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Audio Book Review: Virtually Perfect by Paige Roberts

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Title: Virtually Perfect
Author: Paige Roberts
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 9.40 Hours (unabridged)
ISBN: 9781538438039
Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Synopsis:

Not so long ago, Lizzie Glass had a successful TV show, a cookbook deal, and a social diary crammed with parties and events. But fame doesn’t stay fresh for long. Her show fizzles, her magazine column is canceled, and Lizzie’s only option is a summer job as personal chef to the Silvesters, a wealthy and eccentric family.

Their beach house is a lavish, beautifully decorated palace on the Jersey Shore, and Lizzie gets to work catering to Kathryn and Jim Silvester’s fashionably restrictive diets. But it’s their
twentysomething daughter who presents Lizzie with her biggest challenge—professionally and personally. A self-proclaimed “wellness warrior,” Zoe Silvester has a hugely popular website and app that promotes healthy living and organic, unprocessed foods. Yet Lizzie soon realizes that the Clean Life site has a dirty little secret. In fact, Zoe’s entire online persona is based on a dangerous hoax that runs deep and will damage lives. Exposing Zoe won’t just jeopardize Lizzie’s job and a promising new relationship—it may expose the cracks in her own past.

Sharply observed, witty, and thoughtful, Paige Roberts’ debut novel is a compelling look at one woman’s journey toward reinventing herself—and seeing through the facade of others—to discover the imperfect but sometimes wonderful truth.

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Book Review: The Heirs by Susan Rieger

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Synopsis:

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Book Review: Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer

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Title: Remember to Forget
Author: Ashley Royer
Publisher: Blink YABooks
On Sale Date: April 5, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-310-75171-7

Synopsis: 

In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.’

About Author:

Ashley Royer attends high school at a public school north of Boston, Massachusetts.  She began writing on an online social media platform when she was thirteen, and her uploaded stories currently have over thirty million combined reads.  When Ashley is not writing or in school, you can find her working at a retirement community or making videos on her personal YouTube channel, callmeashely98.

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Book Review: Searching for Steven by Jessica Redland

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Title: Searching for Steven
Author: Jessica Redland
ISBN: 9780993066092 (this review is for the digital ARC edition)
Publisher: So Vain Books

Synopsis from NetGalley.com:

When Sarah Peterson accepts her Auntie Kay’s unexpected offer to take over her florist’s shop, she’s prepared for a change of job, home and lifestyle. What she isn’t prepared for is the discovery of a scarily accurate clairvoyant reading that’s been missing for twelve years. All her predictions have come true, except one: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven.

Suddenly Stevens are everywhere. Could it be the window cleaner, the rep, the manager of the coffee shop, or any of the men she’s met online?

On top of that, she finds herself quite attracted to a handsome web designer, but his name isn’t even Steven…

During this unusual search, will Sarah find her destiny?

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Book Review: Bread Revolution by Peter Reinhart

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This bread book goes against the norms of normal bread baking books.  Standard flour will not cut it for the majority of recipes.  I found myself utilizing the internet to provide the required types of grain, which sadly increased the cost of my at home experiments.  Darn those boring normal grocery stores all around me.

Furthermore, I am no expert baker or even a novice bake at that.  All this seemed to quite intimidating to me at first: creating yeast culture from scratch, sprouting wheat berries, and let’s not forget the long prep times to get everything ready.  However, the book handles this well, and managed to keep me from feeling a little in over my head.  It provides a list of useful toots, some history and most thankfully a tutorial of everything you will need to know to perform the recipes.  This was enough to allow me to produce rather edible concoctions.  With more time and experience, I will probably get better at it since this is an art form after all.

The numerous recipes are easy to follow, and most included additional variations as well.  The explanations in the tutorial cover the thought process of the author, which I found really helpful as a newbie bread maker.  This images of the recipes were quite lovely, however I had little luck achieving the same glamour; maybe with time.  One strange aspect about this cook book is the fact it was rather enjoyable to read.

4 out of 5 stars

Review by P.S.

Received a free copy through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.