#TearoomForTwo by #SusanPageDavis

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#TearoomForTwo by #SusanPageDavis
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I loved this book. Lighthearted with a touch of drama and mystery, as perfectly spiced as a cup of hot #chaitea. Published by @guidepostsmagazine.
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Cousins of a certain age, widowed Elaine Cook and Jan Blake have purchased a #Victorian house in #CentralMaine. Located in town but on a stunning lake, the house is perfect for the tearoom business they plan to open.
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Things get a little sinister when they purchase a teapot at a flea market. The pot has been overpainted with garish yellow paint and vibrant flowers. Once the paint is removed, the cousins discover the pot is far more valuable, and far more mysterious, than they’d imagined.
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The only reason I’m not giving 5 🌻s is because there are, sadly, no recipes included. The novel is the first in the #TearoomMysteries series put out by #Guideposts, and contains #Christian elements, so don’t read if you’re put off by that. For fans (like me!) of @hallmarkchannel movies, I highly recommend this book!
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#TheIslanders by #MegMitchellMoore

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#TheIslanders by #MegMitchellMoore
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DNF. When you get halfway through a book and suddenly realize there’s absolutely no plot whatsoever, let alone tension of any kind, it’s time to move on. I really wanted to like this book.
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#SunsetBeach by #MaryKayAndrews

☀️☀️☀️☀️ out of 5 ☀️s
#SunsetBeach by #MaryKayAndrews



Another picture postcard beach read from the absolute queen of beach reads. I loved this book! Made me want to buy a fixer-upper beach cottage like, immediately.



Drue Campbell is adrift (pun intended) in her life after losing a waitressing job and after losing her mother to cancer. Enter her long-estranged Dad, lawyer Brice Campbell, to announce she’s inherited her grandparents’ beach house, Coquina Cottage, on Sunset Beach, Florida.



The cottage is a fixer upper, but Drue rises to the challenge. She also accepts a job manning a call line at her Dad’s legal firm. Unfortunately, the job comes complete with her new stepmother, Brice’s assistant and Drue’s ex-bff Wendy.



The book not only explores deep family issues, but comes with a murder mystery built in. Beautifully written, you can feel the Florida sun on your skin, and the sand between your toes.



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#Bunny by #MonaAwad

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#Bunny by #MonaAwad
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I’m honestly not sure what I just read. No joke. I loved this book, though, and I do recommend it quite highly. I just had a difficult time getting past some seriously pretentious writing that may or may not have been intended as irony.
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Samantha Mackey has enrolled in a graduate writing course at a prestigious East Coast university. There, she meets and becomes enthralled (literally and figuratively) by a group of women (also in the writing course) who call each other Bunny. Samantha and her best friend Ava mock these women and their Stepford-esque ways.
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All of that is fine and good. The very white-girls-of-Pinterest vibes given off by the Bunnys is mysterious and creepy. But then things become rapidly and extremely surreal and haunting, not to mention downright gory.
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Excellent writing (I think?) and truly brilliant characterization make this book worth the read. Fans of films like #Hereditary or #Midsommar will love it. However, #triggerwarning #animalabuse. Or maybe not abuse so much as the very weird use of animals? Regardless, be aware.
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#TheBookishLifeofNinaHill by #AbbiWaxman

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#TheBookishLifeofNinaHill by #AbbiWaxman
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This book is an absolute delight, and the only tiny quibble I have with it is that the ending seems rushed. The rest is sheer perfection.
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Nina Lee Hill is the only child of a non apologetic wanderer named Candice, who basically abandoned her as a toddler in order to travel the world unencumbered. Nina is raised by a nanny whom she adores. Nina doesn’t have a clue who her father was.
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One day, disrupting Nina’s everyday fully structured life, a lawyer arrives to inform her of her father’s death, and of the existence of a vast family. Nina lives her life abiding by her strictly scheduled day-planner. That, needless to say, goes out the window.
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Through many and varied adventures, Nina comes to know this extended family, and even picks up a boyfriend along the way. The book has been compared to #BridgetJones but in my opinion it far surpasses the earlier work, similar only insofar as the daily diary entries. I simply loved this book.
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#TheTurnoftheKey by #RuthWare

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#TheTurnoftheKey by #RuthWare
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Rowan is the new nanny at Heatherbrae House in a remote part of Scotland. Four previous nannies had given notice because they all swore the house was haunted. It becomes evident at the outset that Rowan is an unreliable narrator.
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The book opens with a series of pleading letters to a Mr Wrexham from Rowan, who is in prison, having been convicted of murdering one of the 4 kids in her charge at Heatherbrae. Mr Wrexham is a lawyer, and Rowan wants his help proving her innocence.
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Rowan’s charges, the children of Sandra and Bill Elincourt, are all girls, ranging from Petra at 18 months, through Ellie at 5, Maddie at 8, and Rhiannon at 14. Rowan soon discovers that Maddie has distinctly psychopathic tendencies. She also begins hearing noises throughout the house, which is a “smart house” outfitted with all the mod-con technology.
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The book is replete with every haunted-house trope (which I loved!), from disembodied footsteps to the hunky caretaker who may or may not be sketch as heck. I’m posting this amid books/movies it reminded me of, such as #TheTurnoftheScrew, #ThePerfectNanny, #Rebecca, #TheHauntingofHillHouse and even a dash of #RosemarysBaby.
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#SeeWhatIHaveDone by #SarahSchmidt

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#SeeWhatIHaveDone by #SarahSchmidt
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I wanted to like this book, I really really did. I wanted to LOVE this book. Alas, it was not to be.
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This is a novelization of the story of #LizzieBorden, the woman who, in 1892, was acquitted of the gruesome ax murders of her father and stepmother in #FallRiver #MA.
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It’s very very well-written, I’ll give it that. The prose is dense and hypnotic, filled with rich imagery. And it’s that very imagery that finally made me put the book down for good. #DNF because if I had to read the words “saliva,” “drool,” or “skin” one more time, or if I had to read intensely descriptive sentences about mouths and foul breath and vomit and rotting things, I was going to be sick. This is a sticky, sticky read. No thanks. I’ll stick to the nonfiction about the Borden case instead.
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