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review 2018-05-10 15:14
The Vineyard Victims: A Wine Country Mystery (Wine Country Mysteries) - Ellen Crosby

The vineyard victims by Crosby_ Ellen
Story follows Lucy's life at the vineyard. Ten years prior she had gotten into an accident when she discussed her boyfriends affair with her brothers fiancee. He ended up in jail and Lucy has issues with walking.
Present day she's heading home and she avoids a candidate for president as he aimed for her car and ends up crashing into the vineyard pillar also, same spot as her accident. She rushes over and talks to him but he doesn't want any help at all.
She knows he was trying to commit suicide and learns more from her best girlfriend Kit later when she finds out she had met with him prior to the crash.
She lives with Quinn who likes to watch the stars at night ...he also works at the vineyard.
Love history of the area and the vineyard. Like how she discovers more clues as to the crash.
Love talk of cairn and war time and how it's revelant to the crash and gifts left.
Story gets super involved with events of the past, cool how it all comes together.
Lucy gets too close to the truth and now she's being shot at...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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review 2018-03-08 20:00
Excellent For Beginners
Know It All Wine: The 50 Essential Topic... Know It All Wine: The 50 Essential Topics, Each Explained in Under a Minute - Gerard Basset

As a "wanna-be" oenologist, I love reading books about wine. This one is a treat! Short, concise, easily readable, and in bite-size "sips", it would be of great benefit for anyone wanting a brief introduction into wine. The book is divided into sections, then further broken down into 50 very short articles covering a wide range of topics. The sections are the vineyard, the winery, classic grapes and wines, history, iconic regions, the business of wine, and the enjoyment of wine. This would be a wonderful book to learn the basics. You can find out the difference between different types of wines and the grapes used to make them. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, they are all covered and explained. Learn about the different regions wine comes from....Bordeaux, Tuscany, Napa Valley. Learn how to taste wine. Have you ever been at a party where one of your wine "snob" friends are going on and on about a wine? By reading this book, you can offer one of these tidbits to show them that you, too, are conversant on the subject. That alone is worth the price!

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review 2018-03-07 20:27
Wine & Whiskey Review
Wine & Whiskey - Nikki Belaire





Wine and Whiskey is about two professional individuals, Nick DeMarco and Shea Armstrong, who feel a strong connection to each other, both physically and emotionally, from the moment they meet.  Each carry with them a form or emotional baggage that neither has really dealt with effectively.


Nick business secrets that take a tole on their very new, very deep relationship that affects not only themselves but the people around them.  All he wants to do is protect Shea from harm which always seems to back fire the harder he tries.


All Shea wants to do is listen to her gut instinct, even if it means going against what her friends think is best.


Every time I thought I could put the book down, Nikki threw in another twist or turn keeping me engrossed until I couldn't keep my eyes open.  I have to admit, I was mad at both Nick's and Shea's behaviours at times, giving me conflicting feelings.  Often I wanted to give each of them a slap across the face and yell "WHY?"


I gave this book 4 because some of the characters reactions just didn't feel/seem authentic to me.  If I were writing the story I felt I would have chosen different responses in certain situations. The version I had also contained some grammatical errors which really weren't hard to pick out.


Nikki did a great job creating a story like no other, drawing the reader in and making the characters come to life.


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review 2018-01-27 01:53
Great Memoir by Union
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True - Gabrielle Union

I recall this came out last year. A friend of mine went to a book signing by Gabrielle Union and was raving over this book. I was hesitant to read cause I'm heard on memoirs and always feel guilty when I don't like them. Cause if you don't like the memoir, you don't like the person. If it's ghostwritten though all bets are off.


I know of Gabrielle Union. I'm an African American woman and have been watching and obsessing over her since I was a teen. She's been in so many movies (Bring it On, 10 Things I Hate About You, Daddy's Little Girls, Bad Boys II, Good Deeds, etc.) and she stars in one of my favorite shows, Being Mary Jane (yeah I get rowdy about that show on Twitter). I always feel weirdly proud when an African American woman kicks ass in any field. As Union says at one point, we are taught since we're small we have to be better than everyone else to even be looked at as the same. A Super Negro can spot their own.


Union begins her memoir in chronological manner before she jumps back and forth between her first marriage (my butt didn't even know she was married before Dwayne Wade) and second marriage. She talks about hearing the "n" word as a kid and doing her best to walk between two world's at school and with her family during her summers away. And she's painfully honest about doing what she could to be found "cute" since her dark skin was not seen as attractive with so many boys she was growing up with.


One of my favorite sections is when Union discusses colorism in the African American community in a very great way. I know our community still hasn't addressed it and there's still the lingering shame of being "too dark" or "too light" and you think we be over it as adults, and we're not. Hell people still trying to hide Lupita away on screen which is why I'm so happy to see her fully out and gorgeous in Black Panther.


Another favorite section is when Union recounts when she was raped and how it affected and still affects her. I remember her clapping back at Mayim Bialik and her terrible op-ed going into how if women dressed more conservative they would be less likely to be sexually assaulted. I have never wanted to reach through my phone so much in my life. 

Gabrielle shares her thoughts on being a stepmother, helping to raise young black men in America, and what drove her to support Planned Parenthood and other initiatives dealing with women's health.


I will say there are also some sections that will make you howl with laughter. My favorites have to be her reminiscing about a bully looking to beat her butt, her period and not understanding tampons, and when she tried some homeopathic (I guess I can call them that) to cure a yeast infection. She's also pretty upfront about sex and owning her sexuality. 


As I said in my update, I laughed, I cried, I loved it.

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text 2018-01-27 01:34
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True - Gabrielle Union

I laughed, cried, and loved it. What a great memoir. 

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