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More 2022 Books on my WTR List

Busy time of the year for books! These books have either already been published in 2022 or soon will be. They are ones I have organised in my online shopping in various places. If they are books I really like the author, I generally get a print book as I prefer reading in that format when possible. The first three will be print books, Viola Shipman’s will be a digital egalley and the last one will definitely go best on audio.

These all show my liking for women’s fiction with a bit of a mix of romance !

book coverFlying Solo Linda Holmes. I really enjoyed Linda Holmes previous book – Evvie Drake Starts Over so this is an automatic buy for me. “Smarting from her recently cancelled wedding and about to turn forty, Laurie Sassalyn returns to her Maine hometown of Calcasset to handle the estate of her great-aunt Dot, a spirited adventurer who lived to be ninety”

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The Emma Project.  This book is part of a series I’ve been reading. This one gives and Indian/American twist to Emma by Jane Austen. It’s a Rom Com and while that is not my favourite genre these books are well written and make a pretty  good read. So another buy book.

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Kristan Higgins latest book Out of the Clear Blue Sky is another buy. I have found her last few books a little issue oriented but still can’t resist giving this one a read. Some readers I follow have loved it and some are not so warm about it. So I’ll have to read it and see where I sit. Perhaps knowing that I haven’t been so keen on her recent books might make me read this one slowly and patiently.

book coverThe Edge of Summer publishes on the 12th of July. I am fortunate to have a NetGalley copy of this one but if I totally fall in love with it I know I’ll want to buy it as well. It’s about a woman seeking out the mystery of her mother who has just died and secrets that have as yet to be revealed. Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse. He has recently written a memoir I’d like to read too at some point.

book coverAn Island Wedding by Jenny Colgan. Well anyone who loves visiting the island of Mure will be waiting for this one. Looks like there are a few relationships happening and Flora and Joel are finding the going and hard and I can’t wait to see how Lorna and Saif are getting on. I love to listen to this series and so looking forward to it.

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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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Well I had a great reading week, that’s not surprising because every author on this post is a favourite of mine!

Hope all is well for you in these times of challenge for us all. Easter coming up is rather nice and a time to pause and appreciate life.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

The Becoming

And just starting to listen to…

The Wedding Veil

Up next:

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Spotlight on Summer Island by Brenda Novak.
Family Affair.   Robyn Carr
Books to Challenge Me
March Reading Round Up

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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.
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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

Breezy Books

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Breezy Books

An informal challenge I am doing this year through Emilie Richards Readers Facebook page calls for some sort of weather in the title of the book. So I decided to look at books I have read with some sort of weather in the title or ones I’d like to read.  I didn’t manage to get a lot of weather variety but let’s see. Of course the weather word might not actually be referencing weather but that’s quite okay by me!

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

This is sixth in the Outlander series and of course I have read it. Sitting on my shelves.

It is set in 1772 and the American Revolution is just beginning and of course Jamie is involved. But… through Claire of course, he knows how it will eventually all end.

Mind you I just read #9 in the series and they are still stuck in Revolution times!

Storm Echo This is the latest in the Psy Changeling series by Nalini Singh. Of course I want to read it. I’ll be pre ordering it. This is the USA cover, I’ll most likely get our cover.  Will be too late for the challenge but I thought it had a great weather title to fit in here!

book cover Of course sunshine is what we like in our weather.  A Bad Day for Sunshine is one I’ve read and loved.

Different but so entertaining. I thought ‘really weird’ as I began but soon I was really cheering for all the wacky characters. Plenty of family drama and little surprises.  I’ve read the next one as well, and let me tell you watching out for the next one.

Becoming Rain This is second in a series by K. A. Tucker and I’ve read the first one awhile back now. I want to listen to this one via audiobook.

It’s romantic suspense/crime and has good reviews from Goodreads readers I follow. Just need to get onto it. Could be for April but might not get to it.

The Secret of Snow And the one I am going to read for April and the Emilie Richards Readers Challenge is The Secret of Snow Viola Shipman. I bought it last year but it just didn’t get its turn. So now is the time.

Again it has great reviews, and as I am going into winter, the winter weather flavour is fine. Looking forward to it.

What’s a book with weather in the title that you’ve read and enjoyed?

