Book Connections

Celebrating 2021 Reading

And so 2021 reading comes to a close. And so some observations.

        1. In 2021  I read 151 books.  I set out to read 100. Between 100 and 150 is my normal, and feels about right for my reading pace. Screen Shot 2021-12-31 at 7.03.52 AM
        2. I think of that 151 about 27 were audiobooks. I had a good year in audiobooks and enjoyed them from both Audible and Libby – which came into play in September and meant I cut back to one credit a month at Audible. As Audible now has quite a few books in the Audible Plus section for members that gives even more possibilities.  So many great narrators. Sandra Burr, Dick Hill,Mia Gaskin, Katherine Kellgren, January LaVoy, Brittany Pressley… to name but a few.
        3.  I am a reader who once I find a good series, I generally stay faithful to it. And in 2021 t was no different. I continued with some, finished a couple and started a few new ones. So some of the series I am into, not all! Mary Marks finished her series and is no longer writing. I started the Haunted Library and Anna Lee Huber series and am all caught up. I’ve read some of Karen Rose but am now committing to going right back to the beginning.
        4. Last week I looked at new to me authors, so here I’ll mention some of the “old faves” authors I again read in 2021.

      5. And a small observation to end the year. I started out intending to read…book coverBut its still sitting on the sideboard with only a few pages read. But… I did read and enjoy

      And I set off looking at the life and times of Jane Austen on You Tube, seeing where she lived etc. I will want to read some more about her and I will get to Pride and Prejudice and then Emma, but learning some of the way women lived in those times will enable me to better understand her books.

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Year in Review

My Year in Books 2019

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Goodreads reads

Cover Love

I think I like those blues and summer feel!

 

Most Surprising

Why? It’s a male author and I rarely read them. The cover is uninviting. The book is such fun and the heroine, a seventy something, is amazing. The writing is wonderful and while the story moves reasonably slowly it is still totally engaging.

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New to me Author to Love and Read More

Australian author Fiona Lowe.

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Her next one comes out soon and I intend buying it. Eyes on you bookshop in February!

Some Favourite Reads of 2019

There are a few more but I can’t go on and on.

First book in a Series I want to read more

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Best Book From A Series

To be honest all the books from my loved series were great, however I have a special love for the pay/changeling series so I will choose this one that came out in 2019.

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Top Audiobooks

 

Diverse Book I Loved

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Middle Grade Love

I just have to do a reread of Okay for Now by the same author. I left that book in my classroom when I retired from teaching. Now I need it again!

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YA I Need to Read More From

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Not For Me

Star ratings

 

Review

The Hero by Robyn Carr. Review

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The Hero by Robyn Carr
Harlequin Mira
 27th August 2013

Pages: 384
Format: e-arc
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads.

In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees to a place where they would be safe and secure.  She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is certain it can’t be worse than what they have left behind.  Her plan is to escape to somewhere they can be invisible.  Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town, with a willingness to help someone in need.

Spencer Lawson knows is widowed and has a young son. He’s not looking for anything else. Instead he has thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point’s high school football coach. Tough and demanding on his team, off the field he is gentle and the kind of man who might heal Devon’s heart.

Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it….. and sometimes you find a hero.

My thoughts:
Firstly I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in a day.  Devon’s story was really interesting and she was every bit the heroine in this story.  A young mother in need of people to support her at a crucial time in her life, she arrives in Thunder Point where she is taken in with open arms.

Yes Spencer does get involved with her, we met him in the previous book, and on the whole he comes through for Devon.  However, in my opinion he is not the hero in this book.  Someone else is!

Cooper and Sarah also feature in this book and their story is carried through to an interesting conclusion.  I had expected a little more to happen with their relationship, before lose ends were tied up.

I was delighted to see Rawleigh Goode come more to the fore and take on a more significant role.  He has become a favourite character of mine, so the way the book played out with his story, was a very satisfying aspect for me.  Certainly hidden dimensions to this guy.  For my pickings – he is the hero of this story!

I liked the little bit of action at the end of the book, it just gave the story a little more to the quiet small town story.  It also gave the hero time to shine, although in my opinion he was very much the hero from the get go.

In conclusion I am a big Robyn Carr fan.  I like her characters, her settings and her plots.  She has a mix that when I sit down to read one of her books, I know I am settling in for an entertaining read.

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Review

The Wanderer Robyn Carr

The Wanderer.
Robyn Carr
Published March 2013.
Harlequin.
384 pages.

Goodreads Summary.
Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands. 

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. 

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.


A new series begins by Robyn Carr.  I loved her Virgin River series, and was loathe to leave the place.  This place didn’t quite wow me as much as Virgin River, but I think it will grow on me.  I enjoyed the story and the characters were believable and endearing.  The romance side was slow to get going but I rarely rate a book on that alone.

It will be interesting to see how this series develops, and I am sure the reader will meet Cooper again as hopefully he will play a role similar to Jack in the Virgin River community.  I will have to wait to find out!  Waiting eagerly!  I am a sucker for Robyn Carr books. Love just about all of them.

5 stars