BLOG TOUR: The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley

The Butterfly Room, an all-new not-to-be-missed sweeping family saga from #1 International bestselling author Lucinda Riley, is available now!

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“Lucinda Riley once again has written a masterful saga.”– People Magazine

Full of her trademark mix of unforgettable characters and heart-breaking secrets, The Butterfly Room is a spellbinding, second-chance-at-love story from #1 International bestseller Lucinda Riley.

Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own children, Posy knows she must make an agonizing decision. Despite the memories the house holds, and the exquisite garden she has spent twenty-five years creating, the house is crumbling around her, and Posy knows the time has come to sell it.

Then a face appears from the past – Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken fifty years ago. Already struggling to cope with her son Sam’s inept business dealings, and the sudden reappearance of her younger son Nick after ten years in Australia, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie – and Admiral House – have a devastating secret to reveal…

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Excerpt

‘Daddy?’ I asked at breakfast the next day, dipping my toast soldiers carefully into my egg. ‘It’s so hot today, can we go to the beach? We haven’t been in such a long time.’

I saw Daddy give Maman a look, but she was reading her letters over her cup of café au lait and didn’t seem to notice. Maman always got lots of letters from France, all written on very thin paper, even thinner than a butterfly wing, which suited Maman, because everything about her was so delicate and slender.

‘Daddy? The beach,’ I prompted.

‘My darling, I’m afraid the beach isn’t suitable for playing at the moment. It’s covered in barbed wire and mines. Do you remember when I explained to you about what happened in Southwold last month?’

‘Yes, Daddy.’ I looked down at my egg and shuddered, remembering how Daisy had carried me to the Anderson shelter (which I’d thought was called that because it was our surname – it had confused me a great deal when Mabel had said her family had an Anderson shelter too, as her surname was Price). It had sounded as if the sky was alive with thunder and lightning, but rather than God sending it, Daddy said it was Hitler. Inside the shelter, we had all huddled close, and Daddy had said we should pretend to be a hedgehog family, and I should curl up like a little hoglet. Maman had got quite cross about him calling me a hoglet, but that’s what I’d pretended to be, burrowed under the earth, with the humans warring above us. Eventually, the terrible sounds had stopped. Daddy had said we could all go back to bed, but I was sad to have to go to my human bed alone, rather than staying all together in our burrow.

The next morning, I had found Daisy crying in the kitchen, but she wouldn’t say what was the matter. The milk cart didn’t come that day, and then Maman had said I wouldn’t be going to school because it wasn’t there any more.

‘But how can it not be there, Maman?’

‘A bomb fell on it, chérie,’ she’d said, blowing out cigarette smoke.

Maman was smoking now too, and I sometimes worried that she would set her letters on fire because she held them so close to her face when she was reading.

‘But what about our beach hut?’ I asked Daddy. I loved our little hut – it was painted a butter yellow, and stood at the very end of the row so if you looked the right way, you could pretend that you were the only people on the beach for miles, but if you turned the other way, you weren’t too far from the nice ice cream man by the pier. Daddy and I always made the most elaborate sandcastles, with turrets and moats, big enough for all the little crabs to live in if they decided to come close enough. Maman never wanted to come to the beach; she said it was ‘too sandy’, which I thought was rather like saying the ocean was too wet.

Meet Lucinda

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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold twenty million copies worldwide. She is a No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series, which tells the story of adopted sisters and is based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. It has become a global phenomenon, with each book in the series being a No.1 bestseller across the world. The series is currently in development with a major Hollywood production company.

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years- if it ever did end- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

The boat bobbed, listed, righted itself again, dived bravely through treacherous whirlpools, and continues on its way down Witcham Street toward the traffic light which marked the intersection of Witcham and Jackson.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

Arrow

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It by Stephen King

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Summary:

Derry, Maine is just an ordinary town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part, a good place to live.

It is a group of children who see – and feel – what makes Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT appears as an evil clown named Pennywise and sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing…

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, emerging again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.


I’m about one hundred pages in and it’s already scary…. You’ll float too….

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Review: A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose #1) by W. Bruce Cameron

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Book Details:

Originally published: 2010

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Followed by: A Dog’s Journey

Synopsis: This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Opinion: I HAVE NEVER HAD FEELINGS LIKE THIS WHEN READING A BOOK. I put off reading this novel due to controversy with filming (I know, I know, that has nothing to do with the author) and I regret it so much. I have never cried both tears or joy and sadness so many times in one book.

