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Random Book Musings: Do you get distracted easily while reading and what distracts you the most? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s random book question:

Do you get distracted easily while reading and what distracts you the most? Do you have any tips to share that work for you in order to lessen those distractions?

img_6782Norma’s Answer

Total peace and quiet for me as I am easily distracted.

This never used to be a problem for me a few years back as I could read with the radio on, while others were watching TV and with any background noise of any kind. But, that isn’t the case any longer. I have to have total quiet as my mind wonders enough as it is while I am reading. Sometimes I just close the book when I notice that I am not fully taking everything in that I am reading and start again in a couple of minutes. That usually helps!

I would say that any type of talking is the most distracting for me.

Web_L365-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

My biggest distraction while reading is falling asleep.  I can read while the TV is on or talking is going on around me.  But other noises really distract me and it’s like an anxiety trigger to me.  Music is one of the biggest ones for me.  If there is noise around me I listen and read at the same time to drown out the noise.

Web_L353-3_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s Answer

Great question Norma! 💜

I can read through pretty much any noise. If I couldn’t, I wouldn’t be able to read as much as I do. Having young children means there is always noise in my house. Plus, I always have music on in the background throughout my day (one of the first things I do when I get up is put my Spotify playlist on). I actually find the background music comforting and easier to concentrate with. I choose my books wisely though – ones that I need to be in ‘full-concentration-mode’ for, I save for when the littles are in bed. Others I can read while they play or have their TV time.

 

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Promise Me by Jade Beer #BlogBlitz @JadeBRIDES @bookouture #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

PROMISE ME BY JADE BEER BLOG BLITZ

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! We are so excited and it’s our absolute pleasure to be a part of the blog blitz for Promise Me by Jade Beer and share our individual reviews with you. Thank you so much to Kim Nash & Noelle Holten of Bookouture for including us in this blog tour.

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma, Brenda & Lindsay! xxoo

Promise Me cover

About the book:

Jenny lost her beloved mother as a teenager, and was left devastated. As a parting gift she left her daughter a bundle of letters, one for each significant day of Jenny’s future. First date, first broken heart, graduation day… and one for the day Jenny meets the love of her life.

Her mother’s letters are everything to her, but how can Jenny ever become the confident, successful woman her mother wanted her to be when her heart is broken by her loss? When an unexpected meeting has Jenny mistaken for somebody she’s not, Jenny learns that sometimes pretending is the easiest way to tell the truth and that loving someone can mean letting them go…

An absolutely unforgettable book club read that will break your heart. If you love Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern and Nancy Thayer you will love this unputdownable page-turner.

Jade BeerAbout me by Jade Beer:

Hello!

I’m Jade. I’m a novelist, mother to two young daughters and the editor of Conde Nast Brides.

I love writing about women and all the challenges we face in our daily lives. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented women throughout my career as a journalist and editor – ones who juggle the most all-encompassing careers with family and friendships and everything else that life throws at them. They often make it look so easy. But we all know it’s not. And that need to present one version of yourself to the world, while keeping the grittier, less polished reality under wraps, is a thread that runs strongly through my debut novel, The Almost Wife.

In my day job as the editor of Conde Nast Brides, I share my working life with editors of some of the glossiest, luxury brands in the world – Vogue, Tatler, Glamour – and I have the enormous privilege of travelling the world and sitting front row at beautiful fashion shows and working with the world’s leading florists, cake makers and stylists. But I also take a daily peek into the lives of young women who are engulfed in one of the most exciting times of their lives – planning their wedding days. This, above everything else, is the really fun bit. Being on the front line if you like. Hearing their thoughts, fears, worries and ambitions for the future. This really powerful cocktail of glamour and reality dances across every page of The Almost Wife and is currently being poured into my second novel which is due out in October this year.

I’m not sure I could have written The Almost Wife without making it personal too, feeding some of my own quiet fears into the mix. I’ve sat in important meetings, dropping huge clangers that years later still make me cringe. I’ve got more than my fair share of self-doubt and suffer like many other women from the dreaded imposter syndrome. I worry constantly about my family. How much time I have left with them. Am I doing any of it right? Will I be riddled with regret in later years? Will my daughters be critical of the choices I made? Am I failing the people I love the most?

