REVIEW: The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

The One That Got Away

by Melissa Pimentel

Chick Lit/Romance/Retelling

Book Description

Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren’t.

Now, ten years later, Ruby is single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There’s barely time for a trip to England for her little sister’s wedding. And there’s certainly not time to think about what it will be like to see Ethan again, who just so happens to be the best man.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can’t help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago. Because there is nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .


The One That Got Away
by Melissa Pimentel
So, here’s where I admit I have never finished a Jane Austen novel. Yes, unheard of! A sin for a reader such as myself. I just never could get into them, and that’s that. So the fact that this book is being pushed as a retelling of Persuasion is really of little consequence to me…because I don’t know what happened in that book 🙂

It did take me quite a while to become invested in this novel, to be honest. The main character, Ruby, is a 30-something career woman living in New York City who is burned out by her advertising job and has been single since her breakup with Ethan, 10 years prior.

The Ethan in question is now a successful app creator and worth millions. He and Ruby have been forced into being near one another again because Ethan’s best friend is marrying Ruby’s sister. The whole lot, along with parents, jet off to England and spend a week preparing for the wedding.

Ruby, as a person, is nerve wracking. She jumps to conclusions quickly, judges others, and sometimes thinks she’s better than those around her. She’s also self deprecating, and never in a charming way (if you believe there is such a thing). Ethan, on the other hand, is pretty much pleasant to everyone. He has become rich and successful but never waves his money around. Ruby, who hasn’t seen him in ten years but has built up her own reputation about him, goes back and forth between reviling him and feeling she still loves him.

The main problem I had with this book is that I did not feel any chemistry AT ALL between the main characters. The story of their relationship is told in flashbacks, from how they met to their eventual breakup. I felt more passion in the stories from 10 years prior than I did when Ruby and Ethan crossed paths during the wedding festivities. As it is in so many romance novels, each one assumes things about the other that keeps them from sharing their true feelings. Open communication, especially for people of their age, could go a long way.

This was a very light read, something to pass the time but I can’t say I will remember the specifics of it in a few weeks’ time. Maybe readers of Jane Austen will enjoy it more than I did.

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About the Author

MELISSA PIMENTEL grew up in a small town in Massachusetts in a house without cable and therefore much of her childhood was spent watching 1970s British comedy on public television. These days, she spends much of her time reading in the various pubs of Stoke Newington and engaging in a long-standing emotional feud with their disgruntled cat, Welles. She works in publishing.


New Dog? Here’s How To Make Your Home Pet Friendly

Getting a new dog is a great experience. You add a member to your home, one who will provide you with happiness, loyalty, and comfort. When you first get your dog, there are some things that you can do to make your home more pet-friendly. If you haven’t had a dog before, these suggestions are especially helpful. Give these few ideas a try, and hopefully you’ll find that your new dog fits right in.


Get Them Everything They Need

First, you’re going to need to pick up some supplies for you dog. You’ll need food, treats, some toys, and maybe a bed for them to lay on. Some owners choose to keep their dog in a crate when they aren’t home, so consider picking up one of these. If you’re unsure of what to get, the place where you got your dog will be able to provide you with some suggestions.


Place Gates To Block Off Certain Areas

There might be some areas of your home that you don’t want the dog to enter. Maybe it’s your bedroom, or a home office that you have set up. Or maybe you just want to keep your dog in one room, and not allow them to roam around unsupervised. To do this, you can place some gates around your home to block off certain areas. These gates are typically used for small children, but they work just as well on pets. Just be sure they are high enough that your dog can’t jump over, and securely fastened so your dog can’t knock them over.


Install A Fence Around Your Yard

While you’re blocking off areas, consider doing the same in your yard. Dogs love to run around outside, but you don’t want them to get loose and roam the neighborhood. A fence is a great option if you have the space, and provided your dog can’t jump over or dig underneath. You can also tie a rope to a tree, and attach the other end to your dog to ensure they don’t get too far. Another option is an electric fence, which goes underground and gives the dog a slight shock if they approach the boundary. It’ll take some training, but is a good option when a full fence is not available.


