Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice




Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice by Daniel Pinkwater and Illustrated by Adam Stower

Description from the publisher:

"Four farsighted mice get glasses — and a talking cat solves a family mystery — as the charmingly eccentric Mrs. Noodlekugel returns.

When Mrs. Noodlekugel’s four mice make a terrible mess with cookie crumbs at tea, she decides to take them on the bus to visit the eye doctor — and invites Nick and Maxine to come along! The mice ride on Mrs. Noodlekugel’s hat, while Mr. Fuzzface, her talking cat, has the indignity of riding in a carrier. Afterward, the hungry crew head to Dirty Sally’s Lunchroom, but the mice overdo their cheesecake and run out the door. Luckily a policeman is at the ready to help with the search — as is a rough-edged, yarn-spinning alley cat with a surprising connection to Mr. Fuzzface! It’s all a day in the life of Daniel Pinkwater’s whimsical characters, in a chapter-book series whose comical tone and cozy illustrations are sure to keep young readers coming back for more."


This is an easy to read chapter book that is short enough to hold a child's attention. To me it looks a little old fashioned and I can tell you that my son would never pick it up off the shelf. He is reading chapter books but the covers have to be colorful and eye catching.

To me, the story line was not that great. I found it boring and at the same time, TOO silly and that is not something I ever thought I would say about a book. It is NOT a book that I would approve for him to read. I think that when a child is old enough to read chapter books, the books should be slightly more realistic. I am not saying they can not be fun and silly but they should not be so far over the top during these important times of a child's life.

Having said all of that, do not take my word on it, go out and read this book for yourself. I would love to know your thoughts on it as well!

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers



Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Angel was sold into prostitution at the age of 8. One day a man named Michael sees her walking down the street and knows that she is the one God wants him to marry. I am going to leave it at that because you can read the description Here.

The story line to this book was great. You could really see and understand Angel's struggles and I could relate with them in a sense. When you go through horrific things in your past, you do not just forget it and move on, you struggle through it and doubt yourself and those around you. So I felt like her struggles were all very realistically written.

Personally, I thought this book was too long. Parts of it seemed to drag on and seemed irrelevant. She could have cut a bit of this book (mostly the middle fluff) so it stayed more captivating the whole time. It would still be realistic and believable but it would not make me feel like I wasted time reading those parts.

I prefer books that bring God in slowly and gradually.....why? Because if I can convince a non believer to read a book and God is thrown at the the whole time, do you think they would finish reading it? Do you think they would get anything out of it? No. Of course not. They would shut down and turn further from God. This book is good for believers (but even then, it is alot of God to take in) but not for a non believer and personally, the non-believers are the people I want to talk to.

Would I read this book again? No. It is too long and too much God for me (and yes, I AM a believer), do I recommend this book? Yes. Alot of people really enjoy it so please read it and tell me what you think!

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer  is a chance to share news,  A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news on what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

This week has been fun! Max and I went to Chuck-E-Cheese, saw a movie and played! I got lots of cleaning and work done but I did not have much time for reading though. Bummer. 

Last week we read and reviewed:

Save The Date by Susan Hatler










Max gets Tedd Arnold's autograph








Not Guilty By Teresa Pollard & Candi Pullen










Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins










Next week we bring you

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers










Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice










Severed Trust by Margaret Daley










Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins



Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My real life friend Dana over at Little Lovely Books wanted us read and review a book together so this is the book she chose.

Now, I tend to pick and read a book based on the cover and title. Gasp! I know! But I like to be surprised by the story and sometimes the back gives away too much information and ruins the fun. If you have never read a book like this, you should try it! So, based on the cover, I expected there to be lots of French Kissing in it. Yeah, not so much *rolls eyes* I did not realize this was a Young Adult book. LOL. I thought it was a Romance!The joke was on me and Dana and I had MANY laughs over this one!

So aside from the hilarious let down about the title, I thought this was a good book. The plot was good although I DID find it to be a little slow at times. Watching the relationship grow between Anna and St. Clair was fun and exciting. There were ups and downs in their relationship so it was pretty realistic (although there was not any French kissing. Just sayin' LOL)


For a Young Adult, I thought this was a great book. For an adult who reads Romance, it was a little bit of a letdown but it was still good and I am very glad that Dana suggested I read it. I DO like to try new things now and then! Now I need to make her read a REAL Romance book. Anyone have any ideas? I need a good one!!! hmmm.........

