5/20/19

Stinky Tofu - Ross Nodell


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
In this hilarious clash of cultures on steroids, conservative NYC Jewish banker Sam Lowe, falls head over heels for Linda Liu, a stunning Chinese immigrant. His desire to marry her requires a trip to Taiwan to get her mother's approval. Sam's travels are rife with awkward and embarrassing situations as he struggles like a buffoon with the language barrier, a horde of potential in-laws, bizarre foods and befuddling Asian customs.

Upon their return to New York, tensions ratchet up to an explosive level as Linda's large family begins their mass migration from Asia to the couple's tiny upper west side apartment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
ROSS NODELL
was born and raised in Chicago. He relocated to New York City in the late 80s to marry a Chinese woman. He draws material from a wealth of life experience as a world traveler. He's a true adventure-seeker having climbed Mount Rainer in Washington State, and The Grand Teton in Wyoming; scuba dived with hammerhead sharks off the North Wall in Grand Cayman; walked Kruger National Park searching for water buffalo; biked through the South of France; and windsurfed the Maldives. Ross has a love affair with food and wine, always seeking out new and exotic cuisines, no matter how peculiar or offensive. He brings all these adventures to his readers through the lens of a comical microscope.

Learn more about the author and his book: www.stinkytofubook.com

MY THOUGHTS -
This book is exactly what is promises - comical and even hilarious at times! A light, fun, easy reading romantic comedy that I thoroughly enjoyed. I think what did it for me was that I saw my husband as Sam LOL. He would totally be out of his element in any other country. Except I think (know) that my hubby would refuse (not graciously) to try new foods.

This story is very well written. I could easily imagine everything! Like, I don't even think I have to go to Taiwan now - I kinda feel like I have already been. Great characters, excellent character development. It was so much fun getting to know Sam and his new family. This almost, very loosely reminded me of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".
But even with the quirkiness, fun, and romance, this really is also a great look into the Taiwan culture, a travel memoir of sorts. I do think you have to enjoy food, food of different cultures, and reading about them because there is a lot of food in this book! I just happen to love different foods. So this was a great part for me.

I really enjoyed every part of this delightful story!

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5/16/19

Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky - GIVEAWAY!



Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky

Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky

5 STARS!!


ABOUT THE BOOK -
Every human life is supposed to be important. Everyone should matter. But that’s not the case in the cutthroat TV news-rating world where Clare Carlson works. Sex, money, and power sell. Only murder victims of the right social strata are considered worth covering. Not the murder of a “nobody.”

So, when the battered body of a homeless woman named Dora Gayle is found on the streets of New York City, her murder barely gets a mention in the media. But Clare―a TV news director who still has a reporter’s instincts―decides to dig deeper into the seemingly meaningless death. She uncovers mysterious links between Gayle and a number of wealthy and influential figures. There is a prominent female defense attorney; a scandal-ridden ex-congressman; a decorated NYPD detective; and―most shocking of all―a wealthy media mogul who owns the TV station where Clare works. Soon there are more murders, more victims, more questions. As the bodies pile up, Clare realizes that her job, her career, and maybe even her life are at stake as she chases after her biggest story ever.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery

Published by: Oceanview Publishing

Publication Date: May 2019

Number of Pages: 357

ISBN: 978-1-60809-324-3

Series: Clare Carlson #2

Purchase Links:
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OPENING CREDITS

