On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe | Gallery Books {Book Review}

On Ocean Boulevard

On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe

Publication Date:

April 19th, 2020

Book Summary:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Isle of Palms in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles, and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her Read more...

March 2020 Book Recap & Ratings {Reading Wrap-Up}

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Thinking back to the beginning of last month and knowing it was only a little over four weeks ago feels almost unbelievable. So much has changed and continues to change and it is a scary time for everyone. I have also felt a little vulnerable to share, even on this relatively small public platform because many of my feelings seem(are?) trivial in the larger scheme of things. 

How It’s Going…

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Physically we are all doing fine right now and I am grateful for that. Mentally, this has proven to be more difficult. There is … Read more...

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes | Doubleday Canada {Book Review}

Grown Ups

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

Book Summary:

They’re a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together–birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they’re a happy family. Johnny’s wife, Jessie–who has the most money–insists on it. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier.

While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . . Still, everything manages to stay under control–that is, until Ed’s wife, Cara, gets a concussion and can’t keep her thoughts or opinions to herself.Read more...

July 2nd, 2019 Publications | New Book Releases & Thoughts on Buzzed Books

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July is HERE!

I know everyone is saying it, but I can’t believe it is July. Summer always flies by after this and we had a later arrival of warm weather this year, it really seems hard to believe! I am a little behind on posting this week because life got in the way. I love sharing new book releases and Tuesdays are the release day each week. Just like June, there are a lot of great books being released this month!!

Reese’s Book Club Selections & Books With Lots Buzz

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Upcoming 2019 Book Releases by my Favorite Thriller Authors | Book Recommendations!

Upcoming 2019 Book Releases!

2019 Thriller Books, Summer Reading

Summer Reading Choices…

Today I am excited to talk about some highly anticipated upcoming 2019 book releases! I talked about summer reading yesterday in my New Releases post HERE. With the full days and lots of interruptions(school is out for summer!) I really look to books that are easy to pick up and put down in shorter periods of time. I need real page turners in order to stay engaged and also remember what was happening in the book! Thrillers are a genre I get into a lot more during the summer months.

Conflicted Feelings

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2019 Summer Reading | New & Upcoming Book Releases

2019 Summer Reading!

2019 summer reading

Transitioning to “summer mode”

Today is our first (unofficial) day of summer. Our boys finished school on Friday and today we are starting off on our new summer routine. I get a lot of apprehension before big transitions but then usually do just fine once we are in the swing of things. Does this happen to anyone else?

I love summer so much but there is a lack of routines and consistency that as a someone who thrives offs that stuff, well…it can be a bit of struggle. I know I am not alone in this feeling … Read more...

Reading Memories & My Favorite Books From The Past | Book Recommendations

Reading Memories: My Favorite Books From The Past

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Reading Memories:

Do you remember the books that you read when you got into reading as an adult? I read throughout elementary school and much of high school, but reading for pleasure mostly stopped for me while I was in college.

I had a harder time just keeping up the expected reading required of my courses, so I didn’t prioritize much reading for pleasure except a bit during the summer time. When I finished school and began a regular schedule of full time work, a much quieter evening life ensued…At this time … Read more...

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood | St. Martin’s Press | Book Review

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Keeping Lucy by  T. Greenwood

Book Summary:

“From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter. 

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should Read more...