Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers by Janie Dempsey Watts

Hi, How is your summer reading coming along?  I got an email the other day from Goodreads to let me know that I am behind on meeting my 2017 reading goal.  I haven’t done as much reading as I had planned this summer, too many other activities to distract me.  So when my paperback copy of Mothers, Sons, Beloveds and Other Strangers arrived from the author, it was perfect for my summer reading.  The book is filled with short stories and each one can be read over a cup of tea or coffee. Knowing your summer is busy too, I
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Do you read most of your books on an e reader or do you prefer to hold an actual book?  I am an e reader girl only because it is so convenient.  I can read from my phone if I am sitting somewhere; the kindle is so easy to travel with and it holds all of my books. With the recent rumblings of a travel ban on any electronics larger than a cell phone on planes coming from Europe.  I didn’t want to get stuck having to pack my kindle in my checked bags if policies changed while I was
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Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Happy June!  Summer is just around the corner and I am ready, hope you are too!  Have you found any great summer reads that you can recommend? In the last few weeks I finished a book for book club and it was not good, so didn’t want to share it with you.  Life is too short to read boring books. I am working on finishing another book, I put it on hold to read the book club book and am loving it, so hope to blog it for you in a few weeks. In the meantime, after a very boring
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Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Happy Tuesday!  I have been lazy lately and not getting much reading done.  Bee’ing a little sluggish on the book I am currently reading. I’m having trouble getting in to it, which is a surprise as it is written by an author I really enjoy. But I do want to share a book that I loved and our book club just finished. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick is gem.  Once in awhile a book comes a long that you can’t put down and then it hangs in your memory long after you have finished the last page.
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Fourteen by Leslie Johansen Nack

Happy April and Easter, With longer spring days it can be hard to sit still and read.  A lounge chair, reading sunglasses and a glass of ice tea is in the future for me if I want to actually finish a book. Book club recently picked and read Fourteen by Leslie Johansen Nack; one of our members knows the author and Leslie agreed to join us at our book club meeting for our discussion. It made for an exciting and very interesting evening. Fourteen is the perfect summer read.  Leslie tells her story of trials, adventure, survival and coming of age
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Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

From the moment I read A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, I was completely hooked on his books.  The characters in his books are quirky, unique and very loveable. Britt-Marie is a complicated woman; she too is quirky. She was introduced in his book titled My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry.  In this book Britt-Marie is cranky, a bit of a nag, obsessive-compulsive, nosy and she follows the rules exactly and is frustrated when others don’t do as she expects.
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Blue by Danielle Steel

Good morning, If you are part of the Goodreads community and you set a goal for how many books you are going to read this year, how is it going?  If you aren’t a part of Goodreads, but set a personal goal, I hope you are doing well and reading some great books. Normally I’m so good to keep up with Danielle Steel books; and read them as soon as they are released.  Having gotten behind and now I am trying to catch up, but there are so many good books on my to read list, it’s hard to pick what’s
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See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Happy Valentines Day!  I hope you all are having a special day. In honor of Valentines Day I was excited to share a new romance novel with you, but surprisingly See Me by Nicholas Sparks is more thriller than romance.  Nicholas Sparks books seem to grab me and not let me go until I finish the last sentence on the last page.  This book grabbed me from the first sentence of the first chapter and still hasn’t let go. The cover of the book shows a deserted beach in the background and 3 dead yellow roses laying in the sand, hmmm,
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Shadow of a Century, An Irish Love Story by Jean Grainger

Have you ever picked a book to read simply because you loved the cover? I love book covers and have certainly picked a book based on what the cover tells me.  The problem with reading on an E-reader is when you open a new book, it goes straight to the first chapter.  Next time you start a book or buy a book from your E-reader, go to the cover and appreciate the artwork and the story it tells. When book club chose Shadow of a Century, I was ready to dig in.  The cover intrigues me, whose hand is holding the pen?
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The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel

We have had so much rain in So. Cal, which we need, so I’m not complaining.  It also makes for a great reading day.  Sunday, it was pouring and I had nowhere to be, it made for the perfect day to carve out some time to finish The Whiskey Sea. I stumbled on this book and the title intrigued me, as did the cover.  The first page reeled me in and I was hooked.  A woman is in the water, gasping for air, drowning.  What is her story?
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