Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Nancy Paulsen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published October 1st.
They plant a garden, hunt and fish. and harvest the fruit trees there. Mom cans with her daughter's help. She also works a bit to have money for what they can't grow or harvest.
This story is set during the days of the depression, but my mom and I canned at home. We had a big garden with lettuce always growing for salads. We had five apple trees (different types), a huge pear tree, and wild fruit trees down by our creek. We harvested it all. My Uncle had cows and pigs and we bought halves of them. We raised chickens. We didn't buy a lot at the store, so this story resonates with me.
The illustrations are great and the story is uplifting. They miss the father but they are too busy to dwell on it.
Things have changed but sometimes I miss the old times.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Henery Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published September 24th.
It's a quiet neighborhood with a few shops. They have their theater regulars but no large crowds. She's working on ideas of how to bring more folks in. Then one of her employee's boyfriend is murdered. Nora finds herself questioning how it happened. The more she learns, the more she wonders what he knew.
There is a real estate vendor who wants to buy up all the buildings and demolish them to make new stores with living units above them. Nora doesn't want to sell. Lisa across the street doesn't either. Then someone tries to burn Lisa out.
When she hosts a big meeting at the theater, someone falls from the balcony. She dies in the hospital. She was another real estate agent. What's going on?
As Nora looks for clues, her husband files for divorce and her theater almost burns down. Will she survive?
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Viking and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published September 17th.
She works at an insurance office typing. Her wages are low but the peace and quiet is worth it. Violet is drawn into a society of broderers—women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral. She starts out as a learner and then teaches others the stitches as they arrive to join their efforts.
She finds herself drawn to one of the bellringers. He's married, he's older than her, and his wife is suffering the loss of their son and has given up on life. He's not available but she wishes he was.
She continues her independent life, makes some friends, finds someone to stay with her mother, and eventually finds a moment alone with Arthur. They agree they can't see each other anymore.
Then she develops another challenge. She's an unwed mother. That means she has to move and she loses her job. But she's up to the challenge...
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Author Buzz and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can get a copy now.
Since they will be going in the forbidden woods, Kendra says yes. Maybe she can find Emily. Jimmy says yes because anything is better than going home. Daniel goes along because he was invited and nobody invites him to do anything.
The rest of this trip is magical and haunting. There's action all the way through. It's a fairly short read and I can see young readers enjoying this book. I'm no kid and I enjoyed it. How could you not when Daniel turns into a dragon when they need him to be one?
This is an exciting read that will hold a child's attention. If they like fantasy, they will love this book.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Well-Spoken Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can grab a copy now.
Santa sends the elf to the South Pole to work with his brother, Reverse Santa, to make the family get along better.
Can you imagine going along in an old pickup towed by penguins? That's Reverse Sannta's mode of transportation. The first thing he does is kill their phones, their TV, radios and any other electric equipment that lets them ignore their family. They actually put up the Christmas tree because there's nothing else to do. It takes a few more steps to get the family back on track but Reverse Santa and the elf are up to it.
This is a humorous read that is silly but fun to read. You could read it aloud to your family this Christmas season.
Viking and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published September 17th.
I've rad most of this series so I'm always Glad to see new one out. Walt Longmire is a good sheriff who can make quick and hard decisions when he needs to.
He finds the missing shepherd hanging from a tree. He also found a big wolf up there. It had sampled the dead man's feet. The local environmental forces are examining a dead sheep, taking DNA from it to see if the wolf killed it. The news picks it up as a wolf kill and everyone wants to take out the predator.
It turns out the shepherd didn't kill himself, it was murder.But he didn't know many people. Who could have done it?
As Longmire tries to figure it out, he comes down with some health problems from his previous attack.
The murder is tied to a family secret and it's ugly. Justice prevails but not in traditional ways.
This was another good read. Mr. Johnson has never disappointed me.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Flashlight Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It is available for sale now.
Mr. Howard McWilliam draws great illustrations with a whimsical dragon that acts a bit like a dog. How can you not have fun with a constant companion that's willing to play with you? He even likes swimming!
Ms. Jodi Moore writes a very charming story that will make little ones smile.
Isn't it time to introduce your child to a dragon?