Book Review: What We Find

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Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency, high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a malpractice lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. It’s in this desperate moment that Maggie’s boyfriend decides he can’t handle her emotional baggage, and she’s left alone, exhausted and unsure of what her future holds. One thing is certain, though: she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s estranged father, Sully. Though raised by her mother and stepfather after her parents divorced, Maggie has always adored Sully—despite his hands-off approach to fatherhood. When she shows up unannounced in Sullivan’s Crossing, he welcomes her with opens arms, and she relishes the opportunity to rebuild their relationship.

But when Sully has a sudden heart attack, Maggie’s world is rocked once again. Consumed with his care, she’s relieved to find that Cal Jones, a quiet and serious-looking camper, has been taking over many of Sully’s responsibilities as he recuperates. Still, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.


*****4 STARS*****

Beautiful and sweet love story. It;s about tragedies and plot twists in life, but also finding yourself and changing your plans to make it work for you. At times it was repetitive and a bit slow, but the overall story was heartwarming.

Cal made a lot of references to To Kill a Mockingbird, which made me sad as Go Set a Watchman totally destroyed the classic book. 

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Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker’s Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.

On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

The beginning really shocks you and it seems the rest of the book leads up to what is eventually going to happen. Who is the killer? Why did he do it? Will Maggie survive? 

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Book Review: Behind Closed Doors

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?


*****5 STARS*****

HOLY SHIT BALLS. This is one sick and twisted book, I don’t know how I would survive if that was me. I would have died inside. I really thought it would go one way, then BAM, as I realized the ending all my emotions overcame me and I had to pullover. What an ending. Though I would have liked his POV at the end. I really would have liked to know what was going through his head. Or what the future holds for them now.

HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS: Warning, truly sick and twisted

(((Jack is one sick f%ck. He woos Grace only because he wants to terrorize and slowly kill Millie. Once their married she is trapped and any escape attempts lead him to lock her up in a tiny and boring room with no food for days. He makes her act like a perfectly happy wife, but shes tortured. He sets it up to make no one believe her. 

Millie knows though, even though Jack thinks her disability makes her an easy target, she’s too smart for him. She slips Grace sleeping pills that she got as an elaborate scheme. Grace uses them to kill Jack in the most awesome way. She grounds them up and slips them in his whiskey that she tricked him into bringing her for a few days. As he brings her to the dreaded red room he has planned for Millie, the pills take effect and she locks him in their instead. He wakes up and it is later revealed that he dies a slow, painful death of dehydration in the room…the same way he killed their dog Molly.

A new friend Esther, not old friends, realize their is more to Jack than he lets on. Esther knows Jack is full of crap in all the tings he says and catches him in the lie about the red/yellow room for Millie. She helps Grace pull her story together to make it look like Jack killed himself and locked himself away in case he didn’t take enough pills. 

I really would have liked Jack’s POV as he realized he was trapped in his own evil plans. I would have liked to be inside his head as he slowly and painfully died. I would have liked to see how happy Grace and Millie are now that Jack is dead)))

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Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of theVirgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency, high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a malpractice lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. It’s in this desperate moment that Maggie’s boyfriend decides he can’t handle her emotional baggage, and she’s left alone, exhausted and unsure of what her future holds. One thing is certain, though: she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s estranged father, Sully. Though raised by her mother and stepfather after her parents divorced, Maggie has always adored Sully—despite his hands-off approach to fatherhood. When she shows up unannounced in Sullivan’s Crossing, he welcomes her with opens arms, and she relishes the opportunity to rebuild their relationship.

But when Sully has a sudden heart attack, Maggie’s world is rocked once again. Consumed with his care, she’s relieved to find that Cal Jones, a quiet and serious-looking camper, has been taking over many of Sully’s responsibilities as he recuperates. Still, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Saturday Posts

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Book Review: Wishing on Baby Dust

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Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren.

Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.

When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.


*****3 STARS*****

I have to give some warnings about this book before I review. 

1. This book is about three religious couples whose faith is an important part of the book. I’m Catholic, so I found it reassuring in their faith to trust in God. Thankfully whatever their religion fertility treatments were not against their beliefs. 

2. You will need tissues, lots of tissues. Not everyone will have a happy ending.  It’s shocking and unexpected. That’s real life though.

3. The narrator was difficult to follow. Felt as if I was being read to rather than being pulled into the book. Too worried on pauses and sounding out each word,  rather than just letting it flow like other narrators. I did nor let that influence my star rating, but almost returned it because it was annoying.

The overall summary truly captured the reality of what it feels like to live with infertility: the emptiness, emotions, pain,  treatments,  disappointments, and fights.  The author didn’t wrap everything up in a neat little bow, which is reality.  BUT, if you are going to go into detail for every little argument, discussion, and plan for the the couples, then you need to give closure to the readers.  You can’t just stop the book.  It’s almost as if she ran out of time or couldn’t think of what to write next.

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Wishing on Baby Dust by Lydia Winters

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Saturday Posts

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Book Review: The Art of Arranging Flowers

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Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion.

Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral designs mark the moments and milestones in the lives of her neighbors. It’s as though she knows just what they want to say, just what they need.

Yet Ruby’s own heart’s desires have gone ignored since the death of her beloved sister. It will take an invitation from a man who’s flown to the moon, the arrival of a unique little boy, and concern from a charming veterinarian to reawaken her wounded spirit. Any life can be derailed, but the healing power of community can put it right again.

