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Sweet Dreaming-Kids Book

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As Molly tries to drift off to sleep, her mother tells her stories to try and relax her. Some of the stories are silly, some are a little too exciting for bedtime, and some are just right to get Molly, and her mama,  off to dream land. If you are looking for an adorable bedtime book for your kiddos, Sweet Dreaming by Julia Rawlinson is the perfect addition to your bookshelves.

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This is one of my favorite illustrations from the book, it’s so beautiful, and it really helps your children to feel as if they are skimming the trees like a little bird.

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The detail and depth of each picture goes perfectly with the story, I love that each illustration is calm, there isn’t too much going on, so that your child can listen carefully to the words you are speaking, words that are in prose, and not so much on bright colors, or pictures that are too detailed to be relaxing.

This is an incredible book, we loved it in my house. I hope that you will get a kick out of it too, thank you to Sourcebooks for sending this to us! I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and so do the kids :).

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Anthill For Sale- Kids Book

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Anthill For Sale by Johnny Ray Moore is a charmingly sweet children’s book about how we sometimes don’t appreciate the things that we have until they are almost gone. Alvin finds that his home isn’t what he really wants anymore, so he decides to put it up for sale, but it seems that no matter the buyer-they just aren’t right for the house. From a ladybug to an anteater, no one fits the anthill like Alvin and his family, so even though he saw all the imperfections of the home to begin with, he realizes that they are just perfect anyway.
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I love how detailed the illustrations are in this book, you can see how much Alvin doesn’t want to get rid of his home, and all of the little details in each picture make the story even more fun and entertaining for adults and children.
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My children and I adored reading this together, and it brought up a great topic, even though we may not have the “best” or “newest” things, we still love what we have, and appreciate all of the things that we’ve worked hard for, because they are ours! Not only is this book adorable and fun to read, but it has a great message in the end. I definitely recommend this book to kiddos who are able to understand the meaning behind the story, I guarantee it will spark some great discussions.

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Alvin shows his home to potential homeowners. The buyers can’t see the beauty in the anthill and want to change everything about Alvin’s precious home. Alvin is disappointed the buyers don’t see what he sees. The home reminds him of the memories of  him and his family. Alvin has a change of heart and must convince his wife the anthill is their only place to call home.  Ages: 3-8
Author: Johnny Ray Moore
Illustrator: Zuzana Svobodova
Publisher: Big Belly Book Co.
ISBN: 978-1-7325541-1-5
Price: $10.95
Discounted 10% through the end of November through Big Belly Book Co. only $9.80, plus shipping, http://www.bigbellybookco.com
Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Big Belly Book Co and request at your local book store.
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Manuel for a Murder- FREE Today

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Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.

Manual for a Murder is free from October 25-27, so please go and get a copy! I am already getting mine :).

Go to Gonçalo’s blog: http://gjnd-books.blogspot.com.es/

Check out the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F3VXTHL

Feel free to add this book to your Goodreads as well: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40662434

 

Please let me know what you think!

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Listen to the Marriage

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A fly on the wall perspective of marriage and therapy, Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn is a voyeuristic account of what it can really take to stay married, how a relationship can fall apart and come back together, and what it’s like in a therapist’s office.  The walls come down, the tears come out, and lives can change.

Gretchen and Steve are separated, but they are trying to work on things, they’ve been married for so long that it makes sense to try and figure it all out. Even though both people in the marriage have done wrong, both have cheated on their spouse, it’s time to learn to communicate and try to love each other again.

As I watched these therapy sessions unfold, it felt like I was really watching someone’s marriage. This book gave me some really good tools to use in my marriage, and also for when I start to counsel people for my job (when I graduate). I know that sounds weird to say about a fiction novel, but it’s true. The author did quite an incredible job with the research needed for this novel. The characters were strong, yet flawed, and they both had issues that needed work. That made the story so much more real and raw.

One of the best parts of this book is that every word spoken, every chapter written, takes place inside the therapist’s office, so you don’t get to see what Gretchen and Steve are like on the outside. It gave some sort of mystery to their characters, but in a good way. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, a really great book to read when you’re feeling like watching reality tv but nothing good is on.

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I Know You Know

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A podcast, a 20 year old murder, and an old friend who wants to know the truth, I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan delves into Bristol where the man convicted of the murder of two young boys, Charlie and Scott, may not be the true killer. Many years have passed, and the convicted man is now dead, but the boys’ friend Cody won’t let their memory die with them.

In the age of Serial, Missing Richard Simmons, and My Favorite Murder, the idea of this story revolving heavily around a podcast really drew me in. Cody, the friend of the murdered boys, along with his wife, has returned to the town of his childhood to uncover the truth behind the murders. Although the killer had already been convicted, Cody doesn’t believe that the mentally challenged man sent to prison was the real murderer. He’s on a mission to find out what really went on behind the closed doors of the police station, and behind the dog track in which the little boys’ bodies were found.

Each chapter switches perspectives, but my favorite had to be the podcasts, as we learn more about what happened twenty years ago, and what changes have come, it really paints a clear picture that something corrupt happened, especially when one of the mother’s of the dead boys hires a man to stop Cody from finding out the truth.

Cody may be making people upset with his prying, but he’s doing his young friends, and even the convicted man, a favor by allowing the real answers to surface. The shock and awe of everyone involved is clear, but most of all you’ll be beside yourself. This book is pure gold, I loved every second of it, the mixture of medias really held the story together and made it flow perfectly, and the multiple narratives gave perspectives that we may not see in real life. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, one of the best I’ve read this year.