Book Review: Evelyn After

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Evelyn Tester is sleepwalking through her suburban life—until a late-night phone call startles her awake. Her husband, a prestigious psychiatrist, has been in an accident. And he isn’t alone.

Suddenly Evelyn’s world isn’t as tidy as she thought. And in the midst of it all is Juliette, not only her husband’s secret lover but also his patient. If news of the affair were to get out, it would ruin more than just Evelyn’s marriage. Although it’s a bitter pill for Evelyn to swallow, protecting her family means staying silent—even if, as she begins to discover, the night of the accident has consequences far more dangerous than the unmasking of an affair.

But the more Evelyn learns about Juliette’s picture-perfect life—complete with a handsome, unsuspecting husband—the more she yearns for revenge…and satisfaction. Her growing obsession fuels her rage, burning away her complacency. What will be left of her after it flames out?

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

Disappointed! After a while, I was just waiting for it to end. Seriously, she was no better than him hiding what happened and doing what she did. Sure she stood up for herself, but I was not impressed by actions or ramblings. I didn’t find Evelyn relateable.

Secondly, that was the ending? After all that hemming and hawing and planning and that is how it ends. I feel like I wasted my time.  

It was pretty darn obvious the hubby was going to be a douche-bag. 

Have you read it? Do you feel the same or did you love the book? 

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*****Now I’m Reading*****


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 Just after the first chapter, I will NEVER be opening my door again, not until I get my gun licence. 

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Book Review: Summit Lake

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“No suspects.  No persons of interest.  Just a girl who was alive one day and dead the next.”

Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place, with charming stilt houses dotted along the pristine water. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student, was brutally murdered in one of those houses. The daughter of a powerful attorney, Becca was hard-working, accomplished, and ambitious. Now, while the town reels with grief and shocked residents gather to share their theories, the police are baffled.

At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the determined efforts to keep the case quiet, all hint at something far more than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, pushing on despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca’s friendships, her love life—and the secrets she was keeping—the more convinced she becomes that learning the truth about Becca could be the key to overcoming her own dark past…

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

We start off knowing Becca is murdered, but who kills her and why? I thought I figured it all out, then one by one all the my theories were shot down. Kelsey has her own demons to deal with and uncovers the truth despite the state police being clueless asshats.

The truth of who killed Becca, why, and how is just heartbreaking. The truth of her life, her love, and other surprises that will never come to fruition is heartbreaking.

Excellent read and mystery.

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 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

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I know this is going to be full of suspense and awesomeness.

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Fly On The Wall

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I TOTALLY MESSED UP!!!!! I don’t have a post for Fly on the Wall.

Please go check out the other posts for Fly on the Wall bloggers

 

 

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:

Wishing on Baby Dust

 

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 26  –  17:26

“There is tweet after tweet. All baying for blood, my blood. ” 

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 

So difficult to read as I experience infertility as well. The way it’s written is, the way it captures the frustration, fights, pressures, and emotions is right on. I just don’t like the tone of the reading, it feels someone reading a book who is unsure of how to read fluently and with expression. 

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!

July Funny Friday

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Spatulas on Parade (http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/)

 

1. Can’t type, can only shriek in horror and sob. 


2. Poor little bugger never stood a chance against the wild back of dogs. 


3.
Here’s further proof that Monsanto is destroying the world.  All those GMOs are now slowly killing animals. 


4. Honey, the cat left you another gift on the porch.


5.  This was a 100 lb rare bird, but once it fell in the ocean the piranhas got it.  This is all that’s left. 

 

 

  • http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com                Not That Sarah Michelle
  • http://www.southernbellecharm.com                Southern Belle Charm
  • http://mybrainonkids.net                                  My Brain on Kids
  • http://mollyritterbeck.com/                                Molly Ritterbeck
  • http://www.BakingInATornado.com          Baking In A Tornado
  • http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/               Spatulas on Parade
  • http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/     The Bergham Chronicles
  • http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com     Measurements of Merriment

 

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Sneak Peak Saturday: Sea Change

 

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

Current book:

Sea Change by Karen White

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Goodreads Summary:

For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia.

But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place—or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 6

page 72

I nodded but felt no relief as I remembered the hand-painted tiles in the kitchen, as if they were footprints of his dead wife walking through our home and marriage. “Please take me home.” 

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 

This is going to be slow paced, but intense suspense and mystery. Page by page you feel like you are going crazy. Could something bad be on the horizon or will it end all tied up nicely. 

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:

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

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Goodreads Summary:

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 15

Mr Caughman looked like he was about to cry. “Do you know she rides her bike all the way to the hospital to visit Peter.”
“She does?”
The hospital was one town over in Silver Spurs. Sarah would have been in big trouble if their parents found out.
“She brings him coloring books.” He said, eyes moist. 

Initial Thoughts

Already captivating thriller, switching between the present and past. We are slowly getting to know why Tracy is the person she is today. I can’t wait to see how the past unfolds. 
Think the truth of her sister’s murderer will be a true shock everyone.
In the past events, we are getting to the know the type of person Sarah was, which makes what happened to her even more heartbreaking.

