Great Basics for Spring

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I've had Spring on my mind for a few weeks now, wishing that I could just will it here already, but as a fun joke, it snowed in Kentucky this week, so we'll be waiting just a bit longer. But the primises are showing up all around that Spring's arrival is not far off. Our trees have buds, pansies are for sale at the store and the daffodils and tulips are all over the place. I love that Spring always feels like a new beginning. Everything just feels so fresh and bright after a long, dark winter, so I've been tackling some Spring cleaning this week and I'm currently working my way through my closet and drawers. I've honestly pulled things that I've had and not worn since HIGH SCHOOL! That's embarrassing to admit, but for some reason, I develop weird emotional attachments to clothes that I associate with certain memories and hang on to them way longer than necessary. 

Doing all the cleaning out and purging has made me realize that I want to lean towards investing in really great basics for my wardrobe, and adding in s few fun, trendy pieces along the way every now and then. I got to searching some of my favorite retailers for what I'd consider spring wardrobe staples and I thought I'd share some of those here with y'all.  If you see anything you like, just click on the link below the picture and it'll take you right to the item. This post does contain affiliate links. 

I'll start with what I'd consider to be some great basic wardrobe staples. 

This sweater is great for layering on cool spring days. It would look great with white denim or skinny blue jeans. You could pair it with a skirt or wear it overtop of a slim cut maxi dress. Pair it with a button down oxford shirt and dress pants and add some fun jewelry to the mix to spice it up. 

I just ordered these jeans a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love them. They run true to size and are so figure flattering. They also have a higher rise which is great for chasing your kids around and not crack-mooning other people around you.

I feel like these booties are great for just about anytime of the year, but especially ideal for the transitional weeks of spring or fall. I just love them. 

Does this dress give anyone else Reese Witherspoon Sweet Home Alabama vibes? I've looked high and low for a long time for a dress to replicate her look in the scene where she's on the dock at the airplane talking to Jake...anyone else? Just me? OK, cool. Anyway, this dress paired with cowboy boots would be perfect for those outdoor country concerts that are around the corner and it's under $50!

It's blue and white, there's a bow in the back...what more could I need? This is a fun option for a date night, church, a casual wedding, the possibilities are endless. 

I have a lot of blue and white in my closet, so these earrings would go with tons of things, and would also be great for upcoming summer celebrations like Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth. 

Something simple like this black maxi dress is timeless and will get so much use. I love dresses in the spring for their simplicity. It's so easy to just throw them on with some cute sandals and you're all set. 

April showers may be a bit more tolerable when you have a cute rain jacket like this one. 

A few other fun spring wardrobe additions...


Recent Reads

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I haven't posted a recent read list lately, so I thought I'd share one today. Most have been hits for me, so I always enjoy sharing those in case anyone else is searching for a great read. 

Okay, I'll be honest, I didn't love this one. I had a hard time really liking or identifying with any of the characters for various readers and the whole scenario upon which the book is based kind of irked me, but it was very well written. I do think a lot of people would like this one, I'm just not one of them.  This story follows two families throughout decades of friendship, however, the husband from one couple and the wife from the other couple have this undercurrent of mutual attraction that stems back to their hot and heavy high school romance, a fact that their spouses are aware of, but they still decide to meet up for vacation every year. Um, nope. 
 I can't say I wouldn't recommend it, but I think another thing I didn't like about it is that throughout the book, there are constant reminders of just how quickly your life passes you by and it left me feeling sort of blue. I'd rather feel happy or hopeful when I finish a book I've invested  time in, but I've always loved every other Dorthea Benton Frank book I've read and like I said, tons of people would love this one.

This book, I really liked. I wasn't sure what I was in for with it though, because usually, I'll read books, then pass them along to my mom if I think it's one she'll like as well, but with this one, I'd given it to her first since she'd finished whichever one I'd passed along before.  Well, it wasn't a day or two after I'd given it to her that she handed it back to me and told me it was "a little too racy" for her taste and she didn't' ready but a few pages. hahaha. I wasn't sure what to expect based on that appraisal, but I ended up loving it and there's really only one "racy" excerpt that wasn't that bad if you're offended by that sort of thing. The story follows three young wives, obviously, in the challenges they face in their marriages and friendships with one another. I'd definitely recommend this one as a quick read that you won't want to put down until you finish it.

