Monday, November 30, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Linda's Book Reviews

This week's book review  is on:
THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES
BY
GRADY HENDRIX 

HERE IS AMAZON'S DESCRIPTION, FOLLOWED BY MY REVIEW 

Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this '90s-set horror novel about a women's book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town, perfect for murderous and fans of Stephen King.
 
Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. They’re as likely to talk about the Manson family at these meetings as they are about their own families.

One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor's handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well-traveled and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in. 
 
Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted—including the book club—but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong.  

MY REVIEW  

 WOW! This book was AWESOME! This is the first time I have read a book by the author Grady Hendrix. I liked the way he added humor into the story. The writing just flowed. It was definitely a book I didn't want to put down!
  The story is set back in the 1990s when some housewives still felt like they had no say in the family issues. Mainly because that is how their husbands treated them, I would never put up with that these days, but that's a whole other story! 😉  Patricia and her neighborhood friends form a book club mainly to have something of their own and read true crime stories and mysteries. Something their husbands would never approve of. 
   The book was chosen as Amazon's Editor's pick of best Mystery and Thriller Suspense. If you love a good mystery set in a small town with quirky everyday characters, then THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES is for you!  I Loved it! 

I AM GIVING THIS BOOK 
4 AND 1/2 STARS!

   

Friday, November 27, 2020

Thanksgiving Leftovers

 


For our final Thanksgiving post we're giving you a fun leftover recipe to try!

Leftover Turkey Quesadillas
    4 wraps 
    2 cups shredded turkey breast
    1/2 cup cranberry sauce
    2 cups cheese of choice
    
    The above are the base ingredients. Feel free to add any other leftovers that appeal to you. Sweet potatoes, corn cassarole, etc. 

Cooking
Add either butter or olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Place a wrap in the bottom of the skillet, top with 1/4 cup cheese, 1/2 cup turkey, 1/4 cup cheese, any other ingredients you would like to add, and top with another wrap.

Grill for about 5 minutes on each side, or until cheese is all melty.

Remove from heat, cut into fourths, and serve. 

This is a fun yummy way to use up some of that leftover turkey without having a repeat of Thanksgiving dinner! Enjoy and we will be back to our regular posts on Monday with Linda's Book Reviews.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Have some fun finding all the words you can make from 'Happy Thanksgiving'
 

Print your copy Here

Have fun and have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving: Would You Rather

 

Enjoy these Thanksgiving would you rather questions from Sign Up Genius. A great icebreaker for those awkward family gatherings.

