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Book Review: So Glad They Told Me

31753224I’ve been on a reading hiatus lately. In the last two years (2015 & 2014), I’ve read or listened to over two hundred books. Reading is my passion. So imagine my surprise when I found myself reading less and less this year. The downward trend began went I started working outside the home, because the job devoured much of my reading time. Also, I think I was book-overload. Having read so many books, I found that I was starting to not appreciate what I was reading. I’d often find myself putting down a book and picking up the remote. I know. Continue reading Book Review: So Glad They Told Me

Book Review: The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

The Ramblers, by Aidan Donnelley Rowley, is a book I’ve been eager to read. Aidan blogs regularly at Ivy League Insecurities, which is how I first came to know her (and you can read more about that in yesterday’s Books of My Life post). She blogged a lot about the writing of this book, but very little about the details. I had no idea what the book was going to be about, which was genius, because it stoked my curiosity.

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Book Review: Expect a Miracle

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

EAM_dustjacket.inddJenny Long, the resilient and inspirational author of this book, has not had an easy life. Seriously – she experienced more drama and trauma in her first twenty-one years than I have in my whole life. Even though we come from different worlds and have lived very different lives, I feel a bond with her. Jenny is the mother of three boys, one of whom has special needs. She’s a warrior sister.

Jenny’s oldest son, Conner, is an athlete. Ever since his younger brother Cayden was born, all Conner’s wanted to do is to play sports with him. It wasn’t meant to be, because at four months of age, Cayden was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy. His condition prevented him from speaking and severely limited his mobility. Cayden is in a wheelchair. Continue reading Book Review: Expect a Miracle

Book Review: The Idea of Love

9781250040329_p0_v1_s260x420[1]By Patti Callahan Henry

A book review by Allie Smith

Ella Flynn has enough problems, but after an encounter the writer Hunter Alderman, her life gets even messier. Hunter’s a screenwriter who has produced a few high profile flops. He’s desperately looking for an idea to save his reputation and career. While traveling through southern coastal towns, Hunter’s been “interviewing” women in the hopes that someone will share a love story that’ll finally spark a creative impulse. Hunter spots the beautiful Ella at an outdoor café and approaches her under false pretenses – claiming he’s a writer working on a book about the history of small southern towns. Continue reading Book Review: The Idea of Love