I loved this book. It's the sort of book that really makes you step back and take a hard look at yourself after you finish it. I will warn you that you make bawl your eyes out like I did during a lot of parts, then just as quickly, you're laughing your tale off. This book is a roller coaster of emotions in the best possible way and I'd 100% recommend reading it. It's one of those that I just couldn't wait until I could get a few minutes free to jump back into the story. There are some really heavy parts, but overall it's such a beautiful story of friendship and love. 

I did a whole post on this book as soon as I finished reading it, but I thought it was worth mentioning again how much I loved it because it releases soon (I won an early copy in a giveaway), but you can go ahead and pre-order via the link above. It's book two in the Peachtree Bluff series (book 1, Slightly South of Simple is fabulous as well), and it is just as good as the first book, which made me very impatient for the third book ;)

It's been since before I had children, but for the first time in forever, I finished a book the same day I started it and it was The Couple Next Door. It's a mystery with lots of twists and turns and I would absolutely recommend it. A couple decides to go to a party at their next door neighbors house even though their babysitter cancels on them, assuming that taking the baby monitor and checking in on their sleeping six month old every thirty minutes will be sufficient instead. I started this one at nine o'clock at night and stayed up until three o'clock because I just kept telling myself "one more chapter" until I ran out of chapters. One thing I will say is that I wish the author offered up a bit more in terms of the resolution. There are so many details that could have been pertinent to developing the story that weren't included, that would be my only complaint, otherwise, it was great.

I'm behind the rest of the world on this one, but I really enjoyed this book. Knowing that it's been developed into a mini series for HBO, I pictured the actresses who portray the characters in my head as I read and they're a perfect fit. It did take me a few chapters to get into this book, but I once I got far enough in, I was hooked and couldn't read it quick enough. It's another mystery and you know from the beginning that someone has been murdered, you just don't know who or how. It's almost like a game of Clue as a novel. There are a lot of point of view switches, which can get hard to follow, but it's a great read overall and I would recommend it. 

I've linked to each of these books in this post, so if you want to check any of them out and your local library doesn't have them, you can get them pretty cheap buying used off of Amazon. I'm always looking for great books, so leave me a comment with your recent loved reads if you have them!

Our Weekend

Monday, March 12, 2018

Well, daylight savings allllmost got the best of us since we decided to travel over the weekend, but thankfully we mostly beat the snow (!!) back to Kentucky and got home in time for bedtime last night. 

If you've followed along here for any amount of time, then you may remember that I've been on the hunt for a Lineberry cart for years now...probably at least five years, but everyone I've ever found either via Ebay or Etsy has cost a small fortune. Well, I finally found one on Craigs List for half of the price of any others I've found, so we hit the road to pick it up. It just so happened that the gentleman who refinished the table was in one of my two favorite places to go, North Carolina, so we decided to make a weekend of it and all go. 

Since the kids were coming, we decided to take the day Saturday to visit the North Carolina zoo in Asheboro before meeting up with a friend for dinner in Sanford. I have to say, we've visited a few zoos, (Cincinnati, St Louis and Greenville most recently), but I think the North Carolina zoo may be our favorite. We spent almost four hours there and still didn't see and do everything. The weather ended up being perfect and we closed the place down (at 4 ha).
Caroline asked if she could push the stroller for a little bit, and as soon as she asked Carter if he wanted pushed, he all but jumped in to the seat. Mind you, I'd been pushing an empty stroller all around the zoo because Caroline wanted to walk and Carter wanted Juston to hold him. It was the cutest thing and she pushed him around for probably twenty minutes.

One reason we loved this zoo so much, aside from the fact that there is so much to see, is that the animals were all so active. It was likely a result of the weather since it was overcast and in the 50's, but I've never been to a zoo where most animals weren't just laying around. The polar bears, seals and sea otters were all just swimming up a storm, turning flips, swimming right up to the kids at the glass watching them and just all over the place. I kept telling Juston it was almost like they were putting on a show. Then the big cats were all up and moving as well. I've only ever seen the lions laying down soaking up the sun, but they were up walking around, playing with toys and as active as I've ever seen. Caroline really loved all of the big cats, especially the cougars, and Carter loved all of the bears, especially the polar bears. He got a kick out of howling at the red wolf as well.

