Everything You Ever Wanted: Book Review and Giveaway

I like memoirs.

I like good storytelling.

I believe that folks who have adopted are pretty darn cool.

This book combines all of it. When I got the opportunity to review it and then host a giveaway, I didn’t hesitate! The last weekend has been very busy with travel, and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish the book, but I did!


Jillian Lauren’s third book: Everything You Ever Wanted is releasing today and I recommend it to everyone who is a book lover or a fan of good narration. Then of course, if you are a parent, then yes, you will nod your head at some places, and at some points you will commiserate with her trials and tribulations of parenting, and if you believe in second chances, then you will want to fight and root for her at parts.



The book: Everything You Ever Wanted  is a story about a mother. A college dropout, with a wild and colorful past, who believes and follows her passion of wanting to build a family, come what may. Battling infertility, and following the adoption route, Jillian takes us on a journey that is part tragicomedy and part endearing and part inspirational.

The author comes across as impetuous. The reading and the research are somehow not always internalized enough to make the wisest of decisions under the circumstances, but then again, that’s exactly why the book and the narration and her own character makes for interesting reading. We aren’t all perfect, not all the time, and once we accept that, the characters in nay book (fiction or memoir) are easier to accept, and to understand that people do what they do because they believe in it fair and square and they think that it would take them to a better place.

Adopted or not, a child is solely responsible on the parent, and the parent is solely responsible for all that the kid goes through. So there is inexplicable trauma, tribulations, hardships involved, and even if the child was a natural born, the dilemmas and the problems they are faced with cannot be any differently dealt with. At least I didn’t think so.

It is a hard story but it’s a good read, if that made any sense.

It is not also one of those “happy endings” kind, it’s an ending that has a whole bunch of dots. Things will continue, and they will deal with it as best as they can, and that’s what families do. They deal with whatever comes their way, together.



I do have a free copy of the book to giveaway, so drop me a note in the comments with maybe a Goodreads profile or your own blog review space and one of you lucky ones could get it!

I got a free copy of the book to review.

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Hey Canada (book)

Way back in Spring (it does seem like way back, now that I think about it) I came across a tweet from Tundra Books on the new hey Canada book that they were publishing.

I love new places and any pertaining literature is a great read! Plus, it was a children’s book. Plus it was illustrated. Plus it was a grand old looking grandma taking her two grandkids on a tour of Canada. That was history, geography and literature all combined. I signed up at the blogpage right away!

After a few weeks, I got the book and was readily impressed.


With colorful pictures, illustrations and printed on thick yet fine glossy paper, and just the right number of chapters to keep and hold the attention of children, the book was an easy read.

The book starts off with a colorful double-page spread of Canada (broken down into its provinces by color) and the route that readers would take along with the characters, complete with arrows and names of the cities that they touch.

The characters Cal and Alice are an absolute delight, not to mention grandma dear who runs a tight ship with the right amount of humor and fun in her tour.

I loved the “find it” feature that Gran gives the children as they enter each province. Loved the perfect way to keep the kids engaged on a tour by giving them something to look out for and sharpen observation skills, and ultimately encouraging learning.

Cal’s tweets are cute as he tweets facts out at each province, on the stuff that you should stay away from and the like. You can follow Cal here if you’d like.

There is a cartoon strip that Cal features in, called the Cal’s Historical U-turn:

A neat book that all early readers on would enjoy being read to and read by themselves. Gives a wonderful snapshot of Canada. A good addition to the Travel genre on the bookshelf, and even to read just before traveling to any part of Canada.


Book: Hey Canada

Author: Vivien Bowers

Illustrator: Milan Pavlovic 

Publishers: Tundra Books