THE RULES ACCORDING TO CLARE
Every human life is supposed to be important, everyone should matter. That’s what we all tell ourselves, and it’s a helluva noble concept. But it’s not true. Not in the real world. And certainly not in the world of TV news where I work.
Especially when it comes to murder.
Murder is a numbers game for me. It operates on what is sometimes cynically known in the media as the Blonde White Female Syndrome. My goal is to find a murder with a sexy young woman victim to put on the air. Sex sells. Sex, money, and power. That translates into big ratings numbers, which translates into more advertising dollars. These are the only murder stories really worth doing.
The amazing thing to me is not that there is so much news coverage of these types of stories. It’s that there are people who actually question whether they should be big news stories. These critics dredge up the age-old argument about why some murders get so much more play in the media than all the other murders that happen every day.
I don’t understand these people.
Because the cold, hard truth—and everyone knows this, whether they want to admit it or not—is that not everybody is equal when it comes to murder.
Not in life.
And certainly not in death.
It reminds me of the ongoing debate that happens every time Sirhan Sirhan—the man who killed Robert F. Kennedy—comes up for a parole hearing. There are those who point out that he’s already served fifty years in jail. They argue that many other killers have served far less time before being paroled. Sirhan Sirhan should be treated equally, they say, because the life of Robert F. Kennedy is no more or less important than the life of any other crime victim. Me, I think Sirhan Sirhan should be kept caged up in a four-foot by six-foot cell as long as he lives—which hopefully will be to a hundred so he can suffer every minute of it. For God’s sakes, people, he killed Robert—freakin’—Kennedy!
And so, to those who think that we in the media make too big a deal out of some of these high-profile murder stories, I say that’s completely and utterly ridiculous. I reject that argument completely. I won’t even discuss it.
* *
Now let me tell you something else.
Everything I just said there is a lie.
The truth is there really is no magic formula for murder in the TV news business. No simple way to know from the beginning if a murder story is worth covering or not. No easy answer to the question of how much a human life is worth—or what the impact will be of that person’s death by a violent murder.
When I started out working at a newspaper years ago, I sat next to a veteran police reporter on the overnight shift. There was an old-fashioned wire machine that would print out police slips of murders that happened during the night. Most of them involved down-market victims in bad neighborhoods whose deaths clearly would never make the paper.
But he would dutifully call the police on each one and ask questions like: “Tell me about the body of that kid you found in the Harlem pool room—was he a MENSA candidate or what?” Or, “The woman you found dead in the alley behind the housing project—any chance she might be Julia Roberts or a member of the British Royal Family?”
I asked him once why he even bothered to make the calls since none of these murders seemed ever worth writing about in the paper.
“Hey, you never know,” he said.
It was good advice back then, and it still is today. I try to teach it to all my reporters in the TV newsroom that I run now. Check every murder out. Never assume anything about a murder story. Follow the facts and the evidence on every murder—on every crime story—because you can never be certain where that trail might take you.
Okay, I don’t always follow my own advice in the fast-paced, ratings-obsessed world of TV news where I make my living.
And usually it does turn out to be just a waste of time.
But every once in a while, well . . .
Hey, you never know.
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Excerpt from Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky. Copyright © 2019 by R.G. Belsky. Reproduced with permission from R.G. Belsky. All rights reserved.



R.G. Belsky
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
R. G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His newest mystery, Below The Fold, is being published in May 2019 by Oceanview. It is the second in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station. The first Clare Carlson book, YESTERDAY'S NEWS, came out in 2018. Belsky previously wrote the Gil Malloy series - THE KENNECONNECTIONION, SHOOTING FOR THE STARS AND BLONDE ICE - about a newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News. Belsky himself is a former managing editor at the Daily News and writes about the media from an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and TV/digital news. He has also been a top editor at the New York Post, Star magazine and NBC News. Belsky won the Claymore Award at Killer Nashville in 2016. He has finished as a Finalist for both the Silver Falchion and David Awards. And his first Clare Carlson book, YESTERDAY’S NEWS, was named Outstanding Crime/News Based Novel by Just Reviews in 2018 and was a Finalist for Best Mystery of 2018 in the Foreword INDIES Awards. His previous suspense/thriller novels include LOVERBOY and PLAYING DEAD. Belsky lives in New York City.

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MY THOUGHTS -
Wow, what a great spider webby story this was. You follow this lead, which takes you to that lead, which takes you to that person, who knew that person… It all sounds very complicated. You would think you'd need a piece of graph paper to make an outline to keep track of it all. But it was actually very easy to follow and not confusing at all because of the excellent writing. In the end it all ties together very neatly.

When I signed up for this tour I just loved the sound of the story so much that I did not even realize that this was the second book! But this is very easily a standalone that you don't need to read the first book to understand. A great story that keeps your interest on every page with excellent characters that draw you in and definitely leaves you wanting to read more about them. This story does make you think about what gets reported on the news and what doesn't. Who is important enough to be front cover and who are the ones that nobody cares about and they don't even make it into the news.

True story- A few days ago a body was found in my hometown under one of the bridges. It was found by some fishermen and had been in the river water for some months. And even now a few days later I still have not heard if they found out who it was. I wonder if that person was a "Dora Gayle" someone that nobody knows or cares about, but maybe they have a connection to someone else somewhere down the line? Hmm makes you think, huh? - https://www.northcentralpa.com/news/crime/human-remains-found-on-the-river-bank-saturday/article_44774f38-74c6-11e9-900f-73e8a28580ae.html
 
Well usually when I read a book this good that is the second book in a series I want to go back and read the first... So, YESTERDAY'S NEWS will be going on my TBR list!


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5/8/19

Past Presence - Nicole Bross - GIVEAWAY!


5+ STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Only by looking into the past can Audrey save her future.

