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Book Review: Secrets & Lies by Christine Amsden

12 Jun

   

17972727Title: Secrets & Lies

Author: Christine Amsden

Genre:  Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date:  November 2013

Description (from Goodreads)

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.

To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness. Book 2 in the Cassie Scot Mystery series.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Cassie Scot series, and it starts where the first book left off. Just like the first book, Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective, once I started Secrets & Lies it was hard to put down. Christine Amsden has a great writing style that flows well and is easy to read. 

Not only does Cassie have a disappearance of a distant cousin to look into, but she ends up having to do it with Evan. She is conflicted about spending so much time with him because she’s still trying to figure out her feelings.

Cassie experiences a lot of heartache in this book but she’s strong…stronger than she realizes. Her friends are also dealing with a lot and, of course, she wants to help them deal with their problems too.

Secrets & Lies is full of drama, action, magic, and twists. I recommend it to readers of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective by Christine Amsden

4 Apr

   

15813209Title: Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective

Author: Christine Amsden

Genre:  Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date:  April 2013

Description (from Goodreads)

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Cassie Scot seems to have it made. She has a wealthy family and she’s able to have her own detective agency at the age of 21 even though she has no clients yet. Everyone in Cassie’s family is magical except for her which makes her feel like an outsider. She’s a very independent woman in many ways but she learns the importance of friends and family as well as not to take things, or people, for granted.

The setting for this story is a town on Tablerock Lake which I’ve been to many times because I only live a couple of hours from there. Being a little familiar with the setting of a book always makes it a little more interesting, although this book didn’t need help in that area. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I have the second book to read and it is next on my list. I have to see what Cassie is up to now!

 

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Review: Kansas City Southern Railway (Images of Rail)

2 Jun

   

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Title: Kansas City Southern Railway (Images of Rail)

Author: Thad Hillis Carter

Genre: History

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Publication Date: 2009

Description: The Kansas City Southern Railway initially offered freight service to the immediate Kansas City area south. As the line expanded toward Texas, each tiny community had its own railway station with access to daily passenger service and less-than-carload lot freight services. No one could have foreseen that the road would eventually haul international import and export goods or that its line would reach into Mexico. Photographs in this book include the railway’s involvement in operating steam engines over its lines as well as pictures from the files of esteemed rail photographers Harold K. Vollrath and Gary Coates. 

Review:

This is an interesting book for those interested in history and/or the history of trains. It has a LOT of photos of trains, mostly steam engines and some diesel engines. There are a few photos of train stations such as Union Station in Kansas City which has been renovated since the photos in this book. There are also photos of the train station in Joplin, Mo., which is now abandoned and run down.  You can order this new book from Sleepygirl’s Used Books here.

Review: Ozark Pioneers (Voices of America)

30 May

   

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Title: Ozark Pioneers (Voices of America)

Author: Vickie Layton Cobb

Genre: History

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Publication Date: 2001

Description: In the early 1800s, rugged and self-sufficient pioneers left their native homelands to tame the wild Ozark territory. These early settlers left their mark on history, as they settled Taney Count, and became Missouri’s first families.

With family stories and photographs passed down from generation to generation, Ozark Pioneers shares the experiences of the first residents of the area. Family names such as Allen, Coggburn, Smith, Whorton, Layton, Bollinger, Brittain, and Rittenhouse appear throughout the history of Taney County, demonstrating the roots and growth of the wild Ozark territory. From the bloody days of battle in the Civil War, to the continuous fight against the outlaws in the Bald Knobber era, these pages detail the courage, hardships, and strength of these founding families in an untamed land.

Review:

These are the specific stories of the families who originally settled in the Ozarks in the Missouri-Arkansas wilderness. Along with the stories are photos of some of the family members. A great book for history buffs, those interested in the history of the Ozarks, or descendants of the families in the book.

You can order this new book from Sleepygirl’s Used Books here.

Review: Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks (Images of America)

23 May

   

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Title: Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks (Images of America)

Author: Joe Sonderman

Genre: History

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Publication Date: 2009

Description: Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks picks up the journey west where its companion book, Route 66 in St. Louis, leaves off. As Bobby Troup’s song says, Route 66 travels “more than 2,000 miles all the way.” But one would be hard-pressed to “Show Me” a more scenic and historic segment than the Missouri Ozarks. The highway is lined with buildings covered with distinctive Ozark rock. It winds through a region of deep forests, sparkling streams, hidden caves, and spectacular bluffs. This book will take the traveler from Crawford County to the Kansas line. Along the way, there are small towns and urban centers, hotels and motels, cafes and souvenir stands. Take the time to explore Missouri’s Route 66–it is waiting at the next exit.

Joe Sonderman is a St. Louis radio personality and traffic reporter. He fell in love with the Ozarks and with Route 66 during childhood vacations to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. His Web site includes over 5,000 vintage images of Route 66. Sonderman has assembled hundreds of postcard views from his collection and archival images, some never before published. Together they show what a journey through the heartland was like when getting there was half the fun.

Review:

Joe Sonderman follows Route 66 from Crawford County to the state line with vintage photos. Each photo has a detailed description, many stating when the photos were taken anywhere from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, when the buildings were built, and some even have when the buildings were demolished. This would be a fun book to take on a trip on Route 66 to see how many of the places are still there. I looked for places I recognized in the Jasper county section and I did see the Route 66 Drive-in which my family still goes to on occasion but many of the other places in that county are long gone.

You can order this new book from Sleepygirl’s Used Books here.

Review: Joplin (Postcard History)

10 May

   

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Title: Joplin (Postcard History Series)

Author: Leslie Simpson

Genre: History

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Publication Date: September 2011

Description: After the discovery of lead along Joplin Creek in southwest Missouri, a rowdy boomtown sprang up overnight. Named after the creek, it paid homage to itinerant minister Harris Joplin, who had settled there briefly in the 1840s. Two rival towns developed: Murphysburg, west of the creek, and Joplin to the east. They merged and incorporated as Joplin in 1873. The town swelled from a mining camp into a thriving city, populated by American and European fortune seekers. Construction of trolley and rail lines furthered the economic growth of Joplin, the zinc and lead capital of the world. The city later gained fame as a stop on historic Route 66. During World War II, Joplin provided an oasis for soldiers in training at Camp Crowder, 20 miles south of town. The post-World War II years ushered in the construction of Interstate 44, suburbanization, and the commercial development of Range Line Road.

Review:

This is a short (128 pages) but interesting book that contains a lot of historical information and black and white photos. The last couple of pages contain an epilogue about the Joplin tornado in May of 2011 and it shows pictures of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Joplin High School after the tornado. Having lived in Joplin for over 30 years, I found the facts interesting and the added information about the tornado makes it up-to-date. 

Available at Sleepygirl’s Used Books.

 

It’s Spring!

6 Apr

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It’s finally that time of year! The garage sales, yard sales, and church sales are starting up everywhere. Missouri’s biggest annual garage sale is this weekend in Neosho, Mo. I don’t go to it because there are wall to wall people and cars. I find that it’s much better to go to other sales in this area. I stopped at a church sale on the way to work this morning and felt like a kid in a candy shop! I found 34 books to buy. Now I have to get busy putting them online today before I leave. If anyone runs across any good book sales in the Southwest Missouri area, I’d appreciate a heads up.

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