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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Hot Temps, Cool New Books


So, it's summer and it is HOT.  Not just in Arizona for once, but everywhere.  How are you all doing?  Are you dying?  Are you lucky enough to have air conditioning or a pool or at least access to some cool water somewhere to keep you from melting?  I hope you're all doing okay.  I'm keeping cool with a/c and swimming while praying for rain to soak the drought- and wildfire-plagued American Southwest.  

I'm heading to Utah this week to celebrate the Fourth of July with my husband's side of the family.  I won't be back for next week's Top Ten Tuesday, so let me wish you an early Happy Fourth as well as a Happy TTT for July 6th.  Despite all of the problems and division that exist in the U.S. right now, I love my country and am grateful for the freedoms I enjoy here.  My ancestors came to this country centuries ago in search of religious freedom, better opportunities, fertile land, and the chance to pursue a grand new life.  I'm proud to be a descendant of these hopeful, hard-working immigrants.  My family's sacrifices, including military service in nearly every war, made it possible for me to be living the American Dream now.  For all that and more, I'm very grateful.  Happy Birthday, America!  Whatever you're doing to celebrate, have a safe, happy Fourth of July.

Enough chit chat, on to the books!  I feel like I've talked about nothing else lately but upcoming books that I'm excited to read.  Luckily, there are lots of them because today's TTT topic is:  Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2021.  Since I've already chatted about those I'm most excited about, I'm going to highlight some lesser-known titles that may not be widely known.  Do you have new releases you want to talk about?  Join the TTT fun by clicking on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

(More) Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2021 


1.  Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson (available December 1, 2021)—Honestly, I've been sort of avoiding World War II books lately.  Still, it's a topic I'll always be interested in reading about.  This novel, about a woman who joins a special branch of the Coast Guard for single women and ends up helping to protect the First Lady from a nefarious plot against her, sounds compelling. 


2.  Orphans of the Storm by Celia Imrie (available December 14, 2021)—No matter how many Titanic books I read, I'll always want more!  The subject is just endlessly fascinating.  This novel concerns two women with big secrets whose lives will change forever because of the tragedy.


3.  Her Perfect Life by Hank Philippi Ryan (available September 14, 2021)—Television reporter Lily Atwood has such an enviable existence that her fans have gifted her with the hashtag #PerfectLily.  Her flawless image depends on concealing the devastating secret that only she knows.  When the anonymous source that feeds her tips hints that she knows what Lily's hiding, it turns Lily's perfect world completely upside-down.  She'll do anything to keep her secret hidden.  Anything.


4.  A View Most Glorious by Regina Scott (available October 5, 2021)Lark highly recommends Scott's American Wonders series and I agree.  I'm halfway through the first installment, A Distance Too Grand, which I'm really enjoying.  I've got the second volume ready to go on my Kindle, so I'll be more than ready for this third book when it comes out in October.


5.  Where I Left Her by Amber Garza (available August 24, 2021)—This domestic drama has a simple, but chilling premise.  A mother drops her teenage daughter off for a sleepover with a friend whose parents she's never met before.  When Mom returns the next day, an elderly couple answers the door, insisting there are no teenage girls at their house and never have been.  Where are the girls?  As the frantic mom searches for her missing daughter, she uncovers a trail of lies left in the teenager's wake...Wow, I can't wait for this one!


6.  The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (available September 28, 2021)—After enjoying The Thursday Murder Club, I'm excited for this sequel which has the retirement home gang solving more murders.  


7.  My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa (available September 14, 2021)—Ever since her adoption from a Sri Lankan orphanage, Paloma has led a very privileged life.  When she's cut off from her parents, however, she decides to sublet a room in her apartment in order to make money.  Arun, a recent immigrant from India, moves in.  He discovers a devastating secret about Paloma, but before she has a chance to confront him, she finds his dead body in the complex swimming pool.  When the police arrive, the body is gone, along with all evidence that Arun ever existed.  Is Paloma going crazy?  What is happening and does it tie back to her past in Sri Lanka?


8.  Yours Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce (available August 10, 2021)Dear Mrs. Bird is a rarity: a funny novel about World War II.  I enjoyed it immensely and am excited for this sequel, which concerns the challenges faced by female war workers. 


9.  Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day (available October 12, 2021)—I've enjoyed Rader-Day's thrillers, so I'm looking forward to this one, her first historical.  Another World War II novel, this one focuses on a disgraced nurse whose only chance at redemption is helping to care for British children who have been evacuated to Greenway, Agatha Christie's summer home.  Between the strange house, a mysterious co-worker, and rising war tensions, the last thing the nurse needs is a murdered corpse on her doorstep, but that's just what she's got.  Who killed the victim?  And why?  She needs to find answers in order to protect the children and herself.


