*~The Growing Self Blog Award~*


Happy Saturday lovelies! YAY Weekend n Good Stuff Like That!

Today I am posting about The Growing Self Blog Award. The gorgeous Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads nominated me for this award. I wish I could nominate her because she is so awesome but unfortunately I guess it may not be fair. She has an amazing blog, twitter account and OMG her Bookstagram is to die for! She takes the most beautiful pictures of books!!! She has been an awesome blog friend, so go show her amazing blog some love! Thank you beautiful!


What is the Growing Self Blogger Award?

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals, but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda


The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs. Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog


I Nominate:

Kim at By Hook Or By Book: Kim, you have been the greatest! I am so glad that we became blog sisters 4 life! When I first joined WordPress I was scared to write a review. I didn’t know the difference from my head(posts) from my ass(comments). I still am trying to figure some things out but Kim made all the difference. She was a librarian for a long time so she always knows the perfect recommendation and she always brightens my day! If you haven’t followed Kim yet I strongly suggest you do so!

Carrie at Carrie’s Book Reviews: Carrie, you are such a great lady and love that we have the same tastes in books! I talk with Kim and Carrie almost daily through our blogs. Carrie is such a kind and honest woman who has an amazing blog! I mean she has the coolest mandala set up ever! She is a fast reader and great reviewer so posts reviews often! She also posts about different Blitz Giveaways all the time! I recommend checking her blog out!

Didi at Didi Oviatt’s Author Page: Didi, you are an awesome lady and awesome author! Didi was the first offer to really be a fan of my blog and she was so sweet and awesome! I love her sense of humor and love her books! She is open minded and down to earth. Didi’s new novel Search for Maylee has to be one of my absolute favorites. Check out her books and her blog lovelies! You won’t be disappointed!

Michel at Raistlin0903: Michel, we haven’t been talking on WordPress that long but I look forward to your awesome posts and comments every day! You are such a positive guy and are a great new friend. If anyone is looking for awesome movies, anime, books and board game reviews check out Michel’s blog! He is so funny and a fun person to talk to. I’m glad we became friends.

Fraggle at Fraggle Rocking~Across the Universe: Fraggle, you are such a talented photographer and such an awesome lady! I love your sense of humor and your great feedback. Fraggle does a photography blog where she travels to so many places and takes some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. She is a very kind person and has even given me great recommendations! Check out her blog and photography.


This is one of the hardest things for me to do because I only can nominate 5 and I love you all!!!


*~Review:Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick~4 Stars*


I want to thank Kensington Books and NetGalley providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Synopsis: Posey Love has been married to Chad for 10 years. She feels her marriage is what normal is even though her husband is a preacher and teaches that women should submit to their husbands in a severe way. She does everything her husband says from punishment and uncomfortable sex to waiting on him hand and foot. She works the receptionist desk for their church Love Ministries and is cut off from her life outside her husband. She lives a very unhappy life but is so numb to it all. She doesn’t even realize the toxic marriage she has been in for the last decade but maybe she hides it because she desperately wants children. Posey Love lives day by day and just goes through the motions. That is how she survives.

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When everything seems to be going as its “supposed” to, Posey finds out her husband has ran off with another woman. She wakes up to her world falling apart and debt consuming her. She feels so overwhelmed by her world turning upside down and having to move back in with her mother that she decides to commit the Seven Deadly Sins to see if that will help her find herself. While living in a small southern town she has to deal with the statement she hates the most, “Bless your heart” at every turn.

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Posey is glad to have the support of her BFF Liza and her siblings. Moving back home means that she has to address the deep rooted issues with her mother. She also finds a great support in her high school crush but things are not all rosie for Posey. She has to find a job, deal with southern town drama, and Chad won’t leave her alone. Will Posey be able to find and love herself again? Will Posey be in danger?

Review: I give Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick 4 out of 5 southern comfort stars! I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed the characterization. I could relate to a lot of things in this book. I honestly was introduced to a what some would call a cult when I was younger and had no idea that is what it was until 6 months being a member. The church built me up and I felt this amazing love and passion. Then when 6 months hit I was given all these rules and if I did not obey them I would be punished and kicked out of the church. This messed up my spirituality big time. This was so hard for me because they took me in like the family I never had and it ended traumatically but that’s not the point. I just felt because of this life experience I had I could especially relate to this book. I knew what the main character was going through with a lot of her feelings. I will warn some people who might not like a lot of christian references, this may not be the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of being southern and having to experience a lot of the circumstances that the characters went through. I could relate to 4 or 5 different characters. I really enjoyed this book and I’m pleased to have read it. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because I felt it was a little bit slow at times and a very small part I had a differing point of view. Overall I was happy I picked up this book.