Monthly Archives: July 2020

Release Day Review- How Lulu Lost Her Mind by Rachel Gibson

How Lulu Lost Her Mind

Title: How Lulu Lost Her Mind

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Author: Rachel Gibson

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Gallery Books, July 21, 2020

Pages:337

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 0

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon:

Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer’s, which is why she wants to spend the rest of her life surrounded by childhood memories at Sutton Hall, her family’s decrepit plantation home in Louisiana.

Lou Ann, a.k.a. Lulu the Love Guru, has built an empire preaching sex, love, and relationship advice to the women of America—mostly by defying the example her mother has set for her. But with Patricia suddenly in need of a fulltime caretaker, Lou Ann reluctantly agrees to step out of the spotlight and indulge her mother’s wishes, even if it means trading in her Louboutins and Chanel N°5 for boots and mosquito repellant.

Upon her arrival at Sutton Hall, Lou Ann discovers that very little functions as it should—least of all Patricia’s mind. And as she adjusts to this new and inevitably temporary dynamic with the help of a local handyman and a live-in nurse, she is forced to confront the reality that neither her nor her mother’s future is going according to plan.

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This is an especially useful story for readers who are interested in a further understanding of what a caregiver must cope with when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. It is at turns heartrending, uplifting and funny. There is the suggestion of attraction between Lulu and the hunky handyman but it doesn’t really go anywhere which was disappointing. However we do see how Lulu makes life changing decisions.

I can’t say I enjoyed this book although it is certainly well written. I’m just not in a place to like a book that elicits so much sadness, for despite the humor, Alzheimer’s is very sad. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a very worthwhile read. Expect to feel sad, to laugh, to cry and to understand a bit better.

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Release Day Review- Fair As A Star by Mimi Matthews

Fair As A Star

Title: Fair As A Star

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Mimi Matthews

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press, July 14, 2020

Pages: 194

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 4

Violence Rating:

Description from Amazon:

Secret Burden…
After a mysterious sojourn in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the village of Shepton Worthy ready to resume the life she left behind. Betrothed to the wealthy Sir Henry Rivenhall, she has no reason to be unhappy–or so people keep reminding her. But Beryl’s life isn’t as perfect as everyone believes.
A Longstanding Love…
As village curate, Mark Rivenhall is known for his compassionate understanding. When his older brother’s intended needs a shoulder to lean on, Mark’s more than willing to provide one. There’s no danger of losing his heart. He already lost that to Beryl a long time ago.
During an idyllic Victorian summer, friends and family gather in anticipation of Beryl and Sir Henry’s wedding. But in her darkest moment, it’s Mark who comes to Beryl’s aid. Can he help her without revealing his feelings–or betraying his brother?

**

This is a stunning novella. At only 194 pages, I zipped through reading this and my only regret was that the story did not continue. I wanted more. Henry was definitely self-absorbed, Beryl loves Mark, Mark loves Beryl. The reader knows that if Beryl marries Henry it will be a disaster. Also Beryl’s secret plays a role in all relationships. I must not leave out mention of the wisest character, Earnest.

I truly liked this novella and the light it shown on Beryl’s secret. Mimi Matthews never disappoints in her beautiful writing, superbly nuanced characters and absorbing plots. I highly recommend this book to all romance fans.

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Audio Book Review- One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London

One To Watch

One to Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Stayman-London
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Audiobook
  •     

    4.5 out of 5 stars(23 ratings)

  • Overall

        

    4 out of 5 stars

  • Performance

        

    5 out of 5 stars

  • Story

        

    3 out of 5 stars

  • D. Salvagin, La Deetda Reads
  • 07-12-20

Like Behind the Scenes at The Bachelorette

This is the book for all the fans of the TV show The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. It follows our plus-size heroine through the trials and tribulations of being on a national TV show that just may exploit her or not. The bachelors that she gets to choose from are all flawed in one way or another but isn’t that just like real life? The author did a terrific job of taking me behind the scenes.

The naration by Kristen Sieh was spot-on. She did wonderful accents with all the various men. Especially the French accent of Luc.

The one thing that I didn’t like about the audio of the book was that there was quite a bit of texting between characters and I found that a bit difficult to listen to.

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Deet’s Eats- Deet’s 5 Ingredient Ravioli Casserole

I am sorry that I don’t have a photo for this recipe but it is so good and so easy that I’m sure you will forgive me.  When you try  it please come back and tell me how you liked it. Pasta and Cheese! what’s not to like?! I serve this with a green salad, garlic bread and wine.

Deet’s  5 Ingredient Ravioli Casserole
Oven: 400 F
Pan: 9×9″ square
Serves: 3-4

2-3 cups fresh baby spinach chopped roughly( I just grab 2-3 big handfuls and chop)
4 ounces fresh baby bella (cremini) mushrooms sliced
8 ounces shredded Italian blend cheeses
15-16 ounce jar of Alfredo Sauce
1 regular sized package fresh RANA(brand) ravioli, chicken and roasted garlic flavor (do not pre-cook)

1. Spray pan with cooking spray, pour 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce into pan.

2. Layer half of ravioli over sauce in pan, then sprinkle on 1/2 spinach, 1/2 cheese, 1/2 sliced mushrooms,
add 1/2 cup alfredo dolloped over the top.

3. then place the remainder of ravioli and then the spinach, mushrooms and all of the rest of the sauce.

4. Top with the remainder of the cheese and sprinkle with black pepper.

5. Do Not Cover bake for 25-30 minutes at 400 F degrees, until hot and bubbly and cheese starts to brown.

Note: I love this with the chicken and roasted garlic ravioli so that is what I use, but if it can’t be found I suggest
getting a sausage or meat filled fresh pasta since there is enough cheese in the recipe with the Italian blend and Alfredo sauce.

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Happy 4th from Deet

Happy fourth of July

Because Brave People in 1776 decided to fight back, we can call this wonderful country home.  Thank you to all those brave Americans who continue the fight to sustain our freedom.  While sheltering-in-place, eat your burgers and hot dogs and give thanks for the blessing that is America.

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Review- Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read

Title: Beach Read

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction

Author: Emily Henry

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Berkley, May 2020

Pages: 380

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon:

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

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I am in the minority when it comes to liking this book. I felt it was just an exercise in Millennial melodrama and angst. The H/h were so immature it was difficult to understand how they were so successful in their respective genres. Their field trips were to expose the other to their genre, but there is nothing romantic about going to a carnival, riding rides and vomiting. There is nothing enlightening about going to a massacre sight and having sex. I kept shouting at this book “Just grow up.” Sorry but unless you can really relate to these characters I suggest you skip this one.

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