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Review: I’ll Take What She Has

Ill Take What She HasPublisher: Bantam
Author: Samantha Wilde
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Review Source: NetGalley/Random House

★ ☆★ – 3 Stars

Summary: (Goodreads)
Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.

My Review:
I’ll Take What She Has is all about friendship, infertility, parenting, motherhood, and resentment. You go through the book learning about Nora and Annie’s relationship, how they have been friends for a long time, and then how resentment sets in.
I found that, the story was becoming boring, it was repeat over, and over. There really wasn’t a point where I wanted to learn more about the “characters”. Soem of the topics throughout the book a lot of people deal with in real life. I just didn’t find it to be an absolute turn pager for me. However, if you love chic-lit, drama, and repeat of some topics you might enjoy this book!

About the Author: (Goodreads)
Samantha is the mother of three small children born in about four years which means she spends a great deal of time cleaning crumbs up from underneath her kitchen table. Her first novel, This Little Mommy Stayed Home, helped a lot of new mothers make it through the long, sleep-deprived night. She learned a great deal about fiction writing from her mother, novelist, Nancy Thayer, who is still her first reader for everything she writes.
Her second novel, I’ll Take What She Has, deals with motherhood, friendship and envy. Some days Sam envies people with clean houses (some days she doesn’t).
She’s an ordained minister, a yoga teacher, a passionate reader, and a bit of a technophobe, which is why it took her about three years to figure out Goodreads.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley/Random House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Teaser Tuesday (2)

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Ill Take What She HasI’ll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde

“Correction: you’re voluptuous, like one of those ancient mother goddess sculptures, but that is not why I’m going out of my way to compliment you. It’s your attitude I’m talking about. Your natural disposition with the kids. You’re good at it, the way some people are naturally good doctors, or naturally good cooks. Sometimes it feels so hard to me.” And then she started to cry big, blubbering, snotty tears. ~Pg 56

Just started this book last night after Entangled. Can’t wait to dig into it deeper!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.

Stacking the Shelves (2)

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews,  is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

So, I went back over the last two weeks (yeah, I know, I just done this Meme last week, but hey, I am just getting this blog started) and added everything I have on my Kindle App (can’t wait till I can get my Kindle! It is hard to read NetGalley’s ebooks on my phone), or that I have won/bought. Man, I got a lot of reading to do! I hope you enjoy the titles below, maybe you will find something you haven’t heard of it. Wishing you Happy Reading!

Upcoming for Reviews: NetGalley/BFB/Author
Someday, Someday, Maybe

Spellbinding by Maya Gold (NetGalley/Scholastic Inc.) e-book
Once Upon a Time by Debbie Macomber (NetGalley/Howard Books) e-book
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (NetGalley/Random House) e-book
I’ll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde (NetGalley/Random House) e-book
Randy The Raindrop by Patty Wiese (Author) Print
Live and Let Die by Bianca Sloane (Author) e-book

Bought/Freebies last 2 weeks:
My Temporary Life
Reaching the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux (Amazon) e-book
Careful What You Wish For… by Paula Millhouse (Amazon) e-book
Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton (Amazon) e-book
Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk (Amazon) e-book
Silent Screams by Annette Gisby (Smashwords) e-book
Jordan’s Battle by E.A West e-book
Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance e-book
My Temporary Life by Martin Crosbie (Amazon) e-book
Cautious by Elizabeth Nelson (Amazon) e-book
UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn (Amazon) e-book
Watched by Cindy M Hogan (Amazon) e-book
Against the Wall by Julie Prestsater (Amazon) e-book
Unbound by Cat Miller (Amazon) e-book
All For Anna by Nicole Deese (Amazon) e-book
Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly (Amazon) e-book
Close to You by Kate Perry (Amazon) e-book
Planning For Love by Christi Barth (Amazon) e-book

Won/Gifted over the past 2 weeks:
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Truth/Consequence by Aleatha Romig – Signed Paperbacks @Brittany
When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart @ Patricia Print
Three Elements of Sorcery Series by Chris Kellen @Chris e-books
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier @Bea Print
A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles @Cara e-book
Frankie & Delilah by Francesca-Anna Daniels & Delilah Borden @Goodreads Print
The Keeper of the Dawn by J.B. Hickman e-book
One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy @Momo e-book
The love of my (other) Life by Traci L. Slatton @Nightstandnovels e-book

Past Week In Review:
Stacking the Shelves
Hair Spray, High Heels, & Second Hand Smoke by Frank Meyner
Fun: Versatile Blogger Award
Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (as Herself) by Beth Ain
Meme: Teaser Tuesday
Lord, I Give You This Day by Kay Arthur
Meme: Friday Finds
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

What are you adding to your shelf this week!? Either comment or leave your link so I can check out your list, too.
Thanks for stopping by!