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First of all, I love the cover of this book!

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I thoroughly enjoyed the read as well.  As he did in Ruptured, Tarrek Refaat has, once again, delivered a many faceted portrayal of his characters emotions, thoughts and interactions.

What is love?  Where do you look for it?  Does it fulfill you?  Does it cause you to sacrifice your freedom?  Who can you trust?  Male or female, most people want to find love, but in our complicated world many are wary, afraid of being hurt or taken advantage of.

Four women, who are long time friends, come from varied backgrounds and different experiences.  They struggle with their individual perceptions and desires. They support each other and offer advice, but in the end, each individual has to trust their own heart.

The men they meet have the same desires and insecurities.  Some are deceptive scoundrels; others fight for what they want with determination; others recoil from rejection and watch their dreams slip away.   Ultimately, each individual has to decide to take a risk if they really want to get the prize.

To get anything, you have to be willing to give something in return and the truth is, and you’ll often find love in the least expected places.

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I highly recommend Ribbons and Heels as a great read.  Enjoy!

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This book is a delightful collection of the experiences of a young couple who immigrated to Canada in 1979, to start life anew in a country that offered personal freedom and room to expand and grow that was not possible in their densely populated homeland.

It is filled with their wonder as they experience a different culture; language barriers, confusion, happiness, difficult and painful times, and their Swiss families disapproval and  unwillingness to accept that they would forsake their homeland and family, to embrace a strange new world.

Verena and her husband were not your normal run-of-the-mill people.  They were curious and adventuresome; this was evident when they chose to go to the “end of the earth” to get married in Barrow, Alaska.

I often laughed out loud, as I read Verena’s honest and hilarious portrayals of their experiences in their new homeland.  I have to admit,the title of the book threw me; I thought it would relate to living in the Cariboo, but it doesn’t and it has a wonderful significance in the story.

The introduction to the book says that it will appeal to immigrants, but I am not an immigrant and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Last fall I also purchased an audio version of the book, read by the author.  It enhanced my enjoyment even more.  Ms. Berger’s voice brings to life in a very personal way, the reality of the families experiences and I enjoyed her stories again on a totally different level.

Do not miss this wonderful collection of stories.  Look for this book in your local book stores, at xlibris.com, Amazon.com or contact verenaberger.com.  And do yourself a special favour and by the audio version as well. Also check  out Verena Berger on Goodreads, and after you have finished the book,kindly leave a review!

 

A Hunting We Did Go

True Mountain Adventures

by Lloyd Antypowich

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Join true-blue outdoors man Lloyd Antypowich as he shares with you his riveting experiences in the mountains in A Hunting We Did GoIn this book you will bask in the beauty of nature and enjoy the invigorating scenery from high up in the mountains.

You will also learn some of the most stunning and fascinating insights about hunting animals. Learning their natural instincts and finding out their true primordial powers. So what are you waiting for? Take a trip away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in this one-of-a-kind book that will send you on an adventurous hunting journey like never before!

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The Scared Crow by Steve Caresser.

This was an engaging book from beginning to end. It portrays a family whose life is filled with love and caring.  Steve and Chris Cran have chosen a simple life, recently purchasing a small farm that has an old two story house (with an attic) and a huge barn. They have a variety of animals, including “Loopy” a 5 year old Australian Shepherd who has adopted their family and sleeps with their ten year old son, Jason,every night.  They have a market garden, as well as a corn patch.

Mysterious things start happening and Jason is usually at the center of them.  First he is “attacked” by a gigantic crow after he throws rocks at it when it is picking at a cob of corn in the corn patch. Then they find a steel arrow at the base of the tree where he had been standing when he first saw the crow. As time goes by there are more and more incidents; all leading Steve and Chris to wonder if someone seriously means harm to Jason.  The crow is there every time—but no one can understand why this is happening.  Will anyone be able to protect Jason before something terrible happens—and why Jason?.

There are many twists and turns in the plot and I have to admit that every time I thought I had figured out what was going on, there would be another twist.

This was a wonderful earthy story. I enjoyed reading about the family’s daily lives and the back to basic things that were part of that life. But it became extraordinary when the author added the various levels of mystery and intrigue; the gigantic crow, steel arrows, a map for a treasure buried on the farm and the apparent attempts on young Jason’s life .

What and who was behind those actions.  I never really knew until the end of the book.  A great story, a true mystery and a book that can be read by all ages. A job well done!

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Steve Caresser is a multitalented man–I knew him as an ebook formatter, and the owner of eprintedbooks.com, a wine maker and a romantic poet.  I was surprised to discover that he writes fiction too.

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This book captured me from the beginning to the end. The characters were so real to me that I could submerse myself in their feelings and emotions. I could share Lauren McKinnon’s feelings; her guilt, her self-recrimination, and her grief over the past and her shock when Matt Skarpinsky appeared in her life again.

Just as real were Matt Skarpinksy’s feelings of anger and betrayal toward her. I could feel his confusion, his grief, his loyalty to his friend Gil, and his conflicted feelings of love and hate for Lauren.

And I loved how Gil slipped in and out of the story, nudging them toward understanding of what had really happened 4 years earlier, when the three of them had been close friends. He subtly encouraged them to find their way to truth and forgiveness, truly wanting his old friends to find happiness.

I also love, love, loved that the story was situated in Jasper, Alberta; a place of exquisite beauty and one that I am familiar with. I was totally blown away when I discovered that Michelle Beattie is an Albertan also.

I look forward to reading more of Beattie’s work and highly recommend Love by Accident to anyone who enjoys a heart touching romance.

