Book Review | March 2018

How is your week going so far? I hope this week just keeps flying by because next week we are headed to the lake for Spring Break!! We are so excited! 

But for today I am going to share my March Book Review. You may remember that last year, I use to share a monthly book review but in January I just started sharing the books that I read that month in with another post. Well, I missed sharing my books with y'all so I am back at it with monthly book reviews! 

I started a new series this month by Marie Force. It is the Green Mountain Romance.  
It starts with All You Need is Love. 

Amazon: When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she's ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client--and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family's business. But he can't seem to get her out of his head. As his family's dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all--especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

My Thoughts: I would be thinking the stars that I ran into Fred the Moose. I love how a city girl comes crashing into the country, can't wait to leave, but finds exactly what she was missing in life all thanks to a moose! 

Second Book in the Series is I Want to Hold your Hand. 

Amazon: Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attention of a lifelong friend is making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.
Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart.

My thoughts: Oh my heartstrings. I think I cried more in this book then I have in a long time. I can't imagine losing my husband in a war. This book played with all my emotions. It's hard to know when it is the "right" time to move in this situation. Hannah does an amazing job protecting and following her heart. Her love for animals just makes me love her that much more. :) 

Third Book in the series is I Saw Her Standing There. 

Amazon: Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney have a secret. Colton’s nosy siblings have begun to put the pieces together, but it’s not like Lucy to keep things from those closest to her—especially her best friend, Cameron, who recently moved to Vermont to live with her true love, Will. But Lucy isn’t about to tell Cam she’s having a fling…with Will’s brother.

Flitting between New York and Vermont is exhausting, so Lucy is looking forward to a long weekend with Colton at the Abbott family lake house in Burlington. Too bad Will and Cameron have the same idea, and once Colton and Lucy are caught red-handed (and red-faced), will their clandestine romance lose its appeal or will their secret beginnings be the start of something lasting?

My Thoughts: This book was much "lighter" on my heart than I Saw Her Standing There. But let me tell you. This book will make you want to hike to the top of the nearest mountain to see if you can find your own mountain man... AKA Colton. I love how that at first they had to sneak around and then GOT busted! Making a long distance relationship work can be very difficult especially when you already have insecurities but these 2 make it work!

 Fourth Book in the series is And I Love Her.

Amazon: As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family’s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can’t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he’s the man for her.
Megan’s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister—and her job at the diner—going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?

My Thoughts: I just can't get enough of the Abbott family. I love how Megan can pull out the "messy" side of Hunter. He is your typically CFO. All suit and tie type personality but he is completely different with Megan. I think I have a weak spot for Megan. I can't imagine losing my parents at such a young age. Then to find this strong, dependable man that loves you so much it hurts to risk your heart on...well sign me up ;) 

I can't wait to continue on with this series! I love how Force keeps you up to date on all the characters through all the books. 

I finished my Bible Study of A Woman Who Doesn't Quit. by Niki Koziarz. 
I started this study at my church on Wednesday nights but was unable to finish it in the small group because of the kid's activities but I did finish it on my own. 

Amazon: Have you ever gotten to the place where you just couldn’t take it anymore?
Dreams. Programs. Jobs. Relationships. There are so many different areas where we feel like calling it quits.
It’s time for an honest conversation on how not to give in to the temptation to give up.
Nicki Koziarz is a woman who has thrown in the towel a time or two. In fact, she’s quit just about everything in her life. But with God’s help, she’s discovered a few habits that have helped her and others conquer the choice to quit.
5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit will enable you to:

  • Evaluate the internal personal struggles that make you want to quit.
  • Cultivate consistent habits to help you progress toward your goals.
  • Receive a fresh dose of perspective from the Bible that will help you develop perseverance. 
You are not made to quit! Join Nicki as she identifies five habits to help you keep going no matter what struggles may come your way.

My Thoughts: This study came at a perfect time in my life. I only knew how to give up when things got hard like eating right and exercising. I know what quitting feels like, I want to be like Ruth and NOT QUIT. If you are struggling with just giving up this study would be perfect for you. 

This last book that I read this month was Girl, Wash Your Face. by Rachel Hollis. 
I read a chapter each morning from this book and reflected on "The Lie" from that chapter. 

Amazon: Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mindsets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

My Thoughts: This is BY FAR one of the best books I have ever read. I thought I was going to have whiplash from shaking my head YES to so much of what Hollis was referring to. I have and still do believe most of the "lies" that she refers to in each chapter about herself. If I could meet Hollis I would KISS HER FACE! I love her honesty, her rawness, her vulnerability, her AWESOMENESS! 
Please RUN and purchase this BOOK!! 

In January and February I Read:

What have you been reading lately? 

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