Bandelier National Monument

Secord, Paul R. Bandelier National Monument: Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Through many black and white images, photographs and sketches, author Paul Secord presents the history, archeology and anthropology of Bandelier National Monument. ¬†Found just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, the history of the area and people are explained and linked to the present day ruins. With precious ancestral preservation, named for anthropologist Adolph Bandelier, Bandelier National Monument received national recognition in 1916. Depicting the social environments of Native Americans, the book also shares pictures of the cave dwellings, area topography, tourist experiences and visitors. Part of the Images of America series which celebrates history across the country, this latest addition truly educates and inspires…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having visited, experienced and researched Bandelier National Monument, I was thrilled to see this newest book in the series. Loaded with interesting, relevant and unique history, tidbits, pictures and people, I devoured this book cover to cover. Perfect for anyone visiting the area, a school library or a history buff, Bandelier National Monument was outstanding. Planning on keeping this book for my own collection yet also sharing with family, I also hope to discover other books by this author.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Bandelier National Monument from The History Press for my honest review*

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Forgotten Tales of New Mexico

Dornan, Ellen. Forgotten Tales of New Mexico. Charleston, SC: The History Press. 2012.

SUMMARY:
forgottentalesofnewmexicoFolklore? Truth? Legend? In the book, Forgotten Tales of New Mexico, many tales are shared whether forgotten, stretched, ignored or embellished over the years. Who knew the famous Route 66 had been rerouted? Or, that Governor Perez had been beheaded over wine and tobacco taxes? Or, even that freed slave Cathay Williams passed her physical exam as William Cathay to join the U.S.Army? Relating such antics concerning poisonous politics, traitors, scoundrels, smugglers, witches, strange alliances, wartime and puzzling places, author Ellen Dornan uses her love of New Mexico combined with her creative interactive maps to detail the tales found within this book. Fun and interesting knowledge abounds!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having already visited New Mexico with another trip scheduled, this eclectic little book of New Mexico tales was perfectly planned. Categorized into similar topics and further divided into a few page-length sections of each anecdote, it is reader-friendly as a straight-through read or skip-around topic browse. Definitely fun for history buffs, New Mexico fans, avid travelers, and me! A necessity in my suitcase on my next trip to the South.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Forgotten Tales of New Mexico from The History Press for my honest review*

At Home in Last Chance

Armstrong, Cathleen. At Home in Last Chance: A Place to Call Home Book 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
lastchanceKaitlyn Reed has a difficult past and the tendency to leave town rather than stay. Deciding it was time to be a mother to her seven-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn makes the commitment to remain in Last Chance, New Mexico. Meeting Steven Braden, the irresistible yet irresponsible player, Kaitlyn learns she must trust herself before she can trust her heart to someone else.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Jumping into the A Place To Call Home series with Book 3, I expected to find myself a bit lost with the characters; however, that was not the case at all. I actually found myself drawn to the book though I cannot put my finger on the exact reason. Perhaps the writing style? The life-like characters? The storyline? I am not really sure but do know I plan on reading the previous books in the series now too. (Both are already on my eReader.) As the winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women’s Fiction, I honestly am now a fan and follower of author Cathleen Armstrong.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of At Home in Last Chance from Revell Publishing for my honest review*