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This is a story about an ordinary American. As a Vietnam Veteran I can tell you that the things Sammy L. Davis did at Fire Base Cudgel in 1967 were of such exceptional nature that he received the Medal of Honor. But, Sammy has continued his service to our country in the years that followed his actions in 1967, including becoming a key member in the definition of Agent Orange for Vietnam Veterans. Caroline Lambert, Sam's writing partner, captured his voice, style and manner. This is a story of a life of service that I highly recommend.
The best book of this genre I've ever is is not only the remarkable story of Sammy Lee Davis's utterly wonderful actions that merited the award of the Medal of Honor, which alone could fill a book and merit a feature length film, it is also an inspiring examination of the values that created America the amazing country it is and that prepared this character to selflessly lay his life on the line for his fellow soldiers and this y it again - inspiring.
Mr. Davis is not only a battle character but a life hero. If we live long enough we will all face tough time and we should test and follow Mr. Davis example.
This is truly a fascinating story of a remarkable man. A story told this humbly, makes it even more strong as we follow Sammy through his life. We walk with him on so a lot of various paths, yet see what has created him who he is, what earned him his Medal of Honor and kept him going through a lot of difficulties in life.
Amazing acc from a Vietnam Vet. It went back into detail of his childhood, which explains to you why he created the choices he did. I read this book in two days. Was very compelling. Although some of the weapon language was above me, I was able to understand and follow along with the story. Thank you for your service!
My husband and I have been trying to wean ourselves away from white sugar for about a year. When I saw this title for sale I grabbed it for more recipe e introductory chapters introduce common sense solutions to defeat sugar cravings: Eat protein and fat at every meal. Boost your energy with exercise and amazing rest. Drink plenty of water, etc. There are lists of foods to have fun and foods to avoid. So far so good. Be aware that the plan is not just about giving up white sugar. You are giving up all sugar (even natural sweeteners like honey, unsweetened applesauce or a mashed banana). You will also be giving up pasta, bread, and potatoes (foods that your body quickly turns into sugar).AND if you are a no-frills cook, you may be astounded at the a lot of unusual ingredients you must buy to follow the plan (almond food and almond flour, coconut cream, red curry paste, calamari, Japanese ume plum vinegar, capers, goat cheese, cashew butter, tahini, chia seed, and nutritional yeast).I will be trying about half the recipes (the ones with ordinary ingredients). I am not versus any of the author’s suggestions, but they were too extreme for our needs. We wish to learn how to create amazing decisions about meal without becoming obsessed with it.
This book is almost worn out! I have used it over, and over again! The best tasting foods in every category! I can't praise it enough! And every recipe is simple enough for a beginner! High recommended!
It's a fresh year and it's all about getting healthy. This book was a large eye opener into just how addicted we are to sugar, it is quite scary considering all the negative consequences associated with too much sugar. Not every plan is right for everyone but Sugar Free: The Complete Tutorial to Quit Sugar & Lose Weight Naturally gives you a quiz so that you can search out which 1 of the 3 plans mentioned in the book is right for you, I was a mix between yellow and green plan but since this would be my 1st sugar detox the Yellow Plan would be what I would go with. I have tried "diet" plans in the past and some can be so restrictive it is hard to follow and you give up but these plans are very realistic and something that I look forward to trying and getting closer to leading a healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend this book if you wish to kick your sugar habit and lead a healthy life.I received this book for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.
This book REALLY changed my eating habits. The recipes are so good, and the info at the beginning really inspired me. I lost about 10 lbs on this diet. I am 5'2" and was 140, now 130 lbs. Basically went from overweight to normal weight.
This is officially my favorite cookbook in my collection, and I am not even looking to chop sugar completely. I have fun that there is a plan for everyone, whether you are looking to TOTALLY chop out sugar and dairy and grain, or just to chop your sugar intake. The recipes contain very easy and healthy ingredients with simple to understand explanations to cook them! Each recipe shows what plan it is used for and how to change it a small if you are on a certain plan. I am making the Grilled Bacon-Stuffed Chicken Pinwheels this week and I am so excited. I am also excited there are recipes for desserts since those are my weakness! Amazing purchase even for those who are just looking to create their lifestyle a small healthier!I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
If you're looking to chop sugar out of your diet and begin living a healthier more energetic life, then "Sugar Free" is a must read for you. It contains 3 various plans based on exactly how strict you wish to be with your sugar intake. It also contains a quiz to see just how hooked on sugar you currently are.. and boy did I fail!!!! This book really opened my eyes to the overuse of sugar in America and also how much sugar I was consuming everyday without even knowing it. After reading the book and seeing all the benefits of cutting out sugar I will definitely test to chop out more sugar from my everyday life and maybe even attempt the starter level detox plan. I was offered this book at no cost in exchange for my unbiased and honest review and for me it was a amazing read.
Sugar can pose a true threat not only to your figure but also to your health. It’s all around us, too—in carbohydrates, processed foods, and more. What I like so much about this book is that it really familiarizes you with the enemy. It doesn’t just say “sugar = bad” and then move on; rather, the authors spend a amazing deal of time explaining how it can be harmful. Sugar and its harmful ilk come under a dozens of names, and it’s necessary to be cautious of them all. This book acquaints you with all of them. I don’t know how to cook or bake very a lot of things yet, but I’m glad that I decided to consult this book so early on. I feel like it’s given me everything I need to whip up meals that are healthy but still tasty.(Full disclosure: I received this book for free, but the views I am expressing are my own)
I have read sugar detox books before and I think this is a very amazing one. I especially likeall of the fresh recipes. This book breaks down all the various categories in the meal groups and gives concise lists of what is allowed.
This is a amazing book for anyone looking to chop sugar out of their diet it, whether it be for health reasons or just to be healthier. There are over 175 sugar free recipes included in this book, Along with 3 28 day food plans, each food plan based on which color you score on the try they have you take inside the book. The recipes seem fairly simple to follow, and don't require too a lot of things and a lot even require some of the same ingredients. Along with the recipes there is also a lot info on sugar, and what it does to your body. I found all of those facts very interesting. But the majority of this book is actual recipes.I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
👌This book was really good. I enjoyed reading it so very much. I wanted to hold turning the pages and to stay up late at night to read. I enjoyed this book so much that I gave it 5 STARS! I hope everyone that read it enjoyed it and everyone who hasn't to read this book!👌
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review**Not Quite Crazy is the sixth and final installment in Catherine Bybee's Not Quite series and Bybee certainly saved the best for last! I have enjoyed every book in this series, but there was something about this one that hooked me from the outset and I didn't wish to place it down.Rachel Price's life has recently undergone a lot of change. Following her best friend's death, Rachel is now the legal guardian of her best friend's teenage son, Owen, and they have packed up their whole lives and moved from California to be closer to Owen's grandparents in an attempt to hold the peace. Rachel has secured a amazing job in Manhattan, but she hasn't quite figured out that she really will be better off taking public transportation into work instead of trying to drive, especially when winter shows it's snowy self.Jason Fairchild is the oldest of the Fairchild siblings and the CEO of their charter plane company. Unlike his brothers, he hasn't settled down yet and currently it is the favorite pastime of his sisters-in-law to test to set him up with prospective dates, but he's not into it. Jason's focus has always been on work and making sure that he keeps the empire his parents built together following their night on the method home from work, Jason ends up in a ditch after sliding off the snowy street when trying to pass the vehicle going at a snails pace ahead of him. When the other passenger comes to his aid after the accident, Jason is captivated by the attractive woman and that accident might just end up changing the course of the rest of their sparks fly between them, it comes to light that Rachel actually works at Jason's company. Now that this piece of info is out in the open, will they be able to continue working toward a private relationship or will it need to solely stay professional?The characters that Catherine Bybee has made throughout this entire series have been fantastic. I really enjoyed Rachel, Jason and especially Owen. For a child who is going through all sorts of change, he had a amazing head on his shoulders and all I wanted was for things to work out for everyone in the end. I'm really sad to see this series end, but I'm equally excited to see what awesome offerings Bybee has for us next!
Not Quite Crazy is another installment in this crazy fun series. It's took me from laughing, to crying, to laughing, to cry laughing not always in that order and sometimes all in the same page. This book had adventure, real life, romance, fantasy and fun. I couldn't stop reading. I had to know what happened next. I had to experience my dreams come real with her words. All in all 5 stars.
