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Goodreads Summary: The Stranger

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.
 
Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.
 
Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them

My Review: 5 Stars

OMG…I was not expecting that ending, I knew it would be bad, but not THAT bad…why?????? sobs! I was way off on all my theories, this was a deeply twisted and total mind fuck of a story…well done Harlan Coben. How will I sleep tonight???

I’m so distraught and devastated by the ending…

Spoilers…highlight to read

(((What did that group think would happen? Did they think people would be okay after their secrets were out in the open, after their lives were destroyed?

Did Tripp really think he could get away with murder and pin it on Adam? OMG…I am still crying over what happened to Corinne…her boys will never have their mom again…sobs uncontrollably.)))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Big Little Lies

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. 

In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times–bestselling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.  And in her pitch-perfect way, she shows us the truth about what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.  

Oh boy, it’s crazy how realistic this is…cliques, gossiping, and bullying between parents is something that happens all the time. 

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Goodreads Summary: A Tap on the Window When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride – even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realizes she’s one of his son’s classmates, he knows he can’t really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he’s gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he’s suddenly at the center of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town – from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor – and finally to one family’s shocking secret.

My Review: 5 Stars One good deed and this all happens. It’s crazy how one wrong choice can put you in the middle of crap you want nothing to do with. What a crazy web that slowly unraveled as Cal begins to find more clues. Of course the clues lead him to a truth he never expected or can handle. It leads to a ending that is insane. 

Spoilers: Highlight to read…. (((As the story progressed, I had a feeling his son was murdered and I was right!!!! I thought it was one of the cops, but never expected it to be the mayor. The mayor who was hiring him to find his daughter…SICK! I knew the boyfriend who suddenly broke up with Claire, was the one who helped her out of town. The reason he left…wow! How did the chief of police not know this was going on???  Poor Cal loses everyone he loves…it’s not fair…sobs, I was not expecting this, was not expecting that ending…I was shocked to the core.)))

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Goodreads Summary: The Stranger Harlan Coben’s seven consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers feature unrivaled depths of emotion combined with cutting-edge suspense plots that keep millions of readers turning pages deep into the night. In The Stranger, married parents Adam and Hannah confront the shocking secret on which their marriage is built—leaving Adam wondering whether he ever truly knew Hannah at all.

What a concept. How does the stranger know all this? He is a for hire or just a sick b^stard? So intriguing already. 

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 Okay I need help with my next book. I have one credit from Audible and all the books on my wish list are on sale…so I want to buy ((2)) books. Which two should I get? Let me know in the comments. Thanks!!!!

By Lisa Unger: Darkness, My Old Friend   /      Fragile     /    Die For You   /    Black Out Tiffany L. Warren: The Replacement Wife Nora Roberts: The Liar Lisa Scottoline: Every Fifteen Minutes Susan Crawford: The Pocket Wife Chevy Stevens: Never Knowing David Rosenfelt: Don’t Tell a Soul Liane Moriarty: Three Wishes    /   Big Little Lies Tess Gerritsen: Die Again  

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Goodreads Summary: The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes the dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him, and Ellen is intrigued by the woman’s motives. She wants to meet her, but doesn’t know that she already has. –Publisher description.

My Review 5 stars

So well written that I was empathizing with Saskia and angry with Patrick. I really wanted Ellen and Saskia to be friends…but as the story progressed I knew that could not happen

Spoilers: Highlight to read….

(((Wow, at first I wanted to junk punch and kick Patrick for what he did to Saskia. Then as I understood him and the grief he was suffering I understood. If he had met Ellen first the same thing would have happened.

Poor Saskia all that she went through, all that she lost, all the she’ll never have… I think Patrick’s mother really should have connected with her and kept her relationship with Jack strong. Jack suffered the most because of Patrick’s decision. I’m glad she was able to find a life for herself. She spent too much time alone now she finally has support.

Really liked Ellen’s character, felt that she grew not only as a hypnotist but as a person.
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Goodreads Summary: A Tap on the Window

When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride – even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realizes she’s one of his son’s classmates, he knows he can’t really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he’s gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he’s suddenly at the center of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town – from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor – and finally to one family’s shocking secret.

Whoa, sometimes a good act can turn on you. This is insane, but I’m going to love it. 

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles 

Spatulas on Parade 
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy 
The Momisodes 
More Than Cheese and Beer 
Southern Belle Charm 
Confessions of a part-time working mom 
The Lieber Family 
Someone Else’s Genius 
Climaxed
Stacy Sews and Schools 

Sparkly Poetic Weirdo 
Searching for Sanity 
Silence of the Mom 

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Spring time and you planted seeds, but instead of flowers ____ is growing in your yard!

