Upon a Spring Breeze By Kelly Irvin

51aDyGiD6vL (1)I have read other books from Kelly and this was another wonderful story. Bess and Caleb were friends from youth and so was their friend Aidan. Bess and Caleb married and were about to have their first child when tragedy struck and he was killed and left her with the loss of her husband and the upcoming birth of her child. They were living with his parents while they were building their home and now that was not going to happen. She was trying to get over her grief of the loss of her husband and live each day, but her mother in law wasn’t doing well with the loss and neither was Bess. What were both women to do? And Aidan tried to help by telling little Jacob about growing up with his father and mother. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel after such a loss? I love this story, you can’t tell someone how to grieve until you have lived it yourself. And the wonderful ladies of the community who have lost their spouses are a wonderful support.

SUNBAKED By Junie Coffey

51-TxrHDYILJunie Coffey lives with Fisherman Fred and Hurricane Annie in a little town north of 45 degrees latitude which got two hundred inches of snow last winter. She has lived, worked and traveled throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and spends time in the islands every chance she gets.

Rating 4 out of 5 stars. It was two am and Nina just bought a house off the internet in Pineapple Cay.  Three months ago she found her husband having an affair with his secretary.  She looked thru her old photo album and recalled a trip to Jamaica and Florida.  She is a journalist.  She ended up going to Aspen on a business trip with her husband Darren instead of spending Christmas with her family. Nina boarded a plane to Pineapple cay. She took a leave of absence from her job.  The house was small and quaint.  It had only three rooms.  She got a letter asking her to cover a news story about an emerald and other artifacts being donated to Pineapple Cay Museum.  Dave her mailman whose nickname is Danish asks to go with her to this event.  She says yes.    Danish also appears as a bartender and a yoga teacher thru out the book.

There is a man named Barry who wants to buy her house to tear it down and build a condo.  Danish also appears thru out the book in other roles such as bartender and yoga instructor.  The night of the party Tiffany Bassett is wearing the emerald around her neck. She goes to the bathroom and then turns up missing.

Join Nina on Pineapple Cay as they solve the mystery of the missing emerald. #judycoffey #sunbaked #summerromance #beachstory

AN AMISH SUMMER By Shelley Sheppard Grey, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin

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A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray

Graham and Sherilyn Kramer are writing back and forth to each other.  They’re planning to meet in Pinecraft, FL.  When they get to Florida Sherry’s sister Sharon saw Graham and remembered talking to him at the wedding where Sherry and Sharon had both met him.  She feels somewhat jealous of Sherry.  Graham just realized that he actually had a crush on Sharon, not Sherry.  Sherry and Sharon and Graham and his friend were all going to Siesta Key together.  Sherry was brave and wore a swimsuit.  When they got back home Graham bared his soul and told both sisters how he had accidentally gotten them confused.  Toby who is Graham’s friend had begun to show an interest in Sharon.

Who will end up together romantically? Will it be Sherry and Graham or Sharon and Graham?

SUMMER STORMS By Amy Clipston.  Ariana Smucker was planning her November wedding.  Jesse Zook is her fiance.  lately, her brother Tobias and her dad have been fighting a lot.  Jesse caught Tobias drinking vodka in their barn.  He was very disturbed by this.  he had a talk with Tobias.  Tobias was driving dangerously that evening.  He took off in his buggy going way too fast.   Jesse was in the buggy behind him with Arianna.  They sped up to chase Tobias to get him to slow down.  Ariana’s dad Marvin forbid Jesse from seeing her after their reckless driving.

Will Tobias learn to get along with his dad and family?  Will Jesse and Arianna still get married?

LAKESIDE LOVE Kathleen Fuller

Esther Coblentz loved guiding English tours. Her dad had set up tours of their old house and barn.  She had a crush on handsome dark haired Judah King who was helping her dad in the field.  However, Judah liked Sarah her sister.  Judah asked Sarah out for ice cream and got turned down.  Sarah suggested he ask Esther out instead.  Judah and Esther went out.  The whole time Judah kept asking about Sarah.  This made Esther feel jealous.  Sarah met Rhett a northern gentleman who came to stay at their farm to learn aobut the amish.

