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text 2018-09-11 20:27
Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 386 pages.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

He was tall, about fifty, with darkly handsome, almost sinister features: a neatly trimmed mustache, hair turning silver at the temples, and eyes so black they were like the tinted windows of a sleek limousine—he could see out, but you couldn’t see in.

 

Ok, that's a first line. Book, you've got my attention.

 

 

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review 2018-08-20 18:22
This one gets 5 stars, 5 teary tissues and all the feelz from me...
Goal Line - F. Scott Fitzgerald,V.L. Locey

I’ve been crazy about this series from the word go and have loved each book more than the last one. I was honestly at the point where I thought my love for this series was maxed out but nope, I was wrong. This one…this one blew my mind and blindsided me with what has happened…I seriously did not see any of this coming…especially not the tears. My poor hubby came in from taking the dog for his morning walk to find me clutching my e-reader with soggy tissue in hand mumbling “dammit they made me cry!” He patted me on the shoulder and simply said “It’s been known to happen honey.” and went to make his morning tea…with my response of “Not when it’s a freakin’ hockey story. It doesn’t.” well, I was wrong apparently it does.

 

And that’s all the tear talk that we’ll be having today except to say that there were happy tears and sad tears and frustrated tears and some really pissed, angry tears and that’s the end of the tear talk.

 

‘Goal Line’ is puts us back inside the crease as we meet and spend time with fellow Canadian Bryan Delaney. The latest addition to the Railers and back-up for Sven the Railers totally adorable bigger than life Russian goalie. Bryan’s life hasn’t been the greatest, but he’s worked hard to get where he, is in spite of the obstacles he’s faced. Leaving his home in nowhere Canada at the age of 15 he found the beginnings of the family he should have had with his billet family before being drafter to the Raptors and can I just say that it’s a good thing he lived in Nowhere, Canada because I seriously want to get my hands on his parents…they do not deserve to be Canadian and we need to deport them to…the bottom of the ocean sounds good so let’s go with that, ok? I really came to love Bryan and at times his sense of insecurity and lack of self-worth more than anything were what brought me to tears, so the love and positive support that he received from Gatlin were like a balm to my soul. Bryan brought out my mother instincts practically from the word go and I have my milk and cookies ready for him.

 

For Bryan the Railers are a whole new creature when it comes to hockey teams as far as Bryan can see and he’s more than a little lost as to how to fit into this new and different team and when Sven takes him to get some new artwork for his helmet Bryan’s in for one more surprise when he meets Gatlin. Gatlin takes one look at Bryan and sees the history of sadness, heartache and insecurity that Bryan’s tried so hard to hide from the world and all he wants to do is to bring something good into Bryan’s life.

 

When Bryan gets drafted to the Railers he’s leaving behind more than a hockey team…he’s also leaving behind his first love affair…thank heavens because this one’s toxic city.

There’s a bit of an age gap between Gatlin and Bryan and while I’m ok with age gaps but still not a big fan of them. This one worked really well because of his age, Gatlin had the calm and maturity to be the supportive person that Bryan needed…these two men fit together effortlessly in my opinion and I so enjoyed their relationship…it worked really well for me. That’s not to say that they didn’t have some challenges to get there just that I had no problem believing that they would.

 

I think one of my favorite things about this book…actually about the series in general is how much we get to see of the characters from the previous books. It’s like getting a bag of my favorite candy when this happens in a series. I have such a weakness for this and because this story is based around a sports team it would honestly be bizarre to have it any differently.

 

‘Goal Line’ turns out to be a huge game changer for this series and one that I think will be as surprising for other fans of the series as it was for me, but I’m so on board to find out what happens next.

 

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An ARC of ‘Goal Line’ was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-07-26 16:45
How Can You Change MagicJack Phone Number Easily?

MagicJack is a piece of equipment that plugs into the USB port of a computer and let you make short and long distance calls for free. It is based on a popular technology called VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) that operates using computer power and high-speed internet connection. However, the MagicJack device needs to be connected to your telephone number and must be linked to the new phone number in case you change the number.

 

It allows the users to change their numbers multiple times by paying a little amount. But the charges may increase after the first time change.

 

Here, MagicJack Support USA has represented the simple tips to accomplish this task easily. Have a look at these steps described below.

  • Open your preferred browser and navigate to the MagicJack account management page. Access your account using your email Id and password.
  • Click on “Forget password” link below the login button, if you forget your account password. It will send the code on your registered phone number. Follow the on-screen instruction to get know your previous password.
  • If you frequently forget your password then click on the option “Remind me by email” to retrieve it.
  • Locate the option “Add phone number” and click. Select your current number from the drop-down menu that you get, after clicking on “Add phone number” option.
  • Choose your current location that you want to identify with your new telephone number. Doing so, it will show you the area codes and prefix for that state. Select your area code from the given list.
  • Check out the summary page, you are still able to go back and change the information you have filled till this point. If all information is correct, click on the option “Checkout”.
  • Now, enter your payment details to pay the asked amount. You have successfully changed your number, log out your account now.

 

Contact Experts If You Still Have An Issue

 

Following these steps are rather simple, but the possibilities of the issues can’t be ignored. You might face various difficulties while following these steps. So, it will be prudent to get this task done under the observation of professionals. Make use of the toll-free MagicJack Customer Care Number USA (+18449007666) to call the experts for instant help. The highly-skilled and experienced support team are on hand 24/7 to resolve any issues or errors you encounter with your MagicJack device. Feel free to call now!

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review 2018-07-22 16:54
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn

Plot Summary from Goodreads:

 

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

 

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

 

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

 

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

 

 

I have probably mentioned this before, but I love WWI and WWII books that focus primarily on women's experiences during the war. I also have a weakness for dual timeline books. The Alice Network really worked for me. 

 

I will say that the 1947 timeline wasn't nearly as compelling as the 1915 timeline - Eve's experiences in occupied France gathering intelligence were gritty, realistic and heart-stoppingly dangerous. The 1947 timeline often felt like an annoying diversion that ground the true narrative to a halt.

 

Charlotte, or Charlie, the POV character in the 1947 timeline didn't 100% read like a young woman from 1947. She used expressions that felt modern, and, more importantly, I'm not sure that Quinn completely sold her behavior given the societal mores of 1947. But, I did enjoy the Thelma and Louise-esque adventures of Charlie, Eve and Finn, Eve's driver/Charlies taciturn Scottish love interest.

 

As is typically the case in this type of novel, the two timelines eventually merge to answer many of the questions that have been left unanswered for decades. It is a bit overly reliant on coincidence and the seeming ubiquitous invulnerability of one of the primary villains, but overall, I devoured this book and was sorry to see it end!

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review 2018-07-16 19:13
Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen Book 2) - Susan McBride
 
 

Debbie Krenzer's Reviews > Walk a Crooked Line

Walk a Crooked Line by Susan McBride
Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen, #2) 
by 
Susan McBride (Goodreads Author)
 
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Debbie Krenzer's review 
Jul 16, 2018  ·  edit

 
really liked it
bookshelves: ebooksnet-galley-books 
 

This was my first book by what is a new author to me and it definitely did not disappoint. I will definitely be looking for more of these Jo Larsen books in the future.

This one dealt with a girl, in chapter one, jumping from a water tower. Trying to determine if this girl jumped or was she pushed? And if she was pushed, how was she pushed?

I really liked the characters in this book (not the entitled teenagers, of course) and thought that the writing was done very well. There were numerous suspects in here with a jaw dropping result. About 65% of the way through this book, it took a turn that I definitely did not see coming or was even expecting.

Excellent read for me!

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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