Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Witch's Daughter

Image result for witch's daughter brackstonby Paula Brackston

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories—and demons—long thought forgotten.

~Crystal

Friday, July 21, 2017

Awkward:

Image result for awkward the science of why we're sociallyThe Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
By Ty Tashiro

Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, Awkward offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential—and more comfortably navigate our complex world.

~Crystal

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy Little Accidents

Image result for wit and wisdom of bob rossThe Wit & Wisdom of Bob Ross
By Michelle Witte

“Anything we don't like, we'll turn it into a happy little tree or something; we don't make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.”
Bob Ross, the soft-spoken artist painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees has captivated us for years with the magic that takes place on his canvas in twenty-six television minutes—all while dispensing little branches of wisdom. His style and encouraging words are a form of therapy for the weary, but with Bob it is always about more than painting. There is a hidden depth within his easy chatter, another layer to everything he says. When he talks about painting, he's using it as a metaphor for life!

~Crystal

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Little French Bistro

by Nina George

I picked up this book because of the title – little French bistro, and found a delightful read. It’s about love and loss, aging and sorrow, sexuality and finding yourself.

Marianne is married to a man who never showed any sign of appreciating her. While on vacation in Paris, she runs away from him. She ends up in Brittany, where she finds people who help her blossom. Her husband tracks her down , and she has to decide whether to stay or return to her former life.

~Rochelle

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Textbook

Image result for textbook amy krouse rosenthalby Amy Krouse Rosenthal

If you’re looking for a book that will make you think about life from different angles, then this is the book for you. In her book, Rosenthal redefines the idea of the standard college textbook and uses this theme to create a book that encourages readers to think about their own life, the idea of serendipity, coincidence, how we are all connected in interesting ways, and the strange, odd, and exotic world we all live in.

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of this book is the way in which the author enables the reader to interact with the book through text messaging, email, and the book’s website. For example, Rosenthal encourages readers to submit their own stories of serendipity, to text pictures of rainbows for the online rainbow map, to post self-portraits, and more.

As a side note, sadly, Rosenthal has recently passed away. Knowing this information may make you feel more emotional about the subjects she writes about in the book; however the connection the author provides through texting and the website feature is still active. A book that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder life and the world around you—definitely worth the read.

~Christina

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Dog's Purpose

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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

This is a wonderful movie, but a tearjerker throughout its entirety.

~Crystal

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Every Dog: A book of Over 450 Breeds


Image result for Every Dog: A book of Over 450 Breedsby Nancy Hajeski

The breeds are thoroughly researched and represent canines from around the world. They range from rare breeds for the dog lover that wants something different, to the favorite breeds that make for a reliable choice. There are ancient breeds and modern breeds, including the "designer dogs" that have become so popular in recent years.

~Crystal

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Still Missing

by Chevy Stevens
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I don’t mind telling you that this author was recommended to me by a patron. Her comment was that this author has such an impressive style of writing that you realize great empathy for the main character and she is eagerly waiting for Chevy Stevens next book. Because of this patron’s claims, I continued to read this novel despite the fact that this is not my usual type of book. The story really grabs you; very hard to put down.

The story is by Annie as she is in session with her shrink. She is holding an open house for her client; the last prospective buyer shows up just as she was getting ready to close up on what had been a very slow day. After letting him look around for a while, she is just about to wrap up the viewing, the guy sticks a gun in her back and forces her into the back of his van. He forces her to lay down on her stomach then injects a knock-out drug into the back of her thigh. This book has an ending that you would never be able to imagine.

~Beckie

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Manners & Mutiny: Finishing School #4

By Gail Carriger

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia's sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.
Who can she trust? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

~Crystal

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book


By Jennifer Donnelly

We follow Belle as she finds an enchanted book in the Beast’s library called Nevermore that carries her into a glittering new world. There, Belle is befriended by a mysterious countess who offers her the life she’s always dreamed of.

But Nevermore is not what it seems, and the more time Belle spends there, the harder it is to leave. Good stories take hold of us and never let us go, and once Belle becomes lost in this book, she may never find her way out again.

~Crystal

Friday, May 12, 2017

Waistcoats and Weaponry (Finishing School #3)


By Gail Carriger

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Which comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

~Crystal


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Miss Julia Weathers a Storm

By Ann B. Ross


Fans of Miss Julia will not be disappointed with her latest adventure. Her husband Sam has the great idea to take family and friends to the beach for an end of summer vacation. He rents a fantastic house that sleeps about 10 people on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. Being the hurricane season (and given the title) you know that they are going to be effected by a storm, they have to flee for their lives. But there is something else that they are fleeing from, read and find out what has them threatened.

Every Miss Julia book that Ann Ross has written has be a page turner and a joy to read. If you are not currently a fan, give her a try, you won’t be let down.


~ Beckie H.

The Kingmaker's Daughter

By Philippa Gregory

At the court of King Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth, Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, grows from a delightful child to become fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world.

~Crystal

Any Day Now

By Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr has written several different series of books. She started with Grace Valley, Virgin River, Thunder Point and now is writing Sullivan’s Crossing. Any Day Now is book two of the Sullivan’s Crossing series (What We Find was the first book). If you want a story that has the best ending with the appropriate amount of conflict and in a setting/community that you would move to in a minute, these are the books for you. Sullivan’s Crossing is a campground and store/café in the mountains of Colorado. The heroine of this book is Sierra, Cal’s thirty year old baby sister (Cal and Maggie are the focus of the first Sullivan’s Crossing novel). She has had an extremely hard year by the time she decides to move to California and live near her brother. Slowly she reveals her past year to her brother, Sully (Cal’s father-in-law and the owner of Sullivan’s Crossing; Sierra lives at Sullivan’s Crossing) and her new boyfriend Conrad (aka: Connie). I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Robyn Carr (I’m pretty sure I read them all); if you are a fan, you will love this one. If she is a new author for you to try, you will not be disappointed.

~ Beckie H.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Magnolia Story

By Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines have put Waco Texas on the map, in a good way, with their hit show Fixer Upper. This book tells how the ordinary work of renovating and reselling houses turned into something much bigger. It also shares some of each of their childhoods and how they met, dated and then married. If you think Chip is funny on the show you need to read this book.


~ Dixie