Meeting Rachel Price could be considered fate. Then again, being run off the street in his vehicle isn't what he thought it would take to meet his Ms. Right. However, when she discovers that Jason Fairchild is her boss, Rachel is determined to do everything she can to resist the intense chemistry between them. But with the pair working together, her determination to resist him becomes more and more impossible. Yet, when the chance of losing someone necessary to her happens, will Rachel place her faith in Jason or will she walk away from her possibility at satisfied ever after because she's never been amazing at asking for help?This is an wonderful series, of which Ms. Bybee has wrapped up perfectly with this book, even though I'm a small sad to say goodbye to such a unbelievable array of characters. Yet, in saying that, allow me obtain back to talking about this book that was highly entertaining and included a unbelievable combination of witty banter between Rachel and Jason as well as between the main and secondary characters; and intense moments that had me enjoying this couple's back stories and the obstacles they face on their journey to satisfied ever after. Such as the moment where the heroine is place through the emotional wringer because she could lose someone necessary to her and whether the Fairchild family company will survive what h the main characters are compelling and I loved the moment they met, as Jason is lucky Rachel is there since things could have turned out a lot worse for him. I also enjoyed every moment they interacted, as Jason is determined to victory Rachel over and prove they can obtain past the fact that he's her boss. How long will it take Rachel to succumb to their intense chemistry? Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous, loyal and I liked how determined she was to honor the promise she created to her late best friend. I also liked how amazing she is at her job, which is proven by her marketing plans for the Fairchild's personal jet company. While Jason, he's confident and I liked how determined he was to victory the heroine over with everything he does for her, especially when it comes to what she faces towards the end of this story. I also liked the bond he shared with a teenage boy that required a powerful male figure in his life and the tight relationships he shares with his brothers since Trent and Glen aren't afraid to offer their tip or allow their wives support Jason search the love and happiness they've both found.Overall, Ms. Bybee has delivered a well-written and absolutely engaging read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong and spilled over onto the pages in delightful and passionate sex scenes that did justice to this couple's intense chemistry; and the ending had me loving that everything worked out for the best for this pair when it comes to what Rachel faces and then how determined Jason is to prove that he wants Rachel in his life forever. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly because of the heroine's surprise and how satisfied these two are together. I would recommend Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee, if you have fun the boss-employee romances, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Marina Adair, Kim Law, Jamie Beck and Erin Nicholas.
This book was such a breath of new air. A Contemporary Romance in which the characters act like adults throughout – I’d forgotten such a thing was possible! I liked both Rachel and Jason, I loved Rachel’s recently-adopted son Owen, I particularly loved the lack of unnecessary drama and found the whole thing thoroughly enjoyable.Jason is so normal. He’s a billionaire who can helicopter to work if he needs to, but is also capable of driving his vehicle into a ditch in the snow and not unfairly blaming the person he was overtaking while doing so. He’s just so… normal. He’s a nice guy, he loves his family, he’s amazing at what he does, he’s amazing with Owen and he never plays android games with Rachel. He figures out beautiful early on how much she means to him and he never wavers from trying to – respectfully – victory her over. He’s great.Rachel’s beautiful unique too, having upended her entire life in order to hold Owen with her. The pair of them are an perfect team. They’ve been through a lot together over the latest year, but I loved the method they defended each other from Owen’s overbearing ere’s a amazing sense of family in this book, and I loved seeing Jason, Rachel and Owen gradually come together to form their own. I also really, really appreciated that none of the drama is unnecessary or there only to cause conflict between Jason and Rachel. Items does happen, but these two handle it like adults and there’s no overdone angst or childish pouting. It’s just a tale that’s really well told and leads to a thoroughly satisfying all, this is a amazing addition to the series and, considering it feels like forever since I read the latest one, it also stands alone really well. So whether you know this series or not, if you’re looking for an enjoyable contemporary read, with a solid romance, a true sense of family and amazing characters who act like adults, then this might just be the book you need.(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)
We come to the latest book in Catherine Bybee’s Not Quite series and she has given us a unbelievable heartwarming, amusing and entertaining story.Rachel Price has done the ultimate thing for her best friend; she agrees to raise her friend’s teenage son after her death. Moving Owen and herself from California to Connecticut so that she can wave off a custody war with the paternal grandparents of her ward, she gets a job in NY. It is a huge adjustment for both. They have so much to contend with, a fresh house, and the controlling grandmother and Rachel’s fresh job. But one of the largest adjustments is the cold snowy NY her first snow storm Rachel helps out a stranger who has gone into the ditch because she was driving much to slow for the driver behind her to test to pass and he ended up in the ditch. Small did she know that the man she helped was no other than the CEO of the Fairfield Charters, the firm for whom she worked;. Jason Fairfield, and from the first moment he felt an instant attraction for Rachel, and she felt it too. When she learns who he really is she tries to shut it down but the sparks are just too hard to ignore.But their relationship comes to ahead when Owen’s grandparents sue Rachel for custody of Owen after they accuse her of fleeing the country with him to hold him away from them. It puts Rachel’s job and her relationship on the line and she must do what she promised her best friend, to always do what was best for her son.Rachel and Jason are two people who are really created for each other and right from the begin the reader can feel this about them. Catherine Bybee takes us on a journey of love and respect and lets us know that in all the chaos of life, when the chips are down the people that we can count A amazing series from book 1 to book 6. Thank you Catherine for a unbelievable series to read, and for sharing these wonderful, loving and passionate characters with us.
This book created giddy with happiness! I loved everything about it! No dealing with other women trying to ruin their relationship. There was drama but nothing unnecessary to the story. It was a slow burn love that started with an instant attraction. It was a bit of a fairytale love story but still very realistic.I really shouldn't be surprised. I have loved everything I have read by Catherine Bybee and I don't know why I haven't binge read all of her books. Trust me, that is going to be something I fix and soon because I need more books like this in my life!Rachel has packed up her life and moved to Manhattan with custody of her best mates 15 year old son. She's known Emily and Owen for ten years and when they found out Emily had cancer, there was no question that Rachel would be Owens an effort to appease Owens paternal grandparents, who have never shown interest in their grandson until his mother died, they moved from California to be closer to them as they obtain to know each other.Driving in her first snow fall, Rachel inadvertently runs Jason into a ditch. Rachel invites Jason home with her while he waits for a tow and the sparks are instantaneous. What Rachel doesn't know is that Jason is the owner of Fairchild Charters where she was just hired in their marketing department.Everything about these two was a treat to read about. I loved how they met. How Owen reacted when Rachel brought a stranger home, to how Jason inserted himself into their lives.Jason was charming and a real gentlemen. Rachel was a caring and smart heroine. Owen brought an additional level to the story showing how Jason stepped up when both of them required him. A truly amazing read! ARC provided by NetGalley.
Not Quite Crazy is the attractive sixth story in Catherine Bybee's Not Quite series. I laughed, I cried, and I fell completely in love with this cast of dissimilar characters who made deep bonds of friendship and family over the course of a Fresh York winter.Rachel Price picks up a stranded man on a snowy street on the method home. As easily has Jason Fairchild appears in her life, things become equally complicated when she discovers that he's her fresh boss. Between juggling her fresh role as guardian to her best friend's son, running interference between Owen and his snobby grandparents, and resisting Jason's charm, Rachel has her hands full. Through tragedy and custody battles, she remains loyal to Owen and the promise she created to his mom on her death bed.I loved everything about this story! The slow-burn romance took my breath away and the method the characters forged lasting bonds created my heart so happy. There were subtle plot surprises in this story that built my confidence in Bybee's writing and by the end of the novel I was sold. She place Rachel through the ringer and created her a stronger hero by the end. Not Quite Crazy will create you cry, possibly ugly tears, and smile a huge cheesy grin of contentment. The plot continuously pulls you in and keeps you guessing what's next for the characters as they navigate fresh relationships and life's curveballs.Even if you haven't read any of the Not Quite series, you'll feel right at home with Rachel and Jason's story! It's one of those instant feel amazing stories that you'll be satisfied you shirked weekend plans for!*ARC provided in consideration for review*
Crazy good...It's been a while since the latest Not Quite book, and to be honest I thought the series was complete so I was pleasantly surprised to have a fresh addition in my kindle library (I auto-buy Catherine Bybee’s books). And unsurprisingly Catherine Bybee has done it again with this surprising and charming story that is difficult to place down...‘Not Quite Crazy’ is the sixth and final instalment in the Not Quite Series. Even if this book is part of a series, it can easily read as a ‘Not Quite Crazy’, we see another member of the the Fairchild family from previous books - Jason Fairchild search his HEA. Jason is sweet and down to earth despite the fact he is a billionaire; in fact he almost seems too amazing to be true. He is the CEO of Fairchild Charters that he runs with his brothers, so he has no time for love.Rachel proved herself to be a hero I simply connected with. She has a heart of gold but is feisty and fun. After her best friend’s death, Rachel becomes the legal guardian of her teenage son, Owen. In fact it is Rachel and Jason’s relationship with Owen that was one of my favourite elements of the ‘Not Quite Crazy’, Catherine Bybee has delivered yet another delightful story about friendship, love when least expected and life. As with all of Catherine’s books, I really like her writing, how she brings out the characters emotions and in this case how realistically she portrays the development of Rachel and Jason’s relationship. It’s crazy good.I am a verified purchaser in Australia
This was one of those books that I loved completely, from the very beginning. I just adored everything about it and couldn’t wait to see how Rachel and Jason’s story played out, yet didn’t wish it to be over at the same time. I loved Rachel and Jason’s meet cute. I thought the method Catherine brought them together was clever.Rachel is adjusting to a fresh life. And snow isn't exactly her friend. She has had a lot of life changes in the latest year and she's making the best choices she can. Jason A man wasn't on her radar and certainly not the handsome, sweet man that she encounters. While she's trying to avoid getting into a relationship, Jason keeps knocking down her defenses. He's so swoony and I loved him! Jason is a easy guy. Sure, he has a amazing life now, but it hasn't always been that way. He wants Rachel to know him as "just Jason" and he works hard to create her forget who he tuations arose that had these two working together and they did it well. They had quite the unexpected, eventful work situation that they didn't anticipate but in the end caused other problems. But they were there for each other. I don't wish to ruin any of this story, which is why I'm so vague. But I enjoyed the light Rachel brought to Jason’s globe and their relationship. This was an all-around amazing read! Obtain ready for the feels!
