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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 pot of tea!), and let’s talk about our weeks.




Did our US friends have a good Thanksgiving? Are the rest of you eagerly looking forward to Christmas or other winter holidays?  Here is what last week looked like for me.  On Thanksgiving, I was at my daughter’s home, relaxing…




And then….


Sunday Potpourri:  Reading, Blogging, & Unexpected Discoveries

Serendipitous Tuesday:  Intros/Teasers – “The Nightingale”

Hump Day Creativity:  Waiting on “Night Night, Sleep Tight”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Cancel the Wedding”

A Reunion:  Destiny? – Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Creative Saturday:  Giving Thanks

Saturday Potpourri:  Curl up and Enjoy the Coziness

Review:  The Pocket Wife, by Susan Crawford

Review:  Another Night, Another Day, by Sarah Rayner

Review:  River Road (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two Vine books came in my mailbox; I bought one book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded five e-books for Sparky, always greedy for more.

The Secrets of Midwives, by Sally Hepworth (Amazon Vine)





“With empathy and keen insight, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the complex, lovely, and even heartbreaking relationships between mothers and daughters.—Emily GifinThree generations of women Secrets in the present and from the pastA captivating tale of life, loss, and love…


Walking on Trampolines, by Frances Whiting (Amazon Vine)





Praised as “a tender exploration of friendship, families, and first love” (Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret), this coming-of-age novel from bestselling author Frances Whiting is equal parts heartwarming, accessible, and thought provoking.


The Life You’ve Imagined, by Kristina Riggle (Purchased)






Two childhood friends reunite when stressful circumstances bring them back to their hometown. Anna, distraught over the loss of a beloved mentor, takes a leave of absence from her law firm and returns to her mother, Maeve, and their family convenience store. Cami deals with a gambling addiction and breakup by hiding out at her father’s home. Sadly, coming home doesn’t bring them the solace they seek. Maeve’s store is being threatened by an upscale development. Anna is nursing lingering feelings for the high-school sweetheart she left, who now has a wife and family. Cami still mourns her mother’s long-ago death and resents her alcoholic father’s emotional withdrawal. Riggle, author of Real Life and Liars (2009), explores what happens when real life diverges sharply from childhood dreams. Her strong and complicated female characters are interesting and likable, and she ably weaves together multiple story lines.



The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain





In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she knows what happened to her missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies.


You (e-book), by Caroline Kepnes





When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


The Look of Love (e-book), by Sarah Jio





Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.


The Perfect Mother (e-book), by Nina Darnton







When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her.

A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts.

A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.


Betrayed (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline





Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that’s more personal than ever.  Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy’s beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play.  The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.




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


Currently Reading:  The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (Vine)





Finding Jake, by Bryan Reardon  (Vine)





The Paying Guests (e-book), by Sarah Waters







That’s what my week looked like!  And that’s what lies ahead….what are you reading, blogging, and chatting about? 







    1. I am definitely looking forward to the Jio…loved all of her previous books. And Diane Chamberlain is another favorite author of mine. Thanks for stopping by, Katherine, and I hope you catch up on some relaxation. You had a hectic week!


    1. I went back and forth on You….so many mixed feelings about whether or not to get it…now I have it, for better or worse…LOL.

      I am also looking forward to the Jio and Chamberlain books. Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


  1. As usual, the Thanksgiving party was at our house. I love hosting mostly because we have room for a crowd, no gifts are involved and everyone brings a dish to share (we do the turkey and stuffing). Now on to Christmas 🙂
    I think Walking on Trampolines sounds interesting and I love the cover of the Jio book. Have a good week!


    1. Thanks, Mary, and your holiday sounds wonderful. That’s what we used to do…have it at my house, with people bringing a dish….until I downsized…LOL. I am eager to read the Jio book…and I also think Walking on Trampolines looks good.


  2. fangswandsfairy

    Doesn’t look like our books overlap. Oh well.
    We had an interesting Thanksgiving — we drove up the coast and went to a chichi restaurant. Then we had a college student who couldn’t get to the UK in their short break stay with us rather than be the only kid in the dorm by herself. It was fun to have a younger person around. We went shopping with real purpose – to find her a coat and gloves and warmer tops. Since we also had a big storm it gave her a real reason to get the warmer stuff.


    1. Ah, yes, I hope Sparky will continue to perform beautifully, now that she is four years old! Yikes!

      If I have to upgrade, the new one will be Sparky II.

      Thanks for stopping by, Bea, and sorry about the freezing rain….


  3. Turkey hangover is a great way to describe it- man did I eat too much! Looks like you had a nice Thanksgiving with family. Hope your weekend and week ahead are filled with good things- and reading too. 🙂

    I like the look of some of your new arrivals- The Secrets of Midwives and The Life You’ve Imagined. And You looks a bit scary perhaps…


  4. Really great books in your mailbox! I also recently received Walking on Trampolines- it looks so good. YOU is quite intense- can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Happy reading 🙂


  5. Teddyree

    Glad you had a relaxing Thanksgiving! Oh my your book line-up is awesome! Is that a new Kristin Hannah? I love her writing! The Secrets of Midwives appeals to me as do all the family/friend dynamic storylines. Have a wonderful week and happy readign 🙂


  6. Frances Whiting writes an hilarious post in a local (well, Statewide) Sunday newspaper and I’m a big fan. I’ve received her novel via NetGalley as well and can’t wait to read it!



  7. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. You’ve got a of books there that are totally new to me, but I know you’ll help me decide which ones belong on my wish list 😉

    I finished The Paying Guests on audio last week… it was definitely too long, but I’m still thinking about the characters. Will be curious to hear what you think.


  8. ondbookshelf

    Just catching up after being away for the holiday weekend. I think I have all of the books you received last week on my tbr wishlist! Let’s see who gets through them first…….lol, I’m sure it won’t be me since I don’t own most of them yet 🙂


  9. Hi Lorraine,

    It sounds as though all my US friends had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend, whilst us Brits are beginning to wind up for Christmas, albeit in this still unseasonably mild and damp weather.

    Despite the holidays, you seem to have amassed one of the biggest hauls of the week and for me personally, one of the best. If I add to my ‘Want To Read’ list, all the titles I like the sound of, Goodreads will be banning me from its pages!!

    I too, particularly like the sound of the Diane Chamberlain, also the Lisa Scottoline and the Sarah Waters. I also fancy the Caroline Kepnes, simply because I am intrigued by the bookshop setting, although I am not that keen on the cover art.

    Mmmm! Just one for my list? …. Caroline Kepnes, as she is a new to me author and it sounds like a spooky murder mystery.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week.



    1. Thanks, Yvonne, glad you loved my haul…hope you enjoy them too! I am a big fan of both Diane Chamberlain and Lisa Scottoline…and hope to add Sarah Waters to my list, too. This one will be my first by this author.


  10. You was an unusual book – creepy type unusual. I can’t wait to read your review! I’m listening to The Paying Guests now. I had a little trouble getting into it, but now it’s good!


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