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  • Strangers in the Storm: Love and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jared Rund & Diane McKenney

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are hiking Mt. Rainier.  Just the notion sends chills down my spine.  Washington weather changes constantly and the mountain is tall enough it makes some of its own weather.  They pick what they think is a good day and a group of them head out.  They go at night so the glaciers will be frozen and easier to walk on.  As they go, several members of the party turn back. BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.One climber's new wife doesn't want to Read More
  • The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    A best selling author has come to talk about his book at the local library.  He thinks all women desire him and they don't.  He still tries to persuade them by touching and being familiar but he has no success.  He gets in an argument with one man and shuts another man down during the questions after his talk was over.  He's leaving at the same time as Jude so he offers her a ride home since it's raining.  She says OK but then he misbehaves in the car and she gets and walks home.  The next day he's found Read More
  • The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman

    Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They fell in love with the house and purchased it.  The woman selling it was a widow.  In that state old houses had a special clause in the contract that if a ghost bothered them, the seller would have to buy it back.  They just thought it was funny.  After all, the owner knew of no ghosts.  So they married and moved in.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.What no one knows is that Simon, the dead husband, still lives there in ghost form.He watches the Read More
  • No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

    Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are a close family working together to survive.  Their father died from injuries in a railroad accident so their mother works at sewing,  The oldest daughter has gone to be a lady's maid.  The twins have separate duties.  The boy works for the butcher, the girl takes care of the household and the youngest daughter.  When their mother gets very ill and must go the hospital, they almost despair.  They don't have money for the rent, there's no food in the apartment, and now there will be a hospital bill.  But it gets worse...Multnomah and Edelweiss let me read Read More
  • Adopting a Dinosaur by José Carlos Andrés, Ana Sanfelippo

    Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She really, really wants a pet.  She goes through a whole list of them but her parents say no...NubeOcho and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review(thank you).  It will be published June 25th.She finds a big egg and sneaks it home.  It's great fun to watch her try to hide it!  Then the egg hatches and she has a baby dinosaur.Then she goes out and asks her parents if she could have a baby dinosaur for a pet.  They think that's hysterically funny and when they quit laughing, they tell her yes thinking she will Read More
  • The Tell Tail Heart by Cate Conte

    Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maddie is remodeling her grandfather's house into a bigger cafe during the winter months.  She has cats in the cafe and the customers often end up adopting them.  She gets them from the animal rescue group.  Right now she has a very quiet customer who sits in the cafe, orders coffee and a pastry and then writes.  He also pets the cat on his lap.  She lets him do his writing.  Then her sister comes in and tells her he's an author of some renown.  While Maddie is taking that in a lady comes in and the first thing she Read More
  • Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

    Tue, 11 Jun 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Natalie Tan is finally going home.  Her mother died unexpectedly and she has to pick up the pieces.  She finds she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant as well as her mother's apartment above it.  She left home because she wanted to take cooking classes and her mother wanted her to go to college.  Now she has an opportunity to open a restaurant and she's going to do it.  But the whole street is gray and lifeless.  Where did the customers go?  Why are the businesses failing?Berkley Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (Thank you).  Read More
  • A Tale Magnolious by Suzanne Nelson

    Mon, 10 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's an orphan and she hates the home she lives in.  She sneaks out to go town whenever she can.  On this trip she finds they intend to hang an elephant for the death of her trainer.  She knows the elephant isn't guilty, she just knows it.  So she goes up to visit with it and it's kind.  They escape together and run as far as they can in one evening.  They stop to sleep in a barn...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 18th.The old Read More
  • Whispering in the Wind by Alan Marshall, Shane Maloney, Jack Newnham

    Sun, 09 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Peter lives in a bush hut with Crooked Mick, who is an excellent horseman.  One day, Peter decides to go out and find a princess and rescue her from a dragon.   Mick's OK with that.  He gives Peter a whip that makes a lot of noise if you do it right and that will call Mick if Peter gets in trouble.Text Classics and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published June 11th.When Peter starts his journey, a tree talks to him and tells him where the princess lives.  There's danger along Read More
  • The Root of Magic by Kathleen Benner Duble