What a joy and pleasure it was to read Catherine Bybee’s newest book, Not Quite Crazy. Any lover of romance and “happily ever after” novels would be crazy not to love this book. It hooked me immediately and I read it in just a couple of sittings; truly unable to place it down. The final installment of the “Not Quite” series, this one may have topped them all. I loved ere are three main characters in this book, Rachel Price, her ward Owen Moreau, and Jason Fairchild. They are each very likable and bring amazing warm and humor to the book. While the basic love story focuses on Rachel and Jason, Owen is very much a part of their relationship and his presence brings added depth to the book. While there is conflict and problems to be dealt with, They are handled with a deft hand. I appreciated the lack of deep, prolonged angst.I recommend this book for all lovers of romance, chick-lit, and happily-ever-after. Catherine Bybee has an simple writing style that draws the reader in quickly and this book flows from begin to finish. I highly recommend it.I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not needed to write a positive review and the opinions stated are solely my own.
As a male reader who typically reads Clancy, Thor, Flynn, etc., this was my first "romance" book. I am a voracious reader (knocked out Deathly Hallows in one sitting), so I took a possibility on one of my wife's books. Didn't like the historical romance 1500/1600s. However this book was the first romance book I had ever liked and really like the amazing writing, and perfect story line. Since then I have read over 1000 titles, and still rank this as the gold standard to compare all other romance books (Roberts, Carr, Sparks, Macomber, etc.). I hope that this series makes it to the huge screen. I would suffer through $20 bucket of popcorn to see it.
I first read the reviews, but then I bought the book anyway because I'd already read #5 in the series (by mistake, but oh well) and I like Bybee's writing and story and hero development. I read this book and loved it so much, I started at the beginning and read it all over again! With the same feelings I had before. I think I'm in love with Jack!!! Yeah, he lied to Jessie but he had lots of reasons to. When an author puts together a story, it has to have logic behind the psychology of the characters' makeup. Bybee's characters create excellent sense to me. I read romance for the HEAs, honestly. Life is hard enough because there are very few HEAs in anyone's life, and a lot of times there are none. So I buy romance novels, I attempt writing them (I have 2 complete drafts and still working on them, learning from amazing romance authors still), and I've never had so much fun in my life. Catherine Bybee is my newest on my list of favorite romance authors - Kristen Ashley, Toni Anderson, Tamra Baumann, Julia Gabriel. They have all lightened my life and I am 100% grateful to all of them.
I really love the author and how well she writes. The story never bogs down send the editing is great. The characters are true and lovable. Although finding a billionaire in a Denny's is a small far fetched, it worked for this story. Sex stage too much and method too detailed. A sexy kiss and closing the bedroom door leaving all else to the imagination would have created the book a 5.
Amazing telling of the development of a lasting romance. Amazing characters, although The snap of the heroine proved a bit beyond belief. The author fully committed to the storyline resulting in a refreshing real romance novel. My only criticism is that authors consistently throw in sensuality as if romance is not complete without it. Fortunately, this author limits graphic descriptions to two scenes. - totally unnecessary to the story. The scenes don't effect in a deal-breaker, but it cost a 5-star rating.
Catherine Bybee has crafted the excellent rags to riches romance with Not Quite Dating!Jack Morrison is also known to his mates as Moore, as in more women, more time, and more money, due to his families ter running in to an old gold digging girlfriend while out at a bachelor party in Vegas, Jack has decided to hide his wealth from the opposite sex so that he can search a woman who will love him and not his ssica (Jessie) Mann is a single mom struggling to create ends meet, she works as a waitress at Denny's. Jessie has a poor track record with the men that she has dated and has vowed to only date men who are settled down and have money. Her mother's motto is "it is just as simple to date a rich man as it is a not good one, so it only makes sense to date the rich one."When Jack and his mates walk in to Denny's after a night of partying, Jessie is their waitress. She finds Jack beautiful but figures that he is a wild, not good boy, and Jack does nothing to dispel her beliefs. Jack asks Jessie for a date but she turns him down. They do end up striking up a friendship with one another, but Jack wants more. He is persistent and won't give up and he does manage to break some of Jessie's barriers down, but when she finds out that he has been lying about his wealth it threatens to tear their relationship apart for t Quite Dating is book one in the Not Quite series. It is a sharp, fresh, alluring read. The dialogue is inventive and witty, the characters are well drawn out. The storyline is superb and really shines. Book two, Not Quite Mine, is coming this spring, and I will be eagerly waiting to obtain my hands on a copy! I highly recommend this stand out romance! Catherine Bybee is an automatic buy for me!Reviewed at
Not Quite Dating is a sweet contemporary romance that is excellent for the holiday season.What drew me in:What drew me in was the characters! I loved the method Bybee wrote her characters to seem so true through their dialog. Jessie is a single mom that works hard to provide everything she can for her son and small sister. I liked Jessie, She was powerful and fiercely protective of those she loves. When Jack shows up in Jessie's life she has a hard time letting him in because of her own past heartache.Jack has spent his life knowing the women around him where only after his cash and name. Jack was such a fun hero to read. He is a confident, rugged, smart, cowboy who happens to be just as comfortable sitting on a horse or at a desk. Have I mentioned that the man is super hot and rich?!?! Yes, Jack is the total *it could never happen* e romance:The romance between Jack and Jessie was fun to read. I loved watching Jessie do her best to only think of Jack as a friend. Yes, I knew from the beginning that these two would end up together... But, the fun of a contemporary romance is reading how the two main characters obtain to their happily ever after. I thought Bybee did a amazing job of balancing this story with the right amount of humor, tension, and romance that I was eager to see how long it would take for Jack and Jessie actually become a couple.Minor roles:I loved all the side characters that I got to meet in Not Quite Dating. Jack has three best mates that he has grown up with who I am sure will continue to be in this series. I can't wait to see what happens to each of them and read more about their characters. I also enjoyed both Jessie and Jack's sisters, Katie and Monica. They where both quite sneaky in their ability to support their siblings out when needed. Katie and Monica are the characters I wish most to see what happens next to them.I enjoyed Not Quite Dating. It was a very quick read that got me in the Christmas spirit. If you are one of those people who like to watch the romantic holiday specials around this time of year, then I think you would really have fun Not Quite Dating. I am very excited to obtain my hands on the next book.Happy Reading,Rebecca
I became a fan of Catherine's books with her Weekday Brides series (of which I am impatiently awaiting the next installment). Not Quite Dating is the first of her Not Quite series and is an perfect beginning. I really enjoyed this book and will no doubt be re-reading it sometime very soon. Jack and Jessie had a attractive love story. I always love it when one hero for one reason or another thinks "We'll be just friends" of someone they're wildly attracted to. It makes me giggle since you know there's no method that's going to happen. Jack Morrison the millionaire heir to the Morrison hotel chain is tired of women looking only at his net worth and decides to woo single mom Jessie without disclosing his vast wealth. Jessie is looking for stability for herself and her young son and as much as she is attracted to Jack she is afraid of falling for a dreamer and being either resented or left when he gets tired of being tied down. This book has some of the typical ups and downs of the secret millionaire storyline but it isn't predictable. I loved Jack and Jessie and I really enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters as well and look forward to seeing them again in the next book, Not Quite Mine. Gotta go, time to re-read this one. :-)
Jack (best character name ever) is a billionaire's son and a millionaire in his own right. But deep down he's just a hard working Texan who wants more in his life than a "plastic" woman who's only after his money. When he and his buddies land in a diner on the method back from Vegas, he meets Jesse. She's a single mom/waitress who claims to be looking for a rich guy but really has a heart of gold, etc etc. So Jack pretends to be a down-on-his-luck cowboy to see if she will fall for him for who he is, and not for his is isn't a fresh story, by far, and Jack does seem to fall quickly for Jesse--even though she IS super nice and takes care of others and is attractive, too. However, I liked the story. The characters were true and well written (even if they didn't have a lot to do.) There wasn't a lot of conflict in the story--and a number of locations where there could have been, never materialized. What if Jack had known/of Brad and he was a poor guy but Jesse didn't know (and Jack couldn't tell her without revealing his own deception) and she continued to date him? What if Heather had come back, causing mischief between Jack and Jesse?There were a number of ways the story could have gone but the author took the simple method out every time. Still, that Jack was HOT. Lol He definitely created up for a lot of plot flaws. And, at least there were no obvious grammatical errors and the dialogue was fairly realistic. Sex scenes were beautiful amazing too without being overly graphic or annoyingly vague. And the heroine wasn't a moron who created ridiculously poor choices for no reason. As a mom, myself, I understand what it's like to wish to protect your kid from everything you can. So even when Jesse was freaking out over something when she should have been going to the source for the truth, I understood from where it mostly a quick, easy, unchallenging read. Nobody dies, no apocalypse, no one's life is threatened (mildly scary child illness, cured quickly)...just short and sweet.I'll probably read the next one, too.
