Under a Million Stars... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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Under a Million Stars

Rita Branches

Under a Million Stars  A Sneak Peek

Goodreads Summary:

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces? 

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he's hiding. 

Now it's up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie's broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from. 
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

Sneak Peek:

"I heard Laura gasp next to me. She had no idea who Samantha was, or why she was kissing her son. I had no intention of being the one to explain it to her, so I lifted a hand between us."  location 1969 (ereader)

Initial Thoughts

Love, love, love this story. Charlie's life has taken a horrible twist, and she is desperately trying to find how to move forward.  Her heart is broken, her spirit is crushed, and her dreams seem to have vanished.  I got so wrapped up in her story I stayed up way too late a few times in order to read this story.  This would be a perfect book if you are a fan of the Notebook.

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #154 (Take Two)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

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Community Freebie: August

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Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Karen from Growing Together in Grace and Knowledge: What Happened When I Laid Down My Weapon.  Karen reflects on The Screwtape Letters and Spiritual Warfare and it has impacted her own life. 
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The most popular link from last week was by Elizabeth from Guilty Chocoholic Mama: These Are a Few of My New Favorite Things. She shares a wonderful personal story before sharing her current favs.  
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Book review

Real Marriages Can Gain from Fictional Marriage Stories

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Woman He Married

Julie N. Ford

It's been a while since I shared an in-depth book review here!  I might be a little rusty... And I'm going back to my old stand-by for book reviews. a classic love story.

I have reviewed a Julie Ford book before - With No Regrets - and I have to say, I'm feeling the same way about this book.

The Woman He Married by Julie N Ford   A Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview

Josie has found herself as the typical stay-at-home mom, who really wants to do something else with her life.  While she loves her children, there is a part of her that feels like a career is needed in her life now, as years ago she was an attorney who loved the business. The stress of a wife to a man who is on a fast-track to becoming a judge only cements in her mind how much she misses actually being in the game, and not always sidelined to do the domestic side. 

John is a driven attorney who fell in love with Josie because of her passion for her work. As his career zoomed forward, and his personal goals of a family were achieved with Josie, he never looked back. Before he knew it, he was living the life he always dreamed of, with an election on the horizon to become a judge. Yet, he wanted something more...

This husband and wife are struggling to find the time to reconnect, to communicate, and to help each other reach their shared goals while still maintaining the life they always dreamed of. Who knew it could all spiral out of control so quickly?

Personal Likes

I enjoyed this book, especially being able to see the story through both Josie and John's perspectives. Since we know that in a marriage, there are always two versions of the story, and neither is one hundred percent true, it was wonderful to see it through both sets of eyes.  It also allowed me to not really pick a side. When Josie was telling the story, I tended to side with her; when John was telling the story, I totally saw his struggle too. And that made the story interesting.

It was nice to see such a real life story in a contemporary fiction book. This is something that I could see any suburban married couple struggling with on some level - granted I do not know too many couples going through elections...

Personal Dislikes

While I did enjoy the real feel to this, it also was a little boring because of the realness of it. I wanted more action through most of the book. There are small little jolts with some action, but for the most part, it's slow and steady.

I also just wanted to reach through and strangle both characters often for not just talking!  Come on, how hard is it to just have a conversation with your spouse?  Obviously, if we use this book as the standard, it is next to impossible. In fact, only once a divorce is on the table is it possible to really start saying what you think and feel. Not good!

Reading List Rating

Three Heart Rating on Reading List

I'm giving this book a three heart rating.  I enjoyed it, I didn't love it. I doubt I'll read it again. But for a vacation read, this could be a good pick if you want a clean, contemporary romance. 

My Suggested Audience

This is an adult contemporary romance - so there are adult topics. There is an extra-marital affair and the lying that is needed to keep up such a charade. There are also tons of scenes with gossip and bashing of people verbally.

Plus, Ford does a good job of writing love stories without making it all about the physical or the lewd. Yes, there are a few scenes that make this a PG-13 book, but nothing that would make me give out a straight out warning.

Wondering Questions to Consider

I have to say, overall, throughout the entire book, I just wanted to yell at these characters to grow up. If they only took one night out, alone, and actually talked to each other, at least ninety percent of their issues would have vanished before they found themselves in such a horrible spiral.  But isn't that how the statistic of 50% of marriages ending came about?  When we take the time to read these fictional stories, we need to take a moment to reevaluate our own marriages and make sure we are being honest with our spouses.  If we want to beat the stats and treat marriage as vow, not just a fleeting thought, communication is essential.  There is no room for worry of embarrassment over being honest with your spouse.  Just make the time, and put in the effort that a vow requires. 

The opposite of Love is not Hate, it's Indifference. #TheWomanHeMarried @Reading_List1

Are you a Julie N Ford fan?  Are you a contemporary romance fan?  Do you allow literature to refocus your real life, learning the lessons from characters, at least for a short time? 

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