Saturday, October 24, 2020

Three against the North by Dianna Dorisi Winget


Penny's father is going to work on the Grand Coulee dam and even though she begs, he won't take her with him.  She gets to go to Alaska to stay with her uncle.  The sea journey makes her sick and when she arrives in Juneau her uncle is no where to be seen.  She finds a friendly dog, though, even if she is deaf.

BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

She asks where she might look for her uncle and gets sent to the local restaurant.  He's not there either.  She finds out he has gone to Skagway and that's no place for a girl.  The lady with the restaurant also has rooms for boarders, so Penny goes back there.  The lady had just fired her dishwasher, so Penny volunteers to do that to pay for her room.  Bitty, the woman's daughter, becomes her friend.  Penny sends her father a telegram.

She works well and the woman is pleased with her.  She finds out Bitty is getting electrical treatments to help her quit dreaming.  The dreams went away but now she has awful headaches.  She even thinks about suicide.  But Penny and the dog save her from that.

Will everything settle down finally?  It has a good ending and it was a good read.

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Rembrandt Conspiracy by Deron R. Hicks - Series: The Lost Art Mysteries


There has been one robbery already where paintings were stolen that were worth millions.  Now Art thinks the museum his father works at is next on their list.

HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.

Art has seen the same lady come into the museum several times and she always does the same thing.  But his only proof that a grand heist is about to take place is iced mocha, forty-two steps, and a mysterious woman who appears like clockwork in the museum.  He can't take that to his father.  Camille agrees it's funny and they decide they will follow her when she leaves.  Unfortunately she calls for a ride and Art thinks they've lost their opportunity.  But not Camille.  She rents a scooter and off they go.

It wasn't the safest ride but they make it.  They go into the building and see what floor she gets off on.  Then Art convinces Camille they need to find stairs so she and her friends won't hear them coming.  All is going well until they run into a  security guard from the museum.  He's not the old man he appeared to be.

They get captured and tied up with duct tape.  But Art thinks and hopes that the trick he does will save them.

It's exciting, very busy and you're not sure how it's going to turn out until the very end.  It was a good read.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Adventures of the Sensokids: Oh Messy Me by Reema Naim


Children don't instinctively know their senses.  This book talks about them , introduces you to the characters and has a story to tell also.

Palmetto Publishing and Smith Publicity sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

The first girl we meet doesn't realize she left part of the peanut and jelly sandwich on her face.  When she goes to clean up, she finds she put her top on backwards.  She learns to touch things so she will know next time.

Each character has a sense they demonstrate so your child will understand. 

This is a well put together book that will be fun to read and learn from.  Why not buy one for your young one?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

You're Pulling my Leg by Allen Wolf


Can you tell a lie and not give it away?  This book is a game.  This one is for the kids, there's another one out for adults.  There are instructions in the book for how to play.  There are 225 cards with multiple questions on them.

The author and PR by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published so you can buy a copy today.

This is a good game if you have a road trip or need to stay in a hotel on the way.  There are a variety of questions on the card so you can pick the one you like best.  He suggests if you're going to pull someone's leg you need to mix some truth with your lie.  It sounds more believable then.

The card says tell me about and you choose the question.  If you've done some crazy things in your life tell them about those.  Those are true.  That way they will never really be sure.

This could be a good game for quiet times.  It won't be quiet for long!




Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Prospects of a Woman by Wendy Voorsanger

Elisabeth is a young wife who travels with her husband to find her father who is panning for gold on the American River.   But she has a rude awakening.  Her father takes his young Indian lady friend and leaves.  Then she finds her husband is more interested in men than he is in her.  Her whole life to this point has been a failure...

She Writes Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today. 

After seeing her husband at a dance, dancing with another man, and then heading into the darkness with him, she no longer loves him.  As she talks to a few of the ladies in town, she finds out that, in this state, women can be their own person.  They have a right to property, can get divorced, and more.  Elisabeth decides to strike out on her own.

She's still very naive and falls in love with a Mexican.  That romance doesn't turn out well either.  Then a fire comes along and burns her home and business up.  She also loses her money she had saved.

But she doesn't give.  She decides she's through with men, gets another job and becomes even more independent.  She's blazing a trial for those women of the next generation...

Monday, October 19, 2020

Dogwinks: True Godwink Stories of Dogs and the Blessings They Bring by SQuire Rushnell; Louise DuArt


If you've had pets in your life, you'll want to read this book.    Theses stories are about dogs who help their owners.  Sure we help them too by feeding and petting them but animals help us in various ways.

Howard Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published be published May 4th, 2021.

These tales have a positive focus even if there was separation or doctor bills.  I was amazed to read about the lady who got misdiagnosed by her doctor but her dog told her something was seriously wrong.  She survived because of that.

These are not long stories but they will touch your heart.  I enjoyed reading the book.  It reminds me of when I had my bunion surgery and had to stay home to heal.  My dog had a fit until I let him in and then he checked out my feet, got on the loveseat with me and put his head in my lap.  Everywhere I went and everything I did was supervised by him.  It was nice because I had company while my husband was at work.

These tales reminded me of that...

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Dogs of Winter by Ann Lambert Series: A Russell and Leduc Mystery (#2)


There's an awful snowstorm in Montreal that basically shuts down the city.  The next day they find the dead body of a woman.  She'd apparently been hit by a car but she died from asphyxiation.   She has a picture of a cop in her pocket with his phone number on the back of it.  The investigating officer calls him and asks if he can identify her.

Second Story Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has beeen published and you can get a copy now.

Romeo doesn't know the woman and has no idea where she got the picture.

Then they find another body, this is a man's.  Someone seems to be killing the homeless people.  Romeo wants to help track the killer down but the other precinct doesn't want his help.  He'll have to go it alone.  

Romeo has a girlfriend that is ten years older than he is and she helps him.

Marie has a student who was raped and she tries to talk her into telling Romeo about it.  She says no but she might change her mind.

The motive is unusual and Romeo almost loses his life to the killer.  Good thing Marie didn't stay in the car.

There is enough going on you hate to set the book down.  It's a bit of a sad read but justice wins in the end.