Tuesday, March 20, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #TheMissingWife by @sheilaoflanagan #SheilaOFlanagan #HeadlineReview


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was great. It captures the false illusion of perfection. Imogen blows the top off the "prefect marriage" illusion after she takes off leaving everything behind. Big changes take big chances. I loved Imogen did what she needed to do to find her happiness. The setting is fantastic, Imogen is brave, human and strong. A beautifully woven tale illustrating how our past and present leads us to where you need to be. It was a great spring read and one that I recommend.

Monday, March 19, 2018

#MMBBR #Highlight #TheCravingCure by #JuliaRoss @juliarosscures @Flatironbooks


The Craving Cure: Identify Your Craving Type to Activate Your Natural Appetite Control

Drop Addictive Sweets and Starches--and Stop Weight Gain--in 24 Hours 

Featuring a 5-part questionnaire to help you identify your personal craving profile
Julia Ross, best-selling author and expert in nutrition and overeating, exposes the real reason so many of us can’t stick to a healthy diet: our favorite foods are engineered to be addictive. At her clinic in California, Ross and her colleagues treat food addiction where it starts--in the brain--by triggering our natural appetite-regulating neurotransmitters with nutrients called amino acids. It turns out that these protein concentrates boost our neurotransmitters, which broadcast sensations of satisfaction that no food, including chocolate, can override. Thousands of Ross’ clients have abolished their cravings for high-calorie confections using this simple nutritional strategy.
With The Craving Cure, Ross grants all of us access to this revolutionary approach. The process begins with a five-part questionnaire that helps you identify your unique craving profile and specifies the amino acid supplements you need to curb your specific cravings. Ross’ clear explanations of why and how to use the aminos empower you to reclaim your natural appetite control, and her anti-craving eating guidelines will permanently strengthen your dietary defenses. A well-researched and clinically-tested rejection of low-calorie, low-saturated fat, and low-protein diets, The Craving Cure reveals how we can effortlessly and permanently eradicate our cravings to lose weight, rediscover our nutritional heritage, and regain optimal mood, energy, and health.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

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#MMBBR #Review #LawAndVengeance by #MikePapantonio #SelectBooks


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is another book I had for review, but then ended up listening to it. It was a delight and kept me at the edge of my seat. What a fantastic listen. The story was intense, well paced with characters I enjoyed. I loved the suspense. I found myself sitting in the car in the driveway not wanting to come in because I was listening. A great listen!!!

#MMBBR #Highlight #WhereTheWildCherriesGrow by @lauramadeleine @MacmillanUSA #ThomasDunneBooks

How far must you run to leave the past behind in order to find love?
In Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine, it is 1919, and the end of the war has not brought peace for Emeline Vane. Lost in grief, she is suddenly alone at the heart of a depleted family. And just as everything seems to be slipping beyond her control, in a moment of desperation, she boards a train and runs away.
Her journey leads her to a tiny seaside village in the South of France. Taken in by café owner Maman and her twenty-year-old son, Emeline discovers a world completely new to her: of oranges, olives and wild herbs, the raw, rich tastes of the land. But soon secrets from home begin blowing in on the sea waves.
Fifty years later, Bill Perch, a young solicitor on his first case, finds Emeline’s diary, and begins to trace an anguished story of betrayal and love that will send him on a journey to discover the truth.
What really happened to Emeline all those years ago?

