Book of the Year!

Every year I find one really good inspiring book that sets the tone for the next twelve months. This year a book fell in to my lap and within three chapters, completely opened my mind.

What does everyone want more than anything? To be happy!! Radically Happy by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon is such a down-to-earth book that takes knowledge and wisdom and teaches it through relatable experiences from a business CEO and a Master Meditation Teacher. What makes this book so good is how easily digestible the lessons are and how funny their personal stories can be.

Each chapter is pretty short, around 15 pages, so it easy to digest and read for people with limited time.

Each chapter contains a little practice you can do outside the book and make these lessons part of your daily life and eventually effortless.

What’s hidden throughout the book are the Yoga Sutras written in modern language and without any pressure or stiffness. Having a history in studying Sutras is NOT necessary for this book and I would actually recommend reading Radically Happy before the Sutras. It is a foolproof way to understand the basics of life! Which is what the Sutras are, a guidebook on living.

To the point: Radically Happy gives you the tools to filter out all the thoughts that are counterproductive to our happiness by creating anxiety and feelings of loss.

Pros: This isn’t a book solely written by a teacher with a long lineage of ancient studies, it is combined with a modern CEO, science and ancient lessons that give a fully rounded education in being “happy”.

It also has mini lessons each chapter to incorporate behavioral practices that encourage satisfaction, groundedness and confidence.

This is such a creative and inspiring book to read this January! Check it out on Shambhala here and tell me in the comments what you think of it!

Making Memories into Memoirs

I recently came across a book about writing a memoir. Like most people, I have always felt like I have a story to tell. I’ve probably written it down in pieces hundreds of times. I just haven’t found the write words to make my story be more than a recitation of my history.
The Butterfly Hours: Transforming Memories into Memoir by Patty Dann is a beautifully written. It gives a sweet little lesson followed by short stories to show that example. I learned so much about writing my stories, how one sentence can change the entire page.

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I started writing my story because I felt like it can help someone. My fiance asked why I would want to write about such terrible things AND let everyone read it, which is a very legitimate question. Those experiences are why I am who I am today. The best things about me grew from the worst nights I spent struggling to survive.

A lot of my battles are extremely common in America, amongst females and even possibly all people. If I ignore my past and just sit quiet. I feel as though I’m contributing to the society that perpetuates these awful things. Eating disorders, sexual abuse, suicide are not a right of passage, they are a symptom of what is wrong in our society. They do not need to occur and maybe writing my story will help others who have had similar experiences or perhaps create awareness for those who may be a little naive to everything wrong with society.

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This book gave me a starting point. It gave me tips for my story along the way. It is also why I haven’t shared my story yet. It needs time and space to be told. Without this book I may have never finally put words down and repeatedly thought to myself “I have a story to be told” without writing it.

It’s also a book that has helped me put my beautiful memories down so I can cherish them always. I am forever grateful for this wonderful tool of coping, letting go, moving forward, and appreciating the good!

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We all have a story. This book will help you write it down! And what you do from there, is completely up to you.

Check it out here: The Butterfly Hours: Transforming Memories into Memoir https://www.amazon.com/dp/1611802881/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_3ktHBb4N7Z6TF

 

 

Teaching Children The Magic of Meditation

Something amazing happens when you meditate. Your brain function can be seen with an fMRI and is noticeably different in experienced meditators versus non meditators.

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My mother taught me simple visualization meditation as a child to cope with illness and physical pain. She had my lie flat on my back, close my eyes, and imagine a big ball of energy hovering a couple feet above my navel. This ball of energy connected to each limb, joint, pain source, organ and anything else I could identify as part of my body, depending on the age. Breathing out the energy source would take my pain, anxiety, stress and any other negative emotion and filter it and on the breath in it would stream positive light, peace, and pain “medicine”.

It had such an impact on my life that I use it to this day. I’ve become more interested in meditation and am finally at the point where I’m ready to teach it to my own children. I have planted plenty of seeds over the past 6 years, meditated daily during both pregnancies, and let them join me whenever they would like. I’ve added crystals for them to hold, given my daughter her own altar, and given them meditation cushions. They use guided medications with kids apps and Insight Timer.

But it hasn’t stuck yet.

I started reading The Magic of Meditation: The Magic of Meditation: Stories and Practices to Develop Gratitude and Empathy with Your Child by Marie Champeaux-Cunin, Dominique Butet and not only did I get more of an idea of why meditation works but how to meditate. Even more, I’ve learned different meditations and directly how to practice them!

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This book not only teaches us how to teach children, but it teaches us how to learn ourselves. I was so impressed while reading the Magic of Meditation that I put it to the test.

