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url 2018-08-06 18:36
New month, new free arc for prime members ("Amazon First Reads," formerly "Kindle Firsts")
I Will Never Leave You - S.M. Thayer
The Storyteller's Secret - Sejal Badani
Hotel Sacher - Alison Layland,Rodica Doehnert
Eraser - Anna Kang,Christopher Weyant
Happy Doomsday - David Sosnowski
Stray: Memoir of a Runaway - Tanya Marquardt

Per usual, all from Amazon's own publishing imprints.  

 

And not now on booklikes yet (I am in progress of adding).

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads
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review 2018-05-23 16:31
Rezension | Kenia Valley von Kat Gordon
Kenia Valley - Kat Gordon,Mayela Gerhard... Kenia Valley - Kat Gordon,Mayela Gerhardt

Beschreibung

In den 1920er Jahren beginnt für den fünfzehnjährigen Theo Miller ein ganz neues Leben. Die Arbeit seines Vaters bei der Eisenbahn führt Theo mit seinen Eltern und seiner jüngeren Schwester Maud von England nach Kenia. Die exotische Welt Afrikas voller neuer Gerüche, Menschen und Tieren wird schnell zu einem neuen Zuhause und Theo findet in Sylvie und Freddie zwei deutlich ältere Freunde. Theo verliebt sich über beide Ohren in die wunderschöne und unerreichbare Sylvie und gerät in die berauschende Welt des Happy Valley Set.

Nachdem Theo sein Studium in England abgeschlossen hat kehrt er als erwachsener Mann nach Kenia zurück. Nicht nur das Land hat sich seither durch die Kolonialisierung verändert, sondern auch seine Freunde.

Meine Meinung

Kat Gordons Roman „Kenia Valley“ hat mich durch das exotische Cover gleich angesprochen und meine Neugierde auf ein buntes afrikanisches Abenteuer befeuert. Der Titel war für mich besonders verheißungsvoll, denn vor einigen Jahren verbrachte ich meinen Urlaub dort und durfte eine wundervolle Safari im Tsavo Ost Nationalpark miterleben. Ich war also ganz schön auf den Romaninhalt gespannt und wurde wirklich nicht enttäuscht!

"Daressalam war exotisch gewesen, aber dieses neue Kenia war das Afrika, von dem ich geträumt hatte, das Afrika von Henry Rider Haggard, und ich konnte es kaum abwarten, dass die Zugfahrt ein Ende nahm und mein Leben in dieser unglaublichen Landschaft begann." (Kenia Valley, Seite 19)

Der detailverliebte Schreibstil von Kat Gordon hat die einzigartige Kulisse Afrikas in mein Wohnzimmer gebracht. Außerdem hat die Autorin die aufregenden 20er Jahre vor dem spannenden Hintergrund der Kolonialisierung lebendig werden lassen. Gemeinsam mit dem fünfzehnjährigen Hauptprotagonisten Theo taucht man in die Hitze Afrikas und das ausschweifende Leben der Mitglieder des Happy Valley Set ein.

Durch die unschuldigen Augen des heranwachsenden Theo Miller erhält man einen staunenden Blick auf die außergewöhnlichen Persönlichkeiten die durch die Kolonialisierung ihr Glück in Afrika suchen. Die schillernde Gesellschaft von Freddie und Sylvie zieht Theo von Anfang an vollkommen in den Bann. Nur zu gern möchte auch Theo Teil davon sein, auch wenn diese Freundschaft zu Beginn den Argusaugen seiner Mutter unterliegt. Das Verhältnis zwischen Theo und seiner Mutter ist allerdings nicht das beste, sein Vater ist mit seinem Job bei der Eisenbahn beschäftigt und so scheint seine Schwester Maud als einzige eine emotionale und familiäre Bindung zu ihm zu besitzen. Der Freundschaft zu Freddie, Sylvie und weiteren Mitgliedern der Happy Valley Gesellschaft sind somit die Tore geöffnet.

Ausladende Dinnerpartys, jede Menge Alkohol und Drogen sind in der damaligen Glamourwelt der Kolonialherrschaften Gang und Gäbe. Theo wächst in diesem schillernden Umfeld heran und verstrickt sich durch seine Liebe zu Sylvie immer tiefer im Netz der Oberflächlichkeiten. Nachdem der Geschichte im ersten Teil ein farbenfroh glänzender Grundstock gelegt wurde, befasst sich der zweite Teil des Buches mit den etwas tristeren 1930er Jahren. Theo hatte für sein Studium Kenia verlassen und findet nach seiner Rückkehr eine verändertes Land vor. Die faschistische Politik Europas ist bis nach Afrika vorgedrungen und lässt die Macht der weißen Kolonialherrschaften über das schwarze afrikanische Volk in einem anderen Licht erstrahlen. Während sich Theos Schwester Maud für die Einheimischen stark macht lässt sich Freddie für die faschistische Politik einspannen.

Kat Gordon hat mit „Kenia Valley“ nicht nur einen unterhaltsamen historischen Roman erschaffen, sondern sie regt mit dem Porträt der damaligen Gesellschaft zum nachdenken an.

Fazit

Verführerisch und exotisch zugleich: Eine fesselnde Zeitreise in die 20er und 30er Jahre des kolonialisierten Afrikas.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-kenia-valley-von-kat-gordon
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text 2018-05-12 11:14
Give Mom the Gift of Fitness this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so why not show Mom extra love and affection and gift her something special? Flowers and chocolates will only add to her day until the flowers wilt. This Mother’s Day gift her something that will improve her wellbeing and health. What an incredible opportunity to please and thank the most loving and caring person in our lives. The gift of fitness will improve her overall energy level and leave her looking radiant as always.

