Book Review | The Stranger’s Wife by Anna-Lou Weatherley #NetGalley #Bookouture

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Book cover of The Strangers Wife by Anna-Lou Weatherly

Author: Anna-Lou Weatherley

Print Length: 305 pages

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: January 16, 2020

ISBN-10: 1838882189

ISBN-13: 978-1838882181

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 Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

Beth and Cath are leaving their husbands.

This is a story about two very different women.

One is wealthy and having an affair with a man who gives her the kind of love that her cold, detached husband does not.

One is living hand to mouth, suffering at the hands of a violent partner who would rather see her dead than leave him.

You may think you know these women already and how their lives will unfold.

Beth will live happily ever after with her little girl and her soulmate.

Cath will go back to her abusive husband.

And these two women will never cross paths.

But you will be wrong.

On the 3.15pm train from London to Bristol, Beth and Cath are about to meet and discover they share one shocking thing in common.

Quote

“Suddenly a chill comes over her like a cold knife against the back of her neck”

My Thoughts

The Strangers Wife is a tough book for me to review. I liked it but yet I didn’t. About halfway through the book, I got a bit bored. The story didn’t hold my attention, almost to the point of not finishing it. One key point in the story was child manipulation/abuse.  Personally, I can not handle that and is an immediate turn off no matter where the story may lead. The writing itself was good. It was written in multiple points of view. It bounced back and forth between Cath and Beth, and periodically the point of view of Dan (the detective). There really weren’t any surprises or twists.  The Stranger’s Wife is an explanation of a crime the reader already knows about and there is no shortage of bad things happening to any number of characters. Ultimately it’s a story of Cath and Beth, two abused women, getting their revenge because of “one shocking thing in common.”

The Stranger’s Wife is the 3rd book in the Detective Dan Riley Series. I was not aware of this at the time of requesting this book. However, it is a book that can be read as a stand-alone book. After I completed this book, I don’t have any desire to read the other two books in the series.

Rating

❤ ❤ ❤

About the Author

Author, Anna-Lou Weatherly

Anna-Lou Weatherley was born in Hampshire and grew up in London where she still lives with her partner and two children. An award-winning journalist and women’s lifestyle writer for over fifteen years, she is the former editor and acting editor of J-17 and Smash Hits respectively and has written for all the major glossies including, Grazia, More, Company, and Marie Claire among others.(Harper Collins)

 

 

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Book Review | The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Cover Image of The MIracle Morning by Hal ElrodAuthor:  Hal Elrod

Paperback: 180 pages

Publisher: Hal Elrod; 1st Paperback Edition edition

Publication Date: December 7, 2012

ISBN-10: 0979019710

ISBN-13: 978-0979019715

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Blurb

What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life-changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible.

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or EVERY—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life—the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined—is about to begin. Buy the book and WAKE UP to your full potential!

Quote

“You are where you are because of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.”

My Thoughts

The Miracle Morning was a typical self-help book.  The concepts were basic and the writing was a bit over the top. I feel this book could be easily summarized in just a few sentences.

  • Go to bed the night before thinking positively about the next morning.
  • Wake up with your alarm when it first goes off, no snoozing.
  • Brush your teeth
  • Drink a full glass of water.
  • Get dressed in your workout clothes
  • Follow the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. (Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing)

It seems to be basic information but for those that love self-help/self-care books, the content makes sense and is organized in a way that it is easy to understand.

Rating

2-stars

 

About the Author

Hal Elrod is on a mission to Elevate the Consciousness of Humanity, One Morning at a Time. As the author of one of the highest rated books on Amazon, “The Miracle Morning” (which has been translated into 27 languages, has over 2,200 five-star reviews and is practiced daily by over 500,000 people in more than 70 countries)… he is doing exactly that.

Hal is grateful to be alive and living his mission alongside his wife and their two young children in Austin, TX.

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Book Review: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

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Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Mariner Books; Revised ed. edition (June 9, 2015)

ISBN-10: 9780544484092

ISBN-13: 978-0544484092

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Source: I purchased this book.

Blurb

In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop — the only bookshop — in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.

This new edition features an introduction by David Nicholls, author of One Day.

Quote

“Surely you have to succeed, if you give everything you have.”

“Gentleness is not kindness. His fluid personality tested and stole into the weak places of others until it found it could settle down to its own advantage.”

