An Amish Market

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All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

Four wonderful short stories by four amazing writers. Each story is a stand alone story that are quick to read and savor. Amy Clipston takes us back to characters from her new series Heirloom Recipes, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin give us stories of young love, and Vannetta Chapman ends the book with a tale of mystery and finding love when you least expect it to. I recommend this to any fan of Amish fiction, these stories will warm your heart and leave you wanting more.

*Disclaimer, I received this book for free for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.

The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.

Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. 

Matthew Desmond examines the relationship between tenants, landlords, poverty, and profit made by the landlords in this amazing book. This book focuses on Milwaukee but it could be any city in America where families everyday are being evicted or one step away from being put out on the streets. If you want a book that shows both sides with a rawness and candidness then read this book. It’s not an easy book to read but one that needs to be read to truly understand the problem of poverty in America. Matthew puts the reader in the middle of this story and opens their eyes to an ongoing problem in America that needs a solution and soon.

This book is out today and can be found in your local bookstore or library.

 

*Disclaimer, I received a book for my honest review.  All opinions are freely mine.

Mary Wollstonecraft

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Philosopher, Scholar, Women’s Rights Activist, Educator, Journalist (1759–1797)

The Anglo-Irish feminist, intellectual and writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, was born in London, the second of six children.At the age of nineteen Mary went out to earn her own livelihood. In 1783, she helped her sister Eliza escape a miserable marriage by hiding her from a brutal husband until a legal separation was arranged. The two sisters established a school at Newington Green, an experience from which Mary drew to write Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: With Reflections on Female Conduct, in the More Important Duties of Life (1787). Mary became the governess in the family of Lord Kingsborough, living most of the time in Ireland. Upon her dismissal in 1787, she settled in George Street, London, determined to take up a literary career.

In 1792, she published her Vindication on the Rights of Woman, an important work which, advocating equality of the sexes, and the main doctrines of the later women’s movement, made her both famous and infamous in her own time. She ridiculed prevailing notions about women as helpless, charming adornments in the household. Society had bred “gentle domestic brutes.” “Educated in slavish dependence and enervated by luxury and sloth,” women were too often nauseatingly sentimental and foolish. A confined existence also produced the sheer frustration that transformed these angels of the household into tyrants over child and servant. Education held the key to achieving a sense of self-respect and anew self-image that would enable women to put their capacities to good use.

In Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman, published unfinished in Paris in 1798, Mary asserted that women had strong sexual desires and that it was degrading and immoral to pretend otherwise. This work alone sufficed to damn Mary in the eyes of critics throughout the following century.

In 1792 she set out for Paris. There, as a witness of Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, she collected materials for An Historical and Moral View of the Origins and Progress of the French Revolution: and the effect it has Produced in Europe (vol I, 1794), a book which was sharply critical of the violence evident even in the early stages of the French Revolution.

At the home of some English friends in Paris  Mary met Captain Gilbert Imlay, an American timber-merchant, the author of The Western Territory of North America (1792). She agreed to become his common law wife and at Le Havre in May 1794, she bore him a daughter, Fanny. In November 1795, after a four months’ visit to Scandinavia as his “wife,” she tried to drown herself from Putney Bridge, Imlay having deserted her.

Mary eventually recovered her courage and went to live with William Godwin in Somers-town with whom she had first met at the home of Joseph Johnson in 1791. Although both Godwin and Mary abhorred marriage as a form of tyranny, they eventually married due to Mary’s pregnancy (March 1797). In August, a daughter Mary (who later became Shelley’s wife), was born and on September 10 the mother died. Her daughter would grow up to be a writer most famous for Frankenstein.

For more information on Mary Wollstonecraft please visit the sites listed below.

Citations:

http://historyguide.org/intellect/wollstonecraft.html

http://www.biography.com/people/mary-wollstonecraft-9535967

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/wollstonecraft/a/wollstonecraft-legacy.htm

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Mary-Wollstonecraft

Women’s History Month

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Tomorrow is March 1st, which means women’s history month. As a feminist historian I love researching women’s history especially those untold stories waiting to be discovered. Through March I will be highlighting each day a person or persons of significance in women’s history. I hope you enjoy learning more about women’s history and if you have any questions on the topic each day please send me your questions and I will be glad to answer them.

And Then There Were Nuns

 

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B and B owner Bea Cartwright has taken on the responsibility of taking meals to ten visiting nuns, who are on retreat at the Water’s Edge Center for Spirit and Renewal on picturesque South Bass Island on Lake Erie. But the peace of the retreat is shattered when one of the nuns is found at the water’s edge—murdered. And when a second nun is killed, Bea and the other members of the League of Literary Ladies—Chandra, Kate, and Luella—start to wonder about eerie parallels with the Agatha Christie mystery classic, And Then There Were None.

