Books

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

July 5, 2016
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Mary Kubica is one of those writers who mkes your brain explode. Her thrillers are not action packed, but they are so full of clues you have to read them twice. You get to the end and go, "Wait. What?!?!?!?!?" I started reading Kubica's books with The Good Girl and have devoured her two subsequent […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

June 28, 2016
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I wanted to love this book. I chose it based on best book lists and the description, which intrigued me.   "It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa — a large, silent house now bereft […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

June 2, 2016
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I'm not going to lie. I am so far behind on book reviews is ridiculous. I got on a reading streak and I've been devouring books, but not taking the time to sit down and give my thoughts. So, as a summer challenge, I'm going to try to get caught up. I picked this book […]

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May Favorites

June 1, 2016
May Favorites

I am honestly glad May is over. It's such a busy month for me! But I did have some great skincare, makeup and book favorites this month! Products mentioned: Enlite Super Face Glow For It Exfoliating Mask Enlite Super Face When it Rains it Pores Pore Refining Serum Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation […]

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Book Review: What She Left Behind

February 4, 2016
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This is one of those books I picked up because I was intrigued by the description when it popped up ion my Amazon recommendations. And I am glad I gave it a try! The story is told from the perspective of two different women. Izzy, a teenager in today's world who is dealing with foster […]

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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

January 28, 2016

This is one of those books that I'm just not sure where to start. It was amazing. A perspective changing book. The language of the story is extraordinary. It is elegant and smooth but never gets in the way of what is happening in the story. And the story is one that is a new […]

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Book Review: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

May 19, 2015
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At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling’s prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather’s work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. […]

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Book Review: Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison

April 30, 2015
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I just adore this series. Witches, living vampires, pixies, werewolves. Rachel Morgan is a witch and a bounty hunter. In book 2 she manager to arrest Piscary, a vampire and the leader of Cincinnati’s underworld. There is a power struggle going on for his place and Rachel is caught right in the middle. She’s gotten […]

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Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

April 21, 2015
The Winter People

The Winter People is a ghost story. That said, I’m not really sure why I read it. The back of the book sounded interesting in the store and it was recommended to me from a group I belong to. But I’m just not into ghost stories. Funny story – I was right in the middle […]

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Book Review: The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

April 16, 2015
The Good, The Bad, and the Undead

Book #2 of The Hollows does not disappoint. Rachel is back and this time, she’s after someone who has been killing witches. With a pesky demon scar from the first book, a human boyfriend, and Ivy having a bit of trouble controlling her bloodlust, there is a whole lot of action in the second series […]

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Book Review: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

April 14, 2015
Dead Witch Walking

Dead Witch Walking is the first book in a series of 13 books about The Hollows. Rachel Morgan is a witch and a bounty hunter. Her roomate Ivy is a living vampire. They live in a church with Jenks, a pixie, and his entire large brood of kids. I have already read several books in […]

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Book Review: You Were Meant for Me by Yona Zeldis McDonough

April 2, 2015
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You Were Meant for Me is a book about relationships. It seems that every relationship in this book is accidental, which makes it seem quite real. Nothing is forced in the way the characters meet and in the way their relationships evolve. Miranda is the focus of the novel. She is in her mid-thirties, still […]

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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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