Why You Should Be Reading Christina Lauren.

Who is Christina Lauren? This is the same question I was asking myself a few months ago when my sister told me I needed to read the book The Unhoneymooners written by Christina Lauren.

Christina Lauren isn’t actually one person, it’s two! Writers, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings are two friends that decided to try to write together. This concept to me is a little mind blowing, I can’t even begin to imagine trying to write a story, let alone, books, with another person. To have the same writing voice, and vision, and thought process would be so difficult. But these two awesome ladies make it work, and make it work well!

I love to read and I’m finally getting back into the swing of regularly reading. I’ve always considered myself someone that keeps up with the latest literary writers and up and coming books. This one I’d definitely never heard of though. My sister is the queen of giving any good book cover a chance. (We both really prefer good ol “rom-com” books) I remember her telling me this is her favorite book cover, so I thought I’d better give it a shot.

I hadn’t read in ages and really wanted to get into a good book. So I downloaded (I know some of you are cringing) The Unhoneymooners on my Kindle and started reading. I was immediately drawn into the story. The Unhoneymooners is a story about the unluckiest girl, who has always been a bit in the shadows of her luckiest twin sister. Her fate starts to change when she goes on a fake honeymoon with her sworn enemy. What I loved most about this book was it’s humor! It had me rolling in spots, and cringing in others. What I really appreciated about the book was it had a few different layers to unfold to get the whole story. I loved this book! It kept me on my toes never wanting to put it down. It’s hilarious, it’s steamy, and it’s just a good story! Loving this led me to wanting to read more by this dynamic duo.

So, next up, Twice In A Blue Moon. I’ll admit, once I find a really good book I’m a little hesitant to get too enthusiastic about the author and so I read a second book with caution. When I started this one out, I was a little worried. It was slow starting and the characters just didn’t seem as good as the characters in The Unhoneymooners. With that said, once I reached a certain point in the book (one that wasn’t too far in) it was hard to put it down! It’s a story of a young love affair, the only catch is the girl is the daughter of the most famous actor in the world…but he has nothing to do with her. This story takes twists and turns I didn’t see coming, a really well told story when it’s all said and done. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on another, and I was not disappointed!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating might be the funniest book I’ve ever read. It had me literally laughing out loud throughout the book. It’s a book about two people who have a strange past history that meet again once they’re older and fall into becoming best friends. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I really love the characters in this one! It’s pretty steamy in places, and made me blush a few times, but the story itself is just as good as those rom-coms we all like to watch. I’d love to see this one turned into a movie.

So if I haven’t convinced you with these three book recommendations, then maybe we just aren’t the same kind of people?! Haha! But really, I can’t wait for their new book Honey-Don’t List to come out in March. Until then, who are you reading?

The Unhoneymooners 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Twice In A Blue Moon 🌝🌝🌝🌝

Josh & Hazel… 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thanks for stopping by!

*ASpottedHeart

2018 to 2019:Starting the Year of Self-Care

It’s been a little quiet on here lately. 2018 was a big year for One Cute Cowboy and I. We welcomed into our world the cutest Lil’ Cowboy and our hearts swell with love and pride each passing month as we continue to grow and learn as a family of 3. I say with confidence, I’ve grown more mentally, emotionally, and spiritually this past year, than in any other year in my life. Becoming a mom has totally rocked my world, in a good way, but also in “everything’s changed” kind of way. Being a good parent comes with a multitude of changes and self-sacrifices. Some we welcomely make, and some we make gritting our teeth.

One thing that has been hard for me, has been making time for self-care and cultivating my relationships with others. It’s easy to be completely wrapped up in your new little one and forget about yourself and others. And don’t get me wrong, I 100% believe it’s okay to be wrapped up in your new little life, I think you should be engulfed in this new treasure…but I also believe it’s incredibly important to take care of your physical and mental self, your marriage, and your close relationships.

