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weekly wrap-up 5/21

• Eek! This wrap-up is coming WAY late in the day, but I have a snuggly and wiggly excuse: we brought home another puppy! This little guy is a 9-week-old Boston Terrier and oh man, he’s awesome. We were unsure about how Bay would react, but so far (we brought him home last night), they’ve gotten along great. The only thing we really need to work on is reminding Bay that she has to be gentle when playing! :) It was so cute and I wish I had caught it on video – earlier this afternoon she had one of his squeaky toys and started doing circles around the dining table so that he would chase after her ♥

• Our plans for the day were originally to head up to my hometown to do some serious flea market browsing…and then it started storming. So instead we ended up doing some quick grocery store runs and had a cookout (and of course there was much oohing and ahhing over the new pup!)

• As of yesterday I am in vacation mode. Matt and I had initially planned on getting a cabin for a long weekend but the other couple we were going to go with backed out. It worked out for the best though! This pup was seriously one of those right place, right time moments.

MISSED SOMETHING THIS WEEK? Yeah, not a lot happened and I’m totally blaming the pup for that! This week was all about prepping the house for his arrival (and I’m positive Amazon thinks we’re having a baby – we ordered about a million baby gates, teething rings, the whole works loool.)

I love Michelle Gable. She’s a lovely person (we nabbed her for a #HistoricalFix guest!) and she definitely knows how to write a book. Her newest, The Book of Summer is basically a check-list of everything I love in books: dual-era narrative, WWII, a family saga, diary entries. Nantucket’s coast is eroding at a rapid pace, taking many of the grand old houses with it. Cissy’s property is getting smaller by the day, but she refuses to budge. The book follows her story (and her adult daughter who’s going through problems of her own) along with her mother’s, a newlywed in WWII.

We all know I love cozy mysteries, right? Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall is Hannah Dennison’s latest in her Honeychurch Hall series. A discovered skeleton leads to some pretty startling revelations. The cast of characters (both new and old) is great – though one made me extremely angry. I adore this series and can’t wait for the next!

This week’s the saturday six. includes a WWII love letter, a vegan pulled pork recipe, Roald Dahl, and more!

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
When a shipping company plans to build a canal through the Okefenokee Swamp, Elsie Mae is determined to do something. Her plan? Write a letter to President Roosevelt! I love Middle Grade. I love historical fiction. Middle Grade AND historical fiction?? MY HEART!! Thank you, Soucebooks Jabberwocky!

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly
Holy smokes, a 2018 ARC?! I had no idea they existed already! Another MG title, this one being fantasy. Emmeline has always had an ability to control shadows, only for the unthinkable to happen: a noble family visits her home and offers to ‘cure’ Emmeline. Terrified by the thought of losing her gift, Emmeline accepts a proposal from her own shadow: she’ll help Dar become flesh once more and in return, Dar will sway the minds of the noble family. Unfortunately for Emmeline, the following morning, she wakes to news of a mysterious tragedy – and an even more mysterious culprit. Thank you, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!

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