Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Favorite.. Animated Movie



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I love watching movies. I love going to the movie theater to watch all the new movies, but I also love watching movies at home, on the cough with my guy sitting next to me. It’s just a lot of fun getting lost in another world, another era. Seeing great places, visiting different countries. Just as reading, watching movies is a great way to get lost and forget your own life for a little while. And animated movies are definitely one of my favorite kinds of movies. Nowadays with all that technology there is so much possible and it’s just great to see what people can come up with. 

But my all-time favorite animated movie is the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. I love that movie. I must have watched Beauty and the Beast probably hundreds of times while growing up. Beauty was, and still is one of my favorite characters. She loves books and reading, is very kind and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But most of all I love how she doesn’t care how someone looks.

The romance of Beauty and the Beast wasn’t lost on me, even as a little girl. I loved the idea of someone being able to change in your prince charming. Whaha.. I must have dreamed of being Beauty myself hundreds of times. 

And then that library.. Watching the library in Beauty and the Beast definitely made me love libraries even more. Who doesn’t want one of those right?!
The music in Beauty and the Beast is also amazing. I love listening to those songs. They always make me feel happy.

The new version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is almost out here too and I can’t wait to see it. Seeing one of my favorite actresses portraying one of my favorite characters is something I can’t wait to see.  

What is your favorite Animated Movie?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review 'If I'm Found' by Terri Blackstock


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30649227-if-i-m-found?ac=1&from_search=true
Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 21st, 2017
Series:
If I Run #2
Genre:
Christian Fiction, Suspense
Pages:
352
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


‘If I’m Found’ is the second book in the If I Run series. I haven’t read the first book, ‘If I Run’ but I was told this wouldn’t be a problem. Since I love a good thriller/suspense novel this book sounded really good to me and I started reading as fast as I could.

In ‘If I’m Found’ we meet Casey Cox. Casey is accused of brutally killing her best friend. And she has been on the run ever since. Casey didn’t kill her best friend, but the people who did are very powerful, and have a lot they want to keep still. In the previous book, Casey helped free a young kidnapped girl, which almost got her caught herself. But private investigator Dylan, let her go. But does this mean he believes her to be innocent? Or is it all a trap? Although Casey most hide, since her face has been all over the news, she also needs to find proof she is not the one who brutally murdered her best friend. And in order to this, maybe she needs to start trusting someone. 

From the very beginning I found ‘If I’m Found’ to be a very easy to read, very suspenseful novel. Although I didn’t read the first book, I definitely didn’t feel like I missed something big because the author made sure I still understood everything. Off course I think this book would be even better if you read the first one too, but it wasn’t a must. 

The main characters Casey and Dylan are easy to like and to relate too. Casey is very good at hiding her identity which is very useful since the people she is up against are very powerful. But the thing that impressed me most about Casey, was the fact she was just so kind. Here she is in the middle of her own personal hell, but when she finds out an innocent man is being accused of sextual assault, she does everything she cans to proof he is innocent. As a fan of her character I wished she wasn’t so damn good because she really put herself in jeopardy, but it was a great way to make this book even more suspenseful.

And Dylan is suffering from PTSD. Although his character was a little harder to get to know than Casey, I loved reading how passionate and determined he was to find proof Casey is innocent. And above all I loved how unselfish he was. Here Dylan was, being unable to get a good night of sleep due to his PTSD but all he wants is to save Casey. I loved that about him.

There were two little things I didn’t really get in this book. The first one was Casey’s sudden believe in God and everything having it’s reason. I don’t mind if a character is religious at all, but to me this sounded like it was coming out of the blue. And on a personal note, I find it hard to believe there is a God when Casey is dealt so much crap, but that’s beside the point.

The other thing that I didn’t really get was the romance part at the end of the book. Maybe I missed something because I haven’t read the previous book, but that romance bit I definitely didn’t see coming. I just didn’t get that, and I think it didn’t really fit the story.

But overall I definitely think ‘If I’m Found’ is a great read. And I would love to be able to read more in this series. If you’re a fan of suspense novels, this is definitely a book you would like.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Recent books include Truth Stained Lies (Book 1 of her Moonlighters Series), and her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Predator, Double Minds, the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re valued by God and that their trials have a purpose.

For more information about Terri Blackstock please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Sunday Post #47: Blogiversary



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This last week has been a challenge for sure. I was very tired after finishing up my nightshift Monday morning. Nightshift in combination with my upcoming vacation definitely made me feel like I hadn’t slept in months. I was super tired. And I had to work the dayshift Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And if that wasn’t enough we also had to go to the dentist two evening in a row. But thankfully that’s all done now and I finally have my week of. Boy was I looking forward to this week!! 

