Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: Sweet: Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy, and More by:Food Network Contributors

 Sweet: Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy, and More
About the Book:
TAKE ALL THE GUESSWORK OUT OF DESSERT! Food Network Magazine editors have picked their all-time favorite treats and put them into one amazing book. In Sweet, you’ll find over-the-top brownies, super fun cupcakes, show-off layer cakes, one-of-a-kind cookies and so much more.

This great collection includes recipes for any occasion, with step-by-step instructions and full-page color photographs to help you along. You don’t need to be an experienced baker to get started. Every dessert in this book is easy to follow—and totally foolproof. Each recipe has been triple-tested, so you know it’ll come out just right. Flip through and you’ll find some fun surprises, too: a bowl made of chocolate, a spectrum of frosting colors and a cake that looks like a giant caramel apple. Check out what’s inside!

About the Author:
FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE, a joint venture of Hearst Corporation and Food Network, launched in 2008 and quickly became America’s best-selling food magazine.

My Review:
 In the Patterson home, it is no secret that we love our sweets! Everybody who knows us, knows that we don't skip dessert. The editors of The Food Network magazine, have put together there best loved and most popular sweet yummy's for all of us to make at home. They include Cupcakes&Whoopie Pies, Cookies&Bars, Candy&Snacks, Pies&Crumbles, Fake-Out Cakes, Show-off Cakes, Frozen Treats, and Holiday Desserts. So for any and I repeat any sort of desert that you need for an important occasion or just for a good old dessert appropriate for after dinner any day of the year, this book has it!

 Each recipe has been tested many times before put into the book and each one has complete directions and full color photographs. This book is a big one at just over 300 pages, filled to the brim with all kinds of sweets. Your family will love it!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books.

Review: A Light in the Wilderness by:Jane Kirkpatrick

 A Light in the Wilderness
About the Book:
Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.
Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband that she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.
Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.
As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill.

Based on a true story.

About the Author:
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

My Review:
 Letitia is happy to finally be holding freedom literally in her hands. Having earned her right to freedom, she is able to live a life all her own. But when an Irish immigrant cattleman, Davey Carson wants her to run away with him to the west, Letitia will have to take a chance in this situation.

 Nancy Hawkins never wanted to leave her simple, settled life but for her husband she would do it in a heartbeat. Letitia and Nancy met in an unusual sort of way, Nancy needed a doctor and Letitia being a midwife two of them hit it off right away.

 Kalapuya Indian, Betsy takes care of her grandson in the Williamette Valley in Oregon. With the ways of her people imbedded deep in her soul, she teaches her grandson the wisdom and ways of her people---their people.

 These three women become life long friends as they face trial after trial in the American wilderness. With God as their leader they can get through anything they may face.

 Jane Kirkpatrick is a down to earth author, that takes a true story and turns it into a masterpiece. I usually enjoy any of her writings because they are so raw and real. I hope she never stops writing because it is a joy to review her books!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

Litfuse Review: Home To Chicory Lane by:Deborah Raney

Home to Chicory Lane (Chicory Inn #1)
About the Book:
Audrey Whitman s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she s pulling makes it clear she s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn's husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

About the Author:
Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deborah on the web at DeborahRaney.com.

My Review:
 I have always wanted to visit a bed and breakfast, but have never been able to do so. It has been a dream of mine since I was a child. The Whitman's are turning their home into one, because it has also been a lifelong dream. Their five children have all grown and gone&it just seems like it is time for these empty-nesters to do all those things that they have wanted to do all these years.

 Audrey is very nervous about opening weekend and all the reactions it will bring as well as the patrons that will be led their way. But when Audrey's daughter arrives with a U-haul attached to her vehicle this could mean trouble for the dream yet realized or does it?

 The author has laid before us a very simple storyline with added conflict. It isn't just a simple, whimsical story. Its words involve people that seem like our neighbors but that have true problems in their lives, just like we all do. It is a sweet, simple story that leads us back home!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

Review: Meet Me in Barcelona by:Mary Carter

 Meet Me in Barcelona
About the Book:
A surprise trip to Barcelona with her boyfriend, Jake, seems like the perfect antidote to Grace Sawyer's current woes. The city is dazzling and unpredictable, but the biggest surprise for Grace is discovering who arranged and paid for the vacation.
Carrie Ann wasn't just Grace's foster sister. Clever, pretty, and mercurial, she was her best friend--until everything went terribly wrong. Now, as she flees an abusive marriage, Carrie Ann has turned to the one person she hopes will come through for her. Despite her initial misgivings, Grace wants to help. But then Carrie Ann and Jake both go missing. Stunned and confused, Grace begins to realize how much of herself she's kept from Jake--and how much of Carrie Ann she never understood. Soon Grace is baited into following a trail of scant clues across Spain, determined to find the truth, even if she must revisit her troubled past to do it. 

