Friday, July 22, 2016

Debbie Macomber - Sweet Tomorrows {review}

Debbie Macomber's one of my favorite authors; I love her style of writing and the feel good books she puts out.   I saw Sweet Tomorrows on Netgalley and immediately requested it.   So glad I did!
Even though I'm not usually a series fan,  the Rose Harbor series converted me, if only temporarily.
Sweet Tomorrows is #5 in that series - and I can tell you that the 4 books before it, were as great a read as this one.   This book makes me wish that the Rose Harbor Inn was real.. and that I could go stay there for a weekend, to regroup, gather my thoughts and dreams and come home with some resolve.
  If you love a good book about love, friendship, healing, and finding yourself, this could be your perfect beach read this summer.

Sweet Tomorrows (Rose Harbor Series #5)

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

What I read & what I thought

I'm pretty hooked on this NetGalley site, where I can request to read copies of books that pique my interest.   Only problem is that I'm finding myself requesting like a crazy woman and then not being more committed to reading the titles that I'm approved for.    I did, however, just finish another 2 books that I really enjoyed.

American Tumbleweeds - Marta Elva 


  Honestly, I didn't think it was something I'd enjoy reading, but once I started it, I was pretty into it.  It grabbed my attention fairly early on.  I thought this story was written well, but I didn't understand some of the Spanish phrases that were used.  Other than that, I liked the story itself, and I felt like I could visualize the characters and the scenery.    When an author is able to bring a book to life and you are actually "in" the story and can visualize, that is pretty awesome.  I guess it's not really a negative point, but I thought this book ended abruptly.   I liked the way it ended, but I didn't realize it was the end.  I thought I skipped over a few pages on my Kindle, so I had to go back and make sure.  Maybe it's going to be the first installment of a series?  If so, I'm pretty sure I'd look for the next book.  While I liked this book, and did finish it,  I wouldn't be quick to recommend it to everyone.

Sugar Daddy - Sawyer Bennett

Image result for sugar daddy sawyer                       Umm... I should have waited to read this until the other 2 were available.  Sugar Daddy is book 1 of the Sugar Bowl series.   (Sugar Daddy, Sugar Rush, Sugar Free)     Did not know that.   I'm kind of glad I didn't realize it, because I normally don't read series' or trilogies and may have never picked this up.     So glad I saw it on NetGalley and requested to read it.     I guess I would say that it's along the lines of a softer 50 Shades, if that's your genre... (it's not mine).   In fact, I once borrowed a book from the library, an author I'd never read before, and it was pretty raunchy.  I was reading it at work, on my lunch break and was almost embarrassed.   No one could possibly know what I was reading, but it was just not my kind of book.   I sound like such a prude.    I didn't feel like Sugar Daddy was that bad.     So, yes, there is sex talk in this book but it's not the entire basis.  It's got a little bit of romance, revenge, suspense...all wrapped up in one.
.   It was definitely, for me,  a "couldn't put it down" kind of read, and when it ended (still before I knew it was a series)... It was such a cliff hanger!  I'm so eager to read the next 2 books.   Definitely a beach read, this summer!  I don't think you'll be disappointed.

The Things We Keep - Sally Hepworth

Image result for the things we keep     I loved this book.   That's it.   No, I'm kidding.   But, it really was pretty great.  It kind of centered around 2 women, who were both in different places in their lives and opposite roles - but it was easy to keep up with and was a great story line.  Even though it was fiction, I felt myself feeling sad for the young couple who fell in love, despite both having Alzheimer's.   It scared me that it could happen; I can't imagine living like that.  Or knowing someone so young who suffered from it.  Definitely recommend it.  This was the first Sally Hepworth book I read, so I'm interested in seeing some of her other titles.

We Just Clicked -  Sophie Childs

   I requested his on NetGalley, because when I read the summary, it sounded like something I'd enjoy.    I didn't get very far.   I don't know if it's the style of writing or what, but I couldn't get into this.   I didn't even understand some of the terms or phrases that were being used..  so I gave up.   In the author's defense, she is from the UK.. so that may have been the obstacle for me reading this.   Words and phrases I've never heard.

