HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: PRESENT, PAST, & UPCOMING READS

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I  am halfway finished with a very engaging e-ARC from NetGalley:  Cruel Beautiful World, by Caroline Leavitt, a haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.   Release Date:  October 4, 2016.

 

 

 

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Blurb:  It’s 1969, and sixteen-year-old Lucy is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default caretaker for most of their lives, Charlotte’s youth has been marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy’s dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.

Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, and explores what happens when you’re responsible for things you cannot make right.

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I am loving how the story alternates between the various characters, moving from the girls, Lucy and Charlotte, in 1969, and then veering into the backstory of Iris, the girls’ caretaker.  Her story takes us back to the turn of the twentieth century.

The part of the story set in the late sixties and early seventies brings up some reminders of how that so-called peaceful time and existence can turn into mass murder (Charlie Manson’s family).

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JUST FINISHED:

I loved Book Four in this Ten Beach Road series:  Sunshine Beach, by Wendy Wax. (Click for my review).

 

 

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Another totally engaging story about friendships, conflicts, challenges, and starting over…again.

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered the existence of this new book, the sixth in a series I have loved, a series that features Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist who sometimes works with the police.  Set in London and thereabouts, we often follow some twists and turns to reach a resolution of each case.

Saturday Requeim, by Nicci French, is not available in the U.S. yet, so I ordered it from a third-party seller in the UK.  That’s how much I love this series.

 

 

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Blurb:  It was an open and shut case when eighteen-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family; she’s been incarcerated ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to assess Hannah, she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her…Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family. Frieda soon begins to realise that she’s up against someone who’ll go to any lengths to protect themselves…

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What are you reading and/or anticipating today?

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: READING…

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I am reading two books right now, as I have that restless feeling.  One of the books is part of a series, so I can jump over to another book when I’m feeling the mood change.

 

Sunshine Beach, by Wendy Wax, is another chapter in the series about the women who lost their money to a Ponzi scheme, and then started recovering by renovating the house they each had a part ownership in.  What started as a plan to flip that house turned into a career and then a TV show called Do Over.

 

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If I Forget You, by Thomas Christopher Greene, is about two former lovers that reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of The Headmaster’s Wife.

 

 

 

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So far so good!

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JUST FINISHED:

Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer (click for my review), is a story rich with themes of blended families, the broken foster care system, and abandonment.

 

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

This book, from an author I love, is not coming until March 2017….but I have already requested it from NetGalley (fingers crossed), and I am longing to get my hands on it.

The Trophy Child, by Paula Daly, digs beneath the serene surface of the idyllic suburban Lake District community where families strive for perfection, delivering a suspenseful, surprising story of motherhood and fallibility.

 

 

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Blurb:  Karen Bloom is not the coddling mother type. She believes in raising her children for success. Some in the neighborhood call her assertive, others say she’s driven, but in gossiping circles she’s known as: the tiger mother. Karen believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting and that achievement leads to ultimate happiness. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent—no matter the cost. But in an unending quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family start to rebel against her.

Her husband Noel is a handsome doctor with a proclivity for alcohol and women. Their prodigy daughter, Bronte, is excelling at school, music lessons, dance classes, and yet she longs to run away. Verity, Noel’s teenage daughter from his first marriage, is starting to display aggressive behavior. And Karen’s son from a previous relationship falls deeper into drug use. When tragedy strikes the Blooms, Karen’s carefully constructed facade begins to fall apart—and once the deadly cracks appear, they are impossible to stop.

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So…these are my books for today.  Current, past, and future reading.  What are you sharing today?

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: BOOKISH WEDNESDAY

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

This book has a tongue-twisting title, but the characters, the issues, and the settings are spot on.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by Cathleen Schine, is a story about family.  About vows, like “until death do you part,” and about the “sandwich” generation, and how they deal with ailing parents, while rearing the younger set.

 

 

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The pages do not fly by, as each section and narrator bring out some heavy thoughts and show us some interactions that we must pause and consider.  I hope to finish it today, though.

