Happy 4th of July weekend! Because so many people had today off (or so it seems), it feels like the entire weekend is one giant ‘MERICA celebration with fun summer activities happening.
Yesterday, I spent most of my day around my apartment, but by 7 pm, I was on my way to the Rowing Dock along the Colorado River for some kayaking. Last year, I rented a standup paddleboard and paddled toward downtown to watch fireworks over the water! It’s truly one of the best ways I’ve seen fireworks.
This was my first time in a single kayak and although it was a tad more relaxing than the standup paddleboard, it was quite a workout! But, well worth it.
I’m hoping to have more time to read this weekend, but I did just finish the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club: “The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand. Here is the book’s description from Goodreads:
Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.
…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;
…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely than necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;
…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;
…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.
As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.
This is the fourth book by Hilderbrand that I’ve read — I love the way her books provide a light escape to Nantucket, and although there is always a little bit of drama and twists, nothing is ever too crazy.
This book did not disappoint and although this particular one isn’t a part of her summer series, I definitely think I should read it. I’d venture to say that if you’re a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ books, you’d enjoy Hilderbrand as well.
The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Side Effects May Vary” by Julie Murphy.
For the most part, I try to keep the content of this blog to things that I enjoy and can also better your life. While I am a passionate, political person, I know related topics are stressful and dividing.
But, I can’t ignore the things on my heart and as my platform, of course, I want to use it for good when I can. So, if you feel inclined, many independent bookstores around the country are donating a portion of their sales this weekend to help those detained at the border.
To see a list of participating bookstores, click here. I also saw that Book People is donating 20% of their online sales to the cause, so you can order from them no matter where you live. Our freedom gives us room to do better, and we need to do better for the innocent families trying to make the most of their lives.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend, whatever you’re up to!
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