#review Come This Way

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Author : Michelle Schlicher

Publisher : Michelle Schlicher

Publication date : 20 Oct, 2016

Book length : 255 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

Synopsis :

A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities – by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

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Rating : 4 / 5

Review :

(Spoiler alert *though it’s not that much)

This book has given me lots to think about. A free river of raw emotions flows through it. To be very truthful though I had not absolutely disliked the synopsis of the book, I didn’t really like it. I thought the book is going to turn out to be a free advising medium and a feminism advertisement. i myself am not very clear about this particular concept because all I do everyday is go to college, return home, study, do something productive and then have a not-so-fulfilling sleep. I would really like to known about this concept more but through someone’s mouth, not through a book. However, all my worries were false. It did not present itself as any of the two I had feared it would turn out to be.

The book narrate 3 different stories of 3 different people and the people around them.

  • Fern and her daughter Colby
  • Kara
  • Nettie

First, about Fern, she is fifty-year-old. She loves hiking and finds peace and excitement in doing that. She is a divorcee with her husband having moved on in his life, married a girl named Chelsea. However, she has never stopped loving her and still unsure of where it all went so much wrong that their love wore off and divorce came in. Their daughter Colby, claims of not being much outdoor enthusiastic as her mother. Even though her parents have divorced and she is planning to move out to New York with her boyfriend, she loves her mother too much to go away without spending a proper day with her. So she plans of going on a small hike with he mother where they would sort it all out and they can have some mother-daughter time. However< the plans goes wrong with Fern having not taken a map with her leading to them getting lost deep into the forest. How will they find their way out? Will they be able to survive?

Next comes Kara who though is physically twenty-year-old, the illness of her twin sister, her other half, Kate has made her look and feel much older. She has forgotten how to enjoy life, how to spend time with herself, the thought holding absolute importance is that of her sister. Kate has always been a free spirited girl, she loves socializing and knowing new people, she is adventurous and full of life. To see such a person down on bed while she herself is well & good is what Kara couldn’t agree with. Her life has stopped somewhere with her learning about the fact the Kate is going to die sooner or later. BUT, suddenly her quiet life stumbles upon Erik Ford and she finds herself rapidly getting soaked into the stream of romance. No sooner had she started feeling a bit normal than Kate is moved out from the hospital into their home sweet home which is a clear sign of her reaching the end of it and never family’s for the last few days or months.Kara doesn’t know what to do and what not to. She has never thought of living along, without Kate by her side. Will she be able to overcome this pain? Will she learn to live her own life?

Last but not the least comes Nettie, eighty-year-old lady who is healing in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. She loves her only son Nat with all her heart. She still feels pain of the fact that her beloved with not with her anymore. She recalls all those days they had spent together, the never ending love they had for each other, the care her love had for her. Now, while staying there lying all day in bed she slowly understands what a terrible mistake she had done, how she had almost given up on life. Now having realized her mistake, will she turn around? Will she give a meaning to her life from now on?

How this three completely different stories come all together as the end of the book slowly approaches is something that a reader has to find out himself/herself. It’s an experience that cannot be jotted down just in words, it needs the feels.

I learnt many things from the book. First thing I have learnt is to never just to merely lead a life because you are still alive, make it worth living at every moment. Never give up on yourself when someone dear and near you goes away or passes away. If he/she was so dear to you, they won’t ever want to see you in such a mess. One ting I personally took in was to never make yourself feel down. I am among those kind of people who love to feel pain flowing through their veins, hurting every time, passing into the body in the form of a jet of raw emotions, making me believe – yes, I’m alive. But that cannot be the only possible way to feel alive. All you have to do is live in the moment, not leaving any space for regret, like, what if I had not given up? What if I had just tried a little more? What if, I had done that then and not thought all these now?

THAT’S MY POINT, and the book’s as well to some extent, LEARN TO LIVE THE LIFE AND NOT JUST SURVIVE. LEARN TO FEEL ALIVE THROUGH ENJOYMENT AND NOT THROUGH PAIN. Because when it comes to tears, remember, while people pour down tears in pain, there exists something known as “the tears of joy”.

However, I found the ending a little dissatisfying. Somewhere I felt the absence of something. Which, being unknown to me, cannot be discuss about. The story having created such a beautiful impact on me , I would rather not take much notice to this till dissatisfaction.

