more books … while on a roll !!

robert the bruce

michael penman

robert

i am pretty sure that  went to a cave where he hid when i was little so this book really intrigued who he wasRobert the Bruce (1274–1329) famously defeated the English at Bannockburn and became the hero king responsible for Scottish independence. In this fascinating new biography of the renowned warrior, Michael Penman focuses on Robert’s kingship in the fifteen years that followed his triumphant victory and establishes Robert as not only a great military leader but a great monarch.

Robert faced a slow and often troubled process of legitimating his authority, restoring government, rewarding his supporters, accommodating former enemies, and controlling the various regions of his kingdom, none of which was achieved overnight. Penman investigates Robert’s resettlement of lands and offices, the development of Scotland’s parliaments, his handling of plots to overthrow him, his relations with his family and allies, his piety and court ethos, and his conscious development of an image of kingship through the use of ceremony and symbol. In doing so, Penman repositions Robert within the context of wider European

Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Robert the Bruce is an excellent book to read about the Scottish king. I thought it was well researched and documented. Recommended.


me after you

lucie brownlee

meafterHe crashed on to the pillow next to me, heavy as a felled oak. I slapped His face and told Him to wake up.
Our daughter, B, appeared in the doorway, woken up by the screaming – I must have been screaming but I don’t remember – and she was crying and peering in. I told her the ultimate adult lie; that everything was all right.’

Sudden death is rude. It just wanders in and takes your husband without any warning; it doesn’t even have the decency to knock. At the impossibly young age of 37, as they were making love one night, Lucie Brownlee’s beloved husband Mark dropped dead.
As Lucie tried to make sense of her new life – the one she never thought she would be living – she turned to writing to express her grief. Me After You is the stunning, irreverent and heartbreakingly honest result.

how would we survive ? what would we do .. lucy well you certainly  want tofeel all the feelings she is going through

My View:

Honest, open and raw.

I have been struggling with what I will write in this review – somebodies memories are what they are – memories and personal reflections. This is not a work of fiction where you can like or dislike the characters, or look for the plot twist or know it will all work out ok in the end. This is real. This life. And this is at times emotionally raw and blunt.

I picked up this book because I was looking for answers – I am not grieving but someone close to me is and it breaks my heart not being able to help them in their time of need. I discovered that grieving whether for a relationship that has been severed or a partner or relative that has died, no matter what reason…is difficult, traumatic, exhausting and so very personal. No one can feel the loss the way you feel the pain. No one can rally help you “get over” the severance of that cord that bound you together. You have to do that yourself and that takes time.

What I learned is that you can help by providing company, being a sounding board, checking in and seeing that everything is ok, giving hugs, providing the physical help – doing the dishes, hanging out the washing, making meals, reminding the grieving one that they are achieving, they have coped with organising/ dealing with all those mundane things that still need attention at this time; moving house, arranging/dealing with insurance companies, government departments, rental agencies, getting up each day and facing the next one…and by sharing that one day when you least expect it you will notice that life is just a little easier and the weight on your shoulders a little lighter.

This is a brave, at times blunt and open personal story of love and loss and the road to recovery.



all we had

annie weatherwax

allweThe stunning debut novel from sculptor and painter Annie Weatherwax, a wry and sharply observed portrait of a gritty mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town America.

For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, life has never been stable. The only sure thing is their love for each other. Though Rita works more than one job, the pair teeters on the edge of poverty. When their landlord kicks them out, Rita resorts to her movie-star looks and produces carpet-installer Phil, “an instant boyfriend,” who takes them in.

Before long, Ruthie convinces her mother to leave and in their battered Ford Escort, they head East in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in a small town called Fat River where their luck finally takes a turn. Rita lands a steady job waitressing at Tiny’s, the local diner. With enough money to pay their bills, they rent a house and Fat River becomes the first place they call home.

Peter Pam, Tiny’s transgender waitress and the novel’s voice of warmth and reason, becomes Ruthie’s closest friend. Arlene, the no-nonsense head waitress, takes Rita under her wing. The townspeople—Hank and Dotty Hanson, the elderly owners of the embattled local hardware store, and even their chatter-mouth neighbor Patti—become Ruthie and Rita’s family.

