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My Rating: 5 Stars

This book starts with the reader already knowing the ending. Some reviews I've seen state that it would've been better to save what Mallory's fate is until the end of the book, but I feel that the reason Elin disclosed her illness was so you could appreciate what a full life she led, although bittersweet.

This book is based on the play and movie, Same Time Next Year.
Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud come into one another's life via her brother Cooper Blessing and connect romantically almost instantly in 1993.  Although they have chemistry from the beginning, Jake is in a relationship with his childhood sweetheart and Mallory is starting her life over on Nantucket. They agree to spend Labor Day weekend together every year, no matter what is happening in their lives.  are not to contact one another throughout the year unless there's a marriage, pregnancy or death, which they abide by.

I loved how each chapter began with real life highlights of events that were happening in the specific year.  Another highlight was the mouth-watering details in the meals they prepared and ate!!! I need some recipes for these dishes Elin!!!  She also peppers characters and businesses from her other books throughout the story, which is very comforting; makes you feel like you've been here before (and if you've read any of her books before, you kind of have been!)


Dislikes:

- I did not enjoy the politics within the book. (Beach Read...trying to escape reality here!!)
- At times I felt sad for both Mallory and Jake because their situation could've been different if they were just honest with themselves and others in their lives. 

They could've had more time together during their lifetime (life is short!) 

- Infidelity. It is bothersome that both characters so easily could drift back to one another for one weekend a year and then just return to the rest of their lives for the remainder of the year.  ( they did find it difficult to separate and thought of one another when not together...torturing themselves.)

If this is your very first Elin Hilderbrand read, please don't totally judge her on this book alone.  It was a bit more 'serious' and depressing than some of her other books.
Checkout 'The Blue Bistro' to experience just one of my favorites of hers!



Click here to purchase your copy!  


Book Review: 28 Summers

My Rating: 5 Stars

This book starts with the reader already knowing the ending. Some reviews I've seen state that it would've been better to save what Mallory's fate is until the end of the book, but I feel that the reason Elin disclosed her illness was so you could appreciate what a full life she led, although bittersweet.

This book is based on the play and movie, Same Time Next Year.
Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud come into one another's life via her brother Cooper Blessing and connect romantically almost instantly in 1993.  Although they have chemistry from the beginning, Jake is in a relationship with his childhood sweetheart and Mallory is starting her life over on Nantucket. They agree to spend Labor Day weekend together every year, no matter what is happening in their lives.  are not to contact one another throughout the year unless there's a marriage, pregnancy or death, which they abide by.

I loved how each chapter began with real life highlights of events that were happening in the specific year.  Another highlight was the mouth-watering details in the meals they prepared and ate!!! I need some recipes for these dishes Elin!!!  She also peppers characters and businesses from her other books throughout the story, which is very comforting; makes you feel like you've been here before (and if you've read any of her books before, you kind of have been!)


Dislikes:

- I did not enjoy the politics within the book. (Beach Read...trying to escape reality here!!)
- At times I felt sad for both Mallory and Jake because their situation could've been different if they were just honest with themselves and others in their lives. 

They could've had more time together during their lifetime (life is short!) 

- Infidelity. It is bothersome that both characters so easily could drift back to one another for one weekend a year and then just return to the rest of their lives for the remainder of the year.  ( they did find it difficult to separate and thought of one another when not together...torturing themselves.)

If this is your very first Elin Hilderbrand read, please don't totally judge her on this book alone.  It was a bit more 'serious' and depressing than some of her other books.
Checkout 'The Blue Bistro' to experience just one of my favorites of hers!



Click here to purchase your copy!  


Posted at 7:01 PM  |  by Elle

I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of The Menopause Diet Plan by Hillary Wright, M.Ed., RDN and Elizabeth M. Ward M.S., R.D. from NetGalley.

I was looking for new information on this topic, but really did not learn anything new from this book.  However, if you're looking for more information on healthier eating habits and learning more about health concerns as you age, this book is for you!  Topics covered are heart health, lowering your risks for diabetes and cancer, healthy bones, being cognizant of what you're drinking, physical activity and dietary supplements.  All of these topics are covered in relation to menopause.  The last two chapters are dedicated to the Menopause Diet Plan and provide eating tips and recipes.

Both authors are registered dieticians and present the topics with ease and in a way you can understand the subjects at hand.  There are many studies and facts that are cited throughout the book, as well as a helpful resource list at the back of the book.

This is definitely a good book to have on your shelf for reference to look back on.  I found myself highlighting things that I want to remember about specific vitamins and dietary supplements.  I would definitely want my daughters to read this book when they are a bit older to understand the importance of all the topics discussed in this book!