About the Author:
Mary Carter is the author of many novels, including Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do for You, My Sister's Voice, and Sunnyside Blues. Her work also appears in the New York Times bestselling anthologies No Place Like Home and Holiday Magic. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

My Review:
 After receiving a bad review, Grace just needed to get away from it all. But because she had to leave her mother, she wasn't sure if she would be able to run from her current issues. Her mother seemed more irritated, after the diagnosis, it seemed things only got worse and the reality of her days beings numbered seemed clearer than ever. When Grace's boyfriend, Jake wins a surprise vacation it seems to be the light at the end of the tunnel Grace has been looking for.

 Carrie Ann runs to Grace's side for safety from her abusive husband--in spite of Grace misgivings she will try to help her. All too soon things take a turn for the worst when both Carrie Ann and Jake both come up missing, leaving Grace all alone to try and search for them. She starts to follow the vaguest clues all in hopes of finding her loved ones.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Pump Up Your Book.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard by:Janice Dean

 Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard by Janice Dean
About the Book:
Freddy the Frog loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when a blizzard rolls in?

About the Author:
Known as “Janice Dean the Weather Machine,” Janice Dean has been predicting the weather on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since 2004. She is a trained meteorologist and she loves to share her scientific knowledge, and the inspiration that led to her passion for weather, with kids and adults alike. Before Fox, she had a long career working at various radio and TV stations as a DJ, anchor, and host.

Russ Cox is an award-winning illustrator and animator, and founder of Smiling Otis Studio. His illustrations have won first-place in the Published, People's Choice, and Emerging Artist categories at the New England The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference. He lives in Maine with his wife, their four cats, and a banjo.

My Review:
 Freddy is always been the go-to guy in town for the weather forecasts. He really had his work cut out for him when a blizzard was headed towards Lilypad. He really didn't want to scare anyone, but in so many ways, the townspeople didn't really take him too seriously. He cared for them and didn't want them to get hurt or be unprepared. So he set about ways to help them get through this troublesome time. After all from past storm events, Freddy learned that being prepared is the best thing to do especially in an extreme weather event such as a blizzard.

 One of Freddy's good friends Polly Woggins was more concerned with during live reports in the middle of the storm instead of making sure she was prepared. Freddy knew that he would have to step in and help his friend and that is exactly what he intended to do. Freddy packed his friend a blizzard kit filled with all the things she would need during this major weather event items such as radio, first aid kit, blanket, flashlight, water, and a snack. And in spite of Polly reassuring him, she would be fine he still made sure the news van was equipped with the bag.

 Even though Freddy, his family and the whole town of Lilypad was about to endure a very troublesome storm, Freddy still found time to look out for his friends--he knew their safety and the safety of others was very important. Janice Dean, the author has also provided in the book some general terms related to weather and blizzards and has even included a Winter Storm Checklist. This book has a sweet story as well as tons of great information that will teach our children just how important it is to pay attention to those weather forecasts and to be prepared!

If you would like to purchase this book, you can do so at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: Trouble In Ippy-Tippy Town by:Katie Berdan

 Trouble in Ippy-Tippy Town
About the Book:
"More free stuff! More free stuff!" What happens in Ippy Tippy Town when the Gimmie Getters make everything free? Where will the money come from? Where will the food come from? What will the Wanna Workers do to save their town?

About the Author:
Katie Berdan is a writer and musician who lives in Wisconsin with her family. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and enjoys reading, music and painting.

My Review:
 A delightful children's book centered around the life of turtles that do as we do. So it shows children the life that they would have living the grown up world. A life where we work to pay for the things we need such as food, clothing, our homes, etc..The story is a touching, but compelling one in that it tells the story of Ippy Tippy Town, a town that is full of Wanna Workers that are just trying to survive in a town full of other turtles that aren't so ready to go out and work.

 While this book has a good sense of right and wrong I'm not real sure that I would want my child learning at such a young age, the way the author portrayed the government works. It was written in a way, that is a little difficult for a real young child to understand. I would recommend it for children around the age of 11 or 12, because they would fully grasp it---I believe. If you would like to read more reviews on this book, visit this link.

If you would like to purchase this book, you can do so at this link.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

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