Book Review: Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

March 19, 2015
Secrets of a Charmed Life

Secrets of a Charmed Life is the story of two sisters, Emmy and Julia. Their lives are completely changed by the evacuation of London’s children right before the blitz on London that began on September 7, 1940. I love historical fiction and I love WWII history so this story was right up my alley. At […]

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Book Review: Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

March 12, 2015

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers was not quite the book I thought it would be after reading the description. I thought this was going to be a look inside a verbally abusive marriage. And it was at first. I was actually hesitant to read the book because of that. There was one line […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Circle by Dave Eggers

March 5, 2015

The Circle was recommended to me a couple years ago by my dad. It is a Utopia novel that is based on social media, connectivity, and the sharing of information. The Circle is a company that is seeming modeled quite a bit after our big technology companies today like Apple and Facebook. The company has a compound […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

February 19, 2015

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.” Wow. Just wow. I had heard mixed reviews about this […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

February 11, 2015
The Girl on the Train

I kept seeing this book everywhere as a must read and the next Gone Girl so of course I had to pick it up. I can’t really explain exactly why, but the book hooked me pretty fast. There isn’t much action at the beginning. Instead you have a girl on a train, Rachel. She takes […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

January 27, 2015
orphan train

This book has been on my reading list for a long time. I just wasn’t sure what to expect so I didn’t pick it up for a while. But I’m so glad I did. Orphan Train is the story of two orphans with a drastic age difference. I will admit that I was much more […]

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Books Read in 2014

December 31, 2014
the kite runner

My goal this year was to read 30 books. 1. The Kite Runner 2. The Book Thief 3. The Chaperone 4. Warm Bodies 5. Spider Bones 6. The Making of Nebraska Brown – Review 7. Reconstructing Amelia – Review 8. Here and Again – Review 9. The Never Never Sisters – Review 10. Fallen Beauty […]

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Guest Post by Jessica Ashley Dafoe, Author of The Tantalizing Tale of a Bitter Sweetheart

October 7, 2014

What Inspired Me to Write My Most Recent Novel, The Tantalizing Tale of a Bitter Sweetheart… Half the difficulty most writers face in beginning a work, regardless of whether they intend it to be a novel, novella or short story, is finding the narrative voice for the story they wish to tell.  I have these […]

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Book Review and Giveaway: A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon

September 15, 2014

Reeling from her recent divorce, Gina Bellamy suddenly finds herself figuring out how to live on her own. Determined to make a fresh start—with her beloved rescue greyhound by her side—Gina knows drastic measures are in order. First up: throwing away all her possessions except for the one hundred things that mean the most to […]

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Book Review and Giveaway: House of Wonder

September 2, 2014
House of Wonder Sarah Healy

Theirs wasn’t always the misfit family in the neighborhood. Jenna Parsons’s childhood was one of block parties and barbecues, where her mother, a former beauty queen, continued her reign and her twin brother, Warren, was viewed as just another oddball kid. But as her mother’s shopaholic habits intensified, and her brother’s behavior became viewed as more […]

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Book Review: Losing Him, Gaining You + Giveaway, Review, Excerpt

August 26, 2014
Losing Him, Gaining You: Divorce as Opportunity

Losing Him, Gaining You is a refreshingly honest and uplifting guide through divorce. Based on research and her own experience, Corbin Lewars coaches her readers through tough territory with a direct, straightforward step by step approach to divorce. With inspiration and a large dose of humor, Corbin offers a way forward that will help others […]

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Free Beauty Box 5

August 22, 2014

Starting TODAY, when you sign up for any new subscription- monthly, quarterly, or yearly- you will receive an August box for free! Just use the code AUGUSTFREE at checkout. This sweet deal is valid until September 31st, 2014 and is ONLY open to first-time subscribers in both the U.S. and Canada. Subscribe here.

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Book Review: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

August 16, 2014
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

I love a good psychological thriller. I love my crime books. If you’ve been here a minute you know that! So this book was right up my alley. Jodi is a woman who likes things they way she likes them. Her life is a serious of tasks and events that add up to full, well-planned […]

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Book Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

August 13, 2014
Me Before You

You will be changed by reading this novel. It is not just a love story. It is not just a caregiver story. It is not just a story about relationships. It is a story that takes some of the toughest issues we face and puts a real, human face on them.

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BOOK REVIEW: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

August 5, 2014
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

One thing I love about Gilliam Flynn is she keeps you guessing. Gone Girl was smart. So smart. Sharp Objects was really creepy. Dark Places is the best of both. It is creepy and smart. It keeps you on your toes. As with her other books, Flynn gives you what you need to figure out the […]

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Book Spotlight: The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax and Giveaway

July 17, 2014
The House on Mermaid Point

In this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . .

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

July 7, 2014
flight of the sparrow

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown is a historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson, who was captured by Native Americans during King Philips War (1675-78) and held for 11 weeks before she was ransomed.

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

July 4, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that I picked up based on the cover. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. And this one intrigued me.

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Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

June 24, 2014
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town takes place in 1974 in Atlanta. Tensions are high and it seems that everyone is suspicious of everyone else. There is racial and religious tension. The city is in turmoil.

