Happy July

Happy July! Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July. I also hope you are lost deep into some fun summer read. I am going to step out on a limb and write about something I’ve not done on the blog before and give you all a few recommendations on children’s books. So let’s get to it…. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White: Good for ages 8 to 12, Grades 3-7 I read this book way back in middle school, more years ago than I like to count. I chose to read it for my classic book this
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Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Delicious is a novel written by food critic and former Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl. This novel is the first piece of fiction written by Reichl and it doesn’t disappoint. Billie, is a young woman who has an incredible palate and a love for cooking. She has lived her entire life in the shadow of her older sister, and struggled to find her own identity. When a business venture with her sister abruptly ends Billie leaves California and her family behind. She moves to New York City where she finds work at foodie magazine, “Delicious.”
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Life

Happy New Year and Happy February! It’s been nearly a year since I have posted and I apologize, life really got in the way last year. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t reading, and I hope you were too. Do you have an e-reader or Kindle with tons of books on it that you just haven’t gotten too? Well, that was me. I had 17 Danielle Steel books alone and I had gotten very behind, so my goal last year was to get them read and I did it! I also managed to squeeze in a few more. I’m not
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The Rainbow Comes and Goes; A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautifully written, powerful and honest book of conversations through correspondence between a mother and her son. Anderson Cooper who lives a busy life, as a journalist calls to check in with his mom last minute as he boards a plane to leave on assignment.  He is surprised to discovers that at age 91, she has been quite ill. Feeling guilty, and extremely concerned he battles with the thoughts of he should get off the plane and go straight to her, and the responsibility of his job. She tells him he must go, but
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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone is author Kristin Hannah’s newest novel and the book was released on Feb. 6, 2018.  The story circles around Ernt Allbright, his wife Cora and 13 year old daughter, Lenora, everyone calls her Leni. Ernt is a POW, home from the war, damaged and changed.  Physically he is fine, but emotionally and mentally Ernt is extremely unstable.  He is volatile, withdrawn and can’t hold a job. When Ernt is told that a military brother who is now dead, left him his rustic cabin in the untamed wilderness of Alaska, he moves his family to the last frontier. 
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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network is a beautifully written historical fiction novel.  The story knits together 3 lives, the tragedy of war and the all woman spy network that operated in Europe during the war seamlessly. The story weaves back and forth between 1947 and 1915 to tell the story of Eve, a woman who was embedded as a spy in The Alice Network during the war, and Charlie, a young pregnant teen in 1947 who is looking for her cousin Rose who disappeared during the war. Finn, helps Eve with her day to day life. She lives in depression, alcoholism and
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10 Most Favorite Books

We are well into the New Year and I thought it might be fun to share my 10 most favorite books with you, in case you are looking for something new to read.  I hope you find a book from the list that you love as much as I did. Let’s get to it, Flying South, A Pilot’s Inner Journey by Barbara Cushman Rowell A true story written by the wife of famed photographer Galen Rowell.  Barbara writes of her adventure of flying solo through South America.  She battles her fear, inner demons, injury and storms, but is determined to
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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Have you read any novels by Kristin Hannah yet? Winter Garden is the perfect book to read this winter, curled up under a nice fuzzy blanket.  Let yourself fall into the pages of this book, I promise you won’t be able to put it down. I first discovered Kristin Hannah’s books through book club several years ago and am working my way down through all of her 20 + novels. She writes so vividly and in color that you feel as though you are sitting in the novel with the characters. After finishing Winter Garden, I just couldn’t wait to
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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Happy Halloween, I just finished the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and thoroughly loved the story.  The book was published several years ago and has been sitting on my Kindle just waiting for me to finally pick it from the list. The Orphan Train is a historical fiction book that tells one girls story of immigration and being put on one of the orphan trains that traveled from the East coast to the Midwest, and was filled with orphaned children.  The children were taught how to present themselves to families looking for foster children or to simply use them
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Dishrags to Dirtbags by Brooke Santina

Happy Fall! Fall is my very favorite time of year.  I look so forward to cooler days, crisp cool nights, changing colors in the leaves and hot apple cider.  But, when you live in Southern California, sometimes fall is just a dream.  We are suffering with Santa Ana winds, hot, dry days and the fires have been tragic.  Yet, I will turn on the a/c, curl up with a blanket, cup of tea and a book to pretend it is fall outside. I have finished some really great books lately, so watch for them on the blog. The first one
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