Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Blogging For Books: A Way Back to You by Emily Clawson + A FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blogging For Books: A Way Back to You by Emily Clawson + A FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

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 A few weeks ago I received a fun littlepackage in the mail. It was right up this book nerds alley. DeseretBook sent me a few goodies to enjoy and then share with you. How sweet are they!? The first book I want to share with you is A Way to You by Emily Gray Clawson. Oh my heck girls this is a good one. It is like Seventeen Again, ya know with that Efron guy. It is a fun, can't-book-down-the-book read. Annabelle's character drew me in from the beginning, starting with the “it had been one of those two-year-old-screaming, dead-battery-at-the-grocery-store, pile-of-bills-in-the-mail days”. Seriously! That's like everyday of my life, except my two year old is now six and still tries to throw a tantrum in the store occasionally...and yes I pretend I don't know her and walk away...the crying usually stops after that. Annabelle has been having a hard time. She is now a single Mom to her littles and has still not grieved over the sudden death of her husband. She has lost all hope and can not see a future without her husband. Life has become too hard to bare. My heart was into this story by the middle of chapter 1. My heart ached for Annabelle. I know how much I love my is a whole bunch in case you were wondering. As I read this story it reminded of when my hubby had a stroke. For a brief moment the guys in white coats thought it was a tumor. They told us we should be prepared for that outcome. They did tests and while we waited for the test results, I fell to my knees and cried in the bathroom. I didn't know how I could ever go through this life without my husband. He is my rock, my world, truly my best friend. These memories came flooding back to me as I read about Annabelle and how the lost of her love had blown her world completely apart. The only difference was my hubby's test came out negative for a tumor, he was going to be ok..... Annabelle's husband did not.

Anne then hits rock bottom, and with a friends help, is able to have a weekend alone. It is during this time that she becomes 16 again (I told you it was like Seventeen Again). Being in high school though brings “unforeseen changes and frustrations, but when she remembers her husband, Mitch, has just returned from a mission and is living on the other side of town gives Anne hope”. While Anne mends relationships with friends and family, she realizes she is stronger than she ever thought possible and that there is a future ahead of her...a future that will bring her more joy than she thought possible after the loss of her hubby.

This book had me laughing and crying. In fact my hubby walked in on me when I was reading the very ending. I had cried because the ending was joke. As hubby stumbled upon my book nerd moment of tears, he didn't know what to do. It was one of those awkward moments where he stood half frozen in the doorway, not sure if he should enter or retreat. It made me laugh and then I of course had to tell him all about the book. He lovingly listened, even though I am sure there were a hundred others things he would have rather been doing, but he sat down and let me gush about this book. That man of mine is so dang sweet! Love him to pieces!

So who is ready to read this book? I have loved it, but I want to share my copy with one of you lovelies! Below is a few simple ways to enter this giveaway. It will run till Saturday at midnight. 

Don't want to wait for the giveaway? Head on over and get either the paperback or Ebook version from Deseret Book (both happen to be on sale this week). All of their books are PG rated, which I love! No scandalous stuff going on there :)


Deseret Book Giveaway

Go to and tell me what book is now on your summer reading list.

Follow Blissful and Domestic in anyway 
(each way counts for an entry)

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Good Luck Lovelies!

XO Danielle
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