And someone is executing cops.

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Book Review: Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck

June 13, 2014
Fallen Beauty

I have been a fan of Erika Robuck since her first book, Hemingway’s Girl. Fallen Beauty weaves together the stories of Edna St. Vincent Millay, a poet a completely adore, and Laura, a seamstress. Both women are battling their own thoughts and hearts. Both women are looking for love, but don’t feel as if they […]

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Book Review: The Never Never Sisters

June 1, 2014

The Never Never Sisters will be available June 3. From the publisher,” An absorbing, highly entertaining novel about family secrets, The Never Never Sisters introduces you to the strong-willed and big-hearted Reinhardt women, as they reunite one summer in New York. Gifted storyteller L. Alison Heller has written another witty and moving page-turner that will […]

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Book Review: Here and Again

May 30, 2014
Here and Again by Nicole Dickson

Here and Again will be out June 3, 2014. Deep in the Shenandoah Valley, the present and the past are as restless as the river mists. And when they collide, the heart is the only compass pointing home. For nurse Ginger Martin, her late husband’s farm is both a treasured legacy and the harbinger of […]

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Summer Reading

May 26, 2014
Fallen Beauty

Memorial Day is the official start to summer which means it is the official start to summer reading! Here is my summer reading list: Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes The Silent Wife […]

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Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

May 13, 2014
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I have had this book for quite a while now and I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. This story is about Amelia, but it’s also about Kate, her mother. At the beginning of the novel, Amelia dies by falling […]

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Interview with Louise Caiola, Author of The Making of Nebraska Brown, and Review

April 26, 2014

Buy on iBooks  Buy on Amazon The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola is one of those mysteries that picks you up right at the start and carries you until the very end. It reminded me of Gillian Flynn’s writing. Not in the style, but in it’s ability to grip you with the plot. Being […]

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10 Things You Need This Spring

April 15, 2014

1. A Colorful Suit A colorful suit gives you so many possibilities for outfits! Wear the pieces separately to make new looks all Spring! 2. Bright Lips Bright lips are everywhere! The color of the year is Radiant Orchid after all. Try Milani, Maybelline Vivids, or Sephora. 3. A Blender To make smoothies of course. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah and a $100 Giveaway

April 1, 2014
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

The novels of Kristin Hannah really strike a chord with so many women—with stories that are emotionally rich and deal with real life issues that so many of us face. She is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and her books, which include Firefly Lane and Home Front, will make you laugh, cry, and want to call the […]

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Book Review: The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods

February 25, 2014

Many of us want to live a long and vibrant life. Food is one of the most important tools. However, the science of eating has become more complicated than ever. Rebecca Katz, culinary nutrition pioneer and wellness authority, has provided us with a helpful and flavorful solution. In The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring […]

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Movie Review: The Lego Movie

February 10, 2014

With Lego characters voiced by Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, and Channing Tatum, how can you go wrong? I will admit that I had high expectations for this movie. As a regular builder of Legos, I have a special place in my heart for these building blocks. It’s […]

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Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

January 27, 2014

There is nothing hotter than a girl with brains. Warm Bodies is a story about a fairly well preserved zombie who falls in love with a human girl after he eats her boyfriend. I guess that’s the of the zombie apocalypse. I really enjoyed this novel. It was a softer look at zombies and […]

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Book Review: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

January 21, 2014
the chaperone

I adore this book. The Chaperone is Cora’s story. When Cora is 36 years old, she accompanies Louise Brooks, who will soon be a silent film star to New York for a summer in the 1920s. Louise is determined to push the limits and embrace what is new instead of what is “proper.” But the […]

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Book Review: The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis

January 17, 2014
The Secrets She Carried

The Secrets She Carried is a story about going home, and how hard that really is sometimes. Leslie is living in New York when she finds out she has been given part of Peak Plantation as an inheritance. When she finally decides to go claim her part, she finds that the memories, and the mysteries […]

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Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

January 13, 2014

The Book Thief is a story of a young girl in WWII Germany, narrated by Death. It had the potential to be very hokey. But it wasn’t. Luckily Death is a silent onlooker passing through as he performs his duties. We don’t hear too much about Death. We hear about the girl. And the girl […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

January 3, 2014
the kite runner

The Kite Runner isn’t quite the book I was expecting. I was expecting a book that had a lot of politics, a lot of Taliban, and a lot of mistreatment of women. I have had this book for a long time and didn’t pick it up for these reasons. However, what I found was an […]

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Books Read in 2013

January 1, 2014

1. The Willpower Instinct: How Self Control Works, Why It Matter, and How You Can Get More of It – Review 2. The American Heiress – Review 3. The Lightening Thief – More Books for Boys 4. Hemingway’s Girl – Review 5. Wife 22 – Review 6. The Affair – Review 7. The Casual Vacancy […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Letters to Love

December 23, 2013
letters to love

Letters to love is written by one of my favorite people on this planet, Missy Nicholas. Missy is one of the warmest, most uplifting people you will ever meet. Her book reflects her heart, which is generous, kind, and full of love. It really isn’t possible for me to give a completely unbiased review of […]

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