Five Days of Fabulous: Day 3 PLUS my Book Review!

This might be my favorite post of the week (well…I mean, I’m not going to lie, Thursday and Friday are  going to be so much fun too!!!).  Today is day three of our Five Days of Fabulous PLUS my November Book Review!  Two of my favorite things in one post.  #imflatoutgiddyrightnow

Let’s recap:

Day 1: We gave one lucky winner and two of her friends cozy flannel pajamas and the best fur throws you’ll ever find.

Day 2: We gave one lucky winner and two of her friends blardigans and Ugg slippers.  And that lucky winner from yesterday’s giveaway is…

EMALIE JEAN!!!

Congratulations Emalie!!  I emailed you this morning.  You have 48 hours to claim your prize, so hurry and email me back!

So, what’s in store for day three…

Five Days of Fabulous

you and FOUR friends will each receive a pair of Hunter Boots!

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You and FOUR friends.  Four!

You can gift them to your mama, your bestie, your neighbor, your daughter, your sister, aunt, cousin and anyone in-between.  Hunter Boots (a.k.a. Wellies) are hands down, without a doubt, one hundred percent the best rain boot you’ll find.  You will LOVE these boots and they make excellent Christmas gifts too!  Two years ago, I gave three ladies in my family all Wellies in different colors and they were a huge hit.  These my friends, will rock your world…

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My red Wellies pair beautifully with some of my favorite stuff from the women’s department at Nordstrom: black jeans, gray sweater, white tank and festive red scarf.  My favorite things from Nordstom’s Womens Department (who by the way sponsors posts like this and helps make giveaways happen!  Thank you Nordstrom!!!)  If you win, you can pick between the tall Wellies or the short.

And then there’s that scarf

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…Madeley (photo-bombing here) and I would like you to know that I also bought it in navy and it’s just about my favorite thing ever.  It comes in four colors and I want all of them 🙂 .

So, make sure you enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a pair of Wellies for you and then four more pairs to gift this holiday season.  You should probably go ahead and tell your friends and family to do the same!  And if you love this, you will also love some of my other favorite things from Nordstrom this season, just scroll, click and enjoy below…

Now…on to my November Book Review!

This month, I did something different.  I read two regular books and then I also read THREE Christmas books.  I thought if I read them in November and reviewed them today, then you would all get the chance to read them in December.  ‘Tis the season, right friends?!  Here we go…

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I read A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and it was without a doubt one of my favorite books of 2016. (This is not one of the holiday books by the way!) Okay, wow!  I loved every single page!  This fictional tale takes place on the New England coast right before World War II and the story will suck you in and give you all the feels right away.  I really could not finish this one fast enough and I’ve already purchased my next book of hers to read.  I think this book will draw both of my chick-lit friends and my more serious literature reading friends in.  I was captivated by it.  Love, love, loved this novel!  I cannot say enough good things about this one!

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This next book surprised me the most.  I am a huge fan of author Jennifer Weiner, so when she came out with this new memoir, I had to read it and it was well…so honest and raw. Hungry Heart is a book full of stories from Weiner’s life that explains who she is and how she became the author she is today.  She is just so personal in this book.  It’s real, it’s emotional, it’s honest, it’s sad, it’s funny, it’s happy, it’s inspiring, it’s a little depressing and everything else all wrapped up in one book.  I just thought I enjoyed her books before, but now that I know a lot of the back story of her life, I’m really going to enjoy them moving forward.  If you are a fan of Weiner, you should really read this book too.

