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review 2017-12-16 02:58
Review: A Letter from Lancaster County
A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries) - Kate Lloyd

A Letter for Lancaster County is a good sweet story. It seems about a redemption and learning to deal with death and grief. What a lovely plot. Katie Lloyd does a good job with it. We get the perspective of the main characters named Rose and Angelina.

 

They get a letter from their aunt Sylvia. Both girl are dealing with their own problems and grief of their mother. Will they learn that letting go and have faith? There a budding romance going on as well. What could that be and can Glenn and Rose being a match? You will need to find out by reading.

 

Can Angelina figure out what going on at home and her husband and family. To find that out, you will need to read to determine that. They find out that their Aunt Sylvia is sick, Will Rose decide to stay or will see go back to her home in Washington? This is a lovely and sweet story of love, friendship and redemptions.

 

Book themes for Calan Gaeaf:
Read any of your planned Halloween Bingo books that you didn’t end up reading after all, involving witches, hags, or various types of witchcraft –OR– read a book with ivy or roses on the cover, or a character’s name/title of book is / has Rose or Ivy in it.

 

 

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/12/review-letter-from-lancaster-county.html
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text 2017-12-15 22:41
Currently Reading... and reading, and reading...

Books are my escapism. I love them. They are life. Except...

 

 

I've been currently reading the same book for what feels like ages, well for the whole of December, so really only a couple weeks. It isn't as if I don't like the book. I have no idea why I procrastinate something I love so much! I go through spurts of reading 20+ books in a month, and then reading like 2 and sometimes nothing at all!

 

I recently found out some of my "quirks" come down to autism. Shocker. 33 and I'm only now finding out who I really am, or at least understanding more why I do things the way I do them. The more correct term would be ASD or Asperger Syndrome Disorder.

 

People can call me a special snowflake all they want. I finally have a term, or label (if you will) that helps me understand my head a little better. I did not get it officially told to me by a doctor, either.

 

First I got advice from a friend who has it and she gently told me to look more into it, because apparently aspies are really good at recognizing each other. What she did not know was that I had already been wondering about it and when she gave me this long message talking about her experiences and relating them to what she has seen me do, I just couldn't control the melt down I had while reading it.

 

Like I feel ashamed and broken, but rationally, I know there is nothing to be ashamed of and I'm not broken. It is just another part of me. One that 90% of people won't take seriously because I'm a grown woman, and I didn't get a "Doctor's Note."

 

This hardly has anything to do with books. I was wondering if non bookish blogs are fine, considering this blog site is called "booklikes"

 

Anyone else share non bookish stuff? Is that frowned on here? I sometimes have things I want to blurt to people and nobody to blurt them to.

 

Oh, I wanted to share my current saving grace is the La La Land soundtrack. I put that music on full blast when I am having "moments" where I want to ignore the world. Go see the movie and make the music your life!! All music is my saving grace, but I really love this soundtrack. I'm really into the music I grew up with, the 90s/early 00s, plus a few more modern things. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that some people are calling the 90s the oldies now.

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I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!


Leigha~

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review 2017-12-15 21:15
I was going to read the book...
Insight - Santino Hassell,Greg Boudreaux

but then I discovered it was released on audio and narrated by one of my absolute favorite narrators...Greg Boudreaux (also known as Greg Tremblay) and resistance went out the window. I was all grabby hands and gimme.

 

I think I can safely say that anyone who reads Santino Hassell would agree with me when I say this author is incredibly diverse. From ICoS to the Five Boroughs, he has created a unique collection of worlds and characters to populate them and with 'Insight' the first installment of 'The Community' his latest series or I guess I should say trilogy, Santino has only added to his repertoire of worlds and their characters.

 

As well as being diverse in its character and settings this one is equally as diverse in it's genre...'Insight' is a paranormal, mystery, thriller, romance. 'Insight' is a dark, intense story and in spite of it's paranormal element it has a very strong connection to some of the realities of modern society and its subcultures as well as the strong sense of displacement experienced by many of today's youth.

