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?

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CURRENTLY READING:  The Foundling, by Ann Leary

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 6/21/22:

It All Comes Down To This, by Therese Anne Fowler

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The House Across the Lake, by Riley Sager

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  A book I just downloaded today:  The Second Husband, by Kate White

A woman’s seemingly perfect second marriage is rocked by a discovery about the death of her first husband in this twisty psychological thriller from Kate White, the New York Times bestselling author whom Entertainment Weekly called “impossible to outwit.” 

After losing her husband, Derrick, in what appears to have been a random street crime, thirtysomething Emma has built a new life with widower Tom, who is kind, handsome, driven, and successful. Emma is finally able to feel safe again, both in her relationship with Tom and in the home they’ve made together on the Connecticut shore.

Then one day a homicide detective shows up at Emma and Tom’s door asking questions. Though Emma had been cleared of her husband’s murder, it appears that law enforcement is taking another look at her and the case. 

What do they know? Are they on the right track this time? And most importantly, will the renewed investigation ruin Emma’s chances of a happy life? 

With twists and turns all the way to the last page, this fast-paced, expertly plotted novel will have you asking that age-old question: how well do you really know the ones you love?

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: OBSESSIONS…

Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, in which I share some of my favorite obsessions.  Since last July, when I moved into this apartment, I have been pushing to fill my spaces with old and new favorites.

The old favorites include dolls I “lost” in the move in 2019, and the new ones are an expansion of the collections that I have continued throughout the past several years.

Above, note bookcases and a hall tree.  Dolls fill in the spaces, and on the hall tree on the right, I have added some favorite hats and handbags.

A new handbag arrived from Amazon today…so in my bedroom, I have spruced up the little Handbag Tree there.  Note the newest one on the chair next to the “tree.”

I do seem to focus in on my obsessions when life around me is not working out the way I like.  Dark days and bad politics seem to take my breath away.  So I go online and search for beautiful things to lighten my mood.

I always like watching Lipstick Jungle on Prime Videos, even though I have seen both seasons several times.  There is something about those scenes and those characters that take me out of my gloom.

I am always looking for new shows, though, just to add to my queue of good things to enjoy.

Let’s take a closer look at some of my goodies:

The Madeline Hatter doll (above) was one that I had for several years, and then when I was abruptly moved from my condo, many items were sold or given away.  Including the doll.  But I found a replacement, see above, and I am supremely happy!

I am always amazed at how finding old favorites can make a difference in my life.

The Coca Cola furnishings are other things that make me happy, and I was glad to find more of those items, too.  It has literally taken a year to gather many of these “lost” items into my home again.

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What do you love to collect, or what activities make your day?

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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?

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CURRENTLY READING:  It All Comes Down To This, by Therese Anne Fowler

Meet the Geller sisters: Beck, Claire, and Sophie, a trio of strong-minded women whose pragmatic, widowed mother, Marti, will be dying soon and taking her secrets with her.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 6/14/22:

Tracy Flick Can’t Win, by Tom Perrotta

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Killer Deadline, by Lauren Carr

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Local Gone Missing, by Fiona Barton

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  An ARC from NetGalley that will be released on 7/19/22:  The Bodyguard, by Katherine Center

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Synopsis:  She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka “bodyguard”), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.

They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.

What could possibly go wrong???
Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.

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That was my week. What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKISH LOVE…

Welcome to another Bookish Tuesday.  Today’s download is one I pre-ordered from an author I enjoy:  The House Across the Lake, by Riley Sager.

The New York Times bestselling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night is back with his “best plot twist yet.” (People, “Best Summer Books”)

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I am currently reading Local Gone Missing, by Fiona Barton. It is a page turner that is holding me captive.

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What are you eyeing/buying/or reading today?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CHANGES IN INTERIORS…

Over the years, I have moved from place to place, and whenever I live anywhere for more than a short time, I change things around.  The sofa above was in my little office/guest room, from 2007 to 2019…but this version was the last one before I moved.

Here is another view of the room’s last version.  

another view of the Lexington off resized

When I first moved in, everything in this office was quite different…and even pretty crowded.  I had to search a bit to find some of those photos.  As I look at them, below, I see that they weren’t that pretty.  Sigh.  In these versions, the sofa was on a different wall, and my desk area was crowded into the space.  In the closet area, I had stashed some dolls, a bookcase, and a filing cabinet.

Then I moved items around, with my granddaughter’s help.  Primarily I wanted it to be more user-friendly as an office…and for guests.  Too bad I didn’t make the changes before they arrived.  By the time I started making the changes, they were long gone!

Note:  Some rearranged areas:

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Of course, I moved from that condo in 2019, and lived in a studio apartment for a while.  Now I am in another apartment, and my bedroom serves as my new office.  I have an old “hall tree” for hanging my purses, and my desk area has its own niche at the foot of the bed.

Here is the latest view:

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What do you enjoy doing to your interiors?  Do you like to make changes, or are you happy keeping the status quo?

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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?

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Tracy Flick Can’t Win, by Tom Perrotta

From New York Times bestselling author Tom Perrotta, a pitch-perfect new satirical novel about ambition, coming-of-age in adulthood, and never really leaving high school politics behind—featuring his most iconic character of all time.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 6/7/22:

Fly Girl, by Ann Hood

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The Latecomer, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Summer Love, by Nancy Thayer

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  Left on Tenth, by Delia Ephron (a memoir)

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Synopsis:The bestselling, beloved writer of romantic comedies like You’ve Got Mail tells her own late-in-life love story in her “resplendent memoir,” complete with a tragic second act and joyous resolution (Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Good Left Undone).