On my NetGalley shelf to read next:
Emily Giffin - First Comes Love
Debbie Macomber - Sweet Tomorrows

Stay Tuned! 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dog goodies

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*I wasn't compensated or solicited for this review - It's all my own feedback and opinions; I just wanted to share a great product with you*  

I wasn't always selective about buying dog treats; I admit it.    But, as time went on, I noticed that some of the ones I was purchasing, were a little questionable.   I bought a store brand, a couple of times, and it finally occurred to me that these treats were making my dog sick.   She was having a lot of bile and vomiting, usually a day after I'd given them to her.   When I finally realized it was those treats causing it, I stopped giving them to her, and tossed the rest of the box.    This has happened so often.   Mostly because of all the crap ingredients that some of the companies are putting in their products.  Miley was even having weird episodes, physically, and the gas?  Oh Lord.   I may have been saving money buying those brands, but I was doing my poor dog a great disservice.
 Once I took the time to really read up on the ingredients and additives in most of the products I was buying, I knew that these were no good for my dog.     When I heard about the Charlee Bear treats, on social media, I was curious to see how they were different than the brands I'd been buying already.   Well, trust me, they are WAY DIFFERENT!   I was fortunate enough to receive a pack of the Charlee Bear crunchy treats, for my dog, on a Twitter contest.  Since I have been giving them to my dog, I haven't seen any issues with her digestion or anything else.    She enjoys them, of course, but I am really happy with the brand too.
I mean, just by looking at the ingredients, you can see the difference, compared to other brands.
I even like the serving size of these.  My vet once told us, when Miley was overweight, that dogs care about "quality", not "quantity", so we didn't have to give her big, full treats.  After that,  I started breaking her biscuits in half - and didn't feel that I was slighting her, because all she knew was that it was a treat.    With these Bear Crunch treats, I can give her just one.  But if I do give her a couple at a time, I don't feel that I'm over doing it because they're only 3 calories per treat.
If you're a dog parent, you'll want to check these out, if you haven't already.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Birthday Month

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So, evidently, we're in some weird time warp right now, and instead of April showers, we're having April flurries.   Odd, I tell ya.  Odd.     So, I figured since I have nothing better to do (other than clean the house and do laundry), I figured I'd update the ol' blog.    Especially, because, it's my birthday month.   Yep, I'm hitting 40 in ten days and I made a short list, in my phone, a few weeks ago, of things I want to do as I turn 40.  Or maybe, shortly after I turn 40.   I'm a procrastinator, so I don't know when "said" goals will actually be accomplished, but the intent is there.  I promise.  But it won't be before I turn 40, I can almost guarantee that.     My list, so far, is pretty boring, but who knows maybe I'll think of something more daring in the days that follow.       I wanted to do something fun on Facebook for my birthday month, like a giveaway or something, but I couldn't come up with anything creative, so I settled for just using a childhood picture as my profile photo.. (which reminds me, I need to dig out a bunch of old photos today, for my husband to use on a collage at my party.    Yes, I actually did want a party.  The girl who usually wants nothing, actually made it a a point to ask for a party.  Why not?   I've had a rough few years, so why not find something celebration-worthy and party it up?    I don't fret turning 40, but I do have regrets about not accomplishing certain things by this time in my life.   BUT, I also know that it's never too late, so I may surprise myself (and others) in the near future.    So, let's see...   What was I saying?   Oh, yes!    (memory loss already?)    My list of things I have decided to do as I turn 40....(in no specific order)

♦ get my nose pierced (I have wanted a little diamond stud forever and never did it)
♦ learn to knit (or crochet) is there a difference?  If so, it doesn't matter.
♦ start writing again (and possibly start the book I've always wanted to write)
♦ get a mammogram (that may seem odd, but it's important, and I know I need to) last was almost 4 yrs ago
♦ exercise every day (I've actually been doing wellwith this one! Once I got in a routine, I became consistent)
♦ blog way more often than I do now
♦ get another tattoo (in memory of Mom)

Hey, I told you it was boring.  But, that's it.   Like I said, there will be more added, as I think of them, but this is what I had for now.      

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review - A Girl's Guide To Moving On

* As a member of NetGalley, I was able to read an advanced copy of Debbie Macomber's "Girl's Guide To Moving On"...  All I agree to do is read the title that I requested, and provide my honest feedback *
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Debbie Macomber writes the kind of books that I really enjoy, so I've read quite a few of her books.  While this book didn't pertain to my life, personally, I still felt like it was a title and story that would interest me.    And it really did!    Debbie writes about a mother in law and daughter in law, who had forged a friendship, long before both of their marriages took their final breaths.    But, once one of them got the courage to file for divorce, the other soon followed.   Courage is contagious, sometimes, I guess.    It's unfortunate, but sometimes there is someone who is in the same shoes you are, and can weather the storm with you.
    I loved the writing and the story line.    I felt like I could really delve into the pages and be right in the setting.   I could almost see the characters and situations, because the story was so descriptive.   I couldn't wait to see how it ended, and I couldn't put it down.     I definitely recommend this book, for a feel good read.   It might even make you reflect a little, like it did me.