This book address so many “controversial” topics that, quite frankly, needed to be addressed. Let us go down the list from start to finish (let me know if I miss any key points)

  • People with too many dogs
  • Pounds having to put animals down due to injuries and being “unadoptable”/lack of space
  • Puppy mills
  • Leaving your pets in hot vehicles with the windows rolled up (Leaving your pets in your vehicle PERIOD really)
  • Leaving gates open/not fixing fencing properly and pet getting out
  • Neglect, leaving chained up 24/7, not picking up poop in the yard, not providing food, water, and shelter
  • Dropping dogs off in the middle of nowhere because you decided you don’t want it anymore

I’m sure there’s more but those are the ones that really stood out to me.

This book is so touching and so real. It hits so close to home, especially Bailey’s story. I have two dogs myself and they are my pride and joy (I don’t have kids and don’t really plan on it.)  It made me view my dogs differently and I kept having the urge to cuddle them and pull them in tight.

The main point of this story is a dog finding their purpose. It’s the same dog reincarnated into different breeds, with different names, and different jobs and he just wants to know what his purpose is. Why does he keep being reborn? What is his purpose if he hasn’t found it yet? It’s a really sweet novel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to feel a little tug on their heart strings.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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1,000 Pages +

Okay, okay, okay. Everyone calm down. Class come to order.

I have two, YES TWO, over one thousand page books I want to knock out in the next two weeks. Normally, I would say about two hundred pages a day for ten days? No big deal. But these books are not for the faint of heart.

I started A Storm of Swords by GRRM and made it about one hundred pages in. I can’t seem to pick it back up, so I’m challenging myself to finish it, but not til next week. That is because I also just received IT by Stephen King off of hold at my library, so I have to read it first since I don’t own it.

I have a review going up 10/20, 10/24, and, hopefully, next 10/27 as well. I’ve got a prequel (#0.5) that I’m going to knock out here once I quit putting it off. It’s only seventy-four pages so it might take an hour? I don’t know. I tried to judge how fast I read but I forget I’m supposed to be counting. Anyway, point is, I should have enough reviews to fill the gap for me to read these big books.

I’ll try to throw in a few memes and tags since it seems like y’all really like those. Views and visitors sky rocket when I post those, so that’s always fun. Down below I’m going to post a tentative schedule of what reviews will be put up through the end of October. I only post reviews on Mondays and Fridays, I think I might switch this to Tuesday and Fridays though to space it out a little better? Tell me what you think in the comments.

  • 10/20: A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose #1) by W. Bruce Cameron
  • 10/24: Aaru (The Aaru Cycle #1) by David Meredith
  • 10/27: Debutante (Davenport House #0.5) by Marie Silk
  • 10/31: IT by Stephen King
  • 11/3: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by GRRM

Keep an eye out for these reviews! (Schedule is subject to change)

Slippin’ and Slidin’…

We took a night off from being super serious last Friday night. I convinced Greg to go to Barnes and Noble with me, and on the way there some our friends called inviting us to go Ice Skating. You already know where this is going. So, Greg goes and says, “Well, I’ll just drop you off or I’ll stay and watch.” Could NOT convince this man to get on the ice because he thought I was good and he had never skating been before. Y’all, I haven’t been Ice Skating in five years. It’s like learning how to walk again.

So, I go out there and get bullied by a little kid that’s probably not even ten years old that makes me get off the wall. I don’t fall but I come close. I’m trying to watch my language because eight year olds are flying past me doing cool tricks and here I am, twenty-two, and back on the wall slipping around trying not to bust it. Greg FINALLY realizes that I suck and decides to try. I change skates because mine are too big, well guess what, new skates are too small. There was so much complaining going on it wasn’t even funny. Our other friend falls multiple times because she’s waiting around on us.  For TWO hours (maybe more) after all I heard was this is all your fault (in a joking manner, of course.)

I decided I would go again in five years when I forgot how awful it was. Greg said I was crazy and that he was never doing that again. Even with all the negativity and pain, it was crazy fun. As we start getting older (YES, I KNOW I’M ONLY TWENTY-TWO BUT I’M  A GRANDMA OKAY, I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE MY HOUSE) I feel like we forget how to have fun. Life becomes too serious and we’re always stressed out. I’ve been struggling with Anxiety for about the past three months. I get stressed out of little things that I have no control over and create things to be stressed about. One of the things that has triggered me is an inability to buy journals. Y’all, I have two that are half-empty and two that are completely empty at home. PLUS, journals cost like two dollars. Let’s be real. I literally only use my journals to write my reviews in, along with one that is strictly for recipes of foods we love. I start to get worked up and I have to talk myself down out of theses situations.

