The Bungalow

After publishing this morning’s blog post, I hopped in the car and drove straight to our gym in Ocala, because I knew that if I stopped at home first, I would get sidetracked by Sadie and work and never venture out.

I ended up doing 30 minutes on the elliptical before completing a relatively short leg workout, similar to the one I did last Thursday.

Then it was finally time to head home and see Sadie!

I’m pretty sure our five-minute love fest would creep all of you out with her whimpering and nibble kisses, but gosh Sadie knows how to make you feel missed!

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Sometimes Ryan and I will try to duplicate Sadie’s enthusiasm about either of our arrivals when the other one comes home and that only further motivates Sadie to amp up the crazy and be even more overwhelmed with excitement. Her energy can’t be beat!

I’m hoping Ryan puts on his game face when he comes home from work today because Sadie’s greeting this afternoon is quite a lot to live up to on the love front.


Today’s lunch didn’t require much effort. I found leftover green beans in the fridge and ate them on the side of pizza toast!

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I also ate a gigantic apple as the toast was in the toaster oven because I can’t manage to wait 1.5 minutes for lunch.

The Bungalow

Since I know a lot of you out there are always on the look out for book recommendations, I figured I’d do a quick recap of The Bungalow, the book I picked up at the airport on Friday night and finished on the plane yesterday.

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Yes, it’s the kind of book you can finish in just two plane rides!

As I was browsing around looking for a book to read at the Tampa airport, I knew my hunt was over when I saw The Bungalow on the shelf. I loved Sarah Jio’s first book, The Violets of March, and was anxious to see if her second novel was as captivating as her first.

The book revolves around Anne, a newly engaged nurse in the 1940s. Though deeply loved by her fiancé, Gerard, Anne questions the passion in their relationship and jumps at the chance to head off to Bora Bora with her best friend, Kitty, to be a war nurse for several months.

While on the island, Anne meets a handsome soldier named Westry, and their relationship quickly blossoms as they discover a bungalow together that they decide to make into their safe haven, pouring hours into repairing and decorating the private space.

The novel contains mystery much like The Violets of March, as Kitty slowly becomes more and more aloof and Westry and Anne witness a horrific crime that Westry tells her they must keep secret.

I wasn’t as drawn into the mystery aspects of The Bungalow as I was with the mystery surrounding The Violets of March, but I was intrigued enough to completely read the book in two sittings.

While I enjoyed the book, I noticed that everything seemed to wrap up in the last few pages. I prefer the conclusion of a book to occur with time for a solid wrap-up rather than jamming all of the important information into a few pages, but for such a short book, I guess it’s understandable.

I would recommend this book because it’s a light, easy read with mystery, intrigue and romance. A great beach or weekend read!

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  1. Monica says

    I completely agree with you about The Bungalow. I read it after I finished The Violets of March. It was a really good quick and easy read.


  2. says

    Lol your description about Sadie’s greetings sounds just like the dogs we had when I was living at home. They were excited to see us on a regular basis, but when we made a big deal about someone arriving they’d go absolutely nuts!! Makes me feel loved though! 🙂


  3. says

    Ohh thanks for the book recommendation! I’m flying to Florida this weekend and am looking for books for the plane ride! I just finished reading The Night Circus and can’t wait to discuss it on your upcoming book club post!


  4. says

    Another one to add to my never ending “must read” list! It’s seriously getting a little out of control b/c I haven’t been able to finish the book I’m on right now for the past 2 months. Partly the book’s fault, partly me not having time but I refuse to leave it half finished!


  5. Carolyn says

    I feel the same about The Bungalow. I liked the modern love story setting in Violets a lot more than this one, but I am still tearing through this book! I was impressed how much I read during my lunch break. So happy you came home to a happy dog. It’s the best.


  6. says

    I love how happy dogs are to see you when you get home! Our dog passed away last Thursday and the hardest part is coming into the house and he isn’t there to greet us. It’s incredibly hard for my husband because he had Tyson before we even met or had kids. Tyson was like his baby.
    Pets bring such wonderful joy to people’s lives.


  7. Laurie says

    I totally agree about the Bungalow. I bought it because Violets of March was gone (which I was going to get on your recommendation) and honestly, I LOVED the cover 🙂 I thought it was a good, quick read and loved the descriptions of Bora Bora. Definitely a fun plane read!


  8. says

    Mmm, pizza toast. What a cool idea. Ya gotta love the joy and excitement of a dog upon one’s arrival home. You could be gone 5 days or 5 minutes and it’s still pure and utter glee. Not to mention a butt-ton of spit and slobber. There’s just something so delightful about coming home to someone so excited to see you. It makes a bad day suddenly seem not so bad 🙂


  9. Jess says

    Awww!!! I loved hearing how Sadie gets so excited when you come home!! My dogs go crazy too and it just makes you feel loved!! Sadie is such a cute dog!



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