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review 2017-12-17 15:39
The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julian
The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir - Maude Julien,Adriana Hunter


THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD: A MEMOIR is a powerful true story I choose to see as a triumph of the human spirit.


Maude's father wanted a superhuman child and set out with single minded purpose to achieve his goal. He found a young girl and adopted her. When she was old enough he married and impregnated her. When his daughter was born her training began.


I'm not going to go into everything Maude went through, because it's grim. Extremely grim. Also, a lot of what she went through might not seem believable at first. As I was reading though, I realized that Maude's story is altogether too possible. What a scary and depressing thought: to have every aspect of your life controlled. To have to hold a chamber pot for your father. To have any family pets used as objects to control you. The only good things in Maude's life were books and music-and even those were controlled by her father.


To be clear this book never descended into the area of torture porn. Everything is presented in a rather detached way, whereas you are just an observer. The things that happened were indeed horrific, but you never felt like you were a part of them. Instead, your heart just ached that these things ever happened.


An interesting component to this tale was the pop psychology theories the father would come up with and how he used them to devise mind controlling techniques. Seriously, I think this guy could have developed a cult of his own if he wasn't so lazy and stupid. His family were actual blood relations and unlike Manson's family could never have left even if they tried. If you can imagine what Manson could have done to a daughter, you have a good idea of what Maude's dad did to her.


I can't get into what happened to Maude in the end, because that would ruin everything. However, she did survive to write this book so that should tell you something.


Highly recommended, especially for those interested in the psychology of brainwashing.


*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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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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review 2017-12-14 10:55
Life in general and Tides
Tides - Betsy Cornwell

I haven't been around for a while because I haven't been feeling well.  I also haven't been able to focus on reading.  I have only been able to knit and crochet and I've made a few gifts.  I did have a good thanksgiving which we spent at my brother in law's new house.  I mostly liked not having to cook everything.  My birthday was on the 27th and I had a great day then too.  I got the best presents.  First, I had decided I wanted to donate my birthday to St. Jude's Research Hospital on facebook.  We raised $250. My oldest son kept buying me chocolate.  He knows my weakness.  Then my youngest son handed me something really quick as he dashed out the door.  It was a new laptop.  I was stunned.  He had to work during Black Friday and I guess he was able to get one of the deals they had on a break.  It is really nice.  


I did manage to get my Christmas tree up.  We tossed our old artificial tree last year because it was falling apart.  I wanted a smaller one that I didn't need help putting up.  No one ever wants to help put it up and I hate waiting.  My husband bought a tree that isn't all the much shorter but it is not as bushy and it fits in a pretty small box.  I was able to put it up myself and just had to wait for someone to bring out my ornaments.  It is decorated now and I just need to put some gifts under it and hopefully Buddy (the beagle) doesn't tear them up.  He hasn't tried to mess with the tree but I did move it a bit to one side and put a chair beside it so Buddy can jump up and look out the window.  He's a watcher.  


I finally finished reading this book and it took me so much longer than usual.  I just couldn't think or get comfortable for very long at a time.  I wish I could feel better but I do what I can do.  


Tides by Betsy Cornwell 


I enjoyed this story.  This story was different than what I am used to reading. I tend to stick to reality. I enjoyed this book about Selkies and how the author blended a little fantasy with reality. The descriptions were great and I felt like I could hear and see the waves crashing against the shoals. The story was touching and a blend of happiness and sadness.


Noah and his sister Lo are spending the summer with their grandmother on the Isle of Shoals.  Noah was granted an internship there and thought it would be good for his sister to get away for a while.  He is worried about her because she has an eating disorder.  He is hoping some time away from their father's negative comments about her size will help her.  They learn some interesting things about their grandmother while they are there and meet some friends they will never forget.  



This is my book for Bon Om Touk. 


Book themes for Bon Om Touk: Read a book that takes place on the sea, near the sea, or on a lake or a river, or read a book that has water on the cover.

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review 2017-12-13 17:34
Review: "Fallow" (Whyborne & Griffin, #8) by Jordan L. Hawk
Fallow - Jordan L. Hawk


~ 4.5 stars ~


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text 2017-12-13 00:55
Irwin Consulting Services Review: How to make sure that your family is protected this holiday season


The holiday season also means “the season to be jolly” to many. It is that time of the year when people are getting busy to decorate their homes and even prepare some gifts to their friends and loved ones. It is indeed a season that brings joy and spreads love to one another. But this season is somewhat prone to accidents because of the cold weather where people sometimes mishandle heaters and electric blankets and even start accidents on warm fireplaces. Irwin Consulting Services, a consulting company that works hard to ensure public safety, wanted everyone to be safe during this happy season so they provided some basic thoughts to remember in keeping the whole family safe below.


Some of the common accidents during this season include kitchen fires, electrical fires, and fires that begin from flammable materials that were placed near to the house’s heat sources. No one wanted to experience unfortunate events or accidents even while cooking so you are encouraged by Irwin Consulting Services to focus each time you’re cooking and as much as possible, don’t let anyone stole most of your attention while preparing food for your family. It would also be better to have everything organized before you cook and avoid cooking everything all at once; multitasking on cooking was not always an effective approach. Outdoor grills were made to cook outside your home so don’t bring it inside to cook your favorite barbecues. No matter how cold it is outside, never place it inside.


Other households love to keep live Christmas trees. But this holiday season, such trees could become the biggest fire hazard in a house. You need to water it regularly and make sure that it can absorb water up through its trunk. If you have decorative lights on your tree, check if it is labeled for indoor use and if it is approved for safe use by a UL listing. Your live Christmas tree should also be away from fireplaces and space heaters to avoid fire accidents. Don’t put it on the path of an exit door as well. Live candles should not be on live trees too. Turn off all the lights and even unplug them each time your family goes to bed or going out the house.


Put away decorative candles on the reach of your little children. In the case of decorative lights, proper electrical wiring must be ensured and hang them using plastic clips instead of nails to avoid incidents of it penetrating through the wiring that could lead to shorts. We don’t want tragedies to happen in our homes, so see to it that there were no overloads and faulty wirings. Check every string of wire and see to it that they’re safe to use to prevent any dangerous situations. The extension cords must be used with proper caution and avoid plugging one extension cord to another because it could result in voltage drop and overheat. Indoor and outdoor light connections are much safer with the use of power strips. Some important pointers that Irwin Consulting Services would like you to keep in mind include making sure of a properly working smoke alarms and of an easily accessible fire extinguishers as well as having weather alert radios.


The chimney flue must be cleaned especially during this cold season and put a grate or screen in front of the fireplace, and never put stockings and other holiday decorations near a lit fireplace. Gifts should be placed in a safe spot as well as your Christmas tree, not on a close distance with the fireplace.


Develop a good and proper escape plan especially if you have a huge house, and if you have visitors, also discuss it with them. Getting to your doors must not be blocked by some furniture or huge decorations, but instead, make it a clear path in order to go outside easily in case of an emergency. The gas lines must be thoroughly checked to guarantee a safe use of heat in your home. Invest in one or two fire extinguishers and make sure that they are charged. As said earlier, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be present in your home. Don’t put space heaters near to flammable objects and use it with proper caution as well; space heaters with tip-over switches are often suggested by many experts. Outdoor heaters should remain outside and should never be used for indoor heating.


Have a safe and happy holiday season with your friends and loved ones.

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