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review 2021-04-19 01:34
The Kitchen Front
The Kitchen Front: A Novel - Jennifer Ryan

What a fun novel to listen to. It took a few chapters for things to get situated but then, I really enjoyed the history, the relationships and the idea behind this book. I liked that the female relationships inside the book took more precedence than the male/female relationships, which was what I was hoping would happen. I didn’t want a romance to spoil this drama. This was a great package: a historical fiction story, centered around a cooking competition consisting of diverse characters with an uplifting ending.

It’s the popular BBC broadcasting of the British Show, The Kitchen Front with Ambrose as the show’s host. The show has decided that they need a female co-host and has launched a cooking competition to find her. Located in Finley Village, England, are four women who are supposedly using their war rations to make the winning entries and to prove to Ambrose that they should be his co-host. Here are four women who desperately need this position. These four women come from such different situations and circumstances in their lives. These four women give this competition everything that they have. And who do I think should win it? Nell? The kitchen maid at Finley Hall who started the competition so timid that she can hardly talk but she can cook. Lady Gwendoline? She married into money but does money buy happiness? Audrey? Lady Gwendoline sister, a war widow with 3 children who is trying to keep her head above water. Zelda? A previous London chef who is now pregnant (and unmarried).

I enjoyed listening to these ladies’ stories. How their lives were before the war and how their lives have changed since the war began. It was fascinating how they created their recipes using their war rations and how some of them used nature to help them spread their rations even further. Their resourcefulness really shined. What started out as a competition for these ladies, as they lifted up their dome lids and everyone marveled at their creation hidden underneath, ends in another type of celebration as the winner is selected. I highly recommend this novel.

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review 2021-01-26 22:32
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
The Geography of You and Me - Jennifer E. Smith
This has been on my TBR for a really long time. I'm in the mood for a rom com, so here we go!
It made me so happy in the end!
There were a couple of slight things about the story that bothered me, like how long it took for them to get together again. Geez. All-in-all it was a great romance. They characters were interesting and had great chemistry. I was glad to see the other two go, like bye. It was only ever about Lucy and Owen.
What a cute way to have a romance bud. I have to admit, the beginning was kind of scary with the pandemic stuff we're going through. When the lights went out all over the US and Canada, I was like, oh no, it's the apocolypse! It wasn't, but still. Way to get a chick going!
YA fans are gonna love this one if they haven't read it already. Now I need to read her other two books!
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/01/the-geography-of-you-and-me-by-jennifer.html
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review 2020-12-07 05:46
Plague of War by Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
The Plague of War - Jennifer T. Roberts

TITLE:  Plague of War: Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Ancient Greece


AUTHOR:  Jennifer Tolbert Roberts




FORMAT:  Paperback


ISBN-13:  9780190940881



"In 431 BC, the long simmering rivalry between the city-states of Athens and Sparta erupted into open warfare, and for more than a generation the two were locked in a life-and-death struggle. The war embroiled the entire Greek world, provoking years of butchery previously unparalleled in ancient Greece. Whole cities were exterminated, their men killed, their women and children enslaved. While the war is commonly believed to have ended with the capture of the Athenian navy in 405 and the subsequent starvation of Athens, fighting in Greece would continue for several decades. Sparta's authority was challenged in the so-called Corinthian War (395-387) when Persian gold helped unite Athens with Sparta's former allies. The war did not truly end until, in 371, Thebes' crack infantry resoundingly defeated Sparta at Leuctra, forever shattering the myth of Spartan military supremacy.

Jennifer Roberts' rich narrative of this famous conflict is the first general history to tell the whole story, from the war's origins down to Sparta's defeat at Leuctra. In her masterful account, this long and bloody war affected every area of life in Athens, exacerbated divisions between rich and poor in Sparta, and sparked civil strife throughout the Greek world. Yet despite the biting sorrows the fighting occasioned, it remains a gripping saga of plots and counter-plots, murders and lies, thrilling sea chases and desperate overland marches, missed opportunities and last-minute reprieves, and, as the war's first historian Thucydides had hoped, lessons for a less bellicose future. In addition, Roberts considers the impact of the war on Greece's cultural life, including the great masterworks of tragedy and comedy performed at this time and, most infamously, the trial and execution of Socrates. A fast-paced narrative of one of antiquity's most famous clashes, The Plague of War is a must-read for history enthusiasts of all ages.




