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review 2018-01-31 14:27
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Stars Over Clear Lake: A Novel - Loretta Ellsworth

Daisy was not happy she couldn’t get a hold of her mother - Lorraine- who had turned off her phone to save the battery. They were at the Surf Ballroom- it is the Fireman’s Ball they are honoring Daisy’s late father and Lorraine's late husband Sid. The original Surf Ballroom had burnt down and no one ever did figure out why it had burnt and was rebuilt. into the one they were in today.which was built in 1948. Lorraine was eighteen.Lorraine and Sid  had met at The Surf Ballroom so most thought. Sid had died last year. Sid had volunteered for the fire department for many years. When Lorraine was younger anything could send her mother  to her bed like when her son -Pete- had left to go to boot camp and again when he was leaving to be shipped out. Then Lorraine's father was hiring Nazi’s from a POW camp as he couldn’t do everything on the farm himself now that his son was serving his country. Lorraine mother  was totally against it. Sid had to keep up a grueling schedule since Pete went away to boot camp. Sometimes he was too tired to even eat before falling asleep. Now Pete was being shipped off and Sid couldn’t do it alone. Lorraine had been a inspiring singer when in her teens. Lorraine’s parents fight over Sid’s use of the men from the POW camp on the farm. But Lorraine is intrigued with the POWs who work on their farm and becomes friends with a German soldier named Jens who plays the saxophone. Lorraine is also dating her first boyfriend named Scotty. Lorraine is torn between the German soldier Jens and and Scotty who is from a good family. Many people in the town they lived in didn’t like the POWs because many of their loved ones had died fighting the Germans.  Lorraine’s son in law Harry is the fire chief and wants to use the technology they now had to figure out why the original Surf Ballroom had burned down. When her son in law  mentioned it to Lorraine she changed the subject.

I had mixed feelings about this book but I still  liked this book but it bounced around a lot and there were too many elements in the story. I liked that the author showed the tension and the mistrust of the German POW soldiers.. Also the German people during and after the war. I felt this was similar to a couple of other books. I loved the relationship between Lorraine and her father. There were some characters I would have like to know what happened to them. I didn’t especially like the jumping from the 1940s to the 2000s So I had mixed feelings about this book

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url 2017-08-04 18:54
Journey into the Past ...
The Marriage of Opposites - Alice Hoffman
A Voice in the Wind - Francine Rivers
An Officer and a Spy: A novel - Robert Harris
Longbourn - Jo Baker
Blackout (All Clear #1) - Connie Willis
The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro,Barbara A. Shapiro
The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes - Laurie R. King

Just a reading list of historical fiction ebooks from my public library (uses overdrive).  More than books pictured.

Source: kyunbound.overdrive.com/boone-oldham/content/collection/100876
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text 2017-07-25 08:49
Southbourne Tax Group Review: How to steer clear of tax-time stress as a property investor


As a property investor, having appropriate and correct tax returns is imperative. As a company who exerts brilliant dedication on providing tax services to businesses and individuals, Southbourne Tax Group prepared some simple tax tips to property investors in managing their taxes.


Landlords often come under inspection when submitting tax returns, thus it is essential to have a complete and appropriate returns. Contact your accountant and discuss important tax matters to identify what can and can’t be claimed as a tax-deductible expense. You can ensure all claims are legitimate and the tax return amount is maximized with this.


Making your taxes easier is possible with the help of a tax specialist, so better get their professional service today. Below are more tips provided by Southbourne Tax Group.


Reducing the tax payable involves offsetting the net loss generated by negative gearing against other income. If a property is available for rent, then as a landlord, you can claim the interest, but if for example, it is lived for half a year and then leased as a holiday rental for the other half you can’t claim the interest for the full 12 months.


Make sure that when checking your insurance policy, you’ll have the appropriate coverage. With a standard home and contents insurance policy, experts said that landlords won’t be covered for particular risks involved in property investing.


Surely, you have costs you are rightfully entitled to, so make sure you won’t forget them. As said earlier, consulting your accountant regarding what can and can’t be claimed before submitting your claim is vital.


Being one of those self-managing landlords, having costs from working at home is usual, but don’t forget that you can claim some of them. But remember you can’t claim all the costs included from working at home such as buying a computer or the monthly internet bills, however, a reasonable part of this may be deductible.


Hiring a property manager also provides great help. The costs included in getting their services can be a deductible expense. They can help you save time because they can create a potential tax benefit while assisting the organization as well. Taking good care of the administrative responsibilities involved in an investment property is easy for them. Compiling and completing important paperwork? A property manager can handle them.


Tax-time stress is often inevitable but with those mentioned above, you can steer clear from major tax-time stress as a property investor. Keep in touch with Southbourne Tax Group to understand this subject better.


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text 2017-06-24 11:57
24th June 2017
Clear Light of Day - Anita Desai

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.


Anita Desai


Happy 80th birthday, Anita Desai! When asked how she begins work each morning, the author of Clear Light of Day and The Artist of Disappearance says that she reads poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, C.P. Cavafy, Osip Mandelstam, and Joseph Brodsky.

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review 2017-06-03 00:00
A Clear Hope (Kansas Crossroads Book 5)
A Clear Hope (Kansas Crossroads Book 5) - Amelia C. Adams I fell in love with the Kansas Crossroads series only a few pages into the first book. The characters are surprisingly well-rounded considering how short the books are and I find them all genuinely likeable. I've recently read some fiction and non-fiction about the Harvey House and Harvey Girls, I was struck right away by the similarities to the fictional hotel and restaurant, The Brody Hotel. The author did confirm that she based them on the Harvey House and Girls and it added an interesting layer of realism for me as I read the books. I definitely recommend all of the books in this series.
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