Code Name Hélèn by Ariel Lawhon

Code Name Hélèn by Ariel LawhonOh, my word!! I got an ARC of Code Name Hélèn by Ariel Lawhon!!!!!!!! *DOING THE HAPPY DANCE*

I am so thankful to Doubleday Publishing!

Pub Date 07 Apr 2020

Description

BASED ON THE THRILLING REAL-LIFE STORY OF SOCIALITE SPY NANCY WAKE, comes the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia, featuring the astonishing woman who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII.

Told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war, Code Name Hélène is a spellbinding and moving story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice and unfaltering resolve that chronicles the true exploits of a woman who deserves to be a household name.

It is 1936 and Nancy Wake is an intrepid Australian expat living in Paris who has bluffed her way into a reporting job for Hearst newspaper. She is fighting to cover the disturbing reports of violence coming out of Vienna and Berlin when she meets the wealthy French industrialist Henri Fiocca. No sooner does Henri sweep Nancy off her feet and convince her to become Mrs. Fiocca than the Germans invade France and she takes yet another name: a code name.

 

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The Latest Reading Agenda

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Hi, everyone!

Its been a while since I last blogged on Layered Pages. I wanted to share with you some of the upcoming books I will be reading. I’ve already started, The Space Between. I’m reading this one for review through NetGalley. I’m behind as usual on my reviews. Hoping to knock them out by reading at least one or two of them a month. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot but I don’t want to feel overwhelmed. My next blog post will be about books a dear friend gave me and I am really excited about them and can’t wait to share. This year I am focusing on expanding on the topics/themes I don’t usually read about. Much love to you all. -Stephanie Hopkins

The Space Between IThe Space Between by Dete Meserve -NetGalley Review

The truth isn’t what it seems in this stirring novel of suspense.

After presenting a major scientific breakthrough to a rapt audience across the country, renowned astronomer Sarah Mayfield returns home to a disturbing discovery. Her husband, Ben, a Los Angeles restaurateur, has disappeared, leaving behind an unexplained bank deposit of a million dollars, a loaded Glock in the nightstand, and a video security system that’s been wiped clean. The only answers their son, Zack, can offer are the last words his father said to him: keep the doors locked and set the alarm.

Sarah’s marriage was more troubled than anyone suspected, but now she is afraid that her husband’s recent past could be darker than she dares to admit. Suspecting that nothing about Ben’s vanishing is what it seems, Sarah must delve into the space between old memories, newfound fears, and misleading clues to piece together the mystery of her husband’s disappearance—and find what she hopes in her heart is the truth.

The Lies We ToldThe Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

Forgotten Bones by Vivian BarzForgotten Bones by Vivian Barz

An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.

When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted felon who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started.

Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young boy in overalls: a symptom of his schizophrenia—or so he thinks. But when more bodies turn up, Eric has more visions, and they mirror details of the murder case. As the investigation continues, the police stick with their original conclusion, but Susan’s instincts tell her something is off. The higher-ups keep stonewalling her, and the FBI’s closing in.

Desperate for answers, Susan goes rogue and turns to Eric for help. Together they take an unorthodox approach to the case as the evidence keeps getting stranger. With Eric’s hallucinations intensifying and the body count rising, can the pair separate truth from illusion long enough to catch a monster?

The Soul’s Code by James HillmanThe Soul’s Code by James Hillman

Plato and the Greeks called it “daimon,” the Romans “genius,” the Christians “guardian angel.” Today we use the terms heart, spirit, and soul. To James Hillman, the acknowledged intellectual source for Thomas Moore’s bestselling sensation Care of the Soul, it is the central and guiding force of his utterly compelling “acorn theory” in which each life is formed by a unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny, just as the mighty oak’s destiny is written in the tiny acorn.

In this new look at age-old themes, Hillman provides a radical, frequently amusing, and highly accessible path to realization through an extensive array of examples. He urges his readers to discover the “blueprints” particular to their own individual lives, certain that there is more to life than can be explained by genetics or environment. As he says, “We need a fresh way of looking at the importance of our lives.”

What The Soul’s Code offers is an inspirational, positive approach to life, a way of seeing, and a way of recovering what has been lost of our intrinsic selves.

