Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tell Me Something Tuesday: When I Read


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Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This week's question: When is your favorite time to read? 

Truthfully, I love to read literally anytime. I ALWAYS have a book or my kindle (or both) with me. But if I had to pick my ideal time, it would be during my lunch break at work. I work in a pretty busy office, so as an introvert, I crave my quiet time during my hour long lunch break. If it's sunny out, I'll walk to the park that's about a block away from my office and read outside and eat much lunch, but most of the time when it's not warm and sunny (I do live in Oregon...) I sit in my car. As crazy as that sounds, I love it. It's quiet, people rarely bug me, and I can get a solid chunk of time dedicated to reading and getting a mental break from my busy day. I do read in the evenings before bed sometimes--depends on the day and what I've been up to that evening. Sometimes I'm just too tired!

I also love to spend my weekends reading.  My husband plays volleyball with a group of friends on Friday nights (our date night is Saturday). So, I get Friday nights to myself. It's glorious. I'm usually exhausted after the workweek, so it's nice to just have some introvert time to relax, decompress, and unwind. My usual plan is a hot bath and a book! Then I'm refreshed for a fun weekend with my husband and/or friends. I usually get some reading time in on Sundays too.

When do you like to read? 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Hello, Monday...2/26

 

Linking this post to Hello Monday by Heather from My Glittery Heart! Also linking up with It's Monday, What are You Reading? Hosted by The Book Date.

Weekend: My weekend was pretty low key!  Mostly just stayed home, watched the Olympics, read, worked on projects around the house. Pretty uneventful! It was pouring when we woke up on Saturday, so we waited a little later to take the pups on a walk. When we left, it was sunny...when we got close to the coffee shop, it started raining...then on our way back it got sunny again! That my friends, is Oregon life in a nutshell!


Reading: I started The Woman in the Window over the weekend and am really into it so far. Just over halfway through! Planning to finish it this week! Was excited to get my hands on this one!

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 Workouts: I've been a slacker in the workout department lately thanks to the Olympics (anyone else sad they are over??). This week I'll be back on track! I did go for a run at the gym yesterday afternoon before the Closing Ceremony. Tonight is cardio night (treadmill or eliptical, see how I feel), Tuesday is PiYo, Wednesday is Turbo Kick (HIIT) and Thursday is PiYo again. Back at it!!

Looking forward to: March 1st is this week!!!  My two least favorite months will be over for the year. So happy to be that much closer to Spring! This week is going to be crazy so really, I'm looking forward to Friday... 

Hope you have a great week! Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: The Great Alone

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Author: Kristin Hannah
435 pages, published February 6, 2018

Note: I received this book fromNetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.


 
It's hard to believe this is my first Kristin Hannah read! The Alaskan setting is definitely what intrigued me about this book, and I was not disappointed!  This book was beautifully written--the author did a fantastic job describing what Alaska looked like and felt like. I felt the gloom and stress of the upcoming winter, the brightness of the endless summer days, and the depression of the cold and dark winter. I adored Leni as a character. I became so attached to her throughout the book. I also loved Cora (Mama) and the wonderful people of Kaneq--especially the Walkers and Large Marge (a delightful character!).

This was such an emotional read--you will feel a wide range of emotions: happiness, sadness, love, rage, frustration. It is at times hard an uncomfortable to read but completely worth continuing to read. The book deals with issues of post-Vietnam America and PTSD, among other serious issues. It will put you through an emotional roller coaster, but you can't put it down. I read the last half of the 400+ page book in less than 24 hours because I was so invested in Leni and Cora their life in Alaska. I can't stop thinking about this book and know it will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend this book!

What other books by Kristin Hannah do you recommend? I want more! Comment below!

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TLC Book Tours: The Story of Our Lives (Review and Giveaway!)

About The Story of Our Lives
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Graydon House (February 6, 2018)
They think nothing can tear their bond apart, until a long-buried secret threatens to destroy everything.
Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies.
Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything—from Sophie’s private fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily’s son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?
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 I really enjoyed this book! I did have some trouble getting into it at first because I felt like it jumped around between characters a lot--since I was still getting to know the characters it was a little hard to keep track of who was who. Once I got to know the characters, though, I couldn't stop reading! There wasn't one single character I liked or identified with more than another--I liked parts of them all. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd pick Sophie. However, I feel like other readers, particularly those with children or wanting to have children, will relate to these ladies more so than I did.