It’s really awesome to be able to have nights like these where, yeah we spent twenty dollars on something that was absolutely terrifying, but we had fun. We did it together and with good friends and what other way would you rather spend your Friday night that hanging out and having fun? (We spent way more than twenty bucks because we HAD to go to the bar after. Ice Skating was THAT traumatizing, y’all.)

Product Review: Winter is Coming

My fiancé and I are HUGE Game of Thrones fans. I stumbled across it 3(?) years ago on HBO when I was stuck at home and couldn’t go to work for a few days. Instantly hooked. I watched it non-stop that whole week. We’re not here to get into fan theories, but I totally called R+L=J a long time ago. CALLED IT. And the new Night King/Bran theory? Okay, maybe we are here to discuss fan theories. I might make a separate discussion post if y’all want and we can duke it out over our favorite fan theories we’ve found on Reddit.

Moving on. Big fan of GoT. Christmas of 2016, my fiancè bought me the leather bound editions of ASOIAF books 1-5. I fangirled so hard. The year before, Christmas of 2015, Greg bought me this bada** throw pillow case for the couch. It’s pretty cool if you’re looking for some GoT decor to throw in with your regular decor, aside from your bookshelf stuff! I’ve had trouble finding a pillow that will fit in it, though. It’s a little bigger than your average couch pillow. You can always go to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s or Walmart for that matter and simply buy the stuffing to fill the pillow case with.

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You can purchase this pillow here on Amazon (As of 10/27/17, this one in particular is currently unavailable. There are other, similar options to chose from) for $4.29+shipping and handling, which isn’t too bad. It’s $3.68 to ship to Texas, bringing your total to around $7.97 depending on where you have it shipped to. You can’t find a throw pillow for that price at Walmart. There are some other cool ones to check out as well.

I am House Targaryen now over Stark (no offense Arya, Bran, and Sansa) because, y’all, Dany is my jam. I may have to look into buying one of the Fire and Blood pillows to go with my direwolf one.

It’s Only Wednesday…

I thought it would be cool to dedicate a small section of my blog to… well, me. As of right now, my idea is to fill y’all in with a short blog on my life about once a week. The good, the bad, the crazy. Mostly, the funny. My life is quite comical. I think so anyway.

Last night my Fiancé, Greg, and I were outside and our dog, Ace, randomly brings us a small chunk of wood. Except, it wasn’t wood. It was a vertebrae. Okay. Where did you get this? Why are you digging? What the heck is it doing in our yard? Why are you chewing on it, ya nasty?

So we take it away, toss it over the fence, and as Greg is tossing it he says, “Go get it!” I kid you not, Ace watched him throw it over, heard him say that, pinned his ears back and side eyed Greg as he walked in the opposite direction. The look of hurt in his little puppy eyes was HILARIOUS. We died laughing and that got us some more hateful looks.

He then proceeded to lounge like this when we went back inside.

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He instantly became my new, “When it’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday.” meme.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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I found this tag when I stumbled my way on over to The Tattooed Book Geek. I’m still so new to the blogging world and I’m trying to find things that help me engage with y’all! So far, I’ve really enjoyed doing book tags. Let me know down in the comments if there is anything you want me to do or go find stuff to tag me in and I’ll do them!

How long have you been a blogger?

My very first blog post was August 25, 2011. I was in 11th grade and had to make a blog for my Agriculture class. That only lasted until October though. I posted again to that same blog Jul 28, 2014. I started this blog with my first post on Sep 7, 2017. So, consecutively, I’ve been a blogger for about 5 months.

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At what point do you think you will stop?

Before, I would’ve said when I get bored. Now, I really like blogging and I really enjoy what I’m blogging about so I can’t give a definite answer on this question, kiddos.

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What is the best part?

I think the best part is connecting with other bloggers. As a reader, a lot of times our friends don’t read as much as we do. So, it’s great to find like minded people and be able to come together and converse about something we are so passionate about.

What is the worst part?