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Not Guilty By Teresa Pollard & Candi Pullen



Not Guilty By Teresa  Pollard & Candi Pullen

In this book you have a Pastor's daughter who is pure and clean. She is in love and engaged to be married to the man of her dreams when she is raped by a masked man. As she falls into depression she finds out she is pregnant. This book goes through her struggles that come with rape and pregnancy and judgmental Christians but I do not want to give too much away so I will stop there.

My attention was hooked on page 2 and I did not want to put this book down. I brought it with me while I ran errands and if I had one minute, I would read a page. LOL. I wanted to have someone read it to me while I drove because I did not want to wait a second to find out what was going on! Even through the unrealistic parts, I was still intrigued and wanted to read more!

After Carrie is raped, the emotions and struggles she goes through are very realistic and believable  to me. She reacts the way I would expect. Her parents act the way I would expect a pastor and his wife to act. Joe.......... Joe was a little unrealistic to me. He accepted the pregnancy with open arms immediately, he did not hesitate or anything. I have never met a man like that. I am not saying he does not exist, I am just saying that I have not personally met him so it is hard for me to believe he would be THAT open and understanding.

The one thing I want to say to the author (and I would LOVE to know what all of you thought as well). The majority of this book (with Joe being the exception) was realistic and great. I loved the religious aspect but the end......... I was disappointed. Without giving too much away, I can say that I found the church scene to be very fake and unrealistic. There is no way any of it would have unfolded like it did and I felt let down.

All of that being said, overall I thought it was a great book and I will read it again and I do recommend it, but I will warn you, this is a very Christian book, God is talked about on almost every page so non believers would more than likely not enjoy it.

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tedd Arnold's autograph

Max ordered a book from Tedd Arnold (Hooray For Fly Guy) and it arrived in the mail! He was SOOO excited to get a book in the mail AND the fact that "the REAL Tedd Arnold" signed it TO him, made him giddy with excitement! Don't believe me? Check out these pictures!

Who DOESN'T like getting books in the mail? LOL


Can you tell how excited he is? He just saw the autograph. 


He is just ticked that Tedd Arnold signed this book for him!


Tedd Arnold even included a special pin. Max could not believe it! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Save The Date by Susan Hatler

Save The Date by Susan Hatler

Description from the publisher:
"Kristen knows men hide things. Case in point, her last boyfriend turned out to be married. Just like anyone else, Kristen is devastated. However, since Kristen evaluates people for a living, her ex’s duplicity has her searching for a new career as well as swearing off men.

Touring history museums with her sexy friend Ethan doesn’t count, because he has a girlfriend, and has only shown friendly interest in Kristen. He even helps with her career counseling tasks. Although Kristen has a secret crush on Ethan, spending time with him is safe. Until she discovers he’s actually single. Gasp. And now he’s flirting with her, too.

Suddenly, Ethan is way too dangerous. Not to mention tempting. Sure, he seems like sixty shades of perfect, but how’s a girl with bad judgment supposed to detect what skeletons he has in his closet?"


Personally I thought this was a cute book. There is a good, solid, real story line with great characters and a little romance. Watching Kristen struggle after being betrayed was very realistic to me. She went through lots of emotions and it was a great change of pace. I liked how she was still counseling people even after she said she would not do that anymore. She could not just walk away from it.

There is not a lot of romance here.  A few small "awww" moments but nothing big or spectacular but Ethan still gets your attention!

To me, the cover is kinda boring and not very catchy. To be honest, I would not have picked this up from the store because the cover did not call to me but I am glad I did. This was a very cute story.

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review.***

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer  is a chance to share news,  A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news on what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

This week was pretty uneventful. I worked, read, slept and ate. LOL. Max and I played a bit and went to a birthday party. Fun! LOL. 4 weeks until school starts and I am NOT happy about that. Sigh. I like having him home with me all day!!!

Last week we brought you:

Courage to Change by Elizabeth Maddrey










Books-A-Million Re-Grand Opening








After The Kiss by Lauren Layne










Redeeming Love








Next week we will bring you


Save The Date by Susan Hatler










Max gets a package from Tedd Arnold










Books I won


Staying at Joe's by Kathy Altman


Friday, July 19, 2013

After the Kiss by :Lauren Layne



After the Kiss by :Lauren Layne

Description from the publisher:
"In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.
 
Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.
 
Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants."

 

I thought this book was great! It was an interesting story line and had great and believable characters. I found myself relating with both Julie and Mitchell. They both had good points and bad points. Some of the time I was mad at Julie and other times I cried with her. I felt the same way with Mitchell.

The title  eye is catching. The cover is not bad. It is not great, but it is not bad. The writing style was good. I enjoyed it alot!

I really enjoyed the end of it with all the drama and lies coming out. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how it all unfolded. I would love to know how you all felt about this book. Did any of you read it? What did you think?

