The Last Time I Saw You – Book Review

This was my first book by the sister writing duo publishing under the pen name Liv Constantine. Their earlier book, The Last Mrs. Parrish, received rave reviews and that was enough for me that when my mom asked me if I wanted to borrow this one, I said absolutely! The book opens strongly, with a woman gasping for breath in an inferno, struggling to make it to safety. It pretty much goes downhill from there. Why? Well, several things actually.

A hardback copy of the book "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah sits on a wooden drafting board next to a white metal watering can, a green and white on terra cotta vase holding faux greenery, and a black mug of hot tea.

The Four Winds – Book Review

It's my belief that good books are diverting and can take you to a place outside of where you are in the real world, but great books are those that make you think, that challenge you to re-evaluate what you know, that change your viewpoint, that teach you something. Few authors are able to deliver on greatness time after time, but Kristin Hannah appears to be one of those authors.

An iPad with the cover of the ebook "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng sits on a wooden tray next to a vase of peachy pink and cream flowers, a small glass bud vase on a cream colored coaster, a pair of metal filigree embroidery scissors, and a crochet project with a brown swirl Furls Streamline hook.

Everything I Never Told You – Book Review

There are so many layers that drive this story all the way to its heart-wrenching conclusion.We see how each character's insecurities cause them to misconstrue the words and actions of those around them and how those insecurities embitter them toward one another as well. Will the characters' individual insecurities and motivations break the family apart, or will they be able to heal together after their loss?

A dogwood tree begins to bud and bloom with one arm reaching out in front of a sandstone bluff in Hawn State Park.

Two Days at Hawn State Park

This time of year, with the rain and the air starting to warm, everything was just starting to bud and bloom. Hiking the Pickle Creek trail, we saw lots of small waterfalls as the water raced over the rocks. The creek has carved away at the sandstone around it creating beautiful bluffs and rock faces. Though those same rocks made this trail a more difficult trail, but it was worth it to see those bluffs with the creek racing along at the bottom, wildflowers and trees blooming up around the banks.