 

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Another St, Martin Press book I got approved to review through Netgalley from St. Martin Press! Goodness! I didn’t think I would be sent a copy…I am so behind on reviews. Its been tough focusing on reading lately but I am determined to get back on track. I started reading this one last night and although for me it didn’t start off with a bang, I’m curious about the story so far… -Stephanie M. Hopkins 

The Long CallPub Date 03 Sep 2019  

Description

From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

 

Update: Daring Greatly

Me IIThe other day ago I posted a blog post about Daring Greatly by Dr. Brené Brown and I shared that most of my self-help studies and inspirational living comes from the Bible. I continued to write, “That doesn’t mean that I dismiss what others have to say about how we live, human conditions, shame, courage and understanding of oneself. What I like most about Browns work is she gives us all something to connect too.” The statement I made has weighed on my mind ever since in several ways. One being that I am a Christian and the Bible-especially in Galatians-warns us against human works. Though Brown isn’t preaching the Gospel in her message, I couldn’t help but pause after I posted my blog post. I feel I spoke unwisely and in a secular manner. I still believe she is a good motivator speaker and has studied human conditions in-depth. I do not know her religious or spiritual views so I can not judge her in that context-if you will. 


Dr. Brené Brown gives us a lot of great advice and she argues that “Vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.” She would be right but I would like to take it a step further and say that as Christians, we should put our trust in God to help us in all ways, study His word daily and pray. God gives us the tools to better ourselves in our daily walk with Him.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Daring Greatly

I discovered Dr. Brené Brown on Netflix. As much as I love to read, I was surprised I had not heard of her work or motivational speeches before. Though I must confess most of my self-help studies and inspirational living comes from the Bible but that doesn’t mean that I dismiss what others have to say about how we live, human conditions, shame, courage, understanding of oneself and the understanding of others. What I like most about Browns work is she gives us all something to connect too. I would be surprised to hear if there was anyone out there who could not relate to her message. I would like to encourage you all to read her book and watch her talk-The Call to Courage-on Netflix.

I’ve been studying Roosevelt’s life of late and was pleasantly surprised when she quoted him. Brown went up another notch in my good opinion of her.

-Stephanie M Hopkins

Daring GreatlyAbout Daring Greatly:

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

Signs Of A Book Addict

When you have a Barnes & Noble Gift Card and you are browsing the B&N shelves trying to remember if you already have that book in your home library…. Yeah, that’s me. Or you have so many books in your NetGalley shelf, you can’t remember if you’ve reviewed the book. These are all signs of a book addict I must confess.

I decided to take a chance on three books I wasn’t sure I already had. They are down below and I’m really looking forward to reading them!

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Whispering in FrenchWhispering in French by Sophia Nash

Published August 1st 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Home is the last place Kate expected to find herself…

As a child, Kate Hamilton was packed off each summer to her grandfather’s ivy-covered villa in southern France. That ancestral home, named Marthe Marie, is now crumbling, and it falls to Kate—regarded as the most responsible and practical member of her family—to return to the rugged, beautiful seaside region to confront her grandfather’s debts and convince him to sell.

Kate makes her living as a psychologist and life coach, but her own life is in as much disarray as Marthe Marie. Her marriage has ended, and she’s convinced that she has failed her teen aged daughter, Lily, in unforgivable ways. While delving into colorful family history and the consequences of her own choices, Kate reluctantly agrees to provide coaching to Major Edward Soames, a British military officer suffering with post-traumatic stress. Breaking through his shell, and dealing with idiosyncratic locals intent on viewing her as an Americanized outsider, will give Kate new insight into who—and where—she wants to be. The answers will prove as surprising as the secrets that reside in the centuries-old villa.

Witty and sophisticated, rich in history and culture, Sophia Nash’s novel vividly evokes both its idyllic French setting and the universal themes of self-forgiveness and rebuilding in a story as touching as it is wise.

All Is Not ForgottenAll is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Published July 18th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

A Piece of the WorldA Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Published February 21st 2017 by William Morrow

“Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden.”

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

Q&A With Plexus Ambassador Haley Morrison

This year on Layered Pages I decide to expand on the mediums I discuss and feature. Health and fitness are a big part of my life and I am thrilled to be talking with Haley Morrison about her health journey as an Ambassador for Plexus.

Hi, Haley! Thank you for visiting Layered Pages today. Please tell me a little about yourself and how you heard about Plexus.

Haley MorrisonHi Stephanie! Thank you so much for your time and interest in finding out more about my story! First off, my name is Haley Morrison and I live in Dallas Georgia. I’m 33 years old, married to be best friend and high school sweetheart, and we have four beautiful children! I heard about Plexus from my cousin Allison, who is an Ambassador with Plexus. She had been taking the products for 3 years and I silently watched her journey on social media. I finally decided to give the products a shot for myself a year and a half ago.

Using Plexus how did it change your health?

Before Plexus, I suffered from debilitating headaches 3-4 times a week which kept me in the bed or on the couch for hours. I also suffered with sleep issues, fatigue, mood swings, high blood pressure, and much more. After a week taking the products, I noticed that I hadn’t had one headache and I was sleeping like a baby each night! In the year and a half that I have been on the products I have noticed more natural energy, all the baby weight is gone, sleep issues are completely gone, headaches are gone, monthly cramping is nonexistent, my skin and hair is healthier, my digestive system is very regular, I have come off my blood pressure medications, I have no more brain fog, and I’m just a happier mama and wife!

