Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Currently Reading - Mamas Map - Cindi Handley Goodeaux




Currently Reading - Mamas Map - Cindi Handley Goodeaux
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Genre - Childrens Book 
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Burb below ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
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Shy Penelope Possum is lost. Princess Jellibean joins her quest in looking for clues to find the way back home.
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The second book in the Adventures of Princess Jellibean series is filled with friendship, fun, and unexpected finds - after all, the best adventure is yet to come!

Book Review - The Greatest Race - A. Lawati






Book Review 

Title - The Greatest Race  
Author - A. Lawati
Book Details - ebook
Genre - Childrens Book
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I was contacted by this author on Twitter and gifted a copy in exchange for a honest review
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My view on what this book is about....
Winter had arrived early in Yosemite National Park, so every animal hurried about getting food in.  Meerza the wise old tortoise was left to look after the younglings..  Younglings consisted of sparrows, rabbits, fox, snake and a few others.  So to keep them occupied Meerza decided that they were all going on an adventure.  However first of all they had to warm up, but some of them had trouble with the exercise and began to cry, so Meerza decided to tell them the story about the greatest race.... and off Meerza told of a story about, well what was it about?  What had the younglings so enthusiastic and eager to listen?  Whatever it was it did the trick and dried up all the tears.
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My thoughts ...
I was contacted  by the author with a free copy in exchange of an honest review.   Do you remember the tale between the rabbit and the tortoise when you were little?   .... well this is a modern adaptation to that story.  I found this a delightful little story, as what kiddie doesn't relate to an animal?   Although a childrens book, I really enjoyed the memory of what this little book was putting across....  at my age, one tends to  forget that one no longer can do things in the speed one used to do it in.  The book also talks about patience and having more of a "wait and see"  attitude.  The book shows us how we use patience in the right way.  The book also show us that if we keep going and are willing to adapt and work harder, that the end result will be rewarding.  The book shows us the strength in unity and if we are divided we have a higher chance of failing.  To honour challenge and show patience in the differcult times.
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My favourite quote ....
Keep it simple and focus on strategy
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More thoughts on this book ...
Each beginning of the chapter has a beautifully illustrated, pencil drawing. I found this story very clever, it is a story, within a story, beautifully told, and beautifully executed.  A pleasure to read.
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Rating System
Goodreads - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ .... 5 stars and well worth it too
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Recommendation
This book comes highly recommended by me and  this is suitable for children aged 7 - 12.  I also recommend it to anyone who likes childrens books to read that has important life lessons attached to it and also to anyone who likes different adaptations to well known stories of old.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Book Review - Winters WALK - Mel A ROWE




Book Review

Title - Winter's WALK 
Author - MEL A ROWE 
Book Details - ARC - eARC - On Sale - 23 August 2019 - Novella
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Genre - Contemporary/Romance
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I was approached by the author on Instagram for reading the ARC of Winters Walk, in exchange for a honest review.
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My view on what this book is about....
Jessica -  who has been a victim in a hit and run accident and landed herself in a wheel chair, she sets a goal to become independent again.  Having not much luck with Mum and Dad, smothering her like cotton wool, Jessica decides to high tail it to a remote place to find her mojo.
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Jessica decides on setting a goal, to trek the Larapinta trial.  However, she thought she was going to do this by herself, little did she know a new companion, Brett was going to be there to break her fall.  Does Jessica make it?  She has 6 weeks to get ready and then what after that?  Stay in the country with Brett?  Or is something else on the horizon taking effect?
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My thoughts ...
I absolutely adored this little novella....  I was given this ARC by the author in an exchange for an honest review.
I found Winters Walk, just that, the novella felt like a refreshing walking in the sunshine, while listening to a friend talk.  It was such a friendly, chatty book and a book of love and romance.  I admired the main character, Jessica, for being determined to take charge of her life.  I also congratulate the author for her concept and her plotting.  I did actually look up the Larapinta trial to see what terrain it consisted of, certainly something you wouldnt want to do in summer, thats for sure. I don't really want to give too much away, but it does have a happy ending.
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Rating System ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I gave Winters Walk 5 Stars.
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Recommendation
Winters Walk comes highly recommended to me and would suit anyone who likes contemporary romance, who likes novellas,  who likes trekking outdoors, who likes strong female characters, who likes happy endings and who likes Australia, as there are mentions of Alice Springs and of course the Larapinta Trial.
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A personal thank you goes out to the author for such an inspiring book, your book is very much appreciated and thank you for letting me read it free of charge.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Currently Reading - The Greatest Race - A. Lawati


