Good Reads: The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luann Rice

Apr 27, 2016
Goodreads Synopsis:
A legendary island steeped in the mystery and wisdom of centuries…
A runaway heiress learning to trust life, and love… 
A mother and daughter, separated for years, searching for a way to face the future together…

Years ago, Lyra Davis left behind a world of wealth and privilege and the people she loved most in the world, unable to reconcile the expectations of her celebrated family with the longings of her own wild heart. Now she lives quietly among a community of expatriates on the isle of Capri, slowly, carefully learning to live fully for the first time, flourishing in the friendship of a singular man who recognizes in her a kindred spirit. 

Granddaughter of the reigning doyenne of Newport, Rhode Island, wise beyond her sixteen years, Pell Davis is poised to take her place at the pinnacle of society. Yet she and her young sister still long for the mother who ran away from them when they were children so that they could be raised by the father they adored.  Pell knows that Lyra felt she loved them best by leaving. But with her father now dead and her sister veering dangerously into fantasy, she will travel across an ocean to find the mother she remembers and the deeper truths they all need so desperately….

My Thoughts:



The Deep Blue Sea For Beginners takes secondary characters from Luann Rice's The Geometry of Sisters and expands on their stories. It follows sixteen year old Pell Davis on her journey to the Italian island of Capri as she tries to reconnect with her estranged mother and bring her back home. The novel also introduces a new cast of characters that intertwine in the lives of Pell and Lyra. I especially like Rafe, a trouble young man with a past. This book goes into great detail about the island of Capri, to a point where the description of the island takes away from the plot and the beautiful story that it was. I got so tired of reading the detailed description of Capri I started to skim in order to get back to the actual story. Had it not been for this, it would have gotten another star. I feel that if the author had spent more time on the plot and less time on the descriptive passages about Capri it would have been a more meaningful read. Overall, it was still a good book and readable.


Book Exchange + Monday Funday

Apr 25, 2016
Happy Monday! I have an awesome opportunity for book lovers this morning!


I joined a book exchange with my cousin and it's kind of a chain thing we're you'll send and receive books to/from others involved. It's open to anyone, anywhere. I see it as a great opportunity to try out books I wouldn't have thought to buy for myself. If you are interested, make sure to comment below and I'll get you hooked up! 

The more people I get involved in the exchange means the more books everyone will receive. The best part is that you can send loved/used books. By recycling what you already have, this exchange can be very low in cost (just the postage)!

We more yard work this weekend and it's really coming along! I think we've got everything ripped out. I'm hoping next weekend we can lay the new edging and possibly plant some new grass. After that we can do new plants and the stone! YAY!


I've also started to work on improvements inside of our home too. I've wanted to work on the living room for a long time now. It's all beige and brown and so BORING.  First, I wanted to paint the walls gray, but wasn't sure if that would be OK with tan furniture. So, then I decided on yellow because it will compliment the blue in the adjoining room. Got different samples of yellow, but them on the wall and Nick hates them. And then he suggested gray....

Purchased a few things including:

This table for the entryway. The wall it's displayed against is pretty much the exact size of the wall in my house I'll put it against!

These pillows. I figure if we're doing gray walls, I can pull in blue with the pillows.

I plan on getting this really cool world map for the dining room, so I bought this pillow to pull in the theme to the living room.


Have a great week all!

Friday Ramblings 4.22.15

Apr 22, 2016
Happy Friday.

I wish I were my usual jovial self today, but I'm just not. My very close friend is 17 weeks along and is facing some serious complications in her pregnancy. I want to respect her privacy, as this is a public forum, but I know she would appreciate prayers for little Avery.



Other things for Friday:

Something exciting (esp for book lovers!) ....

I joined a book exchange with my cousin and it's kind of a chain thing we're you'll send and receive books to/from others involved. It's open to anyone, anywhere. I see it as a great opportunity to try out books I wouldn't have thought to buy for myself. If you are interested, make sure to comment below and I'll get you hooked up!

Even more things for Friday:



#Goals 

 
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