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Winter Storms was without a doubt my favorite Christmas novel to read this month.  Now please listen…this is the third and final book in a trilogy, so you must read Winter Stroll and then Winter Street before you read this one.  I reviewed Winter Stroll HERE and Winter Street HERE.  This final book to the trilogy wraps up this family and ties a nice big bow around all of the plot lines we’ve been following these last two years.  I love Elin Hilderbrand…you already know that, and I especially love these heartwarming, family-based, Christmas novels she writes.  It’s very much like that movie The Family Stone…it’s complicated, messy, full of love, heartache, a little suspense and Christmas cheer.  I honestly think you could skip my next two novels that I’m about to review and just read these three instead.

hot-flash-holidaysOh man…I was so disappointed by Hot Flash Holidays.  Sigh.  So, last month, I read my first Nancy Thayer book and completely fell in love.  I vowed right then and there to read all of her novels…and so when I saw that she had a holiday novel, I was ecstatic!  But then, I read it and was disappointed.  This book is based on her Hot Flash series that she has, but I was told you could read it independently of the other books (which I did).  I followed along with the characters just fine, but after reading it, I really have no desire to read any more about them.  I am not giving up on Thayer’s books, I’m just going to read something outside of the Hot Flash girls next time (they’re named that because they’re a group of friends who are all going through that hot flash time in their lives 😉 ).  It was okay…it was cute enough, it was certainly festive and Christmas-y (with other holidays thrown in too!), but I was ready for it to be over and kind of bummed that I wasted a book on it for the month.

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And my final book of the month is The Perfect Christmas.  Okay listen, I’ve been watching some of those Hallmark Christmas movies and I swear, this is probably one of them.  If you like the Hallmark movies (cheesy and a little predictable but very cute and sweet), then you will love this book.  If the Hallmark movies aren’t your jam, don’t read this one.  Got it?  This novel is very light and easy to read.  It has a sweet little story based around the holiday season and you’ll be happy at the end.  Seriously, Hallmark girls, get this one.

Those are my November books!  Okay, what should I read in 2017?  I have my December books all lined up, but I would love suggestions for next year.  Next month, I’ll recap my December books plus do a review of all of 2016.

Don’t forget, to see all of my books for the year, just click HERE.  There you will find a complete listing plus my reviews.

And if you want to be my friend on Goodreads, click HERE.

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  • Leslie Z. November 30, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Per your advice, I read Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand this month. I now understand your love for her books. I cannot wait to pick up my next one! It was such a good recommendation, so thank you!! Hunter Wellies?!?!?! I need these boots in my life. I’ve always wanted a pair but could never think of spending that much money on something for myself. Thank you Shay, Sheaffer, and Nordstrom!

    http://www.withlovefromgablog.blogspot.com

  • Alexis Jalovick November 30, 2016 at 4:58 am

    You and I seem to like the same books so here are a couple I think you’d love!!

    November 9th by Colleen Hoover
    One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    • Kelly Brannan November 30, 2016 at 7:33 am

      One True Loves was excellent!!

    • aimee December 1, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Shay- Please read a Taylor Jenkins Reid book, or 2, or 3! I loved them all!

  • Megan November 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I almost downloaded Hungry Heart last night in audible but decided to go with a different Debbie Macomber holiday book, 12 Days of Christmas, instead. So far I’m enjoying it! I’m also in the middle of Winter Stroll so Wintwe Storm is up next on my kindle. I love holiday reading!

  • Erika Slaughter November 30, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Day FOUR is GOOD!! I’ve been a flake in the reading department and have no recommendations. This post makes me want to stop what I’m doing and READ!

  • ELizabeth November 30, 2016 at 5:13 am

    So many great reading options! PS – Loving the buffalo print vest!

    XO
    http://stripesandsolitaires.com

  • Sheaffer Sims November 30, 2016 at 5:19 am

    So excited about today! One lucky lady is going to have 4 very happy friends!!!!

  • Jenny November 30, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I think that I’ve read all of the other Elin Hilderbrand’s books, so I’ll check out Winter Storms for sure. My teeth are about to fall out from all of the Hallmark Christmas movies (so cheesy and sweet) so I’ll take a pass on the books that are cut from that same cloth! 🙂

    Thanks for the book ideas!
    ~Jenny
    http://www.introvertsguidetosobriety.com/sobriety/self-care-in-early-sobriety/

    • jamie November 30, 2016 at 6:24 am

      HAHA your teeth are about to fall out. i’ve never heard that phrase before…

  • Tamara R. November 30, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella! It’s such a fun, great read – I couldn’t put it down!

