Book Review: Trophy Child

The Trophy ChildThe Trophy Child by Paula Daly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. Very readable and unexpected!

Karen is the mother no kid wants. Endlessly driving her youngest, Bronte, to exhaustion there is never time for the 10-year-old to be a kid. Noel, her dad, is a doctor and is oftentimes late getting home because of the tension that Karen brings to the house. Verity, his daughter from his first marriage, has a tumultuous relationship with her stepmom and the two barely speak. Karen’s son from an earlier relatinoship, Ewan, spends most of his time in his room getting high. The family is dysfunctional.

One day, Bronte goes missing. They are unable to figure out where she went even after involving the police and news media. Then she walked in completely fine but not saying anything about where she had been or who she’d been with.

A couple weeks later, Karen, turns up missing and when they find her, she is dead. This story has great characters and when they finally find Karen is gone, you can almost feel the stress lifting fomr the family. Unexpected. I had no idea the story would turn out this way. I give this book 5 stars. It was easy to read and I never put it down once I started it!

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Snapchat Influencer Q&A with Lauri Rottmayer

It was an honor to be interviewed by Custom Filterz for their blog. You can read the interview by clicking here. It was fun to talk about my current favorite social media platform and how it applies to my business and personal life. 

Because I talk about it, but it wasn’t included in the post, I give you a sample of my daily coffee snap that I’ve become known for. 

 

 I’d love for you to join the fun and follow me on snapchat! 

RE: defined Coffee House

While I was in Texas this past week, I got a chance to have coffee at RE:defined Coffee House. It was extra special since I planned to meet a friend from snapchat.

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I walked in and immediately liked the vibe. There were comfy couches and chairs to sit in and cool things to look at on the wall.

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Looking up was fun, too, as it was still decorated for the Christmas holiday and it was pretty.

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I had a cup of brewed coffee. I meant to go back and ask again what kind it was. It was their coffee of the day and all I can remember is that it was a medium roast from Central America. It was good with citrus and chocolate notes. 

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They had a goodie case but I didn’t partake. I probably should have because I drank more coffee that day than I have in a long time!

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The best part is that I met my friend, Amanda (ARay), from Snapchat.

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We sat and talked like we had known each other forever. The best part of social media, in my opinion, is meeting IRL. 

I will definitely stop by RE:defined Coffee House again when I’m in Grapevine!

Fog Chaser

I’m sitting here enjoying a cup of Fog Chaser by San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee. It’s tasty! Yesterday, I made it using my Aeropress. Today, I made it in the drip pot. I’m always surprised how you can get a different taste from the same coffee when making it using different methods.

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Anyway, this coffee is good. Made from Arabica beands, it’s a lighter roast than I’m used to drinking but it has a nice, smooth taste. The first thing I did when I opened the bag (what I always do first) was smell the coffee. It wasn’t terribly strong but it smelled good. After pressing it, the resultant brew was a little light and I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. 

The coffee has a nice flavor with the major notes being chocolate and nutty. It is definitely a contender for a middle of the day coffee for me. As a bonus, David liked it, too. 🙂

Coffee Holic

When I drove by Coffee Holic yesterday, I knew I was going to have to come back and visit. I’m in from out of town, working, and wasn’t familiar.
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This morning I had the perfect opportunity. As I entered I saw that they have wifi which is always a plus. The first thing you see is a nice goodie case and I honed in on the Chocolate Almond Croissant. Almond Croissants are my favorite and after verifying they didn’t have plain ones, I ordered the chocolate version which she heated up for me. It was delicious!

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I ordered brewed coffee and it was okay. Nothing spectacular, but drinkable. The total cost was under $5 which was pleasantly surprising.

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Their menu is small but diverse with many options including smoothies, waffles, and sandwiches. Several choices of energy type bars are available for a portable option.

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I’m glad I stopped in and if I return to Lewisville I’ll drop in again!

Book Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie LovettThe Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a great book. Hawthorne, the main character, is a high school girl who feels like she’s always on the outside looking in.

When Lizzie Lovett goes missing, Hawthorne can’t believe that anything bad happened to her. Lizzie was the beautiful, popular, girl who had everything several years ahead of her in high school and one of the members of her older brother’s popular clique.

