BOOKISH SATURDAY WITH SNAPSHOTS: BOOKS, FAMILY, & HOME

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Welcome to a special Saturday edition:  Bookish Saturday & Saturday Snapshot.  For SS participants, click on over to West Metro Mommy Reads.

As usual, we will celebrate bookish things…and also enjoy some home and family moments.

First, I found this book on a blog this week, and while it won’t be out until July, I had to bookmark it and share it.  It is the fifth book in the Frieda Klein mystery series, and I am so excited.  It is Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French.

 

 

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When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man’s wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein.

But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.

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Currently I am reading The Life You’ve Imagined, by Kristina Riggle, which I should finish tonight.

 

 

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Next I plan to read Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta, a story that is reminiscent of an earlier era, the 1970s, but which takes us forward to the 1990s, revealing the consequences experienced by the characters.

 

 

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Blurb:  In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker — passionate, idealistic, and in love — design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. When one action goes wrong, the course of their lives is forever changed. The two must erase their past, forge new identities, and never see each other again.

Now it is the 1990s. Mary lives in the suburbs with her fifteen-year-old son, who spends hours immersed in the music of his mother’s generation. She has no idea where Bobby is, whether he is alive or dead.

Shifting between the protests in the 1970s and the consequences of those choices in the 1990s, Dana Spiotta deftly explores the connection between the two eras — their language, technology, music, and activism. Character-driven and brilliant, Eat the Document is an important and revelatory novel about the culture of rebellion, with particular resonance now.

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And here is another peek at Fiona, who will be graduating high school in early June…she is still playing around with new versions of herself.

 

 

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In my interior world, I tried new vignettes…these are the ones on my mantle:  Disney characters that I edited a bit, as my version of “purging.”  The photo below shows the left  side of the mantle, (right to left) with Wynken, Blynken, & Nod, The Troll under the Bridge, The Cow Jumped over the Moon, Noah’s Ark, and Humpty Dumpty.

 

 

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On the right side of the mantle, left to right, we have the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, and Cinderella’s coach and characters….

 

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Here is an almost complete view of the mantle, and you catch a glimpse of my favorite clocks:

 

 

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I wonder what I will play around with next?

What are you showcasing today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

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BOOKISH & NON-BOOKISH SATURDAY: SNAPSHOTS

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Welcome to a special Saturday edition:  Bookish Saturday & Saturday Snapshot.  For SS participants, click on over to West Metro Mommy Reads.

Today I want to begin by sharing some changes in my bookshelves.  I did some more purging, and here is what those results look like.

 

In the bedroom, here are two Before Shots:

This shelf stood between the TV on the left and another shelf on its right….In the aftermath, I removed this bookshelf and rearranged the books, adding some of them to my donations box in the garage.

 

 

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Here are the three shelves, before:

 

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After some purging and rearranging…it feels strange without the wall lined with bookshelves.

 

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Here’s another view of the remaining shelves….

 

 

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And for a final tweak, here’s a finishing touch:

 

 

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Across the bedroom is another shelf, where some of the decorations from the old shelf ended up…along with some of the books.

 

 

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On to my “bookish granddaughters,” who are enjoying the final weeks of their senior year:  Aubrey and Friends, “faux” smoking, I think…LOL

 

 

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Fiona and Tomas, off to the Senior Prom:

 

 

 

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As a final bookish note, I am reading and loving this book, The Sound of Glass, by Karen White:

 

 

 

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What are you spotlighting today?  I hope you’ll leave your link, along with your comments….

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BOOKISH SATURDAY WITH NON-BOOKISH MOMENTS

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Welcome to a special Saturday edition:  Bookish Saturday & Saturday Snapshot.  For SS participants, click on over to West Metro Mommy Reads.

First feature for today:  my two lovely granddaughters, Aubrey and Fiona, are enjoying their “bookish” senior year doing some non-bookish things.

In this photo, Aubrey and friends are enjoying some free time from bookish pursuits:

 

 

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And in this one, Fiona, with another of her various “new looks,” is enjoying some time with her mom, while letting us know, by flaunting her Monster Java drink, that she has non-bookish things on her mind.

 

 

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And on to some bookish shots:  Here is one of my bookish corners, with some of my older books…and a few family photos.

 

 

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Books Coming Up:

Currently I am reading this enticing book from Patti Callahan Henry:  The Idea of Love.

 

 

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The story about a perfect love story….and secrets and lies.  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?

 

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Another one on my nightstand:  The Sound of Glass, by Karen White, from NetGalley….

 

 

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The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret.

 

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Because I just started the last Vine book on my stack, I had to order another.  Coming next week:  Bittersweet, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.  I have been ogling this one….

 

 

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Suspenseful and cinematic, Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider’s hunger to belong.

 

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And here is one of my favorite bookish spots, complete with a wicker settee in which to curl up and read….

 

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What are you spotlighting today?  When you stop by, please leave your link so I can visit you, too.

