CHASING AWAY THE BLUES…

My Rainy Days and Mondays blog has been silent lately.  I last posted right after I moved into this new apartment in July…and I have been busily buying new things to make it cozy. Now that I have found another set of Coca Cola table and chairs, I am feeling blissful.  Yes, the new set is smaller…but so is my apartment.

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I am also searching for another Madeline Hatter doll…and I think I may have found the right one!  It should arrive next week.  I have missed her so much!  This photo shows her at my previous apartment…the one I vacated in 2019.  I loved having coffee chats using these images.

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Here she is from the product page, with the correct measurements that match the doll above!

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I have also added more books to my shelves, which were almost empty when I left the last apartment over two years ago.  Here is a start on recreating some of what I lost.

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And here is another shelf that is slowly filling up.

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I am now feeling the blues fading away!  What, other than books, makes you feel the blues disappear?

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CLOCKS…

When I moved into my new apartment, I realized right away that I needed clocks.  I only had the tiny clock on the stove and one on the microwave.  And on my iPhone, which I had to grab from my nightstand in order to see it.

So I ordered from Amazon, of course.

This one came first, and I hung it in the dining area:

 

Then I ordered one for the bedroom, since I like knowing what time it is when I wake up:

 

Sadly, the clock only lights up for a little while at night (see the clock at the top of the post).  I feel cheated!  In other words, I have to squint to read the time when the lights are out.

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Coziness does require certain elements to complete the ambience.  What do you need to feel cozy in your space?

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IT IS NOT MONDAY, NOR IS IT RAINING…

It is just another day, not a Monday and it is not raining. But I am drawn to this blog when I want to chat about special things, leading me to scroll through my images, where I am reminded of favorite books, dolls, and moments from the past.

Today I have another new doll headed my way…and a new handbag.  I have a hall tree full of handbags right now, so, no, not in need of another one.  But I love them!

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I am also reading today:  The Fiancee, by Kate White.  It is definitely a page turner.

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I am still frustrated with Facebook, which for no reason that I can tell, has blocked me from posting from this blog.  I have written nothing “abusive,” as they claimed,  since all of my posts are about books and personal tidbits from my life.

So I have to maneuver around the blocking by referring to this post through misdirection!  Link to my website, and then to the blog.  Urgh! (http://laurelrainsnowauthor.com/)

I hope you have a great day, absent annoying events or frustrations!

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REVIEW: HER THREE LIVES, BY CATE HOLAHAN

Gaslight goes high-tech in USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan’s new standalone thriller in which a family must determine who the real enemy is after a brutal home invasion breaks their trust in each other.

Her public life Jade Thompson has it all. She’s an up-and-coming social media influencer, and she has a beautiful new home and a successful architect for a fiancé. But there’s trouble behind the scenes. To Greg’s children, his divorce from their mother and his new life can only mean a big mid-life crisis. To Jade, his suburban Connecticut upbringing isn’t an easy match with her Caribbean roots.

Her private life A savage home invasion leaves Greg house-bound with a traumatic brain injury and glued to the live feeds from his ubiquitous security cameras. As the police investigate the crime and Greg’s frustration and rage grows, Jade begins to wonder what he may know about their attackers. And whether they are coming back.

Her secret life As Greg watches Jade’s comings and goings, he becomes convinced that her behavior is suspicious and that she’s hiding a big secret. The more he sees, the more he wonders whether the break-in was really a random burglary. And whether he’s worth more to Jade if he were dead than alive.

 

 

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From the very beginning of Her Three Lives, I felt empathy for the position Jade is in, with a paranoid husband who seems to be tracking her every move.

Why is he so suspicious of her? He seems to be projecting his own issues onto her. Will she be able to turn things around, or will things only get worse?

As the story takes us back and forth between the characters, their suspicions, and the unfolding of what happened during the home invasion and afterwards…we can finally turn the last page to the answers. 4 stars.

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SWITCHEROO ON RAINY DAYS AHEAD…

Another day of switching things around.  I have ordered a new shelf (above), which will replace the little ottoman, below.  The ottoman will move to another spot after the shelf arrives.

I moved baskets from under the bathroom sink and placed them next to the cupboard, beneath the sign.

