Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekly Book Haul.....July 24, 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.

Ugh.  Last week I had friends in town, and we had so much fun, but we were busy every single minute so I didn't get to read at all.  They left Tuesday morning, which meant I had to work hard to catch up from my time off work, so I was too tired to read more than a few pages.  

I thought this weekend would be a great time to float and catch up, but I'm throwing a baby shower today and I dramatically underestimated how much work it is to host something like this.  So no reading or floating this weekend either.

But next weekend, the weather forecast is all rain, which is fine with me. So I'll either be in the house reading or if the weather improves, I'll be in the pool reading.  But either way, I'll be reading.

I did receive some good adds this week, and I'm excited to get to them.  Magical realism is one of my favorites, and two of my new books this week are in this genre!

The Cottage at Pumpkin and Vine by Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson and Sharla Lovelace.....Welcome to Moonbright, Maine…Where the scents of
donuts and cider waft through the crisp night air…with just a hint of magic.

It's time for the annual Halloween costume party at the cottage on Pumpkin and Vine, the perfect place to celebrate the pleasures of the season. Guests return to the picturesque B & B year after year to snuggle up in its cozy rooms, explore the quiet, tree-lined streets and enjoy all the spooky fun of the holiday. But local legend whispers that it's also a place where wishes have a strange way of coming true. 

For three unsuspecting revelers, it's going to be an enchanted weekend of candy corn kisses and midnight black kittens, along with some real Halloween surprises—the kind that make your heart skip a beat—for many more celebrations to come…

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell....26-year-old
Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good. 

Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life. 
As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.

Dear Mother by Angela Marsons....Three sisters. Three childhoods ruined.
One chance to heal the scars of the past.
After their death of their cruel and abusive mother, estranged sisters Alex, Catherine and Beth reunite once again. 

Alex, the youngest, is a bitter, unhappy woman who refuses to face the horrors of her childhood. Finding solace in a bottle, her life is spiralling dangerously out of control. 

Eldest child, Catherine, has strived for success, despite her difficult upbringing. But behind the carefully constructed fa├žade lies a secret that could shatter her world forever. 

Beth, the middle child, bore the greatest burden. But having blocked out the cruelty they suffered, she remained with their mother until her death. Now she must confront the devastating reality of the past. 

Brought together as strangers, the sisters embark on a painful journey to heal themselves and each other. Can they finally put their terrible childhoods to rest and start over? 

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