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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

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

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.




What happened to this week?  All I know is that I continued my purging and rearranging, even going so far as to add a spit and polish to things…and then I enjoyed catching up on movies and TV shows on my DVR.  The reading was very intermittent…and so was the blogging.

On Thursday night, my granddaughter Fiona spent the night, and we rose early on Friday to take her to the train for her trip.

So that’s what happened to my usual activities.  But some weeks are like that, aren’t they?



fiona starting over




Guess What?  My Interiors Are In Flux Again!

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “Ruin Falls”

Hump Day Creativity:  Waiting for “A Small Indiscretion”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Savoring the Moments

Thursday Potpourri:  The Aftermath of the Purge

Review:  The Carrier, by Sophie Hannah (4 ****)

Review:  Accidents of Marriage (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers (5 *****)



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

The mailbox was alive and waiting with goodies this week, albeit only two gorgeous ones from Amazon Vine.  And then I downloaded an e-book, as Sparky was complaining about hunger again.





When We Fall, by Emily Liebert (Amazon Vine)






Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface. When the wife of her husband’s best friend from summer camp takes her under her wing, things begin to spin out of control.



The Oleander Sisters, by Elaine Hussey (Amazon Vine)







An emotionally riveting tale of the bonds of family and the power of hope in the sultry Deep South

In 1969, the first footsteps on the moon brighten America with possibilities. But along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a category five storm is brewing, and the Blake sisters of Biloxi are restless for change. Beth “Sis” Blake has always been the caretaker, the dutiful one, with the weight of her family’s happiness—and their secrets—on her shoulders. She dreams of taking off to pursue her own destiny, but not before doing whatever it takes to rescue her sister.


Ruth’s Journey (e-book), by Donald McCaig (Purchased)






Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.




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


Currently Reading:  Dear Daughter (e-book), by Elizabeth Little






Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.



Ruin Falls, by Jenny Milchman





Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving behind her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. But Liz’s husband, Paul, has decided that, despite a strained relationship with his mother and father, they should visit the farm in western New York where he spent his childhood.

On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz goes to check on her sleeping children, all her anxiety comes roaring back: Ally and Reed are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of the kids. Soon, Paul and Liz are being interviewed by police, an Amber Alert is issued, and detectives are called in.


Further Out Than You Thought, by Michaela Carter







Combining the eloquence and raw sensuality of Jeanette Winterson with the romantic, renegade spirit of Patti Smith, Further Out Than You Thought is a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, about three people searching for identity and meaning from award-winning poet and indie bookshop co-founder Michaela Carter.




And that’s all for the week, folks.  What are you all reading and blogging about?  What life moments are you sharing?







    • Thanks for stopping by, Bea, and the purging and re-organizing has taken on a life of its own! I can’t seem to stop. Everywhere I turn, I see something else I should do. LOL

      Enjoy the week…I’m looking forward to those new books, too.


    • Thanks, Sharon…that’s what I love: the feeling of accomplishment. Sometimes I look around, though, and I don’t notice much of a difference. Most of the purging is going on behind closed doors or inside drawers and closets. Or in the garage in those bins.

      I did move a few indoor things out to the garage bins.

      I am glad you could stop by, and good luck with the purging…it is addictive and it could keep you going indefinitely!


  1. Sometimes you need a break… and family time and rearranging are good excuses! 🙂 So are movies and catching up on shows. sounds like a good week!

    LOL about Sparky!


    • Yes, it was a good week, in spite of how my schedule went out the window. But then, I do like changes in the routine…and going with the flow.

      And, yes, Greg, Sparky is unbelievably demanding! LOL Thanks for stopping by.


    • Oh, yes, definitely metaphorical about the “spit.” LOL

      Here we are, winding down the year again, and I am SO not ready for Christmas! Thanks for visiting, Voracious Reader, and let’s enjoy each day as it comes.


    • Thanks for stopping by, Steph, and I love the word Oleander, too! We have many bushes here in our state, and even on the school grounds when I was a child. I’m sure they no longer have them, with the poison factor and all. White Oleander is a book (and movie) I loved…so I am drawn to the word as well, and curious about how the word figures into the book The Oleander Sisters.


    • Thanks, and yes, that is one of my two granddaughters: Fiona.. I have five grandsons, so the two granddaughters are precious, since they are so rare. LOL

      My other granddaughter, Aubrey, lives in LA, a few hours away, so I keep in touch mostly via FB. Thanks for visiting, Kimba.


  2. Glad you got to spend some time with your granddaughter… I’m sure that’s more fun than reading or blogging. My daughter was home until Tuesday, so I didn’t get an awful lot done last week either. We’ll see what happens with the week ahead. You’ve got some interesting new books to choose from!


    • I agree, JoAnn, and it is always a treat to spend time with Fiona, since, as a teenager, she has quite a heavy schedule. I am looking forward to reading more this week, but today was all about bingeing on Netflix. Thanks for stopping by.


    • Thanks for stopping by, Laura, and I can relate to all the cleaning and organizing. I don’t do it often enough, so it’s a big job. My goal now is to keep things in order! Fingers crossed.

      I am looking forward to the books.


    • I loved GWTW so much that I must have read it half a dozen times when I was younger. After I read Ruth’s Journey, I plan to reread GWTW…I have a copy.

      Thanks for visiting, Christy, and enjoy your week.


  3. I look forward to reading Accidents of Marriage when I can get hold of it. When We Fall looks intriguing and I will be keeping an eye out to see what you have to say about it.


  4. Naughty sparky, he’s got quite the appetite hasn’t he lol. I love the cover of The Oleander Sisters and When We Fall sounds good. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


      • There is a Holiday Read-a-thon from 6th-11th November check it out at Caffeinated Reviewer blog :D. I love a good read-a-thon! Such a great chance to dust of some bookwebs and ignore the outside world for a bit!


    • She was going to the coast. I love trains, too, and now that my youngest son (her father) has moved way up north, she and I may go up there on the train to visit.

      Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth, and I love the cover of The Oleander Sisters, too.


  5. The cover for The Oleander Sisters is gorgeous, Laurel-Rain! I hope you’ll enjoy it, and the other books you got last week, too.
    It’s so nice to purge things, and make the interior more manageable! I need to be in a specific mood to make that really work, though 🙂 Good for you that you’ve been able to keep up with it, and all is nice and uncluttered now.
    Happy reading.


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