Tag Archive | Relationships

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

see-me“Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship. Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed. A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin’s and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possible look like… until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface…” Continue reading

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The Chase by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky

The Chase“Only God could have written a love story as beautiful as Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky’s. From their teenage days thousands of miles apart when they separately wrote letters to their future spouses, to a chance meeting backstage at a concert, their story brings inspiration and hope to ever girl. It’s easy to get impatient for the future to play out, especially when it comes to love. Before long you find yourself chasing the perfect guy and trying to write your own happily ever after. But the truth is, your best future won’t be found chasing boys – it’ll only come by first chasing God. In The Chase, Kyle and Kelsey take turns telling their story – with Kelsey sharing secrets to a godly relationship and Kyle revealing the truth about what guys really think. Together they’ll show you how to put God first, protect your heart, deal with the loneliness and peer pressure that come along with purity, and see yourself as God does. Are you ready to trust God with your very own happily ever after? Let the chase begin!”

I don’t even know where to begin in describing this novel or my opinion of it. It was… life changing. Continue reading

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song“Seventeen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains alienated from her parents, particularly her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she and her brother spent the summer with him. Resentful and rebellious, Ronnie rejects her father’s attempts to reach out to her and threatens to return to New York before the summer’s end. But soon Ronnie meets Will, the last person she thought she’d ever be attracted to, and finds herself falling for him, opening herself up to the greatest happiness – and pain – that she has ever known.”

This book is one of my favorites by Nicholas Sparks. I’d actually go as far as saying that it is in the top three. I have heard many opinions about this novel, and most of them had one thing in common. Continue reading

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen“Annabel Greene is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what she portrays in her modeling shoots. But Annabel’s life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly, and her older sister’s eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracized at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen – intense, music-obsessed, and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?”

Sarah Dessen strikes again! Well, kind of. This book isn’t exactly one of her newest ones but it is still one of the best. Actually, I think all of her books are pretty good. I discovered her back when I was in middle school at our local library. I had volunteered there a lot before I got a job so I hung out with a lot of high school girls that worked there. Continue reading

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

“Sact like a ladyteve Harvey, the host of the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” can’t count the number of impressive women he’s met over the years, whether it’s through the “Strawberry Letters” segment of his program or while on tour for his comedy shows. These are women who can run a small business, keep a household with three kids in tiptop shape, and chair a church group all at the same time. Yet when it comes to relationships, they can’t figure out what makes men tick. Why? According to Steve it’s because they’re asking other women for advice when no one but another man can tell them how to find and keep a man. In “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” Steve lets women inside the mindset of a man and sheds light on concepts and questions…”

The only reason that I read this book was because I greatly enjoyed watching the movie. I found it to be full of humor, yet it contained pretty sound advice. So I gave this novel a try and ended up reading it in a few hours. Continue reading

The Selection by Kiera Cass

the selection

“The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.”

One of the best series that I have ever read! “The Selection” is the first novel of a trilogy, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for a fourth book… hint hint Kiera Cass! 🙂 When I first saw this book on Amazon the cover caught my eye. I was like, hey she’s wearing a nice dress. But once I read the back of it I liked it even more. It reminded me of the story of Cinderella, yet at the same time it also reminded me of the story of Esther from the Bible because she had to compete for the king’s attention as well. Continue reading

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

That summer

“The more things change… As far as Haven is concerned, there’s just too much going on. Everything is changing, and she’s not sure where she fits in. Then her sister’s older boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect… But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.”

This book would be a perfect novel for girls to read that are in high school, and even middle school. With the main character being fifteen years old and dealing with many changes the audience will be able to relate a great deal to her. The changes that she goes through are so relatable at that age, for example divorce and not feeling as though one fits in. Many kids have gone through divorce or been affected by it in some way and it’s interesting to read about a different person’s view on it. Everyone is different in the way that they respond to change and Haven’s response was unique. Haven seemed to bottle up all of her feelings inside until, just like Gwendolyn, she exploded and became an emotional mess. Continue reading