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text 2017-06-09 19:04
Not exactly what southerners mean by "Bless Your Heart" — but curious about this one.
Bless Your Heart: Saving the World One Covered Dish at a Time - Patsy Caldwell

I certainly need to have a look at a cookbook that includes recipes to take to book clubs, eh?


The synopsis of Bless Your Heart: Saving the World One Covered Dish at a Time reads:

"What would the South be without deviled eggs at the church potluck? Can you even begin to imagine a family reunion where nobody remembered to make the baked beans and sweet tea? Is it possible to celebrate a major holiday without crunchy sweet potato casserole on the buffet table?


Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson don’t think so, either. Indeed, every occasion in the South comes with its own essential menu, and they’re all here in this collection of time-honored favorites.


Want to show your team pride with the spread at your next tailgating bash? Patsy and Amy have got you covered with desserts that boast every color in the SEC. No matter the particular moment of life you encounter, this is your go-to encyclopedia of Southern cooking and traditions around the table.


Bless Your Heart will do just that. These recipes are proven to comfort and satisfy your family and the people who may as well be kin. Whether the occasion is a holiday gathering, a garden party, or one of life’s unexpected events, food is the common denominator in the South. Lifelong Southerners Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson understand the craft of Southern cooking, and how few things are as nurturing as a meal lovingly prepared in the traditions of the South.


There’s a recipe here for every situation in which a Southerner may find herself. From book clubs to baby showers, Patsy and Amy know exactly what flavors perfectly complement any of life’s occasions. You’ll enjoy the familiar stories of traditions in Dixie along the way, and no doubt pick up a new idea or two of ways to celebrate Southern culture, nourish your loved ones, and make new memories."


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review 2017-06-06 20:56
Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking - Marissa A. Ross

Disappointing. If you are looking for juvenile and profane writing, you may enjoy this book. Otherwise, there are many, many better introductions to wine. Let me quote just a few examples. "Or you can just pour it in a glass and let it chill out for a while, and boom, you just aerated that shit!" "Brut: Pretty fucking dry champagne". "It was easy to ignore that they were unemployed, only wanted blowjobs, and always smelled like cigarettes" (there are numerous wine/oral sex comparisons). "the finish is the flavor and sensation a wine leaves in your mouth after you've swallowed, insert innuendo of choice" (I warned you). "I should know the difference by now, just not when it's 9:00 am, and I'm totally stoned, which is the only way I go to the market".
So, if you want to equate your education in wine with profanity, unsatifactory sexual encounters, or abusing drugs, maybe this book is for you. Me, I'll stick with more mainstream literature.

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review 2017-06-06 13:07
Highland Hellion
Highland Hellion (Highland Weddings) - Mary Wine

'Highland Hellion' by Mary Wine is book Three in the "Highland Weddings" series.  This is the story of Katherine and Rolfe.  I have read the other book in this series and I do feel this can be a standalone book.  Katherine did appear in the book Two "Highland Vixen" where Marcus and Helen had taken her in after Katherine was being offered to Marcus as a child-wife.
Katherine is English and was kidnapped around 13 years of age to be married off but after getting out of that predicament she was taken in by a Highland Family.  Marcus who was the Lair allowed her to learn to fight just like a Highland Warrior so she didn't know much of being a Highlands Women.
When Katherine goes off to feel 'free' one night she meets Rolfe.  Katherine gets away from Rolfe on that first meeting but on their second meeting she helps him and a friend get away before they can be killed.  But she is taken instead and then Rolfe goes to save her.  Once Rolfe gets Katherine back he takes her to his home but his father isn't happy that a English women/Katherine is there.
Of course this was another great story by Ms. Wine.  Ms. Wine is one of my favorite authors and when I got this book I had to read it at once! I didn't stop until I had finished their story.
*A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*

Source: www.amazon.com/Highland-Hellion-Weddings-Mary-Wine-ebook/dp/B01MUG5M7A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490205978&sr=8-1&keywords=Highland+Hellion
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review 2017-06-05 19:08
Fourth Book in Series Not as Good as Previous Installments
Once Upon a Wine - Beth Kendrick

I really wanted to like this one. But everything from beginning to end felt like paint by numbers. Even the romance between the characters seemed a foregone conclusion and I I found myself bored. I was happier to read about previous characters when they showed up in this book. 


I think my biggest problem is that this whole thing was so far fetched and not believable. A woman (Cammie) is called to help by her cousin (Kat) when her aunt Ginger) buys a winery on a whim in Delaware. Cammie is still reeling from being dumped by her ex and being left bankrupt by him when their restaurant failed. Running back to Delaware where she left her last serious boyfriend is not what she wants to do. They of course have an awkward meet up and then she of course needs the ex's help while trying to keep her aunt's winery afloat. 


I really wanted to like Cammie, but felt meh on her. I outright got really tired of the character of Kat who is going through a mid-life crisis and acts like a jerk towards her husband through the whole book and then magically resolves things. Ginger was just frustrating since she refuses to see what her being a winery without any idea how to run it causes problems to her daughter and niece. 


I guess I needed some real life tension in this book to be included. It just felt like everything related to this installment was going through the motions. 

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review 2017-05-24 01:15
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

While no one can top Stephen King (for me), Ray Bradbury is certainly my second favorite author. His writing is so precise — he says neither too much nor too little — with nary a word out of place. He evokes emotions buried deep within me, every damn time.


Dandelion Wine is magical realism mixed with coming of age; this story oozes charm and is filled with quotable passages. While the main character is Douglas, a twelve year old boy who is realizing what it means to be 'alive', the narrative does shift focus to several peripheral characters. I must admit I didn't quite know where the plot was going some of the time (I felt it meandered a good deal), but I'm not sure if that was just me not understanding, or the book failing to engage me at certain points. Those times were few and far between, however!


This is excellent reading for summer. Bradbury uses the season and locale to his advantage, making it all come alive with his pen. While a little confusing at times, this deeply poetic novel is one to be read and treasured. A definite classic.

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