Audrey Eames is happy living the wanderer’s life. After a near-death experience in her teens, Audrey can see people’s past lives whenever her skin touches theirs, and afraid of being labeled delusional, she’s never stayed in one place too long or made any deep connections.

So when Audrey’s estranged aunt dies and leaves her the historic Soberly Inn and Public House on the scenic Oregon coast, Audrey wants nothing to do with it. She’s determined to sell the inn and leave town before someone discovers the power she’s been hiding from the world, but clauses in her aunt’s will seem to block her at every turn.

Yet once ensconced in Soberly’s small town life, the people—particularly the inn's bartender, Kellen Greene—start to grow on her, and she begins to feel that maybe she’s finally found a place of her own. As accepting as the townspeople seem, Audrey fears their reactions—and Kellen’s rejection—and decides to keep her visions a secret. But all is not well in Soberly. Soon after Audrey arrives, people in town start dying in the same manner as in their past lives—but in this lifetime it’s murder. When suspicion starts to fall on Audrey and Kellen, Audrey vows to use her gift to find the murderer and protect the people she loves—before it’s too late. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Nicole Bross is an author from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she lives with her husband, two children and one very large orange cat. When she’s not writing or working as the editor of a magazine, she can be found curled up with a book, messing around with her ever-expanding collection of manual typewriters or in the departures lounge of the airport at the beginning of another adventure. Past Presence is her debut novel.

Contact Information
Website: nicolebross.com (coming soon, currently under construction)
Twitter: @brossypants


MY THOUGHTS -
I absolutely loved this book! I was interested and hooked right from the beginning. What a great original storyline. There are so many books about people being able to see people's past - but to see their past lives? That's a new one! This was well written, fast paced, interesting, sweet, and put you on the edge of your seat more than a few times. It was hard for me to believe this was her first book!

I loved the characters! Loved Audrey right from the start. At first I wasn't sure about Kellen. I thought maybe he was a player, but very quickly fell in love with him too. The author does an equally fantastict job with all the minor characters.

There are certain things that draw each person into a story and makes them fall in love with it. Sometimes its the characters, sometimes its the mystery, sometimes its the setting. For this one it was really all of those!

A huge two thumbs up for this new author. Can't wait to see what she has in store for us next, I'm on board!



I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from RABT Book Tours Thank You!!

5/1/19

Coming Home To Wishington Bay - Maxine Morrey


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Home is where the heart is…
Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but 'normal' work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK's 'Write Christmas' competition with her first romantic comedy, 'Winter's Fairytale'.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

Follow Maxine Morrey
Website - www.scribblermaxi.co.uk
Twitter - @Scribbler_Maxi
Instagram  -  @scribbler_maxi
Facebook  -  www.Facebook.com/MaxineMorreyAuthor
Pinterest  -  ScribblerMaxi

MY THOUGHTS -
This was such a fun, witty, quirky, clever story! It was very chick-lit-ish, which I love. Its really my favorite genre. Who doesn't love reading something fun and real? There were s many giggle worthy moments

Great characters, loved Holly and loved Gabe - what a cutie, and sweet, the “has it all” kind of guy. Excellent character development. I really felt like I got to know them personally.

Washington Bay sounded wonderful! Like a place I would love to go to. Thank you maxine for taking me on this trip! She gave us a great visual of everything. Excellent descriptions!

This was my first one by this author but honestly I can’t wait to read another one. This is exactly the kind of book I love to read. Great poolside reads :-)

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources Thank You!!

 Purchase Links:

US - https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41
 
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41

4/30/19

Placemaker, by Christie Purifoy


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Images of comfortable kitchens and flower-filled gardens stir something deep within us--we instinctively long for home. In a world of chaos and conflict, we want a place of comfort and peace.

In Placemaker, Christie Purifoy invites us to notice our soul's desire for beauty, our need to create and to be created again and again. As she reflects on the joys and sorrows of two decades as a placemaker and her recent years living in and restoring a Pennsylvania farmhouse, Christie shows us that we are all gardeners. No matter our vocation, we spend much of our lives tending, keeping, and caring. In each act of creation, we reflect the image of God. In each moment of making beauty, we realize that beauty is a mystery to receive.

Weaving together her family's journey with stories of botanical marvels and the histories of the flawed yet inspiring placemakers who shaped the land generations ago, Christie calls us to cultivate orchards and communities, to clap our hands along with the trees of the fields. Placemaker is a timely yet timeless reminder that the cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat from the real world but a holy pursuit of a world that is more real than we know. A call to tend the soul, the land, and the places we share with one another. A reminder that we are always headed home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Christie Purifoy earned a PhD in English Literature at the University of Chicago before trading the classroom for an old farmhouse, a garden, and a writing desk. She is the author of Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons and lives with her husband and four children at Maplehurst, a Victorian farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Her lyrical reflections can be found at www.christiepurifoy.com.