10.  The Hidden Child by Louise Fein (available October 19, 2021)—Another historical, this one takes place in 1929 and revolves around Eleanor, a woman whose husband is heavily involved in the eugenics movement.  When their young daughter is diagnosed with a shameful disease—epilepsy—the couple vows to tell no one.  Then, Eleanor discovers the secrets her husband has been keeping, secrets that throw everything she thought she knew about him and his work into question.      

There you go, ten more upcoming releases I'm excited to read.  What do you think of my choices?  Which up-and-comers are you chomping at the bit to get your hands on?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog. 

Happy TTT!

79 comments:

  1. These are all new to me, but I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on these.

    Happy 4th of July, and I hope you'll enjoy your get away. :)

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    1. I'm excited to see what I think of these as well. Hopefully, at least SOME of them are winners :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Joy!

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  2. Enjoy your 4th of July! We're looking at temps in the 80s here in MN so not too bad, as long as the humidity stays down.

    You've just added a few more books to my TBR pile :) I am absolutely in love with those historical fiction covers!

    -Megan Bookstacks & Golden Moms

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    1. Ooooh, temperatures in the 80s sound amazing right now! Ugh on the humidity, though. I definitely prefer Arizona's dry heat, although if I had my druthers there would be no heat at all, just nice, cool 60s all the time. Ahhhhh...

      I love hist-fic covers! Even though a lot of them are really similar, I just love the vibe they put off.

      Thanks for stopping in, Megan!

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  3. I second what you said up there. My dad and his parents came to this country following WWII, and they found opportunity and were flag waving Americans. I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip.

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    1. Most of my ancestors came here in the 1800s, although I do have some who were in Massachusetts a few years after the Mayflower landed. They worked and fought for their rights and freedoms and I'm very proud of that. They loved this country, as do I.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  4. I’m looking forward to reading A View Most Glorious! Here’s my TTT: https://daniellegrandinetti.com/2021/06/29/top-ten-tuesday-most-anticipated-releases-of-the-second-half-of-2021/

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    1. I'm about halfway through A DISTANCE TOO GRAND. A VIEW MOST GLORIOUS is next for me. I'm enjoying the series a lot - it's clean but not cheesy and it's got much more going on than just romance. I'm excited to see where it goes. Glad I'm not the only fan!

      Thanks for stopping in, Danielle!

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    2. My thoughts on the series exactly. I also love how she brings the Grand Canyon to life for someone who hasn't been able to see it yet.

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  5. Have a safe and fun trip! I'd heard about The Thursday Murder Club, but I didn't realize it was going to be a series. Sounds like a fun read!

    My TTT this week

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    1. I didn't realize it was going to be a series either, but I'm glad it is. The premise is super fun.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

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  6. I hope you have a great 4th! Have a great time on your vaca and travel safe! It's a strange world right now but I'm hopeful for a better future.

    It's always so great to spotlight books that are not as hyped! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I'm hoping our vacay will be nice and relaxing. We're going to be participating in some "normal" 4th of July community events, so hopefully everyone will stay safe and healthy. Even though I'm fully vaccinated, I'm a little nervous about it, truth be told.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

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  7. Lists like this always emphasize the commonality among genres' covers! :-)

    Where I Left Her sounds sooooo good!

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    1. They do, don't they? Hist-fic cover designers definitely need to branch out a little bit, but I do like when similar books have similar-ish covers so I kind of know what to expect.

      Doesn't WHERE I LEFT HER sound creepy? I can't count how many times I've dropped my kids off at a friend's house without REALLY knowing the family. I always keep my fingers crossed that they will be safe and tell them to call me if anything about a situation feels off. It's a scary world out there!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

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  8. Have a nice trip!

    The Hidden Child does sound good.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-most-anticipated-books-of-the-second-half-of-2021/

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    1. It does, doesn't it? I've read a couple books about eugenics and they've been heartbreaking but fascinating.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

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  9. Hey AZ, please take your weather back. Love WA
    Seriously. It was like 111 here yesterday. That's torture in WA. Well, torture anywhere.
    These all sound like good reads. I hope they make it into your hands soon.

