Two recent reads worth checking out

I’m about to walk out the door for my trip to Cape Cod for the week and I know I’ll be doing A LOT of reading while down there. I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know about these two books I recently read before I go. I wouldn’t want them buried in the post-vacation reviews sure to come.

I was invited to read The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman through TLC Book Tours. This isn’t a book I likely would have picked up myself so I am glad the opportunity presented itself to me. The book had chapters about Jewish folklore interspersed with a modern day story. While I preferred the overarching story and skimmed the mythical chapters, I still enjoyed both.

From GoodreadsThe Tiger’s Wife meets A History of Love in this inventive, lushly imagined debut novel that explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters

When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious notebook full of stories about a magical figure named The White Rebbe, a miracle worker in league with the enigmatic Angel of Losses, protector of things gone astray, and guardian of the lost letter of the alphabet, which completes the secret name of God.

When his granddaughter, Marjorie, discovers Eli’s notebook, everything she thought she knew about her grandfather–and her family–comes undone. To find the truth about Eli’s origins and unlock the secrets he kept, she embarks on an odyssey that takes her deep into the past, from 18th century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, and back to the present, to New York City and her estranged sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past.

Interweaving history, theology, and both real and imagined Jewish folktales, The Angel of Losses is a family story of what lasts, and of what we can-and cannot-escape.

 

Accidents of Marriage: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers was one of the better books I have read in a while, which is saying a lot because it feels like I’ve read several good ones lately. I think what I liked most about this one was that it showed that all families have issues, even ones that seem ideal from the outside, and that there is a fine line between healthy and unhealthy when it comes to relationships. I’d definitely move this to the top of your lists (I think I got my copy from Netgalley).

From GoodreadsAccidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy. 

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.

So, there you go- two more books to add to your (if they are anything like mine) never ending “to be read” lists.

Don’t forget to enter my box of books giveaway.

Oh, and I just saw Goodreads is doing a giveaway for Accidents of Marriage. You’re welcome.

 

 

TGIalmostF and a giveaway

It’s almost Friday… at last!

First off, I need to answer two FAQs from my post earlier this week, The Tale of No Keys.

1. What are macaroni and cheese bites?

Picture borrowed from Carrots N Cake who also did a great review of the restaurant

Well, Local 149, the place I hunkered down at that evening, calls them Mac & Cheese Fritters. Basically, they are fried macaroni and cheese balls served with some kind of sriracha or buffalo sauce. Incredible.

2. Did I ever find my keys?

Those bad boys were right on the foyer table (by foyer I mean part of the living room next to the front door) where I leave them every night when I get home. Don’t ask me why I deemed it unnecessary to grab them in the morning hustle out to work.

Moving on…

Now that you’ve all recovered from anxiously awaiting my answers, I think it is safe to say we’re all happy for the weekend to be here. I am heading to the Cape (Cape Cod for those not familiar with the New England lingo) for the next week. I’ll still be poking in here from time to time, more often or not depending on the weather. So, if you want to hear from me do rain dances. But then don’t blame me for a grumpy mood if it works.

I’m going to leave you with a giveaway for a box of books off my own shelf. I have plenty to spare… as you can see… and I want to share some favorites.

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I ran this by some blogging friends before going forward as I wasn’t sure if my already-read books would appeal to the masses. Now at least I know it will appeal to some.

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Happy weekend, everyone!

The Tale of No Keys

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Earlier this week, I left work on the earlier side (not early, but definitely not late). I ran to catch a bus and then ended up waiting at the stop while more and more people crowded around me. Apparently, I had missed the last bus by this much and now had to wait for the next one to arrive.

So, I waited and then waited again when one went by the stop full already. And then I waited some more.

I finally got on a bus, eagerly opened my Kindle and proceeded to forget to hit the bell for my stop.

No worries. I got off at the next block.

I walked back towards my apartment and started fumbling in my purse for my keys. Hmm… no keys. This was a first (really!). I crouched down on the sidewalk and proceeded to basically dump my bag on the pavement while I confirmed that yes, my keys were missing.

Okay, no big deal.

I walked back a few blocks to a bar down the street from my apartment, texted my boyfriend to get his ETA (2 hours) and ordered a glass of wine.

Then I settled in at the bar, reopened my Kindle and waited. And ordered another glass of wine. And waited. And got macaroni and cheese bites. And waited.

Moral of the story? I should get locked out of my apartment more often. That wine was good.