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Welcome!  I can’t believe it is Saturday already, as I spent most of the week resting and recovering from the kind of illness that knocks you flat for a while…

But I seem to have returned to a somewhat normal place….normal enough to go visiting on Amazon Vine, where I added three more review books to my list!  They will arrive next week.

I really had plans to request only one more…since I am also receiving NetGalley books like crazy, despite my plans to keep things to a minimum.  But you know what they say about best laid plans.

Anyway, these are coming from Amazon Vine: (and all of these are books I probably would have bought, so it’s all good, right?)


The Idea of Love, by Patti Callahan Henry






Don’t you love that cover?  This author is one of my new favorites, and I am eager to read everything she has written.

Blurb:  Ella’s life has been completely upended. She’s young, beautiful, and deeply in love–until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she’ll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers’ block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He’s on the look-out for a love story. It doesn’t matter who it belongs to.
When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It’s the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It’s an opportunity to live out a fantasy – the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what’s a little white lie between strangers?

But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?




The Guest Cottage, by Nancy Thayer, one of my long-time favorite authors:






Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.




And from a favorite author I haven’t visited in a while, Last One Home, by Debbie Macomber:







Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close—until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite—a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.

Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.




And when I am not reading these, I will have my nose in Pippa, with the lovely e-books I have there.




Each of these books promises to bring the familiarity and comfort of favorite authors, with many hours of “savoring” ahead.  After the week I’ve had, I am ready for this kind of “comfort food.”

What about you?  Do your moods, as well as your physical state, lead to different bookish choices?




  1. Ah, didn’t know you’ve been ill– so sorry for you to have one of those illnesses that just flatten you! Hope you are feeling much better this weekend and get to read some of your new books. All of those authors are ones I’ve read and enjoyed, comfort books just like comfort food (mac and cheese for me, ha). Maybe you should have homemade chicken soup. Feel better!


    • Homemade chicken soup sounds so good….I only had the canned kind around, but that was pretty soothing for me. Thanks for stopping by, Rita, and the illness surprised me, as I have been fortunate not to be ill in quite a long while. Ever since I retired and was no longer around sick people at work, I seemed to breeze through things…LOL.

      Of course, I still had my back problems and my asthma, but I’m used to those.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am very excited about these comfort reads.


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