Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Moonglow Sisters: A Novel by Lori Wilde

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

It’s Jill Shalvis meets Susan Mallery in this gorgeous novel by New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde about three sisters, one small town, a wedding, and the summer that changes everything.

Welcome to Moonglow Cove, Texas, a place where your neighbors know your name and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico lap lazily against the sands. It’s a magical spot, especially in the summertime…

Once the town was the home of the Clark sisters—brought up by their grandmother at the Moonglow Inn. Nicknamed “The Moonglow Sisters”, as children they were inseparable.  Then, a wedding-day betrayal tore them apart and they scattered across the globe and away from each other.  But the sisters have at last come home…

There’s Maddie: smart, sensible, and stubborn. Shelley, who ran off to find her bliss. And Gia, a free-spirit determined to keep the peace. It’s her impending wedding that keeps them together…but Gia has a secret, and when her sisters find out all heck is going to break loose!

The Moonglow Sisters continues Lori Wilde’s trademark storytelling to create an unforgettable novel of family, betrayal, love, and second chances.

my thoughts:

What a fun and engaging story! I absolutely enjoyed The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde. It was such a lighthearted and entertaining read. I would happily recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you will fall in LOVE with this story!!

The Clark sisters were super close as kids. They had their grandma, Moonglow Inn, and each other. And then, betrayal showed up.  Wedding-day betrayal!! Yep, the sisters scattered and their close bond was broken. Fast forward, they are all gathered together at the Moonglow Inn, because grandma is sick. She's got a brain tumor and her last wish is for the sisters to reconnect. They used to quilt together, so she would like for them to finish a quilt together.  She's hoping that through the quilting, they will start to heal their broken relationship.  Of course, life is not always as easy as you wish it would be.  The sisters do come together, but they also bring all of their baggage, which threatens to break them further apart.  And, they also learn some of their grandmother's secrets, which leads to even more drama. Talk about a very eventful reunion.

Wilde has written a terrific story filled with interesting and well-developed characters that you can't help but befriend. I just loved getting to know the Moonglow Sisters!  And the story itself, is just so good - you won't want to put the book down for anything! Definitely a treat to read!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Moonglow Sisters
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Monday, March 9, 2020

100 Drives, 5000 Ideas by National Geographic

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

Buckle up for the road trip of a lifetime: 100 epic journeys through all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces offering thousands of sites and roadside attractions along the way. A sequel to the best-selling 50 States, 5,000 Ideas.

From a vineyard route through Northwest wine country to a winter wonderland on Alberta’s Icefields Parkway, this informative travel guide offers epic sights, good bites, and pure fun. Pack your car and hit the road to experience 100 drives–both classic and off the beaten track–across the United States and Canada. You’ll find innovative itineraries outlining your route, along with when to go and what to see and do along the way. And there’s something here to satisfy every passenger. Take in the magnificent turns along Alaska’s Route One through Anchorage to Kenai. Or wind your way through retro spots from Chicago to Los Angeles on Route 66. On nearly 600 miles of New Mexico’s Trail of the Ancients, stop off to encounter sites dating back to A.D. 850. Or discover fossils along Dinosaur Drive, a route that winds its way from Calgary to Denver. Beach lovers will delight in Hawaii’s Oahu Circle Island Drive, while history lovers can follow Canada’s War of 1812 trail: a cruise between Montreal and Windsor with stops at major battlefields along the way.

Filled with expert tips, tons of activities, and plenty to see and do as you drive–the ultimate road trip playlist anyone?–here is an inspirational and practical keepsake for any road warrior.

my thoughts:

National Geographic's latest book, 100 Drives, 5000 Ideas is chock full of awesome photographs that have you daydreaming about taking road trips all over North America.  This book has so much information packed in - the distance to and fro, when you should visit, activities available, and expert travel tips. It truly is the perfect road trip book to dive into. And, if you are partial to armchair travel, 100 Drives, 5000 Ideas makes for a great coffee table book.  Either way, this book is such a fun treat to read, flip through, and get lost in.

I would happily recommend 100 Drives, 5000 Ideas to anyone and everyone looking for their next great travel book. You will LOVE this one to bits!! And, I'm pretty sure you'll be inspired to start planning out a road trip or three of your own.

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: 100 Drives, 5000 Ideas
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Girl With The Louding Voice: A Novel by Abi Daré

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.

When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.

But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can—in a whisper, in song, in broken English—until she is heard.

my thoughts:

I've been wanting to read great literature for quite some time. A book that would excel in every which way - writing, plot, characters, details, story, etc.. Well, I found that book - Abi Daré's novel, The Girl With The Louding Voice.  Talk about literature at its very best!

First off, the book's cover. Gorgeousness galore! I LOVED the cover. The images and the colors - oh, how they spoke volumes. And then, I read the story. OMFG! I was blown away. I found myself mesmerized by such powerful storytelling, that I couldn't/wouldn't put the book down for anything. I refused to stop reading until I turned the very last page. I was enthralled by the words, the story, the emotions, and the passion.  This book had me from the start and I enjoyed every single second I spent with it. 

