Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mini Reviews [19]

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told 
by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
Synopsis (via Goodreads): At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle, all telling the smoldering tale that has fascinated Hollywood for over a decade.

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning, the thought struck her: No dice. Moving on.

Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.

How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.

Eighteen years later, they're still very much in love, and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they've learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they've completed, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally's and Offerman's fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.


I rarely read non-fiction, but my interest was piqued when I saw of clip of Megan and Nick reading from their new book. It was hilarious and enjoyable, so I decided to borrow the audiobook from my library. They deviate from the physical copy a little, and there's an extra chapter at the end, so I would recommend listening to the audiobook. However, the physical copy has pictures, which the two were only able to describe for the audio version.

The Greatest Love Story Every Told made me feel like I'd grown up with Nick and Megan. It wasn't just a story about how they met, but discussions about their childhoods and families. There were also some really random comments made throughout the book, and sometimes they weren't relevant to the topic they were discussing, but I liked how conversational everything felt.

Megan and Nick obviously have a good time with each other, and their back-and-forth banter was fun to follow. It was also interesting to listen to them describe their lives, and how simply they choose to live. I love the idea of doing puzzles with my husband while listening to an audiobook! They disregard their phones and other electronics in favor of quiet and togetherness. I think they have a really positive outlook on life, and they make sure their marriage is a priority.

Additionally, there is a lot of below the belt talk, if you know what I mean (wink wink). I thought it was crazy when the two of them mentioned having sex (or just getting frisky), in really random places like the Sistine Chapel.

I highly recommend this one if you're a fan of either person, or just want to read something that's hilarious, honest, and extremely heartfelt.

The Night Knights by Gideon Sterer,
Cory Godbey (Illustrator)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Nighttime can be scary. Every bump, thump, or scratch could be a monster lurking under the bed or in a closet. But if that’s the case, then why haven’t we ever seen a monster? You might think that’s because monsters don’t exist. But maybe monsters do exist . . . but so do something else: The Night Knights. And when night falls, they take their place, protecting us all from the terrors lurking in the dark.
With a lyrical text reminiscent of the bestseller Dream Animals, The Night Knights introduces reluctant sleepers to the many fantastical warriors who will protect them while they slumber, from the Guardians of Gates to the Midnight Flock.


I grabbed this book solely based on the cover, and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed! The illustrations were vivid, beautiful, and really complemented the story. Our son has recently started talking about monsters and being afraid of the dark, so this book was perfect!

The Night Knights was an enjoyable story about monsters and the knights that fight them. "But if this is true, is it not strange that not once, not once, has a child ever been taken, or gotten, or bit? Is it not strange that not once, not once, has a monster ever actually been seen?"

I love that the author never confirms or denies the existence of monsters, but continues to describe the knights and their unseen battles. I know I've said this already, but the illustrations were breathtaking. We read this one multiple times in a row, and it's definitely one we will be adding to our shelves at home.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, 
Rafael Lopez (Illustrator)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael Lopez's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.


I thought The Day You Begin was a wonderful story about acceptance, and would be perfect for children who are worried about fitting in. I really enjoyed the writing, and liked that the author mentioned multiple scenarios, including, but not limited to, appearance, speech, and heritage.

"This is the day you begin to find the places inside your laughter and your lunches, your books, your travel and your stories, where every new friend has something a little like you -- and something else so fabulously not quite like you at all."

Shades of Magic #1 The Steel Prince
by V.E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri,
and Enrica Angiolni (Illustrators)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): The acclaimed fantasy phenomenon comes to comics with a new prequel story from award-winning creator and New York Times bestseller V.E. Schwab!

In a gaslamp world where magicians navigate alternate Londons, the prince of Red London pursues a dark version of his beloved city – and faces worse than exile...


I haven't read the Shades of Magic series even though it's been on my list for a few years now. I've loved V.E. Schwab's other books, so I'm confident it will be equally, if not more, enjoyable! However, not reading the books didn't deter me from grabbing this comic when it was released.