  1. Would you rather eat an entire turkey by yourself or eat all the Thanksgiving stuffing by yourself?
  2. Would you rather have two days of Thanksgiving or two days of Christmas?
  3. Would you rather have a Thanksgiving meal without your favorite dish, or have a meal made up of only your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
  4. Would you rather cook the Thanksgiving meal or clean up the dishes?
  5. Would you rather eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant or at home?
  6. Would you rather take a nap after the meal or watch a football game?
  7. Would you rather always smell like turkey or always smell like gravy?
  8. Would you rather be in the Thanksgiving Day parade, or be one of the hosts commenting on the parade? 
  9. Would you rather wear a pilgrim hat to school and work for all of November, or eat Thanksgiving food for every day of November?
  10. Would you rather wash your hair with mashed potatoes or with stuffing?
  11. Would you rather go Black Friday shopping or watch Thanksgiving football?
  12. Would you rather eat an entire pumpkin pie or drink the whole gravy boat?
  13. Would you rather say fifty things you’re thankful for or listen to someone else say fifty things they’re thankful for?
  14. Would you rather be in charge of the Snoopy balloon or the Ronald McDonald balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade?
  15. Would you rather eat a Thanksgiving meal with just your hands, or have to open your Christmas presents using a fork?
  16. Would you rather keep a turkey as a pet for a year, or have to kill the turkey you eat for Thanksgiving?
  17. Would you rather be a turkey in a Thanksgiving school play or a corn on the cob?
  18. Would you rather run a Turkey Trot and come in first, or not have to run it at all?
  19. Would you rather wear pants two sizes too small to Thanksgiving dinner, or listen to a family member tell a gross story while you’re trying to eat Thanksgiving dinner?
  20. Would you eat a burnt Thanksgiving dinner or an undercooked Thanksgiving dinner?
  21. Would you rather take a bath in cranberry sauce or go swimming in a pool of apple cider?
  22. Would you rather get $100 dollars for every slice of pie you ate, or get $1,000 for eating no Thanksgiving food at all?
  23. Would you rather take an expensive Thanksgiving vacation or eat an expensive Thanksgiving dinner?
  24. Would you rather eat Thanksgiving dinner with the UK’s royal family or with your own family?
  25. Would you rather play in an NFL football game (with the football skills you have now) or sing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (with the singing abilities you have now)?
  26. Would you rather always feel too full or always feel a little hungry?
  27. Would you rather give a turkey a bath or mash a bathtub full of potatoes?
  28. Would you rather eat an entire onion or uncooked corn on the cob?
  29. Would you rather cook an entire Thanksgiving meal using only a grill or only a microwave?
  30. Would you rather have to work on Black Friday or have to work on Thanksgiving?
  31. Would you rather turn into a turkey on Thanksgiving or turn into an elf on Christmas?
  32. Would you rather spend Thanksgiving in New York City or on a farm?
  33. Would you rather eat at the kids table or the grown-ups table?
  34. Would you rather burn your turkey, but have an otherwise perfect meal, or burn everything except the turkey, which is perfect?
  35. Would you rather say what you’re grateful for before you eat or after?
  36. Would you rather drink hot cocoa or cold apple cider with your Thanksgiving meal?
  37. Would you rather eat raw pumpkin or eat raw cranberries?
  38. Would you rather be able to run a Turkey Trot without feeling tired or be able to cook perfectly without using a recipe?
  39. Would you rather invite a famous person to join your family’s dinner, or be the one person invited to join a famous family’s dinner?
  40. Would you rather travel to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving dinner or eat Thanksgiving at your own house?
  41. Would you rather wear a silly hat to Thanksgiving dinner or wear funny mittens on Christmas morning?
  42. Would you rather do a potluck Thanksgiving dinner and end up with everyone bringing stuffing, or end up with everyone bringing mashed potatoes?
  43. Would you rather dress your pet as a turkey for Thanksgiving or dress your pet as a pilgrim?
  44. Would you rather burp loudly at Thanksgiving dinner or spill your drink?
  45. Would you rather cook and clean up Thanksgiving dinner or shop for everyone in your family on Black Friday?
  46. Would you rather sing the National Anthem for an NFL game or coach an NFL football team?
  47. Would you rather dress in feathers like a turkey, or dress in orange like a pumpkin for the Thanksgiving meal?
  48. Would you rather not get passed food during Thanksgiving dinner or constantly be passing food for other people during the meal?
  49. Would you rather eat your Thanksgiving meal for dinner or lunch?
  50. Would you rather eat Thanksgiving leftovers for an entire year or never eat Thanksgiving food again?


Monday, November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving week: Riddles

 


Enjoy these 30 fun Thanksgiving Riddles from Scary Mommy

1. What has feathers and a beak but it is dressed?

A Thanksgiving turkey

2. Where do turkeys go to dance?

The Butter Ball.

3. At Thanksgiving dinner, which hand should you butter your roll with?

Neither – you should use a knife

4. Which side of a turkey has the most feathers?

The outside.

5. If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring?

Pilgrims.

6. When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?

In the dictionary.

7. What do you get when you have Broom Hilda on the beach with a turkey?

A turkey sand-witch

8 .Why did the turkey cross the road?

