Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review Time: Love Me True by Jason Whiting

Today's review is on a new nonfiction book that all couples would benefit from reading no matter what stage of the game they're in. I'm excited to share my thoughts about Jason Whiting's new book.

Love Me True: Overcoming the Surprising Ways We Deceive in Relationships

I graduated in psychology so the study of people's behavior and how their mind works continues to intrigue me. This title grabbed me because I was also interested to see how Whiting would go about teaching this tricky topic. I'm so glad I took a chance on this book because within just the first few chapters, I gained insight into my own marriage and things that I could do to improve my relationship with my husband. I've been married for 18 years and to me, that's a long time to build neural pathways of coping with the idiosyncrasies of married life. I like how Whiting teaches from his own experience and citing research that we can correct and change these habits that are often damaging our relationships without us really being aware of the effects.

I love how Whiting gave specific anecdotes from his experience in counseling with marriage and family therapy with the real grit of what can occur when two people who love each other come together and then lies start to break them apart. I especially liked this line: "There is an old saying that it is better to be trusted than to be loved."

That resonates with me on a deep level. This book is helping me and my marriage already because it has helped me understand why I react to certain behaviors in a way that might not always be helpful and has given me tools to use for a better result.

In my own opinion, relationships and marriage are tough. They require a lot of hard work and sacrifice to achieve success. You can't just get married and then say, "We lived happily ever after." Although that would be really nice! Getting married is a step in the right direction, but you're far from done. To find true happiness and that happy every after, I think that we need to keep working and studying on how to improve and strengthen our marriages and relationships. That's why I recommend this book. Love Me True is a gold mine of information, presented in a way that is easy to read, implement, and also feel encouraged about your future as a couple. Whiting ends each chapter with a summary of main points and discussion questions that make you think and help you pull out the nuggets he teaches and apply them to your own life.

I've highlighted several sections of this book and look forward to studying them in more depth with my husband.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher and I have included my honest review.

More about the book:
Even though love should be beautiful and fun, it can also cause emotional ups and downs. In Love Me True, marriage and family therapist Dr. Jason B. Whiting uses engaging, relatable stories to show that deception is often at the root of relationship breakdown and teach how couples can use truth to strengthen their relationships. 

•Understand your own tendencies to lie.
•Avoid playing the victim.
•Use body language to communicate more effectively.
•Be present with your partner.

Use Whiting’s counsel to overcome dishonesty and build a more open and trusting partnership.

Love Me True will transform couples' negativity into a sweet and secure connection. It will help partners stop spirals of anger, blame, and defensiveness and instead embrace intimate connection and become each other's tonic for the toxicities of life. ---- Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CST, CFLE, author of Knowing HER Intimately: 12 Keys for Creating a Sextraordinary Marriage

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Debut YA Novel from Erin Summerill, Ever The Hunted

Do you ever buy yourself a Christmas present? Well, occasionally I give Santa a little help. When I saw that my friend, Erin Summerill's book would be released right after Christmas, I ordered myself a beautiful copy and now I get to tell you about this excellent new book.

Ever the Hunted is a young adult novel set in a new world that Summerill created. The main characters, Britta and Cohen, are strong and vibrant. The writing in the story is beautiful, yet powerful and you'll be ensnared in this cunning plot with no way out but to turn the pages.
Britta is resourceful and smart and I love her "strong girl" attitude. The romance building between Britta and Cohen is uncertain and keeps the tension rising as they struggle to solve a mystery together. The plot behind a brewing war and a young king's life is tumultuous and riddled with deception. Every time I thought I could anticipate what would happen, there was another twist in this story.
I enjoyed the mystery in this story, and I especially enjoyed that this book is clean--no sex or graphic violence. I'm comfortable having my teens read the book. My teen is incredibly picky with books, and often complains that they drag in the middle, so I can't wait to have her read this book next!
I loved the ending because it was satisfying, yet left a definite promise for more and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

About the book:
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart.  
     She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with.  

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Friday, January 13, 2017

My Review of Lady of the Lakes by Josi Kilpack

I am a huge fan of Josi Kilpack and her new line of Historical Proper Romance novels are absolutely wonderful! I'm thrilled to share my thoughts on her newest release, The Lady of the Lakes, the love story of Sir Walter Scott.

Rachelle's thoughts: I love a good historical romance and because this one is based on actual lives in history, it made it all the more intriguing to me. Walter Scott lived a humble life and fell in love with someone far above his station. I think it's interesting to note that later in his life, he was knighted and became Sir Walter Scott. The love story unfolds as Walter and Mina are very young, as they grow, Mina begins to question if she is truly in love with Walter. The character of Walter is written as a man who felt things deeply and experienced life's hardships, failures, and successes with the viewpoint of a writer. When Walter meets Charlotte, it is a completely different feeling from the young Mina which brings more confusion. What is the right love, the true love for his heart?

I love Charlotte's no-nonsense character and immediately thought of her as someone I'd like to be friends with. She also had a hard life and rose above her circumstances to do great things. During a point of history where scandal and history taint innocent children, Charlotte believes she will most likely not marry. It was with great anticipation that I read this novel to find out the story that actually took place in Walter Scott's life.

If you like historical romance that is well-written, clean, and enthralling, read the Lady of the Lakes. Kilpack has proven that her novels won't ever collect dust on the nightstand because they're too good to put down!

About the novel:
One is his first love.
The other is his best love.
Which will be Walter’s true love?
Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though she is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul. Though Mina shares Walter’s love of literature and romantic temperament, it’s hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose? But as every poet knows, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte. At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home. Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return?

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I've shared.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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