Book Review: Eighty and Out

Traumatized by visits to the nursing home to see their elderly aunt, Louise and her sister Jeannie made a youthful pact to not live past age eighty. Was it a silly childhood idea, or were they wise beyond their years? Most importantly, will they go through with it when the time comes?

Eighty and Out Editorial Review:

“An emotionally-charged women’s fiction novel about the bond between sisters, friendship, and fate, Eighty and Out will have you deliberating your destiny.” ~ Bestselling author Deborah Brown

My Review: 

I agreed to review this book because I found the summary interesting and intriguing. I wondered how the author would paint a picture of two women that have made a pact to only live to the age of eighty. I find it crazy to put a limit on your life but I also know God has a plan for everyone and that may be exactly what you are thinking. My grandmother passed away exactly a year ago this Easter. It was a very hard time for my family but I later found out that she had told other family members that she didn’t want to be a widow for more then 30 years. See I was born in March of ’85 and my Grandpa passed away in May of ’85. When my grandmother passed away it was the month before she would have been a widow for 30 years. Also, my grandmother was a devoted Lutheran and she would go to church, bible studies, and pot lucks so to pass away on Easter with the reminder of the resurrection was so comforting and perfect in everyway!

Ok, back to the book. This story is of two girls. They start young but you quickly go through the years through marriages, struggles and children. This book had me on the edge of my seat ready for the next exciting adventure the girls would go through. This book was a WONDERFUL read and the author did a great job telling the sweet girls story but moving it along quickly and keeping the reader interested in what would happen next. Let me know if you read it and what you think!

 

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“Kim Cano is one of the great writers of our time who will make you feel and think, laugh and cry and in the end nod your head in agreement.” – Miki’s Hope

“A women’s fiction novel that follows the life of a girl into a woman.  Honestly, this is one to keep on the shelves and read again.” – Life as Leels

 “As with all of Kim Cano’s books that I have read, you become mesmerized by the story, a beautiful, gentle story of coming of age, love, loss, despair and happiness.” – Beck Valley Books

About the Author
Kim Cano is the author of two women’s fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, her debut novel and On The Inside, a novel about a middle-aged woman who is sentenced to 17 years in prison for committing a white collar crime.

Kim has also written two animal books: For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. and for adults who are young at heart.

Kim Cano lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

Find the author on the following sites….
Website   Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest   Goodreads   Amazon Author Page

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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Friday Reads Book Club: Big Little Lies

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If this is your first time joining us, we are a weekly book review link up. This is the place for people to go when they are searching for a new book or want to share one that they recently read. I’m collaborating with three other amazing Arizona bloggers: Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at  A Whimsicle Life, to bring you a full review of a different book every week.

As a reminder, this “book club” is intended to create a community where we can all share fantastic books that we read and want to recommend to others. Each week, one of the blogger hosts will write a review of an outstanding book. We will also have a linkup each week where fellow bloggers can post book reviews and recommendations.

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    • Visit other blogger’s reviews that are posted in the linkup and leave a comment on their post.

 

 

Big Little Lies

By: Liane Moriarty

Imagine a story that involves murder, abuse, and kindergarten? Big Little Lies is told through a series of police interviews, leaving the reader only guessing who was murdered and who was the murderer. The ending is quite shocking, with the least likely killer named. The reader also doesn’t know whether the murder is a justified accident, and something to be celebrated or if it is indeed a tragic turn of events. Check out the FULL review at A Whimsicle Life.

I am SOOO excited to read this book! I will be reading this one over my fall break which is in two weeks!! Let me know if you read it!

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Friday Reads Book Club: Jen Lancaster

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If this is your first time joining us, we are a weekly book review link up. This is the place for people to go when they are searching for a new book or want to share one that they recently read. I’m collaborating with three other amazing Arizona bloggers: Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at  A Whimsicle Life, to bring you a full review of a different book every week.

As a reminder, this “book club” is intended to create a community where we can all share fantastic books that we read and want to recommend to others. Each week, one of the blogger hosts will write a review of an outstanding book. We will also have a linkup each week where fellow bloggers can post book reviews and recommendations.

We encourage you to:

  • Visit the host’s blog, check out each week’s book review, and leave a comment with your thoughts.
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  • Visit other blogger’s reviews that are posted in the linkup and leave a comment on their post.

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Books By: Jen Lancaster

This is the story of what happens when you bring a Prada bag into an unemployment office.

Jen Lancaster had it all – a chic penthouse in Chicago, a six figure salary, closets full of designer clothing and accessories, weekly manicures and pedicures, a great guy, and a snarky wit. But after getting laid off in the post September 11 recession, she suddenly finds herself in a whole new arena. She goes from daily shopping sprees to suddenly not having health insurance and moving into an apartment in the ghetto. From there it gets worse when her boyfriend (who becomes her husband during this time) loses his job, they lose their car, and they almost are evicted from their ghetto apartment and have to move back in with her parents. And yes, there is a point where she actually goes to the unemployment office while carrying a Prada handbag. Needless to say, the encounter does not go well.