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    1. Ha ha. It's really not very nice of Arizona to spread its hellish weather around! At least here we're prepared for it with a/c, swimming pools, etc. Poor Washington isn't prepared! I'd move back there in a heartbeat, even considering its *occasional* high temps. Stay cool!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

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  10. So many of these books look so good...I want to read most of them, too! And I'm glad you're enjoying Regina Scott's books. They're fun, aren't they? Enjoy your trip to Utah. We're at least a little bit cooler than Arizona, depending on where you go. :)

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    1. I really am enjoying the Scott books. Thanks for recommending them so highly! I absolutely agree with your assessment. It's a fun series.

      I'm hoping it's at least a little cooler in Provo than here. We'll see. One of these days when I'm in SLC, we need to get together. I'd love to meet you IRL if that's not too creepy. Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

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  11. Enjoy your visit with family. I have a few of these on my TBR. There are a lot of books that sound good here and I will probably be adding more, especially Orphans of the Storm.

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    1. ORPHANS OF THE STORM sounds good, doesn't it? I don't know why I'm so fascinated by the Titanic, but I am! Just morbid, I guess.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

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  12. My Sweet Girl sounds super intriguing, and I love the cover! Hope you'll enjoy all of these and have a lovely Fourth of July holiday!

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    1. Right? I'm so anxious to see what happened in MY SWEET GIRL. Sounds like a great mystery/thriller.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lindsey!

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  13. It has been feeling a lot like Arizona here in Seattle, but without the AC. It seemed like a good time to read Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, and I enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Ugh, I can't imagine! I remember roasting in the summers when I was growing up in Washington. We would hide in the basement because it was so much cooler down there. Upstairs was like an oven!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS. It's a good one, isn't it?

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, T!

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  14. Ooh there's a good variety of books here! I'm especially keen by the Richard Osman one as I've heard so many mixed reviews about his first book!

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    1. I really liked the first book, so I'm excited for the second. The setup with the retirement home sleuths is just so fun!

      Thanks for stopping in!

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  15. Wow, some of these sound really great! Enjoy your July 4th trip!

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    1. Thanks, Leah! I'm looking forward to what will hopefully be a fun, relaxing week.

      Thanks for popping by!

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  16. I hope you enjoy your reads when you can read them.

    Here's my post: https://readbakecreate.com/?p=441

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    1. I hope so, too. I'm really excited for these - it will be sad if they turn out to be duds!

      Thanks for stopping by, Pam!

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  17. I'm not familiar with any of these, but I've spotted a couple of historical fiction novels I'd like to learn more about. Seeing more WWII fiction on your list does make me wonder why WWII fiction is so plentiful and WWI fiction so relatively scarce. If you have any good recommendations for WWI books, I'd love to hear them.

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    1. I wonder about that, too. I assume it's because the Holocaust was such a huge, dramatic, unbelievable event that it continues to be a fascinating topic. Honestly, I can't think of any good WWI books I've read. Maybe someone else can recommend some good ones for both of us...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  18. The cover for My Sweet Girl is haunting! Happy TTT :)

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    1. Right? It's very evocative. I'm totally intrigued by this book, from the cover art to the premise. I can't wait to see if it delivers!

      Thanks for stopping in!

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  19. A bit early but Happy 4th. of July to you, Susan. I hope you have a lovely time in Utah with your family. Saving Mrs. Roosevelt is the book that appeals to me, I will keep an eye out for that.

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    1. It sounds so compelling, doesn't it? I'm interested to see how much of the book is based in fact.

      Thanks for the well wishes! And thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

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  20. Yours Cheerfully is great! I think I enjoyed it more than tge first! Enjoy!

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    1. Oh, really? That's great! I enjoyed DEAR MRS. BIRD, so I have high hopes for the sequel.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carol!

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  21. Looks like a great list! I hope you enjoy them :)

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I hope so too :)

      Thanks for popping in!

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  22. It is so hot and I am already looking forward to winter. Hope you enjoy all the books on your list this week!

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    1. Me too! I can't stand the heat and am always happier when it's cool outside. Unfortunately, it will still be a long while before it cools off here in Arizona. Boo hoo.

      Thanks for coming by, Alicia!

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  23. Her Perfect Life looks and sounds amazing!

    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. It does, doesn't it? I hope it's as good as it sounds!

      Thanks for stopping by, Genesis!

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    1. I agree. It sounds unique and compelling. I hope it's as good as it sounds.

      Thanks for popping in, Lectrice!

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  25. It looks like you have some really good thrillers on your TBR! Hope you enjoy them, and Happy 4th!

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    1. I do love me a good thriller :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tammy!

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  26. Your list reminds me that I still need to read Dear Mrs. Bird. I didn't realize it was a funny WWII book. I may have to binge it and the sequel since that sounds like my kind of read. I hope you enjoy all of these. :)

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    1. It is funny! I mean, it's WWII so not ALL of it is humorous, but a lot of it is. I enjoyed it and I hope you do too!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

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  27. All new to me too and so many here I'd like to get hold of. Thank you for the updates.

