Thursday, May 26, 2022

Review: Midnight Dunes by Laura Griffin


Midnight Dunes (The Texas Murder Files #3) by Laura Griffin
Publication Date: May 24th 2022 by Berkley
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher 
Rating: ½
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Macey Burns is in Lost Beach, Texas for a fresh start after her TV reporting career derailed. She’s hired by its tourism board to film commercials to attract visitors to their beautiful island. Unfortunately, things get off to an unsettling start when a woman is murdered, and Macey finds out she’s renting the woman’s former beach cottage. Detective Owen Breda is lead in the investigation and somehow, they keep bumping into each other, their paths cross over and over.

Owen is drawn in by Macey from the start, but the murder makes pursuing her difficult, especially when they need to keep a tight lid on the investigation. However, they’re thrown together through the investigation and Owen grows more attached with every encounter, their chemistry is palpable, but he’d like to keep Macey out of harm’s way.

Even though Macey’s out of the investigative reporting gig, it seems like she’s in the middle of this murder case left and right, and she can’t shake the eerie feelings she has staying at the dead woman’s cottage.  Macey’s vowed to make her film production company her priority, making a success out of the business she’s sunk her savings into, and having a romantic relationship is a distraction she doesn’t want to have, and yet… Every time Macey thinks to rebuff Owen she doesn’t. She’s so attracted to him despite her intentions.

Midnight Dunes was the perfect combination of police procedural investigation and steamy romance! One didn’t overtake the other and I enjoyed the balance. I was hooked from the first chapter as I tried to figure out the identity of the killer right along with Owen and Macey! The suspense and danger picked up in the latter half of the story and I was on the edge of my seat worried about these characters as the killer became more and more bold. I loved how it all turned out and wonder if we’ll be getting more mysteries from Lost Beach. Nicole certainly deserves her own story with Emmett, maybe? I look forward to whatever Ms. Griffin has to offer next!

4.5 Stars



Macey blinked at the windshield, shocked. Her heart raced as she tried to catch her breath. The car was tilted, and the headlights illuminated a patch of weeds and a gravelly strip of shoulder.


Macey put the gearshift in park and shoved open the door. She started to get out, but the seat belt yanked her back. Unbuckling it, she slid out. Rain pelted her as she looked around in a daze.


What the hell had happened? One second she'd been driving along and the next second it was like aliens had seized control of the car. And she'd definitely felt a bump. Had she hit something?


Glancing at the road, she saw no other traffic. She retrieved her cell phone and slammed the door. Her wet flip-flops thwacked against the gravel as she walked around the front of the Honda and checked for damage. No dents. No sign of an animal.


She stopped beside the front bumper. The right tire was flat.




She switched on her cell phone's flashlight and aimed it at the tire. Rain streamed down her face and neck. What now? She turned off the flashlight and called Josh, but he didn't pick up, so she sent him a text:


SOS! Flat tire. Call me.


A car raced past and sprayed her with water. She yelped and whirled around, but the driver didn't even slow. Cursing, she glanced up and down the highway. This end of the island was fairly desolate-mostly campgrounds and nature parks. She'd passed a marina, but that was a ways back.


When she'd planned her trip down here, she had wanted seclusion. After weeks of scouring listings, she'd been ecstatic when a long-term rental popped up on the island's north end, just footsteps from the beach. The idea of being away from town, surrounded by sand and waves and the soundtrack of nature, had been immensely appealing. But now she wasn't sure. Maybe she should have followed Josh's advice and rented an apartment in town for the summer.


Macey shivered and rubbed her bare arms, chilled from the rain despite the warm temperature. Her tank top and jeans were already soaked through, and she was out here alone and stranded.


I can handle it.


Ha. Famous last words.


She went back around the Honda and reached inside once again, this time to pop the trunk. It was a new-to-her car, and she didn't know the spare tire situation, but surely there was something in back. Macey had helped a boyfriend change a tire in college once. Well, maybe not helped, but she'd watched, and it had seemed pretty straightforward.