 

Below, note that I have moved my little chest of drawers under the sink, to replace the baskets and laundry hamper.

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The shelf is a folding version, in metal, which requires no assembly. As some of you know, I am running out of space on my current shelves, (below).

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So that is how I am spending my Hump Day!

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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?

CURRENTLY READINGThe Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 4/13/21:

Life & Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higgins

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Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

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Thief of Souls, by Brian Klingborg – NetGalley – Release Date:  5/4/21

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: You Will Remember Me, by Hannah Mary McKinnon – Release Date:  5/25/21

Synopsis:  He wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland with a gash on his head and wearing only swim trunks. He can’t remember who he is. Everything—his identity, his life, his loved ones—has been replaced by a dizzying fog of uncertainty. But returning to his Maine hometown in search of the truth uncovers more questions than answers.

Lily Reid thinks she knows her boyfriend, Jack. Until he goes missing one night, and her frantic search reveals that he’s been lying to her since they met, desperate to escape a dark past he’d purposely left behind.

Maya Scott has been trying to find her estranged stepbrother, Asher, since he disappeared without a trace. Having him back, missing memory and all, feels like a miracle. But with a mutual history full of devastating secrets, how far will Maya go to ensure she alone takes them to the grave?

Shared fates intertwine in a twisty, explosive novel of suspense, where unearthing the past might just mean being buried beneath it.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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?

CURRENTLY READING: Life and Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higgins

BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 4/6/21:

Blood Orange, by Harriet Tyce

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A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser (click title for review)

 

 

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The Perfect Marriage, by Adam Mitzner (Click title for review)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The Perfect Daughter, by D. J. Palmer – Release Date April 20, 2021 – a book I have pre-ordered

Meet Ruby, who speaks with a British accent.
Then there’s Chloe, a perfectionist who strives for straight A’s in school.
And along comes Eve, who is spiteful and vicious.
All of them live inside Penny…
Or do they?

Penny Francone, age sixteen, is a murderer. Her guilt is beyond doubt: she was found alone in the victim’s apartment, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. The victim’s identity and her secret relationship to Penny give Penny the perfect motive, sealing the deal. All the jury needs to decide now is where Penny will serve out her sentence. Will she be found not guilty by reason of insanity, as her lawyer intends to argue? Or will she get a life sentence in a maximum-security prison?
Already reeling from tragedy after the sudden passing of her beloved husband a few years before, now Grace is on her knees, grateful that Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty.

As Penny awaits trial in a state mental hospital, she is treated by Dr. Mitchell McHugh, a psychiatrist battling demons of his own. Grace’s determination to understand the why behind her daughter’s terrible crime fuels Mitch’s resolve to help the Francone family. Together, they set out in search of the truth about Penny, but discover instead a shocking hidden history of secrets, lies, and betrayals that threatens to consume them all.

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That was my week…what did yours look like?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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?

CURRENTLY READING: A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 3/30/21:

White Palace, by Glenn Savan

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Every Vow You Break, by Peter Swanson

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  Rock Paper Scissors, by Alice Feeney – Release Date:  9/7/21

 

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Synopsis:  Think you know the person you married? Think again…

Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts–paper, cotton, pottery, tin–and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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WWW POST…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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?

CURRENTLY READING:  White Palace, by Glenn Savan

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An urban tale of love against the odds, in which Max, an upwardly mobile copywriter and Nora, a 40 year-old waitress from the wrong side of town, become embroiled in a torrid affair.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE MY LAST POST ON 3/23/21:

Are We There Yet?, by Kathleen West

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The Upstairs House, by Julia Fine

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Her Dark Lies, by J. T. Ellison

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The Last Night in London, by Karen White  – Release Date – April 20, 2021

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London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her luck—she’s getting everything she ever wanted. Then the Blitz devastates her world, and Eva finds herself slipping into a web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. As Eva struggles to protect her friendship with Precious and everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever…

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner, whose life has been marked by the tragic loss of her mother, travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie has been careful to close herself off to others, but in Precious she recognizes someone whose grief rivals her own—but unlike Maddie, Precious hasn’t allowed it to crush her.  Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew.  As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’s haunting past—a story of friendship, betrayal, and the unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

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That was my week. What did yours look like?

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