Our Bookish Christmas…

Happy New Year or New Year’s Eve everyone! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2019. Time is flying, but I’m still not letting go of Christmas yet. I thought it would be fun to share some of the books we received for Christmas this year.

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Personally, I didn’t receive books as gifts this year, but I did purchase one other book for myself besides the Penguin Classics Christmas set I mentioned last week. I went ahead and took a chance on, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

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ARC Book Review: The Den by Abi Maxwell #TheDen #WomensFiction #BookReview

The Den

by Abi Maxwell

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From Goodreads:

A luminous, hypnotic story of youth, sex, and power that tells of two young women who find themselves ostracized from the same small New England community for the same reasons–though they are separated by 150 years.

Henrietta and Jane are fifteen and twelve, growing up in a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Their mother is a painter, lost in her art, their father a cook who’s raised them on magical tales about their land. When Henrietta becomes obsessed with a boy from town, Jane takes to trailing the young couple, spying on their trysts–until one night, Henrietta vanishes into the woods. Elspeth and Claire are sisters separated by an ocean–Elspeth’s pregnancy at seventeen meant she was quickly married and sent to America to avoid certain shame. But when she begins ingratiating herself to the town’s wealthy mill owner, a series of wrenching and violent events unfold, culminating in her disappearance. As Jane and Claire search in their own times for their missing sisters, they each come across a strange story about a family that is transformed into coyotes. But what does this myth mean? Are their sisters dead, destroyed by men and lust? Or, are they alive and thriving beyond the watchful eyes of their same small town? With echoes of The Scarlet Letter, Abi Maxwell gives us a transporting, layered tale of two women, living generations apart yet connected by place and longing, and condemned for the very same desires.

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Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller

For Better and Worse

By Margot Hunt

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From Goodreads:

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? Continue reading “Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller”

Music Monday: Classic Christmas Favories Including: Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, and more… #MusicMonday #ClassicChristmas #ChristmasSongs

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Christmas songs and records. It’s Christmas Eve!

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#1 – Burl Ives “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas”


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Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T.Greenwood #KeepingLucy #StMartinsPress #NGEW2018 #NetGalley #Fiction #BookReview

From Goodreads:

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 try to move on.

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What I’m reading until Christmas, decorations, and other happenings this week…

Because Christmas is among us and I’m still not ready, this week has been madness. I’ve still managed to squeeze in some reading, but won’t likely be posting much over the next week. I thought I’d do just a quick post to share what I’m reading right now (including some of the children’s books we’re reading), and other happenings this week.

So, I just finished The Forbidden last night. I enjoyed it and you can see that review HERE.

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Book Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BookReview #Romance

The Forbidden

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

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From Goodreads:

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY…. 

What do you do when you can’t control your feelings for someone? When you know you shouldn’t go there? Not even in your head.

Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise. Continue reading “Book Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BookReview #Romance”

Music Monday: MercyMe “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” – Kindness and Compassion in the World #Kindness #MusicMonday #Christmas #ChristmasSongs #MercyMe

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I’m sharing this song today not only because I love it, but because I had an experience this weekend that made me think of the poem.

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Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge

The Last Homecoming

by Dan Chabot

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From Goodreads:

HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTSTRINGS ARE… Three troubled strangers gather on Christmas Eve to say farewell to a doomed old house, the secure shelter and refuge where each of them grew up over the course of 90 years. They all have warm, golden memories of youthful, magical Christmases here, and of the Rockwell-esque small town that nourished them as children. These old walls were witness to the stories of… …An elderly, feisty nun with life-searing experiences as a nurse in World War II, whose promiscuous youth still haunts her; …A depressed former Major League baseball pitcher who is contemplating a horrific act; …The hometown newspaper editor, still dealing with the tragic consequences of her long-ago teenage love affair. They are joined by their gracious host, the last owner of the house, whose own deep attachment has led her to stage this last homecoming for people who know it is not just a house, but a shrine of memories and echoes. But before it goes down to make way for a new bridge, this safe old sanctuary has surrendered some astonishing final secrets… Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge”