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29 07, 2016

Review: Keeping It Up by Cat Skinner

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Relationships|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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keeping it up book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Did you ever notice that most ‘relationship’ books (euphemism for improving your sex life) seem to be directed at only half the team? Just like in football, there’s two sides, and you need both of them to win the game. No, sex isn’t a game, but wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to have one sensible book that could be easily read by both sides? Separately – or together.

Keeping It Up is a slender (and very inexpensive!) book and is the closest I’ve ever found to being a complete guide. Granted it’s primarily aimed at the male half, but the author strongly encourages reading it together, or taking turns at reading it. Makes a lot of sense to me.

29 07, 2016

Review: Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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black river falls book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch. I knew the book was about a quarantined town, and that’s about it. Really, that’s all I need to suck me into a young adult book. I like books with a darker premise. While I felt this particular novel took a few chapters to really get going, I thought Hirsch did a fantastic job at looking into what family means when memories are gone.

Cardinal, or Card as the kids he helps take care of call him, is one of the very few who weren’t infected by a virus that strips people of their memories. Interestingly, this virus was only distributed in one town.

28 07, 2016

Review: Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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once upon a wine book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Cammie thinks that life can’t get any worse. She’s working as a waitress after her restaurant failed and her chef boyfriend left her and their business behind. But then she discovers that her aunt Ginger spontaneously purchased a vineyard near the place her family used to visit in Delaware, and her cousin Kat begs her to help them figure out how to make the vineyard work.

When Cammie arrives there, she is shocked to discover that the property is in bad shape. Despite her research about wine, she finds that she may need more help, and that comes in the form of an old flame, local farmer Ian.

28 07, 2016

Review: Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |1 Comment

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caged lightning book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Caged Lightning is the first book of a new series by a fairly new author, Brent Rock Russell. One word that can be used to describe this book is intense. It starts off with a bang and gallops full bore right to the end. No getting bored here.

Dr. Stryker is an emergency room doctor in San Diego and he’s an ex-Navy SEAL. He met Senator Ripp when the senator had a mountain biking accident and needed a few stitches. Senator was intrigued and asked Dr. Stryker to be his personal doctor and security consultant. Since Senator Ripp was one of the statesmen that Dr. Stryker truly admired, he was flattered and accepted.

28 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Lift by Daniel Kunitz

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Historical, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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lift book coverPlease join Daniel Kunitz, author of Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Seldom does a book come along that explains so well why we are and should be doing something. In Lift, Daniel Kunitz does an excellent job of going over the reasons we lift and why we need to lift, as well as breaking open some myths about lifting along the way.

Let’s begin with what this book isn’t. Although there are elements of workouts related to lifting in the text, this is not a workout book nor is it a weight loss book. That said, if you do follow some of the guidelines reviewed in the book, you are practically guaranteed to lose weight.

27 07, 2016

Review: Lawyer for the Cat for by Lee Robinson

By | July 27th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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lawyer for the cat book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

My first thought was that Lawyer for the Cat was an entirely charming book, but it really isn’t only just sweet. There’s a bit of sour in there too, which pretty much makes it a sweet and sour, charming book. The author’s writing style is terrific–she draws you into the story, and holds you there, regardless of what other plans you might have had in mind for that same space of time. Forget it. The Lawyer for the Cat wins her case, hands/paws down.

There have been several really big ‘news’ stories over the years about a wealthy person leaving his/her entire fortune to the care and comfort of a beloved pet. And why not? Pets are generally much more worthy than most people. When they love, they love unconditionally, and frequently suffer from bereavement as much if not more than humans do.

27 07, 2016

Review: The King’s Bishop by Candace Robb

By | July 27th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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the king's bishop book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The King’s Bishop is the 4th book in the Owen Archer series and I am still enjoying them immensely. Owen has his little girl with Lucie, and they have started moving into their new house next door, the present from Lucie’s father.

After a night of partying at the castle, a young page is found dead in the moat the next morning.  The same young page that Owen’s friend Ned was seen having ‘words’ with. Since Ned is known to have a temper and the young man seemed to be friends with Ned’s woman, Ned is suspected of doing away with the lad. Lucky for Ned, he is vouched for by the King’s mistress as to his whereabouts.

26 07, 2016

Review: The Unseen World by Liz Moore

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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the unseen world book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I was a huge fan of Liz Moore’s previous novel, Heft, and gave it five stars. I was excited at the prospect of reading another offering from her, but for me the things I loved and raved about in her last book are not present in the latest novel, The Unseen World.

At its’ heart, The Unseen World is a book about the bond between father and daughter, and the secrets each of them hold. Some are life changing, while others are imagined to be significantly worse than they truly are.

26 07, 2016

Review: The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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the dust that falls book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a story about the history of England leading into and out of the First World War and a story about “the Pals”. The Pals are a group of children who grow up together south of London: Daniel and Archie Pitt, Ashbridge; Sidney, and Albert Pendennis; and Sophie, Ottilie, Christabel and Rosie McCosh. The Pals are childhood chums who do everything together until life and war intercede.

Although beautifully written, it is difficult getting into The Dust That Falls from Dreams. Louis de Bernieres has a flowing narrative way of presenting history, but it wasn’t until the end of the third chapter or beginning of the fourth when I began to feel I was reading about characters and not just history.

25 07, 2016

Giveaway: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

By | July 25th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |14 Comments

leaving lucy pear book coverI have 3 copies Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

In 1917, Beatrice Haven—the unwed teenage daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists in Boston—sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann in the middle of the night, abandons her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another mother claims the baby as her own. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing and Bea has again sought refuge from her troubles at her uncle’s house, but she discovers far more than she bargained for when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising Bea’s abandoned child—now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.