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Books-A-Million Re-Grand Opening

Ok, so I took Max to Books-A-Million for this big event. They were celebrating to new Kids-A-Million section of the store. We were there for HOURS. He got to meet several characters including his favorite (The Cat In The Hat), build a lego boat to take home, get his face painted, get a balloon animal, enjoy some snacks AND he got a cool new lunch bag that he LOVES. The best part.....all of it was FREE!!! Books-A-Million knows how to keep moms happy for sure!

Max got to hold the book for story time. Excited is an understatement!



I thought he would be scared but he was excited!



Yup. Woody caught his attention! LOL




He was excited to see Curious George!!!



And believe it or not, he spent lots of time looking at books!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Courage To Change by Elizabeth Maddrey



Courage To Change by Elizabeth Maddrey

Every day people are getting divorced, the numbers are staggering. Phil's marriage was over because he turned away from partying and towards God. His wife, Brandi did not approve of that and filed for divorce. After much counseling, Phil got divorced, realized  that God still loves him and moved on with his life.

Enter Allison. Allison works with Phil and she has had a crush on him for years. They finally started dating but the real problems begin with Phil's past comes back to haunt them. Can Allison handle all the "Brandi Drama" or is Phil not worth it? I will not spoil the details for you but I would LOVE to know your thoughts. How much baggage can you handle in your boyfriend/girlfriend?

My personal opinion is that this book was great! The story was good and easy to follow, the characters were easy to love (except for Brandi of course-who we are supposed to hate). I enjoyed watching the relationship grow between Phil and Allison. There was a good bit of religious talk but it was not overwhelming.

I LOVED Allison's friends and their roles. The way they manipulated Allison and Phil was hilarious and very realistic to me. I can see myself pushing two people together JUST like they did!

I personally really liked Elizabeth Maddrey's writing style. My attention was captured at the beginning which is great! I was a TINY bit bored  at a point in the middle but the end........wow....... I was captivated! I was gasping, giggling, crying and....well.....the list goes on but alas, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

***This book was given to me in exchange for an open and honest review***

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer  is a chance to share news,  A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news on what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

This week was busy and relaxing at the same time. I have worked hard but also stayed home alot thus getting more done. 



Last week we brought you:

Barefoot Summers by Denise Hunter











Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain











Sole Witness by Jenn Black













Next week we bring you:


Courage To Change by Elizabeth Maddrey











After the Kiss by :Lauren Layne













Books  I Won:


The Arrangement by Mary Balogh











Mail Order Man by Heather Gray










Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sole Witness by Jenn Black



Sole Witness by Jenn Black

Description from the publisher:
"Detective Davis Hamilton is struggling to balance his career and his personal life. The high profile murder case couldn’t have come across his desk at a worse time—his partner is so pregnant she’s about to pop, and the sole witness is not only a suspect herself... she’s Lori Summers, famous for surfing killer waves in equally killer designer bikinis, and known deep in his heart as the one who got away. 

Lori Summers decided the day Davis Hamilton dumped her for a society wife, that she didn’t need a man in order to be somebody. She lived up her daredevil career with glamorous international photo shoots until tragedy brought her back to her home town to face the past and re-think the future. Stumbling over a dead rap star wasn’t supposed to be part of that equation, and neither was running from a killer... right into the arms of the last man on earth she’d dare to trust."

Three words.....OH.....MY.....WORD.....I LOVED this book. From start to finish I was captivated. I thought about this book while I was at work, driving, eating, I mean, non stop thinking about it. I could not wait to get back to it and finish reading it.


The way this book was written was different than most. You know right away who the murderer is. There is no guessing. You even know WHY she did it, HOW she did it, ect. This story goes between the 3 key characters and shares their thoughts so you are going from one to the next. This is NOT confusing at all and actually made the story even better!

****************SPOILER ALERT***********

Unlike most books one of the main characters is killed. I was STUNNED to see that and NO I am not talking about the murderer. I mean, my jaw dropped when I read that part. I thought it made the book even more enjoyable. I know that sounds funny but it really did. It was a welcome surprise that REALLY made it hard to put this book down.

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain



Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

Description from Good Reads:
"Brother Bear gets into a box. Papa Bear turns the box upside down, takes it outside, and puts it on a truck. The simple art and rhyming text make this a perfect choice for teaching spatial concepts. "

This review has been done by Max. The thoughts and comments are his alone......

"This book is about going to town inside outside upside down because it says that on the last page.He goes inside a box, gets upside down in it, then he is on a truck going to town.


I think this book is cool because I like the Berenstain bears. It was a funny book and I like it alot."

