Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ARC Review: Now That You Mention It

32821860Title: Now That You Mention It
Author: Kristan Higgins
Expected Publication Date: January 1, 2018

Note: I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.

But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise...and the chance to begin again.


Normally I read my ARC's closer to publication date but I'd heard so many great things already about this book that I couldn't resist reading it early! I've been absolutely loving Kristan Higgins' books lately and this one was absolutely fantastic.  I loved Nora and how real her feelings and experiences were--it was one of those books where when it ended, I genuinely missed her and wanted to know what was going on in her life--it felt that real. I had a book hangover for days. 
 
I live in a  small town, so in some ways the small town drama of Scupper Island was relatable to me--as the book went on I really fell in love with the island. In addition to Nora there were several other characters that I absolutely loved--her niece Poe being one of them--and rooted for them throughout the book.  This book was emotional yet funny and entertaining--definitely one of the author's best to date. I highly recommend getting your hands on this book as fast as you can--it is definitely one of my top reads of the year!
 
Happy Reading!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

W...W...W...Wednesday

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

I'm not sure what I'm reading next...so I'm going to add what I recently added to my TBR instead!

What I Recently Finished Reading
 
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I LOVED this book!! My favorite of 2017 so far!! Pre-order it NOW! Review on my blog soon!
 
What I am Currently Reading
 
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Always excited for a new CoHo book!!! I've heard great things so I'm excited to read it!

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Listening to this one on audiobook from the library! Hillary narrates it!
 
What I Just Added to My TBR
 
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My friend Breanne is reading this one now and enjoying it so far! I want to read it too!
 
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Books with Fall/Autumn Covers

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic:
 
Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)
 
I am a cover snob so I'm super excited for this one! Clearly, I equate fall to the color orange.
 
 
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Happy Reading!
 
 
 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

TLC Book Tours: Lilac Lane (EXCERPT)

About Lilac Lane
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (October 17, 2017)
No one writes about friends, family and home better than Sherryl Woods. Told with warmth and humor, Lilac Lane is a brand-new story in her beloved Chesapeake Shores series, one readers all over the world have waited two years to read!
At the heart of Lilac Lane is Keira Malone, who raised her three children alone after her first marriage broke apart, and who, after years of guarding her heart, finally finds love again. But that love is short-lived when her fiancé suffers a fatal heart attack. Grieving and unsure of what’s next, Keira agrees to move from Dublin to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, to spend time with her daughter, Moira, and her new granddaughter, Kate, as well as to help her son-in-law, Luke, with his Irish pub, O’Briens.
Not wanting to live underfoot, she rents a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, replete with views of the ocean and her neighbor’s thriving garden—not to mention views of the neighbor himself. The neighbor is none other than Bryan Laramie, the brusque and moody chef at the pub, with whom Keira is constantly butting heads. But things get real when Bryan’s long-lost daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since she was a baby, shows up out of the blue. As Bryan and Keira each delve into their pasts, reopening wounds, the rest of the town is gearing up for the Fall Festival Irish Stew cook-off, and making no bones about whose side they’re on. It’s Kitchen Wars meets This is Your Life—a recipe for disaster…or a new take on love?
You won’t want to miss this epic return to Chesapeake Shores, a place we’re betting you’ll want to stay forever.
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Excerpt