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JUST FINISHED:

Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber, was a fast-paced mystery that kept me turning pages. (Click title for my review).

 

 

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I had read some of the author’s cozy mysteries, so I was eager to see her take on the thriller genre.  She did not disappoint.

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Good Daughter, by Alexandra Burt, will not arrive until 2/7/17.   I requested it from NetGalley, but haven’t heard anything yet.

I read and enjoyed another book by the author (Remember Mia), so I am eagerly anticipating this book.

 

 

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Synopsis:  From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden…

What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…

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So….that’s my reading week so far.  What does yours look like?

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HUMP DAY: BOOKISH WEDNESDAY

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

It has been a pretty good week of reading so far, so I am now on my third book, The Sister, by Louise Jensen.

 

 

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A haunting story of best friends separated by death, and the dying girl’s words:  “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”

So far, I don’t know what that something terrible is…but I’m about to find out.

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FINISHED READING:

These books were both so great that the pages flew by:

I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places, by Lisa Scottoline/Francesca Serritella (Click for my review)

 

 

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It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover (Click for my review)

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

 

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, by a relatively new favorite author:  Echoes of Family, by Barbara Claypole White.  It is coming very soon:  September 27!

 

 

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Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.

Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband, Darius, and her almost-daughter, Jade…until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past.

In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of what if reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne’s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family.

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So….this is my Bookish Wednesday.  What does yours look like?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, FUTURE READS

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

This Must Be the Place, by Maggie O’Farrell, has kept me engaged so far.  Daniel Sullivan is the MC, but there are numerous other characters: family members and relationships from the past, as well as the present, and so far, we are diving into them one by one, which makes it hard to really connect to any one character.  Short snippets about each of his kids, from whom he has been separated for years, and moments in the present that spotlight his challenging life with his reclusive actress wife, are what I’m discovering so far.  I hope to finish it today.

 

 

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Finished This Week So Far:

 

The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons (click for my review) was an enjoyable read about friendship, loss, and finding ways to heal the broken bonds.  Not my favorite from this author, but I gave it four stars.

 

 

 

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Leave Me, by Gayle Forman, was a NetGalley read that will be released on September 6.  Can I just say I LOVED it?  Click the title for my review of this book that earned 5 stars from me.  A multi-tasking woman with a fast-paced career, active home life with four year old twins, and a husband who always works late and does little around the house.  Now imagine that woman having a heart attack…and needing help for once. 

 

 

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What Am I Eagerly Anticipating?

I have become a Robyn Carr fan only recently, so I am always eager to read more from her back list…but also every upcoming release.  Therefore, when I found The Life She Wants is coming on September 27, I had to bookmark it.

 

 

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Synopsis:  In the aftermath of her financier husband’s suicide, Emma Shay Compton’s dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients’ life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband’s crimes. She is left with nothing.

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she’s known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn’t easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she’d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can’t escape her husband’s reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she’d ever ask for help—her former best friend. It’s an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they’ve made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

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This one has the ingredients I love in a book.  A tragedy, rediscovering friendships, starting over, and moving beyond betrayal.

That’s my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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HUMP DAY READING: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I am loving the intense and twisted Behind Closed Doors, by B. A. Paris, the kind of book that is impossible to put down.  But I finally had to get some sleep last night.  I will be finished today, and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive…A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

 

 

 

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Just Finished:

Yesterday, I finished The Excellent Lombards, by Jane Hamilton (click title for my review).

 

 

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A four-star read for me, it was not my favorite from this wonderful author, but I enjoyed it anyway.

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie, is a book I’m eager to get for my shelves.  I’ve been noticing it around lately, and its release date of October 4 is right around the corner.

I’ve read all of the author’s previous books, so I’m sure to enjoy this one, too.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  Welcome, neighbor!

Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.

We know where you live…

After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.

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That’s my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

 

Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron, is an electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

 

 

 

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I’ve barely started this book, as today was full of activities and appointments.  But so far, I’m enjoying the characters.

 

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JUST FINISHED:

 

Yesterday I finished reading and reviewing The Truth-Teller’s Lie, by Sophie Hannah (click title for my review).

