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

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




The week has been a great one, with some good reading and blogging…and a nice lead-in to my birthday weekend.  Celebration started yesterday, at my daughter’s salon, where I got my trim and color done.  This is Day II, which never looks as good as when it is fresh from the stylist’s touch.




Today I lounged around, bingeing on Gilmore Girls again, Season III now; tomorrow is lunch with family.


Here’s what happened last week…


Weekend Potpourri:  Cozy Moments

Curl up with Intros/Teasers – “Further Out Than You Thought”

Savoring an Upcoming Release – “Driftwood”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Seasonal Treats – Bookish & Non-Bookish

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Family Drama & Engaging Reads

Creative Friday:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Oleander Sisters”

A Saturday of Savoring the Moments – Family Time

Review:  Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little

Review;  Ruin Falls, by Jenny Milchman

Review:  Further Out Than You Thought, by Michaela Carter

Review:  A Good Marriage, by Stephen King




INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Three books came in my mailbox from Amazon Vine; I purchased one book at Barnes & Noble; and I downloaded three e-books for Sparky.





The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion (Vine)






Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because— surprise!—Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.


Saving Grace, by Jane Green (Vine)





Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.


Getting Even, by Sarah Rayner (Vine)





Revenge has never been such fun

How would you feel if your best friend at work betrayed you? Was secretly having an affair with an influential colleague? Won a coveted promotion, then teamed you up with a mere junior, leaving you feeling completely demoted? What would you do? For Ivy there’s no choice. The only person she has ever trusted, Orianna, has blown it big time. So there’s only one way forward: revenge.

Ivy’s campaign is brilliant, if horribly destructive, and she’s determined to get even with the woman who has dared to cross her. But is Ivy really the innocent party? Or is she hiding secrets of her own?


Copper Beach, by Jayne Ann Krentz (Purchased)





A New York Times Bestselling Author — Within the pages of centuries-old books lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes — and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text has reappeared on the black market. So Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an investigator who can also play bodyguard.




Leaving Time (e-book), by Jodi Picoult





For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.


Florence Gordon (e-book), by Brian Morton





Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to young women, invisible to almost everyone else. At seventy-five, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days and threatening her well-defended solitude. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag….


Some Luck (e-book), by Jane Smiley






On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears.




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


When We Fall, by Emily Liebert





The Oleander Sisters, by Elaine Hussey





The Children Act (e-book), by Ian McEwan






As we look back at our week, and contemplate the new one, let’s enjoy the moments.  Thanks for stopping by!







  1. Cait

    I totally plan to try a Jodi Picoult book one of these days. Most of my friends swear by her books and I haven’t even picked up ONE yet. Gah! (Although I did love the movie of My Sister’s Keeper. XD)
    My Sunday Post!


  2. Happy belated birthday…I did see it over on Facebook but just never got around to stopping by with my wishes. So here they are now. 🙂 Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful weekend so far. Hope it continues for you.


  3. booknaround

    Sounds like a lovely birthday week (and weekend). How excited am I to see that The Rosie Effect is coming out. The Rosie Project made me smile so I’ll be happy to revisit Don and Rosie again.


  4. Happy Birthday!! We’ve been celebrating birthdays for the past week here, so it’s great that yours is happening now too–enjoy all you do this weekend! My son, my brother and myself have birthdays within 2 weeks of each other. My late father, my sis in law and my husband are also in November, this always added to the festivity of Thanksgiving and Christmas season for us.

    Such good books; I’ve been busy all week and didn’t get to check in with you too much, but I’m reading Leaving Time Now and it’s awesome, Picoult is back I think for those who have been disappointed with her lately. Copper Beach and Saving Grace are going on my ever-growing wishlist. Have fun this week!


  5. First of all, happy birthday! Your hair looks lovely and all your celebrations sound delightful. 🙂

    All 3 of your Vine books look good; I need to add them to my wishlist. 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your birthday weekend and have a good week!


  6. Happy Birthday! Your new cut and color looks great.

    Hope you enjoy Florence Gordon as much as I did – it’s a wonderful character study. Some Luck looks good, too. I understand it’s the first of a trilogy.


  7. Happy birthday! Great books! I”m really wanting to read Florence Gordon. I’ve heard fantastic things about it. I’m really wanting to read more Jayne Ann Krentz and Getting Even sounds interesting. Have a fantastic week!


  8. I used to love Jane Green books back in college, but it’s been forever since I’ve picked one up. I do think Saving Grace looks like fun though, and hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!


  9. thebookdate

    I am so looking forward to The Rosie Effect, I think I will listen to the audio as I loved the first one in audio. I haven’t read a Jane Green since one I tried I didn’t like so much.


  10. Happy Birthday, Laurel! I think your hair looks great! Love the color and style. I’m looking forward to hearing about the new Rosie book. I enjoyed the first one.


  11. Brandie

    Happy, happy birthday!! Your hair looks lovely! I always wished I could style my hair as good as they do when you leave the salon, but I fail miserably.

    Great book haul, too! I had not heard of that new Jane Green and it sounds really fantastic! Enjoy your books – I look forward to your reviews!


  12. You’ve got some good ones coming up! I’ve heard good things about The Rosie Effect, Florence Gordon (it’s on my TBR list), and Leaving Time. I didn’t love The Children’s Act, but I think I just don’t really like McEwan in general (this was my second strike out with him).
    Have a great week!


  13. Your hair looks great! Happy Birthday. I like your Fall decorations. I started Florence, but put it down after reading about 1/3rd of it. I think it I was not in the right for my mood for it. I almost downloaded Jodi Picoult’s new novel. Since I had Gone Girl, even though I’m late to the game, decided to read that — so far I am enjoying it.


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