Book Review: The Menopause Diet Plan


I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of The Menopause Diet Plan by Hillary Wright, M.Ed., RDN and Elizabeth M. Ward M.S., R.D. from NetGalley.

I was looking for new information on this topic, but really did not learn anything new from this book.  However, if you're looking for more information on healthier eating habits and learning more about health concerns as you age, this book is for you!  Topics covered are heart health, lowering your risks for diabetes and cancer, healthy bones, being cognizant of what you're drinking, physical activity and dietary supplements.  All of these topics are covered in relation to menopause.  The last two chapters are dedicated to the Menopause Diet Plan and provide eating tips and recipes.

Both authors are registered dieticians and present the topics with ease and in a way you can understand the subjects at hand.  There are many studies and facts that are cited throughout the book, as well as a helpful resource list at the back of the book.

This is definitely a good book to have on your shelf for reference to look back on.  I found myself highlighting things that I want to remember about specific vitamins and dietary supplements.  I would definitely want my daughters to read this book when they are a bit older to understand the importance of all the topics discussed in this book!



Posted at 1:07 AM  |  by Elle



This book was a gift from my niece. 
 It isn't the usual genre that I read, 
but I figured I'd give it a try. 
This is the first book I've read by 
Gillian Flynn and I've never seen the
movie Gone Girl.

Let me preface this review by saying this
was a graphic and disturbing book on 
so many levels.  At first it reminded me
of the type of writing you'd find in a V.C. Andrews
 book, but as the story progressed it took on a 
whole other level of wickedness and creepiness!!!

Camille Preaker is a reporter from Chicago
 who is sent back to her hometown of  
Wind Gap, MO to cover the story of a missing girl.
She is not looking forward to going back to the
town where she grew up and as the book progresses
you understand more and more why!
There's an abundance of hatefulness throughout this book.  
Definitely mental illness, self-harm, alcoholism, drug abuse and 
promiscuous behavior (and that's putting it lightly!!)

You learn about Camille and what her life was like in 
this small town growing up.  You can connect the dots
as to why she has such pain in her life due to
 the awful experiences she has gone through. 

So many characters in this book could use a 
good therapist and hospitalization.  
It's just one messed up person after another!

I don't want to give away spoilers, which is why I 
haven't gone into much detail about the plot, but
just know you will feel more and more uncomfortable
with what you're reading  chapter after chapter.

Surprisingly, this is a short book which packs a lot 
of story line into the pages.  If you enjoy dark
mysteries and psychological thrillers, you will 
most likely enjoy Sharp Objects.  If you're more
faint-hearted (like me) you will be disturbed by this book.

For some reason after I finished this book I thought
about 'how would this be turned into a movie?'
since I already knew Gone Girl was a movie.
Then I learned Sharp Objects was made into 
an HBO mini-series!  If you've seen the mini-series
leave me a comment to let me know how they 
incorporated this book onto the screen!
I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 stars only because the
author did weave a strange story that kept you guessing. 
I guess the psychological thriller genre just isn't my
cup of tea, so to speak.


Book Review - Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn




This book was a gift from my niece. 
 It isn't the usual genre that I read, 
but I figured I'd give it a try. 
This is the first book I've read by 
Gillian Flynn and I've never seen the
movie Gone Girl.

Let me preface this review by saying this
was a graphic and disturbing book on 
so many levels.  At first it reminded me
of the type of writing you'd find in a V.C. Andrews
 book, but as the story progressed it took on a 
whole other level of wickedness and creepiness!!!

Camille Preaker is a reporter from Chicago
 who is sent back to her hometown of  
Wind Gap, MO to cover the story of a missing girl.
She is not looking forward to going back to the
town where she grew up and as the book progresses
you understand more and more why!
There's an abundance of hatefulness throughout this book.  
Definitely mental illness, self-harm, alcoholism, drug abuse and 
promiscuous behavior (and that's putting it lightly!!)

You learn about Camille and what her life was like in 
this small town growing up.  You can connect the dots
as to why she has such pain in her life due to
 the awful experiences she has gone through. 

So many characters in this book could use a 
good therapist and hospitalization.  
It's just one messed up person after another!

I don't want to give away spoilers, which is why I 
haven't gone into much detail about the plot, but
just know you will feel more and more uncomfortable
with what you're reading  chapter after chapter.

