Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 1, 2016)
In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations. From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the
perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences
lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their
own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate
equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to
Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the
neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel. During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are
revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know
those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I read it on a train trip and couldn't put it down, as it read really quickly due to the excellent writing style and short chapters. It was easy to keep reading because the next chapter was short! In addition, each chapter switched perspectives, so it was hard to put down because you wanted to know what happened next to that character!
There was no one character I liked more than the other, and at first I found it hard to keep the characters straight, but once I got further into the book that became easier. I definitely recommend this book for a relaxing, light summer read!
About Marybeth Mayhem Whalen
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of five previous novels and
speaks to women’s groups around the United States. She is the cofounder
of the popular women’s fiction site She Reads and is active in a local
writers’ group. Marybeth and her husband, Curt, have been married for
twenty-four years and are the parents of six children, ranging from
young adult to elementary age. The family lives in North Carolina.
Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally
escapes long enough to scribble some words. She is always at work on her
next novel. .
Melanie, a perfectionist mom who views the approaching end of
parenting as a type of death, can’t believe she has only one more year
to live vicariously through her slacker senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom
Sarah has just begun to realize that her only daughter, Ashley, has been
serving as a stand-in for her traveling husband, and the thought of her
daughter leaving for college is cracking the carefully cultivated
façade of her life. Will and his wife are fine-as long as he follows the
instructions on the family calendar and is sure to keep secret his
whole other life with Lauren, the woman he turns to for fun (and who
also happens to have a daughter in the senior class). Told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids, The Goodbye Year explores
high school peer pressure, what it’s like for young people to face the
unknown of life after high school, and how a transition that should be
the beginning of a couple’s second act together-empty nesting-might
possibly be the end.
What excited me about this book was that it focused on a population I work with every day in my day job--students going through the college search process. I loved the premise of the book and that it was told from different perspectives. That being said, I had a hard time keeping everyone straight in the beginning. There is a "cast list" at the beginning that listed all the characters and their families, but reading it on a kindle made it difficult to go back and forth. I definitely recommend reading the physical book for this reason!
Rouda does an excellent job of portraying her characters in each chapter. It was definitely an entertaining read, but was hard to relate to at times for me because it was almost too much drama...felt like a "reality" show! Still an excellent summer read that keeps you turning the pages!
About Kaira Rouda
Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author
of contemporary fiction that sparkles with humor and heart including
HERE, HOME, HOPE and IN THE MIRROR. Her latest novel, THE GOODBYE YEAR,
will be released in May of 2016. Her modern romance novels are set on
beaches, including the Laguna Beach series, the Indigo Island series and
coming soon, the Malibu series. She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on
her next novel. After living in Columbus, Ohio, for most of her life,
she now enjoys the beach whenever possible.
• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (September 6, 2016)
Sometimes an hour-long yoga class is the only chance we get to connect meaningfully with our bodies and our minds during an otherwise hectic week. For a brief moment we’re able to let our worries melt away and feel relaxed, centered, and fully ourselves. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to bring that experience out of the yoga studio and into your everyday life?
In Do Your Om Thing, master yoga teacher and creator of the popular blog OmGal.com Rebecca Pacheco shows us how to do just that. The true practice of yoga, she says, goes deeper than achieving the perfect headstand—it is about bringing awareness and intention to every part of our lives. In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Rebecca translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles feel accessible, relatable, and genuinely rooted in the world in which we live today.
Wow! What an excellent book! As someone who is relatively new to yoga and completely fallen in love with it, this book was so beneficial and helpful for me! I love how the author told her story of her yoga journey, and explained yoga beyond just the asanas (poses). I especially loved the section on chakras. If you follow me on Instagram, you see that I frequently participate in yoga challenges, where there is a pose each day that you post a picture of. The one I'm participating in now is all about aligning your chakras, and this book came at the perfect time for that! I love the holistic approach the author takes to yoga--there are so many physical, mental and spiritual benefits to yoga and she really helps you to understand that. I also liked the sections about meditation--something new to me as well.
If you are thinking of giving yoga a try or new to yoga like me, I highly recommend this book! It's well written, easy to follow, and entertaining! I feel like this is a book I will have to go back and re-read parts of, as there is just so much good stuff in this book!
About Rebecca Pacheco
Rebecca Pacheco is an acclaimed yoga teacher, writer, speaker, and creator of the popular yoga blog OmGal.com. She has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades and began teaching while studying English Literature at the University of Richmond. Previously a master teacher at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, Rebecca now offers her signature Om Athlete and creative Vinyasa yoga classes. A longtime runner and Boston Marathon finisher, she is also the resident yoga expert for Runner's Worldmagazine.
In addition to teaching internationally, Rebecca has had the honor of leading the first-ever yoga class on the field at Fenway Park. She lives in Boston with her fiancé, Dan Fitzgerald.
Find out more about Rebecca at her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Title: It Ends With Us Author: Colleen Hoover 384 pages, published August 2016 Genre: New Adult Source: Pre-ordered months in advance From Goodreads: Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
I've read and reviewed many Colleen Hoover books, but this one is different. It's been a long time since I've been moved by a book quite like this. This is an absolutely fantastic novel, but it's more than that. CoHo tackles some serious issues here--this is NOT a a fluffy love story or steamy romance. It has love and romance, but this book represents so much more than that on a deeper level. Several reviews I read said to go into this book "blind" and without knowing the details--which I did and totally agree with. So my review here is vague for that reason.
Colleen Hoover has elevated herself to a new level as a writer. I always admired her writing for its intense passion and romance, but this goes above and beyond that. She tackles a serious issue with raw honesty and a brilliant ability to see a situation from multiple sides. I definitely suggest you read the author's note at the end--but read it AFTER you finish the book, as it contains spoilers.
This book is a must read for everyone--if you read only one book this month, this year, this LIFETIME--read It Ends With Us.