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, I am reading I Let You Go, by Claire Mackintosh.

 

 

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On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
 
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I’d written it . . . a stellar achievement.”

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My last read was one I thoroughly enjoyed as well:  Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman – (click for my review).  A story of how the past informs the future, and how secrets and lies can change everything. 

 

 

 

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Up next?  I have a couple of possibilities, but I’m thinking I’ll read an e-ARC from NetGalley called The Girls, by Emma Cline; and then I’ll read another one called All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda, also an e-ARC.

 

 

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Here is a book I am eagerly awaiting…an October 4, 2016, release:  Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie.

 

 

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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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What does your Wednesday look like?  Come on by and leave your links, please.

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SERENDIPITOUS WEDNESDAYS: WAITING FOR “SIRACUSA”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we search out upcoming book releases…and then gather around the blogosphere, sharing our thoughts and blurbs. Today’s spotlight is shining on Delia Ephron’s Siracusa, 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 each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.   Release Date:  July 12, 2016.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn, his wife Taylor, and their daughter Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present.  Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage. With her inimitable psychological astuteness, and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none can see coming.

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I am a fan of all the Ephrons, so this book is one I’m very eager to get my hands on.  What are you sharing today?  Please comment and leave your links.

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: “THE OBSESSION”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Today’s eagerly anticipated book is from Nora Roberts.  The Obsession will be released on April 12, 2016.

 

 

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Synopsis:  The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.
 
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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What do you think?  Does this one excite you?  Make you want to read it sooner rather than later?  Come on by and share your thoughts!

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SERENDIPITOUS WEDNESDAY: WAITING FOR “SOMEWHERE OUT THERE”

Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we gather around the blogosphere and search out the upcoming book releases, sharing our thoughts and blurbs.  Today, I am eager to feature another book from a favorite author.  I love spotlighting eagerly anticipated books!

Today’s feature is Somewhere Out There, by Amy Hatvany, but we have a bit of a wait until the March 8, 2016 release date.  Ooh, the anticipation!

 

 

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Blurb:  What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother questions about her past. She doesn’t even know her birth mother’s name—only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby. Now Natalie’s own daughter must complete a family tree project for school, and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her roots.

Brooke Walker doesn’t have a family. At least, that’s what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four. Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes, Brooke survives the only way she knows how, by relying on herself. So when she discovers she’s pregnant, Brooke faces a heart-wrenching decision: give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own. Scared and confused, she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the future.

How do our early experiences—the subtle and the traumatic—define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we’ve been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated questions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart.

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I have loved every book I’ve read by this author, so this newest one is bound to be a treat for me.  What do you think?  What are you sharing?

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SERENDIPITOUS WEDNESDAY: WAITING FOR “FLIGHT PATTERNS”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we gather around the blogosphere and search out the upcoming book releases, sharing our thoughts and blurbs.  Today, I am eager to feature another book from a favorite author.  I love spotlighting eagerly anticipated books on this blog, the place where I can shout out about my guilty pleasures.

Today’s feature is from another author I have enjoyed for several years.  Karen White’s newest book, Flight Patterns, is coming on May 10, 2016.

 

 

 

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Blurb:  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…

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit…

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled.

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep…

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Only five months ago, I read this author’s stunning book, The Sound of Glass (click for my review); the characters and the settings showed me that, once again, Ms. White had outdone herself.  I can’t wait for this newest novel!

What are you waiting for?  Come on by and share….and please leave a link to your post.

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SERENDIPITOUS WEDNESDAY: WAITING FOR “THE MISTAKE I MADE”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we gather around the blogosphere and search out the upcoming book releases, sharing our thoughts and blurbs.  Today, I am eager to share The Mistake I Made, by Paula Daly, to be released on September 8, 2015.

 

 

 

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Blurb:  The Mistake I Made is the latest page-turner from one of the England’s most captivating new thriller writers. In her provocative and riveting third novel, Paula Daly focuses her masterful eye for psychological suspense and family drama on an indecent proposal that has fatal repercussions.

