Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review: Until You by Jeannie Moon





Members of the Vise Library were selected to participate in a blog tour for Until You.  We received a copy of Jeannie Moon's book for an honest review.







About the book:

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation. 

It is, after all, her fortieth birthday. 

However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky. 
But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her. 

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice. 

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to. 
The main character, Kate, meets David while on a business trip in California (also her fortieth birthday). David decides to approach her (on a semi-dare) and ask her own a date. The both have an instant connection while on their date. However, they book discover that they live in Philadelphia and decide that they will meet up again while in their own town. Kate has a hard time believing that someone like David would be interested in her (let's just say he has quite the reputation). Kate has just finalized the divorce from an awful man and has had a hard time after the divorce. Basically Kate is scared to care about someone again, but she is not the only one. David is scared too. Kate makes him think and isn't like any girl he has ever dated before. He realizes that Kate wants to know the actual David, not the hockey player. At first he doesn't know how to deal about his feelings for Kate and he acts out a little bit. However, he realizes he wants more out of his life and that means a life with Kate. Again, because of Kate's past she fights all of it to protect herself. There is something that happens that has the potential to bring them together, but something terrible happens that could ruin all of their progress.

All of the characters, even minor ones, have changes and realizations of their own. There is a character that learns that one tiny lie can grow into something so big that the lie ends up hurting all of the people involved. Two characters in this book learn that in the process of trying to get what they want they end up hurting themselves instead. One character learns that everything she has ever been told about one of their parents has been a lie and that relationship has been used as a weapon for financial advantage. A minor character learns what it means to be respectful in a relationship and how some things should be kept between two people. Several characters learn that they are stronger than they realized and eventually stick up for themselves. This book has a lot of facets to it. There are crazy ex-husbands, mistresses, crazy ex-girlfriends and a great story all rolled up together.
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About the author:

Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she's not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat, and resides on Long Island, NY. If she's more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy. Visit her website at www.jeanniemoon.com

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace











About the book:


Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.



The Storyspinner is a very impressive book and I love the face that it is Becky Wallace's first novel.  There are so many fun, entertaining and exciting moments in this book.  Johanna comes from a family of performers and on what should be a typical performance on the tightrope for her father, turns deadly.  Her father ends up dying and Johanna suspects that it wasn't an accident.  Johanna and her family are banished from the performer group because of the belief of bad luck.  One day Johanna is trying to hunt for food for her family to eat and she is attacked by Rafi, the duke of Santiago.  It is all a misunderstanding, but he owes her something in order to restore his honor.  Rafi and Johanna do not get off to the best start, but eventually he offers her a job to perform for his visitors.  Meanwhile there are visitors from another land that have powers to control the elements around them.  They are on a mission to find the lost princess (who everyone believes is dead) in order to restore the magic border between two lands.


This story has a lot of funny characters, particularly Rafi's brother Dom and Johanna's younger brothers.  He is a hoot!  Each chapter is the viewpoint of a different character so that makes the voice of the book very interesting.   There is some sadness to this book but a lot of wonder and mystery of the landscape.  You learn that there is something evil that is lurking and that even though there are some people that use their magic for good, there are also ones that use it for evil.  I loved the suspense of this story and how the characters developed as the story went on.  There is a lot of imagination that goes into one of the characters about how they harness power and magic.  I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers.  I want to know how the story ends, but I love knowing that there is more to the story and it hasn't actually ended.  I can't wait to read more about the Keeper's Chronicles and see more from these wonderful characters! Our copy of The Storyspinner will be arriving soon,so make sure and check it out when it arrives!  You won't be disappointed.  :)









About the author:

In second grade, Becky Wallace had to sit in the corner because she refused to write anything except princess stories and fairy tales (and because she talked too much). Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she's been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own real-life Prince Charming. They have four munchkins and live in happy little town near Houston, Texas.





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Praise for The Storyspinner
 "An intricately woven, beautifully told tale, laced with heart, wit, and edge-of-your-seat suspense--plus the perfect amount of delicious swoon, Bravo! And encore!" (Shannon Messenger, author of the Sky Fall series.)