I had no prior knowledge of the world, but thought Schwab did an awesome job explaining everything at the start. It was concise but not overwhelming, which is always a bonus. New worlds can sometimes be overexplained, but I only know the basics. There's still so much to see and learn!

Despite being unfamiliar with the world and the characters, I really enjoyed this comic! I'm curious to learn more about Maxim, the reasons for his exile, and why his father is so against reuniting the different worlds. If you know something, don't tell me!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Well, apparently I live here now—my mom just bought the place. And named it after me, Ashleigh, which was nice. But did she know how cold it is here??

Um, it's a tiny island with not much to do, unless you really like sleigh rides. But I gotta say there are quite a few hot guys on this cold island . . . 


I was really looking forward to reading this one, but it wasn't a good fit. If the book hadn't been so short, I would have DNFd it about halfway through. 

Snowed In has an adorable cover with an interesting premise, but the characters were hard to like. Ashleigh was shallow and vapid, and Josh was willing to stay with the same person for five years because he didn't know what else to do. He checked a box when he was twelve and just went with it. Nathalie never referred to her boyfriend by name. He was always "my boyfriend," which was incredibly annoying. The issue was addressed later on, but only briefly and with no resolution.

"As a rule, guys didn't distract me. They interested me... if I wanted to be interested."

Nathalie's friends were present but not part of the story, and none of the secondary characters were fleshed out. The conversations were awkward and unrealistic, and the story was choppy and uncoordinated. I wish everything had flowed together and read more like a YA book, but both the language and the story were very simple.

"Someone hotter than Chase and Josh? I couldn't wait to see this guy. I wondered if some sort of mutant gene had developed on the island that made all the guys good-looking. I mean, really, what were the odds that there wouldn't be any dorks around here? Let's hear it for gene mutation."

I really liked the idea of Ashleigh and her mom buying a bed and breakfast in a small town on an isolated island, and the wintery setting was beautiful, but those were probably the only two positives for me. I love the idea of an old attic bedroom, turrets, and fireplaces. 

"Because my first girlfriend was a girly-girl when we watched horror. I don't want my next girlfriend to be."

The word boyfriend was used so often, I started to roll my eyes whenever it appeared on the page. All of the girls were obsessed with having a boyfriend just so they wouldn't be alone. It didn't matter if the two people actually liked one another. The one girl not obsessed with having a boyfriend (Ashleigh) was determined to never have one. Although, her reasons for that were vague.

"I was afraid if [he] wasn't my boyfriend that I wouldn't have one, and I really wanted to have a boyfriend."

Nathalie was rude and condescending from the start. She disregarded Ashleigh's feelings and the concerns she had. It was all about Nathalie and her boyfriend -- ugh. Surprisingly, they were best friends after their initial meeting, and I had no idea why. There was nothing there to indicate friendship or that the two of them even liked each other. 

In the end, these were just a few of the reasons Snowed In didn't work for me. My initial excitement for this book fizzled after a few pages, and was completely flat by the end.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Sunday Post [4]

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at the Caffeinated Reviewer! It's an opportunity to share news, post a recap for the previous week, showcase books, and highlight what's planned for the week ahead.


I have been in a really weird mood this week! I haven't felt like reading, watching TV, blogging, or getting out of bed. However, I have to get out of bed because children require attention. I think the cooler weather has invigorated them, but it just makes me want to curl up on the couch and take a nap.

I'm really enjoying the cooler weather, despite wanting to snuggle and sleep all day. We've always been outdoorsy, but this weather is perfect for riding bicycles and playing on the playground. The equipment doesn't get too hot, and the cooler air is always refreshing.

The #HoHoHoRAT started this week! It's the second day and I'm already behind. There's just not enough time in a day! Hopefully I'll be able to read at least five books before the end of the readathon.

Previous Week on the Blog:

Monday: Nothing!
Tuesday: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
Saturday: Nothing!

What I'm Currently Reading:

I'm really enjoying Phoenix Unbound! It's a little dark and disturbing, but in a way that really works for the story. "As one of those unfortunate blooms, Gilene would whore for her village tonight and burn for it tomorrow." Both of the main characters are abused in unspeakable ways, and they're also a very unlikely pair. I'm curious to see where their story goes!