  • Narci November 30, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Woohoo! What a great book list and review friend! I’m off to add these to my list! Also, the giveaway today: wellies??? Yes ma’am!!! So fun!

  • Lindsey November 30, 2016 at 5:40 am

    A Hundred Summers was the best! I also just read two fantastic books that I just happened to stumble across on some reading lists. The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase and One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid! Those two were so good I read them quicker than I would like to say. ????

  • Melinda November 30, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Have you read “The Shack” by William P. Young? If not, you just have to read it!! I couldn’t put it down. A movie is coming out in March.

  • Sarah November 30, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Fingers crossed I win this prize LOL!!! Love me some Hunter boots!!!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • jamie November 30, 2016 at 5:55 am

    i’m gonna be honest. before i even looked at the very exciting giveaway deets, i looked at your book review. i just love your book reviews. i hopped on my library’s website and reserved the winter trilogy and the memoir. they still don’t have {a hundred summers} so i’m heading to amazon in a few moments to order it.

    since you read a debbie macomber book, have you watched her {cedar cove} series on the hallmark channel {i think}??!!?! i read the entire book series and just finished the tv series a month or so ago. loved the books. the tv series was light and fun and sweet.

    have a beautiful rest of your week. my son has a half day on friday and i’m super giddy about that little fact.

  • Mary November 30, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Love your blog!! Where is the striped long sleeve shirt you are wearing with the vest from?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 6:09 am

      Gap :). It’s from two years ago but I believe they pretty much always carry them.

  • Dustie Day November 30, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Is that scarf soft? I hate the scarves that are a little bit scratchy.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 6:08 am

      YES!!!!!! Me too Dustie!

  • jamie November 30, 2016 at 6:11 am

    i am such you are on top of all things beatriz williams. i am a sucker for judging a book by it’s cover. love the title and the cover of her newest book available for pre-order??!?!!!!! just saw it as i was ordering {on hundred summers}?!?!!

  • Sarah November 30, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I just finished Tim Keller’s, “Hidden Christmas” and it was excellent! I’m all about Christmas books this time of year!

  • Tins November 30, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Love your recommendations. Going to look for the book today. Hallmark Christmas movies rock ????.

  • Laura Dille November 30, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Okay Shay I have been WAITING for this post specifically to recommend a book to you! “Choosing to See” by Mary Beth Chapman, wife of singer Steven Curtis Chapman. It is about Chinese adoption and her family’s faith. One of her sons accidentally hit and killed one of her adopted daughters with his car and this book is about her journey through that. Now, I AM listening (almost done) to the abridged audiobook, so I don’t know how unabridged is. But I think you would love it.

  • Laura November 30, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I love Georgia Bockoven. The first book I ever read of hers was The Beach House. It was just a random library selection. I almost never read books twice but I kept thinking about it. Years later when I decided to order it from Amazon, it turned out to be one in a series. I quickly ordered the series and box full of her other titles, and spent the month of January reading Bockoven. And now I want to go see if there are a bunch more to get me through a Minnesota winter!

  • Carly November 30, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I’ve been looking for holiday books to read so I just added Winter Stroll to the list! I actually don’t think I’ve ever read any of Elin Hilderbrand’s books, though I know people love her.

  • Adrienne N November 30, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Definitely read Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes! It’s a historical fiction (and fairly Biblically accurate) book that tells the story from Mary meeting Joseph all the way through the birth of Jesus. I always love reading this book around Christmas, because it makes you think about the Christmas story in kind of a new and personal way if that makes sense!

  • Kelly November 30, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I love your book reviews! A Hundred Summers is already on my list and I’m halfway through Winter Storms! I’ll miss the Quinn family when it’s done!

  • DeAnn November 30, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Here’s my Christmas book suggestion: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/125007746X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 “Winter Solstice” by Rosamunde Pilcher. I read it last year and loved, loved it. It’s not incredibly predictable and is just a great, great, heartwarming story. I love it so much that I may just start reading it again! This is coming from a classics lover who just wanted to read a heart-warming Christmas story. 🙂 I would call this chic lit with a little depth. 🙂

  • Lisa November 30, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I recommend reading “The Magnolia Story”! I listened to it as an audio book and it was FANTASTIC! Also I’m not sure if you know about Emily Ley who started the simplified planner but her book “Grace Not Perfection” is lighthearted and insightful about being a working mom who started her own business. I think you would enjoy it!

