Friday, February 15, 2019

Blood Feud Book Review

I love the Robert Parker series and although there are many less in the Sunny Randall series, I have enjoyed those books as they have come out.  I think that they did a good job of continuing the series after Robert Parker's death and this was no exception.  Robert B. Parker's Blood Feud (Sunny Randall) by Mike Lupica was a book that I had to reserve because there is a long list of other people who wanted to read it.

Robert B. Parker's iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back, and the stakes are higher than ever as she races to protect her ex-husband--and his Mafia family--from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival.

Sunny Randall is "on" again with Richie, the ex-husband she never stopped loving and never seemed to be able to let go, despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family's business as she searches for answers and tries to stave off a mob war. But as the bullets start flying in Boston's mean streets, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal than she could have anticipated...

Sunny Randall is the private detective that works to find out the truth even when people don't hire her (a lot like Spenser in the Spenser series).  She is in a relationship with her ex husband Richie and he gets shot.  She is going to find out who attempted to kill him and why regardless of what gets in her way.  Richie's father is in the Mafia so it is quickly assumed that it has something to do with his business dealings but now the question is it is past or present.  There are many others who get pulled into the family drama with other family members getting shot.  Sunny goes straight to the rival mob information in order to unravel the mystery.  It is amazing the information that she can uncover.  You have to pick up the book to find out all the amazing things that happen because it keeps you on your toes with all the action and double crossing.  It is a mystery with a lot of heart which you have to read to find out.  I loved this book and the rest of the series.  I hope that you check out this book and enjoy it as much as I have.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mending Fences Book Review

I picked this book off a recent review site and I was excited to read it because I love the author.  I didn't know that it was the first in the series that was quickly following the other series that I loved.  It was great when I got Mending Fences (The Deacon's Family) by Suzanne Woods Fisher in the mail.  I was very excited to get to reading.

Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.  Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching.  And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.  Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers' favorite characters.

Luke came back to the town that he wronged as a child after going through rehab more then once.  He spent most of his childhood making bad choices in his neighborhood and one of the things that he needs to do find out what affect his actions had on others.  He takes this job very seriously and tries to help everyone that he has wronged.  In the process, he changes his life and starts to change others.  Luke is worried that his new life can't be started in the town that he wronged so badly.  He quickly learns that he is building a new life based on a while new way of thinking.  At the same time Izzy is trying to build her new life.  She is freshly out of rehab and living in the Amish life while still being English.  She is learning what happens when she lives the life because it changes her.  If you pick up the book, I think you will be surprised on all the growing that these two do during this story.  I hope that you check out this book and enjoy it as much as I have. I can't wait for the rest of the series!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Summer By the Sea Book Review

I had this book sitting on my shelf of books to read and I decided to pick it up and check it out.  Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs was an interesting pick since I just finished reading a bunch of Christmas books.  It was a nice change of pace and a light paper back which was nice to have in my bag when going around to all my errands.

This summer Rosa Capoletti is about to rediscover the pleasures of love and laughter, food and wine, friendship and romance…

With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted “best place to propose” three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who’s just come back to town?

Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, with all that she wants right in front of her, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart—and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.

I thought this book was amazing and included so many heartwarming stories of family and romance.  It was great to see that Rosa was trying to take care of her family and herself by making the most of a family pizza place and turning it into a great restaurant that everyone wants to eat at.  There is no question that I was pulling for Rosa as soon as the story started and even more the more that I got to know her.  She was living a life in a small tourist town where the people came in during the summer and then left so she had friends that were only in the summer and their lives went different ways in the winter months.  I thought it was interesting to see a snapshot out of her life every summer that made her into the person that she is today where her restaurant is the place to propose.  Rosa's life is turned upside down when her childhood friend and first love comes back into her life.  You have to pick up the book to find out what happens with this change because I know that you will be surprised by all the ups and downs.  I hope that you check out this book and like it as much as I did.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Between Friends Book Review

I had another book on my shelf that I waited to see if it was part of a series but I decided to pick up the book and read it before checking anything out.  Between Friends: An Anthology by Debbie Macomber turned out to be a book with letters back and forth between friends.  It was their whole life being best friends learning how to get through it together even when they are apart.

The story of a remarkable friendship—told in a remarkable way. A story in which every woman will recognize herself…and her best friend

Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski. Two girls from very different backgrounds become best friends in the turbulent 60s, but their circumstances and choices—and their mistakes—take them in opposite directions. Lesley stays in their hometown. She marries young, living a life defined by the demands of small children, never enough money, and an unfaithful husband. Jill lives those years on a college campus shaken by the Vietnam War, and then as an idealistic young lawyer in New York City.