Now, I’ve never been big on the whole “New Years” racket. Making resolutions, making a big to-do about it being a new year and a new beginning, and so on and so forth. (Obviously, I’m just now getting around to posting this a week already, into the new year!) You all know what I’m talking about. There’s nothing wrong with any of it, it’s just never been that big a deal to me I suppose...But with that being said, I would like to state a few things I look forward to working towards this coming year (See what I did there 😉)

  • Enjoy Reading Again: 2018 might be one of my slowest reading years to date. I sadly only read a handful of books, and I’m afraid to report the ones I did read are hardly mentionable. So this year I want to take some time to read some good, enjoyable books! (If you have any good recommendations please send them my way!)
  • More Water, More Veggies: Since Little Bear was born I’ve only drank water. With a sip of coke here and there and I think I’ve had 1 or 2 glasses of iced tea. Other than that it’s been my daily (sometimes 2-3 times) hot tea and then it’s just been water. That being said, I still don’t feel like I drink what I should for my daily intake. Actually this is a goal of both One Cute Cowboy’s and mine- Drink more water! And while we’re at it, let’s throw in “to eat more veggies” too! I want Little Bear to grow up loving veggies and fruits, so in order for that to happen, mom and dad need to be intaking more as well.
  • Purge: Since having a new one, we realized just how much “stuff” we have in our home. For some reason I get a sentimental attachment to odd things. Therefore every nook and cranny seem to be filled in our little home. I plan on doing some serious purging in the next few months. I’ve just started reading about KonMari’s method of decluttering. I kinda dig it and I’m wiling to try it.
  • Quality Time: I’m as guilty as anyone about constantly looking at my phone. 🙄 I plan on being more conscientious of my time spent on my phone and taking breaks from social media to make sure I’m spending quality time with my ever-learning son, and my cute husband. 😉 That being said…
    Scheduled Posting: I want to be better this year in having more of a scheduled posting so y’all are aware of when new posts are coming and it’s not so hit and miss for all of you! I haven’t quite decided what that’s going to look like yet, once a week, bi-weekly, once a month? I’m not sure yet, what would y’all like to see?
    Self Care: Lastly, I want to spend this year being sure to take time for self-care. I have a few ways I plan on doing that, but my biggest way I want to work on that is spending more time in God’s word. I’ve lacked in my daily devotionals and prayer time it seems lately, and I can definitely tell when I do. That’s something I ( and I would say all of us) need to keep a healthy mentality and attitude. But I also plan on spending some self care reading, journaling again, and just some alone time to collect my thoughts, write down my goals, and have some quiet to reflect on and listen to God’s words.

2018 tested my patience, my marriage, my self-worth, my heart, my mind, my physical body, my organizational abilities, and my pocketbook. (If you think having a baby won’t test every single one of those aspects of life, then show me your guidebook! Haha!) But it’s also brought more love than I knew imaginable, more patience than I realized, a stronger love to my marriage, more love for myself for what my body and mind and spirit can endure, and more blessings than I knew were possible. God has favored me in this year, and I’m so grateful for His love and patience. I will continue to lean on His guidance and trust His timing and faithfulness. As I’ve been writing this and thinking about 2018, this hymn keeps coming to the surface,

“Great is thy faithfulness,

Great is thy faithfulness.

Morning by morning new mercies I see.

All I have needed thy hand has provided.

Great is thy faithfulness,

Lord unto me.”

I pray that in 2019 I never lose sight of His faithfulness, and to remember, all that I need, His hand will provide.

Happy New Year! May 2019 be full of blessings and new adventures and lots and lots of love. ❤️

Eligible: A Book Review

I was in a bit of a book slump after I read the Magnolia Story and my sister, Kizzi, suggested I read Elgible by Curtis Sittenfeld. She had just finished it and said it was a fantastic read!

Now, I’ll admit, when I saw it was a “modern re-telling of Pride & Predjudice,” I was a bit skeptical. Mainly because, fellow book lovers don’t judge me, but I’ve never actually read Pride & Predjudice. I know I know, how can I be a book lover and not have read a literary classic??! All I can say is, it’s never interested me to read it, but now that I’ve read this book, I’m oddly more interested. Maybe I’m backwards, I don’t know.

