Review

A Madness of Sunshine. Nalini Singh

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Publisher: Hachette Australia
Date: December 5th 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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One chapter into a Madness of Sunshine I thought to myself “Nalini Singh has nailed it!”  What has she nailed? The setting – it is so west coast South Island New Zealand. Reading into it I got that same feeling within when I fly in from overseas and see the hills and I know I am back in “my place”. As well as drawing for us the picture of the atmospheric west coast in all its beauty she is also able to give us the darker side of it.  I also loved her use of Maori words, often she doesn’t give any translation – although  in other places where it might be more difficult to intuit the meaning she gives a little added hint.

It is a murder mystery, a thriller really. There is a murder and some possible cold cases. I hate being in suspense, I am the kind of reader who will peek at the ending, but this time I didn’t. I changed my mind a few times about who it was. Just when I made up my mind something was placed before me to  doubt that decision.  This is not a fast paced action novel but rather a painstaking step by step sorting through the gathering of details. With the type of murder and the culprit finally exposed I just thought it is so true and reminded me of recent court cases that have taken place in recent times here in New Zealand. Chilling and yet real.

Two of the main characters are in this small town with secrets and dark backgrounds of their own. We have Will who is a police officer who has come to this small west coast town. I very much liked his caring approach to those he was there to protect. He was an excellent detective but had a case go wrong on him. Anahera has returned to her home place after her husband has died. She escaped from Golden Cove many years ago. Her life experiences have contributed to making her into a strong, compassionate woman. Slowly Will and Anahera work together to bring peace and justice to this twisted situation. And they learn to trust again, forming a very positive relationship. But note, the relationship is not centre stage, it’s the murder and mystery that takes that.

It’s good! I do prefer Nalini Singh’s paranormal novels but … she has a talent for this kind of a story. I highly recommend it.

As an aside I was interested and delighted to see  New Zealand bookstores placing this book on their front tables. It has had good publicity on the radio as well. Nalini is a New York Times best selling author – but because paranormal is not widely read she goes under the radar. Her writing is so good she deserves to be to the forefront. I hope books like this raise her profile here!

A great review for this book can be found over at Caffeinated Reviewer – for the audiobook version. I notice Nalini Singh even included a quote from it in her recent newsletter.

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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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Well just a little reading accomplished. I have other distractions – its been a busy week, and satisfying. I have also got into some viewing – I am loving The Crown. I like how they are portraying Charles but I think they have the Queen too severe. She has more of a sense of humour. I have also started watching Virgin River which is based on Robyn Carr’s book series. Loving it and of course we have a kiwi actor playing the lead role of Jack which is a plus. I think he suits the role.

I don’t have a smart TV. I kind of am reluctant as I dislike replacing usable equipment with the latest. However I did need to purchase a new iPad earlier this year and I find it great for watching Netflix on, so I don’t have to go to the bother of linking up my computer via a cord.

What I read last week:

Sarah Morgan writes a wonderful Christmas appropriate story.
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What I am reading now:

Not too far into this one, but have been immediately pulled into it.

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And I did start up listening to my audio again – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I think its a little dark for this time of year so I have sort of just not picked it up. But getting back to walking will help with that. I stopped walking because I was getting such a pain in my hip – not a bad hip but muscular. Been to the physio and have been doing some good stretching which is really helping.

Up next:

This review book which publishes in January.

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Stay. Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date: December 3rd 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde tells the story of Lucas a fourteen year old boy with lots going on around him. His parents who yell at each other, his friend Connor next door who is morose and has family parental things going on as well. Lucas has a brother Roy, away in the war in Vietnam. And that’s not a pretty story. What is a boy to do? Out in the woods one day he meets some dogs by a cabin and runs with them daily. And so he meets the owner of the cabin – Zoe Dinsmore who has a whole tragic history he has to find out about.

Zoe is a rather prickly woman but… she knows things and does something neither Lucas’ or Connor’s parents do.  But that’s after Lucas does something for her.

