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2019 Holiday Gift Guide – Great Reads for All Ages

Welcome everyone, to our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide Page – Great Reads for All Ages.  Check out all the awesome titles below.  Come back often as we will be adding throughout the season.  Beautiful Touches has received these books from authors, publishers, as gifts from family and friends, or have purchased for this years gift giving.  No monetary compensation has been exchanged. All opinions are those of the authors.


Cottonwood Flowing, by M. Marie Lewis

Seventeen-year-old Eva Kelly watches with anguish as her brothers are sent to fight in World War II. Caught up in the rigors of life on the home front, she finds her life changing even further when her hometown becomes refuge for some two hundred enemy prisoners.

Sixty years later, Claire Beaudine returns to the place where she was raised. As her grandmother Eva lies unresponsive in a hospital bed, Claire finds, locked away in an old trunk, the journals of a young girl, coming of age in the turbulent 1940s. Claire, reading the pages, faces turmoil of her own.

Returning home puts her in close proximity to the boy she knew and lost many years ago. While reading the journal, Claire learns of love, loss, and betrayal and seeks her own path to redemption. Interwoven between Eva’s journals and Claire’s memories are the stories of young men sent to war, the loved ones they left behind, and secrets that have been locked away for six decades.

Learn More and Order your copy from M. Marie Lewis HERE

Drinking for Two, by Diana Licalzi and Kerry Criss

Designed specifically for pregnant, breastfeeding, and soon-to-be moms, Drinking for Two provides 45+ delicious, plant-based mocktail recipes carefully crafted to deliver essential nutrients and antioxidants, and target common pregnancy symptoms, all leading to a healthy pregnancy.

With recipes for flat, bubbly, apres-dinner, and warm comfort drinks, registered dietitians Diana Licalzi and Kerry Criss carefully developed and tested each mocktail to include whole foods and all-natural sweeteners. Quick-to-prepare recipes (including many that are gluten free!) feature plant-based and everyday ingredients that are healthy for mom and baby, accompanied by notes to highlight the benefits of various ingredients with respect to common pregnancy symptoms like nausea and swelling. The book also features other valuable nutrition information to help women modify their diets and stay healthy throughout their pregnancy.

Order your copies from Amazon or purchase from Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and indie bookstores.

Sky’s Amazing Dream, by Mark Stevens



Sky’s Amazing Dream This is the story of a fun loving Golden Retriever and his phantasmagorical dream. Sky is a playful dog who thinks that he’s a boy. He is strong and athletic and sometimes just plain silly. He loves to make people happy. He loves to bring joy wherever he goes. He believes in magic and he knows that he has magical powers. Sky’s Amazing Dream shows how a happy dog with a wonderful dream, can turn a dog into a boy, make rocks into gold, meet the President of the United States and make children all over the world happy as pie! Yes, Sky is the super hero of a just published children’s book, Sky’s Amazing Dream. But he is also a real dog, the most famous canine of Bedford, New York and truly a Dog Of The World. Best of all, Sky is available for personal appearances, book signings and happy celebrations with kids at bookstores, schools, libraries. If you like, Sky will bring his mom and dad (with whom he wrote the book) and they will all read the book to your friends and members.

Order your copy from Amazon

Starting From Scratch: One Woman’s Pursuit of Family, Business, and the American Dream, by Shelly L. Henderson (with Phil Henderson)

From Stay-At-Home Mom to Real Estate Entrepreneur

HAVING IT ALL sometimes means throwing it all to the wind first. For Shelly Henderson, achieving her dream of starting a business meant giving up her role as a stay-at-home mom and embarking on a new path of chaos and unpredictability. In Starting from Scratch: One Woman’s Pursuit of Family, Business, and the American Dream, Shelly tells the story of how she and her husband, Phil, gave up everything to chase their entrepreneurial ambitions and open Henderson Properties. Shelly’s anecdotes, filled with the realities of motherhood, entrepreneurship, and the parallels between them, outline how she and Phil managed to grow their family while growing their business.
Empowering and evocative, Starting from Scratch will help parents and community leaders mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs and offer practical advice for employees and employers on creating a dynamic atmosphere conducive to team and leadership building. No matter your phase in life or business, Starting from Scratch will inspire and encourage you to consider how your values lay the foundation for your success.

Get your copy from Amazon.

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