Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Husbands and Other Sharp Objects

Title: Husbands and Other Sharp Objects
34379136Author: Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Lake Union Publishing

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

From Goodreads:

After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched—just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce.
Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody. From petty skirmishes over an ever-growing guest list to awkward confrontations with her sticky-fingered new in-laws, pulling off the wedding is going to be a challenge; seeing her divorce through is going to be a trial. And trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible—because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.

I loved the author's debut novel, Lift and Separate, and was happy to love this book just as much! I was thrilled the book followed Marcy's adventures again and picked up where her first book left off. This book can be read on it's own but I think it will make more sense and be more enjoyable if you read Lift and Separate first.  

What I loved most about this book was the witty and fun writing style! Just as in her first book, the author makes an otherwise depressing or stressful situation for the character something to laugh through and find the positives. The "one liners" and  jokes the Marcy makes literally make you laugh out loud. Marcy even calls out the fact that joking is her defense mechanism when another character makes a joke in the middle of a serious conversation. The book drew me in from the first page and I couldn't stop reading because I just HAD to know how all the wedding drama worked out.

Once again, I'm impressed with the author's ability to blend serious, important issues concerning families and relationships with laugh out loud humor! You would think the humor would make light of or take away the seriousness of the situation, but it doesn't. It makes the story that much more real and easy to relate to. I definitely recommend this as your next weekend read!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Release Blitz: French Vanilla & Felonies

Happy Release Day to Erin Huss! FRENCH VANILLA & FELONIES, book one in the Cambria Clyne Mystery series, is available now!

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Series: Cambria Clyne Mysteries #1
Published by Gemma Halliday Publishing on March 13, 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery

From author Erin Huss comes an "uproariously funny" (InD'Tale Magazine) new mystery... 
When Cambria Clyne—klutzy, twenty-something single mom—takes the job of an apartment manager at an LA complex, she hopes her run of bad luck is finally coming to an end. She's got a nice home for her daughter, a steady source of income, and the cute maintenance guy is certainly a nice perk! But her luck takes a bad turn again when a dead body turns up, a crime spree takes over the community, and Cambria finds her complex squarely at the center of it all! 
With her dream job suddenly on the line, Cambria dons her detective hat to get to the truth—after all, she's watched enough crime shows on TV to know how to catch a perp! Or so she hopes as she wades through a streaker in apartment 40, an ex-con with a shady agenda, an overly frisky retired couple, and the suspiciously sneaky dealings of the dentist in apa​rtment 36. But will Cambria be able to catch a killer... or will she get caught up in his game and lose it all?

About Erin Huss

Erin Huss is a blogger and best selling author. She can change a diaper in fifteen seconds flat, is a master overanalyzer, has a gift for making any social situation awkward and yet, somehow, she still has friends. Erin shares hilarious property management horror stories at The Apartment Manager’s Blog and her own daily horror stories at She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and five children, where she complains daily about the cost of living but will never do anything about it.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Hello, Monday...3/12


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: It was in the 60's this weekend--sunny and wonderful weather!! It made Spring Forward Sunday a little less painful! Took the pups on some long walks this weekend, went to the driving range with the hubby,  worked out in the back yard a bit, had a BBQ and a fire pit night last night. I am SO READY for spring and summer!

Reading: I'm currently reading Hot Mess by Emily Belden for TLC Book Tours. My review will be posted Friday the 23rd of March. I 'm really enjoying it so far--witty, fun, entertaining, a bit of a Devil Wears Prada vibe. I'm excited to continue reading it this week!


Workouts: I had a great time at Yoga + Wine last Monday! Met up with a good friend from work, drank a glass of wine before class, and enjoyed a relaxing yoga class from Chantal Barton. My workweek ended up being super stressful so I was glad I got to start it with a fantastic yoga class!  Treadmill workout Tuesday, elliptical Wednesday, and yoga Thursday. It was a busy week!

Looking Forward to: Running my first 5K race of the year this Saturday with a great group of ladies from my gym! Hoping it doesn't downpour like my 5K last year on this same weekend. We'll still run it, of course but it would be more pleasant if it wasn't down pouring!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WWW Wednesday March 7


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 

Posted my review on this one yesterday! Liked it, excellent writing, but didn't love it. A little too full of drama for me.

Currently Reading
Loving this one so far! I'm literally laughing out loud reading it!
Recently Added to my TBR

This one is the March pick for the Reese Witherspoon book club! I wasn't familiar with it, anyone read it? What did you think?

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review: The Family Next Door

34964898Title: The Family Next Door
Author: Sally Hepworth
352 pages, published March 6, 2018

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

he small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It's the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street.
Isabelle Heatherington doesn't fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers.
But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. Like the reason behind Ange's compulsion to control every aspect of her life. Or why Fran won't let her sweet, gentle husband near her new baby. Or why, three years ago, Essie took her daughter to the park - and returned home without her.
As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread - and they'll soon find out that when you look at something too closely, you see things you never wanted to see.

 I loved The Things We Keep and was excited to read The Family Next Door. Though I didn't love this one as much, it was still a solid read from Sally Hepworth. The writing was excellent, the switching between character perspectives was clear and easy to understand right from the beginning, and the story flowed well. It was easy to keep turning the pages and a hard one to put down. As a result, I finished it in just a few days!

That being said, it was a bit too over dramatic/baby/housewife drama for my taste.  I liked how the author tied everything together and wrapped it up at the end but I was so annoyed with all the characters with being so petty and nosy throughout the book. That made it a little hard to connect to the characters for me. This may be less of an issues for other readers, but the storyline just wasn't for me. If the plot summary sounds like something you like to read, I definitely think you'll like this book, as it is well written and hard to put down!

Happy Reading!

Friday, March 2, 2018

High Five for Friday: March 2


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

Despite the fact that I had such a strong negative reaction to Behind Closed Doors, I couldn't help but be interested in B.A. Paris's next read, Bring Me Back.  Her writing style is fantastic. I was also ecstatic this week to get an ARC of When Life Gives You Lululemons! The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favorites. I did not like Revenge Wears Prada but I'm hoping this one is better. I like that it's about Emily!

2. Books I've Been Loving this Week
 I finished The Woman in the Window this week--tore through it in just a few days because I could not put it down. Such a great read! I should've guessed the ending, but I didn't. I just started The Family Next Door on Wednesday...not loving it yet (SO MUCH DRAMA) but I'm not far enough yet to make a totally fair judgment. I'm going to keep reading!
3. When I Wasn't Reading 
I went to the gym a lot this week! Went for a run on Sunday, eliptical on Monday, PiYo Tuesday, and Turbo Kick Wednesday! Last night I decided to do some yoga at home. It was a busy week at work too so it felt good to work out all the stress. Glad to be back at it!
4. So Random

I registered for my first 5K of the year! It's on St. Patrick's Day and of course is named the Paddy Pint run! You get a shirt and a drink coupon for a pint after the race, so you can't beat that! A bunch of my gym friends are going to run the 5K too so it will be a fun time!
5. Weekend Plans  

No official plans yet...walking the pups, reading, relaxing. 

Thanks for reading! Happy Friday!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tell Me Something Tuesday: When I Read


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!


 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

34912895Title: The Great Alone
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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