The story is told by Lucas looking back at his life from the age of about sixty four. The story shows how Lucas has learned what is important in life, and throughout the story there are many places that are pithy little pointers about living a life with integrity.

The story explores friendship in many forms – same age and an older/younger person and brothers. It explores choices made, guilt and loss, people’s judgemental attitudes, and the awful effects of drugs and war.

It was  refreshing to be with Lucas  as he endeavours to understand his world around him. To experience his first girlfriend and be wise enough to see within to who she really is. To see how he cared and went the next step even when he was discouraged by others.

It is a heart warming read, with a theme of hope even in trying circumstances. Can the people Lucas comes to love stay, can he stay with what he can control and let be what he cannot. A thought provoking story.

Month in Review, Review

November Reading Wrap Up

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Total books read this month: 8

My lowest total for a month for a very long time. However it most likely fits into my new mindset of reading slower and not rushing a book.

Authors Come From

USA: 6
Ireland: 1
New Zealand 1

New to me authors:

Nan Rossiter
Betty Smith
Denise Hunter

Reading Challenge Update:

I haven’t moved ahead in the challenges and at this point that’s okay.  Challenges will mostly be a non happening for me in 2020. I think I have reached my fill! Maybe one or two though next year!  I am a goal oriented person but sometimes I think its good not to reach a goal and admit it!

Top Book for November

The Things I Should Have Told You. From Irish author Carmel Harrington. Another 5 star read from this author who now just can’t write fast enough for this reader. A grandad who dies leaves letters for his son and wife and two children to read and he organises so that they take a trip through Europe guided by his letters. The family has various issues and this trip is about to shake them up – in a good way.

I loved this book, the family – the journey – Pops and his letters. I read every word – no skimming. Its warm, funny, emotional and real. I am not a “let’s take a trip” kind of person but this was so inspiring. I loved the map at the beginning.

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Looking forward to reading in December

This review re- issue written by Emilie Richards book Runaway, the first of a romantic suspense trilogy set in New Orleans. Will be published in January. I love when favourite authors get the rights back to their books and it gives me an opportunity to explore books I never knew of to read. This involves a librarian who is searching for her missing sister.

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And a new book coming out by Robyn Carr

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Incoming Books for November

Purchased

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Linking up with Nicole and Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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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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Well I know! It’s December, so hard to believe. My reading is still slow but still getting a little done. At present I am watching cricket on TV and writing this post. Other things are getting in the road of reading!

Hope you have all recovered from your Thanksgiving celebrations and had safe travel if you had to take transport.

What I read last week:

Only book I read this week, and it was very good. Because it was a rather noir mystery/suspense I decided to leave Celine by Peter Heller to a little later.
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What I am reading now:

So I chose this lovely Christmas book that has been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks waiting for the right time.

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And no advance with my audiobook, I sure need to pick it up again and get going with it!

Up next:

I intend making a choice from one of these according to my mood at the time….

I’ll pick after finishing my present read.

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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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I didn’t complete a lot of reading this week, I think there must be a little end of year “off my reading” operating. Plus TV and summer sport!  Hope all those who celebrating Thanksgiving had a blessed one. Such a great celebration I think.

What I read last week:

Stay is for review. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was sad reading in lots of ways. Poverty was really tough and the family had hard times for sure.

What I am reading now:

About to start reading this mystery/suspense novel.  It is set in the South Island of NZ so will be interesting to see how I cope! Sometimes  books set in my own country don’t quite get there for me. But as Nalini lives here too it should be good.

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Still listening to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

Up next:

Possibly this one. I saw a persuasive review on Instagram for it so I will give it a go.

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All Fired Up.  Lori Foster

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All Fired Up. Lori Foster. Blog Tour

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Publisher: Harlequin
Date: 19th November 2019
Source: Publicist  via NetGalley

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All Fired Up by Lori Foster is part of a series. However it reads well as a stand alone, and soon draws the reader into the feisty Crews family.

