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Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, in which I share tidbits of what’s happening, and what is coming next.

Check out my Sunday Salon post for updates from this past week.  And despite my vow to curtail my book purchases, I cannot completely turn away when Amazon sends me one of those “in your face” e-mails that remind us of books we’ve been panting after.

I had tried to get The Good House in the library, but so far, nada….So I downloaded it onto Sparky today.  The fact that it has been hard to capture tells me I’m going to love this one.


How can you prove you’re not an alcoholic?

You can’t.

It’s like trying to prove you’re not a witch.

Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. Hildy is a descendant of one of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she’s just good at reading people. Hildy is good at lots of things.  A successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab.  Now she’s in recovery—more or less.

Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town’s wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her new surroundings and is grateful for the friendship. And Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip, and a bottle of wine by the fire—just one of their secrets.

But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local who shares a complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon, however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own tracks and protect her reputation.  When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.

THE GOOD HOUSE, by Ann Leary is funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story has ended.


Doesn’t it sound like one I needed on Sparky?  I’ve read another book by this author and loved it.  That’s a definite plus for me.

Also coming this month is Fly Away, by Kristin Hannah.  I ordered the hardcover version of this one, as I need this lovely tome on my bookshelves.  Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . .

Fly away

And later, another one for my shelves is Tapestry of Fortunes, by Elizabeth Berg.  I think I have all of her books on my shelves.  This one explores four women who venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes.

tapestry of fortunes

I have several lovely books coming in May…more on those later!  What is grabbing your attention today?  What titillates your book buying urge?

Coffee & Books



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