A Rebel Among Us (Renegade #3) by J.D.R.Hawkins


Blurb:
After David Summers enlists with the Confederate cavalry, his delusion of chivalry is soon crushed when he witnesses the horrors of battle. Shot by a Union picket, he winds up at a stranger’s farm. Four girls compassionately nurse him back to health. David learns his comrades have deserted him in Pennsylvania following the Battle of Gettysburg, but his dilemma becomes much worse. He falls in love with the older sister, Anna, who entices him with a proposition. To his dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, or return to the army and risk capture?
For a girl who likes history, reading about life during the Civil War was just icing on the cake for this sweet romance. The story really was engaging and well written, and I could picture myself in that time period. Very well researched and detailed, and it was pretty honest of how slaves and freed men were treated back then. I don't know why this stuck with me, but in other fiction books I've read of the Civil War, when it came to the issue of slaves, the South was bad and the North was good and treated all freed slaves as free white men, which wasn't always the case. 

It begins with a family of girls in Union territory finding a Confederate soldier injured, and how they nurse him back to health. The oldest sister gets him to stay one time, then asks him to stay longer with a proposition. Great story line and the characters were all likable. While Anna and David were the main characters, Maggie, the younger sister, and Patrick, a neighbor, helped make the story better.

I loved this book! It's a longer book, so she has the time to work in details from her research. This was the first book I've ready by J.D.R. Hawkins, and I look forward to reading more historical pieces from this author.



Book Info:
  • A Rebel Among Us by J.D.R. Hawkins
  • 2016; Foundations, LLC; Second Edition edition.
  • 563 pages; ebook and paperback editions.


+Renee Shelton
Twitter: @121degreesC

The Meals to Heal Cookbook by Susan Bratton and Jessica Iannotta

Blurb:
From the founder and the chief operating officer of Meals to Heal (a company that provides vetted nutritional information and prepared meals delivery to cancer patients and their families): 150 nutritionally balanced recipes created with an eye toward the special needs of cancer patients (e.g. mouth sores, nausea, and difficulty swallowing) who often suffer from malnutrition.
I loved this book. I read and reviewed this for my personal blog and also shared a great recipe from it: Parchment Paper Steamed Fish and Vegetables.

My summary, "If you are on a cancer treatment path that includes chemo, then this is the perfect book to have in the kitchen. No empty promises for an easy ride through treatment (because there isn’t one), just real world, wholesome recipes that provide nutrients making you stronger - and presented in a way that tackles your side effects and manages your symptoms. Highly recommended read." Read the review below.

The Meals to Heal Cookbook: 150 Easy, Nutritionally Balanced Recipes to Nourish You During Your Fight with Cancer by Susan Bratton and Jessica Iannotta.

Book Information:

 

Book Information:

 Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.



+Renee Shelton
Twitter: @121degreesC

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I read this via an audiobook, and am so glad I did. The three women reading it made this psychological thriller really hard to put down. And with them in character, each made me feel a little something more.

Blurb:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
A mystery and whodunit in one, this was a great example of what a classic Hitchcock film was like when I watched them as a kid. No jump out at you moments or gory details; just a smooth and completely engrossing tale of a woman who suffers alcoholic blackouts who thinks she knows what she sees. As the book progresses, I ended up with a pity-hate relationship with her: she was so screwed up that her actions were both pitiful and made you angry at the same time reading it.

While most books you can tell a little bit about the plot without giving it away, this book is a true 'read it for yourself' one. If you are an Audible member, Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher all did a superb job of telling the story of the three women in the book.



Book Information:


Disclosure: Amazon links.
 



+Renee Shelton
Twitter: @121degreesC

Panda Inn Calendar 2001 Cookbook



A quick review of an old cookbook calendar from 2001. Twelve classic Chinese recipes from the Panda Inn restaurant. The review and the recipe for the Firecracker Chicken are on the Cookbook Papers.



+Renee Shelton
Twitter: @121degreesC

Protein Ninja: Power Through Your Day with 100 Hearty Plant-Based Recipes that Pack a Protein Punch by Terry Hope Romero



Protein is a major building block of your body. A protein rich diet helps curb hunger but it also helps with muscle loss. Terry Hope Romero's Protein Ninja provides over 100 different recipes packed with protein from breakfast to dessert and every meal in between. My full review is over on Sand and Succutash: Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero, and includes the recipe for Button Up White Bean Gravy, a delicious and satisfying gravy served over biscuits for a total comfort food dish.

Book Information:



+Renee Shelton
Twitter: @121degreesC

Soupelina's Soup Cleanse - by Elina Fuhrman


Soupelina's Soup Cleanse is a cookbook dedicated to plant-based soups and broths to 'heal your body, calm your mind, and transform your life.'



Book Blurb:
With easy and filling recipes, Soupelina's Soup Cleanse has something for every palate and every person. From blended soups like "Easy Peas-y" for breakfast and the cleansing "Fennel Hurrah"; to chunky soups like the Asian-inspired "I Will be Bok, Choy!" and "Beet the Heat," a spin on all things fermented; to broths like the antiviral and immune-boosting "Pho Sho" and "Don't Kvass Me Any More Questions" from her family's Russian roots, Soupelina's Soup Cleanse will bring the power of soup - and the pleasure of soup - to kitchens across the country.

I loved this book. Read the full review and try the quinoa and bean chili, "It's Chili and It's Hot," from the Sand and Succotash blog. The recipe is included.



+Renee Shelton
Twitter: @121degreesC