Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Book Cover Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan
June 13, 2017
Net Galley

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.

This is a hard one for me to review. I neither loved nor hated the book, it was just kind of “meh” for me.

I tend to automatically add any book that takes place in a bookstore or library to my TBR, because as a book lover, I am drawn to books that talk about books. And there were plenty of books in this story. Lydia works as a bookseller and her father was a librarian. She grew up reading and spending all her time at the library while her father worked. No matter what happened in her life, books were her constant.

Books were also the tie between Joey and Lydia, as well as between Joey and some of the other characters. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, so I won’t go into detail on his connections with other characters in the book.

The story jumped between the past and the present a lot, and also jumps between Lydia’s POV and her father’s. This provides background and motivation. There are also characters from the past who pop back up in the present in weird ways.

I think that my biggest issue with this story is that I really didn’t understand some of Lydia’s motivations. I understood why she wanted to find out more about Joey, and her search for answers there. I understood why she didn’t readily share her past with people. I did not understand why her relationship with her father became so distant or why she reacted the way she did when her boyfriend admitted to knowing about her past.

Along the same lines, I didn’t understand Tomas’s complete change of character from before the incident to after. I think it was supposed to create tension, doubt, and suspense, but it really didn’t for me. And I don’t think this was ever really adequately explained.

There are a few other character motivations that I am completely baffled by, but I can’t share them here without spoiling the plot.

I did really like the characters of Plath and Lyle. I felt that they were loyal, caring characters who really supported the main characters. I also liked what little was shared about David, and would really have liked to see his character developed more. I think the plot could, and should, have gone in a completely different direction for his character. And Joey is probably one of the best characters in the book; his motivations became very clear the more we learned.

While I liked the way that the main storyline drew together and was resolved. I was bothered and confused by the ending itself. It felt kind of creepy, and I’m not sure if that was the way the author intended it or not.

All in all, this isn’t a bad book, it had some really good elements and nice character development for some of the characters, it just really wasn’t right for me.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley and the publisher {Scribner} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book Blogger Hop, TMST

Talking About Memes #1

I decided there were a couple of different discussion memes that I wanted to participate in this year, so like my quote memes, I am combining them into one weekly post.

The first meme is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there is a question to answer.

This week’s question:

What are your five most favorite books in 2017? (submitted by Geybie @ Geybie’s Book Blog)
It’s hard to narrow it down to just 5, but I would have to say…
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanathi
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
**All links to Goodreads
Also joining my discussion memes is Tell Me Something Tuesday hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This one shares a discussion topic for each week.
This week’s topic:
 2017 Goals Recap
Most of my goals for 2017 took the form of reading challenges. And I did exceptionally well with some of them (Goodreads: original goal 60, updated goal 120, actual 134; Audiobooks: goal 25-30, actual 87). Others I did not do so well on. One of my goals was also to write the first draft of my book, but that didn’t even come close to happening. Overall, I feel pretty good about how 2017 turned out though. If you are interested in seeing how I did on all of my 2017 challenges, click here.

My TBR List~ January 2018

I have always been a mood reader and never really created a TBR list to work off of, but I decided that this year I wanted to try something different. Each month I will share with you the books that I hope to read… and we’ll see how it goes.

Now my list includes 20 books; which is quite a lot. Considering my reading goal this year is 150 books, my monthly goal is 13. I’m setting the bar a little high, but I figure I won’t get to everything.

So here we go…


  Make Me Sin (Bad Habit, #2)  Not Quite Enough (Not Quite, #3)  Goalie (Texas Mutiny, #3)  The Comfort of Favorite Things (Hope Springs #5)

Make Me Sin//Not Quite Enough//Goalie//The Comfort of Favorite Things


Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World  Hostile Takeover  In Ruins (Something More, #3)  It Started With Goodbye

Kit Kat and Lucy//Hostile Takeover//In Ruins//It Started with Goodbye


Angels & Whiskey (Saddles & Racks, #1)  Sweet Harmonies (Hope Falls, #2)  What's Left of Me (What's Left of Me, #1)  The Girl of Sand & Fog (Sand & Fog, #2)

Angels & Whiskey//Sweet Harmonies//What’s Left of Me//The Girl of Sand & Fog

Physical books:

Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy, #3)  Holding Up the Universe   An Abundance of Katherines  Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Island of Glass//Holding Up the Universe//An Abundance of Katherines//Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Library books:

Love May Fail  We Were Liars  Neverwhere  The Accident Season

Love May Fail//We Were Liars//Neverwhere//The Accident Season

What are you planning to read this month?

**all covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Book Beginnings, Safe & Sexy, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… Stormchaser

Over the last year, I discovered that I love participating in memes! But I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Cherry Adair’s Stormchaser.

Stormchaser (Cutter Cay #4)

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The day didn’t look like secondhand revenge. Instead of ominous dark clouds hanging low over a pewter sea, the hot Greek sun reflected glittering sapphires off the Mediterranean. The wake of the motor launch frothed blindingly white as it carried marine archaeologist Dr. Calista West to the megayacht Stormchaser, anchored in open waters south of Crete.