We got up bright and early Sunday to meet the gentleman in Dunn, NC who'd finished the cart before heading on to Raleigh to pick up a marble top wash stand, another piece I've been searching for for years now that I found on Ebay. The couple we met with the washstand was actually originally from Kentucky before moving to Raleigh years ago. I love meeting new people when we travel. We definitely met some great ones this weekend. The kids could not have been better. We actually had to wake them up to get going Sunday, which I try to never do unless I absolutely have to, but they couldn't have been better. We were all in agreement that our last stop before heading home needed to be Duck Donuts. I've heard about it for a long time from different people, so I was excited to finally give it a try and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

It's so neat because you can actually watch every step of the process, almost like Subway for donuts. This half dozen did not last hardly any time and they were amazing. We'll definitely be stopping here again next time we're close to one. 

We made great time on our trip home, to spite driving in the rain through most of North Carolina and are so blessed with kids who travel well and enjoy it. We encountered a huge surprise after passing through Lexington, Ky on our way back though when we drove into heavy SNOW! I couldn't believe it. Juston ended up having a two hour delay this morning as a result, so it actually worked out really well since it allowed him to rest a bit before work after a busy weekend of running. 

We managed to get the truck unloaded last night in the dark in the snow haha. Then this morning, got the pieces put in place in their new home. I love antique furniture so much and really love the character old pieces have that you just don't find in new things.

 These chairs were a Craig's List find that I'm planning to re-cover once I find a fabric I love. The back are caned. Then that pretty wash stand in between the chairs is one of our acquisitions from this weekend.

Not the best picture, but our new Lineberry Cart is above. We're getting a white couch to go in this living room to go in place of that leather one eventually, so I think the contrast of the dark wood and the white couch will be great. And I especially love that some of the original Lineberry stenciling is still visible on the cart. He did have to replace the boards on top since the originals weren't salvageable, but I love it so much. After years of searching, I finally brought one home! I'm so happy with it.  


Monday, March 5, 2018

It's been awhile since I've posted a "Lately" post, so I thought I'd share what we've been up to our way. I would say the majority of our time has been spent working on the never-ending project known as our house. At times, it feels like we've accomplished SO much, then I look at the list of what's left to do and realize we are still so far from finished. I'd be lying it I said I haven't contemplating getting Juston to list the house and buy something turnkey or just build something new. I'm not exaggerating when I say that by the time we finish with this place, there will not be a single room or surface we'll have left untouched. The cabinets/materials we are keeping will be getting sanded and painted, we've painted every single room in the house at this point and I'm working on scrubbing and painting all the trim throughout the whole house. 

Now with the weather warming up, my focus is on making more progress outside as well since we haven't done much over the winter months. At this point, we still have a few paint projects left (kids' bathroom vanity, mudroom cabinets, front stoop steps, siding on the back of the house and the back deck to name a few), plus updating both of the upstairs bathrooms. The master is a complete overhaul, while the kids bathroom, we'll be keeping the vanity that's there, but putting in a new tub and new floor tile. The square footage in their bathroom isn't very large, and for the improvement new floor tile will make, it'll be more than worth it. 

As for the exterior, we're finally making some headway with adding the side porch to give us some added outdoor square footage as well as balance out the house a bit better. I'm a huge lover of symmetry. Juston was able to dig the footers and get the concrete poured this past Sunday. We'll also be updating the landscaping since the previous owners had the most non-kid-friendly landscaping EVER! I'm not exaggerating when I say that every single plant out front has thorns on it and most of the ones out back have throrns. They're awful and I can't wait to dig the rest of them out. I'm thinking I'll replace what was there with a mixture of Rhododendrum, azeleas, hostas and caladiums, plus a few other accent plants thrown in for good measure. 

Recently we took a trip to Charleston. We go numerous times every year, but it's generally a long weekend trip that just Juston and myself take. this time we took the kids and were quickly reminded why we normally don't haha. They were both perfect for the car ride, barely made a peep, but Carter is just not ready for nice restaurants yet and I refuse to be one of those people who ruins others' dining experiences with the bad kid in the place. We really only did one nicer meal and that was brunch at Magnolia's, which he was luckily very well behaved for, but a couple of the other places we stopped he wasn't so well behaved. I'd say we shouldn't show our faces again in the BBQ restaurant on Cumberland st. Luckily, we were the only ones in there besides the employees, but Carter Scott put on quite a show. It was incredibly embarrassing. Overall, it was a great trip, but much more enjoyable when it's just Juston and myself.

