Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours by by Wiebke Martens & Jennifer Jang

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This photographic guide features five fully illustrated walking tours of the charming New Jersey town with seventeenth-century roots and the renowned university at its core. Explore the heart of Princeton University as well as its more modern sections; downtown Princeton, including some of its oldest neighbourhoods; and the campuses of Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Advanced Study. Each walk highlights the town’s rich history, varied architecture, and a multitude of local attractions, ranging from museums and theatres to parks and playgrounds. For those who want to roam a bit farther, a host of ideas for short outings and longer excursions in the greater Princeton area are included. With compelling full-page images and informative captions, this unique guidebook will appeal to both locals and guests and makes an ideal gift or keepsake.

For someone who probably, will never do much more international travelling anymore.

I found this a delight and informative.

With beautiful photographs and 5 descriptive walking excursions, including the history of the university town of Princeton.

This would be suitable to grace anyone’s coffee table.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Schiffer Publishing and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****

Nantucket Vistas by Arthur P. Richmond

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As a souvenir or a gift, this small-format book captures Nantucket vistas in wide-view format, offering colourful panoramas to treasure for years to come.

From the harbour with its iconic lighthouse to the streets of the town featuring cobblestones and quaint and upscale shops, the pages capture the highlights of time spent on the island.

Continue your tour through the island’s landscapes, by viewing the beaches along the north shore en route to the western end of the island and the area around Madaket. Heading east, pass the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean including Cisco and Surfside. Enjoy colourful glimpses of the former quintessential fishing village of Siasconset, with its rose-covered cottages.

Just to the north are two historic lighthouses, Sankaty and Great Point. Pass by Quidnet, Polpis, Altar Rock, and Monomoy. Captured across the island, these panoramas provide an enjoyable keepsake of magnificent Nantucket.

Full of beautiful photographs of the Nantucket area, this small format book is ideal for anybody visiting the area as a keepsake, or for any armchair visitors.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Schiffer Publishing and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Star****


Down by the Feed Mill: The Past and Present of Americas Feed Mills and Grain Elevators by David Hanks

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More than 240 fascinating photos bring to light the importance of feed mills to American townspeople, economies, and heritage. This wealth of contemporary new photos, together with some vintage images from museum collections, give us a visual record of a changing, and passing, American institution. Covering a time frame of more than 150 years, the book’s illuminating text explains what feed mills and grain elevators do, how they work, the role they have played in the American agricultural economy, and the relationship of these businesses to their farmercustomers. By focusing on three mills in depth we learn the changing technological and economicconditions that shaped, and sometimes destroyed, mills. These evocative photos capture mills in the southern half of Michigan’s lower peninsula, chosen to be representative of the US mills as a whole in terms of their variety, historic evolution, and characteristics.

For someone that was brought up in the UK.  I found this an interesting read, into the history of the feed mills, and the role that they played in the American economy.  Accompanied by photographs and illustrations.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Schiffer Publishing and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****


Title Wave (Booktown Mystery #10) by Lorna Barrett

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An author/book cruise is just what the Miles sisters need to relax.  Only this one has just got deadly!

While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in Adirondack chairs while sipping colourful drinks and soaking up some rays.

But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising…

In this, the 10th book in the Booktown series, Lorna Barrett takes the Miles sisters away from Stoneham and puts them at sea on a Mystery Book Cruise, with their extended family and members from the Stoneham Chambers of Commerce.

This should have been a relaxing journey, but Tricia has a stalker, and there is a killer roaming the decks.

Are the sisters out of their depth?

It’s time to see if they sink or swim…

A fun read, with a good set of characters, in a well plotted and written mystery.

I voluntarily reviewed this book, which was supplied by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Available in Hardback, Kindle/ebook, audio CDs, audio download (USA regions only) and in paperback from the 6th June 2017.

5 Stars*****

A Most Unusual Courtship (The Mage and the Leathersmith .5) by Nancy M. Griffis

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Gerald Smithson, master leathersmith, has ample reason to distrust mages. He doesn’t take their commissions and steers clear of them wherever possible. When Lord Leo Harris tries to hire him, Gerald sends the mage packing. Unfortunately, the simple act of Leo entering his shop brings Gerald to the attention of a Dark mage who kidnaps him as a chance to get to Leo. Now Leo must not only rescue Gerald, but find a way to win his heart. It will be an unusual courtship, to say the least.

An explosive prequel to the Mage and the Leathersmith book #1 – A Most Unusual Wedding.

I enjoyed this steam punk M/M romance, and look forward to reading more about Gerald and Leo.

4 Stars****

The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30) by Terry Pratchett

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Tiffany wants to be a witch when she grows up.

A proper one, with a pointy hat. And flying, she’s always dreamed of flying (though it’s cold up there, you have to wear really thick pants, two layers).

But she’s worried Tiffany isn’t a very ‘witchy’ name. And a witch has always protected Tiffany’s land, to stop the nightmares getting through.

Now the nightmares have taken her brother, and it’s up to her to get him back.

