I don't know about you - but honestly, my family is not doing the best in the financial area. We live paycheck-to-paycheck, we don't have any savings...moreI don't know about you - but honestly, my family is not doing the best in the financial area. We live paycheck-to-paycheck, we don't have any savings and most of the time we are just getting by. We have debt and I know we don't have the financial savvy to seem to get out of it. I'm honestly stressed constantly about money and I have grown to hate it with a passion. My husband and I have taken turns paying bills and trying to get out of debt, but we haven't had much success.
So when I was offered this book, I thought that I would give it a chance. I completely connected with Tristi and realized that we are in much of the same place that her family is/was. It was empowering to read through the book and realize that there are things that my family can do to get out of the financial mess that we have put ourselves in. It's scary. Finances are just completely scary to me and I'm still working myself up to taking control. I really appreciated the way the book was written for women and that there is an emotional side of finances that we need to learn to work with.
I was taken back a little bit with how the book was written. Basically it is written as a conversation between Tristi and Brett & Ethan and that was a little different for me. But as I read through the book, I really appreciated the tone and the way it was conveyed. I could completely understand what Tristi is going through because my family is too. I really appreciate the courage that Tristi has taken to put herself out there and it helps me to realize what is possible. I appreciate not only the advice, but all the strategies and tools that is offered to help each family, in their own circumstances, get out of debt and take control of their finances. I love that its not just a sales-pitch - Tristi is actually going through the strategies herself and we can watch and learn along with her.
This was a quick read for me - but it has left me with a deep desire to take control. Even though this book was written for women, I am going to encourage my husband to read it. In the past, we have taken turns controlling the finances, but I think its time that we do this together. I'm still reaching for the courage to take control, but I think this book is really going to empower me to make it work.
I would highly recommend picking up this book, especially if you are ready to take control of your finances. There is hope for all of us. (less)
This book was such a surprise for me! I had the opportunity to review it and so I took it, but because it was a political fiction - I didn't expect to...moreThis book was such a surprise for me! I had the opportunity to review it and so I took it, but because it was a political fiction - I didn't expect to love it as much as I truly did! Personally, politics have never been my thing - I leave that for my husband. But this book drew me in with its characters, plot, and moral values. I loved the strong, modern woman that Haley is and enjoyed the special looks into her character, her personality and into her thoughts. She just felt like a "real" woman - one that everyone can relate with. I loved the very likeable male character and their love story. I enjoyed the conversations, the adventures, the mysteries, and even the political situations in this story. Even in the midst of moving, I couldn't wait to pick it up at the end of the day to read. It was the perfect book full of romance, family values, independence, and living your dream.
You Heard it Here First is a well-written, engaging novel that left me wanting more and I can't wait to get my hands on more Haley Jo books! I sure hope another one comes soon!(less)
This was written as a Young Adult Fantasy novel, but here I am a 32-year-old mom/wife and I enjoyed it immensely, so I think there's something in it f...moreThis was written as a Young Adult Fantasy novel, but here I am a 32-year-old mom/wife and I enjoyed it immensely, so I think there's something in it for everyone. My kiddos are just a bit young for this one - but I can't wait to read it to them when they are a little older.
The book starts out fast and keeps you going right up to the end. This is not a slow-mover. It puts you right in the action quickly and keeps you there. There is lots of danger and adventure and wonderful characters. I love the descriptions and the world that Andrea has created. It feels very fresh and it is exciting to have a new world to delve into. I enjoyed the kind of 2 sides to the story - as you read journal entries at the beginning of each chapter that hint at things that are revealed as you go along. It was a very fun way to interweave all the backstory! It's left open to what I think will be a few sequels and I am excited to see where it will take me! Just a very fun, creative, exciting adventure!(less)
I loved this book. The setting was so interesting and I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look of a circus. I enjoyed the time period too. I'm not sure if...moreI loved this book. The setting was so interesting and I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look of a circus. I enjoyed the time period too. I'm not sure if it was because I actually listened to the audio book - but I was taken right in. I enjoyed the narrators and the way they shared the story. I read other comments about how the writing was terrible and stuff but I didn't feel that way at all. I'm really loving the ability to read through audio books - I've been able to get through so many more books as I do other things! This one was great!(less)
The best word that I can come up for this book - this series - is ENGAGING! It completely pulled me in and I felt like I was the main character - Hale...moreThe best word that I can come up for this book - this series - is ENGAGING! It completely pulled me in and I felt like I was the main character - Haley Jo. I love the very real feel of this book and I really appreciate that it could really happen! There's adventure and romance and full of little surprises that keep you completely involved in the story. I also love that amidst all the lovely romance, it stays very clean and moral - so important for me. This book has everything you could want in a book!
This Just In is a well-written, engaging novel that left me breathless and anxious to hear more of Haley Jo and Cam's Story!(less)
I've read this so many times throughout my life. It has great meaning to me and is a big part of my childhood. My friend and I were Anne and Diana and...moreI've read this so many times throughout my life. It has great meaning to me and is a big part of my childhood. My friend and I were Anne and Diana and we adored their way of life. I love the positiveness even through life's trials. (less)