Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us is Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, on steroids! This is a fast-paced psychological thriller that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. The minute you think you have this story figured out, there is a twist that leaves you gasping, ’I didn’t see that coming!’.

The story is essentially about a husband and wife, how sometimes love blinds you from seeing the truth, and the havoc lies and egos can cause in any relationship. It’s also a story of the thin line between love, hate, and fear. Love is a finicky feeling, it can make you do crazy things. When love starts to suffocate or own the other person in the relationship, that’s when lines are blurred.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the basic synopsis is a wife that learns her ex-husband is engaged and getting married again. This news shatters her for obvious reasons, and she acts in desperation to reach out to the other woman but also begins to open the door to her past prior to her marriage and the incidents that took place during her marriage that she had buried in her subconscious. I feel like I have said too much already!

The characters in this book are thought out and each one has an important part to play. This was a fast read, as there are a lot of twists and I would recommend reading it quickly so as to keep on top of the storyline.

This is a must-read for this summer! Hurry up before the movie comes out (there isn’t any news of one, but I can totally see it, being a movie).

Happy reading Mommas!

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Book Review: Still Life by Joy Fielding

I loved the concept and premise of Still Life by Joy Fielding. The protagonist Casey is in an accident and in a coma. She can hear everything around her but can’t see, move or communicate. Of course, people around her do not know that she can understand and hear everything, and they drop their guard in front of her and say things they would not say to her.

The mystery is who caused this so-called accident that caused the coma and if they will try again!

I have to say that I found this to be a slow-moving story. The story is also predictable. It’s not the best ’who done it’ mystery. The concept and idea behind the story are definitely interesting enough but I would give this a pass.

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Book Review: The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

I read the Third Wife on the beach and it was a perfect beach read. The premise is a family hit by a tragedy, the accidental death of the third wife. But was it an accident? The unusual blended family looks happy on the surface, but of course, there are secrets.

I loved the way the book was written. The chapters go back and forth between present time and how the family is dealing with the death of Maya (the third wife) and flashbacks of Maya unraveling.

This was unlike my usual dark themes. There is a mystery, but the core of the novel is family and that there is no such thing as a perfect family.

If you are looking for a lighter read, I would definitely recommend The Third Wife.

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3 Important Lessons I have Learned as a Mother

Motherhood has drastically altered my life, my goals and my aspirations. Pre baby Husna worried about what to wear, where to eat, and where to go on vacation. Post-baby Husna, worries about all that and a thousand things more.

I am still fairly new to the motherhood thing and I am far from being an expert but here are a few lessons I have learned:

  1. Patience does not come in pretty box with a bow. I used to think I was fairly patient. I didn’t mind waiting in line, or waiting for Rj to propose ( that’s whole other story). Then I had Zara and she threw me for a loop. Waiting for a toddler to do anything is like watching paint dry while wanting to gouge my eyes out. It takes us at least 2 hours to do anything! Simple tasks like eating or putting on pants ( for me and Zara) feel like I just ran a marathon.
  2. You will be outsmarted by a toddler. You think you’re smart. You read and you went to school. You had a 4.0 Gpa. Well, you might as well throw all of that out the window. No matter how smart you are you will lose the battle, negotiating with a toddler. They will take your bed, your last piece of chocolate, force you to watch another episode of Peppa, and in the end, you will have no idea how you got there.
  3. Baby LOVE is like no other. Remember when you met your hubby or spouse and you felt like you we’re falling off a cliff but it felt great! Or when you saw your dog for the first time and you looked into it’s eyes and could feel the love. We’ll take all that and multiply it by a billion! And it’s ok you might not feel this right away. But when you do you will know what I am talking about. It’s like your heart, your kidney and your brain ( think essential body organs you need to survive), live outside your body.

I would like to say that I wouldn’t change anything, but there are days that it feels too overwhelming and I just want to worry about what to wear, where to eat or where to go on vacation. I have learned that that’s ok too. After all, I am not superhuman, I am a mom.

Happy Mothers Day mommas! What are some lessons you have learned being a mom?

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Why Vacations are good for your soul

When was the last time you laid in a hammock for two hours, sipping a mimosa reflecting on what you are doing with your life?

Are you happy? Do you feel fulfilled or are you going through the motions?

Vacations for me has always been the perfect time to contemplate and reflect on my life. You need to get rid of the distractions of daily life to truly do this.

When you aren’t thinking of dishes, laundry, and planning meals, your mind frees itself to think about what really matters: YOU

Listening to the waves crashing, the seagulls cackling, and the salty wind blowing through your hair, really opens up your heart and your soul. Close your eyes, think of things that make you happy, are you doing any of that in your ’real’ life?

The point here is once you can remove yourself from your daily burdens, the hope is your mind can look for deeper answers to your life’s journey. Because isn’t that what we are all on this earth for? To look for answers. To look for a purpose. To look for happiness.

This part is easier said than done. The even tougher part is making a plan to change things when you get back to reality.

And at the end of the day that might not happen. Change is hard and it’s scary. When you are lying in a hammock everything seems feasible. And that’s ok. When things get tough its time to book another vacation and reflect on what matters most.

When is your next trip?

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