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    Book Review: Seven at Sea

    When I was sent the synopsis to Seven at Sea , I thought it sounded so intriguing. The book is written by Erik and Emily Orten – a husband and wife who, along with their 5 kids, learned how to sail and after a few years decided to buy a boat and spend 10 months living on the water sailing to the Caribbean and back. A New York family who decided to learn to sail, leave their city life behind, and live on a cramped boat for 10 months. What?! They take turns writing sections of chapters or chapters themselves and tell everything from traveling to the British Virgin Islands to improve…

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    Book Review: Countdown America

    Do you like spy dramas? I do! I love spy movies, tv shows, and books. When I was younger (and let’s face it, still to this day) I thought it would be so cool to be a spy. Go on adventures, be stealthy, fight bad guys, use super cool gadgets. With that being said, I couldn’t pass up reading Countdown America when it was offered to be sent to me. In the novel, Isabella is a former CIA field agent turned Chief Supervisor. Her late husband was also a CIA agent and now her 6 year old twins and her mom are her world. Things are going great; Isabella just got promoted…

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    Book Review: How to Fall in Love – A Novel

    Back in February I previewed a new novel, How to Fall in Love.  It sounded great – I even said so in my post. Cupid is in danger of losing his job and he’s got one chance to prove to his father, Jove, that he is still needed to serve humans as the great matchmaker. He picks Evan, an anthologist, and Eve, a former ballerina turned maple syrup farmer. He can offer very little assistance in this love match and hopes that the two will fall in love and save his job. As I mentioned, it sounds like such a fun read right? Um, no. Okay, this was a quick read and…

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    Book Review: The Matrimonial Advertisement

    I have read a handful of books lately that I have enjoyed, but The Matrimonial Advertisement is the first one I’ve read in a while that I kept putting off finishing. Not because I didn’t want to read it, but because I didn’t want it to end! I sort of a have a problem with letting characters go. The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews has two main characters and goes back and forth to tell the story from their point of view – all the while moving forward with the story, never retelling the story. Helena Reynolds is the daughter of the late Earl of Castleton. Upon her brother’s death or disappearance…

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    Book Review: Wildchilds

    This book review is long overdue. I was sent this book months ago, but it got kind of lost amidst the sea of books I have to read. But when I finally started it I was hooked and tried to fit in time to read whenever I could. Wildchilds by Eugenia Melian follows Iris, a former model, as she copes with the death of her ex-boyfriend and father of her teenage daughter and all the memories his death brings. She is left his estate which includes his collection of work – Gus, her ex, was a famed photographer – but she must travel back to Paris to find and recover it all.…

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    Book Review: Innocent as Sin

    Last summer I wrote about The Innocents, the first book in a series in the Old West that follows Abigail McKay, a female Pinkerton agent, and nephew/uncle duo Nat and Jake who are infamous robbers. I loved the book so much that immediately after finishing it, I asked if I could be sent the second book. Yes, that was months ago but I just got around to finishing it as I had a growing list of books I needed to finish and life got really busy. To catch you up, Abi is a Pinkerton agent and technically she should be trying to capture Nat and Jake. But, upon meeting them in The Innocents…

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    Book Review: Killing Pace

    Another book review coming your way! Killing Pace by Douglas Schofield is a crime/mystery novel. At under 300 pages, it’s a quick and interesting read. It is definitely the kind of crime novel where you are not able to really make predictions or guess what’s going to happen because the reader isn’t given any real clues or hints to theorize on. But, I still enjoyed the book even though I couldn’t make my own guesses – that actually kept me on my toes and kept me reading to find out what would happen next. When the novel begins, the main character is confused and not sure what is going on. She lives…

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    Love the Fur You’re In

    Can you believe that Sesame Street turns 50 this year?! Sesame Street is a childhood staple for so many, and it’s so cool to think that a show that people were watching 50 years ago, a show that I watched as a young kid, is still on today for kids to enjoy and learn from. In celebration of the 50th anniversary Sesame Street and Random House Children’s Books have released Love the Fur You’re In. It’s a hardcover book filled with Sesame Street illustrations and “wise and witty advice”. It’s also described as a “funny guide to life that’s just right for fans of all ages, especially those who grew up…

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    Book Review: Checking Out of the Hotel Euthanasia

    I’m finally back with another book review! Checking Out of the Hotel Euthanasia was sent to me a while ago but I finally got around to reading and finishing it. The fictional novel is a satire based around this luxury hotel that offers euthanasia/assisted suicide. The novel took me a little bit to get in to but once the story started moving along I found the satirical story entertaining. The story jumps around to different characters and also jumps back and forth a bit in time. Essentially, you’re reading to find out how these different characters all end up at the Hotel Euthanasia, located in a small principality somewhere in Europe.…

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    Book Review: Becoming

    One of the things I wished for on my Secret Santa wishlist was Becoming – Michelle Obama’s book. My Secret Santa got it for me and as soon as I felt that the gift was in the shape of a book I knew what it was and I was so excited! I spent the past week reading the 400+ page book and I was enthralled and obsessed with the entire book. Every page of it! I won’t give anything away, because you should read it for yourself, but I’ll tell you a little about it and why I love it. In Becoming, Michelle Obama talks about her life starting from her humble beginnings…