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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-15 18:29
True North Wo auch immer du bist
True North - Wo auch immer du bist (Verm... True North - Wo auch immer du bist (Vermont-Reihe, Band 1) - Sarina Bowen,Nina Restemeier,Wiebke Pilz



12,90 €












Sie ist die Süße zu meiner Bitterkeit, die Balance, die meinem Leben immer fehlte, und die sinnlichste Versuchung, die ich jemals gekostet habe


Als Audrey Kidder der finstere Blick von Griffin Shipley trifft, weiß sie sofort, dass ihr Auftrag in Vermont schwieriger wird als gedacht. Doch sie hat keine Wahl: Wenn sie ihren Job behalten will, muss sie Griff davon überzeugen, seinen preisgekrönten Cider zum halben Preis zu verkaufen. Eine harte Nuss, denn der Bio-Farmer ist nicht nur ausgesprochen stur – und unheimlich attraktiv –, sondern seit ihrer heißen Affäre am College auch nicht besonders gut auf Audrey zu sprechen. Und dass sich Audrey in Griffs Nähe augenblicklich so zu Hause fühlt wie nirgends sonst auf der Welt, macht die Sache alles andere als einfach … 


Meine Meinung:

Ich bin durch das auffallende Cover auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden und hatte dann die Möglichkeit, bei einer Vorab-Leserunde des Verlags mitzumachen. 


Von Sarina Bowen hatte ich bisher nichts gelesen und war daher sehr gespannt auf den Auftakt dieser neuen Reihe. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil ist sehr flüssig, man kommt schnell durch die Geschichte durch. 


Die Charaktere haben mir sehr gut gefallen, aber die Nebencharaktere waren auch sehr liebenswert wie z.B. die Mutter von Griffin. Griffin selbst habe ich mir in etwa so vorgestellt wie den verlassenen Farmer in Sweet Home Alabama. 


Es hat Spaß gemacht, die beiden zu begleiten, wie sie sich näher kommen und wie sie die Probleme, die sich ihnen in den Weg stellen, bewältigen. Ich hatte auch das Gefühl, selbst in der Gegend der Vermont zu sein. Es dreht sich ja auch viel um Cider, muss aber sagen, dass ich es persönlich gar nicht kenne. Das scheint ja eine Informationslücke zu sein. 


Nicht so gut gefallen haben mir die erotischen Szenen, das war mir zu viel des Guten. Hier wäre weniger mehr gewesen. 


Alles in allem war dies eine schöne Liebesgeschichte für mich, aber komplett packen konnte mich die Geschichte nicht. Ich bin auf jeden Fall auf den 2. Teil dieser Reihe sehr gespannt. Von mir bekommt das Buch 4 Sterne. 

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review 2016-08-30 22:59
Family Tree
Family Tree: A Novel - Susan Wiggs
ISBN: 0062425439
Publisher: HarperCollins/
William Morrow
Publication Date: 8/9/2016
Format: Other
My Rating: 4 Stars 


special thank you to HarperCollins-William Morrow and Edelweiss for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Talented Susan Wiggs picks up with Annie Rush, from her prequel short story, The Key Ingredient, with FAMILY TREE—heartwarming and emotionally charged; Annie finds life does not always go as planned, and throws us some curve balls, when we least expect.

Gran was a special person in Annie’s life. She had always taught her to remember the love. When things got hard and you wonder why you got married in the first place- to recall the love.

Martin was a catch. He made her laugh. When they came up with ideas, they would work on it together with joy. He was her husband, her partner and an irreplaceable element in her life’s work. They had a TV cooking show. Martin was the chef, and Annie worked in production.

Annie loved talking about her Gran. She missed her every day but the remembrances kept her alive in Annie’s heart. Gram had published a vintage cookbook back in the sixties. Her name was Anastasia Carnaby Rush. Her grandfather called her Sugar in honor of the family maple syrup brand, Sugar Rush.

It was a regional best seller in Vermont and New England for years. Gram was a self-taught chef. Cooking was her love. Annie could picture her in the sunny farmhouse kitchen happily turning out meals for the family. She had a special way with food, and always said every recipe had a key ingredient.

“That’s the ingredient that defines the dish.”

Martin’s latest cookbook featured him looking delicious- the perfect combination of Wild West cowboy and Cordon Blue chef.

Her passion had been born in her grandmother’s kitchen when Annie was too young to read or write. Even before Martin, she was about food. She met him when he had a food cart in Manhattan. She was too busy to be in front of the camera.

Martin has a new sexy co-host side kick Melissa Barrett. Annie and Martin had been married eight years. The show had taken on a life of its own. The challenge was always staying exciting and relevant and on budget.

Everything was going well and she is pregnant with their first child. Time didn’t simply tick past, unremarked, unnoticed. This kind of moment that made everything stop. The moment was made of something fragile and delicate, yet it possessed the power to last forever.

