Sunday Post 25| Ventured Out Into The Real World

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Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow moms. This is the first Mother’s Day I’ve ever had without my girls, which is very weird for me. But they are in the middle of finals at their university, so coming home would not have made any sense. They will be home in a few days though and my husband is making sure I’m just as pampered as always.

I entered the real world again Friday night for the first time in over a year. We went downtown (Charlotte, NC) for a minor league baseball game and had a blast. The stadium is located in the heart of the city just a few blocks from the Carolina Panthers football stadium (for those of you who follow American football) Masks were only required when you walked around the stadium, not when we were in our suite. It felt so normal to be out in the city sharing a good time with 5 other adults and no masks – yes, I said it – no masks., as per stadium guidelines. No hugging or handshaking and distance was naturally kept, but I’m good with that 🙂

This coming week I need to work on my base tan and getting everything else ready for the beach. Next Sunday, I will be posting from Hilton Head Island, SC and I can’t wait 🙂

How was your week?

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NetGalley Widgets – Blog Tour Reads

Chick Lit Central blog tour
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Sale Purchases


Fairy Loot box

YA Fantasy

I tried the first couple of episodes of Jupiter’s Legacy on Netflix. It’s a new Superhero show with a dual time line of the 1920’s when the original superheroes came into being and current day when they are trying to convince their grown children to follow their superhero rules formed 100 years ago. It’s dark but interesting. I’m not sure what to make of it yet. I embedded a trailer for you 🙂

Did you read, watch, or do anything fun this week?

I’m posting my WWW post here instead of separately on Wednesday TEMPORARILY (just until June). I will reblog this whole post on Wednesday, so anyone who may have missed it has a quick link to find it.

Legal Thriller

I just finished A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon. It’s a legal thriller that held my attention but it didn’t have any likable characters. That made it a very disturbing read.

Book description: When a soldier is found stabbed through the heart at a US Army base, there is no doubt that his wife, Luz, is to blame. But was it an act of self-defense? An attempt to save her infant daughter? Or the cold-blooded murder of an innocent man?

Ambitious public defender Abby is determined to win at all costs. As a new mother herself, she wants to keep Luz out of prison and with her daughter. But when the surprises stack up and shocking new evidence emerges, Abby realizes the task proves far more difficult than she suspected and will require a terrible sacrifice.

As the trial hurtles toward an outcome no one expects, Abby, Luz and a captivated jury are forced to answer the question that will decide everything–what does it mean to be a good mother?


YA Fantasy

I’m currently reading The Taker which is being republished with a new cover. I do like the cover much better than the old one but the book has had a slow start. I’m hoping it’ll pick up soon.

Book Description: On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—enters his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her…despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. As she begins to tell her story, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the 19th century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the founder’s son, Jonathan, Lanny will do anything to be with him. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.



Next I’m reading Warrior’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler. I loved the first book in the series, so I’m excited to read the second. Jeff Wheeler never disappoints!

Book Description: After a pilgrimage to the East Kingdoms seeking a blessing from the Fountain, source of the land’s magic, Sir Ransom Barton returns home in search of two dreams: Claire de Murrow, the heiress he loves, and a patron for his warrior skills. Unexpectedly, Ransom finds himself in the favor of Devon, the notorious Elder King. Brought into the ruler’s mesnie and given two wards of his own, Ransom is devoted to his privileged new position. He’s also privy to the running of the realm and to all its courtly intrigues—notably, the machinations of the king’s three remaining sons, all engaged in a manipulative battle to become heir to the throne.

As Ransom is thrust into the middle of poisonous family conspiracies and betrayals, allegiances are shattered, and Ransom fears he may end up serving his worst enemy—or worse, face exile for demonstrating loyalty.

Drawing on his developing powers, Ransom takes up arms against the dark forces coming in a war that will test the limits of his courage and determine the fate of the dangerous and fractious Argentine dynasty.

In case you missed any of my posts last week, you can find them here:

  • Tuesday (5/4): (Sci-Fi ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Wednesday (5/5): (Fantasy ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • Thursday (5/6): (Women’s Fiction ☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | Long Walk Home by Ellyn Oaksmith
  • Friday (5/7): Book Blogger Hop

I hope you come back to see the following:

  • Tuesday (5/11): (Legal Thriller ☀️☀️☀️.5) Book Review | A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon
  • Wednesday (5/12): (Mystery/Women’s Fiction ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Thursday (5/13): (Women’s Fiction ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | The Girl I Used to Be by Heidi Hostetter
  • Friday (5/14): Book Blogger Hop

Thank you for stopping by this week. I look forward to chatting with you in the comments. 😊

21 Replies to “Sunday Post 25| Ventured Out Into The Real World”

  1. Glad you were able to get out and have some fun, Tessa! It sure looks like a good time. Enjoy your reads, and have fun getting ready for vacation! 😉

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  2. Congratulations. You entered midlife. Enjoy it because usually it doesn’t last very long. Let’s say maximum 5 years or so. After that you will probably be asked to help out with the grandchildren.

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    1. It really was. I didn’t realize how much I missed even being in the city.


  3. Happy Mother’s Day! I went to a pizza restaurant on Friday and ate dinner on their patio. I haven’t done that in over a year. It was weird to be in public without a mask. Enjoy the beach! Have a great week!

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  4. Your Charlotte adventure looked like a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to really getting out again. Glad to hear you’ll still be pampered for Mother’s Day. Enjoy!!

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  5. So pleased you were able to get out into the world and enjoy yourself with friends and without masks! 😃 Unfortunately it has been wet and cold here in the UK so not much getting out for me, however it did mean I read more meaning I was able to finish The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle AND The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier. 😁 Take care and happy reading in the coming week.

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    1. I love Daphne du Maurier! Hopefully you will see warming sunshine this week ❤️


    1. Thank you! I think just doing something normal lifted my spirit ❤️


  6. Glad you enjoyed your outing into the real world so much! Life is slowly returning a bit to normal. Whatever that may mean! A Good Mother seems good, it is strange to read books that have unlikable characters. It’s as if you don’t know who to root for.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and I hope you will have a good week ahead!

    Elza Reads

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    1. You definitely don’t know who to root for. It was a problem for sure which is a shame because the plot is interesting/compelling.


  7. Sounds like you had a blast at the stadium. Happy mother’s day to you! And I have been meaning to Jupiter’s Legacy too.

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    1. Normal feels really good after the last year ❤️. Have a wonderful week!


  8. So glad you were able to get out for some fun! And now you’re getting ready for the beach – so jealous. Thanks for the rec on the John Stamos show – hubby and I are enjoying it, and he’s a hard one to please with TV shows. I may have to check out Jupiter’s Legacy. Anything with superheros turns my head.

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    1. I’m so glad you all are enjoying Big Shots. ❤️ I’m not sure how I feel about Jupiter’s Legacy yet. It definitely holds my attention which is no small feat. I couldn’t be more excited about the beach 🏖

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