We took a little detour on the way to Charleston and stopped to see the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee. It's about an hour outside of CHS but worth the trip if you have the time. Here's a few more pictures from the trip. 

This weekend, we'll be heading to North Carolina to pick up some antique furniture I found online. One piece is a restored Lineberry cart that I've been on the hunt for literally for years now. I'm SO excited to finally have one. Then we're picking up a beautiful antique wash stand pictured below. 

We still need quite a few furniture pieces to get this house finished. Carter needs a dresser or chest of drawers for his room, we need a headboard for the guest bed, some sort of piece for the entrance foyer (I'm thinking maybe an antique secretary but not certain. I'll know it when I see it). The living room has a couch in it right now, but it's the couch we'll be using downstairs when we finish the basement, so we need a couch for in there as well as either a love seat or two chairs, then some sort of organizational storage for the kids playroom. Oh, and we need some sort of chair for our bedroom nook. Ugh, the list is soooo long and I just want it to all be finished, but I don't want to pick furniture just to have it, I want it to be things that we'll love and keep for a very long time. Finding those pieces takes time, but I'm very imaptient, plus budgets haha.

My Charleston Guide: What to See and Do

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


I get messages from friends from time to time asking me about what I'd recommend doing, seeing, eating, etc while in Charleston, South Carolina. Juston and I started visiting Charleston a little over ten years ago and have gone about 4 times a year ever since we fell head over heels that first visit. I have to say, Charleston stole my heart initially, but the entire Lowcountry is very special to me, not necessarily Charleston specifically, so I'll include some other things in this post that are outside of the peninsula (downtown Charleston) as well. Charleston is where we visit the most, obviously, but there are so many other gems in the Lowcountry just a short drive from Charleston, so it's worth branching out as well. Plus, as Charleston has exploded in popularity, I do feel it's losing some of the charm that made me fall in love with it to begin with. It wasn't nearly as busy when we first started going. There were lots more locally owned shops, much fewer chains and hotels populating downtown and WAY less tourists. Most people you encountered were true locals, not transplanted "locals" or tourists. That being said, I will always love and always visit the Holy City, so I want to share some of my recommendations with you. These are all places that I have visited, eaten or stayed personally, I'm not including anything I can't vouch for myself. I'm also going to include some photos taken over all the years we've visited, so some things I'm posting may not look the same now as they did when I took the pictures.

I've decided to break this up into more than one post so that it's a bit more simple to navigate. I'm going to start today with What to See and Do. Later, I'll do a post of Where to Shop and Eat and finally a post on Where to Stay. Alright, let's get to it!

What to See and do in Charleston

When you are in the Lowcountry, there is beauty at every single turn whether it's the marshes, the ocean, the rivers, the beautiful gardens and courtyards of the homes on the peninsula or the actual homes themselves, it's all enchanting. I even see the beauty in the old historic homes that haven't been so well-cared for over the years because I see the potential of what they could be as well as what they likely were. I think this is the aspect of Charleston that I most fell in love with on our first visit: the preservation-mindedness of it's citizens when it comes to maintaining the city's rich history.

I say all of this to say that the first thing I recommend seeing is Charleston itself meaning, just set aside plenty of time to walk around downtown. Meander up and down all the side streets and be sure to have your camera charged up because you'll want pictures. I'd recommend parking at or near White Point Garden (but be sure you're not in residential parking, they love handing out tickets), so that you can see the beautiful homes that stand sentinel over The Battery, looking out at Fort Sumter in the distance. If you love flowers and gardening, you'll appreciate the vibrant window boxes, the lush courtyards that are often visible behind the intricate wrought iron gates found throughout downtown and the sweet scents of Carolina and Confederate Jasmine that perfume the air at certain times of the year. Charleston is a delight for the senses.

It's hard not to walk by all of those homes without wanting a to take a peek inside and luckily, some of the homes are open for tours. You can get tickets to tour The Calhoun Mansion, Nathaniel Russell House, the Edmondston-Alston House and the Joseph Manigault House to name a few. Our favorite so far has been The Calhoun Mansion.

