The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

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Well researched and documented book on a subject that may have been written before but not in this depth or scope.

Filled with facts and information that is easy to read and enjoy by both novices and experts alike.

Written in a narrative style this book allows the reader to not only understand what happened that day but who it happened to.

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50 Women in Sports

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I have reading through 50 Women in Science with my daughter and jumped at the chance at the next book. This book is chock full of amazing women and  a plethora of information. Vivid pictures bring the information alive. Can’t wait to read through this book with my daughter and learn about all the amazing women athletes.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Blogging with Books for my honest opinion.  All opinions are my own.

Delivering the Truth

Delivering the Truth

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps con­fi­dences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed car­riage indus­try is threat­ened by the work of an arson­ist, and a car­riage fac­tory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose’s own knitting needle, she is drawn into solv­ing the mys­tery.

Delivering the Truth is the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Edith Maxwell. I was eagerly awaiting this book because I like the premise of an historical mystery setting. The idea is not something being done right now with cozy mysteries available right now to read. Normally its a food book, Amish, a hobby, etc. so the idea of a Quaker midwife in 1888 who finds herself in the middle of a mystery intrigued me.  I had high hopes for this book because I like cozy mysteries and always enjoy getting lost in them as a palette cleanser in between more in depth reading.

The book started off with introducing characters of the series and laying the ground work of the novel. Sadly though I found myself losing interest due to how slowly the story was taking off. I know in first books they can be sometimes slow because the author is laying out the ground work for the series but  I just couldn’t get myself interested in the story. I found myself plodding through just trying to get to the end so I would know how things would end. In fairness of it being the first book in the series I do plan on reading the second book to see if things improve or if I need to give up on this series, knowing that not all books are for me to like. I try not to give negative reviews so please know that a book that might not be for me might be the next greatest book for you.

Delivering the Truth is out now and can be found in your local bookstore or online store.

 

*Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions are freely mine.

Murder She Wrote: Design for Murder

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Jessica is in Manhattan to attend the debut of a new designer. Formerly Sandy Black of Cabot Cove, the young man has reinvented himself as Xandr Ebon, and is introducing his evening wear collection to the public and—more important—to the industry’s powers-that-be: the stylists, the magazine editors, the buyers, and the wealthy clientele who can make or break him. At the show, the glitz and glamour are dazzling until a young model—a novice, taking her first walk down the runway—shockingly collapses and dies. Natural causes? Perhaps. But when another model is found dead, a famous cover girl and darling of the paparazzi, the fashion world gets nervous.

In the latest installment of Murder She Wrote, Jessica Fletcher goes into the world of models and Fashion Week in New York City. With plenty of twists and turns, the reader is led on a delightful journey that gives plenty of clues but red herrings as well as to all the reader some fun in guessing whodunit. Not one of more favorite novels of the series, the detective that was a little too pushy and the behavior of Sandy at times irked me. Those things aside the novel was delightful and a fun quick read that ended with a satisfying conclusion.

Murder She Wrote: Design for Murder is out today and can be found in your local bookstore or online.

 

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for my honest review.

The Atonement

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The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, who years ago stopped attending the activities for courting-age young people in her hometown of Bird-in-Hand. Now twenty-five and solidly past the age of Amish courtship, Lucy has given up any hope of marriage, instead focusing her efforts on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard Lucy strives, she feels uncertain that she’ll ever find redemption.

Dale Wyeth has a deep mistrust of modern-day “advances” and the dependency they create. The young Englisher’s interest in living off the grid is fueled further when he meets Christian Flaud, Lucy’s father. Dale appreciates the self-sufficient ways of the Old Order Amish, and Christian invites him to learn more about them by staying at the family farm…

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Beverly Lewis is back again with a remarkable tail of how far one will go to find redemption from past sins. Lucy’s tale mixes with that of an Englisher Dale Wyeth who is trying to learn from her father how to live off the grid. Throughout the novel Lucy’s past is slowly revealed and the reader feels the pain of Lucy’s grief. Beverly Lewis is the queen of Amish fiction and her newest novel weaves a tale of forgiveness and atonement that stays true to the Amish ways of life. Beverly Lewis has spent a major portion of her life writing Amish fiction and has researched the Amish life and her novels though are fiction do ring true to the Amish way of life with a little straying that doesn’t take away from the simplicity of the story. As true to all her Amish fiction novels, Beverly Lewis’s novel ends with a satisfying end that  leaves the reader satisfied and realizing that forgiveness is available to all. The Atonement is out now and can be found in your local bookstore or online.

 

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Crime and Poetry

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Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you…

 

The first in a new cozy mystery, Crime and Poetry is pure magic. Quick paced novel that leaves you wanting more and more. Amanda Flower weaves her magic once again in her newest series that will delight old fans of her works and introduce new fans to her wonderful writing. Amanda who is known for writing under Isabella Allan with an Amish Mystery series, takes a new direction in this series. A delightful story that weaves a spell until the very end. With the right mixture of quirky characters, a small town filled with possibilities, and a bookstore where the books choose you. With the right mix of hints and red herrings the story leads to a wonderful conclusion and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I fell in love with Violet and Grandma Daisy and look forward to discovering more about their past along with the other quirky members of Cascade Springs.

Crime and Poetry is out today and can be found in your local bookstore or library.