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    1. A lot of them are on NetGalley, so maybe you can get a hold of them there. I hope you enjoy the ones you read!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Mystica!

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  28. So many exciting looking books!

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    1. I agree! I'm definitely excited for them :)

      Thanks for coming by, NickiMags!

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  29. I know what you mean about WWII books but I think we cannot avoid them totally. And we should not. We will have to remind everyone about it.

    Anyway, I was surprised to learn that Celia Imrie wrote a book. She is a great actress and I can imagine she has written a readable book. Also, I'm sure I'll be reading Richard Osman's second book, as soon as it will be published as a pb.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    And have a great time in Utah. Enjoy your family.

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    1. I love WWII books, but I have gotten a little burned out on them lately. It's a period of history that I know I'll always be interested in, though!

      I'd never heard of Celia Imrie before. I'll be interested to see what her book is like.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

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    2. I know what you mean. I have just read one written by a German who moved to the States. I'll be reviewing it soon, I think you might be interested in it. It's called "Belonging" and written by Nora Krug.

      I'm sure if you google Celia Imrie, you will have seen her somewhere (e.g. Mama Mia, here we go again! comes to mind, though she only has a small role there). She is a very popular British actress.

      I always love talking to you, you're not going to get rid of me easily. LOL

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  30. I love your thoughts about America and the Fourth of July, and I agree with them completely. I hope we can all get along better soon.

    I like the sequel to Mrs. Bird.

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    1. My hope for our country is always for peace. We should be able to handle different opinions, different lifestyles, different viewpoints. I hate that things have felt so divisive over the last couple years. I constantly pray for peace!

      Thanks for popping in, Deb!

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  31. Snap on the Richard Osman book! :D And the only reason I didn't include the sequel to Dear Mrs Bird is because it's already released here!

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    1. Oooh, nice! I hope we both love YOURS CHEERFULLY :)

      Thanks for coming by!

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  32. I actually haven't heard of most of these! 'The Hidden Child' looks particularly interesting and one I'd like to add to my 'to-read' list. :)

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    1. I agree. I'm always looking for compelling historical fiction and I love it when it offers a little something different. I'm definitely looking forward to reading THE HIDDEN CHILD. I hope we both enjoy it!

      Thanks for stopping in, Sarah!

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  33. These all sound so interesting! Great list!

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    1. Thanks! I hope they all turn out to be engaging reads.

      Thanks for popping by!

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  34. Wow, I think I'll be adding a few of these to my ever growing reading wishlist!! Happy reading!!

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    1. I'm glad you found some titles to pique your interest. My favorite thing about TTT is discovering new books. It's rough on my already overflowing TBR list, though!

      Thanks for stopping in!

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  35. I didn't realize Celia Imrie wrote book! I'm going to have to check out her work.

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    1. I'd never heard of Imrie before I heard about her book. Apparently, she's a famous actress. Who knew?? Hopefully, she's a good writer as well :)

      Thanks for coming by, Lauren!

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  36. These are all completely new to me and all look amazing! Saving Mrs. Roosevelt looks especially good. I had a great aunt in the Coast Guard during WWII and it definitely isn't a topic you come across regularly.

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    1. Definitely not a topic you come across very often in books - at least not the ones I've read! My brother was in the Coast Guard for a long time, so I've heard about his adventures, but I've never heard anything about Coast Guard action during the war. I'm interested to learn more.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

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  37. Gah, I cannot imagine Arizona summers! Hoping you get some rain soon, too. These books are new to me, but I do hope you enjoy them, and hope you are having a wonderful time in Utah!

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    1. The heat in Arizona is INTENSE, that's for sure! Apparently, we got a little bit of rain while we were gone. We also ran into quite a lot of it while driving through Flagstaff and then again in parts of Utah. Both states really need it.

      Thanks for popping in, Shannon!

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  38. I don't think I've read about or seen any of these around before. However based on the cover art, some of these look interesting. :) Hope you did have or are having a wonderful trip, Susan. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

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    1. We came home a day earlier than planned, but we had a wonderful trip! It was great to see family and to enjoy beautiful scenery. Utah is lovely. It is good to be home, though!

      Thanks for stopping in, Rissi!

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  39. Ugh, it's definitely hot here, too! Thank goodness for air conditioning and lakes. xD I'm looking forward to The Man Who Died Twice, too! Hope you enjoy it!

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