*****5 STARS*****

Beautiful story, flow, and characters. A must read. I fell in love with each character and felt as if I was right there with them. Full of love, friendship, and hope. You will need tissues, not because of anything horrific, but so full of emotion and you will feel you have taken the journey as well. 
No spoilers, too many characters and story lines, but not over detailed or confusing…you will never want to leave the book. 

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The Sister by Louise Jensen 

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?

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Sneak Peak Saturday

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

The Art of Arranging Flowers

 

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Goodreads Summary:

Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion.
 
Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral designs mark the moments and milestones in the lives of her neighbors. It’s as though she knows just what they want to say, just what they need.
 
Yet Ruby’s own heart’s desires have gone ignored since the death of her beloved sister. It will take an invitation from a man who’s flown to the moon, the arrival of a unique little boy, and concern from a charming veterinarian to reawaken her wounded spirit. Any life can be derailed, but the healing power of community can put it right again.

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 26  –  3:47:09

“It’s John Cash and he’s going to get his hair cut. He glances at me, but he can’t see me through thee tinted window.” 

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 I love the calm narrator, the overall plot, and the wonderful characters. I feel as if I’m with them in every scene and part of the book. It’s a wonderful journey, full of emotion and hope.
I want to go and buy a vase of flowers for my house now.  

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List’s Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa @ Reading List
Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill.

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Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs’! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

 
 

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

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 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

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Book Review: You’re Roots are Showing

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Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.

Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books.

But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

*****5 STARS*****

LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Mothers think they need to be perfect, but that is not true. Enough with the guilt and shame. Enough with everyone telling moms that if they don’t love every second of motherhood they are not good moms. It’s okay to need time for ourselves, in fact it makes us better moms. It’s okay to speak your mind and need help. 
Highlight for spoilers (((Lizzie and James get back together. He realizes how much she really does at home and knows he needs to appreciate and respect her. Lizzie learns to spend time for herself and loving herself, which in turn will make her a better mom!!!!)))

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Your Roots are Showing by Elise Chidley

Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of its distinction of being named one the top twenty safest neighborhoods in the US.

It’s also one of the most secret-filled.

Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She’s adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office—and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague. Kellie’s neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: she won’t eat any carbs. She’ll go to bed at a reasonable hour. And she’ll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Gigi Kennedy seems to have it all together—except her teenage daughter has turned into a hostile stranger and her husband is running for Congress, which means her old skeletons are in danger of being brought into the light.

Then a new family moves to this quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. Then the neighbors notice that no one is ever invited to Tessa’s house. And soon, it becomes clear Tessa is hiding the biggest secret of all.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Saturday Posts

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Your Roots are Showing

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently
 

Current book:

Your Roots are Showing

4030408Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.

Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books.

But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 7: page 136

“I brought them back, because the whole thing was a bloody nightmare. They were howling for you  by mid morning, and mum was ready to bite a chunk out of somebody. “

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

loving this book. No mother is or has to be perfect. When others tell you that, it’s their own insecurities coming through. This book shows what happens when a mom, who tries to be perfect, finally tells the truth. Can those who pass judgement do a better job?
How will it end? I am reading as fast as I can to find out. 
 
 
 
 Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List’s Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa @ Reading List
Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill.

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Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs’! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

Twitter ~~ Google + ~~ Instagram ~~ Pinterest
Bloglovin’ ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads

Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

 
 

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page – make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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Book Review: Flight Patterns

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Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit…

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled.

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep…

*****5 STARS*****

What a book! So many secrets and when all the truths are revealed…whoa…was not expecting any of that. Really felt I knew each of the characters and what a connection to their pain and beliefs. Some parts really threw me for a total loop, but could not stop reading. This book really was a wonderful summer read. The best part, understanding the meaning of the title, I really did cry! 

Not giving ANYTHING away, you NEED to read this! 

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Your Roots are Showing by Elise Chidley

Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.

Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books.

But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my this post HERE.   

 

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Flight Patterns

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently
 

Current book:

Flight Patterns

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Goodreads Summary:

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit…

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled.

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep…

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 3: page 31

“I was looking for an excuse to get away from my life for a while when my sister suggested I find out more about my Grandmother’s china. I’ve recently suffered a personal loss, and it was this or check myself into a mental hospital.”

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 This will be a good summer read, I hope. I am looking forward to the family journey and uncovering of secrets. I think there might be a few laughs between lots of emotion. 

Here are some rules if you decide to join in HERE:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
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Book Review: What Came First

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

*****5 STARS*****

COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

From the moment I started reading, I could not put it down. I was drawn in by each character and their situation. While it was all predictable, in a way, it was a wonderful story and journey. 

Sometimes we think we want something and other times it’s hard to face the truth, even if it’s hitting us in the face. 
Life goes on and sometimes it changes. 
Highlight for spoilers (((Vanessa knew Eric didn’t want to marry her, but she was too afraid to move on. She was too comfortable with the current situation. If a guy doesn’t want to marry you and have kids with you, nothing you do will change that. 
Laura was trying to think of her son and get him a sibling, but to what end? She was doing all she could, but finally came to her senses when Eric kept letting her down. When he finally realized what he wanted, thankfully it wasn’t too late. They are starting out as friends, but I like to think the relationship will evolve and they will finally give Ian that sibling he wanted. 
Wendy knew her marriage was over, but she couldn’t face the fact. Darren didn’t really want a wife, but loved his kids. The separation is forcing him to realize how good life was and he should live life and not spend it on the computer. Wendy also realized her son is not bad or crazy, just and emotional person, much like herself.)))

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What Came First by Carol Snow

First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my post on Saturday.  

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