Review: How to be Glamorous on a Budget


In her book, How to be Glamorous on a Budget, Julia Goodman—Chief Editor of International Heels, and Founder of Julia Jolie Beverly Hills —reveals the secrets of looking like a million bucks for less and the fundamentals of being forever stylish and glamorous and to help women radiate confidence no matter the size of their bank accounts.

I picked this one up when I saw it was in the teen category, since I haven’t seen a lot of these books yet for high school readers. Julia Goodman’s book was well written and enjoyable, although I’m not sure how well the tips she gives would work for those truly trying to save money, especially teens whose funds are limited.

I’d love to see this book extended to offer more practical advice as well as what you’ll find within the pages here. The author clearly knows her stuff and I’m sure could add quite a bit more here, making this a must-read for fashion fans.


Review: Mari’s Hope

cover115785-medium.pngMari’s Hope delivers the dramatic conclusion to the middle-grade historical fiction trilogy begun with Odin’s Promise, awarded the 2014 Midwest Book Award for Children’s Fiction, and Bjorn’s Gift (released in 2016).

In Mari’s Hope, set in a small village in occupied western Norway in the final years of World War II, young Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor. She also plays a role in her family’s efforts in the local resistance, despite everpresent dangers, especially from the snooping soldier called Goatman and from Leif, her one-time school friend, now a German collaborator.

As the German war efforts falter, the pressure increases on the occupying troops to hold Norway firmly in their grip. But freedom-loving Norwegians will do their best to thwart those plans.

Praise for the series: “An exciting look at the occupation of Norway, through the eyes of a young, brave girl.” – Angela Cerrito, author of The Safest Lie.

I wish I’d had the chance to read earlier books in this series before jumping into Mari’s Hope, but this still made for a really enjoyable story that I think will be well-enjoyed by middle grade readers. I’ve been on the hunt for anything tied to WWII that would work for this age group, and I love that this one also shows life in a less often represented country. We all need a little more Norway in our lives!