Into this quirky utopia comes smooth-talking mortgage broker Vick Ward, who entices Rita with a subprime loan. Why rent when you can own? Almost as soon as Rita buys a house their fortunes change. Faced once again with the prospect of homelessness, Rita reverts to survival mode, and the price she pays to keep them out of poverty changes their lives forever.

Accomplished visual artist Annie Weatherwax has written a stunning, heartrending first novel. Ruthie’s wry voice and razor sharp observations about American life in the twenty-first century infuse the prose with disarming honesty and humor. All We Had heralds the arrival of a powerful new voice in contemporary fiction.

I received this book for free from Scribner through the Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

“Every character is a protagonist in their own story” is a quote I once heard (apologies, but for the life of me I can’t find the person who actually said it), and on my own attempts at writing, I have always tried to keep it in mind.

“All We Had” is hands-down the greatest example of this concept in action I have ever read. The heart of the story is Ruthie and her young mother, but every single character has a deep and rich history that is revealed through remarkably little prose. I found myself wondering what happened to them all after the last page, and I imagine I will do so for quite some time.

This book is a slice-of-life story that is a very easy read about subject matter that is not easy to read about. Ruthie shares it all with stark realism, zero nostalgia, and brutal honesty. There are no feelings of self-pity or self-congratulation. It is what it is, and that is how the story is told. As such, it feels raw and honest, ultimately leaving an uneasy feeling in the readers about all of the Ruthies that live within our world.

I don’t want to spoil anything, because in this case the journey is the story, so even a summary feels as though it would give away too much. I can say that it’s on the list of books I will be giving all of the readers in my life this holiday season. Annie Weatherwax is a wonderful storyteller, and I look forward to many more novels from her.

Five stars. I wish I could give more.



beneath the scars

melanie moreland

beneath

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace. The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset. Until she meets the

unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and

discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His

canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life. She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared. A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and

threaten to tear them apart. Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?

Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read

I love the sound of this!

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.

The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.

Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life.

She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.

A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.

Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?



from this day forward

amy & matt baumgardner

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“I did a very bad thing. An unforgiveable thing. A thing that destines you to be a leper, someone with an A branded across your chest (though mine could also be a D), a person that people talk about with disgust and awe and an “aren’t you so glad you’re not her” tone.

I drove drunk. With my two children in the car.

And we got in an accident.” From the intro of From This Day Forward.

Like many relationships, after eight years of marriage and two kids, Amy and Matt had drifted apart. They started fighting, lost trust and respect, and their marriage spiraled down. Instead of dealing with the problems, Amy started to drink. She lost her job, she gained weight, she neglected her children. And then one day, she went too far. Even though she knew she’d had too much to drink, she got behind the wheel of her car and in a drunken blackout crashed head first into a tree. Only when she came to—to the sounds of her daughter’s screams—did she remember . . . both her children were in the car with her. After this ultimate betrayal, Matt was done. He filed for divorce.

But this is a story of miracles.

Combining the heart wrenching blow-by-blow devastation of Beautiful Boy, and the inspiring devotion found in The Vow, From This Day Forward has all the drama of a Lifetime Movie, with a universal message for anyone who strives to love one person no matter what happens. With heartrending honesty Matt and Amy tell a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. It is a story with the power to help others find the strength to take that first step in the right direction, to start a conversation with the one they love, to repair, rebuild, and restore, because once we understand the power of forgiveness, no relationship is ever past hope.

forgiveness .. do we do it for us ?  so we feel better ? or do we really forgive our loved ones ? or is the question can we really forgive ourselves ??

I won this book on a contest from Goodreads.

