Book Review #1 - 2019
Happy August! This is my very first book review and I am sooooo excited! I love to read and have recently found some really interesting books, so I thought I would share my personal opinions on them! I have reviewed 3 fiction thriller books and 2 self help books…I know, I know, totally opposite, but I usually need a little bit of both in my life! I will put the book’s description along with my own opinion of each book below….so let’s get started!
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Oh em gee y’all! Seriously….this book is crazy! I would for sure say that it is one of my favorite thriller books I have ever read, and I want to read it again to just to make sure I caught everything! I found the suggestion on Emily Gemma’s Blog, it was highly recommended on her book review and so purchased it right away. I read it in less then 2 days, yep it’s that good! (It is one of those books that you try reading at every stop light on the way to and from work because you just want to know what happens next!😬🤦🏻♀️) *disclamer…do NOT read and drive.
I tried to explain it to Michael and he was like what in the world are you talking about?! However, I should say that it is absolutely a book you must read yourself to even comprehend what is going on and why. But damn….it is really, really good! There are sad parts in it that left me wondering if it could round itself out, but it did not disappoint. If anyone else has read this book, comment below so we can chat about it!!
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed. From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.
THE LAST MRS. PARRISH
Another recommended book and I loved this one too! I ended up reading it over a weekend as well, most certainly a page turner. It is one of those books where you read it from 2 different character perspectives, very entertaining! I was not expecting the plot to unfold the way it did. Wonderfully written!
Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.
I KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Okay…so this book had be going….I was really enjoying reading it AND I even thought I had it figured out (fyi - I am like the best movie/book plot inspector ever. I can pretty much tell you what is going to happen after learning just enough about the story), and I was kinda on the right page, but most definitely NOT on the right page. The ending of this book had me like “what in the actual f*^k just happened. Was that shit for real"?” and unfortunately not in a good way. This book has child abuse, is sad, and straight up not healthy. I like my thrillers, but this one is not a book I would read again.
Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. Except one person. Someone knows Aimee very well. They know who she is and they know what she did. When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is―but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. In I Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney proves that she is a master of brilliantly complicated plots and killer twists that will keep you guessing until the final page.
GIRL, WASH YOUR FACEY
Y’all, this women has saved my life…..and I don’t write that sentence lightly. Rachel Hollis is an inspirer like I have NEVER found before. I first discovered her when she released a movie titled Made for More in January 2019. I kept seeing her book cover on the shelves of my local book store, but I had no idea who she was and I never stopped to read it or really paid much attention to it. Then one day I was scrolling my Facebook feed and someone posted about her RISE Documentaty (Made for More) coming into theaters for 2 nights ONLY! When I saw that post, I watched the trailer and something inside me told me to go watch it (it was playing that same evening), and so I did, I went by myself. (side note: I love my solitude, so I enjoyed going alone very much) It was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. After watching that movie I went out and purchased this book, Girl, Wash Your Face, and have practically stocked Rachel Hollis on every social media outlet possible ever since. I listened to the Audible version of this book (7 hours, not bad) which I seriously recommend. I am not a normal Audible book fan, I love having my physical books, but in this case I was! Rachel reads the book herself and her energy will spark that light inside of you just as this book was written to do. I listened to it when I cleaned, when I drove, when I worked, any chance I could, I listened to this book. I cried, I laughed, I related, and girl, I washed my damn face! Because ladies, it IS time that you stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be. READ IT!
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore. With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be. With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle--and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
GIRL, STOP APOLOGIZING
This book is the follow up to Girl, Wash Your Face, and again highly recommended! After working through all the lies we tell ourselves that stop us from achieving our dreams, Rachel has a plan on helping us tackle those dreams, one step at a time. This book is broken down into 3 parts - excuses to let go of, behaviors to adopt, and skills to acquire. This is a book that can be read over and over again to help keep those courageous dreams alive and well. As women, we really do tend to put our dreams and needs on the back burner so that we can take care of others. Then when we do take time for ourselves, we usually feel guilty because we could have spent it doing something else. But the reality is, you will never be an exceptional, wife/mom/boss/leader/friend/women if you don’t stop being unapologetic about your wants and needs! You have thoughts and dreams and they matter, live into the person you were made to be! Your family and friends will benefit much more from you being a better version of yourself!
side note - I am going to RISExFortMyers VIP 🙏🏻💛 in January 2020, exactly one year after being fully introduced to who Rachel Hollis is and what she does. I am soooo FIRED UP about this conference and it will be such an incredible way to start the new year! Have you ever been to a RISE conference before? If so tell me about your experience! I will most certainly be documenting my trip and will make a post about my personal experience!
Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.
In Girl, Stop Apologizing, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.