It was submitted by: http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

I know I always say this, but I LOVE this prompt. So instead of flowers, I have a forever replenishing garden of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not to worry, a greenhouse will grow overnight, so even in the winter, my garden will grow. What you think I’m delusional? Well, the prompt never said I had to stick to reality.

So back to my special garden. Yup, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, apples, lemons, bananas, parsley, oregano, chives, leeks, onions, garlic, are all growing in my yard. They replenish on their own and there is always enough for us when we need it! The catch? Well we have to share. We have to share the seeds with other neighbors so they can grow amazing gardens too! We have to share the spoils with those who don’t have gardens or can’t always get fresh food. We trade and fruits, vegetables, and herbs with those who have an abundance of eggs and meat.

What would this do to the supermarkets? What would this do to the food industry? Well more and more stores are carrying organic and/or NON-GMO verified products. It’s been a long time coming, we need to go back to organic, we need to be self-sufficient, we need to take back control of our food. If we all started growing gardens on our lawns, if we all started teaching children what “natural” really means we would be healthier nations. Natural is NOT a label on a fake cheese product or GMO-filled frozen foods. natural means untouched by greedy corporations and scientists with the agenda of making more money.

My ‘garden’ last year was just a few potted plants which was pretty sad, but I rent so I am limited. Don’t worry, this year, I plan on buying this raised bed garden from Improvements Catalog…click on the pic to see all the details. Pretty cool, right?

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I have a homemade compost bin-it was pretty darn easy to make. Hubby helped me drill holes all around and on the bottom of the bin, we use bungees to keep the lid on top. There’s a huge layer of amazing soil on the bottom, that we often roll around to mix with new scraps. I’d show you what’s inside, but it’s pretty nasty, trust me soon it will all be amazing soil for my garden.

What can you put in a compost bin? Here’s a big list of things you REALLY can put in the compost.

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In our kitchen I throw scraps in a jar then put them in our compost every few hours. Of course I need a better container for our kitchen, so I can keep the scraps in there a few days instead of emptying every few hours. Are you looking what’s in there? I have coffee grinds, a tea bag, food container, box, and carrot peels.

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I know, I need to get off my soap box, but it’s annoying when we are the odd ones out because we don’t want the fake food or drinks. It’s annoying when I am made to feel like a bad mom because I don’t want my son eating what everyone else eats. I don’t want pesticides, antibiotics, and chemicals in his food. It’s annoying when real food costs more than the food created in a science lab. It’s annoying when wanting to eat real food is looked on as being weird, quirky, a fad, or annoying.

 

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Goodreads Summary: Lying With Strangers

Peyton Shields had always wanted to be a doctor, and now, thanks to her relentless drive, stellar academic credentials, and a mountain of debt to Harvard Medical School, she’s a first-year resident at a major Boston children’s hospital. The hours are impossibly long but it’s the life she wants, complete with a husband who’s an up-and-coming young lawyer.

But a late-night drive home in a heavy snowstorm changes everything. A car coming straight at her drives her off the road and into a frozen pond. Peyton knows she’d be dead if a stranger hadn’t pulled her from the wreckage before vanishing into the darkness. In an instant her wonderful life has turned dark. No one believes her claims that the “accident” was deliberate—not even her husband. Without explanation, he has become distant and bitter, calling her paranoid and accusing her of having an affair with a former lover.

Yet the terror has only begun, for a series of strange, increasingly dangerous events begin to plague Peyton, moving her closer to a faceless and very deadly enemy who seems to know her every move.

4 Stars

I really hope if I ever say I’m innocent, my family believes me. The horror of not being trusted is too much to comprehend. What a great read, you get caught up in the panic of not being trusted and thought of as guilty. Though at times I was getting annoyed and wishing it would end already.

The whole time I wanted to junk punch Kevin for not believing Peyton, when he was the one who was unfaithful and making excuses for it.

OMG…I did not think it was that person…just couldn’t believe that person would be that evil, selfish and twisted, but should have known. WOW! The whole time I had a different person as a suspect, though I wasn’t far off.

 

SPOILERS…highlight to see the spoilers.

(((Dude it was the f^cking mom….seriously her own mother. I should have known with all her horrendous comments about making am mistake of being a mom. Of course the second kid was given up for adoption, of course the mom was too selfish to be a mom again…but to pretend to by your  daughter online and not say anything when the guy tries to kill her and her husband. So glad the dad is divorcing her sorry @ss. Hope she spends the rest of her life alone, just like she wanted.))) 