Amy & Matt Baumgardner met on a bus taking them to middle school. Although Amy was new to Oxford she was a force to be reckoned with. Amy & Matt became good friends in middle school and when they both went to different universities they became disconnected. Finally, eleven years after that bus ride to school, Matt & Amy were married. Amy was always the ‘party girl’ and Matt the good looking athlete. Since before they married, Matt & Amy were always asked to all the parties which always centered around alcohol. But when Amy got pregnant, Matt would go to his bars after work leaving sober, pregnant Amy at home alone. This began to deeply annoy Amy & she resented Matt for this. Not long after Gavin was born, Amy realized she was pregnant again, and again Matt did the same thing. After Amy had her second child, her pent up resentment resulted in her drinking ‘a lot’. To the point all she thought about was ‘when is it time for my next drink’. As things began to spiral out of control, Amy began leaving her children alone at home so she could go bar-hopping. But the straw that broke the camel’s back was when a drunken Amy took the kids in the car and got into a horrific accident. So now with a whole lot of debt to deal with and Amy in rehab and the threat of jail time hanging over her head, will Amy ever be able to get ‘the proverbial monkey off her back’ and is there any chance at all for Amy & Matt to reconcile and be a family again? But first & foremost, will Amy ever be able to forgive herself.

An excellent story of love, heartache, addiction and forgiveness. Fabulous



love & profanity

 nick healy

love

Here are forty short, brilliant, and unforgettable true stories from writers famous and on-the-rise. Here is the intensity of daily life. Here are transformative moments arising from the mundane. Here are strange and surprising tales that tap into universal truths. Here are teenagers in full splendor and horror. Here they are, bursting with love and profanity.

For ages 14+.

*Short nonfiction stories about the experience of being a teenager

*Includes more than 40 writers

*The authors include a National Book Award winner, several well-known YA authors, authors of books and stories for adults, and some rising stars in literature

*Literary nonfiction that will appeal to a wide range of readers

Okay the cover got me on this one. I mean I loved it right away and knew I had to read it. Plus who could miss stories of love from people we admire? Well this is a great read and the love stories and things that happened had me laughing and crying at the same time. Lord I could not wait to turn the page and keep reading because it was so interesting.

To me first love is the one you remember and base all other loves on and it is not fair to that other person but it is the way life rolls sometimes. should you love them or not is the question. Are they worthy of that love or will they take your heart and break it?

This is a must read for all teens experiencing their first loves or likes.



how we deal with gravity

ginger scott

howwe

ilove this cover – think the covers always make me want the book to be good 😀

When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.

But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home—the Abbots.

Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?

Beautiful just downright AMAZING!!! Stars??? Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh way more than 5 ++++ stars!!! A phenomenal story that touched my very soul!!! I have to be emotionally hooked in order for me to get excited about a book
.. Well, How We Deal With Gravity did IT!!! A MUST read for everyone …A look into the lives of those dealing with autism. I learned so much from this book…you will fall head over heels in love with Max!
This book deserves a full review which I will post very soon!! I love this authors style I’m FREAKING giddy I found her and I’m so very thankful she wrote this book!!!!


new point

olivia luck 

new point

Imagine the worst day of your life. Immerse yourself in the details. How did you feel? Who were you with? What were the consequences?

Recalling my darkest day is as simple as typing a few search terms into a web browser. It only took thirty minutes for me to become the center of a media frenzy that caught the attention of an entire country.

So I hid.

Nine months later and I’m getting better. Moved two hours from home, landed my dream job, and met a delicious new guy.

Healing is that simple, right?

Wrong.

Note: New Point is the start of a standalone series with connected characters, but independent story lines

ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review

☆☆☆☆☆ 4.5 New Beginnings Stars☆☆☆☆☆

Shattered. Broken. What is left when the life and world you once knew comes crashing down when a tragic event leaves you traumatized? For Zoe Baker, nine months ago she was a happy carefree woman living without fear but in an instant her world changed. The safety and comfort she once knew was stolen. Fast forward to the present, Zoe tries to begin anew. A new life. A new beginning. A second chance to start over. A NEW POINT.