Use Artificial Grass

When your dog has to do it’s business, you don’t want your lawn to suffer the consequences. In many yards, dogs ruin the grass over time as nature calls. You spend a lot of time making sure your yard looks nice, and you don’t want the dog to ruin your nice landscaping. To prevent this, you could install some artificial grass. Fake grass pads for pets are a great option, as they allow your lawn to continue to look great, and they are tougher than normal grass, allowing dogs to dig into them. If you’re concerned about your lawn with your new dog, artificial grass is a great thing to consider.


Move Food To A Safe Location

Back inside, your dogs are going to try and get into everything. Before you let them loose around the home, make sure you move all of your food to a safer location. Keep it off the ground in your pantry, or out of bottom shelves. Dogs are crafty than you think, and if there is a way to get into the food, they’ll find it. Also keep your garbage in a safe place, at least until your dog is trained to stay away from it. You don’t want to come home and find your garbage all over the home.


Pick Up Cleaning Supplies

Finally, no matter how careful you are, eventually your dog is going to have an accident. When the time comes, you’ll want to have the correct supplies at home to take care of it. If left untreated, dog accidents can cause a stain, so it’s important to get them up as soon as you can. Always make sure you are stocked with pet stain remover, some extra paper towels, and maybe some air freshener for safe measures.


Making A Dog Feel At Home Is Easy

Before long, your new dog is going to feel quite at home with you. As long as you take some necessary precautions, you can make the transition and easy one for both you and the dog. There may be some growing pains along the way, or some accidents, but as you figure things out, it will become easier. Hopefully the above tips set you on the right path, and you and your new dog will have many years ahead of peaceful cohabitation.

5 Party Themes for Your Next Get Together

Are you looking for some innovative ideas for your next get together? There are countless party themes you can choose from that will be a hit with the right decorations and supplies. Spice up your next party with one of these 5 themes that will keep your friends and family entertained for hours.

Wine Tasting
Do you and your friends love wine? Why not turn your love of vino into a fun theme the next time you get together? Explore some new wines by asking each guest to bring their favorite bottle or two of wine to the party. Remind each person to make sure they have the bottle covered with a brown bag so that no one knows what kind of wine they brought. Place all the covered wines out on a table and number each bag of wine. Hand out wine glasses so all of your guests can participate in the tasting. Pass out pens and paper so that each person can write down the number of their favorite wine. At the end of the night tally up the votes to find out which wine guests preferred. A wine tasting party is a fun way to try new wines and get your guests involved. Don’t forget to serve cheese, chocolate and crackers! Consider serving some healthy appetizers and party food too.

Pizza Party
Who doesn’t like pizza? Do a pizza party right by making homemade dough. Encourage your guests to bring their favorite toppings or assign your guests toppings to bring to share. Each guest can build their own pizza pie with a variety of toppings of their choice. A pizza party is a great way to turn the food into the entertainment. Remember not to stress – pizza parties are the perfect time to talk to your guests and enjoy the evening.

Movie Night
A movie night is fun indoors in the winter months but can also be held outside under the stars in the summer. You can get creative with this theme depending on which movie you chose to show. If you play an 80’s movie, encourage everyone that attends wears their favorite 80’s attire such as leg warmers and stone washed jeans. Decorate your home with fun props and movie related décor. Set out blankets, pillows, candy and popcorn for your guests to create the perfect ambience for your movie night party.

Casino Night
Can you read your best friend’s poker face? Hosting a casino night is a great way to bring friends and family together for a fun evening of drinks and games. Depending on your group size, you can have multiple games going at once. Guests can play fan favorites like Poker and Texas Hold’em Poker – make the evening even more fun with real poker chips. A casino night is the perfect chance to bring out your competitive spirit at your next get together.

Sports Mania
When you can’t be at the stadium to cheer on your favorite team, bring the game to your place! Decorate your house with the team’s colors, posters, koozies and memorabilia. Serve your guests ballpark favorites like hot dogs, peanuts, and nachos. It will be twice as fun to celebrate with your friends when your team wins.
If you are looking for something different to do with your friends at your next get together, these simple ideas will deliver. Don’t let your next bash be like all of the others – make sure it’s the most happening party in town.

Planning a Rural Escape to Relax and Rejuvenate

Living in a busy urban area can take a toll on your nerves. You may find yourself frazzled, upset, and on edge a majority of time throughout the work week.

