Book Review: The House Girl

Happy Wednesday!

A little while ago I was roaming around an Amazon Bookstore by my house and stumbled upon this gem of a book that I’m going to be talking about today. First, let me just say how cool Amazon Bookstores are. I’ve been in love with Amazon for awhile because it is so convenient, and as a college student its always the first place I check for books because they’re always so much less expensive than my school’s bookstore. Anyway, what I loved about this bookstore was that it featured all the titles that I normally see when I’m looking around online.

They also feature little book reviews by Amazon customers on the shelves, just like if you were to look online. I love that because another reason Amazon is my go-to is because I can read reviews and know which products work.  The best thing about the store though was when I checked out. As an Amazon Prime member I get discounts, and to access my Prime account all I had to do was pay with a card already hooked up to my account. It was so easy and I walked away with my latest page turner, just like that!

I started reading this book on the train to and from Boston for my internship and soon I was spending every free moment I had trying to get one more page in. I absolutely love the feeling of becoming completely absorbed in a good book – it’s the perfect escape.

The House Girl, by Tara Conklin details the stories of two remarkable women who’s lives seem to entwine even though they were born centuries apart. Josephine Bell is a house slave in the nineteenth century who desperately dreams of freedom. Lina Sparrow is a first year associate at a New York law firm assigned to a reparations case for the ancestors of slaves.

Each chapter switches between Josephine and Lina’s story and both characters grab you instantly. Conklin manages to create two rich female characters. I would be sad each time a chapter ended because I wanted more of one story, then would get instantly hooked by the next character’s chapter.

It’s so hard to not spoil any of the good parts of the plot for you guys, but I highly recommend this book. For me it was perfect because I have always loved the South (even though I’m a New England girl at heart), something about it has always fascinated me, and it’s my dream to be a lawyer one day. Plus, the cover is beautiful! I mean, I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this one is just so pretty! I loved seeing it on my nightstand each day.

If you get the chance, go pick up this book, you can get it on Amazon like I did. If you guys have any reading suggestions of your own for me, please let me know! There’s nothing better than a good book in summertime.

Best,

Ashley

Breezy Blue Dress

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Dress: J.Crew (on sale! Wearing an xs) | Shoes: Target | Bracelets (old, similar ones here)

I loved this dress so much when I first saw it that I wore it out of the store. It is so beautiful and comfortable! Its lightweight material and blue and white pattern make it a perfect summer dress.

The other night, I wore it out to dinner and it created a nice evening look. I love how easily it flows between casual and elegant. Here I’ve dressed it with my favorite summer sandals (also featured here!) and some simple gold jewelry.

One thing to watch for is that the beautiful lightweight material can be a bit see-through so I got a simple skirt to wear under it. I cannot wait to wear my new dress all summer long!

So long for now,

Ashley

Blue & White Striped Look

Hi guys! I wore this outfit to dinner the other night and had to share the look with you guys! I love, love, love this top! I am a huge fan of the off-the-shoulder trend this season (look forward to a post devoted to it coming soon!), and the blue and white stripes give is a classic look. I paired it with my white pants because they are one of my go to summer staples. I found both my top at T.J. Maxx (look alike here!) and my pants are Ralph Lauren. Continue reading “Blue & White Striped Look”

Lady in Red

This is my first ever blog post, so I guess the best way to start would be to say hello! I am so excited to start sharing little pieces of myself with all of you. From where I travel to my favorite dresses, I can’t wait to show you it all. I love to get dressed up any chance I can and nothing is more fun than a red dress, am I right? This dress is from my favorite British clothing brand, Jack Wills. I am obsessed with all of their styles and love exploring their stores in Chatham, MA and on Newbury Street, in Boston. Continue reading “Lady in Red”