WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE RAINY DAYS….

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

We are in the final days of Bloggiesta, and I am almost finished.  Click the link to see what I’ve done so far.

Today we saw rain here, although there are signs that it is clearing up.  I hope we have sunshine before next weekend, when I take my beach (wedding) trip.  I am packing, a little bit each day, and checking things off of my list.

Meanwhile, the reading this week has been good.  Three books read and reviewed, and two were review books from NetGalley.  Now I have three more on the NetGalley stack, and two author review books, all spread out over April, May…and July.  I only finished one additional book for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, bringing the total to 28.

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix this week, and I’m halfway through Season IV of Scandal.  In my queue is Season III of Grace and Frankie, which I hope to start watching this weekend, too.

On Sunday, I will be eager to see what is happening on Big Little Lies and The Good Fight…also Feud:  Bette and Joan.

Let’s grab some coffee, and maybe a mimosa, and chat about our weeks.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel”

My TBR Report for 2017:  So Far….

Hump Day Potpourri:  Captivating Books….

Coffee Morning:  Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “Persons Unknown”

Weekend Potpourri:  Relishing the Moments…

Review:  Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth BergReview:  The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse – (NetGalley – 3/21/17)Review:  Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane – (NetGalley- 4/4/17)

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came in my mailbox…and I downloaded two (purchased) e-books.

Beach Breeze, by Joanne DeMaio – (Author Review Request)

 

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Downloads:

The Secrets You Keep (e-book), by Kate White

 

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The Housekeeper (e-book), by Suellen Dainty

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (Amazon Vine Review)

 

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And then…

One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

 

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Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Author Review Request)

 

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That’s my week…what did yours look like?  I plan to curl up here and watch some Netflix…and read.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LOTS OF RAIN & A BIT OF SUNSHINE…

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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

Good morning, and welcome to another weekend of chatting about books and blogging.  My week was pitiful, as I only finished reading and reviewing TWO books, but both qualified for the reading challenge…now totaling 18 books read and reviewed.

I spent some time watching Scandal on Netflix, and also saw a movie based on a book I’d enjoyed:  American Pastoral. (That one was On Demand).

On Friday, I was a bit bored and not wanting to read any more…so I created some new blog headers for my Serendipity site…and changed them about three times…LOL.  Here’s what I ended up with:

 

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We’ve had a lot of rain, but Monday started out with a sunny day, which my granddaughter and I celebrated with lunch and shopping.  She was visiting for the week from her training program in San Jose.  Every time I see her, she has a “new look.”  Ouch, right?

 

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I had errands to run and a tax appointment with my accountant…which ended better than expected.  So, what a relief!

After my appointment, I relaxed into an early dinner at Marie Callender’s.  Chicken Pot Pie and Caesar Salad…and a book.

 

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LET’S CHAT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON MY BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Routines & Changes….

Monday Potpourri:  Exciting New Read!

Let’s Curl up with “The Trophy Child”

Hump Day Serendipity:  Luxuriating in Books…

Hump Day Potpourri:  Books, Food, & Fun…

Coffee Chat:  A Morning of Books, Taxes, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “Right Behind You”

Serendipitous Moments:  Blog Headers, Decor, & Nostalgia…

Weekend Potpourri:  Creative Changes…

Review:  My Husband’s Wife (e-book), by Jane Corrycropped-again-5Review:  The Vanishing Year (e-book), by Kate Moretticropped-again-5

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one review book in my mailbox…and downloaded a review book from NetGalley. Then I purchased THREE  FOUR downloads…I couldn’t resist.

How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway (Amazon Vine)

 

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One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

 

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Downloads I Purchased:

Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle

 

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Heartbreak Hotel (e-book, An Alex Delaware Novel), by Jonathan Kellerman

 

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Eeny Meeney (e-book, Helen Grace #1), by M. J. Arlidge

 

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And…one I almost forgot about!

The Good Daughter (e-book), by Alexandra Burt

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Right Behind You (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

 

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Then…maybe these, or wherever my mood takes me….

The Trophy Child (e-book), by Paula Daly (NetGalley – 3/7)

 

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Rainy Day Women (e-book), by Kay Kendall

 

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That was my week….what did yours look like?  Let’s share a Cup of Joe…and perhaps a mimosa.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: UNEXPECTED RAIN DAMAGE….

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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

This past week was one of pounding, windy rain that I do not love…it was great for reading, though, and I read and reviewed four books.  Now I have completed SIX books for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge.

Besides reading, I went out to get a wonderful massage on Wednesday; later I curled up with some shows on TV.  I watched This Is Us, Too Close to Home and even saw The Girl on the Train movie (again!) on Amazon Prime Videos.    I started viewing an Amazon Prime Series, Covert Affairs. 

Yesterday I went to the movies and saw 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, etc.  I loved it!

 

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Afterwards, I headed over to Yard House (again!) to use another of my gift cards from Christmas.  Here’s what I enjoyed, clam chowder and a Pomegranate Press:

 

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A great week, despite the rain…which had an unexpected result in my kitchen.  It dislodged the skylight cover, which came crashing down when I opened an upper cabinet…and didn’t realize it was hanging there, literally by a thread (or corner!). It broke, of course, and will be replaced on Monday.  It feels eerie in my kitchen, looking up at all the space between where the cover was…and the roof. 

