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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My Thoughts:

The next book in the delightfully exciting Inn at Eagle Hill series is here!  The Revealing takes us back to the cozy Amish community where the Schrock family lives and loves. Suzanne Woods Fisher continues where she left off in The Calling.  Tobe Schrock is soon to be released from jail while Naomi King secretly pines for their reunion, Rose Schrock and Galen King are making plans for a wedding while Bethany Schrock is irritated to bits because Jimmy Fisher won't do the same.  While all this is going on, a pregnant young lady appears out of the blue, a distant and very handsome cousin comes for a visit and a new guest is staying at the Inn at Eagle Hill, too.  I love how Suzanne Woods Fisher continues the story line of past characters as the story moves forward!  They are almost like family to me and I long for all of them to have a happily ever after.  Before that can happen, the horrid Jake Hertzler needs to be caught and punished and he's not done wreaking havoc yet...

I have so many favorite characters in The Revealing!  Jesse Stoltfus is an amazingly refreshing young man with a silver tongue and a never ending smile.  Mim Schrock doesn't know what to do with him!   Ahhh...  Jimmy Fisher.  Who would've ever imagined that he'd be flustered or unsure of anything??  Handsome and confident, we see another side of him in this book.  In addition, I also have a soft place in my heart for the five elderly Sisters'.  They are endearing and their antics and words make me giggle.  

The Revealing is exciting, funny, delightful and served with a slice of romance!  There truly is much that is revealed in this story so sit back and enjoy every page!  I highly recommend all the books in The Inn at Eagle Hill series!  One of my favorite set of books...

In The Revealing, the riveting conclusion to the Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.

Suzanne is celebrating by giving away THREE iPads!


THREE grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad

  • PickPocket Tablet Accessory Pouch (A stylish storage pouch designed to hold all your tablet accessories. Info.)

  • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing)

  • Five second place winners will receive:

    • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

    • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 20th. All winners will be announced July 21st at Suzanne's blog. AND ... if you're looking for more in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, be sure to pick up the ebook novella, The Rescue, for just $1.99!


      Suzanne is also giving away two 10-book mystery prize packs! 

      One of the major themes of The Revealing is learning to trust your intuition and instincts. These are God-given qualities that we sometimes are too timid or unsure of to act on. For a chance to win one of the 10-book prize packs, leave a comment on this blog and share about a time when your intuition or instinct saved the day—or a time you ignored it and missed an opportunity. 

      Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 21st to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)
      *I was given a copy of this book by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

      Thursday, July 10, 2014

      Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

      My Thoughts:

      I'm always fascinated by WWII Germany.  I occasionally wonder how I would have handled living in such chaotic and frightening circumstances.  How were some people able to look away and ignore what was happening while others were capable of rising above and risking their lives to do what's right.  Saving Amelie is a story of heroes and villains, secrets, experiments, Nazis and a little deaf girl disguised as a boy.  I was horrified to read of exterminations carried out on "defective" children.  The Nazis told parents they were giving them extra assistance and then the child would soon disappear.  Unbelievable but true.  The story begins with two friends who, over the years, have drifted apart.  They meet again in Germany and Amelie's mother begs her friend, Rachel Kramer, to take her daughter and raise her.  She fears for both her life and her child's...  Rachel feels that her friend isn't well at first but quickly discovers that the fear is all too real.  Promising to help Amelie, she seeks the help of Jason Young, a journalist.  The terrifying part of the story is that SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Amelie's father, is the one planning for Amelie's demise.  He's a horrid character.  Cathy Gohlke, the author, does an incredible job conveying the terror he projects to the people around him.  As the story unfolds, Rachel Kramer discovers that her adoptive parents had plans for her that began long ago.  The life she thought she had soon turns into a nightmare and Amelie is not the only one in hiding...

      I really enjoyed Saving Amelie.  It educated, entertained, and made me think- all qualities that turn a good story into a great book.  Cathy Gohlke always allows the Lord to shine in her books- even in the midst of a terrible war.  Saving Amelie will stay with you a long time after you read it...

      More about Saving Amelie...

      Increasingly wary of her father’s genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany—in the summer of 1939—will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter, Amelie, deaf since birth, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.

      Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her father’s files may hold answers about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems “unworthy of life.” She risks searching his classified documents only to uncover shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.

      Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young—a driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely ally—who connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, risking their lives—and asking others to do the same—for those they barely know but come to love.

