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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

The Chocolatier's Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer

The Chocolatier's Wife - Cindy Lynn Speer

This was a very enjoyable book for me to read. Lately I have been having a stale feeling to most of the books I have been reading. Not that those books were bad in any way, they just seemed to pretty much the same story with different people and in different places. This book had a whole new story and has refreshed me. I think Cindy Lynn Speer has done a great job with this book. I like how she gave great descriptions but did not babble on. You got enough to understand where the story was taking place, or enough to figure out the person's reasoning, and things like that but there wasn't 3 pages over nonsense that had nothing to do with the story.  The book was not over romanced either, actually there really was very little romance since where these characters live Love does not really come into the emotional play like in our world. 


In the kingdom of Berengeny when children are born they are taken to the Wise Woman who casts a spell to choose the child's future spouse. One of the main characters William was taken to the Wise Woman and no face appeared to her. He was taken back each year with no results until his 7th birthday, when finally the face appeared. The Wise Woman then holds a brass plumb-bob over a map to see where the spouse lives. To his families dismay she lived in the North part of the Kingdom. The North and South parts of the Kingdom have been fighting for over 500 years. 


William does not take this badly and sends a letter to his intended Tasmin Bey. She is still a baby at this time. William continues to send letters and gifts over the years to Tasmin. They become friends through these letters and are actually excited about finally meeting each other face to face. Even though both sets of parents do not wish for this marriage to ever take place. 


Finally Tasmin turns 18 and is sure William will send for her. But he does not. He has been a sea captain and decided it was time to return home open a Chocolate shop and send for Tasmin as soon has his business is making a decent profit.  But then he is accused of murder. He is arrested for killing the local Bishop with poisoned chocolates from his shop. 


William writes tasmin to let her know she is off the ook to marry him an accused murderer and that he is innocent. Tasmin goes to William to try and help clear his name. you will have to read the book to find out what happens next. 


Phoebe’s Gift (Peace in the Valley #2) by Jerry S. Eicher

Phoebe’s Gift (Peace in the Valley Book 2) - Jerry S. Eicher

Phoebe's Gift is book 2 in the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher.  Phoebe Lapp is our main character in this book. The book is a bt confusing at first but once the story gets moving it was well worth the read. 


Phoebe's moves to her beloved Grandmother's farm to care for when she becomes sick. After her Grandmother passes away and it is up to her to take care of things.  After her Grandmother's passing she learns of her dream of running a pony farm to help English children who have been abused. She also learns that her Grandmother's neighbors David and his sister Ruth were to help her run the farm. Now  Phoebe has to decide on what to do. Keep the farm idea or bury her Grandmother's dreams as well a David and Ruth's or to make a go of the farm.


On top of deciding what to do about the farm she learns that Ruth is considering jumping the fence and going to live in the English world.  She also learns that David has started to have feelings for her. All of this on a woman with no self esteem. 


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

Mary's Home (Peace in the Valley #3) by Jerry S. Eicher

Mary's Home (Peace in the Valley Book 3) - Jerry S. Eicher

Mary's Home is book 3 of the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher. In this book we meet Mary Yoder. Her dreams are to be a upstanding citizen in her Amish community and to have a home and family of her own.  This was a really good book. Kept me reading to see which shoe so to speak was going to drop next. There was a lot going on in this book. 


At first she meets Josiah and they decide to marry. Right before the wedding he decides he no longer wants to get married. Mary is left heart broken. Later on she finds out he has found a new love and has set his new wedding date. It just so happens to be the same date they were to be married.  


Stephen another man from her community then sets his on on Mary. Mary dos not care for Stephen in the same way and decides her best bet is to help Stephen find his mate since she does not want it to be herself. 


Then Mary meets Willard. Willard is the some on Mary's neighbor. He has come to visit for a week.  Willard has his own plans for life. He is a missionary to Kenya. As Mary and Willard spend time together during the week their feelings grow for each other. Mary is left wondering what God's plans for her are. Should she marry Willard and go to Kenya or stop the romance and stay in the community hoping for another chance at her dreams of her own home and family. 


Also int he book we meet Mary's sister Betsy. As a child Betsy was burned in an accident on her face and has scars. Betsy is considering jumping the fence and living in the English world. Mary has more to worry about then just her dreams as she tries to help Betsy.  


