Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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My friend Heather always finds great deals! She shared with me this great blog: http://www.moneysavingmom.com. Today, they are giving away 5 $100 gift cards to the store of your choice! Can you just imagine the great Christmas gifts for yourself...errr...I mean everyone on your list?!

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Stretch Marks by Kimberly Stuart

I love to read. This often drives the Mr. batty. I can get so entranced by a good book that I usually don't hear my name called until the third round to which I intelligently reply, "Huh?"

So, to my delight, and my husband's annoyance, I have to share with you this great read by Des Moines author, Kimberly Stuart. This book was so good, I finished it in two days! *disclaimer* (no children, husband or pets were harmed or neglected during said literary jaunt).

The book was passed to me by my good friend Heather over at onederrblog. She asked me to read it and give it a review...ummmmm...free book AND I get permission to take a break and read it whenever?! Sign me up! I went into it knowing I would review it honestly for all of you. I have to say that I've read Kimberly's other novels, so I had a pretty good feeling about this book.

So, here goes! This book was incredibly entertaining. I'm not one to laugh or cry while reading...I think that's kind of weird. But, I laughed... OUT LOUD! Which annoyed my hubby further. Kimberly's writing is smart, witty and CANDID. She captures the plight of her characters honestly, making them relatable and in the end hysterical. The novels heroine finds herself facing motherhood and all the ups and downs that go along with it (see...relatable!). By the time I was finished, I wanted Mia to be my new BFF. I love how Kimberly writes about the good and the uncertain, even as her characters explore their faith in God. The characters are genuine and endearing. I don't want to spoil it for you, so I'll stop there. But, do plan to add this book to your 'have-to-read' list. After reading a ton of heavy non-fiction recently, I was looking to just kick back and be entertained...and entertained I was.

So, if you are looking to shirk your laundry and dusting duties; kick back with a cup of tea and grab Stretch Marks...this is the book for you.