I loved how the book was segmented in years, and each year started with a news snippet of a current event that actually happened during that year. In 1997--Princess Diana's death. 1998--Bill Clinton. Though I am younger than these characters it made me think about my life and where I was at those significant moments in history.  This really pulled the book together and made it stand out. The ending did have a good twist that kept you reading, and I really enjoyed how it all worked out.  A solid read about the meaning of true friendship and the twists, turns and struggles real life friendship takes.

About Helen Warner
Helen Warner is head of daytime for Channel 4, where she is responsible for shows such as Come Dine With Me and Deal Or No Deal. Previously she worked for ITV where she launched the daytime talk show Loose Women and was editor of This Morning. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and their two children.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

TLC Book Tours: The Longest Silence (excerpt)

About The Longest Silence
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA (March 6, 2018)
“The twists and turns in this dark, taut drama make it both creepy and compelling.” —New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
A killer stole her voice. Now she’s ready to take it back. Don’t miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.
Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years–or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by the worst kind of serial killer, wasn’t something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.

But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She’s finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can’t deny he finds Jo compelling–he’s just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer…
“This psychological thriller is rife with tension that begins on page one and doesn’t let up. It’s a race against the clock that had me whispering to the pair of flawed, desperate protagonists, ‘Hurry,hurry.’ A gripping read.”  New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown
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Excerpt
“None of her clothes are missing. Nothing. If she went on a weekend trip, wouldn’t she take something? A change of clothes? Her purse?”
That drop of fear he’d felt earlier widened into a distinct trickle. “She didn’t take her purse? What about her driver’s license and cell phone?”
“No. Nothing. Tony,” Ang said somberly, “she didn’t even take her makeup or her Jeep.”
A flood of uncertainty crowded into his chest now, making his next breath difficult. “Okay. Have you alerted campus security?”
His niece was a beautiful girl and certainly didn’t need cosmetics to enhance her natural beauty but she refused to step out the door without the works. If she didn’t take her makeup, she hadn’t left willingly. Not to mention her cell phone and driver’s license. If they possessed one or both, no teenager left without them.
“Yes, of course. We’re headed to Milledgeville now. I need you, Tony. I don’t care what’s going on with you and the Bureau—I need you. Tiffany needs you.”
With Ang and Steve in Dahlonega, the drive down to Milledgeville would take between two and three hours. They would arrive well ahead of Tony, which meant he had to get moving.
He leaned forward, fighting back the urge to vomit, and gathered his sneakers. “Call the Dean and ask him to put campus security on high alert. As soon as you get to Milledgeville, go straight to the security office. I’ll call the Milledgeville chief of police and explain our concerns so he’ll see the urgency in the situation.”
“Thank you.” His sister made a keening sound. “What if—”
“Ang, stop. Don’t even go there right now.” She started to cry and the sound was like daggers twisting in his chest. In the background her husband, Steve, offered quiet reassurances. When silence filled the air between them, Tony said, “Listen to me, sis, we’ll find her.”
“Promise me, Tony. Promise me you’ll find our baby.”
“I promise.”
The call dropped off. Tony blew out a heavy breath. Now sure as hell wasn’t the time to tell his sister that he wasn’t simply having trouble with the Bureau—he had resigned from his position at BAU-2. He’d been keeping that secret from his ex-wife and his sister for more than a month. He glanced back at the blonde. He’d filled his nights with booze and women whose names he couldn’t remember the next morning. Like a vampire, he spent his days sleeping.
He grabbed his shirt and headed for the bathroom. A better man would shave and shower before hitting the road, but Tony wasn’t a better man anymore. He’d stopped being that man more than a year ago.
Bitter bile rushed into his throat and he barely made it to the toilet. He heaved until there was nothing left to exorcise from his gut.
The path of self-destruction. His new boss had said those words to him in the final weeks before Tony gave the hard-nosed asshole and the Bureau the middle finger. He flushed the toilet and, with effort, pushed to his feet. He ducked his head under the faucet and rinsed his mouth. Swiping his face with his forearm, he stared at his reflection. He definitely needed to shave. Needed a haircut. Looked like death warmed over.
No time to fix his broken image.
He bumped into the wall on his way to the walk-in closet. The idea that his blood alcohol level might still be lingering above the legal limit filtered through his mind. No time to fix that either. He’d take food and water with him and work on that particular issue en route. He grabbed the leather overnight bag he’d used for the eleven years of service he’d given the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He ignored the row of suits and crisply pressed shirts and stuffed a couple of polo shirts and another pair of jeans, socks and underwear into the bag. A pair of loafers went in next. Should have gone in first. Before his fall from grace he’d packed this damned bag so meticulously that even his shirts came out as smooth as when they’d gone in. Not anymore. On second thought he shoved a suit jacket into the bag. If he halfway looked the part maybe Angie wouldn’t have too many questions.
At the door to the bedroom he remembered his Dopp kit. He might not want to shave now but he’d have to eventually if he expected the local cops to listen to what he had to say. He added the toiletry kit to his bag.
As a profiler for the Bureau he’d spent a lot of years learning how to manipulate the locals to accomplish his goal. In fact, he’d become a master manipulator. Maybe all that bad Karma he’d left in his wake had finally caught up to him.
He glanced at the blonde in his bed. This was the part he always dreaded.
Chelsea or Chanel wasn’t happy about being roused. She called him every foul name in her vast repertoire while he helped her dress. When he’d called a cab, he gave her a bottle of water and maneuvered her out of the building. As the car pulled away from the curb she shouted asshole and flipped her middle finger at him.
Nothing he didn’t deserve. He climbed into his BMW and collapsed against the seat. Anthony LeDoux, this is your life.
Somehow, until he figured out where the hell Tiffany was, he’d have to find a way to pull himself together and at least pretend his world hadn’t gone to shit and that he could help rescue his niece from whatever trouble she had gotten herself into.
Too bad he’d lost his hero credentials months ago.



About Debra Webb
DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

High Five For Friday: February 16

 

Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads,I've created my own Friday post!
1. New Books this Week
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Just got this one from NetGalley! Bring on the summer beach reads!!!
2. Books I've Been Loving this Week
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Been immersed in this read this week! I'm loving the story but it's definitely an emotional and intense read. I'm about halfway through and hoping to finish it this weekend! I can't believe this is my first Kristin Hannah read.
3. When I Wasn't Reading
 I've been watching the Olympics every chance I get! Figure skating is my absolute favorite sport, but I get excited about literally all the sports. I totally got into curling over the weekend. And I love skiing. And snowboarding. And hockey. And speed skating! I literally get giddy over all the sports! I've only gone to the gym if I can watch TV while on the treadmill or elliptical.  I've always loved the Olympics!
4. So Random
I bought this night cream from Neutrogena on Amazon a couple weeks back and I am loving it! My face is always so dry (especially in the winner) and this cream has really made a difference! I hadn't tried the Neutrogena Naturals line before and I bought both the night cream and face wash and am loving both so far. Happy to find something that works that is also affordable.
5. Weekend Plans
  No solid weekend plans yet. Right now my goals are to watch the Olympics and finish my book!  Catch up on some sleep. I've been buried at work and am looking forward to not having to be anywhere or answer any emails.
Thanks for reading and Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

TLC Book Tours: The Lucky Ones (Review)

About The Lucky Ones
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: MIRA (February 13, 2018)
They called themselves “the lucky ones”
They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.
Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night — was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?
But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.
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The two things that drew me to this book right away were the neuroscience aspect  of the book (I'm a psychology nerd!) and the Oregon setting. As an Oregon girl, I love reading books set in my home state, especially on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The author captured the feel of the Oregon Coast perfectly! This book drew me in from the first chapter and I flew through it, ultimately staying up late to finish the book and immediately direct messaging the author on Instagram to tell her how much I LOVED this book!! If you love psychological thrillers, and especially if you love brain science like me, you will LOVE this book! After reading the book I did research a few things to find out they were true about the brain, which made her book and how everything connected together in the story THAT much more awesome--the home being called The Dragon, for example, and how that connected throughout the story.  For more information, make sure to read the author's note at the end where she talks about her sources.