Who will Sarah and Esther end up dating? Join them all on an adventurous camping trip.  #anamishsummer #shelleysheppardgrey #amyclipston #kellyirving #kathleen fuller #amishromance

 

FROM THE MIXED UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER By E.L. Konigsburg

51RiUOfAbfL._SY346_Rating 5 out of 5 stars.

E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.


Claudia Kincaid is 12 yrs. old. She’s thin with long brown hair and brown eyes.  Claudia has just decided she’s tired of all the rules at home and her being the one doing most of the chores.  She’s decided to run away but only for a few days.  She tells her 9 yr. old brother James as she plans to bring him with her.  They pack their clothes in their violin and trumpet cases.  Next, they stow away on the school bus.  They then ride the train to New York City.  Claudia has decided they should run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art.  When they get to the museum they check their instrument cases at the door.  They ate lunch at a small cafeteria downstairs.  When the museum closed for the day they went into the bathroom and stood on the toilets do the guard wouldn’t see them.  They decided to visit a different section of the museum each day.  As long as they had run away they might as well learn something there.  The first day they visited the Egyptian section with the mummies. Next, they visited the Italian Renaissance section. They stood in a long line to see a beautiful and graceful Angel statue. They bought a New York Times the next day to find out more about the angel.  The article told about how Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler had sold the statue for only $225. to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art.  It was suspected by the people that bought it that the angel statue was a work of art by Michaelangelo.  Claudia decided to prove who had made the statue.

Claudia has decided they should run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art.  When they get to the museum they check their instrument cases at the door.  They ate lunch at a small cafeteria downstairs.  When the museum closed for the day they went into the bathroom and stood on the toilets do the guard wouldn’t see them.  They decided to visit a different section of the museum each day.  As long as they had run away they might as well learn something there.  The first day they visited the Egyptian section with the mummies. Next, they visited the Italian Renaissance section. They stood in a long line to see a beautiful and graceful Angel statue. They bought a New York Times the next day to find out more about the angel.  The article told about how Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler had sold the statue for only $225. to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art.  It was suspected by the people that bought it that the angel statue was a work of art by Michaelangelo.  Claudia decided to prove who had made the statue.

They decided to visit a different section of the museum each day.  As long as they had run away they might as well learn something there.  The first day they visited the Egyptian section with the mummies. Next, they visited the Italian Renaissance section. They stood in a long line to see a beautiful and graceful Angel statue. They bought a New York Times the next day to find out more about the angel.  The article told about how Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler had sold the statue for only $225. to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art.  It was suspected by the people that bought it that the angel statue was a work of art by Michaelangelo.  Claudia decided to prove who had made the statue.

Join Claudia and James as they go on the adventure to find the true maker of the angel. #michaelangeloangel #fromthemixedupfilesofmrs.basile.frankweiler #e.l.konigsburg #newyorkmetropolitanmuseumoffineart #runaways

THEN AGAIN MAYBE I WON’T By Judy Blume

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Rating 5 out of 5 stars. Tony Migliano is almost thirteen.  He lives in New Jersey with his mom and dad.  He just found out his dad got a new job in New York City. They would be moving to Rosemont.  He was scared to go without his 4 good friends.  They got a two story much larger house that has plush carpeting you could lose your shoes in. Also, there was a  maid.

Tony made new friends with a boy named Joel.  Joel invited him over to swim in their pool. As Tony dove into the aqua water, he noticed Joel’s sister Lisa was there too in her new bikini.  Tony thought she was a real babe.

Tony is starting the 7th grade.  Joel and Tony went looking for Lisa’s diary when she wasn’t home.  But they were unable to find it.  Joel’s maid discovers the two looking for it and chews them out. Tony noticed his window was right across from Lisa’s window.  He asked his parents for binoculars for his Christmas present.

