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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

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

And let’s join Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

Rain has been a regular feature in my days this week, which has been an excellent backdrop to my reading.  I read and reviewed FIVE books, which is more than usual.  All were engaging, some more than others.

I also made it through Season 2 of Wentworth on Netflix, and can I say I am addicted?

Let’s grab some coffee and chat.




Sunday Potpourri: Bingeing on Books

Rainy Day Reading: Monday Musings

Curl up with “The Empty House

Bloggiesta Finish Line

My Interior World Quandary

Hump Day Serendipity: “The Obsession”

Hump Day Potpourri: A Quest for Alice

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts: “The Good Liar”

Bookish Friday: “The Good Liar”

Embellishing Her Life Experiences: An Excerpt from “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Review:  Missing Pieces (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf (NetGalley – 2/2)

Review:  What Was Mine (e-book), by Helen Klein Ross

Review:  The Widow (e-book), by Fiona Barton – (NetGalley – 2/16)

Review:  Guaranteed to Bleed (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

Review:  The Good Liar, by Nicholas Searle (Amazon Vine)


INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  But I downloaded two e-ARCs from NetGalley….

No One Knows (e-book), by J. T. Ellison (NetGalley – 3/22)





The Girls (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – (NetGalley – 6/7)





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

Summer Wind (e-book, Book 2), by Mary Alice Monroe





Just Say Yes (e-book), by Alyssa Goodnight





A Man Called Ove (e-book), by Fredrik Backman





That’s my week…what did yours look like?  Let’s chat…and grab a mimosa, perhaps….


mimosa time



  1. A rainy week for you, sounds like, and 5 books! That’s awesome. It’s been pretty bleak here all week, although the snow stopped. Now it’s sunny today. I like listening to the rain come down too, it can be relaxing. I think I’d rather have a rainstorm than any more snow! LOL.

    The Gudenkauf book looks good, I keep seeing that around and I’m intrigued…


    1. Yes, if I had to pick one, it would be rain for me, too. And that’s my name as well (Friends shorten Laurel-Rain to “Rain.” LOL).

      I loved Missing Pieces and can’t wait to read the other NG books I received. Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and enjoy your week…


  2. I like the look of both No One Knows and The Girls Laurel. Are you enjoying Wentworth? It’s the Australian series isn’t it? If so it’s a remake of a show I watched back in the 1970s (when I was probably too young to be watching such a thing!)


    1. Yes, it is the Australian “Orange is the New Black”…LOL. I am quite caught up in it, and on the final season. Right now, the “governor” is a mean bitch.

      I am excited about No One Knows and The Girls, too. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Red Iza

    The mimosa looks tempting, cheers ! I googled the recipe and saw it had been invented in Paris in 1925 ^^ I never heard about Wentworth but I’ll be looking it up when I have finished this com. That house on the cover of “The girls” is so beautiful, I’d looooove to take a peek inside. And also have a tour of the garden (park ?). Have a great week !


    1. Yes, that garden on the cover draws me in…I imagine myself going out there to sit and read.

      I don’t actually have a mimosa today, as I’m out of the ingredients, sigh, and too lazy to go out to the store. Interesting about the invention. I discovered them in the 1970s. LOL

      I saw a mention of Wentworth on someone’s blog and found it. Thanks for stopping by, Izabel.

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  4. You definitely had a great reading week! I’ve been reading the same book (City on Fire) for nearly three weeks now… it’s almost 1000 pages, but still feel like I’m not making much progress. At least I’m enjoying it. A Man Called Ove has been on a few blogs lately. I have it on my kindle, now I just need to make time to read it. Wentworth looks like an easy show to get hooked on!


  5. A mimosa, a rainy week and all those new books sounds pretty good! Espeically if you didn’t have to leave the house. I love rainy days if I can stay home and observe it through the window! Lisa Jewell and Mary Alice Monroe are 2 authors I’m really wanting to read and A Man Called Ove has been calling me. Have a great week!


    1. I am enjoying the day, although I did go out for a while to have brunch with my daughter and her BF…it was nice, with bottomless mimosas. LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Katherine. I enjoy both authors.


  6. katarguelles

    It rained a couple days in Sacramento this week but it was nice to also have sunny days. Five reviews in a week is really good! The Girls sounds interesting and I hope you enjoy all your new books. Have a great week!


