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review 2017-06-14 02:03
Recommended board book.
Little Detectives At Home: A LOOK and FIND Book - Baretti

This is a cute book, a bit like Where's Wally for much younger children. There are six images, each one illustrating a room in a house. In each of these rooms there are numerous characters and objects and the idea is to find each of eight items, illustrated along the bottom of the page.

 

The recommended age for this book is 3 to 5 years but I tried it out with my eldest grandchild who is almost 2. We only attempted one page but she was fascinated by all the animal characters and on a second viewing is starting to get the hang of searching for the items. She was thrilled with herself for being able to name ''eggs''.

 

My only criticism is that some of the animal characters are actually quite difficult to identify, the dog looks very much like a bear and there's one that seems to be a snowman, though I must have got that wrong, maybe a duck?

 

I can see this being a book that we fall back on regularly when we find ourselves in waiting rooms or busy places where she needs to be kept busy. And when we have found all the items on each of the pages there is a list of additional things we can search for at the back - telling the time on the clock that appears on every page and counting items of different colours etc....and when all of that is done, there is a second book - Little Detectives at School, to move on to.

 

 

 

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text 2017-05-10 04:19
More public library ebook finds
The Takeaway Secret: How To Cook Your Favourite Fast Food At Home - Kenny McGovern
The Everything Restaurant Recipes Cookbook: Copycat Recipes for Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion, Long John Silver's Fish Tacos, Tgi Friday's Dragonfly Chicken, Applebee's Baby Back Ribs, Chili's Grill & Bar Molten Chocolate Cake...and Hundreds More! - Becky Bopp
The Fast-Food Kitchen: Great Meals at Home in 15 Minutes; More Than 100 Fast and Healthy Recipes - Sheri Torelli

More wishlist transferring from ebooks found at my public library system (mine uses overdrive).

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review 2017-03-07 23:05
Home at Last - Lily Everett

In the previous book, Close to Home, we met Marcus Beckett and Quinn Harper.  They both grew up on Sanctuary Island, next door neighbors, but are 10 years apart in age.  Quinn always had a crush on Marcus and used to follow him around like a little puppy dog.  While Marcus was away at college, his mom died of cancer.  Mad at his dad for not telling him she was dying, he quit college, joined the army, and never looked back.  14 years later Marcus is back on Sanctuary Island.  

Quinn is tired of her parents believing her to be flighty and never wanting to grow up.  What they don't realize is that Quinn has finally found a job that she really likes and wants to make a career out of it....she just doesn't know how that job came to be!

Quinn and Marcus start dating for a little bit but he quickly breaks it off with her because he feels she deserves better than him.  What he didn't understand was that breaking it off with the town's favorite resident was going to bring him nothing but problems....including no one coming to his newly opened bar.

Quinn's parents marriage has hit a brick wall.  Quinn thinks that if she can show her parents that she is all grown up and settling down that they won't spend so much time arguing about her.  Quinn comes up with a plan....her and Marcus pretend to be back together.  This will make her parents happy and it should get the town folks coming into his bar.  Marcus reluctantly agrees.

What Marcus didn't count on was that he was really enjoying being with Quinn again.  When some marriage guru Quinn's mom has hired suggests that Quinn and Marcus move into her parents home for two weeks so everyone can see how well everyone gets along...that's when the fun begins!

I really liked Quinn.  She was just super sweet and fun.  I really liked Marcus too.  He was a little brooding but based on his background it was understandable.  Together they really brought out the best in each other.  It was fun watching the two of them go from pretending to real very quickly.

I really enjoyed meeting Marcus father.  I wish more of the story had included him...especially after the two of them aired out their grievances.   I really loved Quinn and Marcus happy ending as well as Quinn's parents.  Overall, another really great book from this author in such a fun, quaint town.

