Monday, May 15, 2017

Double Book Review AND a Giveaway!

If you got a gift card to Deseret Book or Amazon for Mother's Day yesterday, you need to use it and get a book called, Once There Was A Mom, by Emily Watts. It is a short book, but so full of emotions that will make you laugh and cry and just feel good about all your efforts in the motherhood department. We are all different in how we approach motherhood, but at the same time, we're all in this together! You will love this one. Beautiful illustrations and timeless truths make this a book you will read again and again.

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

'Mom'' was the biggest word in her world. It made her want to dance, and it made her want to hide. And on some nights, when the house was dark and still and the moon peeked through the window, it made her wonder.

For every mom who has ever wondered if all the little things she does in a day made a difference, Once There Was a Mom offers hope and encouragement. Take it from someone who, like you, has read story after story, sung lullaby after lullaby, and even taken the batteries out of the toys once in a while! The truth is, little things are much more important than we may think. With contemporary, stylized illustrations by artist Destin Cox, this charming gift book will bring a smile to the face of mothers of any age.

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Jenny Proctor's new book, Wrong For You. I've enjoyed her stories in the past, but I was a little nervous about this one. A woman in love with two brothers? You know that isn't going to end well. But I was pleasantly surprised with how the author handled the subject matter.

Lane Bishop has moved back to Chapel Hill to try and start over again. She has a job she really loves and is living near her beloved grandmother. She doesn't really want to join the singles' scene again, but some well-meaning girls from the LDS singles ward drag her to a soccer game where four "untouchable" Hamilton brothers are playing a soccer game. They are all good looking, but one is engaged, one is heading out on a mission, and the other is in a relationship. That leaves one single one who never dates. But Lane is never one to back down from a challenge and decides she's not going to sit on the sidelines and watch the game, she's going to participate. When Jamie Hamilton, the only single one of the brothers, tells her she'd be in over her head, she goes to the captain of the other team and he lets her play---and they win! Of course Jamie Hamilton wants to know more about her, but he's too busy wallowing in the loss. His older brother Simon comes over to congratulate them on the win, and specifically Lane. And so begins the love story, but who will it be with? Lane and Jamie? Or Lane and Simon? The road to love is definitely never easy.

I thought the author did a great job with the setting of Chapel Hill, and included so many wonderful details about food and family traditions and childhood memories, it really fleshed out her characters and made them feel real. I loved how both the heroes and heroine came from strong families and while they'd had their trials, they were like anyone else, trying to find love and the person you'd want to spend the rest of your life with. Of course, having a romance with one brother while trying to squash the spark you feel for the other brother is complicated and messy and that kept me turning pages to see who Lane would end up with for sure. I definitely wished we would have gotten a tiny bit more in the payoff at the end after wading through all the struggles for love, but it was still a book I closed with a smile and a sigh. A great afternoon read.

You can get your copy here

Don't forget to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

Lane Bishop is a hardworking, intelligent, beautiful young woman. And with her recent move to Chapel Hill, she is determined to leave behind the drama and effort of keeping up with the dating scene. Even so, Lane somehow manages to get dragged out by a gaggle of girls to watch a bunch of guys play soccer. But just watching is not Lane’s forte, so she joins in the fun and leads her team to victory. Rather than feeling intimidated by the vivacious beauty on the opposing team, Jamie Hamilton is intrigued. Risking his “untouchable” dating status, he decides to pursue Lane—with a little help from his older brother Simon. With Simon’s behind-the-scenes assistance, Jamie proves irresistible, even to a disillusioned dater like Lane. But as she gets to know both brothers, Lane can’t help but wonder—beneath the grand gestures and romantic words, is she falling for the wrong guy?

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