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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HUMP DAY READING: WHAT DOES YOUR WEEK LOOK LIKE?

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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’m enjoying a book that has been on my stacks for a little while…since June.  Confess, by Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

 

 

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At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

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This will be my fourth book from this author.  I am enjoying it so far.

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JUST FINISHED:

Today I finished a fabulous book that I will be thinking about for a while.  Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (click for my review), is a fascinating story of dysfunctional families that carries the reader from the 1960s to the present. We don’t follow the characters in a linear style, but move back and forth. Sometimes we are swept backward by a character’s memory that takes us there. And sometimes we are catapulted back by events.

 

 

 

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ANTICIPATION:

So many lovely books are on the horizon.    Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite writer of thrillers.  Right Behind You is coming in January…so I’ve bookmarked it on Amazon.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  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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I love this kind of book, and with this author, I can count on the unexpected.

What are you reading and anticipating 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 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 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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