Laura MadeleineLaura Madeleine is the author of The Confectioner's Tale, Where the Wild Cherries Grow and The Secrets Between Us. After a childhood spent acting professionally and training at a theatre school, Laura changed her mind, and went to study English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She now writes fiction as well as recipes, and was formerly the resident baker and columnist for a popular lifestyle website. She lives in Bristol, UK, but can often be found visiting her family on the south west coast and getting up to mischief with her sister, fantasy author Lucy Hounsom. You can find her on twitter @lauramadeleine.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

#MMBBR #Highlight #TheLoveGap by @jennabirch #GrandCentralLifeStyle

The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life and Love

Jenna Birch
HARDCOVER BOOK - 1478920041 / 9781478920045

ELECTRONIC BOOK - 1478920033 / 978147892003

Available wherever books are sold January 23, 2018

A research-based guide to navigating the newest dating phenomenon--"the love gap"--and a trailblazing action plan to help smart, confident, career-driven women find (and keep) their match.
For a rising generation young women, the sky is the limit. Women can be anything and have everything. They are outpacing their male peers in higher education and earning the corner office at work. Smart, driven, assertive women are succeeding at just about everything they do--except romance.
Why are so many men afraid to date smart women?
Modern men claim to want smarts, success, and independence in romantic partners. Or so says the data collected by scientists and dating websites. If that's the case, why are so many independent, successful women winning in life, but losing in love? Journalist Jenna Birch has finally named the perplexing reason: "the love gap"--or that confusing rift between who men say they want to date and who they actually commit to. Backed by extensive data, research, in-depth interviews with experts and real-life relationship stories, THE LOVE GAP is the first book to explore the most talked-about dating trend today. The guide also establishes a new framework for navigating modern relationships, and the tricky new gender dynamics that impact them. Women can, and should, have it all without settling.

Jenna Birch is a health and lifestyle journalist. Her work appears frequently in print and online publications including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Psychology Today, Health, Women's Health and Yahoo, among many others.

FACEBOOK: @jennalbirch
TWITTER: @jennabirch
INSTAGRAM: @jennabirch

The Love Gap fills in the missing pieces of how and why relationships fail or fail to blossom into real, lasting love. Birch shows you how to make a decision about the relationship you’re in, and the relationship you want to be in. This book is destined to become a classic guide to succeeding in today’s relationships.” —Susan J. Elliott, J.D., M.Ed., author of Getting Past Your Breakup and Getting Back Out There

“Jenna Birch not only highlights a term which has seemingly defined a generation—she successfully bridges the gap between research and the real world. She educates the reader on how to date both better and smarterThe Love Gap inspires a sense of hope for the future, a hope for the one, a hope for love.”  —Marisa T. Cohen, PhD, psychologist and author of From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love

The Love Gap delves deeply into the ‘Whys' of dating’s successes and failures. And as a result, this highly readable book also has advice that feels deeply right. And—dare I say it—it should be read by both women and men (who will learn a lot about themselves).” —Art Markman, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas and author of Smart Thinking

The Love Gap delivers some powerful advice to 20, 30, and 40-somethings struggling to make sense of their single status. Birch aims to plug the 'love gaps,' as she calls them, so that smart, attractive, successful women can find healthy, happy relationships.” —Neely Steinberg, Love enTREPreneur, Dating Coach at The Love TREP 

"Jenna Birch teaches 'full-package' women how to find (and keep) love in this remarkable book. The Love Gap will help readers recognize the types of men they’ve loved and lost, packed with a plan to help you fall into the arms of a real keeper."  —Julie Spira, award-winning dating coach, online dating expert, and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating

“Infinitely likable, disconcertingly accurate, and chock-full of indispensable advice. The Love Gap will have you telling all your single friends: This is the book you have to read!” —Marina Adshade, PhD, professor at the Vancouver School of Economics and author of Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love


#MMBBR #Review #CityOfEndlessNight by #DouglasPreston #GrandCentralPublishing @AmazonPub #AgentPendergastSeries


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

City of Endless Night is a great read. I never read any of the other novels in this series, but I found this one to be fantastic. I had a copy of the book for review, but then bought it on Audible and listened to it. I loved the audible version. It really pulled me into the book; the setting, characters and story were amazing. The narrator did a great job too. I recommend this for anyone looking for a fantastic listen!


