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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.
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Well I had a mixed week. Some great days visiting and being visited. Fitted in some reading of course and plenty of quilting.

However I have been saddened by all the rain north of where I live and the terrible rain and flooding, loss of homes and life in Auckland and surrounding areas. It is heartbreaking and I know this is happening in so many places. I think of the floods NSW in Australia has had. And many other places. Our weather sure has changed I believe.

What I read last week:

Sugar and Salt was good but did include a rape which would be a trigger for some readers. I did skip a little! Blackberry Summer was a reread and I revised my 2 stars up to 4 stars. Don’t know where my head was the first time I read it about ten years ago.

I just had a little more to listen to with Lady of Quality and Christmas atCopper Mountain was a novella on audio. So it looks a lot read but no – not really!

What I am reading now:

The Matzah Ball

And about to. start  listening to…

The Light We Carry

I have a couple of slow reads going on as well. The Winners by F Backman and My Reading List by P Conroy.

Up next:

Birds in the Air 

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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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And January Marches on! We have a long weekend in my region and when I was at the beach Sunday there were many, many people out enjoying the beautiful Wellington summer. They all mostly go back to work now and school will be back soon. Of course being retired, that doesn’t affect me but I still like it when everyone  is back doing what they do!

What I read last week:

I loved Spare by Prince Harry and have now passed it on to one of my sisters to read. Bookclubbed to Death is a review book.

What I am reading now:

Sugar and Salt

And my slow reads. The Winners by Fredrik Backman and My Reading Life by Pat Conroy.

Audiobook

Lady of Quality

Up next:

From my Kindle and a reread and … I two starred it! However I’ve read a later Hope’s Crossing book and really enjoyed it, so I bought the first three books in one, on Amazon and decided to go back to this one and just see. (I’d long given away my paperback copy!)

Blackberry Summer 

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Bookish Goals for 2023

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Month in Review

September Reading Round Up

Total books read this month:  14

Book Ratings

The Best is Yet to Come. 4 stars
Thank You for Listening. 5  stars
The Book Haters’ Book Club. 3 stars
Snowed in for Christmas. 4.5 stars
Flirting with Fifty.   4 stars
All is Bright.  4 stars
A Brighter Flame. 3 stars
The Italian Daughter 4 stars
Grace Under Fire. 4 stars
Murder on the Poet’s Walk. 4 stars
LowCountry Boil.  4 stars
The Bodyguard 4.5 stars
State of the Union 4 stars
Becoming Beth. Meredith Appleyard. 3.5 stars.

New to me authors:

Gretchen Anthony
Susan M Boyer*
Julia Whelan*

*Would read again

Top Print Book for September

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Top Audio Book for September

Thank You for Listening

Top Kindle Book for September

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Looking forward to reading in  October

It’s going to be just about all review books. My finger was trigger happy at NetGalley!  There is nothing that stands out, but they all looked good enough for my my finger to go “Read it!”

Review of Reading Goals  for September

  • read one or two off my shelf.  I did get one print and one Kindle book from my own shelf.
  • keep up to date with library books with my turn. Read three from the library.
  • Read the review books on my calendar.  Yes – done
  • Choose and start my slow and steady read. I chose Emma by Jane Austen and I am happy to say I am more than half way through it.

Main Reading Goals for October

  • Read the review books I have on my calendar
  • Continue with my slow and steady read – Emma
  • Maybe sneak in one off my shelf or a library book if necessary.

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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.
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Welcome in to another week of reading. I’ve been reading review and library books as both are a little ‘brimming over’ at the moment.  I am occasionally getting outside to walk as the weather improves, some days better than others of course. My viewing is piling up as any time I go that way its mainly to see what is going on in England with the death of the Queen and the new King. They do pomp and ceremony so well.

What I read last week:

Both great reads.

What I am reading now:

Another review book for a blog tour.

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Up next:

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Dewey Decimated.  Allison Brook

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Review

Summer at the Cape. RaeAnne Thayne.

Summer at the Cape

Published: Harlequin
Date: 12th April 2022
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

“As the older sibling to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter was always the odd sister out. The divide grew even wider when their parents split up—while the twins stayed in Cape Sanctuary with their free-spirited mother, Rosemary, fourteen-year-old Cami moved to LA with her attorney father. Nearly twenty years later, when Cami gets the terrible news that Lily has drowned saving a child’s life, her mother begs her to return home to help untangle the complicated estate issues her sister left behind.

Navigating their own strained relationship, Cami readjusts to the family and community she hasn’t known for decades, including the neighbor who stands in the way of her late sister’s dream, while Violet grieves the loss of her twin and struggles to figure out who she is now, without her other half, as the little girl Lily saved pulls her back into the orbit of the man she once loved.”

Summer at the Cape is a delightful read and I really enjoyed my time there. 

We meet two sisters Cami and Violet. Two sisters who don’t know each other all that well. When their parents split Cami was left with her Dad and Violet and her twin Lily went with their mother. Now Lily is dead and the family comes together to mourn her and honor her.