  7. I’m planning on reading The Widow in February so I will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that one! I have No One Knows on my e-reader as well. I’ve enjoyed previous books by this author so I’m looking forward to it! It sounds like you had a really great week of reading. I hope this week is great for you as well!


  8. I think I could use a mimosa for a Sunday night, LOL. Glad it’s still raining there. What’s Wentworth about? I don’t think I know that one. I also have the Ove book somewhere on my shelves that I haven’t read. Perhaps I will get to it in 2016. hmm


    1. I didn’t have the ingredients for mimosas today, but then my daughter talked me into joining them for brunch at a place that has “bottomless mimosas.” LOL Thanks for stopping by, Susan.

      I just watched the last season of Wentworth, after binge-watching all afternoon and evening. There are 3 seasons…I don’t know if there will be more. But it’s the name of a prison, set in Australia. I don’t know if it is a real prison. I am quite fond of listening to the accent at this point…LOL.

      Sort of like Orange is the New Black, but the “governor” in the last two seasons was a psychopath, which made it all very suspenseful, not knowing what she would do next.


  9. You’ve been travelling through some reading lately and I just love the line up you have planned. Want to read them all! Except The Summer Wind which I have read and enjoyed on audio.


    1. I love how easily I slide into the characters’ worlds in the LowCountry books…thoroughly enjoying The Summer Wind, it is the kind of book I like to savor. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn, and for hosting the Monday event.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne, and I had planned to read The Summer Wind during the summer, but I think it works better now, when it’s cold…I can almost feel the heat. LOL. Glad you could stop by…enjoy your week.


  10. Just Say Yes looks like my cup of tea! I’d not heard of Wentworth – but on IMDB it looks a bit like Orange Is The New Black set in the UK? Glad you’ve had a great reading week!


      1. I was surprised to discover that it was set in Australia, but immediately loved it. I started developing an accent, or at least a use of certain words, like saying “mum” and “bloody” a lot. LOL.


  11. Well, you’ve been a busy one!!

    My book last week ending up being a DNF, and so I only finished reading the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia series, but I’m enjoying the book I’ve started this week on. I didn’t get much reading done over the weekend though because I discovered season 6 of The Good Wife on Netflix (I don’t know if I’ve been oblivious to it being up for a while or not) but I spent most of my spare time watching that.

    I hope you enjoy your upcoming books and the great reading continues. I’m intrigued by your incoming books this week.


    1. Thanks, Brandie, I try not to get too many NG books at once, but the release dates are staggered…however, that means I probably won’t be reading No One Knows until late February or early March…but there are plenty of good ones along the way.

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  12. I just cracked open What Was Mine last night and hope that I enjoy it as much as you did. I only skimmed through your review this week because I don’t want to know too much about the plot. I also am looking forward to the Heather Gudenkauf Missing Pieces; I enjoy all her books. Have a good week. (I wish we got your actual rain– we get gloom and overcast and occasional light drizzle– we need a good ol’ downpour)!


    1. You are in for a treat with both What Was Mine and Missing Pieces…thanks for stopping by, Rita, and welcome back!

      As for the rain, I am surprised at how much we have been getting, although I’m not sure how many inches we’ve had overall.


  13. Dreary weather is the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and a stack of good books. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to see what I was reading this week.
    (I have the same Coca-Cola table!)


  14. I had a watermelon mimosa after we emerged from the snow on Sunday morning. I think I prefer a regular one, but as my aunt posted on my Facebook page, any mimosa is a good mimosa! I was just looking at buying A Man Called Ove. I’ve heard so many good things about it. Enjoy your week!


  15. Susan @ The Book Bag

    Wow! I love your list of books! We must have similar tastes. I thought about grabbing No One Knows, it looks very interesting. And you can’t go wrong with Mary Alice Monroe. Happy reading!


  16. Teddyree

    I love Wentworth, absolutely addicted, can’t wait for season 4. I watched Prisoner back in the day, did you see it? Or was that only in Australia? Hope you love A Man Called Ove. That Mary Alice Monroe series is on my stack. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


    1. When I Googled Wentworth, to find out about Season 4, I noticed the Prisoner mention…I think it must have just been in Australia.

      Anyway, loving it! Thanks for stopping by, Teddyree, and enjoy your books and your addiction. LOL.

      I just finished the second book in the MAM trilogy, and downloaded the third one.


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