Winn Gardner is set to marry Paul Hildebrandt in 3 months, but first she has to serve as maid of honor in her best friend's wedding where she meets Jo...moreWinn Gardner is set to marry Paul Hildebrandt in 3 months, but first she has to serve as maid of honor in her best friend's wedding where she meets Joseph Duggan, the man of her dreams.
The attraction is instant and obvious, but is worthy of a novel-length telling because Winn is one of those infuriating people who spends all her time taking care of others and never once stopped to think about her own needs, let alone the fact that her fiance doesn't meet them.
The romance is good, but also entertaining is how '80s-tastic this book is, from ruffled tuxes to slightly off-sounding slang and pillow talk, it's quite the walk down nostalgia lane.(less)
Yet another natural childbirth book I flipped through in preparation for my second child's birth. Also, the title made me giggle. I'm not a hardcore n...moreYet another natural childbirth book I flipped through in preparation for my second child's birth. Also, the title made me giggle. I'm not a hardcore natural childbirth advocate, but I do think I walked into my first child's birth with not enough information about how to handle problems in labor and the natural childbirth movement is extremely pro-informed mothers, so I've found it a good place to learn more about my body in labor. Unfortunately this one's focus seemed to be more on having drug free vaginal births than creating educated mothers who able to approach challenges in labor from an informed place and accept medical intervention when necessary. Due to previous issues in childbirth I have to be open to medical intervention and so this was clearly not the book for me but the writing seemed fine.(less)
Apparently this is a standard in the natural childbirth community, but this is the 75th anniversary edition, so it's understandable that it was writte...moreApparently this is a standard in the natural childbirth community, but this is the 75th anniversary edition, so it's understandable that it was written for another generation. At the time I was looking for a more practical pregnancy guide, so after reading the first few chapters, I quickly flipped through the rest. I think if I'd picked this up at the beginning of my pregnancy I'd have finished it. Dick-Read takes a very philosophical approach to cover pregnancy and childbirth and, if nothing else, looking at the historical perspective of how pregnancy and childbirth was viewed is pretty interesting.(less)
When Allyson reunites with Willem at the end of Just One Day we are left completely in the dark about how their reunion goes, or what Willem has even...moreWhen Allyson reunites with Willem at the end of Just One Day we are left completely in the dark about how their reunion goes, or what Willem has even been up to during the last year. This book seeks to answer the second question, and hint at an answer for the first.
This one's maybe not quite as magical as the first, but it's surprising to learn Willem's fully fleshed out and complicated backstory. It turns out Allyson wasn't all wrong to be suspicious that Willem was a player, but, thankfully, there's so much more going on than that. Like Allyson, he's also at a crossroads in his life and needs to make some decisions about the kind of adult he wants to be and spends the year, in typical Willem fashion, traveling around the world trying to figure that out.
A solid follow up. (I hear there's an e-only novella that tells more about what happens after they reunite, but I feel like that would spoil the story. Now we know how that One Day changed both their lives and helped them both work toward the paths they needed to head down for the next phase of their lives. Can we please leave some things unknown?)(less)
At the end of her graduation tour of Europe, typically straight-laced Allyson Healey heads off to Paris on a whim with a near stranger, having a magic...moreAt the end of her graduation tour of Europe, typically straight-laced Allyson Healey heads off to Paris on a whim with a near stranger, having a magical day that completely changes her life. Half of the book is about the day itself and half is about what happens to Allyson in the year after.
I feel weird recommending this because I feel like when I describe it, it sounds so silly, but I loved it and couldn't stop listening. Basically, after her one day in Paris wakes Allyson up to getting in touch with what she wants her life to be, and as she heads off to college, she really struggles with that. Like many teenagers, she's had her life neatly planned out and suddenly realizes that maybe she doesn't like the plans that have been made for her. Plus, there's a guy who may be completely amazing, or a total player, or more likely, a little bit of both.(less)