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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

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.

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.