 

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Goodreads Summary: The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes the dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him, and Ellen is intrigued by the woman’s motives. She wants to meet her, but doesn’t know that she already has. –Publisher description.

OMG…the summary gave me chills. Wonder what will happen.   

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Goodreads Summary: Sharp Objects

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart 
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

MY REVIEW: 5 Stars

WTF????? THIS IS CRAZY IN 3D! Wow, what a trip into crazy land. Okay, if you want a book that is going to make you sick and want to walk away, but you can’t because you NEED to know what the f&ck is going on and why no one else sees the truth.

I knew who it was halfway through the story, I can’t blame Camille for not realizing it, she was so deep in it, so sadly twisted and destroyed by her mother.

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Goodreads Summary: No Second Chance

From Harlan Coben, author of back-to-back New York Times best-sellers Tell No One and Gone for Good, comes his most accomplished and electrifying work to date. The novelist who “serves up everything you could ask for in a can’t-put-it-down book . . . rocket-fast pace with solid emotional underpinning” (San Francisco Chronicle) returns with a thriller of explosive tension and breathless psychological suspense. No Second Chance is a breakneck ride where nothing is what it seems–and where hope and fear collide in the most surprising ways. Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends and the love of a father, No Second Chance is another masterpiece from an author who writes “suspense at its finest” (Jeffrey Deaver). PRAISE FOR HARLEN COBEN AND Gone for Good: “A killer thriller with more twists and turns than an amusement park ride. . . . Gone for Good is great.” –USA Today. “Coben stands on the accelerator and never lets up . . . riveting.” –People (PAGE-TURNER OF THE WEEK)

MY REVIEW: 5 Stars

WOW…I was so off on who did this and why. What a tangled web of craziness and twisted loyalty. Do you move on? Do you live with the guilt? Do you decide to be happy for a second chance? Or do you forgive and forget? Really left me wondering what I would do? Would I ever be able to trust again?   

 

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Goodreads Summary: Lying With Strangers

Peyton Shields had always wanted to be a doctor, and now, thanks to her relentless drive, stellar academic credentials, and a mountain of debt to Harvard Medical School, she’s a first-year resident at a major Boston children’s hospital. The hours are impossibly long but it’s the life she wants, complete with a husband who’s an up-and-coming young lawyer.

But a late-night drive home in a heavy snowstorm changes everything. A car coming straight at her drives her off the road and into a frozen pond. Peyton knows she’d be dead if a stranger hadn’t pulled her from the wreckage before vanishing into the darkness. In an instant her wonderful life has turned dark. No one believes her claims that the “accident” was deliberate—not even her husband. Without explanation, he has become distant and bitter, calling her paranoid and accusing her of having an affair with a former lover.

Yet the terror has only begun, for a series of strange, increasingly dangerous events begin to plague Peyton, moving her closer to a faceless and very deadly enemy who seems to know her every move.

This is going to be a crazy and wild ride…almost like watching a Lifetime movie. 

 

 

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Goodreads Summary: The Widow Waltz

Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husband—a successful lawyer—has left them nearly penniless. Their wonderland was built on lies.

      
As the family attorney scours emptied bank accounts, Georgia must not only look for a way to support her family, she needs to face the revelation that Ben was not the perfect husband he appeared to be, just as her daughters—now ensconced back at home with secrets of their own—have to accept that they may not be returning to their lives in Paris and at Stanford subsidized by the Bank of Mom and Dad. As she uncovers hidden resilience, Georgia’s sudden midlife shift forces her to consider who she is and what she truly values. That Georgia may also find new love in the land of Spanx and stretch marks surprises everyone—most of all, her.
 
Sally Koslow’s fourth novel is deftly told through the alternating viewpoints of her remarkable female protagonists as they plumb for the grit required to reinvent their lives. Inspiring, funny, and deeply satisfying, The Widow Waltz explores in a profound way the bonds between mothers and daughters, belligerent siblings, skittish lovers, and bitter rivals as they discover the power of forgiveness, and healing, all while asking, “What is family, really?”

MY REVIEW: 5 Stars

Another total jerk, douche bag, ass hat of a man who thinks he can have whoever he wants and do whatever he wants. 


Now, while I do think Georgia, Louisa, and Nicola are all spoiled princesses who lived in a fantasy land, they at least came out normal in the end. They took their new life and went running. 

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Yes, Naomi was a cheater…a marriage destroyer, no excuses. Did she care about the other family, no? Now she felt bad when she had to come to terms with Ben giving her money did to another family. I wanted to hate her with a passion, but couldn’t. I wanted her to be destroyed, but loved that she teamed up with Georgia to create a new kind of family. 

