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Book Review: Old Fashioned by Rene Gutteridge and Rick Swartzwelder

Posted by Julie on June 26, 2015 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

51cU2O89I6L._AA160_Former frat boy Clay Walsh has given up his reckless lifestyle and settled down to run an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. Determined to put his partying ways behind him, Clay has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.

New to the area, Amber finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay and his noble ideas, but her own fears and deep wounds are difficult to overcome. Can they move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old-fashioned” courtship?

This is a novelization based on the movie of the same name. I read this before watching the movie, but my guess is the authors did a great job keeping the book in tune with the movie.

I had trouble at first getting into the story because it almost dealt with secondary characters before Clay and Amber. Once their story started I was caught up in their quirky romance. Amber had been hurt before and as fascinating as Clay’s principles are, she’s afraid of getting hurt again. Clay has used those principles as a wall to protect himself from ever becoming what he used to be. But Amber is someone who just might help him find that balance—and romance.

It’s a sweet read and is a refreshing change from what the world offers dating couples.
I encourage you to take a chance on Old Fashioned.

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I received Old Fashioned from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Reviews: Moms’ Night Out by Tricia Goyer & Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss by Kerri Pomarolli

Posted by Julie on May 22, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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Book Description:

Moms’ Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.
 
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours—what could go wrong?
 
Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.
 
The MOMS’ NIGHT OUT film features Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).

My hat’s perpetually off to Tricia Goyer. I know enough about her to know she’s raised children who are grown, is a grandmother, and then turned around and adopted three more children who are under the age of 5. To put Moms’ Night Out in book form, she had to watch the movie. Again and again and again.

I don’t know how many times it took, but I believe Tricia captured the movie. Although I’ve yet to see it, I saw the trailer after I finished and it was amazing how well the book explores the characters and hilarious events that take place on screen. More than that, the characters have depth.

It would be easy and perhaps tempting to make the male characters one dimensional because usually that’s what happens to the wife characters in movies. But Sean, Marco, Kevin and Bones have heart and important parts to the story. Allyson, Izzy, Bridget, and Sondra all have things I can relate to. And threaded together is one disaster after another.

This was a very quick read. I highly recommend you find a copy of Moms’ Night Out.

But wait!

That’s not all.

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Kerri Pomarolli is a Christian comedian who has a great reputation in Hollywood. She wrote a devotional called Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss and this was a fun read that really soothes the soul. Kerri writes all things mommy, and they are real, but she gives even the worst disasters a smile, and hope.

This is as enjoyable as Moms’ Night Out.

Book Description:

As a Mom, couldn’t you use a good laugh? 

Inspired by the endearing, true-to-life movie MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, comedian Kerri Pomarolli has created this light, yet inspiring devotional that will definitely make you laugh, but will also help you discover that indeed you are not alone, and that God’s gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work in your life and of your loved ones. 

Whether you’re running full-speed-ahead or disappointed that it’s Monday (again), you’ll find joy in these devotions where Kerri shares hilarious stories and insights on daily life. Messy homes, messy kids, lost pets, never ending casseroles, forgetful husbands, and the desire to just take a long bath… This world can be a funny place, and these stories are bound to prove it. Read a devotion to brighten your morning, or catch a few words to make you smile before bed. There’s never a bad time for a good laugh, and as a Mom, you need a Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive. 

The MOMS’ NIGHT OUT film features Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).

I received these books from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews.



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