Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon,The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

It is finally happening!  A week with NO doctor appointments and some extra reading and blogging time.  I read and reviewed THREE BOOKS, and actually enjoyed some time on the computer.  My hand seems almost back to normal…I don’t want to speak too soon, though.  Also, I’m still waiting for my surgery, which might not be scheduled for a couple of months.

Coffee is back on the menu for me, but morning only.  So let’s grab another cup and take a peek at my week.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “Careful What You Wish For”

Tuesday Potpourri: How Things Have Changed

Coffee Chat:  Ongoing Journey

Bookish Friday:  “My Ex-Life”

Review:  Dear Wife, by Kimberly BelleReview:  Someone We Know, by Shari LapenaReview:  Careful What You Wish For, by Hallie Ephron



One book came in my mailbox!   I also downloaded an e-book.

The Kennedy Heirs, by J. Randy Taraborrelli


A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. In his revelatory new book, acclaimed Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America’s most famous family.


Careful What You Wish For, by Hallie Ephron


Currently Reading:  The Comforts of Home, by Susan Hill

A book that has been languishing on my shelves since November 2018:

Susan Hill—the Man Booker Prize nominee and winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards—returns with a hair-raising new novel, the ninth book in one of the most acclaimed mystery series of our time. Featuring the enigmatic and brooding chief police inspector Simon Serrailler, this intricate and pulse-pounding series follows a collection of grisly crimes plaguing the city of Lafferton—and The Comforts of Home is the most chilling and unputdownable installment yet.In this gripping new thriller, Simon, eager to be back at work after recovering from a near-fatal injury, takes on a cold-case review for the Lafferton police about a girl who disappeared some years before. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to changes of its own; namely his sister’s marriage to Chief Constable Kieron Bright. But when events take an unfavorable turn for the Chief Constable and an arsonist goes on a deadly rampage in Lafferton, Simon’s personal and professional lives intertwine in more complex and devastating ways than ever before.In the tradition of the fabulous mysteries of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, The Comforts of Home is Susan Hill’s best work yet—a heart-pounding new addition to a highly-applauded and “elegant†? (The New York Times) series.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I am sharing a favorite cocktail and soup from days gone by:  A margarita with Tortilla Soup:



  1. I’m glad you had a doctor-free week. Sounds like you had a good week. The Kennedy book looks great. I’ve always been fascinated by that family and like to read books based on them. Hope you have a great week!

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  2. Glad it was a good week! And that your hand is feeling better. Three books is awesome. I barely got through one- it was one of those weeks haha. Looks like you really liked Someone We Know too- I’m just starting that one now.

    Careful What You Wish For looks good too.

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  3. Your reading week looks lovely. I bet you are happy to have no doctor’s appointments and more reading and computer time. I’m especially glad to see you have once again been allowed coffee. Hurray!

    I hope you will soon be able to have a margarita now and then, too!

    Have a great week!

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  4. I’m delighted that you have had a doctor-free week – and that your hand seems a lot better. Go you for having the courage to go on changing – I know myself that it is very difficult to change lifestyle patterns. I’m struggling to sort mine out, too! Have another great week with more fabulous books:)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, I’m beginning to embrace some of my changes. Not the upcoming surgery, but the ease of living in a relatively carefree apartment.

      My reading is back on track, which helps, too.

      Enjoy your week.


  5. Diane

    Glad u are making progress with your hands. The Kennedy Heirs is waiting for me at the library. I’m so fascinated by that family who has dome so much good but experienced so much tragedy.

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  6. Literary Feline

    Your week sounds so divine, Laurel-Rain! I am glad you were able to get so much reading in. I hope you love your new books. Ephron’s new books sounds really good. I hope you have a great week!

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