Monday Reading

Merry Monday! The poor sun is trying so hard to peek out of the clouds. When I would much rather take a book and crack my neighbor over the head with it. She has left her dog inside. Alone. And his either trying to communicate with the rest of the canine world or he is just being a bitch. But he has been howling for hours now and I have had it.

Did everyone get a lot of reading done over the week-end? I know I did. What’s the best thing you read this past week end? Mine was the new Sophie Kinsella book. But then her books are always a riot!

Hope your Monday is peaceful. And that you had a nice week-end!

xx Patricia

 

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Seeds of Revenge by Wendy Tyson

Seeds of Revenge (A Greenhouse Mystery, #3)

This is the third book in the Greenhouse mysteries by Wendy Tyson.

Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. She’s braving a December snowstorm after pitching her greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs when she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road. It’s Merry Chance’s niece Becca, who’s headed to Winsome to sell her “love potions” at holiday events—or so she thinks.

Merry has an ulterior motive in inviting her niece to Winsome, but Merry’s plan to reunite Becca with her estranged father goes awry when Becca’s father turns up dead. Megan soon realizes that Becca was not the only person in Winsome who despised her father. When Megan’s aunt, the famous mystery author, is implicated through her novels, things become personal. Megan must follow the literary clues while sifting through the victim’s sordid past, but can she uncover the truth before someone else in Winsome is murdered?

Megan Sawyer is a lawyer from the big city come home to be an organic farmer and run the cafe/mercantile. And on the side, solve the occasional murder or two.

The characters in this book and the series are all well-developed, smart, likeable and very real. A smart cozy.

When Megan drops Becca off at her Aunt Merry’s, the reception is fairly hostile. Leaving Megan wondering what was all that about?

When it begins to look like someone is using her aunt’s books to do some revenge killing, Megan jumps in with both feet and does her best to find out who is doing the killing and if she is next.

Great Job! Strong, edgy with characters as real as you.

Netgalley/Henery Press November 14,2017

Honoring Our Veterans Today

Thank you to all the Vets out there. From the Revolution to this week, my family is serving the military in all branches.

I’m especially proud of my cousin Krissy, the one in front of the helicopter she flies along with the big planes. To all of you a big thank you and I’m proud to be from a family that served the real America.

xx much love

How The Finch Stole Christmas by J.R.Ripley (A Bird Lover’s Mystery)

How the Finch Stole Christmas (A Bird Lover's Mystery #6)

This is the sixth book in A Bird Lover’s Mystery series featuring Amy Simms and her store Birds and Bees. Selling all things bird and bee related while poking her little nose in the occasional murder.

It’s Christmas time in Ruby Lake, North Carolina and Kinley’s Christmas House Village is always abuzz with shoppers. Only this year they seem to be protesting more than shopping. When the village is sold to a Mr. Finch, things turn down right foul. He is not a likable person and the town is up in arms over the changes. But was someone upset enough to murder?

It’s not long before Amy is in the thick of things trying to unravel this mystery. And not just for one murder.

With every new installment of this series the characters get better. Ripley peels back another layer on characters we thought we knew but oh how we did not! A great stocking stuffer for the bird lover in your family as well as the cozy mystery fan.

Well Done!

Netgalley/Kensington/Lyrical Underground  November 14, 2017

 

The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

The Secret Mother

‘Are you my mummy?’ 

Tessa Markham comes home to find a little boy in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the child is or how he got there.

After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the boy. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself…

I’m not sure this is a thriller. Maybe a mystery, but from the first few chapters I figured out what had probably happened here.

Adding to the blurb was the tag if you liked Girl on a Train. I did not care for that book or the movie. So I probably should have left this one alone.

It just wasn’t for me. But give it a try! I loved another one of her books. Just not this one.

November 9, 2017 Release     Netgalley/Bookouture

Hello Monday, What’s Everyone Reading This Week?

Surprise Me Coming in February!

 

Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold, #1) Coming March 6, 2018

The Undertaker's Daughter (Untitled #1)  Coming February 6, 2018

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Coming December 5, 2018

Two Girls Down Coming January of 2018

These are my books for the week. What have you got on your TBR list today? I really need some suggestions on series for 13-year-old girls. Preferably a series. She’s going to be grounded a long time with no phone.

xx  Patricia    Enjoy this Clean Slate Monday!

 

A Little Girl’s Heart and a Chance to Help!

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I would love to introduce you all to Ember and her mom Jessie. When the floods hit Houston and Ember heard about it, she wanted to do her own fundraiser for a specific family her mom helped her choose.

Ember is Charli and Corbin’s cousin and Jessie is their aunt. She also teaches and runs her own ballet studio,( Ascend Studios) which is where we went for the event. Ember is 7 like Charli.

For weeks this little girl worked on making tiny wreaths, Christmas ornaments and other crafts. There was also a table with craft supplies for kids to make and take something. Auntie Jessie had made hundreds of butter cookies to sell by order. I bought 6 dozen!

So today Jessie said they raised around $300! And this was just a private FB pop up event. As Jessie said, ” Can you imagine this time of year and Christmas with just nothing?”

I absolutely love the fact of helping others on a personal level instead of writing a check and not knowing where it goes. And I am privileged to know these two. Ember is always full of great ideas and Jessie is great at executing those ideas and supporting her daughter 100%. They aren’t simply good at talking their faith, they live it. They put faith into action and those actions change people’s lives.

And from what I hear some of the kids thought it was such a great idea they want to do it also. Great kids!

If you would like to help this family you can still do so on their Go Fund Me page. Link is below.

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xx Patricia

 

https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-reliefmcwilliams-family…

They have been taking care of the homeless in Beaumont, Tx. for two years now. And now, they are homeless. Foster-Adoptive parents Robert and Jennifer…
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