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Welcome to Musing Mondays, hosted by Jenn, at Books and a Beat.  Here are some topics to ponder:


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is/are your favorite book cover(s)?


I am reading and enjoying The Perfect Neighbors, by Sarah Pekkanen, a NetGalley ARC of a book to be released on July 5.





How well do you ever really know the family next door?

Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of its distinction of being named one the top twenty safest neighborhoods in the US. It’s also one of the most secret-filled.

Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She’s adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office—and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague. Kellie’s neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: she won’t eat any carbs, she’ll go to bed at a reasonable hour, and she’ll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Gigi Kennedy seems to have it all together—except her teenage daughter has turned into a hostile stranger and her husband is running for Congress, which means her old skeletons are in danger of being brought into the light.

Then a new family moves to this quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. Then the neighbors notice that no one is ever invited to Tessa’s house. And soon, it becomes clear that Tessa is hiding the biggest secret of all.


I love secrets, and finding out that the “perfect” neighbors have BIG secrets keeps me reading this delicious book.


This week, I bought the following books:


Sunshine Beach (e-book), by Wendy Wax (I love this series, and I also want to continue with my beach staycation).





Mystic Summer (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon





Vinegar Girl (e-book), by Anne Tyler





Here’s To Us (e-book), by Elin HIlderbrand





Drinking Closer to Home (e-book), by Jessica Anya Blau





I went a little crazy due to the Amazon credit. 

What are you musing about today?




10 thoughts on “MONDAY SPARKS: MUSINGS….

  1. The Perfect Neighbours sounds awesome! I may have to purchase it when it’s released! And yours is the second list I’ve seen a Wendy Wax book on today. I’ve never heard of her but now I’m intrigued… I think I prefer the sound of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey though.

    Happy Reading!
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

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    • Thanks for visiting, Rachel, and I have been a fan of Wendy Wax since I read my first novel from her: The Accidental Bestseller.

      Sunshine Beach is part of a series about women who are making over houses and selling them, after being bilked of their money by a Madoff-type guy.

      While We Were Watching Downton Abbey was a fun read. Enjoy!


  2. You have my TBR list on your post, today! I’ve really been waiting for The Perfect Neighbors, and the others are all books I’ve been wanting to read. I just hope my reading speeds up a little and the releases slow down, so I can get to them all.

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