TUESDAY POTPOURRI: EXCERPTING “IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU’D BE HOME NOW”

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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Jenn, at Books and a Beat.

Today’s featured book is one I grabbed from 2015’s shelves on Pippa, my Kindle:  If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, by Claire LaZebnik, a novel about a young single mother trying to move out of her family’s shadow.

 

 

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Intro:  The heat wave that had tortured us for most of September finally broke and Tuesday morning was cool and overcast, so I volunteered to take Eleanor Roosevelt around the block.  My mother thanked me a little too enthusiastically, effectively conveying the message that her expectations of me were so low that she was bowled over by a simple offer to walk the dog.

I was trying to get Eleanor Roosevelt’s leash on, dodging her happy dancing legs and scolding her to hold still, when my cell phone rang.  I dropped the leash so I could get the phone out of my jeans pocket.  Eleanor Roosevelt stopped wiggling and looked at me, confused.  This wasn’t how the game went.

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Teaser:  “I went to college for this?” I said to Melanie after twenty minutes of fairly frantic burger-wrapping and hot-dog distributing.

She raised her eyebrows.  “You only went to college for a year.” (p. 57)

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Blurb:  Rickie left home a long time ago-so how is it that at the age of twenty-five, she’s living with her parents again, and sleeping in the bedroom of her childhood home?

At least one thing has changed since high school: She now has a very sweet but frequently challenging son named Noah, who attends the same tony private LA school she herself attended. Rickie fit in fine when she was a student, but now her age and tattoos make her stand out from all the blond Stepford moms, who are desperate to know why someone so young-and so unmarried-has a kid in first grade.

Already on the defensive, Rickie goes into full mother-tigress mode when her small and unathletic son tells her that the gym teacher is out to get him. She storms the principal’s office, only to discover that Andrew Fulton, the coach, is no dumb jock. As her friendship with Andrew develops, Rickie finds herself questioning her assumptions-about motherhood, being a grown-up, and falling in love.

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What do you think?  I found this one “hidden” on Pippa…should I keep reading?  Would you?

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44 thoughts on “TUESDAY POTPOURRI: EXCERPTING “IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU’D BE HOME NOW”

    • I think so, too, Patty…I can’t believe I downloaded it in May 2015…those e-books can languish for ages!

      I’ve been reading some books from 2014 this week, too, but I’m also trying to read brand new ones.

      I just downloaded two new NetGalley books I requested: Most Wanted, by Lisa Scottoline, and The Children, by Ann Leary. Very excited!

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  1. I really like the intro–dogs always win me over pretty quickly in books. 🙂 Other than that, I like the sound of this one too. It sounds like it will be good.

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  2. Oh, this sure sounds like a very cute, very romantic story! I’m sold!

    You know, I did a double-take when I saw the name “Eleanor Roosevelt”. Reading on, I discovered that Ms. Roosevelt was a dog! Lol. I really liked that.

    In short, this is the type of highly enjoyable, fluffy “chick lit” dear to every woman’s heart! I’m adding this one to my TBR! Thanks for sharing! :0

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  3. I like the cover too and yes, I’d keep reading. Sounds like that a book that would suit me at just the right moment. And I feel your pain about discovering books on your Kindle that you’ve kind of forgotten were there. I have way too many of those. LOL

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    • I don’t think I’ll ever get to them all, Kay, which is the sad truth. I am glad that I’m listing every purchase on my Curl up and Read blog, however, as I would never even know where to look to find them! The Amazon Manage Your Kindle page is ridiculous!

      Thanks for stopping by, and I love when books make me smile.

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  4. I’m already drawn into this one from the snippet and the synopsis you gave. Yes! Definitely keep going and see where it takes you. That cover is really enticing, too.

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  5. It sounds like an entertaining read, I would definitely keep reading! I like the sound of the teaser and blurb.

    Happy reading! Here’s my teaser of The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney.

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