Book Review: More Than I Can Say by Anna Belle Rose

As I mentioned recently, an author friend of mine recently provided me with an Advance Review Copy of her most recent release. More Than I Can Say is Anna Belle Rose’s third romance novel and I am honored to have had the opportunity to read this book.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

Georgiana Hewitt seems to have it all. She is beautiful, professionally successful and financially secure. But her love life is pathetic. When her new boss, Jackson, accompanies her on a work trip, she fights her overwhelming attraction to him. She finally gives in, sharing several perfect nights with him, knowing it can only be a fling. Two months later, Georgiana is shocked to realize that she is pregnant, and heartbroken when she miscarries before she can tell Jack. Weeks later, when Jack finds out about the pregnancy, his rage and hurt drive him away. Can he forgive her, and can they have a future together?

Having previously read Anna Belle Rose’s first two novels, it seems like she’s really hit her stride with More Than I Can Say. I felt like I got to know the main characters really well, particularly George. Lots of depth with everyone in this book, and so many issues are brought up that I wanted to learn more about when all was said and done. There are several characters that I hope Rose writes additional books for, most especially Boone, who I went and begged for a happy ending for. (There may or may not have been a response that I’m getting my wish and Boone is getting his own book – SQUEE!)

More Than I Can Say made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think. It also made me want to string lights in the trees and wish for justice against a certain character. You’ll have to read it to find out why. I’m willing to bet your response will be as visceral as mine.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Abuse survivors should know that sexual assault and physical abuse are addressed in this book. It is addressed with love by the characters involved, but was hard to read. Please make sure that you are prepared for this and if you are a survivor, you have access to whatever support systems you deem necessary when confronting such issues. The scenes are well-written and as a reader, I came to love the individuals involved who supported George through her trials, but it is not something one should walk into unprepared if dealing with trauma.

More Than I Can Say is available on Amazon in print and Kindle format, as are Anna Belle Rose’s first two novels, That One Small Omission and The Phone Call. You can get in touch with her on Facebook, via Twitter as @KFAnnaBelleRose, or on her author website. She has a memoir in the works that will surely be a treasure.

FCC Disclosure: I was provided a free Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book in digital format for review purposes. I was not compensated financially for this review or any on other sites. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links are included in this post and I will not receive any form of compensation for sharing contact information of the author or publisher.

2017 Reading List Close-Out

For those who love to read, I’ve closed out my 2017 reading list and will be updating my tab for the new year. If you’d like to peruse what I read last year, here’s the list. If you’d like to peruse my book list from 2016, you can read the four posts sharing those titles at the following links: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.