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told is the first non-fiction book I've read in awhile. I'm actually listening to the audiobook (phenomenal), which is narrated by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. These two are hilarious on their own (Will & Grace / Parks and Recreation), but I love when they're together. It's like they feed off one another's energy, and the conversations escalate until someone makes an inappropriate comment or joke.

Snowed In is the first book I'm reading for the #HoHoHoRAT! I haven't had a lot of time to read since the readathon started, so I'm just barely into this one. It's been okay so far. It feels like it was written for a much younger audience, but it's listed as a YA book. Also, the characters are shallow and a little repetitive. I'm going to stick with it, because I'm curious about Josh Wynter, so we'll see how it goes.

What I Plan on Reading Next:

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden
Wilder by Andrew Simonet
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #2) by Jessica Townsend

I am really looking forward to reading Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow! My son and I really enjoyed the first book, and we've been anxiously awaiting the sequel. The Bear and the Nightingale is going to be my next #HoHoHoRAT read, and I've heard wonderful things about it!

What I'm Watching:

I started watching Riverdale and couldn't stop! I had forgotten the series was loosely based on a comic, though one I'm not very familiar with. I've heard of the Archie comics and I've seen them around, but I've never actually read one. I've had a few issues with the series as a whole, but it's also ridiculously addicting. I'm a little confused by the somewhat paranormal turn the show has taken during S3, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

If you've watched Riverdale, have you noticed that Archie's hair isn't always the same shade of red? It seems to change every few episodes. I'm also irritated with the parents on this show! Does anyone care about their child's safety? I feel like the parents are either nonexistent or they're too involved. 

I'm already jonesing for the next episode, especially after Betty discovered Jughead playing G&G.

Challenge Updates:

Goodreads: 374 / 250

The #HoHoHoRAT will end on the 18th, and it's not too late to sign up! If you join, you can enter to win some amazing prizes, plus readathons are fun! Please visit the Caffeinated Reviewer for more details.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Puzzling Pieces #HoHoHoRAT 2018

It's finally time for the Ho Ho Ho Readathon hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer! I'm really looking forward to diving into some winter wonderlands! It still doesn't feel like winter in Texas, but that's not going to stop me from pretending like it's snowing and wishing for a cup of hot chocolate.

If you want to read my original challenge post, please click here. There's a list of the books I want to read, and it's also going to be where I update all of my progress (there's also an image in the sidebar you can click on). I know my list is long, but I wanted to have options!

My challenge for this readathon is a puzzle, and the rules are simple:
  1. You have to be a #HoHoHoRAT participant. If you still need to sign up for the readathon, you can do that here.
  2. Solve the puzzle! What book is hidden below?
I want this to be fair for everyone, so please only submit your answers within the rafflecopter form. Do not leave your answers (or even guesses) in the comments -- it would spoil the fun for others!

This readathon is about reading winter and holiday books, and I'm looking forward to experiencing snow through fictional characters. Kimberly has really gone above and beyond for the #HoHoHoRAT. There will be challenges, prizes, and even a Twitter Party (November 18th at 3:30 pm (EST). Don't miss out on all the fun!

The Challenges:

Jennifer formerly The Book Nympho "HoHoHoRAT Instagram Challenge"
Michele and Berls @ Because Reading "Christmas Book Cookies"
Tonyalee @ Vivacious Bibliophile "Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Bingo"
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? "Puzzling Pieces"
Irena @ Book Dust Magic "Beautiful Covers"
Marie @Ramblings of a Daydreamer "Movie Madness"


This giveaway officially starts on November 9th and ends on November 18th. The winner will be announced on November 19th on this post within the Rafflecopter form, and also notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will have Rafflecopter select another winner (read my full giveaway policy here).

