Must Read Monday: Save The Date

Rarely can I turn down a fiction novel that deals with the wedding industry. While I had never read a Mary Kay Andrews book before, Save the Date has definitely turned me into a big fan!

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After her husband’s affair, Cara hires a lawyer and doesn’t hesitate to sign the divorce papers. She continues to lead her life as the up-and-coming Savannah florist, creating extraordinary arrangements and spending plenty of time with her golden-dooble, Poppy. When a potential lover come into the picture and a disaster occurs at Carrie’s wedding of a lifetime, Cara must put on her big girl panties and learn to face her demons.

Happy Reading!

 

Must Read Monday: The One & Only

As soon as I found out that Emily Giffin had a new book coming out I preordered it immediately! After reading Something Borrowed, I instantly was hooked and Giffin’s new book did not disappoint. A story told in a football loving Texas town, The One & Only takes you on a roller coaster of emotion, unconventional love, and finding yourself admits  life’s critics.

To say that Shea Rigsby is a football fanatic, doesn’t hold a candle to how much she loves the sport. At thirty-three she continues to support her collage alma mater in Walker, Texas even working in the athletic department. Her best friend Lucy (daughter of Walker’s infamous football coach), pushes Shea to began her love life and take on new career goals. Shea plays along and even dates one of the most eligible bachelor’s of the Dallas Cowboys! Still, her heart belongs to someone else, too taboo in the small Walker community to ever admit…until she does.

Happy Reading!

Must Read Monday: Safe Haven

Part of me wishes that I would have posted this in October, as it is Domestic Violence Awareness month. I remember that when I first read a synopsis of  Nicholas Sparks’s book Safe Haven, I knew it would be different from any work of his that I had read in the past. This novel is a book of strength, love and finding yourself when it seems that all hope is lost.

 

Synopsis from the Author…

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport.

Read Safe Haven and experience the story a tragedy and triumph for a girl who’s strength for survival is stronger than you could ever imagine.

 

Must Read Monday: The Smart One

It’s amazing that I even read today’s featured novel written by Jennifer Close. After a reading Girls in White Dresses {her novel that only becomes more and more disappointing as you turn the pages}, I never thought that I would pick up another Jennifer Close novel again. The Smart One was suggested by so many of my friends that I bit the bullet and downloaded it to my Nook. Honestly, I was so surprised by how much I loved this book that I couldn’t wait to share it for this week’s “Must Read Monday.”

A synopsis from the author:

Weezy and Will Coffey raised their children, Martha, Claire, and Max, to be kind, smart, and independent. They gave them help with their homework, a dog, and homemade birthday cakes. It’s true that Martha’s a little too sensitive–she calls Claire several times a week to discuss natural disasters and local crime. And Claire has a short fuse with her sister–she becomes irate when Martha suggests that the two of them attend couples therapy. And Max, the baby and a senior in college, is a little too happy-go-lucky, though not as lucky as everyone would hope. Still, their parents did their best preparing them for the world. So why, Weezy wonders, is Martha living in her childhood bedroom after a career flameout? And why has Claire canceled her wedding and locked herself in her New York apartment? And how has Max managed to get himself into a girlfriend fiasco? A story about the ways in which we never really grow up, The Smart One is a witty, gossipy, perfectly-drawn portrait of family life.

To read more on The Smart One or download it, please click here!

Happy Reading!

Must Read Monday: Fifty Shades Trilogy

For starters, yes I did read “them.” In fact, I read each book front to back; and honestly, I would read it again! Before you jump to conclusions, please listen to what I have to say about the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I love these books as a whole. Sure, as a Southern Baptist, the first book was painful (pun intended) to get through. However, as I kept reading a storyline developed and the plot thickened throughout each book. The  more I read, the more I became invested.

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If you’re a follower of my Must Read Mondays then you know I am a sucker for books that become movies. The Fifty Shades Trilogy is set to begin its debut February 2015 and I cannot wait! The romance, mystery, darkness and suspension drives this series to the successful story it is today. If you haven’t started reading these novels yet I highly suggest you do so. Enjoy 🙂

Must Read Monday: Home Front

If you know anything about deployment then you understand the toll it not only takes on the person who served, but the loved ones of that person. In her book Home Front, Kristin Hannah gives the emotionally powerful story of Michael and Jolene. Trying to balance the life as a mother and the role as wife of a district attorney, Jolene is also facing the reality of her upcoming deployment. As Jolene sends letters to her family from the front lines, she sugar coats every horrible moments that is exploding around her. When tragedy strikes, Michael is facing is on battle on the home front and has to do it all alone.

