Tuesday, December 29, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #134

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring my current read, The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys, which I purchased (used) quite a while ago.

The Lost Garden  

England
1941
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What can I say about love?  You might see me sitting in this taxi, bound for Paddington Station -- a thirty-five-year old woman with plain features -- and you would think that I could not know anything of love.  But I am leaving London because of love.



What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I find the opening poses some intriguing questions, and I want to know who the narrator is and why she feels compelled to leave.  The story is set in one of my favorite places and time periods, which has me eager to turn the pages.



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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #133

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring my current read, The Thing About December by Donal Ryan, which I purchased on a recent trip to Dublin.

The Thing About December 

January

Mother always said January is a lovely month.  Everything starts over again in the New Year.  The visitors are all finished with and you won't see sight nor hear sound of them until next Christmas with the help of God.  Before you know it you'll see a stretch in the evenings.  The calving starts in January and as each new life wobbles into the slatted house your wealth grows a little bit.  It'd want to -- you have to try and claw back what was squandered in December on rubbish that no one really wanted.  The bit of frost kills any lingering badness.  That's the thing about January: it makes the world fresh. That's what Mother used to say anyway, back when she used to have a lot more to say for herself. 


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The narrator makes some spot on comments about the month of January in the opening paragraph.  I really relate to the idea of a fresh start, quieter moments, and the need to put one's earnings toward paying for those Christmas gifts.




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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #132

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, 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, The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan, borrowed from the library.

The Mill River Recluse: A Novel  

CHAPTER 1

As she gazed out the bay window in her bedroom, Mary McAllister knew this night would be her last.

Outside, the February darkness was suffused with light from the town.  Thick snowflakes floated past the window.  Only the Mill River itself, for which the small Vermont village was named, escaped the snow covering.  Its center flowed, black and snakelike, along the edge of the sleeping town.




What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening grabbed me, making me want to know more about Mary and her fate.  It sounds like an interesting story is about to unfold.




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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #131

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, 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, Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance, borrowed from the library.


Come Hell or Highball (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #1) 

1
May 30, 1923

In all fairness, my husband was the one who should've been murdered.

Each of the mourners, huddled beneath dripping umbrellas around his open grave, must've itched to kill him at one point or another.  That was the sort of fellow he'd been.  Ginky.  Insufferable.  Yet it was only a heart attack that sent Alfred Woodby slinking over the Great Divide in his hand-stitched wing tips.  It was someone else entirely who would get blipped off.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I was immediately drawn to the cover and amusing title of this book.  Scanning the first few pages sealed the deal for me.  I love the voice of the narrator, the description of her deceased husband, and the hints of humor and flippancy.  And, perhaps best of all, it's the beginning of the new Discreet Retrieval Agency series.




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Friday, November 20, 2015

A Short Break

I'm taking some time away from blogging for grateful reflection and time with family and friends . . .

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. . . I'll be back to the blogosphere in early December.

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Until then, enjoy all the wonderful things this season has to offer . . .

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday Thoughts: BlogTour, Review and Giveaway -- Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

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Today I'm participating in the Death Before Decaf  Blog Tour.  Read on for book, author, and giveaway information, along with my review.

About the Book . . .
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Death Before Decaf:
A Java Jive Mystery

Publisher: Alibi (November 17, 2015)
Random House LLC
ASIN: B00VOYNDKK
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Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson, Caroline Fardig’s captivating new mystery novel takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing.
 
After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancĂ© robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved cafĂ© down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.

The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.

My Review . . . 
When fiery redhead Juliet Langley finds herself reeling from her fiance's betrayal and a failed business venture, she is determined to make a fresh start.  On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, she returns to Nashville, where she spent her carefree college days working as a server at Java Jive.  Like Juliet, her beloved coffeehouse is also down on its heels and in need of some TLC.  Things are off to a rocky start, however, as she faces a hostile staff resistant to her supervision and ideas.  Juliet's only friends are owner Pete Bennett, his saucy grandmother Gertie, and mysterious customer Seth Davis.  

Matters quickly go from bad to worse when Juliet discovers the body of Dave Hill, the coffeehouse cook, in the trash dumpster.  Earlier in the day, she had two very public disagreements with Dave, and it isn't long before the police consider Juliet a person of interest in the murder case.  In an attempt to clear her name, Juliet uncovers questionable activity and relationships not only about town, but at the coffeehouse as well.  Had Dave, an ex-con, really reformed after his time in prison, or did his continued association with unsavory characters lead to his untimely death?  Can Juliet stay out of harm's way long enough to discover what's really going on and who killed Dave?  

