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Waiting in the Wings (Flying Solo Series) (Volume 3)
Waiting in the Wings (Flying Solo Series) (Volume 3)
by Jeanette Vaughan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.49
4 used & new from $12.70

4.0 out of 5 stars The various vicissitudes of adoption, July 19, 2014
This is the last book in this trilogy, which begins with Jana Charbonnet who knows she is an adopted child and even after being twenty years old, she still questions why her birth mother gave her up? Didn’t she love her enough to keep her? This eats at her even though she was adopted by a lovely couple, Odile and Steve, along with another adopted girl. However, Jana does not look like her adopted mother, and Odile nags at her constantly about her looks, her weight, and devotion to Catholicism. Jana falls in love with a young man, David Sears, and while living together, David’s eight-year old son is deserted by his real mother and comes to live with Jana and David. Jana takes him to her heart immediately and takes care of his needs through the years, even if she has to work overtime. Both Jana and David are nurses. A few years later, she becomes pregnant with Aaron and later with Samantha.
When Jana is thirty years old, she goes through channels to find her birth mother, which she does and this is where her story now fits into the first two books of this trilogy. As with the first books, there are pages of introspection by Jana with little dialogue or action, which slows the story down. But once this story fits into the first two books and merges, then the story becomes fascinating. Jana, her adopted mother and her birth mother are all characters who dwell more in their own self-interests than those of their children. As a result, the reader has a tendency to judge these women and perhaps even dislike them at times, but the author throws the various weaknesses and strengths of human nature at us and I found myself wondering what I would do under the same circumstances.
The characters are well developed and for those readers who enjoy digging into the depths of human nature relative to love, jealousy, self-centeredness, religion, you will enjoy this book, especially since it ties up their lives as portrayed in the first two books.
I was given this e-book as a complimentary copy for an honest review.


The Haunting of Wolfe Haven
The Haunting of Wolfe Haven
by Debbie A. Heaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.36
39 used & new from $2.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Not so haunting but an intriguing mystery, July 14, 2014
THE HAUNTING OF WOLFE HAVEN
By Debbie A. Heat
4 stars
The first quarter of the book consists mostly of descriptions, no action, and although rather poetic, drags the story if it is to be a mystery. Then different characters are introduced with little explanation as to how they fit with the protagonist who is writing in first person. Then her characters begin to appear and there is enough dialogue so that the reader gets the gist of the story. As far as the gothic part, it is a weak referral to a woman who lived several generations prior, committed suicide and Riley wonders if she is the voice she sometimes hears giving her directions whenever she is in trouble, but there is no explanation as to who is the owner of this mental voice. But as the story proceeds, the mystery develops and actually becomes quite interesting. Then I began to enjoy the story. Throughout the story, there is very little romance or exchanges of kissing, etc. and then in the last chapter explicit sex is thrown in, which adds nothing to the story and neither does the epilogue.
I gave it four stars based on the mystery as it intriguingly develops.
I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.


Ozera Ice Pop Molds, Set of 6 Yellow
Ozera Ice Pop Molds, Set of 6 Yellow
Offered by Ozera
Price: $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade popcicles., July 13, 2014
These were great to use. The six freezer units can be placed on its tray, then into the refrigerator and each one is easily filled with koolaid, juice, whatever a person wants to such like a cold popcicle and just by running a little cool water on the side, the frozen part releases easily. And with the yellow tops and yellow tray, they would easily draw the attention of a child.
I was given a complimentary set of these for an honest review.


Unves Good Use Julienne Peeler & Slicer - Stainless Steel Fruit Vegetable Peeler & Slicer - Public Loved Professional Peeler - Precision Kitchenware Vegetable Cutter Every Family Needs to Have One
Unves Good Use Julienne Peeler & Slicer - Stainless Steel Fruit Vegetable Peeler & Slicer - Public Loved Professional Peeler - Precision Kitchenware Vegetable Cutter Every Family Needs to Have One
Offered by Unves
Price: $25.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not so easy to use and get the best results., July 13, 2014
Although this is stainless steel and looks great, but I did not find it so. It makes smaller than the usual sized julienne vegetables. In fact in trying ti out on a potato, it made the strips more the size of hashbrowns. The peeler side was fine, but the julienne side took so much strength to pull it down the side of the potato, that I feared it would be easy to cut myself and I am on a blood thinner, so I am very careful. When I got down to where the potato was about an inch thick, I had to really hold onto it as I pulled the cutter down the side of the potato. I don't find it comfortable enough to use and so I will not be using it in the future.
I was given a complimentary peeler for an honest review.


