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review 2017-08-19 21:15
Brief Thoughts: One Snowy Night (novella)
One Snowy Night: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella - Jill Shalvis,Karen White

One Snowy Night
by Jill Shalvis
audio book narrated by Karen White
Heartbreaker Bay #2.5 (novella)

 

 

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years.  Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options.  She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too.  But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.



One Snowy Night was a potentially sweet and fun little romance, with a road trip in snowy weather, and some thought-provoking ideas about forgiveness, change, growing up... the works.  Rory and Max were both nice characters, although they don't really stand out all that well.  Rory is the typical, down-on-her-luck girl, who has had a rough go of things, who is trying to get her life back together and make amends with her past.  Max is Standard Broody Alpha Male #1, who is also letting things in his past influence his decisions in present day.

To be honest, the conflict between Rory and Max was a rather legit, realistic issue.  The biggest problem that I kept seeing was that the two didn't know how to talk to each other.  Max is pissed at Rory for some reason, Rory has secrets she doesn't want to talk about.  And thus, it makes for a very lonely, and quiet car ride, when neither of the two want to talk at all about anything.

I got a little frustrated when Rory realized that something big was bugging Max that had to do with their high school years.  He didn't want to talk about it, and so Rory decided that she wouldn't ask him, despite the fact that she really wanted to find out why Max had a chip on his shoulder about her.  And thus, that carried on for a bit of time and made me roll my eyes.

Because, yes, let's just NOT talk about what the problem is and let it fester while the two of you drive for a few hours together in the wintry blizzard.

My feelings of relief was palpable when some nice old couple gave Rory the tip that she needed to look to the past to figure out how to fix her present.  I probably would have just told her that she just needed to learn to talk to Max, and vice versa, but I guess the old lady put it in a more worldly way.

Anyway, this is a cute little romance, probably not something I'd come back to.

Unless there's more of Carl, the big and goofy doberman to see; now HE was probably the best part of the book!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/brief-thoughts-one-snowy-night-novella.html
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review 2017-08-19 18:31
Taste of Christmas by Chelsea Field
Taste of Christmas: A Holiday Short Story (An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery) - Chelsea Field

Izzy and Conner are finally going to get their first date. But it's going to be on Christmas, at his mother's house. She is going to meet his mother, and sister, and she's unsure about a few things. Izzy isn't sure about Conner, as their date continues gets even more unsure about him. 

This book was cute, short story about Conner and Izzy's first date. It takes off right where book two ends, and now I'm excited for the next book.

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text 2017-08-19 12:04
Teaching Maths Won’t Be Hectic This Christmas

Holidays are the times, when a person is relaxed and has no stress; his mind is free from all work pressures and has no worries. But holidays tend to get ruined when you have to teach kids even on such relaxing days. Children are loaded with certain assignments and homework which they are intended to complete in their holidays.

Maths is considered as a tough subject due to its lengthy calculations, arithmetic questions, and tricky problems or simply because of bad teaching. These reasons make maths a subject disliked by many students around the world. To learn math, good teaching is very important. Many math tutors are often not well versed in all concepts of teaching. The subject gets tougher only when the teaching is poor and the critical concepts have not been made clear to the student.However, math teaching becomes all fun and people understand concepts if they are taught in a non-traditional and creative way. That’s why it’s important to teach maths in a more logical and unorthodox style. Generating strong concepts from a young age helps in becoming good at maths in future.

Fun activities and games should be applied to teach math to children. During the holiday season, especially during Christmas, only fun activities and games have the ability to attract the focus of children and make them learn math.

Drawing boards, printable recording sheets, workbooks can be used to make activities and fun games. Symmetry drawing games to learn geometry; addition, subtraction; multiplication, division games based on strategy and point scoring, whole number, prime number charts, fun pictorial multiplication table, coloured numerical games, family based multiplication and division games. Such types of games would help increase the creative and imaginative quotient of the child and clear his math related concepts and problems in a whiz because we tend to learn easily with picture-based or pictorial games or activities.

For all your math based fun activities, TeacherSherpa.com is just a click away. They showcase the most extensive and creative ideas and materials that parents and teachers could use to teach their children. They have a large number of creative and innovative modules, games and posters to facilitate in the learning process of children. From reading, writing, phonetics, science, social science and math, arithmetic, geometry, fractions, number related games; they have a huge variety of subjects to cater for the children of Kindergarten and primary levels.

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TeacherSherpa.com is the resourceful online portal to find ideas to facilitate teaching methods for your child and easing-up his learning process. They have a huge collection of Christmas math activities, along with games and posters to help your child love math.

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video 2017-08-17 13:24

Give your child more than just another fictional story or a Harry Potter story. Here is a book by Christopher Conroy that will empower your child. Anzard, is the best gift that you could give your child and impress them.

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review 2017-08-13 03:31
DRAGON'S FIRST CHRISTMAS by Emily Martha Sorenson
Dragon's First Christmas (Dragon Eggs Bo... Dragon's First Christmas (Dragon Eggs Book 3) - Emily Martha Sorensen

Virgil is a dragon with human parents who are trying to raise him in an apartment in NYC in 1920.  Rose and Henry are college students raising Virgil.  They are learning as they go.  So far they've learn Virgil is fascinated by the Christmas tree and that does not go well.  He is also eating a lot and they need to find out why and where can they put him to sleep.

 

What an imaginative, creative, interesting story!  I loved it.  It was fun to hear Virgil's thoughts and how he communicates.  I liked Rose and Henry even though they were very much like newly married couples defining their positions and territories in the early days of their marriage.  I have got to read the earlier books in this series to find out how the three of them ended up together.  What fun!

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