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High Five for Friday: June 29

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  Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads ,I've created my own Friday post! 1. New Books this Week     Aloha Love looks just like something I would love! And I just started listening to Before and Again on Audible.  2. Books I've Been Loving this Week       One of my favorite  reads of 2018 so far!!! Full review early next week on the blog! 3. When I Wasn't Reading   I went to a fantastic Yoga + Beer class (shocking, I know) on Wednesday! It was held at Rogue Farms Hopyard with my favorite yoga teacher. She always seems to say just what I need to hear that day in class.  It was super windy during class, and it even started raining just as we said Namaste, but we're Oregonians, so we didn't care :)   Drinking: Honey Kolsch Great yoga spot!     4. My Cute Pups       Can't do a post without pics of my pups! These guys LOVE summer, and playing in the pool! We p

WWW Wednesday, June 27

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  Hosted by 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?   Recently Finished       Just finished this one last night and it is SO GOOD. READ IT!! READ IT NOW!!! Especially if you like suspense. This one is a wild ride and keeps you guessing!!!   Currently Reading       Just started these two--Tell Me Lies on my Kindle and Before You Know Kindness from the library! I just got added into a book club by Mel from Double-Stacked Bookshelves , and the July pick (her pick!) is Before You Know Kindness. I've never read anything by Chris Bohjalian, an author she loves, so I'm excited to read this one! Up Next   Not sure yet....just started these two! But I did just download The Perfect Mother on my kindle...anyone read it? It was a $3.99 deal last week and I just couldn't pass it up!  

Review: All We Ever Wanted

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Title: All We Ever Wanted Author: Emily Giffin 400 pages, publication date June 26, 2018 Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own. From Goodreads: 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 an

A writing retreat in France? Yes Please!

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Aubeterre Have you ever wanted to be whisked away somewhere remote to get that book inside you written? And do you wish that you had expert guidance and support to help you while you did it? If you answered yes to the above questions then you should definitely continue reading this post which is going to tell you all about the Atelier des Ecrivains (Writers’ Workshop) retreat. Becky and Sarah who are co-hosting the writing retreat, and are both writers themselves, know that there are lots of people who harbour a desire to write a book but may either lack the confidence, the skills or the headspace to actually do it. They also know from experience that removing yourself from your daily life, with all of its pressures and interruptions, and coming together with like-minded people can be a great way to overcome those barriers. Where better to do that than in a beautiful 18th century manor house outside one of France’s prettiest villages, Aubeterre? Helen Cross Helen Cross, au

Review: Sailing Lessons

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Title: Sailing Lessons Author: Hannah McKinnon Published June 5, 2018 by Simon and Schuster 384 pages Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own. From Goodreads: On the shores of Cape Cod, the Bailey sisters reunite with their long-lost father for a summer of hope and forgiveness in this heartfelt novel from the author of the “sharp and evocative” ( Kirkus Reviews ) Mystic Summer , The Lake Season , and The Summer House , sure to appeal to “fans of Elin Hilderbrand” ( Booklist ). Wrenn Bailey has lived all her life on Cape Cod with her mother Lindy, older sister Shannon, and younger sister Piper. Growing up, life was dictated by the seasons with sleepy gray winters where only the locals stayed on, followed by the sharp influx and colorful bustle of summer tourists who swept up the elbow of the Cape and infiltrated their small paradise. But it wasn’t just the touris

TLC Book Tours: When We Found Home (Excerpt + Giveaway!)

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About When We Found Home Hardcover:  432 pages Publisher:  HQN Books (July 10, 2018) Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just  maybe  this will be the start of a whole new life. But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sist