3 1/2 stars!Sometimes you read a book that, in that moment, fits the mood you're in perfectly. This was definitely the case with Not Quite Dating. Lately I've been reading books with so much angst, drama, and emotion in them that it was nice to switch to something a small lighter in tone. Not Quite Dating is a sugary sweet, simple read that makes you feel good. It's straight romance, and refreshing in it's simplicity.Jack is a billionaire heir to a huge hotel empire who is growing weary of gold digging women. Jessie is a single mother working the grave yard shift at a local diner who has a past littered with not good "men" choices. She has a knack for attracting dead beat guys, and she is convinced that she will not create that mistake e premise of this book is quite simple. Jack wants to hide his wealth and search a woman who wants him solely for himself and not his bank account. He decides to hold his true identity a secret and instead pose as a transient temp ssie is sick of picking broke and unambitious playboys that leave at the drop of a hat. The next guy she falls for is going to be successful and have cash in the bank. The attraction between Jessie and Jack is immediate, but Jessie refuses to create the same mistake again. After making it clear that she has no intentions of dating Jack, the two decide to become is "friendship" is brimming with sexual tension, and I loved how the author takes the time important to create this relationship feel believable.Danny, Jessie's adorable 5 year old son also plays a huge role in this story. There were so a lot of "precious moments" with Danny that I honestly lost count. The relationship that develops between Jack and Danny seemed so true and authentic, that there were times I wanted Jessie to obtain a clue and acknowledge what was right in front of her face!Not Quite Dating was a powerful 4 star read until the secrets and lies dragged on for a bit too long. Other than that one little complaint, I absolutely adored this romantic "rags to riches" story.
Really, who would not love to be in Jessie's shoes? Well, not exactly what she had before meeting Jack Morrison, but definitely is story is the epitome of learning about first impressions and how a person can be wrong....Jack Morrison, an heir to the family fortune, but is wealthy in his own right, learns that people can be painfully superficial when it comes to the matters of the heart for him. His latest relationship pointed out, painfully (I might add), that the women interested in him happen to love his bank acc more than the man himself. Regardless of how amazing looking he is. Stung with this knowledge, Jack decides to change his strategies when it comes to meeting the next woman he is to have a relationship with. Jack wants a woman to love him for who he is and not what his bank acc has.Upon a late night stop at the local late night diner, Jack becomes smitten with his waitress, Jessie. A down to Earth, but struggling single parent that works the graveyard shift, trying to create ends meet. After being shot down from Jessie, he becomes more determined to obtain him to like her. You see, Jessie thinks that a stable and loving relationship needs a healthy bank balance and she is looking to connect with a rich man. Jack, determined to victory her over, but without his wealth getting in the way, decides to be her mate and helps her search what she believes is her "Mr. Right".Throughout their friendship, Jack manages to warm not just Jessie's heart, but her 5 year old son, Denny's, too. The only thing getting in the method of the happily ever after is the web of lies that Jack spins to see if Jessie can fall in love with him if he did not have his vast t to give the obvious away.... the journey that Jack and Jessie take is one that I think a lot of women would love to have. The lesson learned about honesty and the notion that love does not need a bank balance to solidify it. I loved every part of this book. It was well written, I loved the characters, and the ending filled me with hope (and quite a few smiles to boot). I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend you check this book out!!!!
I have loved so a lot of of Bybee's other books and even liked the first book in this series "Not Quite Dating", so was excited about purchasing the second, "Not Quite Mine". Unfortunately I purchased the book prior to reading the reviews. I started reading it, then wondered what I'd gotten myself into, so stopped and started reading reviews. I wasn't half method into the book, but already wasn't too satisfied with either the heroine or the character and their attitudes and behavior. Yes, he may be hot and amazing looking but he's shallow and self-centered beyond that. My feeling was, if he was so in love with Katie as he claimed and broken up when she left him, he should have fought for her, but he didn't even try, This character was all words and no follow thru, and in my opinion not a hero I could believe in or truly invest in. I found myself actually disliking him and I thought of him as one of the poor guys. Truthfully, I didn't feel Dean's love for Katie and don't think he was as much in love with either women as he was in lust, or maybe he just liked sex and knowing it was readily available to him when he declared his love, so that's what created him say those 3 magic words; because how was it he was able to turn from Katie, right around, fall in love with Maggie, obtain engaged, and have a wedding to her in less than 2 months? Worse than that ** SPOILER ALERT ** obtain Maggie pregnant, after just going thru such an emotionally devastating miscarriage with the girl he just claimed to have loved with all his heart? I cannot ever respect or start to like a man who would do that. He goes from character status to "I can't stand you" status beautiful quick in my book. The other issue I have with this guy - has he never heard of condoms? I mean, getting 2 girls he supposedly loves pregnant a few months apart - come on Dean, obtain with the program! Just one more piece of evidence stacked versus him that shows his total lack of respect for women, and just how self-centered he is, as he obviously just assumes the woman will or should take care of birth control. . Furthermore, as soon as I read about Maggie, I figured out who the baby's mother was almost immediately and it created me so mad with Dean I couldn't finish the book and I absolutely couldn't stand the hero. Maybe its my age, (I'm 54) or the method I was raised, or my career (military officer and federal agent) but women can do better than that, think more of themselves. I was raised that method and we raised our 4 daughters the same method - to set higher moral standards for themselves and accept nothing less from those they date, and eventually marry, so there's no method Katie should take this guy back. She might be able to love the baby, as a baby is an innocent victim, but she better think long and hard and do some serious soul searching first because that baby will always be a constant reminder that Dean had said he loved her, then went and got engaged and made a baby with another woman right after Katie lost their baby, and at the same time Katie just learned she couldn't have children. He never really considered her emotional well being or the fact that maybe her rejection of him at that time might not have been a rational decision, but more one created due to the pain and hormones of losing a baby, aif if he'd been any kind of a man or character at all, he would have stayed with her no matter what. He definitely wouldn't have run off and appeased his sexual appetite, declared love for another and gotten her pregnant as well. That's the largest slap in Katie's face ever. I think Dean is total scum and I'd bet cash he'd have an affair before the end of the first year of married life.
"Not Quite Mine" picks up right after the first in Catherine Bybee's series. This one centers on the rich-girl life of Katie Morrison. In the inaugural Not Quite book, her brother Jack finds waitress Jessie and falls in love. Katie helps them obtain back together after after Jessie discovers Jack lied about who he was. This time, Katie finds herself at the center of drama. She attends her brother's wedding and is shocked at the fact she still has feelings for Dean Prescott, who's also in the wedding party. The two had history that ended in heartache. Somewhat distraught over Dean's result unnerving her, Katie returns to her apartment in her father's hotel. She's later surprised to search a baby on her doorstep. How it got there and who left a perfectly healthy girl for her to deal with. The situation is a bit bizarre, complicated by the fact that she nor her fresh sister in law have any idea who this baby could belong to. Katie drops out of her jet-set life and hides out while she learns how to change diapers, lose sleep and feed a baby every several hours. She enlists the aid of a personal eye. And Dean figures something's wrong and helps as best he can. They end up working together on a fresh hotel her brother has under construction. I liked it. A mate of mine, Marsha, also read it and wrote a review. Bybee is one heck of a writer. She's engaging and never dull. She knows how to move a story along, even one as far-fetched as this. And she pulls all the threads together at the end.