 

When Nate finds out that his estranged twin brother has died he begins to question so much of his life as it has been and this leads to questions and conflicts that ultimately drive him to leave his home in small town Texas not an easy task for an empath. Setting out to hitchhike to New York Nate is picked up by Trent, someone who he'd actually met already and someone with whom he quickly established a comfortable connection. Nate ends up making his journey to New York with Trent. As they set out on their journey Nate and Trent get to know each other and with a side trip to New Orleans a relationship develops that both men find they are reluctant to let go of. 

 

Upon his arrival in New York Nate quickly finds himself emerged in a world that he had no idea existed as he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding his brothers 'suicide'. Nate soon meets an interesting and unique collection of characters all having something to contribute to his quest for answers about the twin brother he soon realizes that he never really knew. Nate also quickly figures out that trust is something that's in short order and he needs to hand it out sparingly except when it comes to Trent...Nate knows he can trust Trent and thankfully he also knows that Trent's got his back and he desperately needs someone to do that.

 

I loved this book...LOVED IT!!! While I'm not a huge fan of paranormal and by this I mean werewolves, vampires, other world creatures...that is not this paranormal. This is the world of psychic  abilities...empaths, sypmpaths, telepaths, psyonics, precogs, etc. and this is the part of paranormal that fascinates me...hey, sue me. I'm an X-men fan, ok? as in I love the X-men. I read the comics as a child and I have seen all of the movies...once or twice or maybe a few more times. The mystery was very well done I suspected the surprise at the end but until it was confirmed it was a little maybe niggle in my brain and the romance between Nate and Trent...I loved it. It played out with the rest of the story and for me it never really got lost in the clatter of what else was happening and it was believable. These guys had good moments, they talked got to know each other, they had passion, they argued and disagreed with each other in plain speak in spite of some pretty bizarre circumstances they actually had a fairly normal relationship. 

 

Back all of this up with Greg Beaudreaux (Tremblay) someone who has become one of my absolute favorite narrators and I can happily say that 'Insight' is definitely one of my favorite listening experiences to date.

 

Now comes the hard part...I have the e-books and I could read the next story but if I'm patient I can enjoy the next book on audio and I have to admit as much as I want to know what comes next and believe me...I am more than anxious to know, but I have to say the audio experience for this one was so awesome that, well...I can't help but feel that some things are worth the wait.

 

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An audio book of 'Insight' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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video 2017-12-15 20:16

My most recent video is a tag video. My "so called" reader problems!

 

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review 2017-12-15 19:43
I love cruise ship stories...
Cruising - Cate Ashwood

Ok so this is new to me but apparently I love stories that are set on cruise ships because I seem to have a hard time saying no to them and in this case I didn't even try. 

 

So we've got a cruise ship heading for Alaska, best friend's Dylan and Jake...inseparable since college. Each having a secret...basically the same secret and boys and girls this is all wrapped up in that pretty ribbon marked 'FREE'. 

 

So in summary a friends to lovers story set on a cruise ship heading for Alaska and if you're a fan of Cate Ashwood you can grab a free copy of this to read and if you just haven't gotten around to reading this author...what are you waiting for this is the perfect time to check out a new author.

 

This was actually my second time with a story by this author and while the first time didn't go so well...this time was much more enjoyable. 'Cruising' is a short, sweet friends to lovers story without an real angst or over the top drama.

 

Dylan and Jake have been close friends since college and are nearly inseparable. Dylan and Jake head over heels in love with each other, but neither man is quite certain how to tell the other so when Jake unexpectedly 'wins' an Alaskan cruise he sees it as his chance to put his feelings out there and hopefully move their friendship in a more intimate direction. 

 

At less than 50 pages this is a short read but it's also a cute, sweet story. I found myself easily becoming enamored with both Dylan and Jake as they stumbled through their awkward efforts to put their feelings out there and still keep their friendship intact. I enjoyed this one and while the story felt complete I'd happily read more about these two men as they settle into a life together  because in case I forgot the mention it...it's a good thing these guys are surrounded by water because they're pretty hot together. 

 

If you're looking to check out a new author or just wanting to read a short, cute story I definitely recommend this one. Like I said it's short, cute and free and if you need a break from the holiday stories.

 

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A copy of 'Cruising' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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