Remembering you with so much love and joy!

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It feels like only yesterday

That God set you free

It is so hard to believe

This is year three.

 

I have learned to stop questioning

Constantly asking God why

He took you from this earth

And allowed you to die.

 

Now, I can look at your pictures

And happily see your face

Knowing you are home

And in a better place.

 

I see you looking down from Heaven

Your eyes beaming so bright

So proud of your family

Knowing we are going to be alright.

 

You left behind a blessing

Your daughter is so much like you

In the little things she does

She is like you through and through

 

Today, I’m choosing to rejoice

And to no longer be sad

Speaking of the good times

And enjoying the times we had.

 

For I know a part of you remains with us

Just in a different way

So I will continue to honor you

Each and every day.

Remembering you with so much love and joy!

~Your Auntie~

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My review of Hiding Places by Erin Healy

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MY REVIEW

This book is set in Colorado and mainly involves the story of 11-year-old Kate and her family, Great Grandma Pearl, Gran and Grandy, her mother, Janet, and two older sisters, Alyssa and Olivia. Kate lives in a house that was renovated into a hotel and restaurant. Kate’s family runs the hotel. This story also weaves into another type of family, a street family. Runaways that are living under a bridge that have formed a “family” bond: Merridew, the patriarch, Eve, a few others, and most notably, Charlie. You also have another family, which I’ll call the “reformer family”, existing of “Fox” and his son, “Coz”, who live in the projects. Fox is a former gang member and is trying to lead his son down the right path and away from his former gang. The three families collide when the street family, crosses the reformer family, which descends onto the hotel family.

The story is told through Kate, who is a child ignored and wanders throughout the hotel like “Nancy Drew”, listening to everything that is going on around her and hiding in the various hidden places of the hotel. Kate has a beautiful soul that catches the eye of her Great Grandmother Pearl, who everyone thinks is senile. The other family members harbor their own hiding places within themselves. It is the beauty within Kate and her Great Grandmother Pearl that brings this book full circle.

Initially, when I started to read the book, it was jumping from family to family and I just wanted to put it down and not read it. But, I reread some of the reviews and picked it back up, and I am glad that I did. Once the book picked up, I could not put it down until I knew how everything unfolded between the families, especially involving Charlie. Charlie is another character that adds a dimension of unexpected love into this book.

Overall, I give it three of out of 4 harmonicas.

Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a free copy of this book. This book will be available for order on September 8, 2015.

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My review of Nobody’s Fool

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This book involves sisters, Grace, Holly, and twins, Emma and Portia. Grace and Holly are the older siblings and have been taking care of Emma and Portia since they were little girls as their mother had died at a young age. Holly is the main character of the book. Holly has been the primary sister taking care of twins, Emma and Portia, and living in London, Canada. While Grace, has become an attorney, married, and is living in Boston. Holly is looking for her sister, Portia, who is bipolar, has stopped taking her medications, and has left their home in Canada. Holly is looking for her sister in Chicago and finds a former classmate, Josh. Josh is someone that Holly has hated most of her life for an event that he did to her when they were younger. “Holy Holly” has to rely on Josh to find her sister due to certain circumstances, their attraction is undeniable, and romance ensues. Holly and Josh are led back to Holly’s hometown to find Portia. Holly has no choice but to rely on Josh for his help and she must let her walls that she has built from her past fall in order to save her sister. All the sisters are brought together in their hometown to deal with an issue in their past, and further secrets are revealed. Thank you to Netgalley.com for the opportunity to review this book and provide an honest review.
This book will be available August 25, 2015, but you can pre-order it now at a reduced price. I wanted to read this book because it involved a character that has bipolar, and it is nice to see an author writing about mental health issues in a clear productive manner.

Nobody’s Fool (A Willow Park Romance Book 2)

My review of Summer of Good Intentions

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This book involves a family that each year comes together in July to meet at the family’s summer house in the Cape. The family consists of the parents, Arthur and Gloria, who have divorced after 46 years of marriage, and their three adult daughters. Maggie, Jess and Virgie. Maggie is the micro manager of the family and is married to Mac and they have 3 kids and the idealistic marriage. Jess and her husband, Tim, have 2 kids and are on the verge of divorce, the final sister, Virgie, is a workaholic who idolizes her father and is in a new relationship with Jackson, R.N.  The families converge upon the Cape house and secrets are revealed. Gloria arrives with her new boy toy, Gio, and Arthur must  come to terms with their divorce. This book is so beautifully written and the author makes you feel like you are vacationing along with the family. I became part of the family and  wanted to aid and comfort each family member. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy.

The Summer of Good Intentions: A Novel