Monday, August 22, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Aug 22 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Spent one week in Wildwoods, New Jersey and loved every minute of it. I was greeted by this view every morning when I walked 2 hours along the shore. But my vacation was too short! I'm already planning my winter escape to the Caribbeans.

Four books in my mailbox. Two are being showcased here and the other two on Essentially Italian.

This one is on tour with iRead Book Tours from Sept 12 to 23.

There's Been A Change of Plans, A Memoir About Divorce, Dating and Delinquents in Midlife by Amy Koko

Blogger Amy Koko bears her soul in her witty, bittersweet memoir, There's Been A Change of Plans: Divorce, Dating & Delinquents in Mid-life. Expecting a trip to Italy, Koko is blind-sided by her husband’s confession that he’s been putting his shoes under a much younger and prettier woman's bed. After twenty-seven years of marriage and four children, she faces the unimaginable: her life as she knows it is unraveling around her and her family’s future is anything but certain.

In the literary tradition of Nora Ephron's Heartburn and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Koko’s memoir details her journey from hearing the news that her husband is in love with a blonde, thirty-something Swiss pastry chef to trying everything from thong underwear to a mini-facelift to save her marriage, only to see it die in the parking lot of gas station.

With incredible honesty and humor, Koko takes the reader on a wild ride through the tough, emotional times of starting over through divorce, mid-life, finding a job, and Internet dating, all the while trying to keep her four teenagers out of jail.

There’s been a change of plans, and that’s just the beginning.

I bought this one at a used book store in Wildwoods. I've read so many good things about it I couldn't pass it up. 

The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley            

An aristocratic French family, a legendary château, and buried secrets with the power to destroy two generations torn between duty and desire.

La Côte d’Azur, 1998: In the sun-dappled south of France, Emilie de la Martinières, the last of her gilded line, inherits her childhood home, a magnificent château and vineyard. With the property comes a mountain of debt—and almost as many questions...

Paris, 1944: A bright, young British office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is sent undercover to Paris to be part of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the climax of the Nazi occupation. Separated from her contacts in the Resistance, she soon stumbles into the heart of a prominent family who regularly entertain elite members of the German military even as they plot to liberate France. But in a city rife with collaborators and rebels, Constance’s most difficult decision may be determining whom to trust with her heart.

As Emilie discovers what really happened to her family during the war and finds a connection to Constance much closer than she suspects, the château itself may provide the clues that unlock the mysteries of her past, present, and future. Here is a dazzling novel of intrigue and passion from one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

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  1. What a beautiful view! Looks like a great trip. And I remember seeing several good reviews for The LAvender garden a while back, and it does have an interesting premise. Hope it's good!

  2. Oh I love anything by Lucinda Riley. The Lavender Garden was one of my favourites along with her Seven Sisters series. Enjoy and happy reading!

  3. Sounds like a perfect vacation! The Lavender Garden looks lovely. Happy reading!

  4. I've listed Candidate for Murder a while back! Seems like such a fun read. Also love the cover,title and your snippet from the Lucinda Riley one. Will have to look into it. Here's my It's Monday:

  5. What a lovely view! The Lavender Garden looks good!

  6. Looks like it was a lovely vacation! The first two books you show are so different but each intriguing in their own way. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. I had a beach getaway in the beginning of August, and it was just what I needed. Great shot of the shore.

    The Lavender Garden looks wonderful...and I must get the new Lauren Carr. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy.


  8. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Lavender Garden; I really enjoyed that one! I just got back from Kiawah Island and really miss my daily beach walks. Sigh.

  9. Ah that beach looks gorgeous! I have The Lavender Garden in my wish list and might get to it some time. I have read a few of her other books and enjoyed them.

  10. So happy to hear you had a wonderful vacation. Gorgeous beach.

    I LOVED The Lavender Garden. All of Ms. Riley's books are good, but that was my favorite.

    ENJOY your week and your dreaming of the Caribbean. :)

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. Nice view. I have to admit to being partial to ocean views. Vacations really are too short, aren't they? Hope you're having fun planning the next one.

    Both of these books sound wonderful. Hope you enjoy them.

  12. I hope you enjoy the Riley book as much as I did.


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