  • Lindsey November 30, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I’ve started reading more because of your book reviews!! I couldn’t put down It Ends with Us, I’ve told everyone about this book!

  • Lauren D November 30, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I so wanted to love Winter Storms but I didn’t! It was my least favorite of the three and felt as if it was rushed and there was much more story to tell. I also don’t like Ava’s character at all. And the author giving herself and her other book a plug in the shower scene? That just felt weird!

  • Kandi November 30, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I’m listening to the book “The Hiding Place” which is the story of Corrie Ten Boon. The title refers to both the physical hiding place where the Ten Boom family hid Jews from the Nazis, and also to the Scriptural message found in Psalm 119:114 which states, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word… “[1] WOW! The story takes place during World War II in Holland. The faith and love of Jesus and his Word has been convicting as well as inspiring. I think you would like this one…

  • Jesenia Martinez November 30, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I loved Winter Storms! The whole series was SO good!

  • Kristy November 30, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Today’s the day Canadians can finally enter, correct? I sure hope so ’cause I’m loving those boots!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Tomorrow! The last two days :)!

      • Kristy November 30, 2016 at 9:34 pm

        Shucks….I promise to be patient! Looking forward to the goodies tomorrow and Friday. 🙂

  • Corinne November 30, 2016 at 7:30 am

    You have perfect timing. I was just thinking last night that I’d like a new book to read. Also, I really really hope I win the boots. I’d be so thrilled to get a pair for myself, but I’d be most excited to get a pair for my little bestie, my daughter. She’s getting a Wellie Wisher for Christmas, and it’d be so fun to give her a pair to match her new doll. (The AG ones are sold out… and out of Santa’s budget.)

  • Chelsea Barnhart November 30, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I am loving The Winter series! You replied to my comment about them last month, and I am wrapping up Winter Storms now. Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans is a great Christmas novel. It is a little predictable, but a deep novel about the spirit of Christmas! I think you will love it. It’s a Hallmark movie now, but they really had to cheese it up and change different problems to make it light and fluffy.

  • Sarah November 30, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I know you’re probably done with Christmas books but I highly recommend Richard Paul Evans books, they are quick reads and really great, I just finished Promise Me, so good! I’m currently listening to Winter Stroll on my morning commute to work! I love love love your blog, read it every morning 🙂

  • Jill November 30, 2016 at 7:43 am

    What color is the red polish!? Love the red wellies/red scarf combo- and red polish too:) I need to get moving on the Elin Winter trilogy books!! This is all so festive and fun!!

  • Lauren Foss November 30, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I love your monthly book reviews! I have a 2.5 year old and 6 month old so I haven’t read a book in ages but I am keeping your suggestions for when I can get back to it again!! Also, another fabulous giveaway!! 🙂

  • Jessica Leigh November 30, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I just love your story and your blog! Thanks for sharing, and for giving back!

  • ColleenB. ~ Texas November 30, 2016 at 7:55 am

    What a great gift for 4 friends. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  • kellie carrara November 30, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Hey girls!
    I LOVE my Hunters…in fact, I’m wearing them right now…rainy in Boston (go SOX!) 🙂
    Thanks for doing this!
    I’m reading The Book Thief now, but always want a good Christmas read for December.

  • Dana Brown November 30, 2016 at 8:01 am

    If you haven’t read Wild by Cheryl Strayed, pick it up now! Fantastic read. Also loving the Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life (editors of Garden and Gun)–a fun read with instructions from how to through a party to how to cook the perfect greens, advice on etiquette and comedy rolled into one!

    Love these giveaways. Thanks ladies!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:52 am

      I read it! It is so good!

  • Rebecca Kick November 30, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Elin Hilderbrand says there will be a 4th book “Winter Solstice” – thank goodness. I read all three books over thanksgiving weekend and was blown away. Always love your book reviews, thank you!