In trying to make sense of what could have happened to Lizzie, Hawthorne inadvertently starts walking in her footsteps. With the idea that she could have become a werewolf, she tries to learn more about Lizzie by taking her open spot as a waitress in a diner in the next town. Eventually, she befriend’s Lizzie’s boyfriend, Enzo.

Through all of this, Hawthorne is derided by her peers and struggles with her sense of self. Such a great story with effortless dialogue and endearing characters. Loved it!

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Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect LifeMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a great book! I’m always excited to read a new Sophie Kinsella book and I got right into this story. Typically, Kinsella, Cat/Katie Brenner is a quirky girl in a crazy set of circumstances.

Hailing from the farm, Katie longs to be a London girl, Cat. She gets a job at a design house and is low girl on the totem pole, envying her amazing boss Demeter’s perfect life. Demeter seems really scattered and the girls in the office, especially her assistant, have a hard time with her.

One day, Demeter who seems more scattered than usual, fires Cat and she returns home to Somerset because she can’t afford to stay in the city with no job. Try and she might, she can’t get another job but her dad, jack of all ideas, master of none, has come up with a great idea of turning their farm into a glamping site. With her marketing background, Cat now Katie again, helps her dad and stepmum get the glamping farm up and running and it becomes very successful.

Katie never quits trying to get another job in London. Eventually, through a fun and crazy set of circumstances, she does. This is Sophie Kinsella at her best. I loved it! 🙂

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Book Review: Out of Practice

Out of Practice (Breakup Doctor #4)Out of Practice by Phoebe Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so happy to read this fourth and final installment of the Break Up Doctor Series. I have loved every book and this one was no different.

Brook Lyn has grown over he series and this time, things started coming apart for her. After being ambushed on the morning talk show of her high school nemesis, Brook starts losing clients. Her mom is having a hard time with the loss of her father, her best friend, Sasha, is struggling with new motherhood and Brook, herself, can’t seem to figure out what she wants in her wedding to Ben. Ben thinks maybe she just isn’t interested.

Through it all, Brook comes to realize she needs to take some time out for herself and decide what she really wants in life. I’ve laughed and cried with this character and I’m going to miss her. Terrific book, terrific series.

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Book Review: The Candidate

The Candidate (Newsmakers #2)The Candidate by Lis Wiehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lis Wiehl is a smart gal and her book is a smart book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading!

I couldn’t put this book down once I started it. Erica Sparks is the host of the top-rated cable news show. She wants to host the presidential debate but her boss thinks her ratings are slipping and makes her feel like she needs to do something to raise them.

In preparation for moderating the debate, Erica decides to do in-depth profiles on the two candidates. While the Republican candidate seems to be what you see is what you get, the Democratic candidate, Sen. Mike Ortiz, seems to be a little “off”. Ortiz is married to the billionaire heiress Claire who has, along with her best friend Lily Lau, orchestrated Mike’s rise to the top.

When people don’t fall into line to help them achieve their goals, lives are lost and there’s a trail of dead bodies by the time Erica is snatched.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and you read to find out if Erica makes it out alive, if the Ortiz’s take the White House, and if the people behind the scheme succeed.

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Book Review: The German Girl

The German Girl: A NovelThe German Girl: A Novel by Armando Lucas Correa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book! A deeply moving family saga that tells the story of Hannah, a young German Jew from the second World War and her great niece, Anna, a young girl who lost her father (Hannah’s grandson) in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2011.

Much of the book was Hannah’s story which Anna was so drawn to. Hannah left Germany with her family on the St. Louis on route to Havana where they had bought residency visas. As the ship full of nearly 1,000 Jewish passengers sailed closer to Cuba, it was learned that Cuba didn’t plan to accept the entire passenger list and, in the end, less than 30 passengers disembarked for their new lives in Cuba. Hannah and her mother were among those who settled in Cuba. Her dad and best friend were sent back. Her dad ultimately died in Auschwitz.

Although their situation seemed dire through the entire book, I grew to love this cast of characters. Excellent book! I hope to read more from this author.

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