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Book Haul This Week (June 11 – 17)

This week, I once again had some pending and wishes granted, so actually ended up with more books than I thought I would. Here goes:

                    

So, what did you request and receive this week?

Did you buy any new books?

I hope you all have a wonderful week reading and depending where you live, keep cool.

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#NormalizeKindness

I thought this was something we all need to see and think seriously about. Thanks Edith Maxwell for sharing Alexia Gordon’s wonderful words.

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Edith here, in the busy second half of a busy month. And I’ve been thinking about kindness.  This is a card someone was handing out at Quaker Meeting recently.

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We’ve all been witnessing way too many unkind, malicious, and violent acts, whether on the news or in person, of late. Horrifying events. Disgusting acts. Cowardice and rudeness.

Can kindness counter what seems like a tidal wave of really bad behavior? Can it be contagious? Think of how you feel when somebody you don’t even know does you a favor. Smiles, prepays your coffee, or writes and email out of the blue to say how much they loved your book. Kind of makes you want to return the gesture, doesn’t it?20180520_152736_HDR

Saturday I woke up earlier than usual, put on my tiara, grabbed a scone I had baked the day before (I left the bubbly for later, since it was only…

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Why my niece spent 7 hours in the hospital and what YOU can do to keep this from happening to other babies!

A very important message. Reblogged from Perfectly Tolerable.

Perfectly Tolerable

My Niece is 11 months old, and she is amazing. I love her so much and spoil her as often as I can!

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I would do anything for her! But yesterday she spent 7 hours in the hospital and there was nothing I could do.  She is fine, and it was just a scare, but it could have been easily prevented.

Last night, while they were out running errands, my niece found a pill on the ground, and like babies tend to do, she put it in her mouth.  My sister was fast and got it out before she swallowed it, but it was in her mouth long enough that all markings had dissolved.  My sister called Poison Control to see if they could identify the pill, and they told her she needed to take my niece to the hospital immediately.

Neither Poison Control nor Children’s hospital could identify the…

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Good-Bye Bigg

Today we said good-bye to Bigg. He was 16 years old and we loved the time we spent with him. Last October he was in a bad way, but after mouth surgery and new medication for his arthritis, he was doing better. During these last 6 months he pretty much went deaf and his eyesight was very limited. Even though he was on medication, he started having a tough time going up stairs in the last three week. He fell a half dozen times or more on the stairs and I was very afraid he was going to fall down the stairs when I wasn’t home and seriously hurt himself. He was starting to bite and the vet said it was probably because he was in so much pain. I couldn’t do that to him any longer so today, the vet came to the house and did a euthanasia in the backyard with my kids, daughter-in-law and grandson all here to say goodbye. It was sad, but I believe it was the right thing to do. Bigg is in doggy heaven playing catch with Ray and swimming in the pond. I love you Bigg and know I will miss you very much.

The Taster by V.S. Alexander

The Taster5 Stars

My Review: During WWII, Hitler’s life was always in danger. One concern was that someone might poison his food. For this reason, he had food tasters, young women who were doing a service to The Reich. When Berlin was becoming dangerous to live in because of Allied bombing, Magda Ritter’s father sent her to live with his brother and his wife. They needed Magda to get a job, as they could not afford to feed another person. When she found nothing, her uncle told her to apply to work for “The Party” and he would put in a good word for her. Imagine her surprise when she was hired to be one of Hitler’s food tasters. Magda’s story was loosely based on a real taster, Margot Woelk who at the age of ninety-five finally told her story. Magda is not a member of “The Party,” and her sentiments do not lie with Hitler. When she meets Karl, an SS captain, she begins to envision her life with him. He is not a Nazi Sympathizer either, so you can imagine, some unrest and drama ensues. Magda’s service takes her from Berghof, the Fuhr’s mountain retreat, to the Wolf’s Lair and finally his bunker in Berlin. Magda is constantly worried about her safely, her father’s safety (her mother was killed during the allied bombing) and the survival of her beloved Germany.

