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Weekend Reading

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Like I’ve been saying, I am absolutely addicted to suspenseful page-turners! Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh had a great premise and the story has you reading quickly to see what is going to happen!

The story is told from a few different points of view, and the reader is never quite sure what is true, what’s a lie and what will happen next. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you engaged until the very end!

Here’s the synopsis:

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

 

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I really enjoyed author Abbi Waxman’s first book, The Garden of Small Beginnings so I was eager to read her new book,  Other People’s Houses.

In this book, the author gives the reader a sense of peeking into other peoples lives in an intimate way. You know the thoughts, feelings, and actions of everyone in a neighborhood. The book is so well written and humorous, I think if you liked her first novel, you will absolutely enjoy Other People’s Houses too!

Synopsis:

At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband…

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As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors’ private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton’s wife is mysteriously missing, and now this…

After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that’s a notion easier said than done when Anne’s husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families–and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.

 

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Amy Reichert’s first book really stood out for me, I just loved the sweet story and her writing style. I loved her second book too. All of her books center around food so I pretty much read her books craving things and feeling hungry!

In The Optimists Guide to Letting Go, she builds her story around what else, food! Prepare to crave something…her food description will have your mouth watering! She also has a great way of creating relatable and sympathetic characters.

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Grilled G’s Gourmet Food Truck is where chef, owner, obsessive list-maker, and recent widow Gina Zoberski finds the order and comfort she needs to struggle through each day, especially when confronted with her critical mother Lorraine and sullen daughter May.

Image-conscious Lorraine always knows best and expects her family to live up to her high expectations, no matter what. May just wants to be left alone to mourn her father in her own way. Gina always aims to please, but finds that her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys both her mother and her daughter, no matter how hard she tries.

But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine’s kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother’s failing health and her daughter’s rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go.

 

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I have this book ready to begin! Anatomy Of A Scandal by Sarah Vaughan caught my eye thanks to an interesting and mysterious premise. The potential for jaw-dropping revelations in this novel are many! This book is getting rave reviews and when I see words like “clever” and “dark” and “compelling” and the plot is so timely with the current “me too” movement we see.

Here’s what you need to know: 

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?