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Eyeing some books out in October

Yesterday I had a very pleasurable time looking at books being published in the next three months. I was quite surprised to see I could easily fill five from October I’ll most likely pre-order. Another couple I have for review so I didn’t count them. Oh yes some happy reading times in the future. Now I am not looking at what I already have!!

So this could have been a Christmas connect but for the first one, which has to stay right here! I’ll delve into the paranormal/urban fantasy for Nalini Singh any day.

It could also be books published on October 26th. What is it with that date!!

Covers are linked to Goodreads in case you want to know more.

Archangel's Light#14 in a series. This is the story of Ilium and Aodhan, two angels that are delightful but have tough back stories. I am really looking forward to their story and I am guessing seeing their great friendship taking a new tack in this book. Out October 26th.

The Christmas BookshopWhat a cover and of course the title. This looks like a stand alone book. It involves sisters, a bookshop and some romance. And it looks like around Christmas and set in Scotland. Need I say more! Well its by Jenny Colgan as well!  October 26th

Christmas in Peachtree BluffThis is #4 in a series. I haven’t really read the blurb, the author is enough and the series as well, for me to say okay that goes on my buy list. Obviously set in Christmas season as well and will be a continuing of the Murphy women’s lives.  October 26th.


The Secret of Snow
Again the author is enough for me to buy this one. I again haven’t read the blurb. This is what V Shipman says…

“My new book, The Secret of Snow, is more than just my first holiday novel. It’s a deeply personal story of family, faith, forgiveness, overcoming grief and second chances. It’s inspired by the tragic death of my brother, Todd, at an early age, and how we too often run from loss and hide from grief at the holidays. ”  October 26th.

The Christmas EscapeAnd from Sarah Morgan! Again an author favourite. Set in Lapland during Christmas. Again haven’t read the blurb, I don’t need to. I’ll read the book when I get it.  October 26th.

Are any of these on your list, or what is one you want from the October books being published?

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Additions to my Bookshelf

In the last week five books have arrived in the letterbox. Always a nice surprise because there is a two to four week lag from the time I order to the time they arrive from England. So a surprise! By then I often forget what I have ordered .

To Scotland with LoveI have been meaning to try this series, and as their are quilts somehow involved a reason to give it a go. There a middling reviews for To Scotland with Love but might as well try it out.

Booked 4 MurderKatherine from I Wish I lived in a Library says this was a fun beginning to this cozy mystery series. As I was ordering books this one slipped in! Booked 4 Murder.

A Gentleman in Moscow

So many good things said about A Gentleman in Moscow. Did think of listening to it and may do that in the future as well.

Miss AustenMiss Austen has been in my Goodreads TBR for awhile, ever since Mary from the BookFan blog alerted it to me. I like an Austen book of some kind every so often.

The Hope Chest

I want to read all the back list of Viola Shipman, so added The Hope Chest to the basket. Now that I have it and read the back blurb I may just put off reading this one for awhile. I see one of the characters has ALS or known here as MND – a progressive degenitive disease. As one of my sisters has this, might be a little close to the bone at present.

Have you read any of these? If not, is there any one of them you’d pick up to have a look at? Titles are linked to Goodreads.

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Authors’ Back Lists

Sometimes a new to me author makes me want to think about what the author has written previously and I like to think about what I could read of theirs.

The GunkleI’ve been reading The Guncle by Stephen Rowley which is exploring some serious issues, mainly that of grief and loss but with some humour and great compassion. And the main character is so engaging.

It’s made me realise I’ll need to read another by Steven Rowley. I think my next one will be The Editor.

And then here are other authors who I have come across in recent years and am well into reading their back lists.

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I’ve now read quite a few by Karen White but I have some to go and I’d like to keep reading anything she has written and at the moment I am working my way through the Tradd St series, but I have others of hers to read as well.

 

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I have read the recent books by Viola Shipman but there are a couple of previous books that I’d like to catch up on. The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest.

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When I read my first Katherine Center book How to Walk Away I knew I’d want to read anything else she has written. I have read her recent ones and have a few of her back list still to go. So I have chosen my next audiobook by her and it is called The Bright Side of Disaster. When I like an author I don’t even usually read the blurb – I just pick it up and read!

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I picked this book by Liz Byrski, from a local bookshop based on the cover as you do! It brought me the happy acquaintance of a new to me author. I have since read I think at least one or two of her books and she does have a few back list books. I picked up three of them cheaply from the same bookshop recently. She lives in Australia and I think is of British origin. She writes women’s fiction and often has an older character in her books. She has a new one coming out in September I see. 