I think it was a great way to end, Georgia didn’t curse Naomi out, take the money and run like so many other cookie cutter books do. She did the brave thing and smart thing, she grew up, became a smart adult for the first time and took charge of her life. She made the grown up choice for not just her, but for her family… 

 

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Goodreads Summary: Sharp Objects

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart 
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

Immediately you are pulled into this sick and twisted situation. You want to pop out the CD and run away, but you NEED to know what happens. Who is doing this? Why? Who is next? What f^cked up things did Camille’s mom do? What is wrong with her family? What is wrong with that town?

I have two suspects based on some clues and comments…can’t wait to see if I’m right or wrong.  

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Goodreads Summary: The Silent Wife

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim,rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He plays for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices,The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that cant be made, and promises that wont be kept. Expertly plotted,this debut novel ensnares the listener from page one and never lets go.

My Review 5 Stars

STOP COMPARING THIS TO GONE GIRL…IT’S NOT LIKE THAT BOOK AT ALL

Okay that being said…TODD IS A PIECE OF SH*T DOUCHE BAG. How he destroyed all he had with Jodi for his friend’s daughter…and that Vanessa was so f*cked up too. How dare she!?!?!?! SERIOUSLY TODD, to just throw Jodi away like garbage. 

They both came from f&cked up home where their parents where horrible people, no wonder they are both so messed up. 

SPOILERS BELOW!!!!

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I think…

Allison took the money and ran, I think she played Jodi from the beginning, she knew Jodi would have no idea what to do, so she planned taking her money and not caring what happened to her. And to think Jodi thought she was the best friend she had. 

Dean hired his own killers…and so glad Todd got what he deserved. Though, is he really happy that his grandchild has no father?????

Vanessa so played on Todd, she just wanted his money, not his love. She saw an easy way out and knew she could make him do what she wanted. Now she has a father in jail and a son with no dad, any money Jodi settles with her should go towards the baby NOT her. 

Jodi, so she and Ryan were abused by their older brother and their parents were oblivious…so sad. I knew something happened, besides her parents being horribly unaware and selfish. She was STUPID to not marry him, but she didn’t want to be like her parents. She was NAIVE AND PATHEITIC in that she had no idea what to do other than cook, clean, and see a few patients. Glad she finally came to her senses, kept her mouth shut, and GOT EVERYTHING! 

Todd, I am so glad he saw it all coming, I am so glad he knew he was about to die…even in the end he was an complete ass*hole.

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: The Widow Waltz

Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husband—a successful lawyer—has left them nearly penniless. Their wonderland was built on lies.
      
As the family attorney scours emptied bank accounts, Georgia must not only look for a way to support her family, she needs to face the revelation that Ben was not the perfect husband he appeared to be, just as her daughters—now ensconced back at home with secrets of their own—have to accept that they may not be returning to their lives in Paris and at Stanford subsidized by the Bank of Mom and Dad. As she uncovers hidden resilience, Georgia’s sudden midlife shift forces her to consider who she is and what she truly values. That Georgia may also find new love in the land of Spanx and stretch marks surprises everyone—most of all, her.
 
Sally Koslow’s fourth novel is deftly told through the alternating viewpoints of her remarkable female protagonists as they plumb for the grit required to reinvent their lives. Inspiring, funny, and deeply satisfying, The Widow Waltz explores in a profound way the bonds between mothers and daughters, belligerent siblings, skittish lovers, and bitter rivals as they discover the power of forgiveness, and healing, all while asking, “What is family, really?”

Georgia and her daughters seem to be beyond spoiled and out of touch with the real world. They have no clue what it means to live within or under your means. I can not relate to any of them, maybe this will change them and make them relateable.

Ben, what the f&ck did you do with all their money? Was he having an affair or did he make poor financial decisions? 

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Too Much Joy???

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com  Spatulas on Parade
http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes
http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com Climaxed
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://thelieberfamily.com The Lieber Family
http://www.southernbellecharm.com Southern Belle Charm
http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com Searching for Sanity
http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
http://www.smalltalkmama.com Small Talk Mama

 

My subject is In a world where emotions are considered drugs, your family has sat you down to talk about your addiction to joy. It was submitted by http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Here goes: 

I sit there, shocked out of my mind. Is this really happening? Am I the center of an intervention because of feeling too much joy? Am I enjoying too many things? Who the f&ck decided there should be a limit?

