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“The Science of Yoga” by Ann Swanson

“The Science of Yoga” by Ann Swanson

Have you ever wondered if your engaging the right muscles in your yoga poses? Well, the answer may well be in this book. Ann Swanson breaks down the anatomy of the human body in relationship to yoga poses so that you can get the most out of each one. Thirty different poses and graphically illustrated and the anatomy and physiology carefully explained in easy to understand language. The illustrations are perhaps the best part of this book. Big two page drawings of the skeletal and muscular structures while in a pose, such as downward facing dog. The muscles are colored differently depending on whether they are engaged or relaxed in a particular pose. There is an introductory section at the front which explains the colors and basic concepts of anatomy and physiology. The pages also give you the poses from different angle so you have the opportunity to see alignments for arms and legs and where in your body you should be feeling stretch. I found this book to be easy-to-understand, gorgeously illustrated, and packed with helpful information that will broaden your understanding of what your body is actually doing when you are “doing yoga”. An excellent resource!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating 4.5 stars!!

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“Past Tense” by Lee Child

“Past Tense” by Lee Child

What I don’t understand is why I have waited so long to pick up a book by Lee Child. Once again I am late to the party, but fortunately, I did not miss out on all the fun. “Past Tense” is the most recent installment in the Jack Reacher series. Jack has decided to leave Maine and head for San Diego but his ride only gets him to New Hampshire. When he finds himself close to the small town where his father grew up he decides to make a detour and check it out. It pretty quickly becomes apparent that his presence in town has stirred up quite a big hornet’s nest. The cops want him out of town but Jack is determined to get answers to his questions.

I knew I was going to like Jack Reacher from the moment I met him. He’s a bit of a misfit but he lives according to his own rules and is not easily persuaded once he sets his mind to something. Jack is a big guy and very intimidating if he’s not on your side in a fight. He’s the kind of guy that I would love to know. I also found the companion characters in this story to be a really great mix, my favorite would have to be the Rev. He’s a very quirky character (and you know I love quirky), at times afraid of his own shadow but always there when you need him. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story ranging from somewhat calm to bracing action, from coffee shop conversation to raging infernos. This story just hit all of the elements I love. A bit of history, some genealogy, really bad guys up to no good, thrills, mystery and action. Definitely a home run and a series that is going on my TBR.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

“The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connolly

“The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connolly

Narrated by Peter Giles

Mickey Haller #5

Mickey has received a call about a murder case. What he doesn’t realize at first is that the victim is a former client of his. A prostitute, who he thought he had helped get out of the life. Now she is dead and he realizes that she had secrets he knew nothing about, and one of them may have gotten her killed. Her manager is the accused but Mickey thinks that he’s too obvious as a suspect and is probably completely innocent. Mickey and his team soon find themselves digging into a complex web of lies that puts their lives in danger.

So this is my first dip into the Mickey Haller series, though I’ve been interested in it for a long time. This is another one that I picked up on the Audible Daily Deal and it was definitely a good choice. Mickey Haller is handsome and easily recognizable when he’s out and about. But his reputation is a little bit questionable. He stills work out of his Lincoln but he’s put together a top-notch support team that are committed to winning cases. I couldn’t help but like the whole team and their devotion to Mickey. This case was really a fascinating one. I found myself going back and forth in my opinion of the manager’s guilt or innocence. There were lots of plot twists and surprises both in the case and in Mickey’s personal life. Finally, the narration of this story is excellent. I enjoyed Peter Giles’s voice and he didn’t over characterize but let the drama of the story come out naturally. This one is a winner in my book and I will be looking for more of the books in this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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“The Ex-Wife” by Jess Ryder

“The Ex-Wife” by Jess Ryder

Narrated by Annette Chown

Natasha is a beautiful young woman who has recently married a dreamboat of a man, who is also hopelessly devoted to her. They have just given birth to a daughter, live in a mansion and she has everything she could ever want. But the dreamboat has and ex-wife who is constantly stealing the joy from her life and seems to be there every time she turns around. Then one day her daughter disappears and her whole world changes. Can she possibly pull her life back from the edge and get her daughter back?

This thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. You can’t help but like Natasha and admire her commitment to her husband and daughter. She wants the kind of life that she didn’t have growing up with a single mother and who can blame her. But the ex acts like she still lives in the house. The husband appears to be devoted but there just something not quite genuine about him. These are some wonderful characters. The story has all kinds of twists and turns and enough psychological drama to keep an office full of therapists busy. I loved it! I listened to the Audible audiobook version and it is expertly narrated by Annette Chown. You really should not miss this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Belting Inheritance” by Julian Symons

“The Belting Inheritance” by Julian Symons

Lady Wainwright rules over Belting Manor with an iron hand. Her elder sons Hugh & David have both been killed in the war and she’s left with her two younger sons, who she finds to be perpetually disappointing. Also in the household is her orphaned nephew, who is now 19 and has just returned from college on a break. Lady Wainwright’s health is starting to fail and the brothers are hanging around out of habit and a desire to not be written out of the will. But then a stranger shows up claiming to be David, returned from years in a Russian prison camp. Everybody is skeptical except Lady Wainwright. Hugh sends his nephew to London to find people that knew David and will be able to expose him as an imposter. When the mystery is finally solved you will be surprised.

My work for this book is charming. The story is told by the nephew as narrator and he is delightful. The story is carefully crafted to move at a fully engaging pace with fascinating people and conversations. The number of family secrets seems limitless and there is more than one skeleton hidden in the closets of Belting Manor. I was quite frankly, surprised by how much I enjoyed story. A great example of a British crime story and I highly recommend it.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“The Cutting Edge” by Jeffrey Deaver

“The Cutting Edge” by Jeffrey Deaver

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

Confession time: it has been far, far too long since I have read a Lincoln Rhyme story and that is my loss. So when this one popped up on my Audible feed and decided that now was the time to re-visit Lincoln and Amelia Sachs. A brutal triple murder has occurred in New York’s Diamond District. Two of the victims are a young, engaged couple. Then other engaged couples start to die. The killer is deemed The Promisor. But he made one mistake, he let a young man get away. Now Lincoln and Amelia must track him down before The Promisor does if they intend to solve this case.

Lincoln Rhyme: He is acerbic and arrogant but he is also dogged in his pursuit of criminals. What I find most intriguing about him is how he does not let his disability defeat him. I love that this character is out there as an example of a person overcoming obstacles in order to succeed.

Amelia Sachs: Amelia is so complicated and her relationship with Lincoln is very intricate. At once seemingly fragile and yet unbreakable. And I love “watching” her work a scene. There is something satisfying for me as a reader in her methodical way of combing a crime scene looking for clues.

The story: This one has a lot of fascinating little twists and unexpected characters. Crimes which at first glance seem to have an obvious motive end up being something entirely different and the true villains of the piece are not obvious.

The narration: Edoardo Ballerini did an excellent job with narrating this story. His pace was just right to keep up the drama and suspense but without feeling rushed.

Final thoughts: An excellent book with great characters and a very effective narration.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

“The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain

“The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain

How far would you go to save the life of your unborn child? One young mother is about to find out. It’s 1970 and Carly has recently lost her husband to the Vietnam War. Shortly before she had found out she’s is pregnant with their first child. A few months later, her doctor tells her that her unborn child has a heart defect that will be fatal once the child is born and there is nothing that can be done. Her physicist brother-in-law thinks he has a solution, but it’s a drastic one, and will take all of Carly’s courage to give her daughter a chance at life.