For me, it’s “filler” posts. I have the hardest time finding things I want to post on my blog when I’m not posting reviews. I only post reviews two days a week so the other three I have to find other things that interest me to post. This is only my second book tag to post and so far this is a wonderful alternative.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Not very long. With pictures of books I either take them myself from my physical copies or I take the picture of the cover from Barnes and Noble or Goodreads. Using GIF’s can take a lot of time though. I want to find stuff relevant but still funny.

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Who’s your book crush?

Don’t make fun of me. You’re going to make fun of me. Okay. It’s Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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I’m 22. I’m not too old to have a book crush. If you’ve read the books, you get it. If you haven’t, or if you’re ACO book crush is Tamlin, just get out.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I’m going to shoot for the stars here and say Sarah J Maas. Yes, I know, I know. Not going to happen. I just love her writing so much.

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What do you wear when you write your blog?

Uhhhh… Khakis?

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Nah, I’m at work right now so comfy pants, dress shoes, and a long sleeve shirt because for some reason Texas decided the last two days are going to be FREEZING COLD. If I’m at home then pjs. I don’t have anything I wear specifically that gets me into the “blogging mood.”

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It really depends on the post. Review posts I can get up pretty quickly, I’d say an hour max. If it’s a post I really want to do or am super excited about then super fast. I did an about me yesterday (?) that took me ALLLL DAYYYY. I love talking about things I do or things I read but I hate talking about my self. This post has taken me since lunch yesterday because I keep procrastinating over doing it.

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How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I absolutely love it! As I said above, I feel like our community is the best part about blogging!

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

I think you should just be yourself. Yes, I am a book blog. Yes, I post reviews. But, I am also doing other things that I enjoy and that make me happen. Sure it takes up space on my blog and if you came here just to see reviews that may bother you. But I am having fun and that’s what matters.

Who do I want to know more?

I’m not going to nominate anyone, if you feel like doing this tag then please do, as, well, you know you really want to tell the world what you wear when you blog!

 

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Reader Problems Book Tag

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I was tagged by Brittany over at Brit Reads Books to do the Reader Problems Tag. Make sure that you go and check out her blog! The tag originally was created by Tiffany over at Youtube. You can watch her video here.

  1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I have a problem. I have books that I bought 10 years ago in my TBR pile. I always go for the books I most recently purchased… I have Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew stashed at the back of my shelf because A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Dog’s Purpose are newer, and therefore better in my sad, sad eyes.

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  1. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I can’t stop. I HATED Red Queen and I kept reading all the way through King’s Cage. I just have so much hope for all books that they will get better… I mean, they have to get better, right?

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  1. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Before this year I would’ve said no. I would’ve thrown in the towel. This year, I’ve read 56 of my 20 book goal, so I think from here on out I’ll be fine.

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  1. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

It really doesn’t bother me… Don’t shun me. I know a lot of people like matching covers. As long as I get the book, I could care less if one cover is the original and the other is the movie crossover cover.

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  1. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Me, myself, and I. And WordPress. Only one of my friends is an avid reader like me and we like some of the same genres and stories but not all. For instance, I DEVOURED A Court of Thorns and Roses series and she got through the first two but wasn’t enthralled with A Court of Wings and Ruin.

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  1. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

LET IT ALL OUT. I’ve only read one book that has ever made me cry, and that was A Dog’s Purpose. So I couldn’t really tell you what I’d do. I’d probably tuck it away and save it for home so that I could bawl.

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  1. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

Usually, I will read the synopsis and reviews on Goodreads. If I’m having an especially hard time, I will skim through the first book. If I loved a book though, I usually don’t have to do anything other than read the synopsis. If I LOVED it, I’m going to remember because it will stand out in my mind.

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  1. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I’m a book hoarder. I seriously don’t let people borrow my books. Usually, it will be insinuated that they want to and I just kinda go, “Oh, yeah? Anyway,…..” Maybe that makes me a bad person? But my biggest pet peeve is cracks and folds in the spins of my paperbacks and it never fails that when someone borrows one it comes back bent out of shape.

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  1. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I pick up a book that I know I will love/have been looking forward to reading or start re-reading an old favorite.

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  1. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I limit myself to three (or $50) every time we go to a bookstore and I never buy online, so online shopping isn’t an issue in this. I try to only get two but that never works and then I’m convincing myself that one more won’t hurt.

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  1. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

They don’t go to the shelf at all. If I have been waiting and waiting for a book, like Tower of Dawn, as soon as I buy it I’m reading it.

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