Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Having Faith & The Trouble With Caasi"

 These are the two books, by two of my favorite authors, I read the last few days of February. They were what I call "Mind Candy" reads. They were pretty much predictable throughout their stories. But since I wasn't in a deep reading mood they fit the bill. Both books  were written early on in their writing careers. "The Trouble With Caasi" was copyrighted 1985, and "Having Faith" was written in 1990. I like the later books written by both authors.

I enjoyed them enough to award them three 'Mind Candy' stars. I own the books and they are apart of my personal and Nook libraries.

I am just to lazy to write a review so took the easy way out and didn't write reviews for these books.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"The Girl In The Gatehouse"

Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret.
Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans. 
The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?
My Thoughts...

This was the second or third book I've read by this author, Julie Klassen, and enjoyed them, and I must say I enjoyed this one also. 

As I started to read the book I found it interesting that the first sentence stated: "The end of the only life I've known..."
Now also interesting was the last sentence in the book it stated: "This was only the beginning." As you can see that first sentence drew me right into the story. Who is this girl? How did she end up living in the Gatehouse? Why was it called The Gatehouse? So many questions I wanted the answers to...

The story contained some mystery and actually there was also a mystery within a mystery, with a few twists and turns that surprised me. Most of the characters were likable, with a few unlikable ones as well, but to keep the story interesting we need the unlikable ones also, they keep the story lively.

There were a few times when the story became a bit slow, but only for a chapter or two, and then it flowed on smoothly right to the end. All-in-all I enjoyed the story and awarded it 4 "Girl" stars. This book is part of my Nook library.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Resveratrol Reversal"

Resveratrol Reversal

Researchers have put the kibosh on the popular notion that the compound resveratrol, found in red wine, dark chocolate, grapes and berries, will add years to your life. 
Resveratrol has been touted as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and increase longevity partly because of positive results from mice and petri-dish studies and some limited and conflicting human studies. But these claims aren't true, says the new study, the largest of its kind to analyze the effects of resveratrol in the diet.
The study, which was published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, followed 783 men and women ages 65 and older in Tuscany, Italy -- a population known for its Mediterranean diet, which includes red wine -- for nine years.
Over that time, the researchers saw no difference in incidences of cancer, heart disease and death among participants who ate a resveratrol-rich diet and those who did not. (Although the study didn't address the effects of high-dose resveratrol supplements -- a $30 million industry in the United States -- evidence in that area has proved sketchy as well.)
The researchers note that the foods in the diet are complex and can still offer health benefits, but the benefits are probably not due to resveratrol.

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