Welcome to the blog tour for Chelsey Krause's new book, All Shook Up! Below you will find information on the book, including my review. We also have Chelsey as a guest, so be sure to check out her personal post.
Please note that I received a free copy of this book in order to review the book and participate in the blog tour.
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Natalie’s world is shaken to its core when she discovers an old photo of a woman who looks like her. Could this woman be related to her birth mother, who put Natalie up for adoption as a baby? When she tracks down the person who dumped the photo album at her thrift shop, she’s shaken again. Especially when the gorgeous fire-fighting guitarist offers to help her find the owner. They quickly become friends – which is all they’ll be, as far as Natalie’s concerned. Her rebellious youth turned her off cheating men, and the new Natalie is looking for true love and a family of her own – something Casey isn’t willing to provide. But how long can Natalie ignore her undeniable attraction to the man with the Irish accent and the broken-down ’57 Chevy?
In Chelsey Krause’s second novel, friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element.
I finished this in a few hours. I was supposed to go to sleep a while ago, but I couldn't stop reading. Folks, this is my new favorite book of the year! I loved the humor, the characters, the quirky jokes - especially the The Lucy Show references. I related so much with the main characters, I want to be their friend. Totally have a book crush on Casey, and possibly a girl crush on Natalie. It was bound to happen sometime, and I have finally fallen in book love.
Natalie Bishop is a reformed bad girl. Where before she would spend her time partying, doing drugs, and having sex with random guys, now she manages a charity thrift shop and volunteers at a local hospital. While going through a box of donations, she stumbles across a photo of a woman who looks a lot like her - could this be her birth mother? She traces the box to the house it came from, and there she meets Casey Nolan, a sorta-bad boy firefighter who knows his way around the kitchen and a guitar. Due to his flirtatious ways, Natalie puts a halt to their mutual attraction, vowing not to fall for a guy with commitment issues. But as we all know, even with the best laid plans, life goes wherever it wants to. We're just along for the ride.
Natalie and Casey are adorable. Seriously, they almost instantly click, over jokes that include an old Johnny Cash song and The Lucy Show episodes. Which made them click with me, since I got all their references. What really worked was that I could relate to Natalie and Casey. They were realistic and accepting of each other's faults in a way that makes me want to grab the nearest guy and sing Kumbaya with him. I want a Casey. Lord, hear my prayer now - send me a Casey! He is the sweetest guy. Were his flirtatious ways a bit annoying in the beginning? Yes. But he was loyal and made Natalie feel better whenever she was down. He is a keeper. Glad Natalie realized that. Eventually.
I don't know where Chelsey Krause has been all my life, but I need more of her books. First thing I will be doing next is getting a copy of her first book, and then I will be anxiously awaiting her next. Fantastic book and highly recommended!
About The Author
Chelsey Krause has a thing for thrift stores and used bookshops. A nurse, wife, Starbucks addict, and mom to two children, she can often be found repurposing other people’s junk or considering whether the library would let her move in. The rest of the time, she’s reviewing for Chicklit Club or writing. All Shook Up is her second novel.
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Chelsey's Top 5 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping
Given that my latest book, “All Shook Up,” is set in a thrift store, and the fact that I'm the thrift store queen (well, perhaps rivaled only by friend Joanna), I figured I should give my readers my favorite thrift store shopping trips.
1. Bring a list! Second hand stores (especially BIG ones) can be overwhelming. I keep a list at home, and write down things that we might need (ex. kids snow pants) or want (a different picture frame). When you know ahead of time what you’re looking for, you can focus on specific sections of the store, rather than being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff to sift through.
2. Look for books. I think most of my books come from second hand stores. The Goodwill near my house is my favorite place to look, especially for new bestsellers. I also find really cool vintage hardcovers too, which I love.
3. Buy wood. If you’re looking for desks, chairs, picture frames, dressers, etc. wood is the way to go. It’s easy to paint or sand down, and make it look new. Things made out of plastic or particle board won’t hold up. My current coffee table was in really bad shape when I bought it. It was dinged and scratched, the cherry wood stain was outdated. BUT. It was solid wood, sturdy, had an interesting structure, and only cost $20. I took it home, sanded it, painted the legs cream and the top with black chalkboard paint, and now it looks like something out of a farm house catalogue (if I do say so myself).
4. Try clothes on. Most second hand stores have change rooms.
Though I’ve found some AWESOME things (Guess jeans, a Lululemon hoodie, a black cashmere sweater, trendy motorcycle jacket, etc) I’ve also saved myself from many fashion fails by taking a few minutes to try it on first. *** FUN GAME: Bring some girlfriends along with you, and purposefully pick out awful outfits for each other to try on. My friend Carly and I did this recently; we picked out hideous bridesmaid gowns and tried them on for each other. SO funny. Wish I had pictures!
5. Sift through the household and miscellaneous areas of the store. These sections are usually filled to the gills with stuff, and are often overlooked (which means that you can find all sorts of cool crap in there!). In the past year, I bought my little girl a new set of pencil crayons (for 25 cents!), a French press coffee maker (usually retails for $25 -$50, and I bought mine for $3), an alarm clock (because our old one stopped working), and a gorgeous picture frame that I painted bright yellow. The miscellaneous sections also seem to have a lot of home reno stuff too. New drawer pulls, light switch covers, that sort of thing.
So go forth! Buy second hand! You’ll be cool like Macklemore, save a butt load of money and help decrease the number of clothes and household items that end up in landfills.
And while you’re at it, read my newest book. And then donate it to Goodwill (cue hysterical laughter)
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