I can’t wait for : Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3) by Rachel Caine (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read.

I came across this meme recently and thought it sounded like a lot of fun. There are so many books that I can’t wait to read…
My choice for this week is:

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3) by Rachel Caine

 

(If you click on the book image it will take you to Goodreads description)
Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake, #3)

Expected publication: April 23, 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

 

I really enjoyed book one and two in the “Stillhouse Lake” series and I’ve been waiting for this book for what seems like forever!  So when I found out it was a “Read Now” on NetGalley, I couldn’t click over fast enough.

 I can’t wait to start reading!

 Have you read any of the books in this series? Are you planning on reading this book too?

 

Happy Reading!!!

 

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REVIEW – The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman

The Secret of Clouds

Expected publication: February 26, 2019

I love the cover of this novel. The description had me intrigued and I was excited to start reading.

The book opens in 1999. Twenty-six-year-old, Maggie Topper has just moved into a small but lovely cottage with her boyfriend, Bill. Maggie is looking forward to starting her second year teaching sixth grade English Language Arts at Franklin Intermediate School.

Maggie formerly worked as a personal assistant at a prominent PR firm but she wasn’t happy working there. So she went back to school for a degree in teaching.

Maggie is busy getting her classroom ready when the principal asks to speak with her. He has an unusual request, a special assignment from the superintendent. He wants her to tutor an eleven-year-old boy named Yuri. Yuri was supposed to be in her class this year but is unable to attend school due to severe health issues.  Maggie would tutor him in his home after school two days a week.

At first, Maggie is hesitant to take the position. Memories from her childhood, of another child in need flood her mind “a painful reminder of the unfairness of life”. But ultimately, she decides to take the opportunity. She switched careers to make a difference and this boy needs her help.

Katya Krasny and her husband, Sasha emigrated from Ukraine before getting pregnant with Yuri. We are taken back to 1984 and learn more about Katya and Sasha’s lives in Kiev, their move to America, and their adjustment to living in the US.

Maggie meets Yuri Krasny and his family. Yuri isn’t thrilled that Maggie will be tutoring him. He is frustrated as he is stuck inside all day while other children are outside running and playing. At first, the visits don’t go very well.  Maggie starts to worry that she’s going to fail Yuri, but eventually she finds a way to connect with him.

 “The thrill of teaching children is that they don’t edit themselves like adults do.”

Maggie doesn’t realize just how much this young boy will bring to her own life.

The Secret of Clouds”  is a story about relationships and how they can transform us. It was an enjoyable read, although I did find it a bit predictable and slow at times. But overall, this was a lovely story that I’m glad I read.

Alyson Richman indicated that the story is a “love letter to all the teachers I’ve had in my life who contributed to making me the writer I am today.”  I could see how much she wanted to honor all teachers.  Maggie’s passion for teaching definitely shines through and I was reminded of some of the wonderful teachers I had growing up.

I’d like to thank Berkley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

Music Monday – Break My Stride by Mathew Wilder

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

 

Break My Stride by Mathew Wilder

I heard this song today for the first time in years and remembered just how much I loved it.  Helps me to think positive. This video is priceless….totally 80’s!!!!

 

 

Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder
Last night I had the strangest dream
I sailed away to China
In a little row boat to find ya
And you said you had to get your laundry cleaned
Didn’t want no one to hold you What does that mean
And you said
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
Nobody gonna slow me down, oh no
I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh no, I got to keep on movin’
You’re on the road and now you pray it lasts
The road behind was rocky
But now you’re feeling cocky
You look at me and you see your past
Is that the reason why you’re runnin’ so fast
And she said
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
Nobody gonna slow me down, oh no
I got to keep on moving
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh no, I got to keep on moving
Never let another girl like you work me over
Never let another girl like you drag me under
If I meet another girl like you, I will tell her
Never want another girl like you, have to say, oh
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
Nobody gonna slow me down
Oh no, oh no, I got to keep on moving
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh no, I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
Nobody gonna slow me down
Oh no, oh no, I got to keep on moving
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh no, I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
Nobody gonna slow me down
Oh no, I got to keep on moving
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh no, I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh no
Songwriters: Greg Prestopino / Matthew Wilder
Break My Stride lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

First Line Fridays – Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

 

The book I’ve selected for this week’s First Line Friday post is:

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

(Click the book cover to read Goodreads description)

Keeping Lucy

Expected publication: August 6, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

The first line is:

Later, she would blame the moon. That full, blood moon that pierced the night sky like a bleeding bullet hole.”

I am really enjoying this novel. I love the way the author writes, and I really do love that first line. (I know it’s technically two lines, but they just go so well together).

I would love to hear what you are currently reading. Feel free to join in or if you like you can also let me know what your first line is in the comments below.

 

Happy Friday!

Happy Reading!