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Exploring Historic Grimsby Beach

A couple of weeks ago I took the kids on another little adventure. I stumbled on this blog post from In Search of Sarah about these fabulous colourful houses in a town not too far from where I live.  I packed up the kids and recruited my parents to come with us. We've lived in this area for decades and never knew this little historical area existed. So, I had to share the cuteness with them.  I won't pretend to be a historian and tell you all the amazing things about these houses but suffice to say, they were just as cute in person as they are in the pictures.  You can learn more about these houses here: Grimsby Beach - Visitor Info History and Heritage - Village of Grimsby I LOVED the colour of this home and it was just as fresh looking in person as it is in the photo. This home was stunning in person, the picture doesn't do it justice.  The kids wanted to sit on these stools so bad but I wouldn't let them! I had to remind them we were the too look not touch. But I

#CurrentlyJenBookClub: The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin


You're never going to believe this, but in January I read two whole books! In a matter of days. And while it spurred a sense of motivation to read more, I haven't cracked open a book since. But let's not get into the nightmare that is these past few months in lock down filled with remote work, remote school, remote playdates and family chats. Remote. Remote. Remote. Remote. I'm over it.

January was a great time to escape into the world of fictional characters. I was drawn to this book because I am a huge Emily Giffin fan, and also, I have a love for any book that will take me out of reality for awhile and sweep me off my feet by way of a romantic comedy.

You can read a full description of the book here on Emily Giffin's website. But in a nutshell, fresh from a recent breakup, the main character Cecily finds herself in a bar at 2 am drinking her sorrows away. As she is contemplating drunk dialing her ex, she hears a deep, unfamiliar yet intriguingly handsome voice say "Don’t do it—you’ll regret it.”

I'm sure you can imagine what happens next...hot guy talks cute-vulnerable-recently-heartbroken girl up. Hell ya you know what happens next! BUT what I refuse to do is give you any more details because I don't want to give it all away. There are so many twists and turns in this book and also, some heartbreaking parts as the characters live through the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Through the trauma comes clarity and so much growth for Cecily and the men in her life. Which is something I love to see in novels regardless of the genre of book.

Another thing I absolutely am obsessed with, is knowing the inspiration that authors draw upon for their novels. It's sometimes hard to find, and many times I never find the answer. BUT Emily Giffin has a book club kit on her website and in it, she shares what inspired her to write the book. I wondered why she would have chosen to put such a historic and traumatic real life event (9/11) in the story. And then I read this...and I was sold. I had to read more.
Source: EmilyGiffin.com

Have you read this book? What did you think?

What's on your reading list for February?

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