Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants by Stefani Bittner book review

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Synopsis

A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.
Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.
Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

 

Review

Inside this beautiful hardback book, you will find a list of 47 projects using some of our most common edible flowers, vegetables, and herbs, straight from our very own garden! This book is beautifully photographed and is very detailed in it’s instructions. The book comes with detailed useful information and is one that is great to have on hand as well as on your coffee table as it is quite beautiful and eye catching. The recipes range from teas and spices, to pickled rhubarb, even up to luxurious face creams. This book makes the perfect gift for any gardener or even someone starting out that would like to know more about the history and uses of various plants. Definitely a 5 star from me! I can not wait to check out more of these recipes! I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Dark Road Home by Angela Bennett book review

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Synopsis

Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund. Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes. One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

Review

Told in different pov’s, this story will keep you white knuckled as you grip every page. This story had my heart racing as I was thrown curve ball after curve ball of surprises. The writing blew me away at how original it was and how the scene was painted out before you. Bennet kicks butt with this gritty crime novel and packs a punch of a story. Belle’s character had my heart wrenching and yearning to reach through the pages and hug her for how much she goes through. She is such a strong character. The supporting cast that Bennet writes was well developed and helped to motivate the story line. Each character brought something different to the table and made the story just that much better. I thoroughly enjoyed how each scene was so descriptive, I felt like I could actually be there. I believe this is a debut novel by Bennet, and I am eagerly awaiting book 2. 5 stars from me. I received this book in exchange for my honest review from The author and Kate Tilton.

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd #1) by Jen Turano book review

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Synopsis

Miss Permilia Griswold, the wallflower behind “The Quill” gossip column, knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York. When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Asher Rutherford, she’s determined to warn him. Away from society’s spotlight, Asher and Permilia discover there’s more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated.

Review

This was a sweet light-hearted romance. The writing was phenomenal and the central plot was a wonderful concept. I loved the suffrage era time set for this book and was drawn in from page one.  Asher and Permilla were wonderfully written and develop beautifully as characters. This delightful intriguing reads grows on you with every page as you are swept away with the story and one simply can not put it down. This is my first book by Turano and was blown away by her impeccable writing. I loved how she wrote Permilla to come across as this “wallflower” trope when she is simply anything but underneath it all. Gentleman Asher grew in my heart as you get to know him and also i was on pins and needles for him through the whole book. I just dont want to give out any spoilers. This book will have you laughing yourself silly. definite 5 stars from me. Thank you Bethany House for sending me this in exchange for my honest review.

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla book review

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Synopsis

Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together. But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams? Can a dream become a reality?

Review

Kathryn Berla amazes me again! Her writing in this novel is wonderful. She is so imaginative and vivid and each scene laid out is sheer amazing. This story is so beautiful and fascinating that i kept turning page after page. My thumbs tabbed through every page as I could not put this book down. Her characters are flawless and I thoroughly enjoyed Babe’s character. She is witty and smart and was so much fun to read her and her blog. I also loved how Berla added the comments to her blog. Zat was also enjoyable and just the sheer chemistry made my heart flutter. The supporting cast in this book was wonderful to read as well. They all brought something to the story and made it more personable. The story was very unpredictable and kept you on the edge of your seat hoping that everything would turn out okay. You truly didn’t know what to expect. I hope that Kathryn writes more of this world! I really love this beautiful blend of contemporary and sci-fi. Thank you Kathryn and AmberJack publishing for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review. 5 stars from me.

Hadriana in All My Dreams by René Depestre book review

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Synopsis

Hadriana in All My Dreams, winner of the prestigious Prix Renaudot, takes place primarily during Carnival in 1938 in the Haitian village of Jacmel. A beautiful young French woman, Hadriana, is about to marry a Haitian boy from a prominent family. But on the morning of the wedding, Hadriana drinks a mysterious potion and collapses at the altar. Transformed into a zombie, her wedding becomes her funeral. She is buried by the town, revived by an evil sorcerer, and then disappears into popular legend. Set against a backdrop of magic and eroticism, and recounted with delirious humor, the novel raises universal questions about race and sexuality. The reader comes away enchanted by the marvelous reality of Haiti’s vodoo culture and convinced of Depestre’s lusty claim that all beings––even the undead ones––have a right to happiness and true love.

Review

This book is not exactly what you would expect when you see the description mentions zombies. Rather this set in Haiti where the concept of such originally came from. This book is fairly evenly paced with small does of magically elements. The writing was beautiful and i’d love to read it in its original work, as this one has been translated. Originally published in 1988, the author still blends his beautiful poetic verse in the words in this story. I strongly suggest this book as it should be on every classic lover’s shelf. The story was fascinating and i enjoyed it. 5 stars from me. Thank you to Akashic books for sending me this in exchange for review.

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love book review

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Synopsis

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang’s real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia’s girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man’s world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter–and in many ways tougher and more ruthless–than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

Review

Soooooo this book…….. I found the central plot to be vastly entertaining. The writing was intriguing and Lola’s character was very well written. However my complaints outway my positives about this debut novel. My first problem was with all the things that was wrong from a medical stand point. I have to agree with another reviewer that these could have easily been fixed with a quick consult from someone in that field. I worked in the medical profession for several years and was nearly cringing at the HIPAA violations as well as other medicals problems that i will leave out for spoilers. My second complaint was that there were too many characters and relationships going on and it felt difficult to keep up with all of them and discern who was with who, etc. It also made it more difficult to relate to characters and to care enough to root for any of them. With all this being said this debut author I think can improve and I would love to read more as she progresses as an author. The writing was done well given the few flaws in the story and the plot was entertaining. Perhaps this would have been better if i was not in a reading slump at the time so for now 2.5 stars from me. Thank you Crown and BFB’s for sending me this in exchange for my honest review.