As if sleuthing isn't enough to occupy her attention, Juliet's romantic life heats up, further complicating her resettlement in Nashville.  When her relationship with the dashing Seth Davis turns steamy, she realizes he has many secrets he's not willing to share.  And despite the sparks between them, Juliet acknowledges her deep-rooted feelings for Pete.  Will the unlucky-in-love Juliet ultimately find happiness and make the right choice this time around?

For many, spending time in a coffeehouse is a pleasurable experience, and Java Jive feels like a welcoming home away from home.  Its new manager, Juliet is a very relatable protagonist--passionate, tenacious, and inquisitive--definitely someone you'd want on your side when the chips are down.  With a fair share of twists, turns, and a murderer I did not suspect, Fardig delivers a caffeinated romp and promising start to the Java Jive mystery series.

Note:  I received an ebook copy of Death Before Decaf in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway . . .
For a chance to win one of two titles from Alibi, click on this link. 

About the author . . .
Caroline Fardig is the author of Death Before Decaf and the Lizzie Hart series. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Author links . . .

Purchase links . . . 
Penguin Random House: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/531812/death-before-decaf-by-caroline-fardig/
Amazon
B&N
Google Play


 Blog Tours 

Tour Participants . . .

November 10 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
November 10 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
November 11 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
November 12 – Community Bookstop – Spotlight
November 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book  – Guest Post
November 14 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review
November 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
November 16 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post
November 16 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes  – Review
November 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
November 18 – Musings and Ramblings – Review
November 19 – Book Club Librarian – Review
November 19 – MysteriesEtc – Review
November 20 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
November 21 – 3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too! – Spotlight
November 22 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
November 23 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post 



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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #130

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, 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, The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi, borrowed from the library.


The Outsmarting of Criminals: A Mystery Introducing Miss Felicity Prim 

1
A House in the Country

When, after many years of living quite peacefully in New York City, Miss Felicity Prim felt herself being mugged for the first time, her initial thought was: My handbag is caught on something.  As she lay in the hospital, watching Doctor Poe set her fractured arm, she wondered: Why did the mugger choose me?  Then she vowed: This will never happen again.  

But she had to recover before taking action.  The doctor had prescribed an intense regimen of relaxation and inactivity (a challenging requirement for a busy New Yorker).  She was to remain at home for a month, in her bright, rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment on East 26th Street, and focus on getting better.  Her sister, friends, and coworkers would run her errands, pick up her dry cleaning, and bring her whatever she needed or wanted: meals, groceries, magazines.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
What attracted me to this book is its cover, along with the publisher's blurb: "A cozy introducing Miss Felicity Prim, who believes her ample experience in reading mystery novels has prepared her for a new career in private detection." I am looking forward to reading about the exploits of Miss Prim, who is described on the book's inner flap as "a lifelong resident of Manhattan, book lover, and outsmarter of criminals."

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #129

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring my current read, The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz, borrowed from the library.

 The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4) 

PROLOGUE
ONE YEAR EARLIER

This story begins with a dream, and not a particularly spectacular one at that.  Just a hand beating rhythmically and relentlessly on a mattress in a room on Lundagatan.

Yet it still gets Lisbeth Salander out of her bed in the early light of dawn.  Then she sits at her computer and starts the hunt.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
 I waited quite a while for my turn at this book.  I loved the first three books in this series, which were written by Stieg Larsson.   Thus, I opened this book by a new author with a bit of trepidation.  Could he continue the characters and story line in the same superior way?  I am a little over 100 pages in, and the answer for me is a resounding yes.  


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #128

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, 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, Into the Storm by Lisa Bingham, borrowed from a friend.

Into the Storm 

Dearest J.,
Sadly, I have only one happy memory of my father.

I think I was about five--maybe six?  Yes.  I was six.  I remember distinctly because my younger sister hadn't been born yet and I was leery of a "little stranger" being sent from heaven to live with us.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
 I like the way the novel begins with a letter.  It has me curious about both the writer and the addressee.


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #97

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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 To Scotland with Love by Patience Griffin, borrowed from the library.
 
 To Scotland With Love (Kilts and Quilts, #1) 

BeginningChapter One
Cait Macleod frowned as the taillights of her taxi sped off into the night.  She was standing in a deserted parking lot on the northeast coast of Scotland in the middle of December.  All alone.  Not new for her, but it sucked all the same.
 
