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Sunday Matters: Doing the Best We Can

Sunday Matters

One good thing about being home all the time is that I have a lot of time to read. In the beginning, I could not focus and stopped trying but now that there is more of a routine established, reading has been my saving grace. I just keep those books coming. As soon as I turn that last page I go right into another. Even if it’s late at night. It’s working for me and helps with mental health because if you spend too much time thinking about the world around you then it’s too easy to find yourself falling into a hole.

Right Now:

My day is pretty much wide open except my daughter has her second driving lesson with an instructor later today. They used to come to your home but now they are requiring us to be at the school (which is closed) so I will need to drop her off there for her lesson.

This Week:

Senior registration is this week but it conflicts with my daughter’s musical theatre intensive so for the first time ever, she’ll do the make-up registration the following week.

I have a backyard meetup for youth ministry mid-week. Just to check in with other leaders but our plans for fall are up-in-the-air at the moment. We have some options but not many of them work for my group.


I finished and reviewed The Second Home and The Safe Place. Both, were on my summer reading list, so for once I am making progress with a list.

I started another book on my summer list, Truly Madly Guilty. I am already halfway through it. I like Moriarty’s writing. Her books are so easy to fall into.


I am back to watching Hoarding and Lakefront Bargain Hunt. Mindless TV is all I want right now. Watching Hoarders makes me want to throw everything away. Haha.

Grateful for:

  • Shrimp tacos (a perfect food)
  • Really good lemonade
  • A clean smelling home (I spend so much time home now)
  • T Swift’s new album Folklore. It’s SO different and mature

Every week I ask you how you all are but not many respond. I suspect we are all floating in a pool of ennui.

Review: The Safe Place

The Safe Place

The Safe Place 
By Anna Downes
Minotaur Books, 9781250264800, July 14, 2020, 368pp.

The Short of It:

A surprising read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Rest of It:

The cover hints at something sinister going on and yet I could not for the life of me figure out what until very late in the story. It kept me guessing and I really enjoyed how it all unfolded as I eagerly turned each page.

Emily is a young, struggling actress who works temp jobs just to get by. One morning she shows up to work only to find out that she’s being let go. She can’t make the rent, her bank account is depleted and now this. What she doesn’t know is that Scott, the boss who just decided to let her go, has other plans for her.

He offers her a live-in position caring for his wife and daughter at his home in France. Included in the deal is a car, a bank account with plenty of spending money and a beautiful place to call home. This is the answer to Emily’s dreams and after a few weeks with the family she discovers that she loves this family and has really grown attached to their young daughter, Aurelia.

As the story unfolds, Emily becomes concerned. Something isn’t right and there seems to be many secrets that Nina and Scott are keeping from her. At one point in the story I was seriously creeped out!

I really enjoyed The Safe Place. I read it in just a couple of sittings because the story starts with a bang and right out of the gate you want to know what’s going to happen next. I am loving these kinds of reads during these COVID times. If you need a quick, riveting read to get you through the day, pick this one up.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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