  • Cheryl Nessmann November 30, 2016 at 8:32 am

    A hundred summers is on the way. Going to reread the winter books before reading the last Winter Storms. Thanks for the great recommendations.

  • Megan Butler November 30, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I love Debbie macomber. And they DO use some her books for hallmark movies/series!!! So funny!! And yay for wellies!!!!

  • Spencer Ryan November 30, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I love your book posts!! They are my favorite – I’ve gotten so many good recommendations from you! Thank you! I am so glad you posted about Elin’s winter series last year – I got both my mom and mother in law hooked and they made for great presents last year… although they are both teachers so I had to give them their present a little early so they could enjoy the book over Christmas break! 😉 Also, I love the GIFs with you and Scheafer you have been posting – they seriously make me laugh! Have a great week! 🙂

  • Helen Truesdale November 30, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I love your book reviews!…And giveaways 😉
    But how in the WORLD with 4 kiddos (and everything else you do as a super mom), do you find time to read 5 books in a month?! I struggle reading 1 book a month and don’t even have kids haha. Bedtime reading is a no-go for me, I just end up with a book flat on my face when I fall asleep mid read!

    Thanks for your great posts everyday!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Hahaha! I read in bed and then there is always time to read at dance/speech therapy/waiting for the kids to get out of school/doctor appointments/etc.

  • Ashley Van Dam November 30, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Awesome giveaway today! *sitting here just waiting for Day 4 and 5…* #canadiangirlproblems

    I love your book reviews! I personally don’t read a lot but my best friend does and I always buy her your favorite books! Her birthday is next week and she will most definitely be getting ‘A Hundred Summers’.

    Speaking of reviews… what did you think of the Gilmore Girls remake?? I feel a blog post is in order….
    The extremely long musical part though….. *head slap*

  • Brynne November 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Love your giveaways & as always the book reviews. I find myself pulling up your blog when at the bookstore aimlessly looking for a new book on a lazy Sunday. Also i LOVE Elin Hilderbrand and just got back from visiting Nantucket where my inlaws’ family has had a house for almost 60 years. That said I thought you’d be thrilled to find out like I was that Elin is actually adding another book to the Winter trilogy. The 4th will be a combo of the Winter books & The Rumor out next year!

  • Melanie Bostwick November 30, 2016 at 9:14 am

    If you read one more Christmas book, read Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett! It’s the story of A Christmas Carol, told from the viewpoint of Scrooge’s deceased partner, Marley. It is so beautifully done, is true to the original story, and is uplifting and inspiring! A must read!

  • Melanie Bostwick November 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Oh, and a big THANK YOU for putting a comment on your book review last month or the month before stating the book was kind of rated R. I like to avoid those kinds of books so it was really appreciated!

  • Jillian November 30, 2016 at 9:20 am

    What is the color of your red nail polish? Love it with the red sweater and red hunters!!! so festive 🙂 Not sure if my previous comment went through (there was a weird computer glitch at the end) Thx!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

      It’s The Spy Who Loved Me from OPI :).

  • christina November 30, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I’m loving these giveaways- they are so much fun! Where is your navy/white striped shirt from? I’ve been looking for a navy/white striped shirt that is long enough to wear with leggings.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Gap!

  • Sara November 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I just started “Winter Street” and am so excited about it. I live for Christmas books! My most favorite is “Forever Christmas” by Robert Tate Miller. So so good and such a tearjerker.

  • Karen November 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Just read A Hundred Summers. Loved it! Reading now The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans. Next book is Elin Hilderbrand Winter Storms.

  • Lexie November 30, 2016 at 9:32 am

    My favorite Nancy Thayer book is The Guest Cottage. I haven’t read any of her Hot Flash series because I’m 27 so it didn’t sound particularly appealing to me.

  • Jill Duff November 30, 2016 at 9:38 am

    What an AMAZING give away!

  • Melissa Gartner November 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

    You should read Lauren Graham’s new book, Talking As Fast as I Can. I am halfway through and just love it. If you love Gilmore girls, you will love this book. Her novel, Someday, Someday Maybe is also good.

