Macomber's book is part memoir, part spiritual, part writing book.
I didn't know what to expect when I opened this book. I've read quite a few of MacoMacomber's book is part memoir, part spiritual, part writing book.
I didn't know what to expect when I opened this book. I've read quite a few of Macomber's books and enjoyed them immensely, but this nonfiction titled held more of Macomber than her novels do. Intensely Christian, she begins each chapter with a verse from the bible (both old and new testaments). She frequently injects faith into her chapters and sometimes gets a bit preachy, which at times was a just a bit off-putting. I've never felt comfortable with books that preach too much. She also explains in this book why her fiction is not preachy, which I believe opens her beautiful fiction to a broader audience.
As I said, this book is part memoir (parts left me teary-eyed), part spiritual (parts that became too preachy were skipped over), and part writing book. This book was more of a window into what makes Debbie Macomber tick since none of the three dominate the book. ...more
In Appalachia there are folk tales about shape shifters, among other legends. This story explores the shape shifter legends and how it impacts human rIn Appalachia there are folk tales about shape shifters, among other legends. This story explores the shape shifter legends and how it impacts human relationships.
Owen Campbell has been a shape shifter since adolescence, an inherited trait that destroyed his relationship with his father, who never understood his condition. Out of love, his mother sends him to an uncle who is also a shifter, so that he can learn to control his gift.
Sarah Jane Browning loved to escape to the woods between Owen's home and her own, burying her teenage angst and misery near a beautiful pond. She and Owen don't meet in that wood, at least not that she knows of.
When I first started reading this story, having it start with a humiliated Sarah as a teenage high school student, I thought maybe this book would be more young adult/teen fiction. But during the early coarse of the novel Sarah grows up. The time frame is late 1950s to 1960s. It is told in third person point of view, but only from two points of view - Sarah's and Owen's. These POVs are skillfully intertwined and Haddix weaves a beautiful story that actually made me shed more than a few tears.
This grabbed my attention and my heart from the opening chapter. I can't wait to read the second book in the series....more
This is a tough one to review - it's part memoir about Debra Robinson's life and the tragic death of Robinson's son and father, and part ghost/psychicThis is a tough one to review - it's part memoir about Debra Robinson's life and the tragic death of Robinson's son and father, and part ghost/psychic story. We know from the beginning that Robinson's son James is going to die - there is a dedication to him at the beginning of the book, so this is not a spoiler.
This memoir began intensely interesting with her ghost sitings and psychic experiences. I could relate to these, mostly from the perspective of the ghosts, since I lived in a haunted a little over 25 years ago. The psychic stuff, not so much, but I find it interesting subject matter. Later in the book I was reminded that I was reading a memoir about Robinson's life. My heart breaks for her and what she has been through.
Debra Robinson's book is far more of a memoir. If you're looking strictly for a ghost/psychic story, this isn't it. If you like reading memoirs, then this is the right book for you....more
This book had a tremendous impact on my genealogy research. I learned quite a few interesting things from this book.
First, while searching for my pateThis book had a tremendous impact on my genealogy research. I learned quite a few interesting things from this book.
First, while searching for my paternal great-grandmother, I kept coming across the name Delia in reference to the known marriage and children of Bridget and Martin. Delia? I figured this had to be the wrong family… just how many Bowmans were there in New Bedford anyway??? One of the things I found out from this book was that Delia was a nickname for Bridget; I can’t imagine for a moment how Delia relates to Bridget, but this has opened up a whole world of census records that I now know I can use. The elusive Bridget Kerrigan Bowman isn’t so elusive anymore!
I’ve been doing my husband’s genealogy as well. One of the family names in his lineage is Cawley. I kept hitting a wall on the state and federal census records because I kept coming across McCawley in census records with the same relatives listed as those for the Cawley clan. How could this sparsely populated area have two separate family names that were so similar? This book said that in the early immigration days some Irish families dropped the Mc and O’ in their names. It was like a light went on! Cawley and McCawley are one and the same family.
The impact on both branches of the above families is tremendous. Now I can proceed with confidence that Delia is Bridget and McCawley is Cawley. Pretty awesome! ...more
Just finished reading this book and am happy to see that another book in the series is due out in 2014... especially since this one ended without allJust finished reading this book and am happy to see that another book in the series is due out in 2014... especially since this one ended without all the threads of the story tied up neatly.
Rayna is 16 and she's been committed to the nuthouse three times because her visions of angels are seen as schizophrenia. I also must add that there is something deeper going on with her father since he's a little too quick to pull the trigger on his daughter's commitment. Unfortunately, the early Rayna sounds incredibly childish and weak minded, believing she must really be as crazy as they say she is. That went on for so long that it almost made me put the book aside and quit reading it. But then I would have missed all the fun stuff, with angels and demons, hunky Cam and Kade, and a story arc that was unpredictable. Characters were so well created that they felt real.
This was an excellent YA novel, especially when Rayna grew stronger and less childish. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series! ...more
Calling this a cooking school cookbook may be a bit of a misnomer, but it is entertaining to look at and the recipes I tried were fabulous.