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review 2017-03-07 12:38
Home at Last
Home at Last - Lily Everett

'Home at Last' by Lily Everett is book Six in the "Sanctuary Island" series.  This is the story of Quinn and Marcus.  I have read the previous book and I do feel it would be helpful for you to enjoy this book more if you read the previous book "Close to Home".   Quinn has been in love with Marcus her former next door neighbor for a long time.  But he up and left town never to return until now.  Marcus has returned home to try to make a new start and to live a slower, quieter type lifestyle.   Quinn is the so called 'town sweetheart' and the town isn't warming up to Marcus due to them being upset that Marcus for 'Seducing and then dumping' Quinn.  Quinn is finding out that her parents are having marriage problems when they return from their trip with a third person who is possessively helping them with their marriage.   Quinn thinks that if her parents thinks she and Marcus are possibly getting married it may help settle down their marriage some.  In addition, this will help Marcus with his bar and the town being more open to him to see that he might be settling down.  But as we know all fake engagements seem to lead to true love.   Really sweet second chance at love romance.
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text 2017-02-04 14:00
(Blushing) - I have a favor?

Hi Booklikes friends

 
I find it difficult to reach out to people for favors but I’m tamping down my apprehensions and doing just that today.  Feel free to act or ignore as you see fit.
 
I mentioned a couple of posts ago that the end of last year brought some life changes – my job, of almost 20 years, was downsized right out of existence.  I had other options within the company, involving less money and fewer hours, which I chose not to take.  Turning lemons into lemonade I decided it was time try something I had been thinking about for a while.  I am starting a small home-based business called “Stay at Home Kitty” and it’s a cat sitting service.
 
 

When my daughter got married she had a destination wedding and I had four cats at home, one of which had to be sedated just to go to the vet so there was no way she could be boarded for a week … I’m sure she would have had seizures had she known we were even thinking about it.  Of course, anyone who I might have trusted to look after my kitties was coming away with us for the wedding.  What to do?  I hired a lovely lady, “The Cat Lady” (since retired), who came in once a day to look after my kitties and bring in the mail, etc.  I came home to happy, healthy and well-fed cats.  At that time I was a bit envious of her job … seemed like a great way to make a living.  So I’m going to give it a try while I have the safety net of unemployment insurance.

 

My youngest daughter, who works in PR has helped me a lot and advised me to set up an on line presence.  I have made a Facebook page called, of course, Stay At Home Kitty.  This weekend I am participating in a local trade show and offering three gift baskets for a draw – and wouldn’t you know it (wink, wink) some items I purchased did not make it into the baskets – so, I’m offering them as a giveaway on my FB page.

 

This weekend, all you have to do is "like" the page and leave a comment on my Saturday post for the chance to win one of five prizes … all of them cat related and some of them books.  It would be great to have a few more “followers” for this “on line presence” my daughter recommended.  Sooooo????  If you are on FB and want to meander over to Stay at Home Kitty this weekend to paw the like button and leave a comment it would be greatly appreciated and you might just win a prize.
 
Just so you know …
 
* My page is strictly for fun and smiles, I will not be advertising on the page except for this once,
 
* I only post once a day so I will not flood your FB wall (cat food recalls& important breaking cat related news will be posted as it is announced,
 
* Posts are (I think) amusing – no politics, abuse stories or sad stuff.
 
I also have a website that is now up and running (www.stayathomekitty.com).  It has a “Mews and Fun” page which I hope will be somewhat interactive so I have a “Kitty of the Month” and a “Book of the Month” (fiction or non-fiction, cat related of course).  Sooooo????  If you have a book recommendation send it along to me at stayathomekitty@gmail.com along with a link to your review.  And, if you would like your kitty to be a “Kitty of the Month” send me a pic and a little bit about your fur baby(s) and I’ll post that too on my website and my FB page (and I know there are A LOT of cat lovers on Booklikes … sorry dog folks, I love them too, but ...).  “Books of the Month” and “Kitty of the Month” will also be included in my monthly “Mews”Letter that can be subscribed to on my website’s contact page.
 
Thanks for reading this ... it's the one and only time I'll mention this ... PROMISE!!
 
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