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I am sharing reviews to some of my favorite reads that you might be interested in. I am NOT compensated for these reviews. If I receive a free e-book for a review I will disclose that in my review. This are my own thoughts and views.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Peter: The Untold True Story Reveiw

Peter: The Untold True StoryPeter: The Untold True Story by Christopher Daniel Mechling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(This I bought from Amazon as an ebook)
I have been wanting to read this book since I saw the cover at the beginning of the year. I have to say I was not disappointed. This is supposed to be the real story of Peter Pan, but I am inclined to view if more as historical fiction until I do my own research on the matter. I have studied and know of feral children found and then educated into "normal" society. With and without much success, depending on the case.

This story follows Peter, from the time he is found in a forest in Germany, to his move to London, England, to live with King George's family. He becomes friend with Princess Caroline and her siblings. We watch Peter develop and experience friendship, loss, and respect from other adults and children.
I have never marked up a book like I did with this story. Having said this Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie, is still favored over a "real life" retelling.
This book, was engaging and well written. Mr. Mechling did a great job writing this book. I will defiantly want to read more of his books.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Review: Strong Mothers, Strong Sons

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary MenStrong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men by Meg Meeker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If yo are a mother of boy/s this is a great book for you. I loved the book. It talks about bonding with your son/s from a young age, helping them through growing up and topic we need to talk to them about. Keeping the conversation about them and how to help draw out their emotions. There is also a time to let go over time for our son/s can become the men they need to become.
It was a long and could have been shorter without of loss of important lessons, if some stories were left out (even though the lesson was shown in personal accounts)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book Review: Who Was Beatrix Potter

Who Was Beatrix Potter?Who Was Beatrix Potter? by Sarah Fabiny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was one of the many children who read and loved Beatrix Potter's many stories. This was a great book for my children to read about Beatrix Potter, who she was and her life. I even learned a few new things about her.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Review: Boys and Girls Learn Differently

Boys and Girls Learn Differently: A Guide for Teachers and ParentsBoys and Girls Learn Differently: A Guide for Teachers and Parents by Michael Gurian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I check this out of the library to listen to as I was cleaning my house. If anyone wants to get a gift for me this would be the book.

This is an easy listen, just wish I had a hard copy that I could mark up and take notes in.

Boys and girls DO NOT learn the same way and shouldn't be forced into doing so. This book opened my eyes to helping my boys preform better in a school system where that may not be possible, but here at home I can use the differences in my children to help them learn the best they can, and without the fighting.
My daughter loves school, my boys not so much. Boys and Girls are different and should be. The brains are just made different, for different life functions, education should reform to meet these needs. All Boy and All girl classes, and multi age classes are not a bad thing, and help develop the brain and learn for the children.

This is a must read for parents, teachers or school administrator

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Review: Defiance by G.G. Vandagriff

Defiance (Saga of Love and War Book 3)Defiance by G.G. Vandagriff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free eBook copy of this book for my honest review.

WOW, I read the second in the series Exile, and loved the fast pace action, this third book didn't disappoint me either. These are Historical Fiction that follows a refugee family from Nazi occupied Austria that now live in England on the brink of Hitler's occupation of that Island. This installment specifically follows Rudy and Hannah and their lives and romance in the RAF (Royal Air Force) and WAAF.

I loved how the author told their story in a fast paced action, yet historically semi-accurate accounts of what life would have been like for the British people and refugees living there during WWII. Can't wait until the next one come out. There were some strings left untied at the end of this book.

I have a huge respect for those men and women who put their lives on the line in the defense of Europe against Hitler and his ideas.




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Children's Book: Animal Motions Review

Animal MotionsAnimal Motions by Melissa Pilgrim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won/received this free book through the GoodReads giveaway. I have a preschooler that loves animals. This was a great book for him. This book follows a small boy getting out of bed and moving like different animals through stretching, moving, yoga poses, all before breakfast.

The pictures are bright and colorful and my children liked flipping through it. I did have to slow them down and have them participate in the movements also, the pictures were easy for them to follow without to much adult instruction. They felt better after the stretching, but I think just for exercise they will do mommies yoga and exercise videos with her.

For a group story time activity this would be better. I will have to try it in preschool. Melissa Pelgrim does have a website with lesson plans that go along with the book.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: Each Little Bird That Sings

Each Little Bird That SingsEach Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Death is something that Comfort Snowberger lives with.
This was a great book for children to deal with deal, grieving, and life. There are worse things to life than the lose of a loved one or a beloved pet.. It is a cold, shut heart.
I enjoyed the real life situations that Comfort goes through, makes her more personable.

I also like how she keep writing her Life Notices for the newspaper, in hopes to replace the boring, dull death notices.