      *I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

      Sunday, June 29, 2014

      Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble- Beach Thriller!

      My Thoughts:

      Another fabulous Hope Beach thriller by Colleen Coble!  Seagrass Pier begins in the midst of a nightmare followed by the alarming sound of breaking glass.  The fear Elin Summerall is experiencing is all too real- and yet no one seems to believe her.  Following a heart transplant, Elin begins to change in subtle ways.  She selects different clothes, prefers different music and has flashbacks from the heart donor- who was murdered.  I loved the whole premise of this book.  Nightmares/flashbacks from an organ donor, an unsolved murder, a gorgeous, remote house on the beach, and an antique map that's been hidden along with it's secrets.  Colleen Coble knows what her readers want!  Of course, she delights us with a swoon worthy love story in the midst of the mystery, too. :)  My favorite character was Elin's mother, Ruby.  Due to a series of strokes, she's experiencing early dementia and struggles for much of the story.  Yet, through moments of clarity, she's able to rise to the occasion and be a hero to her daughter.  She deserves a round of applause!  The beach, an old diary, a forgotten mystery, and a love story that seems destined to never happen kept me anxiously reading until the very end.  Bravo Colleen Coble!

      About the book: 

      In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.
      Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
      But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks---and vivid dreams of being strangled---she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.
      Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked---by a man she's only met in her nightmares.
      The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.
      Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.
      Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her---before she remembers too much.

      Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/xAP8O

      About the author: 

      Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

      Colleen can be found at: websiteTwitterFacebook

      Don’t miss Colleen Coble‘s latest release in the Hope Beach series, Seagrass Pier. The book releases July 1st, and Colleen's publisher is offering the ebook at a special pre-order price of just $4.99 between now and 6/30 everywhere ebooks are sold.

      PLUS . . . between 6/9 – 6/30 Colleen will be hosting a Kindle giveaway.


      One winner will receive:

      • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX

      • Seagrass Pier and the rest of the Hope Beach series by Colleen Coble

      Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 30th. Winner will be announced on Colleen's blog on July 1st.

      Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning and be sure to stop by Colleen's blog on July 1st to see if you won!

      *I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was given.*

      Sunday, June 15, 2014

      Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen Coble

      My Thoughts:

      Colleen Coble is one of my favorite authors.  I set her creations to a higher standard as she just seems to get better and better.  Bluebonnet Bride is the story of a mail order bride, Elli Korpela,  venturing to the New World from Finland.  She's coming for a new life- as well as escaping a very real nightmare.  Her father has disappeared and the man responsible for this tragedy is also after her with deadly intentions.  She meets handsome Nathan White who originally wanted a bride only to look after his niece, Hannah, who he's raising as his own.  Sparks, the good kind, are immediate but secrets remain to be told and danger is lurking everywhere it seems...

      Bluebonnet Bride is a good story, but nowhere near Collen Coble's past masterpieces.  I liked the characters but the story was told and the mystery revealed way too quickly.  I wish that the author had allowed the tale to "marinate" a bit.  A quick read with a delightful trip back in time- but I personally prefer a bit more build up and a lot more melancholy romance.

      At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.
      Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named Nathan White to be safer than the one she left behind in Finland. And as she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she's ever made.
      Until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah, Nathan White never took an interest in marriage, arranging a mail order wife to simply love and care for his orphaned niece. That is, he never took an interest until he laid eyes on the beautiful Elli Korpela.
      After a fairytale ceremony in the gardens of the grandest estate Elli's ever seen, a place called Butterfly Palace, their peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn as an intruder brutally attacks Elli in the middle of the night. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan's employ or her shadowy past followed her into the present – and across the sea.
      As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting to stay alive – and fighting to stay man and wife.

      *I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

      Saturday, June 14, 2014

      Happy to Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs

      My Thoughts:

      Happy to be Alive, Because is a sweet young adult story.  It's the kind of book you'd like for your teen daughter to read as it tells a tender but tragic tale of a young girl and how she's able to endure with the help of new and unexpected friends.  It's heartache, love, adventure and friendship all tied up in a lovely package.  I particularly appreciated how the author, Chelsea Jacobs, didn't candy coat the reality of grief.  She approached it with realism and respect and her main character, Avery, is richer and more likable because of it.  The quest to uncover happiness again after tragedy is quite the journey and my heart ached for Avery, especially as she "spoke" to her mother before going to bed at night.  This is a book I'd like for my daughters to read but I wouldn't recommend to an adult friend.  

      About the book: 

      Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom and her that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It's there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowing her to experience a summer she never thought would be possible after suffering such a great loss. Unfortunately, her summer full of experiences threatens to end abruptly when she realizes that one of the three has a secret that causes her to question everything about the new life she has been building.
      Avery must learn to balance her grief and her desire for a future in order to achieve her mother's final wish for her: That she would be happy to be alive.

      Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/xlD3V

      About the author: 

      Chelsea grew up with an immense love for words---both reading them and writing them. She obtained her degree in English and has spent the time since then getting married to her high school sweetheart and chasing adventure so she'll have something to write about. When she's not drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing, she spends her time reading, playing with her puppy named Gatsby, and dreaming, always dreaming.

      Chelsea can be found at: websiteTwitter

      *I was given this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

      Saturday, June 7, 2014

      Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade- The only love story you MUST read this summer!

      My Thoughts:

      My heart was pounding as I laid my head back, closed my eyes and sighed.  The swoon worthy effects of reading the last page of Meant to Be Mine.  Becky Wade has created the Couple of the Year with Ty and Celia- perhaps even the couple of the decade.  All I could think was THAT is a love story!  And you know what?  I'm going to read Meant to Be Mine again- soon.  Friends- I never reread books- ever.  Who has time for that?  Well.  This time I'm making an exception.  Meant to Be Mine is that romantic, clever, funny (the dialogue is masterful!), heartbreaking, and downright delicious. Yes, a book can be delicious!  It was like Red Vines and hot buttered popcorn.  I couldn't get enough of it!

      Oh yes, Meant to Be Mine is my new favorite book.

      The story begins with a wedding in Vegas.  It's not planned.  Sweet Celia has carried a torch for Ty for 14 long years.  She is utterly in love with him- and he asks her to marry him.  Wonderful!  Right?  Well... The very next morning he tells her that he loves someone else.  Yes, he does!  There are no words.  Celia tells Ty that she will never forgive him.  And the years go by...

      6 years later Ty decides to look Celia up.  Just to see how she's doing.  She's got quite the surprise for him!  I want to sit you down and tell you more but that would be unkind.  You need to read the book yourself!  I'll just tell you this.  The sizzle between Ty and Celia is palpable.  (Christian women like passion, too!)  They challenge each other and it was a pleasure to watch them spar with their words!  Becky Wade also delivers amazing supporting characters in her books.  That's one of the many reasons I love her writing.  Uncle Danny, precious Addie (you'll have to read to see who she is. ;) ), Bo, Meg, Donetta and more all round out this love story in the most beautiful way.  I would love, love, LOVE to see Made to Be Mine created into a movie.  Through Becky Wade's words I could almost see Celia and Ty.  Their story needs to be on the big screen.  I'd be first in line to see it, although we know the book is always better. :)

      About the book: 

      Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school---irresistible. When their paths cross again after college---still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.
      The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He's a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he's long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he's known since childhood.
      Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.
      How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia's trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

      Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/x1YKE

      About the author: 

      Becky makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and one adoring (and adored) cavalier spaniel. Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards.Undeniably Yours kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, has just hit shelves!

      Becky can be found at: websiteFacebookTwitterPinterest

      Becky Wade's latest novel, Meant to Be Mine, is a keeper! 

      Celebrate with Becky by entering her "Dream Come True" $200 Visa cash card prize pack giveaway and RSVP for her June 10th Facebook party!


      One winner will receive:

      • A $200 Visa cash card

      • Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

      Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 10th. Winner will be announced at the Meant to Be Mine Facebook author chat party on June 10th. Connect with Becky for a fun evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Becky will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

      So grab your copy of Meant to Be Mine and join Becky on the evening of June 10th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

      Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 10th!

      *I was given this book by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

      Tuesday, May 27, 2014

      Moms' Night Out & Moms' Night Out and other things I miss- Must Read Books for Moms!

      My Thoughts:

      I was given the most amazing opportunity to review two books this past month.  Moms' Night Out, by Tricia Goyer, and Moms' Night Out and other things I miss (devotions to help you survive) by Kerri Pomarolli.  Before I tell you about them, I have to mention that it was an absolute privilege to read these books.  They are both incredibly real, which is refreshing, and give hope to all moms!  They are also extremely laugh out loud hilarious!  But be prepared, as they will touch your heart and make you cry as well.  I absolutely loved reading each and every page as they were words I needed desperately to see.  Tricia Goyer and Kerri Pomarolli don't candy coat the beloved, but often challenging, role of mommy hood. They let us know that we're not alone in our moments of doubt, our episodes of frustration and the days we lose our temper.  I felt like I'd been given a big hug when I was done reading!

