It was a little over a year ago, I think, when I read the first few chapters of Melanie’s book about motherhood, Sparkly Green Earrings. At the time I was trying to put together a book proposal of my own, and seeing that Melanie was making big progress on a real-live book gave me all manner of hope. I couldn’t wait to read more.
A couple of months later I read a rough draft of the nearly-completed manuscript, and I’ll have you know that I sat in a chair in my bedroom for three hours straight and read the whole thing in one sitting.
THE WHOLE THING.
COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.
And please keep in mind that I already knew most of the stories. Six years of talking on the phone almost every day enables you to cover some significant conversational ground.
But no kidding: I was completely captivated by how the deep-down parts of Melanie’s personality come through in her book. It’s so warm, so relatable – and oh my word, I laughed. my. stinkin’. head. off. Clapped my hands. Wiped away a few tears, even.
It’s a book I wish I’d been able to read when I was sitting up in the middle of the night with a baby who had no interest in sleeping. It’s a book for those days when you’re trying so hard but finally snap and say something along the lines of “Y’ALL BE QUIET – MAMA IS TRYING TO HAVE HER QUIET TIME!” It’s a book that reminds us that there’s so much joy smack dab in the middle of serving our families and raising our young’uns and figuring out how to juggle it all.
It’s a book you’ll want to read out loud to your friends – because you know they’ll get it, too.
So this is all my very long-winded way of telling you that Sparkly Green Earrings is available for pre-order. It releases at the beginning of February, so if you’d like to give it to someone as a Christmas gift (AND WHY WOULDN’T YOU?), there is an adorable card you can print out over at Melanie’s blog. I used that same gift-giving method with my sister-in-law Rose last Christmas, and when the book finally arrived in March, it was like Christmas all over again. Because she’d totally forgotten that the book she was so excited about was due to arrive.
WIN-WIN, my friends.
There’s not a doubt in my mind that y’all are going to absolutely love this book. I’m so proud of Melanie for writing it.
And I can’t wait for you to read it!