In Not Quite Mine by Catherine Bybee, Life just got a bit more complicated for Texas beauty Katie Morrison. Growing up in the public eye without the guidance of her runaway mother was tough, but she has learned to embrace the decadent lifestyle of a hotel heiress for all that it's worth. So when a baby is left on her doorstep with a cryptic and very private letter, for once she has to think about something more than just partying and traveling. Katie is instantly smitten and decides to hold the infant girl for now while she sets out to search the birth mother. She feels like she needs to hold the baby a secret from as a lot of people as possible until she has more info and can create a competent every turn, however, her brother's best mate Dean is interfering, passing it off that he's worried about her. She wishes Dean would just leave her alone. Seeing him brings up unresolved feelings from the brief but passionate affair they had a couple of years earlier. So much has happened to them both since then, but somehow their chemistry hasn't changed at all. Trying to work with him on the fresh hotel job website is as much torture as is keeping secrets from him about the baby, and the true reason they split up. He beings to figure out some of the mystery surrounding Katie's life and she has to choose whether to allow him in again or shut off her heart to him for once and for all."'No problem, darlin'." Darlin' rolled off his tongue with such a smooth tone she felt him sliding back into her system. It wasn't often Dean used his Texan charm, but when he did, a woman was helpless not to fall under his spell."Dean Prescott thought he was over Katie Morrison until he sees her again at his best friend, and her brother's, wedding and realizes he still can't hold his eyes off her attractive face. He's just getting over a break up himself and the latest thing he needs is to dredge up past feelings. But Katie's brother puts him in charge of keeping an eye on her when she arrives at the fresh hotel work site. He does admit she seems a small out of sorts and isn't spending time partying like she once did. Dean hopes maybe she's grown up and is focusing on her career. But the more he digs around, the more questions he has about her current life. Then the appearance of a baby in her care has him shocked. In the midst of unraveling the secrets he realizes how much he still cares about Katie. He acts on his feelings instead of pushing them aside again and gives her the choice to accept him in her life or not."Just a glimpse of her always knocked the wind out of his lungs. Her porcelain skin and pink lips were more tempting than any he'd ever seen. He remembered those lips on his, the feel...the taste."Catherine Bybee has written a solid, wonderfully touching romance. This story is much more down to earth and full of Texas charm than it is an insight into the lifestyles of the wealthy. Katie is already becoming an adult at the beginning of the story by putting her career into motion, but she's soon forced to take on more responsibilities, which she does with grace. It's nice to see a "rich girl" hero in a story that focuses on private growth and real romance...not just brief flings. And Dean is every bit the Texan at heart. He's hardworking, loyal and protective. I loved the humorous flirting between him and Katie. Very hot! I would definitely recommend this if you like reading romance with a lot of love, some definite heat, and a bit of a mystery to figure ed by
I've become a large fan of this author and this book doesn't disappoint. The story and characters are well developed and has you instantly entangled in their story. Of her other books, this one takes a small more leap of faith in the story line but it's worth it at the end. It's told as a 2-person narrative flipping between both main characters.
This 2nd book in this Not Quite series gives us a look into the life of Jack's baby sister, Katie. We met her in the first edition as she was helping with the reconciliation between Jack and Jessie. She has been secretly in love with one of Jack's best friends, Dean, who we'd also met as he was getting over being dumped by his fiancé mere weeks before their wedding. This story throws them back together at Jack and Jessie's wedding (I did have fun getting to see them again in this story along with Jessie's sister, Monica). Right after the ceremony, someone leaves a attractive baby girl on Katie's doorstep, and basically the story is focused on Katie trying to search the birth mother, keeping it a secret from her family, avoiding her feelings for Dean (until it becomes impossible), and struggling with her history with Dean and the Loss during their relationship. I wanted to really love this story as I so enjoyed the first Not Quite Dating, and although the theme was cleaver, it seemed a small easy and juvenile. I will continue to follow this series through, as I'm thinking the next one will be about Monica.
Not Quite Dating Book 2 of the The Not Quite Series is really quite good. Every book in the series is well written, with amazing linked characters. They're all 'stand alone' books, but really should be read in order. Passion, drama, suspenseful twists and turns. Why doesn't anybody ever just yell a small and talk things out, maybe even have our hero, spank her butt to obtain her attention and then have passionate create up sex. I have the same issue with movies, Why doesn't the character just shoot the villain at the first opportunity, DOH lot shorter book or movie. Have to have misunderstanding and conflict in a romance. Anyway there's everything you wish in this series and need in a romance novel including the 'money shot' rriage and kids. Some people like Nicholas Sparks, but I'm a romantic guy and need the happily ever after of a Catherine Bybee.
I enjoyed reading "Not quite dating", even though I found the plot a bit unlikely, because the characters were entertaining enough and the story ended up putting a smile on my face. So I decided to give the second book a try, I enjoyed it so much more, the content and plot were better. I also liked getting updates on the previous books characters and their interaction with these fresh 's definitely a fun, quick read, and although you don't necessarily need to have read the first book to read this one, I recommend it just because it gives a bit of background on the characters.
2nd book to the Not Quite series. Katie had a crush on Dean, her brother Jack's best friend. He never noticed her until one day he did. They have a secret affair and she becomes pregnant and loses the baby only to search out she cannot carry a child. She knows Dean wants kids and decides to set him free so he can search someone else. This is one of the primary romance plots, but Ms. Bybee dusts it off and makes it ople these are romance novels and not Battle and Peace. They should be fun, hold your interest and be entertaining. This novel is all three and the series is good. Romance novels are my mind meth. They even out the frown lines and support you relax.
M book & series. Katelyn and Dean are the main characters in this book. They have known each other most of their lives. Dean is best mates with Katelyns brother. At one point about 1-2 years ago they were secretly eRage n dumped him because she had a miscarriage and found out she couldn't. She knew Dean wanted a family so she did what she thought was best for him & broke up. Suddenly she finds an infant on her doorstep. She fell in live with Savannah. She's afraid for anyone to know about the baby until she's sure she won't lose her. There is suspense and intrigue & unconditional love.
I liked the book a lot. Catherine Bybee can create such vivid characters that are believable. She has a keen knowledge of human nature and the talent to weave these characters into fascinating stories. I like the series because a lot of of the characters carry over. I search her books so interesting that it is hard to place them down. This would qualify as a Romance novel, but is more.
When I was looking for something to support me teach my children to read I was overwhelmed with the number options out there. I didn't think I should have to spend a bunch of cash to do it and I didn't think I would stick with a huge program. I saw "The Reading Lesson" and after reading the reviews I decided to test it.I bought my first copy 4 years ago and used it to teach my daughter to read when she was 5. At first my daugher was satisfied to do it but once the initial excitement wore off she did begin to resist a little. So I bought some stickers and everytime she finished a page she'd obtain to place a sticker on it. After completing about 4 or 5 lessons it became an simple part of her routine with no more resisting. We finished maybe 2/3 of the book and one day I heard her, from another room in the house, reading a book out loud fluently and perfectly. I was surprised when I heard her because she was reading words and sounds we hadn't yet covered in our lessons.I'm a busy working mom. I have never taught anyone to read before and this book created it very simple. Since it worked so well with my daughter I recently purchased my second copy of this book to teach my 4 year old son to read. I wasn't sure how well he would do because he is a small hyper and younger than my daughter was when I taught her. With him I started out with just one page each day. We're up to lesson 8 and he is sailing through and begs me to allow him do more. He's been reading 3-4 pages each day. He's excited about reading and likes to look ahead in the book to see what fresh sounds he's going to learn. I can't say enough amazing things about this book. I only want I had found this book to support me with my first s:-Easy-Self PacedCons:-None
I used this book to support teach a 60 year old refugee how to read. She could speak six languages, but had never attended school or been literate in any language. I was afraid this book might be too babyish, but she loved it. I think the simplicity of the phrases and stories created her feel more relaxed, and she sometimes used the illustrations to pick up clues about the story.While I liked the book too, there were things that were annoying to me. The book often uses short phrases before longer passages as a method to allow the reader practice key words. You have to hold in mind that they use a very specific progression in this book. For a long time, sentences will start with lowercase letters--and that actually makes sense if you read their philosophy on that--but it annoyed me that sentences often had random periods, and didn't create much sense. This may not be as much of an problem if you are teaching a kid whose first language is English, but it was a small more problematic when teaching an adult who is trying to understand what things mean, and why things are phrased in certain e other thing that was frustrating was that some of their pronunciation cues were simply wrong--for instance, the double "oo" is very various if you're pronouncing "zoo" or "too" vs "took" or "look". And there were other issues, particularly with the long "U" r those who have specific preferences on how to teach reading, I would say this book relies a small more on memorization rather than rules. I taught her some of the rules as we went through the book together, and we practiced common sight words to support obtain her up to speed faster.Overall this book was a amazing help, and increased her confidence dramatically. Just test to relax and go with the flow of this teaching method, if you are going to test it. While it doesn't create much sense at first, I promise they move into proper punctuation, capitalization, and grammar by the end! Mainly, hold sessions short and positive so that your emerging reader will feel confident and excited about their progress, and will love reading in the future. Amazing luck!