When the weekend comes, all you may want to do is get away and indulge in some peace and quiet. You can go online now to plan rural respites, Beavers Bend getaways, camping trips, and other escapes that you can look forward to as your work week comes to a close.


Scoping Out the Accommodations Online

As much as you may look forward to the quiet and solitude, you may not really want to rough it all weekend long. In fact, you may not be able to tolerate an entire day without some conveniences like WiFi and TV.

Before you book your stay, you can make sure all of the amenities that you want and need will be available to you in the cabin. The website is set up so that you can click on the pictures of the cabin interiors to get a close up view of what comforts await you when you arrive. You can make sure it all meets your satisfaction so that your stay is comfortable, fun, and the perfect amount of respite you need before going back to another busy work week in the city.

You may want to know what kind of amenities are available to you outside of your cabin at the resort. When you visit the business’s website, you can find out all of the available conveniences close to you as well as on-site. You may indulge in everything from eating at the local diners, shopping in nearby stores, or venturing out into the woods to do some fishing or swimming.

As much as you need a vacation, you may not want to spend a lot of money going out of town for the weekend. You can take advantage of special pricing and offers found on the website. These deals let you save money on booking a cabin. You get the same amenities and comforts as if you paid full price for your vacation package.

After you find the amenities and pricing you want, you can then select the cabin that best suits your needs. They come in a variety of sizes and layouts. They can fit a minimum of two people and up to four or five people in some cases. You can find a cabin with enough beds to accommodate you and any guests you plan to bring with you.


Choosing the Dates

The Oklahoma woods attract thousands of visitors each year. During the busy travel season, you may need to book a cabin well in advance to ensure that you have accommodations for the weekends you want to travel.

You can use the scheduling feature on the website to check availability and open dates. Based on when the cabins you want are open, you can plan to take time off from work to venture into the woods to relax and have fun.


Busy city life can wear you out and make you long for peace and quiet. You can find it as well as comforts and conveniences in the woods of Oklahoma when you explore and book a cabin stay package online today.

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REVIEW: You’re All Kinds of Wonderful by Nancy Tillman

You’re All Kinds of Wonderful

by Nancy Tillman

Children’s Inspirational

We’re not all the same. Thank goodness we’re not.
Life would be boring, and I mean… a lot.

And so, when we’re born, we’re supplied at the start 
with our own bells and whistles to set us apart.

Think of your bells as the things you do best
things tucked away in your own treasure chest.

Part of growing up is discovering–and embracing–what makes us unique. From different abilities to different personalities, we are all wonderfully made with our own bells and whistles.


Not so much a bedtime story as a daily inspiration for children, You’re All Kinds of Wonderful is a book that would be a perfect addition to any child’s shelf.

As we grow and find out who we are, it takes learning, practice, and sometimes mistakes before we realize that we are one of a kind.  We are made like no other person, and should be like no other person on Earth.  I try to teach my boys that being different from others is a good thing and should be embraced!

This book has gorgeous, soft but lifelike illustrations and the colors are muted rather than stark and vibrant.  I love that children with disabilities and different ethnicities are included.  The animals are charming and your child is sure to find a favorite in these pictures.

You’re All Kinds of Wonderful is an amazing reminder to readers of all ages that being YOU is who you are meant to be, and that is just right for the world.


About the Author

Nancy Tillman created her first book, “On the Night You Were Born,” to convey to children at an early and impressionable age, “You are the one and only ever you.” Since then, Nancy has written and illustrated several bestselling books. She also illustrated It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, with Eric Metaxas. Together, Nancy’s books have sold in the millions. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time.

Whether she is creating books that remind children of their own unique wonder, or teaching life lessons through an accident prone cat named Tumford, all of Nancy’s books feature one important message. You are loved. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.…


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COMING TO THEATERS: The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Written by Susan Coyne
Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce
Bleecker Street will release THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS in theaters on November 22, 2017.

Custom Birthday Invitations Made Easy with Basic Invite

My older son’s birthday is right around the corner, which means it’s time for me to start looking at party invitations! I love to make them myself, but it’s not always easy coming up with the right graphics, font, and design for the theme I’ve chosen.

