HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: LUXURIATING IN BOOKS….

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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:

As I gaze at the stacks of upcoming reads on my office trunk, or scroll through the titles hanging out on Pippa, my Kindle, it is sometimes challenging to pick that next read.

But today I started reading The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti, a “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards); it combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll.

 

 

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Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her.

As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

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I think I will be glued to those pages!

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JUST FINISHED:

My Husband’s Wife, by Jane Corry (click title for my review).

 

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A riveting and convoluted page turner that would finally bring a bit of clarity to this reader, while reminding us that we do not really know the people we love. 5 stars.

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am looking forward to several upcoming reads, but today I got two review books that I am excited about, so one of them will be on my reading list soon.  Let’s take a look at the most likely candidate for “up soon.”

How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway, came from Amazon Vine.

 

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Fans of Reconstructing Amelia will love this pulse-pounding novel of mystery, betrayal, and a small town’s dark secrets. On a cold December day, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a frozen pond. Her death looks like a tragic drowning accident at first, but an autopsy reveals something sinister — the teenager’s body shows unmistakable signs of strangulation. The discovery upends an otherwise uneventful small town, as police grapple with a rare homicide case and those closest to Joy wonder how she could have been taken from them — and by whom. Susanne, Joy’s mother, tries to reconcile past betrayals with their wrenching consequences. Martin, an African-American graduate student, faces ostracism when blame is cast on him. Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town’s police chief, doubts both the police’s methods and his own perceptions. And Harper, Joy’s best friend, tries to figure out why she disappeared from Harper’s life months before she actually went missing.

In a close-knit community where everyone knows someone else’s secret, it’s only a matter of time before the truth is exposed. In this gripping novel, author Jessica Treadway explore the ways in which families both thrive and falter, and how seemingly small bad choices can escalate – with fatal consequences.

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What does your reading week look like so far?

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HUMP DAY READING: WHAT’S ON YOUR LIST THIS WEEK?

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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:

While You Were Sleeping, by Kathryn Croft, is a gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise. For fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Behind Closed Doors.

 

 

 

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I started reading this book today, and already I am totally engaged with the events and the MC Tara Logan.  Here’s a blurb:

 

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her happiness is shattered when she wakes up one morning in her neighbour’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee and scared of losing everything she cares about, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara starts to wonder if someone in her life knows what really happened that night. When the police turn their questions towards her, Tara realises she has to find out.

But what will it take to uncover the real story, and can she survive the truth?

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I can’t wait to discover what happened in this mysterious story.

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JUST FINISHED:

Echoes of Family, by Barbara Claypole White, is a book that kept me rapidly turning pages.  (Click for my review).

 

 

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Echoes of Family opens up a box of secrets, and in the alternating narratives of Marianne, Gabriel, and Jade, we learn all the truths that are hidden in their hearts. Can Gabriel and Marianne finally confront what they have kept hidden? Will they once and for all bury the pain and move forward? Can Marianne return home and start anew, while Gabriel finds room in his heart for love again?

I connected to the broken characters and their efforts to rebuild their lives….

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I discovered The Woman on the Stairs, by Bernhard Schlink, on a blog I visited this week.  It will be released on March 14, 2017.  Since I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the movie, The Reader (click for my Goodreads review), I am eager to find out more.

 

 

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Synopsis:  A missing painting. A mysterious woman. Her husband and her lover. Here, the internationally acclaimed author delivers what his fans have been waiting for since The Reader—a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love.

A brilliant and naïve young lawyer’s life is changed forever when a painter and his subject—a breathtakingly beautiful woman—appear at his office in Frankfurt. The woman’s husband is deliberately marring the painting of his wife he commissioned the artist to make. Now the woman and the artist want the painting back. Simple enough—or so it seems before the lawyer becomes enmeshed in the lives of this toxic trio. Love, theft, and deceit unfold in quick succession when the woman, and the painting, suddenly go missing. It will take a strange turn of fate and a natural disaster to reunite the lawyer, the husband, and the artist with the woman they all love, hiding out in Australia—and when they find her they will be forced to reckon with the lies and betrayals of their shared past. This is an intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling novel—it is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak.

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I love the sound of this one, having so enjoyed The Reader.  Since time seems to fly, it won’t seem that long until March.

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE CHOICES

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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 picked up this book on the weekend, read a little bit, set it aside…and read some more.  I don’t know why I’m not fully engaging…but I think I might make more progress if I totally devoted myself to it, ignoring social media, TV, etc.  I even watched Netflix last night instead of reading.

So…another day to give it a whirl.  The book is from an author I’ve read and enjoyed for many years.  It’s Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Two If by Sea.

 

 

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A story of a family lost in a tsunami in Brisbane, and Frank, a grieving man who saves a little boy, feels compelled to take him back to the states with him.  Something about the child seems to be determining his actions.  Does the child have unique gifts that are drawing him in?  And who are the sinister groups that seem to be searching for him?

