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    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    What A Girl Needs From Her Mom is a Christian Parenting book by Cheri Fuller.  I was given this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley.

    I started to read this book in November 2015 and did not finish it until May 2016.  Sometimes this happens with non-fiction books I read just because I may not be in the mood to read non-fiction.  This time however, it was just because I truly didn't have time to fit reading into my busy schedule.

    Although this is a Christian book, the values, insights and relatability the author shows through real life stories with mother's and their daughters are invaluable to anyone raising a daughter in today's world.

    From the 'degree of digital overload in our lives and families,' internet safety, helicopter parenting, knowing when to back off and give our daughters their space and relational bullying (this is an escalating problem and has affected both of my own daughters!) there are many relevant topics and a supply of great advice packed into this book.  The author also provides names of other books to read for more insight into problems affecting young girls today.

    Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

    "It's our job to get to know and understand our children, not the other way around."

    "The years between sixteen and twenty-six are especially crucial because our girls make decisions that will impact the span of their whole lives, like the friends she'll hang out with, what college major and career she chooses, perhaps choosing a husband, or deciding whether to follow the faith she was raised in ot to throw it away."

    "The last dimension of the parent's role is teaching morality as part of a larger world view-a spiritual heritage that offers a vision of the purpose of human existence, ultimate reasons for leading a moral life, and traditions and rituals that weave the vision into the fabric of family living-and our own children's lives.  Though it is a challenging mission, it is a key part of our role"
    -Dr. Thomas Lickona

    "Remember that your words are important, but they can only go so far.  So much of the work of passing on a legacy of faith takes place when we model it ourselves and believe in our children." - Jim Burns

    "Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing."
     - Evelyn Nown

    I recommend this book to mother's of girls, grandmothers, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors and anyone wanting to know more about the struggles this generation of young girls faces.  Very well written with some things I felt I already knew, but was worded in such a way that I would like revisit when dealing with a particular struggle or for reassurance that I am doing the right thing with raising my daughters.








    Book Review: What A Girl Needs From Her Mom by Cheri Fuller

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    What A Girl Needs From Her Mom is a Christian Parenting book by Cheri Fuller.  I was given this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley.

    I started to read this book in November 2015 and did not finish it until May 2016.  Sometimes this happens with non-fiction books I read just because I may not be in the mood to read non-fiction.  This time however, it was just because I truly didn't have time to fit reading into my busy schedule.

    Although this is a Christian book, the values, insights and relatability the author shows through real life stories with mother's and their daughters are invaluable to anyone raising a daughter in today's world.

    From the 'degree of digital overload in our lives and families,' internet safety, helicopter parenting, knowing when to back off and give our daughters their space and relational bullying (this is an escalating problem and has affected both of my own daughters!) there are many relevant topics and a supply of great advice packed into this book.  The author also provides names of other books to read for more insight into problems affecting young girls today.

    Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

    "It's our job to get to know and understand our children, not the other way around."

    "The years between sixteen and twenty-six are especially crucial because our girls make decisions that will impact the span of their whole lives, like the friends she'll hang out with, what college major and career she chooses, perhaps choosing a husband, or deciding whether to follow the faith she was raised in ot to throw it away."

    "The last dimension of the parent's role is teaching morality as part of a larger world view-a spiritual heritage that offers a vision of the purpose of human existence, ultimate reasons for leading a moral life, and traditions and rituals that weave the vision into the fabric of family living-and our own children's lives.  Though it is a challenging mission, it is a key part of our role"
    -Dr. Thomas Lickona

    "Remember that your words are important, but they can only go so far.  So much of the work of passing on a legacy of faith takes place when we model it ourselves and believe in our children." - Jim Burns

    "Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing."
     - Evelyn Nown

    I recommend this book to mother's of girls, grandmothers, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors and anyone wanting to know more about the struggles this generation of young girls faces.  Very well written with some things I felt I already knew, but was worded in such a way that I would like revisit when dealing with a particular struggle or for reassurance that I am doing the right thing with raising my daughters.








    Posted at 10:38 PM  |  by Elle
    Hello AATC friends!

    It's been quite some time since I've blogged.

    I have wonderful followers who look for my book reviews,
     send me sweet e-mails asking about my family and blog friends
    who I follow and I've missed as well.

    Although I'm not going into detail as to why I've been gone, 
    I will say I needed some time away to regroup.  To figure out the direction of my blog and how I'm going to get where I want to go.

    I haven't been reading much at all, which is a BIG part of my blog....book reviews.  I've been missing it and with summer upon us, I hope to get back into reading & reviewing again.