"Becky Wallace couples a classic romance with cut-throat political intrigue and wraps it in a detailed and enthralling magical world. I can't wait for the sequel." (Cinda Williams Chima, author of the Heir Chronicles)

"This tale of murder, kidnapping, and magic held me from start to finish!" (Tamora Pierce, author of the Song of the Lionesss Quartet)

"Wallace bucks the trend of retold fairy tales... and nicely balances romances with adventure. An...action-packed beginning." (Kirkus)

"This first installment of The Keepers’ Chronicles is as engaging as fantasy gets, full of magic and romance, intrigue and espionage, epic battles and heartbreaking loss. The quicker the second book comes out, the better. This is definitely recommended for public and high school libraries." (VOYA)

"In this beautifully constructed first installment of a new fantasy series, Wallace creates a lush environment, interweaving unique characters. Recommended for fans of classic fantasy (J.R.R. Tolkien) as well as more modern fantasy adventures by Melina Marchetta, Kristin Cashore, and Sarah J. Maas." (School Library Journal)

"Political games meet magical intrigue in this Portuguese-flavored fantasy debut..." (Publishers Weekly)

"In a land where stories may be more than mere tales woven by artful Storyspinners, the search is on for the missing heiress to the kingdom... Readers will enjoy the quick pace of the tale." (Booklist Online)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review: Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle







Members of the Vise Library were selected to review for Where Sea Meets Sjy.  We received a copy of Karina Halle's book for an honest review.











About the book:

A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go—even when you know you have to say goodbye.
This book takes you on a literal and figurative journey.  Josh and Gemma meet on Gemma's last night in Canada.  They have instant chemistry but because of distance that seems to be all to their story.  However, Josh decides to leave his mundane life and decides to travel to Gemma' home land of New Zealand.  He doesn't understand why she won't get out of his head.  However, he makes the trek and has no expectations.  He doesn't even know her last name.  However, he eventually finds her and is invited on a month long trip with her across New Zealand.  However, it isn't a trip just for the two of them, they have a big part of Gemma's past with her too.  As they travel and discover New Zealand they discover things about themselves and each other.  In the process of all the angst and drama, they learn lessons of going after things without caution.  They both learn about trying new things and going after what they want even if there is risk involved.  I loved reading about the places they visited and about what they learned about themselves.  This book made me want to visit New Zealand!!  I could imagine everything with the vivid storytelling.

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About the author:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen




Members of the Vise Library were given an advance copy of At the Water's Edge.   We received a copy of Sara Gruen's book for an honest review.











About the book:

In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.
After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel’s favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed—by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster—Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind. 
 
The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.
 
As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life’s beauty and surprising possibilities.




This is only the second book by Sara Gruen that I have ever read.  I read Water for Elephants before the movie was released and really enjoyed that book.  I was excited for the opportunity to read this book before publication.  This story is set in the WW2 time period with the main characters of Maddie, who is Married to Ellis and their friend Hank.  Ellis has a very big falling out with his parents who then cut Ellis and Maddie off financially.  The characters try to get back on the good side of Ellis' parents by going on a search for the Loch Ness monster.  This journey starts out as a way to look for Nessie, but in a way is more about the journey (to me anyways) of Maddie.

This story takes you through WW2 and the Scottish countryside.  You are able to see how the war affected the people and towns during this time.  Maddie starts to make several friends and you really care about the locals in this story.  I think Gruen did a great job of showing how the locals were struggling during this time.  In a way this reminded me of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale (Hannah's book is set in France, not Scotland).  This time period had so much devastation and loss and Gruen really depicts this to make you feel for the people that lived through this time.  As Maddie's eyes are opened throughout the story, she becomes a completely different person (in a good way).  I think it's great when characters start to become more aware of themselves and life in general and Maddie does just that.  If you enjoy books from this time period and books about people seeking an adventure, then you will enjoy this book!