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When Zoe Baker moved to New Point, it was her fresh start. Goodbye old life, hello new beginnings. The comfort of knowing that no one knew her past and secrets is what Zoe craved. She doesn’t want pity and recognition. She just wants to be normal. So when she meets sexy new neighbor, Miles Wilson, Zoe finally begins to feel. New feelings begins to emerge. Slowly Miles was able to breathe life into Zoe. Happiness begins to surface. Miles was Zoe’s fresh new start and hope. She found comfort and safety in Miles. As the couple begins to get serious, will Zoe be fully able to let go and let Miles in? Will she finally able to reveal her secrets and past? Or will Zoe’s fears push Miles away? Or will they reach a NEW POINT in their relationship?

Olivia Luck did an amazing job in New Point. She took her readers on a journey of a woman rediscovering her strength that she once thought she lost. It is a story of rebuilding your life and picking up the broken pieces. The journey may not be easy but with the help from family and friends, it can be done. Ms. Luck reminds her readers to not be afraid to get help even if it means getting therapy. A fresh new start begins taking the first step and for Zoe Baker, she did just that. So if you are looking for book that incorporates romance and second chances, then go read NEW POINT.

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heaps of trouble

memlyn heaps

heaps

Trouble in one form or another

Growing up in a toy shop situated in Inchicore, Dublin, Emelyn Heaps accounts his youth during the late 50s and 60s. With two parents who spent most of their time at loggerheads with each other, one of whom was an alcoholic, Emelyn spent his younger days being educated by nuns at Golden Bridge Convent.

After being knocked down by an ambulance at the age of seven and being blown up at the age of ten in an explosion that killed his sister, which subsequently led to a court case in search of compensation, Emelyn explores the effect these traumatic experiences had on his parents, as well as himself.

It will make you cry with sorrow, and also cry with laughter, sometimes all at once.

“I have lived a very interesting life and in my book there is an underlying message to anybody who reads it… there is always hope so never give up”, explains Emelyn about the motivation behind his book.

Wonderful little gem of a book – not very often I get to read a book in which the street where I live plays such a major role! Loved it.


the health diet the hd diet

karen gilbert

health

HD is in high demand these days. It’s only natural to want everything in sharp focus. But what about health in HD? The HD Diet shows readers how to choose the right foods to ensure a high-definition life.

This 12-week plan provides guidelines on incorporating hydrophilic (“water-loving”) foods like oats, beans, artichokes, spinach, and apples, along with nutrient-dense hydro-boosters like chia seeds, into a well-balanced diet. When digested, these foods diminish cravings, maintain digestive health, and encourage weight loss. Keren Gilbert also encourages readers to phase out “IF” foods—infrequent foods such as white bread, processed foods, and refined sugar. Readers will find delicious recipes like cinnamon-chia oatmeal, scallop stir-fry shirataki, and Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait.

The HD Diet focuses on a mind-body approach to weight loss that is both pleasurable and sustainable. With motivational stories from clients (some have lost up to 30 pounds in 12 weeks), detailed shopping lists, daily menu templates, and a strong emphasis on making healthy decisions for life, The HD Diet ensures that every reader will live life in high definition.

kristie

Thank you to Netgalley & Rodale Inc. for allowing me to read this ARC. The opinions expressed below are solely my own.

I like the idea of the HD diet, but I feel that it may be complicated to begin. There are too many different food groups and trying to memorize which foods go into which groups would be very difficult. I think that without having the book with you to reference and being very organized with meal and snack planning and grocery shopping it would be very difficult to make good food choices according to this diet. Once you have been doing it for a while I’m sure you get used to it and know which foods go together and what to buy.

There are many examples of clients in this book that tell how the diet worked for them and what they learned. I liked these examples, but I think it is easier when you are working directly with the creator of the diet to stick with it and figure out any confusion.

I also liked the recipes that were included in the book. Some of them look pretty yummy!

Overall, I think the diet is a good idea, but a bit too confusing to start. I will probably incorporate a few of the ideas into my current diet, but I won’t go all out with it at this time


hope you get to read some of these bhappi~x~

more books :D

cold deception

d b tait

cold

Secrets, lies, deception. That’s what it takes to stay alive.

