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Its Sunday!

Its a beautiful Sunday here in Illinois.

Tomorrow I am going to be trying on wedding dresses! EEEEK!!! I am so excited to see how I look! This will be the first time I have ever tried on a wedding dress. Sadly I am bloated; its that time of the month ladies. Hopefully I can still pull it off. Oh, don’t worry, I will be taking lots of pictures and will be sharing some on here. =)

I am so happy to be marrying the love of my life. Although I must say, it was a very hard and long journey to finally find him; it took a lot of frogs to find my prince. But what a prince he is! I am one of the lucky ones and I don’t take that for granted. My fiance and I have gone through our share of rough times but we always came out of them stronger and wiser. He is not only my love but he is my best friend.


The Forgotten Garden Review

“The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton is a great book, weaving from past to present. A little girl, Nell,  is abandoned on a ship in 1913 with only a small suitcase. A man, Hugh, finds her on the ship, takes her in, and raises her with his wife. The girl is never told of her origins until her 21st birthday. After finding out, she withdraws from the family and sets out on a search to find her real family. Later on, it is not her but her granddaughter, Cassandra, that unravels the mystery that was left after her death.

This book is a thick book, 545 pages, but its probably one of the best books I have read in a long time. It made me laugh, cry, and laugh again. With every turn of the page comes friendship, love, heart break, and betrayal. Once you start reading this book, it’s hard to put down. Bravo Kate Morton!

Amazons Review: Amazon Best of the Month, April 2009: Like Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic The Secret Garden, Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden takes root in your imagination and grows into something enchanting–from a little girl with no memories left alone on a ship to Australia, to a fog-soaked London river bend where orphans comfort themselves with stories of Jack the Ripper, to a Cornish sea heaving against wind-whipped cliffs, crowned by an airless manor house where an overgrown hedge maze ends in the walled garden of a cottage left to rot. This hidden bit of earth revives barren hearts, while the mysterious Authoress’s fairy tales (every bit as magical and sinister as Grimm’s) whisper truths and ignite the imaginary lives of children. As Morton draws you through a thicket of secrets that spans generations, her story could cross into fairy tale territory if her characters weren’t clothed in such complex flesh, their judgment blurred by the heady stench of emotions (envy, lust, pride, love) that furtively flourished in the glasshouse of Edwardian society. While most ache for a spotless mind’s eternal sunshine, the Authoress meets the past as “a cruel mistress with whom we must all learn to dance,” and her stories gift children with this vital muscle memory. —Mari Malcolm

Tis the Evening

Yes its evening and sad to report, The Forgotten Garden is not finished as planned, but soooooo very close! Can’t wait to write my review. Also to report, I recieved one of my books off my wish list… “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” by Lola Shoneyin.

Don’t forget, “The Shack” is this months book so if you’d like to participate in the end of the month book chat, go out and get this book! =) Anyone can join in, and you can get the book anywhere ( I saw it at Walmart).

Have to admit…

I have been blogging and updating my profile more than reading. My hubby though, has been reading a book I got him for this 31st birthday. Keep in mind he is an outdoors guy… loves to trap (setting traps for raccoons and such to skin them for fur). I love animals, but he doesnt just kill animals to kill them. He hunts for a reason. Anyways… the book I got him is called “Adventures of a Trapper”, its a short novel. While he was reading he began to tell me of mispelled words, and wow, there were alot! I couldn’t believe the publishing company published this book like that. He does like the book though despite its flaws. =)

I am hoping to finish my book tonight. I have a lot of books I bought coming my way and some already here eyeing me to read. My first book giveaway will be soon. To be in the giveaway, you just have to subscribe and comment when I post the giveaway. =)

Happy Readings!

Hometown Bookstore::: Really!?

I have to admit… I get almost allll of my books from amazon.com or barns&noble.com. Well today I thought maybe it was time to actually go into my hometown bookstore for the atmostphere and to touch a book before I bought it. So I went up to our town square where our only bookstore was located (small town!)… as I stepped inside old men looked at me like I was Hitler. As I walked towards the first rack it said “Bestsellers”… There were 5 books on the shelf, none of which I was interested in reading. I traveled my way back further into the shop until I came across a book shelf that read “Fiction”, I felt an “ahhhh” =) As I scanned the very naked shelf, still nothing! I always wrote some books down off my wishlist to see if they’d have em. Well to my not surprised behold, they did not have any of them. And people, these are bestseller books I was requesting! So disappointed and angry with our bookstore I went out to K-Mart to glance at their selection. And behold, K-mart had a better selection of books than a BOOKSTORE… a BOOKSTORE that only sells BOOKS. I couldn’t believe it. I found two books off my list there! Well in the end, I am considering opening up my own bookstore at home… Im sure I would get more business due to my bigger collection 😉

The Forgotten Garden

Wow, I must say this book was a page turner!! I spent hours reading this book last night. Sadly I fell asleep and didn’t finish. Its 545 pages. Can’t wait to finish it! I do recommend this book to everyone. I read the reviews on amazon and knew this book was one to read.

So what is everyone reading or have read recently???

Happy 4th of July!!

I just went out and got my copy of “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton. Ive heard good things about this book and can’t wait to start reading.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!