Just Finished…


I just finished the book Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1484434383l/33574211.jpg

Form Goodreads:

A thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

From Me!

“Not knowing, not seeing, being deceived—it makes you question everything you have come to trust. It makes you doubt your own judgment, and the truths you have come to believe in, which sometimes are so deeply embedded, you don’t even know they’re there, shaping your thoughts.”

While reading this book, I questioned everything. The two sisters just disappeared one evening and Cass, the youngest shows back up after three years. She shares quite the story of what happened to the sisters while gone and I kept thinking where is this going?

The mother is extremely narcissistic, which I enjoyed reading traits about narcissistic people. But instead of thinking about the mom, all I could think about was Trump. (ew.)

It does twist, but didn’t twist smoothly. At times I was like “What?” How did she get them to do that from what she just said and ended up rereading. Also, Cass took a lot of careful planning, which she would be only 15 when she disappeared, I considered her a  genius. Sam is 15 and I don’t think he could have made such an extravagant plan.

At one point towards the end of the book, it did have a twist that I really didn’t see coming and enjoyed. That was a nice chapter.

But, maybe I missed something due to reading rave review after rave review of this book. I can see why readers loved this book, it does take you on a ride, but I now feel like I should reread the book, knowing the ending, to put the pieces together in my mind a bit better.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.



Merry Christmas!

I took an unplanned break from the blog due to  trying to get ready for the holiday season (and reading!)

Oh yea, thought I’d share how Henry went bad one day!

Will be back next week (the 26th) so I hope all 15 of my followers stop back!

Wishing you a relaxing Christmas~enjoy some sweets and get in a nap!!

Sick Week…


Last week everyone was sick. Jack started with the flu. Then Sam came home with the flu. Then Jason got the flu. The entire time I was trying to take care of them, I had a horrible cold which included my nose running and not being able to “sniff it up,” coughing uncontrollably and snoring.

Then, just to top a cold off, I got the flu on Friday. Thank goodness everyone else was good to go. And it’s about 24 hours.

Jason took this picture of me in bed on Saturday morning.

He showed it to the boys and said, “Boys. I think your mom is dead.”

Photos of Dogs…


I must share that Charlie is not the easiest dog to get a picture of. She isn’t patient and as soon as I get the camera ready, she is off, looking over her shoulder saying, “Who has time for that?!”

A  gal that I know has two dogs that are the most photogenic dogs!! I am not kidding. Her dogs look like the ones straight our of the Pottery Barn magazine! Seriously…check them out!

And here is my dog!

Yep. That’s how she sits! She put her bum in the air and lays her head down! Someone asked if she was twerking!

I’ve accepted that there’s room for improvement…or she fits right in the our funny little family!

Secret Pleasure…


When I go to the library, I am secretly happy when I come across a book that I want to read and it has “LP” on the spine!

“YAY” I whisper in my head, because of course, I am at the library.

What does LP stand for? LARGE PRINT! And I love it because I can see it!

I usually read before I go to sleep and don’t have the best light. That is why LARGE PRINT makes me happy! AND I feel as if I am I reading the book fast because there are fewer words on a page!! What a bonus!

If you haven’t read a LP book, you might want to check one out! It’s actually very nice!

The Flu…


We have had the flu go through our house. yuck. As much as I keep saying it’s not the flu. It’s the flu. Jack had it last Sunday and Sam came home Monday not feeling well.

He felt so bad, that he didn’t even park in the garage. He didn’t think he could walk that far. It wasn’t too long after he got home, that he started to get sick. Thank goodness, Jason was actually home and took care of “all that.”

Just like Jack, Sam didn’t feel the best for  24 hours (a little less) and then he was good to go. I am already tired of my house smelling like Lysol and my hands about to disintegrate into pieces due to being so dry from constant washing! And to think flu season has only just begun. ugh.

Just Finished


Jason and I went to North Carolina this weekend to see friends and go to a Vikings game. More on that later, but I did start and finish an amazing short book on our trip!

I shared a review on the book, Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre and it is one of my top 5 books. While at the bookstore, I spotted another by Pierre Lemaitre  and thought it would be a great quick read for out trip! LOVED IT!

Blood Wedding
by Pierre Lemaitre

Blood Wedding by [Lemaitre, Pierre]

From Amazon:
Sophie Duguet–young, successful, and happily married–thought at first she was becoming absentminded when she started misplacing her mail and forgetting where she’d parked her car the night before. But then, as her husband and colleagues pointed out with increasing frustration, she began forgetting things she’d said and done, too. And when she was detained by the police for shoplifting, a crime she didn’t remember committing, the confusion and blackouts that had begun to plague her took on a more sinister cast. Her marriage started to come apart at the seams.

Now Sophie is in much deeper water: the young boy she nannies is dead while in her care, a tragedy of which she has no memory. Afraid for her sanity and of what the police will do to her when the body is discovered, Sophie goes on the run, changing her identity and appearance to evade the law. Forced to lead a very different kind of life, one on the margins of society, Sophie wonders where everything went wrong.

Still, with a new name and a new life, she hopes that she’ll be able to put her demons to rest for good. It soon becomes clear, however, that the real nightmare has only just begun . . .

And only just begun is soooo true! The review shares only the tip of the iceberg about this story. Halfway through it takes a HUGE twist I did not see coming!! YES!!Love a twist!!  Again, I can’t say too much about the book because I don’t want to give anything away. You’ve got to read this one!!

I give this 5 out of  5 stars!

Also, I have heard that this author isn’t very easy to find in the library. His books are available on Amazon and I have found many at second-hand book stores or the Half Price Book Store.

Not Good…

Welcome Back!!

I started our Christmas decorating on Saturday morning. All set to go (not really wanting to do it, but it had to be done), bring in the tubs (ugh why so many decorations!) and Jason brought up the tree box (please lite up, please lite up.)

I stepped outside to grab a couple wreaths that I had placed on a bench and noticed they were both missing a few berries, but only on the lower section of each wreath. About, hmmmm, dog level.  Let’s just say, I think Charlie will have festive poop.

I walked back in the house and noticed Charlie had something in her mouth. I fished out the item and found out it was Henry’s hat!! OH DEAR! What about Henry!!

Phew, she had just pulled off his hat and no damage had occured to Henry. I very carefully and strategically placed his hat back on his head so not to touch him. If I touched him, we all know he would lose his flying powers! His hat now has a little tear in the front, under the old band-aid, but above the chocolate stained mouth.

I then walked into the living room and noticed no Jason. I looked at the tree and knew right away why he had vacated the area. We have a pre-lit tree. As you can see, there are only 2 1/2 sections lit and no top on the tree. A section had not lit up, so Jason watched a you tube video on how to fix a pre-lit tree bulbs. He did as the video instructed and blew out a whole section. It went down hill from there.

Thank goodness Jack had a basketball game so I offered to take him to his early practice before the game, quickly piled the decorations on the table and left the house. Decorating can and would wait for another day.