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Sometimes best friends are just for a season, and occasionally they are forever. I have had so many dear friends at one point or another I would have called my best friend. (This would be the reason I had SEVEN bridesmaids and TWO maids of honor stand with me on my wedding day.) Author Melanie Shankle’s new book Nobody’s Cuter Than You reminded me of all of the precious women in my life both past and present for whom I am forever grateful.

Oddly enough, Nobody’s Cuter Than You is the second memoir I have read in the last few months. I read Sophie Hudson’s memoir Home Is Where My People Are earlier this year. Would you believe both Melanie Shankle (BigMama) and Sophie Hudson (BooMama) are blog contributors to The Pioneer Woman blog? Small world eh?  And you know what? I loved both books.  I think Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) has fantastic taste in bloggers!

I read Nobody’s Cuter Than You in just a few short hours. My family and I were on a road trip and I found myself constantly reading my husband paragraphs I found hilarious. So basically, he read the book along with me. Even though this book is about the friendships Melanie experienced in her life, I saw my own life in her words. I think that is why this memoir is so wonderful. As I turned the pages, I remembered friends I haven’t thought about much in the last few years. At one point or another I would have counted each one as my dearest friend. I finished the book with heart of gratitude for the many women who have become more than friends.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.

About the Author

Melanie Shankle lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1994 while possibly on scholastic probation. Melanie began writing her blog, Big Mama, in July 2006. She is the author of the New York Times best sellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room.