A very exciting thing about this week was that our wedding invitations are now at my mom’s house ready to be send. She wants to put some kind of note inside (I have no idea what she’s planning!!). They will be send next week and it’s just super exciting to get closer and closer to our wedding day. 

Today, Saturday, is the first real day of my vacation and we have a fun day planned. This afternoon we are going for drinks at a bar downtown with some friends, and tonight we are going out for Sushi. Just the two of us. It’s been a while that we’ve been out with just the two of us.

Books & Blogging:

Friday it was my Three Year Blogiversary!! I have an awesome (if I do say so myself) giveaway going on. In the end I’m going to pick out three winners, so if you haven’t checked it out make sure you so soon! ;) My man surprised me with this sweet gift to celebrate my Blogiversary!! I'm one lucky girl!!

The Blog Ahead Mini Challenge I participated in ended this Wednesday and although I didn’t reach my goal I was pretty happy with my result in the end. And since I now have some free time I hope to get more posts ready since I won’t be blogging much in May, due to our wedding and honeymoon.

Reading wise I finished only one book this week. I was so tired that every time I saw my bed I fell asleep almost immediately. But I also hope to catch up on my reading this week. I did manage to listen to almost half of an audiobook this Monday while I was cleaning our home after my nightshift. So I did do something! LOL!! 

I’m also hoping to get more participants for my weekly meme ‘My Favorite..’. Not that I’m not having fun but because I think it would be even more fun if we get more participants. Do you guys have any tips to achieve that?

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘If I’m Found’ by Terri Blackstock
  • My Favorite.. Animated Movie
  • Review ‘Reaper’s Rival’ by Simone Elise
  • Review ‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’ by Isabella Louise Anderson

New Arrivals:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521448-situation-critical?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from Escape Publishing

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Three Year Blogiversary!!



Today I’m excited to celebrate my Three Year Blogiverary! Three years!! Wow!! Where has the time gone? I still remember the day I started blogging. I had been thinking of starting my own blog for years, but I never dared to really do it. I wanted to blog in English, but would my English be good enough? Would people even like visiting my blog about books? Would I be able to write interesting posts? And then on March 17th 2014 I decided I was just going to do it. Even if no one would read my blog, it would be okay because I would be doing what I loved most. Talking and writing about books.. And Maureen’s Books was born.

These three years have been amazing. I’ve got the opportunity to read so many new books and I never dreamed of being able to read books in exchange for my reviews. It still is a dream come true. And eventhough work and life gets in the way sometimes I always manage to make time for Maureen’s Books.

And I’d like to thank you guys for visiting, commenting and emailing me. I got in contact with so many great book bloggers, readers, authors, publishing houses etc. I love every single moment of my life as a book blogger. It feels like a privilege to be able to talk and write about the books I read.  I thank you!

A views statistics about Maureen’s Books first three years:
  • 827 Posts
  • Read and reviewed 386 books
  • Received 2497 comments
  • 620 Likes on Maureen’s Books Facebook Page
  • 955 Followers on Twitter
  • 132.728 Blog views
And since no celebration is complete without some gifts I have an awesome giveaway for you guys. To celebrate Maureen’s Books Three Years Blogiversary I’m giving away one paperback of three of my Favorite Reads of 2016 books to three winners. The books you can choose from are:

http://maureensbooks.blogspot.nl/2016/12/my-favorite-books-of-2016.html

So participate in the giveaway and don’t forget to share the fun.

Thank you for visiting and celebrating with me today!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review 'Twilight' by Stephenie Meyer


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41865.Twilight
About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.

What Bella doesn't realize is that the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back ...

Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, ‘Twilight’ is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you for long after you have turned the final page.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 5th, 2005
Series:
The Twilight Saga #1
Genre:
YA Paranormal Romance
Pages:
498
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I've been a huge fan of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer from the very beginning. I read the book the first time, before the second book even was out and I loved it. It was one of the first books I read about vampires, although I already enjoyed the 'good vampire' concept because of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And ever since I read 'Twilight' the first book, I've read the complete series multiple times. But I never did in the last three years since I had my blog and I somehow never wrote a review about it. Since I was in a desperate need of a Twilight re-read I decided to finally write my review about one of my favorite book series.

The thing I love about 'Twilight' is how 'normal' the main character Bella is. Ever since I read the book the first time I felt really connected with her. Bella is down to earth, never really felt connected with people her own age, and she enjoys reading and is good at her school stuff. I could have easily been Bella. Of course the whole Vampire bit isn't really possible, but it still sounds like a possibility, at least for the most part. And even after all these years, I still get this exciting and thrilling feeling when I read this book.