About the author:

I am a transplanted Canadian (now also an American citizen) who moved to the States in 1999 for a technical writing job. Two years later I got laid off. Instead of looking for another job, I decided to take a gamble on writing fiction. 

I live with my husband, three children, two dogs, four cats, two horses, and a goat in North Carolina.



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Praise for At the Water’s Edge
 
“If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen’s books, her latest novel provides plenty. Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I’ve come to expect from this author. And even after the final page, its message still resonates with me: The monsters we seek may be right in front of us. In fact, the only fault I can find with this book is that I’ve already finished it.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time
 
“I devoured this book. Once again Sara Gruen has proven herself to be one of America’s most compelling storytellers. You might be tempted to rush to get to the answers at the end—but don’t, or you’ll miss the delectable journey that is Gruen’s prose.”—Kathryn Stockett, New York Timesbestselling author of The Help
 
“Magical . . . At the Water’s Edge skillfully transports us to a small, tenacious Scottish village in the grip of war, and into the heart of Madeline Hyde, a woman who is a stranger to herself until forces convene to rock her awake. Sara Gruen is a wizard at capturing the essence of her historical setting, and does so here in spades, but it’s Maddie’s unexpected transformation that grounds and drives the novel.”—Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife
 
At the Water’s Edge is a rich, beautiful novel. Elegantly written and compulsively readable, it is at once a gripping love story, a profound examination of the effects of war on ordinary women, and a compelling portrait of female friendship.”—Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author ofThe Nightingale

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Advice for Olivia Bloom from Blushing!





Last week the Vise Library wrote a book review for Katie Delahanty's newest book Blushing.  (You can find the review of that book here!)  I thought (with a little help!) it would be fun to do something a little different with this book.  Since the main characters are engaged and I am recently married, I thought it might be interesting to give Olivia Bloom some advice in the engagement/planning a wedding department!



For some reason when you first get engaged people expect you to have all of the details of when? where? worked out the moment you get engaged.  It seems like you just slipped on the ring and are expected to have all of this thought through.  When your engagement is a complete and utter surprise, there is no way for this to happen.  So my advice is just to enjoy the moment and let it be about the two of you (that's what it is supposed to be about anyways isn't it???) without any added pressure.  Everything will sort itself out and it will just take time.  Do not feel like you need to have everything worked out overnight; planning a wedding takes time.  This should be fun, not stressful!




Now that you are engaged, your new best friend will be Pinterest.  I honestly have no idea how people planned any kind of event without this site.  You can find all the inspiration you need for your Old Hollywood themed wedding here.  I have started creating your own personal board here to get you started!  I tried to find things to fit you and Berkeley's style! :)  Pinterest helped me to appear to be more creative than I actually am in real life.





The next step you need to worry about is about those engagement pictures!  Picking the right photographer can be very difficult.  You want to make sure they can capture such a happy time.  If you do not have a lot of pictures of the two of you, this can be an excuse to have beautiful pictures taken that you can use to decorate your future home.  Now, make sure you do not make any mistakes of these couples.  I found that the pictures that weren't as posed and more real feeling were the ones that worked best for us.  Just be you!



When the big day is finally here, remember to take it easy.  My husband and I decided to see each other with a couple friends and family before the ceremony.  Those are some of my favorite pictures and helped me calm down before I had to say my vows in front of everyone.  It was a very special moment and it was great to have pictures from it.  Remember to take multiple pictures with everyone!  After we got our wedding pictures back, I realized I only had one picture of my dad and myself together.  We were so busy trying to make sure things were moving along that we did not take time for more pictures.  That is the only thing I regret.  Our wedding was very small (about ten people) with a larger reception for more friends and family.  This suited both of us perfectly.  This allowed us to share that moment with people that had supported us from day one and then celebrate with everyone else.  People make become upset, but in the end it is again just about the two of you!  Maybe this could be something the two of you would be interested in. :)



One of my last bits of advice to both you and Berkeley would be to just be happy.  Of course there will be stress along the way, but just be confident in your commitment to each other.  Life isn't perfect. But if you have something good to hold on to, the bad doesn't seem so terrible then.  Overall, just remember what is important in the long run!

