Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Review: Christmas on the Coast

On the island of Jersey, Libby does not feel the Christmas spirit. Her work with the police and her role as vicar's wife are overwhelming her. Her children also feel this and now Stella, her friend, is holding a family grudge that Libby is unsure about. When she reads her late great-aunt Queenie's diary she discovers a secret held during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in 1941. As she continues she begins to understand why these secrets still affect her family's life and Stella's. Will the Christmas spirit be able to help Libby, her family and Stella?

I became immersed in this book from the beginning. I felt like I understood what Libby, her family and Stella were experiencing. When I placed this book down, I wanted to pick it back up and continue. I enjoyed the writing as it seemed very personable, fun, humorous, at times and gave me a glimpse into these lives.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

    Book Review: Amish Knit Lit Circle

    Amish Knit Lit Circle: Smicksburg Tales 3 by [Vogel, Karen Anna]This is the third book in The Amish Knitting Circle series. I feel like these people have become a part of my life. In fact, this book centers around two of my favorite things to do, knitting and reading.

    In this book, the circle has come to include English and Amish. Now the circle has come to include the discussion of books as the women knit for the homeless. Some of the books that they discuss include Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, a Christmas Carol, Anne of Green Gables, The Life of Our Lord, Emma, Black Beauty, Pilgrim's Progress and The Secret Garden. Each of these books have been favorites of mine so it was interesting to see the women's viewpoint and how each of these books touched their lives.

    This series has fast become a favorite of mine.

    Book Review: Healthy Meal Prep

    This book is a help when it comes to preparing and cooking meals. It helps the reader to become more organized so they are not wasting valuable time in the kitchen. The plans give one breakfast and three main dishes to prepare for the week. This makes life so much easier. By planning ahead of time, the food can be frozen so throughout the week mealtimes can have variety.

    Included is a step-by-step plan for prep day, including shortcuts. Each recipe includes nutritional information so goals can be met. Plus the book is broken into: Cut The Carbs, Meal Prep Favorites, Healthy Game Day and more.

    I can see this book fitting into my life perfectly. I will be buying the hard copy of this so I can mark and remember things more easily.

    I was given this book by NetGalley and DK in exchange for an honest review.

    Book Review: The Science of Cooking by Dr. Stuart Farrimond

    Dr. Farrimond is a specialist in the area of food science. He also is known for television, radio and public appearances. In this book Dr. Farrimond presents a book on the science of food that is easy to understand. There are more than 150 questions on the subject which he addresses along with tips and diagrams. Included are a vast area of food, taste, essentials and so much more. The book is interesting and the photography is amazing.

    I love most aspects of science, but in the last few years I have found the science of food fascinating. Dr. Farrimond was able to expand my education in a way that I was able to comprehend easily. I see this book will become a part of my resource shelf to pull out to look at again and again.

    I was given this book by NetGalley and DK in exchange for my honest review.

    Saturday, December 30, 2017

    Book Review: Amish Knitting Circle

    Amish Knitting Circle (Smicksburg Tales #1)This is a wonderful book that encircles a group of Amish. It shares the hardships, questions, love, and the knitting that  surrounds the people in the town of Smicksburg. Granny sets up a knitting circle of 5 very different individuals. One has low self-esteem, one cannot have a  baby, one has eight  children and is dealing with medical issues, one has questions of a past love and one wishing she could escape her marriage.

    The stories tell how faith in God can help each other through difficult times, no matter what they are. This book was a blessing and an eye-opener to Amish life. I highly recommend it.     

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    Book Review: Death at Thorburn Hall

    Death at Thorburn Hall (A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #6) by [Deering, Julianna]This is book six in the Drew Farthering Mystery Books. Don't let this turn you away, however. I don't always enjoy coming into a series not having read the previous books, but I thought I would try this one since it was a mystery. I am very glad that I did.

    In this book, Drew Farthering was going for a holiday at the 1935 British Open at Muirfield. While there he discovers that the partner of Lord Rainsby, his host, is believed to be embezzling. Lord Rainsby as for help but soon is found dead. As is his way, Farthering continues looking around, in spite of all the guest present, each who had motive to kill Rainsby.

    This book is filled with history and mystery, two things that draw me right into a book. The characters in the book gave me a feeling that I was glancing into a life I would not have known, if I were around at that time. This makes me feel like a fly on the wall, trying to absorb as much as I can. The same can be said about the way the mystery was written. I felt like I was looking for a solution with Farthering, without interfering or knowing what was to come next.

    I loved this mystery and I hope to now pick up other books by the same author. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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    Saturday, December 16, 2017

    Book Review: Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program Grade 5

    This reading program was created for children who demonstrate high reading skills. Each section includes tools to help build skills in critical analyses of work. As children progress through the program they learn many skills including cause and effect, literary elements, summarizing, themes and more.
    This material may be used to aid in homeschooling or in a gifted program within a school.
    The Short Story section includes:
        *A Plentiful Harvest
        *The Elves and the Cobbler
        *The Real Princess
        *One Girl's Song
        *The Three Spinning Fairies

        *A Corn-Song
        *I Hear America Singing
        *Prairie Song
        *A Jelly-Fish
        *Lost Illusions

        *Economics 101
        *Mass, Volume and Density
        *Population Explosion: How Math Helps You Understand America's Past
        *The Systems of the Human Body (Parts 1 and 2)
        *What is Sound

        *Excerpts from Common Sense
        *Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address (excerpt)
        *The Gettysburg Address
        *Moving Pictures Evoke Concern, 1922
        *Washington's Letter to His Wife Martha

    I believe this would be a beneficial tool to use to assist students in moving forward with their reading skills.
    I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.