It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

 

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

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And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

It happened.

I probably need to get one.

And a housekeeper.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

Handwritten Recipes by Michael Popek

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New Posts

Review: Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

Review: A Month of Sunday’s by Liz Byrski

Review: The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

Weekend Cooking: Handwritten Recipes by Michael Popek

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What I’m Reading This Week

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its ribbon-cutting on Thursday.

With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

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A prodigal daughter returns to Brockenridge…

Eleven years ago Ruby Aston left Brockenridge – and its small-town gossip – for the anonymity of the big city. Now, a grieving Ruby is forced to come home to the place she loathes. But it also means returning to someone she’s always regretted leaving behind…

Connor Delaney is determined to prove himself and not get by on his family name alone. To do this he needs to acquire the local roadhouse. He never anticipated the owner would be the same ‘bad girl’ who ditched him at the high school ball and was never heard from again.

For Alisha Nathieson, the grief of suddenly losing her dear friend and employer Clara Aston has forced her to examine her choice to stay to support her aging parents. As she battles a growing need to explore her past, temptation wars with duty. And then there are her feelings for handsome chef Harry, who has secrets of his own…

If Ruby follows her heart and saves her mother’s legacy, will she lose the one man she’s longed for all along?

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From the international bestselling author of The Gilded Hour comes Sara Donati’s enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in nineteenth-century New York

Obstetrician Dr. Sophie Savard returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. With the help of Dr. Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician she plans to continue her work aiding the disadvantaged women society would rather forget.

As Sophie sets out to construct a new life for herself, Anna’s husband, Detective-Sergeant Jack Mezzanotte calls on them both to consult on two new cases: the wife of a prominent banker has disappeared into thin air, and the corpse of a young woman is found with baffling wounds that suggest a killer is on the loose. In New York it seems that the advancement of women has brought out the worst in some men. Unable to ignore the plight of New York’s less fortunate, these intrepid cousins draw on all resources to protect their patients.

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Even a good woman can be pushed too far…From bestselling author Tricia Stringer, this beautifully realised multi-generational family story looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be.

Natalie King’s life is full. Some might say too full. With her teaching job, a farm to run, three grown daughters who have not quite got a handle on things, a reserved husband and a demanding mother-in-law, most days she is too busy to think about whether she is happy. But her life has meaning, doesn’t it? After all, she is the one person everyone depends upon.

But when an odd gift from her mother-in-law – an old book in the form of stern and outdated advice for young wives – surfaces again, it brings with it memories she thought she had buried deep. Has this insidious little book exerted some kind of hold over her? Could it be that in her attempts to be a loving wife and mother, she no longer knows who she is?

On a day when it seems everyone is taking her for granted, and as the ghost of a past betrayal rises, it becomes clear that even this good mother and model wife can be pushed too far …

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yvonne473
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 02:50:47

    Elevator Pitch looks good. I’ll have to add that to my list. Have a great week!

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 04:05:55

    I added Handwritten Recipes to my Amazon list. I ran across a copy a while back, but I’ve never owned a copy of my own. My birthday will be in here in a couple of months.

    It looks like you had a lovely reading week. I hope next week is great for you, too.

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  3. Maureen Bakker
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 04:28:11

    I really love the look and sound of ‘Long Way Home’! I hope you’ll like it!
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 06:37:09

    I did some dusting and vacuumming today. WTH happened – I mean it’s only been a couple months, how could it need it? lol Before there were so many boxes, but now more of the floor is open. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  5. Beware Of The Reader
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 07:14:07

    Haaa give me a housekeeper any day!!!

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  6. Stormi D Johnson
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 07:24:06

    Interesting books your reading! Hope you enjoy them!

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  7. Greg
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 07:45:53

    Wow Elevator Pitch definitely has a scary premise! I’d have a hard time riding in an elevator after reading that probably lol.

    That graphic cracked me up. 🙂

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  8. thebookdisciple
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 10:10:26

    I grabbed Elevator Pitch last week and it sounds so great. I also need a housekeeper. Holding my arms up to block my messy house is exhausting!

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  9. Carol (@carolsnotebook)
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 12:06:43

    I would love a housekeeper too
    Enjoy your books!

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  10. thebookishlibra
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 12:19:05

    I feel like I need a housekeeper too. Those chores always get in the way of my reading time, lol.

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  11. Lisa R. Howeler
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 14:17:35

    Looks like some great books coming up! I’m going to add a couple of those to my list! The elevator one freaked me out since I have an elevator phobia. 😩

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  12. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 15:23:12

    Elevator Pitch looks interesting. Happy reading, Shellyrae! 🙂

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  13. Kathryn
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 17:32:18

    Will be interested to see what you think of the new Sara Donati book. I did read The Gilded Hour but a little hazy on it although checking my review I didn’t appreciate it not reaching resolution. Maybe this one will bring that.

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  14. Beth F
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 21:54:27

    Elevator Pitch looks good — but after reading it, will I ever ride an elevator again???? LOL

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  15. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 21:57:53

    Elevator Pitch looks frightening and good! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week.

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  16. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 23:13:02

    Elevator Pitch sounds good!! And a housekeeper would be amazing. All the things I could do, if only I didn’t need to clean too…lol.

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  17. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 23:39:47

    That quote about holding your book just right to avoid the mess is perfect! So funny!!

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  18. Daniela Ark
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 00:15:11

    Where the light enters sounds so good! Female doctors in nineteenth-century New York! Can’t get better than that!

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  19. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 02:14:36

    A housekeeper would be great. Or a brownie (the Fae kind) — I would gladly leave milk out for it.

    Elevator Pitch sounds rather terrifying, to be honest, but it’s an intriguing premise. And Where the Light Enters sounds really good. I hope you enjoy them both.

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 03:40:53

    Elevator Pitch sounds good. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. fuonlyknew
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 07:35:07

    I need to try that book trick. My house is a mess and I just can’t get motivated to clean it. Luckily, I don’t get visitors unannounced. LOL

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  22. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 10:17:26

    Elevator Pitch sounds good. The Gilded Hour has been on my stack for wayyy too long. I could read more if I had a housekeeper! Have a great week.

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  23. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 12:22:28

    The Model Wife sounds like a recipe for women guilt!! I hope you enjoy it.❤️

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  24. Mystica
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 17:06:35

    What a good collection of reads.

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  25. A Voracious Reader
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 01:48:29

    I could also use a housekeeper. One who cooks healthy meals for us. lol

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  26. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 13:11:55

    I think if I read the elevator it might freak me out enough to be wary of getting in one for a while!

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  27. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Sep 20, 2019 @ 07:50:20

    Lol, I feel you… I’ve have one of those Septembers! Hopefully life with continue happening but be a bit more fun soon! 🙂

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