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review 2018-06-18 17:11
Modern Pressure Canning: Recipes and Techniques for Today's Home Canner by Amelia Jeanroy, Kerry Michaels
Modern Pressure Canning: Recipes and Techniques for Today's Home Canner - Amelia Jeanroy,Kerry Michaels

This is a great book filled with canning recipes and techniques for canning with the pressure cooker. 

There are recipes for fruits, vegetables, sauces, and meats in the book. There are tips for storage, a troubleshooting guide, canning basics and more. This book is great for the beginner as well as the advanced canner.


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-06-17 02:05
Great Story and Characters
The Daring Duke: The 1797 Club - Jess Michaels

The Duke of Abernathe is a great friend to have. He’s wild and charismatic. However, he’s vowed that he’ll never marry even though he’s never told anyone why. Now his sister’s friend Emma has asked him to help her to gain the attention of other men. He agrees, not realizing how easy it is to be around her.

This was a quick and fulfilling read. The author does a great job in really showing the characters in a limited amount of time. I really enjoyed the story and highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2018-06-15 14:42
good book and characters
Her Favorite Duke (The 1797 Club) (Volume 2) - Jess Michaels

Margaret/Meg Rylon was dress in full black and she should be mourning as her father had just been put in the ground a few hours ago. But she did not see sadness in her eyes and she didn’t feel it either. She felt nothing in her heart for her father the late Duke of Abernathe. The man had not spoken directly to her in three years even though the lived under the same roof. She had been nothing but a failure at an attempt for a spare. To her she had been cruel. In truth she was happy he was dead. Meg’s mother had turned to the bottle for comfort already as her husband despised her. Meg was sure her mother the Duchess was fully drunk and would stay that way for weeks using her husband’s death as an excuse. Then Meg noticed that Simon and Graham had arrived. It had been six years since she had met James - her brother-best friends. Seven years later Simon was Duke of Crestwood. He was in the ballroom staring at Lady Margaret -sister of one of his closest friends and her fiance Graham who was the Duke of Northfield. Graham didn’t like to dance so Meg often came to Simon to dance with her as graham wouldn’t. But Simon secretly wants meg for his own. At some point Simon just had to had to forget his feelings for Meg. He wanted the same thing James had with his new bride but with Meg. Since Meg’s engagement to Graham Simon and Meg had gotten closer and though he would never say it out loud Meg was Simon’s best friend. Simon had cared and wanted Meg seven to eight years now. But he couldn’t ruin everything and let his feelings out. Meg felt deeply about Simon and hated the women in his arms as they danced. Then Graham talked of the date they would marry Meg agreed then went outside and sat at a table and put her head down and cried.  Then Simon came out and saw Meg crying. And sat at the table and slid his arm around Meg’s shoulder and guided her toward his shoulder and she rested her cheek against his chest. Then Meg got up and walked back into the light from indoors. Simon realized Meg didn’t really want to marry Graham. Then Meg and Simon are caught in a storm and have to find shelter in a cabin then everyone finds out they were alone in a cabin and Simon was forced to marry Meg which he wanted anyway. Meg can’t take all the guilt Simon feels and how distant he has become and leaves him. The way that Simon and Meg were found hurt everyone and basically destroyed a couple of lifelong friendships.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot and the pace. I don’t understand why Graham is so bitter he didn’t love Meg he was engaged to her as he felt it was an obligation to James. I also felt Simon didn't have to go on so long about the guilt he couldn’t change it and he had gotten the one he loved. I also think Meg should have tried harder to make things better between Simon and his friends and let James know she didn’t want to be with Graham. I didn’t want to put this down as I wanted to see what would happen next. I advise you to read the books in this series in order so all will run smoothly when reading this book. I enjoyed the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2018-06-03 23:09
Someone in the House
Someone in the House - Barbara Michaels

I liked this book but I think it's crazy that someone moved a huge mansion including the dead people buried under it to Pennsylvania. Why would you want dead people buried there that are not your ancestors? Why would you go through the trouble? I liked the build up of the story with them having 4 different ideas of what was going on but I felt like the ending was a little deflating. I was hoping for something more but I do kind of like the ending but wish there were something more and that it wasn't so sudden and brief. I would love to wander around in a big, old place like that and examine every part of it. I love the idea of researching the other owners and learning their stories. This book was definitely better than Black Rainbow.

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review 2018-06-02 03:44
A reread, and I finally figured this one out
Be Buried in the Rain - Barbara Michaels

I've read this at least three times, maybe more, with the most recent reread about a year ago when I was reading all of the Barbara Michaels gothics that I have.


That particular reread was with a specific purpose: I had started writing another contemporary romantic-suspense-with-ghosts and I wanted to get good handle on how Michaels had structured hers.  I already knew Ammie, Come Home had serious plot and detail problems.  Be Buried in the Rain was written about twenty years later, so I was hoping she had improved her technique.


Be Buried in the Rain was also one of my favorites of the Michaels gothics, along with Houses of Stone and The Walker in Shadows.  Even though I read all three books last year, I still had some issues with both Houses and Be Buried.  So although I'm already involved in several other reading projects, this afternoon I picked up the latter to see if I could finally figure out the solution to my problem with it . . . or accept that maybe Michaels had left a major thread dangling.


And I think I did it.  In the process, I gained a grand new respect for the writer Michaels/Mertz/Peters became after the almost laughable errors in Ammie.


No spoiler posted here, and maybe everyone else who has read Be Buried in the Rain picked up on this detail the first time through and I'm just the dullard who missed it until the (at least) fourth read.  But I feel more confident tonight about my own writing. 


And now, back to my own ghosts!

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