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  • Discovery
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    Book Review: Discovery

    I’m back with another book review for you this Monday afternoon. Discovery by Leslie Schweitzer Miller does some jumping back and forth between time periods and focuses on three main characters: Giselle – a French biblical scholar; David – an American archaeologist; and Abbé Francois Bérenger Sauniere – a French priest in the late 1800s. Giselle and David live in present day (well 2012-2013) and the bulk of the novel follows them, but it occasionally jumps back in time to give us more insight in to what Sauniere was doing and the secrets he uncovered. How are they all connected? Giselle is related to one of Sauniere’s colleagues and confidante, Antoine…

  • Warm Transfer
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    Book Review: Warm Transfer

    It’s been a while since my last real book review. I’ve been so busy that it’s been hard to finish a book lately and the last book I tried to read I just could not get in to. I got less than halfway through and I just had to give up because it was going to take me forever since I wasn’t that interested in it. But, the book I’m sharing today, Warm Transfer , was one that I got really in to and couldn’t put down! Tamsen is a stay-at-home mom of 2 in her mid 40s. She grew up in a working-class Irish family in Chicago. After a successful 10…

  • Donald and the Golden Crayon
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    Book Review: Donald and the Golden Crayon

    Did you ever read the popular kids book Harold and the Purple Crayon?  It’s from 1955 but it’s a classic and still very popular today I hear. Anyway, in that short children’s story Harold has a purple crayon that he uses to draw amazing things with his imagination. Well, I was recently sent a parody story called Donald and the Golden Crayon and it is hilarious! If you know me personally (or you follow my Twitter) then you know I’m pretty vocal about my political beliefs. I very rarely have talked about it on here and on Instagram but it does come up occasionally. Today is one of those days. This book is…

  • Florists to the Field
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    Florists to the Field

    Back in the spring I was sent a copy of a gorgeous book called Florists to the Field. Florists to the Field is a book by Garden District co-owners Greg Campbell and Erik New where they travel around the US and internationally and “document grand dining events that engage all five senses with local flavors, sounds, textures, fragrances and colors”. The result? A colorful and beyond beautiful book of photos and details from their excursions. The book is filled with photos of beautiful flowers, table settings, fields of flowers, etc. As mentioned before, I was sent this book a few months ago but now that I’m in a new townhouse with a…

  • The Innocents
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    Book Review: The Innocents

    Today I’m reviewing a book I wasn’t sure how much I’d like and I ended up loving. The Innocents by C.A. Asbrey contains so many elements that I secretly and not so secretly love. The Innocents is the first in a mystery series and it has 3 main characters. Abigail or Abi is a woman in her mid 20s who is a Pinkerton detective, Nat & Jake who are cousins and outlaws in the west. Abigail is undercover trying to track down and apprehend the infamous gang, The Innocents, before they rob any more railroads. They’re called “The Innocents” because they never hurt any innocent people, they rob from the rich i.e.…

  • A Shadow Away
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    Book Review: A Shadow Away

    The latest book I’ve read this summer is the first in a series, A Shadow Away by Joan K. Lacy is a book with a mix of adventure and mystery with a bit of supernatural elements. Private detective Alex Cort helps famed British archaeologist Andrew Seaton track down criminals who have stolen from him. In the investigation they uncover clues to find the lost city of El Dorado and must get there before the thieves to find a jewel-encrusted gold statue – a key to the lost city. I enjoyed the historical and adventure parts of the book. The supernatural bits were a little out there and not very believable – well,…

  • Amsterdam Exposed
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    Book Review: Amsterdam Exposed

    Do you guys remember when I had a giveaway for the book Amsterdam Exposed on here? That was all the way back in May. I mentioned on there that I had gotten the book but hadn’t gotten to read it yet. Well I finally got to read it and finish it and I’m back with my thoughts. Author, David Wienier, writes about his personal experience in Amsterdam when studying abroad during law school 18 years ago. After an experience at a brothel in Reno where he didn’t do anything with the women there but started conversation, he became really interested in telling the stories of these women and wanted to give…

  • Lang's Labyrinth
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    Book Review: Lang’s Labyrinth

    I love fantasy books – I think they’re so fun and offer you an escape from reality. When I was offered an advanced copy of Lang’s Labyrinth from the Forests of the Fae book series, I was excited to start reading it. Lang’s Labyrinth is the 3rd book of the series and when I was asked if I would like an advanced copy, I asked if I needed to have read books 1 and 2 because I hadn’t and I didn’t think it would make sense to start reading the third book out of nowhere. They told me it wasn’t necessary, so I agreed to enter this magical story. It turns out,…

  • Hungry for Love
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    Book Review: Hungry for Love

    It’s been a little longer than usual since my last book review post. That’s because I started reading a book that I really could not get in to at all. It was to the point where I had to just give up reading it and if you know me, you know that that is unheard of for me so it must’ve been bad. I gave up on that halfway through and quickly picked up the next book on my to-read list, Hungry for Love, which interestingly enough was longer by about 100 pages but took me a fraction of the time to read. I received the book via Smith Publicity and…

  • Send Down the Rain
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    Book Review: Send Down the Rain

    I’ve always loved to read and it’s a little known fact that I’d love to one day write a book myself. I’ve periodically reviewed books on here over the years on my own, but when this blogging journey allowed me in recent months to have books actually sent to me for my consideration, it has been so exciting! The coolest part is getting books before they even hit the shelves – advanced reader copies. Such was the case with this book Send Down the Rain. It comes out today! I finished the book just in time for today’s release to give you some of my thoughts. Send Down the Rain tells the…