But they always remain friends.

Through the years and across the miles, Jill and Lesley confide everything to each other—every grief and joy. Because the quality of a friendship is the quality of a life.

I thought it was a great story of friendship but it was a tough story to read because of all the tough things that they went through in their lives.  The two best friends write letters back and forth and to others in this this book following through from childhood into their adult years.  It is great to see all of the things going on with the added interesting fact that it really isn't just a story being told.  It still sucks you in and gives you snapshots of both of their lives.  I hope that you pick up this book to read for yourselves soon. It is a great story that makes you realize how great your life is and how great it is to have friends.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Menu Plan Monday 2/11

Monday- Chicken Fries, Chicken Wraps and homemade fries
Tuesday- Tacos with rice
Wednesday- Spaghetti with sausage sauce
Thursday- Steak with white rice
Friday- Pork Chops with mac and cheese
Saturday-Lime Chicken Tacos with rice
Sunday- Leftovers

Last week we did my son's favorite meal on Monday.  French Dip Sloppy Joes on Tuesday with mac and cheese. Wednesday with Spaghetti before basketball practice.  Thursday was simple fried rice with peas and steak egg rolls because I forgot to take out the chicken.  I got Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes made on Friday.  Saturday was leftovers after a busy day.  Sunday was my son and husband at a birthday party and I ate at work.  I only had one day that got moved because of not defrosting meat so I think that it worked out really well.  I have everything in the house to make the meals this week except more milk.  I have to head to the store tomorrow to get that but this week should be easy.

Hope you have a good week planned!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Mrs. Miracle Book Review

I was excited to read Mrs. Miracle (Angels) by Debbie Macomber.  I have had it on my to read shelf for a long time. It was a super cute read and I was happy that I got to finally pick it up even though it was after the holidays.  Now I just need to see the movie!!  I will save that search for next holiday season movie list!

Now a TV movie from the Hallmark Channel, Mrs. Miracle is a fan favorite from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. In this beloved, heartfelt classic, single dad Seth Webster needs help keeping his family together—and it arrives in the form of Mrs. Miracle, a warm, knowing, and very patient nanny who teaches Seth and his family about the magic of faith.

They call her Mrs. Miracle…
Seth Webster's heart never healed after he lost his adored wife. Now, with Christmas approaching, wild twin boys to raise alone, a home in chaos, and the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, Seth needs more than help to keep his family together...he needs a miracle.
And then one arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her "Mrs. Miracle"—and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different. Her sassy spirit is infectious, and it gives Seth the courage to approach Reba, a beautiful travel agent who's been hurt and betrayed, and is afraid to ever love again. Through the magic of faith—and with a little help from a children's Christmas pageant and a lot of encouragement from Mrs. Miracle—Seth and Reba might just be able to find a Christmas miracle of their very own: true love.

Seth was raising his two children after the death of his wife.  He was trying the best he could but he couldn't get any housekeeper or nanny to stay and help.  When he thought he was out of resources, he finally had Mrs. Merkle walk in the door.  The kids quickly nicknamed her Mrs. Miracle because she was the miracle that they were waiting for.  She brought their family together and made sure that everything worked well for them. You have to pick up the book to find out what happens for this little family and all the people around them from the addition of their miracle right before Christmas.  I hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did!!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Menu Plan Monday 2/4

Monday- Chicken fries, Chicken Wraps and homemade fries
Tuesday- French Dip Sloppy Joes with mac and cheese
Wednesday- Pasta
Thursday- Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes
Friday- Chicken Tacos with white Rice
Saturday- Leftovers
Sunday- Birthday Party and Leftovers

Last week we had my son's favorite dinner on Monday with chicken wraps for us.  Tuesday was Salsa Sloppy Joes with mac and cheese.  Wednesday was Spaghetti which I did with sauce and meatballs.  Thursday was supposed to be chicken and I forgot to take it out so we did leftovers from everything in the fridge.  I made meatball sandwiches for lunch and buffalo mac and cheese, bacon mac and cheese, lo mein, chinese fried rice, grilled cheese and more.  Friday we moved the chicken there and didn't take it out of the freezer again!!  We decided to have Steak Egg Rolls and Simple Fried Rice with peas.  I finally took the chicken out and we had Grilled Spiedies Chicken with white rice on Saturday.  Sunday was cheese mancotti that I had from the freezer which I made a homemade sausage sauce.

I love a week with a plan even if it doesn't go particularly perfectly.  It always helps me at the busiest time of the day.  I am hoping with a plan through the week that we have enough to make it through and now I just have to make sure I take the food out of the freezer!!