WEEKLY UPDATES: SUNSHINE THROUGH THE RAIN

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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

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A great week of a little more reading (four books!), less rain, and lots of blog posts.  Halfway through the week, I enjoyed my lunch at The Cheesecake Factory...bliss!  I had a Hibiscus Martini and a Greek salad.

 

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Now for a look at my week…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Morning Chaos: An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

It’s a Wrap for January 2016

Monday Potpourri: Musings

Chasing Away the Blues with “She’s Not There”

Let’s Spark Some Suspense: “Ink and Bone”

TBR Thursday: Deconstructing the TBR Stacks…

Thursday Potpourri: My Netflix Obsession, Etc.

Friday Potpourri: Fairytales, Magic, & Guilty Pleasures

Bookish Friday: “Brooklyn”

Family & Home: Birthdays

Reaching Out – An Excerpt from “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Review:  The Daylight Marriage (e-book), by Heidi Pitlor

Review:  The Crossing Places (e-book), by Elly Griffiths

Review:  She’s Not There (e-book), by Joy Fielding (NetGalley – 2/23)

Review:  Just Say Yes (e-book), by Alyssa Goodnight

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in my mailbox….but I received an e-ARC from NetGalley, and downloaded a purchased e-book.

Where I Lost Her (e-book), by T. Greenwood (NetGalley – 2/23)

 

 

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The Ex (e-book), by Alafair Burke

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

From the titles below, I hope to find engaging reads….

After She’s Gone, by Lisa Jackson (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Lucky Us (e-book), by Amy Bloom

 

 

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Gray Mountain (e-book), by John Grisham

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Let’s toast another great one…

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A MORE BALANCED WEEK

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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

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My week didn’t feel very productive, since I only read and reviewed TWO books…but both were engaging.  I like to feel as though my week has been more balanced, however, as I got out and about a few times, despite the ongoing rain…and watched a lot on Amazon Video and Netflix…if one can call that balanced.

I had lunch with Pippa, my Kindle…and there was a martini with this soup and salad.  (You’ll see the martini later!)

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Curl up with “A Man Called Ove”

Hump Day Serendipity: “One True Loves”

Hump Day Potpourri: Fantasies/Reality

Bookish Fridays: “Gray Mountain”

Progress Rather Than Perfection: Balance

Family & Home: Saturday Snapshots

Review:  The Summer Wind (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

Review:  A Man Called Ove (e-book), by Fredrik Backman

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book was in my mailbox from Amazon Vine…and I downloaded three e-books that I purchased.

After She’s Gone, by Lisa Jackson (Vine)

 

 

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Brooklyn (e-book), by Colm Toibin

 

 

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The Summer’s End (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

 

 

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Three To Get Deadly (e-book), by Janet Evanovich

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I might be a little more flexible this week, choosing books from a variety of possibilities, in no particular order, like these:

 

The Daylight Marriage (e-book), by Heidi Pitlor

 

 

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The Crossing Places (e-book, Book 1, Ruth Galloway), by Elly Griffiths

 

 

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Just Say Yes (e-book), by Alyssa Goodnight

 

 

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Lucky Us (e-book), by Amy Bloom

 

 

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  Check out the martini (below), which I had with my lunch shown above…and  I’ll be running errands today, and might have lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, as I have a gift card.  Yay!  I’ll be savoring a book on Pippa, too.

 

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: “ONE TRUE LOVES”

Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

In the past year, I have read three books by an author who was new to me, and she is now one of my new favorites.  On June 7, 2016, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest book, One True Loves will be released.

 

 

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Synopsis:  From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour and USA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

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What do you think?  Does this story tug at your heartstrings?  Does it make you want to read?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: RAINY DAYS & BINGEING….

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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

Rain has been a regular feature in my days this week, which has been an excellent backdrop to my reading.  I read and reviewed FIVE books, which is more than usual.  All were engaging, some more than others.

I also made it through Season 2 of Wentworth on Netflix, and can I say I am addicted?

