bookish  thursdays


Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere.  But then that changed, and today I am celebrating a couple of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.





Today’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts snippet is from Forever Beach, by Shelley Noble.




In this snippet, our MC Sarah Hargreave has been eagerly awaiting news that she has been approved to adopt her foster daughter, Leila.  Instead, the letter informs her that the biological mother of the little girl has been granted visitation.  As her world feels like it is falling apart, Sarah tries to focus on the “now,” advice she once received from Sam, her former boss and now deceased friend.  She will prepare a snack for Leila, and it will be a special time together.


She cut the apple, sliced off the core, and spread almond butter over the pieces, concentrating on each step, each slice.  The swipe of the almond butter across the juicy surface.  The wedges carefully arranged in a circle around the plate.  It’s important to give the child a sense of order.  Consistency makes a child feel safe.

But today Sarah was doing it for herself.

She poured out a glass of milk and put the glass and plate on the table in front of Leila.  It was a small kitchen; you could reach anything you needed with just a few steps.  Fridge, stove, counter, wall calendar where they marked school dates, doctors’ and therapists’ appointments, play dates and special days with colorful stickers.


That cozy snack time routine sounds like just the thing that child (and the foster mother) needed that day.






Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • My week has been very busy, with lots of errands, some bill paying, some shopping, and another dental appointment;
  • Today was better, as I had an appointment at my daughter’s salon, and loved the pampering that went along with it.  Afterwards, she and I had lunch together at the place around the corner: Neighbors Tap and Cook House;


neighbors tap and

  • So far this week, I’ve read and reviewed two books…and I’m enjoying a third one.  The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons (click title for review) was enjoyable enough, although it didn’t “wow” me.  Leave Me, by Gayle Forman, (click for review) did have a “wow” factor to it, and ended up being my favorite August read.  Although I must say that there were several excellent books on my list this month.
  • I wrote my Monthly Wrap-Up Post, which reveals that I read and reviewed thirteen books in August;
  • I started a new-to-me Netflix series called Longmire.  Loving it so far;



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  • In the upcoming month, I am hoping to get some books I’ve been anticipating.  Here are two I’m especially eager to have:  The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr: and Echoes of Family, by Barbara Claypole White.











That’s it for today.  What are you sharing today?



    1. Yes, I’ve been on the journey with foster parents who are losing the children they love. So often, we hear about the “bad” foster parents, but I’ve been witness to many more “good” ones than “bad.”

      Thanks for stopping by, Katherine, and I loved the pampering.


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