At 20, Julia Taylor went to prison for murdering a man who deserved it. Ten years later, she’s ready to put the past behind her and get on with her life. But someone won’t let her. Someone will do anything to drive Julia away, including murder.

As the body count rises, Julia is forced to accept the help of Dylan Andrews, a cop with dark secrets of his own. Unfortunately help has a cost. Dylan is digging into Julia’s past, uncovering secrets she is desperate to keep.

Julia must keep Dylan at a distance, or else risk her own safety, and the safety of everyone she loves …

 shush  – its not out yet tho !! don’t you think it looks hot ?

suspense ?


brave girls club: choose happy melody ross ( another review to come not out yet)

to come

You were meant for a beautiful life!

Every day and every minute, we make a choice. And in this beautiful, uplifting book of real talk and real truth, Brave Girls Club founder Melody Ross makes a compelling case to make the choice for happiness.

Famous worldwide for her gorgeous trademark art, Melody Ross has become just as beloved for her very personal voice, the voice of someone who has earned life’s wisdom the hard way, and has learned to treasure its joys all the more. In Choose Happy, Melody speaks soul-to-soul, with the profound and joyful message to make choices with our bravest, strongest selves.Choose Happy is a gift for yourself and for anyone you love who is facing transition and change, struggling through the thick of it, or looking ahead with dreams and hopes.


woodstock master of disguise

charles m schulz

i am doi g the happi dance -i love snoopy plus i can’t wait for the movie … did you hear me ? .. YES THERE IS GOING TO BE A MOVIE OUT XMAS 2015 !!!

woodstockDo a happy dance for another AMP! Comics for KidsPeanuts collection!

Woodstock might be the smallest of all the Peanuts gang, but he’s got a lot to say, even if Snoopy is the only one who understands him. That’s because Snoopy is Woodstock’s “Friend of Friends,” and together they write masterpieces, fly airplanes, find the perfect place to nap, and win over the hearts of readers all over the world. Whether he’s falling in love with a snowflake or crash-landing on the tip of Snoopy’s nose, Woodstock is the little yellow bird with a big personality. It takes more than a strong wind to ruffle Woodstock’s feathers, although it’s a good thing he has Snoopy to keep his little yellow feet on the ground. Don’t miss out on the newest AMP! Peanuts collection featuring Woodstock, the most recognizable yellow bird in the world—even in disguise!

Charles Schulz’s Peanuts is one of the most timeless and beloved comic strips ever. Now AMP! is carrying on that legacy with new collections of Peanuts classics for middle-grade readers.

First published in 1950, the classic Peanuts strip now appears in more than 2,200 newspapers in 75 countries in 25 languages. Phrases such as “security blanket” and “good grief,” which originated in the Peanuts world, are now part of the global vernacular, and images of Charles Schulz’s classic characters–Charlie Brown kicking the football, Lucy leaning over Schroeder’s piano–are now universally recognized. Together these books will introduce a new generation of kids to the lovable cast in time for the new animated Peanuts movie, which hits theaters in 2015!

surely it’s everyones favourite please please let have me have more ;o)


how i lost you

jenny blackhurst

howA brilliant debut psychological crime novel, for fans of Alex Marwood’s THE WICKED GIRLS.

They told her she killed her son. She served her time. But what if they lied?

I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don’t you?

My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime, and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity, address and a chance to rebuild my shattered life.

This morning, I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan. Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event, how can I truly believe he’s dead?

If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?

A compulsive, thought-provoking and thrilling novel from a fantastic new talent.

Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars

Shelves: crime

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

Any review would take away from the genius of this book. It all seems to revolve around a mother killing her son and the aftermath of her actions but this is SO much more than that! Whilst I don’t want to take away from the initial storyline which in itself is pretty harrowing you are soon drawn into a world of suspicion, deception and revenge that you won’t see coming!

This deserves a much better front cover as that alone is misleading but the blurb for the book makes it read very much like a book written by a woman for women and I feel it’s totally misleading given the nature of the crimes involved. Any gender would get as much out of reading this and I hope that isn’t lost when it’s published in April 2015.

this simple has to be a best seller in april !!