 

This Mother’s Day is an excellent opportunity to gift your mom something she will value for years to come — the gift of good health, best workout tips and diet plans. This will help her lead a happier and healthy life.Here are some of the perfect gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day:

 

  • Balanced Nutrition

 

A balanceddiet with physical activity makes the perfect gift for your mom. The more active your mother is, the more food she will need to keep her fuelled. Keep an eye on her meal portion size. If she is less active then choose small serving sizes and add plenty of vegetables, salad, and fruit.These are packed with important nutrients to help her stay healthy. Include a carbohydrate food (bread, rice, pasta, potato, or cereal) to each meal. Have a mixture of different coloured fruits and vegetables each day such as apples, oranges, bananas, spinach, cabbage, carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, and sweet corn. And to make this tracking easier gift her FITFEAST this Mother’s Day and let the nutritionists track her health and wellbeing.

 

• Walking
Take Mom with you for a brisk walk. Walking is the simplest form of exercise. It is particularly beneficial for entire whole body’s fitness especially the belly. Even taking a gentle walk is wonderful. Giving her a company in a park or road side is an excellent idea. It will make her healthier and she will be able to take steps towards slowly but gradually taking care of her health like she does for everyone in the family. So, when she gains control over her body she can make necessary changes with her workouts.

 

• Running
Running was something that brought us closer again with our Mom. In addition to rebuilding bone density, running is an excellent exercise for mothers. Running can reduce hot flashes, improve sleep and cardiovascular function, alleviate pain and discomfort associated with arthritic joints, and even help with cognition and depression.

 

• Lifting Weights
Lifting weights makesour muscles stronger and increases endurance. With this, your Mother will not have to wait for someone to help her carry her shopping bags or with her day to day chores. Working out will make her stronger, independent, and confident naturally. Weight training will challenge her every step in the way to do things she will try to resist. Encourage your Mom to hit the gym with you and do some weight training.

 

The bond we share with our Mother’s is unlike any other. Gift her the perfect gift this Mother’s Day and show her just how much she means to you. Indulge in a present which will help blossom your Mother’s fitness, keep her motivated and honour her for all that she does for us every day while she gets her a sweat on! Use code “MOMFIT” and get Rs. 300 off on any FITPASS membership!

 

Here’s wishing our Super-Mom’s a healthy and fit Mother’s Day today and every day!

Source: fitpass.co.in
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text 2018-05-11 12:19
Healthy Life Is The Best Gift To Give Your Mom On This Mother’s Day

 

Mother is an extraordinary person in everyone’s life and blessing of God. She is one of those kind person that loved to do everything for their children. We could never be as good as a mother. On Mother’s Day, we think about flower bouquet, attractive wishing cards, and chocolates or gift them with a set of kitchen crockery. On top of these delightful gifts on this Mother’s Day, consider giving her a gift in the form of health and fitness.

 

In honour of mother’s day gift your mom with FITPASS! Get fit with just a tap. Download the FITPASS app!! Use code “MOMFIT” and get Rs.300 off on any FITPASS membership!


Every woman is a mother who deserves to take care of herself. Here’s wishing all the mummies with more success and health on Mother’s Day!

Source: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.india.fitpass&hl=en_IN
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text 2018-05-09 13:15
Celebrate A Fit Mother’s Day

The unconditional love that a mother gives to her child can never come from any other relationship. The idea of setting aside Mother’s Day is to celebrate your mother. It’s a day when you should attempt to put a continuous smile on her face.

 

Fitness is a quality which makes people feel empowered. If you’ve got an active fitness enthusiast mother or you know one, gift her a present suiting her lifestyle. The biggest reward with a present like this is that she’s more likely to use them. Whether she prefers to spend her time outdoors, or doing her favourite tree pose or practising Pilates with her group gift her the present of health and wellness this Mother’s Day.

 

While our moms will engage in workouts that differ from her kids or younger adults, no one wants to be told that they can’t do something, or a certain move is inappropriate for them. The options for workout activity are virtually limitless for your mother. Give her the chance to whatever sheenjoys most. Because this is a nice way to keep things fresh and fun and prevent feeling burned out or bored. Some great activities for your mother are:

 

 Aerobics


Aerobic exercise refers to exercise that requires the consumption of substantially more oxygen than at rest. It is of a light to moderate intensity and can be undertaken for a prolonged duration without excessive fatigue. Get your mother in the groove and sign her up on FITPASS so she can dance her way to health with her friends with Aerobics.

 

 Swimming


Swimming has long been called the perfect workout. After all, your mom can get all the benefits of an aerobic workout without any damage on her joints. There is no fancy equipment needed just the deep blue water. Swimming helps burn 300 to 500 calories an hour.

 

• Yoga


Get your mom to try yoga and see what it can do for her. Yoga will help your mom achieve momentary relaxation and a healthy lifestyle. Meditation and pranayama are one of the most primary, simple, and effective techniques of yoga which can help you to get rid of your daily accumulated stress to keep her body and mind relaxed.

 

 Zumba


No matter which age group shebelongs to, Zumba has its own style for mothers of all age groups, specifically designed as per her comfort. Dancing to the beat of Latin music, Zumba will help your mother to stay fit and keep her active.

 

Gift your Mother FITPASS and give her the freedom to explore over 100,000 different workout options in over 1700+ gyms and fitness studios. So, HURRY! Get fit with just a tap download the FITPASS APP! Use a code “MOMFIT” and get Rs. 300 OFF on any FITPASS membership and make her a super fit mom.

Source: medium.com/@sanjay.kumar_80018/celebrate-a-fit-mothers-day-c61ceb7200f7
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