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text 2017-05-25 06:01
Part 3: What's On Your Library Wishlist?
Daughters of the Moon, Volume 2 - Lynne Ewing
The Countess - Lynsay Sands
The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger - Zoe Archer
Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
Crazy Love - Candace Gold
Kissing Santa Claus - Donna Kauffman,HelenKay Dimon
1,000-Year Voyage - John Russell Fearn
Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored - Mary Gabriel
The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Still updating my shelves to reflect and to work thru the wishlist.  Any recommendations to immediately read anything currently borrow-able?

 

(Backfiring as a way to clean up some reading lists because I stupidly keep glancing at the "also enjoyed" and adding more to the TBR but working to remind me I wanted to read something or continue some series.)

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review 2017-05-22 10:10
Book Review - Santa's Rescue Dog, Super Speed Sam Book 5 by Monty J McClaine
Santa's Rescue Dog (US) (Super Speed Sam) (Volume 5) - Monty J McClaine
Our Beck Valley Book Review - Santa's Rescue Dog, Super Speed Sam Book 5 by Monty J McClaine ' I am sure once these stories are discovered they will be cherished and shared by families and passed down to generation after generation.'....
 
"The fifth book in the series where we meet Sam the basset hound who has inherited special abilities. In this particular episode Sam has to come to Santas rescue. The story is full of fascinating facts about christmas and where the legends come from that have been passed down through the generations.
 
The book is written in easy to read text for both a young reader and parent to enjoy together with nice short chapters. Excellent illustrations at the beginning of each chapter bring this fun story to life.
 
The style of writing and cute pictures took me back to my childhood and the books I used to read with my parents and I am sure once these stories are discovered they will be cherished and shared by families and passed down to generation after generation."
 
Read more on the #book and author here....
 
Book Description
***Winner of 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the “Holiday” category.***
 
The McClaines faithful basset hound, Sam, knows how to use his super speed powers, even in a pinch, keeping it top secret from everyone except for baby Molly, of course. What he does NOT know is how these powers started… that’s a big secret to him!
 
Sam knows it’s a ‘family thing’, having been passed down through generations of ‘Sam’s’ from long ago, he doesn’t know why, where, how or what got these amazing abilities started. Well, hold onto your seats because in this extra special Super Sam episode, you’re about to find out!
 
Whether following Santa and his reindeer on their highly eventful Christmas Eve journey, discovering a special ‘sleigh recovery’ team of elves or meeting Sam’s great, great, great (add a whole bunch of ‘greats’), you won’t be able to put this holiday special down!
 
Read the exciting, humorous and sometimes tearful special Christmas episode, Santa’s Rescue Dog to find out! Sam might not know where his secret abilities come from, but now you get the chance to uncover the truth of the mystery in this fun, sweet, adventurous ‘Sam’ story!
Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/book-review-santas-rescue-dog-super.html
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text 2017-05-08 12:10
Cygańska madonna - Santa Montefiore
Mauriac to niewielkie miasteczko położone w południowo-zachodniej części Francji, w rejonie Akwitanii, gdzie najważniejszym miastem jest Bordeaux. Czasy drugiej wojny światowej dla nikogo nie były łatwe, nawet dla Niemców. Wśród nich byli też i tacy, którzy mówili Adolfowi Hitlerowi (1889-1945) stanowcze NIE. Przypomnijmy sobie choćby historię polskiego kompozytora i pianisty pochodzenia żydowskiego Władysława Szpilmana (1911-2000), który życie zawdzięczał właśnie takiemu zbuntowanemu faszyście. Niemniej, w przypadku Cygańskiej Madonny nie mamy do czynienia z literaturą faktu. Przypomniałam tę historię tylko dlatego, aby zwrócić uwagę na pewną analogię pomiędzy wydarzeniami rzeczywistymi a fikcją literacką.

Otóż powieściowy Dieter Schultz jest oficerem Wehrmachtu i na pierwszy rzut oka sprawia wrażenie szczerze oddanego sługi Adolfa Hitlera. W czasie wojny na czele swojego oddziału trafia do francuskiego Mauriac, gdzie znajduje się przepiękny zamek, a w nim kosztowne dzieła sztuki. Jego właścicielami są Żydzi, którzy bardzo szybko zostają z niego wysiedleni. Znając upodobania Hitlera do dzieł sztuki, Niemcy nie mogą postąpić inaczej, jak tylko uznać je za swoje, czyli zwyczajnie ukraść. Na zamku pracuje młoda i bardzo piękna dziewczyna o imieniu Anouk, która bardzo szybko staje się obiektem westchnień przystojnego niemieckiego oficera. W niedługim czasie młodzi zakochują się w sobie i biorą ślub. Zamieszkują w zamku, gdzie są naprawdę szczęśliwi. Lecz mieszkańcy miasteczka nie mogą wybaczyć Anouk tak wielkiej zdrady. Z ich związku rodzi się chłopiec, któremu rodzice nadają imię Mischa. Szczęście zakochanych bardzo szybko się kończy. Dieter zostaje wezwany do Rzeszy, a tam zamordowany. Od tej chwili Anouk i jej syn muszą radzić sobie sami. Dopóki żył Schultz obydwoje byli bezpieczni. Teraz wszystko się zmienia. Anouk zostaje oficjalnie uznana za zdrajczynię i napiętnowana przez otoczenie. Jak wiadomo, kobiety uznawane za winne współpracy z nazistami piętnowano w okrutny sposób. Jeżeli jakimś cudem udawało im się ujść z życiem, to karano je, goląc im głowy i wypalając na ciele faszystowskie symbole. Taki właśnie los spotyka Anouk. W samym centrum miasta, na oczach niemal trzyletniego syna, miejscowa ludność wymierza jej karę. Gdyby nie pomoc pewnego amerykańskiego żołnierza, kobieta i jej dziecko z pewnością zostaliby zamordowani.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-20 15:47
Conservatorio Di Santa Teresa - Romano Bilenchi