I, for one, will be telling many of my crime loving customers about this one!


forgotten treasures

d hart

how does one continue living on ? can we survive ?

forgotten

~Based on actual events~


In the aftermath of destruction, hearts were destroyed, strengths were stripped, and vulnerabilities were exposed.

A community was ripped apart after a tragic accident, and the loss hit one family particularly hard as it claimed the lives of three, leaving only one surviving member to pick up the pieces and move forward.

Baylor’s life was wiped clean in the blink of an eye. No family, no home, no name. That is, until she met Brandt. He took a chance, giving her hope and a reason to start over. A reason to rebuild a life full of forgotten memories. A reason to trust. A reason to love.

Finding love in all the right places should be easy, but when truths are revealed, it’s anything but. Brandt will help her rediscover the true meaning of unconditional eternal love that will prove painful, life altering, and redeeming.

Together, they will try to face the future and will use each other’s strengths to learn how to live again. Can they rewrite history, or in the end, will the tragedies of their pasts be too much?

While at times it’s hard to remember,
It’s more painful to forget.

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This is one of those novels that opens with a mystery, steeped in complexity and revelations are slowly drip-fed to the reader as the story progresses leaving you guessing and speculating and possibly dreading the truth the whole way through.  At first, it really gave me a Burying Water by K A Tucker vibe  – an amnesiac heroine who has suffered a severe trauma and is taken in by the kindness of apparent strangers in the aftermath.  Knowing what had happened to that heroine and why she was in the situation she was made me fearful for Freckles, our unnamed heroine, and a little distrustful of those around her. Just a quick observation – the synopsis actually gives the heroine’s name and I really didn’t like that.  This is one of the things we don’t know for a long time and I hate that it’s given away in the blurb.

I confess that I a hard time pinpointing the location of the story at first – based on the original description, I kind of had her in the European Alps. followed by the Eastern Coast of the US and finally, and correctly, put her on the West Coast.  I think I was as confused as the heroine!  That’s my own over-active imagination conjuring up scenes and backdrops from the narrative and nothing to do with the author – I’m a very visual reader and the scenes often spring to life vividly in my mind as I read.

Forgotten Treasures pans out rather like a Shakespearean tragedy as one traumatic event is compounded by yet another. I find it hard to believe that an author can heap that much that pain and sorrow on her characters but it states that this is all based on real life events so I guess it just goes to prove that bad things can happen to good people and just keep on happening. And there is so much tragedy here – I wept quietly into my Kindle often during the second half of the book.

The book does really divide itself neatly into two halves describing, at first, Freckles in her amnesiac fog desperate to know what has happened and then after everything comes flooding back to her all of a sudden, the story leading up to that moment is retold and it’s a shocker.  So much tragedy and so much pain.  I kind of defy anyone not to be moved by it.  Freckles has survived something very terrible but survival is relative and whether she’s now living or just existing is up for speculation.

Forget me not.’

I replied aloud, “Never.”

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This was an intriguing story, layered in complexity, very well told.  I felt satisfied by the end but there were moments when I was deeply frustrated by the heroine’s self-absorption and insular way of thinking.  Other people were in exactly the same emotional place as she was and I felt she was adding to their pain and not considering just how much they were hurting too.

Overall this is very much a poignant story of one man’s deep and eternal love for a woman in the most desperate of circumstances and just how far he will go to keep her and how that love can transcend even the darkest moments one person is ever likely to endure.  Our hero, the man who stood by his woman through absolutely everything, is an absolute rock and I adored him so, so much even thought I felt his agonising pain constantly.  Thankfully, after the trauma of the story, there is a truly lovely epilogue to help ease that pain and you definitely need it by the end.  The tragedy is all still there but our survivors are moving on together and that’s really the best that you can hope for after a story like this.


4 painful, tearful stars

you want a tear jerker ? then this is it !! by the way – freckles is a fab name !!


at home in last chance

cathleen armstrong

at homeWhen Kaitlyn Reed runs out of options and lands back in Last Chance, she finds her life turned upside down by a charmer who just might convince her to stay.

