Sunday, September 6, 2015

Weekly Book Haul.....September 6, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

I have actually taken the last two weeks off of blogging, not by intention, but life just got so busy that I didn't have the time.  Last week was my birthday week, and one of my best friends flew in for it.  I also had an unexpected knock on my door that Thursday night, and my sister had flown in to surprise me for my birthday!!  It was so cool - and it ended up being one of my best birthdays ever.

I threw a party for the first time in my life - I called it My Very Merry Un-Birthday party and invited lots of friends.  One of my friends brought the game Cards Against Humanity - we played it for hours and laughed so hard.  Some truly horrible things were said, but they were hilarious.

It's finally starting to cool off here in sunny Arizona.  When I lived in Illinois, 96 was considered hot, hot, hot.  Here when the forecast is in the 90's, I think it's time to start opening the windows.  The sad thing is that as soon as the nights get cooler, the pool temperature drops FAST.  We are down to 85 in the pool now, which takes a minute to get used to.  Once again, in Illinois, that would have been super warm, but here it's chilly.

But I'm ready to read and blog again!  This week, I got a copy of Kate Morton's upcoming book, which is the second most exciting book blog thing that has happened to me this year - Jane Green's ARC of Summer Secrets earlier this year being the first.

As I sat down to write this, The Fan was on TV, which made me wonder what Peter Abrahams is up to these days.  I loved his books.  He is truly one of the best mystery writers out there.  I even loved his YA Echo Falls series.  It looks like he's been writing under a pseudonym and he has a book I hadn't read yet, so another new purchase was made.


The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan...Things are a little rough for Izzy
Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends—and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when life gets complicated.
Blogging about her “new guy” provides Izzy with something to do when Noah’s asleep. What’s the harm in a few made-up stories? Then, her blog soars in popularity and she’s given the opportunity to moonlight as an online dating expert. How can she turn it down? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in-real-life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are. That’s when Mrs. Feldman steps in, determined to show her neighbor the havoc that lies can wreak. If Izzy’s honest, she could lose everything, and everyone. Is the truth worth any cost?

The Lake House by Kate Morton....From the New York Times and
internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin....Welcome to the charming
seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…
Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen. 

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.  

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore… 

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?  

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down. 

I Bought

Pressure Drop by Peter Abrahams....A thrilling adventure set in the world of
underwater diving from acclaimed suspense novelist Peter Abrahams, aka Spencer Quinn, author of the Chet and Bernie Mysteries

Deciding on her thirty-ninth birthday that a baby is the best present she could give herself, single Manhattan public relations executive Nina Kitchener makes an appointment to undergo artificial insemination at the Human Fertility Institute. Nine months later, the nightmare begins. Just hours after she gives birth, someone kidnaps her infant son from the nursery. The police aren’t helping, the fertility institute has shut down, and Nina believes that the only way to find her baby is to learn the identity of the sperm donor.
Nina’s hunt for answers leads her to the Bahamas and the rich, reclusive Standish family who funded the institute. But Nina isn’t the only one investigating them. Joining forces with divorced ex–Navy SEAL and deep-sea diver Nate Matthias, Nina is unprepared for the horrors they uncover. A long-buried secret that dates back to Nazi survivors of World War II is still deadly enough to threaten Nina’s life, her baby’s, and that of the mysterious man who’s protecting her.

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