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A Review of The Word Exchange

The Word Exchange
By: Alena Graedon
368 pages
Genre: Literature/Dystopian/Thriller
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
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* I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley.


A dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange offers an inventive, suspenseful, and decidedly original vision of the dangers of technology and of the enduring power of the printed word.

In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted “death of print” has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are things of the past, and we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication but also have become so intuitive that they hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order takeout at the first growl of a hungry stomach, and even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called the Word Exchange.
Anana Johnson works with her father, Doug, at the North American Dict…

A Review of: Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

Murder Simply Brewed
An Amish Village Mystery 
Book One
By: Vannetta Chapman
Genre: Christian Mystery
368 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: March 25, 2014

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* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via BookLook in exchange for an honest review.


What will happen when two amateur sleuths, one Amish and one English, combine forces to solve the string of crimes happening in the Amish Artisan Village? Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright can see profits in sight for her collection of Amish artisan shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a single hole in the front window and Mr. Gray dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. Hannah Troyer takes over the shop’s duties, and she and Amber become fast friends as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death to be a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah ar…

Catch Me If You Can

My grandfather was released from the hospital yesterday after being in there a week for pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He got very good care, everyone was nice. However, when told he was very active and independent even though he's 91 I think they had a hard time believing it. I think healthcare professionals underestimate older people at times. But just because you're elderly doesn't mean your memory is bad or you can't be independent. He does need help in some areas, but in a lot of them he leaves me in the dust. And I'm in my 30s. Pitiful.

Before he was discharged physical and respiratory therapists walked him to see how well he could do and how his oxygen level was. Here's what occured:

Therapist:" Okay Mr. Carroll, we're going to walk down the hall and see how you do."

As they got to the end of the hall the therapist, said:
" Hold on. We need to stop and see how your oxygen is."

He stopped for half a second so they could ch…

A Tire Gauge and A Limp

Over the past couple of months various family members have been hospitalized. My husband for a light heart attack, hip replacement surgery for my mother, and now my grandfather is in the hospital with pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Here are some highlights from his stay in the hospital:

My grandfather was sitting in a recliner in the hospital when all of a sudden he jumped up and headed to the bed.
" AAAH!AAAH! What are you doing?", I asked.
" Trying to get back to bed."
He was quicker than me and got back on the bed before I could make a move. He sprawled across the bed and got tangled up in his wires. 

Jesus help me.

I hollered for the nurse to help me. She remarked:
" Boy, he's a spunky little thing."
" Yes he is. He's a lot quicker than me."

I don't know whether to be impressed or ashamed.

Meanwhile, my Mother is still recovering from hip replacement surgery and my Dad has been staying with her while the husband and I are at …

A Review of Andi Unexpected

Andi Unexpected
(Andi Boggs #1)
By: Amanda Flower
Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication Date: September 2013
218 pages

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* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Twelve-year-old Andora 'Andi' Boggs and her fourteen-year-old sister Bethany move to rural Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt after the sudden death of their parents. While dealing with her grief, Andi discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree whose existence was hidden in a Depression-era trunk in the attic. With help from her new friend and neighbor, Colin Carter, Andi is determined to find out who this first Andora was and what happened to her.

My Thoughts:
A well plotted mystery that keeps your attention. A quick, fun read that's suitable for adults as well as kids. Read it! Read it now!

About the Author:
Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writi…