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The full title of Charlie Lovett’s novel is First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen, which sums it up pretty well, except I’d definitely add mystery to the mix. The Jane Austen parts dovetail with the present-day to an extent, as Sophie find out more about the rare book that she’s trying to find for a buyer. We are reading about Jane Austen’s special friendship with an older gentleman, and learning about how he might have influenced Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice.

Go over to 5 Minutes for Mom to read my full review of Charlie Lovett’s First Impressions. You can enter to win a giveaway too.



                               

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A Brief Moment of Weightlessness #Giveaway

In A Brief Moment of Weightlessness, author Victoria Fish takes us deep into everyday lives, into the thoughts and emotions of people facing various crises or developments, into the heads of children, the elderly, teens, mothers of grown children, and more. This collection of short stories deals with events as small as a girl dealing with her older sister’s adolescence, as momentous as a couple adjusting to life after an accident has left the husband missing a leg. Fish’s genius lies in her ability to plunge her reader down into the depths of the psyche. Her writing is lyrical and lush with description. Each story begins in the middle, as it were, and it only becomes clear as the reader opens herself up to it.
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Little Humans #Giveaway

Fans of Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York have likely heard about his newest book focusing on young subjects from his NYC photography project. Little Humans, which is already receiving tons of publicity and positive reviews, made me smile, too. A celebration of childhood through simple, encouraging text and gorgeous photographs of young kids, this book is a delight to look at whether you’re little or not. To hear more of my thoughts on this book, please read my full review over on 5 Minutes for Mom, where you can enter to win a copy of both this beautiful picture book and a Little Humans poster.
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Children’s Activity Atlas #Giveaway

Combining information and entertainment in an interactive format, the new Children’s Activity Atlas by Jenny Slater and illustrated by Katrin Wiehle and Martin Sanders becomes the rare resource that a child will want to look at just for fun. The interactivity comes into play with over 250 stickers to place in correct places throughout the book, as well as in the mini-passport book included in the inside cover in which children can record information that they’ve learned from the atlas by answering quiz questions. The presentation of this book brings countries to life in attractive illustrations and interesting information that will give children a beginning insight to the areas of the world they’ve likely never seen. Please see my complete review over on 5 Minutes for Mom, where
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A book and #FlatbreadMix breakfast #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received samples from Krusteaz in exchange for participating in their blogger program spreading the word about their new flatbread mixes, and I’m happy to share a giveaway with you as well. When I have time for a slow-moving morning (It’s rare, but it happens), I like to have a leisurely breakfast, often adding a book to the mix. In particular I like to have a little quiet time and read some sort of Christian discipleship before my day really begins. Lysa Terkeurst’s new book The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands has exceeded my expectations. And what’s that on my plate? It’s a breakfast flatbread pizza I created with the leftover flatbread from the Krusteaz Flatbread Mix, Garlic
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If You Were a Dog #Giveaway

In the new picture book If You Were a Dog by Jamie A. Swenson, young children are asked to imagine how they might act if they were animals instead of little kids. As kids are usually among the most imaginative people I’ve ever encountered, I am a big fan of this unique format for a story book. I’m even more impressed with the fabulously fun and rich language that make up the descriptions of the animals, and those paired with Chris Raschka’s vibrant illustrations make for an engaging reading experience. Please see my complete review over on 5 Minutes for Mom, where you can enter to win a copy of the book for a child in your life!
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A Hundred Pieces of Me {Review and #Giveaway}

This is my first novel by Lucy Dillon, but in browsing her titles I see that she writes stories about heartbreak and loss and redemption, that seem to feature warm-blooded canines as well. Sounds like a pretty good formula to me! Those were the themes which drew me to A Hundred Pieces of Me. Gina Bellamy’s marriage is over in a flash. Instead of planning the next trip they’ll take or the next adventure they’ll have, she’s moved out of her house into a spare white apartment. She sees it as a chance to start over, to reevaluate each of her things. As the boxes from her old life literally fill her flat, she decides to work through them methodically, getting rid of things that
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House of Wonder #giveaway

When we were little and I needed Warren, I would rub my earlobe. And perhaps it was the alchemy of childhood, a magic that happened because I believed it could, but I swear it worked. He always came. Jenna Parsons returns to her childhood home just in time, as things seem to be crumbling around her shopaholic and former beauty queen mother and her twin brother Warren, the kid in school that everyone thought was weird. Then Warren is accused of the burglaries in the neighborhood and Jenna falls for a high school classmate, and her previously easy existence is suddenly a lot more complicated. Read my full review of House of Wonder at 5 Minutes for Mom, where you can also enter to win
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To See the Moon Again {Review and #Giveaway}

This was my first time to read a Jamie Langston Turner novel, but it certainly won’t be my last! I was pulled into this long novel from the very start by the strong college town setting, multi-faceted characters, and beautiful writing. Julia Rich is at an interesting stage in her life. Her husband died suddenly last year, which has caused her to reflect on their marriage. Why didn’t she ever give herself fully to him? I actually wish that there had been more details about her husband, but sometimes we don’t have epiphanies about all the issues in our past that can be wrapped up in 400 pages, so I’m fine with a little mystery. The second big change in Julia’s life is that she’s
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