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  • A Bella Flora Christmas by Wendy Wax

    Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone is coming home for Christmas.  It's a good thing they have a big house!Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Kyra was hoping for a nice, peaceful Christmas before she has to move out and let the new tenant move in.  The problem is that she has to make a decision very soon over whether she will let her son act in a movie with his father.  She's not sure she wants to do that and she knows it will cause trouble if she doesn't.She's trying to Read More
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col

    Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Years ago I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys I could find.  When I saw this graphic novel available, I had to sample it!Dynamite Publication and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 28th.The characters are older in this story and they have moved up to the new technology everyone uses now.  The story begins with the boys being questioned about the death of their father; they are being accused of murder!This is a much more mature case for Nancy and the boys.  The boys have conflict between themselves Read More
  • If My Moon Was Your Sun by Andreas Steinhöfel, Nele Palmtag

    Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've had relatives with dementia.  They managed to live at home with aid but I can understand why it's best to have them in a home that knows how to deal with that issue.  That's what spoke to me about this book and I loved it!Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Max dearly loves his grandfather and cherishes all the times they've spent together.  Now that he's in a home, it's not the same.  But he wants to give his grandfather Read More
  • All Aboard! Let's Ride A Train By Nichole Mara, Andrew Kolb

    Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This board book is special!  You need to sit at the table to read it.  You open it up and the pages spread out accordion style...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's been published and you can get a copy now.As you start with the first page, you lift the flap and see the interior of the train.  There are questions about color, hats and the people on the train.  Each page has a flap and you see all sorts of people and animals riding the train.  What a fun way Read More
  • Charles Builds by Bob Bianchini

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charles is real good at building.  Of course, he has his father to help him so how could it not turn out?Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.This would be a perfect gift for the child of a carpenter.  Even if you just work on household projects, it would be fun to share with your young one.Charles builds bridges, skyscrapers, dog houses and more.  But the last page of this board is the sweetest.  He's also building a relationship with his father Read More
  • Charlie Builds by Bob Bianchini

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlie is real good at building.  Of course, he has his father to help him so how could it not turn out?Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.This would be a perfect gift for the child of a carpenter.  Even if you just work on household projects, it would be fun to share with your young one.Charlie builds bridges, skyscrapers, dog houses and more.  But the last page of this board is the sweetest.  He's also building a relationship with his father Read More
  • Builda Block by Christopher Franceschelli

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is board book with flaps you can lift.  You learn about the names of construction equipment and it shows how each is used.  If you have someone who likes to play with trucks or construction equipment, this would make a nice gift for them.Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.If you have construction of any kind in your area, this book will explain what the equipment does and gives them the name of it.  They'll recognize an excavator or a crane, a Read More
  • On To Virginia City by Gordon Landsborough

    Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Drew has been a cowpuncher for a while but when he gets close to Virginia City, he has to go in and wipe the dust out of his throat.  While he's there, he gets caught up in the gold/silver fever that lives in the town.  If he's going to stay here, though, he needs to make some money.  When a man offers him $10 to go keep the Indians away from the train coming in, he heads out with the other men.Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.Drew Read More
  • The Unbreakable Cord by Bobbie Bomar Brown

    Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story is based on actual events.  It's an example of the best way to react to an impossible situation.  No mother wants to get a phone call telling her that her daughter is in the hospital and they aren't sure she's going to survive...The author shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy now.This is a heartrending tale of immense pain, slow improvement and the desperation of parents.  They've been divorced for years but they are there on each side of the bed holding her hands.  She gets better, then Read More
  • Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer

    Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of romance stories.  I love Georgette Heyer's writing style and while I prefer her mysteries, this set of stories is special, too.  It'd be a great book to read during the Christmas season.  It'll put you in a good mood.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The women want to marry someone they love.  The men that populate the stories are all bachelors who don't want to marry at all.  However, they are very good at saving the Read More
  • Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman

    Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's sixteen and suffering from pleurisy so she's sent to live with her Uncle in Canada.  Her family thinks the cold dry air there will help her lungs.  No one expected her to fall in love...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is a fictionalized true story about life in Canada in the early days.  The man she loves is a mountie, so they go where they are posted.This is a tale of a land that hasn't been tamed yet, Indians that suffered Read More
  • Better Together: A Book of Family by Barbara Joosse, Anneke Lisberg, Jared Andrew Schorr

    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book has pages that flip up to show you more of the illustrations done by Jared Andrew Schorr.Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.First you see an animal alone and realize the poor thing might be in trouble but when you turn up the flap, you see there is family around it and everyone is safe.  This book emphasizes the fact that you should stay close to your family, not wander off by yourself.The part I liked best was that Read More
  • Meet Happy Bear

    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is board book with pages that slide.  You see one face on the bear, open the book, and another shows...Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Since the illustrations slide, you should probably assist your child in reading this one.Carles Ballesteros is the illustrator and he creates whimsical creatures.  You have a happy bear, a sad bear, and an angry bear but he keeps being cheered up.  The ending shows him happy with his mother.  It's a cute look at illustrations Read More
  • Hand of Vengeance by Marc Alexander

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a young boy but his mother is drilling names in his head and making him swear he will avenge his father's death.  When he grows into a young man, he heads out to take his revenge on the men who shot him down in their yard...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Saul has a mentor.  The professor gets a gunman in to train him in how to be a fast and quick shot.  Then he searches down the victims.  Saul Read More
  • Ghost Ship by James Rollins

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a Sigma Force short story.  It's about a couple who are taking some time off from their regular duties.  They're trying to relax but it's hard to when you're a mercenary that fights to the death all the time.William Morrow Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.Gary and Seichan have stopped on an Australian island to do some beachfront activities and snorkel and just enjoy the sunshine.  Seichan wanted to stay at their hotel and get a massage and hot rock treatment but he talked Read More
  • The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals by Tracey Hecht, Rumur Dowling, Waymond Singleton

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've read several Nocturnal books now and they are enjoyable.  This is a beginning reader and it's even more fun to read!Fabled Films sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I like this series because it doesn't have the usual dogs or cats in it.  There's a pangolin, a sugar glider, and a fox.  Singleton's illustrations are great and give you a good idea of what the real animal looks liked.In this story, a pomelo has fallen from the tree and Tobin, the pangolin, Read More
  • Bones to Pick: A Brie Hooker Mystery by Linda Lovely

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Brie never expected one of her aunts to be killed in an accident.  She was still so lively and running a goat farm, making cheese and selling it.  Now she was gone and just her twin was left.  Brie decides to stay with her remaining aunt and she will help run the farm.  She still might pursue her dream of a vegan restaurant but her aunt needs her now.  Who expected the adult pot bellied pig to dig up a skull buried in the barn during the wake for dead aunt?Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
  • The Crooked Desert by Denis Hughes

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    McCade has seen a lot of things but he's never seen a dying man turned away from the door before.  He can't understand why the woman did that but he's not going to let her get by with it...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When he goes back to the cabin, the woman is gone but he takes the man in and tries to make him comfortable.  He knows death is creeping up on him but he visits a bit and Read More
  • Polar Bear Postman by Seigo Kijima

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Two red cranes have lost their child.  They can't find it anywhere.  So they ask the Polar Bear Postman to help in a postcard.  After all, he delivers mail all over.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.What stood out in this story was the size of the characters.  Whoever was being questioned was larger than normal.  The polar bear questioned predators, friendly families he thought might have taken the baby in, and anyone he ran across but nobody had seen the bird.Then he gets another postcard.  This Read More
  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is very well done.  The illustrations show Anne's frustration with her situation in life.  They also show the beauty she sees in nature.  This is an old classic and I'm glad they've created this edition.Andrews McMeel Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.Her story begins when the brother arrives to pick up the child at the train station.  He's come to pick up the boy they wanted for chores.  He finds a red headed girl waiting for him.  There's nothing to be done, he takes Read More
  • The Black Rider by S J Bounds