  1. JANUARY: Self-Sufficiency on a Shoestring – Bridgewater
  2. Mayhem at the Orient Express – Logan
  3. The Final Day – Forstchen
  4. Temple Reflections – Gaskill
  5. Vern Yip’s Design Wise – Yip
  6. Living Large in our Little House – Fivecoat-Campbell
  7. Living Without Electricity: Lessons from the Amish – Scott & Pellman
  8. The Urban Homesteading Cookbook – Nelson
  9. Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox – Davis
  10. 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home – Berry
  11. Black Friday – Johnstone
  12. Into the Guns – Dietz
  13. Knitting – Bartlett
  14. The Organized & Efficient House Spouse – Anderson
  15. The Complete Guide to Using, Laundering, and Sewing Reusable Cloth – Pientka
  16. Give Your Child the World – Martin
  17. FEBRUARY: The Knitting Diaries – Macomber
  18. Sustainability Starts at Home – Gifford
  19. The Zero-Waste Lifestyle – Korst
  20. Americanah – Adichie
  21. The Latter-day Morning – Bacera
  22. Heat & Light – Haigh
  23. Green Christmas – Sander
  24. SoulSpace – Balbes
  25. Sewing Happiness – Ishida
  26. Plowing with Pigs – Will
  27. Snow Mountain Passage – Houston
  28. These is My Words – Turner
  29. MARCH: The Third Plate – Barber
  30. One Thing at a Time – Glovinsky
  31. Code Word – Abramson
  32. The Year of Living Danishly – Russell
  33. The Guardian – Lund
  34. Obsession – Abramson
  35. Faith – Copeland
  36. The Temple: Where Heaven Meets Earth – Madsen
  37. The Other Einstein – Benedict
  38. The Non-Toxic Avenger – Duke
  39. Longing for Home – Eden
  40. Hope Springs – Eden
  41. I Quit Sugar – Wilson
  42. Weave of Absence – Martin
  43. Loom and Doom – Martin
  44. The Secret Stitch – Reid
  45. The Eagle Catcher – Coel
  46. APRIL: Women and the Priesthood – Dew
  47. The Ghost Walker – Coel
  48. Sojourn Stitch – Reid
  49. The Modern Natural Dyer – Vejar
  50. June – Copeland
  51. Hope – Copeland
  52. Glory – Copeland
  53. Ruth – Copeland
  54. Freefall – Abramson
  55. The Broken Circle – Potter
  56. Royal Target – Abramson
  57. Her Good Name – Kilpack
  58. MAY: No Idle Hands – MacDonald
  59. Simply Clean – Rapinchuk
  60. Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs – Brown
  61. Song of the Lion – Hillerman
  62. Prepper’s Food Storage – Languille
  63. Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World – McKinley
  64. A Discovery of Witches – Harkness
  65. Shades of Earl Grey – Childs
  66. Lonesome Cowboy – Macomber
  67. Texas Two Step – Macomber
  68. The Fourth Wife – Davis
  69. JUNE: How Starbucks Saved My Life – Gill
  70. Shadow of Night – Harkness
  71. The Book of Life – Harkness
  72. DIY Woven Art – Denbow
  73. Dragonwell Dead – Childs
  74. Knitting Yarns – Hood
  75. Adulting is a Myth – Anderson
  76. The Journal: Martial Law – Moore
  77. The Day After – Baze
  78. Naturally Nourished – Britton
  79. Knitting Scarves from Around the World – Cornell
  80. The Witch’s Daughter – Brackston
  81. The Return of the Witch – Brackston
  82. The Winter Witch – Brackston
  83. Lamp Black, Wolf Grey – Brackston
  84. The Silver Witch – Brackston
  85. Frogs and Kisses – Swendson
  86. The Templar Legacy – Berry
  87. The Alexandria Link – Berry
  88. JULY: You Can Buy Happiness – Strobel
  89. Protecting the Gift – De Becker
  90. Unprocessed – Kimble
  91. A Sensible Arrangement – Peterson
  92. A Moment in Time – Peterson
  93. A Matter of Heart – Peterson
  94. The Chemist – Meyer
  95. Patriot’s Dream – Michaels
  96. Frontier Grit – Monson
  97. Class 11 – Waters
  98. AUGUST: Only Skein Deep – Sefton
  99. Make Your Bed – McRaven
  100. The Journey Home – Winchester
  101. Colors: the Story of Dyes and Pigments – Delamare
  102. Fablehaven – Mull
  103. Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World – Garfield
  104. Caroline’s Child – Macomber
  105. Dr. Texas – Macomber
  106. Murder at Hatfield House – Carmack
  107. The Gospel of Hemp – Archuleta
  108. A Tale of Two Preppers – Gregerson
  109. Locker Nine – Horton
  110. Murder at Westminster Abbey – Carmack
  111. Arthritis-Proof Your Life – Schoffro Cook
  112. Murder in the Queen’s Garden – Carmack
  113. Murder at Fountainebleu – Carmack
  114. Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star – Mull
  115. SEPTEMBER: Janitors – Whitesides
  116. The Borrowed World – Horton
  117. The Rarest Blue – Sterman
  118. Trinity – Fetter-Vorm
  119. The Rally Point – Gregersen
  120. Over the River and Through the Woods – Gregersen
  121. The Journey Home – Winchester
  122. Outage – Barr
  123. When the Power is Gone – Glaspy
  124. Post Grid – Martineau
  125. When the Peace is Gone – Glaspy
  126. Unexpected World – Pike
  127. Uncertain World – Pike
  128. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague – Mull
  129. Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary – Mull
  130. Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison – Mull
  131. Unknown World – Pike
  132. Unwanted World – Pike
  133. In the Shadow of Denali – Peterson
  134. Darkness Begins – Tate
  135. The Salt Line – Goddard Jones
  136. To Siri With Love – Newman
  137. Surviving the Fall – Kraus
  138. Darkness Grows – Tate
  139. Darkness Rises – Tate
  140. OCTOBER: Chaos Comes – Tate
  141. Chaos Gains – Tate
  142. Talon of God – Snipes
  143. The Journey Home – Motes
  144. The Search – Motes
  145. Gathering Home – Motes
  146. Ghost Fleet – Singer & Cole
  147. Level Up Your Life – Kamb
  148. That One Small Omission – Rose
  149. John Adams – McCullough
  150. Emergency Evacuations – Bedford
  151. The Water Knife – Bacigalupi
  152. NOVEMBER: Land – Shaver
  153. Grace Under Fire – Horton
  154. Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom – Ricks
  155. Of Slippers & Secrets – Twichell
  156. Confessions of a Domestic Failure – Laditan
  157. Money Secrets of the Amish – Craker
  158. Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style – Harris
  159. When the Pain is Gone – Glaspy
  160. Forgotten Ways for Modern Days – Blondel
  161. Pulse – Taylor
  162. Cooking Green – Heyhoe
  163. Void Star – Mason
  164. Sunshine to Dollars – Harris
  165. Surviving the Blackout of 2003 – Harris
  166. Homegrown Sprouts – Galchus
  167. The Indigo Girl – Boyd
  168. Green Sense for the Home – Freed & Daum
  169. Relatively Dead – Connolly
  170. Chaos Evolves – Tate
  171. Be a Hero – Geddes & Rees
  172. Into the Forest – Hegland
  173. The Reversion – Smith
  174. Molôn Labé! – Party
  175. DECEMBER: If We Survive – Klavan
  176. Last Light – Blackstock
  177. Night Light – Blackstock
  178. True Light – Blackstock
  179. Dawn’s Light – Blackstock
  180. 31 Days to Survival – Creekmore
  181. Behold, Darkness and Sorrow – Goodwin
  182. Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook – Layton
  183. Alas, Babylon – Frank
  184. Promised Land – Tarr
  185. Phoenix Rising – Johnstone
  186. Phoenix Rising: Firebase Freedom – Johnstone
  187. Have Yourself a Thrifty Little Christmas – Luther
  188. Thread the Halls – Wait
  189. Survival Notes EMP Preparedness Guide – Hughes
  190. The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution – Romm
  191. Phoenix Rising: Day of Judgement – Johnstone
  192. The Complete 52 Weeks Savings Plan – Bedford
  193. The Scorpio Races – Stiefvater
  194. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Townsend
  195. The Complete Book of Prepping Lists – Family Survival Planning
  196. Before the Power was Gone – Glaspy
  197. Preserving Everything – Meredith
  198. A Christmas Return – Perry
  199. Year One – Roberts
  200. The Practical Prepper – Jones