Single mother Roz has reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she’s struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.

When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that it’s time for action—she has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn’t know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sister’s fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?

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I have read two previous novels by this author, and can’t wait to see what she does with this one.  What are you sharing today?

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING FOR “SCARED SCRIPTLESS”

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I am loving the anticipation of upcoming releases.  Celebrate your own eagerly awaited reads by checking in at Breaking the Spine, for Waiting on Wednesday.

Today I’m excited about a book coming on June 3, from an author I’ve read.  Alison Sweeney is also an actor from Days of Our Lives, and a host at The Biggest Loser.  Her new book is entitled Scared Scriptless.

 

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Amazon Description:  Maddy Carson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates “Hollywood.” Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule – “No Actors!” – helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to try, even when she learns that Craig’s agenda doesn’t exactly line up with her altruistic goal.

Meanwhile, Maddy still has a full-time job to manage, her family to deal with, and a gorgeous new actor, Adam Devin, determined to wear down her resistance. Eventually Maddy must learn to break all her self-imposed rules and simply follow her heart.

Scared Scriptless offers an engagingly relatable heroine, laugh-out-loud humor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how television is made.

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 I am eager to read this one.  It seems like the very thing I need to lighten up my spring and summer days.  What are you waiting for?

 

 

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING FOR “LITTLE MERCIES”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday, our weekly event that celebrates upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  Click on over to Breaking the Spine, to see what everyone else is awaiting.

One of my favorite authors in recent years has been Heather Gudenhauf, so it is no surprise that I’m eager for her new release:  Little Mercies.  

In this story, our author shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences To be released on July 1, 2014.

 

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Blurb:  Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

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First of all, I am always hooked by stories that feature social workers (because of my thirty-year career as one), and I am easily engaged by how the seamy side of life can reach out and grab us when we least expect it.

Secondly, stories about families and unexpected connections are themes that keep me turning those pages.

What are you eager to read?  Come on by and let’s chat about books.

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WOW! SERENDIPITOUS DISCOVERIES — WAITING FOR “GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND”

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It is that time again!  Yes, time to share the books we are eagerly awaiting.  Click on over to Breaking the Spine to see what others are sharing.

My selection today is one I recently discovered and had never even heard of…but it grabbed me.  Graduates in Wonderland, by Jessica Pan drew me in from the cover to the blurb.  Does this one look like a “tempest in a teapot” or what?  Release Date:  May 6, 2014.

 

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Two best friends document their post-college lives in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.

Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depth—and brutally honest—weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.

Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.

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What are you spotlighting today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share your thoughts…and your links!

 

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING EAGERLY FOR “NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD”

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Welcome to our bookish Wednesday event:  Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine.

I was over at Library Thing searching for upcoming releases, and found this one by an author I have enjoyed in a previous book she wrote.  No Book but the World, by Leah Hager Cohen, is a “twisty and resonant tale about the price of secrets, the burden of family, the remnants of childhood we never leave behind.”

This twisty tale is coming to us on April 3, 2014.

 

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At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct “free school,” Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhood—a world defined largely by their imaginations and each other’s presence. Everyone is aware of Fred’s oddness or vague impairment, but his parents’ fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Ava’s side.

Decades later, then, when Ava learns that her brother is being held in a county jail for a shocking crime, she is frantic to piece together what actually happened. A boy is dead. But could Fred really have done what he is accused of? As she is drawn deeper into the details of the crime, Ava becomes obsessed with learning the truth, convinced that she and she alone will be able to reach her brother and explain him—and his innocence—to the world.

Leah Hager Cohen brings her trademark intelligence to a psychologically gripping, richly ambiguous story that suggests we may ultimately understand one another best not with facts alone, but through our imaginations.

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I am eager to see where this journey takes us, as readers.  Come on by and share your own eagerly anticipated books.