Magda is a strong character and made the read worthy for me. She stood up for herself and others in the story, showing what everyday German’s thought about Hitler and his inner circle. The story was well-written and interesting. I really enjoyed this book, especially because of the fresh perspective on WWII. It was a part of the war that I had heard about along the way, but this gave me much more information. It is important to read the Author’s notes at the end of the book. They give valuable insight into V.S. Alexander’s research, as well as what really happened and where he took liberties. There were places where the history was not documented, but were believed to have happened, and he explored some of those things with Magda’s character. This is where the author’s conjecture came in, it is not necessarily truth, but it could have happened that way. This was a great read and I enjoyed this book immensely. I would definitely recommend it to those who are interested in reading historical fiction, specifically surrounding WWII. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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Love At Last by Claudia Connor

Love At Last5 Stars

My Review: I really enjoyed this beautiful romance story. Clare Franklin is left at the church when her groom-to-be tells her he is in love with someone else. Clare decided to head off to the resort where they were supposed to honeymoon and spend some time thinking and getting herself together. It doesn’t quite turn out the way she planned. After spending her first afternoon having a bit too much to drink, she literally stumbles into Dr. Deacon Montgomery, a vet who is there for a conference. After having dinner together, they realize that they are both lonely and they get along very well. It becomes a holiday romance as they spend time together both in and out of bed. When Deacon gets a phonecall, he flies back home leaving Clare a short note. Unfortunately, Clare never gets the note and believes that Deacon was just using her and she is devastated.

After returning home, she starts her job teaching at a private school until she realized that she is pregnant and loses her job. Deacon had to go home as one of his twin girls had to have surgery, but once she is better, he tries to find Clare. It is not easy to do when you only have a first name. Clare googles Deacon and finds a newspaper article showing him with his wife and child. She decides not to tell him about her pregnancy until after the children are born, yes twins.

I loved both characters, Clare and Deacon. They had both been hurt and were not sure if they wanted to take the chance to be hurt again. They were also both very caring people who everyone around them cared about and wanted to make them happy. As the story progresses, it goes from predictable to surprising. I loved reading what they went through and how they solved the problems that arose. We have two single parents, both of twins, who need each other more than they know. Deacon’s little girls are adorable, loving and I just wanted to hug them both. A great romance and family story that I would recommend to anyone who loves second chance romance stories. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island (Emily Windsnap #7)

Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island (Emily Windsnap #7)by Liz Kessler

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Candlewick Press
4 Stars

My Review: In this seventh outing with Emily Windsnap, Emily’s family, her best friend Shona and her boyfriend Aaron are headed to a tropical island for a relaxing vacation. Emily promises Shona, there will be absolutely no adventure, just plenty of fun and relaxation. It doesn’t take long for Emily to go off on a sidetrip with Aaron leaving Shona left out. Shona can’t resist catching up with the boat taking the others to Forgotten Island and when Emily sees her, she ends up in the water and they get caught up in a terrible current. This takes a lot out of them both, but adventure always seems to find Emily, and before she knows it, she ends up on the other side of a powerful waterfall on a forgotten island no one else can get to. There is a situation that Emily has to help with that upsets both Shona and Aaron. This book has so much angst wrapped up in a short story. There are tested friendships, danger, young love, fantasy, adventure, and mystery. The way these three friends handle all this shows that they are just kids, but sometimes need to step up to make the right decision. This is another great adventure in this series to interest middle grades readers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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Hair Brained (Bad Hair Day Mystery #14)

Hair Brained (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #14)by Nancy J. Cohen

Kindle or Paperback Edition, 342 pages
Publication: September 12th 2017 by Orange Grove Press
4 Stars

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Welcome to September

Well, September is here and I have decided that I am not going to let challenges rule what I read this month. I have some favourite authors that I need to catch up on and some series that I want to finish. Here is what I have decided on for September, and then, I will add others during the month as I hear them calling to me. Continue reading “Welcome to September”

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