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Happy Tuesday!! The Literary Junkies are BACK!!!!

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Literary Junkies Hosts: Christine from Life with a Side of Coffee and ME!
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Here are this month’s questions…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
2. What are your top 3 reads for summer?
3. Do you have a favorite book that you like to re-read?
4. Do you have a favorite reading spot?
5. Do you enjoy a sipping on a beverage while you read? If so, tell us your favorite drink pairing!!

Here are my answers…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
A Separate Heaven by Alex DisantiA Separate Heaven Synopsis:
The enigmatic Dominic Gianelli is a man whose immense wealth and power have earned him respect and admiration from the social elite of both Europe and America. But his legitimate wealth has long been rumored to mask the secrets and dark corners in his world. Nearing fifty, he lives by a strict code and allows few people to know him. Beyond his carefully crafted image of sophistication, Dominic is a man with a tight grip on those around him. But a chance meeting with twenty-year-old Paige Hamilton forever changes his life.

Paige Hamilton is just beginning to find her own place in the world, away from her affluent, Long Island family. A striking beauty, she is a financial prodigy and a trusted market analyst climbing the ladder at a prestigious, New York investment firm where Dominic is a client. Their connection upon meeting is instant and profound.

Their first dinner date takes an unexpected turn and becomes a night neither will forget. But Dominic has doubts about a long-term love. His world can be dangerous and he fears for Paige s safety should she commit herself to him. Despite any qualms, he finds he cannot give her up. Her family objects, unsure of Dominic s secretive lifestyle. Their relationship takes a surreal turn when Paige becomes engulfed in Dominic’s world of tight security, clandestine meetings and increasingly erratic behavior.

Enter A Separate Heaven. Meet the families. Come to know them. From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this engrossing drama will hold you spellbound.

2. What are your top 3 reads for summer?

I’m excited to read:
Beach Town by Mary Kay AndrewsBeach Town by Mary Kay Andrews Synopsis:
Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame.

Now Greer has been given one more chance—a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino—which will be perfect for the film’s climax—when the bad guys blow it up in an all-out assault on the townspeople.

Greer slips into town and is ecstatic to find the last unspoilt patch of the Florida gulf coast. She takes a room at the only motel in town, and starts working her charm. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. Eben is a born-again environmentalist who’s seen huge damage done to the town by a huge paper company. The bay has only recently been re-born, a fishing industry has sprung up, and Eben has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.

Will true love find a foothold in this small beach town before it’s too late and disaster strikes? Told with Mary Kay Andrews inimitable wit and charm, Beach Town is this year’s summer beach read!

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy ReichertThe Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Synopsis: YOU’VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster

The Best of Enemies by Jen Synopsis: Bridesmaids meets The In-Laws in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies—from New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster.

Jacqueline Jordan knows conflict. A fearless journalist, she’s spent the past decade embedded in the world’s hot spots, writing about the fall of nations and the rise of despots. But if you were to inquire about who topped Jack’s enemy list, she’d not hesitate to answer: Kitty Carricoe.

Kitty reigns supreme over the world of carpools and minivans. A SAHM, she spends her days caring for her dentist husband and three towheaded children, running the PTA, and hiding vegetables in deceptively delicious packed lunches.

Kitty and Jack haven’t a single thing in common—except for Sarabeth Chandler, their mutual bestie. Sarabeth and Jack can be tomboys with the best of them, while Sarabeth can get her girly-girl on with Kitty. In fact, the three of them were college friends until the notorious frat party incident, when Jack accidentally hooked up with Kitty’s boyfriend…

Yet both women drop everything and rush to Sarabeth’s side when they get the call that her fabulously wealthy husband has perished in a suspicious boating accident. To solve the mystery surrounding his death, Jack and Kitty must bury the hatchet and hit the road for a trip that just may bring them together—if it doesn’t kill them first.

You can check out all of my Must Read Books for Summer here!

3. Do you have a favorite book that you like to re-read?
I don’t really re-read books because I have SO many waiting for me to read! Anyone else have this “problem”? lol

4. Do you have a favorite reading spot?

A comfy chair with decent light. :)

5. Do you enjoy a sipping on a beverage while you read? If so, tell us your favorite drink pairing!!

Yes! Chai Tea Latte’s or a glass of wine. :)

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Book Review: Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky + GIVEAWAY

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Book Review: Blueprints by Barbara DelinskyI received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions and stories are 100% my own.
Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky
Some women are born with an instinct for knowing how things work—and what to do when they break.

Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show’s audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host-the day after Caroline’s fifty-sixth birthday-she is devastated. The fallout couldn’t come at a worse time.

For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn’t want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!

For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. Her ex-husband’s death thrusts her into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there’s Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.

Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

Read an excerpt of Blueprints here to get hooked!

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars. I recently stumbled on this book and added it to my Must Read Books for Summer. I was a big fan of Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky which I picked up last year. And was excited to see her lastest coming out earlier this month. And y’all, she didn’t disappoint. Once I started, I was hooked. I read almost the entire book in one sitting and it’s got 408 pages. If that tells you anything at all. lol I loved reading the stories between Caroline’s point of view and Jamie’s point of view. I loved that they were a mother-daughter duo. And I LOVED that it had elements of house-flipping/remodeling. If y’all only knew how much house-flipping-remodeling-renovating shows I watch, you’d totally get why I totally dug this. I definitely recommend you grabbing a copy ASAP! And pick up Sweet Salt Air too. :)

And because this author is amazing and she hasn’t disappointed me and because I want to keep supporting her efforts and dreams, I’m teaming up with her publisher, St. Martin’s Press, to give one of my lovely readers a copy of Blueprints. Enter via the Rafflecopter Widget below. Giveaway valid for US Residents aged 18 or older. Click the Terms & Conditions link in the Rafflecopter widget to read all the conditions.

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