To prove he wasn't chicken

9. Why did they let the turkey join the Thanksgiving band?

Because he had the drum sticks.

10. What happened to the turkey who got in a fight?

He got the stuffing knocked out of him.

11. I can be smashed, baked, carved and you can see me everywhere on Thanksgiving. What am I?

A pumpkin

12. When the Pilgrims landed, where did they stand?

On their feet.

13. If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?

Their age

14. What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

Plymouth Rock

15. What kind of key has legs, but can’t open a door?

A turKEY

16. I can be hot or cold, I can be made with fruit, vegetable or meat but either way you see it, on a Thanksgiving table I will be a treat. What am I?

A pie

17. Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

Because of their fowl language

18. I have ears but I cannot hear and I have flakes but I have no hair. What am I?

Corn

19. What can never be eaten at Thanksgiving dinner?

Thanksgiving breakfast and lunch.

20. What do grateful, thankful, wonderful and joyful have all in common?

They are all stuffed.

21. What is brown, big and red all over? 

A turkey with cranberry sauce

22. What do the Pilgrims, Indians and Puritans have in common?

The letter “i.”

23. What do you get when you cross a turkey with a centipede?

Lots of drumsticks

24. Can a turkey fly higher than an ostrich?

Yes, because ostriches don’t fly

25. Pious and devout, I wear black and white clothes and funny hats. I am not a nun nor a priest, but I was an adventurer. Who am I?

Pilgrim

26. What are unhappy cranberries called?

Blueberries

27. What is that favorite sport of pumpkins and gourds?

Squash

28. If it took 3 people 4 hours to roast a turkey, how long would it take 4 people to roast the same turkey?

None, the turkey is already cooked

29. What is hard, oddly-shaped and brings you good fortune on Thanksgiving?

A wishbone

30. If the turkey says gobble, gobble, gobble, and a peach says cobbler, cobbler, cobbler, what would a computer say?

Google, Google, Google




Friday, November 20, 2020

Staff Picks: November

 Staff Picks

    It's time for our monthly installment of 'Staff Picks' by Rachel, Sherri, Linda, and Kelly.
These are the books we like. Let us know if you like them too!

Rachel

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater



"It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." 

There are some books that change you forever.  There was the "you" that existed before you read them, and then there is the "you" that exists after.  This is one of those books for me and is easily in my Top Three YA of All Time.  I try to read this book every year around October/November as that is when this story takes makes in the book.  It is the complete opposite of the previous Staff Picks I have mentioned the last couple of times.  It is not fast-paced at all.  It is a wonderfully slow and atmospheric read, and the author weaves this tale without wasting one word.  It is beautifully crafted.  You feel transported within the imagery - feel the chilly wind on your face, taste the saltiness of the sea air, the sand of the beach beneath your feet.  All of the characters, including the animals, are fully fleshed out and realized.  I think "essence" is a great word here.  Maggie captures the "essence" of every part of this story perfectly. 

Definitely my November Pick.

Kelly
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

"Sometimes she craved a little danger. And that was why she had book club."

This book has everything. It's funny and cozy and creepy and disturbing. What more could you ask for. The story is very Fried Green Tomatoes meets Night of the Living Dead. Patricia is a small town housewife whose husband is always busy and her two teenagers are living their own lives. She and her fellow housewives form a true crime book club and immerse themselves with the likes of Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. Then someone new moves to town and children start disappearing. 
The novel is classified as horror and there are some gruesome scenes but the overall story overwhelms any misgivings you may have about the genre. Hendrix's writing is easy to read and the story flows nicely. Definitely give this book a try!

Linda
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This book is one of my favorites. It is the first book in a soon-to-be four book series. The story is a fantasy about fairies. Not the little tiny fairies that you learned about as a kid, grown up adult, human sized fairies. This book has action, romance, and a lot of twists. If you like fantasy, you will love it. If you have never read a fantasy, this is a great series to start with. 