I hope this advice has been helpful as you begin to navigate through all the bliss of an engagement and wedding.  If you have any other questions Olivia (and Berkeley!) then I am your girl! :)





For more information about Katie Delahanty, Blushing and In Bloom, check out Katie Delahanty's website!  Her books are available for purchase here.

Also, there is a Rafflecopter being offered for lots of prizes!!  Enter for your chance to win! :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cover Reveal and Q&A for Fire Season by Hollye Dexter!

Fire Season by Hollye Dexter will be released April 15.  Below is the cover reveal for the book plus a Q&A with the author!  Make sure to check out the book trailer for the book.  We will have  a review up on Thursday, April 23!  Can't wait to dig in! :)





About the book:
Awakened by her husband’s yells of panic, Hollye Dexter found herself in bed with her toddler son asleep next to her, and their home set ablaze. Hollye and her family had no choice but to leap out of a second-story window on to the concrete below and watch as everything they owned burned to the ground. Homeless and jobless, Hollye began to unravel emotionally, struggling to hold on to her identity and her marriage. Determined to save her family from destruction, Hollye decided to pull herself together and focus on starting anew. Hollye Dexter soon realizes that when everything you identify with is gone; you are free to discover who you really are. 

Poignant and breathtaking, Holly Dexter tells a beautifully uplifting story that pulls readers out of the ashes and into the sun. Fire Season is an unforgettable true-life tale that provides hope for people who have lost everything and have no choice but to start again.


Fire Season Book Trailer: http://bit.ly/1EO745R




Q&A with Hollye Dexter:

What gave you the courage to write such a raw and emotional memoir?
I wish I could say it was courage that motivated me to write Fire Season, but the truth is it was pain. I was in another “season” of loss in my life where I felt I was spiraling downward and everything was falling apart. It was my friend, author Amy Friedman, who told me that I needed to write this book in order to face everything that happened in the aftermath of the fire, that if I didn’t figure out the lessons, I would stay stuck in the pattern. Wanting only to climb out of the desperate hole I was in, I began the painful process of writing. Fifteen years had passed since the fire and I still couldn’t talk about it, let alone write about it. There was a lot of truth I needed to confront, and I really did not want to. I cried a lot during those two years of writing Fire Season. It took me another two years to edit and rewrite it. Maybe by the end of the writing, it became courage, but it didn’t come easily.
   
What’s the biggest lesson you learned while working on this book?
The biggest lesson was to stay centered in love. Fear is a dangerous neighborhood that I need to stay out of at all costs. I saw, in writing the book, that every time I made a decision to stay in a place of love, everything fell into place. Fear is what tore my life and marriage apart. Love healed it.

Where do you do most of your writing?
I have friends who go away on retreat to write books, or they book hotels or stay in mountain cabins. I didn’t have that luxury, so I did my writing at home during the hours my youngest son Evan was in school. When I am writing, I do not answer the phone, or the door and anyone’s requests of me. Dishes pile up in the sink. Dust bunnies accumulate. If my cat pukes on the carpet, it stays there until 2pm when I have to get ready to pick my son up from school. Because solitude is so scarce in a mom’s life, my writing time is sacred to me.

What books are you currently reading?
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, As Good As She Imagined by my friend Roxanna Green, Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women by Nina Gaby, Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping and The 8 Habits of Love by Reverend Ed Bacon. I am also “listening” to Traveling With Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd on Audible, whenever I drive, cook or do dishes.

