HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

I’m almost finished with this e-ARC.  I’m really enjoying it.

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman, (NetGalley – 1/23):   For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.

 

I just picked up Best Day Ever, by Kaira Rouda, “a creepy, spine-tingling and utterly addictive tale of domestic suspense.”

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews):

Anatomy of a Scandal (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan (NetGalley – 1/23)

The Woman in the Window (e-book), by A. J. Finn

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Next, I plan to start another e-ARC from NetGalley:  The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah, Release Date – 2/6/18

Synopsis:  Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

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That’s my week so far…what did yours look like?

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MIDWEEK READING PICKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

Anatomy of a Scandal (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan (NetGalley – 1/23), an astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

 

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman, (NetGalley – 1/23):   For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Eaves of Destruction (e-book, Fixer-Upper Mystery), by Kate Carlisle

I Am Watching You (e-book), by Teresa Driscoll

Jane Fonda:  The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Three Things About Elsie (e-book), by Joanna Cannon – Release Date:  8/7/18

Synopsis:  There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing…might take a bit more explaining.

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

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First of all, I am loving stories with at least one elderly character.  Could it be my own “aging,” or am I recognizing that stories crossing generational and age lines are just more interesting?  At any rate, I am eager to get my hands on this one.

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A NEW YEAR & A NEW WEEK: HUMP DAY READING

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

Eaves of Destruction (e-book, Fixer-Upper Mystery), by Kate Carlisle:  Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery…

 

I am also reading (more slowly) a nonfiction book called Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth…I’m only on the second chapter so far, but I’m enjoying learning more about her early years.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

The Girls in the Picture (e-book), by Melanie Benjamin (NetGalley – 1/16/18)

Lost & Found Sisters (e-book), by Jill Shalvis

Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion Mystery), by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (First Book of the Year)

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

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Today I downloaded a book I’ve been eager to read:  The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn.  I hope to start reading it soon.

Synopsis:  It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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I love books about reclusive and/or agoraphobic characters…and who doesn’t love a Rear Window vibe?

How are your week and New Year shaping up?  Are you enjoying your books?

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MIDWEEK READING: ENJOY!

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

I’m reading my NetGalley eARC The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin – Release Date – 1/16/18:   a fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford…

 

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:  (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Wonder Valley, by Ivy Pochoda

These Violent Delights, by Victoria Namkung

Dead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery), by Wendy Corsi Staub

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

Only two more weeks until The Chalk Man, by C. J. Tudor, is released (1/9/18)   

Synopsis:  A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

     In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.

     That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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Creepy/scary, right?  I am eager to find out more.

So…how has your week unfolded?  Great holiday?  Good books?  Come on by and share.

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IT’S HUMP DAY! A TIME TO READ….

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

Wonder Valley (e-book), by Ivy Pochodo,

“Destined to be a classic L.A. novel.”—Michael Connelly

When a teen runs away from his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

A Season to Lie (e-book), by Emily Littlejohn

A Hundred Small Lessons (e-book), by Ashley Hay

Snap Judgment (e-book, Samantha Brinkman #3), by Marcia Clark

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Before and Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky – Release Date: June 26, 2018

Synopsis:  From the New York Times bestselling author of Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, a brand-new novel about a woman in hiding finding the courage to face the world again.

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends—and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made—though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself—or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

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That was my week so far.  I am enjoying my current read, and I’m eagerly awaiting another story of a woman hiding out, trying to reinvent herself.

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CURLING UP WITH GOOD BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

I’ve been reading  A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe Novel), by Emily Littlejohn.  I thought I might finish it today, but I got caught up in some errands involving deeds and other documents. 

Maybe tonight I will finish.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Fragments of the Lost (e-book), by Megan Miranda

Little Broken Things (e-book), by Nicole Baart

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

I will be waiting quite a while for this book, but I think it will be worth the wait. (Release Date:  August 7, 2018).  Our House, by Louise Candlish, is a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home…

 

Synopsis:  There’s nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it’s her house. And she didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

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I can’t wait to read this one…and I am also looking forward to the books on my list this week.  What are you anticipating?  What have you been reading?

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BOOKISH LOVE ON A HUMP DAY…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

I just started reading Fragments of the Lost, by Megan Miranda:  From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

 

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

A Bella Flora Christmas (Novella – Ten Beach Road), by Wendy Wax

Without Merit, by Colleen Hoover

The Cruelest Month (CI Gamache Mystery), by Louise Penny

The Wife Between Us (e-book), by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen -(NetGalley – 1/9/18)

READING NEXT:  MAYBE…I have several review ARCs just languishing on Pippa…

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman (NetGalley – 1/23)

Synopsis:  Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood college, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again.

Except one.

Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and twisted plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years.

As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how far will she allow it?

A gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.

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I love twisty suspense novels…with intense obsession and illicit attraction…

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IT IS HUMP DAY…& TIME TO SHARE BOOKISH LOVE…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

I am thoroughly enjoying this book with a quirky family and a first person narrator who keeps me intrigued.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

Merry & Bright (e-book), by Debbie Macomber

Bonfire (e-book), by Krysten Ritter

Play It as It Lays (e-book), by Joan Didion

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

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Since I just finished reading Book Two in Marcia Clark’s Samantha Brinkman series, I am eager to start the third one.  I don’t know if there will be more after that one, but I love the fact that Book 3 is available now.  Usually books I am eager to read have upcoming release dates, so I am delighted to be able to download it soon.

Snap Judgment (e-book, Book 3 Samantha Brinkman), by Marcia Clark

Synopsis:  In the third installment of Marcia Clark’s bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman’s investigation into a family’s deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past.

When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman’s spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he’s as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.

It’s Sam’s obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she’s prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it’s always worked…so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

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This has been my week so far.  What books are you loving?

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CURLING UP WITH GOOD BOOKS….

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

Merry & Bright (e-book), by Debbie Macomber

Trying an online relationship, Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click on Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer

The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

As a fan of Wendy Wax and her Ten Beach Road series, I am eager to get my hands on the next new one, coming May 22, 2018:

Best Beach Ever (e-book, Ten Beach Road  Book 6), by Wendy Wax

Synopsis:  Hoping for smooth sailing the ladies of Ten Beach Road confront choppy seas…

Forced to rent out or lose their beloved Bella Flora after the loss of their renovation-turned-reality-TV show Do Over, Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club believing the worst is over. Only to discover just how uncertain their futures really are.

Maddie struggles with the challenges of dating a rock star whose career has come roaring back to life while Nikki faces the daunting realities of mothering twins at forty-seven. Avery buries herself in a tiny home build in an attempt to dodge commitment issues, and Kyra battles to protect her son from the Hollywood world she once dreamed of joining. And Bitsy is about to find out whether the rewards of seeking revenge will outweigh the risks.

Luckily, when the going gets tough, the ladies of Ten Beach Road know that their friendship–tried and tested–can chase away the darkest clouds and let the sun shine in…

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So…that’s my week so far.  I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a great day.  For everyone else, have a wonderful week.

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LOVING THE READING! — WWW

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer (NG – 11/21)

(Almost finished:  it is a chilling tale!)

The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – (NG – 11/21)

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FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:  (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

Cold as Ice (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

The Last Mrs. Parrish (e-book), by Liv Constantine

All the Best People (e-book), by Sonja Yoerg

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING

A Book on my Virtual TBR Shelves:  The Revolution of Marina M, by Janet Fitch.

St. Petersburg, New Year’s Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers’ rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina’s own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

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What did your week look like?  What are you enjoying?

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