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text 2017-10-24 18:38
Cross the Ocean By Holly Bush 99 cents!
Cross the Ocean by Holly Bush (2013-05-01) - Holly Bush

1871 . . . The very proud Duke of Wexford was about to have his orderly world blown apart. At the age of nineteen Blake Sanders had wed a beautiful, dutiful wife, and she had borne him three children. But now as mid-life approached, the Duchess had the unheard of temerity to leave him! Too mortified by her behavior to mix in ton company, Blake sought companionship with his best friend and neighbor, Anthony Burroughs and his wife Elizabeth. But Blake had forgotten the Burroughs were entertaining a houseguest, Elizabeth’s distant cousin, a spinsterish ‘Amazon from America’. 

Gertrude Finch, a champion for women’s rights, had long ago decided most men were pretty useless other than Uncle Fred who’d raised her on his horse ranch near Chicago. While traveling with other Suffragists, Gert lectured women on the perils of passion, and the value of independence, but thought of neither when Blake kissed her. While opposite in nearly every way, other than an attraction neither could deny, their one night of passion would change her world, and send Gert scurrying her way back home across the ocean. 

When Blake discovered his heir had stowed away on Gertrude’s ship, he set out on his own adventure to America, to bring the boy home and to see her once again. Traversing America’s vast wilderness, Blake discovered that Gertrude had changed his life. Whether riding the rails or meeting common folk, Blake saw a whole new way of living, but most of all, he realized something about love. He found he was not immune, and his heart could love, and love deeply.

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review 2017-10-11 02:43
Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett (2013-0... Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett (2013-09-24) - Sonya Hartnett


Sadie and Ratz are the names of Hannah's hands. They aren't animals, but they behave like wild beasts, says Dad. For one thing, they're always after four-year-old Baby Boy (whom Sadie wishes were a dog). They jump onto his head and try to rub his ears off. Baby Boy knows how to turn the tables, though, and when he spills milk on the carpet, he tells Grandma that Sadie and Ratz pushed him. But when Baby Boy goes too far, Hannah may have to send Sadie and Ratz on vacation to prove their innocence. Multi-award-winning author Sonya Hartnett brings her original sensibility, wry humor, and engaging characters to a younger audience, aided by Ann James's inviting illustrations.

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review 2017-09-21 17:07
Gulp
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach

Several years ago, I listened to the audiobook version of Gulp.  My reaction at the time was “Fascinating, with just the right amount of yuck factor.” 

 

I re-read Gulp during the early part of September since it was picked as the first Flat Book Society read.  The chatty, anecdotal style that worked so well for the first listen, didn’t hold up as well to a (print) re-read.  The level of detail for many of the chapters seemed more appropriate for a podcast or a newspaper article than for a book, and perhaps would have been better if encountered in episodic form with a break between sections.

 

My least favorite parts were the early chapters discussing the history of Fletcherism (obsessive chewing) and the 19th century experiments on Alexis St. Martin (he of the fistulated stomach), both stories I’d previously encountered.  The book picked up a bit once Ms. Roach started talking about the Oral Processing Lab at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and other recent research into the digestive process.   I particularly liked the chapter debunking the story of Jonah and the "whale." While many find the closing chapter regarding stool transplants repugnant, as someone with a delicate digestion, I found the idea of recolonizing the digestive system fascinating.

 

If you can appreciate potty humor and are interested in a semi-random series of tidbits loosely connected to digestion, then you might want to pick up Gulp for your next audiobook or bathroom read.   

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review 2017-09-14 22:08
Fun Read!
Let It Snow by Erica Ridley (2013-12-06) - Erica Ridley

Let It Snow by Erica Ridley is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Ridley has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are loveable.  Lance and Marigold's story is hard to describe, I'd say part fairy tale, part time travel but all a fun and enjoyable read.  There's plenty of action, drama and sizzle to keep readers turning the pages.  I enjoyed this short book and look forward to my next book by Erica Ridley.  Let It Snow is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from instafreebie.

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text 2017-09-02 04:48
Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 348 pages.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach

 

Authors have profiled the brain, the heart, the eyes, the skin, the penis and the female geography, even the hair.  The pie hole and the feed chute are mine.

 

It's this irreverence that I remember liking.

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