I did the Breathing Meditation with my own children. Granted, I didn’t do the child version, just yet. But my six-year-old and four-year-old sat and practice breathing for SEVEN minutes.

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Tonight I will introduce Yupsi, the meditation Dragon and follow the 8 different stories throughout the next 8 days. Keeping kids interested in meditation is taught through stories, objects of focus and their freedom to express themselves. The rewards may not be physical things, but as a perfect life lesson, they are the way you and your child feel afterwards.

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I’m thoroughly impressed with this book, teaching the adults about meditation so they can teach children later on in the book. It is perfectly laid out and a condensed version for any busy person. I recommend this book for anyone looking to learn how to meditate the easiest way and those with any interest in teaching children!

Get it here: The Magic of Meditation: Stories and Practices to Develop Gratitude and Empathy with Your Child https://www.amazon.com/dp/1611805295/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_rmNuBbQQDBPNP

Working on your Anxiety? This will help.

The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety: Total Relief for Mind and Body (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) Paperback – September 1, 2017

To the point: This workbook can retrain your brain to be less anxious!
Review: I have struggled with anxiety my entire life. Studies have shown that people born with digestive disorders often have some form of anxiety disorder as well. I have IBS, Celiac Disease and am Lactose intolerant, soy intolerant and sensitive to refined sugars. So you can imagine my struggles growing up as it wasn’t until I was an adult that any doctor had even suggested a digestive problem.
Yoga and mindfulness is not new to me. This book contains a lot of the tools and information I struggled to find in order to cope and evolve. It is amazing that this book is such an awesome tool all contained in one binding. The fact that this workbook is so informative makes it perfect for anyone, it doesn’t matter if you practice yoga daily or have never even heard of it.
It is divided into week practices, using meditation, mindfulness, yoga poses and breathing to guide you to a more relaxed state of mind. Through simple practices you can create an enormous change within yourself. It all starts with training your brain! The results will change your physical, mental and emotional state when anxiety approaches. If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety, this book is absolutely perfect for becoming a happier, healthier person.
Get it here>> The Yoga CBT Workbook

From Amazon: “The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety blends two highly effective anti-anxiety strategies—cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Kundalini yoga—for an entirely new and powerful treatment. Written by the creators of yoga-cognitive behavioral therapy (Y-CBT), this book will help you address the physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety to find lasting relief for both body and mind.

Millions of people suffer from anxiety—it can keep you trapped in the “worry cycle.” When you’re under stress, your thoughts are racing, and you find yourself repeating the same anxious patterns over and over again, it has a negative impact on your relationships, health, and overall well-being. So, how do you get past your anxiety to increase peace and relaxation in your life? Yoga-cognitive behavioral therapy (Y-CBT) can help.

This book offers the first research-based model to combine the benefits of traditional psychological practice with the therapeutic benefits of Kundalini yoga—often referred to as the yoga of awareness. This combination will enable you to effectively address both problematic thought patterns and the physiologic outcomes of emotional distress simultaneously.

With the proven-effective techniques provided in The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety, you’ll find peace for your anxious mind and a state of relaxation for your body. More than just being able to manage your anxiety and stress, you’ll be ready to transform your whole life for the better.”

 

Essential Kundalini Book Review

Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential Paperback – February 1, 2017

by Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa

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From Amazon: “For new and experienced students, practical guidance in kundalini yoga for happiness, health, and fulfillment

Kundalini is a universal life force within each of us that, once awakened, holds the power to transform every facet of our lives. Kundalini yoga is the art and practice of activating this radiant energy. With Essential Kundalini Yoga, Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa present the core principles and practices of this revered tradition in an inviting and accessible guide.

Kundalini yoga opens joyous space for connecting deeply with the energy states of our being,” write Karena and Dharm, “It brings vital health to the body and opens our consciousness to new potentials of awareness.”

Created for the modern practitioner, this book offers clear, comprehensive instruction in the key insights and practices of kundalini yoga. From philosophy and lifestyle, to working with anatomy and physical asana, to activating our energy bodies, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a uniquely practical and in-depth manual. Highlights include:

Gorgeous photos illuminating step-by-step instructions

Detailed instructions, explanations, and illustrations for core kundalini practices—mantra, pranayama, bhanda, asana, kriya, meditation, and more

Seven traditional kundalini yoga routines, including a pituitary gland series for intuition, yoga for the immune system, and detoxing for radiance

Understand the science of the practice, including its effects on the glandular system, spine, nervous system, and skeleton

Meditations, mantras, and yoga poses to activate each of the chakras and bring health to your energetic body

Remedies for common emotional challenges—dealing with fear, shame, and depression, among others

Kundalini secrets for getting better sleep, aging gracefully, enhancing fertility, cultivating vitality, and more

Rooted in tradition and infused with a sense of infinite possibility, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a joyful invitation for practitioners of all levels to awaken the vital energy within and receive the gifts that emerge from connecting more deeply with your own potential for creativity, abundance, and joy.”