She tromped back to the trunk and slid aside the tripod and the suitcase filled with camera equipment. After finding the corner tab, she peeled back the layer of carpet.


Score! A spare tire, along with a heavy metal tool-a lug wrench?-and what had to be a jack.


But the spare seemed . . . off. She frowned down at the anemic-looking tire. Pressing her fingers against it, she confirmed her suspicion.


The spare was flat, too.


"Crap," she said again.


Macey checked her phone. Still nothing from Josh. She hated asking a man to rescue her, but it was freaking pouring, and she was out of options.


Another lightning strobe, followed by a clap of thunder. Then a jagged white bolt zapped down from above.


She looked up at the sky, awestruck. The ferocious beauty of it reminded her of why she'd been attracted to Lost Beach in the first place. She'd been lured by the film project, of course, which would pay her bills while she got her life sorted. But beyond that, she'd been attracted by the dramatic juxtaposition of nature and people. She'd been lured by the rugged Texas coast and one of the last long stretches of untamed beach and twenty-foot dunes.


Rainwater trickled down the front of her shirt, reminding her of her plight. She stared down at the useless tire.


Her trip was off to a rocky start. She wasn't superstitious-at least not usually-and she refused to take tonight as a bad omen. She was here for the entire summer, and no matter what happened she planned to make the best of it.


A flash of light had her turning around. A pair of headlights approached, high and wide apart, like a pickup truck. The truck slowed, and she felt a ripple of unease.


But maybe this was just what she needed-some Good Samaritan here to help her.


The truck rolled to a stop and the driver's-side door opened.


Macey squinted into the glare. Nerves fluttered in her stomach as a man got out. Tall, wide shoulders, baseball cap. She couldn't see his face, only his towering silhouette against the light as he walked toward her.


As he got closer, she saw that he was very tall-six-three, at least, and he easily outweighed her by a hundred pounds. Oftentimes Macey liked being short because people underestimated her. This was not one of those times.


"Need a hand?"


Book Description:

When the shocking discovery of a murdered woman's body disturbs the tranquility of tourist season, the police detective in charge of the puzzling case must work alongside the new filmmaker in town to pursue every lead in the new romantic thriller from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.

After a scandal derails her television reporting career, Macey Burns comes looking for a change of pace in Lost Beach, Texas. She's ready to focus on her first passion--documentary filmmaking--and has a new job working for the island's tourism board, shooting footage of the idyllic beachside community. Her plans for a relaxing rebound are dashed when she realizes the cottage she's renting belonged to the woman whose body was just found in the sand dunes.

Detective Owen Breda is under intense pressure to solve this murder. Violent crimes are rising in his small town, and he can't stand to see anyone else hurt...especially not the beautiful documentarian who keeps showing up at the precinct.

With the clock ticking, cameras rolling, and body count climbing, Macey and Owen must use all their resources to find the killer without getting caught in the crosshairs.

About the Author

Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. 

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sunday Post #163


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.

I skipped last weeks Sunday Post because it was a flurry of activity once again. We had some issues with the property lines of the house we're buying. We finally got everything sorted out yesterday and will be buying an additional acre (a front lot) from a neighbor along with a big chunk up alongside our house. Long story, lots of back and forth, and sleepless nights, but I'm so happy it's all turned out. Our escrow should close the 27th. We'll be in Montana then and won't be back until Memorial Day so we won't be doing anything with it until the after that.

I bought an app called PictureThis so I could identify all the trees and plants on the property. It's such a neat app! You just take a picture of the plant, leaf, bark, whole tree or flower, scan it and it identifies it, gives a bunch of information on it. I found out there's a lot of California Black Oak, a few different kinds of maples, a cherry and a dogwood at the new house. There's more but I didn't have time to get to all of them. I'm so excited I'll be getting some fall color with the maples! 