MY THOUGHTS -
What a fantastic book! On Amazon this got 91% 5 stars!
I started reading this book very quickly so I could get it done to write the review. About a third of the way in I realized I was enjoying it so much that I really wanted to slow down and "do it right" so I stopped reading it. I intend on reading it again over the summer when I have more time to read it the way it is meant to be read.

This book is a memoir, very descriptive, insightful, sweet, not really a devotional - but really could be used as one. And in my opinion, it is very quotable! I found myself wanting to highlight and flag lines on almost every page (which I certainly will do when I read it in full).
 "Everyplace made by God is loved by God, and that includes every place where His people dwell. If we are willing to look through the lens of his love, then we will see that every place has some particular magic. But what happens when a place is broken in ways a can of paint alone could never fix? Perhaps a mustard seed of peace is planted when we see something wrong - small as a scuff mark or large as a deforestation or famine - and we do not wallow in either despair or bitterness but instead ask for help, ask for paint, try our own unskilled hands at repair and restoration."
This book definitely makes you look at things (your home, your land, your gardens and trees, your life!) a different way - a more thoughtful way.

 I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing  Thank You!

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4/23/19

Annabel Horton Lost Witch of Salem - Vera Jane Cook - GIVEAWAY!


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ABOUT THE BOOK -
 From the Salem Witch trials through the Nineteenth Century and beyond, the devil’s disciple pursues young and innocent Annabel Horton.  During the Incident at Loudun in 1633 Urban Grandier’s soul was taken by the devil in a furious confrontation between good and evil.  The once pious priest becomes the demonic priest. His curse is on Annabel for forsaking him to Lucifer and he pursues her through time as she taunts his beliefs and he reviles hers. As Annabel flees the devil’s fire she must take the bodies of those that the devil favors to protect her family. She must uncover the motive behind the illusive Ursula/Louis Boussidan, the scandalous cross-dresser who is pursuing her beautiful granddaughter, and she must learn, being one of God’s most powerful witches, how to use her power. But will it be enough to save her husband from Urbain’s fiery inferno? Will it be enough to save her children from demons greater than themselves?




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
The first novel I ever wrote, Dancing Backward In Paradise, won an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and an Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction, 2007. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater and Dancing Backward in Paradise received a 5 Star ForeWord Clarion Review and The Story of Sassy Sweetwater has been named a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. I have published in ESL Magazine, Christopher Street Magazine and I have also written early childhood curriculum for Weekly Reader and McGraw Hill.
The pen name for my fantasy and paranormal novels is Olivia Hardy Ray. There are two other books in the Annabel series, Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau and Annabel Horton and the Demon of Loudun. Black Witch is book 2 in the series and should be published this year. Also penned by Olivia is my novel Pharaoh’s Star and my soon to be released, Pindar Corners.

Aside from Southern fiction and fantasy/paranormal fiction I write women’s fiction with two titles to be published in 2019 and my presently published Lies a River Deep.

As for pleasure I love wine, chocolate, dogs, cats and other creatures of the jungle. I also love to travel, read, write, watch films and go to theater. I value friendship, history, my enormously loving family and quiet times under a summer sun.


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MY THOUGHTS -
Don't let the name fool you! This is Vera Jane Cook all the way. I am not new to Vera Jane Cook. I have read several of her books and loved every one! AND... this is my second time reading this one! I just didn't get a change to review it the first time around.

I love to read anything about the Salem Witch Trials. This is no ordinary Witch trial story!  Oh there are enough historical facts about that time to keep fans happy, but then she goes all Vera Jane Cook on you! And by that I mean - She puts such a spin on it and it goes all spider webby, you don't know what is coming next. She does fantastic research so her stories feel like you are right there in that spot in that time.. Yet, with her own paranormal twists and originality you couldn't possibly be there! 

I know every time I read one of her books I say this, but this might be my favorite one by her!
If you love historical fiction, if you are a fan of the Salem Witch Trials, or if you just love anything dark, scary, and paranormal - you will love this one!


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Those Who Seek God - Niki Milburn - GIVEAWAY!





ABOUT THE BOOK -
God Wants to Be Found! In 'Those Who Seek God', little readers will enjoy a sweet story about young animals wanting to learn more about God. Through Bible verses and conversations with loved ones, these characters discover that seeking God is simple. He wants to be found! Curious littles and big kiddos too, snuggle in close as you listen to how the swan, otter, kitten, caterpillar, and others learn more about God and what it means to seek Him.





