10/30/14

Guess Who Noah's Boat, By Matt Mitter; illustrated by Ela Jarzabek

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Children will love this interactive new telling of the Noah's ark story. With fun, rhyming text, each spread asks kids to guess which animal is heading toward the ark. The answer is revealed under the cleverly designed flap. With eye-catching illustrations and easy-to-understand text, Guess Who Noah's Boat is sure to become a favorite.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR -
Matt Mitter was born long, long ago in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has written dozens of children’s books, mostly in verse. Currently, he works and plays in the Bay Area.

Ela Jarzabek lives in Katowice, Poland. She graduated from Cracow Academy of Fine Arts with a Master's Academy degree in Graphic Design and a Second degree in Painting. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator. She loves working on watercolor paper with gouache, acrylic paints, and colored pencils and creating illustrations with funny characters that are bright and colorful. 

MY REVIEW -
Absolutely adorable! A simple, brightly colored lift the flap book that any child would love!
This is very easy to read and understand with its fun rhyming text.
I really do  love simple books like this for very young children. I don't think it need to be filled with Bible facts that are too hard to understand and overwhelming. I think a book like this is perfect. It is just enough to pique their interest. They will want to know more about Noah and all these animals. Then when they are a little older you can read them the real Bible story.

A great little read for very young children. I am keeping this one for my future grandchildren! They will love it.

Thank you Kregel for sending me this beautiful hard cover book for my honest review.

Get your copy form Amazon - HERE

10/28/14

Perfect Girl - Michele Gorman

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the "W" in banker.

How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Michele Gorman is the USA TODAY bestselling author of eight romantic comedies. Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 16 years. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word "portion".
You can find out more about Michele by following her on twitter or Facebook and by reading her blog or website. Do chat with her online - she's always looking for an excuse to procrastinate!
Twitter:@MicheleGormanUK
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks
Blog: www.michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Website: www.michelegorman.co.uk

MY REVIEW -
Perfectly fun little chick-lit! This book started out a little slow but quickly recovered and turned very interesting! I know nothing about trading, buying and selling or insider information etc. but you don't really need to know anything. It was written so that you would enjoy it either way, and I did! What jerks Carol worked with! Wow I don't think I could have stood it like she did. What a trooper.
The author did a great job with character development. The jerks were certainly jerks and at first Carol was the perfect little doormat. I loved the way Carol's character changed midway. It was done very well and very believable. I loved the new Carol that stood up for herself!
The only part of the book I didn't really care for was the quick romance at the end with Robert. It seemed to fast for me and didn't make sense, but that was because we didn't get a chance to know him. Everything else about the book I liked!
I especially love the on-line dating and the cheating parts! All done to perfection!
This was my first book by this author but I am looking forward to reading more by Michele, she's my "style".


Thank you Notting Hill Press for sending me this e-book to read for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE


10/24/14

EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about it!

Book two of "The Sentinel Trilogy" is coming soon!


Read my 5+ review of the first book "The Sentinel" - HERE

Get a head start on the series, get your copy of The Sentinel from Amazon - HERE

I can't wait!

10/21/14

Law of Attraction - Darlene Fredette

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Lawyer Christina Crawford has a successful career and stable financial future, but is it enough? Her world is disrupted when a routine divorce case means working with a man she never expected—or wanted—to see again. During their first meeting, she can't deny a connection still exists. Her head warns her to run, but her heart yearns to stay.

Steven Mitchell is ruthless in the courtroom, but outside those doors, his easy charm, good looks, and unlimited stream of female companions gives him an unscrupulous reputation. Six years ago, Christina saw beyond his fa├žade, but the emotions she evoked scared him and he pushed her away. Now he wants a second chance and he is determined to get her back...even if he has to play dirty.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. Following a path in administration, she excelled in the art of editing and design, which led to a successful career as Director of Administration and Marketing. 
Darlene's writing is a combination of heartwarming romance and plot-driven page-turners. Her favorite things to do with her family (husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab) are BBQs, sitting by the fire-pit on a beautiful summer's night, visits to the Valley, and just hanging out together.
Residing in Nova Scotia, she can usually be found in her home office with the family dog by her side, or in her comfy chair in the living room immersed in a good book...with her dog still by her side.
 