Sherri
Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods

This is book one in the Sweet Magnolia's Series. It is also a Netflix original series.
It's a romance based in the small town of Serenity, South Carolina.
This is an enjoyable read with very good characters. As with most small town romance novels, it has a happily ever after ending.



That's all for this month! We'll be back in December. Subscribe to our blog to see our content every day!




Thursday, November 19, 2020

Here at the Library: Thanksgiving

 Native Americans, Abraham Lincoln, and Mary had a Little Lamb

Also, a recipe for a No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Glazed Walnuts


Also known as A Story about Thanksgiving

Here at the library we have books about Thanksgiving, turkeys, Indians, Pilgrims, and more. We'll get into all of that later. Right now, I'll bet you're intrigued by that title. How do we get from Native Americans to Mary had a Little Lamb? Trust me, it will all make sense in the end. 


    We all know the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower landing on Plymouth Rock in 1620. We know of their struggles and the assistance given to them by the Wampanoag Indians. We know that the Indians and the Pilgrims celebrated a huge harvest feast that is known as the first Thanksgiving.
    Nevertheless, the American concept of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic. Both the Separatists who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who came shortly after, brought with them a tradition of fasting during hard times and feasting during times of plenty.
    Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest.
    Thanksgiving also resembles the Jewish festival of Sukkot, also known as The Feast of the Tabernacles.
    Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and parties long before the Europeans set foot on their shores.
    Basically, what I'm saying is, the idea of Thanksgiving was not an original one. The tradition of celebration and feasting after harvest had been around for centuries.

    We've got the Native Americans, how does Mary had a Little Lamb fit in? On October, 24, 1788, Sarah Josepha Buell was born in Newport, New Hampshire. Her parents were strong advocates for education for both sexes. Sarah was taught well beyond what was normal for a woman at that time. At the age of 25, Sarah married David Hale, a lawyer. Sadly, the pair were only married for 9 years when David passed away. He left Sarah a widowed mother of five children.
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale

    Sarah had a family to support. She had tried a few things to make money but writing was her passion. Her late husband's Freemason lodge supported her first book of poems, which was a success. Later in life, Sarah wrote another book of poems called, 'Poems for Our Children'. This was her most famous book. It included a story from her childhood that she turned into a nursery rhyme, maybe you've heard of it? Here it comes -Mary had a Little Lamb.
    Sarah's writing caught the attention of Rev. John Blake who hired her to be the editor of his magazine, 'Ladies Magazine'. Ten years later Louis A. Godey bought 'Ladies Magazine', changed the name to 'Godey's Ladies Book' and kept Sarah as editor. Godey's Ladies Book became the highest circulated magazine in the 1840s, reaching over 150,000 subscribers by 1858. This is important as it gave Sarah a large platform with which she could promote her ideas.
    With the approach of the Civil War, Sarah believed a national day of thanksgiving would draw families and the nation closer together. She lobbied President Lincoln for his support and urged her readers to do the same. Her efforts were successful and on October 3, 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.
    Why Thursday? There are a few possibilities. Thursday was a special day for Puritan colonists, ministers gave sermons on Thursdays. It could also be that they (the Puritans) wanted to separate the festival from the sabbath. At any rate, Thanksgiving has been held on a Thursday in November since George Washington declared a day of Thanksgiving and prayer in 1789 to honor the new United States Constitution. 
    Next, Sara Hale wanted her efforts to make Thanksgiving the law of the land. She didn't live to see this happen, Sarah Jospeha Hale died on April 30, 1879. Nearly 60 years after her death, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution passed by congress, which took into account years when there are 5 Thursdays in November and declared the fourth Thursday of the month a Federal Thanksgiving Day Holiday. 
    Sarah had some ideas as to what should be served at a traditional New England Thanksgiving. In a chapter of her book, 'Northwood: Life North and South' she gave a detailed description of what she thought should be included in the feast. This became a template for the rest of the country. The menu contained: Roast turkey; basted and stuffed, leg of pork, loin of mutton, sirloin of beef, vegetables, gravy, a goose, ducklings, pickles, preserves, a chicken pie, and the 'celebrated' pumpkin pie; "An indispensable part of a good and true Yankee Thanksgiving" according to Sarah. For beverages there was wine, cider, and ginger beer. Dessert included plum pudding, custards, pie, cake, sweetmeats (this is a dessert item that is rich in sugar and carbs) and last but not least, fruit. Seriously. I would explode. Soooo much food!!! To each their own I guess.
    So there you have it. Native Americans, Abraham Lincoln, and Mary had a Little Lamb. All ties together nicely. Sarah had some other notable accomplishments in addition to being the godmother of Thanksgiving. She helped with the founding of Vassar College, the restoration of Mount Vernon, and the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument. 
Bunker Hill Monument

