#SundayPost: Beaches, Sunsets, and Pelicans

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post

As I posted last Sunday, we spent the whole week in Holden Beach. Besides walking on the beach, collecting shells, and lounging by the pool, we went antiquing and shopping at outlet malls. The highlight of our week was a three-hour boat tour on Tuesday. Since it was a “three-hour tour,” we all made lots of jokes about how we hoped our boat was not called “The Minnow!” The tour was wonderful and we saw the most beautiful sunset any of us had ever seen. And we’ve seen some sunsets in our time! Here’s a picture below taken by my cousin Chris during the tour that captures it all–an orange sky, a setting sun, and a pelican!

We also saw pods of dolphins! It was such a wonderful tour.

In my downtime, I finished up my reviews for the November edition of Historical Novels Review, the magazine of The Historical Novel Society. I’ll be able to post those after November 1st.

We arrived back home today (It is Saturday as I write this.) Work beckons on Monday. But we had a great time!


On Monday I reviewed Our Stolen Child by Melissa Wiesner as part of a blog tour for Bookouture.

On Friday I did a Spotlight as part of a book tour for Goodbye Orchid and Orchid Blooming by Carol Van Den Hende.

Also on Friday I debuted the new Indie Weekend (formerly Self-Published Saturday) with a review of an audiobook–Relatively Normal Secrets by C.W. Allen, along with a great Q&A with the author.


This Sunday, as part of Indie Weekend, I will review Your Words, Your Heart by Louise Belanger and Deuce by Gail Meath.

On Monday I will review The Safe Game by Wes Verde as part of a blog tour for R&R Book Tours.

On Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday if time permits. I will also review Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks.

On Wednesday I will review Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer.

On Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

From Friday to Sunday is the new Indie weekend, where I post reviews and spotlights of Indie books.


I haven’t been requesting much because I have a lot on my Netgalley Shelf, but I received the following two books for upcoming blog tours:

As my girlfriends and I sip wine and share secrets in the flickering candlelight of our remote Scottish hideaway, we all agree we need this break. Every morning we will swim in icy cold lochs and hike to remote beaches and each night we will sip wine and share stories, cozy beside the log burner. It will be a break none of us will ever forget.

But behind my warm smile, there is ice in my heart. One of my friends is my husband’s lover, and it’s only a matter of time before I discover which one. She thinks she has me fooled, but she’s not the only one with secrets.

I don’t let my smile slip, but as I get closer to the truth, it becomes very clear that in these remote Scottish hills, far from help, someone is going to pay for their lies with their life…

A London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.

Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.
For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety, navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.
In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former hero, the more intrigued she becomes…

41 thoughts on “#SundayPost: Beaches, Sunsets, and Pelicans”

  1. A week at the beach sounds wonderful!! I’m so glad you had a nice vacation. That photo is gorgeous!!! So pretty. I also have The Belle of Belgrave Square and hope we both enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I read the first book in the series, The Siren of Sussex, so I’m excited to read Belle. I was sent a widget on Netgalley, so I was surprised to get a print copy in the mail too! Maybe I can take some nice photos with it. I’m not the best at that.


  2. Your week at the beach sounds so fun!! I can’t wait to take my son to the ocean for the first time, to see all the dolphins, collect shells – all those things! And your comment about the three hour tour made me laugh – I would have thought the same thing!


  3. What a beautiful photo of the sunset! I love boat tours. I keep telling my husband we need to try a whale watching tour one of these days. I think it would be a fun family outing. Mimi Matthews’ book sounds good. So does My Husband’s Lover. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your reading!

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  4. Stunning photo! It sounds like you had an amazing time, I hope work isn’t too much of a shock to the system tomorrow!
    I like the sound of The Belle of Belgrave Square but am trying to cut back on arcs and read more library books, so I must resist!
    Have a great week x

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  5. I love pelicans! Beautiful sunset- glad you’re having a nice trip. I love hitting those antique stores and outlet malls. 🙂

    Your books look good, especially that first one. I love a good suspenseful read.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog. Be well this week!


  6. I’m glad your three-hour tour was much more successful than Gilligan’s, lol. That sunset picture is amazing. I love being out on the water during sunrise and sunset. My husband is a sailor so we often spend time on the boat in a local lake. It’s my happy place.

    I’m glad you had a wonderful vacation! It sounds like it was very relaxing. I hope you have a great week.


  7. Wow, what a fantastic Sunday Post! I especially loved hearing about your recent trip to Holden Beach and your boat tour that resulted in the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen. And those dolphins were just the cherry on top. Your mention of the new Indie Weekend (formerly Self-Published Saturday) is also great news for those of us who love discovering new indie books.

    I’ve also added two of the books you received for upcoming blog tours to my to-be-read list. The description of “As my girlfriends and I sip wine and share secrets in the flickering candlelight of our remote Scottish hideaway” has got me hooked already. And I’m definitely intrigued by the marriage of convenience in “London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside.”

    I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your bookish adventures with us. Your blog has been such a valuable resource for discovering new books and getting updates on the bookish community. Keep up the great work!

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