Dark Blossom by Neel Mullick

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source: free review copy courtesy of FSB Associates
title: Dark Blossom
author: Neel Mullick
genre: fiction
published: Rupa Publications (December 21, 2018)
pages: 214
first line: When Sam had called to schedule a session for the first time, his anger had been palpable.
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5
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blurb:
What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat, yet rowing in opposite directions—one clinging to the past, and the other unable to move beyond it?

Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday to find his world cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially thinking he can cope on his own, Sam finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist. What he doesn’t know is that Cynthia herself is trying to recover from a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband. In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia’s daughter, who harbors a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.

Taut with tension and intensity, Dark Blossom explores what lies beneath the surface of the lives of apparently “normal” people.

my thoughts:
Dark Blossom is a story that is full of secrets and centers on a therapist named Cynthia, her daughter Lily and her newest patient Sam. Sam has recently suffered a tremendous loss. His wife and teenage son were killed in a car crash and Sam is still seeking the truth about the cause of the accident.

The story is told through Cynthia’s eyes and we see that she struggles with her own personal issues just like everyone else. She is a single mom struggling to connect with her daughter Lily. As the story unfolds Cynthia finds out the truth about the accident that took Sam’s family from him and she also finds out some truths about her daughter Lily. It all culminates to plot twist at the end that I did not see coming.

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Sunday Post 8/25/19: Reading/Watching/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…

Happy last Sunday in August. I cannot believe how fast these few summer months have gone by. After a mini-heatwave Monday and Tuesday and then a mid-week rainstorm, we’ve had some really nice weather with this weekend in the high 70’s. We drove out to a farm with a country store I like for their homemade pie and raw honey recently. Mmmm very berry pie.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/18/19: Lazy Summer Days

 

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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….

Happy Sunday. August is flying by pretty fast. I’m already seeing Fall/Halloween things out in the stores. And people are talking about pumpkin spice this and that. I’m not ready for that stuff yet.

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This was a fast week, it was Friday before I knew it. I didn’t get too much reading time in but I have been crocheting and binge watching a few favorite shows. I slacked off blog-wise so no reviews posted this past week so I am planning on having at least one review up this coming week.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/11/19: Enjoying the Summer

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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….

Happy Sunday. How is it Sunday already? I took a 3 day weekend and headed straight to the beach again. I love going to the beach during August because it is already cooler in the mornings and a little bit cooler into the evenings.

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Dishcloths to Crochet Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen! by Pat Olski

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source: free review copy courtesy of NetGalley Dover
title: Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen!
author: Pat Olski
published: April 18th 2018 by Dover Publications
pages: 64
genre: crochet patterns/crafting
rated: 4 out of 5
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blurb:
Crocheters of all skill levels will delight in these playful patterns for crocheted dishcloths—they’re as fun to make as they are to use! Animals, flowers, and fruits are among the themes of the 25 patterns, which include Sweet Strawberry, Perky Pig, Dandy Daffodil, and other designs.
Full-color photos accompany the easy-to-follow instructions. The directions also show how to convert any of the dishcloths into a potholder with the simple addition of a ring. Great to stitch during warm-weather months, the dishcloths make cheerful displays, and the textured stitches are ideal for efficient dish-washing. They’re great gifts, too!

my thoughts:

Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen! is a collection of 25 whimsical and kitschy dishcloth patterns. Included here are Cheeky Chicken, Proper Penguin and Perky Pig among others. These are previously published vintage patterns from 1982 that have been updated and revised for this collection.

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