Posted in Romance, Women's Fiction

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman #BookReview @viola_shipman #MothersDay

Final Mother’s Day post! Hope everyone had a fantastic day💕

This is a review for a book that I got for my own mom for Mother’s Day, it was such a delightful book filled with family and yummy recipes… that I am hoping she will attempt and send my way!😇

The Recipe Box

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

*4.5 Delicious Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5


Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and in their pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life–including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.


4.5 Delicious Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This was such a charming read… filled with love, family, and food… each chapter starts off with a recipe… a recipe that sounds absolutely delicious… that is why my mom is getting a copy of this book for Mother’s Day, she needs to try out these recipes… she is a stellar Baker (just in case she’s reading this I want to butter her up)

Sam grew up in northern Michigan on her family‘s orchard, always longing for the big city…. there are so many books with this theme… and as somebody who grew up in the “big city“ I think it would be quite lovely to live in one of these charming places I so often read about… I guess the grass is always greener and all that…. so Sam realizes her dream and gets a job as a chef in NYC… but when it turns out her boss is a fraud, she returns home, feeling like a failure…. but will she finally see the magic in the family orchard?

Sam was a lovely character and she was surrounded by her mother and grandmother, both very strong and delightful women…. and I have to say Grandma Willow was my absolute favorite…. she just had so much heart and spirit, a grandma everyone would want…. I just loved the interaction between these women and the other family members, you could just feel the love between all of them…. I think that is what I found so enjoyable about this book, there was just so much love… Love for family… love for their orchard… love for food… and there was even some romance in this book… and I have to say Angelo was pretty delicious as well…

Something I want to mention that I found terribly interesting… is that this book was written by a man…. using the pen name of Viola Shipman… I would have never guessed in a million years, major props to you for that… always impressed when an author writes from the opposite sexes point of view and does it well as in this case….

Absolutely recommend to people who enjoy a lovely read filled with fun, food, and family…

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this lovely book, and shame on me for taking so darn long to get to it ***

🥂 berit 💛

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult

Love Beyond Opposites by Molly E. Lee #BlogTour #BookReview @chapterxchapter @MollyELee @EntangledTeen

Today I am on the blog tour for this fun young adult book, that I would have absolutely fallen in love with when I was a teenager! I started reading young adult again when my older kids were teenagers, I wanted to see what they were reading, and I really truly enjoyed teenagers and enjoyed being a teenager myself…. I do read young adult books through the eyes of a mother, so sometimes I see some silly flaws that I would not have seen when I was younger… this book is a perfect example I truly found it a fun quick read, however I think it is truly meant for the young adult audience…💜


 Love Beyond Opposites (Grad Night #3)

by Molly E. Lee

Publication Date:  May 7, 2018

Publisher:  Entangled TEEN

If high school has taught mathlete Jade Aaron anything, it’s that nerds never get the guy.

So when rock star Lennon Pryor starts pursuing her, It’s not rocket science. This doesn’t add up.

I mean, sure, he’s hot.

And charming.

And a god on the guitar…

But he’s also the world’s biggest player. Being with him would be a bigger mistake than 2+2=5.

Until graduation night, when a reckless moment leads to a reckless kiss. And now Jade’s falling for the one guy destined to break her heart.

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Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

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3.5 Cute Stars 🌟🌟🌟.5

If I were a teenage girl this would be my ultimate fantasy grad night…. apparently this is the third book in the series, although it can be read as a standalone…. The books all take place during the same timeframe, but from the perspective of three different couples… this is Jade and Lenin’s story…

Jade is the nerd and Lenin is the rockstar…. so how could he ever fall for a girl like her? I did like both of these characters… and of course they had more in common than it appeared on the surface… they also had both been harboring a crush for one another for the past four years….

Now there were quite a few things about this book that were unrealistic… like you probably should not have a career changing performance at a grad night house party… also nobody is getting into UCLA at the last minute, and they are not on the semester system (I know this is a picky detail)…. all this is to say is that this was a fun Quick read but not terribly realistic…. it was also filled with clichés and stereotypes, yet still enjoyable…

This is a young adult book I believe that is truly meant for a young adult audience… if you are a parent I think the only thing that would stop you from letting a younger reader read this is there is teenage drinking, other than that it was pretty clean…

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

💕 berit💛

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Humor

SMothered by Autumn Chiklis. @AutumnChiklis @WednesdayBooks #BookReview #MothersDay 💐

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, mothers to be, and special women in the world!🌻

Today appropriately I am bringing you a review for a humorous book that is all about the complexities of the mother daughter relationship… my middle child Peyton is my only daughter, she is 20 now and is one of my best friends… we’ve had our moments, especially when she was a teenager, and I am probably the most annoying person in the world to her, but isn’t that my job as her mother?😉 I think this book will be a fun read for anyone who has been a mother or a daughter…

*** release date August 2018


Smothered by Autumn Chiklis

4 Spoiled and Silly Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟


A humorous debut crossover young adult novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she’s ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?

Smothered is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou’s point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn’t mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)


4 Silly Spoiled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book was such a FUN read for me… it had a slight vibe of a Sophie Kinsella Book, and that is a huge compliment coming from me…. The characters were all over the top, some of the things that happen were quite ridiculous… but for me it just was delightful and made me laugh out loud…. it is a book that does not take itself too seriously, so to thoroughly enjoy it you have to be in that state of mind…

Lou has just graduated from Columbia university, and she doesn’t quite know what she wants to do with her life yet…. so she moves back in with her parents in LA…. The biggest problem…. Mama Shell The worlds greatest helicopter mother….Mama Shell wants to control everything in Lou’s life her wardrobe, her hair, her boyfriend, her food, her job, etc. etc. etc. so not only does Lou have to sneak carbs… she has a serious boyfriend she has yet to tell her parents about…. The relationship between mother and daughter was complicated yet hilarious… they were two people that love each other so much and yet we’re so different from one another that things went a little sideways…..

This book is told from Lou’s point of view, primarily through journal entries…Lou lives a privilege life and always has, so she might not be relatable to a lot of people…. and even though I grew up in the LA area, I know I was not quite as privileged as Lou, but still her problems were her problems to her….. I mean money cannot buy you a problem free life, the wealthy have their problems as well…. such as which car they’re going to drive to work that day or what vacation house they’re going to vacation in that weekend, you know… problems!😉

The only place this book fell a little short for me was in the relationship between Lou and Theo…. I really could not understand why Theo was OK with her keeping him a secret…. I thought it was pretty obvious that Lou didn’t think he was good enough for her parents, even though she didn’t see it that way…. and who was Theo? In a book filled with such lively colorful characters, we really had no idea who he was other than the fact that he was a skinny chef…. i’d really like a book to follow this up… Theo and his interactions with the family, and then perhaps some flashback scenes as to how they met….

Absolutely recommend if you are in the mood for a fun book that might be a little vapid at times, but it’s all in good humor…

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Have a lovely day,