3.5 stars

Single mother Kaitlyn left her daughter Olivia in the custody of her brother six months ago and left Last Chance and her daughter behind to run off with a guy on a motorcycle. Now, after realizing the mistakes she’s made, she has returned to Last Chance wanting to start over. But starting over is hard to do when everyone is judging her for her mistakes and her own daughter has a hard time trusting her because she thinks her mom is just going to leave her again.

Steven is seen as the irresponsible black sheep member of his family. He’s used to using his charm to get everything he wants. After being away from home for awhile he is now back in Last Chance trying to prove that he is not the irresponsible charmer he’s been in the past.

Can the people of Last Chance forgive and look past the mistakes of Kaitlyn’s and Steven’s pasts to see them for the people they have become?

I liked “At Home in Last Chance“. Even though it’s the third book in the A Place to Call Home series, I had no problem following it. The story could be both funny and sad at times.

The author did a good job with the small town setting, making me feel like I was in the small town of Last Chance. I liked how each of the characters had their own unique personalities. Kaitlyn’s daughter Olivia was cute and I thought it was funny when she gave some people glares sometimes, even if it wasn’t respectful. I really liked Elizabeth’s character as well. She was a sweet, loving woman who didn’t hold Kaitlyn’s past against her.

I did not care for Steven’s character in the first part of the book. He was conceited and cocky, thinking he could get anything he wanted with his charm, including any woman he wanted (in this case, that would be Kaitlyn). He just really annoyed me for the first part of the book, although he did grow on me in the second half.

I also though the faith content was lacking. There are very few mentions of any of the characters’ faith in the story. Some of the characters did go to church, but I don’t think Steven ever went for the right reasons. The only reason he started going to church again after not going for years was to see Kaitlyn.

Still, “At Home in Last Chance” was an easy read and a heartwarming story. I would like to read the first two books in the series to find out more about the characters of Last Chance.


complete yoga workbook

stella weller

complete

There are three natural resources that can promote health and healing: our body, mind and breath – we just need to know how to put them to work. Based on ancient yoga teachings and principles, Complete Yoga Workbook provides the framework for modern-day yoga practice.

This essential book has something for everyone, no matter your age or gender. It tackles many common physical and psychological ailments such as arthritis, digestive problems, depression, anxiety, fatigue, menstrual problems, stress and allergies and much more. There’s essential advice and information on each problem, along with a sequence of easy yoga postures that can aid the discomfort. Each posture is clearly explained and illustrated with easy to follow step-by-step photography.

With simple daily yoga routines, advice on breathing and meditation, warming up and cooling down, what to wear, and how to practice yoga safely, Complete Yoga Workbook is the ultimate guide to improving your physical and mental wellbeing.

Janeka rated it 4 of 5 stars

Shelves: non-fiction

I became a yogi just a couple of months ago, so I found this book extremely helpful and I would recommend it to begginer yogis, just like myself.

Its introdution reflects the more practical aspects of yoga – why/ where to do it, what to wear – instead of filling the pages with the history of yoga: let’s be honest, you don’t want a history lesson when you haven’t yet had the time to understand the yoga practice.
This book is then subdivided into different anatomical systems (respiratory, nervous, etc), and what are the exercises you shoud focus on if you suffer of, p.ex., osteoarthrytis or anxiety disorders, enriched with some descriptions and pictures.

Again, I found it extremely helpful as a begginer. 4 out of 5 stars! 🙂


surf & surrender

rilery edgewood

surf

She wants to forget he ever existed. He’d never give up her memory.

Quinn Westwood is completely over Sawyer Carson. He broke her heart years ago and disappeared from her life without a word. So yeah. She’s over him. Never even thinks of him. In fact, she’s spending her college summer break surfing and lifeguarding in the Outer Banks, while nursing a bruised heart from a differentrelationship gone wrong. She doesn’t have room in her mind or heart for Sawyer–until she runs into him at a beach bonfire and the sparks that fly between them are way hotter than the flames heating the sand.

