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review 2017-09-22 23:53
A memoir about apple farming and all the pesticide woes...
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir

 

 

Book Title:  The Orchard

Author:  Theresa Weir

Narration:  Ellen Archer

Genre:  Memoirs

Setting:  Iowa (I think)

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3.5/5 

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total: 3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

 

 

 

I don't read much non fiction…I only decided to read this because of a reading challenge, it was also a short listen and the library had it on audio, so it was winner in that aspect…because it didn't suck. 

 

Overall, there are some aspects to this story that could have been done differently to make the story more interesting, like some unfinished thoughts and glossed over parts of her life, that could have been explored more.  It's also told in a really somber voice that I never fully connected to, at least not until the very end, and seriously, something about the ending just clicked with me.  I believe it was the situation with her mother-in-law-from-hell that she had going on, I can relate, after all.  I even teared up, a little.

 

Will I read more from this author?  I don't know, most likely not.  I even own a book by her on my kindle…it was freebie.

 

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review 2017-09-05 01:59
To The Women He Loves 3
To The Woman He Loves 3 - Theresa Hodge,Shani Greene-Dowdell

Title:  To The Woman He Love 3

Author: Theresa Hodge & Shani Greene-Dowdell

Publisher: T.H. & S.G.D. 

Series: # 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

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"To The Woman He Loves 3" by Theresa Hodge & Shani Greene-Dowdell

 

My Thoughts....

 

I liked the ending to this third series featuring Ronan and Ruby as they were truly trying to rebuild their marriage especially Ronan. Naturally there was temptation for Ruby that would have to be worked out from all of the attention she was getting from Daryl.  But I will say that guy Daryl had some nerve in going in for what he wanted which put Ruby front and center in finally letting go and really getting who she wanted.

 

As the story continued on I was caused to wonder about another character and that was Mark and his assistant. I really didn't like how that was left with the reader to wonder long and hard about that situation. Did his wife Serenity really have a reason to wonder about the assistant. YES!  Oh well, maybe that's for another story along with Emerald and Shauntay also getting their stories told.

 

I will say this was a well written story of a true love bond between Ronan and Ruby.  So happy to see them finally getting their HEA.

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review 2017-08-13 20:17
The ABCs of Being Me by Theresa A. McKeown
The ABCs of Being Me - Theresa A. McKeown

The Abc's of me is a great book for all children. The book starts with the letter A and goes through the whole alphabet giving a different thought, feeling, or emotion for each letter. The book tells you the name of the emotion, thought , or feeling. Then explains what each is. After you read the page there is an exercise for the kids to complete like answering a question or making a list for each emotion, thought, or feeling. 

 

This book is good for even small children to help them learn more about their feelings. I personally love books that teach kids instead of just entertaining them. The lessons do need to entertain them as well. This book does both.  Theresa A. McKeown has done a great job. The illustrations in the book are done very well also. 

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review 2017-07-20 22:43
Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain
Scandalous Ever After (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book! This is the first book by Theresa Romain that I have had the chance to read and it ended up being a great one. This book is listed as the second book in the Romance on the Turf series but it can be read fine as a stand alone novel. Once I really got hooked by the story, I didn't want to put this book down. I kept sneaking peeks throughout the day and before you knew it, I had reached the end of the story. 

Kate and Evan are the focus of this story. Kate became a widow two years ago when her husband died in an accident. She is working to take care of the debts left by her husband. Evan was Kate's husband's best friends. They consider each other friends as well but Evan fought with Con just prior to his death and has stayed away since his passing. Kate and Evan cross paths at one of his lectures and they decide to travel together. 

I liked Kate and Evan together. They have been friends for a very long time and know a lot about each other but quickly learn that not everything is as they had thought. I really liked the fact that they were a bit older and seemed more mature than a lot of couples featured in romantic novels. Kate has been married and is the mother of two children. They both had a lot of respect for each other and were willing to stand up for themselves when needed. I thought the chemistry between them was wonderfully done and their banter was a lot of fun.

I really liked the way the story flowed. Since Kate and Evan spend a lot of the book traveling, we get to see them in several different environments. Kate's family were so much fun and I loved how Evan seemed to fit in perfectly. Evan's family were in dramatic contrast and it was fun to see them interact. Once the pair arrived at Kate's estate, I enjoyed the way they were with the children and Con's mother. The secondary characters really added to the overall story.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance. This was a heartwarming romance that was a lot of fun to read. I can't wait to read more of Theresa Romain's works in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I really enjoyed this! Kate and Evan had wonderful chemistry and I loved their banter. The story was just a lot of fun.

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text 2017-07-18 18:29
Season for Surrender By Theresa Romain $1,99
Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain (2012-10-02) - Theresa Romain

Honor Among Rogues

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation--for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party--and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible--he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver's protector. . .

Mischief Among Misses

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier's invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues' gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring.

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