I found out this is a Norway Maple. My favorite tree on the property so far:

(Click on cover for Goodreads link)

This is two weeks worth of reading so still lagging behind. I'm 4 books behind on my Goodreads Challenge! Book Lovers was my favorite read of the bunch, Beach House Summer was really good, too. The STEMinist Novellas have been fun. I guess I'm reading them out of order but that's the way the audios released from my library. I read the first next. The Last Move was thrilling! Mary Burton continues to be a win for me! Most of her books are available as "Read and Listen to for Free" with Kindle Unlimited which is a plus for me. 

Received/Purchased/Library Lend:

Two new-to-me-authors and two favorites.


Recent book mail. I'm currently reading and loving Midnight Dunes. I'll be reading Strangers in Paradise next.

How was your week?

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Blog Tour Review: Beach House Summer by Sarah Morgan


Beach House Summer by Sarah Morgan
Publication Date: May 17th 2022 by HQN Books
Pages: 387
Source: Publisher 

My Thoughts:
Joanna divorced her famous chef husband, Cliff Whitman, over a year ago, but that hasn’t spared her from the spotlight. When he dies in a car accident and the press finds out a pregnant woman was in the car with him, the media makes her life so unbearable Joanna decides to head back to her hometown. A place she hasn’t visited since she left twenty years earlier.  She left her two best friends and seeing them won’t be easy. There’s a story behind that and why she took off in the first place.

Ashley is the girl that was in the car with Joanna’s husband and so she’s stunned when Joanna offers to give her a place to stay and hideout from the media. Ashley has her own history. She and Joanna get close while sorting through their problems.

Melanie married her high school sweetheart and never left Silver Point. Raising their daughter, Eden, in the small, beach town wasn’t how she thought she’d spend her life, but it’s been rewarding, that is until Mel and Eden started butting heads over everything.  She and Joanna used to be best friends until Joanna took off with Cliff and never looked back, but is that how it happened?  Questions come up when Joanna shows up in town again.

Beach House Summer had a few surprises. Not all is as it seemed just reading the blurb and I was happy both Joanna and Ashley each had their own romance, Joanna’s was more central, but both took a back to their problems. Joanna, Mel, and Ashley came to a point in their lives where they had to examine the past and figure out what they wanted and aim for happiness in the future. I enjoyed their journey so much! There were lots of layers and several little side stories and I was invested in all of them!

4 Stars

Book Description:

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with the ultimate beach read, as one woman forges the most unlikely friendship of all, and embarks on a summer of confronting her past in order to build the future she wants...

When Joanna Whitman's ex-husband, one of California's most beloved celebrity chefs, dies in a car accident, she doesn't know what to feel. Their dysfunctional marriage held more secrets than she cares to remember, but when she discovers a young woman was with him in the crash--who's now in hospital, on her own, and pregnant --Joanna sees red. How dare he ruin yet another woman's life? More than anyone, Joanna knows the brutal spotlight this girl is going to find herself in...unless she can find a way for them both to disappear?

Ashley can't believe it when Joanna shows up in her hospital room and offers to spirit them both away for the summer to her secluded beach house on the Californian coast. Joanna should be hating her, not helping her. But orphaned and pregnant, Ashley can't turn Joanna down. Even though she knows that if Joanna ever discovers the real truth of why Ashley was in her ex's car, their tentative bond would never hold.

Together, they escape to the beach house, nestled high above the sleepy Californian town where Joanna grew up, and left without a backward glance. Joanna's only goal for the summer is privacy, but her return creates waves in the community, not least for the best friend she left behind. Both Joanna and Ashley are hiding secrets, but as they fall under the spell of their summer home - and draw on each other's courage - these unlikely friends realise that to seize the futures they want, they must step out of the shadows and into the sunshine.

Q&A With Sarah Morgan 

(provided by HQN)

1) I love the title and synopsis. Where did the inspiration for the book come from?

I’m fascinated by the idea of celebrity, and how it must feel to live in the spotlight. I was pondering on how much I’d hate that when I came up with the character of Joanna, who is an ‘accidental’ celebrity by virtue of her marriage to a high profile celebrity chef who both relishes and relies on media attention. Joanna didn’t just marry him, she married the lifestyle he’d chosen and she was never comfortable with it. As I was writing, I reflected a lot on how someone lives a private life, and how they keep secrets, if their every move is conducted under a spotlight. Those were some of the issues I wanted to explore. It was a fun book to write!

