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: 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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REVIEW: AND THE DARK SACRED NIGHT, BY JULIA GLASS

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Our story opens in a summer camp for talented young musicians; slowly we learn of the unexpected outcome; and years later, we learn more about what happened and what the consequences would be.

Kit Noonan, a husband and father, struggles with his unemployment, his troubled marriage, and unanswered questions from the past. Will he find the answers when he visits his stepfather, Jasper Noonan? And what doors will open?

And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel can best be described as a family saga, as we see events unfold gradually, through the perspectives of various characters. In the beginning, we see Kit’s life, followed by some meaningful time he spends in Vermont with Jasper.

Lucinda Burns, an octogenarian whose husband has just suffered a stroke, has secrets she has been holding onto for decades. And her husband Zeke has a few of his own.

How will the snippets they are all withholding come together to complete the puzzle? Will a few phone calls, a weekend jaunt to the tip of Cape Cod, and an unconventional new family bring a feeling of completion for them all?

Because this story also weaves in characters from Three Junes, a previous novel by this author, I had the sense of rejoining a party already underway. But the author did a great job of revealing what is needed, so this could be a stand-alone tale. I loved how fleshed out the characters were and how much history came along with them. We learn more about Fenno, a dear friend of Malachy Burns, and his current partner Walter. The two of them are constantly bombarded with reminders of the past.

The past is a recurrent theme, and I liked this excerpt in which a therapist explains how the past is never really past:

“…Which is why psychotherapy exists in the first place. Do you know that song, `What a Wonderful World’? You do, I’m sure,” he said when Fenno looked willfully blank. “Louis Armstrong? We hear it so often that it’s become about as moving as a beer jingle. But it’s beautiful. Have you ever listened to the lyrics, closely? The list of things that prove how wonderful the world really is? I’m taken every time by this: `the bright blessed day and the dark sacred night’…But what I mean is that the past is like the night: dark yet sacred….”

There is something so lyrical, emotionally compelling about a story like this. I will think about the characters, the gorgeous settings, and the situations long after I close this book. 5 stars.

TSS: A WEEK OF GRATITUDE — NOV. 18

Welcome to the Pre-Thanksgiving Sunday Salon.

Today has been rainy all day long….I’m actually enjoying it so far.  As long as there are no power outages, I’m good.

Of course, we don’t get to choose how that all plays out.  Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the day watching old movies and reading.

I hope everyone is going to enjoy the upcoming holiday, if you celebrate it.  And most will have some kind of holiday.

This past week was pretty interesting.  I spent some time blogging and reviewed some books.

On the Blogs:

Today’s Saturday Snapshot was a celebration of the past, as well as some moments in the present.  Here’s a glimpse of what I’m sharing.

My foothill house — the past

On Monday, I did a Potpourri post on Feathering the Nest; on Tuesday, I shared some Scanning Moments; Wednesday, I announced the winner of the Bookshelf Clearing Giveaway; my Weekend Potpourri:  Jingle Bells, was about looking ahead; my Sweet Saturday Sample takes a look at the Interior World of A Private Eye; and today I posted about Celebrating the Moments.

Books:  Read – Click Titles/Covers for Reviews:

1.  The Empty Glass, by J. I. Baker

2.  She Can Tell, by Melinda Leigh

3.  Killer Takes All, by Erica Spindler

And, on Wednesday, I posted a review for Blog Tour of Curiosity Killed the Kat, by Elizabeth Nelson.

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What did your week look like?  What are you looking forward to?  Today I’m savoring a Maeve Binchy novel that will take awhile (645 pages), plus I keep watching movies!  It’s Firefly Summer.

Enjoy your week!