    Sat, 08 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Willow knows her brother is sick and the doctors don't know why but she still wishes her mom hadn't started for home in a snow storm.  It's hard to see and it's slick.  Soon they are in trouble.  They've slid right up to the edge of the bridge and their car is about to topple over the edge...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss allowed me to rad this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 11th.Luckily, a husband and wife team in a tow truck show up and help them evacuate the car.  It was just in time, too.  Read More
  • Isabella at the Library by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Sat, 08 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella is great storyteller.  She goes to library to sing once a week and then she sits and tells her stuffed animals stories.The author sent me this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They are rowing their boat just like the song she just sung but when they get to the island they see a big lion and can't stop there.  Next they see a crocodile!Isabella has a great imagination, doesn't she?  Soon, her mother and little brother come and get her to take her home.With more illustrations by Read More
  • Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley

    Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are serving high tea to Hungarian women in their tea house.  Almost all the women are elderly and polite.  What she notices is that the special teacup she has on display is being used by one of the women.  She doesn't know why.  Then the woman drinking the tea walks quickly back to the bathroom.  When she checks to see how she's doing, she finds her on the floor against the wall dead!Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 30th.When the emergency personnel and police show up, the Read More
  • Isabella and the Magic Umbrella by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Fri, 07 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella is having a tea party outside and it starts to rain.  She runs in for an umbrella.The author shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When she opens the umbrella, the rain stops.  When she closes it, it starts raining again.  After testing it several times, she leaves it open and they all have their tea party.  I need one of those umbrellas!They decide it's magic and a beautiful rainbow blossoms in the sky.Sarah-Leigh Wills has done the illustrations.  This is another in the Isabella series Read More
  • Penne Dreadful by Catherine Bruns

    Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tessa is still grieving her husband's death.  He died in a car accident. When her cop cousin tells her his car had been tampered with, her grief turns to anger.  The cops aren't having luck finding the killer, so she's going to see what she can find out...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 30th.She starts her investigation by going to work at a pizza shop he did the books for and hung out a lot.  There's no end of suspects there.  She finds some illegal drugs by Read More
  • Isabella and the Woodland Walk by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Thu, 06 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella gathers up her favorite stuffed animals and goes for a walk with her mother and little brother and grandfather.  She's leading the dog and having a good time.The author graciously shared more of this series with me for reviews (thank you).  This book has been published and you can grab a copy now.Their walk is pretty unremarkable except when the dog sees a squirrel and wants to give chase.  So when Isabella finds a downed tree to sit on, she tells her stuffed animals an exciting tale about another walk in the woods.  The most important thought in the Read More
  • The Pawful Truth by Miranda James

    Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlie Harris has decided to take a class on early medieval history.  He's only going to audit it. He's a bit uncomfortable with students half his age, but he meets another older student so it'not so bad.  He hears the teacher talk to her after class, asking her what the hell she's doing in his class.  Then she asks Charlie to be her study partner.  He declines since he is not a student.Shortly after that he learns that she has been murdered...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July16th.When he Read More
  • Croquette & Empanada by Ana Oncina

    Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    This was an interesting read.  It's pretty much all done in cartoon form.  You go on adventures with these two creatures and it's a fun read.Andrews McMeel Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published and you can pick up a copy now.What I liked about it was it is so realistic.  They go to bed at night and one of them hogs the bed.  On another night, she has all the blankets and he has none.  (My husband accuses me of this but it's a lie.)  They go to choose Read More
  • The Oddmire, Book 1: Changeling by William Ritter

    Tue, 04 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A Goblin takes a Changeling to the house with the newborn.  He intends to trade him for the real baby.  Unfortunately, he gets distracted and the changeling has mimiced the baby.  He can't tell which is which, so he leaves them both there...Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 19th.Annie knows she only had one child but she's willing to take on two  and love them both equally.  As they grow, they get into a lot of mischief.  But reading a goblin note and then following his map Read More
  • Turning Secrets by Brenda Chapman

    Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    A  dead body on a construction site is a young woman.  At first look it looks like suicide.  But Kala thinks it might be murder.Soon she finds out the woman died some place else and was moved.  Her heart gave out on her from the drugs she took. No one saw anything, so this is going to be a hard case to solve.Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.They find she got cheap rent at her apartment because she traded sex for part of the rent.  She seemed Read More
  • Deep River by Karl Marlantes

    Mon, 03 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Russians are invading Finland and families there are losing loved ones.  Three Koski siblings escape to America.  They go to the wooded land near the Columbia River and begin logging.  They start chopping wood for the steam donkey but it doesn't take them long to move up.  There are a lot of casualties in the woods.  There were widow makers (broken branches way up in the tree that eventually come loose), broken cable lines they use to yard the trees, rolling trees, and falling trees.  Any of these connecting with a body can mean death.  When owners press for Read More
  • Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K. D. Halbrook, Ilse Gort