There is some drama and tension when Rosemary  – their mother hits a rough spot with the glam tenting experience she has set up is in danger when Franklin and his son seem to not want it. The land is leased from them and Jon thinks his father was taken for a ride.

As the story evolves so do relationships. Violet finds out that Cami is better than she thought. She grieves for her sister, and finds that a person she loved and lost might be found again. Cami too is finding an attraction in rather a surprising person, and even Rosemary and Ted their parents are about to surprise the girls too.

This story is about family, community and caring. It is heartwarming and charming and carries all the good things RaeAnne Thayne brings to her books.

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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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This weekend we put our clocks back, I really dislike that time of the year. I’d like to stay in one time or the other!

During the week I spent some time in the garden tidying up and in a fit spent a bit of money at the local garden centre to put into pots, just to brighten it up a little. I’d let everything go in the heat of summer. I also put a few greens into the vegetable garden. Maybe I might sow some carrots and see. It does get a bit cold in winter but I could try.

I’ve done a little viewing, got hooked into the Australian TV series The Newsreader and also started Season 2 of Bridgerton but need to set some time aside to seriously watch it through!!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

Summer at the Sunflower Inn

And still listening to listening to Rising Tides by Nora Roberts

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The Secret of Snow Last Week’s Posts

The Library    Bella Osborne

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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.
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Welcome in all. Well here we are certainly moving into Autumn, as many of you move into Spring. I’ve just spent an hour out tidying the garden. You’d hardly see where I’ve been but just pulled the last tomato plant and the bean plants.

I am happy to say my young great nephew is recovering well from Omicron and no one else in his immediate family got it, which is amazing.

What I read last week:

Great reading week! One audio finished and enjoyed, a cozy mystery full of yummy food, a romantic suspense with a very scary killer and a very good middle grade story set at beginning of WW2.

What I am reading now:

One from NetGalley

Summer at the Cape

And I am listening to…

A reread of a book I read years ago. Recently listened to the first in the series and loved it every bit as much as first time.

Rising Tides

Up next:

One from my print TBR.

Hana Khan Carries On

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Review

Sleigh Bells Ring. RaeAnne Thayne

Sleigh Bells Ring

Published: Harlequin
Date: 26th October 2021
Source: Publicist via NetGalley – Blog Tour

Angel’s View Ranch has always been special to Annelise McCade. Once upon a time, it was her family’s land, until her grandfather sold it to billionaire Wallace Sheridan. Now employed as the live-in caretaker, Annie is just trying to make it through the holidays with both her sanity and her niece’s and nephew’s faith in the magic of Christmas intact.

The six-year-old twins recently lost their mother, so Annie tells herself it wouldn’t be a problem to bring them to Angel’s View. Why should it be? The Sheridans haven’t visited in years, not since Wallace died. They would never know the twins were there…until Tate Sheridan shows up out of the blue two weeks before Christmas.

Crushed to learn that Tate is there to sell his grandfather’s property—and mortified that her secret guests have been discovered—Annie offers her resignation. But Tate asks them to stay and help him get the house ready for one last family Christmas before it’s put on the market.

Annie and Tate have three days to work their magic before the Sheridan clan arrives—and to work through the growing attraction between them. But Annie simply can’t fall for the man who will put her out of a job and a home. Still, the sparkle of the season is impossible to deny…and this Christmas has surprises in store for everyone.

Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne was a marvellous Christmas read. It warmed my heart, made me tear up a little with a mix of sadness and joy.

It has a cast of characters who all crept in turn into my heart. Those six year old twins Alice and Henry. Oh my. They have so much to deal with, yet their Auntie – Annaliese or Annie for short, may not have had children of her own, but she is just wonderful with them.

Then enter the Sheridan family. Returning to the ranch for one last time before Irene the grandmother intends to sell it now her dear Wallace has died, they fill the house and bring both joy and heartbreak with them. Wallace was someone who wasn’t there, but was! What a big heart and great foresight.

The ranch and town and sleigh rides all embodied the Christmas spirit. I loved seeing how they reached out and supported.

There is a facing up to tragedies of the past, and facing into the challenges of the now. And of course relationships develop in the romance way, but in all kinds of ways.

This is a Christmas book you won’t regret reading. Although you might regret having to close the book after the last page.

Buy Links: 
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Facebook: @AuthorRaeAnneThayne
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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.
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Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving – those who celebrate. I had my fairly usual week. I did watch the 2020 movie of Emma on Netflix. I really enjoyed it, seeing some  familiar actors. I thought Emma was portrayed well, not quite so sure about Mr. Knightley. However I haven’t read the book but now I think I will listen to it at some time in the future.

What I read last week:

I enjoyed Legacy on audiobook, January LaVoy is such a good narrator.  Roisin Meaney is a new to me author – Irish. I thought it was good and I’d certainly give another book by her a go.  Meg and Jo – a modern retelling of part of Little Women. Interesting take.

What I am reading now:

A review blog tour book.

Sleigh Bells Ring

Listening to…

One of the cozy mystery series I am enjoying and this is #5 and brings me up to date.

Death on a Shelf

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The Memory Quilt.  Lenora Worth

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