This story left me breathless and in tears at several points. The intensity of the drama surrounding the birth of Carly’s daughter is quite moving. The author has written the story in a way that really makes the reader feel like they are right there living the story with the character. And the characters are ordinary people who find themselves thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Their ability to stand strong throughout is inspiring and uplifting. In particular, I really liked how the author wrote the teenage girl to be so true to what every teenage girl I’ve ever met is like. The story line is unique and full of surprises. I think a wide variety of readers will really love this book.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Burning Soul” by John Connolly

“The Burning Soul” by John Connolly

Narrated by George Guidall & Tony Ward

Book 10 The Charlie Parker series

A young girl has gone missing in Pastor’s Bay, Maine. When a lawyer friend of Charlie’s asks him to agree to a job without knowing what it is, his guard is up. The client is Randall Haight and he has a secret, a big secret. Randall lives not too far from the missing girl and he quickly becomes the prime suspect. At the same time, he’s receiving threatening mail from an anonymous source. Charlie sets out to find the person who is sending the mail, but he also thinks there is some kind of a link between Randall and the missing girl, though he doesn’t think Randall is involved in her abduction. Along the way, he comes into conflict with law enforcement and finds it necessary to call in all his resources to protect his client.

Two of my favorite people working together again, lucky me! You all know how much I love the Charlie Parker series and George Guidall is hands down my favorite narrator right now. I really enjoyed this story. I really felt for Charlie when his lawyer friend kind of tricked him into working for Randall Haight and I appreciate how John Connolly makes him such a true-to-life character. The usual associates are in this story but the plot really focuses on Charlie and Randall. I was also taken completely by surprise, in a good way, by the ending. I really didn’t see it coming but I liked the way the story wrapped up. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised that one of the main characters was from North Dakota and parts of the story took place there. Thank you John Connolly for noticing us way up here in the Northern Plains. Another great installment in a series of winners!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell

“Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell

Narrated by Helen Duff

Ellie was beautiful, smart and had the whole world in front of her. Then she disappeared. The police had nothing to go on and the uncertainty tore her family apart. Her father has remarried and seems to be moving on, as have her brother and sister. But Mom is stuck. Ten years later and Laurel is still obsessed by the loss of her daughter and refuses to give up hope. Then she meets Floyd and suddenly she feels alive again. Soon she also meets his daughters and Poppy, his youngest, takes her breath away because of the ways she reminds her of Ellie. As their relationship develops, so does the mystery surrounding Poppy.

This was a fascinating story to listen to. I think Helen Duff did an excellent job of voicing the characters and letting the story create the drama. The author created some very unique characters in this book and developed them in a way that feels natural. When we first meet Laurel she comes off as rather pathetic for the way she is still drowning in her grief. But when she starts to participate in life again we see a totally different side to her. This story incorporates flashbacks to Ellie as a teenager and I found the contrast of how Laurel related to Ellie with how she relates to Poppy made her a very complex character. Floyd is handsome and charming and is devoted to Poppy. There something mysterious about him though that made me a little nervous for Laurel during most of the book. The plot here is unique and took me by surprise at the end. This book is a great choice for a mystery lover or someone who likes family drama. I highly recommend!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Crux” by Jean Guerrero

“Crux” by Jean Guerrero

Goodreads blurb: A daughter’s quest to find, understand, and save her charismatic, troubled, and elusive father, a self-mythologizing Mexican immigrant who travels across continents–and across the borders between imagination and reality; and spirituality and insanity–fleeing real and invented persecutors.

If you are expecting the type of memoir that is a simple recollection of life events, you’re in for a surprise with this one. This story is intense, dramatic, and at times reads like a thriller. Ms. Guerrero’s telling of her search for understanding of her past is un-put-downable. This book is really two stories in one, as the author tells us about her own life as well as her father’s. The intensity of their relationship and experiences is almost overwhelming at times. In addition to the life stories, there is also a good deal of 20th century Mexico history included. I found this quite enlightening, as I quickly realized I know next to nothing about Mexico and its history. I also have never been there but the author did a great job of describing the locations where the story took place. This memoir reads better than much of the fiction out there and I highly recommend you check it out.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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