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Roy is not a Dog

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gorgeously illustrated tribute to diversity, this sweet book is as beautiful to look at as it is thoughtfully messaged. Not to mention funny, playful, and oh so charming. When Weasel, a little boy who notices everything in his neighborhood of Lilypod Lane, identifies a strange house with an…

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This little book is a hilarious, thoughtful, charming, magical gem of a novel, - part fable, and all heart. As laugh-out-loud-funny as it is pure whimsy, the humor in this read is dry, sardonic and continuous, layered with a silliness born of a sort of sweet, childish, eccentricity and…

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You Could Make This Place Beautiful

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• β€œI am out with lanterns, looking for myself” - Emily Dickinson With perfect alignment, the cover quote (copied above), encapsulates the beauty and the wonder that is this book. Written by the poet Maggie Smith, this memoir details, with incredible candor, what it may take to find yourself, or…

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The Fury

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Five stars all the way, - for creativity, ingenuity, and cleverness, if for nothing else. But there is so much else! This, the third book authored by one of this reader’s favorite thriller writers, is narrated in the first person by a character like no other - the self-reflective,…

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Quite likely the most heartbreaking memoir this reader has encountered, and without a doubt, the most hopeful. A present-day top-tier Hollywood stunt-woman, as a child, Kimberly Shannon Murphy endured pain and trauma no child should ever encounter. Left vulnerable and entirely unprotected by her parents, Kimberly was targeted by…

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Heat Wave

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An engaging, interesting and strangely comforting read, - the first in a series that is historical, absorbing and not quite a cosy, but peopled with characters and a setting the reader can immediately relate to and feel comfortable with, and a plot that beckons one sink right into it,…

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The Plant-based Diabetes Cookbook

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Written by a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who is also a classically trained chef, this wonderful collection of wholesome, plant-based recipes is the perfect solution for healthy eating. Targeted to aid those struggling with, or keen to prevent, Type 2 Diabetes, each recipe focuses on balancing great taste with…

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A River Divided

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating premise, which leads into an ambitious and sprawling narrative, spanning several continents and a whole host of challenging themes. Just how far should one ethically go in one’s effort to save the planet, and humankind, - as we know it to be now, and as we are…

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The Long-Shot Trial

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This reader’s introduction to a wonderful new series - combining my very favorite genre (legal thriller) with a wry and playful humor that is irresistible in combination. A sort of Western Canadian β€œRumpole of the Bailey”, our hero, Arthur Beauchamp, an aging criminal lawyer enjoying retirement in his BC…

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Hello Beautiful

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œWe’re all interconnected , and when you see that, you see how beautiful life is.” A book about damaged people, choices, and most of all, about love - the complicated, fierce love between sisters, the compassionate love of lifelong friends, the synergistic love of team mates, and the earth-shattering…

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