Be sure to check out the rest of Sarah’s review by visiting Neroli Blossoms……..These books look AWESOME! I will be reading one!

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Friday Reads Book Club: If I Stay

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If this is your first time joining us, we are a weekly book review link up. This is the place for people to go when they are searching for a new book or want to share one that they recently read. I am hosting this weekly affair along with two other amazing Arizona bloggers, Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at A Whimsicle Life.

If I Stay

by: Gayle Forman

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 I decided to read this book after I had seen that a movie was going to be made. I am one that likes to read the books before going to see the movie. I picked up this book before leaving on a long weekend trip to Wisconsin. I thought for sure based on the movie trailer that this book would draw me in right away and I would find it hard to put down. This book was an interesting read in that based on the summary on the back of the book, the movie trailer, and what I had heard/read from other readers I figured I would be drawn right in. It was the complete opposite. I felt like the story dragged a bit. Don’t get me wrong it was a good book. I am very excited to see how the director/screen play writer made it into a movie.

Mia is a high school student. She lives with her  family, her mother, father and her younger brother. When school is cancelled for the day the family decides to drive to a family friends house. In an instant her life is changed. The story goes from Mia being in her body and doing things to being her bodies spirit/soul. When the car accident happens Mia gets out of the car and see the disaster. She finds her mom and dad then while looking for her younger brother she thinks she spots him under the car when she realizes that the person under the car is her. As she is transported to the hospital she has an out of body experience in which she is able to see all that is happening around her and to her. Throughout the remainder of the book she encounters and experiences the deep emotion that the people who she loves struggle through. Mia has a boyfriend and best friend in which the story is centered around. The book has flash back where you learn how her relationships with the people around her have developed. I am neutral on how the story ends. I would like to read find out what happens to Mia in the sequel to If I Stay called: Where She Went.

I am curious is any readers have read this book or seen the movie! If you have read the book let me know what you thought! If you have seen the movie please comment on if you think I should go see the movie!

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Friday Reads Book Club: How Not to Be Wrong

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If this is your first time joining us, we are a weekly book review link up. This is the place for people to go when they are searching for a new book or want to share one that they recently read. I am hosting this weekly affair along with two other amazing Arizona bloggers, Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at A Whimsicle Life.

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This week, we are trying something a little different in the linkup. As a reader, please check out all the wonderful bloggers who link up below. Then, vote on your favorite by clicking in the tiny heart on the upper right corner of the link. Perhaps its a book you really want to read, or you really liked how the blogger wrote the review. The winning link will be featured in our Friday Reads post next week.

How Not to Be Wrong

By: Jordan Ellenberg

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 Before you dismiss this book, thinking that it is all about math and can’t possibly be entertaining, let me share a few interesting tidbits. For anyone whose mind was blown by Freakonomics (applying economics principles to everyday life), How Not to Be Wrong is right up your alley. If you haven’t read Freakonomics, I highly recommend it as it is a very fast read and covers fascinating subjects such as why anyone would ever name their child OrangeJello to why high-stakes testing actually encourages teachers to cheat. Be sure to check out A Whimsicle Life to read the remainder of this review!

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Hope you have an AWESOME weekend!

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Friday Reads Book Club: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

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Welcome to another Friday Reads Book Club this week Joann from A Whimsicle Life is  reviewing Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson. I am hosting this weekly affair along with two other amazing Arizona bloggers, Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at A Whimsicle Life.

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Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

By: Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

Have you ever thought, “I just can’t be a mom today?” I have. That is why I am so thankful for this book. Desperate: Hope For the Mom Who Needs to Breathe is written by two wonderfully different women. Sarah Mae is a young mama trying to find her way through the motherhood jungle. God placed Sally in her life at a time when she was depressed and losing the joy that being a mommy should bring. Written in two wonderfully complimentary parts, Sarah Mae starts each chapter by sharing her letters to………read more of this review at A Whimsicle Life.

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Friday Reads Book Club: The Way of Kings

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Welcome to another Friday Reads Book Club this week Sarah from Neroli Blossoms is  reviewing The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I am hosting this weekly affair along with two other amazing Arizona bloggers, Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at A Whimsicle Life.

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The Way of Kings

By: Brandon Sanderson

I need to preface this review – I love classic fantasy. Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter – you’re speaking my language. But outside of that, I really haven’t read much in the genre. I love the idea of fantasy stories, but there is so much junk and smut out there that I’m very hesitant to pick up any other fantasy book. The Way of Kings came highly recomended by Goodreads and Amazon ……… read more of Sarah’s review at Neroli Blossoms.

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