Ozera 4 Colors of 12 Sets BPA Free Silicone Baking Cup Cupcake Liners Perfect for Muffin, Mini Cakes, Snacks, Frozen Treats and Any Dessert - Quick Baking & Cooling - Easy Loaf Removal - 100% Food Grade Silicone Baking Molds
Ozera 4 Colors of 12 Sets BPA Free Silicone Baking Cup Cupcake Liners Perfect for Muffin, Mini Cakes, Snacks, Frozen Treats and Any Dessert - Quick Baking & Cooling - Easy Loaf Removal - 100% Food Grade Silicone Baking Molds
Offered by Ozera
Price: $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right type of baking cup, July 13, 2014
Because these baking cups are silicone, they are much more versatile than the usual muffin or cupcake liners. These can stand alone on a baking sheet, do not stick to the food or the muffin pans (if you use them because they are self-supporting and can be hand washed so they can be used again. They can also be used for simple, small deserts if not used for baking.


Philips Sonicare HX7002/62 e-Series Standard Replacement Brush Heads, 2-Pack
Philips Sonicare HX7002/62 e-Series Standard Replacement Brush Heads, 2-Pack
Offered by Aroma Beauty
Price: $29.00
11 used & new from $29.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Twin replacement heads, July 11, 2014
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Replacement brush heads for my Sonicare work great.


Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment, 1-oz. Tube
Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment, 1-oz. Tube
Offered by Drop Shop Direct
Price: $6.99
18 used & new from $1.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Infection resistant, July 11, 2014
I use Neosporin all of the time for skin tears and cuts. I never worry about infection developoing.


Libman Dust Pan with Whisk Broom
Libman Dust Pan with Whisk Broom
Price: $6.99
10 used & new from $6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for heavy cleaning, July 11, 2014
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This whisk broom is strong and the plastic dustpan is strong, which I purchased to clean around my outside patio.


Retractable Dog Leash - Ergonomic Design with Smooth Leash Retraction - Leash Extends up to 16 Feet and Supports Dogs up to 44 Pounds © Pet Magasin
Retractable Dog Leash - Ergonomic Design with Smooth Leash Retraction - Leash Extends up to 16 Feet and Supports Dogs up to 44 Pounds © Pet Magasin
Offered by PetMagasin Direct
Price: $19.95

2.0 out of 5 stars A heavier leash good for bigger dogs., July 10, 2014
My dog only weighs fifteen pounds and this leash is almost too heavy for her. I found that since the leash is made out of ribbon, it has a tendency to twist and then is not tractable. If my dog weighed 40 pounds or so like some dogs, this might not happen so much. The leash is a pretty blue. So for my dog and myself, this leash does not work out well.
I was given a complimentary leash for an honest review.


Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's Story
Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's Story
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An historical fiction story that haunts the reader., July 7, 2014
This book is one of the finest books I have read in a long time. It is a tragic and triumphant telling of the atrocities that over 200,000 Korean women (usually young teenage girls) had to endure at the hands of Japanese soldiers during WWII. At this time, Korea was subject to Japan and its soldiers and were helpless to deal with the situation. In this particular Korean family, the mother was sent to work long hours in a factory producing for the Japanese;, the father was taken by the Japanese and made to fight for them where he died; and Ja-hee, age 14, and her sister were told they were to work in a boot factory. When they got there, they joined other teenage Korean girls who were forced to be sex slaves for the Japanese military and treated in the most vicious manners possible. During war times, soldiers quite often become immune to human suffering and take out on the weaker their anger, and women most often are picked up and put into brothels or such and bear the brunt of this anger.
This story tells of those times, what happened to these girls, what public opinion was about them by Koreans, Japanese and American soldiers at the end of the war and how Korean split into North and South because of political division. Ja-Hee, using her intelligence, struggled to survive, including finding her sister after she believed she had been dead over sixty years.
This story is well written, the dialogue is emotional and believable and the scenes are so well depicted, it is like the reader is there.
This e-book was given to me as a complimentary copy for an honest review.


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