Compelling Guide Dog Tails #Friday Fun Reads

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Fifty Years of Walking with Friends

by DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

Copyright 2021

 

What Smashwords Says

 

The author’s nine guide dogs are described in loving detail: their appearance, personalities, and why each had to retire. Noriega describes her family, her life as a blind college student, and her work experience. While she accentuates the positive, she does not shy away from letting us know that there have also been more than a few negatives in her life. But touches of humor lighten every chapter.

 

My Thoughts

 

I met DeAnna Quietwater Noriega years ago through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled authors to which I belong. Before that, she worked with my late husband, Bill, on the Colorado Council of the Blind. I’ve enjoyed reading her poems and stories, most of which were about her guide dogs and Native American heritage. :

Fifty Years of Walking with Friends didn’t disappoint me. Through DeAnna’s narrative, I was with her and her dogs through their trials and tribulations. I laughed a lot at the dogs’ antics and got mad once when a rehabilitation center where she worked banned one of her dogs because people were complaining about his barking when someone entered her office.

I love the way DeAnna’s poems are inserted throughout the book. My favorite is one in which she compares one of her dogs, a chocolate Lab, to a cup of cocoa. Even if you don’t have a guide dog, and maybe even if you don’t like dogs, you’ll find Fifty Years of Walking with Friends heartwarming, educational, and entertaining.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Travel the World Through Poetry #Friday Fun Reads

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Away from Home

By Carrie Hooper

Copyright 2020

 

What Amazon Says

 

In this collection of fifty-six poems, the author, who is blind, shares thoughts on some of her many travels. Part One, A Week at Sea, contains poems about a cruise she took with eight members of her family. Part Two, Other Adventures, includes poems inspired by places she and a friend visited in western New York, a trip to Florida, an unforgettable day in Des Moines, Iowa, and much more.

 

My Thoughts

 

I met the author, Carrie Hooper, years ago through Newsreel, an audio magazine that allows blind and visually impaired people to share ideas, music, and other things. Not only does she write poetry but she’s fluent in several languages and is an excellent pianist and singer. She even gives lessons. I was pleased a year or so ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers, to which I belong.

I love the way Carrie tells the story of the cruise she and her family took through poetry. I was with her on the ship, walking the deck, eating in the dining room, swimming in the pool, and singing karaoke in the casino. What’s more, I didn’t get seasick as I’m prone to do. I also accompanied her to various ports of call while on the cruise and to other locations she writes about in the second part of her book. It all fascinated me.

I invite you to do the same. Through this book, you can travel to interesting places without having to worry about plane tickets, cruse reservations, food, and other details. You won’t even have to wear a mask.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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America’s Favorite Mouseketeer Tells Heartwarming, Inspirational Story #Friday Fun Reads

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story

by Annette Funicello and Patricia Romanowski

Copyright 1994.

 

What Amazon Says

 

The former Mouseketeer and star of beach party movies chronicles her career, offering recollections of Walt Disney, Frankie Avalon, and many others, and honestly discussing her recent struggle with multiple sclerosis.

 

My Thoughts

 

Mickey Mouse Club was already in syndication by the time I was old enough to watch it. I wasn’t interested, probably because it contained a lot of visuals that were lost to me with my limited eyesight. However, I took an interest in Annette Funicello last month after reading Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb, which I reviewed here. This novel is about a fictional character who was Annette Funicello’s distant cousin. A friend recommended A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, and I’m glad she did.

Unfamiliar with this celebrity, I was fascinated to learn about her experiences filming Mickey Mouse Club and other television programs and movies plus commercials and was amazed at how kind Walt Disney was to her and other actors. Although, in my opinion, her singing leaves a bit to be desired, I found her accounts of how she recorded some of her songs interesting. I admire her for the way she dealt with multiple sclerosis and helped others suffering from the disease after she finally told her story.

According to Wikipedia, Annette Funicello passed away on April 8th, 2013. No doubt, she is missed. This book contains photos, and, at the end, an appendix chronicling her successes, which I’m sure will delight fans. But even if you, like me, are not a fan, I can guarantee you’ll find her story fascinating, heartwarming, and inspirational.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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A Humorous Christmas Story #Friday Fun Reads

Wishin’ and Hopin, A Novel

by Wally Lamb

Copyright 2010

 

What Amazon Says

 

Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries, Lamb’s Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello—a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!

 

My Thoughts

 

This book definitely reminds me of Gene Shepherd’s A Christmas story, which is one of my favorite movies. An eccentric French teacher, a zany Russian classmate, and a disastrous Christmas pageant create a delightful tale that made me laugh and laugh and laugh. From the beginning to the end, I found this book hard to put down.

At first, I thought this was pure fiction. But after reading the epilog, in which the author explains what became of the characters after the events in the story, I realized that this is a fictionalized true story of distant relatives of star Annette Funicello. So, if you were a fan of The Mouseketeers way back when, and you like Gene Shepherd’s story, you’ll love Wishin’ and Hopin’.

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This post is part of Dr. Crystal Grimes’ holiday blogging party. There’s still time to participate. So, click here if you’re interested.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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A Holiday Favorite with a Twist #Friday Fun Reads

Note: This review was posted here last year and is worth a second look. It’s part of Dr. Crystal “Grimes’ holiday blogging party. To learn how you can participate on your own blog, click  here . Happy reading!

 

Jacob T. Marley

by R. William Bennett

Copyright 2011.

 

What Audible Says

 

“Marley was dead to begin with…”

These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge?

Or had he?

Written with a voice reminiscent of Dickens, Jacob T. Marley is a masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption, sure to become a Christmas favorite.

 

My Thoughts

 

I like how R. William Bennett uses exact quotes from Charles Dickens’ work to enhance the story. I also enjoy the way the Audible narrator depicts Scrooge and Marley as they age. If you enjoy Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, you should try this book. It’s the same story with a twist.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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