The Girl He Used to Know (March 2019)

Early 2019 I was invited to participate in another SheSpeaks book club program. This is the last one I have participated in as of August 2020.

I received a complimentary copy of The Girl He Used to Know for this book club program.

This book is a really sweet love story. Annika was very relatable and likable. I found it easy to root for her love story to have a happy ending. And I really enjoyed watching Annika evolve into a strong woman.

It was so easy to get immersed in this book that I read it within 4 days! Which is something haven’t done in a long time!

What if you had a second chance at first love?

Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others. Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.

Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all.

– Goodreads book description of The Girl He Used To Know

If you like a good love story and are looking for a quick read, this may be the book for you. You can grab your own copy here.

Interested in participating in book club program like this one? Join SheSpeaks today and you just may have the opportunity in the future.

* I received a complimentary copy of The Girl He Used to Know from SheSpeaks in exchange for participating in their book club program. My honest opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.*

Happy New Year: 2021

2020 was one HELL of a year for the whole world! And I was fortunate in comparison to others, thankfully. The good news is my family already keeps to ourselves anyway so it didn’t change our lifestyle a whole lot. The biggest things that happened last year is my little girl turned 1 yrs old and I got married 💒  Of course, due to COVID-19 it definitely wasn’t the dream wedding we had wanted but we didn’t want to put it off. It’s been slow going, but I am still working on a blanket for our bed (see the featured picture for my current progress) and haven’t been able to do much else because my stash is blocked off while we organize our house. And I have been reading… just like crocheting, it’s slow going, but I am reading. So perhaps I will be able to write some new book reviews this year. Happy new year, my readers, and I hope 2021 is a better year for all of us!

Return to crochet 🧶

I told it was about to happen. I’m back to crocheting! It feels good to work with my hook and yarn again after going way too long without doing any crocheting at all.

I’m currently just working on a blanket for our bed that I have worked on and off on for a few years. I’m finally getting close to the halfway point.

I just realized today I haven’t posted in about a month. Those review posts will be returning before the end of the year. But first I have a 1 yr old birthday celebration and a wedding to plan for. So you likely won’t see anything until the end of November.

Getting back to crochet (soon)…

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few years, you probably have noticed I haven’t really crocheted for LONG time. Which sounds kinda crazy considering the title of this blog was inspired by crocheting. And it did bother me but I just wasn’t in the mood to crochet. I just needed a break.

And then I got pregnant and became a mom. I had difficult time finding balance between taking care of my daughter, taking care of the house, and taking care of myself and only recently have felt like I am starting to figure it out. Crocheting just wasn’t a priority. It wasn’t even on my radar!

But the thing I have learned about crochet is that I will ALWAYS find my way back to it. This is why my blog is called Once Upon This Hook because I knew I would inevitably find my way back again and again. And crochet does help me work through things when going through a difficult time.

So, anyways, the whole reason why I am even writing this post is to announce that I will be getting back to crocheting in the near future. I’m not quite there but I feel my crochet mojo coming back. So you can expect to see some crochet related posts to pop back up again this year. Even if it’s just updates one what I am working on.

What is SheSpeaks???

I’ve been sharing a few book reviews of books I received free from SheSpeaks lately and I just realized I failed to take a moment to tell you what exactly SheSpeaks is.

Total fail on my part! But I want to make it right by taking the time to tell you about it right now.

SheSpeaks is basically an online community exclusively for women. There are many things you can do on the site like:

  • Writing reviews of products you have used
  • Participating in discussion forums
  • Contributing blog posts (if you are a blogger)
  • Entering contests
  • Opportunities to participate in book clubs

I have participated in multiple book club programs since joining the community:

  • It’s Always The Husband
  • The Breakdown
  • The Dream Daughter
  • The Girl He Used To Know

I haven’t participated in any book clubs since becoming a mama but I am hoping to when she gets a little older.

If you’re looking to join a community for women, then SheSpeaks might be what you are looking for. To check it out click here.

#ThrowbackThursdays: The Dream Daughter (SheSpeaks Book Club)

Late 2018 I received a copy of The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain via SheSpeaks. This was the September book club reading material and also the only book club program I participated in 2018.

This isn’t the sort of novel I tend to gravitate toward often. However, it turned out to be something very different than I expected it to be–in a good way! I almost didn’t even apply to participate in this book club because I thought there was a chance it would a bit on the boring side so I was very happy that it turned out to be quite the intriguing read.

I like the two main characters in this book. Caroline and Hunter are quite likable and it easy to empathize with them. The further I got into the story, the harder it got to put down. Also, things got pretty interesting fairly quickly.

I enjoyed this book so much that I knew as soon as I finished this book that I should pass it along to one of my friends who I know will enjoy this book. The Dream Daughter would make a great gift to a mother or daughter who loves to curl up with a good book. I would also go as far to say that this might even make a great Mother’s Day gift! You can read a sample and/or grab your own copy of this lovely read by clicking here.


When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

-Goodreads description of The Dream Daughter

Have you read any of Diane Chamberlain’s other books?

Which ones are your favorites?

Not a member of SheSpeaks? Click here to sign up and you could be invited to participate in a book club just like this one. To grab your own copy of The Dream Daughter here.

**I received an Advanced Readers’ Copy of The Dream Daughter from SheSpeaks in exchange for an honest review and some social sharing. The above review reflects my own opinions of the book.**