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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 had a good reading week, happy with all the books I’ve read. Today I’ve decided to return one book to the library and may borrow it in the future if I feel like a sad read set in WW11. It is held in high regard by many readers and published this year.  I peeked at the end and noticed it had the same kind of ending as a book I read  last year The Stationery Shop  by Marjan Kamali, and I thought, you know what – I can take one book ending like that, but not another just at the moment!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

I am almost at the end of this and should finish it this Monday as my last book in August. I have really enjoyed it, I love that Downton Abbey feel to the kitchen where Kat the heroine is the cook back late nineteen century. I really like this cozy mystery series. I have NOT peeked at the ending of this one, tempting, I am a bit of a take a look at the ending reader, but being disciplined for this one!

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Up next:

A book I just bought today. More murder no doubt!
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Last Week’s Posts

Eyes on Books To Be Published

The Moon is Missing.   Jenni Ogden

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Meanwhile Back at the Library

Since my last library post I’ve been online again and lined up another five books on reserve. I seem to be getting my library groove on again. Might as well I guess.

And here they are….

I do want to read all of these.  They have been in my plan for reading, I was going to buy or listen to them but now the library is up and running so I couldn’t resist.  I will be endeavouring not to put any more reserves on at the library for awhile as I have the previous five from a couple of weeks ago.  They are all hard back or paperback. I don’t get ebooks from the library because mine doesn’t support Kindle. Anyway I have heaps to read on my Kindle!

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May Books I Want to Have Read Already!

Ah I love this time of the year when so many good books begin to publish, the kind of books I enjoy. These are five I have my eye on for certain. Fortunately or unfortunately – whatever may be the case for me they weren’t accessible to me on NetGalley because of my living location  down at the lower end of the world! On the great side a) I can support the author by buying the book and b) I can read them at my leisure.

I’d prefer them all in paperback but may have to go with Kindle in this Covid19 world. UK Book Depository say they are shipping, so no doubt they are, but are books leaving and arriving from and to ports. Hmm. I don’t know! Our bookshops are now selling online but would be very unlikely to have any of these, but I will check first of course.

I’ll let the covers and authors just stand for themselves with no comment!

 

Have you read or intend to read any of these?

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Review

Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky

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Blueprints
Barbara Delinksky
Published:  St Martin’s Press
Date: June 9th 2015
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 416
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The is the story of two strong women, Caroline MacAfee, a skilled carpenter, and her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. The day after her 56th birthday, Caroline is told the network wants Jamie to replace her as the host on their family-based home construction TV show. The resulting rift couldn’t come at a worse time.

For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn’t want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It.

For Caroline hosting Gut It is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. When her ex-husband dies, she is thrust into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there’s Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.

Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

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Blueprints by Barbara Delinksy was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and as soon as I read the opening pages I was hooked. Both Caroline and Jamie are smart, competent women, each very talented at what they do.  
Caroline is thrown by her possible axing of being the host of the home makeover show Gut It.  She senses it’s because of her age that Claire the snarky director is wanting to replace her with the younger Jamie.  This creates tension for Claire, she is very good at what she does, yet it would be her daughter who would replace her. She loves Jamie and they have always been there for each other. Suddenly their relationship is strained and Caroline finds herself at odds with her daughter. 
Jamie loves her mother, has been thrown by the sudden responsibility of caring for her step baby brother when he loses both his parents in a fatal car accident.  She then finds Brad, the man she is about to marry, isn’t keen on having a ready made son in the mix.  She meets a local at the park, a Dad with a son just a year older than Tad. He seems to offer support and a whole lot more  that Jamie soon appreciates.
Life becomes very busy for both women, it seems like their relationship is strained for ages, although in actual time it is not really that long.  Each one finds herself in a new situation, dealing with issues that are so important for them.  With the support of the men who love them, each one finds her way through the maze to something new and satisfying.  
Love for family, the bond between a mother and daughter, the enjoyment of passionate love with a strong partner, strong women competent at what they do,  all combine in this book to make it a downright pleasurable read. 
4 stars
Elizabeth over at Thoughts From an Evil Overlord has a giveaway for two copies of this book for USA residents. Hop on over and enter.  Well worth the win and the read.  Blueprints review and giveaway.