What is your favorite motivational saying?
I have a million, but here are three:
“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” – Rumi
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Everything is going to be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end.”- Unknown




 About the Author: Hollye Dexter is the author of two memoirs and co-editor of Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press), praised by best-selling author Gloria Feldt (former CEO of Planned Parenthood) as “a brilliant book that just might change your life.” Her essays and articles about women’s issues, activism, and politics have been widely published in anthologies, as well as in Maria Shriver’s Architects of ChangeHuffington PostThe Feminist Wire, and more. She teaches writing workshops internationally and for at-risk youth in LA, where she lives with her husband and a houseful of kids and pets. Learn more about Dexter at www.hollyedexter.net. Connect with Hollye on Twitter at twitter.com/hollyedexter

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick







Members of the Vise Library were selected to participate in a blog tour for New Uses for Old Boyfriends.  We received a copy of Beth Kendrick's book for an honest review.







About the book:

After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
I love when fun, enjoyable books teach us lessons on life.  New Uses for Old Boyfriends does just that!  Lila Alders has always kept up appearances and done all of the things that were expected of her.  She married someone that provided her with a lifestyle other people might be jealous of and had a career on TV.  Her life takes a turn for the worst when her contract with her job is not renewed and her husband informs her that he has found someone else to be with.  So Lila packs up her life in her newly purchased FUV (her SUV that she purchased to stick it to her ex-husband) and heads back to her hometown of Black Dog Bay.  Lila's mother, Daphne, still lives there, but is struggling with her own problems.  Daphne is a recent widow and on top of missing her husband is having a lot of financial difficulties.  

Lila learns that her mother has spent waaaaayyyy beyond her means and does not see a way out of the hole.  Meanwhile, Lila's old high school flame, Ben, has come back to town and her mother will do anything to match them back up.  Lila (without the help of her mother, who is in total denial) tries to help clean out the home she grew up in in preparation to sell it.  She discovers a ton of priceless vintage clothing her mother has accumulated over the years and she has an idea to save her mom and herself.  Through a ton of good luck (thanks Ben!) and stars aligning (you'll find out the help of an old high school classmate that she doesn't even remember, Malcolm, that helps make things possible), the two women set out to start a vintage clothing store that will attract the wealthier tourists of Black Dog Bay.  Things start looking up for Lila and Daphne, but unfortunately they have another stroke of bad luck come their way.  I won't give away the details of that, but they both have to learn about themselves again and learn to pick up the pieces.    

Beth Kendrick wrote a great book to continue the Black Dog Series.  Each one can be a stand alone book, but it is always fun to see glimpses of other characters make their way into each book.  I really cared about these characters and felt for them when things didn't go their way.  I loved how Lila learned not to do what was expected of her but rather what she really wants.  Daphne always wants Lila to project an outside image that just doesn't seem to fit Lila anymore.  Lila also discovers to take her life into her own hands and take action to turn things for her and her mom around.  She is able to also teach her mom a few lessons along the way and Daphne discovers she is capable of doing things she never though possible.  I love how this book teaches the reader that even though a person's circumstances seem to be insurmountable, if they just take the next five minutes at a time, then they can do it.  I feel like Lila taught me that you can have more inner strength than you think is possible of yourself.  Even though Lila and Daphne have a lot of troubles in this book, they are able to have a lot of fun and gain great new friends along the way.  This book was sad, but hilarious due to the FUV (I love that!) and Malcolm (who was in the military) and Lila's covert operations language they use to communicate.   
I am so glad that I had an opportunity to read and review New Uses for Old Boyfriends and I am sure once you pick up this book, you will too! :)

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Praise for the book:


"Beth Kendrick has written a sharp, sassy, surprisingly emotional story that will make readers laugh out loud from page one and sigh from the heart at the end.  Light and lovely perfection!"
—Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author on CURE FOR THE COMMON BREAKUP

“A smart, funny spin on happily-ever-after!"
—Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author

"Kendrick writes with a wicked sense of humor and great wisdom about the power of friendship [and] the importance of true love."
The Chicago Tribune









About the author:

Beth Kendrick is the author of The Week Before the Wedding, The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service, and Nearlyweds, which was turned into a Hallmark Channel original movie. She lives in Arizona with her two rescue dogs, but she loves to vacation at the Delaware shore, where she goes to Funland, eats boardwalk fries, and wishes that the Whinery really existed.

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