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    Books I Read in October

    Yes, it’s November 6 already and here I am putting out an October list. I have an excuse though – on October 31, Covid finally caught up with me. (So help me, I do not want to hear one more word of “Covid is still around?” because yes, dearies, it so is, and my doctor says this current strain is about as nasty as the old one. Believe me when I say I regret delaying getting the booster, because I would have loved for this to be an easier week.) While I’m STILL testing positive, I’m feeling much better except for the cough (and I already have a chronic cough,…

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    The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

    Today’s book recommendation is perfect for fans of historical fiction based on real-life history or characters. Tracey Enerson Wood’s The Engineer’s Wife was a wonderfully engaging, well-researched story of the wife of the engineer who designed and started the build the Brooklyn Bridge until he falls ill and she must take over the construction. NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own! Review of The Engineer’s Wife The Engineer’s Wife follows the trials the both Captain Washington ‘Wash’ Roebling and his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, face. Professionally, Wash suffers decompression sickness from his work on the bridge and as Emily steps…

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    Book Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

    Y’all, I’m speechless. Not because this book is so amazing – although it is!  No, I’m left without words because despite all the raving I’ve done to everyone (in person and online) about Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, I didn’t finish my review of it! How did this happen? This is one of my favorite books of 2017. Read on to learn why!   I read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance book in November and to be quite honest, it’s probably the reason why I didn’t get through as many advanced review copies as I would normally read in the holiday season (including a few Christmas reads.) I just had to slow…

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    Book Review: Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

    I recently reviewed (and had a giveaway) for another Lisa Scottoline novel, a humorous memoir co-written with her daughter, Francesca Serritella titled I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool.  In it, I spoke about how it’s a delightful departure from her gripping mysteries.Well, today, I’m sharing one of my favorite beach reads of this trip, a title that returns to her Rosato and DiNunzio mystery series: Exposed.   Exposed was the perfect beach read – one that required a heavy application of Coppertone 50 because I was glued to my beach chair. I’ve long been a fan of Lisa Scottoline’s mysteries, and this one was no exception.  If you’re…

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    Summer Reads (and Giveaway): I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool

    My next summer reading recommendation is a hilarious new book by the mother-daughter writing duo of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella titled I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool. Read on for my review, which includes a clear overuse of the adjective “hilarious” AND for a giveaway!     You may be a fan of Lisa Scottoline as a writer of thrillers but if you aren’t yet familiar with her humor writing (and why aren’t you) you will be in for a treat. With her daughter Francesca Serritella, they pen a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which hilariously talks about life from women’s perspective. Their series of…

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    Summer Reads: Beach House For Rent

    We are into our third week of summer vacation and everyone is slowly adjusting to a slightly less frenetic pace. This is the time of year that I’m looking for leisurely reads and beach books to get me in the mood for our upcoming annual trip to the Outer Banks and I will be sharing them with our here! Mary Alice Monroe is one of my favorite authors in this genre, and her newest novel doesn’t disappoint. Read on for my review of Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House for Rent. ********     Review of Beach House For Rent This novel is the  fourth in a well-loved series. Picking up…