Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Beginnings - 11/17/2017

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
My book beginnings is taken from THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen:

"She walks briskly down the city sidewalk, her blond hair bouncing against her shoulders, her cheeks flushed, a gym bag looped over her forearm.  When she reaches her apartment building, her hand dips into her purse and pulls out her keys.  The street is loud and busy, with yellow cabs racing by, commuters returning from work, and shoppers entering the deli on the corner.  But my eyes never stray from her."

Books Finished:

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018.

CARNEGIE'S MAID by Marie Benedict - review will be on January 11, 2018.

A lovely, interesting read. 
THE PARIS SECRET by Karen Swan - review is in the book's title.

POISON by Galt Niederhoffer - review will be on November 21.


Book Blogger Hop - 11/17 - 11/23

 Question of the Week:

If you had an author-only Thankgsgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

My Answer:

First on the list would be authors who add food or cooking words in the title and include recipes.  :)

My favorite person would be Ruth Reichl.  I have loved her books and the recipes she includes in her books.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 11/17/2017

1. I can't wait to eat ____ on Thanksgiving.

2. My favorite kind of pie is ___.

3. This year, I am particularly thankful for         .

4. A funny holiday tradition in my/our house is          .


1.  I can't wait to eat lumpy mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving.  :)

2.  My favorite kind of pie is cherry.

3.  This year, I am particularly thankful for my family's health and safety.

4.  A funny holiday tradition in our house is that we must always use the same pan for the turkey.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

An apartment hidden for 73 years and forbidden by the owner to be known to anyone, but why?

The children didn't even know about it until the apartment was broken into.

Once the apartment was revealed to the children, in comes Flora and Angus, well-known art dealers and auctioneers.  And what a find in that apartment closed for 73 years...famous paintings, artifacts, and the home left as it had been when the family lived there.

Flora was in her domain and in her glory over this, but some things didn't seem right with the Vermeil family - the children were obnoxious, and their parents seemed excited but a bit disinterested in the apartment and its contents.  Something else must be behind all of this.

We follow Flora as she investigates the contents of the apartment and the path of sales of the Renoir from the painter to each seller.  She came to a standstill when she found out that a dealer who dealt with the Nazis was the last recorded owner of the Renoir.  If that was where it ended, no one would want the painting.   Then when Flora went to Vienna to meet someone who had the companion painting to the Renoir, another surprise awaited her.

Mystery, intrigue, and deceit abound in THE PARIS SECRET.

I truly  enjoyed THE PARIS SECRET.  It was a bit of mystery mixed in with history.  I was impressed at how much  research goes into checking the authenticity of paintings. It actually was quite fascinating along with the excitement of recognizing the names of famous painters.

This was my first book by Karen Swan and am sorry I have never read anything else by her.  The story line is interesting, the writing is marvelous and very descriptive.

If you love Paris, drama, art, finding treasures in old buildings, and a bit of romance, THE PARIS SECRET won't disappoint.  

The secret revealed in the ending pages was excellent. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Giveaway and Review of I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh

To celebrate the release of the paperback edition of
Penguin Random House has a copy for ONE lucky USA reader.

Entry link is at the bottom of the post.


Seeing your blurry but recognizable photo in an ad for escorts caught Zoe Walker's attention, but no one in her family believed the photo was Zoe.

After seeing other faces in the same ad and seeing that harm had come to those women either brutally or by robbery definitely had Zoe worrying she was next.

I SEE YOU was confusing at first because there were too many characters, and making a connection took a while.

The plot seemed to go round and round and not get anywhere, but I didn't want to stop because I know Ms. Mackintosh throws in zingers and twists right up to the end.

The zingers started when Zoe's live-in boyfriend and her boss seemed to be suspects in the stalking. 

The ending was ​good and was worth the LONG wait for the suspense to begin.
I am wavering between a 3/5 and a 4/5 for my rating.

The 3/5 would be because it took too long for the suspense to begin.

The 4/5 would be because I SEE YOU dealt with a problem that technology ​ can potentially cause as well as being helpful, the intense ending, and how the characters involved with the crimes were a complete surprise. 

I will leave it at that, and let you make your decision after you read the book.

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


I am partnering with Penguin Random House for this giveaway.
November 14 - November 21

USA entries ONLY 

Click here to enter the contest


Monday, November 13, 2017

45 Life Lessons to LIVE BY

45 Life Lessons Written by a "90-Year-Old Woman" 

I posted this in 2014, but wanted to share the joy again!!  Isn't she adorable?

People often tell Regina Brett how great she looks for her age.

Turns out, she is actually 54 years old — not 90. She wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Over that past decade, these lessons have gone viral on the Internet amid claims that she is 90 years old. Luckily, she finds humor in this misrepresentation, knowing how many lives she has touched.

Whatever her age might be, these universal lessons are relatable to anyone who needs a little reminder of what’s important in life.
  1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
  11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
  36. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don't ask, you don't get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
If you want more inspiration from Regina Brett, check out her personal website!

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 11/13/2017
I hope you had a great reading week. 
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018 - finished November 12.

A bit slow at first, but it is worth the wait.  :)


CARNEGIE'S MAID by Marie Benedict - review will be on January 1, 2018 - finished November 8.

A very lovely, interesting read.

THE PARIS SECRET by Karen Swan - review will be on November 15.

POISON by Galt Niederhoffer - review will be on November 21.

A tense, domestic thriller.

Book Currently Reading

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2018.

Books Up Next:

THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig - review will be on January 10, 2018.
SISTERS LIKE US by Susan Mallery - Review will be on January 23.

AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN by Susan Meissner - review will be on February 6, 2018.
WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine - review will be on February 13, 2018.
SUNBURN by Laura Lipmann - review will be on February 20, 2018.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth - review will be on March 13, 2018.
THE RECIPE BOX by Viola Simpson - review will be on March 20, 2018.
I WAS ANASTASIA by Ariel Lawhon - review will be on March 21, 2018.
NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser - review will be on March 27, 2018.
THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic - review will be on April 10, 2018