 

 

 

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WHAT I AM ANTICIPATING:

 

I always love Lisa Gardner’s suspense, so I am eagerly waiting for Right Behind You, coming out on February 7, 2017.  Yes, it’s a while to wait, but you know how time flies.

 

 

 

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Is he a hero?
 
Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.
 
Is he a killer?
 
Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun. 
 
All she knows for sure: He’s back.
 
As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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What are you reading or anticipating?  Come on by and share….

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

My reading has been a bit haphazard this week, between watching Netflix and the shows on my DVR (because of last week’s vacation, I’m behind).  But I’m loving Blood Defense, by Marcia Clark, the first in a new series about a defense attorney, Samantha Brinkman, who is representing a cop accused of murder.  The unexpected events that unfold are keeping her on her toes.

 

 

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Just Finished:

Even though I was away last week, I managed to read and review two books.  My last one was The Girl You Lost, by Kathryn Croft. (Click title for my review).

 

 

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An intense and engaging story, I was totally immersed in it as I read.

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What I’m Eagerly Anticipating:

I saw this book on another blog, and since I’ve read the author, I had to bookmark it on Amazon.  The Lullaby Sky, by Carolyn Brown, a story about second chances, and freedom from the abuse of the past.

 

 

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After seven years of misery and abuse, it’s all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.

And now that she’s free, she wants to make a difference. With the help of her warm, close-knit circle of friends—including her high school crush, Travis Wilson—Hannah begins turning her home into a safe house for other women who’ve endured the pain she’s known. But even as life and laughter return to Hannah’s home, she’s haunted by the memory of her dangerously unstable ex. With a second chance at love on the horizon, Hannah must face down her past in order to let the sunshine back into her life.

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What are you reading and waiting for this week?  Join in and let’s chat.

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HUMP DAY READING: PRESENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Current Read:

I am reading Flight Patterns, by Karen White, after putting it off for a couple of months.  Now I wonder why I waited.  I am enjoying it, as the underlying dysfunction and secrets are very slowly meted out, and while I might guess, I am sure I’ll be surprised.

 

 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind—and to the woman she always wanted to be…

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JUST FINISHED:

The Orphan Choir, by Sophie Hannah, (click for my review), is a disturbing story of what happens when one woman desperately misses her seven-year-old son, Joseph, who is a boarder at Saviour College, run by a Dr. Freeman. The story is a mix of madness, despair, and ghostly warnings. Even as I kept imagining one scenario, another would appear. I thought I would discover that the husband and Dr. Freeman were playing cruel tricks on Louise. But I was wrong.

 

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

As a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, I was excited to learn of her upcoming release, When All the Girls Have Gone, coming on November 29, 2016.  I requested it from NetGalley, and fingers crossed, I should receive it in the near future.

 

 

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When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. 
 
Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.  
 
After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…
 
When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way…

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What are you reading and anticipating?  Come on by and let’s chat.

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IT’S HUMP DAY: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I just started One True Loves, from Taylor Jenkins Reid, a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

I am enjoying it so far, but that is no surprise to me, as I’ve loved every book I’ve read by this author.

 

 

 

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JUST FINISHED:

Yesterday, I finished reading and reviewing Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler (click the title for my review).  A lovely book, the characters came alive on the pages.

Our MC Kate is a woman who says what she thinks, never mind what anyone else expects from her. Like many eldest daughters in Anne Tyler’s novels, Kate is the one her father expects to do his bidding. To set aside her needs for his own selfish pursuits, which to him seem necessary. He believes he should come first in her eyes.

The story unfolds, showing us how sometimes events take unexpected turns.

 

 

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EAGERLY AWAITING:

Behind Closed Doors, by B. A. Paris, is a book I’ve been anticipating for a while.  Not long to wait now!  It will be released on August 9, and I have it bookmarked on Amazon.

 

 

 

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

From author B. A. Paris comes a thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

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What are you reading and planning to read?  What are your thoughts on the books you have already finished?

 

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