This is an interesting and fairly comprehensive narrative of the Peloponnesian War, including not only battle tactics and politics, but also what was happening socially at the time.

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review 2020-10-17 22:01
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez - Kathleen Tracy,Rod Smith

W tej biografii możemy przeczytać o dzieciństwie Jennifer Lopez, Bronxie, w którym się wychowała, pierwszych rolach serialowych: w "In Living Color"i "South Central", "Second Chances" i "Hotel Malibu".


Dalej, biografia zawiera: pierwsze, większe hollywoodzkie produkcje filmowe ("Pociąg z forsą" ,"Jack"), i tytułowa rola Seleny w filmie odpowiadającym o życiu przedwcześnie zmarłej piosenkarki. Kolejne propozycje filmowych ról w produkcjach takich jak: "Anakonda", "U-Turn", "Out Of Sight oraz "Cela". Opisano też związek małżeński z Ojanim Noą, rozpad małżeństwa i romans z Puff Daddy'm. Rozpoczęcie kariery muzycznej i wydanie pierwszej płyty "On The 6". W końcu burzliwe życie z Seanem Combsem (Puff Daddy) i słynna strzelanina w jednym z klubów na Manhattanie.

Książkę - jako, że jest ona z 2000 roku - wieńczy: okres drugiej płyty "~J.Lo", prace nad filmem "Angel Eyes" oraz małżeństwo z Crisem Juddem.

Biografię czyta się szybko. Ma ona swoje gorsze strony, głównie kiedy autorka za bardzo zaczyna się rozpisywać na temat życiorysów innych postaci, z którymi Lopez się spotkała (aktorów, jej partnerów). Trochę to chwilami irytowało.


Plusem książki jest wkładka z ładnymi, kolorowymi fotografiami Jennifer. Książka w trakcie lektury posiada też parę czarno-białych fotografii.

Sporym minusem wydania są dość liczne literówki.


Fanom piosenkarki polecam choć z racji, iż to książka sprzed dwudziestu lat, można odczuć niedosyt. Dla mnie jest niezła.

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review 2020-07-16 21:25
Review: Murder in the East End by Jennifer Ashley
Murder in the East End - Jennifer Ashley

3.75 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin


I always love entering Kat Holloway’s world. In Murder in the East End my favorite no-nonsense cook and amateur sleuth is on the hunt to find out what happened to children who have gone missing from London’s Foundling Hospital. She’s brought into this case by Daniel McAdam and his foster brother, a vicar who is more than he seems. As the trio and their unlikely band of allies (the bold and kindhearted Cynthia, adorable and brilliant Thanos, and mysterious newcomer Judith) delve deeper into the Foundling Hospital’s practices they’ll find themselves in the slums, where danger and heartbreak await.

Kat is the heart of the Below Stairs mysteries and she continues to be a fantastic heroine. She’s got a way of getting people to open up and I like watching her put the puzzle pieces together. And as you might guess from the introduction of a man from Daniel’s past, we do finally learn a bit more about the mysterious Mr. McAdam. I practically gobbled up these crumbs of information alongside Kat, though of course I still wanted more. I cannot wait until the day Daniel’s full history is revealed. As for the supporting cast, author Jennifer Ashley continues to flesh out these wonderful characters. Everyone’s voice is unique and their trials and tribulations make the world of the story feel rich.

I thoroughly enjoyed Murder in the East End but I struggled with rating it because the mystery itself fell a bit short for me. Even though they’re hunting for missing children who are in terrible danger, there’s an almost meandering quality to this story that didn’t quite go with the dire situation. The mystery lacked intensity and wasn’t as well defined as I’m used to. And though I won’t spoil the plot, I will say I didn’t feel quite satisfied by the revelations that occurred. Of course, part of the reason for that is due to an overarching plotline that will continue in future books so I’ll be content to wait and see what happens there. Even with these issues, I love spending time with Kat, Daniel, and their friends and I am always sucked into their world and their developing relationships. I cannot wait to see where Ms. Ashley takes these characters next!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2020/07/review-murder-in-east-end-by-jennifer.html
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