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April 20, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Prairie

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Almost wordless: Last season’s cattails are still standing tall in the prairie.

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April 18, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 18th

SpringBirdsFenceMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
 
Two new books last week . . .

New Arrivals

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The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
Survival is the name of the game, as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself—and one woman’s mind and body are pushed to the limit.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker.
In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory.

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April 13, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Bluebird

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April 11, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 11th

SpringBirdsFenceMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
My indoor plants are blooming but I’m still awaiting the arrival of spring weather and some outdoor color. Aside from a few brave daffodils and some green grass, it’s still pretty barren in the garden. A dusting of snow yesterday didn’t help!

I finally got my income taxes done with a few days to spare. I know, I waited until the last minute. But as a former tax consultant, taxes are the last thing I wanted to think about. And I tend to procrastinate anyway.

Just one new book last week. . .

New Arrivals

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler from LibraryThing.
Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself.

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April 6, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Orchid Surprise

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Almost wordless: Apparently orchids thrive on neglect. After my mini-orchid finished blooming two years ago, I put it in the garden window and pretty much forgot about it. I never repotted it or fertilized it and only watered it a couple of times a month. I thought it was dead. And then – surprise! Flowers.

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April 5, 2016 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros

The Girl From Home by Adam Mitzner

Gallery Books | April 2016 | Hardcover • Audiobook • Kindle | 336 pages

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1st Paragraph:
Jonathan Caines morning routine is to rise at five o’clock and run a seven mile loop along the Hudson River. It is a point of pride that the circuit never takes him longer than forty-five minutes, and he’s always back to his apartment in cooldown mode by six. Then he makes himself a health shake with the $2,500 commercial blender he purchased three months ago—it’s at least the seventh he’s had in the last two years, as he replaces them whenever he hears there is a better one on the market. He sips nutrients while checking the market positions from the club chair beside the window that captures a panoramic view of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

I enjoy a good thriller. This one is in my stack of summer reading.

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Book description from the cover:

Jonathan Caine is a true master of the universe—a currency wizard with a trophy wife, a penthouse condo with a view of the Statue of Liberty, and the desire for more—when his world comes crashing down, spiraling him into a relentless fall from grace. Devastated, Jonathan returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father and attend his twenty-fifth high school reunion, where he becomes reacquainted with former prom queen Jacqueline Williams. Back in the day, Jackie didn’t even know Jonathan existed. Now she is intrigued by the man he has become. But their budding relationship has problems, not the least of which is Jackie’s jealous and abusive husband. Jonathan is determined to learn from his mistakes, but is he capable of complete transformation? Or will a shocking temptation test his desire for redemption beyond anything he could have imagined?

Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Author’s Webpage

 


First Chapter Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. Join us by visiting Diane and linking your own First Chapter post or to find out what others plan to read this week.

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April 4, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 4th

SpringBirdsFenceMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
A few new books arrived last week, and hopefully spring is here too. We had a crazy Midwestern weekend of rain, hail, snow, wind, and then 70 degree warmth on Sunday. So I went out in the garden for an hour or so and stretched pulled a few muscles cleaning up some of the winter debris.

New Arrivals

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The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews from Tandem Literary.
Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

The Fireman by Joe Hill from William Morrow.
…a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman from William Morrow.
The bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After I’m Gone, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long-ago death that still haunts a family.

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