Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week, I will be pulling excerpts from my current read: Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky.

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Synopsis:

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself―or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.


Book Beginning:

Mackenzie Cooper had no idea where she was or, more critically, why she hadn’t already arrived. Her navigation screen said she was still on the right road, in the right town, but all she could see were woods left and right and a curve of macadam ahead. The turnoff was to have been five minutes past the cafe in the town center, and they had easily gone ten. During that time, she hadn’t seen anything remotely resembling a turnoff, much less the red mailbox that allegedly marked it, although a red anything would have been easy to miss. The fall foliage was a tangle of fiery shades, its leaves crowding the roadside like families at a parade.


The Friday 56:

He didn’t speak, but I knew he was there. I could hear his breath, rapid but gradually slowing until I felt him beside me, like he used to always be. No, I hadn’t had many friends growing up, and while that changed as soon as I got to college and found people who shared my interests, it wasn’t until I met Edward that I’d felt complete.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

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Cover Reveal for A Killer Past (A Quinn Winters Novel)

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Book Information:

Title: A Killer Past (A Quinn Winters Novel)

Author: Ivy Love

Genre: Fiction, Suspense/Mystery, Romance

Publication Date: July 19, 2018

Cover Design: Marisa-Rose Wesley of Cover Me Darling, LLC

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40063089-a-killer-past

Synopsis:

Agent Quinn Winters has worked hard to get where she is today. She is an elite FBI profiler, as well as a submissive. She tries to balance the two, but through the years, she’s always put her career first. Except, when it comes to her best friend Agent Willow Mavros. They have been best friends since college and know each other better than anyone else.

A new case has come across Agent Winters and her team’s desk. A case that threatens to break them all. As she and her team get deeper into the case, every decision she makes will not only affect her career but her submissive lifestyle as well.

If she can’t figure out who the killer is in time, she could lose one of her teammates forever.

Excerpt – Copyright Ivy Love 2018

Killer:

An unconscious girl sits tied to a lone chair in the middle of an empty room, her dark hair matted to her face as she awaits a fate not even she realizes she has been chosen for.

I watch from the corner, waiting for her to regain consciousness. I’ve done this enough now to know just the right amount of drug to use so I don’t get bored waiting for my new friend to wake up. I’m not sure which is more of a thrill at this point. The actual kill or the calling card I leave for my new friend, Agent Winters. I enjoy watching these idiots run around trying to connect the dots and failing. Then they had to call her. Now, I get to watch her struggle to connect the dots. I don’t take pleasure in seeing her struggle, but it’s an important piece of the puzzle. She isn’t dumb, she just can’t see the big picture, yet. But she will… and when she does. It will be something she’ll never forget. I can’t wait.

My new friend is stirring now. The fun is about to begin. I love watching them wake up, looking around, trying to figure out where they are. The confusion evident on their faces. Watching them as their confusion turns to terror when they realize they’re bound and unable to move. It brings me an indescribable thrill. I watch as her eyes dart around the room widening as she realizes her situation. I always wonder what is going through their minds in this moment. I’ve asked, but they never answer me. They just beg and plead for their worthless lives.

I can feel the excitement beginning to bubble inside me. It’s almost time to reveal myself. Not yet though, she’s not ready. She’s not afraid enough. There’s a moment when I can feel their fear in the room. When that moment happens, that’s when I show myself. It’s when I feel ready, because their fear is inside me, it’s as if I can feel it running through my veins.

I can hear her breaths quickening, her muffled cries getting louder and the chair scraping against the concrete floor.

It’s time.

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Author Bio

Simply put… I’m a lover of reading, writing, high heels and animals.  

When I’m not working or writing, I can be found playing with my rescue dogs.  When I was in grade school, I was your classic nerd. I spent more time reading books “above my grade level” and getting lost in them, than paying attention to the people around me. I loved the journey each book would take me on, I still do.

When I was thirteen I picked up a pencil and wrote my first hundred page story. It was then I fell in love with writing, when I realized I could not only lose myself in books, but in my own words.  I currently have several works in progress, but it’s only been over the past couple of years that I’ve started to share my work. Thanks to some serious encouragement from some amazing authors and friends, I’m taking the leap. So far, I’ve loved every step of my journey.

