CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: Holding Out For a Zero by Heather Wardell

Title: Holding Out For A Zero

Author:Heather Wardell

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Day Blitz: December 13

Blogger Incentive: One blogger will win a $10 Amazon gift card for their timely post! 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00073]About the Book

“I’m doing the right thing, not feeding myself. It’s the only thing I can do, so I will do it. Gloria can somehow have the energy I don’t take in, and it will help her stay alive.”

Twenty years ago, fourteen-year-old Valerie rushed off for lunch with her boyfriend instead of properly putting away a packet of balloons, and her little brother choked to death on his third birthday. In response, Valerie locked down every aspect of her life so she could never lose control like that again, and she’s still doing that today.

So when her sister Gloria is found comatose after an apparently random attack, Valerie is desperate to do something, anything, to save her only remaining sibling. But as a financial controller for a “nothing bigger than a size six” fashion designer, she has no medical background and no idea of how to help. But she has to find a way.

Since Gloria has always wanted to be a size zero, Valerie hits on food as the answer: she will eat less, lose the weight Gloria now can’t, and somehow save her sister that way. But when “eating less” turns into a frantic starvation diet to reach size zero before Gloria dies, will Valerie’s self control save her sister or destroy her own life?

 

CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: Secrets of the Suburbs by Alisa Schindler

Title: Secrets of the Suburbs

Author: Alisa Schindler

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Features Available: Review, Q&A, Excerpt

Review Copies Available: Kindle, ePub, PDF

Tour Timeframe: Late September-October

secrets of the suburbsAbout the Book

Secrets of the Suburbs is the story of Lindsey, a 42 year-old suburban mom who seems to have it all – doctor husband, two great kids, satisfying part-time work; all the spin classes, shopping and lunches she can fit into her busy schedule.

But when a drunken moment with her friend’s husband opens up a well of desire, excitement and emotion that she didn’t even know existed, it throws her perfectly perfect life into turmoil. Because as Lindsey opens her heart and body to this forbidden passion; her eyes open as well, and she is forced to take a closer look at her life, her marriage and herself.

Already her friends are starting to whisper, her husband is growing suspicious and there is a Secrets of the Shore Facebook page that just may be talking about her.

Will Lindsey stay in her safe, pretty world with her seemingly perfect husband who just might have secrets of his own, or will she break every rule and follow her heart?

Whatever she decides, she’d better figure it out fast because in small town suburbia nothing stays secret for very long.

Sexy and engaging, with characters who seem like friends and issues that make you think about marriage, satisfaction and the lines we draw, Secrets of the Suburbs is the perfect book to curl up with next to your (sweet) snoring husband.

#BookReview: How To Party With an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

how to party with an infantSummary:

The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants—a hilarious and charming story about a quirky single mom in San Francisco who tiptoes through the minefields of the “Mommy Wars” and manages to find friendship and love.

When Mele Bart told her boyfriend Bobby she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: he was engaged to someone else.

Fast forward two years, Mele’s daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can’t continue obsessing about Bobby and his cheese making, Napa-residing, fiancée. She needs something to do. So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club in elaborate and shocking detail and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people: Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry (a stay-at-home dad). As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends’ stories to inspire recipes and find comfort, both.

How to Party with an Infant is a hilarious and poignant novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings, who has an uncanny ability to make disastrous romances and tragic circumstances not only relatable and funny, but unforgettable.

Review:

I loved how this book was set up. Mele enters a cookbook contest and finds inspirations for the recipes from her own life and also from friends. We go through the application process with her, and her answers to some of the questions are quite hysterical. But each chapter gives us more insight – on Mele, her life as a single mom, the struggle to fit in at the playground, and her love life. We also get insight on a few of her friends and their struggles as a mother, wife, and friend. It all cultivated to very intriguing and enjoyable novel. Funny yet real, humorous yet honest, and a solid read throughout.

4 stars