Jan 302021
 

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women – of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth – who back in the ’30s ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present – for Evelyn and for us – will never be quite the same again….

Thoughts
I watched the movie many years ago and loved it, and the book has been on my list to read for a long time . I don’t know why it took me so long to read (listen) to it.

I loved this book! The characters were well written, the story was very good. I didn’t want to stop listening to it.

I loved the characters Idgie, Ruth, Mrs. Threadgoode, Evelyn, Sipsey, and the rest of the characters. Well, not so much Frank Bennett.

I liked The Weems Weekly, it reminded me of a small town newspaper back in the 70’s. Even though the books jumps back and forth from year to year, it was easy to keep track. There wasn’t one “story” that I didn’t enjoy.

Fannie Flagg did a great job with this book and now I plan on watching the movie again tonight. There were a few parts in the book that were sad but others were laugh out loud funny.

The narrator was Lorna Raver and she did a fantastic job with all the voices!

I loved this book so much that when I finished it I bought a copy of  The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop and want to get a copy of Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook.

This book will probably be going on my top 10 favorite books of 2021 list.

 Posted by at 5:52 PM
Jan 272021
 

Join us for this tour from Jan 12 to Feb 1, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Weekend Pass by Paul Cavanagh
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  210 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher:  Not That London Writer
Release date:   Jan 19, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. Includes some f-words, religious profanities, and mature themes (addiction, adultery)


Weekend Pass packs a lot into fewer than two hundred pages. The dialogue never stutters. The writing is tight and clean and elegant with hidden depths that give pause for reflection and thought. It covers important, difficult themes in a compassionate, humanist way. It was an absolute pleasure to read.
Recommended, TheBookBag.co.uk

Book Description:

Who can forgive a mother who poisons her eight-year-old son? Even if it was an accident. Tasha thought she had everything under control – her family life, her career as a nurse – until her son got into her stash of painkillers. Now, during her first weekend home from drug treatment, she must come to grips with the damage she’s done and somehow pick up the pieces. Told from the points of view of four different family members, Weekend Pass is a story about the lies we tell ourselves and the people we love. And it’s about struggling to rise above the mistakes that threaten to define us.

Thoughts
This book deals with a very serious subject, substance abuse. Tasha is a mom and nurse, and she has an addition to painkillers. One day her young son finds her painkillers and he ends up in the hospital. The book takes place during a Tasha’s first “weekend pass” from a treatment facility.

The book describes how substance abuse can affect a family. The drugs can harm everyone in the family, not just the person with the addiction. It goes into the problems Tasha’s mom and dad had in their marriage, and  Tasha and her husband Baker’s problems. Baker is very angry at Tasha, with very good reason.

The book covers is an emotional read that will keep you turning the pages, wanting to find out how things unfold.

I have never read a book by Paul Cavanagh before but will check other books out.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

 

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Meet the Author:Paul Cavanagh is a Canadian author whose debut novel, After Helen,
won the Lit Idol competition at the London Book Fair in the UK and was
published to rave reviews in the United States, Canada, and the British
Isles. He’s been compared to Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler for his
ability to be at turns funny and moving while exploring the paradoxes of
modern family relationships. He lives in London, Ontario (not be be
confused with that other London). Weekend Pass is his third novel.

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Jan 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 14 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review
Jan 18 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Books Beans & Botany – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 22 – taketwolu – book review
Jan 22 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Jan 25 – The Bibliophilic World – book review
Jan 25 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book spotlight
Jan 27 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
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 Posted by at 5:30 AM
Jan 252021
 

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Book Title:  Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (8 to 12) ,  49 pages
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher:  Golden Harvest Publishers
Release date:   August 2019
Content Rating:  This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G. Appropriate for all audiences.

 

Book Description:
This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy
and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog
passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy,
the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and
therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and
suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most
difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that
can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in
this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any
family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages,
and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in
the back of the book.

Thoughts
This is a perfect book for anyone, not just children, who have ever lost a pet (or loved one). I’ve lost more than one and this book brought tears to my eyes.

The book says that pets who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge are still with us in our hearts, and we are still in their hearts. They still love and miss us just like we do them. It lets us know that they are ok and are with all the other animals that have journeyed on.

This is a very touching book and although it is written for children, I think adults who have lost a pet will love this book also.

At the back of the book is a section with prompts like “I miss the times when” and “My favorite memory of you is” to fill your thoughts and feelings, as well as a place to put photos where you can answering this sentence: “This picture is special because…”

The illustrator is Trish Murtha and she did a great job!

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Meet the Author:

Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning and the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss providing individual and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. She currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and is excited to branch out and offer more.

Having grown up on a farm, Leigh Ann’s childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies, dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love for, this extraordinary relationship.

Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy, live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie.

Visit Leigh Ann online at MourningToLightPetLoss.com.
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Jan 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Book World Reviews – book review / author interview
Jan 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Carpinello’s Writing Pages – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post/ giveaway
Jan 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 – The Momma Spot – book review
Jan 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 27  – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 1 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 1 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews  – book review
Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 3 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Pawesome Wisdom – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 4 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – Because I said so and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway

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 Posted by at 5:26 AM
Jan 212021
 

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Book Details:
Book Title:  Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Vinal Publishing
Release date:   December 8, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone

Book Description:
Esmeralda Dragon works the spotlight at the Metropolitan Ballet,
but what she really wants to do is dance. Encouraged by her friend
Harold to audition, Esmeralda takes a leap of faith only to discover
that she doesn’t quite fit in with the other ballerinas. But Esmerelda
isn’t ready to give up–and neither is Harold! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet
is a whimsical picture book that challenges body image expectations and
encourages little ones to go for their dreams.