It was well past six when Kiera and Moira left the spa and headed straight for O’Brien’s for something to eat. Kiera had a hunch Moira was more excited about showing off her mother’s makeover than she was about her own.
Kiera still wasn’t used to the image she saw when she looked into the mirror. She looked ten years younger. That’s what the hairstylist had told her about the shorter cut, and Moira had agreed. Kiera wasn’t sure about ten years, but she did feel lighter and more feminine somehow. And not all of the color in her cheeks was due to the blush they’d applied at the salon. She felt surprisingly good about her new look, though oddly uneasy about showing it off at the pub.
When her daughter held open the door for her at O’Brien’s, Kiera hesitated ever so slightly.
“Mum, what are you afraid of? You look amazing.”
“I don’t feel like myself at all. At my age, there’s no need for this sort of nonsense.”
“At your age?” Moira mocked. “You’re far from over the hill. Pretty polish on your nails, skin that glows and a hair­cut that frames your face is not unnecessary nonsense. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful, whatever her age. As soon as we’re inside, I’m going to get my camera out of Luke’s of­fice and take some pictures, so you can see yourself as I do.”
“The last thing I want is a fuss. I don’t want to be the cen­ter of attention,” Kiera said nervously.
Moira sighed. “Will you please just come inside and gra­ciously accept all of the compliments that I know are going to come your way?” “Is that supposed to make me less nervous?” Kiera grum­bled, but she did walk into the pub, relieved to see that it was busy enough that she might not even be noticed. Of course, that didn’t take into account that Mick and Megan were seated at the bar, as they often were, along with Luke’s parents, Jeff and Jo O’Brien.
It was Megan who caught sight of her first.
“Oh my, look at you,” she said, coming over to clasp Ki­era’s icy hands. “You look fabulous, Kiera.” She turned to the rest of the family. “Doesn’t she?”
“I would hardly have recognized you,” Mick said. “I like the new hairstyle. It becomes you.”
Jo beamed. “I need someone to take me in hand, as Moira did for you. I haven’t had a makeover in years and I am in sad need of one. Being on the athletic field at the high school all day long wreaks havoc with my skin and my hair. Kiera, you’re putting all of the O’Brien women to shame with this new look of yours.” She grinned at Megan. “Well, perhaps not her. Megan has always been stylish from head to toe.”
“It’s those trips to Paris I insist Mick take me on,” Megan replied. “I sit in cafés and observe what the French women are wearing, then adapt it for Chesapeake Shores. I think I’ve learned to knot scarves in at least twenty different ways.”
“And I always thought there was only one way,” Jo said ruefully.
Kiera was happy to have their attention diverted from her for the moment and fascinated by the teasing between the sisters-in-law. It continued to astonish her how well the O’Briens meshed as a family, despite differences in styles, opinions and personalities.
Luke beckoned Kiera over to the bar. “I need a closer look at this transformation,” he said. “Is this the same woman I saw polishing my bar just last night?”
“Okay, okay,” Kiera said, laughing at last. “I’m flattered by all the attention, but I wouldn’t mind a pint of ale right about now. Is the service in here falling apart without me on the job?”
“Happy to oblige,” Luke said at once. “And what about some dinner? You and Moira must be starved after your long day. The special tonight is shepherd’s pie.”
One of my favorites, Kiera thought to herself. She couldn’t help wondering if Bryan had the knack for it, since it hadn’t been on the menu since her arrival.
“You stay right here,” she told Luke. “I’ll get plates for myself and Moira.”
Before he could stop her, she walked around the bar and en­tered the kitchen. “Two shepherd pie dinners,” she called out.
Bryan’s head swiveled so quickly in her direction, she was surprised it didn’t make him dizzy. Then his mouth gaped in a most startling and complimentary way.
“Kiera?” he said, his voice oddly choked.
“Yes. Who else would be barging into the kitchen like this?”
His gaze narrowed. “You look different.”
“After the money Moira spent today, I would hope so,” she said tartly, then gave him a hesitant look. “Is it a good difference?”
His lips curved slightly at the apparent hint of insecurity in her voice. “You look softer, more approachable,” he said, though he sounded as if that was more troublesome than it should have been.
“Ten years younger, that’s what the stylist claimed,” she said. “Of course, she wanted to be sure of a tip.”
“I don’t know about that,” Bryan said. “You looked fine before.” He seemed to be fumbling for words. “But don’t all women want to look younger?”
Kiera studied him curiously. There was something oddly charming about his obvious nervousness. Usually he was brusque to the point of rudeness. If there was something about her look tonight, there was also something very differ­ent in Bryan’s reaction to her. She wished she could put her finger on it, but perhaps it was better that she couldn’t put a name to it. That might shift the nervousness straight to her.
 

About Sherryl Woods

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition.

Connect with Sherryl

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TLC Book Tours
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

W...W...W...Wednesdays

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

I'm not sure what I'm reading next...so I'm going to add what I recently added to my TBR instead!
What I Recently Finished Reading
 
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Just finished this book last night! I loved it!! Look for my review on the blog on October 24 with TLC Book Tours!
 
What I am Currently Reading
 
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Just started this one and loving it so far!
 
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I like what I've read so far but having difficulty getting sucked in...anyone else experience that with this one? Should I keep going?
 
What I Just Added to My TBR
 
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I just got this one from NetGalley and I'm pretty excited about it!
 
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Musings

Walking the pups on Broncos game day!


