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Books Read from my Shelf in July

I’m aiming this year – 2022, to read five books of my print shelf each month, and I have already achieved that for July.  Three were from 2022, one from 2021 and one from 2018.

NightworkAbout one quarter of the way through Nightwork I was ready to fire this book into the “get rid of pile” and concede I’d made a buying mistake. A hero who is a thief just didn’t wash with me.

But Its Nora Roberts! Plus at this point I read Debbie’s review at The Reading Frenzy and that sort of encouraged me.

And within a few more lines I was hooked. The plot turned a little, I became more involved with the characters and I increasingly liked this thief. And what a gifted one at that. Only 4.5 stars though for giving me a “poor start.” Which probably says more about me the reader than the book, but there you are!

book coverI so wanted to love it, but Out of the Clear Blue Sky did not provide me with the reading I desired. Everything is going down the drain and very little of it is uplifting. The main character Lillie is a hot mess of a victim who does some downright retaliative mean and nasty things. I think they were meant to be funny but I thought they were so sad. Melissa the “other woman” has very little going for her, although there is a little hope she might improve. Lillie is a homemaker for sure and I guess she and Ben will one day be a great pair, but we just had to read and read all the whiny victim stuff. KH has been up until now an automatic buy, now I will most likely read the next one, but will be via the library. And hubby? Well what. a wet blanket! Best characters – the dogs! Cover does not relate to the book at all.  2.75 stars.

book coverBirds of a Feather by Australian author Tricia Stringer drew me in well at the beginning and then ensnared me in the day to day lives of three women. One in her seventies, one mid life and one the mother of two young children. They find themselves together and slowly some sincere and important relationships are formed. As well as that each of the three share and come to terms with what has been eating at them from the past and enables them to embrace their futures.  4 stars

A delightful book, With Love From London was one that is both full of love and loss, so both heart warming and tinged always with a sense of sadness. If only relationships could have worked out perfectly, but no. However what lasts, lasts and in a way in the end love wins. Plus a charming bookstore, books loved and a bookstore cat. Good reading.  4.25 stars.

book coverAn enjoyable story set in Scotland and involving a manor and a teashop and some fun characters. It has family and romance and new beginnings, nicely told, warm and cozy. The cover is especially delicious and does match the book! 3.75 stars.


15 thoughts on “Books Read from my Shelf in July”

  1. Thanks for the heads up on the Nora Roberts book. I’ll probably go the audio route with it and I will remind myself to stay patient if I get bored. I think I’ll definitely skip the Kristin Higgins book. Other than the dogs everything you describe in this one would drive me crazy. The Sarah Jio is on my TBR and now I need to add A Room at the Manor. That sounds like a fun one!

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  2. Kathryn, I love your book reviews!  I felt exactly the same way you did about Nightwork; I didn’t want to read a book about a thief, but he was such a nice guy!  I have a friend who moved to CT and knows Kristan Higgans and encourages me to read all of her books, but this one sounds like one I can skip.  The other 3 books sound good, especially Love from London, so they will go on my TBR list.  Thank you. Judy Zell

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    1. I think you’d enjoy Love from London. Yes skip the Kristan Higgins book this time, she has written so much that was good but this one did not win me over. I ended up loving Nightwork – he was a nice guy indeed!


  3. I’m glad you enjoyed most of these books, Kathryn.
    My first KH book was very good but then the next one I tried had elements that I didn’t care for. And when I saw there was a common thread of those elements in her books I stopped reading them. It made me a little sad because I really enjoyed her writing style.
    Alas you make me want to run out and get these titles!! 😀 But I know they’d get lost in my toppling tbr pile. 😔 I’m so behind in my reading. My brain right now is 🤦🏽‍♀️.
    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your reviews.

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