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"THE OTHER SIDE" IS LIVE!!

Hello and HAPPY RELEASE DAY! 👏

My second book, "The Other Side", is officially available for purchase! You can purchase by clicking on the photos below, or if you need to check it out a bit first, click HERE to read the synopsis and the first two chapters for free.





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Happy reading! 😀

"THE OTHER SIDE" SYNOPSIS & READ FOR FREE!

You know my book is coming any day now, right? Are you as excited as I am?!

While you're waiting the final days until it's released, I have TWO last surprises for you. Keep scrolling to read the first-ever released synopsis of "The Other Side!", then scroll a bit more to get your hands on the first two chapters for FREE!



From the author of "One Step Forward" comes the much-anticipated second novel about love, betrayal, and everything in between. 

Ava Foster is done with her marriage. The last eight years she has spent with her husband have been lukewarm at best. She no longer knows why she stays. It's not their depleted bank account, their long-forgotten intimacy, or habitual "I love yous". It's eight years she'll never get back, and Ava isn't willing to waste anymore.

Clark Foster, however, believes his marriage is as good as the day they said, “I do”. As the sole owner of a generational food market, he knows what it means to put in work. When Ava springs the word "divorce", Clark is ready to fight. But when Ava makes a choice that changes both of their futures, their marriage might not be the only thing in danger. 


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TWENTY-TWO BOOK REVIEWS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS

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Do you know that I've read over twenty books since the last time I blogged book reviews? 😬

I blame recovering from a c-section and a lot of late-night nursing sessions!

It's time to get caught up, but I don't have enough time in the day to write up twenty full-length book reviews (and I know you don't have the time to read them, either!). So, I'm innovating! Want to know my feelings about the last twenty-two books I've read, plus the ones I didn't finish and couldn't review? Then keep scrolling for my reviews in three sentences or less!




EVERY WILD HEART BY MEG DONOHUE ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: A quick read but a little bland. I don't regret reading it, but I am also not planning on reading it again. Reminded me a bit of Gilmore Girls.

ONE DAY BY DAVID NICHOLLS ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I didn't know this was a book until I saw the movie. I really enjoyed the book even though I knew the ending, but I recommend reading the book before you watch the movie! Also, I loved the author's style of writing.

THE RUNAWAY JURY BY JOHN GRISHAM ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: If you like courtroom dramas, this one is for you. It's really detailed, and it lost me to the point where I skimmed quite a few pages. If nothing else, it makes you think twice about what might be happening under the table in trials.

PARIS FOR ONE AND OTHER STORIES BY JOJO MOYES ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: I fell in love with Moyes's writing after reading Me Before You. It's a quick read but a good read. The short stories are perfect if you only have a few minutes here and there to open your book.

MY HUSBAND'S WIFE BY JANE CORRY ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I decided to read another one of Corry's works after reading Blood Sisters (read my live review HERE!). I loved this one only slightly less than Blood Sisters. There were some parts that dragged for me.

WHEN WE COLLIDED BY EMERY LORD ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: The story was good, but I'm mostly giving it four stars instead of three because I loved how Lord expanded each character. It made you feel like you were right there in their head, traveling with their thoughts and making you feel what they felt.

**it's currently under $10!

US BY DAVID NICHOLLS ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: I read this one because I enjoyed Nicholls's other novel, One Day. While I still enjoyed his style of writing in Us, a couple of times I found myself thinking, "There's still more to the book?"

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: I've seen this book flooding social media and I thought I'd give it a shot. Like most "must-reads", I didn't fall head over heels for it. But if you want to give it a go, it's under $10 right now!


CRAZY RICH ASIANS BY KEVIN KWAN ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: Again, another "must-read" that I wanted to see what the hype was about. The hype seemed more justified for this one. It was completely outlandish and utterly ridiculous, in the best way.

THE NEXT ALWAYS BY NORA ROBERTS ||

Stars: 2

Thoughts: The description of the book is what pulled me in (a bookstore and a renovation of a historic building? Yes, please!). But the description read better than the book, in my opinion. It read like a manual for fixing up a building, and unfortunately, I quit reading about halfway through.

ALL WE EVER WANTED BY EMILY GIFFIN ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: One of my favorite reads of 2019. It reminds me a lot of the show "American Crime" on Netflix. It's very thought-provoking and well worth its under-$10 price tag.

BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD BY TREVOR NOAH ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: I don't read many non-fiction books, but this one was well worth the exception. Noah has an excellent talent for storytelling his life experiences, while also stressing the importance of things we often overlook when it comes to race. It's under $10 and worth ten times more.


BEFORE WE WERE YOURS BY LISA WINGATE ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I love historical fiction novels, especially when they make me want to research the event behind the story. This was definitely one of those books for me. Beautifully written - and it's only $10!

STARRY NIGHT BY DEBBIE MACOMBER ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: This novel was part one of two Christmas books that I read through December. It's not your typical guy-meets-girl situation, and that's always refreshing in a romance novel. Starry Night is also under $10.

PRAYERS OF A STRANGER: A CHRISTMAS STORY BY DAVIS BUNN ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I have a difficult time finding faith-based novels written in a modern storyline (except mine, of course. wink wink). This one was a good find for under $5. It was a little slow in some areas, but the story was heartwarming.

CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND BY KEVIN KWAN ||

Stars: 2.5-3

Thoughts: This was a series I was very excited to dive into, but much to my dismay, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. It was almost a little...boring. I'm not sure if I'll take a chance on the third book or not.

SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY BY JULIE MURPHY ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: I started out wanting to read Puddin' by Murphy, but this one was available while the other was not. I'm glad it was available because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it was one of the books I read the quickest in 2019.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW BY A.J. FINN ||

Stars: 0

Thoughts: Pause! I'm breaking my three-sentence rule for a moment. Zero stars?! Yep, I don't have a rating for this book because while I read it in just two days and originally rated it five-stars, I then stumbled upon THIS article and decided I couldn't rate the book. How do you love a book but have a thick disdain for the author? Let me know and then maybe I can rate it.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I'm one of the only individuals on this earth that wasn't required to read this for school, hence reading it for the first time at 26-years-old. I loved the characters, especially Atticus and all his wisdom. Lee does a wonderful job of analyzing not just racism, but the prejudices we hold about anyone that doesn't look or act like us.

HIDDEN FIGURES BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY ||

Stars: 0

Thoughts: Oh boy, another zero stars. I'm not able to rate this one because I didn't even make it halfway through (am I missing out?). As excited as I was to read it, it felt like a NASA manual and bored me to death.

BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE BY RUTH EMMIE LANG ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I've never read a book as peculiar as this one before, and I mean that as a compliment. A definite twist on a romance story that made me fall in love with the love in the story.

THE HELP BY KATHRYN STOCKETT ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: And finally, the book that now rivals my favorite novel (The Great Gatsby). I fell in love with this book within the first pages and I was sad when it was over, which is very rare for me. Forget five stars; I give it ten.


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HELLO AGAIN + MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2019

HEY FRIENDS! I'm officially back from maternity leave and I'm so excited to enter a new year in the writing and reading world! Before I get too far ahead of myself, let's take a look back at my most popular blog posts of 2019:
















Also, if you're looking for a new book to fall in love with in 2020, click the link below to be directed to all of my posted book reviews!


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My first job will always be my family and my home, but I'm happy to be back with you all! Let's get to it!

BOOK SERIES - LOVED, DISLIKED, AND WANT

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I have never really noticed this about myself before, but I have read a surprisingly small amount of book series. It's not that I don't enjoy them, but they need to be real good for me to invest the time in. I just recently finished the Me Before You series (I know, I'm way late) and I loved it so much that I thought I'd dedicate an entire blog post to book series - the ones I've loved, the ones I've not-so-loved, and the ones I want to get my hands on.



SERIES I'VE LOVED

  • HARRY POTTER || I'm 99.99% I don't even need to add anything here. The Sorcerer's Stone was one of the first books I ever read, and the series will always be a favorite of mine. #harrypotterforever
  • ME BEFORE YOU || I know that I am one of the last people ever to read this series, but oh my, I'm so glad I did! I fell so hard for Louisa Clark in the first book, then continued to fall as I read the other books in the series. She is one character that I so wish were real so we could be friends in real life. As far as I know, the series is done. But if Moyes ever releases more, I'll be her first customer.
  • THE GOOD WOMAN || I accidentally read this series out of order. I found Porter's book The Good Wife in the clearance section of a book store and took a chance on it. I enjoyed it so much that I looked at the library for more of her work and what do you know...it's part of a series! I still need to read The Good Daughter, but I thoroughly enjoyed the other two books in the series. (**fyi...there are a few x-rated scenes in The Good Woman that I didn't feel comfortable reading and skipped over.)
  • THE HESITANT HEIRESS || I'm so honored that I'm able to say that I know Dawn Crandall in real life! We used to attend church together, and she was so, so, so helpful in answering all of my questions when I released my first book. Dawn's books are written in historical fiction format, and she has a true talent of making you feel like you are standing in a wide, beautiful dress right along with the rest of her characters. Bonus: Dawn is a Christian author, too!
  • A TIME TO DANCE || This book was the first of many that I would read by Karen Kingsbury. Now one of my favorite authors, Kingsbury's books are all over my personal bookshelf. Her stories are full of hope, romance, and faith - just a few of my favorite things. A Time to Dance quickly became a favorite of mine, and although I haven't read all of Kingsbury's books, I'm working on it. 😉

SERIES I'VE NOT-SO-LOVED

  • TWILIGHT || I know, I know, I know. I'm terrible. But this is one series that I never could get into. They weren't badly written, but I'm a hard sell when it comes to fantasy fiction (other than HP, obviously), and I just couldn't with these.
  • THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO || Again, I know. You're probably beginning to question what kind of book blogger I am, ha! But I honestly didn't make it past the first few chapters in this one. I wanted to love it...but I didn't. I was so bored that I did something I never do - closed the book before finishing. Feel free to unfollow me now. 😬


SERIES I WANT TO GET MY HANDS ON

  • THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA || I had a family friend give me this series years and years ago, and I have yet to read them. They're classics, which is why I think I'll give them a go despite my wariness of fantasies.
  • TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE || Apparently this series is becoming a huge hit around both the reading world and the Netflix world?? I need to read it - pronto.
  • THE KISS QUOTIENT || I've seen dozens of reviews of this series on social media this summer and they've talked me into starting them asap!
  • THE BAXTER FAMILY || Another Karen Kingsbury series that I have heard the best things about. I'm anxious to dive into this series, and I have a feeling I'm going to love it just like all of her other novels.

You already know what I'm going to say - leave some more series recommendations in the comments below!

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