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The Week in Review: 05.31.2019

May 31, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I’m a huge fan of Mary Alice Monroe‘s work so I was eager to pick up her latest novel, THE SUMMER GUESTS.  A hurricane is threatening the east coast and people (and their animals) need to evacuate the coastal areas.  It’s not that easy when you have horses, though, for obvious reasons.  Charles and Grace Phillips open their home and their stables in Tryon, NC to several well known equestrians and their horses as well as Cara Rutledge.  There are sparks and drama with so many strong personalities all in one place.

I liked this book a great deal, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t love it.  I thought it lacked focus and, except for hinting at climate change, the environmental elements I’ve come to expect from Monroe were missing.  The writing is still strong and the characters are great but, for me, the charm Monroe’s books usually contain was in short supply.  I did learn a few things about horses so I’d recommend THE SUMMER GUESTS to horse lovers and fans of Monroe.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)


LITTLE LARRY GOES TO SCHOOL: THE TRUE STORY OF A TIMID CHIMPANZEE WHO LEARNED TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS by Gerry Ellis with Mary Rand Hess is the story of an orphaned chimp who was raised by a caregiver.  The caregiver taught him how to be a chimpanzee and Larry was a good student, except when it was time to climb trees.  Climbing high seemed to scare Larry so his caregiver had to figure out a way to help him so he could leave school and join other chimps in the sanctuary.

This is another fabulous book from National Geographic Kids!  It’s filled with vibrant, full color photos and tells a sweet story that many children will relate to – who hasn’t had to learn to overcome a fear?  The back of the book contains a map showing where chimpanzees live, a page on the language of chimpanzees, facts about chimps, and suggested reading.  LITTLE LARRY GOES TO SCHOOL would be a wonderful addition to any home or school library.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


Melanie Travis is tutor and dog lover.  Her family raises champion Standard Poodles and her son, Davey, is working on earning a championship title for his own poodle.  The whole family attends the dog show and while they’re there, Melanie’s Aunt Peg discovers the body of one of the vendors.  When the dog sitter who lives above the vendor’s garage disappears, Melanie gets to work to solve the mysteries.

Years ago, I found one of Laurien Berenson‘s Melanie Travis books at the library and proceeded to read the whole series.  I looked for a new book in the series once or twice and then kind of forgot about it.  I’m glad I found out the series continues.  RUFF JUSTICE is the 18th book in the cozy mystery series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy these books but it certainly helps.  I find the dog show world setting fascinating and always long for a dog as I read these books.  I’ve missed a few books in the series but had no problem following the story and getting up to speed with Melanie.  Now, I’m anxious to read the books I’ve missed.  This is a great book for cozy mystery lovers! (Review copy provided by Kensington.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Our neighborhood kicked off the summer with the first Music in the Park of the season.  It was fun to see friends and neighbors visiting and enjoying the food truck and band.
  • I’m currently in New York, attending BookExpo.

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

22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2019 5:53 am

    Bookexpo fun! 😀

  2. May 31, 2019 6:37 am

    Your IG pics prove you’re having a fun time at BookExpo 🙂

  3. May 31, 2019 7:47 am

    Have fun at BEA… I’m loving the instagram photos!

  4. Beth F permalink
    May 31, 2019 8:11 am

    HOpe BEA is great .. I too am following along on IG. Those cozy mysteries look good and I’m sorry the Moore book wasn’t a total hit.

  5. May 31, 2019 12:29 pm

    Have a great time at BEA!!

  6. May 31, 2019 9:21 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about your BookExpo experiences.

  7. May 31, 2019 10:06 pm

    These all look good. Enjoy!

  8. June 1, 2019 12:38 am

    I hope you’re having a wonderful time in NY for BookExpo; can’t wait to hear all about it.

  9. June 1, 2019 7:21 am

    Hoping BEA was great!

  10. June 1, 2019 8:10 am

    I LOVED Mistress of the Ritz! Enjoy!

  11. June 1, 2019 10:57 am

    I learned so much about horses from that book, too. I will never rush up and hug a horse again! I will let him come to me! Have fun in NYC!

  12. June 1, 2019 7:48 pm


    Little Larry and Ruff Justice sound like terrific books!
    I hope your time at BookExpo in NY has been exceptional! 🙂

  13. Diane permalink
    June 2, 2019 11:26 am

    I can see from your Instagram posts that you are having a fun time in NY. enjoy your week

  14. The Cue Card permalink
    June 2, 2019 9:37 pm

    Okay what’s the scoop on BookExpo this year? Did you have a blast? Mary Alice’s novel sounds like a good premise.

  15. Carol Evans permalink
    June 3, 2019 8:22 am

    Hope you had fun at Book Expo!

  16. June 3, 2019 12:23 pm

    That chimpanzee book looks adorable. Jealous you went to BEA! I hope you had fun!

  17. June 4, 2019 10:26 am

    So the obvious question: How was/is Book Expo?

  18. June 4, 2019 12:36 pm

    I’m glad to know what you think about the newest from Mary Alice Monroe. I’m always curious, but don’t always want to read them, and this one sounds like a pass for me.

  19. June 4, 2019 2:50 pm

    I hope you had a great time in NYC at Book Expo!

  20. June 4, 2019 3:11 pm

    Concerts in the Park start here soon. Last year we didn’t go to a one because it was 117 degrees and horrible. Yes, they are at night but to get a good spot you gotta get there so early and it’s blazing. Maybe this year we can attend at least one.

    I can’t wait to see your Book Expo haul.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    June 10, 2019 3:58 pm

    Booking Son would have loved LITTLE LARRY! He loved (and still loves) anything monkey related!

  22. June 14, 2019 8:33 pm

    Mary Alice Monroe was in Cleveland and I missed her 😦

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