Monday, July 8, 2013

Barefoot Summers by Denise Hunter



Barefoot Summers by Denise Hunter

Description from Goodreads:
"Madison’s heart closed the day her twin brother died.

Since losing her twin, Michael, in a drowning incident, Madison has rejected the faith he lived by. Instead, she’s devoted her life to fulfilling Michael’s dream—winning the River Sail Regatta in their small Indiana town, Chapel Springs.

As she trains for the regatta, Beckett O’Reilly is teaching Madison to swim. But he’s keeping a painful secret from her—and as they grow closer, that secret threatens to upend their lives . . . and the lives of both their families."


Personally I enjoyed this book. I thought the story line was interesting. The relationship between Madison and Beckett was very realistic. We all have baggage and at some point in our life, we ALL feel guilty about something. Watching their relationship unfold and how they struggle through their own personal issues was really refreshing.

I was a bit confused when they talked "boat talk" I do not know anything about boats except that they float, so reading all of that was confusing. I was lost and found myself skimming that part. So yay for having real terms but sadly I got lost as I am sure many readers would.

God was present in this book but he was not over bearing. I personally thought there was a nice balance. The cover was nice, I did not find it particularly enticing but it was nice. The writing was good and the characters were believable.

All-in-all this was a great book, a nice read and one that will pull your heartstrings.

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Sunday Post/ SL Wrap Up Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer  is a chance to share news,  A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news on what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! LOL

This week Max and I participated in the Summer Lovin' Read-A-Thon.


We did amazing for this read-a-thon! 

Libby's  goals- read 3 books. I am working on number 5!

1. Sole Witness by Jenn Black
2. After The Kiss By Lauren Layne
3. Barefoot Summers by Denise Hunter
4. Save the date by Susan Hatler
5. Courage To Change by Elizabeth Maddrey (I hope to finish this one today)

Max's goal- read 20 books. He DOUBLED that many!

1. Dirty Gert
2. Clifford Phonics Fun (books 1 & 2)
3. Clifford Phonics Fun (books 3,4 & 5)
4. Rain Dance
5. Puppies and Kittens
6. Parts
7. Dinosaur Pet
8. Wiggly Safari
9. Dear God, why are there so Many Stars?
10. The Eye Book
11. Go Dog Go!
12. Buzz Boy and Fly Guy
13. No More Water In the Tub!
14. Inside, Outside, Upside Down
15.Mater's Best Friend
16. One Fish, Two Fish,  Read Fish,Blue Fish
17.Donald Duck and the Big Dog
18. Its Easy Being Big
19. The Very Quiet Cricket
20. Catalina Magdalena
21.Hello,  Red Fox
22.Meow
23. Parts
24. Mister Seahorse
25. Finding Nemo, Can You Find Nemo?
26. A Cars Christmas
27.Fly High, Fly Guy!
28. Fly Guy Vs the Flyswatter!
29. Super Fly Guy
30. Loop, Swoop and Pull!
31. The ABCs of Cookies
32. Cool Time Song
33. Metro Cat
34. The Sky is Falling
35. Dream Snow
36. Biscuit's Picnic
37. Rain Dance
38. Busy Builder
39.Dinosaur Roar!
40. Bears on Wheels

We both had a blast this week and read alot. Thank you for all the encouragement! We loved visiting blogs and seeing how everyone was doing!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

24 Hour Read-A-Thon



It’s good to be Bad….boys that is!! Tell us which bad boys make your heart go pitter patter in all the wrong right ways!

I Really hate to use another character from Janet Evanovich's books but I am afraid I am going to have to. He is so great that he only needs one name......Ranger. OMG! He is mysterious, sexy, sensitive but gruff......All he has to say is ONE word-"Babe" and I am all giddy. Stephanie explained being WITH him and Oh....My.....Gosh...... I REALLY wish I could be Stephanie. LOL. Yum! So....Now that I got myself all excited, I have to go read. LOL.


24 Hour Read-A-Thon updates
I will be coming here all day with our updates so please check back later!

Libby's update:
I have finished Barefoot Summer (which means I met my RAT goal! YAY!!!)
I have also finished Save the date
I have started Courage to Change

I even won an e-book! YAY!!!! Since I won, Max also won. I pulled out a new book and gave it to him. The look on his face.........priceless!

We DID get to see the fireworks tonight! YAY!!! Max says he is staying up all night to read. We will see. LOL. We are currently eating mozzarella sticks, drinking soda and soon will have ice cream all while we read! I will let you all know how late he stays up...........He made it to midnight topping off at 17 books for the day!