Join Tony as he makes his way thru junior high and teen life.  He’s an entertaining character.#comingofageboy #judyblume #teenlife

ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET By Judy Blume

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Rating 5 out of 5 stars. Margaret is eleven years old and going into the sixth grade.  Her family just moved to New Jersey from New York City.  Nancy from next door just came over and invited Margaret to run thru the sprinkler at her house.  She notices that Margaret is still small busted.  Nancy has lots of makeup in her dresser drawer.

When Margaret prays she always starts out with “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.”Margaret’s parents could never settle on one religion so they don’t go to church at all.   Margaret, Nancy, and Janie formed a secret club.  They all have to wear a bra.  Whoever gets her period first has to tell all the others how it is.  They are to have a list of who each of their favorite boys is and it changes every week.

Margaret visited her grandma in NYC.  She asked her if she can come to Jewish Temple with her to see what it is about.  Margaret plans to write a paper for school about trying to find her own religion.

Join Margaret as she begins her teen years and explores different religions.  I read this book when I was in sixth grade and have loved it ever since. Judy Blume is an awesome coming of age author.#areyoutheregod?itsmemargaret #judyblume #teen #books #comingofage

TREASURED GRACE By Tracie Peterson

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Rating 3 out of 5 stars.

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson is the first book in Heart of the Frontier series. It is late October in 1847 on the Oregon Trail. Grace Flanagan Martindale has just lost her husband, Right Reverend T.S. Martindale. Grace is not exactly sorry that he is dead. It was a marriage of convenience on both their parts (they did not share a bed). Grace wanted to go west with her two sisters, and Martindale wanted to go to the mission fields. The timing, though, is imperfect. The trail is no place for a widow and her two younger sisters especially when winter will soon be upon them. It is suggested that Grace, Mercy, and Hope spend the winter at the Whitman Mission (especially after she refuses the proposal of Nigel Grierson). Grace agrees and hopes that she will be able to earn a living with her healing herbs, nursing skills, and midwifery. Dr. Whitman, though, does not appreciate or trust Grace’s skills with herbs. The local Indians, though, could use Grace’s help after illness strikes them thanks to the settlers. Fur trader, Alex Armistead helps Grace get over her fear of the Indians by showing her that they are just like her. Grace receives a letter from Mr. Browning, her friend Eletta’s husband. Eletta is ill and needs her assistance. While away helping Eletta, the Indians attack the mission. Hope and Mercy are at the mission and the Indians take them captive. Can the sisters and the other hostages be rescued? If so, will they ever be the same again? Join Grace and her sisters on their journey to Oregon in Treasured Grace. #traciepeterson #missionary #book #blog #heartofthefrontierseries

NOT A PERFECT FIT By Jane A. Schmidt

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Rating 5 out of 5 stars.  Jane is a newspaper columnist for a local paper. She lives in Wisconsin.  She lives out in the country and her neighbors are miles apart.  So she doesn’t always get to know them well.  One of her neighbors asked her if she had noticed an ambulance go by. She later found out that her elderly neighbor Elsie had passed on.  She made a mental note that she needed to get to know her neighbors better.  Jane has two one-year-old goats, a puppy, some ducks, and geese.

It was fathers day and she was remembering her dad. There was a looming rainstorm when she went into the house.  All of a sudden the bright sun came out.  She then went on a hike for four miles and got lost.  But Jane came upon a country road and a man drove her back to her car.

Jane wanted a house in a small town. Some friends helped her find one. It was a white house that needed some work.  It had an outhouse and an outdoor shower.

There was a Mickey Mouse toy along one of the trails Jane walked in preparation to go to the Grand Canyon.   She took the toy. She brought it with to the Grand Canyon and took pictures of it at various places along the trail.  She then sent the pictures to the neighbor who had put Mickey Mouse on the trail in the first place.

Jane has a knack for telling her life in funny stories thru out this book. I really got a chuckle out of it. I also recalled a lot of my childhood memories, things like camping in our neighbor kids yard, playing board games, living out in the country. #janeaschmidt #notaperfectfit #funnystories #book #blog

WISH ME HOME By Kay Bratt

Kay Bratt is the author of eleven full-length novels and two children’s books. Her writing became her solace and support while she navigated a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult. After working her way through the hard years, Kay came out a survivor and a pursuer of peace—and finally found the courage to share her stories. A wise man once told her to “write what you know,” which resulted in Kay’s pet project and her bestselling series, The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters.