She could not wait to tell Martin. She had to give him the message in person. A gift from the heart. He deserved a key moment of his own. She wanted to see his face when she delivered the magical words. A family.

However, she is shocked by a betrayal. Disbelief. Disappointment. Horror. Revulsion. An out of body experience. Is this how it will end? In the process of what she has seen, she trips over cable and then the entire structure came crashing down.

Her life is shattered. From then to now, Annie finds herself in a year- long coma. Grieving, Annie retreats to her family home in Switchback, Vermont. The maple farm. Her brother, mother, and four young nieces and nephews.

A world she left behind years ago. A high school boyfriend, Fletcher Wyndham. Her first love. She had lost her virginity in the sugar house, and a boy she thought would be hers’ forever. Fate got in the way. Separated by space, time, and circumstances.

Wiggs takes readers back to Annie’s life as a senior in high school, dizzy with possibilities. But life had a way of interfering with one’s plans. Things popped up unexpectedly, and suddenly a carefully plotted route had to be recalculated. Annie had always been a big believer in magic.

An entire year wiped out. Her mind unfurled and slipped backward, seeking something that felt more real and substantial than the world she’d woken up to. From the life she left, and the one forcing her to return.

Finding the key ingredient, acknowledging its source, and building a story around the dish was a simple enough concept, but the execution was complicated. There are gaps, but there are those who can help.

Sugar Rush goes gourmet. Annie finally finds a way to reconnect with her past and her old dreams. The key ingredient was simple – to go back to the original dream.

As Annie goes through her grandmother’s cookbook she felt her come alive and she too captures what she loved: the preproduction, recipe testing, shooting animating, and editing. From writer, producer, and star. The key ingredient to life lay beyond the kitchen.

Was she ready to take the next step- a fresh approach to life? Second chances. Starting from scratch. Beginning anew from carefully chosen ingredients.

As always, Wiggs weaves a magical story of the heart with nostalgic voices of the past and cozy comforting settings and yummy cuisine. From triumph over tragedy, love, loss, the pain of the past, first loves, and rediscovery. Makes you want to head for the lush New England autumn leaves, the cold brisk fresh air, and the apple cider.

If you have not read Susan Wiggs, you are missing out!

As I have mentioned before, I am waiting for a Hallmark TV series, based on her charming books. Her settings and characters come alive, with all the key ingredients for a satisfying series like Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, and Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores.

I am ready for Susan Wiggs’ close knit community in Vermont surrounded by family and friends with lots of joys, struggles, life, love, food, romance, spectacular settings, and heartwarming characters- small or large screen. (Be sure and include hot and sexy, Jesse Metcalfe and the adorable golden retriever, Axle.)

Read More inspiration for Family Tree from Susan's Blog.




Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!Family-Tree/cmoa/56c213800cf2100f64739e64
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review 2016-04-15 15:02
New England Year: A Journal of Vermont Farm Life - Muriel Follett,Herbert Waters

New England year: a journal of Vermont farm life by Follett, Muriel; Waters, Herbert
A journal of day to day happenings, events, school, county fair and different foods and how they are harvested/canned during the year.
Words make you feel as if you are there, in the 1800's.  Enjoyed hearing of the winter crafts and how the community pulls together when one is injured or needs help.
Have seen icecutting done and really appreciate all the hard work it takes. Maple syrup runs best with wind from the west. Such knowledge from this time that could be used today.
Certain trees for sleigh runners.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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review 2016-03-26 20:02
Good Story and Characters
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas - Bryan Mooney

Hope  was attacked by terrorists while in Iran. She is a school teacher. A marine protected and saved her life. Jack ‘s brother had also enlisted and his brother’s helicopter went down and Jack really wanted to find him. While waiting for rescue Jack told Hope about his hometown of Woodstock, Vermont. Then hopes wakes up in a hospital in Germany. Upon returning to the states Hope goes to Woodstock and ends up taking a teacher's job there. Jack and Hope bump into each other and the connection they felt is still there but Jack is unhappily engaged.

I liked this book a lot but why is Jack still engaged if he’s not happy? Also why does it sound like in several places in the story that Hope may being watched/stalked but nothing comes of it unless a place to start a second book. Either way neither thing stopped me from finishing this story. I loved the characters Of Hope and Jack and all the twists and turns they go through. I recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2015-08-25 02:21
The Promise of Home
The Promise of Home - Darcie Chan

The Promise of HomeDarcie Chan

Paperback, 400 pages

Published August 4th 2015 by Ballantine Books      

ISBN 0345538242 (ISBN13: 9780345538246)                 



I think I enjoyed this installment better then the first two. 3.5 stars for this one. Many of the characters from the first two books and a few new ones are included. Some of the characters who were introduced in the 2nd book were given a little bit more time in this book. Father O'Brien gets a lot of time in this one in the form of his back story. I did like the closure given many of the characters. A very easy weekend read.                       

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