Today I would normally share what we are reading in February, but since i’m about to give birth any day now, i don’t think we will be doing much reading in February. So today i’m going to share some books that are on my wish list instead…
I’m mostly into fiction books, and i also love a good mystery. So if that’s not your thing, this list might not be for you.
Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.
Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…
She shouldn’t get involved.
She really shouldn’t.
But this could be her chance to make a few things right.
Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.
From the wickedly dark mind of bestselling author Tarryn Fisher, The Wrong Family is a taut new thriller that’s riddled with twists in all the right places.”
“Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.
But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.
Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?
With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?”
“Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.
All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.
One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.”
“Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?
An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.
Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.
Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.”
“The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”
Those are just some of the books on my wish list. Have you read any of them?
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I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby number 6. At 24 weeks pregnant (more than halfway through my pregnancy) i switched from an OB-GYN to a Midwife. Today i’m going to share why i made the switch, and what my birth plans look like.
Honestly from the very beginning i knew this pregnancy was different, or maybe it is me that is different. Either way, immediately i had thoughts of having a home birth. I shared with my husband that i was thinking i wanted a home birth and at first it was a flat out ‘No’ from him. *A little background information here, my husband has past trauma from home births, so my asking him and getting his approval is to be respectful of him and his trauma.*
So, i let the idea of a home birth go for a little while and just saw my regular OB-GYN that i’ve seen since my first pregnancy over 15 years ago. I hated every appointment though. I just had this strong feeling that a home birth is what i was needing. So again, i talked with my husband about having a home birth. He still wasn’t on board, but it wasn’t a hard no like the first time.
Finally, after my 24 week appointment with my OB-GYN, my husband agreed that we could meet with a midwife and get more information on having a home birth. At 27/28 weeks pregnant we met a midwife and after leaving her office, my husband and i both felt a sense of calm & peace surrounding having a home birth.
I can’t give you a solid reason as to why i want a home birth, other than i just feel it in my soul that it is the right thing to do this time around.
As far as switching from an OB-GYN to a midwife, i was tired of feeling like a number. I was tired of feeling like i had no say in anything. I also don’t like a lot of the hospital’s policies, where i was going to deliver at.
I knew i had made the right decision to switch when i received a phone call from my OB-GYN’s office. I had an appointment scheduled with them for my 27 week check-up, but i cancelled it. I never heard from them until 2 days before Christmas (32 weeks pregnant). So the last time they had seen me was at my 24 week appointment, it had been almost 10 weeks before they even cared to contact me.
Anyways, i now have a midwife and i plan to birth at home completely naturally. My midwife has a birth pool that she will be bringing, although i’m not sure if i will use it or not. But it will be nice to have the option.
All of this is completely new for me, as all 5 of my other children have been born in the same hospital. I was also induced with all 5 of my other children. I also had an epidural for all 5 of my other children. So i’ve never experienced natural childbirth. That should probably scare me, but like i said this pregnancy has been different or i’m different, but i’m not scared at all. I feel so much peace surrounding this decision.
Later on this week, i plan on sharing my homeschool plans during the postpartum period. I will also be sharing some birth affirmations, that i plan on using for myself. And maybe even a home birth supply haul? Would anyone be interested in that? Let me know.
That’s it, for my home birth plans. I hope you all are having an amazing new year, so far.
I’m currently 33 weeks and 2 days pregnant with baby #6. I had a midwife appointment last week and everything is looking great with the baby. His heart rate was good (140’s) and my stomach was measuring at exactly 32 weeks.
Baby has been head down for the longest time now and i’m hoping he stays that way.
In my 24 week update i shared how i had gained 7 pounds, well i’ve gained another 8 pounds, for a total of 15 pounds so far.
I’m not having any cravings at the moment. I still get heartburn from time to time, which is completely normal for me when i’m pregnant.
The biggest change of all is i switched over to a midwife, at 27 weeks. I’ll share more details on all that towards the middle of January. But i will say this, i’m really happy i made the switch!
That’s all i can think of to update at the moment.