The Calhoun Mansion
Nathaniel Russell House
Edmondston-Alston House
The Joseph Manigault House

 While you're downtown, I'd recommend walking to Water Front Park to see the famous Pineapple Fountain (you can splash around in it, so if you have little ones, bring their suits and towels), sit on the covered pier and swing, you can often spot dolphins if you go at the right time, and walk High Battery.

Next, I'd say if you're a history buff, it's worth the ferry ride out to Fort Sumter and often this boat ride can double as a dolphin cruise as they sometimes put on a show during the ride. You hop on a boat downtown near the aquarium and it's obviously round trip, but go early in the morning when it's cooler and you don't have to rush to make sure you catch the last boat back. It's a very humbling and surreal experience to stand out at Fort Sumter and look over at The Battery and imagine what it must have been like during the Civil War, to be surrounded by such turbulence but also such beauty. Another fort worth a tour is Fort Moultrie out on Sullivan's Island. It's not in downtown, so you'll have to drive out to it, but it's close to the beach access and some great restaurants so you can make an afternoon of it. While you're there, you can check out the Sullivan's Island lighthouse.

Fort Sumter Ferry
Fort Moultrie
Sullivan's Island Lighthouse 

Something a lot of people would love that's just across the harbor from the peninsula is Patriot's Point. I've only done this twice in all of our trips. For me, it's one of those things that's definitely worth going to see but maybe wouldn't pique everyone's interest, but you can actually walk around the big ship the USS Yorktown and  learn about the ins and outs of how it all works. I'm not sure if it's still there, but the last time we toured, you could also board a submarine that was at Patriot's Point as well. They have a museum on site you can also visit.

Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum

Another worthwhile trip is the drive out to John's Island to see the Angel Oak tree. It's estimated that the oak is nearly 500 years old and it's like nothing I could describe. The branches sprawl out in every direction reaching high and low. It's massive and you will not be disappointed.

Angel Oak Tree 

It's a bit of a longer drive, maybe an hour from downtown Charleston, but while you're in the area, make the drive over to Yemassee, SC and check out the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. There are grave markers dating back into the 1700's and 1800's on the grounds and you can read all about the history of the church and its ruins on some of the historical markers once you get there.

Old Sheldon Church Ruins 

A great way to see a lot of the sights while getting a history lesson on downtown is to take a carriage tour. Recently, there's been a big stink made over the carriages in Charleston, but it has to be mostly transplants complaining about it because the horse barns are open for anyone to see, the employees answer any questions and the industry is pretty transparent as a whole, so I still recommend them to people. Our favorite carriage company is Old South Carriage Company, but we have toured with Palmetto Carriage as well.

Old South Carriage Company
Palmetto Carriage Works

Another huge tourist draw is the plantations in the area that are open to the public to tour and oftentimes hold special events you can attend as well. Again, I'm only going to list and link the ones I have personally visited and would recommend, but there are others in the area. My favorite and likely the most popular is Boone Hall Plantation. Anyone who has seen the movie The Notebook may recognize the driveway lined with live oak trees and the house itself as that of Allie's parents' summer home from the movie. You can walk through parts of the house, you can learn a great deal about the local Gullah culture (so worth the time to learn what you can about this culture, it's fascinating) and take a ride around the grounds as well. Other plantations we've visited and enjoyed are Magnolia Plantation, where you'll often find yourself within arms reach of some of the pretty peacocks that roam the grounds and Drayton Hall Plantation. I haven't visited any of these in the last few trips, but if you go to their websites I'm linking below, you can find listings for special events as well as additional information about what each place has to offer. They were all beautiful and worth their respective trips out of downtown.

Boone Hall Plantation
Magnolia Plantation
Drayton Hall Plantation

There's so much to see in Charleston, but that's a good start for anyone looking to plan a trip for some of my favorite things to see. It all depends on what type of experience you are looking for from your trip. You can spend a week and never leave the peninsula and still feel like you didn't do it all there, or you can spread your time between downtown, John's Island, Sullivan's Island, etc and explore more that the Lowcountry has to offer. It's such a beautiful part of the South and one that we visit anytime the opportunity presents itself. Did I miss some of your favorites? Let me know if I need to add anything! And be sure to check back for part two of this Charleston series coming later this week, Where to Shop and Eat! I'm also including some more of my favorite Charleston snapshots just for fun.

