Welcome to our weekly bookish place where we share our adventures in reading.  Come along and join us as we explore other blogs and feel a community spirit.

Today I’m linking up at Monday Reading, hosted by Book Journey.

To check out my Sunday Updates/Mailbox Monday, click the link.

I hope those suffering from hot weather are managing to stay cool.  I’m indoors, reading and watching movies; I’ve been drinking lots of iced tea.

Here’s what’s been happening on my blogs this week.



Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – Island Girls

Summer Reading – Redux (Booking Through Thursday)

A Little Chocolate on a Friday

Friday Potpourri:  Books, Books, and More Books

Sweet Saturday Sample:  A Budding Romance (An Excerpt)

Saturday Snapshot:  Berlin Artist

READING/REVIEWS (Click Titles for Reviews)

Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Something About Sophie, by Mary Kay McComas

Always Watching (e-book), by Chevy Stevens



1.  The Last Original Wife, by Dorothea Benton Frank




Experience the sultry Southern atmosphere of Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry in this funny and poignant tale of one audacious woman’s quest to find the love she deserves, from New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank.

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley’s wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish—’til death did them part—for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.

If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn’t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les’s world and push her to the edge. She’s had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he’s doing her a favor by keeping her around. She’s not going to waste another minute on people she doesn’t care to know. Now, she’s going to take some time for herself—in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother’s stately historic home, she’s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charleston’s live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry’s dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she’s always dreamed.

Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.


2.  Island Girls, by Nancy Thayer  (Amazon Vine Review)




New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.

Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages—that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment. College professor Meg hopes to use her summer to finish a literary biography and avoid an amorous colleague. And secretive Jenny, an IT specialist, faces troubling questions about her identity while longing for her sisters’ acceptance.

To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trust than the men who show up to complicate their lives. And if that weren’t problematic enough, their mothers descend on the island. When yet another visitor drops by the house with shocking news, the past comes screaming back with a vengeance. Having all the women from his life under his seaside roof—and overseeing the subsequent drama of that perfect storm—Rory Randall might just be enjoying a hearty laugh from above.

Nancy Thayer’s novel insightfully illustrates how the push and pull of family altercations make us whole. It’s how the Randall sisters come to forgive, and learn to open their hearts to love.


3.  Chocolate for Two, by Maria Murnane – (Amazon Vine Review)




Waverly Bryson’s life is officially perfect: She’s engaged to her gorgeous boyfriend, Jake; her Honey on Your Mind TV segment is more popular than ever; and Waverly’s Honey Shop is growing by leaps and bounds. What could possibly go wrong? For starters…everything.

This is Waverly, after all, and drama follows her wherever she goes. Why should her trip down the aisle be any different? Now, before she can marry the man of her dreams, she’ll have to go head-to-head with his high-society mother, whose vision for their wedding isn’t exactly meshing with Waverly’s. Adding to the chaos is the impending departure of Paige, Waverly’s very pregnant retail partner; the arrival of her suddenly secretive best friend, Andie; and the meddling of a new TV producer who’s promising to “shake things up.” Suddenly Waverly’s perfect life feels like it’s about to come crashing down…unless the irrepressible Miss Bryson can prove to the world—and to herself—that she really can have it all.


Come on by and let’s chat about books!


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  1. Staci@LifeintheThumb

    Loving the covers of the titles that you have coming up this week. I have been in a light reading mood and these seem to fit it!! I’m off to check out some of your reviews! Have a great week!


  2. We had about same opinion of Sisterland, and you gave a good review to Always Watching, which I still want to get my hands on because I enjoy Chevy Stevens. I see a beach read theme coming up this week 🙂 Sounds good–enjoy!


  3. The books you list all sound like good stories. Chocolate for Two is the one closest to the sort of books I read though. I’ll be eager to hear what you think about it. Come see what I did last week here. Happy reading this week!


  4. Your reads this week have such attractive covers! I know, shouldn’t judge the book, but the cover does make the first impression.

    I don’t like being inside in the summer so I’ve been suffering the heat to be outdoors and then running inside for a blast of a/c. I like to sit out on my deck and read… at least until the humidity gets to me.


  5. The Last Original Wife is one I want to read and I want to try Nancy Thayer as well. However Wendy Wax novel beside me here on side bar is sitting on my Kindle first to be read!


  6. Island Girls looks really nice! 🙂 I am currently on the island of Boracay and I’m sure it would be a god book to read here. 🙂 Have a great reading week ahead of you!


  7. Always happy to visit your blog. I like your new blog button. I like all of your books. I love reading about Nantuckett. I suspect going there will never happen. I love Dorothea Benton Frank. My favorite one so far is Shem Creek. I liked Plantation too. Want to read Bull Island and the other ones. Didn’t know about this new one. Have a good week.


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