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I love to read and actually read books from several genre's. My favorite is paranormal though. I also have been blessed with 11 Grand Children from our 4 kids, so I do read a lot of Children's books as well to the kids. i have a regular blog where I post tons of book tours. Check it out if you enjoy books: http://teresanoel.blogspot.com/.

 

This blog is for reviews of the books I have read. I do also accept books from authors to read and review. Contact me if you have a book you would like reviewed at my email: mshogrider67@gmail.com

Weddings at Promise Lodge (Promise Lodge #3) by Charlotte Hubbard

Weddings at Promise Lodge - Charlotte Hubbard

Weddings at Promise Lodge is the 3rd book in the Promise Lodge series. This is also the 3rd book I have read. Charlotte Hubbard has done an amazing job with this series. You feel like you at at Promise Lodge. The characters in the book feel like friends at this point. You take a deep look into the lives of this little group of people. It's hard to believe that this book and these people are fiction. Charlotte makes them seem so real. This is my favorite book so far in the series, but I also said that after I finished book 1 and again after book to so when book 4 comes along I am sure I will say it again. The strange part is this is not usually the type of story I read, but I am hooked.

In Weddings at Promise Lodge the book starts out with Mattie and Preacher Amos finally getting married. Christine and the new Bishop's relationship is really kicking into overdrive. Rosetta and Truman are still plugging along and talk to the Bishop about marrying them, even though she will be marrying out of their religion. Truman is a Mennonite.

All sounds good and happy until new people and problems show up at Promise Lodge. Preacher Amos is a bit skeptical about the new Bishop already but when a young woman Leola shows up pronouncing she is to marry him and that he has ruined her, the questions and doubts really start flying from Preacher Amos, but Christine stays steadfast in her loyalty to Bishop Monroe Burkholder and knows things will work out for them. There is something wrong with Leola though and everyone can see it but Amos. She has run away from home without her medication. So the Bender sisters band together to take care of Leola until her family can be reached and she be returned home.

Then a beautiful blond girl Maria shows up. She wants to rent one of the apartments and bring her bakery building to Promise Lodge. Immediately Rosetta gets a bad feeling, especially when she sees how chummy Truman is with her.

This book really runs the gambit of emotions, more so then with the other 2 books. There is love, loss, jealousy, happiness, sadness and so much more. It is a real rollercoaster, that I would love to ride again. I cannot wait for the 4th book.

Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Brian James Freeman

Dark Screams: Volume Seven - Brian Hodge, Bill Schweigart, Richard Chizmar, Brian James Freeman, Robert R. McCammon

This is volume 7 in the Dark Screams series. The more of this series I read the more I love it. The book is a volume of 6 short stories by 6 authors, Robert McCammon, James Renner, Kaaron Warren, Brian Hodge, Bill Schweigart, and Mick Garris. If I had to choose my favorite I think it would have to be Kaaron Warren's Furtherest. It is a very creepy story, but I loved it. All the stories in this book are great though. This is an awesome series.

Scala (Angelbound Origins #2) by Christina Bauer

Scala (Angelbound Origins) (Volume 2) - Christina Bauer

Scala is the 2nd book in the Angelbound series by Christina Bauer. This book continues Myla Lewis new life as the Great Scala. So you should really read or listen to the first book in the series before starting this book. Myla pretty much runs Purgatory, she crosses over souls to their afterlife. At the minute a magical item called Lucifer's orb is making her job impossible. If Myla tries to cross over a spirit they will go straight to Hell. So Myla has decided not to cross anyone over until she can figure out what is going on. But she better hurry, she is running out of room for the souls.

Myla's arch rival Lady Adair is back also. She has decided to take back her life and everything that she believes Myla has stolen from her. The Scala title and Lincoln being her top 2 priorities. Myla and her family and friends are not going to let this happen.

The Angelbound series is a lot of fun to listen to for me. I love Myla's attitude on everything. Christina Bauer herself narrates the story on the audio book and does an awesome job. I love hearing her read. She really brings the story to life.

Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation by Jim DeStefano

Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation - Jim DeStefano

Stunning book, not only the pictures but the history that goes along with them. I love old homes and old barns. My husband and I go from Florida to Pennsylvania ever year for vacation. While there are some really nice old homes and barns here in Florida the further north we go the more spectacular the homes and barns are. I literally have hundreds of pictures saved on my computer that I have taken during our travels of old houses and barns. 