Yeah…sounds good, doesn’t it?  So I think I simply must devote more time to reading it.  Today.

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JUST FINISHED:

Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson (click for my review).

 

 

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I seem to be reading a bit of nonfiction this month…even before I knew it was Nonfiction November.  I’m enjoying the detour from my usual choices.

I enjoyed this book…and it moved along quickly, since it had many fascinating details about the Kennedy family and Rosemary.

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough, is a book I’ve noticed on some blogs recently.  Not coming until January 31, however; so it will remain bookmarked on Amazon.

 

 

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Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong—and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.

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Wow!  Right?  Now I am very eager to get my hands on this one.  What are you reading this week?

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IT’S HUMP DAY! WHAT ARE YOU 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:

The Two-Family House, by Lynda Cohen Loigman, has captured my interest.  The first few chapters were a little slow, although I was very curious after the prologue, which hinted at something secret…s0 I kept going.

Now it is all unfolding, and I’m wondering how it will play out.

 

 

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Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night.

When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost, but not quite, wins. Moving and evocative, Lynda Cohen Loigman’s debut novel The Two-Family House is a heart-wrenching, gripping multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.

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Does it grab you?  It has captured me!

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JUST FINISHED:

Yesterday, I finished a memoir called Unsinkable, by Debbie Reynolds (click for my review).  A quick and delightful read.

 

 

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And on Monday, I quickly read Stealing Jason Wilde, by Dee Ernst (click for my review), another light hearted romp.

 

 

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Finally, my favorite book this week:  American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin (click for my review).

 

 

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Eagerly Anticipating:

I do enjoy the the suspense novels of Nora Roberts, so I had to bookmark Come Sundown on Amazon today.  It won’t be released until June 2017…sigh.  But luckily, I have lots of books on Pippa that I need to read, too.

 

 

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A novel of suspense, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obsession

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.

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So…that’s it for my reading this week….what did yours look like?

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IT’S HUMP DAY! WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN 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:

Family Tree, by Susan Wiggs, is a wonderfully engaging book about family, love, loss, and the pain of the past…and the promise of a future.

 

 

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I am at a place in my reading life that offers the opportunity to choose what to read next based on my whimsical moods.  I don’t have a lot of review books pressing in on me, now that I’ve finished the immediate ones on the stack.  So sometimes I play a little game, sort of like “eenie, meenie, miney, mo,” and choose what’s next.

This book was one I recently saw reviewed, and I was reminded of how much I had wanted to read it.  So that helped me choose.  I have not been disappointed.  It is not a thriller, but the kind of book that I think of as a “palate cleanser.”  Something to help me relax the intensity of my reading.

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JUST FINISHED:

These two books, review books, were finished very quickly.  They were suspenseful and engaging reads, so the pages seemed to turn themselves.

Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie, (click for my review), “A suspenseful tale that kept me glued to the pages until the very end, the story also generated all the emotions you might experience if these events were happening to people you know. When the final reveal was brought forth, I knew that none of the characters would be the same again. And neither would the readers of this book. 5 stars.”

 

 

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Faithful, by Alice Hoffman, (click for my review), was wonderfully engaging; it was not suspenseful in the fashion of a thriller, but there were events that felt mysterious, even magical.  I could not stop reading it!

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have been a fan of Karen White since my early blogging days, and the first books that I read of hers were the Tradd Street books.  A new one in the series is coming on January 10, 2017 The Guests on South Battery is another book that invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away…

 

 

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Synopsis:  With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.

But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission.

Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits—both malevolent and benign—have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie’s backyard on Tradd Street.

Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried….

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What does your reading world look like this week?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE….

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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 thoroughly immersed in Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult.  With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

 

 

 

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JUST FINISHED: 

All the Ugly & Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood (click title for review), was a story that gripped me, changed my perspective on a few things, and kept me reading to the powerful ending.

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I received this surprising read from NetGalley, to be released 3/28/17.  I have it tucked away on my Kindle and can’t wait to start reading it.  But I will wait a little while, closer to the release date.  I think.  If I can!

Almost Missed You, by Jessica Strawser, is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.

Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.

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Each of these books has given me something to think about, from the one I’ve read to its satisfying conclusion to the one I’m hoping to read soon.  What are you sharing?

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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

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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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I have been plodding along with Tuesday Nights in 1980, by Molly Prentiss, a review book from Amazon Vine.  

 

 

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I am moving along slowly, only a third of the way through this one.  My distractions from TV, Netflix, my DVR…all of these have interfered.  But I guess it is what it is.

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The book I just finished completely captivated me, so I flew through the pages.  The Girls, by Emma Cline (click title for review) was interesting and a reminder of what some thought was a kinder, gentler time…except when it wasn’t.

 

 

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What am I eagerly awaiting?  There are several…but today I will feature The Kept Woman, by Karin Slaughter, to be released on September 20, 2016.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller — a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption. 

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