My Thoughts

Fast Read, Frustrating, Heartbreaking

The Bookshop is a well-written story.  The main character, Florence Green, is a strong-willed lady with the idea of opening a bookshop, in Hardborough, in 1959.  She faces many obstacles and injustices along the way.  However, If you are looking for a happy ending to this story, you have the wrong book. Overall, The Bookshop, is a sad book, beginning, middle, and end. There is no happiness to be found in this book which made it a bit difficult to digest.

Rating

Pace: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Plot / Conflict: ❤ ❤ ❤

Characters: ❤ ❤ ❤

Setting: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoyability: ❤ ❤

Ease of Reading: ❤ ❤ ❤

Overall Rating:

3-stars

About the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald, author of The BookshopPenelope Fitzgerald was an English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of “the ten best historical novels”.

Fitzgerald was the author of nine novels. Her novel Offshore was the winner of the Booker Prize. A further three novels — The BookshopThe Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels — also made the shortlist.

She was educated at Wycombe Abbey and Somerville College, Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1938 with a congratulatory First.

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Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Cover Image of the book, The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton

Author: Karen Hamilton

Print Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition

Publication Date: March 26th, 2019

ISBN-10: 152583150X

ISBN-13: 978-1525831508

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 Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

A “twisted page-turner that should appeal to fans of You”.—Entertainment Weekly.com

YOU’VE NEVER READ A LOVE STORY AS TWISTED AS THIS.

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Quote

“If you love someone, set them free.
If they come back, they’re yours.
If they don’t, make them.”

My Thoughts

Highly Recommended!  This has been my favorite read this year!

Juliette appears to be a sweet, intelligent and a “normal” young lady, but she is delusional and obsessive! Even though Nate has broken off the relationship with her, she just knows that their love for each other was meant to be and she has a plan to get him back. He is everything she could ever want and she is the only one that could ever make him happy. Her infatuation with Nate is over the top, crazy and the level of deception is beyond imaginable. This book will leave you with a feeling of uneasiness.

Juliette is driven with a plan that she will see through to the very end.

Rating

Pace: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Plot / Conflict: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Characters: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (*I would have liked to see some more fight in Nate.)

Setting: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoyability: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Ease of Reading: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Overall Rating:

5-stars

I could not put it down! I LOVED it. This book was amazing and can be counted among my favorites. Highly Recommended!

About the Author

Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect GirlfriendKaren Hamilton caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium, and Italy) and having worked as cabin crew for a major airline.
In 2006, she and her husband put down roots in Hampshire UK and four years ago, she later gave up flying to raise their three sons and concentrate on her writing.
In 2009, she decided to ‘become a writer.’

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Blogmas #15: Book Review | Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Cover Image of Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel HollisAuthor: Rachel Hollis

Print Length: 240 pages

ISBN: 1404109838

Publisher: Thomas Nelson; paperback edition (February 6, 2018)

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing

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 *Source: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

My Thoughts

I am not in the target market for this book.  I am 40 and have 2 boys in their mid and late teens. I would have LOVED, to read this book in my younger, young family years.  However, I still loved this book.  Rachel Hollis is relatable. It was as if this book is a conversation with your best friend, just talking and keeping the conversation real. There were many valid points in this books, but the key was to do what works for you. Be you. Be confident and DON’T take “no” for an answer when you are striving to reach your goals.

I can’t wait to read her next book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, that is coming out in March 2019!

Quote

“Girl, get ahold of your life. Stop medicating, stop hiding out, stop being afraid, stop giving pieces of yourself, stop saying you can’t do it. Stop the negative self-talk, stop abusing your body, stop putting it off for tomorrow or Monday or next year. Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next. Get up, right now. Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday and start again… Girl, wash your face!

Rating

5-stars

About the Author

Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop ApologizingRachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a TV personality, top motivational speaker, top podcast host, CCO of the company she founded, and mother of four. Rachel was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30” and she is deeply passionate about empowering women in business.

She’s become known as “the Tony Robbins for women” because of her motivational, high energy style and her unique ability to empower and embolden a female audience. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with audiences everywhere.

Her company, The Hollis Company exists to arm people with the tools to make positive and lasting change. They do this by creating media, products, inspiration and community that challenges their audience to reach for a better version of themselves every day. They believe that everyone can benefit from a personal growth mindset– most especially people who’ve never
encountered it before.

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Cover image of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis has a new book coming out in March of 2019!  It’s called

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

You can pre-order it here (Amazon)