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url 2018-02-08 16:32
Tree of Life True Story
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit

The 8th of February is our family's birthday! It has been 10 years we are together! This very day I have launched my second novel called Tree of Life: A Journey into the Field of Dreams. Thanks to all my spiritual family for being a part of this enriching journey! Thanks my beautiful children for being my biggest ever teachers <3 http://artof4elements.com/entry/171/conscious-parenting-my-adoption-journey

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review 2018-02-02 16:27
This illness isn't real so don't worry
Close Enough to Touch: A Novel - Colleen Oakley

There is a section on New York Public Library's website where librarians recommend some of their favorite books. I have been known to trawl through looking for ideas about what to read next (because I'm clearly lacking in books lol) and that's where I came across Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley. Our main character, Jubilee Jenkins, is a small-town librarian with a big secret...she's allergic to human touch. And I do mean deathly allergic. Let me back up a bit because the book doesn't open with her working in the library and fretting about whether or not anyone has figured out she can't touch them. Instead we meet Jubilee in her home where she has been sequestered away for several years after a bad allergy attack which nearly killed her. She decides the best way to keep herself safe is to not come into any kind of contact with the outside world which of course results in her becoming absolutely petrified to leave her house for any reason. (She even comes up with a system for getting her trash to the curb without going outside.) I had originally been intrigued by this book because it gave me slight Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore vibes but once I got into it I realized that the main difference here is that she's not trying to solve a mystery. Jubilee just wants to live. 

 

This book's narrative could have been tightened up extensively. There's the exploration of mental illness but there's also a burgeoning romance. AND there was a second subplot involving her romantic interest and his relationship with his adopted son. I think by splitting the focus, none of these were explored satisfactorily. The ending was somewhat confusing and left me disappointed that I had spent the time reading the book at all. And honestly I didn't care for Jubilee. She was extremely wishy-washy and many times I found myself frustrated with her. The initial concept was interesting but the execution and the muddied plot turned this into a low rated read for me: 4/10.

 

Check out the different interpretations of the story via the book cover:

 

 

Source: The eBook Hunter
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What I'm Currently Reading: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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text 2017-12-19 06:04
Why it is important for Couples to consider Prenuptial Agreement

 

The best advice can be provided by Jag Virk Family Lawyers when you need a prenuptial agreement that will set the rights and responsibilities of each party in a relationship. Many couples understand the importance of prenuptial agreement because it can be the best protection for their individual interests. Jag Virk can provide the best advice and assistance in drawing up the agreement so that it will be tailored according to your specific situations.

Marriage is not only a romantic relationship; it can also be considered as a business relationship. There are instances when one spouse has inherited property from parents and grandparents. A premarital agreement will protect the inheritance rights of the children in case of divorce or dissolution of marriage. Jag Virk is your best guide to walk you through every step and section of the prenuptial agreement based on the individual circumstance that has to be considered.

A prenuptial agreement is essential if one of the spouses has his own business or a professional practice so that it will not be divided or subjected to control or involvement of a previous spouse after the divorce. If there is no prenuptial agreement, the other spouse will be entitled to a portion of the business or professional practice after a divorce. Under the laws of some states, any increase in value, continuing growth and success of the spouse’s business or profession would be considered as divisible material property.

Starting a relationship with a prenuptial agreement is usually perceived as lack of trust but Jag Virk can intercede so that the agreement will not be a reason for misunderstandings. It is difficult to predict the future and many potential issues may arise during the marriage. The premarital agreement will not only cover the financial aspect of the relationship but other details in the decision-making process. Without an agreement, both spouses share in responsibilities and decision-making. If one spouse accumulates debts due to an extravagant lifestyle, the debt-free spouse will be protected.

While most courts honor prenuptial agreements, there are situations where they can be challenged. When the prenuptial agreement is drawn by a professional lawyer, you have the peace of mind that you are properly protected.

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review 2017-11-06 17:46
Dragonfly Song - Wendy Orr

This was kind of a hard book to review, mostly because it almost falls between genres. It's classed as an upper Middle-Grade historical fantasy, which, that's not wrong . . .

 

I felt like it had more of a classic children's fiction feel to it. It's coming-of-age, and also a sort of epic hero's journey, straddling children's lit and YA in a way that's often done more by adult literary works. It touches on many 'big ideas': deformity, religion/society, acceptance, adoption, trauma, bullying, disability, purpose/identity, fate . . . The format is creative and unique. The story arc stretches from the MC's birth to age 14 and is told in omniscient third person varying with passages in verse.

 

I'm not sure if there was a meaning to the alternating styles; at some points, I thought the dreamlike verse passages were meant to show the MC's perspective in a closer, almost experiential or sensory format as an infant, a toddler, a mute child . . . but then that didn't necessarily carry through, so perhaps it was more to craft an atmosphere for the story.

 

The setting is the ancient Mediterranean, and the story picks up on legends of bull dancing. The world feels distinct, grounded and natural, without heavy-handed world-building. It's a world of gods and priestesses, sacrifice and death and surrender. Humans seem very small within it, and as a children's book, it's challenging rather than comforting. There's death and violence and loss, handled in a very matter-of-fact manner, so I'd recommend it for maybe ages 10+, depending on the child. It's not gratuitously violent or graphic, but it's a raw-edged ancient world where killing a deformed child, having pets eaten by wild animals, beating slaves - including children - and sacrificing people as well as animals to the gods is just part of life. 

 

I was very kindly sent a hardcover edition via the Goodreads Giveaways program, and the book production is lovely. It has a bold, graphic cover with some nice foil accents, a printed board cover (which I prefer for kids books due to the durability), fully illustrated internal section pages, and pleasant, spacious typesetting.

 

Confident, mature young readers will find this an engaging, challenging and meaningful read with an inspiring story arc and some lovely writing. Hesitant readers and very young readers will probably find it a struggle. I'd give it 5/5 as a product, 4/5 as a literary work and 3/5 as kid's entertainment.

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review 2017-09-03 22:16
Book 54/100: I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes - Rose A. Lewis,Jane Dyer

A beautiful, child-friendly book about Chinese adoption written in the second-person from a mother to her daughter. Illustrations are adorable. Couldn't manage to read this one aloud without choking up a bit!

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