  • Deanna November 30, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I just finished Sue Monk Kidd’s Invention of Wings and it was beautiful. She wrote The Secret Life of Bees. Another one that I thought was really interesting was The Red Tent. It’s a first person story of a woman from the Bible, Dinah (she’s the daughter of Jacob and sister of Joseph). It’s totally fictional, but it’s an interesting twist to see a biblical story told from a woman’s perspective.

  • Morgan Eckert November 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I highly recommend you read the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. It is a whole series about the Rapture, Apocalypse, the 2nd Coming of Christ, etc. Its basically the book of Revelation spelled out in a book series. It is so well written and gives you an incredible look at what that time in the near or distant future may look like. Definitely start with Book 1: Left Behind and see what you think! Each one are easy reads and so thought provoking. I can’t say enough about this series. A MUST READ for sure. So cool to get a real life glimpse of what that time could be like.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

      I’ve read them!! They’re so intense and so good!

      • Lisa Wiegert December 1, 2016 at 10:16 pm

        A friend of mine has the same book taste as you and recommends you read any of Kristin Hannah’s books. She loves them and thinks you will really enjoy her writing.

  • Faith heimbrodt November 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Oh gosh would I have some happy friends if I won todays prize!!

  • Caroline French November 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

    “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

    You are an amazing person! Ever since I was little I have wanted to adopt and I look up to you and your family so much!! I am only in grad school, but your posts make me look forward to having a family so much!

    Ps. You also have great taste in style! So many good Christmas present ideas 🙂

  • Anne November 30, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I have just started reading Nancy Thayer though honestly, I have not read the Hot Flash series. Here are a couple of authors I do like – Mary Kay Andrews (her books are based in Georgia/Florida area), Dorothea Benton Frank and Mary Alice Monroe (both base their books in South Carolina). Maybe you can try them. I have read a lot of Elin HIlderbrand and I love her work. I am also thinking of starting to read Karen White.

  • Meg November 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I’m so glad you tried Beatriz Williams- love her! I really liked The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Along the Infinite Sea but One Hundred Summers was definitely my favorite. Have you read anything by Susan Meissner? Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Fall of Marigolds were both SO good. She reminds me a lot of Beatriz Williams.

    Different authors but Lilac Girls and Elizabeth Street were both recent triumphs!

  • Sami Moss November 30, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I just finished The Undoing of St. Silvanus by Beth Moore (her first fiction!) and it was SO very good!!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life November 30, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Another awesome giveaway!! I am ordering Winter Storms right now, totally forgot about it and LOVED the other 2! I am also getting that last one, I’m a sucker for anything Hallmark 🙂

  • Kristin McCormick November 30, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Ok – so my bookcases are already overflowing like crazy. What do you do with all of yours???

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Share with friends and family :).

  • Meg November 30, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Love the Hunters…they are great in the snow too ????

  • EMMY November 30, 2016 at 11:19 am

    So if I’m getting some Wellies, what is the best color? Leaning toward red but wondering if black or grey would be more versatile? I also saw you have the dark green….I assume those would work as a neutral, too. Help me decide please!?!?!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

      My first pair was high gloss black and I always tell people to start with that. It just works with everything!

  • Angela Ellingson November 30, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I’ve had Wellies on my wish list since I started reading your blog like 4 years ago! Come on Rafflecopter! 😉 Adding A Hundred Summers and The Perfect Christmas to my list. I just ordered Winter Storms yesterday! I’m so excited to read it!!

  • Francie November 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    A Hundred Days of Summer is a good read! Have to try the rest of the books listed.

  • Kelly G November 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Love the book reviews! I’m in need of good book this month. And those red hunters look adorable on you! You have great style girl. Happy Holidays to you & your family ????

  • Shelby Hennigar November 30, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Shay! Bless you guys for doing these giveaways!!! Exactly what this holiday is about….. GIVING!!!! I love my hunter boots, they are the best!!! Quick question, I don’t have a FB account but still visit your and Sheaffer’s pages. Do I have to have an account to enter?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Nope!

