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Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Masterpiece


Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme featuring our most anticipated releases to come. It is hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings.

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
To be released: August, 2018

In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.

For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public’s disdain for a “woman artist.” Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded–even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter–Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they’ll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire art scene. And even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come.

Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay’s life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor hidden under the dust, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece–an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.

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Monthly Wrap-up: April 2018

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I am a couple of days late getting my April wrap-up posted because of technical difficulties. First of all, the power cord for my laptop bit the dust a couple of weeks ago. And second my internet has been very finicky lately. Thankfully I was able to buy a new cord and my connection seems to be working at the moment.

April was a busy month. We had family visiting from out east, there were several birthdays and I have starting working more hours. We also had some pretty crazy weather and still had snow on the ground until about a week ago.

Charlie turned 1 on the 19th. I can’t even fathom how fast the past year went. I’m now a mommy to a toddler! We had a double birthday party for him and my dad (who was celebrating his 60th). It was a wonderful day.

Unfortunately April was also a month of tragedy in my country; first with the Humboldt Bronco’s bus crash and then the van attack in Toronto. I’d like to send my condolences to all those who are involved.

April Wrap-up

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis 
Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
Note: I was sent a copy of The Road Home by Beverly Lewis by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 

Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA Lit
Rating: 4/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 2
Total Number of Fiction: 2
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 1
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 0

 

Currently Reading

 

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Book Haul: March 2018

Today I would like to share the books I added to my collection during the month of March.

Sent in exchange for an honest review


The Cat Who Ate Christmas by Lil Chase & Thomas Docherty

(Via NetGalley)


The Road Home by Beverly Lewis
(From Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley)

Library Book Sale 

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Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1) by Nora Roberts
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Where My Heart Belongs by Tracie Peterson
Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn 

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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Queen’s Accomplice (Maggie Hope Mystery #6) by Susan Elia MacNeal 
Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson, #1) by Louise Rennison 
The Heart of a Good by P.G. Woodhouse

Have you read any of these books? Leave me a message in the comments. 

 

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: March 2018

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Hello and welcome to my monthly wrap-up for the month of March.

I turned 31 years old on the first of the month. Unfortunately the flu went through my house and we had to post-pone my birthday celebration. Once we were all feeling better, we had a nice family dinner. My favourite part was receiving my first birthday card that said “Mom”.

Charlie turned 11 months old on the 19th. He is doing great and learning so much everyday. His current favourites include; monkeys, ABC Kids TV videos on Youtube and trying to copy everything his Pop does. This morning he will have his first visit from the Easter Bunny, along with a turkey dinner with family.

You may recall that several weeks ago, I posted a 21 Day Anxiety Challenge. Well the flu interrupted my progress, but I have completed some of the tasks, just not in the order listed on the image I shared. My progress with the challenge includes:

  • Spend 20 Minutes Outside. I’ve been going out on walks several times a week.
  • Get hydrated. I’ve been taking a water bottle where ever I go, that I sip on throughout the day.
  • Take a long bubble bath. Nothing calms me down like a relaxing bath, paired with a good book.
  • Snuggle with an animal. My cat Nova starts off his day with cuddles every morning.

I really hope to do some meditation and yoga during the month of April.

I’ve started to use my Instagram more during the month of March. If you would like to follow me click the link below:

https://www.instagram.com/melissaleesredhousereviews/

Books Completed

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Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
♥♥.5       2.5/5
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction

Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris
♥♥    2/5
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Note: I was sent a copy of Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris, from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Meeting Place (Song of Acadia, #1) by Janette Oke & T. Davis Bunn
♥♥♥♥         4/5
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 3
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 1
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 2
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2018: 7

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Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books that Take Place in Another Country

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today we are talking about books that take place in different countries. I’m from Canada and have decided to share some books that are set outside of North America.

Books set in Russia:

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah,
The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander,

Books set in France:

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky,
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Books Set in Multiple Countries:

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick,
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson,
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom ,
The Empress Holds the Key by Gabriel Farago.

 

Books Set in Germany:

The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder
The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring 

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Top Books on my Spring TBR


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Here are some books I hope to read over the next couple of months..


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by JK Rowling

 


Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen

 


Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy 

 


More than 50%: Women’s Life in a Newfoundland Outport (1900-1950) by Hilda Chaulk Murray 

 


Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1) by Sophie Kinsella

 


Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1) by Sara Shepard 

 

What do you plan to read during the Spring season? Leave me a message in the comments. 

 

 

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Book Haul: December 2017 – February 2018

Do you ever think you published a post, but then look back and discover that you didn’t? Well that is what I thought happened with my book hauls from previous months. I must have only shared some of Charlie’s books we’ve acquired but not my own.

Anyway, here most of the books I’ve added to my collection over the past few months..

Borrowed From the Library..

40 Love by Madeleine Wickham
Seriously.. I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres


Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

 

Library Book Sale

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Vow by Kim Carpenter
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Ya Ya’s in Bloom (Ya Ya’s #3) by Rebecca Wells

Kindle

Snowfall and Secrets (Omega Mu Alpha Brothers, #1) by Kimberly Loth

 

Linking up with Stacking the Shelves

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m Not Longer Interested in Reading


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today we are all linking up to share the books we are no longer interested in reading. This was a great opportunity for me to clear out my TBR board on Pinterest. Here are some of the books I’ve removed..

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles

A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers, #4.5) by Lisa Kleypas

Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff

What do you think of my list? Are there any books I should reconsider? Leave me a message in the comments.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Romantic Covers

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

In honor of Valentines Day tomorrow this weeks topic is a freebie. So I will share some of my favourite romantic book covers.

Summer at Sunset (Summer, #2) by Beth Labonte

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Wake by Anna Hope
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At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales by L.M. Montgomery

When Somebody Loves You by June Tate

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1) by Jill Shalvis

My Sergei: A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva

Your Heart’s Desire by Melody Carlson

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Which cover do you like the most? Leave me a message in the comments.

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Currently Reading: February 11, 2018

Posting a quick update to record my reading progress.

We are currently snowed in here. Over the past couple of days we just got dumped on and its really quite beautiful. Driving in it isn’t very fun though. Does anyone else enjoy shoveling snow? I do! Too bad my heart doesn’t agree, so I have to really limit myself. It makes me miss the days of my childhood where I’d spend the day outside sledding, building snow forts and snowmen. Ah those were the days.

Does anyone remember Crazy Carpet sleds? They are also known as Flying Carpets..

I had so much fun with these as a kid, but man were they ever hard on the knees.

Now lets talk books..

My Reading Progress


I finally finished my re-read of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is as far as I’ve ever read in the series, however I plan to remedy that in the months to come. I’m looking forward to continuing the series, but I’m kind of worried I won’t be into the remaining books like I was the first 4. Did anyone else have this problem with the HP series? I enjoyed The Goblet of Fire, but the third book still remains my favourite. It surprised me how much of the plot I had forgotten. So in a way it was kind of like reading it for the first time.

Currently Reading


I’ve made great progress with these two books. I hope to finish off Ellen’s book tonight and Beth Labonte’s later in the week.

What are you all reading? Leave me a message in the comments.

Happy reading.

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