Edward Cullen is just one of my favorite characters. I love his charm and the way he loves so completely and passionately. He is kind of old school and that makes him just all that more swoon worthy. The way he talks, the way he thinks. I just adore him. There's also this mystery about him that makes him even more irresistible if you ask me.

In 'Twilight' we really get to know Bella, Edward and the complete Cullen family. Stephenie Meyer did a great job writing this first book if you ask me. There are a lot of things explained in this first book, but there is still this mystery which makes you want to keep on reading. This first book still makes me feel like that. Even though I already know what is about to happen. This makes 'Twilight' kind of age less.

The best part about 'Twilight' to me is the moment Bella and Edward are at the meadow. They are for the first time, completely and utterly honest with each other. In that moment I completely fell in love with Bella and Edward's story. I loved them before, but that moment made me a hardcore fan for the rest of my life. I honestly thought this moment could have been much bigger and more important in the movie, but that's another discussion. LOL!

I loved re-reading 'Twilight' again, and I'm definitely going to read the other books in the series again. Sometimes we just need the comfort of old friends, and reading this series totally gives me comfort.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Best known for her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer’s four-book collection has sold over 100 million copies globally in over 50 countries, with translations in 37 different languages. Meyer was the highest-selling author of 2008 and 2009 in the United States, having sold over 29 million books in 2008, and 26.5 million books in 2009. In 2008, Meyer also released The Host, which debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Additionally, USA Today declared Meyer “Author of the Year,” citing that she had done something that no one else had in the 15 years of the USA Today bestselling book list– she swept the top four slots in 2008. Meyer also accomplished this feat in 2009, when The Twilight Saga once again dominated the top of the bestseller list. Altogether, her books have spent over 303 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.

For more information about Stephenie Meyer please visit her website.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Favorite.. Bookstore



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

There are many beautiful bookstores out there. In every place I visit I always look for the bookstore. There is just something magical about a place filled with books and I love visiting these stores wherever I go. 

Since I live in The Netherlands and read only books in English there aren’t many bookstores that really work for me. In every Dutch bookstores they sell English books, but the selection isn’t always great. But there is one bookstore in The Netherlands that is my absolute favorite: The Waterstones in Amsterdam.

Not only does the Waterstones in Amsterdam sell a great selection of books, the store is very pretty and there’s always this magical vibe. The store is set in a beautiful building, there are four different floors and every floor is literally packed with books. I love visiting that store, and every time I go to Amsterdam I treat myself on a visit to the Waterstones. 

I honestly don’t think there is an bookstore like this Waterstones out there. There are definitely other beautiful bookstores, but the Waterstones in Amsterdam just is special to me. So next time when you’re visiting Amsterdam.. Visit the Waterstones ASAP! 

Which bookstore is you favorite? Why is it your favorite?

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Discussion: What Makes A Character Great?


As a fanatic reader and book blogger I loved reading book discussion. And since I also love having my own book blog I decided to post a book discussion myself. So join me on my little book discussion journey and let’s have some fun! 

Last week I read a book that had all the great aspects of things I love in a read. But somehow I just couldn’t really love the story. The reason was the two main characters. I just didn’t love them. I honestly think I didn’t like the story as much as I predicted because I didn’t really knew the characters. There wasn’t much character development and I started wondering what it really is that makes me love characters. 

I think the answer to that question is knowledge. I really need to get to know characters to really get them and fall in love with them. For example the Christian Grey character of the Fifty Shades series. In the first book he really just looks and sounds like a pig who gets off on hurting females. But there’s this mystery about him that makes you want to keep on reading, and in the second and third book we really get to know why he is the way he is. And now he is one of my favorite male characters. 

That is of course not an example all readers can relate too so let me explain by using another character: Hermione Granger. In the beginning of the first book in the Harry Potter series Hermione is this know-it-all who really doesn’t really sound all that sympathetic. But when you read the book, and all the other books in the series you get to see that Hermione isn’t only brilliant, but cares a lot about the people she’s close too, stands up for the things she’s passionate about and will break the rules to protect and help her friends. She really is one of the greatest book characters out there if you ask me. 

But sometimes I don’t really know a character at all but still love them. Think of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games. She always kind of stayed a mystery to me. Sure we know that she is tough, and would sacrifice herself for the people she loves. But do we really know what she loves? What she thinks? What she would do if the world she lived in wasn’t so crazy? I don’t really know the answers to those questions regarding Katniss Everdeen, but I still love her.

Maybe it’s the vibe a character has about her/him. Maybe it’s just the way the character acts. 

