Welcome to another Monday from the Interior, in which we share about the books we received in the mail (or bought), and talk about our bookish week, past and future.

For April, Mailbox Monday is hosted by Cindy’s Love of Books.

Sheila, at Book Journey, brings us What Are You Reading?


My mailbox brought one review book; I also purchased one download and one from the bookstore.

1.  Come Home, by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press)

Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her—though it is stressful—and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.

But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

Come Home reads with the breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood, asking the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits to love of family? 

2.  The Beginner’s Goodbye, by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances—in their house, on the roadway, in the market.
Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy’s unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace.
Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler’s humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

3.  More Than You Know (e-book), by Penny Vincenzi

It all comes down to love or money in a harrowing custody battle over a little girl, set against the glossy backdrop of the magazine and advertising worlds in 1960s London.
A privileged girl from a privileged class, Eliza has a dazzling career in the magazine world of the 1960s. But when she falls deeply in love with Matt, an edgy working-class boy, she gives up her ritzy, fast-paced lifestyle to get married.
By the end of the decade, however, their marriage has suffered a harrowing breakdown, culminating in divorce and a dramatic courtroom custody battle over their little girl. Also at risk is Eliza’s gorgeous family home, a pawn in the game, which she can’t bear to give up.
True to form, Penny Vincenzi introduces a devious cast of characters seemingly plucked from the pages of sixties- and seventies-era magazines, as she deftly maneuvers between the glamorous, moneyed worlds of fashion and advertising, and a heart-wrenching custody battle going on in the courtroom where the social mores of the time are on full display.



Welcome to another Monday morning where we share our thoughts about bookish topics.  This past week was spring break, and I spent some time with the grandkids; I even did some furniture rearranging.

The rest of the week I spent reading…and also did a bit of blogging.

Midweek found me writing Hump Day Potpourri:  Mugs, Memories, & Bookish Thoughts; and on that same day, I posted my review of Whole Latte Life, by Joanne DeMaio.  I read it in February, but it is on blog tour this month.

Read/Reviewed-Click Titles for Reviews:

The Secret Garden (e-book), by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin

Arranged, by Catherine McKenzie

American Pastoralby Philip Roth

What’s Up Next? Click titles/covers for more info:

1.  The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty (Amazon Vine)

2.  A Silence of Mockingbirds, by Karen Spears Zacharias (Review book)

3.  An Appetite for Murder (e-book), by Lucy Burdette


That’s my week, past and present.  What are you planning?  What was your last week like?  Come on by and share.


  1. cindyloveofbook

    I love the cover for More then you know. You got some great books. Looking forward to hearing what you think of them 🙂


    1. I love that cover, too, Cindy. The author is one of my favorites, even though her books are pretty hefty….lol.

      But I’ll be reading this one on Sparky, my Kindle.

      Thanks for visiting….


  2. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    Three great books this week, I would probably be tempted by all three of them, although I would more than likely only add two to my reading list: the Anne Tyler and the Lisa Scottoline. Both are authors whose names I am familiar with, although I have never read any of their books.

    Thanks for sharing your finds and have a good week


  3. Ah, what great suggestions. I just finished reading More Than You Know by Beth Gutcheon, which was a great mix of love and suspense. I’ll be starting Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain in a few days. 🙂


    1. I’m excited about it, too, Shelleyrae…I just received it last week (or the one before; I’ve lost track!), which tells you something since I’m already reading it.

      Thanks for stopping by, and for “liking” my post. Enjoy your week.


  4. ‘More Than You Know’ looks right up my alley – got a soft spot for anything set in 1960s London, books or TV. ‘The Chaperone’ looks great too – again another time period I’m drawn to, early 1900s New York, ever since reading Amor Towles’ ‘Rules of Civility’.


    1. I’m looking forward to it…a lot. I had preordered Come Home for Sparky, but then received this one unexpectedly as a review book. Naturally I cancelled the preorder!

      Thanks for visiting, Laura, and have a great week!


  5. I managed to get the Beginner’s Goodbye from the Apple store, but the other ones aren’t released yet! I’ve made a note of The Chaperone, because I’m right into the 20s and 30s at the moment! xx


    1. I’m grateful to receive some of these as review books, even though the ARCs don’t always have the nice covers. I stumbled on the Anne Tyler book in Barnes & Noble…and had a coupon.

      Thanks for stopping by, Wendy, and have a great week.


    1. Thanks, Karen…I should have that review up later today. I hadn’t read a Roth book in awhile…the last one was The Human Stain, also a book featuring Nathan Zuckerman.

      Glad you could stop by…and enjoy your week.


  6. I had my time with the grandchildren cut a little short, because the parents wanted the granddaughter back on Saturday evening – just when we were getting ready to dye eggs with her cousin and uncles. That’s the way it goes though. I did get to watch my grandson hunt the eggs we dyed on Sunday morning though. My son got up early, hid the eggs in the front yard and woke me up in time to watch the boy hunt for them – it was cute and fun. Then my sweet little grandson left up half of his easter basket when his mom came- told me to share it with his “papa” (grandpa).

    Happy reading this week!


    1. Sounds like a fun Easter, Mardel…I have fond memories of egg hunts. I didn’t spend Easter with any of them this year, but had them earlier in the week when they wanted to shop and watch movies (and play video games).

      Glad you could stop by, and enjoy your week.


  7. The Penny Vincenzi book looks really good – I’m going to see if my library has that one. I still haven’t read anything by Lisa Scottoline, but she is on my radar to check her out.

    The Secret Garden was one of my favorite reads as a young girl – that and the Anne of Green Gables series.

    Hope you have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book


    1. After I read The Secret Garden, I wish I’d read it as a child…but better late than never. I enjoy Scottoline’s books, even her memoirs.

      Thanks for visiting, Kristin T, and have a great week.


  8. alone

    Secret garden is a sweet read, simple and charming….. 🙂
    I loved the cover of a silence of mocking birds. The empty nest goes along with the silence in the title


    1. Yes, that’s a good way to describe Vincenzi’s books…they are lush and layered…and they feel like something one must read “guiltily.” lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Jake…and enjoy your week.


  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have been very busy.

    The Beginner’s Goodbye sounds really good, just wondering if it would touch too close to me with my own paralysis, but I mat take the chance on it. Let me know what you think after reading it.

    Have a great week!


  10. Sharon Chance

    You always have such an interesting group of books to read! A Silence of Mockingbirds has me intrigued, as I see it does quite a few of us! Can’t wait for your review!


  11. Staci@LifeintheThumb

    So many great books on your blog! I have the new Anne Tyler book and look forward to reading it!! Enjoy all your reads!


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