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Page 56:  "As if Cait had dunked her head into hot bubbling stew, heat flooded into her face.  Did they find out about People magazine and what's written in my notebook?"
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My thoughts:  While attending this year's Romance Writers of America Librarians Day in July, I was drawn to a particular author during the Literacy Autographing session.  What made this author stand out among the many, many writers was her outfit.  Ms. Griffin was decked out in tartan and a jaunty tam, and I couldn't resist going over to speak with her.  That's when I learned about the Kilts and Quilts series, set in Scotland.  I purchased the second novel in the series, Meet Me in Scotland, which she autographed for me.  
 
Since I have a thing about starting a series from the beginning, I borrowed book #1 from the library, and am enjoying the setting and characters.  It brings back memories of summer childhood visits to my Scottish grandmother who lived nearly her entire life in Glasgow.
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From GoodreadsWelcome to the charming Scottish seaside town of Gandiegow—where two people have returned home for different reasons, but to find the same thing.…

Caitriona Macleod gave up her career as an investigative reporter for the role of perfect wife. But after her husband is found dead in his mistress’s bed, a devastated Cait leaves Chicago for the birthplace she hasn’t seen since she was a child. She’s hoping to heal and to reconnect with her gran. The last thing she expects to find in Gandiegow is the Sexiest Man Alive! She just may have stumbled on the ticket to reigniting her career—if her heart doesn’t get in the way.

Graham Buchanan is a movie star with many secrets. A Gandiegow native, he frequently hides out in his hometown between films. He also has a son he’ll do anything to protect. But Cait Macleod is too damn appealing—even if she is a journalist.

Quilting with her gran and the other women of the village brings Cait a peace she hasn’t known in years. But if she turns in the story about Graham, Gandiegow will never forgive her for betraying one of its own. Should she suffer the consequences to resurrect her career? Or listen to her battered and bruised heart and give love another chance?
 
 
 Which book are you reading now or about to start?




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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #127

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, 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, Stoner by John Williams, borrowed from the library.

 Stoner  

1

William Stoner entered the University of Missouri as a freshman in the year 1910, at the age of nineteen.  Eight years later, during the height of World War I, he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree and accepted an instructorship at the same University, where he taught until his death in 1956.  He did not rise above the rank of assistant professor, and few students remembered him with any sharpness after they had taken his courses.  When he died his colleagues made a memorial contribution of a medieval manuscript to the University library.  This manuscript may still be found in the Rare Books Collection, bearing the inscription: "Presented to the Library of the University of Missouri, in memory of William Stoner, Department of English.  By his colleagues."


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This book is considered something of a classic, and publisher New York Review of Books is releasing a new hardcover version on November 3, 2015 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its publication. The anniversary edition will contain previously unpublished correspondence between John Williams and his agent about the book's writing and publication, including the title the author originally had in mind for the novel.
 
Stoner came across my radar screen several months ago, and I am curious about the story that has received such high praise from critics and readers alike.
 
 
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #96

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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 The Ladies' Room by Carolyn Brown, a purchased Kindle edition.
 
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BeginningChapter One
If I wriggled again, Great-aunt Gert was going to sit straight up in that pale pink coffin and give me an evil glare the way she used to do when I was a child and couldn't sit still in church  Not even in death would Gertrude Martin abide wiggling at a funeral, especially when it was hers. 
 
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56% of eBook:  "I sensed she was leaving something out.  'But when did she get married?'"
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My thoughts:  After reading several thrillers, I've switched gears with a lighter read.  The Ladies' Room is a snappy, humorous read filled with gossipy small town characters, bless their hearts.
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From Goodreads:  Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life.

Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home. She doesn't really need a crumbling old house about to fall into nothing but a pile of memories and broken knickknacks. 

Billy Lee Tucker, resident oddball in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, lived next door to Gert, and in her will she leaves him the funds to help Trudy remodel the old house. That's fine with Billy Lee, because he's been in love with Trudy since before they started school. And just spending time with her is something he'd never ever allowed himself to dream about.

A beautiful home rises up from the old house on Broadway, and right along with it rises up a relationship. But is Trudy too scarred from what she heard in the ladies' room to see a lovely future with Billy Lee?
 
 
Which book are you reading now or about to start?




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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #126

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring my current read, After You by Jojo Moyes, borrowed from the library.

After You (Me Before You, #2) 

1

The big man at the end of the bar is sweating.  He holds his head low over his double scotch and every few minutes he glances up and out behind him toward the door, and a fine sheen of perspiration glistens under the strip lights.  He lets out a long, shaky breath disguised as a sigh and turns back to his drink.


 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This is the sequel to Me Before You, which I enjoyed, and continues the story of Louisa Clark, who is mourning the loss of her beloved Will.  It's nice to have the chance to revisit a familiar character and find out what the future holds in store for her.  
 
 
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: His Right Hand

   

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog.  It's a great way to share information about forthcoming books with other readers.  Today I'm featuring His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison, author of The Bishop's Wife.  This is the second book in the Linda Wallheim mystery series.

 His Right Hand 
Publisher:  Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication Date:  December 1, 2015

From barnesandnoble.com:  In Draper, Utah, a tight-knit Mormon community is thrown into upheaval when their ward’s second counselor—one of the bishop’s right-hand men—is found dead in an elaborately staged murder on church property. Carl Ashby was known as a devout Mormon, a pillar of the community, and a loving husband and father. Who would want him dead?

Linda Wallheim, the wife of the ward’s bishop, can’t rest as long as the ward is suffering. She is particularly worried about Carl’s grieving family. But the entire case is turned upside down by the autopsy report, which reveals Carl Ashby was a biological female. In the Mormon church, where gender is considered part of a person’s soul, some people regard transgenderism as one of the worst possible transgressions of faith. Church officials seem to be more upset by Carl’s gender than by his murder, and more concerned with hushing up the story than solving the crime.

Linda realizes that if the police are to catch the killer, they are going to need an ally on the inside—and she is the only one who can help. Carl was living a life of secrecy for twenty years. What else was he hiding—and can Linda ferret out the key to his death before the rumors tear her community apart?



Which book are you waiting for?
...Will you add this one to your list of must-reads?


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #125

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

                                                      

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring my current read, The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald, borrowed from the library.

The Bookshop 

1

In 1959 Florence Green occasionally passed a night when she was not absolutely sure whether she had slept or not.  This was because of her worries as to whether to purchase a small property,  the Old House, with its own warehouse on the foreshore, and to open the only bookshop in Hardborough.  The uncertainty probably kept her awake.  She had once seen a heron flying across the estuary and trying, while it was on the wing, to swallow an eel which it had caught.  The eel, in turn, was struggling to escape from the gullet of the heron and appeared a quarter, a half, or occasionally three-quarters of the way out.  The indecision expressed by both creatures was pitiable.  They had taken on too much.  Florence felt that if she hadn't slept at all - and people often say this when they mean nothing of the kind - she must have been kept awake by thinking of the heron.  


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
Initially, I was attracted to this book by its title and cover.  I can certainly relate to Florence's state of mind, having had my own bouts of indecision about the future.  After reading the first paragraph, I want to know more about Florence Green and her book shop plans.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Weekly Book Recap #108: Blogoversary Edition

It's hard to believe I've been blogging for three years . . .



. . . and although I currently don't post as often as I used to, I feel strongly connected to the many bloggers I've come to know along the way.  I've learned so much from you and about you, and consider you good friends who brighten my day whenever I check in.  You've shared fabulous book and series suggestions for my ever-growing TBR list; thoughtful, witty, and heart-felt comments; and innovative ideas.  Thanks to all of you for your warmth and generosity.

Now, for a look at the books I'm reading and have added to the queue this week . . .

  

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


Currently reading . . .
Where They Found Her  Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight



Borrowed from the library . . .
   After You (Me Before You, #2)  Come Hell or Highball (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #1)   The Heart Goes Last 
     The Jezebel Remedy    Not on Fire, but Burning  White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters
After You by Jojo MoyesCome Hell or Highball by Maia Chance, The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Fillmore Clark, Not on Fire, But Burning by Greg Hrbek, White Dresses by Mary Pflum Peterson



What did you read this week?  
. . . What did you add to your shelves or wish list?  
. . . . . . What are you reading next?

Enjoy life with books . . .






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Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #95

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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 Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight, borrowed from the library.
 
 Where They Found Her 

BeginningPrologue
It isn't until afterward that I think about the bag or the bloody towels stuffed inside.  They're too big to bury, but I can't just leave them behind.  Maybe I should have been better prepared.  Thought more about the details.  But it's hard to be ready for something you never imagined you'd do.
 
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Page 56:  "'Or, you know, maybe they printed that because that's all they know.  Not everything is some conspiracy." 
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My thoughts:  After reading McCreight's first novel, Reconstructing Amelia, I was pleased to discover her new novel.  McCreight is a good storyteller, and a welcome addition to the psychological suspense genre.
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From GoodreadsFrom the author of the New York Times bestseller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery.

At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.

Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined.
 
 
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