What do you think? What makes you love a book character? What makes you think a book character is great?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Sunday Post #46: Re-Reads



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

There’s not much to tell you guys about this week. I worked a lot, one dayshift and I’m currently working the nightshift again, four in a row this time. But when I finish my last one Monday morning, I’ll only have to work three more dayshifts before.. VACATION!!

The best thing about this week was definitely Wednesday when I gave my fiancé a tour through the Major Incident Hospital I work at. I’ve been working there since August last year, two days a month, and I really wanted to show him. It’s definitely a unique work environment so I was super excited to show him. And we had a lot of fun.

Books & Blogging:

On Monday I had some time do prep some posts for the upcoming weeks. Although I probably won’t reach my goal for the Blog Ahead Challenge with 15 scheduled posts, I now have at least 5 ready to go. I’m very happy with that.

Reading wise I had a pretty good week. I did a Twilight re-read which I loved and will write a review about later this week and I planned my upcoming weeks. I definitely needed this re-read, and I'm hoping to do some more re-reads in my upcoming vacation.

Next Friday Maureen’s Books will be three years old. I can’t believe how fast the time went by. I have an awesome giveaway ready to go. So keep an eye out for the blogiversary post next week.

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Discussion: What Makes a Character Great?
  • My Favorite.. Bookstore
  • Review ‘Twilight’ by Stephenie Meyer
  • Three Year Blogiverary

New Arrivals:


No new books this week!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Review 'The Secret of the India Orchid' by Nancy Campbell Allen


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31747191-the-secret-of-the-india-orchid
Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the façade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn't as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 1st, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Historical Romance
Pages:
320
Formats:
Paperback, eBook
Available at:

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘The Secret of the India Orchid’, I was really intrigued by this story. I love Historical Romance novels and when I read there was also a bit of mystery/ spy adventures going on. I requested this book as fast as I could.

In ‘The Secret of the India Orchid’ we meet Sophia Elliot and Anthony Blake. Anthony has been in love with his best friends sister for a very long time. He planned to ask his friend permission to officially court Sophia, but his responsibilities stood in the way. In order to protect his ally’s and the people he loves, Anthony has to find a stolen paper. To be able to do that he has to act like a flirt and playboy again.
Sophia is left heartbroken. Two years later they meet again in India. And soon Sophia finds out Anthony has a secret. 

Although this story seemed to have all the things I like in a book, somehow I couldn’t really get into it. And I really tried. The writing is good, but somehow I just didn’t fell in love with this story and its characters. Thinking about it think I just needed to get to know these characters more than I did through reading this book. I missed some of that character development in this read. Anthony is a spy and has been in love with Sophia for a long time. But I just couldn’t ‘feel’ that love. And Sophia’s character also just didn’t really get to me.

The thing I probably loved most about this read was the setting in India. I haven’t read a lot of books that took place there, and I enjoyed finding out little things about that country. Although I don’t really know how accurate it is of course. 

The adventures part and the spy bits were definitely fun to read. But I missed the thrill a little and I didn’t really think of this story as really that mysterious. There were also a lot of different names to remember, and like I told before.. I’m really bad with names and it got me confused a view times. 

But overall I enjoyed reading ‘The Secret of India Orchid’. I just didn’t love it.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of twelve novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. She has been a speaker at numerous writing conferences and events. She has a degree in Elementary Education and is the mother of three children.

For more information about Nancy please visit her on Facebook and Twitter.





I received this book from Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for my honest review.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Adventures in Nursing #2: Mister D.



Next to being a book blogger and a fanatic reader I work fulltime as a Nurse in an Academic Hospital in the Netherlands. Since being a nurse is such a big part of my life I decided it’s time to share some of my adventures in nursing here on my blog.

Over the years I’ve seen some crazy stuff as a nurse. Life definitely never gets boring when you work as a nurse. After working in the health care for more than 10 years now I’ve seen a lot. Aggressive patients and aggressive family members. People dying, family members arguing about dying patients and what will happen to that pearl neckless. Teens who’ve been neglected by their parents, homeless people etc. etc. I can write complete books about the things I’ve seen over the years.

And every nurse probably agrees there are some patients who will stay with you forever. And for me that would be Mr. D. I took care of him when I was in my third year of Nursing school. I was working on the surgery department and he was brought in with intestinal problems. After several tests and exams they had to remove part of his colon and he got a stoma. He was the first patient I took care of with a stoma and I remember how brave he was about it.

Over the years I forgot a lot of the little details of Mr. D’s hospital stay but I remember how kind and caring he was. He knew I was a nursing student and hadn’t seen a stoma in real-life before. Instead of being freaked about the fact that he would have to life with a stoma, he decided to learn how to life with that and let me and other students be able to learn. I remember him telling me that I needed to take a good look in how to take care of a stoma so I could teach him. 

