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Wholefood Heaven in a Bowl: Natural, Nutritious and Delicious Wholefood Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul - David Bailey, Charlotte Bailey

I love to cook and try out new recipes and couldn't have been more delighted when I had won 'Wholefood Heaven in a Bowl:...' in a giveaway.

The first thing I noticed before opening the book was the lovely texture. Secondly was the size, which was just right for me. I don't really like books that can be large and cumbersome for my bookcase! As for recipes, they certainly made my mouth water. Each recipe has a few lines about where it originated from, what goes best etc. Even down to suggesting not to use if about to go on a date, which made me smile. The recipes seem to be easy to follow, with plenty of illustrations.

As it is summer, I shall be wanting to try some of the salad recipes. I love beetroot, so the first recipe that I will make is the Brazilian Biribando Salad. It isn't often that I will eat dessert, but on a hot summer's day, the thought of 'Brown Sugar Meringues with Orange Blossom and Saffron Cream and fresh raspberries' would go down a treat.

I do highly recommend this book.

The Futures - Anna Pitoniak

'The Futures' reminds me of my 17 yr old granddaughter who happens to be in love and coming towards the end of her Course at College. Decisions, decisions!

I enjoyed this novel much more than I thought I would. I am not usually keen on novels that has alternating viewpoints, but must say on this occasion, it was very well done. I am not going to write what the story is about for fear of spoiling for others, but I do highly recommended.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers. This is my honest review.

The Seven Letters - Jan Harvey

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and was thrilled when I discovered 'The Seven Letters' on Netgalley. The following is my honest review.

I am not a great lover of stories with a double storyline, but it worked well in this book. I must admit that I did skip parts of Connie and her good friend Freddie, as I couldn't wait to see what happened next with Claudette. I rarely write what a story is about for fear of spoiling for others, but will say that it is based around Claudette who is a member of the Resistance in Paris, working undercover as a maid in a Nazi household. The ending took me by surprise!

It is the first time that I have read any books by Jan Harvey and hope to read more books by this author. I do highly recommend.

The Seven Letters - Jan Harvey

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and was thrilled when I discovered 'The Seven Letters' on Netgalley.  The following is my honest review.

 

I am not a great lover of stories with a double storyline, but it worked well in this book. I must admit that I did skip parts of Connie and her good friend Freddie, as I couldn't wait to see what happened next with Claudette. I rarely write what a story is about for fear of spoiling for others, but will say that it is based around Claudette who is a member of the Resistance in Paris, working undercover as a maid in a Nazi household. The ending took me by surprise!

It is the first time that I have read any books by Jan Harvey and hope to read more books by this author. I do highly recommend.

Long Weekend Quickie Travel Guide: Europe Volume 1 - Aubrey Durkin

I recently won an e-copy of this book on Booklikes.

 

I am sure many will find this book useful if they have never been to some of the places mentioned in this book.  I have been to several of the European countries mentioned, as well as here in the UK.  Only a few months ago I was in Krakow (Poland) and do plan to visit again soon. I totally agree with the author that it is a dazzling place to visit and it was totally different to what I had expected.

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wipeout - Jacob M. Appel

I won this e-book a while ago on Booklikes and have just got around to reading it.  I wasn't keen on the cover and the old saying springs to mind about never judging a book by it's cover.  

 

I quite enjoyed this cosy mystery.  I very seldom write blurbs as to what a story is about for fear of spoiling for others. If you enjoy a mystery mixed with a touch of humour, then I would recommend to give this book a try.

Russian Wolves - Jim Musgrave

I was pleased to have won an e-copy of this book in the Booklikes Giveaway.

 

On the whole I did enjoy reading Russian Wolves, even though at times, I did struggle in parts.  I recall reading about Andrei Chikatilo and the horrendous crimes when he was captured year's ago.  It made me go cold back then and once again, it made me go cold whilst reading parts of this book.  Recommended.

Fancy & Adriaan - Haidji

 

Wow, what a beautiful and magical short story! After finishing this book, I sat in my chair reflecting on this beautiful love story for a while. I have always loved anything to do with fairies.

 

I would like to thank Haidji for sending me a copy of Fancy & Adriaan, which I was lucky to win in the Booklikes Giveaway.

Plain Change - Sarah Price

 

Having just finished the first book in the trilogy, I immediately went on to read 'Plain Change'. All I can say is that I loved the book just as much as the first. It is not often that I can read books one after the other so soon when it's in a series, but on this occasion I couldn't wait. I was sad towards the end when Amanda decided to stay at the farm to help her family in time of need (I can understand her reasons), so I'm hoping that there is a happy ever after in the third book 'Plain Again' which I am going to start reading later today. 

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

Plain Fame - Sarah Price

 

This is the second Amish novel that I have read by Sarah Price and I can see myself wanting to read many more of her Amish novels. So pleased to have received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

What a page turner! I rarely write what a story is about for fear of spoiling for others. I have read several Amish novels, but never a book based around a Celebrity who was one of the main characters. Loved the romance. I was sad over the parent's attitude towards Amanda towards the end, but it's not surprising knowing of religions that do shun their children. Recommended.

Adult Coloring Book - Therapeutic and Stress Relieving Coloring Patterns - Samuel Eleyinte

I often buy these type of books as I do find them quite relaxing, so was thrilled when I had won an electronic copy from a member Giveaway on Librarything. This is my honest review.

There are many wonderful designs and it is hard to say that I have a favourite. Most are designs within a circle, but towards the end of the book, there are several interesting sheets containing for example, a lady with headscarf, butterfly pattern, fish, leafs. I had no problem in downloading and printing off a couple of pages. Now looking forward to getting out my pencils!

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz - Eva Mozes Kor, Lisa Rojany Buccieri

 

I have read many books based on Auschwitz and it never fails to move me where children are involved. After a recent visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, it gave me a much clearer insight in to the hell that not only children, but also what the adults had to endure. I didn't realise that the two camps were so close to one another.  This book had me turning the pages.  There are many reviews giving an outline of what this book is about, so don't feel that I can add much more.  I would recommend this book to all and not just the young adult.

 

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas Craft Bundle: Easy Christmas Crafts and Ornaments Anyone Will Love Making! - Barb Asselin

 

So pleased to have won an ecopy of this book via the Librarything members Giveaway. So many interesting items to make and I am especially looking forward to making some of the Xmas ornaments with my grandchildren. Plenty of illustrations with easy to follow instructions.

Into the Mind of a Killer: A Diagnostic Battery of Charles Manson - Aubrey Durkin

This was a very short read. I remember. I was in my mid teens when Charles Manson made headline news.  I would say that this is an ok read and may help some students who are studying Charles Manson.  

 

I won an electronic copy in the Booklikes Giveaway and this is my honest review.

Understanding Domestic Violence - Aubrey Durkin

I am always interested in the subject of domestic , mainly because my own daughter and grandchildren were victims of domestic violence.  This short read was interesting and there were parts that I agreed with and other parts not quite so.  I would recommend to any student who is studying this subject.  Thankfully my daughter found the courage to leave her ex and is now happily married.

 

I was lucky to win an electronic copy of this short book via Booklikes and this was my honest review.

The Alchemist’s Secret - Katie Gatto

 

The Alchemist's Secret is the 2nd book in the Alchemist's Memory series and how I wished that I had read the first book first. Although I seldom read fantasy, I'm finding that I am enjoying this genre more and more. There are one or two typo errors, but this didn't distract from my enjoyment.

 

I won a copy of this e-book recently in Booklikes giveaway.