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    An unknown man rides into town and shoots the sheriff in cold blood on the street.  He's wearing all black along with a black mask, so they call him the black rider.  He's been pestering the big rancher who ran all the little ranchers off but this is the first death...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is available for purchase now.The deputy has been after the black rider for the rancher's damage but murder of a friend just inspires him to do more.  It doesn't help that the sheriff's Read More
  • Return To Lan Darr by Anderson Atlas

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Allan has a dream about Lan Darr that seems way too real.  He decides he needs to return because he thinks they need his help.  All he has to do is find the flower that will take him through the portal...Synesthesia Books shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.He spends a lot of time on the mountain with his Uncle and his girlfriend.  The problem is that the flowers are in limited supply and not easily found.  When he does acquire them and heads Read More
  • His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton, Sydney Hanson

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a tantalizing little read with made-up words, an alchemist trainee and boy who just wanted to have fun.  As always, things don't always work like you planned.  It all started when they tried to put the potion on the warlord and it fell on on the prince instead.  The prince turns into a cat.  And the two partners in crime end up in the dungeon...Margaret K McElderry and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.The only way they can save their heads is to try to reverse Read More
  • Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's found a great place to rent.  She has a roommate who loves plants and never goes out if she can help it.  It's in a good area of town, she doesn't mind doing her shopping and the rent is cheap.  So Demi is a bit weird.  Most people are.Parvus Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.It's when Demi goes missing and she finds an odd man in the flower box that Ivy realizes Demi might be more than a little weird.  The police don't care she's missing.  Read More
  • Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:24:00 Permalink
    This is a whimsical touch from the past.  It's a collection of comic strips about Wallace, who is a typical boy.  He gets in trouble a lot...Andrews McMeel Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow.Wallace has a friend named Spud, a little brother, and he's friends with a tomboy.  She's really good at throwing things and is a bit of a smart mouth, too.  My favorite part of the comics was Wallace's interaction with his dad.  His father is willing to discuss silly things and imagine things most adults Read More
  • Sleep No More by P. D. James, Peter Kemp

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here are six tales that look at murder from various angles.  Whether is from revenge, selfish greed, anger or even apathy, these people commit murder and expect to get away with it.  Some do, some don't.  But that doesn't help the victim...Knopf and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.They are all a fascinating look at morality, character, and desires.  No one in these stories is very kind or understanding.  P D James saw the world the way it was, there's no sugarcoating here.The one that got Read More
  • Bear Hug by Susanna Isern, Betania Zacarias

    Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very sweet story about a young girl who found a baby polar bear...NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.He's a new baby and she can't find his mother anywhere so she takes him home with her.  He's cold, so she feeds him and then they sleep in her bed together.  She plays with him during the day and all is well until someone has raided the fish for the village.  They accuse her bear.  She knows he didn't do it but she also knows if she Read More
  • Seeds of Revenge: A Greenhouse Mystery by Wendy Tyson

    Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Megan is working on farming all year.  If she can sell fresh greens to the various restaurants, she'll be busy all year and have a steady income.  On her way home after leaving samples at the restaurants, she finds a car in the ditch.  The snow is deadly and started late, so she drives carefully looking for the driver.  Sure enough, she finds her.  And that's where her troubles begin...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.The driver is a woman who was invited to visit her Read More
  • Canal Days Calamity: A Dog Days Mystery #2 by Jamie M. Blair

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The last thing Cam wanted to was find another dead body.  Her husband won't like this at all...Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.Cam's sister is starting a new business, Cam is heading up the Canal Days celebration, and Cam has her stepdaughter living with her.  When they arrest Andy, her handyman, for the murder, the little mystery solving group she has forms again and they go after the real murderer.This is a light cozy mystery that was a pleasure to read.  Cam and her husband Read More
  • The Gift: The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's making a new start in a new community but the people seem stand-offish.  She wants to find out why but when she does, she'll wish she hadn't.Avon Inspire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Susanna hears gunshots while she's on her trip home and tries to hurry her horse along.  One of the shots comes too close, and she's thrown off the carriage.  She almost dies from the exposure, but a man shows up and saves her.  She thinks it was an accident but all of a sudden Read More
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