Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review and Giveaway of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick


How could a charm bracelet stir up so many emotions and curiosity?

After Arthur's wife passed away and he was cleaning out her things, his discovery of a hidden charm bracelet had him curious about what each charm meant.  He also wanted to know ​why he never saw Miriam wearing it and why she had it hidden ​in the toe of a boot.

This charm bracelet pulled him out of his hermit slump and onto adventures he never dreamed of as he traced where each charm came from and what their meaning was to Miriam.  He had a few surprises.

Every adventure made him wonder what his wife's life was like before she met him. He couldn't stop searching for the meaning of each charm. These adventures also made him feel guilty he never took Miriam anywhere.

Arthur's finds and discussions with the people he met left him happier and more confident.  He also was helping those he met come to grips with what they were dealing with.

Arthur was an ​absolutely endearing, charming, sweet character for me.  I really enjoyed his antics and his thinking​ and especially the adventures he took us on.​  We traveled the globe with him.  I wanted to know the answers about the charms too and loved sharing Arthur's days.

THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER is an adorable, enchanting, uplifting read. 
Be prepared to fall in love with Arthur Pepper.
 
​THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER has a very clever, enjoyable story line that gives you a nice cozy feeling.  It felt like a big hug that you didn't want to end. 

Give yourself a marvelous treat, and don't miss reading THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER.  


There aren't enough delightful words to describe this book.  5/5


This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Giveaway:

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May 4 to May 11

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman


The famous Brandt family....could they do anything wrong or were they not able to because of their status? Or...did they do it anyway?

The Brandt family was made up of attorneys and secrets.​  Lu and her brother AJ were eight years apart with Lu admiring AJ and his friends.  The secrets kept all of those years of the night AJ saved someone's life along with another secret and how it affected their lives became apparent as the book continued.​

Wilde Lake tells the story through flashbacks.​  The flashbacks allowed us into the Brandt family's history.​


Lu Brandt tells of her motherless childhood, how she admired her older brother, and of her adult life raising twins alone and being the ​first female state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland,  trying a homeless man for murder.

​As this trial moved forward quickly and then ended quickly, things that had happened in the past slowly creeped up.​
    
WILDE LAKE seemed more of a family saga than a mystery.  ​I enjoyed the characters even though they all were a bit socially awkward.

WILDE LAKE dragged a little at times because I kept waiting for the mystery.  


I can’t say I didn’t like the book, but it took a while to get to the mystery, but it was worth the wait. 

ENJOY when you read WILDE LAKE.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.



Monday, May 2, 2016

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 5/2/16

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 last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.

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Books Completed the last three weeks:

SO CLOSE TO HOME by Michael J. Tougias and Alison O'Leary
 

Review will be on May 5.
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THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick.

This is an adorable read.  Love Arthur Pepper.


Review and Giveaway will be on May 4.
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I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh 

This book is chilling.  :)

Review will be on May 10.

Take a look at this post for more information on the book.

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THE BLUE BATH by Mary Waters-Sayer 


The story line was predictable, but overall THE BLUE BATH is a thoughtful, introspective book.

Review and Giveaway on May 9.  
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Book Currently Reading:


A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams



Books Up Next:




BALLET NOIR by Caroline Miller

NOTHING BUT ECHOES by Anne Montgomery


ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker


WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly MacMillan
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How was your reading week?  










Mailbox Monday - 5/2/16


 
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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Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.
Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.

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I hope you had a good mailbox.

I had a lean mailbox that helped me get caught up.
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On Monday, April 25, I received:

1.  BALLET NOIR by Caroline Miller, courtesy of the author.

I have read a number of her books.  They are always quite good.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Beginnings - 4/29/16

 

*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 SO CLOSE TO HOME by Michael J. Tougias and Alison O'Leary:

"In January 1942, a handful of German submarines, called U-boats (short for Unterseeboot), cruised toward the American shores, ready to change the dynamics of the war that had been under way in Europe for over two years."
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I finished these books the last three weeks:

THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick:


 

An excerpt from my review:
 
"THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER is an adorable, enchanting, uplifting read.  Be prepared to fall in love with Arthur Pepper."

Absolutely LOVED this book.

Review and Giveaway on May 4.
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I LET YOU GO by Claire MacKintosh:

A chilling read.

Take a look at this post for more information about the book.
 
Review will be May 10.
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THE BLUE BATH by Mary Waters-Sayer:

Review and Giveaway will be May 9.
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WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman:


Review on May 3.
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Book Blogger Hop - 4/29 - 5/5

 Question of the Week:

Do you read and review books mainly for publishers or authors?


My Answer:

I used to read equally from both publishers and authors, but now I read more for publishers.

I run more giveaways for authors than I used to, but I do have giveaways for publishers when I am unable to read and review a book because of a time constraint.