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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*Picture provided to me by the author*

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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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Audiobooks – Thank You Audible!

Image Credit : Audible
Image Credit : Audible

 

Do you listen to audio books?

 

I’m a visual learner. I have to actually read words on a page in order for the content to stick with me. That being said, I have LOVED listening to audio books during my commute, or while filing at work. What previously felt like a waste of time now seems more productive, thanks to Audible!

 

Audible is the largest provider of audio books out there, and the app makes it super easy to download and listen to books on my wish list. From fiction to self-help, Audible makes it possible to read even when my hands and eyes are occupied.

 

I receive one credit (equal to one book) per month with my monthly Audible membership, but I also get a discount on the books Audible offers. I’ve noticed, however, that the best way to save money on Audible typically involves buying the kindle version of the book, and simply adding the Audible narration to it. If the Kindle book is $6.99, and adding Audible is $3.99, that’s a lot better deal than the Audible price of $23! (I love learning ways to work the system and save money!)

 

Of course, splurging on the Audible narration of the book can sometimes be a complete waste of money. If the narrator is awful, I simply CANNOT KEEP LISTENING. No matter the content, if the performer stinks, I just cannot stick with it.

 

The flip side can also be true, though. Sometimes the story itself is just so-so, but the narrator is AWESOME! Sometimes I just like listening to the performer’s voice.

 

There are a couple of Audible books I find myself pushing on everyone I meet- Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? and Colleen Gleason’s The Clockwork Scarab. Both are SUPERB! If you are looking for a good pick for your first foray into audiobooks, both of these will get you off on the right foot!

 

Are you a fan of audiobooks? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Match Me If You Can Book Review

Match Me If You Can

I am so excited to share Michele Gorman’s newest book with you! Michele Gorman also wrote The Curvy Girl’s Club and The Curvy Girl’s Baby Club, reviewed here and here, respectively. Check out the adorable covers below! Which is your favorite? I think I like the UK one best! I almost always seem to like the UK covers the best! Picture provided to me by Notting Hill Press.

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Book Trailer on YouTube

Amazon UK link

Amazon US link

Match Me If You Can Book Review

A big thanks to Notting Hill Press for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! This book had a very interesting premise. One of the main characters, Catherine, and her ex-husband, Richard, started a dating website with a twist. At RecycLove, individuals join the site with one of their exes. The former partners review each other privately to learn where they can improve. They also each write a public recommendation of the other.

Catherine, Rachel, and Sarah are all housemates in London who are looking for love. Rachel and Sarah join RecycLove while Catherine works with her clients AND her ex-husband. When Catherine’s husband sells the business to his fiancee, Magda, she owns half of it and wants a say in everything! In the midst of their adventures with RecycLove, Rachel and Sarah have other things to worry about. Sarah’s mother passed away a few years ago and she and her brother are in charge of their younger sister, Sissy, who has Down’s Syndrome. Sarah has had trouble putting herself out there since her mother’s death. Rachel is an architect trying to get ahead at work, but this means competing against her ex-boyfriend, James. Add in a house renovation and there are a lot of events happening in this story!

I really enjoyed Michele Gorman’s newest novel! These three characters had very different personalities, but they complemented each other. I was invested in each of their stories and the stories of those they interacted with. I liked that some parts of their stories were intertwined, but many weren’t. It was fun to read about the different people the girls went on dates with. Each character learned something new about herself by the end of the story. Although there were some love stories, it was more about them growing as people. I also liked the inclusion of a character with a disability. That story line was very well-done. This novel was engaging and fast-paced enough to keep my interest. I read it very quickly! 4/5 stars! I would highly recommend this novel to fans of chick lit!

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Mystery Parties Continued

Mystery Parties Continued

Earlier, I posted about a mystery party I put on through www.nightofmystery.com. Last year, I threw another party from their website called “Ho-Ho-Homicide.” This combined two of my favorite things- mysteries and Christmas! Check out the photos!

The complete "Clause" family.
The complete “Clause” family.
Veggie Christmas tree
Veggie Christmas tree
We had a gingerbread decorating party!
We had a gingerbread decorating party!
Christmas snacks
Christmas snacks
One of the awesome gingerbread houses
One of the awesome gingerbread houses
Little doggie clause- Not an official party character. :P
Little doggie clause- Not an official party character. :P

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