Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Book Review: The Light Between Oceans

This year, I'm inviting my blog friends to join my real life book club!


If you missed our January pick (Station Eleven) be sure to check out our review here. We are still talking about that book and recommending it to all our friends!

Our February pick was The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.



1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.

Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ...


The Light Between Oceans is a debut novel that quickly became a New York Times bestseller and the movie release from DreamWorks is scheduled for later this year. You can check out IMDb for the cast list.

Our thoughts ...

Well first of all, the cover of the book is beautiful and mesmerizing! Of course you can't judge a book by it's cover, but covers and titles are part of the package. Take a walk through a book store. Yes, a real book store! With so many books to choose from, it's the cover and title that often prompt you to reach out and pick up a book in the first place, don't you think?

The Light Between Oceans is beautifully written and life on Janus Island is richly detailed. It takes on an almost magical feel. And the meticulous work of the lighthouse keeper is fascinating. We felt like we were truly stepping back in time. But this is the heartbreaking story of love and loss. Decisions made with the best of intentions and from a place of love result in devastating consequences. 

If you are looking for a light uplifting read, save this for later. This is a book that pull at your heartstrings from the very first page. We all felt emotionally invested in the characters. We hoped for the very best for each and every one, but knew that was not entirely possible. 

The Light Between Oceans provided for a great discussion. Are right and wrong absolutes? What motivated each character to make the decisions they made? Can you imagine yourself in the position of the characters? What choices do you think you would have made?

If there was one thing we wished for, it was for more detail in the later chapters of the book. The early chapter were so detailed and we desperately wanted to know more about what happened to the characters after all the secrets were revealed..

Overall, The Light Between Oceans was a great read and one that we would recommend! Have you read it? We'd love to hear what you think!

Our next book pick is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 
Feel free to read along with us!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #153

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!

Elizabeth and Co.

Thank goodness it's finally the last week of February. Between the snow, ice, bone-chilling temperatures, colds, coughs and flu,  I think we've had quite enough of winter around here -whew!

But you all certainly have not let winter slow you down. Check out this week's awesome features .....

Sarah from Pewter and Sage shared this charming nursery (and sweet baby boy!) with the most amazing hand-stamped drapes!


 


Lauren from Bless'er House painted her bathroom cabinets and used label drawer pulls for a fun card catalog look!



Gail from My Repurposed Life took a generic beat-up dresser and turned it into a stylish new TV cabinet!

This pretty French blue desk makeover comes our way from Mary Beth's Place!



This vintage buffet has a new lease on life thanks to a beautiful makeover from Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies!



Brenda from Unique Junktique focused on the details for this duo she dubbed Oysters on the Half-Shell!




This simple shutter organizer from A Woman's Haven is pretty and functional!




Kristi from Making it in the Mountains promises that this is the best French Onion Soup you'll ever have and it sure looks warm and comforting!




And I can't wait to try this Quick and Easy Jambalaya Casserole from Wanda Ann at Memories by the Mile!


Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!
If you've been featured, feel free to grab a cute little button from the sidebar!


Elizabeth and Co.

Now on to this week's party...


*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... whatever is inspiring you at the moment!

*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.


We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #152

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!

Elizabeth and Co.

It another beautiful snow day here in Maryland, but it's freezing out there!
Hope you are staying safe and warm wherever you are!

Now on to this week's fabulous features .....

I love this sweet nursery from Nicki at T-shirt & Jeans!




Robin from Happy At Home caught the sewing bug and whipped up a pair of framed quilt blocks for her pretty red and white kitchen! 





How striking is this black and white hutch from Simply Vintageous by Suzan!




This charming farmhouse dresser makeover comes to us from Cynthia at Clockwork Interiors!



Rena from Lemon Peel went fun and funky with this faux sheepskin bench makeover!


I love the color and the scale of this little cupboard from Jenni at Roots & Wings Furniture!


This oak washstand was looking pretty sad before it got a beautiful new lease on life from How not to DIY!


This Strawberry Refrigerator Cake from Crystal & Co. looks like a crowd-pleaser for sure!


More pretty in pink with these Lemon Pomegranate Cupcakes from LouLou Girls!


Want to celebrate Fat Tuesday with an authentic King Cake? Simple Plate shared the recipe and all the details on this Mardi Gras tradition!


Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!
If you've been featured, feel free to grab a cute little button from the sidebar!


Elizabeth and Co.

Now on to this week's party...


*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... whatever is inspiring you at the moment!

*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.


We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #151

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!

Elizabeth and Co.

Lots of amazing features this week, so let's get right to it .....

Laurel from The North End Loft created a beautiful bistro chalkboard for her charming dining room!




Love this beautiful new bathroom from The Heathered Nest!



This redesigned dining room from Beachwood Place is simply stunning! I love the soft color palette and all the texture.



Mary from Orphans With MakeUp added some pretty details to this dining room table to make it extra special!




Emily from Our House Now A Home went for a rustic farmhouse style with this gorgeous dining room table that she and her husband built!




Beautiful touches of gold highlight this piece from Suzanne at The Painted Drawer!



This china cabinet from Mary Beth's Place took a whole week of prep, but the result is stunning!


I love citrus flavors and these Orange Muffins from At The Corner of Happy and Harried are totally calling my name!


From The Family shared Grandma's Lemon Blueberry Bread!




How sweet are these Celebration Sugar Cookies with Sour Cream Icing from Simply Suzanne's At Home!




Diane from An Extraordinary Day shared her recipe for the Best Ever Hot Fudge Sauce - oh my!




Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!
If you've been featured, feel free to grab a cute little button from the sidebar!


Elizabeth and Co.

Now on to this week's party...


*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... whatever is inspiring you at the moment!

*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.


We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #150

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!

Elizabeth and Co.

Today is our 150th party! That's a whole lot of fun and shared inspiration. Thanks so much for being here!

Now let's check out this week's fabulous features ...

How pretty is this DIY Paper Boxwood Wreath from Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home!



Lauren from Bless'er House created this fabulous rustic planked wall as part of her bathroom renovation and also shared some simple tips to give the most basic window a beautiful upgrade!





This coral and navy bedroom transformation from Amy at Home Happy Home is calm and sophisticated, but still has enough whimsy to make a young girl happy!



Jamie from Anderson + Grant is embracing the season with her charming winter mantel!



I'm loving the mix of bold color in this cottage boho living space from Brenda at Cozy Little House!



Have you ever considered cutting a piece of furniture in half? I think Gail from My Repurposed Life just might have outdone herself on this project!


Robin from Happy At Home needed something with height for under her coffee table, so she created a wonderful rustic weathered crate from the scraps in her garage!



While many of us are covered in snow or just trying to stay 
 warm, love is definitely in the air over at The Refeathered Roost!




Thinking about a sweet treat for Valentine's Day? Nicola from Pink Recipe Box shared this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bark that looks really special, but sounds simple to make!



Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!
If you've been featured, feel free to grab a cute little button from the sidebar!


Elizabeth and Co.

Now on to this week's party...


*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... whatever is inspiring you at the moment!

*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.

We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!