Surprisingly, this is a short book which packs a lot 
of story line into the pages.  If you enjoy dark
mysteries and psychological thrillers, you will 
most likely enjoy Sharp Objects.  If you're more
faint-hearted (like me) you will be disturbed by this book.

For some reason after I finished this book I thought
about 'how would this be turned into a movie?'
since I already knew Gone Girl was a movie.
Then I learned Sharp Objects was made into 
an HBO mini-series!  If you've seen the mini-series
leave me a comment to let me know how they 
incorporated this book onto the screen!
I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 stars only because the
author did weave a strange story that kept you guessing. 
I guess the psychological thriller genre just isn't my
cup of tea, so to speak.


Posted at 7:36 PM  |  by Elle


REVIEWERS NOTE:   

I have read books by Kristin Hannah before. My favorite being Firefly Lane.  I was not prepared for the domestic violence in this book.  I had to try my best to skip over those scenes in the book due to personal reasons.  I just kept envisioning my mother who lived through abuse in 1970 and luckily had the courage to find a way to leave and save me before I was born.  PTSD and war were not a part of my mother's situation, but mental illness and alcoholism was.  And as stated in the book, there wasn't any help or assistance for battered women in those days.  


The Great Alone follows the Allbright family from 1974 until 1986.  Ernt Allbright is a former POW and is a changed man from the Vietnam war.  His wife Cora 'stands by her man' no matter what.  Their daughter Lenora, whom they call Leni moves with her family like nomads because her father cannot hold down a job.   Ernt is notified that one of his friends that was killed in the war has left him his piece of land in Alaska.  The journey begins with him moving his family north.  They will live off the grid and start over.  They are unprepared for Alaska-living; the hard work it entails and the isolation.

Without giving too much of the story away, I must say that the writing in this book is extraordinary.  You feel like you are in Alaska...which is why I read this book in the winter.  I'm usually a beach-book reader, so this was an adjustment for me.  Kristin Hannah's writing is vivid, descriptive, picturesque and true to life.  The story flows genuinely and you definitely want to know the outcome of this family.  It surely is not a 'fluff' book.  





Book Review: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah



REVIEWERS NOTE:   

I have read books by Kristin Hannah before. My favorite being Firefly Lane.  I was not prepared for the domestic violence in this book.  I had to try my best to skip over those scenes in the book due to personal reasons.  I just kept envisioning my mother who lived through abuse in 1970 and luckily had the courage to find a way to leave and save me before I was born.  PTSD and war were not a part of my mother's situation, but mental illness and alcoholism was.  And as stated in the book, there wasn't any help or assistance for battered women in those days.  


The Great Alone follows the Allbright family from 1974 until 1986.  Ernt Allbright is a former POW and is a changed man from the Vietnam war.  His wife Cora 'stands by her man' no matter what.  Their daughter Lenora, whom they call Leni moves with her family like nomads because her father cannot hold down a job.   Ernt is notified that one of his friends that was killed in the war has left him his piece of land in Alaska.  The journey begins with him moving his family north.  They will live off the grid and start over.  They are unprepared for Alaska-living; the hard work it entails and the isolation.

Without giving too much of the story away, I must say that the writing in this book is extraordinary.  You feel like you are in Alaska...which is why I read this book in the winter.  I'm usually a beach-book reader, so this was an adjustment for me.  Kristin Hannah's writing is vivid, descriptive, picturesque and true to life.  The story flows genuinely and you definitely want to know the outcome of this family.  It surely is not a 'fluff' book.  





Posted at 10:50 PM  |  by Elle
I borrowed this book from my public library because I was interested in learning about everything involved with being an 'influencer' on social media.  Contrary to popular belief, an #influencer is someone on social media that has a relatively large following.  10,000 to 24,999 followers is considered a micro-influencer.  25,000 to 49,999 followers is the collaboration stage when a person collaborates with other influencers.  50,000 to 100,000 followers is when an influencer starts to approach other brands that they can represent on their social media channels.

The author, Brittany Hennessey is the Senior Director of Influencer Strategy + Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.  As she puts it in the books, "it's her job to know the universe of influencers."  And yes, she does fully understand the influencer universe.

Before reading this book I had a basic understanding of what influencers do and my knowledge was mainly based off of what I have heard my 12 and 16 year old daughters talk about from their favorite YouTube & Instagram personalities.  There is definitely a broad range of influencers out there, but this book goes into the nitty-gritty of the steps and business knowledge needed to be successful as an influencer.

Most of the people who have followers in the thousands are eating, breathing & sleeping this business.  And the more popular they get, they are not doing it all on their own.  They have a team of people behind them.  From assistants, managers, publicists, attorneys, social media managers, photographers and agents....this is a team effort and serious business for serious income.

