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review 2017-11-19 16:30
Dual post: Witch Is When Life Got Complicated and The Chase
The Chase (Brides of Beadwell) - Sara Portman
Witch Is When Life Got Complicated (A Witch P.I. Mystery Book 2) - Adele Abbott

For some reason BL wants to post the review for The Chase under Witch is When (WIWLGC).  When I change it, the WIWLGC review appears under The Chase....and on and on.  I tried to do a completely separate post, but it still did it.  So, dual post it is.  I'm going to outside and scream now.  Star review is for The Chase.

 

WIWLGC:  2 stars

Jill Gooder (yes, that's her last name) is a PI and a witch. She's new at the witch thing. I liked the first book. But what I like about the first (quirky, fun) was overshadowed by the other issues I had. This, like the first, was very light on the mystery. Jill is a decent main character. What annoyed me, is I wish she would stand up for herself more and be less of a doormat. Just. Say. No. I didn't like the secondary characters as much. I thought they (mainly Jill's sister and cousins) were rude, immature, and just plain annoying. It sucks that a book with so many (human) characters, the one I liked the best was Winky, a cat.

 

 

The Chase:  3.5 stars

Juliana is on the run from her abusive father. She possesses a photographic memory. She found a letter when she was around 12 that mentioned an inheritance when she reached her majority (25). This is the main reason she runs when she does. She sees Michael and asks him (mainly because of her cane and limp) for help in getting to London. 
Michael is on his way to London to answer his father's summons. His father has decided it is time for Michael to get married. His bride has been picked out.
I did like both Michael and Juliana. Michael comes across as a good person already; mainly because of the way he treats Gelert (his dog). Juliana is a little harder to like at first. I believe it's because of her background. She doesn't trust that once Michael finds out he won't return her to her father. (The whole property thing, what good girl leaves her father's protection- on purpose?)
I both liked and didn't like the resolution with Juliana's father. Yes, he got what he deserved, but it was too quick and the whole issue with Juliana's mother could have been more. Michael was pleasantly surprised with how his family viewed him (that was nice). I also liked that Juliana's inheritance seemed to be hers to do what she wanted with it (at least with how I interpreted the epilogue). 
3.5* rounded up for GR since GR doesn't "do" 1/2 stars.

eARC courtesy or Kensington Books/Lyrical Press and NetGalley.
Publication date: Nov 21st

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-11-13 15:41
BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Wheeler by Sara Butler Zalesky
Wheeler - Sara Butler Zalesky
Known as the Ice Queen of the peloton, pro cyclist Loren Mackenzie rarely shows emotion in the heat of competition; she leads her team with quiet strength and determination. But her successes have not come without suffering, and her tragic past is hidden inside tarnished armor.
 
While out on a training ride with her cycling team near Enfield, England, a chance meeting quickly develops into an unexpected whirlwind romance. But a relationship with an A-list celebrity brings with it the microscope of tabloid-media attention, which expose jealousy and rivalry that threaten to undermine Loren’s leadership of her team.
 
The new romance also reveals a dangerous obsession, culminating in a terrifying confrontation with someone from Loren’s past. Her injuries not only put her chances at the World Championship in jeopardy but also bring forth memories of a life she had long buried – for good reason.
 
Can Loren open her heart to the love she has held at a distance, or will her fear ultimately defeat her?
 
The follow up novel in the Wheeler series is coming soon.

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/11/blog-tour-excerpt-giveaway-wheeler-by.html
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review 2017-11-12 17:08
Come Closer
Come Closer - Sara Gran
This was a quick, entertaining read. This is not a novel that you can skim over, as you would undoubabtly miss something important as event happen quickly and every detail is vital. I enjoyed the novel and thought the story was interesting and it definitely drew me in. Had the author slowed things down in the story and worked in more details and development, I think the story would have been more creepy and suspenseful.
 
