#BookReview: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step…. 

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. Continue reading “#BookReview: The Help by Kathryn Stockett”


#BookReview – Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly

A captivating debut novel, meticulously researched and beautifully imagined, about the passionate marriage of Harry and Bess Houdini—a love story that defied death itself.

Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife Bess from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair’s extraordinary romance, which swept the illusionist and his bride from the beaches of Coney Island, to the palaces of Budapest, to the back lots of Hollywood. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of a mysterious young photographer, she realizes that her husband’s magic may have been more than just illusion.

In surprising turns that weave through the uncertain days of the dawn of the twentieth century and continue into the dazzling 1920s, Mrs. Houdini is a thrilling tale that will take you deep into the heart of one of history’s greatest love stories—asking what drives people to believe in something bigger than themselves—even as it reveals the famous magician’s most remarkable feat of all.  Continue reading “#BookReview – Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly”

Moving Day!

Moving day went pretty damn well! Our movers from Move 4 Less here in Las Vegas were AWESOME! It took them a little under 4 hours to move all our crap into our new place and they did it professionally and with great attitudes. I was pretty sour on moving companies after our last experience with a different moving company here in town, I won’t mention, but Move 4 Less restored my faith. Not only did they call 30 minutes before they got there as promised but they also showed up on time! That’s a major issue if you know me. My time is important to me, especially when I’m paying you to get something done for me so I respect a company that also values time. I reviewed them on Yelp because I was so impressed, I so enjoy leaving a positive review!

Our new place is just amazing!!!! It’s a cute duplex with so much space and a 2 car garage, it’s more than I expected to find. Briana Slade from Brazill Team Real Estate really made the process of finding this house easy and stayed within our budget. If you’re in the Las Vegas Valley and looking to rent, buy or sell I highly recommend her and her company. I’ll continue working with her as our management company and I plan to use her services again when we purchase our first home. I wrote up a review for her on Yelp and FB so please check her out. There was no charge for her finding us a place and she spent many hours sending me property after property so I could find a place for my baby girl. I’m forever grateful. She seriously made me feel like finding me a place was the most important thing she had to do whenever I talked to her and that made all the difference. I know she has tons of other clients but she’s so dedicated that she makes you a priority when she’s with you.

I’m being shameless in this post referring you all to these two companies but it’s not something that I’ve done before and is not something I normally do….EVER. But because I was treated so well by both places I want to be able to pay that forward.

I also had my final ultrasound on the same day we were moving and everything is wonderful! They’ve estimated Emerson will be 19 inches long and around 6lbs 8oz when she’s born. Her due date has been moved to 3/26 (MY BIRTHDAY!) and that’s pretty exciting!! I would love to share my birthday with my baby girl! They tried to get a picture of her face but she’s so far down that they only got her nose and mouth but man if she doesn’t have the cutest mouth and nose I’ve ever seen!!! She has my nose and her Daddy’s mouth which is, IMO, a winning combination.


My baby shower is tomorrow and I can’t wait to see all the gifts that our friends and family got for us to decorate her room and create a space for her. I know a few of the items we’ve received so far but to see it all together will just magical! It’s all coming together so fast and I’m overjoyed. Just a few short months ago I was stressed out that I wouldn’t find a house in time, I wouldn’t be able to provide her with a proper home and it just had me all hormonal but things have just fallen into place. I really have to thank my sister and her friends from the bottom of my heart. They’ve spent so much time and effort planning this shower to ensure that everything is perfect. I really am lucky to have my sister! She has informed me that I cannot have any more children for a few years now so she doesn’t have to do a shower again, she definitely stressed herself out. I believe she mentioned a vacation after the shower is over to recuperate.

I’m off now to finish my Friday by welcoming my Aunt and Uncle in tonight and my cousin tomorrow. I’ll post pictures from the shower after all is said and done!

#BookReview – Bonds of Blood & Spirit: Loyalties (BBS #1) by Wendi Kelly & Deborah Dorchak

I was given all four books in the series by the authors for honest reviews. I’ll post each review as I finish each book.

Regina Capalini, abandoned by her parents at age three, and the victim of a heinous crime, has been tossed away by the only Pack she has ever known. She has one last chance to impress her new Alpha, Diego Beauchamp, or be left to fend for herself as a rogue wolf, a sentence that will surely end in death.

Fate intervenes, not once, but twice, and plunges Regina into a fast-paced race against the clock to save the life of the stranger she just met.

In the midst of this harrowing life-threatening rescue, she comes to know five unique people who, in their own quirky and troubled ways, teach this misfit and broken girl the meaning of love, trust and loyalty, making her question everything she ever believed was true.

Together, they create an alliance, a new breed of Pack, one that changes the course of the future forever. Continue reading “#BookReview – Bonds of Blood & Spirit: Loyalties (BBS #1) by Wendi Kelly & Deborah Dorchak”

#BookReview – Eternally Bound – By K. A. Young

Their passionate encounter happened long ago binding Caroline and Thaddeus for all eternity. A century later, Caroline is living a new life yet the memory has never lessened its hold on her—tormenting her with mere glimpses as her body continually cries out for him in her dreams. 

On the brink of madness, torn between the past and the present, Caroline is the only one that can decide her fate. When she returns to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains the lines between time and space come full circle. Will she find the courage to face the passion and pain that awaits her? Or will she run from her past, dooming them for all eternity? Continue reading “#BookReview – Eternally Bound – By K. A. Young”