Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

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source: purchased
title: Nights in Rodanthe
author: Nicholas Sparks
genre: contemporary romance
pages: 212
published: 2002
first line: Three years earlier, on a warm November morning in 1999, Adrienne Willis had returned to the Inn and at first glance had thought it unchanged, as if the small Inn were impervious to sun and sand and salted mist.  
rated: 5 out of 5
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blurb:
Adrienne Willis is 45 and has been divorced for three years, abandoned by her husband for a younger woman. The trials of raising her teenage children and caring for her sick father have worn her down, but at the request of a friend and in hopes of respite, she’s gone to the coastal village of Rodanthe in North Carolina to tend the local inn for the weekend. With a major storm brewing, the time away doesn’t look promising…until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At 54, Paul is a successful surgeon, but in the previous six months his life has unraveled into something he doesn’t recognize. Estranged from his son and recently divorced, he’s sold his practice and his home and has journeyed to this isolated town in hopes of closing a painful chapter in his past. Adrienne and Paul come together as the storm brews over Rodanthe, but what begins between them over the weekend will resonate throughout the rest of their lives, intertwining past and future, love and loss.

my thoughts:
Nights in Rodanthe is a re-read for me. After hitting a mini reading slump with the mystery book I was reading, I decided to grab something I knew I would enjoy to try to get back on my reading track.

There is something about a Nicholas Sparks book, they are definitely comfort reads for when I am in the mood for romance with heart. They are the literary equivalent of a cozy cup of hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. According to Goodreads, I first read Nights in Rodanthe in 2010. I really enjoyed it the second time around.

“Despite all that had happened in the years that had passed since then, Adrienne still held tight to the belief that love was the essence of a full and wonderful life.”
– Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe

My favorite Sparks novels center around middle-aged couples like Adrienne and Paul. In this one these two are both at a crossroads in their lives. Adrienne’s husband left her a few years ago for a younger co-worker. She is raising three teenagers on her own and works part-time at the library after being a housewife and stay at home mom all her married life. She still grieves the loss of her marriage and throws herself into working and being a caretaker leaving no time for herself.

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Sunday Post 2/18/18: Reading, Mr. Darcy, Crochet and More Snow

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

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Happy Sunday everyone. We woke up to a beautiful snowy scene here this morning. It started last night around 5 pm and went through the early morning hours and it is that pretty fluffy kind of snow. We got around 5 inches by us. I don’t mind snowy weekends, it is snowy workdays that are a pain. I will take a few pictures when I venture out later and share them on next week’s post. Supposedly the temps are going to get up into the 70’s by midweek so I that will be a nice change.

This past week was one of the longest work weeks ever, complete with commuting over one hour for a meeting and a few late nights at the office plus notice of my being chosen for a special team project that will last about 4 weeks. I gladly took Friday off to run important errands and we have Monday off for President’s Day so at least I’m enjoying a long 4 day weekend. I got alot of things taken care of on Friday and Saturday and it feels nice to take those off my “to do” list.

I don’t have book mail to share this week yet, as I resisted the NetGalley urge, but I did treat myself and ordered a book yesterday on Amazon. I will share it for next time.

Watching: (aside from the Olympics)
I finally got around to watching the six episode mini-series of Pride and Prejudice this weekend. P&P is one of my favorite Austen novels and I love the 2005 film version and this mini-series was great. Now I can’t decide who my favorite Darcy is, Matthew MacFadyen or Colin Firth. They both have that Darcy glare down pact. I think it is a tie. Have you seen these films, who is your favorite Darcy? Speaking of which, I found some hilarious P&P memes on Instagram at @JaneAustenHumor like this one:
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Crochet Kaleidoscope Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs by Sandra Eng

source: free ARC via NetGalleyF+W Media/Interweave
kalauthor: Sandra Eng / Instagram
title: Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs
published: Interweave (January 31, 2018)
pages: 160
genre: crochet patterns/crafting
rated: 5 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
Stitch up a colorful kaleidoscope of crochet!

Explore a lively twist on crocheted motifs as you shift through various shapes and color combinations. From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch.

Along with a collection of 100 fresh motifs, this book includes a complete guide to choosing yarn colors, what order to put them in, and how many to include. Plus, get five home decor and accessory patterns including a table runner, pillow, and rug from crochet designer and author Sandra Eng. You can shift shapes and shades to make the perfect piece for your home.

Every turn of the crochet kaleidoscope allows you to get creative with color and apply your own unique personality to your crochet motifs.

my thoughts: I have to say pattern designer Sandra Eng is a wonderful fiber artist and I love her creativity. She says she has a passion for geometry and it is apparent in her work. I was familiar with her crochet through her Instagram account so when I saw that Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs was available for request through NetGalley, I jumped at the chance.

“Crochet Kaleidoscope was born out of my love of crochet, color and geometry. While most of you likely share my love of crochet and color, my fascination with geometry is perhaps somewhat more obscure. Nevertheless, I imagine that many of you also find delight in the ways you can combine crocheted shapes to create intricate and exquisite tapestries.” -Sanda Eng

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/13/18: Complicated Love

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

10 of My Favorite Complicated Love Stories

I’m a sucker for romance, it is one of my favorite genres. I gobble it up in literature and in film. But I am really a sucker for unhappy endings and complicated love that just burns the house down so to speak. I love it when the couples have to work hard for it, it feels like they earned their love and it feels more true to life.

Today I am listing 10 of my favorite complicated love stories. The kind of love that is meant to be but the timing isn’t right or there are miscommunications and other things involved that keep the lovers apart. Some of these finally have happy endings but most don’t. There are also a few movies thrown in here for good measure. All are based on novels except for the one film.

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1. Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the most complicated love stories I have ever read. These people have to wait decades to finally reunite.

2. The Great Gatsby
Why Gatsby? Why are you so besotted with Daisy? She doesn’t deserve it. Everything he does is to win Daisy back into his life.

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3. Gone with the Wind is a favorite classic, both the film and the novel. In think Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most unlikable heroines in any book I’ve read. She is her own worst enemy and this comes full circle in the end. P.S. I love Rhett. I purchased the hardcover vintage copy above one day at a library book sale for like .50 cents. I wasn’t even looking for it, that’s what I call good book karma 🙂

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday: Books, chatting and crocheting

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Man, it has been a hectic week. And a cold one. We had a snow/ice storm on Tuesday which had us leaving work 2 hours early that afternoon due to the bad weather conditions. When I got to the parking lot to clean my car off, it was covered in a thick  sheet of ice that kind of just slid off. It has been raining pretty heavily all weekend and I am craving some sun and warmth. I’ve also been watching the Winter Olympics with my daughter which is always fun. Last night the snowboarding events and the figure skating were especially exciting.

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In my mailbox:

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In Louisiana Catch, a grieving daughter and abuse survivor must summon the courage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets over the internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find her power.

Louisiana Catch by Sweta Srivastava Vikram arrived via Poetic Book Tours. I’ll be posting my thoughts on it on March 22nd as part of the blog tour. It looks good!

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