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Falling Behind Friday @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Friday!!!  Friday is here and it’s that time again when we chat about a couple books we have been falling behind on with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read . Today we all are chatting about different books we have fallen behind on.  Travel on over to their blogs to see what they are chatting about today.

We are chatting about A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. Norma, Lindsay and I have fallen behind on the group read but really want to read it. I have been seeing some really great buzz for it.  The group read was added a month ago and we haven’t been able to catch up.  After reading Stephanie’s amazing review I noticed we missed the pub date for it.  Stephanie really has me wanting to dive into this one soon.  Zoe @ What’s Better Than Books? review caught my eye as well.

I did take a peek into the threads to see who read this one and looked at their reviews.

From The Traveling Sisters’ review

From Debra’s review  This book is beautifully written, tragic, compelling and hard to put down. Boyne has given me a character that I love to hate. Maurice Swift is so deliciously “amoral”.  

From Diane’s review: Now I am the type of reader who enjoys being given a character who tugs at my heart, someone in which I can hope for, cherish. But….I also say if you can’t give me that, then give me some stellar prose, or a plot that is intriguing, pulls me into the story. And…..yes that is definitely the case here, this plot pulled me in, like watching a train wreck I couldn’t pull away.

I have to add the beginning of Angela’s review.  My interest is definitely peaked after reading that.  What do you do when you have the blind ambition to be a writer and while you can write, you just don’t have a creative idea in you? If you are the unscrupulous, narcissistic, slimeball named Maurice Swift – you do anything that it takes – steal their stories and their books and ruin their lives.

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Want to join us on our fun and chat about a couple titles you have fallen behind on? Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme where you chat about a couple books you have fallen behind on and then link Kim, Christina and us so we can travel on over and check out your post.  Drop your link in the comment section for everyone to check it out.

Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Falling Behind Friday #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Friday!!!  Friday is here and it’s that time again when we chat about books we have been falling behind on with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read . We thought it would be fun to focus on a couple of titles and chat about them.  Pop on over and check out their posts.  They will be sure to have you on the floor laughing with their fun posts.

I have done a little book travels on our titles for this week to find some buzz to help us decide when we should start reading these titles.  So please join in on our discussion and let us know if you have read these titles and if you recommend we read them right away.

Today I am featuring two books that have been on our list of books we have fallen behind on.  Both I am really excited to read but for some reason or another they kept getting lost or buried under so many other titles.

Lindsay and I have fallen behind on one of our most anticipated books The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos. I am not even too sure how that happened.  It seems to be getting some great buzz.  Being an anticipated one Norma did start it and is almost finished.  She is cheering it’s praise so far.  Our Traveling Sister Marialyce @ yaya-read loved this it and her review has me wanting to jump into this one right away.

Zoe@What’s Better Than Books has caught my attention with this  ‘Overall, The Girl They Left Behind is the perfect blend of historical facts, compelling fiction, and palpable emotion”  from her review.

From Goodreads

A sweeping family saga and love story that offers a vivid and unique portrayal of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet Union occupation—perfect for fans of Lilac Girls and Sarah’s Key.

On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation.

Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets.

When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.

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While chatting with Kim she mentioned she has fallen behind on  The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. I have had it my Edelweiss shelve for some time now.  I have seen a bit of buzz along my book travels and have been wanting to read it.  When I saw a copy at our most amazing new library I had to take it home with me.   Kim is chatting about this one over on her blog.

Our Traveling Sister Debra@Open Book Post read it and her review has me really wanting to read it soon.

Michelle @ Books on a Book Shelve had me wanting to dive into this one with saying this on her review  “What started off as a seemingly beautiful love story ended up dark and sinister…”

From Goodreads

“From the brilliant first line to the shattering conclusion, The Winters will draw you in and leave you breathless. . . . A must read.” —Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

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Let’s Chat about books we have fallen behind on.  Have you read either of these titles?  Let us know your thoughts on them.  Help us decide if we should catch up on them or fall behind some more on them.

Want to join us on chatting about a couple titles you have fallen behind on?  Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme where you chat about a couple books you have fallen behind on and then link Kim, Christina and us so we can travel on over and check out your post.  Drop your link in the comment section for everyone to check it out.

Do you have a book or two you would like to chat about? Is your fallen behind list longer than your TBR one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Book Giveaway! The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston #travelingsistersread @StMartinsPress #PaulaBrackston

Hi everyone! Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press the Traveling Sisters are extremely excited to offer THREE FINISHED COPIES of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston to giveaway one copy each to three lucky winners! Each book will come with an adorable pin replica of the book. 📚 💕💜

Click here to enter our Instagram Giveaway!

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The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

Goodreads Summary

A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she’s confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.

While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.

Good Luck from The Sisters!

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My Best Day Ever at The New Calgary Central Library

Calgary opened it’s door to our new Central Library and there is only one word to describe it and it’s Spectacular!

We didn’t plan to go take it in the first few days of the opening but decided to join in on the Calgary spirit and check out one of our most anticipated openings.  I knew it was going to be busy but I didn’t think I would ever stand in line to get in a library before.  It wasn’t a long wait but definitely a lot of people.

 

I was pretty excited at the anticipation of seeing this dream library.  I think I stopped breathing when I walked through the doors.

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Once I got to the general fiction section of the library my son started to remind me to breathe.

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Then my family after this section, (who think they are funny) thought they found me the perfect book.  I have to admit I laughed.