When did you decide to become an Ambassador for Plexus and how has your journey been so far?

I became an Ambassador in June of 2017 after watching my cousin for a year. I was very skeptical for that year but after seeing her results and studying the ingredients and company history, I was convinced that Plexus was legit. My only regret was not joining sooner! My journey so far has been absolutely incredible. Outside of my health results, I have gained so many genuine friends who support and build me up. My confidence and self-esteem have risen from the ashes (they were pretty nonexistent due to a previous marriage). I also feel like I have a purpose now. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a stay at mom and wife. My family is my life! I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was meant for more! Helping others feel and look healthy again has definitely become a passion and I wake up every morning looking forward to this little side gig of mine! I have high goals set and I have no doubt in my mind that I will reach them!

How does Plexus stand apart from other health products?

I get asked this question a lot and I LOVE answering it! I 100% believe that there is no comparable company out there. Plexus products stand apart because of quality. The integrity of the ingredients is never compromised to suit the company’s financial agenda. Our mission is to support true health from the inside out with products that are always high quality, safe, and effective. The business opportunity is also like no other! Network marketing companies have gotten a bad rap over the years but I fully believe Plexus can change everyone’s minds! They pour into us so much and their love for their Ambassadors is such a blessing! When you choose to start sharing, you choose your own pace. There are no requirements, no inventory to keep, to parties to host, no obligation at all! It truly is YOUR business. YOUR way.

What is your favorite Plexus Product and what does it do?

Haley Morrison IIOh goodness that is a hard question! I love each and every product for different reasons! If I had to choose, though, I would have to say Slim- our infamous “Pink Drink”! It was originally created for diabetics and is known for its amazing ability to help keep blood sugar, cholesterol, and lipids at healthy levels. Balancing blood sugar helps heart health, helps balance hormones, improves sleep, restores energy levels, reduces inflammation, and reduces sugar cravings! Slim is NOT a diet. Its NOT a meal replacement. It’s NOT a fad. It’s NOT an energy drink. It’s simply a tool to help balance your body in a natural way.

Will you please share a testimony from one of your clients and how the Plexus Products changed their life?

I absolutely love sharing testimonies! Here is one from Lesa MacGregor:

“It started with my seeing posts about the “Pink Drink”. Like most, I was skeptical about a supplement that got the kind of rave reviews from so many. I figured I would research Plexus just to see what the craze was all about. The testimonies blew me away. Fast forward almost 2 years. My cousin kept saying,” If you’ve tried everything else and it’s not working, why not try Plexus? And besides, there is a 60-day money back guarantee. OK. I admit that definitely got my attention. I have suffered with GERD most of my adult life. In 1996 I was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus. I’ve had an endoscopy every 2 years since, to monitor the condition. So, I made the decision to try the supplements. At first the detox symptoms made me give up much too soon. You see I was one of those people who wanted instant results. I believe we have become accustomed to that these days. However, my cousin was very concerned about my condition and encouraged me to continue with the products. Is been 2 years that I have been in them and I kick myself for the 2 years I wasted contemplating. As of my most recent upper endoscopy, no Barrett’s Esophagus is present. I also suffered from migraines at least 4 to 5 times a month that would zap me for days. Not another since Plexus. My husband saw how well they worked for me and started taking them as well. His blood-work had never looked so good and his BP improved so much that he is off one of his meds. I am positive he will eventually be off both. The weight loss we both encountered was just a bonus. As grandparents we were ecstatic with the incredible increase in our energy levels. I’ve learned that gut health and most importantly the right supplements make all the difference in your health. We are Plexus people for the duration.”

What is the different products Plexus Sells?

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Plexus has a product line that has something to fit everyone’s health needs. For weight loss we offer: Slim, Hunger Control Slim, Chocolate and Vanilla Whey Replacement called Lean, Mocha Vegetarian Meal Replacement Lean, MetaBurn, Block, Accelerator, and Boost. For Nutrition: BioCleanse, ProBio5 Probiotics, Vitalbiome Probiotics, XFactor Plus multivitamin, XFactor Kids Multi’Probiotic in 1, MegaX Plant based Omegas, Ease capsules, Nerve, and Edge. For personal/skin care: Joyome Day and Overnight Serum, Body Cream, Ease Cream, and the Breast Chek Kit.

How can potential customers learn more about Plexus?

I would be more than happy to arrange a call or message via social media to answer any questions that anyone may have! To view the products and what they have to offer, you can visit my site HERE

I can also be found on Facebook

I can also be found on Instagram at @mamasharkof4

Email: haleymorrison.plexus@gmail.com