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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cover Crush...Unlocked


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.



I'm not a huge county fair person. But, if it's cool and not hot, I don't mind walking around and seeing the booths, what's for sale, what won awards, etc. But, that aside, I loved this cover the minute I saw it. The muted colors, the bright alluring fairgrounds with its iconic Ferris wheel. As if it's saying, "Come to us! Come here and see what you find!" It just pulls you in, doesn't it? 

I've read the book and it totally pulls you in too. My review goes up on Monday!

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, indieBRAG.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mailbox Monday 7/25

It's time for another Mailbox Monday which was created by Marcia at To Be Continued.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week... Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.   


Hi, my name is Holly and I have a book problem...
All books are from Netgalley unless otherwise specified.

Fever at DawnAmour Provence

Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos
Amour Provence by Constance Leisure

A Gown of Thorns: A gripping novel of romance, intrigue and the secrets of a vintage Parisian dressThe House of Dreams: A Novel

A Gown of Thorns by Natalie Meg Evans
The House of Dreams by Kate Lord Brown

Forever Safe (Beacons of Hope, #4)The Second Chance Shoe Shop

Forever Safe by Jody Hedlund, actually purchased by me.
The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and ConvictionBalancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose

Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure
Balancing it All by Candace Cameron Bure

Naapiikoan WinterPancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France

Naapiikoan Winter by Alethea Williams. giveaway win from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson

The Daughter of Union CountyThe Topless Widow of Herkimer Street

The Daughter of Union County by Francine Thomas Howard
The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street by Jacob M. Appel

What about you?

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What new books did you receive?  Check out more Mailbox Monday posts here.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Weekend Reflections 7/23

Looking outside...it's sunny and hot. Have I ever mentioned that I hate heat?

Listening...to silence. The Boy and The Doctor are at work and The Brother is sleeping. 

Loving...family, extended family. Cousins. Heritage. Legacy.

Thinking...that I am tired, so very tired. Mom and I went to Utah for another funeral yesterday. 8 hours total driving, 600+ miles, 5 wonderful hours with beloved family members. A good, but long day.

In my kitchen...a Grande Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a butter croissant from Starbucks.

Wearing...black skirt, white t-shirt.

Hoping...that we can get some solutions to our vehicle problems. Both cars are having issues.


Reading...what's that? I haven't read anything of note for nearly a month.

Today...my house needs some care. It's been neglected and we need to do some definite tidying, sweeping and vacuuming.

Quoting...“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard

Feeling...So many things. I drove to Utah yesterday with my mom for another funeral for one of her cousins. It is difficult because as we age, saying good-bye to loved ones becomes more common. But, I love this family that I am descended from. They are good people who came from a tiny little town in northern Utah. That town gave them an upbringing that shaped and molded them into amazing people who then raised more amazing people. 

Funerals are so bittersweet. There are tears and memories, but there is also laughter and reminiscing and reunions. I love cousins. First, second, third; once-, twice-, three times-removed, whatever. You're a cousin? It doesn't matter at what level you fall. You're related and you're part of this amazing legacy.

Planning...we got The Boy his housing for school. An apartment near campus, affordable and not a dive. Woot! I need to start looking ahead to make lists for what he will need. I'm working on his cookbook.

Gratitude...for family, immediate and extended family. Cousins. Heritage. Legacy.

From my world... 


Best new road trip snack. Seriously.

What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Conversation at Our House...Matches

I love going back through my old blog posts and finding these conversations. I'm so grateful I recorded some of these, because I'd forgotten many of them. This one was with The Boy when he was about 11.

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M: (hugging The Boy): "I love you. Do you know that I love you?"
E: (hugging Mom back): "Yes."
M: "How do you know that I love you?"
E: "Because you do my laundry and let me play with matches!**"


**Disclaimer: The Boy "plays" with matches when he does his science experiments. He's always supervised.  Don't worry, he's not going to burn down our house or anyone else's!