MY REVIEW -
Super cute, quick read. I am a huge fan of TVs "The Good Wife" I love anything that has to do with the court room and lawyers (guess I missed my calling). This book satisfied my need for that courtroom drama and romance! This is not a hard-core, edgy, serious book. It is light and fun. This is the classic story of misunderstandings, but there are a few twists to keep it new and fresh.
Great characters that seem real enough  you feel like you know them.
Definitely a good one to pick up.

Thanks to the author - Darlene Fredette, for giving me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy form Amazon - HERE

10/18/14

Its Non-fiction Saturday!


Knockout Knits
New Tricks for scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and other accessories
By Laura Nelkin

 5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
An abundance of knitted luxuries--summery lace shawls, warm and wooly hats, a trio of cool knitted bracelets, and stunning beaded gloves--designed to grow your skills.

Who doesn't love to knit accessories? They're fast, often require only a skein or two of yarn, and make amazingly versatile gifts for friends and family. Small knits are also the perfect way to try something new--an unusual stitch pattern, wild multi-colored yarn, or even a touch of sparkle. Laura Nelkin is well-known for designing these fun-to-knit little projects introducing her students and fans to advanced techniques with her signature "You can do it!" enthusiasm. In her first book, she shares her 3 favorite types of knitting using wrapped stitches, lacework, and beads. Each chapter begins with a quick knitted cuff to lay the foundations, then gradually ramps up to more complicated designs. The result is an all-new collection of wearable, feminine knits with a slightly rustic aesthetic. Give them as gifts, stockpile for a chilly day, or dress up a casual outfit--these are knockout projects to enjoy knitting again and again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Laura Nelkin, a prolific independent knitwear designer, graduated from Cornell with a degree in Apparel Design. A former design director, Laura sells her knit pattern and kit line to yarn stores worldwide and teaches workshops around the country and online with Craftsy.com. Her patterns have been published through Nelkin Designs, and in The Rhinebeck Sweater, Scarf Style 2, Knitscene, and Knitty. Laura lives near Ithaca, New York.
Visit her at www.nelkindesigns.com.

MY REVIEW -
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Well I was already a fan of Laura (We share the same hometown - Ithaca!), but this book is just plain fantastic! There are so many items I want to make.Everything in this book is good, there are no throwaways. I love this kind of knitting anyway - Lace knitting and cables. And I love knitting the small but more complicated stuff, socks, gloves, scarves, hats. I would rather knit those than sweaters any day.

Her directions are always excellent. The pictures are beautiful (full color and lots of them) and the diagrams and charts are perfect... need I say more?

This is one of my favorites! I can't wait to make this hat -
Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this amazing knitting book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

10/17/14

Fun Friday! - Finally!



I know its been a looong time. Moving sure keeps you busy. We are getting settled in and there are fewer boxes. It just seems to be taking forever! And now we have been running into problems getting our PA license and cars registered. Everytime we go - another brick wall. We are going to try again today, I think we have everything covered, so I'll let you know. Then I have to call for insurance and then get them registered. Like I said, everything takes forever!

Prob in another week I will be a little more regular with my blogging. I have cut my reading time way down because I have been so busy. I can't wait to get back to normal.

The weather here has been great! A little rain but also lots of sun and warm weather. I don't ever remember going barefoot in the middle of Oct.!

10/15/14

The Mason Jar - James Russell Lingerfelt

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she's ever read? "But," she said, "it's about you." The author is your college ex.

In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather's desk---letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of The Mason Jar and writes articles for The Huffington Post. James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family's ranch in Alabama.

Find James online: website, Facebook, Twitter


 MY REVIEW -
This ended up being a nice read for me. I really liked it in the beginning, but then it kinda slowed down - like I was waiting for something to happen. Around the middle of the book it did start picking back up and I ended up liking it. So it redeemed itself!

I liked Eden in this story, but I didn't really care much for Clayton (or Fin). I didn't really find what he did romantic at all - I found it kinda creepy and obsessive. And... this is just a "thing" for me - I don't really care for a love story written by a man, sorry :-( Very few get it right for me. There were some good parts to this book though so ended up a pretty good read.

Thank you Litfuse for sending me an e-book copy of this for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE (not a bad read for $2.48)
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James Russell Lingerfelt's debut novel, The Mason Jar, is hot-off-the-press and causing quite the buzz. It's even been optioned for a feature film and is in pre-production.

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. Winner will be announced October 20th at James Russell's blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective


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