My hubby and I have been together for more years than I care to count. Somewhere during our early time together we developed a habit that pretty much has stayed with us. That is, we read the same book, more or less, around the same time and then sit for hours thoroughly vetting it. Back when we first got together, he liked stuff like The Hobbit and was responsible for finally getting me to read it. Once I did, I fell in love with the world Tolkien had created. His famous trilogy, Lord of the Rings, might’ve been the first trilogy I ever read, and yes, each book was a cliffhanger, and I LOVED that about them!! We read the books together, even read them aloud to our son. These days we trade genres. We listen to true crime or mysteries the same way we watch movies on Netflix or Prime and with certain TV shows (most recently Goliath) by discussing the heck out of them. We go over the characters, the pace, what we would’ve done differently, and re-read or re-watch the ones we like best. From one book lover to another, summer is our finest hour. During the land of reruns and the lack of anything good on TV, we can always crack open a book. We relish the search through our Kindle for something we haven’t yet tried. Or we load something new on the iPad and get comfy in bed. While we dissect the plot lines and laugh at the characters, we’re still connecting. After all these years, we still enjoy what began a long time ago…our love for books.
Ocean. Sand. Long summer nights. A sexy Cape Cod escape.
What could possibly go wrong?
Simon Bremmer has put war and the Army behind him. He’s living the good life stateside in Pelican Pointe. He’s doing what he loves. His business is booming. He has no complaints. But all that is about to change when he gets a visit from a Boston lawyer. She not only drops a bombshell but delivers a package he never expected.
Single mom, Gilly Grant, has given up on men. She’s trying to raise her three-year-old son by herself and deal with her mother, who has suddenly developed complicated health issues. When Simon walks into the hospital on her shift, the world as she knows it tilts toward a love she never wanted or expected.
Together these two will forge a bond that grows deeper until one night it’s all put to the ultimate test. Will Simon be able to pull Pelican Pointe back from the brink of tragedy? Will he be able to save its future? Will he be able to come through for the people he loves?
For this former sniper who’s tried so hard to put the war behind him and live a normal life, he may find it all too much, because this time everything he loves hangs in the balance.
My turn to host the book club slash brunch today at noonish. A few may be running late due to Daylight Savings Time. We’ll wait. I’m serving a southwest breakfast bake as the main dish. The rest of the menu is salad and a bowl of fruit. For dessert…brownies, of course. For anyone who doesn’t like chocolate, there’s always a slice of sour orange pie with whipped cream. Oh my.
Credit: Mr. Food recipe and photo
Grab the ingredients:
1 (30-ounce) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 1/2 cups shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
To make it happen:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Arrange potatoes evenly in bottom of dish. Sprinkle with cheese, green chilies, bell pepper, and scallions.
In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well then pour evenly over potato mixture.
Bake uncovered 55 to 60 minutes, or until center is cooked through and set.
Women started book clubs. They probably held their first American meeting right after landing at Plymouth Rock. Wherever women could gather they studied their Bibles and talked about sin and sermons. Or maybe they swooned over Shakespeare’s sonnets. And how much tea did they have to sip while picking apart Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales? Those Bible study / reading circles morphed into today’s book-loving meetups. While Oprah didn’t exactly start the trend, she certainly perfected it. For reading nerds like myself, what better way for a book lover to share the best book they’ve read since Christmas than meeting up over appetizers and drinks and bonding with other women. Whether it’s a good old-fashioned whodunit or savvy, saucy chick-lit, or self-help to get you through your latest breakup, we seek out other book lovers because they recommend stuff we’ve missed, stuff we haven’t read before, stuff we might not even dare to read I’ve found the best way to stay connected with those you respect is through the love of reading. Book clubs come in all sizes and shapes. Don’t want to leave the house? No problem. Join online. Join a Facebook group. Don’t want to go alone? Join one for mothers and daughters. Think about it. What could be more powerful than instilling a love of books for the next generation? On this #International Women’s Day celebrate sisterhood. Women. Books. Wine. Food. Power in the written word and friendship.