Max's update:
"My mommy is going to give me a nickel for every book that I read today for the24 hour read-a-thon since I am too little to do the stuff on the computer. And then guess what? Grandma said she will match it and then Grandpa said it too so now I get THREE nickels for every book I read today! I am soooooo excited. The list of books that I read are going to be here and mommy will keep adding to the list after I read them. I REALLY want to read 20 today so mommy said that is my goal. Do you think I can do it? That is ALOT of nickels!!!!"

1.Hello,  Red Fox
2.Meow
3. Parts
4. Mister Seahorse
5. Finding Nemo, Can You Find Nemo?
6. A Cars Christmas
7.Fly High, Fly Guy!
8. Fly Guy Vs the Flyswatter!
9. Super Fly Guy
10. Loop, Swoop and Pull!
11. The ABCs of Cookies
12. Cool Time Song
13. Metro Cat
14. The Sky is Falling
15. Dream Snow
16. Biscuit's Picnic
17. Rain Dance
18. Busy Builder
19.Dinosaur Roar!
20. Bears on Wheels

He did it! He made his 24 hour goal!!!!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Share your progress


Share your progress – How many books have you read so far? Have you gotten off track? What are your plans for the rest of the read-a-thon?

If you are not following this week long Read-a-thon, click on the picture above to see all the information.

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This week so far I have read the following (reviews will be posted in the coming weeks) My goal is to finish 3  books.

Sole Witness by Jenn Black
After The Kiss By Lauren Layne
Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter (I am currently reading this one)

Max has read the following (he reviewed a few that will be posted in the coming weeks). His goal is to read 20 books.

1. Dirty Gert
2. Clifford Phonics Fun (books 1 & 2)
3. Clifford Phonics Fun (books 3,4 & 5)
4. Rain Dance
5. Puppies and Kittens
6. Parts
7. Dinosaur Pet
8. Wiggly Safari
9. Dear God, why are there so Many Stars?
10. The Eye Book
11. Go Dog Go!
12. Buzz Boy and Fly Guy
13. No More Water In the Tub!
14. Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Together we are reading:
Diary of A Real Payne



May Titles:

1) The 5th Wave
2) 
eht   scetrsahnen
3) ginwre
4)
 Just One Kiss
5) 
Any Duchess Will Do
6)
 It Had To Be You
7) 
Lost And Found
8) 
het   yelbon  gnki
9) 
Once Upon A Prince

June Titles:

1)  The Moon And More
2) ormts  dna  egies 
3) rtas    dsceur  
4) Sweet Last Air
5) het   crenwmeo 
6) Forever Too Far
7) het  miatng   fo  deyrr  uanacvhga 
8) Two Of A Kind
9)  One Sweet Ride
10) hwta  hte   kedu   sesdeir
11) Faking It

July Titles:

1)  If The Shoe Fits
2) The Edge of Never
3) rfits  gisht   a   veonl  
4)  True Love
5)  Three Little Words
6) The Night Is Alive
7) Perfect Fling
8) scoseh  hte   gronw   ugy   veag   imh  het  gwonr  gefrni       
9) meoh  ot   kewihsy   kecre


August Titles:

1) Fall Of Five
2) Crown Of Midnight
3) The Shades Of The Moon
4) Rose Harbor In Bloom
5) The Hero
6) 
Big Sky Wedding
7) yatacasw  veoc  a  ltehrse  yab   venlo 
8)  siht   rilg   a   veonl  Hits
9) mtetapinto



Thursday, July 4, 2013

Book that pulled on your hearstrings

Share a quote from your current read or
Share a book that really pulled on your heart strings

Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury
Page 238

“Pulling a tissue from her purse, Ellen stood up. She moved across the front of the church, bent to pick up the letter and then stood at Jane's side. She handed her sister the tissue and took her hand, squeezing it tightly willing, Jane to continue.”


I put these together and chose a quote from a book that pulled my heart strings. I chose this particular piece because it was a really emotional turning point of this book. By the time I got to that part, I was crying so hard I almost could not see the words. It does not make much sense here in this context but I REALLY urge you all to read this book. It WILL make you cry as you go through the journey with this family.




Trust me on this Santa Baby, welcome to temptation, kiss me if you can, maybe this time though my heart is torn, I am the accidental virgin.

Trust Me on This-Jennifer Cruisie
Santa Baby-Jennifer Cruisie
Welcome to Temptation-Jennifer Cruisie
Kiss me if You Can-Carly Phillips
Maybe This Time-Jennifer Cruisie
Though My Heart is Torn-Joanne Bischof
The Accidental Virgin-Valerie Frankel