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review 2017-06-23 16:50
Love with all it's dings and dents...
Afraid to Fly - L.A. Witt

'Afraid to Fly' is the second book in L. A. Witt's series 'Anchor Point'. We were briefly introduced to Travis Wilson in 'Just Drive' the first book in this series as best friend of Paul Richards one of the MCs from that story.


In 'Just Drive' Travis encouraged Paul to take a chance on love and now it's Paul's turn to do the same for Travis. While the author didn't really tell us a lot about Travis in 'Just Drive' we were told enough to know that Travis deals with chronic pain and in 'Afraid to Fly' we are given a much clearer picture of just how bad that chronic pain is and insidiously it has invaded every aspect of his life. Along with the chronic pain Travis deals with PTSD and shares his home with his adult daughter who also deals with her own PTSD.


Clint Fraser works down the hall from Travis and he's got his own case of PTSD to deal with...one that's cost him a marriage and time with his 3 kids.


It's always interesting when I finish a book to reflect back on the why I did or didn't like a book. Sometimes, I'm not really sure why and it's just a case of the story worked and I connected with it sometimes there's something very specific that I liked or several things and in the case of 'Afraid to Fly' while there were several things that I liked about this story the number one reason was Travis. I connected with Travis. I totally understood what his life was like. As someone who also suffers from chronic pain, while thankfully mine is rarely as extreme as Travis's is. It does affect my daily life. So I understood what it was like to always be thinking ahead wondering can I do this? How much more will I hurt? How can I manage the pain? and on and on. It's just what you do and how you have to deal with things to try and have as normal of a life as possible. To keep as much independence as possible. I got this, I understood his mindset and I really got his insecurities about his and Clint's relationship and how much it meant to him to have someone who accepts him with all his 'dings and dents' just as Travis does with Clint and his PTSD and the fact that he's a 'recovering' alcoholic. 


As well as how Travis's chronic pain and PTSD was dealt with how we saw Clint's medical issues, both the PTSD and the alcoholism dealt with for me was well done. It was an important part of the story but it never felt like it overpowered the development of their relationship but just like Travis's chronic pain and his own PTSD these were things that both men had deal with, it was all a part of the relationship dynamic. 


For me 'Fear of Flying' was about finding that person you connect with, want to spend your life with and loving them not in spite of their 'baggage' but because it's a part of them and who they are and ultimately you come to know and accept that the love they have for you is as strong as what you feel for them.


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review 2017-05-31 19:19
Fly Me - Daniel Riley

For some reason, I thought this book was going to be more humorous than it actually was. While I had a tough time getting into it, the book did get better and I finished it.

This was a more serious story telling the trials and tribulations of being a stewardess. The story was set in the early 1970's when there were several planes crashing and skyjacking was the new popular way to get to Cuba.

The story is told through the eyes of Suzy and details a lot of emotions while deciding whether or not to keep "stewing" and also about her second job, running drugs to help pay for her father's needed surgery.

Give this one a little bit of time to get going and I think you will find it to be a pretty good read.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-05-12 00:00
Fly Away with Me
Fly Away with Me - Susan Fox For me Susan Fox epitomizes home. Her characters are relatable, her words are profound and her stories are priceless. Fly Away With Me delivers lessons in love, words of wisdom and the ability to hope. Eden has a promise to keep and answers to seek as she sets off into the unknown beauty of this island hideaway. Beautiful scenery, welcoming people and her tempting guide have her rethinking her life and losing her heart. Ms. Fox knows how to set off the waterworks. Be prepared to laugh and shed a few tears and along the way learn what it means to face down fears.

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review 2017-04-07 02:40
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

This is a good book to show for sequence of events and chronological order. I would use this in my classroom by having them all pick an animal from the book and getting in a group. We will then play the song and as their animal was said they would have to stand up and act like that animal. I could also use this as a time to relate to other concepts such as long vowel sounds. I would get a tissue box and dress it up as an old lady and they could say that the old lady swallowed long vowel sounds and have to place words in the box. I think this book could be read at any grade level. The Lexile Level is AD250L.

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review 2017-04-06 04:09
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

This is a fun children's book that can be a little disturbing, simply due to the fact that the lady dies at the end. The book is about an old lady who initially swallows a fly, then swallows a series of animals to get rid of the animal she had eaten prior until she eats a horse and dies because a horse it to big. This book could help with sequencing a story while providing the opportunity for the children to be interactive by making this into a song or other activity.


Lexile Measure: AD250L

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