Archive | September 2016

A Book Recommended by Your Local Bookseller: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

This is not a book I would typically pick up and read on my own.  While I liked the book and have purchased the second book, it just left me feeling unfilled.  I wanted so badly for it to end differently but I know the author was trying to make a point with this book.  Maybe the follow up book will make me feel better.  But I am at least glad I read it.  It was a real eye opening book.  

A Book Published This Year: Stardust in Dixie by Beth Albright 

Ever since I read The Sassy Belles by Beth Albright, I can’t get enough of the Belles of Tuscaloosa.  So when this was the first book that was published this year that I couldn’t wait for it made since that this woulb be my book for published this year on the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge.  I love these Belles, they feel like friends, and I can’t wait to see what they are getting into next.  It’s also fun to see them fall in love one by one.  I can’t wait for the next book, but I think everyone has found love already so they must be getting into something interesting.  

Review: Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee


Catherine Bybee has done it yet again!  Not only has she written another great book she has introduced us to another fun couple to love.  Not Quite Perfect is Mary and Glen’s turn to find love.  For these two finding love might just be easier with their feet off the ground, 30,000 feet to be exact.

Going into this book I knew of Mary Kildare from the previous book.  She is Dakota’s best friend and neighbor.  I am not going to lie the fact that this book had Mary as the lead had me a little skeptical about reading it.  I was not sure if I was going to like Mary but I did.  Ms. Bybee has given this character an interesting background that I hope we get to learn more about as the stories progress.

Glen on the other hand well I have taken a liking to all those Fairchild men.  Glen turned out to be quite the charmer.  I loved the way he wooed and courted Mary in this book.  If he was real I would have fallen in love with him too.  I think in the case of this book it was more romantic that they were trying long distance dating, with them being on opposite coasts.

I really liked this book.  If you have read the other books you will want to read this one too because somethings come full circle that started in the previous book.  I don’t care what anyone says if you are new to this series I would start at the beginning other wise you miss out on so much of the character building.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat.  I think this book would make a good vacation read, or a good cool night by the fire read, since it is fall.  This series if starting to become my favorite series by Catherine Bybee and I loved, loved, loved the weekday bride series.  But then again I am always up for a good romance.



Copyright Julianne Gentry PhotographyCATHERINE BYBEE


New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.





bybee-notquiteperfect-resize-1NOT QUITE PERFECT

Not Quite Series, Book Five

Montlake Romance, Contemporary

September 20, 2016, First Edition

Paperback & Kindle

With true love, there’s no such thing as a safe distance.

Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitmentphobe) Glen Fairchild reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.

At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?


Praise for the Not Quite Series

“Bybee’s magnetic fourth Not Quite contemporary proves that romance can happen in the most unlikely places…The love scenes are sizzling and the multidimensional characters make this a page-turner. Readers will look for earlier installments and eagerly anticipate new ones.”

Publishers Weekly on Not Quite Forever

” Not Quite Dating offers a sweet and satisfying Cinderella fantasy that will keep you smiling long after you’ve finished reading…”

USA Today, Happy Ever After


“Bybee’s gift for creating unforgettable romances cannot be ignored. [Not Quite Enough] will sweep readers away to a paradise, and they will be intrigued by the thrilling story that accompanies their literary vacation.”

—   RT Book Reviews, Top Pick








The New RAV4’s 

I drive a 2011 RAV4 and I love it!  I feel like it was made just for me.  My aunt just bought a 2015 RAV4.  I was a little sad, I do not like hers as much.  I feel like it is made smaller than mine.  I hit my head getting in and I felt like I was sitting right on top of the stearing wheel.  I think I had the seat all the way lowered and back.  This makes me sad because it I wanted to get a newer model, which I do not right now, I would not be as happy with it as mine.  I guess if I want another car I will have to go bigger and go to the Highlander, which is much more in price.  Good thing I am not in the market for a new car.  

I Need a Vacation 

I may not be going where I would like to be going but I am so ready for a vacation.  Altough this time I think I might need a vacation from my vacation.  I think it is a sign you are ready for a vacation when you forget to put a mug under the Keurig when making coffee in the morning.  I did that last week.  The bad thing about preparing for a vacation is I feel like I spend more money preparing for the vacation than I do on vacation.  New purse, new underwear, new socks, new tank tops, and that just for me not to mention the stuff I have purchased for the kids.  I hoping to get lots of reading done on this vacation but with three kids I don’t think that will happen.  

NASCAR Without an Earnhardt 

I don’t get to watch NASCAR as much as I used to but I still root for Jimmie Johnson to win every week.  It’s strange right now to have NASCAR without Dale Earnhardt Jr racing right now.  But I guess it is a taste of things to come he is not getting any younger.  What might have been even stranger is watching Jeff Gordon sub for him a few times.  For me it was odd seeeing Gordon drive somthing other than the 24 car and subbing for an Earnhardt.  I know they were teammates over the past few seasons but to me it was still odd.  

Duke’s Mayo Cake 

If you live in the south you have probably heard of Duke’s Mayo.  I first saw Duke’s in a store in the Outer Banks a few years ago. Well it starting to make its way to my part of Kentucky and they have been advertising the crap out of it.  One of the commerical’s they show is for a chocolate cake made with Duke’s.  I had someone request one.  So I thought I would try it out on my co-workers first.  Oh my gosh!  It is wonderful.  It is so moist and rich.  It might be my go to chocolate cake recipe now.  I have made it three times now.  I have made it twice with chocolate icing and once with peanut butter icing.  Personally I think the chocolate icing is better but the peanut butter was good too.  You can find the recipe on their website.

A Dog Less Life

For the first time since I was in second grade I am dog less.  My last baby passed away in December.  As much as I have loved all my dogs over the years and miss them, I am okay with being dog less.  It is hard to travel and have a dog.  Don’t get me wrong I still find it quite odd not having to feed and water a dog everyday.  My pocket book does like not having to buy dog food every week.  Boy that was really expensive when I had three dogs at one time.

My Love of Coffee

I have been “drinking coffee” since I was two years old.  Of course back then it was a cup of mill with a spoonful or two of coffee but I wanted to drink coffee with my grandma every morning.  Of course now there is more coffee in my cup and I use half and half instead of milk, but I like a lot of cream in my coffee.  And it seems the older I get the more coffee I drink.  It does not faze me to have 4 or 5 cups of coffee a day anymore.  I really shocked a lady I work with the other week with my coffee drinking.  What is odd too is, I drink a lot more coffee when we are traveling in the car on trips.  So I guess I will be getting my vacation coffee drinking on very soon.


New TV Season

This Southern Belle is a happy girl right now.  The new shows have started!  Although it is a little strange not having Nashville and Castle.  At least Nashville will be coming back in January, but Castle will not be coming back.  As I type this right now I am watching the season premiere of Criminal Minds.  And I have seen two new episodes of NCIS: New Orleans and one new episode of Blue Bloods.