The Thing Is Book Review

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The Thing Is

By: Kathleen Gerard

Genre: chick lit, women’s fiction

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this book was fabulous! The kind that makes you both laugh and cry. The kind that touches your heart and speaks to you!

Meredith has been a near-recluse since the death of her fiancé a few years ago. Her sister, Monica, is an accountant and one of her wealthy clients is named Helen. Helen breaks her foot and has to go to the hospital and Monica offers up her sister to watch Helen’s dog, Prozac. Prozac is a yorkie terrier, who is a therapy dog thanks to Helene’s generous donation, since he couldn’t actually pass the test.

Meredith has never owned a dog or been a “dog person,” so she is not happy about having Prozac… At first. She must take Prozac each week to visit the ladies of Evergreen, an independent living community for “mature” people. The residents all adore Prozac, but each has her/his own quirks and oddities! Through having Prozac, Meredith learns to love again and rejoins the world.

Something fun about this story is that most chapters are from Meredith’s perspective, but some are from Prozac’s perspective. Prozac is a special dog who has been reincarnated into different dog forms through the ages. He always comes to earth with a mission, mainly of connecting people to other people. Although I don’t believe in reincarnation, I loved this idea and thought it was a very sweet and interesting part of the plot. Prozac makes it his mission to get Meredith out of the house and connecting to other humans.

I loved Meredith’s character. She had many hilarious adventures with Prozac, adding a lot of humor to the story. Having a dog that hides whenever we try to go somewhere, I could relate. The ladies of Evergreen were an absolute hoot! They were full of gossip and schemes. Meredith also befriends two men in this story- each unique, kind, and important to her story. The characters definitely made the story.

This book had some lovely pearls of wisdom and I found myself wanting to save certain quotes. Prozac was one wise little dog. This book really touched my heart more than a chick lit normally does.

I would highly recommend this book. You will laugh and you will cry. Your heart will be moved by sweet (and crazy) Prozac!

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The Still Point of the Turning World Book Review

The Still Point of the Turning World

By: Emily Rapp

Genre: Memoir

This book wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be more personal and more of a story. I thought it would describe their lives from finding out of Ronan’s illness to after his passing. This book was actually published around the same time he passed away and ends before his passing. I wasn’t expecting that. While this book did have some story elements, it was mainly about the author reading literature, attending mediation classes, speaking with doctors, etc. to explore and try to understand grief, death, and loss. It was very philosophical and full of quotes. The book did give me some interesting things to think about and perspectives to ponder, but it wasn’t what I expected it to be.

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One Starry Night Book Tour

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By: Tilly Tennant

Genre: Chick lit

Release Date: 30th March 2016

Publisher:  Lawsome Books

One Starry Night is the fourth and final part of the Once Upon a Winter series:

They say the darkest hour is just before the dawn, and Hannah has never really understood the true meaning of that until now. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can break and Ross under attack, things seem to be falling apart around her, and how is she supposed to be the rock everyone else needs when she can’t even get her own life in order? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does it might just be all the brighter for it. The trouble is, Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong…

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My Review

I received this book as part of a book tour. Finally, we get to read the conclusion to the Once Upon A Winter’s Night series! In the last book, Mitchell got some answers about what happened to leave him staggering in the snow on Christmas Day. However, Hannah believes there is even more to the story and takes it upon herself to do some investigations, with the help of her sister, Gina. Gina has worries of her own, knowing that she and Ross need to come clean about their relationship to his family. 

The series was tied up nicely in this book with all questions answered. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of chick lit and romance! It had very interesting, likeable characters. The pace of the stories was good and I like that they were broken up into short, quick novellas. Overall, this was a very cute series with a satisfying ending.

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The People V. Disneyland Book Review

The People V. Disneyland

How Lawsuits and Lawyers Transformed the Magic

By: David Koenig

Genre: Non-fiction

As you may have been able to tell from some of my previous book reviews, I love Disneyland and have recently begun reading books about the park! I really enjoyed reading about the various lawsuits of Disneyland and the legal history of the place! This book has numerous court cases, but also discusses how Disneyland and lawyers going up against Disneyland have changed their tactics throughout the years. It also talks about how certain lawsuits and laws led to changes in the park. Suing over injuries on a ride was expected, but there are lawsuits over Disneyland employees suing, people suing over security getting too rough with them, suing over a costumed character discriminating against their child, etc. Stuff I never would have thought of! Some of the cases were so bizarre- very fascinating stuff. I do wish this book went into more detail about some of the cases. At times, it reads like a laundry list of lawsuits. I’m assuming not that much information was available to the public about some of these cases and that’s why. Overall, though, this was a really interesting read!

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The Big Interview Book Review

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The Big Interview

By Libby Kirsch

Genre: Mystery, Chick Lit, Cozy Mystery

Yay! I was super excited when Libby Kirsch contacted me about her newest book! I loved her first book in this series- The Big Lead. You can read my review of it here. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars! Stella has left the small town of Boze to move to the larger town of Bristol. Things with John are shaky- with their opposite work schedules, the two just aren’t talking. Enter the handsome Nascar driver- Lucky. Stella is just starting to know him when a tragedy occurs. Stella goes into investigative mode once again to uncover what is really behind the “accident.”

I loved this book! Stella is such an awesome character! She is relatable, adorable, and you’re cheering for her every step of the way! I love that these books put her out of her element, into a new situation, and she has to learn how to handle them. She is only 23 and has a lot of responsibility at her new job. It’s something I can totally relate to and the whole “fake it ’til you make it” thing.

Lucky is a total charmer and I was surprised that I didn’t miss the love interest of the last book- John- very much. She even ends up re-connecting with Janet, the hilarious hotel neighbor from the last book! There were a lot of interesting characters at Stella’s new job and her new, nosy neighbor was also a fun addition.

The mystery was well-done, yet again. I love reading about every step of Stella’s investigative process. I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen until it was all revealed, but it was well-foreshadowed. This book was exciting and I read it very quickly because I wanted to find out who was behind the “accident!” Just like Stella, I had no idea how her big interview would end until it happened! The book had a very satisfying conclusion.

At the end, a sneak peek of the next book is given. Ahhhh, it sounds so good! I can’t wait to read more about Stella’s adventures! I totally recommend this book to fans of books that mix chick lit and mystery!

Purchase it here: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Interview-Stella-Reynolds-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01D1YO688/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458280102&sr=8-1&keywords=the+big+interview+libby at the end of the month!

P.S. Aren’t these book covers just the cutest?? They totally draw me in!

*Picture and book provided to me by the author*

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