Top Ten Tuesday

Things That Instantly Make Me Want to Read a Book


Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl.

So many reasons to pick up and read a book. And I miss out on some from  being human and not able to read all my eye beholds.
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A newly published book by a newly loved author, these days there are just about more than I can keep up with. And they keep growing, for example I think of Abby Jimenez, I totally loved The Happy Ever After Playlist so I want anything she has written.

And then of course all the old auto read authors I have on my list. Even if I might have been a bit disappointed in their last book I still want to read them.

If a book is set in Scotland I’ll certainly want to at least read it or take a really good look at it.

Or if it is set somewhere that appeals to me like Nantucket. Or any kind of beach sounding read.

Talking of settings I always fall for a book set in a bookshop or a library and will most likely want to/have to read it. Or its main character is a novelist.

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If I read a blog review of a book and it has some elements I really like then I really want to read it now even though I have so many to read.

If I know it is a HEA or a HFN well that moves it up the list. I really need to read those kind of books that have hope and positivity in them. But it does have to have a bit of meat to it and really interesting characters.

The book is part of a great series and I just have to know what is happening next. As soon as it publishes I am there for it.

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If its contemporary, about characters down in the rough, but ready to get up and fight there way back, then I am all for it.

A book that everyone is talking about, it might be a huge reader favourite and. even if it doesn’t sound like me I want to try it to see if it could be. And yes I haven’t read this one…. but I want to try it.

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Riverbend Gap Denise Hunter

Riverbend Gap

Published: Thomas Nelson
Date:  19th October 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard.

She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite their best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them.

As they grow closer, Katie shares secrets from her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother.

Riverbend Gap is a warmhearted Christian romance about family and love. Family that has been dysfunctional in the past for some characters and family that is healthy and whole and loving.

Katelyn is wounded by her past but someone who is making a good life for herself. She has come to Riverbend Gap for a specific reason, dear to her heart and her past. When she is welcomed into the Robinson family’s circle she delights in it. Avery Robinson is her best friend, Gavin is the man she is going out with and Cooper is the brother she actually finds she is falling for! Awkward!

Riverbend Gap is a town along the Appalachian Trail, and I found myself reaching for a map to show me its amazing extent. Riverbend Gap people look after those who walk along the way and they also rely on them to bring their town to life.

The plot moved along nicely, the characters were great, the tensions felt real and the mystery of a  little bit of deceitful play as Cooper vies for Sheriff added interest.

And we got our hard won happy ending.


It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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 well. Time moves on. I was out for a walk and passed a tree that seemed not so long ago had beautiful autumn leaves all on the ground. Now full of new leaves and spring blossom.  Yesterday I planted some beans, might be a bit too early but will replant if these don’t sprout.

What did I do with the week gone by? Well read of course. I will keep going with the Patience Griffin series as I quite enjoyed the first one.  And totally engrossed in the Debra Webb suspense one.  My main sewing machine is not back but I do have a back up one I have been using so some patchwork and quilting!

I watched Delta Covid numbers go up in the Auckland and northern areas on New Zealand. The government have let go the elimination strategy, Delta is too catchy! Plus the underworld elements can’t keep rules so govt is endeavouring to play catch up with vaccinations.  We have our share of course of people with weird ideas and also “not going to be told what to do!” You know, the two year old element in society!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

All About Ella.   Meredith Appleyard

Five Books From Five Shelves

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Lake Season. Denise Hunter. #TLCBookTours

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: 12th November 2019
Source: TLC Book Tours via NetGalley Banner



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