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.

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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.**

#ThrowbackThursday: The Breakdown (SheSpeaks Bookclub)

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was able to get in on a second SheSpeaks book club in 2017! SheSpeaks.com sent me a free copy of The Breakdown by B.A. Paris during the summer.

Here is a brief summary of the book found on Goodreads:

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

I really liked this book. It’s well written, though it takes a little longer to get the reader hooked (at least for me), but the main character is likable. Chapter by chapter I was trying to guess what was going on with this poor woman. And it wasn’t what I expected it to be! I couldn’t put it down after I reached the halfway point because that’s when the book gets really good. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for suggestion for a good psychological thriller.

Not a member of SheSpeaks? Click here to sign up and you could be invited to participate in a book club program. You can grab your very own copy of The Breakdown by clicking here.

**I received a free copy of The Breakdown for review and social sharing purposes but my opinions are 100% my own.**

#ThrowbackThursdays SheSpeaks Unboxed: It’s Always the Husband

I first joined SheSpeaks late 2016 but it wasn’t until 2017 that I was invited to participate in a SheSpeaks Unboxed program for reading a book…for FREE. I like to read, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity! The book I was invited to read and review It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell.

It’s Always The Husband is a thriller about 3 women you befriended each other when they became roommates their freshmen year of college. About 20 yrs into the future one of them finds themselves on an old bridge being urged to jump to her death. As you read the book, the mystery of what happened that night is revealed along with exploring the complicated history these 3 women has shared over the years leading up to the night when one of them is murdered.

Overall, I rather enjoyed the book. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out the truth. The book is split into 2 parts. The first part has time jumps which wasn’t executed as strongly as it could have been. I wish they were better organized and I wish there had been more exploration of the relationship between the 3 women. Fortunately, the second part is a lot better! No time jumps. It just focused on finding out how the mystery woman ends up dead. I was honestly shocked to find out who did it and why. The book is definitely worth the read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading a lot.

Interested in reading this book? You can order your own copy of It’s Always The Husband by clicking here (Amazon) OR here (Barnes & Noble).

Not a member of SheSpeaks? Click here to sign up and you could be invited to participate in a book club program.

**I received a free copy of It’s Always The Husband to review but my opinions are 100% my own.**