Let’s grab some coffee and chat.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri: Bingeing on Books

Rainy Day Reading: Monday Musings

Curl up with “The Empty House

Bloggiesta Finish Line

My Interior World Quandary

Hump Day Serendipity: “The Obsession”

Hump Day Potpourri: A Quest for Alice

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts: “The Good Liar”

Bookish Friday: “The Good Liar”

Embellishing Her Life Experiences: An Excerpt from “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Review:  Missing Pieces (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf (NetGalley – 2/2)

Review:  What Was Mine (e-book), by Helen Klein Ross

Review:  The Widow (e-book), by Fiona Barton – (NetGalley – 2/16)

Review:  Guaranteed to Bleed (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

Review:  The Good Liar, by Nicholas Searle (Amazon Vine)

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  But I downloaded two e-ARCs from NetGalley….

No One Knows (e-book), by J. T. Ellison (NetGalley – 3/22)

 

 

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The Girls (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – (NetGalley – 6/7)

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Summer Wind (e-book, Book 2), by Mary Alice Monroe

 

 

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Just Say Yes (e-book), by Alyssa Goodnight

 

 

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A Man Called Ove (e-book), by Fredrik Backman

 

 

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That’s my week…what did yours look like?  Let’s chat…and grab a mimosa, perhaps….

 

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: “THE OBSESSION”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Today’s eagerly anticipated book is from Nora Roberts.  The Obsession will be released on April 12, 2016.

 

 

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Synopsis:  The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.
 
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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What do you think?  Does this one excite you?  Make you want to read it sooner rather than later?  Come on by and share your thoughts!

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REVIEW: WHAT WAS MINE, BY HELEN KLEIN ROSS

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Simply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.

While the idea of feeling anything but horror for such a woman would normally be a predominant one, I found myself empathizing with Lucy, the “kidnapper,” whose almost obsessive desire for a baby leads to such a horrific act.  The author skillfully takes us through her thought processes, breaking them down into manageable moments that slowly turn into something almost palatable…and then, just when we think we can live with what she did, the repercussions start happening.  Life comes undone.

With part of the story in Lucy’s voice, we come to understand her.  But what about all those whose lives were damaged?  We view the perspectives of Marilyn, the mother of the kidnapped child; other people in Lucy’s life; Mia herself; and more characters as the pages lead us to what happens after.

From Manhattan to California, and finally to China, the story unfolds into some surprising developments. The emotions that Mia feels upon learning of Lucy’s actions soon change as she realizes, finally, that she was who she was because of Lucy. And despite the biological connection with Marilyn, parts of her would always belong to the woman who raised her.

In some ways, the conclusion to What Was Mine felt unfinished, as we are left not quite knowing what the outcome will be. But as we watch the pieces begin to coalesce, we are struck by how nothing is quite black and white, but in muted shades of gray. 4.5 stars.

WEEKLY UPDATES: BLOGGIESTA IS HERE!

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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at The Book Date.

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It has been a week of several rainy days in a row…good for staying indoors and reading or blogging.  I did a bit of work on my blogs for Bloggiesta.…which actually started today, but I got impatient and started earlier in the week.  I finished reading and reviewing four books this week, and they were all engaging.  I love when that happens!

So let’s take a look…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Mini-Bloggiesta Sign-Up (& Starting Gate)

My Interior World: Changes?

Chasing Away the Blues with “Missing Pieces”

Hump Day Serendipity: “Just Fall”

Rainy Day Reading Can Be Restless Reading

Bookish Fridays: “The Crossing Places”

Exploring the Dark Side: An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Post-Holiday Moments: Saturday Snapshots

Review:  The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson (Amazon Vine)

Review:  Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

Review:  Secret Sisters (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

Review:  My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing came in my mailbox this week, but I did receive THREE NetGalley downloads that I’d requested; and I purchased a book for download.

Don’t You Cry (e-book), by Mary Kubica – (NetGalley – Release Date – 5/17/16)

 

 

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Multiple Listings (e-book), by Tracy McMillan – (NetGalley – 3/8/16)

 

 

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Miller’s Valley (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NetGalley – 4/5/16)

 

 

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My purchase:

What Was Mine (e-book), by Helen Klein Ross

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Missing Pieces (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf (NG – 2/2/16)

 

 

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The Widow (e-book), by Fiona Barton – (NG – 2/16/16)

 

 

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The Good Liar, by Nicholas Searle (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  I’ll be reading today, and drinking lots of coffee….join me in a chat or two!

 

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