Book review: Learn French with Stories for Beginners Volume 2 by Frederic Bibard (eBook w/MP3 audiofiles)

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEI took two years of French in high school 30+ years ago and wanted to brush up on it for a trip to Quebec, Canada, this summer. After reading Mr. Bibard’s book, I found it easy and practical to use and also found the audio files to be especially helpful.

I was able to pick up the language again after so many years of not using it by using the short stories and new vocabulary words highlighted in each of them. I especially found the audio files to be most helpful since I will be speaking more with people face to face instead of reading the written word. The audio files were easy to download from both my PC and my Amazon Android App and the files were very clear and audible.

If that wasn’t enough, I also found a link (http://www.talkinfrench.com/french-free-package) to a free French learning package in my eBook that has a collection of free resources that will help me learn French must faster, and Mr. Bibard also has a Facebook page at http://facebook.com/talkinfrench with tips and information about interesting French topics such as French cuisine and of course, more new French vocabulary words.

In all, I hope to become more fluent in French before I leave for Canada in late July and I think this tool will assist me significantly in that goal.

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Book Review: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter (9781939106445)

1939106443.01._SX142_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_Ashley is an artist and has become accustomed to being ridiculed for simply being herself.  Would she feel differently about herself if her mom thought differently of her?  Does she make choices based on how she perceives how others expect her to behave, and does she subconsciously draw their attention to her flaws?  She’ll never beat them at their own game.  Will Matt ever know how much she cares about him?  “Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t stop when you grow up.  It just looks a little different.”

The author, Aimee L. Salter, was a victim of bullying herself and has written a very personal story to inform others that there is help and that there are people out there who value them exactly as they are.

This is an emotional and very raw story that shows bullying at its worst which is a serious issue in society today.   One feels the pain and fear of the main character and I couldn’t put this book down.

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Book review: Rekindling the Flame (Den of Sin #22) by L.V. Lewis (2940152202854)

2940152202854_p0_v1_s300xL.V. Lewis takes us on another erotic ride in the Den of Sin Series in the Beaudelaire Hotel where Sabine Beaudelaire meets the “Hot IT guy”, Xander Fishbourne.  Both are have been burned in the past, but the chemistry cannot be ignored and they set a course for the inevitable.  My first book in the series, “Rekindling the Flame” has good character development, great settings and very hot sex scenes.  This is an erotic, short story that is great for a nice summer read.

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Book review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (9780062263032)

300px-Ocean_at_the_End_of_the_Lane_US_CoverThe story of a young boy’s trek into the fascinating and terrifying unknown world of a duck pond is an exciting read.  Neil Gaiman never disappoints.

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Book review: It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell (9780770433246)

20484545All of us have something about our childhood that stands out and Andie Mitchell is no exception.  Food was her comfort and she found out at the age of 13 (weighing in at 200 lbs) that if she kept eating the way she had been, she would weigh close to 300 lbs by the time she was 20.  This is her journey of how she changed her life by losing the weight and making better choices to become a productive member of society.

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One Deadly Sin by Annie Solomon (9780446178440)

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Edie Swan is a rebel with a cause.  She is determined to clear her father’s name in the small town  of Redbud, Tennesee where he supposedly committed suicide and resulted in driving her mother mad.  Little does she know that her inquiries will unravel the threads that hold the town together.

Sheriff Holt Drennen is a loyal father and son and a respected member of Redbud who finds the mysterious Edie a force he cannot resist.  But will his attraction hinder his investigation into the strange deaths of Redbuds citizens?

The two enter into a game of truths and lies that results in a surprising discovery that caught this reader by surprise.

A suspenseful read with interesting characters and a finely balanced plot.  The twists and turns will have you guessing.

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Book review: The Outlander by Gil Adamson (9780061491344)

0061491349.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_This book is not to be confused with Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander.  In fact Adamson’s The Outlander is an amazing and interesting adventure into the Canadian wilderness by newly widowed Mary Boulton who is running from her brothers-in-law because she killed her cruel and unfaithful husband.  The finely written prose about Mary’s quest for peace is very addicting.  So much so I read this book from cover to cover in two days.  The characters are fascinating, mysterious and so real.

I had heard about the many book awards and great reviews this first novel had received and couldn’t wait to read it.  It did not disappoint.  A very unique look at Canada at the turn of the century!

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