Jul 032020

Hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and 15 and Meowing

This week’s Fill-Ins:

  1. My plans for the weekend include ____________________.
  2. I ________________fireworks.
  3. I’m grateful I have the freedom to _________.
  4. _________ make(s) a house a home.

My answers:

  1. My plans for the weekend include depending on the weather, reading in or by the pool since we are still choosing to stay at home.

  2. I only like professionally organized fireworks.

  3. I’m grateful I have the freedom to do so many things living in the USA.

  4. Love, laughter, family, and friends make(s) a house a home.

May 312020

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May Books Read

Another bad month for reading. As I mentioned last month, I really thought that because my husband and I are still taking precautions and only leaving the house for a trip to the grocery store and/or pharmacy, I would be devouring books, but again that wasn’t the case for this month.

What I am hoping for, going forward, is that June will be a much better month. My husband opened our pool and I love either sitting by and/or in the pool reading. I’m thinking that this way I will be away from my phone, constantly checking my feed, or not having the TV on tuned in to a 24/7 news channel.

Wish me luck!!!

My review was posted on May 19th, which can be seen HERE.

My review will be posted on June 24th

May 192020

A Week At The Shore by Barbara Delinsky
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Pages: 392
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
Edition: eBook
My Rating: 5

Synopsis (via GR)

In her new bestseller, New York Times bestselling Barbara Delinsky explores how lives and relationships are forever changed when three sisters reunite at their family Rhode Island beach house.

One phone call is all it takes to lure real estate photographer Mallory Aldiss back to her family Rhode Island beach home. It’s been twenty years since she’s been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents’ marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with her first love. But going home is fraught with emotional baggage—memories, mysteries and secrets abound.

Mal’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Joy, has never been to the place where Mal’s life was shaped and is desperate to go. Fatherless, she craves family and especially wants to spend time with the grandfather she barely knows.

In just seven watershed days on the Rhode Island coast three women will test the bonds of sisterhood, friendship and family, and discover the role that love and memory plays in defining their lives.

My Thoughts

For the last 15+ months, I have been reading nothing but psychological thrillers and was in need of a bit of a change and then I saw that this book was available for review. So I requested a copy from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for the following reasons. Did I make a good choice?

  1. It’s been some time since I read a book by Ms. Delinsky, which I need to reevaluate and ask myself why I haven’t and I need to rectify that.
  2. The description/synopsis
  3. The cover
  4. Family relationships
  5. Both mystery and romance
  6. And that the setting is in my home state

Mallory Aldiss has not been home in 20 years to see her father and younger sister, Anne, ever since the accident that tore 2 families apart and that became fodder for gossip to this day. Until Mallory receives a phone call from their neighbor, who was also the man that she loved and had left behind because of the incident, stating that her father had threatened him with a gun, was failing in health and the house needed repair. Her older sister, Margo, took the side of their mother and swore she would also never return, but decides it’s time to go back.

Mallory’s daughter, thirteen-year-old daughter Joy, pleads with her to make the trip from NY to RI to visit with her grandfather and aunt since she is craving to have a family. Mallory agrees to go for a week but what happens in that week reignites questions, disagreements with her sisters as each one has their own perspective of their childhood and what fractured their relationships, her feelings towards the guy she left behind and one mystery that she needs to know who she really is.

I was pulled into the story from page one, which was both poignant and captivating. The characters were believable to the point that I felt that I personally knew them. The family dynamics were both emotional and raw at times. The setting gorgeous, even though it was all familiar to me, I’m sure any reader will be able to picture it in their mind. The writing fluid. Just enough mystery and romance all rolled up in one.

I asked, did I make a good choice, my answer is ABSOLUTELY!! I loved this book!!!!

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  • Feb 242020

    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    THe Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung ~ HC from William Morrow
    Dirty Old Town by Gabriel Valjan ~ signed TPB from Author
    You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie ~ eBook from Lake Union Publisher via NetGalley
    Take It Back by Kia Abdullah ~ eBook from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley
    Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier ~ print ARC from GoodReads win
    The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell ~ eBook from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley
    Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin ~ eBook from Celadon Books via NetGalley
    Twenty by Debra Landwehr Engle ~ print ARC from Early Bird Books and Kensington Books giveaway
    Stop At Nothing by Michael Ledwidge ~ HC from Harper Collins