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One Day in December

Surprise, surprise – more love! Sorry I’m not sorry – I love these books. Although I do like a thriller or nonfiction break occasionally (which is coming up soon). One Day in December by Josie Silver was a quick, easy read about missed chances and what-ifs. It’s not quite a rom com because honestly I didn’t find much humor in it. Some was even a little sad.

Laurie experiences love at first sight through a bus window and is pretty sure the guy felt the same way. But he didn’t make it on the bus before it pulled away (I’m sure in a highly dramatic fashion). She spends the next year searching for ‘bus boy’. (Side note – when you’re dating, you HAVE to have nicknames.) And eventually she does find him….when he is introduced to her as her roommate’s new boyfriend who she is falling head-over-heels for. What would you do?! Would you immediately tell your roommate (who has been searching with you) that she is dating ‘bus boy’??

Laurie has to make this decision and (spoiler alert) she doesn’t say a word. She continues to live with this secret for years and I think it literally eats away at her. The story covers many years and the relationships of the two roommates, both with each other and with their significant others, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I won’t give everything away because where’s the fun in that.

But this would make another GREAT movie, as with my last book, and if you like the cheesy, gushy stories (but with a little more real life thrown in) this one is for you. Enjoy!

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Match Making for Beginners

No I’m not taking a course in match making. Though that would be a highly intriguing career choice. Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson was another free Kindle book and complete disclosure – I liked the cover. And it was free!

The story was very cute and entertaining. It had elements of your typical rom com but also some twists. Main character Marnie just wants a regular old life. She is on track for that until her fiancé decides, at the altar, that he doesn’t want to marry her. But his eccentric aunt Blix had already picked out Marnie as special. Blix considers herself a match maker and enjoys life to the fullest and she sets out to set Marnie up for the same wonderful life.

Blix passes from a tumor and leaves Marnie the building she owns/rents in Brooklyn. And she adds stipulations requiring Marnie to stay there at least 3 months before making any decisions about the building. Both families of course think the whole situation is nuts. Marnie’s family think she is being scammed. Ex-fiancé’s family think the house should have gone to them. So Marnie moves into Blix’s house, starts developing relationships with the other tenants, and has to decide what her next life move will be.

The ending left a few pieces hanging, but overall the book was cute and I definitely recommend it. It would also make a great movie. Enjoy it for free on your Kindle!

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The Wife Between Us

I only have 8 books left to meet my goal for 2019! My latest read was a real page-turner and thriller. In the same vein as Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen will have you yelling at the book and feeling all the emotions.

It’s hard to review this book or give a synopsis because it’s written so intricately. It takes a little while to figure out whose perspective you are reading from and where in time you are. Time does jump around. Are you reading from the view of the wife? Or the mistress? There are so many twists in the story line that I don’t want to give anything away but don’t assume anything as you read. None of the characters are really what they seem, which makes it hard to really like any of them. Some people may not like that, but I think it adds depth and a uniqueness to the story that most novels don’t have. Enjoy!


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Fitness

These are not my favorite posts (about myself) but through my blog I am challenging myself to myself out there. I’m especially not pumped for the pics but I think they are important to see. Plus this post lets me brag on my amazing friend.

My friend Meghan is a coach with Beachbody and it was clear that she was getting amazing results. So she’s been talking up the program. I traditionally have had very good habits and self-motivation when it comes to working out. Running, tennis, Pure Barre, boot camps, triathlon training. But since March, when we moved and my Pure Barre regiment ended, I’ve struggled to get into a routine. I also noticed that my clothes were getting a little more snug. Let me go ahead and say that I know I do not need to lose weight and I am not by any means overweight. But I do hate shopping. Meghan likes to ask you what your ‘why’ is. My ‘why’ is that I want to be in good shape, be strong, and I don’t want to go shop for new clothes because mine don’t fit anymore. And to be honest, that last one is probably my strongest motivation.

So she wore me down. 😉 I knew I needed accountability and who better than one of my former roommates who went to the gym with me before sunrise. I signed up with a promo they were doing for the new Morning Meltdown workout and got a bunch of stuff with it – access to all the Beachbody workouts on demand, a journal, Shakeology (protein supplement), and a cool calendar to cross off the 100 – yes 100 – workouts of Morning Meltdown (MM100).

