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review 2018-05-22 19:09
The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go - Amy E. Reichert

Zowza!!! (I saw this word in a book I read this week, sorry I can't remember which to give credit to, but I love it!!

I loved this book!!!

It was filled with so many great characters. There were so many times that I just wanted to haul off and slap a couple of them. They grated my nerves so much, especially Lorraine. That was, of course, before I started shedding tears for those very same people. 

The story was amazing, the writing was amazing and I'm still crying over it. Even after I took a break before writing this review. A story that was fraught with emotions and surprises that I never saw coming.

An excellent read that I thought was this author's best one yet! I will always say "yes, please" to Amy Reichert's books.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold and Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-05-20 22:26
THE EVERYGIRL'S GUIDE TO LIFE BY MARIA MENOUNOS
The Everygirl's Guide to Life - It Books

I saw an interview of the author on Betheney Frankel's old talk show and Maria was mentioning that she had been 40 lbs heavier at one time in her life and could eat half a pizza no problem. When I was younger I could do the same thing. Then she mentioned that she gave hints about how to start slowly changing your eating habits - one piece less, add a salad - sounded good. I read the introduction and this book was written for young people to grandparents. Well, it's mostly geared toward young people. My 19 year old daughter would probably like this in about 5 years. 

So a lot of good hints from diet, organizing your clothes, business, chores, balancing work and home life, how to save money, how to work out effectively. Lots of great ideas but I feel for a younger person - 22 to 45 seems right.

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review 2018-05-13 19:35
Beginner's Garden Alex Mitchell
Beginner's Garden: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables & Fruit without Getting Your Hands Too Dirty (IMM Lifestyle) Gardening Tips, Recipes, & Projects for Beginners; Includes Herbs & Small Spaces - Alex Mitchell

I love growing plants, whether it be flowers or veggies. Some plants I have better luck at then others. Also I live in Florida and some plants just won't grow well here while others thrive. This book was extremely helpful in teaching me about the different types of plats, what they need in order to grow well, and the best planting times.  The illustrations were great. The information in this book even though it says the book is for beginners would be helpful to anyone. I wholeheartedly believe you know know enough to stop learning. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-05-13 11:44
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

It's never a good sign when, a few days after finishing a book, I'm struggling to remember what it was about in order to do it justice in a review - The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is one of those books, unfortunately. It's entertaining enough and I enjoyed reading it, but it also suffered from a main character who is (to me, anyway) usually more annoying than charming and a tendency to throw everything but the kitchen sink in to the plot, just in case...

 

The basic premise is that our main character, Monty, is about to depart on his Grand Tour in the way that all well-heeled young men of the Regency period were wont to do, in his case accompanied by his best friend (and unrequited love interest) Percy. They've also been given the task of depositing Monty's sister at a finishing school on the way and given strict instructions about what they can and can't do. Likewise, at the end of their time together, Percy is supposed to be going off to university in Holland and Monty is already bemoaning that separation.

 

After Monty follows his dick into trouble in Paris, as well as proving himself to be more than a little light-fingered, trouble starts to follow them. The trio end up separated from their chaperone and on the run, as well as a few things about Percy coming into the open. This is where, for me, the plot starts to go off the rails a bit and the author really should have considered not throwing twelve more plot ideas into the book just in case. 

 

I almost gave this book 3 stars instead of 4 because of Monty, who is pretty much insufferable most of the time. It's rescued by the character of Felicity, who has all the common sense her brother lacks, while Percy still remains a bit two-dimensional at times. Anyway, apparently there's another book which follows on from this one but from Felicity's point of view - The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy - due out later in 2018.

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text 2018-05-11 18:03
Good series
Loire Valley A World Heritage Site: From Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes-sur-Loire. Travel Guide 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Strasbourg Patrimoine Mondial: Guide de voyage Strasbourg, Grande Ile - 2016 (French Edition) - Jérôme Sabatier
Canal du Midi A World Heritage Site: Travel guide Canal du Midi - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Lyon A World Heritage Site: Travel Guide Lyon, Historic Center - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Carcassonne A World Heritage Site: Travel guide Carcassonne, medieval City - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier

This is a travel series about UNESCO sites in France.  It is well done with lots of tourist information including family friendly suggests.

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