    Mon, 03 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    She is supposed to be good at jewelry making so she can carry on the family business.  But she daydreams about riding a dragon and loses her concentration.  Then she meets an old woman who helps her make a dragon riding outfit.  She intends to impress the greatest dragon rider around.  She fails and her father is very angry over her actions.  She goes to find the old woman again...Henry Holt and Company Books For Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 4th.The old woman finds her in Read More
  • Layover by David Bell

    Sun, 02 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started during a layover at the airport.  He meets a pretty lady and wants to get to know her better but she won't tell him anything and keeps sneaking off.  He's supposed to be going on to a job but his dad is there at the meeting and he wants to find his elusive girl...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you),  It will be published July 2nd.As he follows her and finds her here and there, he knows she's in trouble but she won't tell him what kind.  When he finally gets Read More
  • Murder in Bel-Air by Cara Black

    Sun, 02 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    First, Aimée gets phone call from her child's school just as she's about to go on stage for a keynote address.  Her mother never came to pick up her daughter.  She excuses herself from speaking and goes after her daughter.  While she's there, she sees a dead woman being brought out of the convent grounds next door.  When she starts asking questions she finds her mother had befriended this homeless woman and she was the last person they had seen talking to her.  She knows her mother didn't kill her but where is she now?  Is she in trouble again?Soho Read More
  • I Really Love You by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Sat, 01 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Back in the days of dinosaurs, there were many varieties.  Some communicated well, some not at all.  In this story the Tyrannosaurus learns an important lesson:  Listen with your heart, not with your ears...Museyon and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.A Tapejara offers to lead the Tyrannosaurus to the woods where he should be able to find some food.  It's a long walk and the Tyrannosaurus is getting weak, so the sneaky Tapejara tries to take a bite out of him.  He wasn't trying to help, he was wearing him down.  Read More
  • Liaden Universe Constellation IV by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

    Sat, 01 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a series I love.  Sharon and Steve write of a future world where danger hides and life is dangerous but love lives there anyway.  Most of these stories compliment the ones written before by giving you more insight and detail by explaining the past or present.Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 4th.My favorite is the cook who shares his food with needy children and lives with a beautiful security guard.  She goes off on mission and he awaits her return.  When he finds a Read More
  • Broken Sword by Phil Tomkins

    Fri, 31 May 2019 11:25:00 Permalink
    This story is historical fiction about the conflict between the English and the French on the east coast in Canada and the northern US.  It is also the tale of Lorcan Travis who emigrated from Ireland to fight for the British.  He thought Indians were brutal savages.  They were but they were more than that...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The fighting between the French and English was brutal.  I didn't know much about this history so that made it an interesting read Read More
  • Paper Son by S. J. Rozan

    Fri, 31 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts when her mother sends her to get a relative out of jail.  She's never heard of him so she asks her mother how she can be so sure of his innocence.  It turns out he's part of her father's side of the family.  To her mother, he wouldn't kill his father because he's from an honorable family.  So off go Lydia and Bill, her partner in the PI business, to see what they can do.Pegasus Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.When they get to Mississippi, Read More
  • Black Death by M.J. Trow

    Thu, 30 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kit Marlowe gets a message from a man he doesn't like, and he's not even sure he wants to read it.  But when it says someone is trying to kill him, it gets Kit's curiosity up and he goes to visit.  Unfortunately, he's already died.  The autopsy points to a plant based poison.  Who poisoned him?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.The Black Plague is killing people in the poor part of town, so they close the theaters to avoid the spread of the disease.  It annoys Read More
  • Season of Darkness by Cora Harrison

    Wed, 29 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inspector Fields showed Dickens and Collins the body of a young woman pulled from the river.  He never expected Dickens to recognize her and get involved in the case.Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.Dickens helps pay for a house where female orphans are taken in.  He met her there but she didn't stay too long.  She was a little too mouthy and mindful to fit in well and she found another home where she could serve as a servant and she and her friend went there Read More
  • My Dog Made Me Write This Book by Elizabeth Fensham

    Tue, 28 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eric gets to have a dog for his eighth birthday.  They go to the pound (he thinks of it as a home for orphaned dogs) and he picks out a puppy.  He expects it to be his new best friend but it loves his mom the most.  He's named it Ugly and when he takes it on walks it drags him along.  He's all discouraged about owning a dog...Sourcebooks Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published om July 1st.His Grandpa tries to help him and then asks Read More
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