Sunday, April 2, 2017

Weekly Book Haul....April 2, 2017

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.

Well, I am back after a completely relaxing vacation in Grand Cayman.  It was a beautiful, but very expensive, island.  Everyone always talks about how expensive it is to go to Hawaii, but Cayman beat Hawaii in the money department, hands down.  But there wasn't the areas of abject poverty or constant begging like you see in Saint Marten, or Mexico, which I was grateful for- that always makes me sad and makes me feel guilty for being on vacation.

Lying back reading, the perfect day.

The snorkeling was amazing.  The water was so clear that you could see to the bottom no matter how far you went out.  We didn't go on any scheduled excursions to snorkel, just went out to public beaches and our hotel beach and we saw sea turtles, squid, lion fish, puffer fish, neons, yellow tang, and tons of blue tang.  It was truly mind blowing.  

Every day was spent snorkeling, swimming, hot tubbing, reading, relaxing and repeat.  It was well needed, and I averaged about a book a day.  Now I just have to catch up on my blogging and reviews.  

The F Word by Liza Palmer......At once a funny, whip-smart sendup of Los
Angeles culture and an irresistible love story, internationally bestselling author Liza Palmer's The F Word is a novel about how sometimes who we become isn’t who we really are. 

“We’re all pushing some version of the life we want you to believe. It’s all just PR.”
Olivia Morten is perfect. Maybe her high-flying publicist job has taken over her life, but her clients are Los Angeles' hottest celebrities. Maybe her husband is never around, but he is a drop-dead-gorgeous, successful doctor. Maybe her friends are dumb, but they know how to look glamorous at a cocktail party. And maybe her past harbors an incredibly embarrassing secret, but no one remembers high school…right? 
When Ben Dunn, Olivia’s high school arch nemesis and onetime crush, suddenly resurfaces, Olivia realizes how precarious all of her perfection is. As she finds herself dredging up long-suppressed memories from her past, she is forced to confront the most painful truth of all: maybe she used to be the fat girl, but she used to be happy, too.

The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham.....Get swept away along the beautiful
Cornish coast, where a love story in a long forgotten diary has the power to change one woman’s life forever.

Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary. 

In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin.....Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman. 

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

Now to write all my blogs from the last week of reading!

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