It took me a little bit to get into this book, but I blame that on bad timing. Once I got the characters figured out, it was hard to put down. It’s based around a family of 5 adult daughters all unmarried with a mother that is chomping at the bit to get each one married off. It’s funny, and intelligent, and keeps you guessing. If you’ve ever secretly enjoyed an episode of the Bachelor (it’s my guilty pleasure) then you’ll enjoy this book! You never know what might come out of the mouth of the two younger sisters Kitty and Lydia. Or what crazy thing Mr. and Mrs. Bennett will come up with next. It’s entertaining and the perfect, easy-breezy read to add to this Spring’s book list. I look forward to checking out a few more of Curtis Sittenfeld’s books. Fingers-crossed they’re as good and funny as this one!

What are you currently reading or wanting to read?

*ASpottedHeart
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The Blue Bistro: Book Review 

Summer Reading List

As you all well know, I love books and summertime is my favorite time to read. So here are a few books I’m hoping to get read this summer! 

Here’s my list for this summer:

1. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

MKA is another one of my sister and I’s favorites! If you want a funny, summer read, I suggest MKA! Start out with one of the Savannah books, they’re a great read. I’m so excited about this new one!


2.  The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

My sister and I have been on a bit of a Elin Hilderbrand kick lately, we’ve enjoyed her different way of writing! We just finished up Beautiful Day by her, and it was a truly good book. There are many of hers I’m excited to read, but I don’t want this whole list to turn into all of her books! 


3. Five Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

My friend from work encouraged me to read this one, so I’m excited to see what it has in store.

4. Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst

If you know me at all, you know I have a passion for Wolves and so naturally this story intrigues me. It was a no-brainer to add to the list.

5. A Window Opens by Elisabth Egan

I chose this book because it was compared to Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? A book I loved. So of course I can’t wait to read it!

6. A Severe Mercy by Shelden Vanauken


I fell in love with this book the very first time I read it, and have been wanting to re-read it ever since I put it down. I like to re-read books I really loved and this was definitely one of my top 10 favorite books! 
So there’s a little peak into some of the books I’ll be reading this summer. What are you reading this summer? Do you have any recommendations? 

Book Review: The Blue Bistro

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I consider myself an avid reader. Last year I didn’t get near as many books read as I would have liked, so this year I’ve set out to read as much as possible. I started out my year reading a couple of Elin Hildebrand’s books, Winter Street  and Winter Stroll.  I loved everything about the books! The characters, the dry humor, the crazy family, and the interesting story. So that naturally made me want to read more of her writing.

Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she’s desperate to earn some fast money. when the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket’s hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business…and they share an instant attraction.                                                                                                                                                                                 But there’s a mystery about their situation: what is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro’s chef, that captures Thatcher’s attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in it’s final season before closing it’s doors for good? Despite her uncertainty, Adrienne must decide whether to open her heart for the first time, or move on, as she always does.

I picked up The Blue Bistro because it sounded like a good little story, but I had no idea I’d fall in love with this book’s story! The setting, the characters, the food…ALL of it!

The main character, Adrienne, is a girl that I admired her constant courage to step onto a new road. It pretty much had me hook, line, and sinker from chapter one! The male lead, Thatcher, is someone anyone would like. He has a suave-ness that is intriguing from the get-go. I loved the quirkiness of the story itself, and it was only the topping on the cake, that the bistro itself was very charming and had endearing quirks about it as well.  You can’t help but wish you could stroll down to the Bistro for their famous pretzel bread, or go down to have a glass of their Laurent-Pierrier pink champagne.

This is one of those books I flew through, but tried to soak in every detail. It only left me wishing it would keep going on forever. Hildebrand has a smoothness about her writing, and an intriguing way to her characters that I’ve really enjoyed in the books of hers I’ve read so far. I’d recommend this book to anyone that’s wanting a good, easy-breezy read. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this story, and I can’t wait for a couple of years to go by, so I can revisit this story and read it again. 🙂

Next up: The Rumor

What books are you currently reading?