Sunday, October 4, 2015

Weekly Book Haul......October 4, 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'm so proud of myself because I barely added to my TBR pile this week.   My NetGalley percentage has dropped down to 67% - a high D is nothing to be proud of!  Time to get busy.

It's a cool, rainy Sunday morning here in Arizona.  The perfect weather for some football watching and Kindle reading!

I just finished Kate Morton's new book, The Lake House, and I loved it!  I'm a huge Kate Morton fan, so I can't imagine not liking a book she wrote, but this one was really good.  I always wonder about the process of writing a book.  Some authors seem to knock them out every 6 months (Janet Evanovich, James Patterson), but Morton usually only publishes one book every 2 years.  This is a bummer for the reader anxiously waiting for the next book, but as an author, I think it must be stressful too, because you worry if you don't publish often enough, you drop out of the public eye.  But writing a book has to be such a private experience, it's such a solitary effort, how can anyone tell you how to do it?  

The only book that I got this week was from the Booksparks Fall Reading Challenge.

The Legacy of Us by Kristin Contino....Taking readers from 1905 Italy to
present-day Philadelphia, The Legacy of Us uncovers how the lives of three generations of women are changed by love, loss and one little necklace...

Liz Moretti thought she knew almost everything about her grandmother, Ella, from her love of "The Golden Girls" to the perfect pound cake recipe. But when Ella passes away and Liz finds a cameo locket with a marriage proposal engraved inside (from a man who was not her grandfather), she realizes that sometimes a person's secrets are discovered only after they're gone. 

On top of losing Ella, Liz's career as a jewelry designer is stagnant and her love life lacks sparkle, too. When she reconnects with the one who got away, Liz thinks maybe things are finally starting to look up. But after a few drinks and a trip down a flight of stairs, Liz wakes up to realize the cameo is gone. Her ex offers to look for it, but so does Justin, the intriguing new guy in her apartment building. 

While dealing with her feelings for two very different men and generally trying to reinvent her mess of a life, Liz finds answers and solace in Ella's diary. The story of the cameo, and the relationship between her grandmother and great-grandmother, an outspoken socialite from Italy, inspires Liz to grow up and accept responsibility for her missteps. Eventually she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the promise of something better.

I'm excited to read this - it looks like it's right up my alley.

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