I write because I have to. I have stories to tell and want to share them with all of you.  Whether you end up liking my books or not, I appreciate that you took the time to check me out.  ❤

Follow Ivy:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorivylove   

Website: www.booksbyivy.com   

Twitter:https://www.twitter.com/authorivylove

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8441016.Ivy_Love   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorivylove/

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/ivylovepa/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IvyLoveauthor  

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/12164040064

Amazon Author Page:http://goo.gl/RV0yAL

WWW Wednesday: June 27th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

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Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself―or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

I’m a little late getting to this ARC (it was published yesterday), but I’m hoping to have a review posted by this weekend so keep an eye out for it!


I finished reading:

I didn’t get a lot of reading done this week, but I finished The Devil’s Half Mile (which was a great book!) and read one more Mary Higgins Clark book: Two Little Girls in Blue. For some reason, I didn’t really like it as much as the Mary Higgins Clark book that I read last week (On The Street Where You Live), but I’m hoping this one was just a fluke. There are still a couple more of her books that I haven’t read yet in that box of books that was gifted to me.


What I’m reading next:

The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

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A haunting and hopeful tale of discovering light in even the darkest of places.

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns.

He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone’s been acting very strangely. The boy begins to wonder why they never say who the father is, about what happened before his own birth, about why they’re shut away.

A few days ago, some fireflies arrived in the basement. His grandma said, There’s no creature more amazing than one that can make its own light. That light makes the boy want to escape, to know the outside world. Problem is, all the doors are locked. And he doesn’t know how to get out.…

This book has been sitting on my Kindle since early April, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. It looks really good though, so I’ve decided it’s going to be my next read.


So that’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Blogger Hop 6/22-6/28



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

For all of you worker bees out there! How do you balance having a day job/career and managing your blog at night? Is it hard or easy to do, and what do people in your work life think of your blogs? (submitted by Danielle @ PoetryBooksYA)

My answer:

What a great question!

My answer is going to be a bit different since I am not actually working outside of the house right now. I quit my full time job and became a stay-at-home-mom a little over a year ago. So I’m lucky in that I don’t have a day job or career to juggle, but that doesn’t mean that my days are spent lazing around my house and reading books or working on my blog whenever I want… I have 3 amazing but very energetic kids, ages 6, 7, and 10. Most of my days are spent playing referee, breaking up fights, cleaning up messes, and trying to prevent the ever dreaded summer vacation funk! I take them to the park, the lake, and on educational trips as much as possible. We also do crafts, play games, assemble puzzles, watch TV shows and movies*, and yes, I introduce them to as many books as possible. I’m constantly trying to instill a healthy love of reading in my kids.

*Quick side note: right now we’re working our way through Season 1 of Anne With An E, a TV show based on the classic novel Anne of Green Gables. It’s on Netflix and it’s amazing! Everyone should seriously check it out, especially if you’re a fan of the book like I am. You can thank me later. 😉

Of course, I also have to make time for all of the usual stuff: cooking, cleaning, and laundry; grocery shopping; doctors and dentist appointments; school stuff; meetings with speech and occupational therapists; and social/family obligations. It seems like there’s never enough time in the day!

Occasionally I get the chance to work on my blog or read during the day, but it’s usually full of distractions and interruptions. So I try to get as much done as possible in my free time after the kids are in bed (which is 8:30 during the summer). When I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll even get a couple extra posts typed up in a single night and schedule them for later. But I’ll admit, I still don’t get as much blog work done during that time as I probably should. Since it’s my only kid-free time, it’s also my only chance to read books uninterrupted, watch TV shows and movies that do NOT air on kids channels, use social media and catch up on the news, play games on my phone, or spend time with my husband. I really need to get better at time management and start using my scheduling tools more…

As far as the second part of the question – It’s certainly not easy, but I acknowledge that I actually have it a lot easier than a people who work full time in a traditional job. And as for what people in my real life think about my blog, I don’t really talk about it much, but they are all very supportive whenever I do mention it. I have my husband and mother-in-law read over my reviews sometimes before I post them (to check for grammatical and spelling errors) and my mom actually follows my blog (I inherited my love of reading from her). Otherwise, my blog is completely separate from my personal life.