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It’s books like these make me make so proud of the sacrifice our men and women in uniform make every day. This is truly a beautiful book and brings the realities of war to those of us who do not live the military life on a daily basis. Browse here read more on Home Front!

Must Read Monday: The Help

Just when I thought that pretty much everyone has seen or at least read the book The Help, I proved myself wrong! I couldn’t believe how many how many people hadn’t pick up this amazing book yet, and shame on you if you haven’t! This novel, written by Kathry Stocket, is powerful, passionate, and will make you feel proud of how far America has come.

It was 1962 in the deep South of Mississippi, when “Skeeter,” a 22-year-old journalist [hopeful] travels back to her roots after getting her college degree. With her mother constantly trying to marry her away and all of the Junior League gossip, Skeeter was ready to leave home as quickly as she arrived. Once she gets her big chance to take a job in the big apple, Skeeter must craft a story to show off her talent and prove that she is an exceptional writer.

What she uncovers, is beyond her belief. Skeeter always knew that “the help” or servants of Southern homes were never treated fairly, but she never truly understood the real extent. Standing up for what she believes in despite her mother, the town and new lover; Skeeter finds her own new found freedom.

Happy Reading!

Must Read Monday: The Choice

We are faced with thousands of choices everyday. From deciding if you want a venti or grande latte to whether or not you should take that jobs hundreds of miles away from home; it’s a simple fact. Nicholas Sparks’s novel The Choice brings up on of the most “heart-wrenching” choices of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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Travis Parker seemingly has it all – great career, friends, life and a beautiful North Carolina home that looks over a lake. There truly isn’t anything he could want more, until Gabby Hollands moves in next door. As the reader, you are taken through their love story and will get a first-hand account of their journey as it unfolds before you.

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The inspiration behind The Choice is another novel by Nicholas Spark you may know, The NotebookThat is the one reason why I decided to pick up The ChoiceIf you think that this novel mirrors The Notebook, it truly doesn’t. Sure, it is a love story and there is some turmoil…but isn’t that every Nicholas Sparks novel? The town, the story and most of all the characters in the novel completely stand on their own in a charismatic way;  you would have no idea it was influenced by one of Sparks’s most popular novels.

While the movie release date has not been announced, The Choice will hit the big screen soon! Stay tuned!!

Must Read Monday: Cold Sassy Tree

I am going to speculate that Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns was a part of your assigned summer reading during grade school. This was definitely the case for me and I will shamefully admit that I didn’t really read the book. Sure, I flipped through its 391  pages during my family vacation, but I wasn’t really paying attention. Recently I decided to reread the book and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! It was about eight years since the first time that I read Cold Sassy Tree and it is amazing how your current perspective of life will change the way you think about a novel.

Just to give you a small recap of the book, recent widow at general store proprietor, E. Rucker Blakeslee elopes with Love Simpson, an attractive Yankee who is also half is age! While this sparks a wildfire of gossip in Cold Sassy, Georgia it truly is just the beginning. The reader is given an insight to the family (and scandal) through the eyes of Will Tweedy, grandson of Rucker Blakesless. There is so much tragedy, triumph, faith and hope in this novel that is worth reading it even if its for the second time!

Happy Reading!

Must Read Monday: Where We Belong

Something you may or may not know about me is that I always dreamed of being a television reporter. Thanks to college and an internship I soon realized that this was not something that I truly wanted to do for the rest of my life! With that being said, part of me still sees the VERY small glamorous aspect of the job and that’s why books featuring someone in the broadcast field always stick out. Today’s Must Read Monday is Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong; that tells the story of a woman who is consumed with her job as a television producer until life surprises her with a blast from the past.

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With a handsome lover and busy career Marian Caldwell life seems fairly wonderful and complete. That is until eighteen-year-old Kirby Rose shows up on her doorstep to bring a flood of memories and ghosts from the past. Not only does this make Marian’s world spiral out of control, but it makes her realize that her live wasn’t as fulfilled as her initially thought.

Emily Giffin is a great writer and I’m sure you’ve read her book (or watched the movie) Something Borrowed. Her stories are always so real and will definitely make you think about your own life in a different light.