 

This book fits perfectly into my fascination of these homes and barns.  I could look at this book over and over and and probably will. I also love to see how from the earliest homes to the newer ones have changed in architecture. This is an awesome books with som any pictures. There is some reading but it is basically short and to the point but gives you what you need to really understand exactly what you are looking at. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Dr. Pookie and The Case of his Missing Thought by Izzy Church

Dr. Pookie and the Case of His Missing Thought - Izzy Church

Super funny book. I would say kids of all ages would love it but it seems more geared toward maybe the 7 to 10 range by the larger words used, In the book Eccentric Dr. Pookie who is a bear by the way leaves the busy town of Little Royal Forest to move to the top of Bear Mountain, basically for some peace and quiet. Dr. Pookie is a quite famous bear, for his good deeds to his good looks and more. But not all the gossip is nice, so he moved. 

 

Once settled in Dr. Pookie decides to throw a dinner party for his friends from Little Royal Forest. This is where the true adventure begins.  Dr. Pookie looses his thought. His friends decide to help him find it. The adventure is hilarious. 

 

This is such a fun story,a t times I had a hard time reading it to the kids for my own laughter. Izzy Church has done a wonderful job with this book. I will be on the look out for more of her books,

 

 I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

The Witch's Book of Spirits by Devin Hunter

The Witch's Book of Spirits  - Devin Hunter
I have always been fascinated with witchcraft and have studied it for years. I wish I had of had this book years ago. This is not a read it and pass it on type of book. As a matter of fact it is not a story at all. This is one of those books you will want to add to your reference library and pull it out quite often. This book will teach you many different aspects of witchcraft. It will teach you spells, rituals, and so much more. No it is not a book of spells. It is kind of like a text book of witchcraft and all that is involved. If you have ever wanted to learn the craft or just brush up this is a great book. It is not a cheesy made up fascination it is very indepth. You can learn so much from this book. It will also teach the right way to go about the craft so you do not suffer in the end with mistakes made in spells that can haunt you in the end run. You may even want to have a notebook handy as you read this book, I did.

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket by Linda MacDonald

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket - Linda MacDonald

Wow What a book. At first when I started reading I thought I may not really like the book but a few chapters in I really got into the book. I guess I had to get past the introduction stage. This book really does make you stop and think. The book is about 2 women who are are in destructive relationships. Te destruction kind of runs the gambit of types of abuse in a relationship. Beatings are not the only forms of abuse. This books really helps you explain your thoughts and feelings if you are in that type of relationship. You also get deep look into the 2 women who are living these relationships. Linda MacDonald has really done an outstanding job of putting real everyday lives and feelings onto the pages of this book. I was quite surprised at how much it touched me in many different ways. I have a wonderful marriage this time around but not so with some prior relationships. I knew exactly how the 2 women felt. Yes it did bring up some of the pain from my past but made me hug my husband a little tighter and thank my lucky stars for the man I have now.

Funny Fairy Tales 3 - Red Riding Hood by Reut Barak

Funny Fairy Tales 3 - Red Riding Hood - Reut Barak
Unlike the children's story Red's Grandmother is EVIL.. She enjoys scaring Red with wolf stories. Granny gives Red a Red cape n order to make her look ridiculous, not beautiful. Little did Granny know Red capes were going to be the newest fashion statement. Red suddenly has a lot of new friends who started calling her Red Riding Hood and thinks she a genius for foreseeing the fashion. She also becomes the most sought after bachelorette. And she is very smart. Red has it all at this point. Until the press found out about Grandma.

This was such a fun adult version of the story and my favorite of the 3 books, All 3 stories are short reads just like the children's books but way different. I personally would not read this series to the kids but I really enjoyed them. Reut Barak has a great imagination and has turned old favorites into new favorites for me.

Funny Fairy Tales 2 - Cinderella by Reut Barak

Funny Fairy Tales 2 - Cinderella - Reut Barak

As a child I loved the story of Cinderella. As an adult I am so gad Reut Barak has come up with the adult version, I laughed through out the story. Instead of being meek little Cinderella, she is Nuts, which the book points out quite often. In this version the Stepmother and sisters were good and loved Cinderella or did they? Cinderella suffers from multiple allergies and keeps herself locked in the attic. The sisters go out to find help for her from a great sorceress, They run through just about every villain in ever fairy tale ever to get to her, now that's love.

This was a really fun version of Cinderella. The ending put me off just a little it seemed a little rushed and disconnected, but it was still a great story.

