Bertie the gardener and his dog Oscar like their life, and their tatty old brown floppy hats too. They wear them everywhere. One day though, Bertie sees someone with a different type of hat, one that makes the guy look important, and he wants to look that way too, so he puts his brown floppy tatty one away and buys a bowler. He is soon dissatisfied when he seen another man looking dignified in a different type of hat, and buys one of those, and so it goes when he sees others in hats looking professional, clever, mysterious and magical, only to find when he wore the other hats, he didn't feel that way at all.
My grandson and I like this book-- beyond learning the names of different types of hats, it offered a profound lesson... that what is one the outside is not what makes a person what they are, but on the inside. It is an adorable book for kids! I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you Renee!
|The oldest twins of the Sullivan family both enlist to serve in WWII... Harriet as a WAC nurse and Harry in the army, and end up in the same location in northern Africa. Harriet learns Harry has been injured and is being hid the day after she married her childhood sweetheart and Harry's best friend Bill. Her new husband has been injured in battle resulting in a broken leg, but when he learns Harriet is determined to rescue her brother from behind enemy lines from a native's hut, he refuses to allow her to go alone. While enroute to the rescue, they are spotted by Nazis and unbeknownst to them are followed to the hut. While in the hut, a Nazi storms in, kills Bill, wounds Harry even more and rapes (though not described in graphic detail) Harriet. A British spy posing as Nazi makes his appearance at just the right time and saves Harry and Harriet.
Back in the states, after they return and are battling PTSD (or shell shock as it was known back then), the Sullivan family starts to uncover secrets of their progenitors that they had been unaware of. One shocking secret leads to another, and the Sullivan clan comes to realize that much of what they had thought of their ancestors was wrong. They all realize that those living trying to conceal secrets are not alone, and each generation had its share.
This is a entertaining read, and those that enjoy historical fiction, mystery, suspense (with some romance thrown in), or unraveling genealogical puzzles would enjoy this. I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!
I just finished this and it was good. I am now starting #2 in the series, Poacher's End.
Strange happenings are going on off of Alaska's coast. Older retired couples enjoying their golden years murdered in particularly heinous fashions, a cop is killed, and a Skipper Frank Mattituck gets caught up in the investigation (deputized by an Alaskan State Trooper) when Frank's good friend Jim turns up missing, but Jim's yacht that he uses to charter trips for clients is still being used. Frank and Todd (the state trooper) go on a chase, trying to catch the elusive killer, always 2 steps behind. "Skipper's Oath" has lots of suspense and action, and if you enjoy a page-turning whodunit, this one is for you.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!
I liked this time travel fiction. No romance, but that was kind of refreshing. Marion has taken her two girls to the Abbey of Sparnstow ruins because the eldest of them has discovered she adores history. While waiting for her girls to finish their tour, Marion decides to sit beneath an ancient tree to catch up on some reading. The nearer she gets to the tree though, a buzzing sound gets louder in her ears. She is alarmed, thinking there are many bees about and one of her daughters is allergic to them. Things start to get fuzzy and her light-headed and she tumbles head-long into the tree and emerges into different world. The abbey is not longer ruins but beautiful. People are about that are dressed quite differently than what she is accustomed to. Through a series of events, she ends up saving the future King Edward's life with her epi-pen, but also puts herself in grave danger by doing so. If you enjoy time-travel fiction, then I think you would enjoy this. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
After being out of commission for more than a week due to my back, I am glad to finally get to post some reviews. Today is the first day since the 14th that I have been able to sit in a chair and what a relief it is! The upside of not being able to do much is that I got 5 books finished, so I guess there is good in everything. : )
I did enjoy A Devil Of A Time by Gretchen Jeannette and how she vividly brings to life the colonial era and makes the characters, with their trials and tribulations seem very real and believable.
