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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hello everyone, I hope you are all staying clear of the virus and everyone you know. It is indeed a tough time. We are almost two weeks here in a country wide lock down, they are not sure yet whether it is winning, but another week should tell. We are allowed to exercise in our own locality and only drive when it is for an essential service. Like most countries there have been some little scandals around this. Some people seem a) either think it’s a time to joke or b) its only everybody else who has to obey the edicts, they themselves are exempt!

I am probably listening to too much news but have been tapering off. I do enjoy Trevor Noah’s Daily Show and the people he has been interviewing. Bill Gates one was especially good.

I took time to watch the movie Wonder this week and thought it carried the spirit of the book which I loved.

We put our clocks back this week, as we head into winter. As usual it upsets my sleep patterns but I still like how it gives us more daylight hours. So count me as in favour!

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Books in my Future!

book cover This one I pre-ordered and I have an email from the Book Depository saying its on its way. Its by Irish author Carmel Harrington who has recently become an auto buy for me. I don’t really care what its about as I anticipate it’ll be good anyway. It says on the blurb something about perhaps size doesn’t matter. When this book will arrive? Who knows? I am not sure if we are allowing online stuff from overseas coming into the country. But I guess it’ll arrive sometime this year!

book cover I liked the first book I read by this author and I will certainly buy and read this one. Here is a bit of the blurb “In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.”  Paranormal – fantasy.

book cover I’ll need to wait until August for this romantic suspense book. There are big but very quickly read. This is #24. I haven’t read them all but this is #2 in the Sacramento books and I read the #1 of that plus the Cincinnati books.

This one publishes in June and I’ll buy it. This is the USA cover although mine will be the dark black international one. This involves a wolf and an Arrow. Can’t come soon enough. The Pay Changeling series is one of my big favourites in case you didn’t know by now!

book coverDoes this one need any introduction? Romantic suspense usually at its best with Nora Roberts. This one comes out in May, I may buy the audiobook of this one depending on the narrator. I don’t need to know what its about, I know it will be readable for certain.

 

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Month in Review

March Reading 2020

Total books read this month: 8

All worthwhile reads with two that were just that extra bit special. This is most likely the least I’ve read for a long time in a month. I think the signs of the times. Although I am settling a little more into my reading.

New to me authors:

Nancy Zieman

Nicole Meier

Top Books for March

Incoming Books for March

Purchased

Library Books

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From NetGalley

Audio Books Purchased with credits.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you are all hanging in there and keeping safe and well. It certainly is different times and perhaps it’s going to bring about changes in the future in the ways our world operates.  In the meantime we gotta live through this!

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The Sea Glass Cottage RaeAnne Thayne

First Quarter Top Reads

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First Quarter Top Reads

Top reads for me are ones that absorb me and that I really love the characters in the book. Usually I am reminded to about what it is to be truly the best kind of human. They bring me hope and inspire me. They might make me laugh or cry. They might make me stop and think. Also they often just plain entertain me.

In no particular order these are the ones I have loved in 2020 so far. I awarded them 5 stars. Links take you to Goodreads.

book coverIn this House of Brede was my first read of the year and a reread. It stood the test of time. While I acknowledge that this 1960″s classic is not for every reader, the close study of human character was what drew and held me. Set in a Benedictine convent in England.

Book Cover Diane Chamberlain did not disappoint me in this her latest book. Set in North Carolina Big Lies in a Small Town was my second read of the year! I loved this book. It held me in its thrall all the way through. There is mystery, challenge, injustice, racism and violence – but not too much, just a taste.

book cover It wasn’t until mid February that my next 5 star read presented itself. Again The Ten Thousand Doors of January  only for readers who enjoy a fantasy type story. Which I do from time to time. When I could hold this book in my hand I could see the wonderful cover. Will be the one to beat for me in 2020. The blurb says “Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.”
book cover Just an Ordinary Family by an Australian author. This one was all about family and secrets. I found it a really worthwhile and very must pick it up read. The characters were flawed and yet gained a place in my heart.

book coverThe Heirloom Garden is my most recent read and there will be a review further on. Only to say now I loved it and anybody who loves flowers will love this one. I think this is the second Viola Shipman book I’ve read and now he is a firm favourite. I have one sitting on my TBR shelf too which I’ll want to get into soon.

 

 

 

 

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Review

The Sea Glass Cottage. RaeAnne Thayne

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Published: HQN
Date: 17th March 2020
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

Olivia daughter of Juliet, is called home when Juliet falls and breaks a hip. They have already known hard challenging times as Olivia’s dad was killed in the line of duty in a fire. Her sister Natalie died of an overdose. When Juliet had so much to deal with Olivia took back stage and so there is a sticky mother-daughter relationship. Plus Olivia with some good reason has fears that are holding her back on making new choices around her work.

Juliet has parented Natalie’s daughter Caitlin, continued on with a very successful garden center and has another secret she isn’t letting on about to her daughter and grand daughter. Her neighbor Henry is a great friend and there might be something more there but Juliet is not going to allow it if at all possible.