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood
[Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway]

Author: Leslie C. Youngblood
Pub. Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 304
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

"Brims with charm and compassion."
--Vashti Harrison, New York Times best-selling author of Little Leaders 

"Love ain't like that."
"How is it then?" Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me.
"It's like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?"
"That's why we gotta go to the gas station."
"Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?"
"No, when we look up, there it is."
"Well that's the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peaches--love like sky."
"It never ends?"

G-baby and her younger sister, Peaches, are still getting used to their "blended-up" family. They live with Mama and Frank out in the suburbs, and they haven't seen their real daddy much since he married Millicent. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her.

G-baby is so preoccupied with earning Tangie's approval that she isn't there for her own little sister when she needs her most. Peaches gets sick-really sick. Suddenly, Mama and Daddy are arguing like they did before the divorce, and even the doctors at the hospital don't know how to help Peaches get better.

It's up to G-baby to put things right. She knows Peaches can be strong again if she can only see that their family's love for her really is like sky.

About Leslie:

Leslie C. Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, she has lectured at Mississippi State University, UNC-Greensboro, and the University of Ghana at Legon. She began her undergraduate degree at Morris Brown College and completed her bachelor's at Georgia State University. After graduation, she served as a columnist and assistant editor for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine.

She’s been awarded a host of writing honors including a 2014 Yaddo's Elizabeth Ames Residency, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and the Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. She received funding to attend the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony in 2011. Her short story, “Poor Girls’ Palace,” was published in the winter 2009 edition of the Indiana Review, as well as Kwelijournal, 2014.

In 2010 she won the Go On Girl! Book Club Aspiring Writer Award. In 2016 she landed a two-book publishing deal with Disney-Hyperion for her Middle-Grade novel, LOVE LIKE SKY (Nov.6). She often teaches creative writing classes at Rochester, New York’s literary center, Writers & Books.

Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in Rochester, New York, she’s fortunate to have a family of natural storytellers and a circle of supportive and family and friends.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of LOVE LIKE SKY, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
11/5/2018- BookHounds YA- Excerpt
11/6/2018- Beagles & Books- Review
11/7/2018- YA Books Central- Excerpt
11/8/2018- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
11/9/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review

Week Two:
11/12/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review
11/13/2018- Texan Holly Reads- Review
11/14/2018- Utopia State of Mind- Review
11/15/2018- Novel Novice- Excerpt
11/16/2018- Such a Novel Idea- Review

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

My Weekly Pull [45] & Can't Wait Wednesday [15]

My Weekly Pull is something I do every Wednesday to show which comics I had pulled for me that week! If you're into comics, or you're looking to start, please join me! If you decide to do your own post, leave a link in the comments. I would love to stop by and check it out!

Runaways #15 by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka
X-Men Red #10 by Tom Taylor, Paolo Villanelli, Jenny Frison

Jacob's comics for the week!
Kick-Ass #9 by Steve Niles, Marcelo Frusin, Christian Ward
Deadpool #6 by Skottie Young, Scott Hepburn, Nic Klein
Infinity Wars #5 (of 6) by Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato, Javi Garron
Marvel Knights 20th #1 (of 6) by Donny Cates, Travel Foreman, Kaare Andrews

Only two comics for me this week! I was completely caught up on my comics... until I wasn't. Hah! I'm still trying to work my way through some of the older Venom issues, but I'm only able to read two or three between my ongoing comics. I'm really enjoying everything I have right now, so I'm sure I'll find the time eventually. 

Runaways and X-Men Red are two that I look forward to every month. Rainbow Rowell really has a knack for the Runaways, and I love how relatable the characters are. They're children that went against their evil parents, and now they're trying to survive in the world. It's rarely easy, but at least they have each other (and a dinosaur). 

X-Men Red is not only relatable, but it's relevant. We live in a divided world, and Taylor really shows those divisive lines within his comic. The scenarios aren't exactly the same, but it's not hard to see the similarities. Also, Gabby! She's my favorite, and the rest of the team is pretty badass, too.

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, that highlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating and excited to read. It's a spinoff of the feature Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Impossible Music by Sean Williams
Expected publication July 2nd 2019
Synopsis (via Goodreads): In an emotionally compelling tale crackling with originality, when a teen musician goes deaf, his quest to create an entirely new form of music brings him to a deeper understanding of his relationship to the hearing world, of himself, and of the girl he meets along the way.

