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I had major dental surgery a few days before COVID-19 struck. Afterwards, I was really under the weather and not reading much, mostly listening to audio books. It’s now been two weeks after surgery and while I’m not 100% yet, I am on the mend. There was a complication during surgery that leaves me having to be on a liquid diet for at least 2 months. Combine that with the stress from COVID-19 and people hoarding groceries, finding things I can eat is a challenge. The good news is that I’m losing weight…the bad is that I didn’t plan to do it this way!

I decided not to do full reviews for the books that kept me company these last couple of weeks, but they do deserve mentions. (My brain was so foggy for a few days that I don’t even remember some of them). If you are looking for something light that will take your mind off things for a bit, you might find something in here you’ll like.

As for reading going forward, I’m going to take it one day at a time. There are days when I admit the stress of isolation and the news in Colorado, the United States and the world get to me. The health and financial status of my immediate family members is also a weighty concern. I will read and review as I am able, and probably will stay away from anything too heavy. We all cope in different ways. After this post, I’m going back to killing a few monsters in my current favorite MMO to relieve some stress!

  • Twisted Threads by Lea Wait — B+. This was an unexpected surprise. I really liked it and plan to read more in the Mainely Needlepoint series.
  • Make Mine Magic by Shanna Swendson — C. Years ago, I read the author’s Enchanted, Inc. series and loved them. This one fell a little short of my expectations.
  • Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews –A. I’d forgotten how much I like this author’s books. I read a few years ago. There is a lot more to this book than it would appear from the description. I recommend this one if the story line appeals to you.
  • The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman — B+. I’m still working my way through this series. I liked this installment. Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Series.
  • Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman — C-. This was not a favorite. It felt like the entire book was created to pave the way for getting a character out of a rut. I’ll find out if I’m right when I read the next one. Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series.
  • Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas –B-. I enjoyed this enough to want to listen to the next in the series. Thank goodness for library downloads. I listened to this via Hoopla. The Ravenels series.
  • Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case — B+. I fell in love with Kristen Painter’s books in her Nocturne Falls series. This series also takes place in that town full of supernaturals and I want to read more! The books are light-hearted and fun. Jayne Frost series.

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