes to her cousins in Las Vegas. She finds her cousin is dead from a car crash and her son is in the car seat, unharmed.
She had NO idea that April had a son and is there to tend to the services and to her son Beck.
She looks through photo albums to maybe find a clue as to who the father could be and thinks she has an idea. His name is listed on the birth certificate.
Billy Wyatt. The Wyatt boys are in rodeos, heavily and some run the ranch. Erika finds him at the rodeo events but he's always with another female so she decides to just drive to the family ranch there and confront him.
He has no idea why the woman is there in the kitchen but learns soon enough. They get to spend time together and wait for the test to come back. His mother knows he's a Wyatt form the head and lack of hair.
The test does come back and Erika has agreed to be a nanny while he's on the road, In his free time he can help watch the baby while she works on her papers. He gets injured in the event, hospitalized, surgeries etc.
He is brought to his own cabin in Utah where he recovers with help from Erika and a few neighbor. Love the time they spend at Bryce and just simple things like walks in the wood, discovering new things.
Love how he teaches her to cook while she tends to them both. She knows she has to leave and let him take care of the baby. He has to tell her how he really feels about her and soon or she will leave...
Love the caring, travel, family togetherness, all about rodeos, her field of work, learning to cook, hiking, nature, romance, and learning new words.
Love the play by play scenes, I can just picture them in my mind. Such a realistic story.
A KEEPER!
Received a review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Journey Back Home by Cheri Swalwell

 

 

 

Journey Back Home by Cheri Swalwell

 

 

Journey Back Home (The Redemption of Green Pines Book 2) by Cheri Swalwell
Book tarts out with list of characters and dedication page.

Second book is about Jace and his family, his wife who is a super woman and the children. He spends too much time at church and with youth organization and is often home after midnight.
He also has Holly to help who also runs her own business: come to the table type eating catering establishment but has time to help others in the community.
After a tragic death Holly just wants to help them all as Jace never had a handle on the family side of the house.
ove hearing how Holly helps with all the kids, shopping, just holding the infant, helping others do fun things and their chores. she makes it all so fun and holidays. Love what the different color lights are a symbol for.
Lo many small treasures in this book, look for them yourself.
Others are out to ruin their lives after a sudden death. With faith in God they are able to get over the accusations and you wonder if they will be thrown out of the church and everything they do to help the community.
Was fearful it would end as I thought...although there are a lot of characters it's easy to see how they fit into the puzzle of this story.
Can be read as a stand alone. Love reading Simone's journals.
Excerpt from the next book in the series is included.

Trail to Forgiveness (The Redemption of Green Pines) by Cheri Swalwell

 

 

 

Trail to Forgiveness by Cheri Swalwell

 

 

Trail to Forgiveness by Cheri Swalwell
This story concentrates on Jace and Holly and the help they get to overcome the charges. They have a lot of friends that have their backs.
Love prayer at the meeting, it works. Also other combinations of others the story follows as well. Brings the whole community up to date.
Love prayers and how others get along with one another and how things are at peace, finally.
Love hearing about all the solutions to all the problems in this story. There are also so many fun times. Love Christmas holidays.
Super fun series and can be read as a stand alone.

Stony Point Summer (The Seaside Saga Book 12) by Joanne DeMaio

 

 

 

 

Stony Point Summer by Joanne DeMaio

 

 

Stony Point Summer (The Seaside Saga Book 12) by Joanne DeMaio
This book holds a lot of secrets, not just current but from the past.
I didn't realize there was so many missing pieces to the puzzle still.
Happy to catch up with the gang as they go about their business and time off.
Especially like the interactions and for me learning about the ocean stars and driftline in further detail-SO treasured.
Love the new words throughout I learned also. So many very descriptive details of the water and smells, sights and sounds that come to life.
Can't wait to read more about the gang of friends who live and play together and have for many decades.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Girl on the Boat: A prequel novella to the Mailboat Suspense Series by Danielle Lincoln Hanna

 

The Girl on the Boat by Danielle Lincoln Hanna

 

The Girl on the Boat: A prequel novella to the Mailboat Suspense Series by Danielle Lincoln Hanna
Having grown up on an island during the summer months and every weekend in other months I am familiar with this occupation.
We had to take a ferry to get to the island, at the very beginning there were no cars allows, just people. they would deliver mail at least once a day and the process is nothing like it is on the mainland.
This story starts out with the 3 cops at night and one finds a door had opened but only the picture shows the back side of a person. She goes to investigate and alerts the other two to help her as she has no weapon.
She ends up getting hit over the head and blacks out.
Another part of the story follows Bailey and she wants to try otu to be a mail jumper. Like this type of a job because she also would get to narrate a story of the surrounding area and what is famous about it.
I recall going on a ship at Lake George a few years ago and we had an awesome meal and the narration and dancing after. She gets advice from Barron who is a famous athletic guy at school when she notices he dropped a card.
She picks it up knowing what it is-a key card to access to a city building.
She's able to piece a few things together and has to decide whether to turn him in or not...
Like Captain Tommy as he holds everything together.
Good short novella and excerpts from other books in the series are included.
About the author and how she came up with the idea for this storyline are listed at the end.

 

 

escue Mission: Secret Child (STEALTH: Shadow Team Book 2) Kindle Edition by Danica Winters

 

 

 

 

Rescue Mission by Danica Winters

 

 

Rescue Mission: Secret Child (STEALTH: Shadow Team Book 2) by Danica Winters
Wow what a great read. Lots of action and adventure, mystery and high tech and military type technology, spies, bit of romance.
This story starts out with Mike Spade and he's attending a family wedding and then leaving which he accomplishes but doesn't get very far...
A woman is standing at his truck and it's his ex, Summer. they were to be married when he called it off... She had tried to contact him to no avail.
They spend the night at his location and then head to her new home hours away. She introduces him to their son and he goes all father mode.
Instant dad and he's good at it. She is trying to find out more about his occupation and she's been paid to do so. She also has sold secrets to another agency and is in a jam.
Her ex boyfriend shows up and he leaves when Summer pulls out her gun. Story line is fast paced when the child goes missing. She is not sure who she can trust.
Things seem to run smoothly for a while and she gets her hands on some codes in exchange for her child. Leaving at the end was hard to read about especially when guns make an appearance...
Great story and can't wait to read more about them down the road.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

 

 

 

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

 

 

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Book starts out with listing of works by the author in this series, table of contents and dedication and acknowledgement pages.
Hannah is at the mayor's office and his secretary is having some cookies. Andrea, Hannah's sister has a husband who is a cop and keeping her cool with the mayor but she is telling him off about an arrest her husband made.
Andrea had gotten so mad at the mayor she hit him and he fell out of his chair.
Later Andrea goes to the mayor at work with a triple chocolate cake to apologize but he's dead...
Hannah works with Mike and Loonie this time and they exchange information with one another.
There are potentially so many that could've done it... Love catching up with all the characters over the years I've read this series. Even if you are reading this a s first timer you will feel comfortable as some things about the characters will bring you up to date with the past books.
With all the Easter parties and events Hannah is busy with Easter treats and we, the reader get the recipes to try for ourselves.
They sound so yummy just reading about them. Hannah has been living at Norman's because her cat won't go back to the condo, Ross had lived there with them and the family has taken care of redoing the whole place for her return. Her sister Michelle lives there til she returns.
Love how this one all comes together. Index and baking conversion charts are listed at the end.
I received this review book from Kensington Books via Net Galley and this is my honest opinion.
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