2) What was the best part about writing this book and why?

So many things. I enjoyed exploring the dynamics between the characters who are all quite different, and also being able to give Joanna a second chance at love (I’m a big believer in second chances!). But I confess that one of the best parts of writing this book was the setting. It takes me around six months to write a book, and during that time I’m immersed in the place as well as the people. Beach House Summer is set on the coast of California, which gave me the excuse to research beautiful beach houses. I was transported, and I hope the reader will feel that way too. 

3) What was the most difficult part about writing this book and why?

Giving my characters a hard time - in particular subjecting poor Joanna to all the media attention, which she hated and found distressing. I felt so cruel! But writers sometimes have to be cruel to their characters, it’s part of the job, and a story where the characters are all happy in their lives and have no challenges to face would end on page one. But even knowing that, it’s always difficult when you’ve grown to love the people you’ve created. I remind myself that no matter how many obstacles I throw their way, I always, always give them a happy ending. That makes the whole thing easier.

4) Who is your favourite character and why?

That’s a tough question. I love all the characters, but in particular I enjoyed exploring the way that Joanna and Ashley interact, and how they gradually support each other and change over time. I find multigenerational friendships to be intriguing and interesting to write. With Joanna and Ashley, their age difference doesn’t stop them learning from each other and that part was such fun to write.

5) I have your books Sleigh Bells in the Snow, A Wedding in December and a Christmas Escape. Do you prefer writing books set in summer or winter and why? Which is easier or more challenging and why?

I love writing books set in winter and have done so almost every year since I’ve been published, but I wouldn’t want to only write Christmas books. It takes me around six months to write a novel, and by the time I’ve finished I’m ready to move on to a new set of characters, a new set of problems, and a new season! Each comes with its own set of challenges, but I enjoy writing both. In the end, whatever the season and whatever the setting, I aim to deliver and emotional story that will keep readers turning the pages.  

6) The characters, plots and settings in your books are so memorable. What are your top tips for creating great characters, plots and settings, especially seasonal (summer, winter) settings?

The most important element is always the story itself. When you’re writing commercial fiction, you want to make your reader feel something. It’s important to create unique characters, with their own strengths and flaws, and to give them a problem or a dilemma that will keep the reader turning the pages. Sometimes you can turn the seasonal element to your advantage, and whenever possible I make sure that the season and the setting is integral to the plot. With a Christmas book, I try and give the reader all the magic of a cosy, snowy winter without any of the reality (freezing fingers and toes, scraping ice from the car etc). With my next book, Snowed in For Christmas, the season plays a big part in bringing the characters together, not just the weather but also the seasonal tradition of family gatherings. With summer books I want readers to feel as if they’ve had their own summer escape. If it’s a beach book (like Beach House Summer!) then I want them to feel the sand under their toes and the sun on their face. 

7) Can you give some advice for those writing in the same genre as you?

Write the story that you’re passionate about. If you’re excited to write it, then there’s a good chance someone will be excited to read it. Create characters you really care about and give them a conflict that will keep a reader turning the pages. If you are rooting for that character, then the chances are the reader will be too.

8) Do you have plans for any other novels? When will they be released?

My next Christmas novel is called Snowed in For Christmas, and it will be out in September in the US and Canada. I had so much fun with this book and it includes all the elements I love including in my writing - family dynamics, friendship and romance. I laughed aloud when I wrote it, and I hope it will make readers smile when they read it.


