Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #TheMothersPromise @sallyhepworth @StMartinsPress @MacmillanUSA


The Mother's Promise: A Novel by [Hepworth, Sally]

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ When the doctor gave Alice Stanhope the news, she was thinking for Zoe.

This book rocked my heart to the core. This book really grabbed my emotions from that first sentence and did not let go. There was a lump in my throat nearly the entire time. But this book was so beautifully done that the stress slowly dissipated as I continued to read. I was so engrossed in this book that I lost track of time. The characters were spot on, dialogue was dynamic and the story is unforgettable. What an emotional read that captures what it means to love as a mother and how the heart can heal and cope. It is one of those books that is both sad and happy. The Mother's Promise is one that I am certain readers will cherish every single word within it.

Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives. The Secrets of Midwives has been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s debut novel as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”. The Secrets of Midwives was also the highest selling debut Australian fiction of the year in 2015. 

Sally is also the author of The Things We Keep, published in January 2016. The Things We Keep was a Library Journal Pick in the U.S. for January 2016, and an Indie Next Pick in the U.S. for February 2016. NYT bestselling author of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion praised The Things We Keep calling it ‘A compelling read that touches on important themes, not least the different forms that love may take.”

Both of Sally's novels have been published worldwide in English and have been translated into several foreign languages.

Sally is currently working on her next novel, to be published in early 2017.

Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two children. 

PRAISE FOR THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES
With empathy and keen insight, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the complex, lovely, and even heartbreaking relationships between mothers and daughters. THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is that rare tale that weaves together the past and the present in a totally absorbing narrative. Sally Hepworth illuminates one of the most important moments in a woman's life--when she becomes a mother--and spins a story that will hold you captivated till the very end.

- # 1 New York Times Bestselling author of The One and Only, EMILY GIFFIN


THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is women's fiction at its finest. Sally Hepworth has written a wonderfully satisfying story about three generations of midwives. It's touching, tender and obviously meticulously researched, giving the reader a fascinating window into the amazing world of midwifery. A delightful read.

-#1 New York Times Bestselling author of THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, LIANE MORIARTY


"THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is a compelling exploration of life, loss, and love. Family secrets test the bonds between three women - Neva, her mother Grace, and her grandmother Floss - as they bring babies into the world and navigate their own complex paths. The story deepens and enlarges as it moves through their varied perspectives to its powerful conclusion."

- #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Orphan Train, CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE

"From the first page, I could not put THE SECRET OF MIDWIVES down. Sally Hepworth delves into family secrets and family love in two different eras, adding mystery and plot twists at a breathless, exhilarating pace. I simply love this book!" 

- Bestselling Author of The Knitting Circle, ANN HOOD

Hepworth's debut enchants from the first page, as three midwives--mother, daughter, and grandmother--defend their profession and unravel their secrets in the path of a classic New England storm. THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is that rare novel that combines vibrant and nuanced characters with a breathtaking plot, and an almost mystical reverence for the magic of childbirth. I couldn't stop until I'd turned the last page.

- New York Times Bestselling author of A Hundred Summers, BEATRIZ WILLIAMS




Monday, February 19, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #TheBooBoosThatChangedTheWorld @bwittbooks @charlesbridge



The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention by Barry Wittenstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is FANTASTIC. I love that it highlight show an accident can be an amazing and positive thing. I have always just took band-aids for granted and now I will never be able to look at them the same. They have rich history and it is worth knowing. The illustrations are just adorable and add so much to the story because as a new or young reader can follow the story through the images in the book. I, as a teacher and mother, love that there is a timeline in the back. It is such a cool way to show children how things progress and lead us to present day. A great book for the classroom!

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Barry Wittenstein has always been involved with writing, from contributing to his high school and college newspapers, to writing and performing poetry on stage in San Francisco, songwriting, sports writing, and now picture books.



He has worked at CBS Records, CBS News, and was a web editor and writer for Major League Baseball. He is now an elementary-school substitute teacher and children's author.