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:

• 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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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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I started using The Six O’Clock Scramble for meal planning and organized shopping lists. I can alter the recipe to make it organic/NON-GMO. Most of the recipes use the slow cooker or can be made in under 30 minutes.  If I make a big meal in the slow cooker, we can have leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day.

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  • 21st Thurs Dinner- Leftover veggie soup and rice quesadillas
  • 22nd Fri Dinner- slow cooked chicken, potatoes, mushrooms, 
  • 23rd Saturday– leftover chicken
  • 24th Sunday – Chicken parm, meatballs, pasta, and sauce
  • 25th Monday – leftovers 
  • 26th Tuesday – 
  • 27th Wednesday – 

thurs collage

Dino hates burgers, but hubby loves them. Hubby is going back to nights so we had what we wanted for dinner tonight. It’s not my favorite, but Dino was happy with the hot dogs. I loved my potatoes and salad.

Potatoes: sliced, then coated with coconut oil. Then sprinkled sea salt and other seasonings on them, before baking them at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. When taken out of oven, sprinkle shredded cheese on potatoes.

fri collage

Sorry, forgot to take pics…but Dino and I LOVED them…so flipping good and what a great way to use leftover rice and beans.

sat collage

 

I did take pics…but only of us hanging out by hubby’s fire pit…but it was too dark and my phone doesn’t take good pictures in the dark. We had a great time though

Sun collage

Now that I will be going to back to work soon and most likely helping Dino with his kindergarten homework I need to make more slow cooked meals and use leftovers for other meals. I made rosemary and balsamic slow cooked chicken. It really was simple…I doused the whole chicken in balsamic vinegar and covered with tons of rosemary…it tasted wonderful. Then I baked potatoes, broccoli, and green beans with coconut oil and seasoning. Together it was a great meal and we have tons of chicken for many leftover meals.

Mon - collage

What a super easy meal to make. Coated carrots in coconut oil, honey, and lemon dill seasoning and sauteed on stove top. Then put chicken on bread and poured on homemade gravy. How did I make the gravy? Well I boiled some of the homemade chicken broth form the slow cooked chicken and added a ton of pancake mix…yup, that easy. Hubby insisted on some mac and cheese, but I didn’t have any. Dino was so tired from having a fun day with friends at the farm, but he had most of his food.

I was able to make three baggies of chicken gravy and three bags of chicken with veggies. Each bag is perfect for two people or three with small portions. Hopefully if I keep this up, I will have extra meals for when I am working late or can’t cook.

nature box collage

I decided to try Naturebox and do love it. Sure it’s a bit pricey, but you are getting darn good and healthy snacks and tons of variety. It teaches Dino there are more snacks than the ones he’s used to. After sampling each bag of snacks we probably ate a whole serving, so each of the snack bags I made could have had more in it or another bag. Not bad, right?

Toasted Sesame Sticks are like bread sticks…only healthier. Mommy YES, Dino NO

Sweet Blueberry Almonds are great way to eat more almonds, sweet but no yucky aftertaste Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mango Orange fruit Chews are like regular fruit chews, similar to the NON-GMO ones we buy at Whole Foods. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mesa Chips, are like mini corn chips, they are okay, but I won’t buy them again. Mommy No Dino No

Dutch Sun Cocoa Crunch are like mini dried out brownies…but have a great cocoa taste. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Big Island Pineapple are so flipping good and sweet, naturally sweet. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

tues veggie soup collage

 

Another great slow cooker meal…I put only a BIT of dry lentils…too much and I get sick. Then I added couscous, sliced tomatoes, spinach, and fresh herbs and seasonings. After it was cooked, I added the previously cooked potatoes, carrots, and green beans.

It was so good and tasty…Dino loved it and plan on having it tomorrow with rice.

Tues first daycollage

I am so excited for Dino, he’s a big boy now and on his way to learning.

 

wed collage

 

I made a big batch of rice and sectioned them into smaller bags. I took one bag and mixed it with some leftover soup and topped it with colby cheese…SO GOOD. Dino just about licked the bowl clean.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

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Dinosaur Reads…

it;s hard to be five

 

I will be prepared for kindergarten with all the books I’m reading.

 

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Amazon Summary:

It’s hard to be five.
Just yelled at my brother.
My mind says do one thing.
My mouth says another.

It’s fun to be five!
Big changes are here!
My body’s my car,
and I’m licensed to steer.

Learning not to hit? Having to wait your turn? Sitting still? It’s definitely hard to be five. But Jamie Lee Curtis’s encouraging text and Laura Cornell’s playful illustrations make the struggles of self-control a little bit easier and a lot more fun!

This is the sixth inspired book from the #1 New York Times best-selling team of Today I Feel Silly: & Other Moods That Make My Day and I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self Esteem.

Dino Review: I just turned five! and I’ll be going to kindergarten soon. I have to do lots of work, but still need to play. Mommy and Daddy make lots of rules and I get mad. I have to listen to my teachers and be nice to my friends. I have to be nice and say, please, thank you, and no problem. I want to be a superhero when I grow up.

Mommy Review: Who doesn’t love a Jamie Lee Curtis book? It’s a great book that explains why its so hard to be five. A time when you are starting school, but still a little kid that needs understanding. I loved it and know Dino agreed with lots of the pictures and comments.  

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