My week: I feel like I say this every week, but I'm so, so busy I feel like I can't catch a breather! Last week at work was so crazy busy, topped off with an event on Friday that was so overwhelming. Luckily, my weekend included wine tasting! We're wine club members at Left Coast Cellars here in Oregon and Sunday was Fall Wine Club party day! We met up with some friends at the winery, tasted the wines in our Fall Wine Club box, and split a bottle of wine while listening to some live music! It was a great afternoon!
 
 
Reading: I'm currently reading Hanna Who Fell from the Sky, a contemporary fiction with an element of fantasy thrown in for TLC Book Tours--look for my review on October 24th. I'm really enjoying it so far--about three quarters of the way through. Hoping to finish it in the next couple days!
 
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Watching: Fuller House on Netflix!  LOVE! :)
 
Workouts: I'm working toward a goal of a 10K (to complete one next Spring) so I was pretty excited last week when I was able to run 5 miles on the treadmill! Slowly working my way toward that 10K goal! Really enjoying the mental challenge of running, and it's such a great compliment to yoga.
 
Speaking of yoga...I did Goat Yoga for the first time last weekend!!It's just how it sounds--you take a yoga class while goats just hang out with you. Some will sit on your mat, or come up to you for pets, or just walk around and hang out in the space. It was such a delightfully fun experience, and the goats were SO SWEET!  If you know me at all you know how much I love animals so this was a real treat. It also was held at a winery (Emerson Vineyards) so wine tasting was part of the fun too!
 
Photo courtesy The Original Goat Yoga Facebook page
 
Eating:  I've been loving the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook! The book has so many tasty and healthy recipes. Last night I made the Minestrone soup with sausage and beans and it was delicious! The leftovers will be my lunches this week!
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Looking forward to: getting some reading time in this week! And of course, my PiYo classes :)
 
Hope you all have a great week! :)


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: Swang Song

Title: Swan Song
36186766Author: Charlotte Wilson
Published September 12, 2017

Note: I received this book from the author to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

When iconic ballerina Beatrice Duvall died, a nation mourned – and a legacy was born. Sixteen years later, her daughter Ava comes to London to take part in a high-profile tribute to Beatrice, and to learn about the mother she never knew.

There’s just one snag: the tribute is a ballet, Swan Lake. Which is infinitely painful for Ava, because she can’t dance. Won’t dance. Not since she quit the Royal Ballet School last year and walked away from everything that defined her.

But this is London, colourful and crazy, and with actor Seb at her side, there’s so much to discover. Like Theatreland razzmatazz and rooftop picnics and flamingo parties. And a whole load of truths Ava never knew about her mother – and herself.

When the time comes to take the stage, will Ava step out of the shadow cast by her mother’s pedestal? And who will be waiting for her there, in the bright lights?



 
I was so excited when Charlotte emailed me to review her new book--I LOVED her Cerulean  series (under pen name Megan Tayte) and have been itching for more to read from her! I was so excited about this book because it's about ballet--I took dance classes for many years as a kid (and adult!). I flew through the book and absolutely loved it. As with her previous books, the writing was effortless and drew you in from the beginning, making it easy to fly through the book because you can't wait to see what happens next.  The author does an excellent job of giving you just enough information to keep you guessing and reading on! I couldn't get enough!
 
I really appreciated the author's accurate portrayal of grief in this book--or at least it seemed relatable in my life and experiences. Ava's struggles with the loss of her mother made the book an emotional and personal read that really connected with the reader. While dealing with serious subjects like grief, there are also lighthearted and fun moments in the book as well to balance it all out. I loved Seb, and was thrilled that Cara (from the Ceuruleans series) made a cameo appearance!
 
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down! I definitely recommend it if you love books about dance! Thanks to Charlotte Wilson for allowing me to read and review this book!
 
Happy Reading!
 
 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

W...W...W...Wednesdays

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

I'm not sure what I'm reading next...so I'm going to add what I recently added to my TBR instead!

What I Recently Finished Reading
 
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I'm gonna be honest...I didn't love it :(  The writing was excellent but the Old Hollywood setting just isn't something I get into, so it wasn't for me.
Still will read TJR's future books though!
 
What I am Currently Reading

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This is the same author that wrote the Ceruleans series (under the pen name Megan Tayte) that I LOVED....just got her new novel! Loving it so far!

What I Recently Added to my TBR

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My Seattle bestie, Breanne, just told me about this book yesterday and I immediately added it to my TBR! She is reading it now and loving it.

What are you reading this week?