Sunday, May 26, 2019

This Week - 5/26 - 6/1

Can you believe it will be June already? CRAZY!!

Hope to see you this week.

There are still giveaways going on too.

Look in the GIVEAWAYS tab.

Happy Reading!!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Books by Hazel Gaynor

I have read,  reviewed, and loved A MEMORY OF VIOLETS and THE COTTINGLEY SECRET. 

Which books by Hazel Gaynor have you read?

Book Beginnings - 5/24/2019

*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. 
My Book Beginnings is taken from THE FIRST MISTAKE by Sandie Jones:
"She looked at me with real warmth in her eyes, as if she trusted me with her life, and for a moment I thought I couldn't go through with it.

But then I remembered what she'd done and I suddenly felt calm again."

Book Blogger Hop - 5/24 - 5/30

Question of the Week:

Do you continue with a book even though you aren't liking it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:

I used to continue, but I realized there are too many good books out there to enjoy.

No sense struggling to read a book to see if you might like it better if you keep on going.  :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 5/24/2019

1. I ________on Memorial Day.

2. I try to avoid _______.

3. If I had a catchphrase, it would be ______.

4. ____ motivates me to work hard.

1.  I hope the weather is FINALLY nice on Memorial Day.

2.  I try to avoid critical or complaining people.

3.  If I had a catchphrase, it would be Mama Mia.

4.  Appreciation motivates me to work hard. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Books With Daughter in the Title

I have read and reviewed three books on my blog with the word DAUGHTER in the title.

What “daughter” books have YOU read?

What titles can you add?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Have You Heard of This Book?

Today's featured book is:

NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles

Feel free to post this feature on your page or blog with a book you have read and want others to know about.
NEWS OF THE WORLD is filled with beautiful, descriptive writing that pulls you in.   

I truly enjoyed NEWS OF THE WORLD mainly because of the characters and definitely the warmth and kindness of Captain Kidd.

If you need a quick, enjoyable, heartwarming read, NEWS OF THE WORLD fits the bill along with a history lesson. 4/5

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

Jane the wife, Jane the grieving mother, Jane the planner - Jane, Jane, Jane.  

It's all about her.

After her adopted daughter, Mary, died, Jane was unable to cope with life, and life went on without her, but Jane is back now and needs to be in control again.

Jane thinks she controls her therapist, and she thinks she controls everyone else especially her husband, her daughters, and Mary's biological mother.  Jane's
biological daughter, Betsy, is difficult to control and is a challenge for Jane. 

Jane likes challenges, though, but only if she is the one who comes out on top.

She did find out some interesting information about Mary's biological mother that adds to her determination to get her plan into action.

Jane finds out about more and more betrayal from family members and friends as time goes on and more people to add to her list of getting even. Her husband is the one with the most offenses.

Jane also finds out some startling information about her daughter's death at the memorial service. Someone knows something and isn't telling - could that help with her plan or hinder it?

This book was difficult to put down because I wanted to see what other information would pop up about Mary, Betsy, the husband, the accident, and what Jane's plans would be after that.

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER will keep you guessing if Mary's death was really an accident and who was responsible if it wasn't.  

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER will also have you guessing who is really telling the truth and who is doing the lying.

Fans of domestic turmoil, secrets, mystery, unsavory characters, cheating spouses, lies, narcissistic characters, and psychological suspense will enjoy THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER.

This book will be a summer MUST read.  

It is a page-turning thriller/mystery/domestic gem. 5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Spotlight and Givewaway of Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers

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All information in this post is courtesy of Megan Rudloff of Simon & Schuster.
Simon & Schuster is Celebrating The MAY 21 Release of:


With a USA Giveaway!!
A compulsively readable and ultimately poignant examination of body image, family, and friendship, Waisted features Randy Susan Meyers’s signature “engaging and sharp” (Publishers Weekly) prose and is perfect for fans of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Dietland by Sarai Walker, The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith, and Hunger by Roxanne Gay.

"A big-hearted triumph of a novel. Meyers tackles painful truths and thorny issues while weaving a smart and engaging story about weight loss, self-acceptance and the fortifying power of female friendship."— Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times bestselling author of Harmony and The Dogs of Babel

"Suspenseful. Witty. Warm. Wonderful. Disturbing. Thoughtful. Compelling. Riveting. Seriously important. Inspiring. It made me hungry. Then made me never want to eat again. I recognized myself. Then hated myself. Then loved myself. This is a must read for every woman who ever stepped on the scale with her eyes closed. And every woman who hasn't." — New York Times bestselling author MJ Rose

“The perfect blend of great storytelling and incisive commentary, Waisted peels back the layers of women’s feelings about their bodies, their relationships, and ultimately their self-worth. Readers will ride a tilt-a-whirl of emotions—fist pumping chief among them—as Alice and Daphne wage war on their inner demons and on the heartless filmmaker who would exploit their deepest wounds for his own gain.”— Juliette Fay, author of The Tumbling Turner Sisters 

“How far will women go to achieve the weight loss they think will bring them happiness? This incisive story of friendship and self-esteem gets at the heart of body image with the pacing of a thriller.”— Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

"When body image goes rogue in this tense and riveting novel, three women wade into a swamp of self-destruction as they attempt to save what they love most."— E.B. Moore, author of An Unseemly Wife

"Meyers (The Widow of Wall Street, 2017, etc.) spins a compelling tale, raising critical questions about familial, social, and cultural messages about body image."— Kirkus Reviews

How far will women go to achieve the weight loss they think will bring them happiness? In Waisted: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers (Atria; on sale 5/21/19), Alice and Daphne are both successful working mothers, accomplished, and seemingly steady, but they harbor the same secret: an obsession with their weight that overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives.

