BOOKS TO LOVE…

Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday.  I have only added one new book so far, since my week is all about moving and settling in to my new place.  Yay!

Such a Quiet Place, by Megan Miranda, will help distract me from the chaos.  LOL

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection—comes a new riveting suspense novel about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.

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What books are you eyeing/buying/reading today?

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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?

CURRENTLY READING:  Dark Roads, by Chevy Stevens – Book to be released on 8/3/21

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Books Read and Reviewed Since Last Post of 7/6/21:

The Fiancee, by Kate White

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Survive the Night, by Riley Sager

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Skye Falling, by Mia McKenzie

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Not a Happy Family, by Shari Lapena – Release Date – July 27

Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there, and Fred and Sheila Merton certainly are rich. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered after a fraught Easter dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated.
 
Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their vindictive father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of the siblings is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did someone snap after that dreadful evening? Or did another person appear later that night with the worst of intentions? That must be what happened. After all, if one of the family were capable of something as gruesome as this, you’d know.

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That was my week. What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK LOVE…

Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday.  Today my pre-ordered book dropped into my Kindle, like a whisper.

Count the Ways, by Joyce Maynard, is an eagerly anticipated book.  Maynard is one of my favorite authors, so I can’t wait to dive into this one.

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In her most ambitious novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of her most acclaimed work in a mesmerizing story of a family—from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and the costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives…

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Today I continue to read Skye Falling, an ARC that came out on June 22, even though its original release date was July 27.

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What are you reading/eyeing/or buying today?

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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?

CURRENTLY READING: The Fiancee, by Kate White

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

Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor

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The Therapist, by B.A. Paris

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Pack up the Moon, by Kristan Higgins

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Dream Girl, by Laura Lippman

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The Stepsisters, by Susan Mallery

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The Perfect Family, by Robyn Harding – Release Date on August 10, 2021

Thomas and Viv Adler are the envy of their neighbors: attractive, successful, with well-mannered children and a beautifully restored home.

Until one morning, when they wake up to find their porch has been pelted with eggs. It’s a prank, Thomas insists; the work of a few out-of-control kids. But when a smoke bomb is tossed on their front lawn, and their car’s tires are punctured, the family begins to worry. Surveillance cameras show nothing but grainy images of shadowy figures in hoodies. And the police dismiss the attacks, insisting they’re just the work of bored teenagers. Unable to identify the perpetrators, the Adlers are helpless as the assaults escalate into violence, and worse. And each new violation brings with it a growing fear. Because everyone in the Adler family is keeping a secret—not just from the outside world, but from each other. And secrets can be very dangerous….

This twisty, addictively page-turning suspense novel about a perfect family’s perfect façade will keep you turning pages until its explosive ending.

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That was my reading for the past two weeks. What did yours look like?

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REVIEW: THE STEPSISTERS, BY SUSAN MALLERY

Once upon a time, when her dad married Sage’s mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage didn’t have Daisy’s smarts—she had to go back a grade to enroll in the fancy rich-kid school. So she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down to elevate herself. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final, improbable straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled California.

Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms.

Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again…or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.
 
 
 
potpourri thoughts

The Stepsisters is a tale about a dysfunctional family and the aftermath of divorce and custody issues.

As we meet Daisy and her children, learn about the problems in her marriage, and then see her reconnecting with her stepsister Sage, we begin to realize how their childhood traumas have followed them into adulthood.

Then Daisy’s half sister Cassidy arrives on the scene at a very challenging time, and we predict more chaos and frustration for Daisy.

But what happens instead is the beginning of real communication and how they each start to reexamine the misunderstandings that led to the rift between them.

I liked how they slowly began to develop a real friendship.

But would it last, or would additional betrayals come along to thwart their efforts? Just when I thought there was no hope, I liked how they all slowly began to repair the wounds. 4.5 stars.
 
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DOLLS I AM LOVING…

I am a doll collector from way back. Recently I have added “rag dolls” to my collection, since many of my porcelain dolls didn’t make it to my apartment two years ago.

Here are a few favorites: Below, Piper…

And next, note Poppy and Paisley:

And now, here is Pippa:

Payton is another recent acquisition:

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These are some of my favorite things these days.

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Do you collect special items?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK LOVE…

Welcome to Book Release Tuesday!  Today I have added three new books to my shelves.  In the photo above, check out my desk where I am adding the titles to my notebook.  Then I went online to my Curl up and Read site to add them to my Books Purchased Page.

First are my two pre-ordered books, followed by one I added this morning:

Survive the Night, by Riley Sager

Then check out:

The Fiancee, by Kate White

And finally, the book I added this morning:

The House Guests, by Emilie Richards

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Now I am finishing my current read, which I am loving:

Pack Up the Moon, by Kristan Higgins

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What are you reading/buying/or eyeing today?

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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?

CURRENTLY READING:  Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST ON 6/15/21:

My Lies, Your Lies, by Susan Lewis

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The Photographer, by Mary Dixie Carter

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Six Weeks to Live, by Catherine McKenzie

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Lie Beside Me, by Gytha Lodge

Louise wakes up. Her head aches, her mouth is dry, her memory is fuzzy—but she suspects she’s done something bad.

She rolls over toward her husband, Niall. The man who, until recently, made her feel loved.

But it’s not Niall lying beside her. In fact, she’s never seen this man before.

And he’s not breathing. . . .

As Louise desperately struggles to piece her memories back together, it’s clear to Jonah Sheens and his team that she is their prime suspect—though they soon find she’s not the only one with something to hide.

Did she do it? And, if not, can they catch the real killer before they strike again?

In this gripping novel, a young woman finds that trying to make sense of her life’s bad choices might prove the most dangerous reckoning there is.

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That was my week. What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI…HAPPY BOOKS!

i have loved surrounding myself with books over the years, and in the photo above, I had little cupboards where I housed a few that overflowed from the bookshelves. I miss that room and that home!

But…meanwhile, today I downloaded a pre-ordered book that I can’t wait to read: Dream Girl, by Laura Lippman. 

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Following up on her acclaimed and wildly successful New York Times bestseller Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman returns with a dark, complex tale of psychological suspense with echoes of Misery involving a novelist, incapacitated by injury, who is plagued by mysterious phone calls.

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What, if anything, have you discovered today?

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