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The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant

Three generations searching for love. Rachel who seems to have fleeting romances, Eve who has swapped her travels to Africa with her boyfriend in favor of taking care of her grandmother. Esther stuck on a island against her will by her husband, in an attempt to heal her from her grief.

Rachel lands on the Isles of Scilly to research clams. While going out to do her research a storm brews up fast and she doesn’t want to lose her boat. Attempting to swim it to shore behind her she ends up getting her arm caught between rocks. An older woman whose a recluse rescues Rachael. She has landed on an island called Little Embers. Her rescuer finds her some clothes to borrow. They are clothes from a different era with a secret.

Eve is stuck taking care of her grandmother and wonders if she’ll ever rekindle the boyfriend she left behind. Helping her grandmother write her memoirs Eve senses there’s more to her life then her grandmother is letting on.

Esther is stuck on an island to try and heal her grief. With her husband and little boy so far away can Esther heal?

Join Esther, Eve and Rachel on their journeys to discover love and the how the paths we choose shape our future. This gripping novel is set on the isles off the Cornish coast. If you enjoy small town stories then you might just fall in love with this story. This novel touches on so many different themes from loss, independence, grief, romance, adventure and most of all hope.

I received my complimentary copy of The Lost Letters Of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. To go grab a gorgeous copy of this novel support HarperCollins and to find out more about the author.

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Meditation For Kids

I mean to start meditating, but of course it’s the starting that’s a tad challenge. This little book of different meditations geared for little kids between ages 4-8 is the perfect starter for kids and adults. The 40 different exercises are unique, fun, silly and yet serious at times. Each meditation comes with cute artwork to help you visualize that particular meditation.

If you need to break out your creative, little kid side then I recommend this book. As adults we are focusing on being serious so much of the time we forget to know how to play and let go of our adult stresses. I think my favorite meditation in this book is the one on the topic of anger where you pretend to throw down potatoes that are too, hot (think of the game hot potato as a kid) then stomp on them to turn them into mashed potatoes.

I received my complimentary copy of Meditation For Kids by Tejal Patel from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. Even though I’m an adult with no children I find these books on meditation for kids is perfect for those of us late to the meditation lifestyle. Simple doesn’t mean dumbed down. Go grab a copy to begin your meditation journey.

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The Story Of Harriet Tubman

I know some basics about Harriet Tubman, but if you are looking for little intro biography on her, then I recommend picking up a copy of, The Story Of Harriet Tubman. This short biography gives a nice overview of Harriet’s life from birth to death. I had no idea her family nickname for her was Minty, but once she escaped to freedom she changed her name to Harriet. I never knew she was married prior to helping with the Underground Railroad, but then down the line her husband remarried since he didn’t leave with her, so she ended up remarrying. In Harriet’s later years she opened up a home for the elderly and poor. This book brought her to life in a fascinating way.

This book features Jump In The Think Tank, a side blurb that gives you a topic within the story to think about regarding your own life and how you may be able to relate to Harriet. Also, has the When feature which provides a timeline of events to see where you are at in the story. There is also, a Myth & Fact section to help you determine what is true. I like that bigger vocabulary words are bolded and of course there’s a nice glossary at the back to help know what those words mean.

I received my complimentary copy of The Story Of Harriet Tubman by Christine Platt from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. This Biography for young readers inspires me to go read an in-depth biography of Harriet Tubman.

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What Is Empathy?

Empathy is a trait you learn by example. In, What Is Empathy, best friends Ava and Sofia learn what empathy is when Sofia has to move away from Ava. With that life change Ava makes a new friend, but this new friend wants to hog their friendship, so Sophia is left out. Will Ava and Sofia make amends? This story is told from both their perspectives.

This middle grade book brought up my own memories of being bullied in elementary school. If bullying is a trigger for you, as an adult, then you may want to tread gently. Even though it is a simple book for kids on what empathy is and how they can reflect it in their lives, the examples of bullying in the story are realistic.

It’s strange how you can recall incidents as if it happened yesterday. I recall as a kindergartener/1st grader the older kids would pick me up and not put me down when I nicely asked. I was small for my age. One time I visited my old school the other kids thought I was there to visit the Kindergarten class. Another time in second grade an older boy almost beat me up at school, but the kid whose grandmother’s house I stayed at after school rescued me. Even in junior high I got asked why I didn’t shave yet. I was 12. Calm down. Needless to say kids and teens can bullies.

I received my complimentary copy of What Is Empathy by Amanda Morin and John Joseph from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. This picture book is a great book to add to your child’s school classroom or personal home library. It makes a great conversation starter and I’d say it affective for any age group, young or old.

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Brave Enough

Cason Martin is a professional dancer whose life revolves around her dance schedule and high school. While auditioning to get into a professional ballet academy her one leg is giving her extra pain than normal, but Cason pushes through her routine. Her mom is her dance director and expects only perfection. At the end of her routine Cason hears a sound, not realizing it’s her leg. After being rushed to the doctor she finds out she has cancer.

Why does the big C word have to interfere with her plans for greatness? Cason’s one tract mind is on dancing and having to go through treatment isn’t going to help her reach her goal. While going in for treatment she notices a classmate of hers, Davis. He seems nice and everyone seems to like him on the oncology floor. The only problem is that he’s a recovering addict. Cason’s mom nips that potential friendship in the bud.

Davis notices Cason while doing his community service at the hospital and is sad when he realizes she’s there for treatment. Will her mom ever view him anything other than an addict in recovery? Davis decides to work on befriending Cason, though her anger about her circumstances doesn’t help ease his attempts at friendship. Can Davis convince Cason to go to cancer camp for a week?

Will Cason ever accept Davis’ friendship and will she ever come to terms with her diagnosis? Can a recovering pill addict and ballet dancer become friends?

I received my complimentary copy of Brave Enough by Kati Gardner from North Star Editions and Flux, care of NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice. This novel was just plain sweet. If you need an impactful novel, a sweet YA romance then I highly recommend this title. The subjects involved aren’t easy to always digest, but cancer and pill addiction are two relevant topics in today’s world. I feel the author handled these topics realistically and with grace.