Friendship is important and we all make mistakes, it is getting through them and how we get through them that is important.

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(I was not compensated for this review, these are my own views.  I checked this out from my local public library) 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Finished Reading: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom ThumbThe Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

** This is my own personal review and have not been compensated for posting.  I checked the unabridged audiobook out from my local library. Just wanted to share. **

I was intrigued by the title so just had to listen to the audio book while working around the house.

Call me naive, but I had no idea that Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump or Charles Stratton (General Tom Thumb) were real people until I listened to this book and then did an internet search.  This is a work of historical fiction, not an autobiography

Lavinia or "Vinnie" lived pre Civil War (American) - 1919. How much of this story is real and how much was fictional is hard to tell, since her own writings are vague in many experiences she had.

There were some parts of her story that I had a hard time listening through. No woman should have to go through what she did. Definitely not a book to let your young, elementary children read.

I found Lavinia head-strong (not a bad thing), never content, selfish, not sure if she ever was happy in her life.
Wasn't totally enthralled in her story but it was a good one to read.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gianna the Great Book Review and a Giveaway

Gianna the Great 
   
Gianna just wants to know about her ancestors, but she has to join an after school history club (yuck!) to do it. Now, she's about to embark on a journey that will change everything she thinks she knows about her family.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined

I just finished reading "Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined." This is the second book in the Meet Your Match series by Rachael Anderson. 4 Stars

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Synopses: 

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall. 
Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

My Review:  

The second book in the Meet Your Match series. 
I was thrilled when I was asked to review this book, seeing how I liked the first one.  This is a clean, feel good romance.

Noah has lost his wife and is a single dad raising two girls, with the help of a sister and neighbors. 
Cassie has also lost her husband, and in no way wants to get herself in a terrible marriage again. 

When Noah's neighbor sets up a meeting with Cassie, she puts two opposite hearts into motion toward each other. 

This was a fun read and really got me thinking about my own relationship and other relationships I see around me.  "What can I do better to make my marriage better?"  Granted relationships aren't like stories, they take work and there are major pitfalls we need to over come, and work together.   No matter how long you know someone, as long as you feel it it right, "then everything will be OK,"  So that really had nothing to do with the book. 

Light, fun, fast, clean read.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things -- Spotlight and Giveaway

diamond rings are deadlyDiamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen
Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success–that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.


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“I love Rachelle J. Christensen’s stories and characters, and Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things is another thrilling mystery to add to my collection. Don’t be surprised if you have to stay up all night to finish he book!” ~Rachel Ann Nunes, author of Before I Say Goodbye

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things pulled me right in from the first page and held me captive until the very end. Great characters, a compelling plot, a surprising twist at the end … Rachelle Christensen knows how to craft a great mystery. ~Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters Mysteries

A cunningly crafty mystery with just the right mix of romance. Readers won’t be able to get enough of Adrielle Pyper, stunning party-planner turned heroine. ~Nichole Giles, author of Descendant

rachelleAuthor Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle J. Christensen was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology.

She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading. Rachelle has an amazing husband, five cute kids, three cats, and five chickens.

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Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things

Excerpt from Chapter 1

Wait a minute.” Lorea ran her hand along each of the gowns hanging in their individual garment bags. “Please tell me I can’t count.”
Um, math isn’t my favorite subject either.”
Shaking her head, Lorea began pulling all the packing material from the box.
What’s wrong?”
There are only nine dresses.” Her chin trembled slightly as she hurriedly recounted the gowns. “One is missing and I think it might be the one with the beaded hemline.”
My throat felt chalky. “The one Sylvia ordered in case she didn’t like her gown?”
Lorea kept pulling packing material out of the box—long strips of brown paper were strewn across the floor. I dropped to the ground and began digging through the box. Then I stood and recounted the gowns.
Let’s open up each bag and pull them out. Maybe there are two gowns in the same bag.”
Lorea’s eyes lit up with hope. “That’s probably it.”
Neither of us spoke and the sound of plastic and rustling satin covered the dull roar of blood pumping in my ears. We were working against the clock for Sylvia’s wedding and we couldn’t afford to upset her.
It’s not here. I can’t believe it,” Lorea cried. “Of all the dresses to go missing, it would be Sylvia’s alternate.”
My imagined conversation with the dressmakers took a drastic turn, but I slowly breathed in and out. “You know what? She’s going to love her first choice. You’ll steer her in the right direction. Maybe convince her it would be bad luck to try on the other dress when the first one was obviously designed for her.”
Lorea’s face had red splotches on it and she blinked her eyes to clear the moisture.
I pointed at the gown with the gaping hole. “Let’s concentrate on one problem at a time. I’ll make some calls. You fix the hole. I know you can work with that diva. I’ll back you up.”
I knelt next to the box and began tossing the packing paper back in, but I froze when I focused on something caught in the tape lining the bottom of the box. Leaning forward, I reached for the tiny pearl. Three more beads were stuck in the corner. “Did any of the other dresses have pearl beading?”
No, it was just that one.”
Let’s empty the box completely and see if we can find any more of these beads.”
Huh?” Lorea studied the bead in my hand and gasped as I picked up the others.
A powdery residue hugged the corners of the cardboard and the packing tape glimmered in the light with the same fine particles.
What’s this?” Lorea held up a shiny piece of metal.
My skin prickled with goosebumps. “That looks like part of a razor blade.” I closed my eyes, but not before the image of blood trickling down a knife point seared my consciousness. The foreboding sense of discomfort threatening my good mood broke through my dam of positive thinking. A million negative outcomes flowed through my mind and I felt cords of tension tightening my shoulders. Taking a shaky breath, I opened my eyes, commanding myself to stay in the present, and focus on Lorea. “I don’t understand. Do you think our shipment was tampered with?”
Lorea tilted the silver blade. “How fast can you get China on the phone?”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Behind The Stars - Spotlight and Review