Mitch comes to town looking to start anew, and link up with his two half brothers. It is news to them that they have another brother, and their reaction to Mitch is not what he expects. Jack and Brodie’s mother – Ros also relates to him in a way he doesn’t expect. For a long time he is bewildered by it all. To cap it all he finds himself very attracted to Charlotte, the woman who lives with Ros and is treated like a daughter and a sister.

Mitch has had a really hard life and very difficult upbringing. He shares the same father – Elliott with the two brothers and has had a very different experience with him. Mitch’s mother was a total hopeless case and Mitch had an upbringing you would not wish on your worst enemy. Now he is dealing with someone who is out to get him, in the most sinister of meanings. He has upset a drug dealer who is after him.

I loved this family, the feisty, independent women, the alpha males who were totally loved and ignored by their women. Animals play a large part in the story and my heart was totally stolen by Brute, Mitch’s dog. The only time I lost a few tears was a scene that had Brute in it. Dog extroadinaire.

Mitch shows that a tough upbringing doesn’t have to define you, that family can matter and stand with you and that you can be independent while being interdependent. A totally good story with a  very satisfactory ending. I am a sucker for them!

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Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.

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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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Not much going on here which I guess is good. The Crown drops on Netflix I think by today so that will give me something to watch. Hope you all have a great week as we steadily read through November!

What I read last week:

Both very enjoyable reads.

What I am reading now:

I have started this one and it will be an ongoing one for awhile as I won’t rush it. I know many of you have read it or heard of it, but I only heard of this one, this year. I am liking it so far. Sort of pulls you in.

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I am also now on my way with the audio of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and enjoying it.

Up next:

I’ll be starting this on most likely tomorrow and have a couple of reads going!

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Lake Season   Denise Hunter

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Lake Season. Denise Hunter. #TLCBookTours

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: 12th November 2019
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Lake Season is the first book in a new series by Denise Hunter set in Bluebell NC. A family of three – two sisters and a brother work to bring to reality their parents dream of opening a bed and breakfast place near a lake. Unfortunately their parents  never could realise the dream themselves as they lost their lives in an accident.

Molly the elder of the girls is a book lover and swoons whenever she hears the name of a certain male author. Unbeknown to her said author is struggling to meet his latest deadline and is in her town looking for a muse and inspiration. But… he keeps his identity secret and writes under a different name. Both of them have a few family issues, yet on the whole are well adjusted young people.

As they put the final touches to the house a letter from the sixties is found in the wall. (The building in one of its former lives was a Post Office). This letter sets Molly off wanting to find out about Lizzie and the man the letter was written to.  By this time Adam (the author) has arrived at the bed and breakfast and he helps. And so begins a journey that will led them to some surprising news and as well, along the way they grow as people.

So there is a pleasant setting, a mystery, some identity deception and kind warm hearted characters. The story pans out satisfactorily and of course – happily! Those looking for a gentle, heart warming romance would certainly enjoy this book.

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Other book reviews from the Tour.

Tuesday, November 12th: Bewitched Bookworms

And tomorrow

Thursday, November 14th: Run Wright

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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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A quiet reading week! I didn’t even start my audiobook, I love a lot of silence and I just need to get started then I’ll get into it!

I went to the movies again this past week which is unusual for me but that’s the way it is. I went to see JoJo Rabbit directed by Taika Waititi – he plays the imaginary HItler in the movie. I thought it was well done, I am not sure whether it is showing overseas. It was in the Toronto Movie Festival earlier in the year.

What I read last week:

Carmel Harrington is my new favourite author. I can’t see her books in the shops here but thanks to the Book Depository I get to read her. Tells a good Irish story and this one will be on my top favourites for the year.

What I am reading now:

One I bought recently.

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And hopefully I’ll get started on The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek!

Up next:

A review book

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Meant to be Yours.  Susan Mallery

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