What about you? If you have a blog, how do you balance your day job/career with managing your blog? Leave me a comment below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week, I will be pulling excerpts from my most recent read: The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch.

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Synopsis:

Fans of Caleb Carr, Erik Larsen, and Gangs of New York will love this riveting historical thriller debut, set in a 1799 New York City.

Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians… 1799 was a hell of a year.

Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America recovered from the financial panic of 1792, but the young country is still finding its way. When a young lawyer returns to prove his father’s innocence, he exposes a massive financial fraud that the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. And reaching the highest levels, the looming crisis could topple the nation.


Book Beginning:

Justy Flanagan leaned on the gunwale of the Netherleigh and watched two big men square up to each other on the wharf below. They were like a pair of cart horses, one black, the other white, their fellows in a half circle behind them, grim looks on their faces.


The Friday 56:

The Devil’s half-mile. A narrow, cobbled corridor, flanked with tall, gray stone buildings that ran steeply downhill from Trinity Church to the East River wharves. It thronged with traffic. The sidewalks were crammed with people: messengers and clerks in their black coats; delivery boys in their shirt-sleeves; shoeshine men with their boxes; crossing sweeps with their brooms and shovels. The noise was deafening: men shouting extravagant greetings or colorful abuse; merchants calling out the cost of their wares. And everywhere, all the time, the clatter of iron on stone, like a thousand hammers, as carriages and jigs of all shapes and sizes hauled up and down the hill, disgorging well-heeled men who hurried into the grand-looking buildings.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: June 20th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.

My Wednesday post is just a bit late today – it’s after 2:00 AM here. 🙊 But my mom came into town for a surprise visit, so I’ve had a really busy, but really good, day (and evening/night!).


I am currently reading:

The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch

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Fans of Caleb Carr, Erik Larsen, and Gangs of New York will love this riveting historical thriller debut, set in a 1799 New York City.

Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians… 1799 was a hell of a year.

Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America recovered from the financial panic of 1792, but the young country is still finding its way. When a young lawyer returns to prove his father’s innocence, he exposes a massive financial fraud that the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. And reaching the highest levels, the looming crisis could topple the nation.

This is an ARC copy that came in the mail last week (although it was published May 22nd, so you can already pick up a copy for yourself!). I haven’t had much time to sit down and read it over the last couple days, so I’m barely a couple chapters in. But it sounds like such an awesome book! And it’s a mix of historical fiction, mystery, and thriller, so it’s right in line with my reading mood lately. I really think I’m going to love it.


I finished reading:

I haven’t read Mary Higgins Clark since I was a teenager, but someone gifted me several of her books and I decided to give her another try. I was surprised by how much I liked it! I also decided to reread some of Agatha Christie’s novels, since I’ve been in the mood for mystery and thriller books lately. You will probably be seeing some more of both authors mixed in alongside my regular reads over the next couple weeks.


What I’m reading next:

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

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Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself―or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

This is an ARC that I received through NetGalley. It’s being published next week, so I really need to get it read and reviewed ASAP. Nothing like a little pressure, right? 🙂


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Blogger Hop 6/15-6/21



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

You have just won a $100.00 Visa gift card. Will you spend the entire amount on a rare collector’s edition you have always wanted, or buy several newly-published books? Explain your choice. (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

My answer:

I am a very thrifty person in general and honestly can’t think of any books that would be worth $100 to me (unless it was one of my top favorites and the very last copy in the world). So I would definitely take the money and try to stretch it as far as I can, to get as many books as possible!

What about you? What would YOU do with a $100.00 Visa gift card? Leave me a comment below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my excerpts are from my current read, All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin.

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Synopsis:

In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their family and their values.

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.


Book Beginning:

It started out as a typical Saturday night. And by typical, I don’t mean normal in any mainstream American way. There was no grilling out with the neighbors or going to the movies or doing any of the things I did as a kid. It was simply typical for what we’d become since Kirk sold his software company, and we went from comfortable to wealthy. Very wealthy.


The Friday 56:

“… But I dropped the subject. I figured it didn’t matter enough to argue about it.”

“Why didn’t it matter enough?”

“Because she didn’t matter enough,” I said with a shrug. “I was over it. Her. Right then and there.”


