The Sun and the Sand and a Book in my Hand

Author: Melissa

In Days of Turmoil…

In Days of Turmoil…

The important thing for us all to remember is to be kind. Be empathetic. Listen. Be there for your friends and acquaintances. Put down your phone and look at the person you’re talking to. Know that their success is not your failure. You can be […]

Book Review: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

Book Review: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron’s latest novel is a beautiful tale of love, family, and France. It is set in three time periods: The French Revolution, World War II, and Present Day. These stories are woven together in a lovely, emotion-filled tale. This post contains affiliate links, see […]

Books and Adventures, Oh My!

Books and Adventures, Oh My!

I had hoped to write up individual blog posts about all of these things, but time has just crept away and I decided to just combine the past month’s worth of books and random adventures into one. This post will include short reviews of Flat […]

Book Review and Giveaway! Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble

Book Review and Giveaway! Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble

Friends and Other Liars is an engaging novel: part mystery, part friendship tale, and part drama about finding your way through life by making peace with the past. In Kaela Coble’s intriguing debut, the author explores the lives of a group of friends and the […]

Explore Portland: Tin Shed Restaurant for Brunch

Explore Portland: Tin Shed Restaurant for Brunch

On a recent Sunday morning, we were in Portland attending my daughter’s gymnastics meet at the Oregon Convention Center. After it was over, we piled in the car and were attempting to find somewhere to eat lunch. Our first thought (because we were starving), was […]

Book Review: Local Artist by Paul Trembling

Book Review: Local Artist by Paul Trembling

Trembling’s book is an exciting mystery set in the U.K. It’s the second book in a loosely related series that began with┬áLocal Poet, and although there are some continuing characters, you won’t feel lost if you didn’t read the first one (because I didn’t either). […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Me Before You #3)

Book Review and Giveaway: Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Me Before You #3)

I must admit, Me Before You made me want to literally throw the book across the room. I truly hated the ending, which made me angry and not sobby sad like everyone else I knew who read it. Yet, I cared enough about Louisa Clark […]

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway! The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway! The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma

Tolsma’s latest is a beautiful picture of love and heartache amidst one of the most horrific times in history. I received a complimentary review copy as part of a blog tour for this book. All opinions are honest and my own. About the Book:   […]

Explore Oregon: Astoria Column and Wet Dog Cafe

Explore Oregon: Astoria Column and Wet Dog Cafe

We love to visit Astoria, Oregon, and it’s not terribly far from our home, so I’m not sure why we don’t visit more often. Last weekend, we had the opportunity to make a quick afternoon/evening trip and we were able to do a bit of […]

Book Review: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Book Review: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Another fast-paced psychological suspense novel I completed recently is Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake. It is the intriguing story of friendship and lies, and how far those friends are willing to to cover something up in the name of friendship loyalty. This post contains […]