Total books read this month: 9
New to me authors:
Top Book for April
Looking forward to reading in May.
Incoming Books for April
Linking up with Nicole at Feed your Fiction Addiction
Linking up with Nicole at Feed your Fiction Addiction
Hope you are all still here hanging in with this pandemic. The best you can. Lock down is tedious but when you see the alternative then it makes me anyway want to go carefully.
The positive to come out of this for me is that I have got back into the habit of a daily walk which is good both for the body and the soul. And its my audiobook time as well so that has been back too. I still don’t settle into reading a book so well, I prefer to be doing, and that is mainly quilting which is so good for positivity and mental health.
I have almost finished these but a little ways to go. 700 pages or so! It’s good although I confess to skipping a few of the awful crime parts.
And my audiobook is almost there as well. The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Has anyone else been tuning in to Anne Bogel’s interviews with various authors – Stay at Home Book Tour. I think many of you would find some of your favourite authors. I’ve only listened to Kimmery Martin and Ariel Lawhon, but so many more I want to tune into. Such a great idea while we are all sheltering at home. I am sure its going to add to my TBR.
I hope you and all your loved ones are staying well. I find this book community so great for keeping informed with what is going on for everyone all over the world.
Delightful. I look forward to the next one.
Set in Australia as WW2 ends – how does a woman journalist fare?
I am also thoroughly enjoying listening to Little Beach Street Bakery. Oh my that puffling is so cute.
I need something fast paced and absorbing so I am back tracking in this series to read this. A publicist from Hachette NZ sent me this a few years ago when I read and reviewed one of the other Cincinnati series books. Now is the perfect time! Thank you Helen!
Published: Harlequin Australia
Date: 15th April 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Three women join the women’s land army in Australia during World War 2. The Land Girls introduces the reader to them and by the end of the book, each woman found a place in my heart and my very sincere admiration.
Flora is thirtyish and from Melbourne, she lives with her Dad, a brother who can’t go to war (Jack) and Frank who is fighting in the war overseas and they haven’t heard from him. A white feather given to her brother Jack on the street one day, decides Flora to join the Land Girls – her first assignment is picking grapes – hard work but she meets up with a delightful family. Slowly a relationship develops between Flora and Charles the owner of the farm but she is only there for a few weeks.
Lily is 18 from an Adelaide wealthy family, she has a sister a doctor working in the war overseas but Lily hasn’t found her own niche. She finds it hard to even learn shorthand and typing. She is in love with David who is going off to war. Taking up her courage she too joins the land girls – unusual for some one from such a family. She is sent out to a place north of Adelaide to pick cherries
Betty is almost 18, friends all her life with Michael next door, she is an only child and she too decides to join Land Girls when Michael joins up in 1942 when he turns 18. She starts this life picking grapes in Mildura, many miles north of Melbourne, on the edge of the outback. She is among 20 other girls. It’s hard work and Betty is homesick. One Sunday she meets Flora who gives her words of encouragement, that really help.
I loved the Australian setting, the realistic painting of what it was like to live in that time during war. The women who joined the land army worked hard, and it changed them in so many ways. How worrying though for them for the loved ones who fought overseas and often when bad news came, so heart breaking.
Victoria Purman had me fully invested in each woman, each story so real. I loved the way the woman put their hands up and contributed. The way they supported each other and developed such important and memorable friendships.
It’s been a little cooler here! I even put on some woollen socks on Saturday because I was feeling cold! And then on Saturday it was so cold I lit a fire, and I wasn’t the only one! Autumn has arrived for us. And we ended daylight saving, which as you know sort of knocks you around for a little while.
This week I watched three movies – which I hardly ever do – all old ones but I enjoyed them nevertheless. The Enchanted April. The Descendants and Moana.
Still listening to this – well into it now…
And picked up from TBR from books bought at book fair year few years ago. From the Rose Harbor series.
When Calla Maloney steps on the boat to Kangaroo Island, she’s filled with dread. Part of it is simple seasickness but the other part is pure trepidation. She’s not on a holiday but a mission: to track down her estranged brother, who she hasn’t seen since her family splintered two years before.
Firefighter Sam Hunter left the island twenty years ago and has made a habit out of staying as far away as he can get. But when his father’s illness forces him home, he finds himself playing bad cop to his dad and reluctant tour guide to a redhead with no sense of direction.
As Sam and Calla dig deeper into their long-buried family secrets, they discover that no one is an island and that opening up their hearts to love again might be the most dangerous thing they will ever do.
Anna is… unexpected… unbelievable… unstoppable.
Will what happened in Middle Point stay there?
Dr Anna Morelli rarely makes mistakes. But this one is big, bordering on huge. Somewhere between sunset and sunrise at the simple beachside wedding of two old friends, she’s cried in the ladies bathroom, danced to too many ABBA songs and survived the best, knock-your-socks-off one night stand in recorded history. Has she gone crazy? She’s supposed to be running from the disasters in her life, not creating more.
Award-winning journalist Joe Blake is back in Middle Point to lick his wounds after being dumped by his wife and sacked from his Sydney job on the same day. But after one incredible night with Anna, he finds he’ll need all his investigative skills to figure out why she won’t give in to their sizzling chemistry….
Nobody But Him
Published: Harlequin Mira Australia
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Local public library.
At the age of eighteen, Julia Jones left her hometown — the small beachside town of Middle Point — with a head full of grand plans. Plans for an exciting life in a town that didn’t involve a main street with one pub or a particular boy named Ryan Blackburn.
But after fifteen years and a lifetime later, Julia’s forced to put her career and big-city life on hold when she returns home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is exactly where she runs smack-bang into the town’s hero, Ry. As in Ryan Blackburn.
The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her! But instead, Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse.Soon, Julia’s ignoring her better judgement and diving into an ‘I’ll think about it tomorrow’ fling with Ry. But what she doesn’t realise is that tomorrow has a way of sneaking up on you…and that saying goodbye to her home town — and to Ry — is so much harder the second time around.