    I've also decided to help an online friend with her business.
     This will help me to grow and earn money to expand my blog in the future.  I will be adding my friend as an author to my blog so she can be the voice of her business which will be located under her own section, but in turn she will compensate me for any customers she gains that are my followers.  I will also be helping her with some other virtual assistant tasks which will help me earn so I can create a bigger and better blog!  I'm looking forward to having another blogger on board with me to add to my site's content! 

    As always, family comes first and everyone around here is definitely keeping busy, busy, busy!

    My oldest daughter Em is now 13 years old and will be entering 8th grade....her last year of middle school!!!!  She's been busy this school year with singing in choirs and playing violin in orchestra.

    Kaye is 9 years old and will be heading into 4th grade.
    She's kept busy with Girl Scouts, friends birthday parties, 
    school & field trips.

    Jay has made me proud by quitting his addiction to cigarettes and continues adapting to a healthier lifestyle.

    I have been busy being the taxi driver for my daughters, housekeeper for our home and accountant for the bills which hasn't left me with much 'me' time.  I would like to get back to exercising and eating healthier, reading more and getting things organized around my home.  There's a lot to be done and when I get to where I am going, it will feel so much better to have accomplished a healthier lifestyle, more organized home and acquired some free time to just be.  

    Of course I'm excited to be back blogging and adding new and exciting things to my blog.  As always there are other places you can find me online.  Just scroll down  to the bottom of this post and look to the right of your screen.  All my social media icons are there and you can follow me on  whichever networks you're a part of.  Some social outlets I'm more involved with than others.  It's all  a work in progress and I'm grateful that you're along on this journey with me!


    Thank You for being a loyal follower and 
    I look forward to this new chapter ahead!!!

    Returning & Update

    Hello AATC friends!

    It's been quite some time since I've blogged.

    I have wonderful followers who look for my book reviews,
     send me sweet e-mails asking about my family and blog friends
    who I follow and I've missed as well.

    Although I'm not going into detail as to why I've been gone, 
    I will say I needed some time away to regroup.  To figure out the direction of my blog and how I'm going to get where I want to go.

    I haven't been reading much at all, which is a BIG part of my blog....book reviews.  I've been missing it and with summer upon us, I hope to get back into reading & reviewing again.

    I've also decided to help an online friend with her business.
     This will help me to grow and earn money to expand my blog in the future.  I will be adding my friend as an author to my blog so she can be the voice of her business which will be located under her own section, but in turn she will compensate me for any customers she gains that are my followers.  I will also be helping her with some other virtual assistant tasks which will help me earn so I can create a bigger and better blog!  I'm looking forward to having another blogger on board with me to add to my site's content! 

    As always, family comes first and everyone around here is definitely keeping busy, busy, busy!

    My oldest daughter Em is now 13 years old and will be entering 8th grade....her last year of middle school!!!!  She's been busy this school year with singing in choirs and playing violin in orchestra.

    Kaye is 9 years old and will be heading into 4th grade.
    She's kept busy with Girl Scouts, friends birthday parties, 
    school & field trips.

    Jay has made me proud by quitting his addiction to cigarettes and continues adapting to a healthier lifestyle.

    I have been busy being the taxi driver for my daughters, housekeeper for our home and accountant for the bills which hasn't left me with much 'me' time.  I would like to get back to exercising and eating healthier, reading more and getting things organized around my home.  There's a lot to be done and when I get to where I am going, it will feel so much better to have accomplished a healthier lifestyle, more organized home and acquired some free time to just be.  

    Of course I'm excited to be back blogging and adding new and exciting things to my blog.  As always there are other places you can find me online.  Just scroll down  to the bottom of this post and look to the right of your screen.  All my social media icons are there and you can follow me on  whichever networks you're a part of.  Some social outlets I'm more involved with than others.  It's all  a work in progress and I'm grateful that you're along on this journey with me!


    Thank You for being a loyal follower and 
    I look forward to this new chapter ahead!!!

    Posted at 11:54 AM  |  by Elle

    My rating: 3 of 5 stars


    Summer Snow's grandmother is dying and has written a bucket list for her!
    The first item is to locate a childhood friend named Martin, who meant so much to Summer.
    Summer finds herself in the middle of Martin and his quirky, dysfunctional brothers and their family secrets.


    This book was a 'midway' like for me; meaning there were parts of the storyline I really liked, and others not as much; just some odd & quirky things to me. I liked Summer's grandmother out of all the characters, and Martin's brothers the least.

    It would've been a quick read had I been more interested in the story, but I actually set it aside for awhile.

    I was given this book as an Advanced Reader copy from NetGalley-----Thank You!!!!!










    Book Review: Summer's List by Anita Higman


    My rating: 3 of 5 stars


    Summer Snow's grandmother is dying and has written a bucket list for her!
    The first item is to locate a childhood friend named Martin, who meant so much to Summer.
    Summer finds herself in the middle of Martin and his quirky, dysfunctional brothers and their family secrets.