Caitlin has found her mother’s and Olivia’s diaries and read them avidly because she wants to find out who her father could be.  Since reading the diaries she has been surly with Olivia because Olivia expressed some strong feelings as twelve or thirteen year old might.

Connor has returned to town as fire chief because his sister Mel and her three boys need a bit of support after a no good husband and father abandoned them. He and Mel have always been connected to the Harper family growing up and Mel is Olivia’s best friend.

So… there is plenty of things going on and the stories of each carry the plot along in a seamless way. And eventually everyone finds what they seek and new paths are chosen. I enjoyed the story and once everyone really communicated, difficulties were resolved.

A warm satisfying read with flawed but very well intentioned and loving characters who all deserved their positive ways forward.

author photoRaeAnne Thayne
New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern
Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors,
including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website.

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you are all coping. It sure is very odd times. I can’t quite take it all in. My country is today going into complete lock down and closing all except essential services.  A friend and I were laughing on FaceTime last night over the toilet paper spree and how when we were very young um… cut up newspaper was the go to.  I couldn’t cope with that now!!

Our library closes until further notice. I have a couple of books out. I’ve had to limit listening to the radio because they really like to go on about the government not moving fast enough. I think they are making people panic and its not helping – the radio people not the government! They criticise Jacinda Ardern our Prime Minister and her team, but I think they along with everyone else are doing their best.

Take care.

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Comfort Reads in These Times

As I find my anxiety ratcheting up in these rare times, I have looked at my books and wondered if I needed something really good to read that would engage me, what would it be? These are some I picked out, although there are many more I could choose.  My library is still open, unlike some around the world but of course that could change in a moment.

book coverPublished 2009. I really enjoyed this book, it was excellent. It is about four writers. One of them has her life fall apart and the other three come to her rescue. To help her they co author her book that must be written to meet a deadline. Of course no one else knows that. Each chapter starts with a wonderful little quote that are gems in themselves. It is extremely well written and once started fully engages the reader. As I was reading I found plenty to enjoy and ponder on.

 

book coverWritten in 1996. The last thing widow Althea Winsloe wanted to do was remarry. Unfortunately, her meddlesome mountain neighbors had other plans. So, one autumn night they banded together and gave Althea a shocking ultimatum: She was to find herself a husband by Christmas…or the town would do it for her!

I didn’t write anything about this book for review on Goodreads but I have a memory of it being so heart warming and beautiful. It would most likely be the book I’d pick first.

 

book cover Published 1996 as well. Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love Annie holds in her heart.

No review for this one either but the emotion of it lingers and that’s really what counts for me in a book.

 

book cover And one from 2017. Most likely any of Kristan Higgins books would do but this one for sure.
On Second Thought  was a read that I couldn’t put down. I came back to it any time I had, other things I thoroughly enjoy were put aside. I was totally hooked into this book, I laughed and at times a few tears slipped down from the sheer perfection of some of the relationships and how they worked out.

book coverPublished 2018.
Single mother, Ruth, and her son, DJ, have never truly fitted in, but that didn’t matter, so long as they were together. When their home comes under threat, their quiet life will change forever.
My review was very short! “Oh my goodness – I loved this book – it goes straight to the heart. Loved it, loved it!”

 

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What few books would you choose for a comfort read? Stay well everyone.

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The Grace Kelly Dress. Brenda Janowitz

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Published: Harlequin-Graydon House
Date: 3rd March 2020
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

The Grace Kelly Dress follows the timeline of three different women on the cusp of adulthood and marriage.  They are three generations of women and at the centre is a wedding dress made in the likeness, but not a knock off, of Grace Kelly’s dress. The eldest Rose is French and an excellent seamstress living in Paris and working in an atelier in 1958. She will eventually live in the USA.

After Rose marries her daughter Joan wears her wedding dress, and some adjustments are made, now Joan wants Rocky (Rachel) to wear the dress, but… it isn’t quite to Rocky’s taste. But can she tell her mother that? And what about Grandmère?

The story moves along in three timelines and is fast paced and often revealing little surprises along the way. Each woman has a love story that threads through,  yet  there are heartaches  and challenges for each that are painful to face.

While I liked each character and their story, for me there was not enough emotional depth to each character, I didn’t fully connect to their lives. There was too much happening, and so much had to be glossed over.

It is well written and if you like stories of generations of women, tradition and moving on, the joy of a wedding dress and high couture then this one could be for you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Photo of authorBrenda Janowitz is the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party and Recipe for a Happy Life. She is the Books Correspondent for PopSugar. Brenda’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Salon, Redbook, and the New York Post. She lives in New York.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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I had a slow reading week – I know not why! Anyway I did.

I hope everyone is staying well. Uncertain times. Take care everyone.

What I read last week:

I read this one, a sort of memoir of a very entrepreneurial woman who was courageous and hard working. It was interesting to see her grow up on a farm in the USA as she was just a few years younger than myself. (Unfortunately she died a few years back.) The book itself is a little repetitive and could certainly have benefited from some good editing.

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