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To learn more about Michelle Beattie  check out her author profile.  She is a very accomplished, award winning author.

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I enjoyed this book on so many levels.

I enjoyed the apparent intimacy that Solon has with the Philippines, making me feel that her descriptions of the country, the people and the culture were accurately portrayed and that I could believe that they were a true reflection of the culture. I appreciated the history that she wove into the story, portraying the pain of an actual event in history for the people and the devastation to the country during WW II.

Sophie Mathews and Eric Santiago’s relationship was touching and drew me in from the very beginning. Sophie did not want to accept this one last assignment to the Philippines, but her boss insisted and she went with reluctance and trepidation. She loved the country, but she did not want to see Eric again. She had met him ten years earlier when she had been there on another project. They had fallen in love, but Eric had kept a secret that had torn them apart and she had left feeling hurt and betrayed. However,once she meets Marina Suarez who is the focus of her assignment, she senses that there is a big story surrounding her. Her journalist fervor, her spunk and unflagging determination drives her to discover what Marina’s dark secret is. It is inevitable that Eric and Sophie meet. He still loves her and he does not want to lose her again, but he is caught between his feeling for Sophie and his loyalty to Marina, his long time friend. He knows much of Marina’s secret and he keeps it, even though it could threaten his new beginning with Sophie.

I treasured Marina Suarez’ story; so unlikely, so tragic and so real. It showed her strength and determination, her endurance, her love, her pain and grief, her acceptance, moving on with her life but never forsaking the undying love that she harboured in her heart.

The climax of the story was a real heart tugger and the ending was so fitting. The characters became very real to me and I felt their emotions. There were two heroines in this book for me: Sophie and Marina.

It is a story of incredible characters, love, pain and loss, deep grief, determination and second chances. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys a heart touching read with many twists and turns. I wasn’t disappointed. I don’t think you will be!

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Everyone–please show your dad how much you love and appreciate him today.

I’m certain everyone of us has been guilty of taking our parents for granted at times.  I know I did–we all get so involved in our own lives that we don’t take time to think about and appreciate how much they do for us or express our thoughts to them. Good fathers, play multiple roles in the lives of their children.  They are a source of strength, affection and comfort.  They are teachers, listeners, playmates, role models, disciplinarians, providers and examples.   The impressions and influence of a father, good or bad, plays a large role in the life of a child for a life time.

My father died several years ago, but I still remember him with loving thoughts. He wasn’t perfect; nobody is.  But he was among the best.  He was a good parent, a good husband (which in my books is one of the most important influences in a child’s life), he did fun things with us kids, he  lived by his principles, he was a fair disciplinarian, he taught us about personal responsibility and he was a consistent provider.

I married a man who has the same qualities, and he is a great father to our children, and a great source of pleasure and wisdom to our grand children.  We are a close family, and all they express their appreciation to him regularly.  His example was one of stability, hard work, love and affection, and how to do have fun as well.

Our oldest grand daughter wrote this poem for him for his birthday a couple of years ago.

Learning From Grandpa

 We grew up in his barn, me and my best friend,

Our home away from most every weekend

He taught me a lot, more than he can know,

Like grooming the horses, and trimming their toes

And finding the best spot to dig up earth worms

All the important things for a fisherman to learn

Like baiting hooks, and tangled lines and netting the fish

You let us sing Black Socks as long as we wished.

 

I learned responsibility, chores always came first

Keep your animals free from hunger and thirst

And sit up straight in the saddle all day

Even when the joy of cow chasing has faded away

 

To leave the show with a warm hearted grin,

Even if you and your horse didn’t win

Because winning isn’t always a prize or blue ribbon

If your horse learned just one thing it was worth the time given

 

You’d come give me pointers when you didn’t have time,

Keep your heels down, your head up and jog in a straight line

You’d let us sleep over night after night,

Knowing Sassy wouldn’t foal ‘till the timing was right.

 

You let us come to watch you do what you’d do,

Letting us help out with chores or shovel horse doo

Calving the calves and breeding the mares

I learned more about reproduction than any kid dares

 

Being strong willed and hardy and not giving up

Even when that colt landed you on your butt

And cursing in ways I never imagined,

I grew up just like you, now could that happen?!

 

So thank you Grandpa for all that you’ve taught me

Without all that I’ve learned I don’t know who I’d be.

 

poem written by  Jennifer Jackson 

Wish all your fathers  HAPPY FATHERS DAY today and show them your affection often.  They will appreciate it greatly.  My husband reads this poem with love and happiness, knowing that he is cherished by his children and grand children and he has influenced their lives.

I haven’t blogged much lately and I am behind on six book reviews!–I’ve been totally involved in editing and working on my husbands memoir, which he is publishing through iUniverse.  It has many pictures in it, which verify his story, but that creates a lot of work.  After the manuscript was sent in we were told that all the pictures had to be taken out and place holders inserted. Of course you have to be careful to keep an accurate list of the placeholder numbers and the picture that goes in each spot, so the book is not chaos.

I recently had cataract surgery on my left eye and it hasn’t been a long enough period of time for my eye to adjust so I can get new glasses to compensate for the change yet; so it has been interesting!  Our good friends, Sharron and Mel Hynes were here this week. Sharron is much better at using Photoshop Pro 4X for correcting the pictures than I am, so she has taken over that project for me.

She is also a great editor and proof reader. She has been my “second pair of eyes”  for my novels Hearts At Risk and You Can Run, and now she is going to edit and proofread my husbands memoirs as well.  I will still have to reset the list of pictures and insert the “fixed” pictures , but I feel like I can breathe again!

Thank you to my good friend, Sharron Hynes!

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