    This book was a 'midway' like for me; meaning there were parts of the storyline I really liked, and others not as much; just some odd & quirky things to me. I liked Summer's grandmother out of all the characters, and Martin's brothers the least.

    It would've been a quick read had I been more interested in the story, but I actually set it aside for awhile.

    I was given this book as an Advanced Reader copy from NetGalley-----Thank You!!!!!










    Posted at 12:13 AM  |  by Elle
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Dee has a full time job as a cleaning lady and she comes home exhausted everyday to cook and clean while her three grown children do nothing.  They do not pay rent, they do not do their laundry, they just expect their mother to do it all.  

    Dee's husband Liam loses his job and Dee becomes frustrated at her children's lack of involvement and slowly begins to make changes in their family's life.  Probably the most shocking thing to her children is that she will only be cooking for their father and herself.

    It is quite amazing how much of a story Maeve Binchy packed into this little novella!  I thoroughly enjoyed it and can totally understand the tough love Dee had to show her children, especially because they are adults!  I'm sure there are many adult children out in the world today like this and it is very sad.  If there is one thing people should take away from this story it is to appreciate what your parents do (did) for you and contribute in any way you can.  Unfortunately many children in society today feel they are above menial chores and contributing to the family unit.  Some of this comes from how the parents are bringing up their children y not making them do chores and some of it is just the attitude of 'so and so doesn't have to do that, so why should I?"  

    As a parent of two girls almost 13 and 9 years old, I am trying to prepare them for the real world. If you want  your children to be able to function on their own, teach them menial household chores.  Get them involved and expect them to contribute in your household.  They may not enjoy it, but I'm sure one day they will thank you for it!

    Thank You Maeve Binchy for this great novella and thanks NetGalley for this advance copy! 








    Book Review: Full House by Maeve Binchy

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Dee has a full time job as a cleaning lady and she comes home exhausted everyday to cook and clean while her three grown children do nothing.  They do not pay rent, they do not do their laundry, they just expect their mother to do it all.  

    Dee's husband Liam loses his job and Dee becomes frustrated at her children's lack of involvement and slowly begins to make changes in their family's life.  Probably the most shocking thing to her children is that she will only be cooking for their father and herself.

    It is quite amazing how much of a story Maeve Binchy packed into this little novella!  I thoroughly enjoyed it and can totally understand the tough love Dee had to show her children, especially because they are adults!  I'm sure there are many adult children out in the world today like this and it is very sad.  If there is one thing people should take away from this story it is to appreciate what your parents do (did) for you and contribute in any way you can.  Unfortunately many children in society today feel they are above menial chores and contributing to the family unit.  Some of this comes from how the parents are bringing up their children y not making them do chores and some of it is just the attitude of 'so and so doesn't have to do that, so why should I?"  

    As a parent of two girls almost 13 and 9 years old, I am trying to prepare them for the real world. If you want  your children to be able to function on their own, teach them menial household chores.  Get them involved and expect them to contribute in your household.  They may not enjoy it, but I'm sure one day they will thank you for it!

    Thank You Maeve Binchy for this great novella and thanks NetGalley for this advance copy! 








    Posted at 11:58 PM  |  by Elle
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    The Summer's End is the third book in Mary Alice Monroe's LowCountry Summer trilogy.  You can see my reviews of the first two books in this series here: 

    Book 1: The Summer Girls
    Book 2: The Summer Wind

    The final book in this series focuses on Harper, the sister that has had it the easiest monetarily, but not emotionally.  Harper's mother is detached, impersonal, controlling and has never been supportive of Harper's desire to be a writer.  


    The storyline of this book prepares the sisters and their Mamaw for the sale of their family beach home, Sea Breeze.  Harper hires a local company to update the kitchen, but little does she know that the son of the company she is using is home to visit and just happens to be Taylor McClellan, the man her sister Carson and nephew Nate met at the Dolphin Rescue Center in Florida.  Harper works on getting the garden in shape on the property as well as secretly writing a book during her last summer at Sea Breeze.


    Harper's sister Dora has decided to send her son Nate, who has Asperger's, to a specialized school.  Dora decides to get a job and continues to enjoy the company of her boyfriend Devlin.


    Carson is pregnant and not sure of what to do.  She is pushing the baby's father Blake away and is scared of where she will live and what she will do next.


    As in the first two books, this one also focuses nicely on each sister's struggles and triumphs.  There are a few surprises towards the end of the book and I can't help but want a pre-quel to this trilogy explaining Marietta Muir (Mamaw) and Granny James' life when they were younger women because I feel they both have secrets that need to be told!


    If you are looking for a great beach read, I highly recommend this trilogy!