Currently Reading 

The Greatest Race
A. Lawati
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Genre - Childrens Book
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Gul, a young Afghan Tortoise in Yosemite Park, who impulsively accepts a challenge to race from the Cottontail Clan of rabbits. The rabbits, who are distant cousins of the hares, have been twitching for a rematch ever since the legendary race where the tortoise outsmarted the hare. Set in the harsh yet rich landscape of Yosemite, this fun to read adventure story teaches children about collaboration and fostering relationships while raising awareness about illegal poaching.
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One cold winter day in Yosemite, Baba Meerza, an afghan tortoise elder taken from his home in Margalla National Park in Pakistan along with his Horsfieldii Clan by poachers, tells the forest younglings a story about a young tortoise named Gul, who is unaware that his clan's survival in Yosemite Park depends on the outcome of the race. He accepts the challenge for a rematch with Big Ears, the fastest Cottontail rabbit. Little do the tortoises know that the challenge is a well laid out plan by Bushy, the leader of the Cottontails, to get rid of the Horsfieldii clan once and for all.
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This story has a double narrative structure, a story within a story and has an underlying message, that there are no losers but only winners. Additionally, this story for ages 7 to 12 and aims to help children deal with transitions in a positive way by using Gul as a role model when he adapts to change and overcomes challenges in a positive manner.

Currently Reading - Winter's WALK - MEL A ROWE




Currently Reading
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Winter's WALK
MEL A ROWE
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ARC  -  eARC
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Genre - Contemporary Romance 
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She plans to work alone. He wants to be left alone.

What connects them is a country lane that may be their pathway to love—if only they’d stop irritating each other

Recovering from a personal trauma, IT geek, Jessica, stumbles into Heart Springs with one goal in mind. What she hadn’t planned on was clashing with the bantering, blue-eyed, hard-bodied, Brett. 

Shouldering his own emotional tragedy, Brett prefers the solitude of his farm. Until he discovers his new neighbour, the disagreeable yet desirable Jessica standing in his way.

Over six long weeks of winter, these two torn souls somehow agree to work together. But do they dare act upon their mutual attraction, or will they walk away from each other for good?

From the lush countryside of New South Wales to the harsh Centralian outback, hike into the heart of this sweet, small-town rural romance. Where learning to let go of the past can be the most imperfectly perfect step towards love.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Book Review - Syrian Brides - Anna Halabi




Syrian Brides - Anna Halabi
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Ebook - 132 pages
Genre - Short story
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This book was given to me in exchange for a honest book review, via Goodreads.
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My thoughts:

Done in more of a style of a parable and not every story has its niceties, some have the woman being battered and slapped at, but I feel this is necessary in this type of story telling to see how strong these woman are to get beyond it all.... some are actually quite hilarious and I had quite a few LOL moments, and some I just adored the ingenious of the author and her creativity....  what comes to mind is the watermelon and fish incident.
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There is also another side to these stories, I found. I was drawn into the story of how Syrians live, the custom and the culture.  The author herself writes in such a friendly tone, that you right away feel quite comfortable in reading.  I also liked the fact that, there were footnotes on the pages, so I could refer to the bits and pieces of the cultural words.  It gave me more of an understanding of Syrian culture and lifestyle.  This book was quite an educational tool for me, not only did I learn more about the different foods, but I searched on Google maps to see where Syria is, I found it really facinating.
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This book comes highly recommended by me, I'm giving it 5 stars.  I do think the mature person would find this more of a treasure to read, where most would understand the situations these females would be in.  For me it was an understanding of the situations and I empathised with the woman characters.... so in saying that, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about Syria, the life, the food, their customs, etc.   To anyone who likes short stories.  To anyone who likes females as strong characters and anyone who has an understanding of what male domination is all about.
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I would like to sincerely thank Anna Halabi, for letting me read her book free of charge.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Currently Reading - Syrian Brides - Anna Halabi



Currently Reading 


Syrian Brides 
Anna Halabi
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Ebook - 132 pages
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Genre - Short story
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This captivating collection offers insights into the lives of Syrian brides-to-be and married women. 
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With warmth and humor, the stories reveal the oppression found in Syrian society, and raises issues such as domestic violence.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Book Review - Dr Mind - Burbuqe Raufi



Book Review
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Title - Dr Mind
Author - Burbuqe Raufi
Book Details - ebook.  Pages - 118
Genre - Memoir/Life Lessons/Positivity 
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The Time Before -  The author starts her story .." three years ago I had an ordinary life" (quote)... she then explains parts of her life, beginning with the birth of her son and the difficulties after it, ailments and stresses she had.
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This by no means is  a moan and groan book, this is neither an encyclopedia of diagnosis and medical in depth words that leave you overwhelmed.  This book is purely about a lady that just wanted to tell someone what she has been through and with that, maybe we can learn from the experiences she had, or maybe, we can identify ourselves with some issues she had.
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Shifting Into The Unknown .... after going to the doctor and to be told that she has a tumour, she then goes into denial, "how could this happen to me?  Give me all the migraines in the world but not a tumor" (Quote).  We are then lead into the authors world of how she coped.
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The author was shunted backwards and forwards, no one knew for sure whether the tumor was malignant.  With reading Louise Hays books and videos and repeating affirmations from them, she started to believe within herself that she was healthy, regards of what anyone else was thinking.  The time came when she saw one last doctor who through doing an ultrasound found that these tumors were harmless, although yearly checks would be needed.
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Quote -  I would go with my husband for long walks in the mountains and practice meditation, instead of doing continuous housework. 
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Quote - It was like magicians use  Abracadabra an Aramaic phrase meaning “I create as I speak"
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Quote - . It was a moment of a tiny miracle happening to me. I managed to use my power to change reality. It was a moment when a little baby of hope was born. I didn’t want further explanation. I knew exactly what had happened. I changed the course of my destiny. I created my own future with my own power.
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This is my second time reading, Dr Mind, and I'm so glad I did.  One forgets the power of affirmations, detering away negativity... negative people and such like.  Such a powerful and uplifting book that just shows that with a positive attitude, anything is possible.  The author is quite a fan of Louise Hays books, that I had to look up on Book Depository to see what they are all about.  Yet another lot of books I'm going to have to read and it's very enlightening to discover another author who believes that you CAN beat the odds, with a powerful mind, determination, courage and hope.  At the end of the book are a handful of healthy recipes you can try.
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I highly recommend this book, to anyone who has at some point in their time, gone through hardship, as there is an understanding that is required for this book, anyone who admires strong willed females, anyone with a positive attitude as what you read does determine what sort of person you are, and for anyone who is in for a much healthier life, as this will definately inspire you to do just that.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Quote from Love The Gift by Ellen Read


Love The Gift - Ellen Read

A moss-covered path tended its way around the magnolia tree.  Mark started along it, his leg brushing against the perennial border where cheerful yellow daffodils nodded their heads in greeting.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Book Review - The Haunting of Smith's Orchard - Jimmie R Pennington



Book Review
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Title - The Haunting of Smith Orchard
Author - Jimmie R Pennington
Book Details - ARC - eARC - pages - 118 
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The first siting of what was to become their home, a home with an Orchard...nothing wrong with that ... or is there?.  As they drove up in the old Lincoln Sedan they set their eyes on an old brick house.  To the rear of the house lay acres of apples, peaches and pear trees....it was the summer of 1960 (caught you off guard there, you thought I was going to say .. it was the summer of 69... but, no!)  Anyway, Timmy, Ellis and Wanda and Timmy's Dad, Ira, and mother, Ola, shifted from city to country life.  The old house was in disparate need of repairs, the rental fees reduced in exchange for keeping an eye on it.
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As with any kids a great adventure is when you get to a new house you want to explore.  Timmy, Ellis and Wanda were no different, intrigued by the sheep that were shorn in the barn to the antique Victrola, with a crank handle and vinyl records in a draw... all of which were in a musty attic.... however in the next smaller room, they found under a white sheet an old trunk with some photos and a wedding dress in it.  By this time they all thought it was a good idea to go back down stairs to see how Mum and Dad were doing ... however Wanda felt, as she closed the door, that this wouldn't be the last time.... and then there was a mysterious noise coming up from the attic.
It was heard again when Wanda and her Mum were sorting out the sewing room.... tingling and then a thump, so what was behind these strange noises?  And what was the tale about the wedding dress and the photo?  Was there a connection?  Nothing is as crystal clear as you would think.
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Oh what a book!   So many things happen.  One of the farmhands builds a club house for the kiddies and they go on so many adventures, including, getting bucked by a bull, trying to solve a mystery of a missing locket, to bats and chipmunks.  This book is so jam packed full, that the average reader will find trouble laying this down to rest.  
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I give it 5 out of 5.  It comes highly recommended by me and would suit anyone who loves adventures, this I will put up in the YA genre, although it's set out more of a pre teens book.  It so much reminds me of The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Looking at it from an adult perspective, I really enjoyed the easy going read and at times unputdownable.  I really enjoyed how the author revealed through the characters the mystery behind the locket, great concept at how he used these characters.
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Thank goes out to Crimson Cloak Publishing for letting me read it in exchange for a honest review.

Currently Reading - The Governess - Mary Kingswood

Currently Reading The Governess Mary Kingswood . Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads . The first of a brand new series by the auth...