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

Book Review: And All the Phases of the Moon

Title: And All the Phases of the Moon
Author: Judy Reene Singer
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Genre(s): Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 320
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible

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Book Blurb:

Delving into the mysteries of the human heart with humor and emotion, master storyteller Judy Reene Singer explores what it means to begin again after a life touched by tragedy . . .

Aila Cordeiro absolutely cannot take on an abandoned pit bull. So why is she suddenly filling food bowls for the wounded stray and opening her seaside home to him? Maybe it’s the sadness in the pup’s eyes, a sorrow that mirrors her own. But caring for another is not on Aila’s agenda anymore. As the sole owner of the general store in a Cape Cod tourist town, she has enough on her hands. Besides Aila can’t love anyone ever again. Not since her husband–her heart–boarded a boat with her beloved father two years ago, never to return . . .

Of course, life is what happens while you’re making other plans. Now instead of solitude and grief, Aila is suddenly at the center of controversy in the small town. And the only person on her side, besides her best friend, is a stranger whose heart might be more battered than her own. Ex-Navy seal Sam Ahmadi has seen his share of misfortune, which is why Aila never expects him to be the one to show her how to live again in the face of shattering loss. How to hope for the happiness you once dreamed of . . .

“Page-turning, beautifully written . . .”
Library Journal on In the Shadow of Alabama, STARRED REVIEW

My Thoughts:

This was a really compelling and powerful story about love, loss, prejudice, hatred, and the healing power of friendship. It’s centered around Aila, a young widow living in a small coastal town on the edge of Cape Cod. Two years ago, her husband and father both died in a storm at sea, leaving her alone to manage the family store and care for her ailing mother, who is now living in a home with Alzheimers. Stricken with grief, Aila relies on familiarity and routine to make it through each day. Until one day, she finds an abandoned pit bull waiting outside her store and makes the reluctant decision to take him in, at least temporarily.

Not long after, Aila is walking her dog along the beach when she stumbles upon Sam, an ex-Navy Seal, wrapped up in a blanket and sleeping on the pier. Sam is also reeling from a recent tragedy and the two of them become cautious friends, slowly helping each other heal from their painful pasts. But then a chance encounter leads to false accusations and before they know it, Aila and Sam are in the midst of a controversy pitting neighbor against neighbor in their small community.

I really enjoyed a lot of things about this book. It was heartwarming and charming with the perfect blend of humor and sincerity. The plot is well-developed and timely; parts of it felt like they could have been taken right out of today’s headlines. However, despite addressing several heavy topics, the author somehow managed to keep it uplifting and cheerful.

On the negative side, I found the author’s prose to be fairly sophomoric, lacking the polished nuance of a more seasoned writer. I kept thinking of that ever popular writing commandment: “Show, don’t tell”. Rather than “showing” the readers what Aila or Sam were feeling, through descriptive text and context clues, the author spelled it out for us. She also used a lot of unnecessary repetition, repeating entire statements (explanations) almost word for word a little later on. I know it sounds petty, but for some reason the clunky writing style really stood out to me, even though I enjoyed the book as a whole. I actually looked to see if it was translated from a different language, as a possible explanation, but that wasn’t the case.

Overall, I enjoyed reading All the Phases of the Moon and would recommend it to anyone looking for a light-hearted and moving summer read. With a good editor and a little polishing, this book could have been transformed from something good to something really great. As it stands, I’m giving it 3.5/5 stars.

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Thank you to Kensington Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

WWW Wednesday: June 13th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

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When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

I picked up a copy of this book at a local library sale a couple months ago, but haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. Right from the beginning, I knew it was going to be a good one. The first chapter was so intense and really drew me in! I’m about halfway through it so far, and actually having a hard time putting it aside even long enough to type up this post. I have a feeling I’m not going to sleep tonight until I finish it… (Fortunately, it’s a relatively short book, but that would be the case regardless.)


I finished reading:

I enjoyed all 3 of these books. However, the last one (Sold on a Monday) really stands out as an absolutely incredible book. I received an advanced copy through NetGalley so I will be posting a full review later, but I’ll tell you right now, it’s a definite recommendation for historical fiction fans. This book will be hitting stores at the end of August, so make sure you add it to your fall reading schedule.


What I’m reading next:

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

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In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their family and their values.

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie