Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday


  
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endingswhich spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading. Generally it's about books that haven't been released yet. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further adieu, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . .


Publication Date:  June 26, 2018
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press


From GoodReads:  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.


My Thoughts:  I've been a fan of Barbara Delinsky since reading Coast Road, which was published in 1998.  She is a prolific author, and what I've liked most about the many novels of hers that I've read is the character development.  Her female protagonists are strong and resourceful.  When I start a new Delinksy novel, I know I am in for a story that will touch my heart and characters that will remain with me long after I've come to the book's end.  She has become one of my go-to authors who never disappoints.


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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 
                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Why Mommy Drinks, The diary of an exhausted mom . . . A novel by Gill Sims.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.


September

Tuesday, 8 September

First day back at school.  I am going to 100 per cent nail being a school mummy this year.  I can absolutely do this.  This year my school runs will go like this:

6 a.m.  Wake up, have a shower, put on the stylish and elegant outfit from my minimalist capsule closet that I laid out last night, before applying some light but sophisticated makeup, as suggested by Pinterest, complete with chic, flicky eyeliner.  Dry hair, then style into an 'easy' chignon - again according to the diktats of Pinterest - thus creating an overall 'look' the is modern yet classic, with an individual edge.  Now looking perfect, I'll tidy up the house so that we have a calm and welcoming environment to return to at the end of the day.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The first paragraph really sums up the demands on the modern mother, and it was exhausting just reading it.  It did take me back to my own days of young motherhood, which thankfully occurred before all the pressure created by the internet and social media.  Times were a bit more relaxed then.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings


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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover version I borrowed from the library.


Beginning:  "And there's no need to cluck your tongue at my back, either," Christine said, not waiting for Janet to catch up.  "You know well enough it's time we went to see the house for ourselves and find out what the delay is."

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Page 56:  "Speaking of books," Pamela said, have you met your neighbor yet?  Ian Atkinson?  I had no idea it was your house he'd moved next door to.  He's a bit of a hermit, mind you.  He's another who hardly comes in the shop nowadays."
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My thoughts:  The opening paragraph doesn't reveal much about the story, so it's best to read the GoodReads synopsis below for the details.

I will say that I've been on a roll lately discovering new cozy mystery series centered around books.  Plaid and Plagiarism is the first book in The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series--a series I've been wanting to start for a while now.  The series is set across the pond in Scotland.  

Book #2, Scones and Scoundrels was released in January, 2018.

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From GoodReads:  A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.

Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.

First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper—who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body—it’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.

Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.

A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weakness—while also trying to open a new book shop—Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series.
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Thursday Thoughts: The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns

Today I'm sharing my thoughts about a recent read, The Plot is Murder by V. M. Burns, the first book in the Mystery Bookshop Series.


When recently widowed Samantha Washington leaves her teaching job to open a mystery bookshop in her hometown of North Harbor, Michigan, she never imagined that the store would become the site of its own murder mystery. As Market Street Mysteries--her lifelong dream--is about to become reality, Clayton Parker, the obnoxious broker who sold her the building, is found dead near its doorstep. Parker had amassed many enemies over the years, but Sam is considered a prime suspect in Clay's demise. Working to clear her name and reputation, Sam uncovers many reasons why someone would want Clay out of the picture. Can she identify the killer before she herself becomes a victim?

When Sam isn't sleuthing, she's writing her own cozy murder mystery set in England between the two world wars. This feature creates a fascinating "novel within a novel" combination of circumstances, with readers trying to solve not one--but two--murders. 

In this first installment of the Mystery Bookshop series, Burns has established a lovable bookstore setting and team of close-knit family members and friends. Rounding out the cast of characters are Sam's two faithful poodles, Snickers and Oreos, adding another delightful aspect to the series. I am now eagerly awaiting Burns's next book and the opportunity to revisit these new fictional friends.

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Note:  I borrowed this book from the library and received no compensation for my review.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday

 
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings which spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading. Generally it's about books that haven't been released yet. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 
There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further adieu, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . .

The Endless Beach 
Publication Date:  May 22, 2018
Publisher:  William Morrow

From GoodReads:  From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and The Cafe by the Sea comes another enchanting, unforgettable novel of a woman who makes a fresh start on the beautiful Scottish Island of Mure—only to discover life has more surprises in store for her.

When Flora MacKenzie traded her glum career in London for the remote Scottish island of Mure, she never dreamed that Joel—her difficult, adorable boss—would follow. Yet now, not only has Flora been reunited with her family and opened a charming cafĂ© by the sea, but she and Joel are taking their first faltering steps into romance.

With Joel away on business in New York, Flora is preparing for the next stage in her life. And that would be…? Love? She’s feeling it. Security? In Joel’s arms, sure. Marriage? Not open to discussion.

In the meanwhile, Flora is finding pleasure in a magnificent sight: whales breaking waves off the beaches of Mure. But it also signals something less joyful. According to local superstition, it’s an omen—and a warning that Flora’s future could be as fleeting as the sea-spray…

A bracing season on the shore sets the stage for Jenny Colgan’s delightful novel that’s as funny, heartwarming, and unpredictable as love itself.


My thoughts:  This book came across my radar screen recently when I was looking for possible beach reads.  It's actually the second book in the Summer Seaside Kitchen series.  The first book in the series, The Cafe by the Sea also looks like a good beach read, so I have requested a copy from the library and plan to read that one first. 



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Monday, May 14, 2018

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 
                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Better Off Read by Nora Page.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

  

Chapter One

In all her seventy-five years, Cleo Watkins had never harmed another human being. Not intentionally, and certainly not in anger.  Cleo considered herself a proper, well-mannered Southern lady.  She'd never harmed a book.  Cleo was a librarian.

Now, however, Cleo considered the hardback in her purse.  Zen and the Art of School Bus Maintenance had a fine, firm spine.  It was compact, perfect for carrying along to appointments . . . and for winging at the man in the plaid purple shorts.  Cleo steadied her stance in the overgrown lawn.  She rolled her wrist and stretched her elbow.  In a younger decade, she'd played South Georgia amateur softball.  She bet she still had a good pitch left in her, and there'd be no missing Mayor Jebson "Jeb" Day and his smug, pink cheeks.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
When I'm not reading thrillers, contemporary fiction, or historical novels, I gravitate toward cozy mysteries.  Regular readers of this blog know that I am always excited to discover a new series that I can both relate to and get into on the early side.  Better Off Read really fits the bill--not only is it the first book in the Bookmobile Mystery Series--it has the added bonus of a librarian as protagonist, and a spunky one at that.  Not to mention the perfection of the author's pen name.  

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