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text 2018-05-17 16:44
The Eight by Katherine Neville $1.13 Wonderful!
The Eight - Katherine Neville

 A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.
 
Two hundred years later, while on assignment in Algeria, computer expert Catherine Velis finds herself drawn unwillingly into the deadly “Game” still swirling around the legendary chess set—a game that will require her to risk her life and match wits with diabolical forces.
 

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review 2018-03-22 14:11
Fix, Freeze, Feast, 2nd Edition by Kati Neville
Fix, Freeze, Feast, 2nd Edition: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family; The Make-Ahead Plan: 1 Day of Cooking = 12 Days of Dinner; Fill Your Freezer with Dozens of Homemade Meals - Kati Neville,Lindsay Ahrens

This yummy book of 150 recipes that will make dinner time so much easier was awesome. I love how simple this book makes tasty meals so much easier for me. Yes the prep day is a kind of a pain but once it's done you can eat well in very little time. You gather all the ingredients, put them in freezer containers or bags toss them in the freezer and when you know you are looking at a busy day set one of the meals out over night in the refrigerator, toss in a pan when you arrive home and in under 30 minutes you have a home cooked meal ready to serve and eat. Some of the meals are ready crockpot ready as well, just dump the bag or bowl in and when you arrive home you house smells amazing and you can feed your family a yummy home cooked meal, without getting your hands dirty.

 

I travel a good bit and my poor hubby stays at home. I just returned from a trip and while I was gone I used some of the recipes in this book. I made up the bags and bowls before I left and he was able to have fresh cooked meals without any fuss while I was gone.

Some of the recipes make several meals with one prep. For us since it's just him and I home now, I got 10 to 12 meals instead of 6. On some I just cut the recipe down by halves or quarters, since I do not have a deep freeze anymore to store so many meals. I also cut some way back just to try and see if we liked them or not before I make the full recipe. Waste not want not.

 

The mango-cranberry chicken is to die for. It was delicious. Next time I will make the full recipe so I can have this on hand. It does have a tiny bite to it but is mild enough even for smaller children. The recipe make 4 meals of 4 servings, and takes 15 to 20 minutes to cook and serve.

 

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

 

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review 2018-03-02 11:37
Actiescènes door de eeuwen heen
De Acht - Katherine Neville,Marjolein van Velzen

Volgens sommige reviews was dit boek met The DaVinci Code te vergelijken. Daarom verwachtte ik niet veel - een boek dat leest als een trein maar niet veel meer. Mooie verrassing. Het was een episch verhaal. De helft ervan vindt in het verleden plaats, met name in Parijs in de tijd van de Franse Revolutie. Een heel bloedige, gevaarlijke tijd, en het verhaal is vol met bekende mensen uit de geschiedenis zoals Napoleon en Robespierre.

 

De andere helft vindt voornamelijk plaats in Algeriije in de jaren zeventig. De hoofdpersonen in deze helft zijn twee Amerikaansen - een is een computerexpert en de andere een schaakster. Alle hoofdpersonen in de roman zijn vrouwen en dit is echt verfrissend. Ook in de actiescènes staan de vrouwelijke personages in het midden van de actie.

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review 2017-11-05 18:16
The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton
The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton - Miranda Neville

Got this weekend (11/4) at my local library sale. Having heard about Miranda Neville's death, when I saw this, I picked it up. I've never read her and I thought I would remedy that.
Here is her obituary.
Avon's remembrance.

 

I enjoyed the opening. Celia was being kidnapped and stripped of her clothes. When the kidnapped leaves, she takes initiative and escapes, stumbling over Tarquin. It turns out, the hit on his head gives him amnesia. In the past, he had made a comment about Celia that, in turn, ruined her marriage prospects. So, to get back at him, Celia makes up a story and an identity for him.
I did find it hard to believe that Tarquin, with no title, had the influence he did. Seriously, *one* comment, and everything is ruined?!
I enjoyed the first part of the book (act 1). The road trip (for lack of a better word) across the countryside, their banter and interactions, the who/why was Celia kidnapped, their survival in the wilderness. This was the best part of the book.
Then (act 2), Tarquin remembers who he is. They go to a friend's house. I lost some interest at this point.
I was surprised at how much I liked Tarquin. (Since he is/was an arrogant bastard). Since this isn't a book that would have jumped out at me, I'm glad I read this.

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review 2017-10-23 21:35
Fix, Freeze, Feast!
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family - Kati Neville,Lindsay Tkacsik

I know what I am planning to do on my next day off!!  I'll be headed to the warehouse store to pick up supplies and making myself some meals for busy days.

 

Sweet Asian Chicken.

Tequila-Lime Chicken.

Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry.

Urban Garlic Chicken.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs.

Ginger Beef.

Margarita Pork Chops.

Raging Garlic Pork Stir-Fry.

 

Each recipes makes 3-4 frozen meals.  Just remove from the freezer the night before and they are ready to go when you get home from work.

 

Yah, baby!

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