I look down at all the incidences of feeling too much joy. I want to rip it up into a million pieces and throw it in everyone’s faces. How about all the pure anger I’m feeling now? Will I be in trouble for all this anger and wanting to kill everyone in this room? Then I really read the items and I can’t stop the joy I feel.

 

Karen ###### you have felt high levels of joy when….

  • correctly guessing the ending of a book I am reading
  • being totally wrong about the ending of a book and pulled into a total mind f%ck
  • an audio book I placed on hold at the library become available
  • I start a new book
  • Dino says “I love you.”
  • Dino cleans up without being told
  • Dino hugs me
  • Dino reads one of his sight words
  • Dino spells one of his sight words
  • Dino goes to bed and I don’t fall asleep in his bed, then I can do some important things at night
  • Dino goes to bed and I fall asleep, because I’m so flipping tired
  • Dino sleeps till 6 am (few and far between)
  • Dino tells me I’m the “best mommy” for no reason other than to tell me
  • I fall asleep right away
  • I have a deep sleep and wake up rested (few and far between)
  • I came home to a clean home after hubby cleaned
  • I come home to a clean home after the cleaning ladies were there
  • food is placed in front of me at a restaurant
  • that first bite of food at a restaurant and it’s like pure heaven
  • one of my meals comes out awesome!
  • Dino and Tony love a dinner I made
  • getting all items I wanted on my shopping list
  • seeing a new product with the NON-GMO label…change is coming
  • learning about a new homeopathic way to prevent colds and keep healthy
  • chatting with others who are also organic and NON-GMO believers
  • informing someone on organic and NON-GMO and helping them to see the evils of Monsanto
  • slowly eating a piece of chocolate and savoring the taste and feel
  • eating a HUGE piece of chocolate and savoring the taste and feel
  • starting a new crochet project
  • finishing a crochet project
  • texting with friends I haven’t spoken to in a long time
  • hanging out with friends I haven’t seen in a long time and feeling like we haven’t been apart at all
  • someone else confesses their love of Twilight and knows every little detail and we can trade information
  • someone else loves Jackson Rathbone and we can share in his hotness
  • Jackson Rathbone tweets about a latest movie or shares a pic..swoons
  • a fellow mom shares that look “I’m with you, I love my kid(s) too, but really want them to shut up and leave me alone for five minutes”
  • getting me time

 

As they try to talk sense into me, I just think about each of these moments and relive each one. I see the anger rise on their faces and hear the curses fly from their mouths. I sit down and ask who will talk to them about their addiction to anger? Then my sweet Dino walks in, turns around and farts in direction. Slowly he turns around and says, “I parted.”

All I can do is laugh as the stench of his fart hits my nose, which causes others to laugh as well. I turn and look at them. “What were you saying about too much joy?”

What causes you “too much joy?”

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Goodreads Summary: The Dead Will Tell

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they’re both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows—the past never truly dies . . . in The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

My Review 4 Stars

Sadly I knew who it was as soon as the character was introduced…it was so obvious…too obvious for the detectives to not figure it out. Come on people, get with the program, LOL. 

I did like how it all unfolded and the entire sick and twisted revelations, the karma the murders got, and how in the end everyone everyone has secrets and fears. 

I think those who committed the crimes all got the justice they needed…especially if you not only commit and crime but try to hide it and move on with your life. 

Goodreads Summary: Plain Truth

Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels, such as Keeping Faith and The Pact. Gifted with a remarkable ability to make us share her characters’ feelings (People), Picoult now explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman — the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her. 

The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County — known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn’s mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher. And the infant did not die of natural causes. Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby. 

One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high-profile career. But her latest court victory has set the sands shifting beneath her. Single at thirty-nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn’t look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt’s home in Paradise. Fate brings her to Katie Fisher. Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her. But taking on this case challenges Ellie in more ways than one. She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own. Immersing herself in Katie Fisher’s life — and in a world founded on faith, humility, duty, and honesty — Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live plain. As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie’s past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love — and her own deepest fears and desires. 

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith — and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds.

My Review 3 stars

WOW…I did NOT see that end coming. From all the other books I’ve read about the amish, I can’t believe that person killed the infant. It doesn’t make sense. The amish would have forgiven Katie for getting pregnant. Just like the elders said, forgiveness is who we are. It angers me most of all because this person had no backbone or voice, but yet they did that?!?!?!?!

On the flip side, they are still human not perfect.

Ellie learned so much from the Fishers. She learns what it means to really live and win.

 

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: The Silent Wife

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim,rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He plays for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices,The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that cant be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted,this debut novel ensnares the listener from page one and never lets go

Hmmmm this cold go either way. Will it be too crazy or just the right amount to keep me captivated? 

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