Thoughts
This is a cute book that has a very important message.

Esmeralda Dragon works at the Metropolitan Ballet, working the spotlight. What she really wants to do though is to be a ballerina.

Every night after the show she practices her dancing and she keeps getting better and better. Harold the janitor suggests she audition for the ballet. Esmeralda thinks about this but isn’t sure. She wonders if she’s good enough and if it would be possible for a bigger dragon to be allowed to dance in the Ballet.

The book addresses body image and taking a chance when you are afraid you might not succeed. It is also about supporting your friends.

This would be a great book for preschoolers and kindergartner’s. It will hopefully give them the courage to do what they are excited about or have a passion for even if they are afraid.

The illustrations are vibrant and I love the color choices. I think both adults and children will love this book.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
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Meet the Author: Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons and many furry friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Renaissance fairies and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight.

Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com.

Jennifer’s work has been featured in national magazines including:
Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.

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Jan 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview
Jan 26 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Jan 26 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 26 – One Frugal Girl – book review
Jan 27 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – Amy’s Booket List – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
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Feb 4 –Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
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 Posted by at 8:55 AM
Jan 182021
 

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The House On The Water by Margot Hunt
Narrated by: Taylor Schilling
Series: Audible Original Stories
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
Original Recording Audiobook
Release date: 12-03-20
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Originals
Categories: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thriller & Suspense

Every year, Caroline Reed takes a trip with her best friend, Esme Lamont. They’re usually accompanied by their spouses—but this year, everything’s changed. Esme has just gone through a bitter divorce, and Caroline is wondering if her own marriage is reaching its breaking point, as she and her husband John cope with the discovery that their nineteen-year-old son has been abusing drugs. Still, the inseparable duo books a week-long stay at a beach-front home in Shoreham, Florida, inviting Esme’s brother, Nick, and his new husband, Ford, in hopes that the additional guests will help lighten the mood.

After a blissful first night in the vacation home, tragedy strikes, and one of the houseguests is found dead. While it’s assumed at first to be a horrific accident, it quickly becomes clear that there’s something more sinister at play, and over the course of this fast-paced, deeply chilling novella, the potential motives of each guest are revealed—until a shocking conclusion is reached.

Thoughts
This audiobook is not quite 3 hours but it is very faced paced and packed full of a very good murder mystery!

Getting to know these characters was fun and I liked all of them until close to the end. Then I learned some things about about a few of the that made me put them on the suspect list. One by one I thought about what each of them had to gain by the murder, and then made my choice.

I was wrong.

This is a very good thriller that will keep you guessing. It seemed like a full size novel to me, not  like a Novella, and I very enjoyed it very much.

I would definitely read more from this author

Taylor Schilling did a great job with the narration

 Posted by at 2:13 PM
Jan 122021
 

Neighbors

Neighbors by Danielle Steel

Meredith White was one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. But a personal tragedy cut her acting career short and alienated her from her family. For the last 15 years, Meredith has been living alone in San Francisco with two trusted caretakers. Then, on a muggy late summer day, a massive earthquake strikes Northern California, plunging the Bay Area into chaos. Without a moment’s hesitation, Meredith invites her stunned and shaken neighbors into her mostly undamaged home as the recovery begins.

These people did not even realize that movie star Meredith White was living on their street. Now, they are sharing her mansion, as well as their most closely kept secrets. Without the walls and privacy of their own homes, one by one, new relationships are forged. For every neighbor, there is a story, from the doctor whose wife and children fear him, to the beautiful young woman dating a dishonorable man, to the aspiring writer caring for a famous blind musician.

In the heart of the crisis, Meredith finds herself venturing back into the world. And thanks to the suspicions and dogged detective work of a disaster relief volunteer, a former military officer named Charles, a shocking truth about her own world is exposed. Suddenly Meredith sees her isolation, her estranged family, and even her acting career in a whole new light.

Filled with powerful human dramas, Neighbors is a penetrating look at how our world can be upended in a moment. In a novel of unforgettable characters and stunning twists, acts of love and courage become the most powerful forces of all.

Thoughts
This book was just what I needed to get out of the reading slump I’d been in for most of 2020.

In the 70’s & 80’s I bought every book by Steel as soon as it was published.  Same with Stephen King. Then for some reason I just stopped, and I have no clue why. I’ve read a few Kings in the last few years but not Steele. Then one day last month I saw this book. It lit a fire in me again. So I preordered a copy and patiently waited for it. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

There are quite a few characters in the book but it wasn’t hard to keep track of them. I loved getting to know their personalities. Some I loved, others I either liked or didn’t. One in particular made my temper flare up. But all of them made for a very interesting book.

I loved how these strangers came together because of a terribly destructive earthquake and tall but a few formed life long friendships and love. I loved that a broken relationship was healed, and a few were righted.

There are a few tough parts in the book but it’s worth reading through them because there are so many feel good and happy parts.

This was a 5* book from Steel and I can’t wait to read another one from her.

 Posted by at 3:01 PM
Jan 112021
 

1. Neighbors by Danielle Steel
2. The House On The Water by Margot Hunt
3. Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson
4. Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk
5. Weekend Pass by Paul Cavanagh
6. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag
7. MC Plays Hide and Seek by Eva Greyzel
8. It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
9. I Can Handle It! (Mindful Mantras) by Laurie Wright
10. Mia and Nattie – One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell
11. Journey To A New Earth: Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover A New Earth by Zeiny Sher
12. War At The Ice Cream Store by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
13. Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
14. The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg
15. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
16. Love, Clancy: A Dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover
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