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review 2019-01-03 13:25
Hard Facts by Howard Spring
Hard Facts - Howard Spring
Hard Facts is about several characters and how their lives become involved with each other. The main character Theodore Chrystal is sent to be a curate to help a vicar in Manchester, England. He was the only character in the book I really didn't care for. He seemed ill- suited to his chosen profession, lacking compassion, judgmental, and selfish. He meets the Dunkersly family, who own a struggling printing company. Mr. Dunkersly has a good heart, hiring a young boy, Alec Dillworth, who is growing up in deplorable conditions with his sister Elsie, as a means to get them out of the slum and better their lives. Theodore Chrystal watches the birth of 'Hard Fact' paper the Mr. Dunkersly creates and ends up making the Dunkersly family immensely wealthy. Through the course of this, Theo believes he has fallen in love with Elsie Dillworth, not knowing the circumstances of her past, and once he does learn the facts-- cannot except Elsie. I thought it was a good book and enjoyed reading it, with good character development and about these people with intertwining lives through the passage of time.

Howard Spring was a popular author, with his first book being published in 1932, and his popularity increased until his death in the '60's. Many of his books later were made into movies or t.v. series. In his early career as a journalist for the Guardian, editor C. P. Scott ' apparently regarded Spring's reporting skills highly; he wrote of Spring that: "Nobody does a better 'descriptive' or a better condensation of a difficult address." ' Wikipedia cites " he combined a wide understanding of human character with technical skill as a novelist. His method of composition was painstaking and professional. Each morning he would shut himself in his room and write one thousand words, steadily building up to novels of around 150,000 words. He rarely made major alterations to his writings." I look forward to reading more by him.

I read this book for #Club1944 and twogalsandabook.com
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review 2018-11-02 20:26
New Spring, The Wheel of Time #0
New Spring (Wheel of Time, #0) - Robert Jordan

I remember being bitterly disappointed when I heard that the newest 'Wheel of Time' book would be a prequel, and, worse yet, a prequel based on a short story I had already read in the 'Legends' anthology. Remember that I was in high school at the time, and you may guess at just how deep those emotions were.


Ah, youth.


Anyway, I never read this. I never saw the need until this last reread made me realize I shouldn't leave any 'WoT' stone un-turned.


'New Spring' isn't bad, but even with my memories of the original short story grown dim over these many, many years, there wasn't much new to be gleaned from the book.


Moiraine and Lan's origins are discussed, as well as Siuan's, to a lesser extent. It was an easy read and it was fun to catch all of the cameos from later characters that we knew as Aes Sedai, darkfriends and light-sided.


I wish I could say something more positive about this, I could see how this could have lead into a whole series of prequels and side-series that complimented the main series, but as it is its just short of a waste of time.


The Wheel of Time


Next: 'The Gathering Storm'


Previous: 'Knife of Dreams'

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review 2018-10-07 13:24
Spring Fever - Deborah Cooke

This one was such a sweet, small town kind of romance about a woman finding the courage to open up again after an abusive past to the right man, and the right man knowing the perfect way to prove to her he isn’t like her past.  I enjoyed it a lot, I liked how it ended, there were no loose ends and the story was sweet and paced well.  It is on the shorter side but not too short so the story does not come across rushed.  They still come across as taking their time and getting to know each other even while steaming up the pages. I really liked Reyna, her retro style, her confidence while still showing a vulnerable side, and the fact that she is tattooed (got to love a fellow tattooed woman playing the romantic lead). I loved her. Kade was such a perfect match for her, kind strong, confident yet unafraid of her take charge type of style. He saw from the very start that her rules and style were all part of her armor and it didn’t deter him from wanting her.  He was perfect.  I think I liked book one a bit more but I think it might just have been that when that one ended I wasn’t ready and wanted more.  This one ended in a way that was perfect and left me satisfied

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review 2018-09-29 14:59
60 Quick Knits
60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens in Cascade 220� - Sixth&Spring Books,Sixth&Spring Books

Hats, Scarves, and MIttens. I have on my "To-Learn" list - mittens. I love looking at the patterns for hats and scarves as they can have so many different looks and be fun and colorful and they are fast. I have been cold-sheeping (no new yarn until a large amount of the old yarn is used up...more storage for the newer, prettier yarns coming out) and I decided that I would make a bunch of hats and scarves for homeless and kids who would go without (give to the schools and IHN). It isn't much, but this gave me some patterns to consider using while I make these hats and scarves, and patterns for the mittens so that I might get that skill accomplished, too. 



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review 2018-09-25 08:10
Release Blitz w/Review - Small-Town Sweetheart


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Delaney Abbot has never wanted to live anywhere other than Spring Grove, Kentucky. She loves the town, the people, and the whiskey made right down the road at McElroy’s Distillery. If only she could find a man in her beloved small town worthy of all that love she has to give.


The first thing Reed McElroy did when he finished high school was get the heck out of Spring Grove, Kentucky. He’s happy with his life as a veterinarian in the big city, and he would just as soon never step foot in his small town again. Delaney has had a crush on Reed since she was knee-high to a grasshopper, but he never looked at her the same way.


Now that tragedy has dragged him back home kicking and screaming, Reed has no choice but to make peace with a past clouded by small-mindedness and judgment. He is forced to see his hometown through grown-up eyes, and everywhere he looks, he finds local sweetheart Delaney. It seems like everyone in Spring Grove loves her. So, why shouldn’t he?  







Small-Town Sweetheart (The Spring Grove Series Book 2)Small-Town Sweetheart by Toni Aleo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2, in The Spring Grove series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order.

Reed has to come home due to tragedy. While there he catches up with old friends, and Delaney. They have sparks between them that causes both good and bad.

Delaney and Reed have known one another basically their whole lives. This attraction between them is new. The heat is growing and they run into one another everywhere.

This was such a slow burn. The heat just builds between the characters until they are nearly scorched from it. I love the banter, and this series just has the most amazing people in it to read about.

****This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About the Author:


My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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