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Friday, March 16, 2018

#MMBBR #Reviews #Reviews #TheNeighbors #TheSummerOfNewBeginnings @BookSparks #IHaveNoShelfControl #SpringReading

What We're Reading in March:

We're kicking off the challenge by reading The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon and The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby. 

Are you reading along with us?  How much #ShelfControl do you have???  I have none and therefore I am super tired today. Thank goodness there are audiobooks and physical books because I get so much more reading done. I am rarely without a book in my hands or a book in my ears! 

What is your favorite method for devouring books???


The Neighbors by Hannah McKinnon

Abby caused the car crash that killed her brother. Unable to forgive herself she leaves Liam, the man she loves most, and marries Nate, the man that pulled her from the wreckage – but could not save her brother. It’s the guilt from that night that binds them together. When Liam moves into the neighborhood twenty years later, Abby has to face the memories she has kept carefully buried.

REVIEW: Wow, just wow! This book is intense and original. You will not see the ending coming. There are twists, then you get turned and then you are upside down in the BEST possible way. Such a wild ride! Readers will most likely stay awake well past there bed time and/or will ignore everything going on around them when they are reading. A must read for the spring reading season.

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby
Meghan Briggs and her sister Tracy could not be any more different. Which is why Meghan is moving home to save their late father’s business and Tracy is moving home and single mother in need of help. While Tracy struggles with new motherhood, Meghan tries not to fall for the stray puppy she named Sox – and the handsome vet. Both sisters face hardships and new relationships now that they are home again, maybe even getting the new beginnings they need.
REVIEW: Lee Crosby can pull you into the story with such grace and ease. She builds her characters in a way that they become part of you. You, as the reader, will experience everything they experience, which causes the reader to form a deep attachment with the characters.  The Summer of New Beginnings will tug at your heart and give you hope. I think every reader will be able to relate to the characters in this book and the story will be one that will touch them. A spring read must.

#MMBBR #Review #MMBBR #DogDaysofHistory & #ItsAPuppysLife @NatGeo @NGKids @barbfisch #NationalPuppyDay

It’s a Puppy’s Life by Seth Casteel (March 20, 2018, ages 4-8, $16.99) Since its debut in 2012, millions of people around the globe have fallen in love with New York Times best selling photographer Seth Casteel’s iconic and irresistible photos of dogs diving into swimming pools (Underwater Dogs, Little Brown). Seth has upped the cute factor with his picture book, It’s a Puppies Life,  featuring gorgeous, never-before-published photographs of a day-in-the-life of a puppy.   The photos and light text that accompany them capture the innocence, fun, silliness and personality of each pup as they sniff flowers, snuggle in blankets, play tug of war, make a serious MESS, get a bath and then sleep, sleep, sleep.    Although written especially for young readers, this book is certain to appeal to the puppy-obsessed of all ages, from kids, tweens and teens to hipster parents and doting grandparents.  A great pick for National Puppy Day on March 23rd!

About the author:
p11_IE3Z1679pug_SC.jpgSETH CASTEEL is an award-winning photographer and the New York Times best selling author of Underwater DogsUnderwater PuppiesUnderwater Babies, and a trio of children's books. In February 2012,   Casteel's series of photos showcasing dogs diving into swimming pools became an overnight Internet sensation, reaching more than 100 million people in less than 24 hours. This sudden attention resulted in   the Underwater series. Now with more than half a million copies in print around the world, Underwater Dogs is one of the best-selling photography books of all time.  Casteel has traveled the world in pursuit of    his passion for animals.  His nonprofit campaign, One Picture Saves a Life, inspires, empowers and educates animal ambassadors around the world to improve rescue and adoption services through positive   photography. His rescue dog, Baby Nala, is his very best pal.  People often say that Seth and Nala have similar hairstyles. 

