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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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So here is what I am reading or planning to read. In terms of viewing I watched season 4 of Doctor, Doctor which is an Australian TV series and a load of fun, plus I love the scenery. Some of the characters are rogues but loveable ones! In my research to see if there is going to be a season 5 I found out that overseas this is called The Heart Guy!

Apart from that not much. Just the usual you know, a brothers and sisters fish and chip night, bit of Covid drama and an earthquake that woke the country at 2:30am and a possible tsunami that didn’t happen. The usual political carry on, especially by the haters of our PM. I think we are all familiar with that.

Yes, I will most likely watch the Meghan and Harry – Oprah interview. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for them but prepared to listen.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? March 1st.

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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 here we are in March, hope you are all okay. It is great to be able to visit around readers’ blogs to see what you are doing and how you are.

I am fine, finding our summer weather just a tad hot for me! Covid wise it’s fine although when we find a case everyone in the country has levels upped. So on Saturday night an alert on my phone told me we were going to L2 where I am which means no groups bigger than a 100. So that cut church out for Sunday as we just don’t have it when we go to L2. In Auckland they are in L3 because that is where the breakout is. They have no school, work at home etc. I guess most of you are familiar with that. It is at this stage only for 7 days. Next Sunday might find me at church again!!

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Review

All I Ever Wanted. Lucy Dillon

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Published: Hachette NZ
Date: 29 November 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 406
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Hachette NZ
Rating:
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Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time. But then, one February morning, everything changes, and Nancy stops talking.

Eva is forty-four, nearly fort-five. She didn’t expect to be the third wife of a semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. It was the love of a lifetime for them both – until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone.

While Nancy’s parents negotiate their separation, the question of weekend contact is solved when Patrick volunteers his siser Eva’s house. It’s plenty of room for her to get to know a niece and nephew she’s barely met.

The fortnightly presence of two children in her peaceful, grown-up home initially drives Eva to exhaustion, but as spring turns to summer, a trust slowly forms between an anxious little girl and a woman who realised too late that what her soul years for is the love of a child.

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All I Ever Wanted is a book that drew me in and had me hooked into the lives of the various characters in the book. 
Nancy is a small four year old, full of life, until she makes a wish that comes true, and she is so traumatised by it she stops speaking. She is a sweet little thing and I love her relationship with a dog.
Joel is ten and it seems like he bounces of the wall at times. He exudes energy and enthusiasm. Sometimes that lands him in small time trouble. Yet he is kind and thoughtful and always has an eye out for his young sister Nancy.
Patrick is their Dad, we aren’t given his point of view in the book so at times it was hard to get a read on him. He certainly has his annoying qualities and at times I was ready to totally despair of him. Yet these qualities were balanced by others that redeemed him, and so I was holding an open mind for him – just!
Caitlin, his wife and mother to Nancy and Joel, I found equally frustrating. At times she was rather in my view irresponsible and while she rightly resented some things about Patrick, she still had faults of her own that needed some attention. Yet she is a wonderful mother and her children are at the centre.
Eva is Patrick’s sister, widowed after a shortish marriage, she is just beginning to re-evaluate her life and to see what she wants now. I loved her the most, and along with her two dogs – Bumble and Bee – she is very integral to the story. My favourite scene in the book involves her and the dogs. Won’t give away who else is there as well!
All the characters develop in the book in satisfying ways. All of them could be your next door neighbour. They weren’t idealistic amazing people, but like you and me, facing the challenges thrown at them, sometimes well and sometimes not.
It was my first time reading a Lucy Dillon book, and I will certainly be very happy to read  other books by her. 
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