Daphne and Alice meet at Privation, a program that promises fast, dramatic weight loss. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.

The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.

RANDY SUSAN MEYERS is the bestselling author of Waisted, Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, The Murderer’s Daughters, and The Widow of Wall Street

Her books have twice been finalists for the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. 

She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.



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Monday, May 20, 2019

Spotlight and Giveway of My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding by Wendy Wax

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All information in this post is courtesy of Lauren Horvath of Penguin Random House.
Celebrating The Release Of


On Sale May 14, 2019
A deeply satisfying and heartwarming novel about three women’s lives that become entangled when a special wedding dress gets involved.  Touching on elements of friendship, family, and forgiveness, this story is one that you will not want to miss.
Praise for the Novels of Wendy Wax:

"[A] sparkling, deeply satisfying tale."New York Times bestselling author Karen White

"Reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful new friend."—New York Times bestselling author Claire Cook

"Fans of Jane Green and Mary Alice Monroe will adore Wax's lively characters, witty dialogue, and heartfelt prose."Booklist 

“Wax’s Florida titles [the Ten Beach Road novels] are terrific for lovers of women’s fiction and family drama, especially if you enjoy a touch of suspense and romance.”—Library Journal 

"If you're a sucker for plucky women who rise to the occasion, this is for you."USA Today 
"[Wax] writes with breezy wit and keen insight."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About The Book:

Once closer than sisters, Lauren and Bree have grown up and grown apart, allowing broken promises and unfulfilled dreams to destroy their friendship. 

A successful author, Lauren returns home to the Outer Banks, fiancĂ© in tow, to claim the dress she never thought she'd wear. 

Bree, a bookstore owner, grapples with the realities of life after you marry the handsome prince. 

As the former best friends wrestle with their uncertain futures, they are both certain of one thing: some betrayals can never be forgiven. 

Now, on the eve of her daughter Lauren's wedding, Kendra struggles with a secret she's kept for far too long. She vows to make sure the dress will finally bring Lauren and Bree back together—knowing they'll need each other to survive the coming storm.

In this humorous and lively story, MY EX-BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING reveals just how tough a friendship can be when lines get crossed and what it takes to overcome the obstacles together.
About the Author:

Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the author of fifteen novel and two novellas, including Best Beach Ever, One Good Thing, Sunshine Beach, A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach, and Ten Beach Road.
In addition to her Ten Beach Road titles, Best Beach Ever, One Good Thing, Sunshine Beach, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach, Ten Beach Road and novellas, Christmas at the Beach and A Bella Flora Christmas, she is also the author of A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abby, Magnolia Wednesdays, The Accidental Bestseller, Hostile Makeover, Leave it to Cleavage, Single in Suburbia, and 7 Days and 7 Nights.
The mother of two grown sons, she left the suburbs of Atlanta for an in town high-rise where she and her husband are happily downsized.  Prior to writing, Wendy worked in radio, television and film, most notably as writer, producer and host of The Home Front, which aired on PBS station across the country, and as the host of a Friday night radio show called Desperate & Dateless when she was both.
When not writing, Wendy visits with readers at bookstores and book events, reads, enjoys her and her husband’s newly empty nest and catches up with her sons on the serendipitous occasions when everyone ends up in the same place at the same time.
Wendy loves to hear from her readers!  
You can reach her here:
Author Site:


Twitter: @Wendy_Wax

I am partnering with Lauren Horvath of Penguin Random House for this giveaway.



May 20 - May27

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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 5/20/2019
I hope you had a great reading week.  
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.
Books Completed:

ASHES by Sharon Gloger Friedman - review will be on June 10.
THE SUMMER COUNTRY by Lauren Willig - review will be on June 6 - finished on May 10.
THE SONG OF THE JADE LILY by Kirsty Manning - review is in the book's title.

A beautiful read.

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Kaira Rouda - review will be on May 21 - finished on April 24.

WOW!!  An amazing thriller/mystery/domestic gem.

THE NIGHT BEFORE by Wendy Walker - review is in the book's title.

THE MISSING YEARS by Lexie Elliott - review and giveaway is in the book's title.

NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 30 - finished on April 2.

Book Currently Reading:

THOSE PEOPLE by Louise Candlish - review will be on June 11.

Books Up Next:

THE FIRST MISTAKE by Sandie Jones - review will be on June 12.

GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR by Kelsey  Rae Dimberg - review will be on June 17.

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda - review will be on June 18.

DEAR WIFE by Kimberly Belle - review will be on June 25.
THE SUMMER COTTAGE by Viola Shipman - review will be on June 27.
LAYOVER by David Bell - review will be on July 3.

THE GOLDEN HOUR by Beatriz Williams - review will be on July 9.

BETHLEHEM by Karen Kelly - review will be on July 10.

STRANGER ON THE BEACH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on July 23.

THE CHELSEA GIRLS by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 31.

BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE by Rea Frey - review will be on August 5.

THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY by Mary Doria Russell - review will be on August 6.
THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE by Susan  Wiggs - review will be on August 20.

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger - review will be on September 3.
TODAY WE GO HOME by Kelli Estes - review will on September 4.
29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan - review will be on September 10.

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton - review will be on September 11.

THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on September 12.
RED SKY IN THE MORNING by J. Walter Ring - review will be on September 26.

COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur - review will be on October 1.