I only took off a star because of the font used. The font really should match the letter shape that the early learners are also learning to write. It slowed my children down a bit since they had to re-learn some letters that are shaped differently. But... I'm using this lesson sequence on my second child, and it's really a nice way to teach reading with since they have success right away with small 3-letter words. And the book has a very simple, clean look to it. It would be excellent if they did a fresh edition with a various font.
This books has been awesome support in teaching my 5 year old son to read. I did not feel that he was learning to read properly once he started Kindergarten, but was expected to read well quite soon. I took matters into my own hands, got this book and he created unbelievable progress very quickly. This book is very well made. It has nice activity pages that my son liked a lot. We did not rush, and did about 2-4 pages per day. I also recommended it to his classmate's mom, and they loved it as well.
I'm a homeschooling mother who is teaching my first boy to read, after having taught my girls to read several years ago. My 6 year old boy is definitely more of a reluctant learner, and I'm a busy lady, so I required a easy program for both of us. This book fits the bill! We do three pages a day, and as motivation, after every third day, he has been earning a fresh Hot Wheels car. He went from not reading at all, to reading easy sentences in lesson three. I'm very happy with the book. It takes their reading along beautiful far too, by the end of the book, to more complex stories. It's a amazing choice!
Absolutely awesome! Nicely organized with fun stories! Progression of reading level is appropriate and just well structured!I always looked into fancy systems that teach small ones to read before they are 2 even, but in reality it's YOUR time that you place into the child, not fancy gadgets. IN fact, I came to realize that the fancier a reading system is, the longer it takes to set up and use... This book is just wish you need to catch that teaching moment and "UP AND GO" - just begin a page! Children love computers and colors - yes - but their attention span and ability to "sit through" is not that son is in third grade - perfect reader! Loves library and won a spelling bee at his school (Kindergarten). Even though all the gaming haze, he still finds time to read (without being asked) and enjoys it! Buy this book and take your time with you kid! You won't regret it! I kept this book and now will be using with my second finitely recommend!
bought this three years ago for my oldest. Just bought a fresh one for my son who is just learning to read. Works just as well for him. Would recommend this book for anyone to try. Go at their pace, hold it fun and it will happen. We do a page or two a day at least a couple times a week. I expect that by the time my small one enters nursery school he will be reading like a pro - just like my daughter did. Going at such a slow pace, we take about a year or so to finish the book (its thick). My children color in it, we give stickers as rewards. Best thing ever. Gave my daughter such an advantage to be able to read going into kindergarten.
I'm a teacher and I bought this to work with absolute beginner ESL students. It is an perfect resource for ESL, especially students whose native language doesn't use the Roman alphabet. I also have a colleague who has used it to work with her young son, the audience the book targets, and she says it's been extremely useful for reinforcing concepts he struggles with (especially the b/d mixup and short vowels). I strongly recommend it.
I originally checked out from my local library Teach Your Kid to Read in 100 Simple Lessons, and after reading through the first few chapters on my own I decided that it was method too specific for my liking and instead purchased this lesson book. My son, who is four has been working through The Reading Lesson for 2 months and is currently on lesson 11 and I can say with enthusiasm that he is reading ings to note:- Like Teach Your Kid to Read in 100 Simple Lessons, this book also introduces different symbols with letters to support kids decode their sounds. Originally I wasn't too excited about the idea of introducing symbols that would later need to be forgotten in order for a kid to read true books but now I understand that, like my son, kids will not need those symbols for very long. They are merely just a learning tool.- The lessons in this book are long, ranging from 15-21 pages with the font getting progressively smaller as you work through the book. At the beginning my son would finish a lesson a day but now we are averaging a lesson a week.- Like other reviewers mentioned, coloring is a fun method to reward your kid for their hard work. My son and I color the pictures after every day's lesson and I have found that to be very motivational.- At the beginning of each day's assigned pages I have my son review that lesson's letter sounds (the page that has 3 columns of random letters). Repetition is the key when learning sounds.- Visit the companies www service to see an example of the first few stly, be patient. At the begin of this book I was very anxious for my son to complete lessons, but now I have come to terms with the fact that learning to read takes time and now its fun and a amazing method for my son and I to spend time together. Allow your kid choose their own pace. And if they struggle with specific sounds, there is no shame in repeating pages and/or lessons.
I taught my daughter how to read with this book when she was 2.5 and I found it awesome how quick she picked up even the rules at that age. Definitely some children are born more inclined to letters others to numbers... Mine loved books and letters since I can remember so this just gave her the push to read by herself. Loved how I only spent about 5 mins a day and after a couple of months I saw results.
The three main points of the book are lose the clutter, lose the weight and use mindfulness to avoid malignant emotions, meal and stuff in your life. Organizational guru Peter Walsh helped me think through changes I have been making and continue to make. "Somehow, at some point, you become too huge for your comfort," he writes at the beginning. He also helps explain how stuff, emotions and eating are all similar and not helping me obtain the life I wish and deserve. I wish a conversation with him on diet programs, although he gives a easy program and easy exercises. He even meddles with my finances and email, but all to my benefit. I am in the process of downsizing and his logic helps me divide my items into Location One and Location Two. Thank you, Peter, for nailing it!
I work at Rodale and was lucky enough to be a try panelist for the program outlined in this book. Allow me tell you...it works! Peter just has a special bonus of getting through to people, helping them obtain over whatever emotional ties they have to "stuff.""I might need this one day" is no longer an excuse I use to hold unnecessary items, and I'm finding happiness in other places, not buying "stuff."This book lays out a plan to make a vision for each room in your house and then systematically helps you declutter each room. It actually created decluttering and letting go of things, dare I saw it, r years, I knew I had to obtain more organized and obtain rid of things, but no one has ever gotten through to me like Peter has. I lost almost 12 pounds on the book, and my house is looking better and better every day. Thank you, Peter!
Still reading it. I'm starting week #2 tomorrow which is decluttering the bedroom. Peter Walsh has amazing information, gives lots of encouragement and brings in experts for the diet and exercise portion and the mindfulness meditation. I'm doing my own diet right now, but I love how his is set up. You have so a lot of healthy choices its not a diet, but being mindful about healthy meal choices. The exercise portion is amazing if you don't have any equipment. I go to the gym, but the book offers amazing options. The parts on being mindful are incredibly helpful when dealing with cravings or emotional attachment to stuff. It has really changed the method I look at things. Going through my kitchen in week #1 was difficult at times, but also very rewarding. I have filled 3 kitchen garbage bags for the trash and place 3 boxes of stuff for a garage sale, or to give away. It is a amazing relief to have a vision for the locations in my house and work to [email protected]#$%!. My house is not messy and it doesn't look cluttered, but inside my cupboards...holy Hannah! I have found things I'd forgotten about and never use. It feels amazing to create decisions about those things and move them I'm off to week #2 for another cathartic experience!! I highly recommend this book!
Very helpful book by my favorite organizing guru! I was already on an eating habits changing program when I got this, so I was more interested in the organizing side, but I read the diet information anyway. It seemed like some amazing guidelines, although various from what I'm doing. Peter is always inspirational with organization! This was simple and fun to read. It kept my interest!
Simple to follow amazing tip for the most part. Exercise section needs to be re-thought - too complicated, some not amazing for you, apartment dwellers are not going to have multiple duffle bags, huge containers of anti-freeze etc. Really appreciate Peter Walsh's positive attitude!