Yes, I'm onCalling this a cooking school cookbook may be a bit of a misnomer, but it is entertaining to look at and the recipes I tried were fabulous.
Yes, I'm one of those people who really enjoys reading cookbooks (and craft books). This giant volume has food from every category. Some come with very well illustrated instructions - that may be the cooking school part of the book, but it doesn't illustrate quite enough for beginners to follow. Since I've been baking a lot of bread these days (you can see some in my twitter pics), I gravitated to the bread section. There were only a few bread options, but one was a challah bread that looked so easy to make. Of course braiding wasn't quite as easy as it looked, so my bread looked more like a giant pretzel. Still, the texture was delicate and my family enjoyed the bread so much they keep asking me to make more. Sunday is usually my baking day, so this Sunday I'll make the bread again and, this time, I might just get the braiding down right. I'll follow the braiding instructions in the book a little more closely this time.
The beauty of this book is that these seem to be kitchen tested - there isn't a bad one in the bunch - and the recipes I did make (one example above) came out really well and very tasty. Reading this cookbook has me more interested in trying other Taste of Home titles. Excellent....more
I didn't have high expectations for this book, but Maya Gold drew me in quickly with the ancestor search and subA very grown up, magic-laced YA novel!
I didn't have high expectations for this book, but Maya Gold drew me in quickly with the ancestor search and subsequent trip to Salem that the protagonist Abby Silva makes, especially since that ancestor was an accused witch.
Abby Silva is a self-conscious girl, not in the "in" crowd at school. She and friend Rachel are overachievers at school, yearning to be at the top of their class. When Abby goes for her driver's test and celebrates with her friend Rachel by taking a trip to Salem to research an ancestor, a cast of interesting and some magical characters enter the story. One of the most magical is Rem, a young man she meets that she feels somehow connected to. Meanwhile, Abby suspects that she has some untapped magical abilities and begins to use them to change things that shouldn't be changed.
Don't want to give away too much of the story, but I will say that the story arc builds to a climax that takes your breath away.
This reads like a stand alone novel, but I'm hoping Maya Gold has more in store for those of us who really enjoyed this magical ride.
I didn't make it past the first 50 pages of this book. Though I love other books by Richelle Mead, this book failed to capture my interest. I also fouI didn't make it past the first 50 pages of this book. Though I love other books by Richelle Mead, this book failed to capture my interest. I also found it's futuristic theme unappealing. I'm not finishing this book or posting a formal review anywhere. Tastes in books varies widely from reader to reader, so I'm sure this book will have an audience.
From a very young age Teddi Overman saw treasure in old things. She comes from a complicated home with a mother who is cold and silent, a quiet fatherFrom a very young age Teddi Overman saw treasure in old things. She comes from a complicated home with a mother who is cold and silent, a quiet father, and a brother who disappears. She escapes home to Charleston to pursue what she loves - restoring old objects to their previous glory.
The story is told from Teddi's point of view and the first person point of view makes you feel like you are there. Descriptions of her early restoration work makes you want to go find some treasures of your own to restore. This should be five stars but isn't. Backstory at times overrides the most interesting part of the story - Teddi's life in Charleston. Honestly, there were portions that I sped through to get back to the most interesting part of the story.
This is an excellent novel, but could have been even better with just a little more present story and a little less backstory.
Is it any wonder this was written by a comedian? Cat lover that I am, I sat down with this book and laughed out loud. The photography is fabulous andIs it any wonder this was written by a comedian? Cat lover that I am, I sat down with this book and laughed out loud. The photography is fabulous and catches cats in all kinds of poses to go with words you may think your cat would say if only they could speak. Sure, what they're really thinking about is that leaf, bug, or bird skittering across the deck outside the window; or they're thinking about food or napping in that tiny scrap of sun coming through the blinds. However, cat lovers tend to think their cats are thinking deeper thoughts and this book is full of them. The author matches every photograph with narrative from the cat in the photo that really will make you laugh out loud. This book was so delightfully funny and endearing that I bought a copy for Mom....more
Nikki James is a scrappy young adult who had a tough life until she was taken in by her employer, who also serves as a protector and mentor to Nikki.Nikki James is a scrappy young adult who had a tough life until she was taken in by her employer, who also serves as a protector and mentor to Nikki. Though book one in a new series by Keri Arthur, I got the feeling that Nikki may have appeared in another story by Arthur, but this didn't do anything but wonder where her story really started, it doesn't disrupt the story line at all.
Now working as a private investigator of sorts, Nikki is also a psychic with the ability to locate people by touching an item owned by that person. She manages to locate a teenager from a wealthy family, follows her into a haunted house, and inadvertently ends up in the crosshairs of a powerful evil. At the same time, Michael Kelly, a vampire some 300 years old, is following her. He is sent to protect Nikki from the pervasive evil that will begin to haunt her dreams and attempt to destroy her.
Told from third person point of view, most of the story is told from Nikki and Michael's POV, but there are also small bursts of the story that are told from the antagonists POV. The characters are so well developed that the story nearly felt real.
The characters were fascinating and story was highly suspenseful, so now I'm moving onto book two in the series.... I have a feeling I'll be enjoying the entire series. ...more