Tuesday, April 01, 2014

To love anew



Another Christian fiction read that was a temporarily free Kindle ebook. This is book 1 in the Sydney Cove series. Hannah Talbot's mother dies and she is left alone running her mother's tailoring shop in London. But as word gets out of her mother's death, she slowly loses business. In desperation she obtains employment as a maid only to discover her employer wanted her for nefarious reasons. Hannah flees to the streets of London where she steals in order to eat. Sentenced to prison, Hannah is sent to Australia aboard a prison ship. After an arduous journey, a difficult life in Australia begins. Slowly Hannah gains the trust of those around her and even finds true love.

I enjoyed reading this story. The author seemed to capture what life would have been like in the early days of Australia. I felt sympathy for Hannah and her plight and hoped she could find her way to a happier life. As most books of this type go, the ending is predictable although the journey there is memorable.

Book rating: 4 stars

The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Practical Paleo


I love this book. The Paleo diet has received a lot of attention in recent years but much of the available information on how to implement the diet is limited. The previous book that I reviewed, The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, contained a few recipes, a list of do's and don'ts, and only one photograph of Robb Wolf. On the other hand Practical Paleo does a fantastic presentation on the subject with lots of photographs, charts, and infographics.

The book is written by Diane Sanfilippo, a certified nutrition consultant. She breaks the Paleo diet down into easy to understand sections with clear graphic representations. There is a discussion on why someone may choose the Paleo diet and what health benefits might be obtained by following it. There are several 30 day meal plans specific to individuals with certain health conditions. In other words, a person who wants to lose weight or improve a thyroid condition can find a 30 day paleo meal plan to help them achieve that goal. There is additional support with a large collection of paleo recipes and resource list. And for a bonus, each recipe has a large, clear, color photograph. A big win for any kind of diet recipe book.

The food in the book looks delicious. I did try out a few but because I lacked certain ingredients in my pantry, they didn't work out as well as they could have. The recipes are mostly based on whole, fresh foods that can be acquired at just about any grocery store. Some ingredients are expensive and may be difficult to find like coconut or almond flour (though they can be ordered online). The book is large and heavy, so it might be difficult to lay on your kitchen counter open to a specific recipe. Even so, that is a minor complaint.

This is the first book I recommend to patrons at the library who want to know more about the paleo diet.

Book rating: 5 stars

The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stuck in the Middle


Every now and then one needs a light, fluffy read with a bit of romance. At least I do. I tend to select non-fiction books with heavy subjects that you have to slog through over a long time. This book by Virginia Smith showed up as free for Kindle (at the time of writing, it still is) and snatched it up. The free price is to hook you on the Sister-to-Sister series of which there are two more volumes.

Middle sister Joan is stuck. Recently broken up with her boyfriend and in a dead-end job, Joan lives at home with her mother and takes care of her aging grandmother. Meanwhile her younger and older sisters seem to accomplish so much more than she has. Then a handsome, young doctor moves in next door. Throw in a crisis/transformation/affirmation of faith and Joan can't seem to catch a break. That is until.......

The story sounds cheesy and predictable for a Christian romance. And maybe it is. Still, I finished it and enjoyed it. Call it a guilty pleasure.

Book Rating: 4 stars.



The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.