November 2017 Goals

How did October go for you? Did you accomplish some of what you hoped to? I got a few things finished and a few things I straight took off the list. You can see my October list here, with updates. Now, on to November!

Pantry & Preparedness:
Use Sun Oven as much as possible (we are finding it’s a trial and error process – but it’s fun and free fuel!)
Charge & program our HAM radios (Still learning how to program them, but they are charged!) Continue reading

October 2017 Goals

Pantry & Preparedness:
Purchase two cases of bottled water for our emergency supplies (DONE 18 Oct 2017)
Scan vital documents to a USB drive for evacuation bag
Walk 1x weekly with evacuation bag & with dog wearing her panniers (thanks to this little lesson learned!)

Finish knitting donation hat (Frogged this project & gave away the yarn. It is just way too hard on my hands.)
Re-start my Tesla shawl (Cast on [again!] 11 Oct 2017)

Education & Personal Enrichment:
Finish first quarter of kids’ homeschooling (DONE 13 Oct 2017)
Read a book from my fall/winter reading list (DONE: Finished reading Ghost Fleet 8 Oct 2017; finished John Adams 10/26; finished The Water Knife 10/30)
Finish the “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” lecture series I am watching on The Great Courses Plus (This is on hold for me; reading John Adams took up most of my free time in October!)
Complete at least one FEMA Independent Study course

Writing & Professional Development:
Catch up on my LinkedIn messages/connection requests (DONE 15 Oct 2017)
Transfer clips list to this site
Type up final draft of the article I’m working on, and submitted to planned site
Work on my non-fiction book, Prepare Anywhere

Index at least 10 batches/100 image files (DONE 8 Oct 2017)
Participate in Worldwide Indexing Event sponsored by (DONE 21 Oct 2017)
Scan irreplaceable family photos to USB drive

Health & Wellness:
Dental exam/cleaning appointments for children (EDIT: Now in November)
Make appointments with specialists for myself & one child per primary doctors’ referrals
Walk at least twice weekly (without evacuation pack)

What are your goals for October? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! If you’d like to see what I was able to mark off my September goal list, click here.

Summer 2017 Reading List

As I mentioned earlier this week, my summer reading list for 2017 focused on dyes and colorants. I have several titles on my fiber shelf that deal with the mechanics of dyeing fiber and fabric, particularly with natural items such as roots, flowers, and the like. A few years ago I had the opportunity to take a class on natural dyeing at Arbutus Folk School (located in the Pacific Northwest). The class included a trip to the local farmers market, where we purchased or found items we could dye our silk scarves with, and some foraging for items along the trail to and from the market. I chose to dye my scarves with the bark of the Pacific madrone tree (Arbutus menziesii) for three reasons: 1, it was readily accessible around the base of multiple madrones along the path since the trees naturally shed their bark; 2, because it is one of my favorite trees; and 3, because it is the tree the folk school was named after and a perfect memento of the day.

This year my studies are less on the “how to” facets of dyes and dyeing and more on the history of the science of dye stuffs and the cultural uses of them. If you’d like to learn more about these aspects of dyeing, here’s the list I’ve worked from. You may, of course, have already spotted the titles on my reading list page – I just thought it would be nice to make it a little more convenient for you to create a list for your next library trip or Kindle splurge. Enjoy!

The Modern Natural Dyer – Vejar
Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World – McKinley
Colors: the Story of Dyes and Pigments – Delamare
Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World – Garfield
A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire – Greenfield
Fifty Animals That Changed the Course of History – Chaline
The Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered – Sterman
A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World – Padilla