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R is for Rest

I took a little rest from posting on my blog. This week will be intermittent with my posts as I’ll be taking the kids to the other side of the state to visit my family while Jon stays home as he doesn’t have enough vacation to come with us.

As I write this, my mom is in the hospital. She is fighting cancer and last night she developed a fever and has low red blood cell count so they gave her more blood of which she developed hives from. She hopes to be able to go home tomorrow. I hope so!

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Sorry

Sorry. I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to get my reviews up in a timely fashion. I’m working on them right now and hope to have them up in the next week or two.

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This week’s challenge is to name a fictional character that we would most like to have a conversation with. Wow – what a hard choice to make.

I would probably go with Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice just because I find that character fascinating. 😀

I’m sure there are many, many others…

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Always You

Goodreads Summary: Lyla has to move on. She’s been stuck in a rut since her heart was broken five years ago. Trying to decide about life with her fiancé, Nick, she resolves to finish one last project before moving to Spain and starting a new life. That is until she is face to face with the one man who broke her heart all those years ago, Alexander Knight.

Five years ago, when Alex and Lyla meet at his friend, Andrew’s grave, they fall deeply in love. But, Alex is hiding a secret that will destroy his relationship with Lyla and does. What Lyla doesn’t realize is that Alex has changed since their break-up, because of her love, only she still has hate in her heart towards him.

But now, fate has brought them together in such a way that they have no option but to remain dangerously close – dangerous enough for Lyla to fall in love with him again. How can she? Not after what she knows about Alex and what he did to Andrew.

It’s true that love can change people for the better. But is it enough? What will happen when two broken people with a past come together? Can they forgive and heal?

Book to be released on March 6, 2012.

Please join me on February 15 for my review as the book tour stops here! And again on March 6 for the release day party! Click on the picture below for a complete list of participants!

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Before I Go to Sleep

Goodreads Summary: ‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.

My “Review”: I enjoyed this novel though it seemed rather predictable. I definitely was wanting to find out what happened so it was good in that aspect. I had a lot of sympathy for the main character because she had to rely on this person in her life to make sure she knew what had happened in her life each day when she woke up. How does one in that situation know what is a memory and what is imagination based on a seed given to you by the person you rely on? It is enough right there to make you crazy! My head felt like it was going to explode just by someone telling me I did something I had no memory of doing.

And for the person on the other end: which memories are ones you should share and which memories that are better left unsaid? When is it mean and when it is kindness to not share or to lie about something? I liked this quote about this: “There are memories I am better off without. Things better lost forever.”

The rest of my “review” has spoilers so read at your own risk.

Like I said above – it just seemed rather predictable in some ways but one aspect did take me by surprise.  It always felt to me that the guy living with her had this sinister side to him so I wasn’t surprised he had something to do with her condition. Though there was some doubt as I wondered if this guy was really being selfish or sinister or was he just not telling her things or lying to her because of kindness – to keep her apart from the grief she would have when hearing about her son or how she got to be that way.

However, I was surprised that he was not really her husband. However, looking back, I should have seen that coming once we learned her son was alive or even before then possibly with the lack of pictures (but again, was that out of kindness or selfishness – though what father doesn’t keep some photos of his son up somewhere?)

Some small critiques:

It seemed like when some memories would come back they were just a little convenient at times – especially the ones there toward the end.

Also, do people really write like that in their journal? I know I don’t. And for a person who has memory issues, she certainly remembers details of conversations like I never could. However, sometimes, I think I have my own memory issues like when another department at work tells me I’ve created something I have no recollection of ever doing and well, there are plenty of other examples. My memory has always been shotty – I hardly remember most of my childhood!

Anyway, I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads though 3 1/2 might work better for me if that were an option.

Book received from the library.

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Summary from Goodreads: Encouragement to help mothers reclaim peaceful moments with God.

My “Review”: This read as if I was reading blog entry after blog entry. I do appreciate some of the stories and it did help to give me some perspective on certain aspects of parenthood. However, it felt like the stories were too short and just read as if it was a blog and not a book (and, I do like reading blogs)!

2 stars.

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Found the Read From Your Own Library (see off to the side) challenge on The Beauty of Eclecticism blog and I think this is a good challenge for me. I think my goal for next year is to read at least 1, if not 2, books a month from my own library before reading books from the city or county library. We’ll see how I do.

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