Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekly Book Haul......May 30, 2016

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.

Well, this post is a day late - maybe with the holiday, no one would notice, but as usual, I'm ratting myself out.  My honesty is a blessing and a curse.  

One of my best friends from Illinois came to see me in Arizona for the first time since I've moved, so I was busy catching up and reminiscing and eating too much and drinking too much and finding out that that a child who will always be 5 years old in my mind is now in college studying horticulture (although I got some valuable advice - if I really want my lemon tree to grow, I need to pee on it.  I'm not sure how badly I want it to grow after all.).

So here I am on Memorial Day, writing my Sunday blog.  I had a great reading week.  I love being part of the Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge, they always have such great picks and this year is no exception.

I have discovered that I have a special hate for the word "smirked".  I don't know what made me start noticing that word in every book I've read lately.  The definition of smirk is "smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited, or silly way.".  And I guess the definition of irritatingly smug is what resonates with me so much.  So lately, I've actually been doing a word count on the word "smirk" on my Kindle at the end of every book.  Just so I can annoy myself, I guess.  But authors, please don't overuse this word - a smirk shouldn't happen 30 times in one book.

But in the meantime, Netgalley blessed me with.....

The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis....For readers of Diane
Chamberlain and Heather Gudenkauf comes a gripping novel of suspense about a mother determined to avenge her daughter's murder—no matter the cost to her husband, to her family, and to herself.
When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she's feared for the last three years.
Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.
Jules's life now is very different from the one she knew before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back, Jules must decide what to do. Friends and family gather around, fearing for Jules's safety. They know that justice was never served; each of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay.
The question is: What will Jules do?
And which of them—she or Amelia—has the most to fear?

The Memory of Lemon by Judith Fertig......The author of The Cake Therapist 
returns with another sweet and emotional tale featuring Neely, the baker with a knack for finding exactly the right flavor for any occasion...

A crisp tang of citrus that is at once poignant and familiar, sharpening the senses and opening the mind to possibilities once known and long forgotten...
Claire “Neely” Davis is no ordinary pastry chef. Her flavor combinations aren't just a product of a well-honed palate: she can “taste” people's emotions, sensing the ingredients that will touch her customers' souls. Her gift has never failed her—until she meets a free-spirited bride-to-be and her overbearing society mother. The two are unable to agree on a single wedding detail, and their bickering leaves Neely's intuition frustratingly silent—right when she needs it most.
Between trying to navigate a divorce, explore a new relationship, and handle the reappearance of her long-absent father, Neely is struggling to make sense of her own conflicting emotions, much less those of her hard-to-please bride. But as she embarks on a flavorful quest to craft the perfect wedding celebration, she'll uncover a family history that sheds light on both the missing ingredients and her own problems—and illustrates how the sweet and sour in life often combine to make the most delicious memories...

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