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review 2020-07-16 12:29
NIght Owls and Summer Skies
Night Owls and Summer Skies - Rebecca Sullivan

The summer before Emma Lane's eighteenth birthday is the last summer she will have to return to York Beach, Maine for the court ordered two months of visitation with her mother.  Since Emma came out as gay at the age of twelve, her mother has been unaccepting of her sexuality, distant and divorced her father.  Now, Emma returns to York Beach only to be dumped at Camp Maplewood where she suffered a traumatic episode several years before throwing Emma into a depression complete with PTSD while her mother jet sets around the world with her new husband.  Emma immediately sets out to get herself thrown out of camp by breaking into the shed holding the camper's phones only to be thwarted at every attempt by counselor Vivian Black. As Emma deals with her worst fears at camp, she makes a friend in chipper, outgoing Gwen Black and a passion for cooking with Julie Black, the camp cook. Each time Emma even thinks about doing something to get herself kicked out, Vivian seems to be a step ahead, helping Emma through her fears and getting to know her well, maybe even more.

Night Owls and Summer Skies is a perfect summer romance.  I loved that Emma's character was already secure in her sexuality and that finding her sexuality was not the main point of the book, this was simply a romance.  Emma's character also had deeper issues such as her depression and PTSD which still affect her, but don't define her.  The writing brought me into Emma's head and at times I felt like I was having a panic attack along with her.  Emma's growth at camp was amazing to read through.  From dealing with bullies, making friends, finding a hobby she enjoys and learning how to trust again along with slowly recovering from her trauma from years before.  Emma and Vivian's relationship felt natural and unhurried as they simply fell into one another.  I did find it a little weird that they were counselor and camper, although they were only one year apart in age.  I do wish there was some growth for Emma's mother along with some of the other campers; however, it is Emma's story.  Overall, a fun summer romance.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2020-07-08 21:18
The List of Things That Will Not Change
The List of Things That Will Not Change - Rebecca Stead

What a great book about what is not “normal” can be perfectly normal, if you allow it to be. Armed with the notebook that her parents gave her, Bea finds that since her parents have divorced, life has become complicated. Why can’t things be simple like they used to be, why must everything be so confusing now? Bea’s finding out that adjusting to change is hard. Bea needs to discover, how to accept the changes in her life.


When Bea’s parents announced that they were divorcing, they handed her a notebook. Inside that notebook, contained a written, short list of items which they wrote to Bea, of Things That Will Not Change in her life, once they split up. Since then, Bea has added many things to that list. It was nice to see the character of Bea reflect upon this list and to add her ideas to it.


Seeing a counselor, Bea also talks about her feelings and gets help managing her anxiety. Life is not the same since her parent’s divorce nor will it be the same ever again. This will take some time to get used to for everyone involved. What she has now, is a new family and that’s what she needs to understand. I enjoyed the character of Bea as she was an honest, sincere, ten-year old girl just trying to adjust to the changes in her life.  4.5 stars

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text 2020-07-08 10:12
Reading progress update: I've listened 72 out of 533 minutes
Fingerprints Of Previous Owners - Rebecca Entel,Ron Butler,Cherise Boothe,Robin Miles

I've always shied away from resort holidays offering me the opportunity to 'experience' the 'real' local culture because it sounds like a con that disrespects the tourists and the locals and locks both into a Disney Land dynamic where 'the locals' are as authentic as Mickey Mouse.


This book gives me a view of how a resort works that re-inforces my prejudices:


Event Management at the resort curates the presentation of a fictional island and fictional islanders to the tourists, creating a narrative around 'Natives' welcoming Columbus when the islanders are all descendants of African slaves and the original islanders were long ago sent to die working in silver mines.


Here's how our main character, Myrna, describes her work at the resort: 


'My ID tag said nothing but "Maid" but it was also my job to be silent and visible only when the tourists wanted to see me. "At work2 meant not just a place or a time. A being. A not being.'

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review 2020-06-28 08:54
Jilted Jock (Cocky Hero Club) by: Rebecca Jenshak
Jilted Jock (Cocky Hero Club) - Rebecca Jenshak





Jilted Jock by Rebecca Jenshak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jenshak steps out her comfort zone in hopes run off with your heart. Jilted Jock is everything that I have come to expect from a Rebecca Jenshak novel. Sexy, sassy, sweet and heartaching collide to become an irresistible romance.

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review 2020-06-27 14:00
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire - Rebecca Rideal

Title: 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

Author: Rebecca Rideal

Published Date: April 26, 2017

Publisher: John Murray Publishers

Format: Trade Paperback

Page Count: 304 pages

Source: Own copy

Date Read: May 20-25, 2020




So the war takes up the majority of the book, but being a naval war in the 1600s means there was war "seasons" and war "breaks". However, my favorite part was the plague. Wow, humans don't change or evolve their thinking when it comes to public health. We still do the dumbest shit when the shit hits the fan. And then there is the dumb ass politicians. And then there are the doctors and scientists and public health technicians trying to do their best to combat the twin diseases of the black plague and people's stupidity. I had feelings since we were still in quarantine when I finished this book...I may still harbor some of those strong feelings.


However, the Great London fire section was where I learned the most history. I thought it happened one night, not four plus days and changed the Embankment area forever. As for the naval battle - the political maneuvering and planning was interesting, but there were pages of detailed naval battle with lots of naval jargon and it was a bit of a slog to get through. 


I found the book overall very readable for both history buffs and non-history peeps and quite enjoyable. 


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