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review 2018-03-07 01:11
Her Wicked Ways - Darcy Burke

Book review of indie historical romance novel Her Wicked Ways by Darcy Burke. 

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review 2018-01-31 16:26
Her Wicked Ways - Darcy Burke

Her Wicked Ways by Darcy Burke
He and he buddies are there to rob the coaches but all he is offered is a kiss. He needs money for those at the orphanage for medicine.
He finds her name Miranda, appealing. Because of her behavior she's being sent to work at the orphanage in the way of punishment.
She had hoped to help Beatrice find a husband. That kiss though, was like one she never had before.
Fox is a farmer and helps at the orphanage, his family owns and runs it. She is able to ask others for contributions and lets him know he appeals to her.
Rob tries to pursuade him to go after Miranda before others get her.
Love hearing how she wants to teach the girls new things and how she handles the boys and manners at the table.
They are able to spend a lot of time together and the orphanage and learn more about each other.
Very explcit sexual scenes. Lots of mystery that involve money, missing money.
Very boring and long drawn out for my liking. Other works and excerpts are included at the end.
Received this free review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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review 2018-01-28 22:15
Middle or End of a Series
Look Both Ways - Carol J. Perry

I stumbled across the book and just liked the title, "Look Both Ways." The reason I know that there are books before it is because Maralee (the main character) keeps mentioning things that happened before. 


Maralee is a scryer and she is keeping this information from her boyfriend, Peter, a police officer. She has also moved into the attic apartment she and her aunt created in her aunt's house after a fire (happened in the previous book), the apartment is bare and she starts by going to an antique store to buy a dresser like the one she had owned and was destroyed in the fire. When she goes back to the store to get some dishes, she finds the owner dead and describes the owner's former partner as the man who bumped into her when running from the scene. As the investigation wears on, she volunteers to help find items for the plays that her employer is putting together for the summer. As she goes along she meets all three men that her friend, River, tells her to be cautious of. 


When she finds information in the dresser, she shares it with her boyfriend and when someone (one of the men involved in the investigation) say something she thinks is important she shares that with her boyfriend, helping to solve the case. 


It was a good stand alone story and I may go back and read the other books to better understand the one, but on the whole, it was an interesting story. 

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review 2018-01-27 10:07
The Bee Friendly Garden: Easy Ways to Help the Bees and Make Your Garden Grow
The Bee Friendly Garden: Easy Ways to Help the Bees and Make Your Garden Grow - Doug Purdie

I think I mentioned in a post just after Christmas that MT got me bees for Christmas.  An old schoolmate of his runs a beehive management business, and either Tuesday or Wednesday next week, after dark, he's delivering our hives to us.  MT has decreed that all the bees will be named Barry.  I've pointed out that all the worker bees are female, which temporarily stumped him.  I'm sure by the time I finish this review he'll have rallied.  Stay tuned.


Anyway, my garden is pretty close to jungle status as is, but I'm always looking for excuses to plant new things, and our bees need to feel welcomed.  But I know not all flowers are bee friendly (size, shape, and whether or not they make pollen/nectar), so I wanted a list of particular plants the bees would love.  Our bee guy recommended this book, and MT bought it for me for my birthday, and I guilted him into giving it to me a day early, because he also gave me this cold.


The Bee guy did not steer me wrong.  This is a great book for anyone who just wants to attract more bees to their garden.  It's a tiny bit preachy - he's (rightfully) passionate about NOT spraying your garden - but there's a lot of compelling reason to preach it.  Without bees we can kiss about 80% of our food goodbye and bees are in serious decline world wide.  


The Bee Friendly Garden is strongly geared toward Australia, primarily in the chapters where he discusses native bees (some of which are SO cool), but more than half the book would be useful to anyone, as a lot of the suggestions are geared toward the European honey bee and the plant lists are almost universal in their availability.


I now have a list of plants to look for at the nursery.  Now I just have to find a place to put them.  


Update:  MT has named all the bees Betty.

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review 2018-01-26 10:41
Nature's Ways: lore, legend, fact and fiction
Nature's Ways: Lore, Legend, Fact and Fiction - Ruth Binney

MT caught a cold and shared it with me, so I'm short on attention span and long on grumpiness at the moment (and on a 3 day weekend too!, she wails), so I'm clearing out the books from my TBR that are 'easy'; bite sized chunks of fact rather than narratives that require more than 2 consecutive minutes of concentration.


Nature's Way is just such a book.  1 page of small nuggets, each relating to an animal, plant, health, superstition, etc.  Each one covers more myth, legend and lore than fact, but they're interesting, even if not likely to be useful even on the odd Trivial Pursuit game night.


Easy to flick through, put down, and pick up, it's perfect for those times when you're brain is too busy mustering up an immune response to focus on anything ... else.

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