Secondhand revenge?? Tell me more!

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

Callie motioned for Saul to hand her the jug of ice-filled whatever-it-was as she tried to appear engaged. Conversation about the quake eddied around her.


Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

“You will take tea with an old man?” Eliades addressed Callie first, then looked to Jonah. “I would very much enjoy the company.”
“We’d be honored,” Callie responded, also in Greek. She didn’t want to waste time sipping tea and chatting.What she’s seen so far had her too excited even to sit still. But she got up to pour three cups of almost black-colored tea, passing them out before returning to her chair with her own cup and mismatched saucer.
The tea was far too strong and bitter, but she politely sipped it anyway. Jonah set his cup and saucer on the table beside him and crossed one ankle over his knee, stretching his arms out on the wide curved arms of his chair, looking perfectly relaxed. “We appreciate you allowing us access to your library. There is material here, I’m sure, we couldn’t find anywhere else.”


It’s where you share a quote from a story you have read, and where there is a lot of hotness and sexiness, but where they still take the time to be safe! If you want to participate with your very own Safe & Sexy quotes, go right ahead, but  link back to (un)Conventional Bookviews.

His heart tripped quadruple time. “Long range” should’ve scared the erection away. Somehow the words did just the opposite. “Dios, you smell delicious, and you feel even better. I can’t get enough of you. Te necessito, querido.”
“You have me.”
He shifted her slightly so he could open a drawer in the cabinet behind her. Lifting his lips from hers, he handed her a foil package.
She blinked, then took it from him. “Where did this come from?”

** Cover links to Goodreads; title links to Amazon {affiliate}

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Love at First Read 2017

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is favorite new-to-you authors read in 2017. I read a lot of new to me authors last year, so I had plenty to choose from! Here are some of my favorites with their books that I read in 2017.:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)  Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello's Library, #2)

Chris Grabenstein

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys, #1)  Wrong Place, Right Time (The Bourbon Street Boys, #2)

Elle Casey

Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office  Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?  Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

Jen Lancaster

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

Camille Pagan

The Thing About Jellyfish

Ali Benjamin

The Problem with Forever

Jennifer L Armentrout

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)  The Girl You Left Behind  Paris for One and Other Stories

Jojo Moyes

Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1)

Dan Brown

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Beth Revis

** All links to Goodreads


Down the TBR Hole #28

In mid-2017 I was inspired by a post on Bursting with Books to start tackling my TBR shelf on Goodreads and see if these were books I still wanted to read. The title and premise come from Lost in a Love Story. I eliminated quite a few books, but still have a massive TBR of over 2500 books. This year I’ll be tackling 10 books per week to determine if I am still interested and want to keep them, or if I’m ready to remove them from the list.

How does it work?

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This week’s selections:

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Nonfiction; Self Help
Added March 21, 2012

New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough.

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?In The Gifts of Imperfection, Bren頂rown, PhD, a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living–a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, and to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.

Verdict: Keep

Live in a Better Way: Reflections on Truth, Love, and Happiness

Live a Better Way by Dalai Lama
Nonfiction; Spirituality
Added March 21, 2012

Imbued with a friendly tone and pithy wisdom, this handsome handbook to approaching life “in a better way” includes six of His Holiness The Dalai Lama‘s most accessible and inspirational public lectures. Following each talk are the original question-and-answer sessions in which His Holiness opens himself up to his listeners and-now-to readers everywhere. His characteristically candid guidance on living fully and responsibly, especially at the start of a new millennium, focuses on specific themes that range from religious tolerance to compassion and nonviolence. The book also includes a practical and highly readable introduction to Buddhism and The Dalai Lama‘s own spiritual heritage, written by the renowned Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Verdict: Remove

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café (At the Cupcake Café, #1)

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added March 21, 2012

Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that – Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe.

Verdict: Remove

Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives

Peace is Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh
Nonfiction; Spirituality
Added March 21, 2012

In this much-anticipated follow-up to his bestselling classic, Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh—one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today—offers an insightful guide to living a fuller life. In this deeply insightful meditation, the world-renowned Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master, poet, scholar, and peace activist illuminates how each of us can incorporate the practice of mindfulness into our every waking moment. In the tradition of The Art of Happiness and Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace Is Every Breath opens a pathway to greater spiritual fulfillment through its patient examination of how we live our lives.

Verdict: Remove

Toujours Provence

Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle
Nonfiction; Travel; Memoir
Added March 21, 2012

Taking up where his beloved A Year in Provence leaves off, Peter Mayle offers us another funny, beautifully (and deliciously) evocative book about life in Provence. With tales only one who lives there could know—of finding gold coins while digging in the garden, of indulging in sumptuous feasts at truck stops—and with characters introduced with great affection and wit—the gendarme fallen from grace, the summer visitors ever trying the patience of even the most genial Provençaux, the straightforward dog “Boy”—Toujours Provence is a heart-warming portrait of a place where, if you can’t quite “get away from it all,” you can surely have a very good time trying.

