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review 2018-02-21 03:30
COME HELEN HIGH WATER
Come Helen High Water: A River Road Myst... Come Helen High Water: A River Road Mystery (River Road Mysteries) - Susan McBride

COME HELEN HIGH WATER was my first book by author Susan McBride, but the fourth in the River Road Mysteries series, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Happily, I didn’t feel lost at all. I quickly got to know to all of the small town characters, flaws, quirks, and all.  

 

I was pulled in for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. There were so many things happening in this story. A missing person, murder (?), rising flood waters, the subject of Alzheimers. So much packed into one tale, that I’m not sure which storyline intrigued me the most.

 

With so much going on, I wasn’t sure how it would end. I had so many questions. However, author McBride did a great job pulling everything together for a satisfying conclusion.

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text 2016-11-01 22:37
My Kindle First choice for November
Walk Into Silence - Susan McBride
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text 2016-08-30 21:14
August 2016 Reading Wrap Up
The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado - Holly Bailey
Not Left Behind: Rescuing the Pets of New Orleans - Bob Somerville,Troy Snow,Best Friends Animal Society
Say Yes to the Death: A Debutante Dropout Mystery (Debutante Dropout Mysteries) - Susan McBride
F5: The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of 1974 - Mark Levine
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Revelations - Melissa de la Cruz
Her Christmas Earl: A Regency Novella - Anna Campbell

Regency Box Set: (completed one month ahead of schedule)

1. His Jilted Bride (Banks Brothers Brides #3) by Rose Gordon 1 star

2. My Lady of Deception by Christi Caldwell 1 star

3. Much Ado about Dutton by Claudia Dain 0 stars

 

TBR Read Down:

4. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams #2) by Olivia Newport - 2 stars

5. Say Yes to Death (Debutante Dropout #6) by Susan McBride - 4.5 stars

6. Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa de la Cruz - 3 stars

7. The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa de la Cruz - DNF

8. The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller - DNF

9. Tempted by Midnight (Midnight Breed #12.5) by Lara Adrian - 2 stars

10. Her Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell - 3 stars

 

Non-fiction Challenge: (37/50; 74% completed)

11. The Mercy of the Sky by Holly Bailey - 5 stars

12. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon - 3 stars

13. The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson - DNF

14. What I Know Now edited by Ellyn Spragins - 2 stars

15. F5 by Mark Levine - 3 stars

16. Not Left Behind: Rescuing the Pets of New Orleans by Troy Snow/Best Friends 5 stars

17. Not Just the Levees Broke by Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc - 0 stars

18. Hell on Earth: The Wildfire Pandemic by David L. Porter w/Lee Reeder 2.5 stars

 

Summer Bingo:

19. Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman - 2.5 stars

20. Othello by William Shakespeare - 2 stars

 

Reading Challenge: 125 out of 150 books (83% completed) - this is according to GoodReads, as BL did not have two of the novels in the regency box set as a separate books, just as part of the box set.

 

Events:

DoD-MWR Summer Reading Program (ended August 12th)

COYER (ends today)

Bout of Books cycle 17 (August 22th-28th)

Moonlight Reader's Summer Bingo

 

Final Thoughts:

This has been a busy summer and the autumn season looks just as busy reading-wise. I had to DNF three books (two in one day), and let one series go (bye-bye Blue Bloods). I started reviewing on GR (just one days BL was running extra slow), but I am looking at backing up my reviews on my Blogger page in case BL's servers/motivation to look after the site goes down further.

 

Done with another challenge - the Regency box set was completely read one month ahead of schedule thanks to my participation in Bout of Books cycle 17. Speaking of challenges, I blacked out my card for Moonlight Reader's Summer Bingo. I won the adult division of my base library's Summer Reading Program and received a Kindle Fire (5th gen). And I had a lot of fun talking with other readers/bloggers in the COYER FB group while also getting many books read off my NOOK.

 

I am very ready for autumn - cooler temps, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, and reading about all things paranormal/supernatural. Little man starts Kindergarten in a few days, and I am both excited and teary-eyed. Bring on Halloween Bingo to keep me occupied.

 

Happy 30th Anniversary to Ann M. Martin's The Babysitters Club. I glommed this series when I was a kid. Claudia was my favorite, with Mary Anne a close second; Dawn was my least favorite.

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review 2016-08-03 22:27
Review: Say Yes to Death (Debutante Dropout #6) by Susan McBride
Say Yes to the Death: A Debutante Dropout Mystery (Debutante Dropout Mysteries) - Susan McBride

It was fun being back with Andrea and the gang from Dallas. The characters were still rock solid as before, and the plot was page turning, if somewhat predictable as I guessed correctly who was the murderer after certain clues dropped. Cissy is still my favorite character. This book also tied up some loose ends from the previous book, making the entire story arc satisfying. Can't wait for #7. 4.5/5 stars

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text 2016-08-01 18:35
August 2016 Reading List
His Jilted Bride - Rose Gordon
My Lady of Deception (Brethren of the Lords Book 1) - Christi Caldwell
Much Ado About Dutton (More Courtesan Chronicles) - Claudia Dain
Lowcountry Bordello - Susan M. Boyer
Lowcountry Book Club - Susan M. Boyer
Say Yes to the Death: A Debutante Dropout Mystery (Debutante Dropout Mysteries) - Susan McBride
The Carousel Painter - Judith McCoy Miller
The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado - Holly Bailey
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive - Tina Payne Bryson,Daniel J. Siegel

My Hubby turns the big 3-0 today!!

 

After taking a two month break, I am ready to tackle the last three books in the Regency box set. This month is cycle 17 of Bout of Books.

 

Regency Box Set:

1. His Jilted Bride (Banks Brothers Brides #3) by Rose Gordon

2. My Lady of Deception by Christi Caldwell

3. Much Ado about Dutton by Claudia Dain

 

TBR Read Down:

4. Lowcountry Bordello (Liz Talbot #4) by Susan M. Boyer

5. Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot #5) by Susan M. Boyer

6. Say Yes to Death (Debutante Dropout #6) by Susan McBride

7. Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

8. The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa de la Cruz

9. The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller

 

Non-fiction Challenge:

10. The Mercy of the Sky by Holly Bailey

11. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon 

12. The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

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