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.


Happy Easter, for those who celebrate it.  I am eager for a new week, since some of my favorite restaurants are now open (25%).  My granddaughter and I are planning a lunch.

What has your week brought you?

I have read and reviewed three books; written eight blog posts; and started viewing Emily in Paris on Netflix.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at my past week.


Tuesday Excerpts: “A Million Reasons Why”

Tuesday Potpourri: One Book!

Goodbye to March!

WWW Post…

Another Backlog Book…

Coffee Chat: My Wings Have Been Clipped…

Bookish Friday: “Blood Orange”

Happy Saturday!

Her Dark Lies, by J. T. Ellison

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Review:  White Palace, by Glenn Savan

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Every Vow You Break, by Peter Swanson

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In my mailbox:

Jackie:  Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O, by Paul Brandus

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The Beauty of Living Twice, by Sharon Stone

Trust Me, by T. M. Logan


Watch Her Fall, by Erin Kelly

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CURRENTLY READING:  Blind Spot, by Sue Miller

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And A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser

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That was my week. What did yours look like?




  1. I am so excited about being able to eat out again haha although I don’t want to go too crazy. We did venture out for my birthday and the restaurant did a really good job with partial occupancy and distancing. It was nice to be out again. I hope you and your daughter have a great lunch out too!

    I just got a JT Ellison book this weekend.

    Happy Easter!

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  2. I can feel the happiness over here about the restaurants. I think I would eat in restaurants for a WHOLE WEEK if they would open up. But sadly, I don’t think they will soon.

    Hopefully April will bring you loads of fun and sunshine and good books.

    Happy Easter! I celebrated on Good Friday ^^

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  3. Happy Easter. I’ve got the next two weeks off and although things here in the UK are beginning to relax, the family and I will be staying home. Hopefully taking advantage of warmer and spending time in our back garden.
    Hope you have a lovely week. X

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  4. Happy Easter and Spring to you too, Laurel-Rain! ✝🐣 I hope you will enjoy your meal out with your granddaughter – Restaurants are still not allowed to be open here in the UK yet (bring on the 12th April for that!), however we are allowed to meet in groups of up to 6 outside for drinks, picnics and bbqs which is lovely. So I am hoping to finally meet my new baby cousin today! Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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  5. Susan

    Hey Laurel, hope you have nice weather there. And it’ll be great when you can get to the Cheesecake Factory for a delicious lunch. I have been back from SoCal about a month now … and I still think about it the nice walks I had with my folks there. So much was in bloom. Perhaps I’ll get back there in the fall. Still waiting for the vaccine in Canada. Enjoy your Day. And the Sharon Stone book looks like a doozy, right?

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    1. Thanks, Susan, and I hope you get the vaccine soon! It brings such a relief to have its protection.

      I think my granddaughter and I will go to Marie Callender’s by the university here, the only one that is still live! I am thinking of pot pie and Caesar salad!

      Cheesecake Factory is fun, too, but is usually crowded, so that won’t happen for a while.

      And yes, Sharon Stone has some stories to tell, some involving scary health issues.
      Enjoy your week!

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  6. Oh, what a lovely prospect to go out and eat with your granddaughter:)). We are not at that stage yet, as the Govt is being very very careful in easing restrictions from this lockdown. So I wholeheartedly wish you a fabulous time together, as I know you have been isolated for a long time! Have a great week, Laurel!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie, I am imagining going into another restaurant…so far, I’ve gone to one! I haven’t been out to any place all year long except the doctor (once!). And the one restaurant visit a couple of weeks ago. Slowly going forward!


  7. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    Our restaurants don’t reopen until mid-May but I’m excited to get out for a meal too! I hope you enjoy your outing with your granddaughter.

    Have a great week!

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  8. We are hoping to try an outdoor restaurant as our first return to that world, but we haven’t made definite plans yet. I hope you and your granddaughter enjoy a lovely lunch, and be sure to take photos and keep us all posted with how it goes.

    Emily in Paris is fun, isn’t it? I love seeing all the clothes everyone is wearing, and Emily certainly know what to do with social media. And, of course, there is also Paris. Paris!

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    1. Thanks, Deb, I do love viewing shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime…which actually help make up for all that we are missing out there. I will move slowly back into the “regular world,” which is no more, now that we think about it.


  9. Anne Bennett

    Even though our restaurants are at 25% I am still too cautious to eat-in. We did get our second vaccine on Friday, though, so in a few weeks we should be able to move about more. Happy Easter.

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  10. Happy Easter! Sounds like you had a great reading and blogging week.

    I love all the books on your list. Trust Me got my attention. I’ve read that author before and really liked the book. I’ll have to look for Trust Me.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  11. Happy Easter! It’s so exciting to be able to think about a lunch or dinner out again. I’ve got my second shot coming up this week, then it’s two more weeks. Enjoy your time out with your granddaughter… I’m very happy for you.

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  12. Happy Easter! Oh, going to a restaurant sounds good. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to do so too.

    Trust Me ans Watch Her Fall sound good to me. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  13. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Happy Easter and yay for the planned lunch! I hope you enjoy all of your reads, you’ve definitely got some interesting books in there! I’ve heard Sharon Stone’s autobiography is fascinating! I hope you have a lovely week and do drop by my Monday post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  14. Wow, that’s a wonderful list of books! So glad you’re able to go out to restaurants again. I haven’t eaten out in over a year, and I really miss it. Hope you have another great week, in reading and everything else!

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  15. Cheryl Malandrinos

    Great to hear of more re-openings. Hopefully, that means we are getting closer to normal.. whatever that is these days.

    Hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  16. I hope you had a fantastic lunch with your granddaughter!

    My husband and I have taken all our meals out to go since we arrived in Florida. We ate outside when we were allowed to while we were in California but there’s no social distancing that we can see at restaurants in Florida. Oh well. It’s great that things are safely opening up for you!

    Enjoy your week!

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  17. Literary Feline

    We are starting to venture out more too, although aren’t ready to eat out yet-at least not indoors. Too many places here aren’t following the capacity limit and are crowding everyone in–and there are plenty of people take part. I hope you and your granddaughter have a nice lunch out! You’ll have to tell us where you go. I can live vicariously through you. 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your reading and week, Laurel-Rain!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, we went to Mimi’s, and I was pleased at how well the restaurant handled the social distancing, and that everyone was masked. It made me feel good about this place I have always enjoyed.

      Have a great week, and enjoy your outings when they happen.


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