Verdict: Keep

When in Doubt, Add Butter

When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added March 21, 2012

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other people’s dates, and that’s just fine by her.At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an uberwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and—oh yes—butter.

Verdict: Keep

If You Were Here

If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added March 21, 2012

If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes’s movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners’ association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex- landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings- with Mac taking on the renovations himself- Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations.

Verdict: Keep

Keeping the Castle (Keeping the Castle, #1)

Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
Fiction; Young Adult; Historical
Added March 21, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors–or suitors of any kind–in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There’s only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans

Verdict: Remove

Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

Make a Scene by Jordan E Rosenfeld
Nonfiction; Writing
Added March 31, 2012

Scenes are useful fictional units, and if a single unit falters, then an entire novel or short story can be weakened. This title explains the fundamentals of strong scene construction and how other useful fiction-writing techniques, such as character development, description, and transitions must function within the framework of individual scenes.

Verdict: Remove

Meet Me In The Mountains

Meet Me in the Mountains by Candy Marie Bridges
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added March 31, 2012

She was named Candy Cotten. When people said her name backwards, it made them smile. Candy’s inspirational memoir exposes an emotional life story. She welcomes you to enter into her life through the pages of Meet Me In The Mountains. From her parents divorce when she was a child to the wrongful death of her husband after twenty-three years of marriage, an explosion of heart felt, brutally honest, thought provoking stories will challenge you to find faith, inspiration and hope when life is unfair. You may be prompted through the pages of her book to question your own paths in life. Known and unknown paths from where you have been and where you are now, and where you might be in your future. If you are struggling with finding hope through one or more tragic events, Candy’s story just might change your perspective and outlook on life.

Verdict: Remove

This week’s stats: 4 Kept; 6 Removed

2018 stats: 4 Kept; 6 Removed

**All Covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #52

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

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.

Life Happenings:

Happy New Year! Ok, well technically New Year’s Eve! For those of you who were wondering, yes I did end up going home to spend Christmas with my family. I was in Oregon for 2 full days and it was nice to spend time with family. Though I did miss out on having my first white Christmas since it snowed in Washington, but not in the area of Oregon where my family lives.

I had my turn at being sick this week and missed a day and a half of work. Hopefully we’ll be done with it now and it won’t make a second round of the store.

After a few setbacks and delays, my furniture and stuff is finally here! I am once again able to sleep in a real bed and work at a desk! I also have dishes, books and all of my other stuff. Now I just need to unpack it all! Next week I’ll be focused on unpacking and getting my bookcases all set up. I also have furniture to build and so much cleaning {a lot of this stuff has been in storage for the last 2 years}.

I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine soon. I have felt so completely out of balance for the last 2 months while I’ve been dealing with this transition and I just really want to find my new normal now!

I’ll be launching my new look and some updated features with the new year. I hope you’ll all find something you like in the content I’ll be posting.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #51
Down the TBR Hole #27
Top Ten Tuesday~ Coming in 2018
2017 Challenge Results
Cat Thursday #52
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The Unexpected Everything
Thursday Quotables~ The Square Root of Summer
The Friday 56~ Tempting Fate
Book Beginnings~ Jackaby
Book Blogger Hop #26

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #28
Top Ten Tuesday~ Love at First Read 2017
This Week We’re Quoting~ Stormchaser
My January TBR
Talking About Memes #1
Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore


It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

  The Best of Adam Sharp You're Welcome, Universe Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) Make Me Sin (Bad Habit, #2) Necessary Madness Joyfully His: A Novella (Sterling Canyon Book 4)

The Best of Adam Sharp//You’re Welcome, Universe//Parable of the Sower//Make Me Sin//Necessary Madness//Joyfully His

Recently Completed:

In the Heir (Westerly Billionaire, #1) Claiming Bailey (Ace Security #3) Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries, #1) Only Her (K2 Team #5) Strong & Wilde Part 1

In the Heir//Claiming Bailey//Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore//Baking is Murder//Only Her//Strong & Wilde

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Kindle Unlimited:

Up for Heir (Westerly Billionaire #2) Not Quite Forever (Not Quite, #4) Wrong Turn, Right Direction (The Bourbon Street Boys, #4)

Up for Heir//Not Quite Forever//Wrong Turn, Right Direction


Wayfarer (Passenger, #2) The Search Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things  Attachments The Truth According to Us

Wayfarer//The Search//Furiously Happy//Attachments//The Truth According to Us

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop #26

I am linking up with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for the Book Blogger Hop. And what is the Book Blogger Hop? Well according to the meme’s page:

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

What character or characters would you not mind sharing a New Year’s kiss with? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

Wow, how to I narrow this down to just a few?? Because I know I can’t narrow it down to one!

Rourke from JD Robb’s In Death series
Gideon from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series
Ryder from Nora Roberts’s Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy
Max from Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard series
Luke from Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle series

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ Tempting Fate

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Tempting Fate by Jane Green.

Tempting Fate

“In the end, she phoned her neighbor and begged her to run over so Trish could leave. She did, but Gabby knew Trish knew she’d lied, and there was no more talk of another playdate, nor did Gabby reciprocate.”