SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: READING, BLOGGING, & FAMILY TIME — JULY 14

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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)

With another hot week behind me, I am pleased to report that we’re “down” in the nineties today.  Just about chilly, lol.

The past week brought lots of good reading…and some family time, including a lunch get-together with two grown kids and some grandkids.

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I did manage some blogging and some reading, too.

ON THE BLOGS:

A Story About My Reading Habits:  Musing Mondays

Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – The Laws of Gravity

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting on “The Runaway Wife”

Booking Through Thursday:  The Lovable World of Pets

A Bookish Journey:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Sweet Saturday Sample:  A Friendly Visit (An Excerpt)

Weekend Potpourri:  Cooking, Reading, & Dreaming

READING:  CLICK TITLES FOR REVIEWS:

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

After Her, by Joyce Maynard (Amazon Vine Review)

The Last Camellia (e-book), by Sarah Jio

Don’t Let Me Go, by Susan Lewis (Amazon Vine Review) (Sequel Challenge)

INCOMING BOOKS:

Two review books from Amazon Vine came into my house!

Island Girls, by Nancy Thayer

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New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.

Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages—that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment. College professor Meg hopes to use her summer to finish a literary biography and avoid an amorous colleague. And secretive Jenny, an IT specialist, faces troubling questions about her identity while longing for her sisters’ acceptance.

To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trust than the men who show up to complicate their lives. And if that weren’t problematic enough, their mothers descend on the island. When yet another visitor drops by the house with shocking news, the past comes screaming back with a vengeance. Having all the women from his life under his seaside roof—and overseeing the subsequent drama of that perfect storm—Rory Randall might just be enjoying a hearty laugh from above.

Nancy Thayer’s novel insightfully illustrates how the push and pull of family altercations make us whole. It’s how the Randall sisters come to forgive, and learn to open their hearts to love.

Chocolate for Two, by Maria Murnane (Sequel Challenge)

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Waverly Bryson’s life is officially perfect: She’s engaged to her gorgeous boyfriend, Jake; her Honey on Your Mind TV segment is more popular than ever; and Waverly’s Honey Shop is growing by leaps and bounds. What could possibly go wrong? For starters…everything.

This is Waverly, after all, and drama follows her wherever she goes. Why should her trip down the aisle be any different? Now, before she can marry the man of her dreams, she’ll have to go head-to-head with his high-society mother, whose vision for their wedding isn’t exactly meshing with Waverly’s. Adding to the chaos is the impending departure of Paige, Waverly’s very pregnant retail partner; the arrival of her suddenly secretive best friend, Andie; and the meddling of a new TV producer who’s promising to “shake things up.” Suddenly Waverly’s perfect life feels like it’s about to come crashing down…unless the irrepressible Miss Bryson can prove to the world—and to herself—that she really can have it all.

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That’s my week….and I’m ready to plunge ahead in the next one.  What are you enjoying today?  What’s ahead for you?  Come on by and chat!

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44 thoughts on “SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: READING, BLOGGING, & FAMILY TIME — JULY 14

  1. Both your new books look like my cup of tea, who can resist a book with chocolate in the title lol. Always special having ‘family time’, love the pic. Off to check out your review of The Last Camellia. See you on Monday 🙂

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  2. Family time sure sounds good to me right now. We have everyone working different shifts and different days. I have been missing seeing everyone at the same time. I love the books that you got this week. I would be happy to read either. Enjoy.

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    • Thanks, Belle…I am eager to read them, too. I won’t be reading the new books, though, until next week or the one after, as my queue is long! Enjoy your week, and I hope you find more time with family.

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    • I’m glad you could return the visit, Catherine…and I’m eager to read the new books too. Thayer is a favorite author, and I read one of the other books in the Waverly series, and it was a fun read.

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  3. Island Girls looks like a great summer read. I hear you about the heat -it’s been relatively “cooler” here too. Glad you enjoyed some family time!

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    • Thanks, Lucy…I always seem to complain about the heat, but it could be worse. Our winters could be horrible, so I’m satisfied with the price we pay for that. Thanks for stopping by…and Island Girls looks like a feel good book. Enjoy your week.

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    • I see myself living on an island, too, Kathy…or at least on the coast. I had a wonderful three days on an island near Seattle a few years ago. Idyllic would be my best description of that time.

      Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your week.

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    • Thanks, Elizabeth…I’m looking forward to Island Girls, too…and the side panels—I found them on Pinterest. I do like using backgrounds that “take me away” to beautiful places. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week.

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