Amanda and her husband Ed have a good life. They each had great job, a nice home and they loved each other. Things start to take a wrong turn when they began hearing some mysterious tapping at night. Unable to find the source, the couple put up with the noise, blaming it on the 100-year-old building their home was located in. Amanda dreams of a childhood friend she used to have and surprisingly, days later she swears that she sees a girl on the street who looks exactly like this same individual. Amanda begins to notice that her life is changing and when Ed and her begin to argue more, this really gets her attention. Dragging down the book she erroneously received in the mail and kept, Amanda opens the beginning pages and takes the quiz before reading any further. Amanda score lands in the middle. According to the novel, Demon Possession, she is probably haunted and should get help. Things begin to escalate rather quickly in her life. Oh, she knows good from evil when she has the choice but she doesn’t always get to make the decisions now. I thought this section of the novel was fun and exciting as Amanda is not the sweet girl that Ed had married and things between this happy couple get interesting. Opening her novel once again, Amanda takes the test again and her score has changed. She should have listened before because now, it just might be too late.
 
Yes, I am still working on Halloween Bingo (I am determined to get my black out). Reading them as they are due from the library.  This is for my Demons square.  

 

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text 2017-11-04 17:34
Lake in the Clouds By Sara Donati $1.99
Lake in the Clouds - Sara Donati

In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-eighteenth-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nation’s past--and in the life of the spirited Bonners--as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century.

It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah’s half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth’s school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides--one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk--and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing. 

After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman--a former slave herself, one of the village’s wisest women and Elizabeth’s closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost ten years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot--Hannah’s childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby.

While Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey through the endless forests to bring Selah to safety in the north, Hannah embarks on a very different journey to New-York City, with two goals: to learn the secrets of vaccination against smallpox, a disease that threatens Paradise, and to find out what she can about Liam’s immediate past and what caused him to change so drastically from the boy she once loved. The obstacles she faces as a woman and a Mohawk make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world. 

Those questions follow her back to Paradise, where she finds that the medical miracle she brings with her will not cure prejudice or superstition, nor can it solve the problem of slavery. No sooner have the Bonners begun to rebound from their losses--old and new--than they find themselves confronted by more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love for one another. Hannah faces the decision she has always dreaded: will she make a life for herself in a white world, or among her mother’s people?

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review 2017-10-31 14:49
Design Your Own Crochet Projects: Magic Formulas for Creating Custom Scarves, Cowls, Hats, Socks, Mittens & Gloves - Sara Delaney

Oct 31 Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney
Very high quality photos that sometimes take quite some time to load in, be patient they are worth the wait.
Like the Introduction and the story of the author and how she came to be a designer and learn while working. Also a section on the tech side of yarns. Important things that you will take by reading this book that are important for measuring right especially for clothing. Love the yarn weight charts.
Each category has its own chapter with a brief summary at the start. Shows the technical side of how to measure but in simple terms that we can understand. The blank forms are very handy for keeping your own designs in order along with notes. Mine are in my head or on bits of paper all over the house.
Patterns themselves start with a brief summary along with color photos. Calculations for yardage using the particular pattern, formula used and row by row instructions. Chapters are for scarves, cowls, hats, fingerless mitts, mittens, gloves, and socks.
Love the names of the scarves. The items made are going to fit like a glove for the intended wearer. My problem is I never know who my items are going to as I crochet and knit for charity for those less fortunate and sold also at bazaars.
Love that the color photo of the items as they are laying down flat on a table and the next page is of a model wearing them, outside-excellent contrast so you can really see the item.
Stitch dictionary along with a swatch is also included and at the end where the row by row instructions are given also.
There are 31 in total-what a resource of knowledge! Makes it easy to pick out a pattern first then go to the area you want to make.
Stitch abbreviations and definitions are included: Shows step by step color photos of the steps involved along with the words.
Love that they use a white background so you can see the instructions as they move along. I am a published crochet designer myself but I don't go into all this detail to do the hats and mittens for others.
My favorite to try would be the fingerless mitts as most everybody can wear them and they don't have to be a perfect fit.
I received this book from Storey Publishing via Net Galley and this is my honest review..

 

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