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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mary Poser by Angel A.

I just finished the book Mary Poser: Butterflies and White Lies as Bollywood Comes to Nashville. In this book, dutiful pastor's daughter Mary meets Bollywood producer, Simha Das at the Nashville Film Festival and the many different events that follow send Mary on a roller coaster of emotions. When her ex finds out about Simha he appears back in Mary's life wanting to make amends. Her critical mother has to have opinions about everything in her family's life. Her brother, sister and father are all restless with their lives that have been lived in the same city. Her best friend from childhood is devious and manipulative. Plus, there are lots of other characters with their own set of problems.

What will the result be? Will Mary completely change or will she stay in the life that she has always known? 

I would tell you to read it to find out, but don't, seriously don't. 

This was by far the worst book I have read in a while. The events in Mary's life are described in great detail. Excruciating detail. This book was also riddled with stereotypes and incorrect descriptions of scenes, events and the city. In fact at some point I stopped trying to keep track of everything that was "off" about the story.

Oddly enough this book is written by the author Angel A. I am unclear if this is a real person because an internet search revealed nothing. Maybe the computers are writing books for us now. Either way, it seemed apparent that Angel A. does not call Nashville home or understand its culture. This did not make me feel safe as a reader. I couldn't trust the author and that did not make me like this book. 

All I can say is please spare yourself the trouble of reading this one. Particularly, if you live and love the city of Nashville. It seems that it will be made into a movie so check that out instead if you are still curious.

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is my honest opinion.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Look's Who's Back

Me. It's me. I'm the one who's back

How are you guys? Sorry I've been away for a while. My work life took a crazy turn a couple of years ago and it affected everything in my life. I wanted so badly to believe the myths of work-life-balance and that I could have it altogether, but alas, they are not true for me.

Things have gone back to "normal" at work and now I have the energy to blog. So what should we talk about? 

I am still sewing, though not as much as I once was. My newest creative outlet is designing things for my Cricut*.  I made some gifts for Galentine's Day and Palentine's Day (yes, I made up the last one) and I will have to create a post where I show them to you. 

I've changed the format of this blog, let me know your feedback. I didn't do too much to tweek it yet, but I'll get there. 

I am still reading and have read a few books already this year, so I will have to post about those in the upcoming days. I also need to blog about my favorite book of 2016*, it's one I'm still thinking about on a regular basis. I am still using Swaybacks to get my book money. Join me** and get some book money of your own. 

I'll stop there and catch my breath. I'll be back soon.



















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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rugosa: A Survival Story from Omaha to London by Creek Stewart


Creek Stewart of "Fat Guys in the Woods" fame released his first novel, Rugosa: A Survival Story from Omaha to London, on February 14. I just finished it and I was very impressed. 

Omaha is a boy scout and since the loss of his father the entire world has been turned upside down. Now he finds that one of the people nearest to him in life, London, is in trouble and he has to risk everything to save her.

Will be able to make it to her in time? Will she even be alive when he gets there? What kind of danger will he face on the way there? 

Find out the answers by reading the book. (What'd you think I was going to say?)

I really did enjoy this book. It was a gripping story and only took me three sittings to get it finished. A lot of the plot hits closer to home than I would like. An added bonus was some of the survival skills that I picked up along the way. 

I could really relate to Omaha as a character. He is a quiet person that prefers the outdoors to being around people. While be outdoors, is not my choice, there are times that I would much prefer to be at home than around other people, though not nearly as often as Omaha feels that way. 

I recommend this book for fans of the Divergent Series, The Hunger Games Series, or the Safe Lands Series.

Full disclosure a relative of mine was an editor on this book and I am very proud of them! I would have read the book regardless and I am glad I did because I definitely enjoyed it.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagan

Libby's entire life was turned on its head in a matter of hours one cold Chicago day. How she reacts will redefine how she lives and will change the rest of her life.

I sincerely loved this book. I was hooked from the first paragraph. Despite what could be considered an outrageous plot, I found it believable and relatable. I definitely recommend it though, there are some things that could be considered triggers for some readers so avoid it if you are sensitive about cancer, losing a parent or divorce. 

Pagán's writing was refreshing and real. I think what I loved most was the epilogue that actually wrapped up the story, without putting it in a box with a bow on it.

Since I didn't receive a free copy of this book I am linking to it here for you to purchase on Amazon. This is an affiliate link, which means that I will get a small part of the profits: Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagan.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Eve by WM. Paul Young

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Eve by WM. Paul Young was an interesting and thought provoking read. This book was unlike any other Christian fiction I have ever read. So much of this book is set in a world that does not exist and which I would fall very short in trying to describe. It is ethereal and mind boggling at the same time. The story moves along well, though it is a long read. I found it enjoyable and restful. 

There was a point where I wanted to throw the book across the room and likely would have, if I weren't reading it on my Kindle that I love so dearly. Alas, I continued to read and realized that the plot twist worked itself out and I was very glad I had not stopped reading. I say that to make sure that when you get to that point you will continue reading. I would definitely recommend this book, but I would add a warning to go into it with an open mind and not let yourself get caught up in overthinking it.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really did like the book and feel that it deserves to be read and enjoyed by others.

The Reader of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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Amy has died and no one knew that she was coming to visit. Sara has to find a way to enjoy her vacation despite the loss of her friend. She finds a charming and welcoming community that make it possible for her to picture herself in Broken Wheel, but will it work out.

This book is well written and believable. I found myself wanting to move to Broken Wheel, despite the fact that the town was struggling to even survive. Sara was likable and the kind of person that you want to be. The addition of book recommendations and quotes made it so much more interesting.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is how I felt.

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Sea Keeper's Daughter by Lisa Wingate

When struggling restauranteur Whitney Monroe gets a phone call summoning her to the North Carolina Outerbanks she returns to the summer home of her youth. Her family history and legacy is waiting for her to uncover and decipher the truth. 

The fact of it is, Whitney has lost both herself and her way and must find out how to get them back. Will the unshared past of her great aunt and her stepfather help her to find them? Will she ever find a friendship with the cranky surf shop owner? Will she allow progress to threaten the historic building of which she is the custodian?

The Sea Keeper's Daughter was a wonderful read. The story is fascinating and the book only gets better the longer you read it. By the end, I wanted to move to the North Carolina coast and find my way into the community there. 

There is a historical aspect to this story that centers on a group of people known as the Melungeons. I had not heard of this group of people and found their story fascinating. I am always glad when any historical fiction piece is true to the history. While there were implications in the story, nothing was overtly stated that could be considered made-up-history.

This is a Christian Fiction book, but it was not preachy. In fact other than a few places where religion was discussed there was not much of a religious theme.

I definitely recommend this book. While it would be great beach reading, it is also a great curl-up-somewhere-cozy book.

A copy of this was provided to me from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for a review of the book. I really enjoyed this book and I think that most people would too.