*Disclaimer, I received a free copy of the book for my honest opinion. All opinions are of my own free will.

Simple Pleasures: Stories From My Life As An Amish Mother

Simple PleasuresYoung Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family’s life and Amish community. The mother of four young children and wife of a storekeeper, Jantzi writes about her daily routines and heartfelt faith with equal measures of wit and warmth. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, gardening, and helping to manage the store take up most hours in her day, but Jantzi finds time to pen columns for the Connection, a magazine beloved by Amish and Mennonite readers across the United States and Canada. Never sugarcoating the frustrations of motherhood, Jantzi tells it like it is, broken washing machine and bickering children and all. But through her busy days, Jantzi finds strength in simple pleasures of family, fellowship with her Amish community, and quiet time with God.

What a breath of fresh air Marianne Jantzi is with her daily reflections as an Amish wife and mother. Anyone who is a wife, mother, or just needs to embrace a quieter life will be able to appreciate Marianne’s stories of her life. Amish or English any mother will be able to read these stories and shake their head in agreement and solidarity  with Marianne. I love her candidness and openness of her life when it is rare to get such a raw look into the life of the Amish. I could reread this again and still walk away with a feeling of calm and peacefulness in my heart. I was quietly rocked into a sense of calm as I read Marianne’s stories about her daily life. I hope Marianne continues to write and share her stories with us, she has a rare talent that is hard to find. Simple Pleasures is out today and can be found in your local bookstore or online retailer.

 

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.

Jane Steele

Jane Steele

 

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?

 

“Reader, I murdered him.” With this line the book begins and it is a rollicking ride to the finish. Jane Steele is not a retelling of Jane Eyre but rather runs parallel with it. Jane Steele is a lover of Jane Eyre and finds herself in similar situations as her favorite protagonist. There are a lot of similarities between both books but only on the outer shell, Jane Steele is a dark Gothic tale of a serial killer who is out to right the wrongs of those who can not fight for themselves. Jane Steele is perfectly matched to the time period, through the details and words it reads as a novel of the 19th century and puts you under a spell that won’t let go long after the novel ends. The cover caught my eye and I knew I had to read it just to see how it compared to Jane Eyre. I was delighted to discover it wasn’t a modern retelling but something bigger and darker.

This is a novel that will be talked about long after a reader finishes it and I foresee this being a top book of 2016. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is a remarkable book and it is out today and can be found in your local bookstore or even your local library.

 

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinion are of my own free will.

Adulthood is a Myth

 

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I discovered the delightful comic of Sarah Scribbles awhile ago and it was like food for my soul. Imagine my delight when I found out that Sarah Andersen was putting out her first book full of Sarah Scribbles. In her first book, Adulthood is a Myth, she has some known comics from her website and plenty of new ones to delight new and old fans a like. I love the simplicity of the comic because I think it adds to the charm of Sarah Scribbles. This is a book I will open whenever I need to feed my soul and laugh out loud when nodding my head because there is someone out there that gets it and understands me and others like me. This delightful book is out today  and I hope there will be other books released of this wonderful quirky character.

You can find out more about Sarah Scribbles and Sarah Anderson here

To order a copy of this wonderful book you can find it at:

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Barnes & Noble

Or your local bookstore

 

 

*Disclaimer – I received a free copy of this book for my own honest review, all opinions are my own.

 

Gerda Lerner

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Gerda Lerner was the single most influential figure in the development of women’s and gender history since the 1960s.  Over 50 years, a field that encompassed a handful of brave and potentially marginal historians became one with thousands; and expanded from Lerner’s development of an MA program at Sarah Lawrence College to the presence of women’s-history faculty in the great majority of US colleges and universities.

In her first job, at Sarah Lawrence College, she quickly recognized that merely teaching women’s history would not be enough to build respect for the field, and she strategized to build women’s history programs with high visibility.  Doing this often meant fighting major battles with administrators and faculty members; the battles both rested on and built her toughness and, at times, overbearingness.  She began teaching at Sarah Lawrence College in 1968 and worked to establish, with Joan Kelly, an MA program there, which still continues.   Twelve years later she won a professorship at the University of Wisconsin, over significant opposition, where she built the country’s first PhD program in women’s history.  She loved her Madison community and spent her last years there.  She lectured widely on the importance of women’s history, often in an inspirational rather than an academic vein, understanding this work as political organizing.

Lerner was already a feminist by the 1940s, but in the following decades her political and intellectual orientation grew and changed.  Like many of her generation and political background, she was at first uneasy about some of the sexual issues raised by the women’s liberation movement; like Betty Friedan, she worried lest the movement’s provocative style and the coming-out of lesbians stigmatize the cause of women’s equality and women’s history in particular.  That changed radically in her master project of the 1980s, published in the two volumes Creation of Patriarchy and Creation of Feminist Consciousness (1986 and 1993).   Behind this book lay a new conviction that patriarchy was the first and ultimate source of all oppression.

Lerner wrote many books and articles in her life some of  which included:

In Praise of Aging (2004)

Living With History/Making A Social Change (2009)

Fireweed: A Political Autobiography (2003)

The Majority Finds Its Past (2005)

The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina (2004)

Why History Matters (1997)

The Creation of Patriarchy (1987)

Black Women in White America (1972)

For more information you can visit: http://www.gerdalerner.com/