Quando si parla di romanzo non possiamo riferirci al numero delle pagine, né alla presenza di un intreccio. Un romanzo deve cogliere lo spessore della vita, che è fatta di oggetti e di eventi concreti, ma anche di sogni e d’immaginazione. L’importante è cogliere quei rari momenti di turbamento, di emozione in cui l’uomo riesce ad ascoltarsi vivere, a prenderne coscienza. (Romano Bilenchi)

 

Conservatorio di Santa Teresa uscì nel 1940. In poche settimane vendette più di quattromila copie. Per l’epoca, un successo. Bilenchi rifiutò la seconda stampa per ragioni politiche e per ribellarsi ai tagli apportati al romanzo dalla censura fascista.

In un’intervista, di esso affermò: Conterrà molti difetti, tutto quel che vuole, ma se lo rileggo ora è l’unico mio libro che mi emozioni e mi sembra il mio libro migliore, anche se quando cominciai a scriverlo avevo soltanto ventisei anni ed ero molto, ma molto più asino d’oggi.”

 

Sergio è un bambino dal sentire amplificato, dalla fantasia sfrenata. Facile agli entusiasmi e altrettanto pronto a disperarsi.

Sergio contempla il mondo che lo circonda. Contempla la vita, quella della natura e quella degli uomini. Ne è attratto. E un po’ la teme.

Sergio è troppo adulto per i suoi anni. Sarà immaturo domani.

Sergio vive fuori del tempo, ma il suo scorrere lo porterà dal sogno al disincanto.

Sergio è emozioni mai gridate. E quando accade, è un grido improvviso e muto. È lo sguardo meravigliato, è la bocca spalancata per la gioia esasperata o l’angoscia soffocante.

Sergio è ricerca d’amore e paura dell’abbandono.

Sergio è una lacrima succhiata in fretta. È lo spavento di precipitare.

Poesia del disagio e del desiderio, Sergio rimane sulla pelle. Come la salsedine dopo che s’è salutato il mare. Solo che non se ne va sotto l’acqua che scorre. Resta.

 

Scrittura intima, pura. Onesta.

E bella, bellissima.

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review 2017-04-18 23:02
Good Story and Characters
Montana Secret Santa - Debra Salonen

Krista had to tell her best friend Amanda and business partner that she had become substandard , uninspired and had adequate amour with a  big cup of cocoa . Krista had created Blue Sky Promotions.Since Krista moved to Montana  none of her family members bothered to visit her. Her mother was a producer/screenwriter.Krista was the only one in her family that wasn’t in the entertainment business. Krista’s family drives her insane when they are together.   Normally Krista was too busy to care but it hurt her at holiday time. But now Krista had to tackle the business with her best friend.  Amanda. It had been pretty fantastic to start a business with Amanda. Amanda bought her local contacts  and Krista had  a lot of connections of both coasts  When Krista had got cocoa and started to walk to her office  then a dog  barged into Krista . The man was walking three dogs  Bindi, River Jack and Bear.as he was watching  the dogs for his mother. Jonah’s parents had went to Florida to try to help his sister and her kids as his sister was now a widow. The man’s name was Jonah Jonah was also to take his parents as a Secret Santa volunteer.Secret Santa  fills wishes that are sent to the group. Emily wanted Jonah to take over as President of the Secret Santas  and get Krista on board as his VP. Jonah was intrigued by Krista and Jonah was definitely attracted to Krista. Then Krista found out Amanda was pregnant and that was why she had been dragging at work she was a lot more tired and wanted to nap. But didn't want to lose her place in the company and wanted t make sure she had a place there after the baby was born, Jonah  had just sold his company for a lot of money.  Christa does co-chair with Jonah for the Secret Santa Society.  Sparring with Krista every morning at the Secret Santa meetings was the most fun Jonah had in a long time. Then Krista’s family decides to come visit for Christmas. Neither Krista nor Jonah want a relationship  and Jonah lives and has his lab in Silicon Valley in California. Neither really have time or energy for a relationship. Krista had an ex boyfriend she thought might be the one he said he wanted to marry him but really only wanted a part in her mother’s nest movie. Then he walked away when that didn’t happen so she is leery of men and being hurt again.    As they spend more time the closer they get and the greater the attraction gets for both of them. Jonah has an obsession when he works and he had lost his last girlfriend because of it he even took him to court for not taking care of her sexually.. . Will a long distance relationship work for Jonah and Krista?

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was a novella but still had everything it needed for the story to be complete. The plot was very good and it was an easy read. But it started a little slow but I don’t really believe it took away from the story. I loved the dogs hi jinks  they added a lot to the story. I laughed a lot and out loud and that is always good. I loved how Jonah took time out of his life to dog sit the three dogs, I enjoyed the slow burning romance between Krista  and Jonah. Also could Krista and Jonah manage a relationship while online. I did love the characters  and the  in and outs of this story and I recommend.

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