Good morning, and welcome to another Monday, in which we celebrate our reading, blogging, and life.  Mailbox Monday is hosted in June by Burton Book Review; and Book Journey brings us another edition of What Are You Reading?


This week, I received one review book in the mail, and downloaded two e-books.

1.  The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, by Christine Nolfi (Author Request)

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family. Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt–and the passion–she shares with powerful Troy Fagan. She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion–cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?

2.  Safe Within (e-book), by Jean Reynolds Page

Elaine and Carson Forsyth have returned to the tree house—Elaine’s childhood home, a cabin nestled high in the branches of two oaks beside a North Carolina lake—where forty-nine-year-old Carson has chosen to spend the waning days of his life. As Elaine prepares for a future without her beloved husband, their solace is interrupted. Carson’s mother, Greta, has set loose a neighbor’s herd of alpacas and landed herself in police custody. While Carson, remarkably, sees humor in the situation, Elaine can only question what her obligations are—and will be—to a woman who hasn’t spoken to her in more than twenty years.

In the wake of Carson’s death, Elaine and their grown son, Mick, are thrust into the maelstrom of Greta, the mother-in-law and grandmother who never accepted either of them. Just as they are trying to figure out their new roles in the family, Mick uncovers unexpected questions of his own. A long-ago teenage relationship with a local girl may have left him with more than just memories, and he must get to the bottom of Greta’s surprising accusations

3.  XO (e-book), by Jeffrey Deaver

COUNTRY-POP INGÉNUE Kayleigh Towne’s career is just reaching new heights with her huge hit single “Your Shadow”—but increased fame is also bringing unwanted attention. An innocent exchange with one of her fans, signed with an “XO,” leads Kayleigh into the dangerous and terrifying realm of obsession.Edwin Sharp thinks Kayleigh’s songs contain messages that speak directly to him. Despite her clear rejection and threats from lawyers and law enforcers, he remains convinced that “Your Shadow” was written just for him, and he announces he’s coming for Kayleigh. Then a potentially fatal accident occurs at the concert hall where Kayleigh is rehearsing for a triumphant hometown performance, and she is convinced that someone—maybe Edwin—was there watching her from the darkness.

True to his word, Edwin Sharp soon makes an ominous appearance in town, and California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance, a friend and fan of Kayleigh’s on vacation in Fresno to attend the show, intervenes on her behalf, drawing Sharp’s frightening attention to herself. That night a member of the road crew whom Kayleigh had once dated is murdered in an eerie echo of an image from her chart-topping song. As more deaths loom on the horizon, Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body-language analysis to stop the stalker and save more innocent victims. But before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than one fan with a mission . . .

This nail-biting thriller from suspense master Jeffery Deaver speeds along over just three short days, filled with terrifying twists that will keep readers held in rapt suspense until the final shocking revelation.



What’s Happening on the Blogs?

In my Tuesday Potpourri:  Enticing books and Cozy Places.

Or Thursday Potpourri:  Chilling with a Good Book.

On Saturday, I tossed out a Sweet Saturday Sample:  Post Vacation Ponderings.

As for my reading: (click titles/covers for reviews)

I posted a review of a book I finished in May:  Ocean Beach, by Wendy Wax

Then….I FINALLY finished American Legacy:  The Story of John & Caroline Kennedy, by C. David Heymann

The Long Way Home, by Karen McQuestion

Scotsmen Prefer Blondes, by Sara Ramsey

The Red Book (e-book), by Deborah Copaken Kogan

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

1.  A Tale of Two Sisters, by Anna Maxted (Promoted from my TBR Stacks!)

2.  Shades of Murder, by Lauren Carr (Review Book)

3.  Gone to Ground, by Brandilyn Collins (Review book)

4.  Dirty Little Secrets (e-book), by C. J. Omololu


And that’s my week!  What are the rest of you planning?  What did last week look like?  I hope you’ll come on by for a visit.


  1. kaye

    Safe Within sounds really good. The first one sounds really creepy. I have a hard time reading books with rape in them. Have a wonderful week, Laurel and happy reading


    1. I’ve had Dirty Little Secrets on my Kindle for awhile…I have been “obsessing” about “hoarding” lately, and this one seems to give a unique twist to it.

      Thanks for visiting, Kathy, and enjoy your week.


    1. The only reason I review right after finishing is that I don’t take notes while reading, and I’m afraid I’ll forget important details…lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Deb, and enjoy your week.


    1. I’m really enjoying it, Brunette Librarian…I love tales about sisters, too, even though my only sister is thirteen years younger and didn’t really feel like a sister.

      Thanks for stopping by….


    1. I try to read at least one e-book a week, as I have quite the “stockpile” on Sparky, due to how easy it is to download. And no waiting, unless they’re preordered books.

      Thanks for visiting, Judith, and enjoy your week, too.


  2. I don’t think I’ve heard of any of the books on your list this week but your mailbox books look pretty great. Although the first one isn’t my usual style, it certainly sounds interesting. And like everyone else, I think Safe Within looks great too!


    1. I have never read anything by Deaver, and I must admit I was mainly trying to find a book that began with the letter X for a challenge. But the blurb sounded really good to me. Thanks for visiting, Lucy.


  3. Laurel-Rain

    I do hope you have a great reading week.

    I have not been very sociable of late. My review list and real life is rather busy.
    I was determined to get around to the meme today.



  4. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    I have Shades of Murder coming up as well.
    Thanks for stopping by Book’d Out earlier
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


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