Book Review: How to Catch a Prince

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How to Catch a Prince
by
Rachel Hauck

About the Book

In this third book of the Royal Wedding series, Rachel Hauck introduces us to Prince Stephen of Brighton and American heiress Corina Del Rey.

Corina’s life was turned upside down 5 years ago when her brother became a casualty of war. Just as she starts to get her life back on track, a secret from the past comes back to confront her.

Prince Stephen is hoping to escape his memories of war while enjoying life as a star rugby player, but he’s got a secret, too. When his brother, Nathaniel, discovers his secret, Stephen knows it’s time that he faces his past.

As Corina and Stephen work through what happened in the past, they have to decide what the future will hold for them.

My Thoughts

I’ve read all 3 books in this series and I’m pretty sure this one was my favorite. There was something super relatable about the characters and the story felt very genuine. Though my life is far different from that of an heiress, I found her character to be someone that most women could relate to. I also really enjoyed the way Rachel Hauck describes the setting, it was almost as if I could find myself in Brighton listening to the cathedral bells. I’m a big fan of her writing and I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store in the future.

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Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Cookbook Review: Inspiralized

Inspiralized
by
Ali Maffucci

About a year ago, I was super excited to get my hands on a spiralizer so that I could try my hand at one of the latest food crazes, vegetable noodles. My kids and I had what we referred to as the Great Zoodle Adventure. After that first experiment, the spiralizer has only made an appearance a couple of times. When I was checking out books on Blogging for Books, I was super excited to a book all about spiralizing available for review.  I think my kids were as excited for its arrival as I was. :)

Insprialized has recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert and many more in between. Some of the ones that stuck out most to me were Chicken Carrot Noodle Soup and Chicken and Broccoli Skillet Bake. There are pictures for many of the recipes, as well as step by step pictures for some tougher techniques. I think my favorite part of this book is that it actually gives you tips on how to use the spiralizer, from everything to how to pick the fruit or veggie to how to choose which blade to use. Given my life as a busy homeschooling soccer mom, I haven’t quite gotten the chance to try out any of these recipes, but the kids and I look forward to testing many of them once things calm down for a bit.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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New Book from Rachel Hauck | ‘How to Catch a Prince’ and Royal Giveaway

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck’s new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

Enter to win a “royal” prize pack! 

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel’s blog.

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Book Review: This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth?

This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth?
by
Patrick Di Justo

In some ways, I’m what some might consider a “foodie” not in the sense that I just have to try the best restaurants in every city I go to, more in the sense that I love learning about food.  I love learning about what’s in our food, what that does to our bodies, etc. Needless to say, when I saw the title of this book, I just knew that I had to get my hands on a copy.

Stemming from his popular column, What’s Inside, found in WIRED magazine, Patrick Di Justo offers readers a look at exactly what’s inside the food we ingest every day. While many people think they know what they’re eating, Di Justo makes it clear that there are a lot of things we don’t know. Using a scientific approach, Di Justo gives readers insight into what makes up things like Easy Cheese, Hot Pockets and Spam. In the second part of the book titled This Is What You Don’t Put In Your Mouth, he takes a closer look at the ingredients in things such as contact solution, Fix-A-Flat and diaper cream.  All of this information is given in an informative, yet humorous manner and it really makes the reader think about just what is lurking in things we eat or use every day.

What I found most interesting about this book was the reception Di Justo was given by many companies when he reached out to them to get their input on the products their ingredients contained; many were very secretive and vague, with just a handful actually willing to talk with him. It makes you realize that there is a lot going on in the food industry that they don’t want consumers to know and it’s not just “trade secrets.” While I found the information fascinating, it was a bit much to read the whole book all at once.  This is a book that is better savored, giving the reader time to ponder what they’ve learned.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Paper Hearts

Paper Hearts
by
Courtney Walsh

Abigail Pressman owns a cozy little book store/coffee shop in the quaint town of Love’s Park, nestled in the Rockies.  She has grand plans to expand her shop but those plans get squashed when the financing falls through.  Now instead of looking forward to expanding, she’s faced with closing or relocating her shop when big city doctor, Jacob, buys the building her shop is in.  He plans to convert the building into a home for his new practice. As much as they try to avoid each other, these two just can’t keep from running into each other. The more they butt heads, the more the realize there might be something more lurking under the surface of their relationship. To move forward with any sort of relationship, they each have to deal with their pasts. Can they get over it and move on? Or will their pride and stubbornness separate them forever?

This was a fun book to read, especially since I can see the beautiful Rocky Mountains from my house.  That made it very easy to imagine a cute little book store/coffee shop in a cozy mountain town. I really enjoyed following the story of Abigail and Jacob.  Walsh’s writing was fun and easy to read and she wrapped up the story really well, there were no loose endings leaving the reader on edge waiting for a follow up book. It left me wishing that Love’s Park really existed and that I could take a quick weekend trip there. :)

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Cookbook Review: Clean Slate

Clean Slate
from the editors of
Martha Stewart Living

I’m a big fan of clean eating and I’m always looking for new, delicious recipes to try out so I thought I’d give the latest cookbook from the editors of Martha Stewart Living a try. Clean Slate touts itself as not just a cookbook, but a way to “reset your health, detox your body, and feel your best.” This book does just that. The first section titled “Reset” goes over the basics of clean eating and even includes a 3-day action plan and a 21-day action plan.  The second section is where you’ll find a plethora of clean eating recipes. These recipes range from different juices you can make all the way to sweet treats.  The recipes are beautifully presented, each including a picture. Some of the recipes that caught my eye were Green Goddess Dip and Warm Spinach White Bean Dip. There are many recipes that just aren’t really my kind of food, but they are still great examples of clean eating.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Always On My Mind

Always on my Mind
by
Susan May Warren

I just love being able to catch up my favorite Deep Haven family, the Christiansens. Susan May Warren has way with story telling that delights and engages readers in a way that keeps them coming back for more. In the series about the Christiansen family, readers are always left with a cliff hanger and a knowledge that the next book will address this cliffhanger in part, but not always fully. Always on my Mind is true to form, picking up Casper’s story but not answering all the questions readers were left with when then pervious novel ended. I’d say Susan May Warren has me hook, line and sinker on this series.

In Always on my Mind, we see Casper return to Deep Haven from an archaeological dig in Honduras. He’s come to a point where he’s not sure what he’s supposed to do with his life, but he does know that he needs to try and figure out his feelings for Raina Beaumont, the source of the tension with his brother, Owen. He’s decided that the still loves her and shows up in Minnesota to let her know, but what he finds when she answers the door is something that changes everyone’s lives forever. Raina is pregnant….and it definitely isn’t Casper’s. Casper struggles to do the right thing and prove himself to Raina but that’s a tough thing to do, especially when he discovers who the father is.

I loved this book, the message of hope and forgiveness came through crystal clear. I can’t wait to see what the next novel has in store.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.