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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a pot of tea!), and let’s talk about our weeks.




Is everyone enjoying the aftermath of Christmas?  Looking forward to the New Year?  I am participating in The First Book of 2015 event through Book Journey, so check in at my An Interior Journey blog on the first to see what I’m featuring.

This weekend has been one of enjoying movies more than books.  Today I saw Big Eyes, with Amy Adams, and last night I watched Men, Women, and Children On Demand, with Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Judy Greer.











I am looking forward to more reading in the coming week….but here’s what happened on that front last week:


Blue Mondays Again? – Holidays Can Bring Them On

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “Lillian on Life”

Merry Christmas!

Let’s Chase Away the Blues:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Catch Me”

The Pleasure of it All:  Christmas!

Bookish Saturdays:  Top Ten Favorites of 2014

Review:  A Fireproof Home for the Bride, by Amy Scheibe

Review:  The Last Anniversary (e-book), by Liane Moriarty


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received two review books in the mail; purchased one book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded three e-books.

One Step Too Far, by Tina Seskis (Vine)





A mesmerizing and powerful novel that will keep you guessing to the very end.

No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret.

Will you?

A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life—to start again as someone new?

Now, Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can’t bury the past—or her own memories.

And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she’s done—a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far. . . .


A Small Indiscretion, by Jan Ellison (Vine)





A Small Indiscretion fixes an unflinching eye on the power of desire and the danger of obsession as it unfolds the story of one woman’s reckoning with a youthful mistake.

At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in her washed-out hometown for a London winter of drinking to oblivion and yearning for deliverance. Some two decades later, she is married to a good man and settled in San Francisco, with a son and two daughters and a successful career designing artistic interior lights. One June morning, a photograph arrives in her mailbox, igniting an old longing and setting off a chain of events that rock the foundations of her marriage and threaten to overturn her family’s hard-won happiness.

The novel moves back and forth across time between San Francisco in the present and that distant winter in Europe. The two worlds converge and explode when the adult Annie returns to London seeking answers, her indiscretions come to light, and the phone rings with shocking news about her son. Now Annie must fight to save her family by piecing together the mystery of her past—the fateful collision of liberation and abandon and sexual desire that drew an invisible map of her future.


The Underside of Joy, by Sere Prince Halverson (Purchased)





Set against the backdrop of Redwood forests and shimmering vineyards, Seré Prince Halverson’s compelling debut tells the story of two women, bound by an unspeakable loss, who each claims to be the mother of the same two children.

To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Yet one summer day Joe breaks his own rule-never turn your back on the ocean-and a sleeper wave strikes him down, drowning not only the man but his many secrets.

For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known and has believed that their biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe’s story. “Ella’s the best thing that’s happened to this family,” say her close-knit Italian-American in-laws, for generations the proprietors of a local market. But their devotion quickly falters when the custody fight between mother and stepmother urgently and powerfully collides with Ella’s quest for truth.



Fear Nothing (e-book), by Lisa Gardner




The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.


The Way Life Should Be (e-book), by Christina Baker Kline





Angela Russo is thirty-three years old and single, stuck in a job she doesn’t love and a life that seems, somehow, to have just happened. Though she inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, she never has the time; for the past six months, her oven has held only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a picture torn from a magazine of a cottage on the coast of Maine, a reminder to Angela that there are other ways to live, even if she can’t seem to figure them out.

One day at work, Angela clicks on a tiny advertisement in the corner of her computer screen—“Do Soulmates Exist?”—and finds herself at a dating website, where she stumbles upon “MaineCatch,” a thirty-five-year-old sailing instructor with ice-blue eyes. To her great surprise, she strikes up a dizzying correspondence with MaineCatch—yet as her online relationship progresses, life in the real world takes a nosedive. Interpreting this confluence of events as a sign, Angela impulsively decides to risk it all and move to Maine.


Precious Thing (e-book), by Colette McBeth






Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another’s spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late twenties Rachel has the television career, the apartment and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, reported missing. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there.  But only if you choose to see it.



WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  The Matchmaker (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand





Lillian on Life, by Alison Jean Lester






Everything I Never Told You (e-book), by Celeste Ng






And:  Drum Roll, please!  Check in at An Interior Journey on January 1st to see my First Book of 2015.



What did your week look like?  What are you anticipating in the week ahead?  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy a safe and Happy New Year!


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80 thoughts on “WEEKLY UPDATES: WELCOME TO 2015!

  1. I hope to read more often starting this week now that Christmas is over. One Step Too Far and The Underside of Joy are calling my name 🙂 Enjoy all of your great books this week.


    • I remember those Keane prints showing up everywhere back in the day, and since the movie was based on the true story, I was fascinated. Amy Adams did a good job, and her co-star did, too, because I couldn’t stand the character…LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Bryan.


  2. I have a dinner party so less reading time coming up. And last week was a problem because I was essentially unable to read or listen to anything while visiting. When my family gets together we are a chatty group.


  3. The Way Life Should Be immediately attracts me so must add it to my list. Sounds like you’ve watched some good movies. I am just beginning to watch Grey’s Anatomy that I recorded earlier in the year and that is satisfying my viewing.


    • I think so, too, Kathryn….I have enjoyed some books by Christina Baker Kline…although I still have some unread ones on Sparky. 2015 will be their year for me! Thanks for stopping by.

      I do love (and miss) Grey’s Anatomy, but I guess it will be back soon.


    • Oh, what a great time to celebrate a birthday! My youngest grandson’s BD is Jan. 5, so he is like a New Year’s baby…almost. Thanks for stopping by, Sam, and I am looking forward to One Step Too Far as well.


    • Thanks, Kathy, and I did enjoy it….I was quite frustrated with the character of Mr. Keane, an over the top con artist type….but his behavior made me root for Mrs. Keane all the more…and I always enjoy Amy Adams’s performances.


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