Anyone that likes a book with a dog in the storyline, this is your book!!

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Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers a beautiful story, revolving around a man named Jody and a woman named Virginia that could have been his Step-Mother.  Ok, maybe it revolves around the dog named Worthy that Jody found that actually belongs to Virginia.  Either way you look at it, this story revolves around a shared loss and unimaginable grief and pain.

The tragedy at the beginning of this story will tug at your heartstrings, because Jody (nicknamed Buddy) loses his father and dog, due to a very dumb err in judgement on the behalf of two mischievous teenagers.  This was where the story ended for me.  The rest of it was very status quo.

I was not completely taken away, as I saw this as an easy story to figure out.  I was never shocked by anything.  It was not an easy book to finish due to my lack of interest.

I know that anyone that likes a book with a dog in the storyline, this is your book!

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Barkley’s Great Escape is joyful lesson!! An Awesome Children’s Book!!

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Wanda Wyont is a genius!   Not only is her story a wonderfully delightful children’s storybook, but it has lessons to be learned, and even questions to go over when the story ends.  I think that Barkley may have more lessons coming…..but, only Wanda Wyont will know that!

Barkley is a dog that escapes his back yard and takes a short visit around his neighborhood.  It made me think of my dog, when he does something similar….During Barkley’s travels he goes in to a backyard of someone that has a pool, and he jumps in and needs help to get out.

This story is too cute, and has a huge lesson for children and parents regarding water safety.   I think that this story was genius because of the lesson, and this is a great time of year to grab it.  I see teachers wanting to read this story in class…I see parents wanting to get this for their children that love animals and pets.

The Illustrations are just as wonderful.  I totally see myself reading this to my young nieces and godson!  I also know they will want more from Barkley!

I highly recommend this children’s book!!  What is better than a great story with a water safety lesson as well!

5 Stars.

May Book Club Choice “Memory House” by Bette Lee Crosby

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Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby

What an enchanting story!  Bette Lee Crosby created a truly engaging storyline, with Ophelia and Annie!   Just what I adore, another wonderful writer to follow!  It is truly a gift when I find a writer that inspires me to read more of their books.

I hope to read all of her books and from what I read at the end of this story, there are a lot of “spin-offs” …so the story lives on!  I was so grateful, as I was not ready for the story to end.  Brilliant ending, by the way!

“Memory House” is the tale of two charming characters.  Annie has been in a relationship with her boyfriend, Michael for 7 years, but it suddenly comes to an end.  Once he moves out, she decides to hop in her car and leave Pennsylvania behind for a little while, in an attempt to outrun the memory of Michael.  She stops her car in front of a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) called “Memory House” just outside of Richmond, Va.  Upon entering the B&B she meets its owner, Ophelia….who is a character I will never forget, and I look forward to reading more about her. They were both so lucky to have met each other.  Those types of relationships are both powerful and beautiful. Ophelia had one love in her life, named Edward…they were together for a decade and it has been 60 years since they have been together.

Ophelia can feel the memories when she holds particular items.  With Ophelia coming up on her 90th birthday, she wants to find someone to share her talents with.  So these memories can live on!

Will Annie be this person?  Will she have the gift to recall the memories held in particular items?  Reading about all of this is fascinating.  Ophelia had a beautiful garden and apothecary that she ran out of her home.  The apothecary was full of herbs, roots and potions.  She grew up in the mountains of West Virginia where people believed these plants had healing powers.  It was not far-fetched for me, as I believe in a lot of this also….to anyone that does not believe in it, the more enchanting you will find this story to be.  Each visitor to the Apothecary was a little humorous.

As stated in the book, “Before you find the magic of life, you have to open yourself up to the possibility of it being there.”

That is the true essence of this story.  It is a truly delightful read!  I am HOOKED!

Already bought more books in this series….I am anxious to read more Bette Lee Crosby Stories!

5 Stars.

Sonoma Wine Country ~ 2nd Stop in Booksparks PR Summer Reading Challenge “Eight Hundred Grapes” #SRC2015

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Laura Dave wrote a fabulous story, it was like a lyrical dance between life and the making of a bottle of wine.  It was very intriguing.  She is a very gift writer.

We are introduced to Georgia Ford, a Real Estate Lawyer in Southern California that ran back home to Sonoma County when she finds her fiancé in a lie….one that could ruin their wedding that is taking place in eight days.  Sonoma County is where her parents own a vineyard/winery, called “Last Straw Vineyard”.  Nothing written in this book was by chance; it was like poetry how perfect everything flowed.

Georgia runs back home, right to her brother’s bar, “Brother’s Tavern”.  Her brothers Bobby and Finn own the bar, and she stands out like a sore thumb.  She has a great relationship with her Brothers, and they will stand by her no matter what.

She then returns to her family home on the Vineyard only to find out that her parents have a secret, too.  All of this is too much for her, and she just wants to fix everything.

There is a quote in the book, which truly sums up the entire story….“Because that’s what we do for the people we love.  We don’t sit around watching while they make mistakes.  We at least try to stop them from doing things we know they will regret”.

I absolutely adored this story, reading it was quite intoxicating….and I have to say that I would have loved to try a glass of B-Minor, that the Ford’s make on “Last Straw Vineyard”.

This is a must read, just in time for the lovely weather.

5 Stars.