With all of that let's get to what we have here at the library. You could go in so many directions here. As I mentioned before, we have books on Native Americans, Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, etc. I decided to focus on children's books:


I chose children's books because when looking through our collection I found one in particular that piqued my interest and brought you this post today

For our tutorial today I thought I would stray from Sarah's idea of a perfect Thanksgiving slightly and show you an easy dessert. It's quick to make and ingredients are easy to find. We're going to make a No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Glazed Walnuts.

First things first we're going to glaze the walnuts. You will need 1 cup of halved walnuts, 2Tbsp sugar, 1Tbsp butter, and 1Tbsp water.

Place the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. You're just toasting them a bit.

When you can just smell the walnuts, after approximately 2 minutes on the stove top, add the butter.

Stir until the butter is melted then add the sugar and water

Stir until the majority of the liquid is gone, then turn out onto parchment or wax paper to cool and set aside.


On to the cheesecake. You will need, 3/4 cup of sugar, 6 Tablespoons of butter melted, 8 oz. of cream cheese (softened), 12 graham crackers, 1 cup of canned pumpkin, a tub of whipped topping, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 2 Tablespoons of caramel ice cream topping, and your glazed walnuts. 

First, making the crust. Take the graham crackers and finely crush them. I used my small food processor for this step. 

Once all the crackers are crushed add 1/4 cup of sugar and the 6Tbsp of melted butter.

Combine and press into a 9 to 9 1/2 inch pie plate and bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.

In a mixing bowl, add the 8 oz. cream cheese and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. 

Mix well, then add the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.

Again, mix well. Finally, add 1 cup of whipped topping.

Once everything is combined, spoon into cooled graham cracker crust and top with remaining whipped topping.

Spread the glazed walnuts on top of the whipped topping.

Drizzle with the caramel topping.

ENJOY!!

This is a quick easy recipe, perfect as a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving dinner and elegant enough to use as a hostess gift!

I found the recipe on the snack works website using Honey Maid Graham Crackers. You can find the original here: https://www.snackworks.com/recipe/no-bake-honey-maid-pumpkin-cheesecake-320930.aspx

You will need:
for crust
12 Graham Crackers
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

for glazed walnuts
1 cup walnut halves
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp water

for cheesecake
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup whipped topping
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup sugar

for topping
2 Tbsp caramel ice cream topping

Glazed Walnuts
Heat 1 cup of walnuts in a medium skillet for approximately two minutes or until you can smell the walnut oil. Add butter, stir until melted. Add sugar and water, stir until most of the liquid is evaporated. Pour nuts onto parchment or wax paper to cool.

Crust
Preheat oven to 350°. Finely crush 12 graham crackers. Add melted butter and 1/4 cup of sugar, mix well. Press into a 9 inch or 9 1/2 inch pie plate and bake for 7-8 minutes until golden brown.

Filling
In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar with mixer until smooth. Add 1 cup of pumpkin and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Again, mix well. Add 1 cup of whipped topping and mix. Spoon into cooled graham cracker crust and top with remaining whipped topping, glazed walnuts, and drizzle with caramel topping. Chill for 4 hours before serving. 