Delia Ephron had struggled through several years of heartbreak. She’d lost her sister, Nora, and then her husband, Jerry, both to cancer. Several months after Jerry’s death, she decided to make one small change in her life—she shut down his landline, which crashed her internet. She ended up in Verizon hell.

She channeled her grief the best way she knew: by writing a New York Times op-ed. The piece caught the attention of Peter, a Bay Area psychiatrist, who emailed her to commiserate. Recently widowed himself, he reminded her that they had shared a few dates fifty-four years before, set up by Nora. Delia did not remember him, but after several weeks of exchanging emails and sixties folk songs, he flew east to see her. They were crazy, utterly, in love.
 
But this was not a rom-com: four months later she was diagnosed with AML, a fierce leukemia.

In Left on Tenth, Delia Ephron enchants as she seesaws us between tears and laughter, navigating the suicidal lows of enduring cutting-edge treatment and the giddy highs of a second chance at love. With Peter and her close girlfriends by her side, with startling clarity, warmth, and honesty about facing death, Ephron invites us to join her team of warriors and become believers ourselves.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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REVIEW: SUMMER LOVE, BY NANCY THAYER

When four strangers rent bargain-basement rooms in an old hotel near the beach, they embark on the summer of their lives. First there’s Ariel Spencer, who has big dreams of becoming a writer and is looking for inspiration in Nantucket’s high society. Her new friend Sheila Murphy is a good Catholic girl from Ohio whose desire for adventure is often shadowed by her apprehension. Then there’s small-town Missourian Wyatt Smith, who’s immediately taken with Ariel. The last of the four, Nick Volkov, is looking to make a name for himself and have a blast along the way. Despite their differences, the four bond over trips to the beach, Wednesday-night dinners, and everything that Nantucket has to offer. But venturing out on their own for the first time, with all its adventure and risks, could change the course of their lives.

Twenty-six years after that amazing summer, Ariel, Sheila, Wyatt, and Nick reunite at the hotel where they first met. Now it’s called The Lighthouse and Nick owns the entire operation with his wife and daughter. Ariel and Wyatt, married for decades, arrive with their son, and Sheila’s back too, with her daughter by her side. Life hasn’t exactly worked out the way they had all hoped. Ariel’s dreams have since faded and been pushed aside, but she’s determined to rediscover the passion she once had. Nick has the money and reputation of a successful businessman, but is it everything he had hoped for? And Sheila has never been able to shake the secret she’s kept since that summer.

Being back together again will mean confronting the past and finding themselves. Meanwhile, the next generation discovers Nantucket: Their children explore the island together, experiencing love and heartbreak and forging lifelong bonds, just as their parents did all those years ago. It’s sure to be one unforgettable reunion.

 

potpourri thoughts

Back and forth in time, Summer Love spins out the story of our characters. We enjoy seeing how their lives have unfolded, although we can see that things have not always gone the way they’d hoped.

Friendships developed and romance brewed for some of them. Each section was labeled “That Summer” or “This Summer,” to spotlight the days gone by and those that show the current days.

The current moments include the offspring, and how they are revealing the changes wrought in the lives of them all.

We also get a chance to see how the island itself has changed. A lovely story that earned 4 stars for me.

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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?

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CURRENTLY READING: Fly Girl, by Ann Hood – a memoir

An entertaining and fascinating memoir of “gifted storyteller” (People) Ann Hood’s adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST WEEK’S POST OF 5/31/22:

Take Your Breath Away, by Linwood Barclay

We’re All Damaged, by Matthew Norman

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  The House Across the Lake, by Riley Sager – Release Date:  June 21, 2022

Synopsis:  Be careful what you watch for . . .

Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing—a tech innovator, Tom is powerful; and a former model, Katherine is gorgeous.

One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other—and the longer Casey watches—it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage isn’t as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn’t realize is that there’s more to the story than meets the eye—and that shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.
 
Packed with sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy plot twists, Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake is the ultimate escapist read . . . no lake house required.

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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?

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CURRENTLY READING: 

Take Your Breath Away, by Linwood Barclay

take your breath away

 

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 5/24/22:

Adult Assembly Provided, by Abbi Waxman

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Never Coming Home, by Hannah Mary McKinnon

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The Widow, by K. L. Slater

 

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 EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  Stay Awake, by Megan Goldin – NetGalley ARC:  Release Date – 8/9/22

stay awake

Synopsis: 

Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped off at the door of her brownstone, a stranger answers—a stranger who claims to live in her apartment. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing. In its place is a bloodstained knife. Her hands are covered in scribbled messages, like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.

Two years ago, Liv was thriving as a successful writer for a trendy magazine. Now, she’s lost and disoriented in a New York City that looks nothing like what she remembers. Catching a glimpse of the local news, she’s horrified to see reports of a crime scene where the victim’s blood has been used to scrawl a message across a window, similar to the message that’s inked on her hands. What did she do last night? And why does she remember nothing from the past two years? Liv finds herself on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing. But there’s someone who does know exactly what she did, and they’ll do anything to make her forget—permanently.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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