86 Cannon Bed and Breakfast located on Cannon St., and area that's experiencing a revitalization.

You can find this pretty peachy-pink door on Tradd st. It's likely one of the most photographed doors downtown. 

 Rainbow Row on Bay Street in downtown.

 These are always my favorite window boxes! I can't tell you how many pictures I've taken of these same boxes over the years! You can find them on Meeting Street.

Charleston earned it's nickname "The Holy City" because of all the church steeples dotting the skyline. Nowadays, you see just as many cranes downtown as you do steeples, but the sound of the bells ringing throughout downtown is so special. Also, those bicycles pictures above from Holy City Spokes are a great way to get around downtown when you visit.

Even the garages are pretty downtown.

Lauren Sumner Pottery

Monday, February 19, 2018

As is often the case anymore, I discovered a new talented lady thanks to Instagram. I was browsing the other day and came across some handmade pottery that I just loved via Our State Magazine's Instagram. I placed an order shortly after finding Lauren Sumner's website and my order arrived last week. How cute are these!

I wasn't really sure when I ordered them where I would put them, but I knew I loved them and wanted to incorporate them somehow, so for now, they're resting on my pineapple sconces in our formal dining room. I think they may have found their home there, but I'm not 100% yet.

You can probably tell in the photo above, the leaves have a hole to allow for easy wall mounting, but I just have mine propped on the sconces for the time being until I decide if that's where I want them for sure. I always wished I had an artistic ability like drawing or painting or pottery, but since I don't, I'll just be thankful to Instagram for allowing me to find people like Lauren who do.

I got the larger size option of the monstera leaf. I'm thinking I may end up ordering a green leaf bowl as well to use as a catch all for keys and things on the table that's right inside of our front door. The bowl is pictured below. I just love the coastal feel that these lend to our space and wanted to share them in case someone else might be searching for something similar.
Y'all be sure to check our Lauren's website and see how talented she is for yourself!

The Sercret to Southern Charm

Monday, February 12, 2018

Have you ever discovered a book series right when the first book was released, then had to wait very impatiently for the subsequent books to come out?  That was the case with this book I'm about to share with y'all, so you can imagine my excitement when I entered a contest on Instagram to win a copy of this book a few months before its release and actually won! I was so, so excited and couldn't wait to jump right back in to the Peachtree Bluff action with book two in this Peachtree Bluff series by Kristy Woodson Harvey.  
I first discovered Kristy's books via one of my very favorite shops, Beaufort Linen Company (you've seen me post about them plenty here over the last few years).  They were having a book signing with Kristy to promote her book Lies and Other Acts of Love (also reviewed that one here quite some time ago and highly recommend it!) and I ordered a copy from them to read and I could not put it down. 

Kristy also has a book called Dear Carolina that I have but haven't read yet. I believe it was her first release. Once I find an author I love, I tend to buy every book they've written and will subsequently write. That's how I came across book one in The Peachtree Bluff series, Slightly South of Simple. Y'all, it's amazing. Kristy just has a way of capturing the beauty of the Georgia coast through her writing that make you feel like you are sitting right there amongst all the action while you read. The characters are all so well developed and you get attached very quickly.I would obviously recommend picking up Slightly South of Simple if you haven't already, then pre-order your copy of The Secret to Southern Charm

Book two picks up right where book one leaves off, but this time, it's written from the perspective of Ansley, the mother of three grown daughters who have all returned to her home in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia for their various reasons, two of them with their own children. You also get the perspective of Sloane, her middle daughter, (book one is from Ansley and eldest daughter Caroline's perspective), who is in the midst of a very dark time in her life.  I love how the author does such a good job conveying the complex, yet simple bond that is shared between sisters, as well as a mother and her daughters.  

Throughout the course of the book, Sloane begins to discover herself again outside of just being someone's wife and someone's mother. As a stay at home parent with a military spouse, she lost herself somewhere along the way. I think just about any stay at home parent can relate to that part of her journey. 

I never like to give too much away in book reviews I do here so I'll just say this: this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster in the best possible way and leave you wanting more....and impatiently waiting for book three in the series :)