This year, I will be checking out the party invitation maker Basic Invite!

With Basic Invite, it couldn’t be easier to make the perfect party invitation for birthdays or any event.  No matter what event you need an invitation for, there are hundreds of choices!

Here are a few of my favorites.


I think my big boy, a guitar player, would love this one!









Hands down, the best thing about making birthday party invitations with Basic Invite is the fact that almost all of the work is done for you, but you still have complete control over the final product.  Let’s say you find a style you like, but you don’t like the colors of the graphic.  You can change it! With just a couple of clicks you can choose from over 180 color variations for any part of the design.  I also love that the wording of the invitation is already done to match with the theme you’ve chosen–no more having to come up with witty, rhyming quotes to make your invite cute 🙂

If you’re still not 100 percent sure you’re happy with the invitation you’ve created, Basic Invite will send you a printed sample of the finished product before you place an order.  They want you completely satisfied before you get ready to send those invites out!

Basic Invite is the best place to choose and design everything from birth announcements, to save the date cards for your upcoming wedding, to totally unique quinceanera invitations.  Don’t forget that the Holidays are coming up on us fast–and yep, they’ve got designs for that too! Get a head start on your personalized cards with Basic Invite.

NOW IN THEATERS: 9/11, starring Charlie Sheen #Remember911

9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman(The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).

In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.



Every person old enough to remember the events of September 11, 2001 no doubt has a story surrounding where they were when they first learned what was happening.  I was a junior in high school, just going to my English class.  The teacher came in and frantically told us there was some kind of attack going on in New York City.  Our entire class went to the library where we could watch the TV and see exactly what was going on.  There was no concentrating in class for the rest of the day–the teachers all had TVs on as well.  I didn’t even get to finish my day at school, as my mother was so scared she came to school and checked my sister and I out early.

I am happy to give my readers a chance to win a movie prize pack, including a poster signed by Charlie Sheen!  If you are comfortable, please share your 9/11 story.  If not, share a thought or other comment about that day.  Here’s what you can win.

Tuesday’s Children is the leading response and recovery organization supporting youth and families impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss relating to 9/11. Visit the official 911 movie website for more information.

Also, check out this cool feature where you can read and share the 9/11 fact cards, provided by Tuesday’s Children and watch behind-the-scenes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, and Luis Guzman.




What Americans Believe About Australia

I suppose one could say that Australia, like many other countries, has been linked to certain stereotypes within books, movies, and other media.  That’s no surprise–people like to have their thoughts about a place and usually stick with them.  Today, I’d like to explore some of these preconceived notions about Australia.  Some may have the truth behind them, but others are probably far from true!  If any of my readers are from Australia or have ever been there, please feel free to comment with your thoughts.


When you mention Australia to most Americans, one of the first things they will often comment on is how there are so many types of animals there that can kill you, and in fact, they are waiting at every turn–even in your home!  To be fair, for such a small land mass, Australia does have a rather concentrated amount of venomous and otherwise dangerous creatures.  Between snakes, spiders, sharks, and crocodiles, there’s plenty to be frightened of Down Under.  But using good observation skills and being vigilant in nature will go a long way.  Don’t be surprised to find huge spiders in your house though :O



Aborigines are the indigenous people of Australia, who were occupying the continent tens of thousands of years before the Europeans arrived.  While there are certain thoughts Americans would have about the Aborigines, mostly from films, most of them are not true.  Though there are surely those groups who are still hasty to adapt to the modern world, for the most part Aboriginal people of Australia are technologically involved. Playing the didgeridoo still sounds really cool after all this time though.


I can easily see how this would be the first thought for many American citizens–nearly every movie about Australia takes place in the stark looking Outback.  This is also definitely a partial truth, because the continent is home to TEN separate desert areas.  They are full of diverse species of plants and animals.  But, there are also other sides to the country, such as lush beaches, and city and cultural centers such as Sydney.  These cities and metropolitan areas are often the hubs of Australia’s economy.  Everyone can picture the famous Sydney Opera House, right?



I can admit, I really just want this one to be true, and judging by the fact that there are actual “Kangaroo Crossing” signs in Australia, I have faith that it is–and I will just leave it at that.