Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Wildwater Walking Club: Back on Track by Claire Cook

We have all been there in our lives, struggling to find our own purpose, in Claire Cook’s most recent book, The Wildwater Walking Club: Back on Track, the gals from the Wildwater Walking Club help each other through their own struggles.  Noreen, Tess and Rosie hold each other accountable and encourage each other.  They are the kind of friends that everyone needs in their life. 
 The Wildwater Walking Club: Back on Track shares the power of friends and the need to go beyond your comfort zone, but it does so in a light-hearted and fun way.  Claire Cook is the master of reinvention and in this book she once again shows us why she earned that title.  The Wildwater Walking Club: Back on Track is the continuing story of Noreen, Tess and Rosie who are neighbors that have banded together through their daily walks.  In her usual sassy and casual style, Claire Cook makes reading feel like a chat with your best girl friends. 

 Each chapter starts with Noreen’s daily step count, and those of us sporting our own fitbit can relate to that daily goal.  As Noreen, Tess and Rosie ‘step’ their way across Europe, they remind us of the importance of having goals, making a plan to get there, and most of all enjoying time with good friends along the way.

 With vivid descriptions of the ship and each stop along the way, readers will feel like they are on a river cruise themselves.  Noreen, Tess and Rosie share a love of lavender and readers can almost smell the lavender as they read descriptions of the lush lavender fields in France.  Cook also incudes practical tips and recipes at then end of several chapters so readers can recreate them and share in the magic of lavender for themselves. 

 Part escape, part self-help guide, and all fun – this book is a great way to vicariously travel with Noreen and her friends and perhaps help readers find their purpose too. 

I highly recommend this book to everyone who could use some positive motivation in his or her life.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Love at First Sight

I didn’t really believe in love at first sight until the day I met my grandson.  It is hard to articulate how deeply I am in love with this little man.  I am a doting Grandma and I love every minute of it.  Holding him and rocking him to sleep has become the highlight of my day.  I was lucky enough to spend the past month helping out my daughter and son-in-law as they adjusted to parenthood.  Mostly I got to do Grandma time with my sweet grandson, giving the new parents a chance to do some needed household chores and most importantly to catch up on some of their missing sleep.

Spending my morning hours with William, holding him as he slept and looking into his precious blue eyes has been the most wonderful experience.  I have loved getting to know his unique little personality, his little noises and mannerisms.  I have loved laughing with my daughter and son-in-law at William’s many loud burps and farts that could rival a fraternity party.  I have loved seeing the intimate moments where my own baby girl sits and looks at her baby with such love that it brings tears to my eyes. 

It will be so hard to leave him today, as I go back home to Arizona, but we already have plans for my daughter to bring William for a visit in a couple months.  There is no doubt it will be harder having him so far away, but no matter where I am, William will never be far from my heart.