My mailbox  has been a little slower because I am taking a reviewing break. I haven’t accepted any books for a scheduled review until the end of August.  Of course, some books just find their way to my mailbox without my previous knowledge.  I have become very picky with the books I agree to review because my time is limited.  I am only going to spend time reading and reviewing books that I enjoy. If I’m not feeling it, I’m going to put it aside. I can’t get to all these great books that come my way, but at least I can tell you about them here and I hope to review them just as soon as I can! 

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Books for Review

Carole has been very generous with sending her books my way.  I have loved all of them and will be reviewing these four books in the near future.

Published: February 15, 2013
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing

Hallie and her mother go to the yoga studio. Hallie wants to join her mom’s yoga class, but she isn’t allowed. She complains to the babysitter, who gently guides her through four yoga poses. Hallie learns that not only is yoga easy, but fun as well.

Published: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing

Number four in a series of world culture, If You Were Me and Lived in… Turkey, explores cultural differences through a child’s understanding. A respectful and lively treatment of the subtle differences of the people from different parts of the globe we share. Join Carole P.Roman as she travels to learn out the people, culture, and customs of the people Turkey.

Published: February 10. 2014
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing

Let’s travel to India! Land of bright colors and delicious spices, If You Were Me and Lived in…India, takes young readers on a road trip to learn about this interesting place. Children will learn how to say mommy and daddy, what type of currency is used, games that youngsters play and a lot of interesting facts about the beautiful land of India

THE TREASURE OF SNAKE ISLAND: A Captain No Beard Story, Volume 5
By Carole P Roman
Published: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing

After a fierce battle with a storm, the crew goes in search of treasure. Alexander, that is, Captain No Beard uses a map to locate it on the ominous sounding Snake Island. Bravely they dig until they find the best treasure ever!

FEAST FOR THIEVES: A Rowdy Slater Novel By Marcus Brotherton
To Be Published: September 1, 2014
Publisher: River North

Look for this review to come in early September.

Sergeant Rowdy Slater is the most skilled-and most incorrigible-soldier in Dog Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, an elite group of paratroopers fighting for the world’s freedom in World War II.

Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States after the war, turns his life around, and falls into the only job he can find-preacher at the sparsely populated community church in Cut Eye, Texas, a dusty highway town situated at the midpoint of nowhere and emptiness.

The town’s lawman, suspicious that Rowdy has changed his ways only as a cover up, gives an ultimatum: Rowdy must survive one complete year as Cut Eye’s new minister or end up in jail.

At first Rowdy thinks the job will be easy, particularly because he’s taking over for a young female missionary who’s held the church together while the men were at war. But when a dark-hearted acquaintance from Rowdy’s past shows up with a plan to make some quick cash, Rowdy becomes ensnared due to an irrevocable favor, and life turns decidedly difficult.

Rowdy’s a man used to solving problems one of two ways: with his rifle or with his fists. Will he be able to thwart his old friend’s evil schemes while remaining true to his new higher calling?

This is a wild ride of a book bursting with a bank robbery, kidnapping, desperate prayers, and barroom brawls. Before the smoke clears, all sides just might end up getting exactly what they want.

THE GIFTED: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams By Daphne Michaels
Published: May 25, 2014
Publisher: Daphne Michaels Books

The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams is an inspirational, groundbreaking book from author, motivational speaker and licensed psychotherapist Daphne Michaels. 
Describing and celebrating the nine gifts we are all born with, Michaels teaches readers how to recognize each gift and use it on their journey of personal development and spiritual growth. 

Michaels shows us that the first three gifts we must recognize are Awareness, Potential and Stillness. These three allow us to identify and use with real life-changing power the remaining six: Disharmony, Harmony, Ease, Clarity, Freedom and Engagement. 
By approaching these nine gifts with real-world metaphors, Michaels answers common questions about personal transformation — such as how it works and what kind of commitment it takes to reach a life of authentic happiness. Even Disharmony, Michaels explains, does not need to rule us. It is ours to use in positive ways as we discover the real purpose of Harmony in our lives. 
The final gift, Engagement, allows us to use all of the gifts with a joy and power we never imagined possible.

Published: July 3, 2014
Publisher: Hogarth – Random House

This is not my usual type of book, but I have been wanting to read Koch’s first book THE DINNER and this one sounds just as intriguing.

The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Dinner.
When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever. 

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy. 

Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.

A PINCH OF OOH LA LA: A Novel By Rene Swindle
Published: August 5, 2014
Publisher: NAL – Penguin Group

Honestly, I wasn’t able to finish the last Swindle book I received, SHAKE DOWN THE STARS. But, I’m willing to give her another shot.

To get to happily ever after, sometimes you need to start from scratch….

Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchen—and her comfort zone—and Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date.

Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, and looking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional family, with thirteen children from various mothers. And when Samuel rails about kids having kids, Abbey thinks of her twenty-year-old sister who’s recently revealed her pregnancy.

Soon Abbey is facing one disaster after another and struggling to make sense of it all. Her search for love has led her down a bitter path, but with the help of her unique family and unwavering friends, she just might find the ooh la la that makes life sweet.

Published: May 16, 2014
Publisher: Carol Vorvain

This book came to me directly from the author. I’m looking forward to reading and sharing it with all of you.

