The Story of Our Life Review

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We are excited to be a part of The Story of Our Life Blog Tour! Please read my review below and find out a little more about this very unique, heartwarming book.

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The Story of Our Life

By Shari Low

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit

Book Summary

SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR HUSBAND SLEPT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN?

Colm strolled into my life fifteen years ago. If there’s ever such a thing as love at first sight, that was it for us both.

A few weeks later we married, celebrating with those who cared, ignoring the raised eyebrows of the cynics.

We knew better. This was going to be forever. The dream come true. The happy ever after. Until it wasn’t.

Because a couple of months ago everything changed. We discovered a devastating truth, one that blew away our future and forced us to revisit our past, to test the bonds that were perhaps more fragile than they seemed.

So now I ask you again, what would you do if your husband slept with another woman?

Because this is what I did. I’m Shauna.  And this is The Story of Our Life…

Unwind, laugh, cry…but feel uplifted by this bittersweet love story. Perfect for the fans of Jo-Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

Book Review

I read this book in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this was a really good read. This book tells the story of Colm and Shauna. It alternates between their early years and the present day. This was a really interesting and well-done format. There are some foreshadows to later events as you read that are eventually revealed and then the story is complete. This is a love story first and foremost. It’s also a tale about friendship, betrayal, loss, forgiveness, secrets, and everything else that makes up life. The main characters are truly flawed, but they truly do love each other despite it all. I would highly recommend this book to fans of romance and women’s fiction.

*Content and pictures provided to me by Aria Fiction*

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Coached Book Review

Coached

By Holly Tierney-Bedord

Genre: chick lit

This was a cute, little story. Ro-Ro or Rowan is working as an administrative assistant in a job that she hates and she wants her ex-boyfriend back. She decides to go to Crystal the life coach for help. Crystal encourages Rowan to change herself in almost every way possible. Rowan goes along with it because she wants to be cool and she wants to get back her ex.

Rowan was a pretty clueless, but loveable, main character. You have to be prepared for that, as some readers will get annoyed at her. She is still young, only 23, and trying to figure the world out. She is very kind-hearted and sweet, though.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and Rowan definitely grew from the beginning of the story to the end, which I love. It was wrapped up a little quickly and easily, in my opinion. Rowan had some funny situations in this story and I found a lot of her thought processes to be hilarious. At one point, she makes a huge list of petitions she wants to write, including things like bras being uncomfortable. LOL. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, humorous story, pick this book up!

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The Edge of Sanity Review and Giveaway

I guess I have been on a bit of a thriller kick lately! My husband and I listened to “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train” within a month of each other, I read “Run Away Baby” a couple weeks ago, and now I have read “The Edge of Sanity.” Check out my review below!

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Title of Book: The Edge of Sanity

Genre: Thriller/Psychological thriller/Crime thriller

Release Date: 29th April 2014

Publisher:  Safkhet Publishing

The Edge of Sanity – How far would YOU go to protect your family?

A decent, ordinary man, a man who has already suffered the loss of one child, Daniel Conner is forced by extraordinary circumstances into being a hero. Tortured, forcibly drugged—heroin still pulsating nauseatingly through his veins—his wife and daughter degraded, Daniel knows their kidnapper is beyond reasoning with. But does being pushed one step beyond endurance justify doing the unthinkable?

High on drugs, indebted to his supplier, and desperate, Charlie Roberts takes Daniel’s wife and daughter hostage. Daniel does everything within his power to rescue the situation bloodlessly. Eventually though, Daniel realises that with or without violent mood swings induced by amphetamines and cocaine, Charlie Roberts is a psychopath. He wants more than Daniel’s money.

He wants him.

The Edge of Sanity: a harrowing story of hope amid loss and betrayal.

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Review

I received this book in exchange for partaking in the book tour. This book is about a family healing from the loss of their youngest daughter. Jo and Daniel, the parents, are considering separating. Jo has turned to drinking and Daniel is emotionally shut off. In a fit of rebellion, older daughter, Kayla, makes the acquaintance of Charlie Roberts, a seriously disturbed young man. Charlie is a drug dealer without morals and when he hears that the Conner family is coming into money soon, he kidnaps them. Unbeknownst to the family, Detective Short has been waiting a long time to nail Charlie and he is on the case.  This isn’t the standard locked-in-the-basement kidnapping, though. Charlie attempts to psychologically torture the family and bend them to his will. He uses drugs, beatings, taunts, lies, and anything else to push the family to the edge of sanity.

I was definitely on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next in this novel. Short was my favorite character. He wasn’t afraid to break protocol and do what he needed to do to nail Charlie. I admired his persistence and dedication. Daniel was another very strong character. It was fascinating to read about how strong-willed he was in the face of Charlie’s tactics. I know I wouldn’t have had his strength. I love how through this horrible situation, Jo, Daniel, and Kayla saw each other in completely new lights.  I really liked how the reader got to be inside everyone’s heads. I especially liked reading about Jo and Daniel’s different emotions and thoughts about each other as they tried to survive the psychopath. There was an element of romance that somehow intertwined perfectly with the dark subject matter. This book was very well-paced. I never felt that it was moving slowly and the ending was the perfect length. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, as I do, I would recommend this novel. 3 out of 5 stars!

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Speak Now: Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Speak Now: Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Author: Becky Monson

Genre: Chick Lit

4 out of 5 stars. I finally read a Becky Monson novel! I’ve been meaning to read one of her books forever. Bridgette gets dumped by her boyfriend after two years, on the night she thinks she’s going to get engaged. The saddest part about it is that Bridgette loves Adam’s family. Even after the break up, she keeps in touch with his mom, Carla. That’s how she finds out that Adam is dating someone new after only two weeks. Shortly thereafter, they’re engaged.

Meanwhile, Bridgette runs into her ex best friend and eventual boyfriend from college, Ian. They are really re-connecting and Bridgette thinks he might be her future when she finds out he’s engaged!

I really enjoyed this story. It was predictable, but still good. I liked Bridgette a lot and her grandmother was adorable. Ashley and Justin were good, loyal friends. The book is mainly in the present, but there are flashbacks to Bridgette and Ian’s relationship in college. This book did a good job of keeping you in suspense about certain things and then slowly revealing the truth. It was a very quick read and kept my interest the whole time. I read it in one day! I look forward to reading more from Becky in the future.

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Damaged Book Review

Damaged Book Review

Title: Damaged

Author: Cathy Glass

Genre: Non-fiction

5 out of 5 stars. This book was absolutely heartbreaking. I have only read one Cathy Glass book previously, which was about Lucy, who Cathy ends up adopting. This book was much more difficult to read. As Jodie discloses what’s happened to her, you’ll be disgusted by humanity. The reality of the world can be so sad. But then there are people like Cathy.

Jodie is a clearly damaged little girl. She has very disturbing behaviors and does not seem to care about the approval of others. However, Cathy has always been able to “reach” the children she has fostered before and she assures herself that Jodie will be no different.

It was sickening to read about what Jodie shares about her past. It broke my heart. I am glad that Cathy wrote this book to share the truth of what happens in some homes.

It was interesting to read the impact fostering Jodie had on the rest of the family. Adrian, Paula (Cathy’s biological children, she is divorced from their father), and Lucy (a previous foster child Cathy adopts) do their best to befriend Jodie, but she causes them trials. It was sweet to read about how the other children tried, especially the girls, but also disheartening to see the effect Jodie had on the family dynamic.

This book was not a happily-ever-after, but that’s not reality. I do feel the book ended on a positive note, though. Jodie’s story absolutely had me engaged and she will stay with me for a long time.

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