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review 2018-06-08 02:33
A satisfying read
The Patchwork Bride - Sandra Dallas
THE PATCHWORK BRIDE by Sandra Dallas
Dallas writes characters especially well. They live and breathe as naturally as you and I. In this book , a modern young woman is a runaway bride, unsure of her love and commitment. The woman she runs to tells her the story of a turn of the century runaway bride – one who runs three times!
This story within a story is the “real” story of this book.The tension grows as the young woman falls in love (or like) and then is disillusioned each time. We watch her character change while she grows in maturity as heartache after heartache consumes her. Each time she (and we) learn a bit more about her character, her needs, the time she lives in and the men she chooses, or who choose her. The modern runaway learns as well.
The middle of the book drags a bit, but stick with the story. There is a surprising twist near the end. The opportunities open to women and the strictures they live under are presented with sympathy for the characters, the place and the time.
This is not Dallas’s best, but it is a satisfying read. You will be glad you stuck with it.
4 of 5 stars

 

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review 2018-03-26 00:22
BORN IN DEATH by J. D. Robb
Born in Death - J.D. Robb,Susan Ericksen

While Dallas has two murders in an accounting firm to deal with, Mavis comes to her about a missing friend who is in her childbirth class.  Eva takes on the case to keep Mavis calm and happy.

 

I liked this story.  I liked seeing Eve and Roarke freaked out about Mavis and her impending childbirth.  I liked how Eve feels pressured into doing the right things for Mavis but lets Peabody do the actual work.  Though dealing with death and kidnapping, I liked the lightheartedness of the impending baby stuff.

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review 2018-03-20 15:31
Verrat aus Leidenschaft // Treachery in Death!!!
Verrat aus Leidenschaft - J.D. Robb

german and english review

 

Das Buch gehört jetzt eindeutig zu meinen Lieblingsbänden in der Serie, ich hab es von Anfang an einfach nur so verschlungen und wollte es garnicht aus der Hand legen, was ich stellenweise auch garnicht getan habe und das Buch um einiges schneller fertig gelesen habe als ich es sonst von Büchern aus der Reihe gewöhnt bin.

 

Im Allgemeinen liebe ich die Serie einfach, sie ist eine meiner Lieblingsserien, ich glaube ich habe bis fast alle Bücher mit 5 Sternen bewertet, nur einmal eine 3 Sterne Bewertung. Ich finde die Serie noch immer unterhaltsam und interessant, obwohl das jetzt auch schon Band 32 ist. Ich liebe die Charaktere und liebe es zu sehen wie sie sich entwickeln und was das Leben so für sie bereit hält.

 

Jetzt zu dem Band.

 

Peabody. Peabody hat eine entscheidende Rolle in dem Buch. Nicht nur darf sie ihren ersten Fall leiten (klar, es war nur ein kleiner Fall und er war schnell gelöst, aber es war ihr allererster Fall bei dem sie die Leitung führen konnte), aber vor allem auch, weil sie durch Zufall auf Informationen gestoßen ist, der einen großen Fall ins Rollen gebracht hat, der wirklich heftig und auch ziemlich frustrierend war. Korruption bei Polizisten ist eins meiner Lieblingsthemen, weil ich es um sehr mehr genieße, wenn ihnen durch anständige Polizisten das Handwerk gelegt wird.

 

Die Mädels in dem Buch haben mir wie immer das größte Vergnügen bereitet. Ich mochte den kleinen Moment als Mavis Dallas ausgeholfen hat und wieder mal für einen kleinen Moment als Trickbetrügerin auftreten konnte. Eve's Moment mit Bella. Ich brauch davon mehr, einfach weil es Eve so unheimlich schwer fällt und sie sich richtig windet sobald sie den Wurm in die Arme gedrückt bekommt. Es war auch schön Louise wieder zu sehen, obwohl der Grund nicht wirklich schön war. Damit kommen wir auch gleich zu Lilah Sloan. Oh Gott, ich hab ehrlich mit ihr mitgezittert und meinen Nerven wurden wirklich auch viel zu sehr in Mitleidenschaft gezogen. Ich hoffe wirklich das wir von ihr noch viel mehr in zukünftigen Bänden sehen werden. Genauso wie Janburry und Delfino, die zwei als Partner waren einfach nur super unterhaltsam.