Sawyer never got over Quinn. The only thing stronger than what he feels for her is the secret keeping them apart, but sharing it would destroy more than just his life–it’d ruin hers, as well. Still, he can’t seem to keep away from her, can’t seem to keep his hands off of her soft, tempting skin. Especially since she has even less self-control when it comes to reigniting the physical side of what made them perfect together.

But secrets have a way of slipping out, and when Sawyer’s is revealed, it threatens to shatter everyone involved. He’ll have to face walking away a second time, and Quinn will have to decide if fighting for him is worth it when the fallout could affect more than just her heart, but also those of the people she loves most.
Surf & Surrender is the second book in Riley Edgewood’s Summer Love series, but can be read as a standalone.

LOVED this book. S&S was even better than the author’s first book, but had the same great writing and in-depth characters, plus some of the best steamy scenes I’ve ever read. I adored both Quinn and Sawyer so much and I was rooting so hard for them to be together. I turned the pages at breakneck speed trying to uncover all of Sawyer’s secrets and I was not disappointed at all. Plus the small town surf community setting was so vibrant I felt like I was living there too. Overall, one of the best NA books I’ve read in a while

i love having all these books 😀 will post some more as i have nearly done bhappi~x~

iluvtoday (inspirations)

as some as you aware my blog was originally freckles on spaces .. where everyday day i would try to post positive quotes … when that site retired 😦 i went onto create a page on facebook called gail’s daily quotes

i am in the middle of trying to change its name .. so please wish me well !
honeyone

also i have now been matched with the organisation called #irun4micheal where runners run and post/share their runs with less abled children i got matched to a little boy last couple of weeks and he is gorgeous – just been admitted to a hosptal as he is unwell so please wish #irun4derekgage well thanks !!

reading running & red

so whilst i am here with one hand off work thought i shall organise my blog better (post surgery on my elbow from a fall )

first i shall be linking my book reviews here with goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7917187-gail-nadezna am currently reading http://www.amazon.co.uk/Law-Moses-Amy-Harmon/dp/1502830825/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421227539&sr=8-1&keywords=the+law+of+moses and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-That-Change-Destiny-Today/dp/0593064038/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421227570&sr=8-1&keywords=paul+mckenna

perhaps amazon book reviews too where i get the books i buy and of course netgalley where i get my ARCs from

i shall also be doing my fitbit diet control and running with some training to lose weight and fit into my jeans … i have found that i do 7000 steps on a lazy day so i am going to try to 25000 then go on also want to do PIYO and more when i am better
i shall also be chilling linking with my instagram http://instagram.com/miss.determined.x/ twitter https://twitter.com/iluvtoday
and perhaps do more with my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ImagineAGreatLife
so heres to my revamped blog of book reviews diet and exercise and a lot of chilling

cheers do epic .x.

running 5km

5km

i did it .. i do it !!

last year when i started running i wanted to be able to run a long distance ‘cos i knew someone who had lost her weight by running and only be increasing length!

up to last month i was struggling to run say two and half kms

until i did race for life – my watch said i did less than 5km – due to not being able to run in a crowd of walkers at the start etc

BUT post that i did 5kms and i am still doing 5kms !!

go me !!
not sure when or if will go up to the 10km but for me a 5km is possible and i am chuffed
😀

bhappi~x~-

Pride …

Why do we think being proud of who we are
As being big headed
Why can’t we think of whom we are as bring good enough ?

http:// https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=proud&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=gn5M7tennUqFfM&tbnid=IIRvX86tmhUaYM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fshakita5.blogspot.com%2F2010_01_01_archive.html&ei=F8UQU4DgG-qI7Abp34DACA&psig=AFQjCNHelUhA5FEvr9biVZ2zNSfeBeJTdg&ust=1393694350385589
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Surely if we were to start being proud of us
We would do more
We would achieve more
or even just try harder
Wouldnt that be better than what we are doing now ?

So from now on I want to be proud of me
My home
My family
And that means I can do my best

That means I can bhappi~x~