Book Review: Me Before You

I read this on the recommendation from my Mum.  Although I’d head of it, I had put Me Before You in the Chick Lit genre, which I don’t normally read (or really enjoy).

I took it away with me to the beach and figured I’d read it if I could…. well once I started reading, I couldn’t stop – which can be a problem when you have a breastfeeding newborn and a two year old to entertain!

JoJo Moyes gripped me from the opening pages.  Bringing me into Lou and Will’s private world and all the complications in it.  It is well written (so much so that my husband has read it and loved it too) and not at all the chick lit novel that I was expecting.

The subject was interesting and definitely made you think.  What would you do in the same circumstances for each character?  Would you make the same decisions?

I realise there is not too much here on the content as I don’t want to give too much away….. but read it.

A movie has been made, I haven’t seen it and I’m not sure that I want to.  I have the characters in my head of who they are and what they look like and I’m not sure I want a movie to mess with that.

What are your thoughts on movies that are made from a book – do you think there are any that are as good or better?

Happy Reading

Helen
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Book Review: Raw Edges

Raw Edges (Quilts of Love #10) by Sandra D. Bricker

This book pretty much had me in tears from the start!  Okay I’m a big pile of mush normally anyway but this definitely touched a cord somewhere – maybe it’s the whole mum hormone thing?

The story follows a dad (Grayson) and his eleven year old daughter Sadie following the death of Jenna (his wife and her mother) as they get involved, at the insistence of Sadie, with a local support group and Annabelle (one of it’s members) who are in the process of creating a memory quilt as a fundraising exercise.  Placed between each chapter are journal entries written to Sadie from Jenna in preparation for her life without her Mum.

Sadie will capture your heart and she learns to heal, both herself and her Dad as they attempt to navigate life’s puzzle without a key piece.  Showing that even in the midst of grief you can learn to live and love again.

The book is well written and pulls you into their world completely.  It makes you feel a whole range of emotions – one minute you are laughing the next tears are running down your cheeks.

Four stars.

Enjoy.

Book Review: Grace Not Perfection

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley

What can I say I loved this book.  This book is stunning – not just visually (I mean who doesn’t love a hot pink book with a gold pineapple), but the content….

It is full of encouragement, practical advice and exercises (and ones that don’t require special equipment or taking a year out of your life to travel the world) to help you find what is important to you, where you want to be and places you can simplify (Hello word of 2017) your life and appreciate the joy in the everyday.  It provides a reminder that we don’t need Pinterest-beautiful homes (or birthday parties as Emily puts it) to live our lives.

I would recommend this to anyone (especially those who are feeling a little overwhelmed with life and the expectations that they put on themselves).  Although it is written from the perspective of a Mum and thus aimed at that direction I feel that Emily Ley’s advice is equally applicable to everyone.

Grace Not Perfection quickly became my mantra during the reading of this book, so much so that it is my new computer wallpaper and I really want to get it printed and put on my wall.

 

Five Stars!

Enjoy!