But before our group was starting MM100, I had just enough time to squeeze a shorter program – 21 Day Fix. I started it on a Saturday morning and physically could not walk normally for a few days. It is no joke. You do need some equipment to make it more challenging – I had a simple set of weights (these from Amazon) and I ended up ordering this more padded mat because my older yoga mat wasn’t cutting it on the hardwood floors.

There is a nutrition piece as well. It’s basically portion control and eating things that are good for you. They do have nifty containers that help you learn the portions, but we honestly do pretty well with portions. Well, correction – my husband eats smaller meals throughout the day which makes me eat more appropriate portions. So I am not strictly following any of the Beachbody nutrition programs but working on portions, less sugar, and less alcohol (I like some beverages by the pool in the summer!).

And even in 21 days you could tell a difference! I was more toned already and feeling so much stronger.

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I’m not going to lie – morning workouts are more of a struggle for me than they used to be but I am doing it! MM100 has started and we have a solid group of women who are on the same track, doing the same workouts every day, which really helps motivate me to get it done. There is the random day that it happens in the evening instead of in the morning. There is the random day I just can’t get it done and I double up the next day. We are now 19 days in and this weekend I’m going to Nashville (where the rest of our group lives) and will actually get to workout with these incredible ladies and more exciting my Meghan!! Can’t wait to finish out this program and start one of mannnnny others that are on the app! Interested? Reach out to Meghan through Instagram – she loves answering questions and is very

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Evidence of the Affair

I you have a Kindle, you can find free books on Amazon. I came across Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid and thought, ‘why not?!’. I didn’t even read the synopsis but it was free! It’s a short story so I got through it in about 4 hours total (not all at once).

It’s the late ’70s and Carrie discovers love letters written to her husband. So she decides to reach out to the husband of the woman. This short story is the letters written between them and also the husband and wife having the affair. But the innocent letters of the cheated on parties turn into more and eventually turn into meeting in person. It’s a fascinating cycle.

I won’t give away the twist at the end but I definitely recommend it, especially if you need a quick beach or pool read. Or if you’re close to meeting a reading goal for the year and need a quick page-turner! I actually audibly gasped at the end, so you know it’s good. Enjoy!


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Rich People Problems

Kevin Kwan really hit it home with this series. The third book came available from the library almost as soon as I put it on my hold list so I went ahead and finished out the series.

Rich People Problems, like China Rich Girlfriend, incorporated some new characters, but mainly focused on Nick’s extended family. Their beloved grandmother’s, matriarch of the family in every sense of the word, health in failing and children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins come out the woodwork to say their goodbyes and makes their last good impressions. After all, there is expected to be a sizable will. There is also a more in-depth storyline about Nick’s cousin Astrid, who I have liked throughout the series.

Supposedly Nick was written out of the will when he married Rachel and he had not spoken to his grandmother for many years. So he, especially, felt the need to mend bridges, regardless of what was in the will. Drama and hilarity ensues, of course, which makes this a quick and entertaining read. A great “beach read”. I don’t know if there are supposed to be more movies, but I would be all for it!


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More Than Words

I know I need to take a break from fiction when two books in a row involve characters who are madly and deeply in love with multiple people. Sometimes I really need a dose of real life mixed in with the not real life, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

This soap box is not to say I did not enjoy reading More Than Words by Jill Santopolo. It again, has elements that remind me of Gossip Girl – main character Nina grows up in the public eye in NYC as the only daughter of a successful businessman – mixed with a Nicholas Sparks novel. Poor Nina has been under her father’s shadow and when he passes away, she finally feels that she can be herself. She can dress how she wants to dress, brunch where she wants to brunch, work where she wants to work, and even date who wants to date. This especially comes to light as she learns about some big secrets her dad had kept hidden for years.

Even thought the story line was a little ridiculous (and it’s really just me getting a little tired of ending up reading similar story lines) but it was still entertaining and didn’t drag on so I still enjoyed it.