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BOOKISH SATURDAY WITH SNAPSHOTS

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Welcome to a special Saturday edition:  Bookish Saturday & Saturday Snapshot.  For SS participants, click on over to West Metro Mommy Reads.

Earlier this week, I went around my office, snapping photos of some of my bookish spaces:

This shelf holds some of my newer book collections, some Disney figurines (and the Minnie Mouse phone), and some VHS tapes I couldn’t part with on the bottom shelf.

 

 

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Here is the small and dwindling stack of print books still unread….

 

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And more of them on the trunk, up next to read:

 

 

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On this shelf lie the review books I received this week, from Amazon Vine:

 

 

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And just to share a little bit of family stuff:

My son Brett and two of his three kids, Aaron and Aubrey, at a Dodger’s game:

 

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I love this one of Spencer, Colleen, son Maddix, and twins, Bella and Lilly.

 

 

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And here are Heather and Noah, enjoying time together:

 

 

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Enjoy your weekends, and please share your own Bookish/Saturday Snapshot links.

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BOOKISH SATURDAY: COMFORT FOOD FOR READERS

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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

 

 

 

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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?

 

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

 

 

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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.

 

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

 

 

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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?

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BOOKISH SATURDAY: SNAPSHOTS OF MY BOOKISH VIGNETTES

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Welcome to Bookish Saturday, along with our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The Snapshot event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

As you know, I have been purging crazily for a few weeks.  But I still have lots of books remaining, and what I do enjoy most is creating bookish vignettes, with books and some of my favorite collectibles.

Here are some on my Baker’s Rack.  On the second shelf down, notice my own creations.

 

 

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In my living room, I have an old ice cream table loaded up with books and collections…and family photos.

 

 

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On my nightstand is a small stack of old favorites that I hope to reread someday….

 

 

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Another bedroom shelf holds quirky collections, such as some Red Hat Society decor….and lots of family photos.

 

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Who am I kidding about rereading those old favorites?  I still have plenty of new books waiting for me, even though I have dwindled those stacks down considerably.

Tomorrow, I hope to pick up Barbara Delinsky’s Blueprints, an ARC that I will be reading next.

 

 

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And soon I will tackle some of the e-ARCs I received from NetGalley this week, a new adventure for me with the upgrade to Pippa, my Paperwhite.

 

 

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What bookish things are you celebrating this week?

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BOOKISH SATURDAY – CELEBRATING WITH SNAPSHOTS

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Welcome to Bookish Saturday, along with our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The Snapshot event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Some great bookish things happened this week, so I decided to share some of those photos today.

After my latest purge, I moved the empty bookshelves in my hallway to the garage.  Here they are:

 

 

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And here are the two full boxes that I will be donating to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as they will come and pick them up.

 

 

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And I also emptied out the top shelf of my Book Nook, since the giveaways were not clearing my shelves quickly enough.  Here is what is left of the nook.  See the top shelf, empty of books:

 

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And in honor of my pledge to (mostly) buy e-books, I upgraded my Kindle.  Today I received the new Paperwhite, which I have named Pippa.

 

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Have a great bookish weekend!

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BOOKISH SATURDAY: PATTERNS & NUMBERS

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Good morning, and welcome to another Bookish Saturday.

This week, I’ve been thinking about numbers.  The numbers of books read, and the source of them.  For example, so far this year, I have read 41 books.

I have purchased 21 books.  Of the 14 review books received, I have read and reviewed 10.

Of the 21 books purchased this year, I have read and reviewed only 5.  Of the books purchased in 2014 (153), I have read 79…some of those were read this year.

What does all of this mean?

Well, I need to cut down on my purchases, or I will never catch up!  LOL

Currently, I have three Amazon Vine review books waiting to be read and reviewed, and one review book from an author.

I am keeping up with them, but temptation gets the best of me.  I just requested my fourth one from Vine, a book from Barbara Delinsky, another favorite author I’ve been reading for many years.  Blueprints will be released in June.

 

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Goodreads Blurb:  Blueprints, the new novel from bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, is the story of two strong women, Caroline MacAfee, a skilled carpenter, and her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. The day after her 56th birthday, Caroline is told the network wants Jamie to replace her as the host on Gut It!, their family-based home construction TV show. The resulting rift couldn’t come at a worse time.

For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn’t want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!

For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. When her ex-husband dies, she is thrust into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there’s Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.

Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

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What patterns are you noticing in your bookish life?  Do you purchase most of your books?  Get them  as review books?  Or perhaps from the library?

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BOOKISH SATURDAY: A GREAT WEEK!

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Welcome, Bookish People!  As I contemplate the upcoming week, I can only say that it would have to be going some to exceed the bookish joys of this week.

Check in tomorrow for my Weekly Updates, to see what I read and reviewed.  Three of the four of this week’s reads were on Sparky, so as you can tell, I am making a dent in that library.