 

 

I loved it! From the moment I read Mayhem At The Orient Express I knew I found my new favorite cozy mystery series. In the fourth installment Kylie Logan doesn’t fail to deliver a marvelous book. And Then There Were Nuns is a play on words of Agatha Christie’s classic novel And Then There Were None like the other books in the series that are centered around a book that The League of Literary Ladies are reading. In this book there are plenty of twists and turns that when you think you have figured it out, there is a new twist. Readers should be warned that there are spoilers in the books over the book that the ladies are reading. This isn’t a major deal breaker since they are older books that most have read. I love And ThenThere Were None and Kylie Logan’s And Then There Were Nuns is my favorite so far in the series.

 

And There Were Nuns will be published on March 1st and can be purchased at:

Amazon or check your local bookstore.

*Disclaimer, I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.

 

Cats In Paris (A Magical Coloring Book)

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As a lot of my readers probably know adult coloring books have become very popular and for good reason. It is so relaxing to color and forget your troubles for a moment. I am just getting into this new craze and it brings back wonderful memories of coloring as a child. I love cats and books and The Cats in Paris coloring book sounded perfect for diving into this craze. The pictures are wonderfully drawn and it has a little story in the beginning with the coloring pages before moving onto just pages to color.  The paper is a nice thickness which holds up wonderfully when coloring. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to see what adult coloring books are in comparison to regular coloring books. Wonderful whimsical drawings with plenty of cats throughout and images of Paris as well.

 

 

*”I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions though our of my own free will.”

 

 

The Forgotten Recipe

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After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.

Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.

When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love—or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.

 

When I read this description I knew I had to read this book. I enjoyed and devoured Amy Clipston’s Kauffman Amish Bakery Series and was left feeling empty after I finished it last year. I was so excited to see that she had another series starting and it reminded me of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. I fell in love with Veronica and my heart just simply broke for her as I read the book. Her journey to healing is filled with laughter and tears with a wonderful ending that left me wanting more. I can’t wait to see where Amy takes this series. I hope to see more of Veronica in future books and to see where Amy takes the other characters that were introduced especially with some story lines that were hinted on but not discussed in detail. I could read this again and I recommend it to anyone that loves Amish fiction with romance and mystery.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review – Doctor Who Silhouette

The perfect book for the young Doctor Who fan!
I love encouraging kids to read and this book does that!

This book is based off the hit TV show and features the newest doctor. A quick easy read perfect for fifth grade and up. If you have a Doctor Who fan who is a reluctant reader then this could be the perfect book to get them to enjoy reading.

If you just like Doctor Who then it’s a great book to get lost into for the day





“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Snack Girl To The Rescue

 

 

I loved this book! I’m a mom who likes eating with whole foods and hardly any packaged food even organic. I am also a realist who knows her kids like fun foods especially yummy ones. This was perfect, good food but at the same time guaranteed to not cause children to run screaming. Not only are there breakfast, lunch, and dinner receives but at the beginning there is a section about healthy eating. It’s just not about weight loss but more about getting healthy. Eating fresh foods and skipping the artifical foods. How to afford healthy foods on a budget and even how it doesn’t involve a lot of time to whip up a healthy meal with a little prep work. That definitely appeals to this momma who doesn’t have a lot of time on her hands.

There were some reciepes that used some boxed ingredients that I can easily switch out for healthier organic options. There is even a dessert section, we can always use a little chocolate once in awhile.

I definitely reccomend this book, fun reciepes that are healthy and easy to put together.

 

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FTC Disclaimer: “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review

 

How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare Review

As a library assistant and a mother I really liked this book. It’s a great break down on how to break Shakespeare up into small parts making it easier for your children to understand it. By breaking it into smaller bites to learn week by week children as young as 6 could memorize and learn Shakespeare. I plan on using this book with not only my teenager who is beginning to read Shakespeare in school but also my daughter once she learns how to read. Shakespeare can be confusing when you read it all at once but feeding your child a bite at a time makes it easier to read and understand. I think this approach works great because the child doesn’t feel overwhelmed by what they are reading.

I would recommend this book to only parents but even teachers and librarians as a way to make Shakespeare easier to read and understand. I wish this book was around when I started reading Shakesepeare because a little at a time would definitly have been better than slogging through words that confused my younger self.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give this a 5. Take the time to check this book out and learn how to make Shakespeare fun for kids of all ages.

 

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FTC Disclaimer: “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”