    Book Review: The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe

    My rating: 3 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    The Summer's End is the third book in Mary Alice Monroe's LowCountry Summer trilogy.  You can see my reviews of the first two books in this series here: 

    Book 1: The Summer Girls
    Book 2: The Summer Wind

    The final book in this series focuses on Harper, the sister that has had it the easiest monetarily, but not emotionally.  Harper's mother is detached, impersonal, controlling and has never been supportive of Harper's desire to be a writer.  


    The storyline of this book prepares the sisters and their Mamaw for the sale of their family beach home, Sea Breeze.  Harper hires a local company to update the kitchen, but little does she know that the son of the company she is using is home to visit and just happens to be Taylor McClellan, the man her sister Carson and nephew Nate met at the Dolphin Rescue Center in Florida.  Harper works on getting the garden in shape on the property as well as secretly writing a book during her last summer at Sea Breeze.


    Harper's sister Dora has decided to send her son Nate, who has Asperger's, to a specialized school.  Dora decides to get a job and continues to enjoy the company of her boyfriend Devlin.


    Carson is pregnant and not sure of what to do.  She is pushing the baby's father Blake away and is scared of where she will live and what she will do next.


    As in the first two books, this one also focuses nicely on each sister's struggles and triumphs.  There are a few surprises towards the end of the book and I can't help but want a pre-quel to this trilogy explaining Marietta Muir (Mamaw) and Granny James' life when they were younger women because I feel they both have secrets that need to be told!


    If you are looking for a great beach read, I highly recommend this trilogy!












    Posted at 11:35 PM  |  by Elle
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Sophie Anderson has been a supportive wife to her husband Zack for sixteen years.  Her husband's life revolves around his work as an architect, while Sophie is focused on raising their two children, fifteen year old Jonah and ten year old Lacey.

    Zack doesn't call to tell Sophie he'll be late for dinner so she decides to check his schedule on his computer.  What she finds is a memo 'Remember L's bday.'  She guesses it's his secretary's birthday.  But then she sees the memo for the next day, 'Discuss Div with S.'
    When her husband returns home she decides to confront him about the second memo and this is how she finds out her husband wants a divorce.  She's shocked and confused and tells her husband that a college friend had phoned the day before checking to see if they'd want to rent her family's summer home in Nantucket in July and August.  Sophie is hoping Zack will come with them to work on their marriage.  Zack refuses and says he won't pay for it.  Sophie decides she will use her inheritance from her Aunt Fancy to take her and the children to the cottage for the summer.

    Trevor Black owns his own software company and is a widow with a four year old son named Leo who is having a difficult time coping with his mother's death and showing obsessive behaviors.  Trevor consults with a phychologist and the doctor suggests a vacation; somewhere Leo had never been with his mother.  Coincidentally, one of Trevor's old college friends calls him with an offer to rent his family's summer home for July and August and he accepts because it is just what the doctor has ordered.

    As you may have guessed, Sophie and Trevor both head to Nantucket and need to work out the situation between them both renting the guest cottage for the summer.
    Sophie's children grow close with Leo, Sophie finds a beau in one of her daughter's new friends in the area and Trevor fights his attraction to Sophie.

    This is a light, flowing read; perfect for summer.





    Book Review: The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.

    Sophie Anderson has been a supportive wife to her husband Zack for sixteen years.  Her husband's life revolves around his work as an architect, while Sophie is focused on raising their two children, fifteen year old Jonah and ten year old Lacey.

    Zack doesn't call to tell Sophie he'll be late for dinner so she decides to check his schedule on his computer.  What she finds is a memo 'Remember L's bday.'  She guesses it's his secretary's birthday.  But then she sees the memo for the next day, 'Discuss Div with S.'
    When her husband returns home she decides to confront him about the second memo and this is how she finds out her husband wants a divorce.  She's shocked and confused and tells her husband that a college friend had phoned the day before checking to see if they'd want to rent her family's summer home in Nantucket in July and August.  Sophie is hoping Zack will come with them to work on their marriage.  Zack refuses and says he won't pay for it.  Sophie decides she will use her inheritance from her Aunt Fancy to take her and the children to the cottage for the summer.

    Trevor Black owns his own software company and is a widow with a four year old son named Leo who is having a difficult time coping with his mother's death and showing obsessive behaviors.  Trevor consults with a phychologist and the doctor suggests a vacation; somewhere Leo had never been with his mother.  Coincidentally, one of Trevor's old college friends calls him with an offer to rent his family's summer home for July and August and he accepts because it is just what the doctor has ordered.

    As you may have guessed, Sophie and Trevor both head to Nantucket and need to work out the situation between them both renting the guest cottage for the summer.
    Sophie's children grow close with Leo, Sophie finds a beau in one of her daughter's new friends in the area and Trevor fights his attraction to Sophie.

    This is a light, flowing read; perfect for summer.





    Posted at 9:54 AM  |  by Elle

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