Andrew and Clarice Wade were newlyweds when he volunteered to go to Spanish territory to secure gun powder as requested by his friend, the Governor of Virginia to aid in the Revolutionary War. Andrew is unfamiliar with the wild unsettled territory through which they must travel and has been assigned to go with a company of soldiers including famed Niall McLane, who has fought in the Indian Wars, protecting rural settlements from attack. Andrew and Niall's group ends up getting ambushed by a band of Shawnee warriors and if not for Niall's bravery, would have died.
Fast forward a few years, and Andrew is back home with his wife Clarice and their son William, but still battles himself in his mind, badgering himself daily over his cowardice and the resulting injury he had sustained at the hands of the Indians, self-medicates with alcohol most of the time. He creates a vicious cycle of self-pity, drinking, disappointing his wife and shirking responsibility. He runs into his old friend and protector Niall, who lately has developed a notorious reputation for losing his temper, revenge and extreme violence once provoked. Granted, much of that is due to extreme trauma and living for years a lifestyle of kill- or- be- killed. Andrew offers Niall a job as an overseer of his tobacco plantation, hoping super-efficient Niall will be the answer to his prayers, saving the plantation from ruin and placating his wife.
Upon Niall taking the position, he hires Roger, a disadvantaged youth who has for all of his young years been mistreated and maligned for a wine-stain birthmark covering half his face. The story is full of action, romance, suspense, a serial killer on the lose and a sheriff bent on seeing Niall hang. If you enjoy historical romance or suspense, you would enjoy A Devil Of A Time. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review-- thank you.
This was a sweet, humorous, light, clean quick-read romance. Dorothea is a young adult out on her own. Recently fired from her job as a waitress, she needs to find employment quick. Her best friend Mel sees an ad for a job opening as an relationship advice columnist and urges Dorothea to apply for the job. Dorothea is doubtful if she would get the position if she is honest about her young age and lack of experience and success in romance, so she pretends to be her sage Italian grandmother to dispense romantic advice to those that right in. She is also beginning to wonder if she will ever find Mr. Right. Every guy that happens along, even if they go on a date, ends up being just a friend and not by her choice. She is beginning to wonder if she is someone a guy can love.
Because of her lack of experience in the relationship department, she asks her grandmother the questions written to her, pretending they are actually about herself or a friend. Dorothea ends up learning some powerful lessons in honesty, after realizing that her "white lies" weren't harmless and caused people she cared about to distrust her.
I enjoyed this book, and since it was clean and no foul language or questionable situations, I would feel comfortable with a young girl who is developing an interest in the romance genre reading this as well. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Read interview with NYT best-selling author Ariella Cohen and enter to win 1 of 3 copies of Sweet Breath of Memory! Read interview with author team N. N. Light and enter to win a copy of Planting The Seeds of Love: A Novella! Both giveaways end 6/20/2018-- Good luck!
Read interview with author Ariella Cohen and enter to win 1 of 3 copies of Sweet Breath Of Memory! Giveaway ends 6/20/2018.... good luck!
This book had me laughing many times. It is a parody of a sci-fi space opera, and Milo James Fowler's use of the corny is genius!
Captain Bartholomew Quasar is commander of the Effervescent Magnitude that is sent on an exploratory mission for resources into outer space for a type of quartz. They seem to attract trouble like a magnet though. There is a bounty on him from some spider-like creatures because he and his crew accidentally blew one of their ships out of the sky, killing everyone on board. While trying to dodge them, he gets drawn into an ancient civil war between 2 other civilizations. But, never the daunted, Captain Quasar is confident that his dashing smile (with teeth so sparkling white that are capable of blinding others), his Commander pose (meant to best display his biceps and pecs), and his charming good looks can be used to his best advantage (along with his ship's superior technology) to save the day.
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway from the author-- thank you!
A daily devotional (for 6 months, though it took me longer-- life does interfere) that is encouraging and inspirational.
A guide to dolls produced by various doll producers from 1700-1920's. With photos and details about each type of doll. Also shows a variety of doll houses from the same period.