Today I am super excited because I have the opportunity to introduce Leigh T. Moore, author of Behind the Stars. See my review of the book here at goodreads.com




About the Author
Leigh Talbert Moore lives with her husband and two young children in the middle of the country, where she conjures new worlds, characters, and situations while playing chauffeur, chaperone, group activity leader, and referee.




  BEHIND THE STARS By Leigh T. Moore

Prentiss Puckett is certain of three things:
-Graduation is two weeks away.
-Summer only gets hotter in south Mississippi.
-She’s getting a job with air-conditioning.

She did not expect to be kidnapped walking to work.
And she never expected to become a hero.

Red Dawn meets LOST in this action-adventure/paranormal romance from Amazon bestselling author Leigh Talbert Moore.

Excerpts:

Behind the Stars
By Leigh Talbert Moore
© 2014, Leigh T. Moore

The guards moved among us, placing dentist-office Dixie cups of what looked like water in front of everyone. A separate guard came to where I sat on the floor, clutching my knees. She lightly took my arm.
“Please return to the table.” Her voice was smooth. “You’ve had a shock. Have some water.”
I wasn’t about to drink anything they gave us. It was Day One all over again, only this time, it was Guyana. We were all being served the Kool-Aid. Next stop, mass graves.
Stupidly, my friends and fellow prisoners had no such qualms. Didn’t anybody watch the History channel? I stared as they all took shaky sips without hesitation.
“Just take a small sip.” The female guard was still with me. “It’ll calm you.”
My throat constricted. My whole body was on revolt. Shaking my head, I didn’t meet her eyes. I only stared at the white cup of water. Braxton was at my side, and he drained his. What the hell made him do that? Did he want to die?
Seconds ticked past and nothing happened. Nobody passed out. Nobody did anything strange—except forget what we’d just witnessed here. Braxton picked up his fork to finish his lunch. They all did. Like one of us had not just been taken out “swiftly and finally.”
Only he had, and I was reeling from the shock.

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Readers are saying…

FIVE STARS: Very interesting and easy to fall into. As you read it gets more and more interesting, and I loved all the build up and excitement to the end. It ended just as I hoped it would, and the whole “Lord of The flies” with the boys was great!” –Mom with a Kindle
  
"I was drawn into the story and didn’t want to put it down… I loved it, and I will be looking for more from this author in the future." –New Adult Addiction

"Exciting, filled with action and adventure, and with just enough romance that it didn't drive the story, but it most definitely will satisfy those who love a great love story.” –Roxy’s Reviews
  
"FIVE STARS: A wonderful read with suspense, drama, romance, and even a band of what I call the demented lost boys." –What’s Beyond Forks


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Also by Leigh Talbert Moore:
-DRAGONFLY (New Adult family saga; Book #1 in the Dragonfly series)
-UNDERTOW (New Adult family saga; Book #2 in the Dragonfly series)
-WATERCOLOR (New Adult family saga; Book #3 in the Dragonfly series)
-MOSAIC (New Adult family saga; Book #4/final book in the Dragonfly series)
-BEHIND THE STARS (NA Action-adventure/paranormal romance)
-THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING (YA romantic comedy)
-THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO (YA coming of age; Top 5 Finalist, 2013 "Best Indie Book Awards" sponsored by The Kindle Book Review)
-ROUGE (New Adult romantic suspense; Quarterfinalist, 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)

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