SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY — GOODBYE TO JUNE — JUNE 30

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and Mailbox Monday! (July will be Book Obsessed)

Our temperatures escalated this week into the 100s, so my mornings of enjoying the cool breezes wafting in off the patio were cut short.

But I still managed to get some reading and blogging done.

ON THE BLOGS:

Let’s Curl up and Take Inventory:  Deconstructing the Stacks

Monday Sparks:  Musing About Bookish Things

Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – Obsolete

Guilty Pleasures:  Waiting on Morning Glory

Thursday Potpourri:  Dreamy Worlds – Without & Within

Serendipitous Moments:  Spills, Etc.

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56:  Let Me Go

Friday Potpourri:  Found Treasures

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Friendship (An Excerpt)

June Reading Wrap-Up Post

Reading:  Click Titles for Reviews!

A Widow’s Story, by Joyce Carol Oates (Mt. TBR Challenge)

The Glass Wives, by Amy Sue Nathan

Obsolete, by C. T. French

Happy Accidents, by Jane Lynch

Incoming Books

I received four review books in the mail this week, and downloaded one book for Sparky.

Let Me Go, by Chelsea Cain (Amazon Vine)

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Detective Archie Sheridan just has to get through the next few days, then his birthday and Halloween will be over. But with escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, the investigation into the murder of a DEA agent demanding his attention, and journalist Susan Ward showing up at his apartment needing a favor, it’s going to be a long weekend.

Soon Archie finds himself crashing a masked ball on a private island owned by Jack Reynolds, a notorious local drug kingpin. By morning, Archie is back on pain killers, a guest is dead and Archie quickly realizes that little is what it seems. One thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and Archie’s nemesis and sometimes lover has something special in mind for the birthday boy, something she’s been planning for a long, long time. On Halloween Eve, with time running out, and the life of someone close to Archie on the line, Archie knows his only chance is to give Gretchen exactly what she wants. But Gretchen will prove more horrifying, and unpredictable, than Archie could ever imagine.

Back with her most thrilling novel yet, Chelsea Cain delivers the pinnacle of what fans of this series have come to expect: sex, murder, twists, dark wit, and some of the best characters in the genre.

Rose Harbor In Bloom, by Debbie Macomber (Amazon Vine)

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Hailed as “the reigning queen of women’s fiction” (The Sacramento Bee), #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is renowned for her novels of love, friendship, and the promise of fresh starts. Now Macomber returns to the charming Rose Harbor Inn, where each guest finds a second chance and every room comes with an inspiring new view.

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.

The Laws of Gravity, by Liz Rosenberg (Amazon Vine)

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An exquisite tour de force, The Laws of Gravity is a testament to what it means to be a family, what it takes to save a life, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.Two families, bound by blood. One decision holds the key to survival.

Nicole, red-haired and beautiful, discovers that her life is in danger. She turns to her cousin and childhood best friend Ari for the cord blood he’s been banking for his own children. His decision brings them before the scales of justice. Solomon Richter, a state Supreme Court judge on the brink of mandatory retirement, finds himself embroiled in a legal battle unlike any other. A case that calls into question the very things we live for: family, loyalty, friendship and love.

It’s Nicole’s last chance, Ari’s last stand, and the judge’s last case.

A novel of heartbreaking honesty, humor and depth; an unforgettable story of justice and love: The Laws of Gravity heralds award-winning Liz Rosenberg as a new storytelling sensation.

Someday, Someday, Maybe, by Lauren Graham (Amazon Vine)

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From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.

It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.

Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

Life After Life (e-book), by Kate Atkinson (my purchase)

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What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can — will she?

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

I feel exhilarated by both the past week and what lies ahead in these incoming books.  What are you experiencing?

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57 thoughts on “SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY — GOODBYE TO JUNE — JUNE 30

    1. I managed to read several books I owned this past month….and some freebies in the form of review books. Also some library books. Thanks for visiting, Catherine, and now I’m off to check out your post.

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    1. I think I will enjoy the books, Jenea…and I guess I’m used to the three digit days…we lucked out this year with cooler (90s) temps for awhile. A few years ago, we had around ten days of 114 and 115 degrees…I escaped to the beach. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Can you believe June is over already? I can’t. It’s been warm here too but not nearly the high temps you have.

    The Chelsea Cain and Debbie Macomber books sound so good.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I absolutely cannot believe it, Yvonne…the year is half over. Our triple digit temps just started this past week, but usually they come in May. So we got a little reprieve this year.

      I’m looking forward to both books, and I’m already enjoying the Chelsea Cain. Enjoy your week.

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    1. I wanted to get Life After Life when it first came out, but I had already bought way more books that month than I’d planned…lol. So I waited.

      I am excited about Someday, Someday, Maybe, too. I was going to buy it, but I’m glad I got it for review. Thanks for stopping by Shoshanah….enjoy your week.

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  3. I really enjoyed Someday, Someday Maybe! It was light and fun, the perfect book to take your mind off serious things.

    I still haven’t read Chelsea Cain but it’s on my “to do” list somewhere. Heard great things about her books. Have you read the previous books? If so, how did you like it?

    Enjoy your new books! 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed Someday, Someday, Maybe.

      I have read the other books in Chelsea Cain’s series, and I feel very connected to the characters and their fates. Definitely an engaging series. Hope you try it, Kay. And thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Your June was the opposite of mine. yours full of reading and blogging, Mine, not so much. Sigh. I’m trying to do better in the bloggingdepartment…either that or quit, I guess.

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    1. No, instead of quitting, just remind yourself that, like reading, some weeks and months are better for blogging than others. I imagine that July will not be so great, because how can I top June? lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne, and enjoy your week.

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    1. Mine is on Sparky (my Kindle), so I can easily travel with it. I love Kate Atkinson’s books…so I’m sure I’ll love this one, too. Thanks for stopping by, Anna….enjoy your vacation.

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