Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly Book Haul......October 16, 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.

I've been a terrible blogger lately.  I haven't posted my weekly round up for two weeks, with fall upon us, I feel like I've been so busy that I haven't had time.  Not that I'm doing anything remarkable, just errands, hiking, chores, etc.  I've just had one of those time periods where opening the laptop seems overwhelming.

The holidays are coming up quickly, which can be both joyous and stressful.  Although it seems like everyone elses family loves getting together, in my family, it seems like it magnifies any discord or broken bonds, bringing added stress to the time where it seems like everyone else has the picture perfect holiday.

But I've been reading a lot, which is a lot more enjoyable than writing.  I just finished The Next by Stephanie Gangi which was maddening and Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Levitt which was amazing.  Reviews to come....

I haven't added much, but a few looked too good to resist.

Pretty Little World by Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino.....On a cozy street in Philadelphia,
three neighboring families have become the best of friends. They can’t imagine life without one another—until one family outgrows their tiny row house. 

In a bid to stay together, a crazy idea is born: What if they tear down the walls between their homes and live together under one roof? And so an experiment begins.

Celia and Mark now have the space they need. But is this really what Celia’s increasingly distant husband wants? Stephanie embraces the idea of one big, happy family, but has she considered how it may exacerbate the stark differences between her and her husband, Chris? While Hope always wanted a larger family with Leo, will caring for all the children really satisfy that need?
Behind closed doors, they strive to preserve the closeness they treasure. But when boundaries are blurred, they are forced to question their choices…and reimagine the true meaning of family.

Solo by Jill Mansell.....It all starts at a party, as these things often do...

A one-night stand with far-reaching consequences 
Momentarily enamored guests going home with all the wrong people
An unfaithful wife struck by jealousy and getting a dose of her own medicine
A shocking family secret revealed at the worst possible moment 
One fling follows another, and now the whole community is embroiled in a great big web of deceit, the untangling of which will charm you, amuse you, make you laugh and make you cry. 
Whatever's going on in your life, Solo by Jill Mansell is the perfect distraction right about now...

The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon....Morgan’s twin sister has everything, and she hates her for it. A
terrifying crime reveals that those who know us best can either destroy us…or save us.
Ali and Morgan are sisters, fraternal twins who from the moment of their birth share a strangely intertwined existence. But then their connection is abruptly fractured by a series of startling changes that begin when Ali suddenly moves from Rhode Island to Los Angeles. Almost immediately she is raped, by a man wearing a very peculiar set of clothes. Then, years later, in ways that are both harrowing and transcendent, Ali’s life (and Morgan’s) is sent spinning into chaos by a bizarre discovery: the rapist’s clothing, neatly packed away in a small, brown suitcase. The suitcase is hidden in the attic of a house that Ali has only recently moved into.

How could this be? How, and when, did that suitcase get into that attic?

The startling answer to this question has its roots in a place of guilt, and of love—in the need to belong and the need to be free—in small accidents and dark crimes—and in an elusive search for atonement. 

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