Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (47 of 62)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,884,480 - Total Helpful Votes: 47 of 62
Autumn from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was recommended to me by a friend in New England. I've never been there but have always wanted to visit, particularly in autumn. Goes back to books I used to read when I was younger. Anyway, autumn is my favourite season, I love cookbooks and so I thought Susan Branch's book would fit the bill nicely.

While the recipes are good, the curly pretty font used throughout made this book excruciatingly painful for me to read. I write in cursive myself but I could only bear a page at a time. Also, the quotes and text that go around the page in different directions is extremely annoying.

If a better font was used alongside real pictures of a New England autumn and the… Read more
A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner
A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have a child on the autism spectrum and can empathise with some of what the Gardners went through, particularly the ignorant comments by strangers when your child is having a meltdown. This book perfectly describes what so many families with a child on the spectrum go through. I highly recommend it to all.

As for the 1 star review by "Book Club Mum", please ignore it as this book is not some work of fiction with "characters" to be liked or disliked.
Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in&hellip by Katrina Kenison
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I struggled in places with this book and whether or not to give it 2 or 3 stars. When reading, I felt like it was a case of someone who has no idea about the struggles some families face such as special needs children or financial woes, yet they feel they can dispense words of wisdom without ever having walked in someone else's shoes. Let's face it, the author quite clearly seems to have a pretty cushy home life and I can't help but feel annoyed when these people get on their high horse.

One thing I found particularly offensive, as a mother of a special needs child with attention deficit disorder, is the following statement in the "Quiet" chapter: "...They are as overstimulated… Read more