Redeeming the Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath

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source: free review copy via Rachels Random Resources
title: Redeeming the Reclusive Earl
author: Virginia Heath
genre: historical romance
published: April 1st 2020
pages: 288
first line: Three hundred acres…
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
His heart is a fortress.

And she’s trespassing!

After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?

my thoughts:
Redeeming the Reclusive Earl is the fourth book by Virginia Heath that I have read and it might be my favorite of hers so far.

When they first meet Max finds Effie digging on his property. She was granted permission by his late uncle years ago to dig up artifacts and she has been working on unearthing an archaeological site on the land that Max has now inherited. Archaeology is her passion. Eventually Effie wins him over and Max even starts helping her dig. A friendship forms between the two and soon romance begins to blossom.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday April 26, 2020 A few updates

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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….

Good morning all and happy Sunday. How is it the last Sunday in April already? I am glad May is just around the corner, it’s a pretty month when so much is in bloom after a rainy April and the temps start to warm up more regularly. I hope you are doing well and staying safe. Today marks day 35 of quarantine for myself. I’m still doing my yoga/meditation daily and aerobics a few days per week. It continues to be helpful. Working from home keeps my mind busy a well so that’s been good. My kids are grown but they are also going stir crazy and they miss their friends and just being able to get out and go. I might be back to the office in early to mid-May but I have not heard for sure yet. It will be an adjustment going back as well.

While I’m busy with work during the week, being home gives me more time for things I enjoy like baking. This week I made homemade cornbread. It’s really good warm from the oven with a little butter spread on top.

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Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

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source: purchased
title: Dolores Claiborne
author: Stephen King
pages: 305
genre: psychological thriller
published: November 1992
first line: What did you ask, Andy Bisette?
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
“Everything I did, I did for love…”

When Vera Donovan, one of the wealthiest and most ill-natured residents of Maine’s Little Tall Island, dies suddenly in her home, suspicion is immediately cast on her housekeeper and caretaker, Dolores Claiborne. Dolores herself is no stranger to such mistrust, thanks to the local chatter and mysterious circumstances surrounding her abusive husband’s death twenty-nine years earlier. But if this is truly to be the day of Dolores Claiborne’s reckoning, she has a few things of her own that she’d like to get off her chest…and begins to confess a spirited, intimate, and harrowing tale of the darkest secrest hidden within her hardscrabble existence, revealing above all one woman’s unwavering determination to weather the storm of her life with grace and protect the one she loves, no matter what the cost….

my thoughts:

I found my copy of Dolores Claiborne at a local used book and record shop while I was out Christmas shopping last year. I figured it was time to read this one, I saw the film version many years ago.

As the book starts off, Dolores is a 65 year old widow from Maine who is suspected of killing her employer, a woman named Vera Donovan. Vera was a rich and miserable widow and tough on her staff. She would fire people for any minor thing like stopping to chat. Dolores worked as her live in housekeeper for decades. Towards the end of her life Vera had dementia and Dolores especially struggled to care for her because of Vera’s sadistic mean streak.

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Sunday Post 4/19/2020: Updates

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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…

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Today marks 28 days of quarantine for myself. Although the initial shock has worn off and I have settled into a routine, this whole thing still feels surreal. I have not ventured out in 28 days except to go to my backyard. To get exercise and ease my anxiety I do 30 minutes aerobics daily and then I do 30-45 minutes yoga daily after. It has been something I look forward to, my daily exercise and yoga time. My anxiety got so bad these past several weeks, I lost 11 pounds because when I’m nervous I can’t eat so I am trying to put those pounds back on. We do online food orders from Target for no contact curbside pickup, but they don’t do cold foods or perishables this way so when absolutely necessary my husband takes a quick trip to the grocery store for milk, eggs, fruits etc. We try to limit those trips to once every 10 days or so. New Jersey has announced the stay-at-home order is extended until May 15th. As hard as it is, I agree with that decision because at the rate the virus has been spreading it’s terrifying.  You are not supposed to leave the house without wearing a mask now and you are not allowed to enter a public place…supermarket etc… without a mask on. I keep reminding myself, this is only temporary.

On a different note, I baked an apple cake yesterday. This is the recipe I use.

I offer you all a virtual slice today….it pairs well with tea.
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Mailbox Monday/Sunday Post April 5 2020: Staying home, trying to read and updates

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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….

Hello blog friends, I miss you! I haven’t been much in the mood for blogging or reading these past three weeks. I feel like I just can’t concentrate. I’ve had several meltdowns and panic attacks. It’s hard not to worry over the unknown. However, I am managing my anxiety by doing yoga daily and trying to stay in the present moment instead of worrying over tomorrow or next week. It’s such a surreal situation it is hard to believe it is even happening.

I also stopped watching the news and limited my social media and that has helped alot. And somedays if I need a good cry, I will allow myself a five minute cry then I have to move on with my day with no more crying. Starting tomorrow it will be my third week working from home so that has been great and I am so very thankful that I am able to stay at home with my family.

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