Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ravenous - Dayna Macy

Dayna Macy
Hay House, Inc.
Copyright 2011
ISBN 978-1-4019-2691-5

Macy takes us on a wonderful journey regarding her fight to control her inner cravings with food.

Delightful and easy to read, she also adds one of her cherished recipes at the end of each chapter.

It isn't an easy journey Macy goes through, but the emotional transformation seems well worth the trip! I found myself nodding "Yes, I know eactly how that feels!' on more than one occasion as she stumbles, falls, and picks herself up throughout her discoveries!

I definitely give this book...
... FiveStars, and... Thumbs Up Award!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was provided by Amazon Vine Program in exchange for a non-biased review. All comments as listed above are my own.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scars of a Chef - Rick Tramonto

Scars of a Chef
Rick Tramonto
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. - 2011
ISBN 978-1-4143-3162-1

This wonderfully frank, and inspiring story by world reknown chef, Rick Tramonto, bring us the story of his rise, and fall, and rise again among the culinary talented of the world.

Tramonto brings us from the fall, to the rise, of one who finally learns to let go and let God have His way in his life.

Tramonto bears the scars of one who has emotionally and physically born the battle of good against evil, and now wears the crown of a victor!

I give this book...
...five stars and my....

...thumbs up award!

I highly recommend this for your literary and home library!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was provided by Tyndale for review.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hungry Girl 300 Under 300 - Lisa Lillien

Hungry Girl 300 Under 300
Lisa Lillien
Copyright 2011
St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN 978-0-312-67681-0

Consider this book my "next to the Bible" go-to-for-cooking", do-it-all for my kitchen book!

Or to put it simpler.... my new BFF!!!

Three hundred recipes under 300 calories for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

You got that right, girlfriend! All of 'em under three-hundred-calories!!!

And I'm not talking pasty, cardboard wanna-be recipes! I'm talking scrumptious, easy and quick to fix recipes that you're gonna use time and time again!

I was a bit skeptical when I first saw this book on the shelf in my local Walmart. My eldest son had just given me a little money for Mother's Day, and dontcha know I was eager to spend it, but wanted to spend it wisely, when I saw this little treat there!

Well, it's the best Mother's Day present I think I've ever gotten!

I've already made more than a dozen of these scrump-dilly-icious recipes, and I can't stop coming back for more of 'em!!!

The only drawback I found is that HG tends to use processed foods for cutting corners. To make the recipes with less processed and less sodium, I found that you can simply substitute with fresh ingredients and come up with an even healthier meal!!! The basics are there and can't be denied... these are the best recipes all around!

If you're like I am, and trying to fight the battle of the bulge.... then this book is for you!

I give this one....
....five stars and my.....

...thumbs up award!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and I was under no obligation to offer review on it.

Cemetery Dance - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Cemetery Dance
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Copyright 2009
Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 978-0-446-58029-8

Homicide Detective D'Agosta and FBI Agent Pendergast delve deep into the world of voodou and obeah, to the realm of the zombii in search of a killer, or killers, on the loose in upper Manhattan. A world where animal, and perhaps human, sacrifice, are well known.

Or is what appears to be reality, the real truth?

The twists and turns of fantasy and imagination keep this novel hopping from one foot to th other as you try to outguess the pro's in what will happen next!

Even the most die-hard of "who-dunnit" fans will find this one hard to solve!

I give this book...
...five stars and my...

...thumbs up award!

Not suitable for children under the age of 13.

***DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and I was uder no obligation to review it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Mark of the Angel - Nancy Huston

The Mark of the Angel
Nancy Huston
Copright - 1999
Thomas T. Beeler, Publisher
ISBN: 1-57490-244-X

A wonderfully told tale of a young German immigrant to France. A woman locked in her own torment from a Nazi past.

And of a young French man who discovers a love for this woman, and determines to bring her to love and passion.

And, of a young Hungarian Jew, who does reach this lost soul. Teaches her what love truly is. And releases her from the bonds of her tormented past. In his love, and in his arms.

A romantic tragedy that will touch you to the core, I highly recommend this read taking place in the late 1950's and early 1960's of France and it's tumultuous upheaval.

I give The Mark of the Angel ..
... Five Stars and... Thumbs Up! award!

***Disclosure: This book was provided through a book exchange for review.

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You - by Louisa Young

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You
Louisa Young
Copyright 2011
Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-06-199714-3

This was one of those books I simply could not put down once beginning!

A lovely story of a young man overcoming the odds of poverty and ignorance in pre-WWI England. True love. Romance. And the feeling of losing that love, only to face an adversity that most would have shriveled and died from.

It is also the view of the young woman who loves this boy, turned gentleman, turned soldier, and her unswerving faith and love in him.

What a great story! I highly recommend this novel to anyone who believes that true love will, in fact, find a way!

I give this book...

And... Thumbs Up Award!

****DISCLOSURE:This book was provided for review through the Amazon Vine program.