 

Außerdem ist eine meiner absoluten Lieblingsstorylines zurück. Der Schokoladen Dieb. Eve war sich zu sicher mit ihrem neuen Versteck, sie wurde nachlässig. Der Schokoladen Dieb ist zurück. Ich liebe diese Storyline einfach!!!!!!!

 

Ohne zu viel zu verraten, war der Fall wirklich super spannend und interessant gemacht. Und krank. Ganz ehrlich, wie manche Dinge gerechtfertig worden. Wie Kollegen und Untergebene benutzt und aus dem Weg geräumt wurden. Schrecklich. Um so mehr hab ich die letzten zwei/drei Kapitel genossen.

 

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This book is totally one of my favorites in this series, right from the beginning I just devoured this story and didn't want to put the book down, and I actually didn't put it down that often, cause I'm usually taking much longer to actually finish these books.

 

Overall, I love this series, it's absolutely one of my favorite series, I think I rated nearly all the books with 5 stars, just one time, there was a 3 star raiting. I still think that the series is very entertaining and interesting, even though this one was already the 32nd book. I love the characters and love to see how they develope and what live has in store for them.

 

Now to this one...

 

Peabody. Peabody has a major role in this book. Not only does she get to lead her first case (granted, it was a small one and it was very quickly solved, it was still her first case that she got to lead), but also, by accident she stumbled over some informations that lead to a huge ass case, that was intense and really frustrating. I love the theme of corruption within the police, cause I just enjoy it so much more when actual good cops stop them

 

The ladies in this book, like always, totally made my day. I loved that little moment when Mavis helped Eve out with the case and got to go back to her grifter days for a little bit. Eve's little moment with Bella. I want more of that, purely because I enjoy how uncomfortable Eve is as soon as she has the little cutie in her arms. It was also great to have a little bit of Louise, even though I didn't enjoy the reason at all. Which brings my right to Lilah Sloan. Good god, I was honestly shaking and my nerves, MY NERVES. I really hope that we will get to see more of her in future books. Just like Janburry and Delfino, their partnership was truly entertaining.

 

Also, my favorite storyline came back. The candy/chocolate thief. Eve just was too sure with her new hidding spot and got really sloppy. Now he or she is back. I just love this storyline so much!!!!!!!!!!

 

Withough saying too much, the case was super intense and very interesting. Also sickening. Seriously, how they justified some things. How colleagues and subordinates were used and gotten rid off. Insane. The more I enjoyed the last two/three chapters of the book, though.

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review 2018-03-11 22:24
It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways - Dallas Hartwig,Melissa Hartwig

This is another great book to read if you want to live a healthy, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free life. As the authors say, it's not just you are what you eat, you are what you eat eats. So if all you eat is food filled with toxins because that's part of the diet of the animals and fish you eat, then you share in their diet. These authors are the founders of the Whole30 diet, which challenges you to give up all the junk for 30 days and detox your system. Many have seen their long-time illnesses vanish because they are eating healthy foods, reducing the inflammation that causes so much sickness, regaining energy and losing weight because the carbs, processed foods, and sugars are not killing them anymore. Includes meal plans and recipes and encouragement! Don't see it as giving up stuff you love. You will only be giving up the bad stuff. See it as a sea-change in your life that will not deprive you of anything delicious.but will show you how wonderful whole, real foods can be! Take up the challenge. Your body will thank you!

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review 2018-03-11 20:49
The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas
The Patchwork Bride - Sandra Dallas
I love Sandra Dallas and was not disappointed with her new book. 
A very touching,sweet Historical Romance, it is very well written,
has an interesting plot and endearing characters.
Fans of Sandra Dallas will not be disappointed!
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