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Hello book lovers! It's been awhile since I've posted regular book reviews. Life's kinda taken over at this point, and that leaves me with almost no time for reading! Gasp! I know, such a bad book lover! Hopefully since winter is coming here in MN, I'll finally get back to reading, which I so dearly love!
In the meantime, I will be posting other fun bookish stuff, which will appeal to more of you! Today starts my new monthly series.... Books to Check Out! These posts will always be right around the beginning of the month and will feature fiction, non fiction and cool cookbooks I think you should check out! Some of them I've read myself, others will be recommendations from my book loving friends and bloggers! Some books will be newer and some older, but nonetheless, all fantastic!
The middle of each month, you'll see another bookish post! These posts will be themed and may be geared towards certain genres, time of year or whatever else I feel like sharing that month! I'm so excited to bring you these new posts and I hope you enjoy them! Thanks SO much for being here with me at Hot Eats and Cool Reads! I love all of you!! ~Sheena
Keeper's Reach by Carla Neggers
New York Times
bestselling author Carla Neggers returns with this absorbing, twisting
tale of suspense, romance and fast-paced action, the latest in her
popular Sharpe & Donovan series.
Emma Sharpe and
Colin Donovan, two of the FBI's most valuable agents, are preparing for
their next big assignment—their wedding—when Colin's brother Mike alerts
them that onetime friends from his military past are on Sharpe and
Donovan home turf on the Maine coast. Now private security contractors,
they want to meet with Mike. One of them, an FBI agent named Kavanagh,
is supposed to be on leave. What is he investigating—or does he have his
Mike zeroes in on Naomi MacBride, a freelance
civilian intelligence analyst who, aside from a few hot nights, has
never brought him anything but trouble. Newly returned from England,
Naomi clearly isn't telling Mike everything about why she's snooping
around his hometown, but he has no choice but to work with her if he
wants to uncover what's really going on.
But the case soon takes
a drastic turn—Emma is targeted, and a connection surfaces between
Naomi and Kavanagh and a recently solved international art theft case.
Not every connection is a conspiracy, but as the tangled web of secrets
unravels, Emma and Colin face their greatest danger yet. With everyone
they know involved, they must decide who they can trust… or lose
everything for good.
Purchase Keeper's Reach here!
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
An unsolved murder.
A missing child.
A lifetime of deception.
In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.
CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth, and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies...
Purchase The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes here!
Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad by Judith Redline Coopey
Ann Redfield is destined to follow her brother Jesse through life - two years behind him - all the way. Jesse is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and Ann follows him there as well. Quakers filled with a conviction as hard as Pennsylvania limestone that slavery is an abomination to be resisted with any means available, the Redfield brother and sister lie, sneak, masquerade and defy their way past would-be enforcers of the hated Fugitive Slave Law. Their activities inevitably lead to complicated relationships with other Quakers, pro-slavery neighbors and the fugitives themselves. When Jesse returns from a run with a deadly fever, accompanied by a fugitive, Josiah, who is also sick and close to death, Ann nurses both back to health. But precious time is lost, and Josiah, too weak for winter travel, stays on at Redfield Farm where Ann becomes his teacher, friend and confidant. When grave disappointment disrupts her life, Ann turns to Josiah for comfort, and comfort leads to intimacy. The result, both poignant and inspiring, leads to a life-long devotion to one another and their cause. Author Judith Redline Coopey brings the Underground Railroad alive, giving us characters to remember -- both real and compassionate, and conflict to explore -- when belief in pacifism clashes with dedication to a cause where violence often rules the day.
Purchase Redfield Farm here!
I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson
What is death all about? What is life all about?
So wonders thirteen-year-old- Elli Friedmann, just one of the many innocent Holocaust victims, as she fights for her life in a concentration camp. It wasn't long ago that Elli led a normal life; a life rich and full that included family, friends, school, and thoughts about boys. A life in which Elli could lie and daydream for hours that she was a beautiful and elegant celebrated poet.
But these adolescent daydreams quickly darken in March 1944, when the Nazis invade Hungary. First Elli can no longer attend school, have possessions, or talk to her neighbors. Then she and her family are forced to leave their house behind to move into a crowded ghetto, where privacy becomes a luxury of the past and food becomes a scarcity. Her strong will and faith allow Elli to manage and adjust somehow, but what Elli doesn't know is that this is only the beginning and the worst is yet to come....
A remarkable memoir. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time a story of hope, faith, perseverance and love.
Purchase I Have Lived a Thousand Years here!
The Hero in Heroin by Mindy Miralia
This is the story of a hero’s journey—of dark and light, addiction and recovery, life and death and the afterlife. It is a story of sorrow and redemption, the bond between a mother and son, and the legacy of addiction that they heal together after her son crosses to the “other side.”
The Hero in Heroin is Mindy Miralia’s honest telling of her life as an international businesswoman who constantly strove to be the best parent possible despite her family’s constant uprooting from one part of the globe to another—moves that were demanded by work. And although his childhood was filled with love, by the time her son was fifteen, Micah was hooked on drugs. He eventually succumbed to the lure of deadly heroin.
When Micah committed suicide at age 31, his soul was aware that it had not finished its work. Returning to his mother in spirit form, he brought home the hero’s “treasure,” working to help her heal and to help society reconnect with the spiritual aspects of the human condition.
At a time when our country faces a heroin epidemic, this book will inspire anyone battling with addiction and anyone who has lost a child, no matter what age or cause.
Purchase Hero in Heroin here!
Simply Vietnamese Cooking by Nancie McDermott
Vietnamese cooking is an everyday celebration of bright flavors, from its bouquets of fresh mint and basil to its irresistible spring rolls, tempting grilled meats and hearty noodle soups. Delicate and satisfying, the cuisines of Vietnam includes countless dishes that are simply delicious yet easy enough to cook at home.
Nancie shows you how to make an array of traditional dishes, including stir-fries, curries, bank sandwiches and two kinds of pho.
With extensive information on ingredients, substitutions and time-saving techniques, along with suggested menus, this book gives you everything you need to cook great Vietnamese food in your home kitchen.
Purchase Simply Vietnamese Cooking here!
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics by Judith Finlayson
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics includes 60 brand new recipes plus the best recipes from 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes, Delicious & Dependable Slow Cooker Recipes and 125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes. The new format with full-color photographs will make this book the ultimate slow cooker cookbook.
A sampling of recipes:
Enticing soups like classic French onion soup, and minestrone with garlic-flavored crostini
Hearty main dishes like beef noodle casserole with cheddar-crumb topping, and pork chops with onions in creamy mustard sauce
Vegetarian delights like sweet potato barley risotto, and three-bean chili with bulgur
Delightful desserts like maple orange pudding with coconut, and just peachy gingerbread upside-down cake.
These and other mouthwatering recipes ensure outstanding meals that can be prepared in advance with a minimum of effort. The wide range of recipes will satisfy anyone in the family for weekday meals and provide sensational ideas for entertaining guests.
Purchase 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics here!
Have you read any of these books before? Thoughts?