Music is Simon’s life—which is why he is devastated when a stroke destroys his hearing. He resists attempts to help him adjust to his new state, refusing to be counseled, refusing to learn sign-language, refusing to have anything to do with Deaf culture. Refusing, that is, until he meets G, a tough-as-nails girl dealing with her own newly-experienced deafness.

In an emotionally engaging tale crackling with originality, Simon's quest to create an entirely new form of music forces him into a deeper understanding of his relationship to the hearing world, of himself, and of the girl he meets along the way. 

I love everything about this synopsis! It sounds like Impossible Music is going to break my heart a few times before trying to repair it with duct tape. July is still a few months away, but I think this book will definitely be worth the wait!

What are you reading right now? Do you like it?

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Narrated by Lisa Flanagan
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.
“Labels aren't big enough for people. And once you try to categorize someone, you stop looking for who they actually are.”
I loved Love & Luck! I was worried it wouldn't be as good as Love & Gelato, but they were both amazing! They're easily two of my favorite reads this year.

Love & Gelato focused on friendship and family, a new home in a different country, and an unexpected romance. Love & Luck was mostly about family and forgiveness. I really liked that the story focused on Addie and her relationship with her brother Ian. They've both been keeping secrets from each other and the rest of their family, which resulted in their friendship becoming strained. Addie and her siblings are really close, so it was hard for her to lie to them and keep her problems to herself. Honestly, I really enjoyed all of the family interactions -- so realistic!

The Ireland setting was fantastic, and I really enjoyed the excerpts from the guidebook (Ireland for the Heartbroken) Addie was reading. It really added another layer to the story, and I thought the author was hilarious!

“Do you know what I love most about humans, pet? It’s our utter dogged stupidity. When it comes to love we never learn. Ever. Even when we know the risks. Even when it makes much more sense to relocate to individualized climate-controlled caves, where our hearts have at least a fighting chance at remaining intact. We know the risks of opening our hearts up. And yet we keep doing it anyway. We keep falling in love and having babies and buying shoes that look incredible but feel like death. We keep adopting puppies and making friends and buying white sofas that we know we’re going to drop a slice of pizza facedown on. We just keep doing it. Is it ignorance? Amnesia? Or is it something else? Something braver?”

Addie is surrounded by three brothers, and she knows how to fight back. She'll happily tackle one of her brothers when they do something ridiculous (which is often). She also isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and loves working on cars. Addie wasn't concerned with appearances, and it was refreshing to read about someone that liked themselves. She may not have liked the decisions she made, but she was still confident and knew herself.

An unexpected road trip through Ireland? Yes, please! Addie travels with Ian and his friend Rowan on an epic journey. She's constantly fixing Rowan's car, Clover, so they can get from one place to the next. I laughed at how clueless the boys were, and Addie's quick remedies for fixing truly terrible mechanical problems. Duct tape does not fix everything...

Rowan was adorable! I loved how he inserted himself into conversations just to keep Addie and Ian from fighting. He's dealing with his own problems, but chooses to focus on their trip instead of dwelling on something he cannot change. After awhile, Rowan starts sharing pieces of his story as they travel, and he and Addie do the guidebook homework together. It was nice to see Addie and Ian put aside their issues so they could work together and help Rowan. Additionally, Rowan and Ian would do something nice to help Addie, and Addie and Rowan did a lot to make Ian's dreams come true. They were such a great team!

There are so many wonderful things I could say about this book (the audio was amazing for one thing), and I adored Addie and her family. They fought (physically and verbally), kept secrets, spilled secrets, laughed, and loved unconditionally. It was an authentic experience that I really enjoyed. Also, their mom was awesome! She could be intense and scary, but she obviously loved her children and would do anything for them.

I highly recommend both Love & Luck and Love & Gelato! It was a wonderful adventure that I doubt I will ever forget! (The characters overlap, but both books can be read on their own.)