Friday, May 25, 2018

Book Review: Ruff Justice

Ruff Justice (Melanie Travis) by [Berenson, Laurien]Disclaimer: I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
I love books and dogs, so when I saw this book cover I had to get this book to review. I was blessed with lovely weather and no distractions so I was able to pick up this book yesterday and I finished it this morning. I loved it.
This book is a cozy mystery which centers around the world of a dog show, a murdered vendor and her missing friend and tenant. The connection between the murder and the tenant becomes clearer when secrets start appearing.
As I stated before this book was a nice quick read, especially when you can settle back and enjoy it. The description of the world of dog shows and the world of teaching are very well written, as are the characters, including the dogs.
I highly recommend this book and I hope to be able to read more by this author soon.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Review: Blind Betrayal

Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice Book #3) by [Mehl, Nancy]Blind Betrayal is the third book in the Defenders of Justice Series by Nancy Mehl.
Casey Sloan has been in the St. Louis U.S. Marshals Office for a couple of years. Now she is assigned the duty of escorting a reporter to Washington. He is to testify about an environmentalist who vanished. In addition to this, Casey discovers that the Marshal's Office has been under attack and now placed on high alert. Now Casey, the reporter and two other marshals are running while tryingt o keep the reporter safe.
This is the first of the series I have read and it surprised me how quickly I became engrossed in the writing. There is plenty of suspense to keep you reading and the characters were easy to catch up with. Each character has a distinct personality and background which helped make me invested in them.
I will need to pick up the first book in the series so that I can find out what has happened up to now. Excellent book.
I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Review: The Reading Promise

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by [Ozma, Alice]Alice Ozma and her father decided to see if they could start a reading streak . When she was in fourth grade, her father said he wanted to challenge himself to see if he could read out loud to her for 100 straight nights. After the challenge was met they would have a celebration. Post challenge they decided to continue and they did until the day she began her journey in college. 
This book gave me such a warm feeling as this is what my husband and I did with our children when they were growing up. We even read some of the same books as Alice's father did. We also read the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and some of Shakespeare's play. Unlike the father, we did not continue with this as long but it did help to build unbreakable bonds as I am sure this did with Alice and her father. 
I was given this book by Grand Central in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Book Review: The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The Thorn Keeper is the second book in the Penned in Time series by Pepper D. Basham. This book tells the story of Catherine Dougall and her new faith. She has a reputation of manipulation so others judgement of her has her feeling filled with self-doubt. Then she gets pregnant.
Dr. David Ross is a kind doctor but he also feels like Catherine should reap what she has sown. His life has been one of careful plans to help give him an upstanding reputation. He sees how Catherine has reformed and wants to give them a chance.
This book is filled with a lovely story of romance and redemption. Once I picked up this book, I did not want to put it down. I feel the author does a good job of showing faith without making the book preachy.
I think the characters are believable and the story is one that could be read again for the feeling the reader is left with.
I highly recommend this book.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Book Review: Amazing Origami Boxes

This is a bright, beautiful instructional book on creating origami boxes. I received the paperback version from Dover Publications in exchange for an honest review.
The book begins with a brief biography of Tomoko Fuse and the interest of origami to her. It then moves on to a key where the difficulty scale of each box, as well as an explanation of the different folds are diagrammed and explained.
There are a variety of different boxes to create from easier ones at the beginning to advanced designs at the end. The diagrams are accompanied by brief instructions. Both help to have success when constructing these boxes.
If I were to find one fault with this book, it is that I would have liked to have practice papers included with the book, but this would not be enough to put me off buying this book. I feel like the creative person who enjoys origami will enjoy this book.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Review: Modern Frames

Make in a Day: Modern Frames by [Wright, Natalie]This book is filled with picture frames to fit most needs. Each project gives a bright picture frame in use and then gives pictures and written, step-by-step direction to complete the project.

One of the things that caught my eye was the first picture shoes what each of the items needed look like. So even the novice can pick up the supplies needed.
Some of the frames include a message board, hanging planter frame, jewelry organizer frame, a hanging garden frame and so many more.
I found this book to be inspirational and helping me to see that completing a picture frame does not have to be overwhelming.
I was given this book by Dover Publishing in exchange for my honest review.