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Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan

Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan

Julie Portland has never really gotten over the death of her best friend, Reba, whose death is shrouded in secrecy. 
Julie is living in Manhattan now with her daughter and trying hard to make a life for herself, but there is always the shadow of Reba and her death and how Julie feels such guilt, thinking it was her fault that Reba died.

When Reba’s old boyfriend, August, tracks Julie down to ask her to return to Mississippi with him to find out what really happened and to find a mysterious diary that Reba had told August she was going to give him when they met that night, Julie is skeptical and really isn’t interested in going back and reliving the past. But overriding that is her need to know. What was Reba keeping from her?

So together they go back to Mississippi and find they never really knew Reba at all!

Which raises the question, do we really know our best friends? Do they behave the way you expect or do suspect there is still a lot you don’t know about each other? Being a Mississippi girl myself I really wanted to read this book. It was interesting how each characters impressions of Reba were so different. And how long after an event the guilt a person can feel is like a shadow following them around, determining the people they let in as adults, how much trust you place in them and how far inside of your secret stash are you willing to let them be a part of.

When bad things happen and no one talks about it, the youngest among us blame themselves. This should be a good Summer vacation read!

White Fur by Jardine Libaire *Release Day*

White Fur by Jardine Libaire
Jamey Hyde and Elise Perez come from two different worlds. He attends Yale and lives a life of wealth and privilege. She doesn’t even know who her father is and ran away from home very young without graduating from high school.
When she sees him next door, she knows he will be hers. And a very unusual relationship develops between the two.A dark version of 1980’s Romeo and Juliet. This was a very dark, raw and sexual Romeo and Juliet. Elise was a hard character for me to get a handle on. She owns her awkwardness and her sexuality. She knows what she wants and that is Jamey.

His family is dead set on breaking them up and they are deadset on staying together.

This isn’t a ‘pretty’ love story all wrapped up in sparkly paper. It is at times ugly and hard to watch and some people may not care for the rawness of it.

But once you are into it, you can’t seem to let go. It took a while for me to come back to reality!

THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS BY MICHAEL FINKEL

 

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE LAST TRUE HERMIT

When Christopher Knight was 20 years old, he quit his job, drove to rural Maine, got out of his car, leaving the keys on the console and walked into the woods.

That was in 1986. In 2013, after some 27 years of living as a hermit, he was arrested while stealing food from a summer camp.

Finkel covers nearly 3 decades of living entirely outdoors in the woods of Maine. To survive, Knight broke into nearby cabins, more than a 1,000 times. He only took what he needed. Food, batteries, old clothing, gas. He never broke a window or a door or took anything of value. Some residents started leaving things out for the hermit to take.

This book examines the history of solitude and hermits as well as the benefits and severe effects of living this life. The trial is short and really no one wanted him to go to jail, but he did. And when he got out he had no idea how to live in this world and wanted more than anything to be left alone.

There were some really good quotes in here on solitude. My favorite is from French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “because to me the most desolate solitude seems preferable to the society of wicked men which is nourished only in betrayals and hatred.”

A most interesting read, Mr. Finkle!

Meet the North Pond hermit, who lived alone in the Maine woods for 27 years / Boing Boing:   For 27 years, the North Pond Hermit was to rural Maine what the Loch Ness Monster is to Scotland: lore, myth, legend, a perverse point of local pride. Those convinced of his existence regarded him …: Christopher Thomas Knight (born 7 December 1965), also known as the North Pond Hermit, is a former hermit who lived almost without human contact for 27 years in the woods in Maine.[1] He survived by committing approximately 1,000 burglaries against houses in the area,[2] or approximately 40 per year.  Knight entered the woods in 1986 without saying goodbye to anyone, aged 20, and was captured during a burglary in 2013.:

xx Patricia

 

Good Intentions Gone To Hell…

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We are having this strange weather thingy happening. Yesterday and Today have been hot, sunny and not windy! 

Saturday I woke up with the best of intentions. Go through all of my email, clean up my desk and then get out in the sunshine.

As you can see from the picture I did make a great salad for lunch and then spent the next 6 hours ordering tea and shoes. I mean there was a sale, so yeah, Zulily, you knew I couldn’t pass up 80% off!

Today has just been more of the same except I found rocks! Really good small river rocks to paint.  Someone wanted to skip them across the lake, but no, I’m going to be all crafty with these suckers.

I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend! I know I am.

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EDISTO STRANGER ( An Edisto Island Mystery #4) by C. Hope Clark

Edisto Stranger (The Edisto Island Mysteries #4)

A cold case heats up . . .

A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn’t already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses.

When her investigation into the stranger’s death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach.

Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.

Callie Morgan has more than her share of tragedy, not to mention the head of the town council looking for any reason to sack her so when her son finds a body in the water Callie knows she needs this case. And needs to solve it before she is out of a job.

This is the fourth book in The Edisto Island Mysteries and while you can read this as a stand alone, I would look out for the others also.

Callie is flawed in the most human of ways, and find ways to deal with their pain and anger in a bottle of Gin. It’s not like she’s falling down drunk, but her son and her co-workers know. But now she has to find a way to crack this case without a crutch.

I personally like the Edisto books because my family has had homes there for generations. My Mother was born in Walterboro and lived between there and Charleston. So I feel a deep sense of home and familiarity with this place and these people. I actually called her and asked about Edisto not having an ME and she said Oh no, we’re too small for that, you have to go to Walterboro.

This book actually has two crimes, an old cold case kidnapping of a two year old and the murder of the retired FBI agent who wouldn’t let that case go.

Give it a read and let me know what you think!  Today is Release Day!!

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The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews

The Beach House Cookbook

 

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You probably recognize the name Mary Kay Andrews from her many NYT bestsellers such as The Weekenders, Beach Town, Summer Rental and more.

Now she has come out with a very Southern Cookbook. Easy, laid back, summery cookbook. First let me say this is such a pretty book and you all know how much I love a pretty book cover and inside.

All of the recipes are old, and well loved southern and beachy dishes. All a big part of my childhood and adulthood.

The recipes are listed under categories such as Summer Solstice Dinner, Beach Picnic, Book Bash Cocktail Party and so many more. Easy recipes for Pimento Cheese, Biscuits, Fried Chicken, Crab Cakes, Pound Cake and so much more.

I hope y’all love it as much as I do! It just came out in time for my birthday this month, so I had to have it!

You can check it out on Amazon