Photo Credit: Ev Sekkides

About the author:

Sarah Morgan is a USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and women's fiction. She has sold more than 21 million copies of her books and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives with her family near London, England, where the rain frequently keeps her trapped in her office. Visit her at

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Audio Review: Book Lovers by Emily Henry


Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Publication Date: May 3rd 2022 by Berkley & Penguin Audio
Pages: 384
Audio Book Length: 11 hrs 23 min
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Source: Publisher &
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Librofm Audible | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Nora Stephens, a literary agent, is known as a shark in her industry getting the best deals for her clients. She’s focused on her job and doesn’t mind that since she loves books and loves New York city where she works. However, her younger sister, Libby, has other ideas and convinces her to spend a month in Sunshine Falls, the setting of a blockbuster book Nora repped. Libby thinks Nora works too much and needs to get a life and makes a list of small-town activities sure to land Nora in her happily-ever-after story, but Nora couldn’t think of anything worse. Still, she wants to figure out the distance she’s been feeling from her sister, the most important and loved person in her life and so she reluctantly agrees to take the month “off” and go. However, Sunshine Falls isn’t shaping up to the be the cute, perfect town described in fiction, and the differences made me laugh so much.

Oh, Book Lovers was sooo good! Clever, witty, sharp humor. My favorite Emily Henry to date! I just loved Nora and Charlie’s encounters. Big Foot erotica?!! I looked like a loony-tune laughing my head off over that on my commute! I loved that Nora wasn’t the typical heroine, but was a sharp-tongued workaholic, perfect for the likes of Charlie. They both lived, loved, and breathed books and were the perfect match even though they were a bit adversarial, (in a totally fun, not mean spirited at all way) in the beginning. Loved their banter! They got each other in a profound way and their chemistry was smoking hot!

Julia Whelan did a superb job narrating all voices and her comedic timing was excellent! I listened at my usual 1.5x the normal speed.

5 Stars

Book Description:

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming....

Nora Stephens' life is books - she’s read them all - and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away - with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again - in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow - what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Review: A Wedding on Sunshine Corner by Phoebe Mills


A Wedding on Sunshine Corner (The Sunshine Corner #2) by Phoebe Mills
Publication Date: March 29th 2022 by Forever
Pages: 349
Source: Publisher
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Savannah and Noah have grown up together with Noah being close to her brothers, but they have never been friends.  Noah’s been nothing but uptight and judgmental towards Savannah and Noah regards her as spoiled, flighty, and impulsive. However, when Caleb, Savannah’s older brother, asks them to team up to help plan their wedding in Heart’s Hope Bay they must set aside their differences to work together.

Both Noah and Savannah have a lot on their plate. Savannah has just started as a teacher and coordinator at her friend Abby’s (the previous installments heroine) preschool, and Noah is juggling work while raising his four-year-old daughter alone. Savannah has a lot of self-doubt since most of her attempts at finding her career path have fizzled out.  It was obvious to me that she was a hard worker, she just hadn’t found her niche yet, and I appreciated Abby’s unwavering support. Savannah had a great bunch of female friends in her corner as well as a big loving family.

I felt for Noah since he was the primary caretaker of his daughter. It’s hard for me to believe that a woman would move states away from her young daughter for a career opportunity and give up primary custody. I found it hard to understand why he was so stubborn to accept help from others. I also had a really hard reconciling his judgmental attitude towards Savannah one minute with his attraction to her the next which made it hard to buy into their romance for me.  He had no right to go off on her the way he did with the final conflict (you know the one that comes about 75-80% in ?), especially when Savannah took care of the majority of the wedding planning even though it was supposed to be a shared burden. Noah was such a complete jerk dressing her down, feeding into her worst insecurities. I would’ve had a hard time forgiving him.  I was happy Savannah didn’t just take him back quickly when he realized how badly he screwed up, but I would’ve liked a bit more from him. More groveling for sure.

3 Stars

Book Description:

A delightful small-town romance between a daycare teacher and single dad who must overcome their differences to help plan the ultimate wedding.

They’ve driven each other crazy for years, but were they fighting each other—or the chemistry between them?

As the youngest in her loving, overprotective family, Savannah Lowe has always gone with the flow instead of going out on a limb…until now. Her new job running a preschool requires her to be all in. If only the father of one of her students wasn’t her brother’s incredibly infuriating, impossibly attractive best friend. Savannah has no clue what she ever did to make him dislike her, and now they’re stuck spending even more time together planning her brother’s wedding.