Barry particularly likes nonfiction, and profiling mostly unknown people and events whose stories have never been told in children’s literature. He is the author of Waiting for Pumpsie and The Boo-Boos That Changed the World. He lives in New York City. To learn more, visit his website: https://onedogwoof.com/ or on Twitter: @bwittbooks

Praise for THE BOO-BOOS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD



★”Appealingly designed and illustrated, an engaging, fun story about the inspiration and inventor of that essential staple of home first aid.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


#MMBBR #Review #ElisMagicMoment #KevinPoplawski #CreateSpaceIndependentPublishing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Eli's Magic Moment is an adorable story that rhymes and is almost sing songy with it prose will be a hit with the younger reader. This book will also make a great read aloud. This book is jam packed with colorful illustrations, a great story and characters that children will be able to relate to. It is great book to create dialogue with kids both at home and in the classroom.



#MMBBR #Reviews #WhereDidMyFriendsGo #FamilyChanges #AzmairaHMakerPhD



The world can be a violent place. Although you try to shelter your children, terrible things can happen at any moment. As a parent, you want to protect them, but this isn't always possible. The best thing you can do for your children is make sure you are prepared to help them after a sudden death or other traumatic experience.

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“Divorce” is a big word…especially for little kids. It’s hard for young children to understand what the word means, let alone how it will impact their lives—and it’s hard for us, as grown-ups, to explain it to them in terms they can fully comprehend.

Nonetheless, when a child is involved in a family divorce or separation, it is crucial that he or she understands and embraces the changes… and this book will help you explain the transitions to your child.

Family Changes is a delightfully informative children’s book that tackles a complicated topic in compassionate, child-friendly terms. Ideal for young minds aged four through eight, it features a colorful cast of fuzzy characters led by a young bunny na­­med Zoey, who is struggling with her parents’ divorce and is riddled by important questions and feelings your child is likely to encounter.

In addition to the heartfelt story at its core, Family Changes also offers parents, therapists, teachers, and caregivers valuable information on how to ease children through this significant life change. A comprehensive note to parents and a list of essential child-focused questions are provided to guide the adult and child, and are certain to be an asset to both children and adults involved in the divorce/separation process.



MY REVIEW OF THESE BOOKS:
These are very beneficial stories for any young child dealing with a divorce or death of a friend. These books allow children to better understand the range of emotions that they are feeling after such a disruption happens. It allows the child to be able to relate with a character that is feeling the similar things, has similar questions and similar concerns. Not every child is the same and children may process things differently. This books allows the child to ask question and creates dialogue with parents, family and others. Great books for helping children deal with difficult, traumatic and tough situations.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #LookForHer @emilycwinslow #KeeneandFrohmann @Morrow_PB


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WOW! If you like twisty. If you like turvy. Then this book is for you. I was on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was around each and every corner. It was one of those reads that leaves you uneasy in a very good way. It was one of those reads that you thought you had it figured out and then "boom"...surprised by a plot twist. It was heart pounding and thought provoking. A must for lovers of a satisfying thriller.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #NotPerfect @ElizabethLaBan #LakeUnionPublishing @AmazonPub

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so great. I loved the toe and pace. It was one of those books that grabbed me bit by bit until I could not put it down. I adored the flawed characters, the plot and the satisfying conclusion. I loved how honest and raw this book was. It exposes weaknesses and strengths in equal measure. It is this balance that makes this book one not to be missed.


Friday, February 16, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #SheRegretsNothing by @Andrea_Dunlop ‏@AtriaBooks



In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.


This book is amazing! I was so involved in the characters and story. I could not put this book down. I find the grit, the power and the family drama within the pages to be original, engaging and FANTASTIC. There is such a great cast of characters with a wonderfully woven tale that will keep the readers burning through pages and trying to guess what will happen next! A must read. 

Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is the author of LOSING THE LIGHT, which was named as a Best Book of 2016 by Redbook Magazine, the novella BROKEN BAY, and the forthcoming novel SHE REGRETS NOTHING. She lives with her husband in Edmonds, Washington, where she works as a social media consultant.

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