Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stretched Too Thin - Jessica N. Turner

Pages: 240
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: September 18, 2018

About the book from Amazon:

Working mothers constantly battle the pull to do all the things well. From managing work and home responsibilities to being impacted by a lack of self-care and time for deep friendships, the struggle is real. At the end of each day, many working moms are exhausted and stretched too thin. But this does not have to be the norm.

In her latest practical and inspiring book, Jessica Turner shows the working mom how to

- work and parent guilt-free
- establish clear work boundaries
- set achievable goals
- discover more flexibility
- develop home management solutions
- prioritize self-care
- invest in her marriage
- cultivate deeper friendships
- feel like a good mom, even while working

Full of compassion and encouragement, Stretched Too Thin will empower women with useful insights and tools to thrive as working moms.

My thoughts:

Let's be honest, the term "working mom" can bring different thoughts and different feelings to different people.  Let's get one thing straight...if you're a mom, you are a working mom.  Whether you work outside the home, or in the home, a mom knows no rest.  Every mom is a "working mom".  

Regardless of where you work, this book is for you!  Peruse the chapters and read what pertains to your particular situation, or do a sit down and read through from cover to cover (which, as a mom, you know is not going to happen in one sitting, and that's okay).  

Full of helpful advice and insight, Turner delivers a book that will leave you re-evaluating your life and longing to make those changes you've only dreamed about.  Easy to read and easy to follow, you'll want to include a copy in each and every new mother's gift bag you give away.  Share the advice with your friends, spread the word.  You don't have to be weary and tired all the time.  With a few changes in your life, you can thrive and be the mom you were meant to be!

*I was provided a copy of this book as part of the author's launch team. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Cost of Betrayal - Henderson, Pettrey, Eason

Pages: 384
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: September 4, 2018

About the book (from Amazon): 

In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims?

In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics," trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him. 

My thoughts:

Ack!  Where do I even start?  All three of these authors are some of the best I have ever read.  I mean honestly...they are my all-time favorites!  Each novella is skillfully and wonderfully written, and the characters are true to life.  

In "Betrayed", Henderson re-introduces some well-loved characters from some of her other novels.  I LOVED catching up with Paul and Ann; it was like sitting down with long lost friends and hearing what they have been up to.  The only downfall to this story?  I'm hoping the main character shows up in a full length series so I can find out how all the details played out in the end.

"Deadly Isle", by Pettrey, was definitely the edge-of-your-seat suspense readers have come to expect from her.  Trying to solve the murder before the characters did was tough...nothing was predictable.

Finally, in "Code of Ethics", Eason introduces us to another strong female lead, something she has become known for.  Ruthie and Isaac work so well together I would love to hear more of their story as well.

I easily give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it!! 

**I was provided a copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.**

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just Sayin'

Pages:  192
Publication Date:  August 8, 2018

About the book from Amazon:  

Just Sayin’ tells the story of an almost-blended family that almost falls apart before it even begins. 11 year-old Cassie Callahan is staying with her grandmother while her mom, Jennifer, recovers from a difficult breakup from her fiancĂ©, Trent. Cassie, along with Trent’s kids, Nick and Julie, are trying to figure out why their parents’ relationship ended so abruptly and searching for a way to bring them back together. Meanwhile, the kids get caught up in a game show that encourages the “art” of insults, and learn along the way that our words have much more power than they think.

In a way that only Dandi can accomplish, this story weaves together, in a contemporary way, an old-time game show, letter writing, outstanding vocabulary, and reminders from God’s word that taming our tongue is both difficult and important!

My thoughts:  

Super fast read from a well-known author, perfect for that tween in your life.  Well written and full of adventure, the fun part of this book is that it's written in "letter" style, you know, snail mail.  (Which could be a new concept to some techy kids)  The downfall?  Some of the handwriting is difficult to read.  

Today's blast from the past super fast review gets a 4 star rating from me!

**I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts**