Showing posts from September, 2014

Book Review of: Paw Prints in My Heart: Life Lessons Learned from the Dog of My Life

Paw Print in My Heart: Life Lessons Learned from the Dog of My Life
By: Andrew Hessel
Genre: Non-fiction
165 pages
Publisher: Old Dog Publishing, 2014

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a tribute to Mac, Andrew's dog who sadly passed away. It chronicles Mac's life and his passing and how he touched those around him.

I found it to be a moving tribute not just to Mac but also a tribute to man's best friend. I think it would be a treat to dog people or just to animal lovers in general. So, it's getting...

1/2 teacups

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Book Review of The Fire by John A. Heldt

The Fire
( Northwest Passage # 4)
By: John A. Heldt
Genre: Adventure/History/Touch of Romance
Publisher: John A. Heldt, 2013

I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When recent college graduate Kevin Johnson joins his family in Wallace, Idaho to clean out his late grandfather's house he finds more than he bargained for. It leads to a hidden treasure and a diary that takes him on an adventure- way back to 1910 Wallace. And while there he gets more than he bargained for.

This is a sequel to The Journey but also includes cameos from Joel and Grace from The Mine and TheShow. I liked that element. I found the book to be entertaining and hard to put down. I recommend all The Northwest Passage Novels. 

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Book Review of Revised Orders by Irene Helenowski

Revised Orders
By: Irene Helenowski
Genre: Sci-fi
264 pages
Publisher: Lulu, May 2014

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

In this the second book after Order of the Dimensions Jane is married to Randy and just finished her doctoral dissertation. Like the first book I found the plot to be intriguing and the characters realistic and interesting. However, I found it hard to distinguish between dimensions and which characters were talking. But other than that I found it an entertaining read.

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Book Review: On Behalf of the Family

On Behalf of the Family
Detective Dave Mason # 3
By: Mar Preston
Genre: Mystery
373 pages
Publisher: Pertinacity Press, 2014

I got a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When Detective Dave Mason is called out to an arson scene that finds the burnt body of a young Turkish girl in  a parking garage. While investigating he finds trouble everywhere he goes- from the victim's family, to the department,  from the city of Santa Monica and even from his girlfriend. Can he bring her killer to justice and keep his love life intact?

While I found the book to be a little draggy in places and the dialogue a little stilted at time; Dave was a very interesting protagonist. The mystery also kept me guessing and the subject matter was timely. She took an important issue- the Muslim religion and wove it in the plot without being heavy handed.

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Book Review: Nest By Esther Ehrlich

By Esther Ehrlich
Genre: YA
336 pages
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books September 9, 2014

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It is 1972 and Naomi "Chirp" Orenstein lives on Cape Cod with her psychiatrist father, her ill mother, and her sister Rachel. When Naomi's mother's illness turns out to be serious she turns to her neighbor Joey. She also finds comfort in watching her much loved birds. Together Chirp and Joey come up with the perfect plan: Escape, Adventure, Discovery.

A captivating children's book that is suitable for all ages. It held my attention and the dialogue and characters were believable. I think you, too will sing its' praises.

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Book Review of Merlot and Murder By Joni Folger

Of Merlot and Murder
A Tangled Vines Mystery
By: Joni Folger
Genre: Mystery
288 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink- September 8, 2014

I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is the second Tangled Vines Mystery and it's just as fun as the first one. When Elise and her family decide to help co-sponsor the Lost Pines Food and Wine Festival they didn't know they'd get tangled up in murder again. But when Elise's grandmother ends up at the murder scene of her rival Divia Larson Elise is determined to find the real killer. The book's plot kept me interested, the fledgling romance between Elise and Deputy Jackson Landry has plenty of chemistry, and Elise and her spunky family are fun. I look forward to more books in this series.

1/2 stars

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Book Review: No Saints Around Here by Susan Allen Toth

No Saints Around Here: A Caregiver's Days
By: Susan Allen Toth
256 pages
Genre: Memoir/Essays/Caregiving
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press, 2014

In this book Toth writes in short essays that chronicle the last 18 months of her husband James's life- who suffered from  Parkinson's Disease. An honest, poignant, and darkly funny book. Susan Allen Toth's collection of essays about her caregiving days are not just a must read for caregivers; they're a must read for all readers.

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About the author:

Susan Allen Toth has written for the New York Times, the Washington PostHarper's, and Vogue, among other publications. Her many books include BloomingIvy DaysMy Love Affair with EnglandEngland As You Like It, and Leaning into the Wind: A Memoir of Midwest Weather (Minnesota, 2006). A longtime teacher and writer-in-residence at Macalester College, Toth currently divides her …