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Not really wanting to admit it but couldn’t help himself my son thought this would be a pretty amazing place to study.  He was secretly wishing he had this when he was studying.  There were study sections, tables and chairs and places to sit throughout the whole library.  No problem finding a comfortable spot to study or read.  There is a coffee shop that I forgot to take a pic of, where you can get your favourite hot beverage to enjoy while reading or studying.  I will be going back to find my comfortable spot.

 

 

I took a few photos to share.  I was so excited and there were so many people I am not sure I really captured just how spectacular this library really is.

 

 

There is so many different types of rooms available, meeting rooms, a small theater, play area for kids and rooms for author readings.

 

 

I didn’t leave empty-handed and I did leave with four library books.

What do you think from my pictures of our new library?  Do you want to come to visit this library? Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Lets Chat! About books we have fallen behind on #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Today we are sistering up with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read with something a little different than our normal Can’t-Wait Wednesday.  When chatting with Kim and Christina about what book we can’t wait to read, Kim said I feel like we should rename it can’t catch up Wednesdays.  We all seem to be in the falling behind coulee and can’t-wait to get out of that coulee.  So we thought it would be fun to switch it up and start a meme to discuss books we are falling behind on.  Today we are switching our Can’t-wait post to Falling Behind and after today we will continue this post on Fridays.

Let’s chat about those books we are falling behind on.  Sometimes I think my list of books I have fallen behind on is longer than my to be read list of books.  Norma is always running behind and trying to catch up and Lindsay she been buried in a coulee for a while now.

I added A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson to the Traveling sisters’ group a month ago and it is one we kept sliding back.  I haven’t taken a peek into the threads but have checked out a few reviews for it and they are mixed.  I am still on the fence if this one is one we should catch up on or keep sliding it back.  It sounds like a very emotional and tough read with a few things explored in this story.  If you have read this one, drop us a comment and let us know what your thoughts are for this one.

A Cloud in the Shape of a GirlA Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson

From National Book Award finalist and the New York Timesbestselling author of The Year We Left Home comes a moving family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town.

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making.

Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out from Laura and Gabe’s house, but can’t seem to live up to her potential—whatever that might be.

In A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl we see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities; familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time—a story of three women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades. One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free?

Evelyn, Laura, and Grace are the glue that binds their family together. Tethered to their small Midwestern town—by choice or chance—Jean Thompson seamlessly weaves together the stories of the Wise women with humanity and elegance, through their heartbreaks, setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies.

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Along with Kim, we keep falling behind on The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman.  This is one I really want to read and I have rescheduled for November and it’s one I am now putting on my Can’t-wait list to read.

The Exes' RevengeThe Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman

 

Originally titled Sticks and Stones

A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who’ve all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him…

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

Web_L195-5Christina has been so busy with work and she has been buried in a coulee I haven’t been to before.  She has fallen so far behind I am not even sure what book she will be talking about today.

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Have you read either of these titles?  Help us decided if we should catch up on them or fall behind some more on them.

Want to join us on sharing what titles you have fallen behind on?  Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme by linking Kim, Christina and us so we can travel on over and check out your post. Drop your link in the comment section for everyone to check it out.

What titles have you fallen behind on?  Is your fallen behind list longer than your TBR one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Lindsay’s Author Series Event with Joanna Goodman #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread @joannagoodman @harpercollinsca

LINDSAY’S AUTHOR SERIES EVENT WITH JOANNA GOODMAN!

When my lovely friend Cathy invited me to attend a local Author Series event where Joanna Goodman would be reading, I jumped at the chance!  It was such an exciting opportunity for me to be able to meet the author of one of my most favourite and memorable books this year!

I read The Home for Unwanted Girls with The Traveling Friends GR group in August and it was a novel that everyone in our discussion truly loved and connected with.   Brenda and I read Joanna Goodman’s prior novel, The Finishing School last week and enjoyed discussing the deep layers within the pages of that one very much.

At the event last night, Joanna read an excerpt from The Home for Unwanted Girls.   Joanna’s voice truly had the crowd in a trance while reading Elodie’s encounter with the doctors in her orphanage.   Her reading brought me right back into the emotion and heart wrenching devastation of that scene.   Joanna took the time to answer many questions from the crowd and provided some exciting details that I am thrilled to share with you today.   Joanna explained that she is currently working on a new novel that expands on the topics and stories examined in The Home for Unwanted Girls.   It will not be a sequel, per se, but it will be a continuation of where that novel ended.   Joanna feels she has so much more to tell about that largely unknown historic period.   I know I speak for many of her readers when I say that I am SUPER EXCITED about getting my hands on a copy of that novel when it comes out!  (Don’t get too excited yet – she said it’s a couple years away).

Joanna was such a fun person to meet!  I was lucky enough to get a few minutes with her to chat and get a quick pic.

If you enjoy historical fiction and you haven’t read The Home for Unwanted Girls, I HIGHLY recommend getting your hands on a copy of that ASAP!   It’s a beautifully written and unforgettable story.

Thank you to my beautiful and dear friend Cathy for including me in this very fun and memorable night!!

Lindsay xoxo

IMG-4508 Our reviews for The Home for Unwanted Girls can be found here!

img_6676 Lindsay’s & Brenda’s review for The Finishing School can be found here!

Have you had an author experience that you would like to share?  We would love to here from you!  The Traveling Sisters

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