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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review~A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid

A Woodland Miracle is the second book in the Amish Wonders series by author Ruth Reid.  I've read several of Ruth Reid's books in the past and have always enjoyed them.  In A Woodland Miracle, Grace Wagler is tired of struggling.  She has a limp and weak muscles, and although she is a hard worker, she lives in an Amish community where women outnumber men three to one.  She's given up hope on finding love.  She wants to go see a muscle specialist in Ohio, but her father does not agree. 

Ben Eicher was sent to Grace's community in Michigan from Florida.  His father, frustrated with his goofing off all the time, sent him there to straighten out.  He is intrigued by Grace and the two form a friendship.  Some dangerous men arrive in the community and their lives are in danger.  Can they escape these dangerous men and find love?

My Thoughts: Ruth Reid is a talented author.  Every book of hers that I have read is unique.  Sometimes Amish romance books can all seem alike, but not Ruth Reid's.  A Woodland Miracle is so much more than an Amish Romance!  It has mystery and suspense, and will keep you turning pages-even if it means staying up all night!  The location of this story was different than most Amish stories, and the author did a wonderful job describing the location.  There is a glossary of Amish words and a Reading Group Guide included in the book. 

Disclosure: I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Review~Murder Tightly Knit: An Amish Village Mystery

You all know I love my Amish fiction, but you may not know that I also enjoy a good murder mystery.  Well, those two worlds came together in author Vannetta Chapman's new book, Murder Tightly Knit.  Oh-I also love knitting, so this book was a win-win-win for me!  Murder Tightly Knit is the second book in the Amish Village Mystery series.  The first book, Murder Simply Brewed, was excellent so I knew I was in for a treat! 

In Murder Tightly Knit, an Amish man has been murdered near the Amish Village in Middlebury, Indiana.  The Amish Artisan Village is a quaint place with shops and a restaurant.  Amish and Englisch work together there.  The Village Manager, Englischer Amber, and one of her employees, Amish Hanna, find themselves involved in helping to solve this murder that has shaken their small, close knit community. 

My Thoughts: Murder Tightly Knit is fast-paced and full of twists and turns.  It is a murder mystery with just enough romance.  I enjoyed that it was written from more than one character's point of view, even the murderer's.  My favorite characters were Amber and Hannah-what a great relationship from two different worlds!  Although it is the second in the series, I believe it could be read alone.  There is a map of the Village and surrounding area at the front of the book, and discussion questions at the back.  Murder Tightly Knit is a great book for a lazy weekend!

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Children's Book Review~If You Were Me and Lived In...Greece

My family and I have been enjoying Carole P. Roman's series that introduces children to other cultures around the world.  I was especially excited to receive If You Were Me and Lived In...Greece because I come from a Greek family (you may have already figured that out by my name-Athena).  I have never been to Greece, but have heard so many stories and enjoy learning about our family's heritage. 

If You Were Me and Lived In...Greece starts out with two Greek children showing where Greece is on a map, and discussing Athens, the capital.  The kids discuss what popular names are for boys and girls, and what you would call your parents and grandparents.  My husband and I have continued on our family's tradition and we are Yaya and Papou to our grandson.  I love being a Yaya! 

Continuing on in the book, you learn about what currency is used in Greece and what toys you may buy with your money.  The children tell you what is good to eat in Greece, and popular attractions you would take visitors to.  The Olympics are discussed, school, and holidays.  At the back of the book is a very handy pronunciation guide. 

The If You Were Me and Lived In... series is wonderful for families.  It would make a great addition to homeschool curriculum as well.  Although it is written for children, our entire family has learned so much by reading this series!  It has color illustrations on every page, and is written in a type perfect for school age children to read. 

You can learn more about author Carole P. Roman and her books at her website.  You can purchase If You Were Me and Lived In...Greece at Amazon.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Children's Book Review~If You Were Me and Lived in...Peru

If You Were Me and Lived In...Peru is a great addition to author Carole P. Roman's children's series that introduces them to cultures around the world.  This series is a favorite of my family, and we have many of the books. 

Each of the books in the series follows a similar layout.  Two children from the country introduce you to their country by first showing you a map of where they live.  They discuss different areas in their country, such as major cities and different landscapes.  They tell you popular names for kids, what you would call your family members, and what money is called.  You will learn favorite foods from the region, popular landmarks, favorite toys and sports/games, and what school is like.  At the end of the book is a pronunciation guide. 

Every page has full color illustrations which are adorable.  The text size is perfect for school age children.  The story is engaging and keeps kids' attention.  This series is for children, but I must say I have learned so much!!  In If You Were Me and Lived in Peru, I learned many new things, one of which was that Peru produces potatoes, and there are over 4,000 types of potatoes!

To learn more about this fantastic book series, visit Carole P. Roman's website.  You can also purchase If You Were Me and Lived In...Peru at Amazon.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Product Review~Ozeri Ultra 42" Wind Fan

We got a new fan-the Ozeri Ultra 42" Wind Fan.  It is an Adjustable Oscillating Tower Fan with Noise Reduction Technology that was designed for 5 star resorts.  This is our third Ozeri fan, so obviously we have been impressed with the quality of Ozeri products.  Before we got our first Ozeri fan, our fans were the box-type, big and bulky.  This Ozeri Tower Fan is sleek and stylish-it blends in with any room d├ęcor. 

This fan's precise engineering generates more air velocity while emitting less noise than competing models.  There are three whisper-quiet speed settings and the fan oscillates 90 degrees.  There are three pre-programmed airflow patterns designed to foster sleep, relaxation, and comfort. The Ozeri Ultra Wind Fan has an impressive multi-color, bright LED screen that displays all of the fan's features, including the room temperature.  You can dim the LED screen for nighttime.  There is also a 12 hour timer that can be set in one hour increments. 

The extended range remote control is small and sleek, and fits in a nook on the top of the fan.  The buttons that control the fan are all on the top side for easy access.  You can adjust the height of the fan from 32 to 42 inches using the optional, removable extension column. 

As it is winter now, we don't have fans going in our house.  But when Summer comes, I look forward to using the Ozeri Ultra 42" Wind Fan to circulate the air and cool the house off!  My favorite features are the remote control and the bright LED display.  I also love how quiet this fan is! Satisfaction is guaranteed, which always makes me feel confident when making a purchase.

You can learn more and purchase your own Ozeri Ultra 42" Wind Fan at Amazon.

*Disclosure: I received this product free in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Product Review~Ultrasonic Dog Training Whistle

I've got a stubborn 3 year old miniature Schnauzer, Tulip, who is a runner.  If a door is open, out she goes, and she takes off.  We call and chase her, and she just runs from us.  Its very frustrating.  She also has a few other behaviors that need some work.  So when I received my Ultrasonic Dog Training Whistle,  I was excited to give it a try. 

The whistle arrived quickly and was packaged well.  It is small, fits in the palm of my hand.  It has a loop on the end to hook it onto your keychain.  By turning the screw at the end of the chain, you change the frequency of the whistle.  This is not a silent whistle, but as dog's ears are so sensitive, it doesn't take much to get their attention. 

The Ultrasonic Dog Training Whistle by CDL Brands comes with a bonus ebook with tips for training your dog.  This was helpful.  So far, we have made progress with our training.  First, I am using it to call her, to make her come to me.  The whistle definitely gets her attention and we have had success.  This gives me peace of mind as blowing a whistle if she gets out is much easier than grabbing shoes and running after her! 

You can purchase your own Ultrasonic Dog Training Whistle at Amazon.  Even better,  CDL Brands offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee!