Wednesday, September 24, 2014

book revew: How to Knit

How to Knit is an excellent guide to anyone that has the desire to learn how to knit. The author takes the reader through each section of this book with ease, almost like she is sitting there talking with the reader. Items discussed include different types of needle, fibers and weight of yarns, plus the importance of gauge.
She also shows the knitter how to read a pattern, both the written word and a graph. Then she present easy patterns, for the knitter, where each of the sections are put to use. These patterns can be used for scarves or wash clothes.
I wish that I had this book when I was learning how to knit over 40 years ago. The process, including the mistakes, would have been easier to bear.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book Review: The Art Restorer by Julian Sanchez

The Art Restorer, by Julian Sanchez, keeps the reader intrigued. Once I began I had a hard time putting it down.
The main character is Enrique who travels to his former home, San Sebastian, from Manhattan. He made this trip to support his ex-wife. While there he meets a gentleman by the name of Craig, who was there for the restoration of Sert’s paintings. When Craig dies questions were raised. He died by drowning; however he was a form Olympic swimmer.
Through an investigation that spans countries and leads to several families, this story shows the Nazis’ propensity of collecting wealth and stealing wealth.
Sanchez tells a wonderful tale, which will get the heart pumping as the story progresses. I would highly recommend this book to any that enjoys adventures.

I downloaded this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Hello friends!
I wanted to let you in on some exciting news from Holley Gerth!
Holley will be hosting a face(book) club for her new book, What Your Heart Needs For the Hard Days! You can read about it on her blog at and to join all you have to do is “like” her facebook page at
It would be great if you could share this info on your blog when you post your review (unless you’ve already posted) or on your facebook page!
Thanks so much!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Founders' Son by Richard Brookhiser

I am a history buff, which began when I began looking into our founding fathers through Lincoln. When I found this book I was very excited. It did not let me down.

Founders' Son, by Richard Brookhiser, looks at the influence that the founding fathers of the United States, not only his Presidency, but most of his life. To see the breakdown of the influences gives the reader a better insight of Lincoln and those that fought for the ideals for which this nation stands. Brookhiser did an exceptional job of helping the reader understand the man, Abraham Lincoln.

Review: Countdown by Fern Michaels

Countdown (The Men of the Sisterhood)Fern Michaels is such a talented author and her skill is demonstrated in the second installment of the Men of the Sisterhood. This book show how special these men are as their association with the sister has created a strong bond between the men and the women.
The Sisterhood, and their men, spends their time in this book taking on the worst of the slum landlords. With the twists and turns, as only Michaels can do, this book is a quick read and a thoroughly enjoyable one. 

Review: Jeremiah: Women's Bible Study Preview Book: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World

Jeremiah: Women's Bible Study Preview Book: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World by Melissa Spoelstra shows the reader that in this world which is so unstable, love and guidance can be found within God's Word.
This is a very worthwhile book for anyone that is interested in studying this book of the Bible.

Book Review: Evil Fairies Love Hair

Evil Fairies Love Hair, by Mary G. Thompson, and published by Clarion Books, is such a funny book that pulls the reader in from the first sentence.
Several kids find a tricky fairy who will give each of them one wish. However, the rules they must follow to get these wishes, and the ways the children try to meet them, will have the reader rolling on the floor with laughter.
This book may be written for the young, but anyone who wants to read a funny book should read this one. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney

When the World Was Young by Elizabeth GaffneyWhen the World Was Young, by Elizabeth Gaffney, begins on V-J Day and is written from the perspective of Wally Baker. Wally, throughout the book, feels like a bit of a misfit. First of all, there is her name, which she feels is definitely a boy’s name. Then, even through she loves Wonder Women comics and ants, she feels like these items still separates her from others. Finally, there is her mother, who is not stable and the fact that the lives with her grandparents, but yet her best friends are Loretta, the housekeeper and Ham, Loretta’s son.

Wally is faced with different losses, conflicts, and prejudices throughout the book yet is able to find strength when she needs it.

This is a beautifully written, honest portrayal of human nature at this time as well as today. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: Annie's Stories by Cindy Thomson

Annie’s Stories by Cindy Thomson
Annie Gallagher’s life seems to be surrounded by stories. In the year 1901, Annie is living in New York City, although she came here from Ireland. Her father was a storyteller and when he died most of his possessions were taken by his brother.

However, soon after his death, Annie ran from her homeland and found a job and a home at Hawkins House. This was the year The Wonderful Wizard of Oz took New York by storm. Along with this story, Annie seems to see the lives around her as a story. There is a young girl border that is being watched for misconduct. This would not only cost her a home at Hawkins House, a respectable boarding house for immigrants, but could close this establishment as well. This would cost Annie her home, her job and her new friends which she has made.

In addition to these stories, Annie would like to house a library in the name of her father. The loss of the Hawkins House could cost her this dream.

Cindy Thomson has written a wonderful novel about this remarkable young women and the hopes and dreams that she has, not only in her own life, but in the lives of the others around her.