 

 

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As soon as the prices on the Kindle Paperwhite go down again—I missed that sale earlier!—I hope to upgrade to that version.  And I would like to have fewer books to carry over.  There will still be too many, of course, but thankfully, they will be in the Cloud.

At that time, I will have to brainstorm for a name for the new device.  Sparky II seems so underwhelming.  Any thoughts?

Today I’m reading an ARC:  Where They Found Her, by Kimberly McCreight.  I loved Reconstructing Amelia, and this one seems like another page turner.

 

 

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A Tease:  An idyllic suburban town.

A devastating discovery.

Shocking revelations that will change three lives forever.

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town’s prestigious university. No one knows the identity of the baby, what ended her very short life, or how she came to be found among the fallen leaves. But for the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.

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But before I plunge into this one, I think I will watch some movies and do something less bookish…for just a while.

What does your Saturday look like?  What new books are on your horizon?

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BOOKISH SATURDAY: ADDING TO MY SHELVES!

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Good morning, it’s Bookish Saturday again, and it is time to once again ponder my bookish world, and, as usual, I have been adding books to my shelves.

Just as I was congratulating myself on getting my stack of Vine books down to one book, another one arrived in the mailbox this week.  Where They Found Her, by Kimberly McCreight, had been calling to me from the newsletter, as I had loved the author’s book Reconstructing Amelia.

 

 

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An idyllic suburban town.

A devastating discovery.

Shocking revelations that will change three lives forever.

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town’s prestigious university. No one knows the identity of the baby, what ended her very short life, or how she came to be found among the fallen leaves. But for the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist and recent Ridgedale transplant Molly Sanderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the disturbing news for the Ridgedale Reader—the town’s local paper—she has good reason to hesitate. A severe depression followed the loss of her own baby, and this assignment could unearth memories she has tried hard to bury. But the disturbing history Molly uncovers is not her own. Her investigation reveals a decades-old trail of dark secrets hiding behind Ridgedale’s white picket fences.

 

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Could I be happy with my TWO review books from Vine?  Well, I could, but just out of curiosity, I peeked at the Vine page, just to see what was there…and discovered another one I had to request.  It was one I would have bought anyway, so why not?  Someone Is Watching, by Joy Fielding, is now headed my way!  Mysteries and thrillers seem to call my name!

 

 

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As a special investigator for a hotshot Miami law firm, Bailey Carpenter is smart, savvy, and fearless. When she’s assigned to spy on a deadbeat dad in the middle of the night, Bailey thinks nothing of the potential dangers, only that she needs to gather evidence. Then she is blindsided—attacked and nearly killed.

Now the firm grip Bailey once had on her life is shaken. Her nightmares merge into her waking hours and she’s unable to venture beyond her front door without panicking. A veritable prisoner in her own home, Bailey is uncertain whom she can trust. But old habits die hard, and soon Bailey finds a new use for her idle binoculars: casually observing from her window neighboring buildings and other people’s lives. This seemingly harmless diversion becomes a guilty pleasure when Bailey fixates on the handsome guy across the street—until she realizes that he is also watching her. Suddenly she must confront the terrifying possibility that he may be the man who shattered her life.

Though crippled by fear, Bailey knows she can’t ignore her suspicions and risk leaving a predator at large. With the police making no headway in solving her case, she’s determined to overcome her terror and reclaim the power she lost by unmasking her attacker and taking him down herself. But it’s a harrowing battle that threatens to wreck Bailey’s credibility, compromise an investigation, and maybe even claim her sanity.

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And then I have been eyeing this book, Hausfrau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum….the cover is gorgeous, isn’t it?

 

 

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Madame Bovary meets Fifty Shades of Grey.”*
 
Anna was a good wife, mostly. For readers of The Girl on the Train and The Woman Upstairs comes a striking debut novel of marriage, fidelity, sex, and morality, featuring a fascinating heroine who struggles to live a life with meaning—“a modern-day Anna Karenina tale.”**

 

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Right now, I am reading a Nancy Thayer book, My Dearest Friend, that was first published in 1989, and released on Kindle in 2014.  I am a fan of this author, and the title was not familiar to me….

 

 

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At the age of forty-six, Daphne Miller is a first-time homeowner, a divorced college administrator whose daughter has moved in with her father. On a dirt road in the green mountains of southern Vermont, Daphne has at last found a home of her own. It may be tiny, but the rustic cottage is hers, and she’s determined to make it perfect.

Just down the lane, Jack Hamilton and his young family move in. The newly appointed English professor Jack has long dreamed of teaching at his prestigious alma mater, but his wife Carey Ann is terribly unhappy in rural New England. As Daphne takes Carey Ann under her wing, Jack suppresses his growing attraction for his new neighbor and the two become friends. But for Daphne, this increasingly complex friendship brings back the painful memories of a previous betrayal. Now at an unexpected crossroads, Daphne must let go of the woman she has become—and reach out for the woman she longs to be.

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A nice change from the thrillers I’ve been reading lately!  A cleansing of the palate, if you will.

What does your weekend bookish world look like?

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