To the point: Calming, gentle and genius

Review: I’ve been practicing yoga to manage my health for about a year now. I battle several autoimmune diseases and an endless number of symptoms. I’ve enjoyed Strala and Restorative yoga with great positive health effects.

Essential Kundalini Yoga has opened my life to an awakening yoga. Filled with a calm energy, a euphoric enlightenment, this book is completely different from anything I’ve learned about yoga.

It’s not all about learning what Kundalini, there are actual practices within this book. I love the pose descriptions, they are written spectacularly. The explanations are concise and fool-proof. They also have photos to demonstrate a position. Every time I read pose instructions I hear a soft calm voice teaching me yoga, this is how I imagine the authors teach in person and it reads perfectly.

The amount of positivity in this book is outstanding! A book like this could create world peace.#VirginiaandKhalsaforPresidents 😉

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about yoga, anyone already doing yoga and everything in between. A full  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for this one.

Get it here > Kundalini

Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential Paperback – February 1, 2017, by Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa. Paperback: 352 pages. Publisher: Sounds True. I received this copy for free and offered my own personal review.

Namaslay by Candace Moore (Book Review) 5/5 🌟

Namaslay by Candace Moore

http://www.yogabycandace.com

From Amazon: “Candace’s approach to yoga, which combines old-world principles with a modern-day perspective comes from her own experience fighting back against a dangerous illness and depression. Her focus on perseverance and overcoming adversity transforms Namaslay into a powerful, motivational guide to help you live your most authentic life.

With a distinct visual format, Namaslay guides readers step by step through more than 100 yoga poses. The poses are broken down by experience level into a series of progressions and include modifications for those who can’t quite achieve the full expression of a pose just yet. Full-color photos and tips on overcoming common mistakes helps people get the most out of every pose.

Namaslay also features three 30-day yoga programs that focus on: de-stress, core strengthening, and back pain. You will also find specific yoga sequences that are customized for everyone from the office dweller to the endurance athlete.

Written with heart, humor, and swagger, Namaslay is a book for everyone, from beginners to advanced practitioners and even the simply curious.

Namaslay’s high-quality, edgy yet beautiful photographs add an artful flair that puts it in a class of its own—as appropriate for a coffee table as a yoga studio!”

To the point: Absolutely AMAZING! Namaslay demands a cult following.

Review: What a stunning book! I have to admit, I am new to yoga (I started April 15th of this year) so I haven’t made my rounds of who to be completely obsessed with yet. I was not a follower of Candace Moore before this book, which is such a shame because her teaching style is flawless and I could have learned so much from her in all that missed time!

She starts her book out with Namaslay Commandments, all which are extremely valuable and modern like “1. Believe in yourself.” She goes through explaining different types of yoga and what Vinyasa.

Next are the foundations, with visual cues! She shows exactly what you should be doing with every spot on your foot and every point on your hand. Next she goes through PROPS (my obsession and the most fun) and how to pick, and use them.

Next she throws in personal stories, which really remind me of my life, in moments. Which is probably her point, to know how similar we all are.

I love the plans she made and the easy to understand flows. this book is definitely worth picking up!

GET IT HERE>> Namaslay

Namaslay by Candace Moore. Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (October 25, 2016) Language: English. I received this copy for free and decided to write a review on it.

 

Strala Yoga by Tara Stiles, a book every yogi needs

Strala Yoga: Be Strong, Focused & Ridiculously Happy from the Inside Out

by Tara Stiles

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From Amazon: “In Strala Yoga, Tara Stiles explains the origin and philosophy of this feelings-based style of yoga, which is spreading like wildfire around the world—from New York City to Barcelona to Singapore. Focusing on the power of combining movement with intuition, Tara walks readers through the importance of moving with ease and creating space in their lives. Strala isn’t about strict poses; it’s about your body and your abilities. By moving how it feels good to move, readers will not only get a great workout but also release stress, free up space in their minds, and open themselves up to creativity.

Tara lays out simple, step-by-step information on everything from how to use the breath in movement, to how to create ease, to how to set up a home practice. More than ten routines—each illustrated with clear, instructional photos—offer both easy and more difficult tracks, appealing to beginners and seasoned yogis alike, and aim to help readers dissolve stress, get better sleep, gain energy, or even wind down after a tough day. Tara also offers up both a 7-day jumpstart and a 30-day program to help readers bring yoga—and its varied benefits—easily into their lives.