When I read a new author I don’t always start to note their backlist books. I guess it’s a good indication if I do, that I really liked their books. In the past I’ve found  author sand read everything by them. 

Who is an author that you have at present that you want to read all their backlist books?

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Review

The Clover Girls. Viola Shipman

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Published: Harlequin – Graydon House
Date:  18th May 2021
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

Elizabeth, Veronica, Rachel and Emily met at Camp Birchwood as girls in 1985, where over four summers they were the Clover Girls—inseparable for those magical few weeks of freedom—until the last summer that pulled them apart. Now approaching middle age, the women are facing challenges they never imagined as teens, struggles with their marriages, their children, their careers, and wondering who it is they see when they look in the mirror.

Then Liz, V and Rachel each receive a letter from Emily with devastating news. She implores the girls who were once her best friends to reunite at Camp Birchwood one last time, to spend a week together revisiting the dreams they’d put aside and repair the relationships they’d allowed to sour. But the women are not the same idealistic, confident girls who once ruled Camp Birchwood, and perhaps some friendships aren’t meant to last forever…

The Clover Girls is a thought provoking read. Viola Shipman writes about three girls who met at summer camp over the years and formed a rich friendship. But did it stay that way?

Each of the girls has their own life challenges in childhood and adulthood. Now three of them are back at Camp Birchwood faced with how they have become within themselves and with each other.

The story explores the theme of friendship, what helps a friendship survive and what brings about the demise of one. As you read it will have you reflecting on summertime camps (if you went to one) the friendships you have had along the way in life and what has happened to them.

The book has quite a bit to say about marriage, family, following dreams, staying true to yourself and really living. What truly matters?

An enriching read, a medium paced novel that leaves time for entering into the lives of each of the women, seeing the light and the dark, and the way each makes a journey that counts.

A story with some strong messages about women, life, politics and of course – friendship.

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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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I did get some good reading done earlier in the week and then…. I fell down the rabbit hole of quilting.  It’s really like books, I see all these patterns and fabric I want to get into, and of course I can’t do it all… but I want to! Rather like wanting to read all those books I just don’t quite make it to.

What I read last week:

Had a good reading week. Loved all the books completed.  The Ellery Adams book was audio and very good in that format. I’ll just have to keep going with the series as I will with the Debra Webb books. It had that fast pace I was needing.  I love women’s fiction but sometimes I need a change and that was perfect.

What I am reading now:

The Australian/NZ cover of this book. I am really enjoying it.  For review.

The Last Night in London

Up next:

I enjoy this Australian author and the book has come in from the library.

The Jam Queens
And I will start listening to
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Last Week’s Posts

The Summer Seekers.  Sarah Morgan

Another Generation of Readers

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Recent Books for Review

While I am endeavouring to keep review books to a minimum, if they are already on my 2021 list to read then it’s not easy to say no to them. And for these ones of course I said yes!

book cover The latest women’s fiction book from Rachael Johns – Australian author.  Published early May.

Felicity Bell has struggled to move on after her marriage broke down. Her ex has found love again, her children have their own lives, and it’s beginning to feel like her only comfort comes from her dog and her job as a taxidermist. So when Flick gets an offer to work in New Orleans for a few months, she’s drawn to the chance to make a fresh start.

I always enjoy her books so looking forward to reading it.

book coverThis is by Emilie Richards and publishes in July.  Its about two families, two women and lots of secrets. I don’t need to know anymore, Emilie Richards is an automatic read for me and I was delighted to have this copy as part of a blog tour.

book coverAnd a new book by Sarah Morgan and this one publishes in June. And of course I am very happy to read it for a blog tour. I like her books.

Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.

book coverI’ve listed this book before, it was already on my reading list for 2021 and so when I got an invite for the blog tour for The Clover Girls I might have danced a little inner jig.

It is about four women and their stories as they meet up again after knowing each other years before.

book cover I haven’t really read this author but the title has “quilting” in it so of course it was hard to resist, and I didn’t.

When Lark Ashwood’s beloved grandmother dies, she and her sisters discover an unfinished quilt. Finishing it could be the reason Lark’s been looking for to stop running from the past, but is she ever going to be brave enough to share her biggest secret with the people she ought to be closest to?

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