Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

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Wedding day- arguably one of the happiest day of a woman’s life. Beginning your life with your love, creating a new family, and basking in the love of your mom and dad as they watch their little girl take the steps into her new life as a married woman.

However, when your mother has already passed away- this day can be bittersweet. Beth Carmichael knew her days were numbered- so instead of focusing on what she was going to miss about Jenna, her youngest child’s life, she channeled her energy into making a notebook, a plan for Jenna’s future wedding.  Jenna, armed with The Notebook, feels her wedding day will be in fact, a beautiful day.

While Beth may have given Jenna a game plan for her wedding day, several of the other family members need a game plan as well. There’s a maid of honor who does not believe in love, a bridesmaid who is turning into a bridesmaid-zilla, and a marriage that is falling apart. The Carmichael children are having hard times knowing that Beth would have loved to be at the wedding, and that each problem they are facing- she would have advice or at least be able to listen.

As the wedding day approaches, tensions arise. People are reminded of past betrayals. One person finds out what love truly means. Another begins to question everything they thought they knew about love. And new families and relationships begin.

A wedding- happiness, sadness, beginnings and endings. Elin Hilderbrand covers it all.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Enjoyable. Fun. Heartwarming at times. Sad- especially how some of the characters are treated. Overall, if you enjoy Elin Hilderbrand books- this will be right up your alley!


*Beautiful Day was a book I checked out from the library!

Giveaways, Twitter chats and more!

1.Erika Robuck chats about Hemingway’s Girl on Twitter Wed Feb 6th from 8-9 pm CST! Use #gr8books to join in! Great Thoughts ( a blog) is hosting the chat- stop by her page and see some of the questions that will be discussed!

2. Elin Hilderbrand’s book The Castaways is $2.99 for e-books today only!

3. She Reads has a copy of The Girl’s Guide to Love and Supper Clubs to give to a lucky commenter! Go read Tell Me Something True- A Visit with Dana Bate, comment and maybe win! Also get a chuckle out of Dana’s story- it involves a Pyrex dish, explosion, and a 2 lessons she learned that night!

4. Be Your Own Valentine Giveaway- check Amy Hatvany website for details! Chocolates, signed galley, and Sephora- it’s a good #giveaway!

5. Win a copy of Joanne Fluke’s Red Velvet Cupcake Murder on Goodreads! Go there and follow the directions- fingers crossed for a win!

6. If you are not following #srblog hashtag on Twitter, you are missing out on so much. Reviews about books that are GREAT, good conversation with ladies who love to read, and much more!

7. The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones- my review will be posted this week. Entertaining, though!




Summer Reading.. Had me a Blast…. Summer Reading.. Happened so fast…

Summer reading- for kids in school this term may come with frowny faces and general dislike. However, for me, this term makes me want to click my heels 3 times, take care of the things that HAVE to get done, and settle down with a good book!

Question: Summer Reading- is it books to you about summer time events? Is it trashy-like novels that just seem extra good as you lay on the beach? Murder and mystery?

For me, there is no hard and fast rule as to what constitutes summer reading- I read beach-y cover books, cozies, mysteries, whatever I can get my hands on. Summer used to be marked by the new release of Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum book, but now they are being released in the fall/winter.

Currently reading Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand and absolutely loving the book thus far.

Last question: Do the books you read have seasons? Summer/Winter reading? Are there some books that can be enjoyed year-round? Would you read a Christmas/holiday themed book in the middle of the summer? Do tell!