Review

Carolyn Brown Riverbend Reunion

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“Riverbend, Texas, doesn’t look like the crossroads of anywhere. But for four high school besties reuniting after twenty years, it’s a place to unpack a lot of baggage.

Risa’s for divorce, Mary Nell’s been kicked to the curb by her leech of a boyfriend, and Haley was just blindsided by a shocking family secret. But restless army veteran Jessica Callaway, looking to plant roots, has an idea: corral her fellow former cheerleaders and renovate an abandoned church smack-dab in the middle of three dry counties into a bar. Throw in a grill and Wade Granger—a onetime nerd turned surprisingly crush-worthy investor—and their lives are on tap for a turnaround.

My Thoughts

Riverbend Reunion by Carolyn Brown is l about a group of friends all coming back together after leaving school twenty or more years ago.  Along with them come the delightful sixteen year old twins belonging to Risa one of the women. Each of the women have had challenges to face and now they are ready to take on a new life.

As it happens Jessica’s being left an old church gives them the opportunity to do something entirely new. Plus Wade another ex military person is along for the ride as well.

This story is about found family, friendship and good will. It also has something to say about religion when it goes completely daft and ridiculous.

It does lack some tension and the plot tdid not  make me want to pick it up at every moment. and perhaps could have been more finely edited.

It’s a low-key, warm hearted read with of course everything working out well and hearts that were hurt are now mending and moving on.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hello all. Well I am over weather this week. Wet, extremely windy with small twisters and rain and hail, thunder and lightning and we have another few days of it. I had a visitor yesterday and we decided it was better staying over night and travel this morning. Which we did. Just yucky. Fortunately so far I haven’t been in the path of the twisters or flooding but many others have. One of sisters was having problems with a flooding street.

My sister posted this, this morning on Facebook. So funny – we have an ongoing joke because one of our sisters got mad with us all for awhile and called us witches. My brother thought this was hugely funny and built a block for us all ( 5) to park our broomsticks at mad sister’s place.  My sister  says “Weather conditions are so bad here I was only going to get some milk from the dairy. got blown off course .”

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Miss 6 year old came home from school very bouncy and excited. She said there had been thunder, lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong wind. It was so awesome! I can remember my teaching days when if you got extreme weather, lessons “were out the window” as the class just massed at the windows to watch!

I had a good reading week, read and discussed volcanoes as we read Max’s reading book. (Helping him with reading), we have lots of volcanoes in NZ so quite relevant with one huffing and puffing at the moment. I wrote 6 postcards I am ready to send off to USA and Canada as part of a Facebook quilting group who are mailing out postcards to people in the group. Thought it would be fun. Hope they get there, my pen has smudged a bit on the card so need to look into what kind of writing tool is better! So going to brave the weather after preparing this post to get a few more stamps and post them. Who knows when they’ll arrive. Postage is pretty erratic these days.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

The wedding dress sewing circle

And still listening to Bloomsbury Girls which I am enjoying but just seem not to be getting to it.

Up next:

Catching up on a back log review book I chose by accident but hope its enjoyable.

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Last Week’s Posts

Twilight Shadows.  Emilie Richards

Five books I had read from the Modern Mrs Darcy SRG 2022

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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I had a good week. I finished watching Season 2 of All Creatures Great and Small. Now I see at least they are making a season 3 and 4 so something to wait for.

I listened to a podcast that interviewed an interior book designer. Who knew that was something that had to be thought through. Now I am examining the book I am reading more carefully to see what she was talking about!

We’ve had lots of rain and in for more. We have been blessed with lots of sun over summer but now the wet weather is here!

It’s a long weekend here – we celebrate the Queen’s Birthday in June and of course its her bitg 70 year celebration. I watched a little of it on You Tube. I only stream so don’t have any channels that might have shown more.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

Almost finished and will do so today no doubt.

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And still listening to Bloomsbury Girls.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2020

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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Welcome to another year of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Hope you loved seeing the new year in. I have to say I fell asleep before the clock rolled over, but I am sure I was awake when it rolled over somewhere else in our world!

What I read last week:

The first two I finished last year! In This House of Brede was my first book of the year. I liked it very much although I know it would not be for everyone. However I found it an excellent read and would link it to Susan Howatch’s Church of England Starbridge series.

What I am reading now:

For review – just beginning.

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And am listening to..

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