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January 14, 2015

Remember the goal I shared with you about a month ago? That I wanted to read some classics? Well… that just hasn’t happened yet. I have a copy of The Catcher in the Rye on my nightstand, but it has yet to be touched. Oh well – I have read some good books over the course of the past month or so though. I took advantage of Amazon’s free 30 day trial of their Kindle Unlimited. I thought it would be a lot of discount books that I could just read for free, but there were a lot of great picks!

The Memory Child by Steena Holmes

I read this book close to a month ago, and I am still recommending it to people. I am pretty sure I flew through this book in a matter of two days. It was quite gripping, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened at the end.

This novel follows Brian, a husband eager for his wife to become pregnant and start a family, and Diane, who is reluctant to start a family because of her mother’s dark past. Diane’s pregnancy falls at a time that is less than ideal – she has just become the CEO of a large company, and she isn’t sure she even wants to continue with her pregnancy. However, all of that changes once Grace is born.

While Diane loves Grace with every ounce of her being, circumstances when Grace is born aren’t that great. Brian has been overseas at a new job for months and hasn’t returned yet. Diane has developed severe separation anxiety from Grace.

As I continued to read on, it was more than obvious that Diane’s life wasn’t all that it seemed.

Disclaimer: This book touches upon post-partum depression and psychosis… so if that is something that would not be something you would like to read about, you should probably skip over this novel. I found it to be very informative as I didn’t even know post-partum psychosis existed. With that being said, however, it might be a touchy subject for some readers.

The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown

I don’t know what it was about this book that hooked me from the start, but I absolutely loved it. The story opens up with Trudy, a forty-something mom of one and wife to a two-timing husband, overhears a conversation that changes her life. This all happens in the bathroom of a ladies’ room in a church at Trudy’s Great Aunt Gertrude’s funeral. Trudy ends up inheriting Aunt Gertrude’s home, and she is none too pleased about it… at first. The home is falling apart and needs a total overhaul.

Somewhere along the way, Trudy finds herself with the town’s biggest oddball – Billy Lee Tucker. She’s known him for what seems like her entire life, but has never gone out of her way to befriend him. Trudy’s go getter personality and total life overhaul will be a story you’ll love. It sounds cheesy, but this story made me laugh as well as cry on what seemed like the same page. It’s a great read!

Question: Have you read any great books lately? I’m always looking to add to my list!

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