I immediately connected with Allison as a character and wanted to know her story. It was one of those books where I knew something was up and things weren't as they seem but I had no idea what was going on. By the time I got three quarters of the way through the book I could NOT put it down and had to know what happened! This is my first time reading the author's work but it certainly won't be my last!!

About Tiffany Reisz
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer..

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WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World of Words. Since I just started my current read, instead of Reading Next I'm listing what I've recently added to my TBR.

Recently Finished 

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A page turning read about the ups and downs of real life friendship. Review will be posted February 20th for TLC Book Tours.

Currently Reading

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Enjoying this one so far. Believe it or not....this s my first Kristin Hannah read!

Recently Added to my TBR

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This one is thanks to Brandie at Running on Words and Wine! She just read it and loved it!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TLC Book Tours: The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World

About The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World

• Paperback: 352 pages • Publisher: Center Street (June 6, 2017) Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust. Objectively, Sophie is a success: she’s got a coveted job at a top consulting firm, a Manhattan apartment, and a passport full of stamps. It isn’t quite what she dreamed of when she was a teenager dog-earing pages in exotic travel guides, but it’s secure. Then her best friend bails just hours after they arrive in Hong Kong for a girls’ trip, and Sophie falls for Carson, a free spirited, globetrotting American artist. He begs her to join him on his haphazard journey, but she chooses responsibility and her five-year plan. Back in New York, that plan feels less and less appealing. As Sophie recalls the dreams she’s suppressed, the brief international jaunts she sneaks in between business trips no longer feel like enough. Carson isn’t ready to let her go either, but as they try to figure out their relationship, Sophie realizes she may have to pursue her passions with or without him. Praise “With its spirited yet credible plot and vividly intricate charactersthis debut novel shines.” — Library Journal (starred review) “…a fun, sexy debut perfect for readers who love exotic settings and a great love story. For those wishing to indulge their wanderlust, or who have dreams too big for tidy little boxes, this is an incredibly satisfying read.” — Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away With Me “…brilliantly navigates one woman’s quest to let go of what is practical to pursue her passion and surrender to her inner dreamer.” — Kerry Lonsdale, bestselling author of Everything We Keep “Can a novel be smart and loads of fun? Kristin Rockaway’s debut is proof that it’s possible. Warm, witty, and completely delightful, this book had my inner escapist itching to hop on the next flight out of town.” — Camille Pag├ín, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences “Kristin Rockaway is a wise and fresh new voice in women’s fiction and this book was a delight from start to finish.”  — Anita Hughes, author of Christmas in Paris

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 What a delightful and entertaining read!I read this book after a run of psychological thrillers, so this was the perfect light, fun read that I needed! I definitely identified with Sophie, as I am a planner and rarely one to take risks.  Part of me definitely wishes I were more like Carson. I related to a lot of Sophie's struggles in this book for sure. But while the book dealt with some serious life issues (what makes you TRULY happy?), it was done with humor, wit, and an effortlessly entertaining writing style. I could not put this book down!

If you love a good travel romance, this book is for you! I don't know that I've read a modern chick lit type book set in Asia--so that was fun. I totally recommend this book for a fun summer read! I am excited to read more from this author in the future!

About Kristin Rockaway

Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software. Her debut novel, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, was released from Hachette Book Group in June 2017. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and planning her next big vacation. Find out more about Kristin at her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday again....

 


Linking this post to Hello Monday by Heather from My Glittery Heart! Also linking up with It's Monday, What are You Reading? Hosted by The Book Date.

Weekend: Most of my weekend was spent watching the Olympics! Figure skating is my absolute favorite, and I thoroughly enjoyed the team competition. Finally got a date day with my husband on Saturday and had a super fun morning walk with the pups on Saturday as well. Every Saturday we walk down to our favorite coffee shop in town and get coffees for us and "puppaccinos" for the boys. It's literally the highlight of my week. We missed the walk last week since I had to work so I was super happy the weather was good enough to walk them this week!

  
Reading: Got a lot of reading time in this weekend too (during all those commercial breaks!) and finished The Story of Our Lives (review will be on the blog for TLC Book Tours February 20). Next up is the new Kristin Hannah--The Great Alone! I've heard amazing things about this one!