Let me know if you give this recipe a try and what you think! There will be no Here at the Library next week as the library is closed for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday and I hope to see you back on December 3rd!
Kelly














Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Critter Club: Thanksgiving 2020

Critter Club
Happy Thanksgiving!! Are you all ready to eat some turkey and pumpkin pie?? For today's Critter Club we're looking at a book called Thank You, Sarah: The Woman who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's a true story based on the life of Sarah Josepha Hale. You can hear the book below.

On Thursdays, I do a post called 'Here at the Library' it tells more about Sarah and some of the amazing things that she did. That post will be up this Thursday if you want to learn more!


For our craft we will be making a turkey headband. You should have:
    two long brown strips
    two feathers
    one orange triangle
    two eyes


The first step is to tape the two long strips together.

Next, glue on the orange triangle, this is the turkey's nose.

Glue the eyes on top of the nose onto the band.

Flip your band over, we're going to glue the feathers on to the back of the turkey's eyeballs!

Take your turkey headband and measure around your head. Cut some if you need to. 


Tape the ends together and your turkey headband is complete!

You should have a three Thanksgiving worksheets in your packet. Let me know if you are missing some! 

Here are some fun websites to try:

Sound out sight words and play with Turkey

Color some Thanksgiving pictures online

There will be no Critter Club on the 24th or the 1st. We will resume as normal on December 8th. Packets will be available for pickup on December 3rd. If you need anything let me know!
Kelly






 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: Jingle All the Way

Linda's Book Reviews

Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber

Christmas is fast approaching and I enjoy reading a few Christmas books. Author Debbie Macomber has many to choose from. Jingle All The Way is her brand new Christmas novel this year. So Sit back and take a trip down the Amazon River this Christmas with Everly and Asher. 

Here is Amazon's description of the book followed by my review.

Amazon 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Love can transform even the best-laid plans in this heartfelt Christmas novel from the queen of Christmas stories, Debbie Macomber.

Trapped in the middle of five siblings, Everly Lancaster always had big dreams. Now a top real-estate executive, Everly finds her work is her life, leaving no space for anything (or anyone) else. Sensing her stress, Everly’s boss insists she takes December off. At first, a month away seems crazy—how will the company survive without her? But Everly’s mother convinces her otherwise. She deserves a vacation—plus, when she returns, she’ll have no excuse to skip family Christmas like she did last year.

But after her vengeful assistant books a guided cruise in the Amazon instead of the luxury beach vacation she expected, Everly is horrified to realize that she’s about to spend the next two weeks trapped—with no Wi-Fi!—in the rain forest. Not even Asher Adams, the ship’s charming naturalist, can convince Everly that the trip will be unforgettable. Slowly but surely, she realizes he is right: the sights are spectacular. And with each passing day, Everly’s relationship with Asher deepens, forcing her to take a long, hard look at her priorities.

Everly and Asher begin to see the magic in the possibility of a life together. But as the cruise nears its end, and Everly’s family Christmas approaches, both must decide if love is worth the risk. A merry surprise may be in store in Debbie Macomber’s newest holiday delight.  


My Review 

Jingle All the Way is a tale that has a little bit of everything, a trip to the Amazon rain forest, humor, romance, and a big family Christmas

The story takes Everly, a real-estate executive, to Brazil and into the rain forest.
This is not the trip she expected. She was supposed to be at a beach resort! But thanks to her vengeful assistant, the beach didn't happen. But this "mistake" brings Asher into her life.

Everly's story reminded me that we need to slow down and enjoy life. Especially the little things. They seem like not a big deal at the time but looking back they were some of the best things in life.

I have read better books by Debbie Macomber but Jingle All the Way is a cute story.

I give this book 3 STARS


Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday     Today is the drawing for the Summer Reading Grand Prize, the Playstation 4. The drawing will be held on Facebook Live ...