I've been following Dr. Davis' heart scan blog for the past year, and have learned so much about how certain supplements can stop and even reverse plaque, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, and a lot of other health problems. And he talked a lot about wheat, and the a lot of ways it destroys your health. But I've been hesitant to go wheat free. I love warm bread with butter, cinnamon rolls, pizza, pasta, cake, pie, Ritz crackers, pretzels, and almost everything else created with wheat. So it wasn't simple to create the commitment to go without them.I pre-ordered this book, and finally went wheat free one week before the book was released. And what a difference. My blood pressure had been averaging 140/88 (taking two blood pressure medications). Now, after only two weeks of wheat-free eating, I've averaged 124/68 for the past four days. I've reduced one of my medications to hold my blood pressure from dropping too low after it fell to 108/58. It's crazy! And I'm not starving myself. I'm getting plenty to , why did I buy the book if I already knew what to do? Because this book goes into amazing detail about WHY wheat is a problem. If you're like me, you probably think of wheat as four-foot tall "amber waves of grain." But that's not what we are eating these days. It's an engineered ver that's two feet tall, and is nothing like what I ate as a child in the 1950s. And unfortunately, it raises your blood sugar higher than eating a candy bar. And if you don't think that's a issue then you need to learn more about how high blood sugar affects your health."I don't need this book, because there's no method I'm giving up my bagels and pizza," you say. That's fine---if you don't mind being fat, developing diabetes and high blood pressure and heart disease and a host of other health problems---which is what the typical American is doing these days.Or, you could buy this book and learn how to live a healthier, and quite possibly longer, life.Update (9-12-2011): I've now been wheat free for three weeks (as stated above, I went wheat free one week before the book was released), and I've lost 7 pounds. That may not sound like much of an accomplishment, until you consider:- I am 6'4", and have been stuck at around 210 lbs. for over two years. I have not been able to lower my weight by dieting or exercise.- 210 is only 20 pounds over my goal weight of 190. And everybody knows how difficult it is to lose those latest 10 to 20 pounds---especially at my age (61).- This is my lowest weight since 2002.- I have not exercised for the past three weeks.- Although I have eaten no wheat for three weeks, I have eaten a few candy bars and I've had Blue Bell No Sugar Ice Cream almost every night. (I don't recommend this---particularly the candy bars.)- I have definitely been less hungry than when I was eating wheat.- The hypoglycemia I've suffered with for a lot of years has beautiful much disappeared.- I fully expect to be down to 190 lbs. within a few weeks. I haven't weighed 190 lbs. in over 25 years!Update (11-25-2011): It's now been nearly three months since I went wheat-free, and I've lost 16 lbs., which is about 1.2 pounds per week. So you might think, "Hey, that's no huge deal--you could have lost that much weight without really trying." But you'd wrong. Method wrong. As I stated before, I was stuck at 210 for over two years. Dieting and exercising did nothing to reduce my weight. I had hit a plateau and was going nowhere. Now, in just three months, I'm down another 16 lbs., to 194! I'm within four pounds of my goal weight!And now for another confession: during the three months I have stayed wheat-free, BUT...I have eaten Mexican meal at least once a week (sometimes twice), including a basket of (corn) tortilla chips, chicken (corn) enchiladas, etc., an occasional chocolate bar, and other carbohydrate splurges. Yet, in spite of all that, I still lost 16 lbs.! My body fat is now at 14%! It's crazy!Also, it got a lot easier when I realized I could still have breads--without wheat, of course. I am loving almond flour. I bought the Blanched Almond Food Flour, 5 lb. and have been using it to create pancakes, muffins, cobbler, :). And it tastes great! Here is the pancake recipe I use:1 Cup almond flour2 eggs1/4 Cup water2 Tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil)1 Teaspoon baking powder (double acting)Makes 6 4-inch pancakes. I top them with true butter (because remember: fat is okay--it's the carbs that are killing you) and Cary's Sugar Free Syrup, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4).No sugar, low-carb, high-protein, and high-fiber. My wife and I each eat three pancakes and we are happy until lunch time.With regular, wheat pancakes I used to eat six of them, and then an hour later I was falling asleep (after my blood sugar spiked and then dropped like a rock). But with these almond flour pancakes, I stay alert and feel good.Dr. Davis has a amazing recipe for Pumpkin Spice Muffins in the book. The suggested topping is cream cheese, but I topped them with sugar-free cream cheese frosting. My nephews ate them like cupcakes. :)So I've lost 16 lbs. in three months--WITHOUT EXERCISING! Wonder what will happen when I begin hitting the weights and the exercise bike regularly? ;) I'm about to search out. Stay tuned...Update (1-22-2012): It's now been five months since I went wheat-free, and I'm still going strong. I originally stated that my goal weight was 190. But my secret goal weight, the goal I didn't actually think I would ever achieve, was 185. Well, guess what? I am now at 188! I'm gonna create it! I'm down 22 pounds since August. And believe me, when you're 6'4", a weight of 188 allows for very small 2004 I hit my highest weight: 238. Now I am down 50 lbs.! I was able to lose the first 28 pounds by cutting back on the calories, mostly by not eating out so much. But once I got down to 210, my weight loss stalled for four years. I just couldn't lose anymore. Then I went wheat free---which is not a diet, but a fresh method of eating, and the excess weight began to fall off.I'm loving it! Thanks, Dr. Davis!Update (1-29-12): I've talked a lot in this review about my weight loss, but that's only half the story. Seven years ago when I weighed 238, my triglyceride count was 300. I started to chop back on the eating out and the snacking, and began to take fish oil capsules. After a couple of years I was down to 215 and my triglycerides were 155. Then I doubled my fish oil intake and improved my eating habits a bit more. Two years later my triglycerides were down to 99, which is beautiful good, and my weight was 210. That's where I e following year I experienced atrial fibrillation, followed by an angiogram and two stents. This was about the time I discovered Dr. Davis online and began following his blog. So I started taking Vitamin D and Magnesium. I couldn't bring myself to give up wheat, even after trying it for a week and losing five en, about a year later in August of 2011, I bought his "Wheat Belly" book as soon as it was released and I finally determined to go wheat-free. Since then my weight has gone from 210 to 188-my lowest weight in over 25 years. I recently had a yearly exam and my triglycerides were down from 99 to 69! Wow! Dr. Davis likes to see his patients at 60/60/60 for triglycerides/LDL/HDL. These are numbers that most doctors would think wildly unrealistic, if not HDL is still a small low at 39, but considering the fact that my HDL has been low for a lot of years and at the time of my latest yearly exam it was 26, that's beautiful amazing. My LDL was 44! Yes, I know that LDL is a calculated value-but still-44! I will continue to improve my eating habits. I still eat too a lot of carbs. But I know I'm headed in the right direction.When I see people who are overweight, have heart problems, diabetes, and all the other issues that could easily be addressed by going wheat-free and taking a few supplements, I feel so poor for them. But perhaps as they see more and more of us having long-term success they will finally read this book...and believe.Update (8-8-12): It has now been nearly a year since I went wheat free. Do I still miss wheat? Yes, but not enough to begin eating it again. If I went back to wheat, I would lose these benefits: - My weight dropped from 210 to 186 (I'm 6-foot-4). I lost most of that weight within the first three months. - My triglycerides dropped from 99 to 70 and my HDL went up from a risky 26 to an wonderful 57! And one of the best indicators of heart attacks is the ratio of triglycerides to HDL (google it). A amazing value is 2 or less, the ideal value is 1 or less. My number is beautiful fantastic: 70/57 = 1.23. Before going wheat free it was: 99/26 = 3.8, which is very bad. It's no wonder I ended up with a 75% blockage, and had to have stents two years ago before I discovered Dr. Davis. - My chronic sinus issues went away. Before I gave up wheat, every time I place my head on the pillow, my nose stopped up. I could not breathe through my nose at all. That does not create for amazing sleeping. Also, I used to obtain regular sinus infections---usually a couple of times per year. No more. My sinus problems cleared up almost immediately after going wheat free.Will going wheat-free cure YOUR sinus problems. I have no idea. It might create your left knee quit aching or create your headaches go away. You won't know until you test l I know is that I am a much healthier person thanks to Dr. Davis.
About a year ago I began having pain in the upper abdomen, a small toward the right side. I went to my basic care doc. He did a brief exam and said he thought it was gall bladder and that I would need to have my gall bladder removed! I was in a state of shock! I have NEVER had a gall bladder issue in my entire life!!! Nor had my weight fluctuated a lot during my lifetime. Of course, I called my sister right away. She said to test gluten free just to see what happens. This was on Friday afternoon. I decided to give it a try! I had nothing to lose. So, I went online to learn everything I could. I did not know much, but, I can tell you, I did not eat anything with gluten and I was PAIN FREE! Holy cow! I eliminated gluten and managed to hold my gall bladder and avoid surgery! Now came the learning process. I had been able to see Dr. Davis on Public Television. Wow! A lot of information. Of course, I immediately went to Amazon and began my find for Dr. Davis' book. This book is very detailed regarding eating gluten free The book also has so a lot of recipes! They are really amazing and beautiful easy! You can create an apple muffin in a huge mug, in the microwave! Delicious and easy! I recommend this book to anyone learning about gluten free and also someone who would like amazing info and good, simple recipes! If you found this review helpful, please click the YES for me! Thank you!
