Sunday Bookends: Light romances (in book and movie forms) welcomed this week

I won’t be rambling too much about what the rest of the world is rambling about this week because first, we all need a break and two, I’ve discovered situations like this really bring out the crazies and I’m crazy enough for myself.

So, on to books I’m reading and watching this week. I’m sticking with light romances both in books and movies, even if they are a little bit stupid. I don’t mind if they are stupid because then I can make fun of them while I read them or watch them. Luckily, I read a book this week and watched a movie I didn’t have to make fun of.

I share a Kindle account with my mom, mainly because I’m more technical and set it up for her. Most of the time this is fine because my mom utilizes Kindle Unlimited more than me. The main issue is that Mom is retired and reads more and faster than me so, sometimes, while I am in the middle of a book Mom will return my book to “take out” another one, which is what happened this week.

Luckily, I was able to get the book, True to You by Becky Wade, back and finish it. It was really worth finishing and I’m glad I did. The book had me hooked from the beginning, even if the main character did grate on my nerves part of the time (a very little part of the time). I fell in love with the love interest as much as the main character did. If I wasn’t married and John Lawson was real I would. well —  I’d still only stare at him from afar because I’m totally not his type.

Anyhow, this was the first of a three-book series about The Bradford Sisters. There are also two novellas in the series.


I shared the plot of the book last week, but thought I’d share it again this week, in case you are interested.

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry.

John enlists Nora’s help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side-by-side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match.  But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?

I am planning to start the second book this weekend.

I also watched a light romance movie this week: Road Less Traveled with Lauren Alaina (A country singer), Donny Boaz, and Jason Burkey.  Without giving too much away, I will say this movie was not your typical small-town girl who goes home, runs into an old boyfriend and falls back in love with her old boyfriend movie. Not exactly anyhow. It threw me for a bit of a loop. The acting was pretty good and realistic, but I will say that it made light of getting drunk a little more than I thought it should.

As I have mentioned before, I am a prude, in many ways, but not in others. Still, it doesn’t offend me if someone is drunk in a movie. What bothered me was how often the characters were holding a beer, wine, or in a bar and how many times they were roaring drunk – like to the point they couldn’t remember what they did while drunk. And I guess we were all supposed to laugh about that? I don’t know. That bothered me, but I still enjoyed the movie.

The weather warmed up this week, a little anyhow. On Monday it was 70 and the temperature steadily declined over the week, but it was still warmer than it has been. The kids and I walked to our local health store for snacks, unaware of the craziness that would settle over our country in the next couple of days and that shelves would empty of food.


DSC_8717DSC_8730Sadly, there are many in our community, like us, who can not afford to stockpile and instead live week to week so we are hoping those who have the money or are running up credit cards will leave us some food for our next paycheck. Even if we had the money we wouldn’t be stockpiling the way others are because fear is a liar. We will make it one way or another. My parents are the stockpiling kind and have assured us we can have some cans of beans if it gets too bad.

In many ways, I wish we could go back to Monday when we were sitting on our front lawn with our biggest worry being that people driving by as the busses let out for school would think that my children were actually drinking beer, instead of the natural soda they were drinking.


In house news, we are busy packing and are supposed to be moved out, per our contract, by April 3.

To keep the escapism alive, I blogged more of A New Beginning this week and am keeping the rest of my blog posts for this week as light as possible.

So what are you reading or watching this week? Is the weather getting any warmer where you are? Feel free to let me know in the comments.


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  3. Our weather was getting warmer…but then it dropped 😦 It was a beautiful sunny day out today though. I am hoping for some warmer weather and subsequently some snow meltage soon! (Like tomorrow soon, lol). I am ready for spring and planting and everything that comes with it. Praying for you and yours! God Bless!

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    • It wreaks havoc on sinuses when the temps go up and down like that too. I don’t like the cold but I am glad when we have the sun at least. Today was in the 50s but a cold breeze. Yesterday the wind was pretty bitter. I am also ready for spring! Yeah!

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  4. That is so funny about your kids drinking beer, at least looking like they were. We reuse a lot of our glass bottles for different things too. I decided when I was a little girl I would never drink alcohol. I grew up around alcoholics and old country music was always playing like Dolly, Loretta and Johnny Cash. I can’t even stand the smell of beer when I am close to it. It looks like you all have a good weekend even with the craziness out there, your kids always look happy, means they have good parents.


  5. I watched Beautiful fantastic on Netflix. It’s a 2016 film so good I will watch it twice. Slow in parts but the acting and story more than made up for it. A feel good quirky story about a young shy writer, a garden and a teeny bit of love. *sigh* .
    I read The keeper of lost things by Ruth Hogan, if you haven’t you should. No wonder this won so many awards. Exquisitely written. It must have been my favourite reading and watching week for a while. I also this month seen the new David Copperfield film, (lots of it shot in our home town) witty amusing and wonderfully rich, I so loved the obnoxious Aunt (who turned out to be wonderful) and the kite man played by Hugh Laurie. So pleased That I watched it.
    Thank you for your super post, lovely family too. It is damp and drab here, sad weather is always cheered with tiny love stories. X


  6. Glorious sunshine! Beautiful blue skies. Sunglasses firmly in place we met friends for lunch who were visiting from my husband’s home state of Colorado. Went to a restaurant called, “The Noisy Goose.” The signs on the walls, the cute carved statues, the majestic mountains outside the window, well it was wonderful. We ended up sitting there for 3 hours!!! It was only 28 degrees and there’s about 6 feet of solid snow on the ground, but it was a glorious day!


  7. Reading? Well, as you saw in my blog post, I have big plans. Watching? Anything not too heavy and definitely no virus movies like Contagion or Outbreak that are “trending” on streaming channels. Ugh. I’m avoiding everything “viral.”

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