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    • Travel Inspiration| Beach Bummin' in Barbados

      Meet Cortney! Cortney (@cortwithnou) lives on the East Coast of Canada where she works in Healthcare Philanthropy. She loves being with friends and family and spending time near the ocean. Cortney stopped by ROTR to tell us all about her trip to Barbados! Barbados is most known for being the home of famed international superstar Rihanna. It's an island located in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands. Fun fact: It's technically located on two continents and a region: North America, Central America, and South America! Keep reading to get the details on Courtney beach bummin' in Barbados. Enjoy! A Week in Barbados I had no idea what to expect as I walked out of the airport in Barbados. Honestly, prior to boarding the plane in Toronto, I hadn’t done much research about the tiny Caribbean country located just northeast of Venezuela. My friend had recently moved to the island for a work placement and I jumped on the opportunity to visit her. The little I knew about Barbados was it was famous for pristine beaches, rum and Rihanna. While all of these things proved to be true, to say the island exceeded my expectations is an understatement. Beaches When I first caught a glimpse of the ocean from the bus window, I was in awe. The water looked like blue Kool-Aid and it was crystal clear. There are many beaches to visit in Barbados, but we stuck to the ones on the West coast as they have calmer waters for swimming. Among the many beaches we visited was Miami Beach. It’s a short 25 minutes south of Bridgetown and can easily be reached by bus. This beach in particular was memorable as shortly after getting in the water we saw a huge sea turtle! We learned later that there is a lot of fishing in the Miami Beach area which is why there’s turtles around. It’s important to note that all beaches in Barbados are public and there’s some hidden gems to explore. Food & Entertainment The fact that Barbados is so small is what makes it charming and allows you to really immerse yourself in the culture. Unlike other touristy countries where there seems to be a divide between locals and vacationers, Barbados is very inclusive. One of my favorite memories of the trip is the evening we spent at Oistins Fish Fry, a popular hotspot for tourists and locals of all ages. This place came highly recommended for a Friday night out and for good reason! Oistins Fish Fry has several food vendors with locally sourced seafood and flavorful dishes. There is live music and a fun vibrant atmosphere to take in. This place was BUSY though, we waited over an hour for our food, but it was well worth it and we met some kind people during our wait. Accommodations I was fortunate enough to be able to stay with my friend in her long-term Airbnb. The apartment was in a quiet neighborhood in the Garrison district, making it easy to catch the bus and walk down to Carlisle Bay. Although there are luxury resorts and hotels in Barbados, I recommend staying in an Airbnb. You will save a lot of money and it’s not like you’re missing out on private beach access. Airbnb’s under $100 per night can be found across the island and some are directly on the beach. Barbados is a fantastic option for a tropical getaway. It was by far one of most unique trips I’ve ever taken. To be able to visit a place where you feel safe, can easily get around, and where the people are friendly and helpful is genuinely one of a kind. Happy Travels Friends! Xoxoxoxoxo, ROTR Are you interested in being featured in the ROTR Travel Inspiration series? Visit our Contact Us page to submit a request.

    • Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

      Warning : Be prepared for plot twists that may require several wine breaks during reading this book. Characters may not be who or what they seem. Please read while sitting in the case of falling dizzy. The Wife Between Us (394 pages) is a phycological thriller, more like a rollercoaster ride of delicious mystery and suspense, critically acclaimed for its plot twist. Delivered in a three part storyline, authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen masterfully deliver each word leading readers wandering down dead end roads, only to be detoured when least expected. The narration or position of voice (POV) is from both first and third person, a difficult technical feat executed superbly by the authors, making it a slippery tale of two. Authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are each veterans of the publishing world in their own right. Hendricks spent 20 years as an editor at publishing house, Simon & Schuster before becoming a novelist by co-authoring The Wife Between Us. Pekkanen is an internationally best-selling solo author of eight previous novels. The two developed a special relationship while working together as an editor-writer duo with Simon & Schuster. Pekkanen offered to team up with Hendricks on a novel which delivered us, The Wife Between Us. Boy are we glad! Meet the Characters: The main character Vanessa is a recently divorced high-end retail clerk determined to stop her ex-husband, Richard from remarrying. Ravaged by guilt of destroying their marriage, Vanessa is obsessed with rectifying their slit. She is committed to do whatever it takes to make sure her ex doesn't make it to the alter for a second time. Nellie is a young, beautiful preschool teacher deeply in love with Richard. With the pressures of their approaching nuptials, Nellie is haunted not only by Richard's past, but that of her own. The transition from the young, fun, single girl in New York City, to a married mother in the upstate New York suburbs, at times seem too much for her to bear. Richard is wealthy, handsome and every woman's dream. A self-made man, emotionally healing from the loss of his mother and father in a car accident as a child. Richard is refined, loving, doting, specific and protective of the things in which he loves. Emma is Richard's assistant and equally as beautiful as Nellie with an interfering motive of her own. The Plot: Nothing like you've ever read before. You'll second guess yourself a few times reading this book. Guaranteed. Verdict: This book is worth the read. Happy Reading Friends, Xoxoxoxoxox, ROTR As always feel free to join the book chats by following www.readingontherun.com on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

    • Book List| 8 Things You Don't Know about Stacey Abrams

      You may know Stacey Abrams as an American Politican and lawyer who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007-2017. You may also know that in 2018 Abrams became the first African American woman gubernatorial electorate from a major party. Abrams did not win that election which resulted in accusations of voter suppression. Less than a year later during the 2019 presidential election, Abrams was hailed by pop-culture as single handedly turning the long time red state blue due to mobilizing thousands of latent democratic voters in the state of Georgia through leading the Fair Fight Initiative. I'm making it my mission to advocate for free and fair elections. Join our fight to ensure access to democracy for all.— STACEY ABRAMS What you didn't know: You may not know however that Stacey Abrams has another name. Abrams carries a pen name or "pseudonym" in the literary world known as Selena Montgomery, and has published eight romance novels under the moniker, on average one every year since 2001. Wow! In recent times, Stacey Abrams has dropped the moniker, for now, to publish another fiction novel. In While Justice Sleeps, scheduled to release later in 2021, Abrams tells the fictional story of astute young law clerk Avery Keene in a twisted tale of political deceit. Check out the links below for a robust list of Abrams' eight romance literary works! Rules of Engagement (2001) The Art of Desire (2002) Power of Persuasion (2002) Never Tell (2004) Hidden Sins (2006) Secrets and Lies (2006) Reckless (2008) Deception (2009) Will you be reading any of these books this year? As always, Happy Reading Friends! Xoxoxoxoxox, ROTR As always feel free to join the book chats by following www.readingontherun.com on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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