Category: Love

Review and Release: Grace Not Perfection

Review and Release: Grace Not Perfection

Grace Not Perfection
by Emily Ley

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

Received for Review from Harper Collins

As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all.

She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.

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Six in 16: The Best Things I’ve Learned This Year

Six in 16: The Best Things I've Learned This Year

Ive been brainstorming a bit this weekend, and I was [as per usual] discussing some ideas with Hannah, of So Obsessed With.  We decided that we wanted to share the BEST things we’ve learned in 2016 with you! And then it ONLY seemed right to choose six.  So we bring you, Six In 16, The Best Things I’ve Learned This Year.  This year was one of the most important of my life, and most memorable as well.  And the kicker: it isn’t even over yet! So maybe in December you’ll see a top 12, but for now, I bring you the top six things I’ve learned in twenty sixteen!

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Review: Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

Mystic Summer
by Hannah McKinnon

A chance run-in with a college boyfriend puts a young woman’s picture-perfect life in perspective in this warm-hearted and lyrical novel—from the author of The Lake Season.

Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

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From Miss to Mrs.

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So.. its been a while, yes?  Do you even remember me? Let’s hope so!  I promise to be here a LOT more now! Because I have some time on my hands.  Because why? Well, let me tell ya! One HUGE thing has changed since the last time I posted, I bet you all know what it is… I’ve gone From Miss to Mrs.. aka…

I’m MARRIED!

I posted a few months back about wedding stress and planning and how to move past it all, which was all true, and you got to hear how stressful it can truly be. But I have to say, every once of stress, every misstep, every tiny issue, it was ALL worth it.

Jon and I had the most perfect day imaginable. We still sit back and think “I want to go back to our wedding day.”  The entire day was so perfect for us.  And it was more whimsical and more captivating than my “dream wedding” vision.  It was representative of me, Jon, our style, and our love, and it was the most wonderful day of our lives.

Each detail was so elegantly handled [my mother is a TRUE saint and had my vision at the forefront in helping me].  All in all, the day was unbelievably magical, and at the heart of it all, I got to marry the person I love more than life itself.  So, let’s get down to it shall we?

What good is this post without pictures, AMIRIGHT? 

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Review: After You by JoJo Moyes

Review: After You by JoJo Moyes

After You
by JoJo Moyes

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. .

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Underrated Gem Review: The Summer After You & ME

Underrated Gem Review: The Summer After You & ME

The Summer After You & Me
by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances? 

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Review: Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center & GIVEAWAY!

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Happiness for Beginners
by Katherine Center

Received from the publisher, thank you St Martins Press!

A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.

Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found. 

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Our Love Story: Cassie & Jon

Our Love Story: Cassie & JonEvery couple has a story.  Love stories are my favorite stories.  I love hearing how people met, how they fell in love, and how they came to be as a unit, a couple, a form of proof that life is better when you’ve met your match.  And so today, I will share mine and Jon’s story with you.  Here’s a HINT: it is nothing crazy!  But, it started with two mere strangers and ended with two people who depend on one another, appreciate each other, and love each other more than words can ever say.  And so, let’s hop to!

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