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: WHAT DOES YOURS 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, I’m reading Beach Blues, by Joanne DeMaio, and already I am feeling swept away to the shore at Stony Point.

 

 

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My last read was All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda, a NetGalley review book to be released on 6/28/16.  (Click title for my review).

 

 

 

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What am I eagerly anticipating?  In Twenty Years, by Allison Winn Scotch, an author I enjoy.  Her newest book is coming on July 1. 

 

 

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Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

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What are you reading?  What did you just finish?  What’s up next?  Come on by, and let’s chat.

 

 

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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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What are you reading or waiting for?  Come on by and share your comments and links!

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