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 SATURDAYS: PLANNING MY READS

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Welcome to another edition of Bookish Saturdays.

Typically, I am already adding more books to my shelves, but the two I just added are ARCs, so they won’t actually stay on my shelves once I’ve read and reviewed them.

But they piqued my interest.

After Birth, by Elisa Albert, sounds so intriguing.

 

 

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A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it “birth” and still she can’t locate herself in her altered universe. Amid the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights and another impending winter in upstate New York, Ari is a tree without roots, struggling to keep her branches aloft.

When Mina, a one-time cult musician — older, self-contained, alone, and nine-months pregnant —moves to town, Ari sees the possibility of a new friend, despite her unfortunate habit of generally mistrusting women. Soon they become comrades-in-arms, and the previously hostile terrain seems almost navigable.

With piercing insight, purifying anger, and outrageous humor, Elisa Albert issues a wake-up call to a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles, and expects them to act like natives. Like Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and Anne Enright’s The Gathering, this is a daring and resonant novel from one of our most visceral writers.

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And next, I added All Day and a Night, by Alafair Burke.  She co-authored The Cinderella Murder with Mary Higgins Clark, (click for my review), which was my First Book of 2015.

 

 

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When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband—until the District Attorney’s office receives an anonymous letter. The letter’s author knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret: the victim’s bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were eerily similar to the signature used twenty years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.

NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are tapped as the “fresh look” team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro’s conviction. The case pits them against both their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defense lawyer with a young associate named Carrie Blank, whose older sister was one of Amaro’s victims.

As the NYPD and Amaro’s lawyers search for certainty among conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie’s hometown, where secrets buried long ago lead to a brutal attack—one that makes it terrifyingly clear that someone has gotten too close to the truth.

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I think I am all set for an intense couple of reads.

Currently, I am reading I Love You More, by Jennifer Murphy…another murder mystery.

 

 

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One man, three wives, the perfect murder. A scintillating novel of betrayal and conspiracy.

 

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What does your Saturday hold for you?  Reading, movies, errands?  I have also been organizing Sparky (my Kindle) with a collection for Books Read in 2015…and making sure that my previous collections are organized as well.

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