Single father Noah Adams has his hands full between his job as a paramedic and caring for his young daughter. The last thing he needs is a complication like Savannah in his life—a girl he remembers being constantly pampered by her family. But the more he gets to know her, the more he sees how kind and compassionate she really is. Now their long-ignored, off-the-charts chemistry has them on a collision course…with each other.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Review: When She Dreams by Amanda Quick


When She Dreams (Burning Cove #6) by Amanda Quick
Publication Date: May 3rd 2022 by Berkley
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher 
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Maggie Lodge hires Sam Sage, a private detective to help to find the person trying to blackmail her employer, the woman behind the Aunt Cornelia advice column. Their quest takes them to the glamorous town of Burning Cove, the hot getaway destination of the rich and famous and where Maggie runs into a dangerous man from her past. Sam and Maggie may butt heads a few times at the start of their investigation, but they quickly come to respect each other’s strengths and talents as they get to know each other, and an attraction builds between them.

As with the previous stories, there’s a bit of a paranormal element. Lucid dreaming for Maggie and Sam with his uncanny intuition.

The Burning Cove mysteries are delightfully entertaining!  The 1930s time period is vividly portrayed: art deco, dressing up for dinner, dancing and cocktails, and old Hollywood glamour. Danger, thrills, and romance made for a fast addictive story, easy to fly right through. When She Dreams is book six in the series, but each book can be read as a standalone with a unique mystery and romance.  

4 Stars

Book Description:

Return to 1930s Burning Cove, California, the glamorous seaside playground for Hollywood stars, mobsters, spies, and a host of others who find more than they bargain for in this mysterious town.

Maggie Lodge, assistant to the reclusive advice columnist known only as Dear Aunt Cornelia to her readers, hires down-but-not-quite-out private eye Sam Sage to help track down the person who is blackmailing her employer. Maggie and Sam are a mismatched pair. As far as Sam is concerned, Maggie is reckless and in over her head. She is not what he had in mind for a client, but he can’t afford to be choosy. Maggie, on the other hand, is convinced that Sam is badly in need of guidance and good advice. She does not hesitate to give him both.
In spite of the verbal fireworks between them, they are fiercely attracted to each other, but each is convinced it would be a mistake to let passion take over. They are, after all, keeping secrets from each other. Sam is haunted by his past, which includes a marriage shattered by betrayal and violence. Maggie is troubled by intense and vivid dreams—dreams that she can sometimes control. There are those who want to run experiments on her and use her for their own purposes, while others think she should be committed to an asylum.
When the pair discovers someone is impersonating Aunt Cornelia at a conference on psychic dreaming and a woman dies at the conference, the door is opened to a dangerous web of blackmail and murder. Secrets from the past are revealed, leaving Maggie and Sam in the path of a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to exact vengeance.


Photo Credit: Marc von Borstel

About the author:

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She is also the author of the Ladies of Lantern Street novels and the Arcane Society series.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Sunday Post #162


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.

Another skipped week of Sunday Post and I'm getting this one out late on top of it. We're in Northern California but will be leaving to go to Southern California in an hour or two. I accepted the job offer for Northern California but I had a six week notice, the hospitals decision, since it's a transfer within the same organization. So I'm back and forth for the next 5 weeks. 

We are in escrow with a house (picture from the front porch down below) and I'm really excited! It's a fixer-upper so we have been making a bunch of plans for renovations to start as soon as the house closes. 

(Click on cover for Goodreads link)

Didn't get a whole lot of reading done over the last two weeks, but I enjoyed all the books I read. I'm behind on my Goodreads challenge as of right now. 

Received/Purchased/Library Loan

I love Sarah Morgan so I'm looking forward to Beach House Summer! I was rejected from Netgalley for Beach Lovers even though the publisher sent me a physical copy! Crazy, right? Then I got an audio copy from so I don't have to squint to read the story. I'm almost finished with the story and it's soooo good! Unless something crazy happens it's going to be a 5 star read for me. 


The view from our new front porch. So different from our last house!

How was your week?