Throughout the book there are stories of highly successful influencers as well as many tags to check out on Instagram (the @name you find on the site.)  They highlight how they began, which platforms that focus on and what they wish they would've known when starting out.

Currently most influencers are women and because the author of this book has dealt with mostly women, this book is geared towards a female audience.

This book was a very quick read for me and I think it would be extremely eye-opening for the younger generation to read (middle to high schoolers) because I think that age group believes the life of these influencers is so glamorous, when in reality it's a lot more work than people let on.  Anyone aspiring to put in all the hours required to do this kind of work would greatly benefit from this book as well.
 

Book Review: #influencer by Brittany Hennessy

I borrowed this book from my public library because I was interested in learning about everything involved with being an 'influencer' on social media.  Contrary to popular belief, an #influencer is someone on social media that has a relatively large following.  10,000 to 24,999 followers is considered a micro-influencer.  25,000 to 49,999 followers is the collaboration stage when a person collaborates with other influencers.  50,000 to 100,000 followers is when an influencer starts to approach other brands that they can represent on their social media channels.

The author, Brittany Hennessey is the Senior Director of Influencer Strategy + Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.  As she puts it in the books, "it's her job to know the universe of influencers."  And yes, she does fully understand the influencer universe.

Before reading this book I had a basic understanding of what influencers do and my knowledge was mainly based off of what I have heard my 12 and 16 year old daughters talk about from their favorite YouTube & Instagram personalities.  There is definitely a broad range of influencers out there, but this book goes into the nitty-gritty of the steps and business knowledge needed to be successful as an influencer.

Most of the people who have followers in the thousands are eating, breathing & sleeping this business.  And the more popular they get, they are not doing it all on their own.  They have a team of people behind them.  From assistants, managers, publicists, attorneys, social media managers, photographers and agents....this is a team effort and serious business for serious income.

Throughout the book there are stories of highly successful influencers as well as many tags to check out on Instagram (the @name you find on the site.)  They highlight how they began, which platforms that focus on and what they wish they would've known when starting out.

Currently most influencers are women and because the author of this book has dealt with mostly women, this book is geared towards a female audience.

This book was a very quick read for me and I think it would be extremely eye-opening for the younger generation to read (middle to high schoolers) because I think that age group believes the life of these influencers is so glamorous, when in reality it's a lot more work than people let on.  Anyone aspiring to put in all the hours required to do this kind of work would greatly benefit from this book as well.
 

Posted at 3:14 PM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON ISR


I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Lindsey Teague Moreno's book 

This book is meant for 'momtrepreneurs'' but can also be of assistance for anyone starting a small business.  Lindsey shares from her experiences in her current home-based business, as well as previous businesses.  She invites the reader to dig deep into what 'your thing' is and to start from there.  Most importantly she advises you to be your authentic self, which I am in total agreement with.  Who wants to see cookie-cutter when you're in business?  She shares her success philosophy, tips for social media marketing and other pertinent topics for anyone who's their own boss.


Lindsey's voice in this book is like she's talking to a girlfriend at a local coffee shop.  She is real, to the point and gives the information to you straightforward.  This book was a quick, enjoyable read and I highlighted many nuggets of wisdom throughout the book.  I wish I could share more about the book here, but since it hasn't been released yet I don't want to include any 'spoilers.'  
You won't be disappointed!!!

Pre-Order Your 
Copy Here!!!

ENJOY!!!

#BossUpBook

Boss Up! : This Ain't Your Mama's Business Book



I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Lindsey Teague Moreno's book 

This book is meant for 'momtrepreneurs'' but can also be of assistance for anyone starting a small business.  Lindsey shares from her experiences in her current home-based business, as well as previous businesses.  She invites the reader to dig deep into what 'your thing' is and to start from there.  Most importantly she advises you to be your authentic self, which I am in total agreement with.  Who wants to see cookie-cutter when you're in business?  She shares her success philosophy, tips for social media marketing and other pertinent topics for anyone who's their own boss.


Lindsey's voice in this book is like she's talking to a girlfriend at a local coffee shop.  She is real, to the point and gives the information to you straightforward.  This book was a quick, enjoyable read and I highlighted many nuggets of wisdom throughout the book.  I wish I could share more about the book here, but since it hasn't been released yet I don't want to include any 'spoilers.'  
You won't be disappointed!!!

Pre-Order Your 
Copy Here!!!

ENJOY!!!

#BossUpBook

Posted at 7:48 PM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON ISR

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