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#review Step Up

Author : Anju Jain

Publisher Penguin Random House India
Publication date 24 Oct 2016
Language English
Product Dimensions 21.8 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm
Book length 
304

Rating : 3/5

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In this engaging, witty and conversational book, Anju Jain explains why gender disparity is an issue both at home and at work and how this can be changed, with insights gained from extensive research and experience, she presents practical techniques in a simple matrix for women to use to become successful.

• Increase your productivity •

• Build your brand •

• Create work-life balance •

• Meet your goals and success •

There are also interviews with key leaders – women and men – who talk about the challenges they faced, and the solutions that worked for them. Those featured include Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon), Sonia Singh (NDTV), Ipsita Dasgupta (GE), Divya Suri (Lalit Suri Resorts), Kumud Srinivasan (Intel), N.V. Tyagarajan (Genpact) and Mohandas Pal (Manipal Global Education), among others.

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Review :

So first thing first. I found this book lacking the power of grabbing attention. That obviously maybe because of the fact that I am way too young, rather an absolute air head about this particular topic. Being a mere teenageraybe is not enough to understand the gravity this book holds. But one fact struck me hard. The very introduction of the book points out the self-congratulatory attitude of the writer. To be confident is a must for a woman but to be over-confident is never acceptable irrespective of being a man or woman. The book which is supposed to be a guide for other women to step up in life (as the cover suggests) shows the self appraising side of the guide.

More over the examples of successful women given in the book are mostly that of extremely popular personalities, some having come from a already popular family, some already accustomed to the higher leader of society because of contacts. Am not being absolutely negative of these examples but what I expected of the book to have like real life examples, life the common class of women rising to the higher social ladder. I hoped for their experiences to be shared so that the common people, reading this book get more accustomed to what to do and what not to. More over, the book reflects the trouble the author had faced in stepping up in life. The book at some points makes one feel the desire, the mentality of the author pouring down upon the reader. And to step up in what, what Indian women mostly need is the understanding of society, the understanding of family and mostly the absolute support of all other Indian women.

Now, the best part of the book. Though I have possibly talked only negative about the book till this point. What I loved about the book is the author’s effort to help out women to take into themselves the urge to take in charge of the lives and every aspect of life. Women I believe the the most intelligent of the types. Why? Well, I have learnt throughout my educational life and psychological texts that, women can speculate the flaws and possible solutions of a troubled situation faster than men. A man earns for himself, a big part including the need to feed his musculine ego, and also for his family. It is seen in many cases that, even though the wife manages everything at home on her own yet all the credit goes to the man and also he takes hold of the family, taking in all the decisions of the family. The most important thing which people fail to notice is that the woman knows everything the best, she manages the drills of the family, takes care of the family’s need emotionally and physically. Again, when an Indian women goes out to work, the society at some point or the other puts absolute pressure on her, points out her to let her down. Why can a woman be successful in life? Where is she inferior? Doesn’t she manage everything in life?

Me being just a mere teenage don’t know if I have already crossed the limits of speculation and commentary I should have done. But these are all my feelings about society and the book summing up all together.

Again, if you are not a mere teenage and absolute air head like me, I believe this this book is absolutely important to read. Even though you may disagree with some points you will agree to most and reading to the experiences will add to what to do and what not to.

COVER REVEAL + SYNOPSIS of Crushed 

So, here I am, back with another cover reveal. This time it is –

Book one in the CRUSHED series – Crushed by ELISA DANE.

Interesting fact : Crushed was previously published as Ex Factor before the author got her rights back.

Synopsis : 

Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl. 

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it. 

But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died. 

Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself. 

 About the author:

ELISA DANE is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she’s a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it’s her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading. 

Elisa is no stranger to the publishing world. She writes steamy paranormal romance under her real name, Lisa Sanchez. Her adult works include the Hanford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, and Faythe Reclaimed), Obsessed (an erotic suspense), and a paranormal novella, Cursing Athena. Elisa lives in Northern California with her husband, three daughters, and a feisty Chihuahua who stubbornly believes she’s human. 

You can connect with Elisa at the following places on the web:
Facebook – Elisa Dane, and Lisa Sanchez Romance Author
Twitter – @ElisaDane, and @LisaSanchez3
Website – elisadane.com, and LisaSanchezRomanceAuthor.com Less