Monday Mashup

It’s been a while since I’ve done a mashup- so I’m bringing it back!

#giveaways:

A Novel Review is giving away THE LAKE HOUSE by Marci Nault (! Day left to enter- so get those entries in there!)

#onlinebookclubnews

The Book Wheel and Love at First Book are still rocking on with their nonfiction pick for May. If nonfiction floats your boat- then there is still time to join in on the fun!

Traveling With T  (that’s me!) and Book-alicious Mama are working hard on getting RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA ready for June. Thanks to a special person, I hope to have blog buttons by June.  Plans for the hashtag #bookloversunite will be revealed on Friday.

Southern Lit Lovers on Goodreads are discussing Julie Kibler’s CALLING ME HOME. If you missed the chance to talk about it with me at She Reads- do stop by Goodreads.

My review of CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler.

#justgoodnews

The Book Wheel has started her own literary consulting company. Read her blog post for the details.

On Danna Pycher’s blog- I was given a lovely shout-out for my interview with Danna that posted on Friday. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

More good news for me: I won an autographed copy of TIME FLIES by Claire Cook– I don’t think I even need to explain how excited I was since TIME FLIES since it made my Beach Bag Reads list!

#books

I reviewed THE COTTAGE AT GLASS BEACH today. Beautiful cover, good book, mystery and intrigue- worth a read!

Do you like a little chill in your reading for the summer? Marybeth Whalen, co-creator of She Reads, has got a list of summer reads for you then! Looking over the list of A Little Chill in the Summer– I already have marked to read LIE STILL by Julia Heaberlin- looks like I have more to add!

I created a Book Signings board on Pinterest- go check it out- it’s every book signing that I’ve been to!

Last week was Bout of Books– here is how my week went with that!

LASTLY: Twitter chat with CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, author of ORPHAN TRAIN  Thursday, May 23 at 8pmEST. Use #srchat to join in! It’ll be fun and fabulous!

My review of ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline

The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri (TLC Book Tour 3)

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Heather Barbieri

Photo credit: TLC Book Tours

Heather Barbieri, author The Cottage At Glass Beach, was a child who loved to stay up reading all night long various books- Judy Blume among others. The Cottage At Glass Beach is Heather’s 3rd book- and she is currently at work on her 4th book. To find out more about Heather, please visit her website or Facebook page.

The Cottage at Glass Beach

ISBN: 978-0062107961

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Harper

Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes and Noble

Source: TLC Books

The Cottage at Glass Beach

Photo credit: TLC Book Tours

The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri is a book that from the cover takes me to a beach state of mind- the water, the blue sky, the lady walking holding a seashell. It’s a gorgeous cover and quite eye-catching.

Nora, mother to Annie and Ella, wife to Malcom- leaves Boston for refuge at Burke’s Island after finding out her husband is having an affair. The girls and Nora are staying for the summer- although teenage Ella is not happy about being away from Boston, her dad and friends. Annie, young and full of fun is entraced with Burke’s Island- although misses her father.

Nora, as child, lived at Burke’s Island-until her mother disappears one day. So the island provides Nora a space to stay away from prying eyes of the public- and yet stirs up memories and feelings of worry.  Burke’s Island not only holds the secret of Nora’s mother, Maeve, disappearance- it holds many other secrets. When a man is found by Nora washed up on the beach, Nora is not quite sure what to make of him. Owen proves helpful- but after Malcom’s betrayal- Nora finds trusting a man’s kindness harder than it once was.

Marie, aunt to Nora, welcomes Nora and the girls to the island but as the story unfolds, the reader finds that Marie has a story of her own. It seems that many of the islanders have their own story- either a connection to Maeve, or a reaction to Nora.  Island life is different for Nora and the girls- and it proves to be both soothing, yet stirring memories of past times.

The Cottage At Glass Beach takes a premise of mother taking her daughters for some time away from husband’s scandal, adds some beach fun, some island memories (secrets and good times),  tales of island folklore and turns into a story that is good, interesting and enjoyable. Perfect for a beach read (even if you are nowhere near the beach!)- The Cottage at Glass Beach is a story that readers will want to share with friends and other fellow readers.

Traveling With T’s thoughts:

This is my first Heather Barbieri novel- and I enjoyed it. The cover of the book gave me a warm and good feeling- and the writing did not disappoint. Heather made Nora a character that the reader could root for. The daughters, Ella and Annie and their interactions with Nora- believable and understandable. Heather Barbieri teased readers with island secrets and made me want to keep turning pages.