Let’s see what else went on last week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

It’s a Wrap!  Mini-Bloggiesta Finish Line Post

Monday Potpourri:  A Reclusive Day…

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Vanishing Year”

Curl up…and Let’s Take a Look Back…

It’s Hump Day:  Let’s Talk About Our Reading…

Grab Some Coffee & Let’s Chat…

Thursday Potpourri:  Another Late Night…

Bookish Friday:  “The Dry”

Assessing My Progress:  Reading My Own Books…

Review:  The Stepmother (e-book), by Claire Seebercropped-again-5Review:  The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff (Amazon Vine Review)cropped-again-5Review:  Always (e-book), by Sarah Jio – (NetGalley – 2/7/17)cropped-again-5Review:  Never Alone (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynescropped-again-5

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing came in my mailbox!  But I downloaded four e-books.

Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich

 

 

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Moral Defense (e-book, Book 2 – Samantha Brinkman), by Marcia Clark

 

 

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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (e-book), by Kathleen Rooney

 

 

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The Futures (e-book), by Anna Pitoniak

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Sweet Lake, by Christine Nolfi (Author Review Request)

 

 

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And then…

The Marriage Lie (e-book), by Kimberly Belle

 

 

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Faultlines (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  I’m leaving you a parting glimpse of yesterday’s lunch, my delicious dessert:  chocolate mousse cake and coffee with Jameson:

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A LITTLE SUNSHINE, A LITTLE RAIN….

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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

A week of ups and downs with the weather…some rain, some shine; and I think I might be adjusting, more or less, to my new meds.

I read and reviewed four books this week, and I’m currently reading two books…yes, two at once!  I go back and forth, although now it is harder to tear myself away from whichever one I’m reading.

Today will be about reading and movie watching.  I did watch The Big Short  last night…and it was interesting.  I didn’t understand much of the dealing, as numbers are not my thing.  But it was fun to see the energy of the characters while they played out their plan…

Now…on to sharing more of my week…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Bloggiesta Sign-Up Post: It’s Time!

Tuesday Potpourri: Excerpting “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now”

My Interior World: Celebrating My Blogging Journey

Let’s Chase Away the Blues with “Clouds in My Coffee”

Bookish Thursday #5: A Potpourri of Events

Bookish Friday: Excerpting “Be Frank with Me”

My Interior Journey: A Work-In-Progress

Review:  A Long Time Gone (e-book), by Karen White

Review:  The Next Time You See Me (e-book), by Holly Goddard Jones

Review:  The Girl in the Red Coat (e-book), by Kate Hamer

Review:  Miller’s Valley (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NetGalley – 4/5)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in my physical mailbox!  But I downloaded TWO review books from NetGalley…and purchased one e-book.

Most Wanted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/12)

 

 

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The Children (e-book), by Ann Leary – (NetGalley – 5/26)

 

 

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Be Frank With Me (e-book), by Julia Claiborne Johnson

 

 

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THIS WEEK IN BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber (Vine)

 

 

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Duplicate Keys (e-book), by Jane Smiley

 

 

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Next:

Virgin River (e-book), by Robyn Carr

 

 

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If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, (e-book), by Claire LaZebnik

 

 

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That’s my week, past and future…what did yours look like?  Let’s grab some coffee, and perhaps a mimosa…and chat.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: VALENTINE’S DAY IS ALMOST HERE!

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Grab some coffee (or a pot of tea!), and let’s talk about our weeks.  My reading went pretty well, and I even did a little more organizing and purging. Yes, again!  Check it out.

 

 

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It is raining today, after a week of lovely spring-like weather.  But the rain is a good thing.  And curling up to read is best in this kind of weather.

Today I finished reading a very riveting book…the fifth one of the week!  All of the books were awesome this week….and I had a great time watching TV and movies, too.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Chasing Away the Blues with Musing Mondays

Creative Tuesday:  Intros/Teasers – “What I Remember Most”

We Have a Winner!

From the Interior:  Anticipating “Wait for the Rain”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Decadence!

Creative Friday:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Three Days to Forever”

Snapshots of Special Moments

Bookish Saturday:  A Few Obsessions….

Review:  Fangirl (e-book), by Rainbow Rowell

Review:  Victims, by Jonathan Kellerman

Review:  Copper Beach, by Jayne Ann Krentz

Review:  The Wednesday Group, by Sylvia True

Review:  The Girl on the Train (e-book), by Paula Hawkins

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in the mailbox!

I did download three e-books, however….

Crash and Burn (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

 

 

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My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t.

Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist.

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t.

Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.

 

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Monday’s Lie (e-book), by Jamie Mason

 

 

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Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life…a life without her, one way or another.

Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.

 

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The Cry (e-book), by Helen Fitzgerald

 

 

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When a baby goes missing on a lonely roadside in Australia, it sets off a police investigation that will become a media sensation and dinner-table talk across the world.

Lies, rumours and guilt snowball, causing the parents, Joanna and Alistair, to slowly turn against each other.

Finally Joanna starts thinking the unthinkable: could the truth be even more terrible than she suspected? And what will it take to make things right?

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain

 

 

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One Plus One (e-book), by JoJo Moyes

 

 

 

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Three Days to Forever, by Lauren Carr (Review Book)

 

 

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That’s it, folks!  What are the rest of you planning for the upcoming week?  What happened last week?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: RAINY DAY READING

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

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.

 

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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

 

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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)

 

 

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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)

 

 

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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.

 

Downloads:

Hour of Need (e-book, Scarlet Falls), by Melinda Leigh

 

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

Currently Reading:  Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm

 

 

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Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand

 

 

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The Paying Guests (e-book), by Sarah Waters

 

 

 

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That was my week, and you’ve had a peek at next week’s reading.  What are you reading and blogging about?

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