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

Rush Album by Album by Martin Popoff

Rush: Album by Album - Martin Popoff

Rush was formed in the early 70's in Canada, then moved to the UK. The band consists of  Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. I have basically listened to this band pretty much all of my life, or at least as long as I can remember. I love so many of their songs. I'll bet pretty much everyone knows at least part of the lyrics to Spirit of the Radio. I was thrilled to have a chance to check out this book. The book is amazing. it has so much information not only about the band but their albums, their songs and more. The pictures are awesome as well. This really is a great book, perfect for anyone who loves Rush or just loves music in general. 


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


A Way of Life: Zen Monastics at Work and at Play by Paul Davis

A Way of Life: Zen Monastics at Work and at Play - Paul Davis

I have to admit I have honestly never really thought that much about Buddhist Monks and Nuns and their way of life. Many people like myself just knew what we see on television. A bunch of people wearing long robes walking around praying. This book will open every ones eyes about the way of life of the buddhist Monks and Nuns. Paul Davis has done an amazing job with about 50 black and white photos in this book, we can now see the truth in their lives. The photos show an array of activities from playing kickball to washing dishes. There is a smile in just about every picture. There are quotes throughout the book as well. I was actually touched by some of the quotes. I feel just by looking through this book I have a new understanding of the lives of the Buddhist Monks and Nuns, at work and play. 


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

Natural Wonders of Assateague Island Mark Hendricks

Natural Wonders of Assateague Island - Mark Hendricks

Absolutely stunning photographs in this book. The pictures are so vivid it almost makes you feel like you are seeing all the wildlife and nature in person. i would love to go the Assateague Island and see all the wonder of this place in person. Mark Hendricks has done an amazing job of introducing readers to the beauty with is stunning photos. I also enjoyed the short stories he added throughout the book. I never knew this Island used to be part of the mainland as part of Ocean City Maryland until a storm in 1933. 

This is a fabulous book. Everyone who loves nature and wildlife should have a copy of this as part of their library.


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

The ABCs of Being Me by Theresa A. McKeown

The ABCs of Being Me - Theresa A. McKeown

The Abc's of me is a great book for all children. The book starts with the letter A and goes through the whole alphabet giving a different thought, feeling, or emotion for each letter. The book tells you the name of the emotion, thought , or feeling. Then explains what each is. After you read the page there is an exercise for the kids to complete like answering a question or making a list for each emotion, thought, or feeling. 


This book is good for even small children to help them learn more about their feelings. I personally love books that teach kids instead of just entertaining them. The lessons do need to entertain them as well. This book does both.  Theresa A. McKeown has done a great job. The illustrations in the book are done very well also. 

The Day Job is Murder (McKinley Mysteries) by Carolyn Arnold

The Day Job is Murder - Carolyn Arnold, Lisa Dawn Martinez

This is a very short book. Only takes a couple of hours to read. It is kind of a love at first site story mixed with a rags to riches story. Being such a short story it does feel a bit rushed. Even though there is a murder it is a sweet story.


Sarah and Sean are cops and partners. They are in love with each other but Sarah is afraid to act on it. She is afraid if they were to break up it would ruin everything including their jobs. While investigating a murder Sarah who always reads the obits runs across a friend of Sean's in the newspaper. Sean goes to the funeral and learns he will be inheriting something.

This is Texas, Y'All! by Misha Blaise

This is Texas, Y'All!: The Lone Star State from A to Z - Misha Blaise

Super interesting book of random facts. This book is Texas Yall!! Everything you ever wanted to know about Texas and a ton of things you didn't.. There are some quick tidbits and also come longer stories and history. There are even quotes by famous people about Texas. 


Did you know October 26 is Chicken Fried Steak Day? Neither did I until I read this book. The Iron Skillet is the official state cooking vessel of Texas. This book is really filled with so much interesting facts. It's great for kids and adults both.


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

Crystal Magic: Mineral Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans (Paperback) by Sandra Kynes

Crystal Magic: Mineral Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes

I have been interested in Crystals and stones for years. I have several books on crystals btu one can never have too many books or stop learning about something that interests them. This is without a doubt one of the most in depth books I have read on Crystals. It does more then show you a picture of the crystal and give you a 1 paragraph history and uses of the crystal. The book actually teaches you how to choose your crystals, how to care for them, and most importantly how to use them.


This is definitely not one of those books you read once and put away. This is a reference book and while using your crystals you will want to pull this book out again and again. The book is very well written in easy to understand terminology so everyone will benefit from this book whether you are a beginner or have been working with crystals for many years.


