Book Review: The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth

  Summary: Lucy is a young mother with a complicated relationship with her mother-in-law, Diana, who is extremely introverted and possibly perceived as snobby. Diana is very wealthy and heads an organization that helps young refugees in Australia that are pregnant. Diana's children often are angered by how much help she gives to these poor …

Book Review: Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Summary: Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies, provides readers with information to help with the organization of our lives to help with our inner calm. Gretchen gives us many ideas, tips, and strategies to getting control of the clutter in our lives. She gives the reader many ways to create …

Book review: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Summary: In 2016, Dani Shapiro found through a DNA sample and genealogy website that her biological father was not her real biological father. Inheritance is Dani Shapiro’s journey to find her birth father. My Thoughts: I chose Inheritance due to it being chosen as The Happier Podcast’s book of the month. I love anything associated …

Book Review: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Summary: Dare to Lead explores how we can lean into the vulnerability as leaders to become better human beings. She reminds the readers how to use empathy, connection, and courage as leaders. By using her extensive research and her personal experiences, Brene reminds us that we need to be vulnerable and have the tough conversations and …

Book Review: I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan

Summary: Twenty years ago two boys were murdered in a Bristol near a dog racing track. The surviving best friend of the two boys has let this fester in his head and has started a podcast to begin researching the murder. A man was convicted of the crime, but Cody, the boys' best friend, still …

Orlando trip: Disney and Universal Islands of Adventure in December for Christmas

Last year we decided to take the kids to Orlando before they got too much older. We thought it would be fun to do the week prior to Christmas since we've been to Disney before, but we've only been there in the summer. We found a great deal on VRBO for a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom …

Book Review: Trust Me by Hank Phillips Ryan

Summary: Mercer is a grieving widow and mother who lost both her husband and daughter in an accident. Mercer is living a depressing, dark life since they've died when she's contacted to write a piece on a young mother who is accused of murdering her daughter. My Thoughts: Crime procedural books are usually not my …

Book Review: She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Summary: Twin sisters, Bel and Rose, begin a new journey after their mother passes away at a boarding school in New England. Rose is excited for this new academic opportunity, but Bel gets involved with the wrong crowd and things go wrong. Add to the mix a handsome male teacher and you have a dark …

Book Review: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Summary: In 1950, there was a boarding school that many felt was haunted. Most of the girls who attended were girls that had trouble in their lives or were escaping something at home. This novel reverts back to 1950 while also examining Fiona’s story. Fiona’s sister had been murdered and buried by the boarding school …

Book review: The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker

Summary: Ever since Veronica's husband died shortly after the birth of her baby, she has suffered from postpartum depression. Veronica cannot even touch her baby. Veronica's mother has moved in with her to help her. Veronica comes home to an empty house with a missing baby and mother. Veronica becomes involved in an investigation looking …