Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

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First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion

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

A heart-warming romance that is sweet and loving.

A wonderful read about starting over and a sweet bond between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law.

A wonderful read about finding love and accepting help.

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Great characters and beautiful romance!!!! A must read and perfect after reading the dark psychological thriller, Behind Her Eyes. i

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Nothing like an Agatha Christie book! 

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secret subject swap

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My subject is:

There is something to celebrate every day. Pick a holiday or two that maybe no one has heard of and tell us all about it!

It was submitted by: http://shannonbutler.org

Love this prompt, I know I say that each time. Karen at Baking in a Tornado can testify that each time I get the prompt, I love it. It’s the little things that bring the most joy.

Okay, now on to the prompt. It was fun looking up unknown holidays. For instance, want ice cream for breakfast? Well tomorrow, the 4th you can do that!

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day first Saturday of month

Feb 7th Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day

Or are your neighbors bothering you? Why not stick all your fingers at them? Or just flip them the bird? Hell, we need a holiday when we can walk around and give fingers to everyone all day long!!!!

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National Pizza Day 9th 

Who doesn’t love pizza? Seriously who? stares at them…only kidding, maybe.

We always have our pizza on Fridays and every so often on an additional day as well. AJ won’t waver from his meatball pizza, the only meatballs he’ll eat. I like to keep trying different pizzas. Think I’ll order chicken bbq pizza and tomato and basil slice tonight.

 

Get a different name Day – 13th

That’s cool, thought I wouldnt change my name. When I was a teen I wanted the name Cara or Dara. Yeah, so not me, right? I would have named AJ Angelina if he was a girl. I also liked the names Marcello and Jackson for a boy. I think his names fits him perfectly!

Ferris Wheel Day – 14th 

This is just a big ball of NOPE. Enough said.

Drink Wine Day – 18th

Yup, this is an awesome holiday, though most people seem to celebrate it every day!!!! How about drink hard liquor day? I swear the best way for me to actually sleep at night is to drink jack and coke, well mostly jack and a bit of coke.

Chocolate Mint Day – 19th

AJ has my love of chocolate mint ANYTHING. It could be chocolate, hot chocolate, ice cream, ice cream bars, thin mints girl scout cookies, etc…

Love your pet day – 20th 

How could you not love your pets? Well I guess some people are evil and treat animals terribly. Don’t worry they will pay when the time comes. If you’re good to animals, it shows that you’re a good person. Anyway, how could I not love our Bonus?

Which holiday do you like? Is there a holiday you would create or one that I didn’t mention that you love?

Book Review: Leave Me

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For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention–meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.

Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get to where we’re going, we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from those she loves and from herself.

With big-hearted characters who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing our fears. Gayle Forman, a dazzling observer of human nature, has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head-on.

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

At first I wasn’t sure if I agreed with Maribeth’s decision to leave her kids. I mean sure stand up to your oblivious husband and long-lost friend. 

Then as I got to know her character, her feelings, and heard from Maribeth’s husband and friend. So many things came into light and realizations were made.

I finally understood what she did and why she did and totally stand by her decision.  Maribeth also realized that she allowed herself to be pushed over.  

In her time away she met wonderful people and made revelations that she never would have discovered without leaving. 

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 Okay she finds a dead body out on a run, sounded creepy and scary after the killer stalks her. But it’s pretty boring and taking too long. I hope it picks up soon. 

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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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 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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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

 

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

 

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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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