LD&L: Lilac Girls

One of my favourite types of books to read are historical fiction novels. My sister would disagree, but even I think she would love this one! I follow another blogger who suggested this read, so naturally, I had to go out and buy it that day. While in the book store, I had to control myself not to pick up one of everything. Who else knows that all-too-familiar feeling?

The Review: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls was a book that held my interest from the first few pages in. I’m a sucker for novels that feature more than one person’s story at a time; Lilac Girls was no exception. Martha Hall Kelly was able to portray the story lines in a way that were not confusing at all. I know some people who are hesitant to reach for books set up in this way because they really have to think about what’s going one, who connects to who, and what time your in. This book presented the characters in a way that made you excited to keep reading. As the reader, you didn’t want to go too long before being reintroduced to the other characters. When you were reading about Kasia, you were excited to get to Caroline. When reading about Caroline, you were wondering about Herta. This was genius and very well executed.

This historical fiction focuses on the lives of three women during WWII – each with very different roles and representations. I truly loved this book. If I can walk away from a book having learned something, it automatically deserves a 5/5 star rating. This book has it all – compelling characters, intriguing story lines, and researched based writing to back up her facts. This novel quickly climbed to one of my favourite books ever read.

Rating: 5/5

What’s coming on the blog?

As mentioned in my last LD&L post, I’d love to get some more travel posts out. One will be coming next week, so keep an eye out for something Irish!

What’s new with me?

May has been quite a busy month for me! I launched my blog (and am having so much fun creating these posts) and celebrated my 25th birthday. This has borderline turned into a “birthday month”… oops! The weather is finally starting to cooperate a little more which means…wedding season is here! To kick it off, I’m helping my friend Emily “day-of-coordinate” an event. How do you guys prepare for wedding season? Let me know all your tips and tricks in the comments below or on any of my social media links!

I’d love to know what you all think of Lilac Girls if you get a chance to read it. I hope you like it as much as I did. Bye bye bye (cue Justin Timberlake, it’s gonna be (a busy) May), for now. xxoo

Introducing: Lazy Days & Lattes

Feature: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (1 & 2)

There is nothing I love more than getting cozy at home by curling up with a blanket(s), hot drink(s), and watching a movie(s). In my world, all three items are often the plural versions. Let’s break this blog section down… Each post will highlight a movie/ tv show/ book as inspiration for what to what to watch, read, and drink. Using the suggested feature as a guide for your lazy day, the post itself will keep readers up to date with things I have planned for the blog. I’d love to interact in this section, so be sure to reach out via the social media links scattered around my pages. Ask questions, spark convo topics – I’d love to hear from you! I decided adding #lazydays&lattes would be a fun segment to really connect with my readers and attract more readers to the blog. I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than surrounding myself with the things I love and sharing them with you. After all, who doesn’t love unwinding after a long week? For me, I’ve accepted the fact that this means Netflix binge-ing (#sorrynotsorry) and hoarding excessive amounts of things to make me feel exceptionally comfortable (#reallynotsorry). So… grab a drink, pile on the blankets, hit play and…of course let me know what you think!

Feature number one is a little throwback, and you know I couldn’t stop at just the first one. Double-feature days are my favourite kind of days. I have officially moved Greece even further up my travel list (thanks Lena Kaligaris). As if her character needed a backdrop like Santorini to make us even more jealous of Alexis Bledel’s stunning blue eyes, right?

Don’t underestimate the second movie friends, it’s 100% underrated. The characters, the story line, the laughs and tears; this sequel has it all. Once again… Greece makes a few appearances and once again the Sisterhood had me online shopping for blue/white clothing and browsing airline websites. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a little Blake Lively pre-GG? These movies are the perfect fit for girls-night in. I certainly watched my fair share of these travelling pants with my rommies at uni.

I hope this new section excites you as much as me! I can’t wait to hand-pick all the wonderful movies/books/shows to share with the blog. Until next time friends! Speaking of Greece…has anyone been? What should I add to my list? Can’t wait to hear from you.