“My goal is to help you feel connected and gain strength, calm, clarity, and ease from the inside out.
Get ready to feel amazing, and enjoy the ride!”
—Tara”
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To the point: Written by the Queen of yoga, she lives up to her persona of calm, positive, enjoyable and making yoga for everyone.

Review: This is the book for every beginner, every yoga lover, every person struggling with exaggerated emotions (anger, depression, anxiety). This is such a calm, easy-going, be happy with yourself, type of yoga. It is the Unicorn and the Mermaid of the yoga world. We all want it and have a hard time finding it but Tara Stiles hands it to us. In the style of her teaching she effortlessly hands us relaxation while teaching us how to go through flows, get healthier and learn more asanas.

Tara Stiles has made yoga approachable for everyone. She breaks the pop yoga stereotype and brings us back to self-love, self acceptance and a sense of equality (that yoga is for everyone).

The book is written the same way Tara speaks in her videos, calm, casual and encouraging. There is never a rush with Tara Stiles, everything is as your body speaks to you! I love the gentle flows throughout the book, the positive affirmations slyly thrown in, and 7 day jump-start. More than anything I love the Targeted practices, for waking up and winding down!

Needless to say, this is a must buy. I have been a huge fan of Tara Stiles since I purchased her cd set This Is Yoga. I actually purchased a foreign set because it is so hard to find in the US! (Note: foreign DVD’s only work in certain DVD players that don’t have a restricted play code). Anything you can find Tara Stiles.. grab it! Check out her site at http://www.tarastiles.com

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Get it here!>> Strala Yoga

A little about the Author (from Amazon):

“Named “Yoga Rebel” by the New York Times, Tara Stiles has inspired a wide audience around the world with her relatable approaches to yoga, meditation, exercise, awareness, nutrition, and everyday well-being. Tara is the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, widely known for its unpretentious, inclusive, and straightforward approach to yoga and meditation. She is the personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra, with whom she’s collaborated to create several apps and DVDs, among other projects. Jane Fonda named Tara “the new face of fitness” and Vanity Fair declared her the “Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever.”

Tara has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Lucky, InStyle, Esquire, Shape, Self, Fit Perez, and Fit Sugar, and profiled by The New York times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and Sweeden’s Dagnes Nyheter. Tara is the designer and face of Reebok’s yoga lifestyle line, launching globally in 2013. She is the author of two top-selling books: Slim Calm Sexy Yoga and Yoga Cures and she has created several DVD series collaborations with Jane Fonda, Deepak Chopra, Tia Mowry, Brooklyn Decker and ELLE Magazine. She recently released an epic six-hour complete yoga encyclopedia DVD series called This is Yoga. Recently, the Alliance For A Healthier Generation, Bill Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, tapped Tara to help promote activity to the 14,000+ participating schools.

As Vanity Fair noted, “Tara Stiles has got to be the coolest yoga instructor ever.”

“One of the things I like about her is her ability to make yoga accessible to people who might be scared of it or think it might be too esoteric,”
–Jane Fonda

“We are both nonconformists who have incurred the wrath of traditional yogis,” Mr. Chopra said of Ms. Stiles, whom he now considers his personal instructor. “A lot of the criticism is resentment of her rapid success. I have been doing yoga for 30 years. I have had teachers of all kinds. Taking lessons from her has been more useful to me than taking yoga from anyone else.
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Strala Yoga: Be Strong, Focused & Ridiculously Happy from the Inside Out by Tara Stiles. Paperback: 336 pages. Publisher: Hay House, Inc.; 1 edition (August 2, 2016). Language: English. ISBN-10: 140194812X. ISBN-13: 978-1401948122. I received copy for free in exchange for an honest review.

 

Just how awesome The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck really is

In yoga, we are always trying to grow and learn more. Sometimes I hit a wall. I can’t figure out a pose and I can’t get a flow going. I find it difficult to create a flow in the moment and it makes my practice feel less relaxing and more awkward.

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That’s where The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck comes in.  The deck is a set of cards with poses on one side and a lot of information on the back, including : how to open the pose and how to stabilize, what’s next after the pose and how to counterpose. They are color coded in their sections, from arm support poses, inversions, standing and more. The deck also comes with a booklet with information on how to prepare a sequence and flow for yourself or a class. At the moment I am using this for personal practice but I hope to in the future use it for teaching a class. I have found this deck to be irreplaceable! Without much knowledge I create a flow, lie out the cards next to my mat and feel the process go smoothly and beautifully. It is amazing how all the information you need is on each card and creating something that speaks to you is infinitely possible.