With a horde of unruly fairies at her disposal, Tiffany is not alone. And she is the twentieth granddaughter of her Granny Aching: shepherdess extraordinaire, and protector of the land.

Tiffany Aching. Now there’s a rather good name for a witch.

What’s not to love about a Terry Pratchett book!

His Discworld books will keep you entertained, no matter what your age is!

Loved re-reading the beginning of the Tiffany Aching books.  So much so, that I will be pulling out the other books in the series for a re-read.

Great characters, great setting (Discworld), and a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat…

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Corgi Childrens and downloaded via NetGalley.

5 Stars*****




Back Home by R.J. Scott

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Running away from the man you are falling in love with is easy.  Coming back home is harder.

Falling for his brother’s boyfriend broke his heart. Now he’s back home and falling in love all over again.

One birthday kiss, given on a dare, and Kieran realizes he is in danger of falling for his brother’s boyfriend, Jordan. Leaving for college, then moving to another country is the only way to ease the ache in his heart.

But, when his father becomes ill, and his sister begs him to come home, Kieran returns for good. He finds the family business nearly bankrupt and Jordan, the man he ran from, beaten down by despair and guilt.

Friendship is what they promise each other as they work to repair the business, but it could never be enough for Kieran. When secrets spill, and there are vital decisions to be made, Kieran realizes two things; he’s back home, and he wants to stay with Jordan for good.

Now he just needs to convince Jordan.

I loved this romance, with a great set of characters, in a well written story, about family, responsibilities and falling in love…again.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.  Supplied by the author.

5 Stars*****

Crooked Tree Ranch (Montana #1) by R.J. Scott

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When a city slicker, meets up with a cowboy.  Anything can happen under the blue Montana skies…

Nate Todd knows things have to change for Crooked Tree to survive. He just doesn’t know how much of an effect Jay Sullivan will have on his life.

On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a marketing expert on a dude ranch in Montana. With his small family, he moves lock, stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life.

Foreman and owner of a third of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Todd has been running Crooked Tree Ranch. His partners in the business convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the ranch survive. He knows things have to change, but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow, he just isn’t prepared for how much.

I have to admit, that I have a thing for cowboys! *grins*  And loved this, the first book in the Montana series.

Watching the love blossom in this story, is like watching the ice melt off the Montana mountains…once the thaw comes, the beauty underneath shines through.

This audiobook was narrated by Sean Crisden, and he makes the story just flow easily, with his sexy gravelly voice.

Look forward to reading/listening to more of this series.

I voluntarily reviewed this Audio Copy of this book.  Supplied by the author.

5 Stars*****

Hot Under the Collar (Love Off Leash) by Summer Devon

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When two men collide and sparks fly, love is definitely going to be off the leash!

Love dogs and smoking hot men? The Love Off Leash series is for you. Different authors. Unrelated stories. Shared theme of new love and pets.

Attorney Sam Trevisani never thought he’d play the bad guy, but now his job to stop a dog park makes him the enemy of every dog owner in town—and whenever he meets his main opponent, Dan Bailey, the vet gives him the evil eye. Tired of playing for the wrong side, Sam has to find a solution. Maybe the tempting Dr. Bailey can help him find a solution for his restless need for change. Or maybe it’s his attraction to the vet that pushes Sam to pay a late-night visit.

Tired of town politics and manipulative games, Dan has no interest in helping the flashy lawyer. Yet Sam’s dogged interest in him proves oddly appealing. Dan reluctantly allows the attractive lawyer into his house and sparks fly. Sam doesn’t mind hookups, but Dan doesn’t do them–yet in one night, they both change their minds.

Determined to keep Dan from running away from something promising between them, Sam has to get past his attorney uncle, Dan’s pack of misfit dogs, and a powerful but unpleasant client who could end not only the dog park but any chance of romance between the lawyer and the vet.

I loved this story, of two men far away from where they had started, ending up in the same place, but fighting on different sides.

Look forward to reading more of this series in the future.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.  Supplied by the author.

5 Stars*****

Vintage Trailer Voyeur: A Peek Inside the Unique Custom Trailer Culture by Vicki Ocken


Take a fanciful journey into the world of vintage camping trailers through the stories of their owners. Almost 400 photos offer a peek at the rare, the unique, the coveted, and the just plain adorable. Tag along to a vintage trailer rally, visit an all-girls camp, and check out the decor of these jewels–ranging from original birch panelling, chenille bedspreads, and a period-perfect Dixie stove, to a “Sharkstream” trailer-as-art-installation. Those with the conviction that trailers deserve to be loved and lived in will enjoy exploring the possibilities as they search for, renovate, or simply dream of living in their own little piece of history.

Each chapter is a different ladies Vintage trailer and her personal journey, in refitting these treasures, in the life they have chosen, and on travelling on the open road and the friendships they have made along the way.

For these ladies, travelling the roads and highways, has become a way of life…and their trailers reflect each persons personality, as shown in these delightful photographs.

I always love see how others live.  And this book brought back memories of caravan holiday trips I spent with my family in my childhood, here in the UK.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Schiffer Publishing, and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****