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Cooking: I made this recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook this weekend and it was delicious! Still have some leftovers left for lunch this week. Dairy free has been working so well for me. To test my theory that  dairy  is what's causing my sinus issues, I had pizza on Saturday night. I was 99% sure that it was directly related after being dairy free for more than a month, but now I'm 100% sure--sinus misery after pizza. Within minutes. It's pretty awesome to know I can control my sinus issues with my diet--to think of all the sudafed and whatnot that I took for literally no reason!

Workouts: I did a lot of yoga this week but was a slacker in the cardio department. Back at it this week!! Need to get a good run in at the gym tonight.

Looking forward to: Watching more of the Olympics!! I love it all!

Have a good week and thanks for reading!

Friday, February 9, 2018

High Five for Friday: February 9

 

Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads,I've created my own Friday post!

1. New Books this Week

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Reese Witherspoon's February book club pick!  Hadn't read it yet. Saw mixed reviews from blogger friends so I'm super curious to read it!

2. Books I've Been Loving this Week

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Finished this delightful book yesterday! My review will be on the blog Tuesday for  TLC Book Tours! If you love travel books, this is the book for you! I started The Story of Our Lives yesterday and am enjoying it so far!

3. When I Wasn't Reading

Yoga and Wine on Monday was fantastic! I had a delicious glass of Eola Hills RED, a perfect red blend. Got there early and enjoyed some wine while chatting with some friends from work and the gym. The yoga class was fantastic.  Every yoga teacher has a different style, and there's always one you connect with the most, and Mikki Trowbridge is that teacher for me. I felt so fantastic after class. A perfect start to the week.

4. So Random

 I am SO EXCITED about the Olympics, you guys. The Olympics are my FAVORITE. Especially the Winter Olympics/Figure Skating. I will be glued to the TV and to the internet, checking results. I know you'll all give me a hard time about it, but I check the results immediately as they happen in real life! And since they are in South Korea, I can find out HOURS before it's on TV! Don't judge me. I won't post the results on social media or give it away for anyone else. I just like to know as soon as I can! I won't "ruin it" for you, I promise!  Anyone out there who doesn't think I'm completely ridiculous? I get so much crap for this. But I don't care!

5. Weekend Plans   
 So happy to have a full weekend this weekend!  No real solid plans as of yet....reading for sure. Hoping to have a date day or night with my husband since  we didn't get one last weekend! Definitely watching the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics tonight and as much Olympic coverage as I can.  On Sunday I'm going to another Yoga and Beer class, so I'm pretty excited about that! Good way to head into the new week.

Happy Friday and thanks for reading!
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TLC Book Tours: Sisters Like Us (Review)

About Sisters Like Us
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: MIRA (January 23, 2018)
The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…
Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.
Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.
Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery’s trademark warmth and humor.
“Fresh and engaging… There’s a generational subtext that mirrors reality and the complexities of adult relationships…filled with promise of a new serial that’s worth following.” -Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Mallery enthralls [and] thoroughly involves readers in the lives of her characters as they face realistic, believable problems and search for their own happy endings.” -Publishers Weekly
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What a delightful read! This book is the fourth book in the Mischief Bay series. Though the book can be read as a standalone, you may enjoy it more if you've read the previous three books. The characters overlap it the books and show up as secondary characters in books where they are not the main character, and it's fun to read updates on what has been going on with them since you last read about them. It really keeps you connected in the series and grow to love these characters. I want to visit Mischief Bay! What a fun little town in sunny SoCal. Reading this book was a perfect way to escape the cold of winter!

Though I've loved all the books in the Mischief Bay series, I loved Sisters Like Us the most! I feel like I relate to both Harper and Stacey (and even remember feeling like Becca back when I was a teen) so much. And Lucas--SWOON!  He is so wonderful!! He was a secondary character in the third book in the series and I was so happy to read more about him in this one. He is a keeper! I liked this book the most because of these fantastic characters. Mallery wrote them so well that I felt like (and wanted them to be) my friends.

I definitely recommend this book and this series!!  Start reading the series now so you can get caught up before more in the series come out. This series and especially this book, will make your heart happy!

 
About Susan Mallery
 
Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”
Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life.

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