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The Week in Review: 05.24.2019

May 24, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I don’t want to say too much about the plot of MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing and spoil things for other readers because I think it’s best to go in not knowing too much.  On the surface, Millicent and her husband seem to have it all – a nice house, two terrific kids, and a happy marriage – but things aren’t always the way they seem and the couple are hiding a pretty serious secret.  The story is told from the point of view of Millicent’s unnamed husband and he learns Millicent even keeps secrets from him.  He’s got to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late.

I thoroughly enjoyed this domestic thriller and sped through the pages.  The characters are terrific and the plot twists kept me engaged throughout.  The very final twist left me wanting more and hoping for a sequel.  I know I’ll be picking up whatever Downing writes next.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


ANIMALS ON THE GO by Ruth A. Musgrave is a fun board book for early readers.  Each page spread features an animal and describes the way it moves.  This book encourages youngsters to count, hop, flap their arms, etc., plus there’s a little matching game at the very end.  This book is part of National Geographic Kids Little Kids First Board Book series and has all the qualities I’ve come to expect from their books.  It’s printed on durable, heavy duty pages that will endure being flipped through by little fingers and it contains full-color, high quality photographs throughout.  Youngsters will want to pick this engaging book up over and over again.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


SHOUTING AT THE RAIN by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a terrific book for middle grade readers that many young readers will be able to relate to.  Twelve year old Delsie lives with her Grammy on Cape Cod.  They’re far from rich but have a happy life together.  Things are changing, though – Delsie’s best friend Brandy has moved on to other friends and Delsie longs for a “normal” family.  With the help of Grammy and Ronan, a new friend, Delsie learns what real love is and what it means to be a family.

Oh, how I loved this book – it has fabulous characters that aren’t perfect, a great story, as well as a great lesson.  Delsie is sweet and endearing but going through a tough time.  Her Grammy may be a little over the top, but Delsie has never doubted her love.  Her friends, however are a different story – Delsie is no longer cool enough for Brandy.  I know a lot of kids are in the same situation and will relate to Delsie, especially when they read the author’s note and realize Hunt was in a similar situation herself.  This book is emotional and heartfelt and a great read for the middle grade set.  The audio version is narrated by Lisa Cordileone and I thought she did a pretty good job.  Her voices for the characters weren’t all that different and sometimes it took me a little while to figure out who was speaking.  This is one great read!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I watched Nailed It, a documentary by Adele Free Pham, about the rise of the nail industry in the US and Vietnamese immigrants’ role in it.  It all started when actress Tippi Hedren visited a refuge camp in California.  She met a group of women there who were anxious to support their families in their new country.  When one of them admired Hedren’s manicure, she found someone who would train them for free and those hard-working, ambitious women took it from there.  I thought this well done film was fascinating and touching.

Off the blog

  • Carl and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this week.
  • I have two issues with my eyes.  Right now, I’m taking an anti-viral medication to handle one of them.  The other issue flared up in my right eye so I spent a lot of time with my opthalmologist this week.  My eye’s feeling better but the issue’s not fully resolved and he’s suggested trying another procedure.
  • I walked at least three miles every day and averaged just over 16,650 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    May 24, 2019 5:52 am

    My Lovely Wife sounds like a book I would enjoy. Sorry about those darn eye issues and, a big congratulations on 40 years!

  2. May 24, 2019 6:38 am

    Happy Anniversary to you and Carl! Glad you loved My Lovely Wife. Sorry about the eye issues. I hope that gets resolved soon.

  3. Beth F permalink
    May 24, 2019 6:49 am

    I too liked My Lovely Wife! And I agree, a sequel should be in the works. Happy Anniversary! So sorry about the eye issues. I hope a solution is found soon.

  4. Lloyd Russell permalink
    May 24, 2019 9:21 am

    My Lovely Wife looks good. Happy Anniversary! Joni (speaking of My Lovely Wife) and I will be celebrating 48 next month. I know what it takes to make a marriage last. I’m happy for you guys.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: I don’t want > to say too much about the plot of MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing and > spoil things for other readers because I think it’s best to go in not > knowing too much. On the surface, Millicent and her h” >

  5. May 24, 2019 10:30 am

    Happy Anniversary to you and Carl! Sorry to hear the eye issues are flaring up again. Hope you enjoy Everything I Never Told You… I loved the audio version.

  6. May 24, 2019 11:26 am

    Sorry about your eye issues – hope that everything gets sorted ASAP. Happy Anniversary to you and Carl!! I love the sound of MY LOVELY WIFE – its now on my TBR 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  7. May 24, 2019 2:51 pm

    Happy anniversary!

  8. May 24, 2019 3:11 pm

    I really enjoyed My Lovely Wife, and I’m curious about Mistress of the Ritz.

    I hope your eye issues are resolved quickly.

    Happy 40th anniversary!

  9. May 24, 2019 3:33 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you and Carl! I want to find a copy of the Hunt book. Good job on your steps!

  10. May 24, 2019 4:04 pm

    So sorry about your eye issues! That must be so frustrating to continue to struggle with that problem. Congratulations on your anniversary! I hope you were able to have a fun celebration. I’ve got My Lovely Wife on my TBR list. I see that the blurb recommends it to fans of Dexter. That’s me! Have a good holiday weekend!

  11. Rhonda permalink
    May 24, 2019 5:07 pm

    Happy Happy Anniversary 💕 Hope your eyes heal soon,

  12. May 24, 2019 11:00 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary.
    Hope your eyes will improve fast.
    I’m intrigued by your first book. Sounds very good.

  13. May 26, 2019 8:18 am

    I loved My Lovely Wife, too and the MG book sounds really good, too. There is just something special about a middle grade book. So sorry about your eyes…

  14. May 26, 2019 9:09 am

    Happy anniversary! We celebrated forty years last July with a trip to Europe. This year’s forty-first anniversary will be a bit of a letdown after that.

    I always keep my eyes open for good kids books. It won’t be long and it will be time for the Cybils nominations. Shouting at the Rain sounds like a contender.

    My Lovely Wife sounds like a good read. There seem to be a lot of thrillers these days. I’m glad for that.

  15. May 26, 2019 10:04 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your continued problems with your eyes. I hope they can figure it out and provide some relief soon. Happy belated anniversary to you and Carl. How did you celebrate?

  16. May 26, 2019 6:30 pm

    Many congratulations on your anniversary! How wonderful!
    I will look for Nailed It. We have many Vietnamese nail salons here and I’d like to learn more.
    I may need to read My Lovely Wife soon.
    Have a terrific weekend!

    • May 26, 2019 6:31 pm

      Also, good luck with your eyes, Kathy. I don’t know what’s going on, but ice packs might help.

  17. May 28, 2019 2:55 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!! What a milestone!

    I hope they figure out your eye issues. I know how difficult they are to live with and you’ve been dealing with them for awhile now.

    My Lovely Wife sounds good. Anything packed with secrets is pretty much on my list this year. It’s what I am in the mood for these days.

  18. May 29, 2019 1:33 pm

    Happy anniversary. I hope the eye issues are resolved soon.

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    June 3, 2019 5:29 pm

    It seems you really liked the Downing book so I will look for it. I guess Tippi Hedren did a lot for the Vietnamese refugees which I didn’t know much about before. The doc sounds good.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    June 10, 2019 4:01 pm

    Nailed it sounds so interesting — I had no idea! I love that National Geographic Kids is doing more board books. Why should kids of all ages get to enjoy their photography?

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