Inspired by a true story, When Dreams are Calling is a powerful mixture of adventure, travel and reflections that will redefine your idea of courage while making you laugh all the way.
The main character, Dora, is a witty young woman who chases her dreams across continents, from Europe to America, then to Asia, and finally, to the far away shores of Australia. 
We see the changes she goes through, the price she pays for following her dreams, but also the rewards she gets on the way. Her life is a roller coaster and her plan is nothing more than the confidence that everything will work out for the best. 
The story is filled with magical words of wisdom that will inspire and delight you, while making you reflect on the beauty of friendship, lust, love and kindness. 
“Words have power, dreams have power, we have power” is the motif which echoes all through this enthralling novel that bursts with optimism. 

THE WAY THE WORLD IS: The Olivia Series Book 2 By Yael Politis
Published: December 29, 2013
Publisher: Yael Politis

This book came my way from the author. I have the first book in the series OLIVIA MOURNING already on my Kindle and so now I look forward to reading both of them together. Watch for both of these reviews to be coming soon.

Book 2 of the Olivia Series 
Historical Fiction (USA, 1840s) 
Please note that this is Book 2 of a series. While it can be read on its own, readers who begin with Book 1, Olivia, Mourning, will have a deeper understanding of the characters. 
After the devastating trauma she suffered in Olivia, Mourning and finally knowing the reality with which she must deal, Olivia strives to rebuild herself – emotionally, socially, and financially. 
She starts a new life in Detroit, the young and exciting city on a river where she has come to feel at home. New friends help the healing process, while she continues to search for the two people she loves, who have disappeared from her life. She finds some solace in helping fugitive slaves escape over the river to Canada. She believes, as one of her new friends says, “In this time and place it is the most worthy thing a person can do.” 
Olivia remains a compelling protagonist on a journey to find a way to do the right thing in a world in which so much is wrong. 

Books I Purchased

I purchased the following books at a bookstore or online at Amazon for my Kindle. Some of these were daily Kindle Deals. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter where I frequently share these awesome daily deals. You can also click directly to the daily Kindle Deal link from the right side of my blog. They change everyday and feature books from all genres.

PRAIRIE EVERS By Ellen Airgood
Published: May 24, 2012
Publisher: Penguin

I purchased this while on my vacation in Michigan. Airgood is a Michigan author and her books were for sale at the Falling Rocks Bookstore in Munising.  This book is aimed at middle grade readers and thought it was a perfect book to take home and share with our daughter.

A sweet, spirited ten-year-old embarks upon the adventure of first friendship in this sparkling debut 

Prairie Evers is finding that socialization isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She’s been homeschooled by her granny and has learned the most from traipsing through nature. But now she has to attend public school, and feels just like her chickens–cooped up and subject to the pecking order. School is a jolt for Prairie until she meets Ivy, her first true friend. But while raising chickens and the great outdoors have given Prairie wisdom and perspective, nothing has prepared her for the give and take of friendship. When Prairie finds out that Ivy’s home may not be the best place for Ivy, Prairie must corral all her optimism and determination to hatch a plan to help. 

THE IDIOT GIRLS’ ACTION-ADVENTURE CLUB: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life By Laurie Notaro
Published: July 2, 2002
Publisher: Villard

I picked this up at the Falling Rock Bookstore as well.  It was in their used books section. I have loved Notaro’s books for their humor and brutal honesty.  This has been on my list for a long time and I couldn’t pass it up.

“I’ve changed a bit since high school. Back then I said no to using and selling drugs. I washed on a normal basis and still had good credit.”

Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends—and that’s before she even puts on a bra.

For the past ten years, Notaro has been entertaining Phoenix newspaper readers with her wildly amusing autobiographical exploits and unique life experiences. She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone seated on the Supreme Court, horrific high school reunions, and hangovers that leave her surprised that she woke up in the first place.

The misadventures of Laurie and her fellow Idiot Girls (“too cool to be in the Smart Group”) unfold in a world that everyone will recognize but no one has ever described so hilariously. She delivers the goods: life as we all know it.

VINTAGE: A Novel By Susan Gloss
Published: May 25, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow – HarperCollins

I got this as a Kindle Deal for $1.99.  Keep in mind, Amazon changes their book prices frequently and this book may no longer be at that price.  I had been wanting to read it and have read a lot of great reviews.  Plus I love the cover!

Vintage is Susan Gloss’s sparkling debut novel in the vein of The Friday Night Knitting Club, centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and and a group of women who eventually transform the store and each others’ lives.

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Violet Turner has always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. When she is faced with the possibility of losing it, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.

Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won’t let her give up on her dreams.

Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women’s friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.

Published: May 6, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow – HarperCollins

This was also a Kindle daily deal. It came with high praise from Khaled Kosseini, one of my favorite authors. I couldn’t pass it up.

Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.
But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.
Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

LOOKING FOR ME: A Novel: By Beth Hoffman
Published: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Penguin

I have been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the cover.  Now that I communicate with Beth on Twitter (you can too, HERE) I want to read her book even more. Everyone has been raving about it.

The latest New York Times bestseller by the beloved author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettably quirky characters. Now her flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines again in her compelling second novel, Looking for Me.

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion in turning other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques. Leaving her hardscrabble Kentucky childhood behind, Teddi opens her own store in Charleston. She builds a life as unexpected and quirky as her many customers, but nothing alleviates the haunting uncertainty she’s felt since her brother Josh mysteriously disappeared. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi returns to Kentucky, embarking on a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and find herself. 

THE LOST WIFE By Alyson Richman
Published: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Berkley – Penguin Group

After reading Alyson Richman’s short story in GRAND CENTRAL (see my review, HERE), I knew I had to read more from her.  Then this book came up as a Kindle Daily Deal, so I snagged it.

A rapturous novel of first love in a time of war-from the celebrated author of The Rhythm of Memory and The Last Van Gogh. 

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers…

Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.

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