Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly Book Haul......August 21, 2016

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, The Sunday Post is another great site hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  The Sunday Salon is a Facebook page where great readers share what they've read this week and Mailbox Monday is a weekly roundup of the new books people have received.

The previews for The Light Between Oceans made me interested enough to buy the book, but now I'm seeing reviews that say the book is pretty slow.  So it dropped down on my TBR list by a few.  I almost always prefer the book, so I wanted to read it first.  Very few movies ever really pull the feel of the book through for me.  I would say one notable exception was The Shawshank Redemption.  That was an amazing movie.

I bought a new car this week and I'm suffering some pretty severe buyer's remorse.  Three years ago, I bought my midlife crisis car, a little VW Eos convertible.  I loved it, I really did.  But it was pretty small inside, which didn't matter because it's usually only me.  But the trunk was tiny because it was a hard top convertible.  So even if I wanted to go to Home Depot and buy flowers, I couldn't fit the in without spilling soil all over the trunk or squashing them. And I drive on the freeway a lot.  I had a few moments were I felt close to being squashed by the bigger cars next to me.

So all the reasons were there, and I did it.  I bought a Jeep Cherokee Overland, and it's definitely the most loaded car that I've ever bought.  It can pretty much drive itself and has every safety feature you could add, including blind spot monitoring, cross body cameras that alert you if anyone is getting too close, forward collision warning and back up camera, plus many, many more.  

I know most people are super happy whenever they buy a new car, but I'm always sick for days after making a major purchase.  This felt like a major decision, because they don't make the Eos anymore.  So once it was gone, it was gone forever.  

And the VW emissions scandal dropped the trade in value of my car significantly, which was a major kick in the gut.  My car wasn't even diesel, but apparently the trust in VW was so significantly affected, that all VW's are down in resale.  I never understand why people try to get away with things like this, but I'll never buy a VW again.

So just by my little soliloquy here, you can tell this was a major decision in my life.  Still not sure I made the right one, but since it's done, I need to figure out how to make my peace with it.

But back to books.  Here's what I go this week.......


Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard....Blue skies, new
love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager. 

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

Lizzie's Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow.....A gorgeous country house
hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas? 

Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be … 

So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction? 

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