After seeing my mentor taking care of the stoma, it was time for me to take care of it myself. I was a little nervous about it and my hands were shaking a little. But Mr. D. kept telling me I did a great job. It surprised me how kind and caring someone could be while having so much problems of their own to worry about. 

Mr. D. was the kind of patient that made me want to become the best nurse I could possibly be. I had some insecurities about becoming a nurse and somehow he was able to make me feel I could do it. Mr. D. was released from the hospital after three weeks and I never saw him again. I still wonder about how his life went after that hospital stay and if he is still with us.

It’s patients like Mr. D. that makes being a nurse such a beautiful and grateful job. And I wish I could tell him I still think about him!

Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.
These views are based on my own experiences and my own interpretations in my life as a nurse.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Favorite.. City



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

There are many great cities out there. I have visited a view cities, but I still want to visit a lot more. There’s just so much more to see out there. But my favorite city is and probably always will be London. 

London has been my favorite city for a long time. And it was only two years ago that I visited London for the first time. For as long as I could remember I wanted to visit London. I loved those pictures of the river Thames, the beautiful Big Ben, and those streets with book stores everywhere. And since I’ve been reading English for a long time, I really just wanted to speak English in a beautiful city as London. 

Almost two years ago I visited London with my fiancé. It was for both of us the very first time we went there and I was super excited. We stayed in the beautiful Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel and the whole trip I was just in complete awe. I never wanted to leave. But off course we had to go home way to fast and I still didn’t see half of all the things I wanted to see in London. 

A view months later my fiancé surprised me with a day trip to London for my birthday. My fiancé arranged a meeting and tour through the Little, Brown Book Group and it was amazing. But even after two visits I still really want to go back to London. There’s just so much more to see.  


What is your favorite city? Why is it your favorite?

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review 'Every Little Thing' by Samantha Young


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32335136-every-little-thing
The quiet town of Hartwell is the perfect place to get away from it all - and find what you never knew you needed . . . 

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content - her successful business, a close circle of friends and her steady boyfriend . . . even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey's blindsided by a betrayal, she's shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy. 

Vaughn admires Bailey's free spirit, independence and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn's painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realise he's made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he's never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they've found together only comes around once in a lifetime . . .

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 7th, 2017
Series:
Hart’s Boardwalk #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
400
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


A view months ago I read the first book in the Hart’s Boardwalk series called ‘The One Real Thing’. I loved that book. The setting was great, the characters amazing and I couldn’t wait to read ‘Every Little Thing’, the second book in the series. And finally the book was there and I requested it ASAP on Netgalley. And as fast as I could I started reading.

In ‘Every Little Thing’ we meet Bailey Hartwell and Vaughn Tremaine. Bailey is a successful inn owner, with lots of friends and great neighbors. She seems to have everything she needs. But when Bailey get betrayed everything seems to fall apart. And the thing Bailey hates most, is the way Vaughn makes her feel.
Vaughn is desperate to keep Bailey out of his mind. He isn’t the right guy for her, and she seems to hate his guts. But somehow he just can’t stay away of the beautiful redheaded woman and he does everything to make sure she is okay.

We already met Bailey and Vaughn in the first book, so I was thrilled to read their story. There was already this amazing chemistry in the short moments we read about them in the first book so I just knew this book would be pretty damn hot. And it was. I just loved Bailey and Vaughn. They were perfect for each other, but of course they didn’t see it like that themselves. They were harsh and cruel with each other, and I was just waiting for them to finally give in to those feelings. Of course they were very stubborn and things got tough.. but in the end. Sigh.. I love this series.

The best thing about this series is definitely the setting and the characters. The little town of Hartwell is just my dream town. It’s small, cozy, neighbors take care of each other and there is a nice tourist flow to keep things interesting. I would definitely like to life in this town. And the characters are just so interesting and fun. 

‘Every Little Thing’ is my third Samantha Young read, and I must say I really love her writing. Her writing is fun, interesting, sexy and very romantic. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I saw some hints throughout this book about two other characters and I can’t wait to read their story.

If you haven’t started the Hart’s Boardwalk series, you should definitely start now!

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About the Author: 


Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ‘On Dublin Street’, Best Romance 2014 for ‘Before Jamaica Lane’, and Best Romance 2015 for ‘Hero’. ‘On Dublin Street’ is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries. Samantha's YA contemporary lit debut ‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ releases from Harlequin Teen June 2017.

For more information about Samantha Young and her books please visit her website, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.


I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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