Book review: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

    I loved the fact that the setting was Sewickly, an upscale suburb of Pittsburgh. The story features four friends who all have children around the same age. The plot examines secrets, friendship, and even more secrets!! I was between a 3 and a 4 on this thriller, but I would lean towards a …

The Crocodile Bird by Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell is such a fabulous writer. She writes so well and can create a setting that brings the reader right into the storyline while also creating suspense. Liza lives in an isolated estate with her mom until she is a teenager. She is taught school at home and enjoys her time with her mother; …

Book review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Brene Brown is fabulous. After watching her TED talk and using it as a prompt for my college writing class that I teach, I decided to read The Gifts of Imperfection. Every woman should read this book. She gives the reader 10 guide posts to becoming a more authentic and self confident person who realizes …

Book Review: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

What an amazing book! After I was done, I just wanted to learn more about Glennon, listen to any podcasts she was on, read through Momastery etc. Any woman can take away many lessons from this book, even if you haven’t had the personal and marriage struggles that she’s had. The lessons she taught her …

Book Review: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

I have to preface this by saying Kristin Hannah is my favorite author, so my review is biased. I’ve read almost all of her books over the last few years. She just writes such beautiful stories about women and speaks to a woman’s soul. This novel tells the story of Leni, starting at age 13 …

Book review: Blink by KL Slater

Blink focuses on a newly single mother whose husband has died in Afghanistan in combat. Toni’s daughter, Evie, goes missing from school one day. The plot examines a present and past format with flashbacks to go through the events of Evie’s disappearance.   I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars   It was good …

Book review: Lie to Me by JT Ellison

This book reminded me a bit of a Lifetime movie crossed with Gone Girl. Sutton and Ethan Montclair seem to have the perfecr life, but it is all a show. The characters were very unlikeable.  Sutton disappears, and Ethan looks like the prime suspect. There are many twists and turns throughout that expose the negative …

18 goals for 2018

I've been on a kick reading some non-fiction. I started with Brene Brown, then Glennon Doyle, and then Gretchen Rubin. I've been loving all of the inspiring ways to improve the way I look at life and communicate with others. I've been stalking following these three authors Gretchen Rubin, Brene Brown, and Glennon Doyle on …