Adunni was an amazing character. I fell in love with her and couldn't get enough of her story. She wants a "louding voice", which means speaking for herself and being able to make her dreams come true. Her dream is for an education.  That is all she wants. And then, her father sells her into marriage. Fourteen and forced to marry a man who wants a child ASAP. Oh, how my heart broke for Adunni. The unfairness of it all. This young girl who deserved for her "louding voice" to be shouted at the rooftops.  Well, Adunni runs away.  She escapes to the city, but soon finds that her only option is to work in servitude for a wealthy family.  As she works her fingers to the bone, she learns the stories of the girls who came before her, girls who followed in the same footsteps.  Knowing these stories pushes Adunni to keep fighting for her "louding voice."  And, that is all I will write about this wonderful story. You must experience it for yourself - it is a must-read!!

I would happily recommend The Girl With The Louding Voice to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book to bits!!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Sea Of Lost Girls: A Novel by Carol Goodman

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier, Shari Lapena, and Michelle Richmond comes a new thriller from the bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages—a twisty, harrowing story set at a prestigious prep school in which one woman’s carefully hidden past might destroy her future.

Tess has worked hard to keep her past buried, where it belongs. Now she’s the wife to a respected professor at an elite boarding school, where she also teaches. Her seventeen-year-old son, Rudy, whose dark moods and complicated behavior she’s long worried about, seems to be thriving: he has a lead role in the school play and a smart and ambitious girlfriend. Tess tries not to think about the mistakes she made eighteen years ago, and mostly, she succeeds.

And then one more morning she gets a text at 2:50 AM: it’s Rudy, asking for help. When Tess picks him up she finds him drenched and shivering, with a dark stain on his sweatshirt. Four hours later, Tess gets a phone call from the Haywood school headmistress: Lila Zeller, Rudy’s girlfriend, has been found dead on the beach, not far from where Tess found Rudy just hours before.

As the investigation into Lila’s death escalates, Tess finds her family attacked on all sides. What first seemed like a tragic accidental death is turning into something far more sinister, and not only is Tess’s son a suspect but her husband is a person of interest too. But Lila’s death isn’t the first blemish on Haywood’s record, and the more Tess learns about Haywood’s fabled history, the more she realizes that not all skeletons will stay safely locked in the closet.

my thoughts:

A mystery thriller at its very best! I LOVED Carol Goodman's latest novel, The Sea Of Lost Girls. Talk about a must-read book!

Rudy calls his mom, Tess, late one night with their secret code, SP (it means safe place).  She goes and gets him and wonders what happened - he's shivering, wet, and won't tell her anything. The next morning, Tess receives a call from the headmistress of the school she works at (her son attends the school and her husband works there, too) and finds out that Rudy's girlfriend, Lila, is dead.  Yep, her body was found near the SP that Tess picked up Rudy from.  Hmm...except, he's her son and she knows deep down he wouldn't kill anyone. Right? As the story unfolds, we learn about Tess' past at Haywood (the school she works at) and Rudy's biological father.  We also find out that maybe Tess' husband isn't as innocent as she would like to believe. Hmm...so many twists and turns to consider within this story, which I absolutely LOVED.  I couldn't help but try and figure out whodunit. The Sea Of Lost Girls was so much fun to read! This is definitely one book that I will happily recommend to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - check it out!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Sea Of Lost Girls
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes To Live To 100 by Dan Buettner

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

Best-selling author Dan Buettner debuts his first cookbook, filled with 100 longevity recipes inspired by the Blue Zones locations around the world, where people live the longest.

Building on decades of research, longevity expert Dan Buettner has gathered 100 recipes inspired by the Blue Zones, home to the healthiest and happiest communities in the world. Each dish–for example, Sardinian Herbed Lentil Minestrone; Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Ceviche; Cornmeal Waffles from Loma Linda, California; and Okinawan Sweet Potatoes–uses ingredients and cooking methods proven to increase longevity, wellness, and mental health. Complemented by mouthwatering photography, the recipes also include lifestyle tips (including the best times to eat dinner and proper portion sizes), all gleaned from countries as far away as Japan and as near as Blue Zones project cities in Texas. Innovative, easy to follow, and delicious, these healthy living recipes make the Blue Zones lifestyle even more attainable, thereby improving your health, extending your life, and filling your kitchen with happiness.

my thoughts:

A cookbook based on the Blue Zones - how could I not want to read this book!?! Especially, when the books is published by the National Geographic Society.  I was in from the start.  And, let me just say, how happy I read this wonderful cookbook.  It was chock full of delicious recipes, beautiful photographs, and fascinating stories about the five regions (blue zones) that are the focus of this awesome cookbook.  I absolutely LOVED flipping through and reading about Sardinia and Okinawa. This was truly a gem of a book.

So, what exactly are the "blue zones"?  Well, they are the regions in the world where people are known to live the longest. You know, the places you hear about where the residents are well into their early 100s.  Yep, this book is devoted to recipes inspired by these five different "blue zone" regions and it is so interesting to read about. Learning about the different areas and the tips they provide to inspire you to want to live a "blue zone" lifestyle - its just all so fantastic. After all, the goal is to live a long and healthy life, right? Well, this book will have you excited to think about the foods you eat and the life you want to live. I know that I can't wait to try out some of these yummy looking recipes and, I'm also more interested in trying to learn more about the way food impacts our health and how we can use it to our benefit (inflammation, mental health, etc.).  I would happily recommend The Blue Zones Kitchen to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you won't want to miss out on this fantastic book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Blue Zones Kitchen
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!