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“About The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck

Based on Stephens’ best-selling Yoga Sequencing, this deck is the perfect companion or standalone for creative yoga students and teachers.

The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck empowers yoga students and teachers to be their creative best in designing yoga classes. With a 92-page booklet covering the principles of sequencing yoga classes and providing clear guidance on arranging postures in the most effective ways, the deck includes 100 yoga flash cards color-coded by pose family (Standing, Core, Arm Support, Back Bends, Seated Twists, Forward Bends & Hip Openers, Inversions, and Savasana). The cards feature clear color photos of postures with the corresponding English and Sanskrit names on side one and detailed information on how to put postures together in sequences that work for unique students and special class intentions on side two. The perfect companion to Yoga Sequencing or for use on its own, this deck is a hands-on way for readers to gain knowledge and skills for planning and designing yoga classes.

The booklet and cards come packaged in a box approximately 4 inches wide, 6 inches tall, and 2 inches thick—perfect for easy storage and travel.”

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I definitely recommend this deck for EVERYONE at any level. From the home practitioner to the yoga class extraordinaire, this deck can improve anyone’s practice and help teachers come up with new flows to keep students engaged and interested.

Get your deck here > The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck

Product Details

I received this deck in exchange for an honest review of my use of it.

 

Book Review: Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes

Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes

http://www.anitahughesbooks.com.

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From Amazon: “Brigit Palmer is thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini. She’s here for her wedding to Hollywood heart-throb Blake Crawford, one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Brigit’s parents have rented a villa, and soon guests will arrive from all over the world for the intimate ceremony. Brigit is a New York socialite, and she’s just given up her position at a Manhattan law firm to run her father’s philanthropic foundation. Things are finally falling into place. Love, career, family. Everything is going so well…until she steps into the garden and sees her ex-husband Nathaniel hiding in the rose bushes.

Nathaniel, a failed novelist, announces that Blake sold the rights to the wedding to HELLO! Magazine for two million dollars (donated to charity), and he is the reporter assigned to write the story. Everyone expects Brigit to have her happily ever after, her mother who taught her how to lead the perfect lifestyle, her younger sister Daisy who impatiently wishes for her own love story, and of course her fiancée. Things are supposed to work out for them. But when Brigit discovers an unsettling secret about Blake, she questions everything she’s ever believed about love, and wonders if she’s not better off alone.

Told in Anita Hughes’ spectacularly descriptive prose, Santorini Sunsets is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can.”

To the point: A fulfilling emotional journey, loving every second.

Review: Anita Hughes is one of my favorite writers. Every book she writes, her skills get unbelievably better and just when you think she can’t top it, she does. This one is about family love and I love the branch off from romantic love. Santorini Sunsets explores how much families will do to help one another. I loved the characters, the plot, the writing style and in typical Hughes’ fashion, the unique setting. There’s a theme of not taking a person’s life at face value and even stronger, not to judge others.

I think this is the type of book that can reach a large audience of different people. There is love, emotions, family drama, excitement and wonderful positivity.

Get the book here:https://www.amazon.com/Santorini-Sunsets-Novel-Anita-Hughes/dp/1250094127

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About the Author

Anita Hughes is the author of Island in the Sea, Rome in Love, French Coast, Lake Como, Market

Street, and Monarch Beach. She attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program.

Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel. For more

information about Anita and her books, visit anitahughesbooks.com.

Website: http://anitahughesbooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HughesAnita

Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes. Paperback: 304 pages. Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (August 2, 2016). Contemporary. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

http://www.emilygiffin.com

from Amazon: “A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious, relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing, Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes, their delicate bond splinters.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.”

To the point: Emotional, this book will give you every feel you never knew you had

Review: WOW. I read this book while in the hospital and due to the summary I was afraid it would be a downer. And I was wrong. This book is so unbelievably realistic, I didn’t know how to handle it. This represents so many life lessons, so many and depicts how they actual interfere with our relationships and how we feel about ourselves.

It drove me nuts to see the sisters accounts of the same event. Their miscommunication so realistic to a lot of sibling relationships in real life. You want to grab them and yell “JUST talk to each other!”

I really loved each character and hated how the other characters misjudged each other. The tension is so amazingly written that I don’t believe it is actually fiction.

It was really hard to see the journey after such a tragedy and all the avoidance actually caused the problems throughout the book.

You’ll probably love this book. I can almost guarantee it. It is so well written, so well thought out, so emotional and relatable that it is this ” wonderstorm ” of amazing. If you’re having a hard time getting into a book, I suggest this one to reawaken your book love all over again.

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. Hardcover: 400 pages. Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 28, 2016). I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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