Although work places me full time in London, my heart is in the countryside where I live with my husband and our two daughters. The Cotswolds is where my husband and I used to spend romantic weekends plotting our future together long before children came along and is now where I watch them both run free, hoping I will keep them close for many years to come.

Take a peek inside my life on Instagram @jadebeerbrides &/or Twitter

img_6779Norma’s Review

Heartwarming, touching, & delightful!

This was my first book that I have read by JADE BEER and will definitely not be my last. I hope to read her first book sometime some, The Almost Wife!

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book and what an absolutely lovely read it was. Normally I would read the authors previous books beforehand because without realizing that this one features some of the same characters that were in her first book sort of makes me feel a little sad that I didn’t get to know them sooner. Well not in this case though as I didn’t realize that and this one can definitely be read as a stand-alone. It does make me even more excited to read The Almost Wife now though.

PROMISE ME by JADE BEER is a captivating, touching and beautiful read that I was immediately drawn into and had me emotionally interested in all of these ladies lives right to the very end. It took me on an emotional journey that I absolutely loved which was filled with some tears of happiness and sadness.

JADE BEER delivers an engaging and beautifully written story here that was filled with lovely characters, an interesting setting, and a heartfelt storyline. I enjoyed each of these ladies individual stories equally and they complimented each other so well. I absolutely loved how their stories connected in the end. I definitely wanted all of these ladies to have their happy ending.

There were plenty of moments throughout that had me laughing, cheering, smiling, and feeling such admiration and love for this book.

Web_L367-2_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Review

Promise Me is not my normal type of read.  I do like to step out of my normal reads for a change of pace and Promise Me was just that change of pace that I needed.

Promise Me is a tender and emotional story that explores four very different women through their own emotional journeys. Their lives become intertwined as each woman is somehow involved in weddings.

Jade Beer does a great job exploring the emotions of the four women in this story.  Each has different conflicts and relationships that are explored. I loved the dynamics between the characters and I was drawn into each of their storylines.

There is a lot of drama going on here.  Sometimes this can cause a story to be weighted down for me however I thought the drama here was needed to move the story forward. I loved the ending and thought it all wrapped up so well for a satisfying ending. I recommend for a light yet emotionally satisfying reading experience.  

Web_L355-2_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s Review

An emotional, charming and lighthearted romp with a touch of romance.  Not my usual genre of choice, but extremely refreshing to branch out and try something different.

This novel revolves around four women who are each at a turning point in their lives.  Jenny, Nat, Betsy and Helen are four independent, hard-working women who each face a life decision/struggle that they are challenged by.  Their lives intertwine and intersect in surprising ways that lead them toward figuring out their path toward true happiness.

My favourite part of this novel was the letters from Jenny’s mom who passed away when Jenny was sixteen.  Before cancer took Jenny’s mother, she wrote several letters to Jenny with notes on the envelopes explaining when she wanted her to open and read them.  These were extremely emotional thoughts and reflections from mother to daughter that I found deeply touching.

While I enjoyed branching out and exploring a different genre, I also felt reminded of why I don’t often read lighthearted chick-lit.  A little too much drama and predictability for me.

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover: That lovely cover definitely caught my eye and definitely allured me into requesting and reading this book.
  • Title: The cover and title fit so well together. They are both extremely fitting and an excellent representation to storyline.
  • Writing/Prose: Well-written, fluid, beautiful and engaging.
  • Plot: Engrossing, interesting, heartwarming, gratifying, perfectly-paced, and entertaining.
  • Ending: Completely satisfying, pleasing & gratifying!

Overall: This was an all around fabulous feel good story that left me feeling contented and completely satisfied! Would recommend!

Thank you so much from all of us to Bookouture, NetGalley & Jade Beer for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

If you would like to read a copy of the book for yourself, it is available now from the following retailers: 

Amazon     iBooks     Kobo     Googleplay

Please check out these other fantastic blogs that are participating in this tour!