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Rating 5 out of 5 stars. When Cara and her twin sister Hana were seven they got sent to foster care after their parents passed away.  They’re from Sandy Springs, GA.  They felt unwanted.  Reno was their golden retriever and they loved him a lot.  Their foster mom was jealous of this dog so she refused to let them spend time with him.

Right now Cara was homeless and there was a dog who was white and resembled a lab with a limp that was following her.  She hated being away from her sister Hana.  She decided to hitchhike to Key West, FL.  She had left her phone in her backpack back in her car on purpose.  Her car had needed repairs. She left it in the Burger King parking lot.  She didn’t want to be traced by her phone.  Cara enjoyed sharing her tuna and crackers with Hemi.  She named the dog after Ernest Hemingway.

Cara was walking along the interstate and she walked past a cop that had a car pulled over. He asked her to stop.  Then he asked her where she was going. She said she didn’t’ know.  He offered her a ride to a shelter. On the way, the officer took her to a Chicken and Biscuits restaurant.  His mom worked there.  She let Cara and Hemi take a shower. Then they ate a hearty supper.  Also, they got to stay overnight in her spare room. It was so heavenly to have a real bed to sleep in.  Cara spent the next day working at the diner helping to make biscuits.  She was happy when Miss Maisie prayed for her and Hemi.  Miss Kim and her husband gave her a bike with a trailer for Hemi to ride in.  Miss Kim also gave her some extra food.

One of Cara’s goals was to see the ocean. She went to Amelia Island where there’s lots of Victorian houses and bed and breakfasts.  On their ride out of Amelia Island, she went over a hill and crashed her bike.  A stranger named Lauren takes her to her apartment to stay overnight while her brother fixes her bike.

Find out why was Cara separated from her twin Hana? Does she get to go back where she’s really from? Why is she so afraid to meet new people and form any attachments to them? This is a really interesting book. #wishmehome #kaybratt #book #blog #hitchhiker #bicycle

FOREVER By Judy Blume

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults, as well as children, will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We’re Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.

215slo3cnll-_bo1204203200_Rating 5 out of 5 stars.  17-year-old Katherine meets Michael at a fondue party.  Michael has red blonde hair and a small mole on his left cheek.  The next day Michael came over to get his stack of records.  He took Katherine on a car ride.  They went down to the lake and went on a walk.  Katherine and Michael shared a warm kiss in the car.  They went on a second date to a movie.  Before the movie, Michael met Jamie who is Kathy’s younger sister.  She was working on a latch hook rug with their parents.  Her many art creations and latch hook rugs created a colorful wall at their house. Kathy is wearing her new bell bottom jeans with the mushrooms embroidered on them.  Kathy and Mike go to the show.  Then to a local diner to get a burger.  Kathy talked to Mike and told him her parents prefer her to bring boys to their house rather than parking in a car as it’s safer.  So they went to her house to the den.  There’s a fireplace with a latch hook rug of a lion above it.Also a tan sofa.  They made out some.  He kept his hands over her sweater.  Mike asks if she’s a virgin. She said yes.

Mike and Kathy went to see their friends Artie and Elizabeth in a school play.  They went to the party afterward where Mike gives Elizabeth a hug and kiss. Kathy gets jealous and they leave the party. They go back to the den at her house.  Mike is feeling around under her skirt.  she tells him no she’s not ready for sex just yet.

Mike invites her on a skiing trip to Vermont with his older sister and her husband.  They get there and eat supper then his sister goes to bed.  Kathy and Michael have separate rooms upstairs but they share a bathroom.  Kathy has her period. Mike comes into her bed and they spend the night just sleeping side by side.

Join Kathy and Michael as they learn about their bodies and teenage romance. This is a great coming of age book for teenagers. #teenromance #blog #judyblume

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