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Good morning, Bloggers! Grab some coffee (or a pot of tea!), and let’s talk about our weeks.
After posting my weekly updates over at Serendipity for quite a long while, I’ve decided to bring it here, to Rainy Days and Mondays, as a way of welcoming this reinvented blog into the fold.
This past week brought more reading, and quite a lot of blogging. And numerous cups of tea, as the weather has cooled down considerably for these parts. We have even had rain, a welcome sight in drought-ridden California.
LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:
Monday Potpourri: Bookish Spaces
Chase Away the Blues with Intros/Teasers – “Unbecoming”
Chasing Away the Blues with “The Dream Lover”
Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Purging, Dreaming, Collecting
Friday Sparks: Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Winter Street”
Rainy Day Friday: Blissful!
Creative Saturday: Sharing Family Moments
A Guilty Pleasures Weekend: Movie Marathons
Saturday Potpourri: From Collections to Purging – A Journey
Review: I’ve Got You Under My Skin (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark
Review: Cancel the Wedding, by Carolyn Dingman
Review: The Secrets of Midwives, by Sally Hepworth
Review: Walking on Trampolines, by Frances Whiting
INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
Two books came in the mailbox this week: one from Amazon Vine, and one that I purchased. I also downloaded two e-books for Greedy Sparky.
What I Remember Most, by Cathy Lamb (Purchased)
Grenadine Scotch Wild has only vague memories of the parents she last saw when she was six years old. But she’s never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run. The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely. One year into her rocky marriage to Covey, a well known investor, he is arrested for fraud and embezzlement. And Grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence.
A Fireproof Home for the Bride, by Amy Scheibe (Vine)
Emmeline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it’s 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960’s, Emmy doesn’t see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy’s fiancé shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act—falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy, a boy whose family seems warm and encouraging after the sere Nelson farm life. Not only moving to town and breaking free from her engagement but getting a job on the local newspaper begins to open Emmy’s eyes. She discovers that the KKK is not only active in the Midwest but that her family is involved, and her sense of the firm rules she grew up under—and their effect—changes completely.
Hour of Need (e-book, Scarlet Falls), by Melinda Leigh
While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it’s not a random act…and neither were the murders.
Already devastated by her neighbors’ violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant’s impending return to Afghanistan.
But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.
Snow Angel Cove (e-book), by RaeAnne Thayne
Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she’s not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!
Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.
WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
Currently Reading: Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm
Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand
The Paying Guests (e-book), by Sarah Waters
That was my week, and you’ve had a peek at next week’s reading. What are you reading and blogging about?