  • Nami November 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Love Hallmark movies!

  • Emily A. November 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Shay! Just curious- what do you do with all of the books that you read once you are finished with them? Do you donate them? Put them away or in a bookshelf to maybe read again? My books are piling up but I can’t bring myself to get rid of them! Can’t wait to check out those Christmas novels, I am a total Hallmark girl. 24-7. 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      I share with my friends and family! We basically all read the same books :).

  • Jayme Bender November 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Just ordered Winter Stroll, can’t wait to cuddle up by the fire and read!

  • Stephanie November 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I ordered the great sweater from Nordstroms and I had question about it. You are wearing it all the time, and it is hand wash only. I was wondering if you had wash it or how you actually wash the sweater? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 1, 2016 at 4:21 am

      I’ve been washing it with a load of laundry and then laying it flat to dry.

  • Eileen November 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I just ordered Nancy Thayer’s Island Christmas and Nantucket Christmas. Hope they’ll be better than the one you read.

  • Morgan Eckert November 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve suggested this before, but I’m going to do it again. 🙂 You have to try a book by the author Lisa Scottoline. Based on the authors you like, I think you’d love her! All of hers that I’ve read are good, but one of my favorites is Keep Quiet! Please please try it!! 🙂

  • Ty November 30, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Oh my. Put these under the list of things I “really want but keep convincing myself I don’t really need”. Anxiously crossing my fingers. Thanks for the holiday book recommendations! Will have to check a couple of those out..

  • Spencer Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Oh! I also meant to ask if you watched Leah Remini’s special on Scientology? I know you enjoyed her book (it was on one of these posts ☺️). I watched it and just find it so crazy/interesting!!

  • Kristen November 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Just finishing JoJo Moyes, Windfallen. It starts a little slow but once you understand where she’s going with the story, it’s SO good!

  • Kelli November 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Fun reads: Big Little Lies
    Our Husband

  • Amanda November 30, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsellaa and First Comes Love by Emily Giffin are both great!

  • amanda November 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I loved Winter Storms, and it was my favorite out of the series. I’m kinda sad for the series to end. I bought Hot Flash Holidays at Target but haven’t read it yet. Hate to hear it’s a bummer. Right now I’m reading Christmas Town and it is good. I like the Mistletoe series by Richard Paul Evans. The first one is really good-The Mistletoe Promise. I’m waiting for Lauren Graham’s book to come in. How did you like Gilmore Girls the Revival?

  • Kate December 1, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Read “island Christmas” and “a Nantucket Christmas” by Nancy Thayer! They’re both great holiday reads and better than hot flash holidays!!!

  • Elle December 1, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Ordering some Hunter boots for Christmas gifts this year. Do they run true to size?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Yes! They do!

  • Kayla B December 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

    That first book you reviewed reminded me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It’s lovely and haunting and has both English and island life set just after WWII. Highly recommend!

  • aimee December 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I wasn’t sure I would like Results May Vary, by Bethany Chase, but I ended up LOVING it. It made me scream and cry while reminding me to be kind. I hope you read it and love it as much as I did!

  • Maria Wright December 2, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Book REC:
    A hundred summers is absolutely one of my top 5 books I’ve ever read! Also in my top 5… perhaps one up from hundred summers is…. “the life intended” by Kristin harmel. OH MY GOSH it’s amazing. I hope you read it! 🙂

  • Michelle W December 3, 2016 at 7:41 am

    All The Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth (Life in Grace blogger) is a wonderfully written memoir. It’s so good you’ll want to finish it the day you start reading.

  • Amy December 3, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Hi!! What size is your gray sweater from Nordstrom? Thank you ????

    • Mix and Match Mama December 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

      4 US

  • Michelle December 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I just finished reading Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris. I was on the edge of my seat reading this one. I am reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance now. It took forever to get from the library. The wait list was a little long. Very interesting read.

  • lori December 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I know your original post has been a few weeks past but I came back to look at your book suggestions for my Christmas break reads….love love your buffalo check vest…can you share where you got it?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 18, 2016 at 5:08 am

      J Crew 🙂