About the Author




Niki Milburn is a proud homeschooling mama, with a degree in elementary education. She loves Jesus, coffee, adventure, hiking with her family, and picture books! Niki grew up in Greencastle, Indiana but currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her high school sweetheart Nate, their two boys—Miles and Maguire, an English Bulldog, and a rescue pup. You can connect with Niki on Instagram (@nikimilburnatl).


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MY THOUGHTS -
Fantastic book! I didn't have a print copy - mine was an e-book, which was just fine for me.  If you are giving this to a child you might want a hard copy.
What I loved about it -
~ I loved all the scripture! An actual Bible verse ever other page. I love this. So many Christian book do not have Bible verses. I think this is so important. You can tell the children that this comes right from the Bible. Show them where it is and also read it from there.
~ I love that the author used so many different family members and friends! Besides mom and dad, she used grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc.
~ I loved all the cute colorful drawings. Very nicely done.
~ And, I loved that she took a verse and then within the context story explained what it meant in a child's world. Perfect!
This is a great teaching tool and a great book for discussion.

I loved this book and will definitely be reading it to my granddaughter!


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4/17/19

Pandas - an Usborne Beginners Book - James Maclaine


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Where do Pandas live?  What do they eay?  Can Pandas climb trees?  In this book, you'll find the answers and lots more about the fascinating lives of Pandas.  Part of the Usborne Beginners series, an amazing collection of information books with an easy-reading text.

Series: Beginners:  How many eyes do spiders have? What do fire fighters wear? What kind of truck can transport the space shuttle? Find the answers to these questions and lots more in these exciting books for children who are learning to read on their own. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
James Maclaine studied Classics at Oxford before joining Usborne Publishing in 2010. He never realised that reading Latin and Greek for all those years would lead to writing books about animals, coming up with drawing, doodling and colouring ideas, and setting puzzles, but he’s ever so glad they did.
 



MY THOUGHTS -
I just love this whole series of books! I am getting quite a nice collection of them, but still have a lot to go.


Each of these books is full of gorgeous, adorable pictures! Some of them drawings and some of them real photos, but all of them amazing. These are all Non-fiction books full of information about each subject. Simple enough for a child to understand but interesting enough for us adults too!

In this book about Pandas it tells about their homes, what they eat, finding a mate, having babies, and more! 
Did you know -
There are fewer than 1,600 pandas living in the wild? 
Or that a panda cub (that's a baby) doesn't walk on its own until it's 5 months old? 
How about that adult pandas live alone and hardly ever see other pandas (until they need a mate).

Here are some of the beautiful pictures from this book -

OH MY GOSH! How stinkin cute is that baby?!?!


All the books in this series are hard cover and only $4.99!!! How can you resist that??? Right?

I plan on getting all of them! Why don't you start your collection now!

Go to this link to buy the panda book from 
Usborne Books and More  - HERE
but when you do scroll down to see all the 
other books as well.

To see all the other wonderful books at 
Usborne Books and More 
Go - HERE
 

4/15/19

Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick


4 Stars!
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all... love.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy.

“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and color of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behavior. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.

Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
CLARE PEDRICK is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. As a young woman, she moved to Italy after watching a video of chickens eating pasta in an Umbrian hill village. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the tiny village where she bought an old ruin and which forms the backdrop of her book Chickens Eat Pasta. 
You can follow Clare on her Facebook Book Page, and on Twitter.
Read about life in Umbria on her WEBSITE.

MY THOUGHTS -
I love this kind of story! A "moving away and starting your life over" kind of story. I seem to gravitate to those story lines. I did something very similar to that myself years ago when I left an abusive husband with my baby girl in tow, moved across the country (back home) and started my life over. It was tough. I love hearing others' success stories. I would love to buy a rundown house and fix it up, but somewhere here in the states, maybe a state I am not familiar with (I am not ready to move to another country LOL) and I am happily married - so there's that!

This was a little more romance than I had expected, but still ok. A very good read. Great characters (especially the author herself!) but a lot of other great people that you get to know. I love the way she really paints the scene, especially the little villages and the house. I loved the house!!! LOL There are really a lot of things I love about this book. The only reason for the 4 stars is because it is a tad bit slow in a few spots, but not enough to make me put it down.
Isn't this a great house? I just love it.
I know this was a "real" story, an autobiography, but sometimes you read one and it doesn't feel real - this did feel real to me! I loved getting to know the author through her tale and traveling with her, rebuilding her life (and her house) and looking in on her new romance.
Thank you Clare for sharing your story with us!

 I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources Thank You!!