#AMonthOfFaves: Moments of 2022

 

Kim and Tanya at GirlXOXO are back with their #AMonthOf Faves December schedule and while I probably won’t post for all the prompts- 2022 was a big year for me so I gotta share some of the highlights. 

2022 had some highs (getting engaged and picking out my dress!) and some lows ( getting caught up in a reduction in force money saving plan at my job at the hospital) which then led to a better job (Director of Communications at the local church!) 

So in no particular order, here’s a photographic recap of 2022 (with some explanations of what’s happening in the pictures 🙂 Continue reading

Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea

Traveling With T purchased this book for her own reading time.

Don’t Believe It

Summary: The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history—a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last ten years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.

As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers startling evidence overlooked during the original investigation. Before the series even finishes filming, public outcry leads officials to reopen the case.

Delving into Grace’s past, Sidney peels away layer after layer of deception. But as she edges closer to the real heart of the story, Sidney must decide if finding the truth is worth risking her newfound fame, her career … even her life. Continue reading

The Fiancee by Kate White

This book was purchased by Traveling With T for her own reading time.

The Fiancee

Summary: The New York Times bestselling author returns with an unsettling but riveting psychological thriller about a captivating woman who joins a family and threatens to upend their picture-perfect lives. 

They had everything they needed for a perfect family vacation: close-knit relatives, a bucolic setting . . . and a murderer in their midst?

Summer’s looking forward to a break from hustling for acting work in Manhattan when she, her husband Gabe, and Gabe’s nine-year-old son arrive at the annual family get-together at her in-laws’ sprawling estate. On the agenda are leisurely gourmet meals, tennis matches, and plenty of relaxation by the pool.

But this year, Gabe’s brother Nick has invited his new flame Hannah, whom Summer immediately recognizes from a few years before. Oddly, her brother-in-law’s girlfriend claims not to know her. Yet she charms the other family members, and after Nick announces that he’s proposed to Hannah, Summer doesn’t have much choice but to grin and bear it.

Then the reunion is rocked by tragedy when a family member is found dead. Though the doctors attribute the loss to natural causes, a grieving Summer fears that the too-good-to-be-true Hannah is involved, even as Gabe dismisses her suspicions.

How far will Summer go to expose the truth? As she investigates just what Nick’s fiancée might have done to keep her perfect image intact, she begins to fear that the first death might only be the beginning . . . Continue reading

The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis

This book was purchased by Traveling With T for her own reading time.

The Family You Make

Summary: Beloved New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis begins a new series–Sunrise Cove–set near beautiful Lake Tahoe, with a heartwarming story of found family and love.

During the snowstorm of the century Levi Cutler is stranded on a ski lift with a beautiful stranger named Jane. After strong winds hurl the gondola in front of them into the ground, Levi calls his parents to prepare them for the worst…but can’t bring himself to say goodbye. Instead, wanting to fulfill his mother’s lifelong wish, he impulsively tells her he’s happily settled and Jane is his girlfriend–right before his phone dies.

But Levi and Jane do not.

Now Levi’s family is desperate to meet “The One.” Though Jane agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for just one dinner, she’s nervous. After a traumatic childhood, Jane isn’t sure she knows how to be around a tight-knit family that cherishes one another. She’s terrified, and a little jealous. But an unexpected series of events and a host of new friends soon show Jane that perhaps this is the life she was always meant to have.

As Jane and Levi spend more time together, pretend feelings quickly turn into real ones. Now all Jane has to do is admit to herself she can’t live without the man she’s fallen in love with and the family she has always dreamed of. Continue reading

The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda

Traveling With T purchased this book for her own personal reading time.

The Last to Vanish

Summary: New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda returns with a gripping and propulsive thriller that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed?

Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—rafting and hiking, with access to the Appalachian trail by way of a gorgeous waterfall—and its mysterious history. As the book begins, the string of unsolved disappearances that has haunted the town is once again thrust into the spotlight when journalist Landon West, who was staying at the inn to investigate the story of the vanishing trail, then disappears himself.

Abby has sometimes felt like an outsider within the community, but she’s come to view Cutter’s Pass as her home. When Landon’s brother Trey shows up looking for answers, Abby can’t help but feel the town closing ranks. And she’s still on the outside. When she finds incriminating evidence that may bring them closer to the truth, Abby soon discovers how little she knows about her coworkers, neighbors, and even those closest to her.

Megan Miranda brings her best writing to The Last to Vanish, a riveting thriller filled with taut suspense and shocking twists that will keep you guessing until the very end. Continue reading

All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

All I Want for Christmas

Summary: True love wasn’t on their holiday wish list.

When Sadie and Max are selected as contestants on the famed reality singing show Starmaker, each thinks they’ve finally gotten their big Nashville break. But then they’re paired up for duet week and stun the world with their romantic onstage chemistry. With fans going wild for #Saxie the network demands that they remain a duo on and offstage, or exit the competition. Faking a relationship until their final performance in the Starmaker holiday special shouldn’t be too hard, except for one small problem–Sadie and Max can’t stand each other.

But with their dreams just within reach, they agree to the ruse. Will their fake relationship be exposed before they can win? Or will an unexpected trip to Banff spark real feelings by the Christmas finale?

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Cover Reveal: Our Place on the Island by Erika Montgomery

 

Way back in 2020 (everyone remember THAT year?!) I had the opportunity of doing a cover reveal for an author that I really respect and admire- Erika Montgomery! The cover of A Summer to Remember was wonderful and the book was even better (read my review of A Summer to Remember!)

So the other day, when I was taking a break on my road trip to Nashville for Church Communicators Conference and I saw an IG message from Erika- COLOR ME PLEASED AS PUNCH to see that she wanted me to reveal another cover for a new book ( Our Place on the Island- coming out 6.13.2023 and available for preorder now!) Continue reading

6 Books I Recently Requested on Netgalley

 

I remember when I first joined Netgalley. It was like being a kid in a candy store- minus the stomach ache part from eating too much candy!

Oh those were the days- I used to go on Netgalley binges and request books that sounded interesting.

And then one day, I stopped. I had started getting more print books at that point and I was just tired of surfing NG looking for books that didn’t just sound good, that they were actually GOOD. Maybe even GREAT. Continue reading

Futuristic Friday: Find Your New Reads August & September 2022 edition

 

 

 

Well folks we are back. Late, but we are back. I take full credit on us being late with this new round up of Futuristic Friday: Find Your New Reads 3rd quarter edition between all the things that went on between getting RIF from my previous job to finding my new job to GETTING ENGAGED!!!!

Katie at Doing Dewey is a rockstar- because she just rolls with the punches when things are getting topsy-turvy on our collab 🙂

And you may be wondering where is July’s books? Well because we were late in getting things together, we just did August and September. Never fear, we’ll end the year on the right note 🙂

Now on to the books! Continue reading