Wheat bloats you up! I cannot rave enough about how accurate this book is in regards to losing weight and improving your health. If you look at the difference in my size shown in the accompanying picture, you will realize that reducing your intake will also reduce your size. There are a lot of health advantages beyond that. Dr. Davis truly has unlocked the key to America's obesity. Employ the techniques in this book to save yourself, your friends, and your family. Improve your life and obtain the body you always wanted!
This book's "diet" is changing my life. Seriously. My doctor recommended it. I am on my third week. I'm a sugar addict so its really tough for me; but the weight loss around my belly and the absence of sugar fog is incredible!
I bought this book for my slender husband who works out three times a week and was complaining about his huge belly! A couple of my mates on facebook were talking about it and I wondered if that was the reason for his huge belly. He has yet to read the book!! But, it is so very interesting and informative. Explains things so that you understand completely about our not good foods. I didn't know there was anything wrong with me and I only quit eating the wheat because of what the book said!! Here are a few of the results I experienced from dropping the wheat: My hands are no longer stiff, swollen, or painful...the pain in my shoulders is GONE, my calves are no longer tight and painful... I attributed all of the previous ailments to my job as a massage therapist!!! I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS FROM THE WHEAT!!! That is really scary when you can attribute all of your ailments to your job, exercise, etc and not even know it is what you are ingesting! I am know a disciple. It has forever changed my health! Thank you Dr. William Davis!!!
Amazing book. It is a simplified ver of his other books and it gets right to the matter at hand and gives primary simple to follow guidelines. It also provides a meal plan that is simple to follow which is amazing for someone who doesn't have a lot of additional time but needs a tutorial to follow. Would highly recommend to anyone who is considering following a grain free lifestyle.
I purchased this book to search out more about wheat, I already avoid sugar. It has been a true education, I had no idea that wheat was genetically altered to such a amazing extent. I have tried to loose about 25 lbs for the latest few years, and lost it several times, but the weight has come back each time. (I love bread) Having to deal with all kinds of food plans was just too much problem to deal with. This book has done away with that, because now all I have to think is "no wheat and no sugar". I started this regime about 5 weeks ago and have lost to date 4 lbs. I also added a pH booster and drink 5 glasses of water per day which keeps me quite filled up, and I have no cravings nor do I think about meal anymore. My reward is that I start to fit into my clothes again comfortably, and the fat is slowly melting. Of all the books I have purchased this book has been the most helpful in bringing my weight down and not feeling deprived by eliminating wheat and sugar by about 95%.
I don't have celiac disease or hypoglycemia (blood sugar issues), nor any other health problems for that matter, but I wanted to test eating wheat-free for a few months to see if it would support with my skin breakouts, mental fogginess after a healthy, whole-grain breakfast, digestion sluggishness, bloated feeling after eating, etc. Truthfully, I was beautiful skeptical, but after reading the book, what Dr. Davis says in it makes a lot of sense. After 10 weeks of wheat-free eating (about 95%, as I can't always avoid it when eating away from home), I can definitely say I'm no longer skeptical. I haven't had ANY skin breakouts, bloated feeling after eating, not good digestion or mental fogginess, so there's something to this wheat-free eating! I haven't missed wheat in the least, either, as a lot of gluten-free foods are created with other grains I like just as much. Read this book and see the positive changes for yourself. I'm surprised that it's helped me feel alot better, so it's definitely worth the read. What have you got to lose?
Excellent. I want I had this book years ago. It turned my life around, literally like the flip of a light switch when I stopped grains. I have more energy than I have in years! Thank you, Mr. Davis..
I've only read the first third of the book in depth so far and just skimmed over the rest of it, though rest assured, I will be reading all of it in depth. I found that there is a certain amount of repitition - I think that's just William Davis' method of making a point. I've been following the principles I have read so far and in actual fact over the couple of weeks avoiding wheat ( which is actually quite difficult in practise - just about every darn thing you pick up has wheat in it!) I've lost about 1kg in weight, I "feel" lighter (if such a thing is possible) and I have the sense that things are picking up internally, ie, fewer bouts of reflux to contend with. I realise at this scene that the whole thing is quite subjective and will be interested to see certain try results in a month or two from now - I'm pre diabetic so go for regular blood sugar,etc, tests. I guess only time will tell but I'm certainly prepared to give it my best shot.I think it's a amazing book, written in a humorous but candid style to engage the reader and obtain the notice across.
Amazing introduction for non musical families looking to start their musical journey. This book really is a FAQ that the author has place together from his very successful melody school. I highly recommend it to anyone beginning the process of looking for a melody school / melody lessons.
Jeff really has a amazing private story, and his love of melody and knowledge of the melody lessons business is so apparent as you read through this easy book. Highly recommend for parents looking for melody lessons for their children, or for themselves!
Amazing Book! Full of useful tip for melody lessons. This book is a amazing addition to normal lessons, something to hold with you and refer back to. The pictures are adorable!Great job!
Making choices about melody lessons can be challenging and stressful. I really value the hints in this guide. They support me think about how to create the right decisions for my children. I especially appreciate the suggestions for encouraging practicing!
Arguably one of the most unfairly derided boys own films out there? World Battle II and the Nazi officers come up with a propaganda driven idea for the German national football squad to play a squad composed of Allied Prisoners of War. Led by Capt. John Colby (Michael Caine) the prisoners agree, but there's more than just propaganda at stake here. Directed by John Huston in the twilight of his career, Escape To Victory, in spite of it being a perennial Bank Holiday viewing in the UK, is a movie that's often used as a kicking post by critics. It's hard to understand why such a fun and harmless piece can cause such derision in cinematic circles. It can't be expectation because when you read the plot, see that Sylvester Stallone is playing in goal and that a tubby 48 year old Caine is the captain of this soccer team!; well surely you know this movie isn't all about about cranial depth encompassing the propaganda machinations of the Nazi regime? Using true footballers (notably Pelé, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardilies) is what makes Escape To Win work as entertainment for so a lot of people in the UK. Huston, much like Stallone, hadn't got a clue how to create a football based movie. In stepped the footballers to choreograph the film's football sequences, sequences that give the movie some truly memorable moments (Pelé overhead kick, Ardiles rainbow flick, and erm, Stallone penalty save). They couldn't act for toffee, none of them, but that's where Caine comes in. Guiding them thru their scenes, Caine was highly thought of on the set by the players, a sort of father figure by all accounts, not just on the set, but in the bar too. Stallone excepted (he was off doing his own thing most of the time), it was a satisfied shoot, and that shows in the movie, the non actors growing in confidence as the film progresses. While the movie ultimately deals in escapist fun, it's not without moments of poignancy too. A sacrificial break for the battle effort induces winces across the board, whilst the arrival of the Eastern Block players from the work camps demands our utmost heartfelt attention. Is Escape To Win a amazing film? No, of course not. But it is a darn amazing one. A movie that's simple to lose oneself in during the holiday periods. With Caine flicking the Vs, Max Von Sydow being classy as usual and some legendary footballers strutting their stuff, what's not to enjoy? Really? 7.5/10
Deconstructing Machismo. Bitter Win is directed by Nicholas Ray and adapted to screenplay from the novel of the same name written by Rene Hardy. It stars Richard Burton, Curd Jurgens, Ruth Roman, Raymond Pellegrin, Christopher Lee and Nigel Green. Melody is by Maurice Leroux and cinematography by Michel Kelber. It’s a movie that has proved most divisive over the years, where some have seen fit to devote in depth studies to it, others have bitingly dismissed it as a stretch to far in pretentious posturing. Personally I found it rather dull, a dreary trudge through the Globe Battle II deserts as Burton and Jurgens butt heads because Burton’s hero had an affair with Jurgens’ wife (Roman). The pace is purposely sedate, except for the war sequence that is, so we are left to rely on the skills of the writers and actors to carry us through to film’s end. Burton is amazing value, he almost always was when he got to brood and pontificate, while Green is his usual irrepressible self. Jurgens, however, is miscast and very uncomfortable with the moody machinations of his character. While the editing is at times poor and a couple of scenes don’t really create sense. Undeniably there is some potency bubbling away in the writing, the deconstruction of machismo and military cynicism angles carry thematic weight, but the movie is structured in such a cocksure method it just comes off as being preachy instead of taking full advantage of the emotional core of the characters as written by Hardy. Just because I don’t like the movie doesn’t mean it’s bad, as previously stated, a lot of search it fascinating and powerful, but it’s not for me and I feel it’s one of the amazing Nicholas Ray’s lesser works. 4/10