Funny Fairy Tales 1 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Reut Barak

Funny Fairy Tales 1 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Reut Barak

This is definitely a new spin on the old Fairy Tales I great up with. In this version We meet the magician who created Shraga the talking mirror, The talking mirror and learn more about the evil Step Mother Anagrola.

This is a grown up version of the story complete with 1 f-bomb. I love how everyone has attitude, even the mirror. At times the story is sad like when we see what the poor magician has become without his friend Shraga the mirror. My Favorite part was when Queen Anagrola was trying to kill Snow White, and how many times it took before she finally got it.

This is a great series but not for the kids.

Fifo 50 States by Hayley Rose

Fifo "50 States" - Hayley Rose, Jessie B. Orlet

This book is awesome!! Each set of pages in the book is about a different state that makes up United States. The states are in alphabetical order. This book is filled with facts about each state. You learn the states name, the state motto, the capital, the state flower, tree, and bird. The 2nd page in each set is an adorable illustration showing things about each state including the state flag, the state shape, and things the state is known for.

I personally enjoyed this book as much if not more then the kids, and they loved it. I learned a lot too. This is an awesome book for kids of all ages. I personally believe a child is never to young to start learning. Hayley Rose has done a fabulous job with this book from the facts to the illustrations.

I was given my copy of the book by the Author.

Scribble & Author by Miri Leshem-Pelly

Scribble & Author - Miri Leshem-Pelly

This is a super quick story to read. It's about Scribble who is a scribble and Author who actually is writing the book and also made Scribble. In the story Scribble basically comes to life and wants a friend. Author takes Scribble back to the beginning of the story and helps Scribble overcome his fears on his journey to find a friend. 

 

This book helps with overcoming fears in a way that makes Scribble think for himself. I personally love children's books that include a lesson of some sort and this ones gently takes on fears. Miri Leshem-Pelly has done a great job with this book and the illustrations are really fn as well. They each feature some type of art giving Scribble a situation to overcome, like climbing a mountain. Each picture also includes some sort of an art supply like paintbrush, tape, and even pencil shavings. 

 

I was given my copy of the book from the Author for reviewing purposes. These are my own thoughts on the book though. 

Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada by Timothy J. Baroni

Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada (A Timber Press Field Guide) - Timothy J. Baroni

Excellent book!!  Everything you ever anted to know about the multiple species of mushrooms. The book gives you an amazing color picture of the mushroom, the scientific and known name, a full description, size, colors, smell, taste and more. it also tells you if they are poison.

 

Mushrooms are actually beautiful. The pictures re stunning. Some pictures are of the mushroom growing and others are of picked mushrooms. I never knew there were so many species of mushrooms growing wild all over the northeastern part of the united States. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

The Essential Garden Design Workbook by Rosemary Alexander; Rachel Myers

The Essential Garden Design Workbook: Completely Revised and Expanded Third Edition - Rosemary Alexander, Rachel Myers

This book is filled with so much information. It is a wonderful way to plan not only your personal gardens but to do it on a professional level. A lot of the books is pointed towards the professional level but I was able to learn a whole lot on the personal level. There are forms in the books that can be used to work out your ideas and plans. There are also tons of tips.

 

I have never personally done a blueprint of my gardens I just plant things where I think they will look good. Sometimes it works out sometimes not so much. Now I have a better understanding of how and where to put the plants I want and have them actually grow.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot - Melissa Cynova

I am fascinated with Tarot and have been for years.  I own several tarot decks and have reads tons of books. Some of the books I have read have been more like a text book, others were written so hard no one could actually understand them. This book on the other hand was very simple to read and understand.  I love the easy to follow directions. I love how this book is also to the point while adding some life experience and even a little humor.  I love that this book was written by a person who has actually used tarot cards and has come up with the simple to follow ways of the book. A lot of books just seem to be written by someone who has never picked up a card much less used them.  

 

This is one of those books you want to keep around as well. A refresher is always a good thing when working with tarot cards since most of us do not use them on a daily basis. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books by Marta McDowell

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books - Marta McDowell

As a child I loved Little House on the Prairie both the books and the TV show. I still watch reruns now and then. This book is an awesome addition to anyone who loves Laura Ingalls Wilder and her adventures. It actually gives you actual historical facts. It introduces you in depth to more people mentioned in the story like Momma and Poppa Ingalls' family and more.

 

There are wonderful drawings, pictures, and maps in this book. It gives you an even deeper understanding of life during Laura's time.  You also learn about the small towns, the foods both wild and farmed and so much more. it really is a very interesting book. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.