Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams


Miranda has come back after eighteen years to the island where she has spent every summer since her mother married into the prestigious Fisher family.  She hasn’t told anyone the reason why she has returned to Winthrop’s Island with bruises that no one mentions, but since she stays for a relatively long time, the reason can be assumed even though it might be the wrong guess.

Miranda's return isn’t a welcome event even after all of this time, though, because of her testimony at the trial of the lighthouse keeper’s son back in 1951 when she was eighteen and in love with the accused.

Miranda hadn’t grown up with the elite and wealthy.  When her mother married Hugh Fisher after her father was killed in WWII, she is introduced to that life and also sees how the year-round residents who fish and work as domestics live.

THE SUMMER WIVES goes back and forth from 1930 to 1951 and then to 1969.  We learn about Miranda’s life, the lives of the Fisher and Monk families, the lives of other island residents, and how the lives of the domestic help are all connected by one specific incident during those years. 

I enjoyed the story from the 1950’s the best.  It was the most interesting and the least confusing. The 1930’s didn’t make sense to me how it fit in, but as I kept reading, I found out that it kept a secret and held a BIG surprise.

Ms. Williams has written another book that will hold your interest but has a bit of confusing story line with all the back and forth. 

THE SUMMER WIVES is a story of the typical antics and lives of privileged families.  We learn that most of the Winthrop Island families may have had money, but most of them are not happy.

THE SUMMER WIVES has a great setting, good story line, and has characters with problems and secrets both past and present.  

I enjoyed Ms. Williams’ latest even though it dragged a bit at times, but the ending had it all coming together and was very satisfying.  4/5

I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.

Wonderous Words Wednesday - 7/18/2018

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at her blog.

Puerile - childishly silly and trivial:  You’re making puerile excuses.

That word was taken from THE MASTERPIECE by Fiona Davis - 25% into the e-book.


Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Monday! What are YOU Reading? -7/16/2018

 http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.

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Books Completed:

THE MASTERPIECE by Fiona Davis - review will be on August 8, 2018 - finished on July 13. 
LOVE her books....it is a "masterpiece."  ENJOY if you read it.

 
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OUR HOUSE by Louise Candlish - review will be on August 7, 2018 - finished reading on July 9.

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TIFFANY BLUES by M. J. Rose - review will be on August 6, 2018 - finished on July 5.

 
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WOMEN OF THE DUNES by Sarah Maine - review will be on July 20, 2018 - finished July 2.

A favorite...it is set in Scotland!!

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A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS by Linwood Barclay - review will be on July 26, 2018 - finished on June 25.

Look at that fabulous cover. 

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THE BOY AT THE DOOR by Alex Dahl - review will be on July 25 - finished on June 18.

 
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GIRLS NIGHT OUT by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke - review will be on July 24 - finished June 10.

 
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SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams - review will be on July 18, 2018 - finished May 7.

Good story line as always.



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Book Currently Reading
THE DAY OF THE DEAD by Nicci French - review will be on August 9, 2018.

 
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Books Up Next:

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones - review will be on August 21.

https://www.amazon.com/Other-Woman-Novel-Sandie-Jones/dp/125019198X/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1529101879&sr=8-7&keywords=the+other+woman

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SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris - review will be on August 28.

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THE SUMMER SAIL by Wendy Francis - review will be on September 5, 2018.


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HOW TO MURDER YOUR WEALTHY LOVERS AND GET AWAY WITH IT by Jane Simon Ammeson - review will be on September 18.

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THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain - review will be on October 2, 2018

 
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THE FALLEN ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure - review will be on October 10.

 
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THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton - review will be on October 9, 2018.

 
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BEDSIDE MANNERS by Heather Frimmer - review will be on October 16.

 
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THE LAST CAROUSEL OF PROVENCE by Juliet Blackwell - review will be on October 18, 2018.

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ANNELIES by David R. Gillham - review will be on January 19, 2019.

The premise involves Anne Frank.  :) Sounds VERY good.

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WOMAN 99 by Greer MacAllister - review will be in March 2019.

No data base photo yet, but the publisher is Sourcebooks.

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Mailbox Monday - 7/16/2018

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. 

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
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Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf
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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
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I hope you had a good mailbox. 
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On Wednesday, July 11, I received:

1.  THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams, courtesy of Kate Hudkins of Harper Collins.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Book Beginnings - 7/13/2018

 
*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My Book Beginnings is taken from THE MASTERPIECE by Fiona Davis:
"Clara Darden's illustration class at the Grand Central School of Art, tucked under the copper eaves of the terminal, was unaffected by the trains that rumbled through ancient layers of Manhattan schist hundreds of feet below."
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Books Finished:

OUR HOUSE by Louise Candlish.

Wow...what a terrific suspense book.

Review will be on  August 7.
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TIFFANY BLUES by M. J. Rose.

Review will be on August 6. 

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A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS by Linwood Barclay.

Review will be on July 26.

Excellent story line...love the typebars on the cover.

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BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage.

Review will be on July 19.


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GIRLS' NIGHT OUT by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.

Review will be on July 24.

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SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER by David Bell.

Review is in the book's title.

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THE DYING OF THE LIGHT by Robert Goolrick.

This was an awesome read as always.

Review is in the book's title.

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THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams.

Review will be on July 18, 2018.

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