Book Review: Caramel, Caramel and More Caramel! by Michal Moses and Ivana Nitzan

Book Review: Caramel, Caramel and More Caramel! by Michal Moses and Ivana Nitzan Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Imagine by Charlesbridge Cooking, Food & Wine, Sauces & Toppings, Confectionery I love cookbooks. Every time I open one, I am immediately drawn into a world of wonderful pictures and endless possibilities. This book did not let me down. The authors are founders of Petit Gateau, a catering company that creates pastries, graphic design and food styling. They also co-wrote Cupcake Nibbles and Organic Sweets & Treats. I knew I was in for treat when I opened the book. There are over 50 recipes in the book. They range from sweet and savory so there is something for everyone.  The opening line is “Who Doesn’t Love Caramel?!” and I have to agree. The photography in the book is wonderful. The food jumps off the page at you. The recipes are easy to follow and most have simple ingredients. There are many sweet dishes but also savory dishes with chicken, onions and salmon. I never expected to find those items in a caramel book but the recipes sound intriguing. It was hard to pick out just one favorite from this book….

Book Review: A Cold White Fear (A Meg Harris Mystery) by RJ Harlick

Book Review: A Cold White Fear (A Meg Harris Mystery) by RJ Harlick Review by Dawn Thomas 344 Pages Publisher: Dundurn Publishing Murder, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Canada, Native American This is the seventh book in the Meg Harris Mystery series and takes place in Canada. Meg Harris and Jid, a twelve-year-old Algonquin boy, are preparing for Christmas in her isolated home. A winter snowstorm is bearing down on them when there is a knock on the door. Two men are on the doorstep asking her to open the door. She is apprehensive but one of the men tells her he is from the Indian reservation and needs medical attention. She opens the door and lets them in. Viper, covered in snake tattoos, explains how his friend Larry was injured in a car accident when they slid off the road. Meg is suspicious of the man’s injury since it appears to be a gunshot wound. She tells Jid, who is out back gathering wood, to go to the reservation and get help. Meg escapes out the back door while the two men are resting. While hiking through the woods she hears voices. She recognizes Jid but not the man with him….

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark Review by Dawn Thomas 398 Pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction (Adult), Legal, Courtroom Drama, Women Sleuths This is the first book in the Samantha Brinkman series. In this series, Samantha is a defense attorney as opposed to the Rachel Knight series where the main character is a prosecutor. The news is full of stories about a police detective accused of murdering two young women. Samantha needs a case like this to keep her office afloat. She knows taking his case would be good for her career and would give her publicity. On the other hand, everyone knows she is not fond of the police. She has mixed feelings when she receives a call from the detective that he would like to meet with her. Dale, a well-known police office without any blemishes in his career is accused of the double murder and asks Samantha to represent him. In the case, she knows she does not have to prove anything; she only has to provide reasonable doubt. When Dale reveals some surprising news to Samantha, she is shocked to her core. The case turns personal to Samantha when her…

Book Review: Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman

Book Review: Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Storey Publishing Crafts & Hobbies, Crochet, Yarn I was so happy to get this book. We are expecting our seventh grandchild this fall. The parents have decided not to know the sex of the child so I am planning making neutral color projects until the baby arrives. The book is divided into different themed chapters. Little Hats & Caps: There are hats for newborns and toddlers in this section. There is even a hat for a doll with a matching child’s hat. Little Socks & Bootees: I had such a chuckle when I saw the Sunshine Boot Toppers. There was also a pattern for Mommy and Me leg warmers that are so cute and practical. A few patterns are given in multiple sizes so they can be made for babies and toddlers. Little Tops & Dresses: I found a pattern called Dad & Me Necktie Shirts for a father and son look alike moment. There is a pattern for a Tiny Tango Vest that is adorable with ruffles along the bottom. Little Bottoms: This chapter had several patterns for diaper…

Book Review: 24-Hour Crochet Projects by Rita Weiss

Book Review: 24-Hour Crochet Projects by Rita Weiss Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Dover Publications Crafts & Hobbies, Crochet, Yarn I am a beginner at crochet and have attempted simple projects. So far, I have made wrist warmers, a scarf, blocks for an afghan and a dozen Granny squares that are anything but square. I was excited to read this book for inspiration and quick projects. I still have the Granny square afghan my grandmother gave me a when I was a teenager. My goal is to make something for each of my grandchildren. This book has 23 different projects. They range from headbands and hats to sweaters, purses and blankets. There is even a pattern for beautiful lace doilies. I love the Heads Up hat and it only takes two hours to make. The Baby Dreams blanket looks amazing and takes 14 hours to complete. I am going to attempt to make the Child’s Helmet Hat for one of my granddaughters who loves that style. I just purchased yarn to make the Huggable Afghan for another granddaughter. Now I just need to plan on the ten hours it will take to make it. At the end of…

Book Review: Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts

Book Review: Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts Review by Dawn Thomas 272 Pages Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd / Moon Books Religion & Spirituality This book comes from a year-long online course they developed together. Each chapter is dedicated with a theme for the month. Within each chapter, the authors explore a different goddess as they travel the wheel of the year. What I liked about this design is they included the stages of a woman along with the elements and the seasons. There is a beautiful wheel diagram, which shows how the themes are connected. The authors include nine goddesses for each month. Since nine is a goddess number, this makes sense. There are also devotions, crafts and recipes written specifically for each month. I also like the authors’ advice that you do not have to wait until January to begin the book. You can begin at any point of the year. So many books do that and when I come across one in June or July I do not really know what to do. Sometimes I put the book aside for the new year and then forget about starting it. Since this is…