      Mom's Night Out, by Tricia Goyer, is the story of three friends who plan a lovely evening out- something they haven't enjoyed in quite a long time.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Well, crazy things happen and they end up getting involved with the police, visiting a tattoo parlor, searching for a missing baby, having their car stolen and more!  It's one of the funniest, most heart felt books I've read in a long time!  What made it particularly endearing is that almost every character get to play the part of a hero.  I actually went to see the movie when I was 3/4 of the way through the book and I was thrilled that they had stuck to the storyline.  Even the dialogue was the same!  Delightful.  Tricia Goyer nails the story of the stay at home mom.  She knows the heart of every mom, though, and how we rarely, if ever, feel like we are "enough".  Tender, funny, and exciting- Moms' Night Out has it all!

      Moms' Night Out and other things I miss, by Kerri Pomarolli, is a devotional that every mom needs by her bed.  The passages are short and sweet but pack a punch!  No mom has time for a long read and we want to be entertained as well as blessed.  Kerri Pomarolli does this and more.  She's so beautifully real!  When her daughter said "she can't stop thinking of all the bad things (mom) she's done to her" I stopped in my tracks!  This has happened to ME!  Oh, the mommy guilt!  Her 6 year old was just being honest, but it stings!  Ouch!  And the conversation that followed...  Oh, yeah, I've been there, too.  Mommy fail.  So glad I'm not alone!  If you want to laugh a lot, cry a little and feel God's love surround you, get your hands on this devotional!  It's a tender blessing for all mommies, Pinterest moms or not. ;)

      About the book: 

      Moms' Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life---where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.
      All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours-what could go wrong?
      Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom's Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.

      Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/wAT15

      About the author: 

      USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and Lead Your Family Like Jesus (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites likeTheBetterMom.com andMomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.

      Connect with Tricia: websiteTwitterFacebook

      Moms' Night Out and other things i miss . . .

      About the book:

      As a Mom, couldn't you use a good laugh?
      Inspired by the endearing, true-to-life movie Moms' Night Out, comedian Kerri Pomarolli has created this light, yet inspiring devotional that will definitely make you laugh, but will also help you discover that indeed you are not alone, and that God's gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work in your life and of your loved ones.
      Whether you're running full-speed-ahead or disappointed that it's Monday (again), you'll find joy in these devotions where Kerri shares hilarious stories and insights on daily life. Messy homes, messy kids, lost pets, never ending casseroles, forgetful husbands, and the desire to just take a long bath . . . This world can be a funny place, and these stories are bound to prove it. Read a devotion to brighten your morning, or catch a few words to make you smile before bed. There's never a bad time for a good laugh, and as a Mom, you need a Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.

      Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/wAUa1

      About the author: 

      Called Hollywood's "God Girl," Kerri Pomarolli is an accomplished actress, comedian, published author, Christian speaker and veteran of television---with credits that include 29 appearances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central. 

      Connect with Kerri: websiteTwitterFacebook 

      About the film: 

      The Moms' Night Out film features Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (EVERBODY LOVES RAYMOND, THE MIDDLE), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).

      USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer has written the novelization to the much-anticipated movie, Moms' Night Out. Don't miss this hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.

      And, look for the companion devotional written by comedian Kerri PomarolliMoms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.

      Tricia and Kerri have teamed up for the "No More Frumpy Mommy" challenge.

      Moms Night Out Tricia Goyer Kerri Pomarolli

      Motherhood can sometimes seem like survival of the fittest. Every day brings its own troubles, and by the end of the day, you’re spent. Between school, soccer practice, cleaning, laundry, cooking dinner, putting away dishes, and keeping your kids from going at each others’ throats, the last thing on your mind is getting away for an evening. If that’s you, you’re invited to take part in Tricia and Kerri's No More Frumpy Mommy challenge.

      Tricia and Kerri will choose 10 winners to receive a Fandango gift card to see Moms' Night Out, as well as copies of Moms' Night Out (the book) and Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss. One grand-prize winner will receive $200 to put toward her own moms' night out or her own moms' night out "ride" (getting her car detailed and cleaned).
      *I was given these books by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*