I cannot stop reading this book. It is so adorable. I adore it more than I can even put into words. The puppies in this book are too darn cute. I mean, oh my goodness they are ADORABLE. My kids and I were totally in love with every single one of them, as was I. I also love the story because it is so fun and captures all the ways puppies add joy to our lives. I love the breed guide in the back. It was a great addition, so my kids and I could learn what breeds were featured in the book. A must for your home library if you are a lover of puppies. 


Dog Days of History: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends by Sarah Albee (March 27, 2018, ages 9-12, $19.99)  What is it we love about dogs so much? From ancient times to the present, dogs have guarded us, worked with us, marched off to war with us, and of course, just sat on the couch with us for a cuddle. Throughout the course of human history, this partnership deepened from dogs doing a service into friendship. Dogs have been by our side through it all, and this book by award-winning and New York Times best selling author Sarah Albee tracks our common story from wild wolves in ancient civilizations to modern-day breeds, highlighting famous pooches of the past and present along the way. This impressive volume is a complete story of man's best friend, from the first domesticated dogs, to the massive mastiffs that came over with Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World, to the pampered pooches of kings and queens, to hero dogs like Sergeant Stubby. 

About the author:
SARAH ALBEE is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 books for kids, ranging from preschool through middle grade, including BuggedPoop Happened and Whyd They Wear That.  Recent  nonfiction titles have been Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections, Notable Social Studies Trade Books, and winners of Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards. These days she writes  primarily nonfiction, and especially loves writing about topics where history and science connect.  Prior to being a full-time writer, Sarah worked at Children’s Television Workshop (producers of Sesame Street). She played basketball in college, and then a year of semi-professional women’s basketball in Cairo, Egypt and currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, their three kids, and their dog, Rosie.

This book is fantastic. I loved learning the history of dogs. The chapter of this book are: 1. Barking Up the Family Tree 2. No Bone Unturned 3. Mastiffs, Mutts, and Mad Dogs 4. Tough TImes, Ruff Times 5. Enlightenment Dogs 6. Who Let the Dogs In? 7. Ad Dogs. Glad Dogs, Sad Dogs, and Fad Dogs 8. War Dogs and Cold War Dogs 9. Nice Work. Throughout these chapters you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about our best furry friends. Plus, it is a vision sensation! There is so much to look at and read. I am sure that you could read this over and over and over and learn something new! Learn about so much awesome and little known facts in this book. This book has 111 pages and is filled cover-to-cover with so many pictures and facts. It is jam packed with things that I find fun, interesting and doggone amazing! My kids love this book so much too and I hear them taking about the cool facts they are learning. What a great way for kids to spend time together!!


#MMBBR #Review #Giveaway ( Thanks to @zondervan ) #BerenstainBearsEaster #AD

 I’m partnering with Zonderkidz (the children’s publishing arm of Zondervan) for a fun Easter giveaway and I could not be more excited to share it with all of you.

By Jan & Mike Berenstain
Original release 2012
Recommended for ages 4-7

About the Berenstain Bears
Stan and Jan Berenstain published the first Berenstain Bears book in 1962, and the series has gone on to capture the hearts  and minds of children across generations and across the  globe. In the 50+ years since “The Big Honey Hunt,” the Bear  family has grown from three to five members; the Berenstain Bears have been translated into over a dozen languages; and  over 300 million books have been sold worldwide.

About The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

The Berenstain Bear cubs are candy-crazy this Easter! But Missus Ursula and some Sunday school students tell the cubs about the true meaning of Easter. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers!

I have loved the Berenstain Bears since I was a young child and I have loved watching my kids learn valuable lessons through the books, just as I did growing up. This book is so important for kids (and adults) to help keep the true focus on Easter because it seems among all the candy. I love that the story captured the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a way that kids can understand and appreciate. It is a book that will become a family tradition to read on Easter morning before the Easter baskets are hunted down. I just adore every one of these books and love that my kids do too!


One (1) winner receives:
  • copy of The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
  • plus a $25 Carters.com gift card to find your child’s Sunday best!

Open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Zonderkidz.

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