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Good morning, Bloggers! Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.
Most of the week found me curled up and reading…and I did some blogging. No movies, but I did enjoy watching my favorite TV shows, like The Good Wife, Stalker, Criminal Minds, and the lineup on Thursday: Grey’s Anatomy, Mom, Two-and-a-Half Men, Parenthood, and How to Get Away with Murder.
It’s a good thing I have a DVR, since many of the shows are on at the same time.
Now that I’ve caught up on viewing, lets take a look at my week.
LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:
Review: Saving Grace, by Jane Green
Review: Getting Even, by Sarah Rayner
Review: The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion
Review: Trail Mix (e-book), by Paulita Kincer
Review: Five Days Left, by Julie Lawson Timmer
INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
No review books came in the mailbox, but I did receive a book I purchased on Amazon. I also downloaded FIVE e-books, as Sparky was pleading with me.
The Twilight Hour, by Nicci Gerrard
From Goodreads:Eleanor Lee has lived a fiercely independent existence for over ninety years, but now it’s time to tidy her life away – books, photographs, paintings, letters – a lifetime of possessions all neatly boxed up for the last time. But amongst them there are some things that must be kept hidden. And, nearing blindness, Eleanor needs help to uncover them before her children and grandchildren do.
Lost Lake (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen
The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.
That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.
It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.
My Real Children (e-book), by Jo Walton
It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.
Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War—those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?
The Comfort of Lies (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers
Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.
Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.
Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.
But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.
Ugly Love (e-book), by Colleen Hoover
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Like Family: Growing up in Other People’s Houses (e-book), by Paula McLain
The first book by the author of the New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife is a powerful and haunting memoir of the years she and her two sisters spent as foster children. In the early 70s, after being abandoned by both parents, the girls were made wards of the Fresno County, California court and spent the next 14 years-in a series of adoptive homes. The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of one of the most compelling memoirs in recent years–a book the tradition of Jo Ann Beard’s Boys of My Youth and Mary Karr’sThe Liar’s Club.
*** I loved The Paris Wife, by this author, and selected this author’s journey through the foster care system, set in the city where I live and worked as a social worker. The story will resonate with me.
WHAT’S NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
The Last Letter from Your Lover (e-book), by Jojo Moyes
Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes
The After Wife, by Gigi Levangie Grazer
Nora Roberts Land (e-book), by Ava Miles
And that’s my week! Past and upcoming, with all the delights you can find online and within the pages. What was your week like?