HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: MY READING WEEK….

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 am still reading bits and pieces of America’s Queen, by Sarah Bradford, which is perched on my nightstand:

 

And I just started The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand

 

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

Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

 

The Secrets She Keeps, by Michael Robotham

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have a long list of books I am eager to get my hands on…but today I’m featuring one that I have ordered and which is headed to my mailbox:

Did You See Melody?, by Sophie Hannah

 

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

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My reading is plodding along this week, but I’m enjoying each and every one so far.  What does your week look like?

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A WEEK IN 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:

Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate.  For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*

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

The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan

The Other Girl, by Erica Spindler (NetGalley – 8/22)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian

Swimming Lessons, by Claire Fuller

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan (Release Date – December 5)

An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

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And that is my week…come on by and share yours.

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: LET’S ENGAGE IN 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:

As usual, I have two books on the go:  one is an e-book, and the other is a hardcover print book.

The Bookshop on the Corner (e-book), by Jenny Colgan.  Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

 

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian, a story of loss, adventure, and the search for friendship in the wake of catastrophe, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is one of Chris Bohjalian’s finest novels to date—breathtaking, wise, and utterly transporting.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click titles/covers to link to reviews).

Bad Housekeeping (e-book), by Maia Chance

Emma in the Night (e-book), by Wendy Walker (NetGalley – 8/8/17)

Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I discovered an upcoming release from Colleen Hoover, so I have bookmarked it on Amazon, waiting for its publication on 10/3/17.

Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

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

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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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It has been another great reading week.  What did yours look like?

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MY HUMP DAY READING…ENGAGING!

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 tackling my NetGalley ARCs this week, so one of my current reads is Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker, to be released on 8/8/17.  “Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” –Booklist, Starred Review

 

Bad Housekeeping, by Maia Chance is a book I purchased in June  (I am still whittling away at my Read the Books You Buy Challenge).  It is the first novel in the Agnes & Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance.   Danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home.

 

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

Every Wild Heart, by Meg Donohue

Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta (NetGalley – 8/1)

Girl in Snow, by Danya Kukafta (NetGalley – 8/1)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have several NetGalley review books ahead of me in August and September.  It is very tempting to list them all…but instead, I’m going to list a book I’m wishing for:

Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz (1/2/18)

Synopsis:  Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound, killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture: a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide—and her own past.

Like Virginia, private investigator Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire…and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the painting, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories—and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.

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I love romantic suspense, and I especially love a Seattle setting.

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

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A WEEK OF 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:

After finishing three deeply moving books so far since Sunday, I am ready for something lighter.

I don’t know if Every Wild Heart, by Meg Donohue fills that need, but I like the sound of it:  a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.

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

The Comfort of Others, by Kay Langdale

The Child, by Fiona Barton

My Life to Live, by Agnes Nixon

The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond (NG – 7/25)

The Best of Us, by Joyce Maynard – (NG-9/5)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered this upcoming release from one of my favorite legal thriller authors:  Lisa Scottoline.  Exposed (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel)

Blurb: (Coming August 15, 2017) A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER…

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.

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This was my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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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:

Today I’m reading two books, one in the print format and the other, an e-book.

The Child (e-book), by Fiona Barton, “a perfect blend of beach read and book club selection. It’s a fascinating and fitting follow-up to [Barton’s] best-selling debut novel, The Widow. . . .[A] page-turning whodunit….A novel that is both fast-paced and thought-provoking, it keeps the reader guessing right to the end.”—USA Today

 

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The Comfort of Others, by Kay Langdale

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:

(Click Titles/Covers for my Reviews)

Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

 

The Comfort of Secrets (e-book), by Christine Nolfi (NG – 7/18)

 

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

 

The Girl:  A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski, by Samantha Geimer

 

The Summer House (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I made a recent discovery from an author I enjoy:  The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding, will be released on February 27, 2018.

 

What first appears to be a random home invasion reveals a family’s dark secrets in this domestic ticking-clock suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of See Jane Run.

A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her father’s second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father’s new family is attacked in their house, with her father and his wife in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home determined to put her experience as a therapist to use to help mend fences and care for her young stepsister, who survived the attack relatively unscathed. It looks like a random robbery gone awry, but as Robin spends more time with her family members, she learns they all had their secrets — and one of those secrets may have put them all in horrible danger.

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That was my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A WEEK OF 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 am again reading two books concurrently:  Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber…a story that celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.

 

And also….The Comfort of Secrets (e-book), by Christine Nolfi, a NetGalley e-ARC to be released on 7/18/17. (Sweet Lake Novel #2).

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK

(Click the titles for my reviews)

Any Day Now (e-book), by Robyn Carr

 

What Remains, by Carole Radziwill:  A Memoir of Fate, Friendship & Love

 

The Bookshop at Water’s End (e-book), by Patti Callahan Henry (NetGalley – 7/11)

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am excited about a book to be released on August 15, from an author whose previous book was a favorite of mine (The Couple Next Door).

Shari Lapena’s new book is A Stranger in the House.

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can’t account for herself, and unsettling questions that threaten to tear the couple apart 

You’re home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second.
 
The phone rings—it’s the call you hoped you’d never get.
 
You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you’d never visit. 
 
You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. 
 
And then, you remember nothing else.
 
They tell your husband you’ve been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town.
 
The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe…

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What did your week look like?  I went outside my usual genres this week, with a memoir and two contemporary fiction books.

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