Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Wrecked"

I've had this book for a few years (2010) on my TBR pile. Yesterday I decided to read it. I haven't read many books by this author, Carol Higgins Clark, but I I enjoyed this cozy mystery.

It's about Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack “no relation” Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to a quiet romantic weekend out of town. Wouldn’t you know their choice of destination provides them with anything but! 

Regan and Jack had considered going to Bermuda, but instead they decide to spend four days at his parents’ beautiful beachfront home on Cape Cod, a wonderful spot where they’d never been alone. During the summer the house overflowed with Jack’s family, bubbling with activity from morning until night. But to be up there for a weekend in April, just the two of them, sounded like a perfect escape. 

However, the best laid plans...

In the bedroom, Regan opens the curtains to find Skip, the Reillys’ young caretaker, pressing his nose against the glass, supposedly checking for leaks. A moment later, Jack arrives home from the market, two gossipy older women who live up the street in tow. A branch crashed through their living room window, and they need a place to stay. When Regan thought things couldn’t get any worse, Skip comes running into the house, distraught that he’d just discovered Adele Hopkins, the woman renting the house next door, in a heap at the bottom of her staircase to the beach. Regan and Jack run back down with him, but huge waves are crashing on the shore. Hopkins is gone, presumably swept out to sea. 

Regan and Jack begin an investigation to help their friends track down Hopkins’s family. They start by interviewing two young women who own the shop where Adele had bought the pillows. Pippy and Ellen opened Pillow Talk after they both lost their jobs. When a newspaper article revealing the terrible way the women had been treated by their former employers was posted on the Internet, business took off, they started to become well-known, and the Pillow Talk website became a place for people who had had similar experiences to vent their feelings. 

Pippy and Ellen just received an anonymous e-mail from someone who spews venom about her former rowing coach—Adele Hopkins. Could she be the same Adele Hopkins? 

Regan and Jack’s search for clues to this mysterious woman’s identity makes for an anniversary weekend they’ll never forget! The story was a page turner for me from beginning to end. 

"2017 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses"

I always get excited at the end of each year waiting for the new yearbook to arrive. It arrived recently on the jw.org website, and what a thrill reading it and all the encouraging experiences of our spiritual Brothers and Sisters throughout the world. 

This year I decided to listen and read along as the book was read. I find I'm enjoying that so much more than just reading it and trying to pronounce some of the names of countries and people.

Reading the highlights from the past year of the experiences from around the world was encouraging. The country focused on this year was Georgia. It was interesting how threats did not stop them from serving Jehovah God. Our brothers and sisters were not intimidated, and they continued meeting together, even though arsonists destroyed the home of one family, and burned literature at a depot. 

It really makes me set back and think about how easy we have it here in the United States. The Brothers and Sisters in those countries were the work is under ban had to be so careful while out talking to people about all the wonderful things God's Kingdom will do for mankind in the future.

There are so many wonderful experiences of ones who found the truth in the Bible, and how it changed their lives. How happy they now are. So hang in there and read it to the end.

There are statistics, facts and figures that help us to appreciate how the organization has grown over these many years. So if you haven't read it yet I encourage you to read it asap. You won't be disappointed....

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Unleashing Mr. Darcy"

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she's crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. 


What she doesn't count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon's a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon?

My Thoughts...

It is a truth...that I am always drawn to a story supposably based on a Jane Austen Novel.  The story started off  alright, and had a rather cute twist to the story, wherein, Elizabeth loves her show dog Bliss, and showing him in the dog shows. Mr. Darcy was the doggy Judge, and that is how they met.

However, a little over half way through the book, the sexual attraction went a bit to far. Jane Austen would never have written such sexual scenes in any of her books. That ruined the story for me. 

However, one of the reasons I read this book was because Hallmark made a movie based on this book: "Unleashing Mr. Darcy" and I always like to read the book first before I watch the movie. Well, yesterday I finished the book and this afternoon I watched the movie. I found it on Youtube of all places! Let me say right now the movie was nothing like the book in all its sexual exploits. The movie was a good fun, clean family movie, nothing like the book. So, the movie I would award 4 stars****, the book I would only award 2 stars.**

This book is a part of my Nook Library.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Sweet Lake" Book Tour

Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.

Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…

Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.


My Thoughts...

I always know I can depend on Christine Nolfi to satisfy me when I want some "Comfort Food Reading." And she didn't disappoint me this time either.

The story is about family, friendship, with a few whimsical characters thrown in the mix. Some characters are likable, with a few unlikable, as well. But to keep the story interesting we need the unlikable ones, they keep the story lively.

It was a delightful treat to be able to set down these last few days and read such an entertaining story. I especially liked this book because even though it was a feel-good story with some romance in the story. (PG) I found it refreshing to read a good storyline that didn't rely on bedroom roll-arounds to sell the story. Give me a good clean storyline, and I will continue to read your novels.

A Thank You to Christine Nolfi for providing this ARC copy of "Sweet Lake." I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 Sweet Stars*****

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.


A Note About Christine Nolfi...
Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best–writing–in a PR firm I owned.

In 2004 I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life–I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments by readers. Please continue the mail, tweets and comments on FaceBook, GoodReads and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

Paperback304 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
ISBN
1503942511 (ISBN13: 9781503942516)
Series

Monday, January 9, 2017

"The Lose Your Belly Diet"

What can I say? We all want to be healthy. And we want to lose that annoying fat around our bellies!  So since I have an excess of belly fat that has accumulated over the years, I decided to read Dr. Stork's book, in hopes of finding a way to get rid of some of the belly fat. It remains to be seen as to whether I will lose any belly fat at all. 

The plan is built around a very clear, research based concept: Eating food that nourishes and protects the microbes in your gut paves the way for weight lose, a slimmer middle, and better overall health. I'm shooting for better overall health.

It's not just about weight loss. Having great gut health is linked to good health throughout your body...With every study that's published, scientists become more convinced that having a healthy gut leads to having a healthy body.

We're accustomed to thinking of bacteria as bad--and some are--but most of the bacteria and microbes in our guts do amazing things, like working with our immune system to fight disease and helping our bodies digest food. Not only can't we live without them, but as their number and diversity increase, so too does our health.

In this book, we look at all of the ways you can improve your own gut health, starting with the food you eat. There are meal plans, and recipes that will help feed and protect your gut microbes. I found that the meal plans and recipes are foods that can be found in the stores or in my case on Amazon, since I don't like to shop. My grandson also shops for me so he keeps me well stocked with most to the foods I need, actually, he fixes most of my dinners for me each evening. There are many other steps you can take to support your beneficial bacteria, from avoiding unnecessary antibiotics to changing the way you think about dirt and germs. 

In "The Lose Your Belly Fat", they cover all the bases, giving you everything you need to know to make dramatic changes in your GI health, your weight, your body fat, and your overall health. 

Since this is the beginning of a new year and new month, I decided to try to eat a bit healthier, so since I always need a kick in the butt to start something new, I decided to read this book to give myself a jumpstart...I found the book very educational, and  learned a few new things. Whether I will stick to the plan or not remains to be seen... I'm very lazy when it comes to menus and so forth, but with my grandson doing most of my cooking now maybe with his encouragement I'll stick to it.  

Since I own this book and it is a part of my personal library I will be referring back to it often, until I get the hang of my new way of healthy eating. How many stars should I award the book? Hmmm...let me think....I think I'll award it 5 belly fat stars, because it was an interesting read, not because I'll be losing weight, that I found out a few years ago is a losing cause!!!!