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

The Crime Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) by DK Publishing

The Crime Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - DK, Cathy Scott

A terribly interesting book. I only say terrible because of the subject matter. The book is all about crime. All of the crimes people have heard about from Grave robbing to Aileen Wuornos and everything before, during, and after. The book gives you a pretty full story of each crime, when, where, how, and when they were stopped as well as how they were judged in court. The book is broken down into sections like robberies, serial killers, and more. I personally couldn't put the book down once I started it.


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

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman - Loryn Brantz

Hysterically funny look at Being a woman. The book is written almost as a comic strip. It covers lots of female subjects like manicure tips, how to get the interest of your man, and much more. The book is a very quick read but it will bring a smile to your face. it gives you a whole new outlook on being Woman. 



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

Little One by Timothy G. Huguenin

Little One - Timothy G. Huguenin

The creep factor in this book was over the top for me. I was on vacation with my Daughter and Grand Kids when I started reading this book. I was setting outside on the front porch of the cabin surrounded by a mountain in a very dark area while reading this. All at once I felt the need to go in the house and not read anymore. I also turned the TV on for the night in the room I was sleeping in, and I had only read half the book.


The book is about Kelsea Hendricks Stone. She was given up for adoption as a young child. She doesn't remember her life before being adopted. Her birth parents have passed away and left her their house and possessions. Kelsea heads to a remote town in West Virginia to clean out the house and get it ready to sell.


What Kelsea doesn't know is there is a spirit living in the house and she is not a happy one. Kayla, the spirit, is looking to revenge her death and really doesn't care who she takes out if they get in her way. She died at age 6 and has had 25 years to plan her revenge. Now that the adults are gone it is time to get her revenge on the person responsible for her death.

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

Silvia's Rose (Peace in the Valley #1) by Jerry S. Eicher

Silvia's Rose (Peace in the Valley Book 1) - Jerry S. Eicher

This was quite the story. It is an Amish story and although I do not know that much abut the actual Amish beliefs i was a bit confused a few times over how things were handled in the book. It was a very good book though.

Esther husband Minister Lonnie Stoltzfus has passed away and left her to raise their small daughter Diana alone. Esther remembers a man she had met during her rumspringa and knows that he has also lost his wife. Esther decides to move to the new community where Isaiah is now living and is also a minister. Esther was very happy being the wife of a minister and is positive that the lord is leading her to Isaiah.

On the day she arrives she is immediately welcomed by everyone in her new community including Isaiah. As she meets her neighbors she becomes friends with her also widowed neighbor Joseph. Joseph owns a greenhouse and offers a space for Esther to grow her garden. As they get to know each other Joseph tells her wonderful stories of the love he and his wife an English woman shared. This gets Esther to thinking and wanting a true love, not just a marriage out of convenience and respect.

Joseph also has a thing for roses. He learned from his wife who had a PHD in horticulture before she became Amish and before she passed away how to tend to roses and to graft them to make new varieties. Before long Joseph and his roses gets Esther, Isaiah, Joseph, and Arlene (Joseph's girlfriend) all in hot water.

Everyone has to decide how to overcome their troubles and still get what they want out of life.

I really can't say about the parts that confused me a but because ti would give to much of the story and take away from the next reader. But there were a few quirky things in the book that either goes against what people believe the Amish are about, like money matters.

Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age by Chronicle Books

Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age - Various, Bill Bragg

The stories in this book are reprints of original Victorian era stories. They are pretty much written with the old english and can be a little hard to follow at times. I caught myself rereading a few lines to make sense of it to my brain. Don't get me wrong the stories are great, spooky, and eerie, you just have to pay a bit more attention while reading. The stories are short, there are 7 stories in the book. The stories are written by people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and more. I personally think they left the best for last I liked The screaming Skull by F. Marion Crawford the most out of the 7 stories. They were all great though. 


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

Ghosts of the Civil War by Rich Newman

Ghosts of the Civil War: Exploring the Paranormal History of America's Deadliest War - Rich Newman

I am ready to pack my suitcase and head out for all the spots in this book. I have actually visited several of the places in this book but now I want to go back and recheck them all with this book as my field guide. I have been to Gettysburg more then once and have experienced things and even have some photos of things. I have been to Chickamauga, I even lived in Kennesaw , and have been to many more of the battle fields. I am a huge Civil War Buff, I also love Ghosts and Ghost stories. A lot of the stories in this book I have heard before but some I have not. To me this book was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.