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.


Another great week!  Not a lot of reading…only two books read and reviewed.  And only five blog posts.  But I had a lot of fun celebrating the friends that gather around our dining table.  Conversation, a little wine, and a lot of laughter.

Today I also had a celebration of my own:  a mani-pedi, lunch with some friends in the old neighborhood restaurant I enjoy visiting, and ending the day in the dining room again, around that big table.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at the week:


Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Other Mrs.”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Wishing & Waiting…

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  February Is Winding Down…

Bookish Friday:  “All the Best Lies”

Review:  Dead to Her, by Sarah PinboroughReview:  The Housekeeper, by Natalie Barelli



Two books came in my physical mailbox…while two more came from NetGalley.  Additionally, I downloaded two purchased e-books.

The Girl in White Gloves, by Kerri Maher

The Watergate Girl, by Jill Wine-Banks


NetGalley ARCs:

What You Wish For, by Katherine Center (Release Date: 7/14/20)

Until I Find You, by Rea Frey (Release Date:  8/11/20)


Purchased Downloads:

Coconut Layer Cake Murder, by Joanne Fluke

Pretty as a Picture, by Elizabeth Little



When You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren book), by Lisa Gardner


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here is today’s delicious dessert, one I have enjoyed and shared in the past:



  1. Lunch at a favorite place is always nice, and it sounds like your table crew are a lot of fun. 🙂 Hope you’re having an amazing weekend.

    When You See Me looks good, and those Joanie Fluke books always have fun covers.

    Dessert looks great too haha!

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  2. The Watergate Girl might be interesting to learn about that situation. I vaguely know of it but would be an insight I think to read it. Love the nails, mine are uncared for really, they are envious!

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  3. Do you have a name for your group, akin to the Algonquin? 🙂

    I just had the brilliant idea that I could do a weekly or monthly get together at the covered picnic tables at our little park down the road!!!! Ohmygoodness how fun that would be! Unfortunately, I’m too much of an introvert and too freaked out by bugs to initiate it.

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  4. Beware Of The Reader

    The mani pedi turned out amazing Laurel! And thanks for featuring Katherine Center’s book I always wanted to try her books an dhave sent a request on Netgalley. Fingers crossed … Have a great week!

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  5. S.G. Wright

    Hi Laurel: so glad you nabbed The Watergate Girl … you reminded me to put it on hold at the library. I hope it will be good. I’ll be eager to hear if it’s any good. We need more Watergate Girls for the times now. How witnesses in the Senate weren’t called during impeachment trial was horrendous. Now dumb John Bolton wants to put out a book this month …. but the fool blew his chance to speak up when he Should have. Grrrrr. Good luck with your primary vote on Super Tuesday. I voted absentee in the state of Virginia for this Tues.!

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    1. Thanks, Susan, I think The Watergate Girl will be a reminder of how things should have played out during the recent Impeachment…but then again, Nixon was smarter than 45 because he resigned. A dignified reaction, which the current guy is incapable of doing.

      I sent my ballot in already, too.

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  6. It was cold this week here so I’m admiring your soup as well as your dessert. It’s 2:20pm and I haven’t bothered about lunch so I’m hungry. I enjoyed the last one I read by Katherine Center and the cover is gorgeous on the one you got. I had the Lisa Gardner one from the library and didn’t get to it so I have it on reserve again. I’ve been debating about the Rea Frey book.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  7. Sounds like an excellent week, even if you didn’t read and blog quite as much as usual. The Watergate Girl sound like an interesting read… I’ll be curious to hear what you think. Hope you have another good week!

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  8. Nice mani. I keep trying to drag my hubby in for a pedi. If he doesn’t go this week then I’ll go by myself.
    I like the concept of friends around the table.
    Until I Find You looks good. I think I was eyeing that one.
    Have a good week.

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  9. I can’t believe there is a new Katherine Center book coming out this spring. I haven’t even gotten around to reading her last book. She is from Houston and I have enjoyed very much reading all of her stories.

    Your celebration with a mani-pedi along with lunch with friends sounds delightful.

    Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Deb, the best things about post retirement life is feeling better after surgery…and settling in to my new place finally.

      I hope you get to read Center’s books. I’ve noticed that she speaks at your library events.

      Enjoy your week.


  10. I’m so glad you take the time to pamper yourself – it’s time and money well spent. Your dining room sounds like a lot of fun! I really want to read The Girl in White Gloves. The Watergate Girl sounds good too.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy, whenever I feel guilty about the pampering, I think back to all those hard and stressful work years and this whole last year of physical challenges…and the guilt flies away. LOL.

      I look forward to both of those books, too. Enjoy your week.


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