I apologize for disappearing from visiting blogs and answering your comments. After a bad fall a couple of weeks ago, I suffered days of headaches, body pains, and raccoon eyes. It was the last that worried a medic at my husband’s job site. He said because it took a few days for the bruising to show, I should go into the doctors in case there was a skull fracture and possible brain bleed.
Needless to say, I booked an appointment immediately, got in within a couple of days, and was directed to the hospital emergency room for assessment and a CAT Scan. The good news: No fracture and the headaches are easing.
Now, to catch up with all of you!
My first book review today is a middle-grade Christmas mystery by D.L. Finn.
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Things on a Tree is a fun middle-grade fantasy from the talented hand of D.L Finn.
Aimee is sick at Christmastime and wants nothing more than a hug from her father who died in a car accident the year before. Sad and depressed, Aimee falls asleep staring at the Christmas tree and awakens to a new, fantastical, and dangerous world.
With the help of three kitten tree ornaments come to life, a whimsical elf named Holly, and her long-lost grandma, Aimee works to save Christmas (regaining her belief in Santa Claus along the way) and reverse time to bring back her dad.
Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life and add dimension to a classic tale of faith, love and trust against impossible odds.
A great read for children and adults alike!
Entrepreneur Hailey Sharp is determined to make her preppy salad bistro a success if only she can convince customers to enter. The coffee shop next door has no problem drawing a crowd, which pushes Hailey to edgier campaign promotions.
Wes escapes New York and family stress to start again in a new place. When a chance encounter with a woman he mistakes as a blind date goes wrong, he begins to wonder if he made the right decision. Determined to apologize for his bad behavior, Wes tracks Hailey down and though there is an immediate chemistry between them, they decide it’s best to become friends to protect their damaged hearts.
This is an enjoyable slow-burn romance with plenty of humorous moments and a good guy hero- what more could you want? 🙂
“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”
With over 97,000 five-star reviews, The Nightingale is a life-changing story of two very different sisters and their survival during WW11.
Vianne Mauriac was a young teenager when her father came home from the war a changed man. Gone was the loving, caring man who adored his family, leaving a broken shell in his place. When her mother died shortly after, leaving Vianne to care for her baby sister, she is overwhelmed and escapes by marrying her boyfriend, Antoine.
Isabelle was only a four-year-old precocious girl when her mother died and her father began what would be years of sending her to this nanny or that finishing school in the hope of taming her spirit while avoiding the responsibility of raising her himself. Vianne was too busy with her new husband to have time for a troublesome sister, leaving Isabelle to go through her life feeling unloved.
When the Second World War begins and Germans invade France, the girls are tested in ways they could never have envisioned.
While Vianne’s husband goes off to war, she is forced to billet a German soldier while trying to keep her and their daughter alive on minuscule rations and freezing winter conditions.
Isabelle finally finds a release for her rebellious heart by joining the French Resistance, a movement to free France from German oppression. She becomes known as The Nightingale and leads daring rescue missions of allied soldiers through the Pyrenees mountains.
There are many heartbreaking moments in this book with atrocities I could never have imagined. This is such an important read. Many of us are too young to know much about World War 11. My mom says when her uncle returned, he refused to talk about it and often suffered horrible nightmares.
With the conflict in Ukraine and the recent fight in Afghanistan, it’s even more crucial for our generation to truly understand what WAR means. It’s brutal, demeaning, deadly, and unnecessary. Shouldn’t we have learned how to live together as one by now?
The kids made it safely to New Zealand and are recovering from jetlag. They’re doing a bit of exploring and getting a feel for their new home before school starts next month.