Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old

Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-By-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success by Suzy Giordano

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received this book as a gift when my baby girl was born.

The good part – it’s a fast read since a new mom does not have time to sit down and read any book. My advice for new mommies is to read this book before your baby is born. Or you will end up like me stretching the read throughout five weeks.

The bad part – there is not a lot of useful information. Basically, 90% of the book is about baby sleep whisperer and how good she is at her job (I’m sure she is very good as she has built her career on this great skill), and only 10% of actually useful info.

Well, by the time I was able to finish the book, my baby girl was already sleeping thru most of the night. An author, the baby coach as she likes to call herself, lists many good tips in the book that should help with training your baby to sleep twelve hours per night. I’ve used my own methods (combined pieces of advice from other baby books and family and friends) for my daughter’s sleep training, however, I’ve applied a few tips from the book to my daily and nightly nap/sleep routines and I can tell that 90% of the time it did work. Hence not a total waste of time reading the book.

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The Therapist

The Therapist by B.A. Paris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been B.A.Paris’ fan for many years and always looking forwards to her new novels. When I received an advanced copy of “The Therapist” – I read it right away. B.A.Paris always intrigues me with her unique twists, and this novel was not an exception.

“Do you know what Henry David Thoreau believed? Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” said The Therapist. A famous quote to live by, and in the case of The Therapist – to lure new clients into their web.

The novel was nothing that I expected of it. The main character Alice who has struggled with her past and an obsession over the death of her family, and mostly her sister finds an interesting fact about the new house she and the boyfriend recently moved into. The obsession with the woman who lived and died in the house grew over Alice’s desire to make new friends from the gated neighborhood. It blinded her to the point when she overlooked a very important detail that almost cost her the relationship and most importantly – her own life.

The novel is full of million and one plot twists and secrets. I loved the story and mystery that surrounded the gated community. It was hard to put the book down. Thank you St. Martin’s Publishing Group for a free and advanced copy of this novel and B.A.Paris for yet another great novel.

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