It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

 

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

I’m also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

My mother is a pretty amazing woman, she’s in her early seventies but I never think of her as old. She volunteers in her community, she plays ukulele in a band, she leads a very active walking group (as in they walk up mountains), she and my Dad travel, and they have a full social life. She had a fall at home last week though, tumbling off a small step in her pantry resulting in three broken ribs, and a torn lung. She is okay, though still very sore of course, but I hate that she is hurt. 😦

Other than that, it’s been a relatively uneventful week here.

Tomorrow though, my oldest son turns 15…you can help him celebrate by leaving a comment on the special guest review he wrote, which will be published on Tuesday. Like me, my son is an avid reader, though epic fantasy and manga are his preferred genres. He writes Dr. Who fan fiction too, and has short stories already published in two books.

Here he is…all 6ft of him, he has short hair right now though, it was shaved off, along with his facial hair (which has already grown back), last month during an event for The World’s Greatest Shave = his team raised over $6000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Woman In Darkness by Charlie Donlea

Sixty Summers by Amanda Hampson

The VanApfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

Liar, Liar by Candice Fox and John Patterson

Hush, Hush by Candice Fox and John Patterson

 

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New Posts

 

Review: 55 by James Delargy ★★★★

Review: The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta ★★★★1/2

Review: The Woman in Darkness by Charlie Donlea ★★★1/2

Review: Devil’s Bargain {Red Letter Days #1} by Rachel Caine ★★★1/2

Review: Devil’s Due {Red Letter Days #1} by Rachel Caine ★★★

Review: Beloved Poison {Jem Flockhart #1} by E.S. Thomson ★★★1/2

Stuff on Sundays: Six Degrees of Separation 

 

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What I’m Reading This Week

 

‘Marriage isn’t always a bed of roses. And there are many ways to be a wife,’ the vicar informs the town …

It’s 1930, and as the Depression overtakes rural New South Wales, what it means to be a wife tests the four respectable ladies of Prospect to their very limit.

Louisa Worthington fled to the city ten years ago, pregnant, poor and under a cloud of scandal. Now she’s back – blonde and brazen – with her heart set on the married son of the town’s mayor.

Adelaide Nightingale, newly widowed and starved of romance, yearns for adoration, security and a version of herself defined by beauty not business.

Maggie Albright dreams of empire building, but is hamstrung by her over-cautious husband, who grows less handsome by the day.

Then there’s Pearl Fletcher, happily married to Joe, the district’s most successful sheep farmer, but protecting a secret that could tear their family apart.

And hovering in the town’s shadows is a ghost from their past. A man newly released from jail ruthlessly bent on exploiting the ladies’ hopes and fears to get what he wants. And what he wants is Louisa . .

 

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Odds of saving marriage – slim. Farming expertise – patchy. Chances that it’ll all be okay in the end – actually pretty good …

I wasn’t enjoying the afternoon of 23 February even before I learnt that my husband was having an affair …

The news of her husband’s infidelity comes as a nasty shock to Jenny Reynolds, part-time building control officer and full-time mother – even though, to her surprise and embarrassment, her first reaction is relief, not anguish. What really hurts is her children’s unhappiness at the break-up, and the growing realisation that, alone, she may lose the family farm.

This is the story of the year after Jenny’s old life falls apart; of family and farming, pet lambs and geriatric dogs, choko-bearing tenants and Springsteen-esque neighbours. And of just perhaps a second chance at happiness.

 

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Melbourne,1942

War has engulfed Europe and now the Pacific, and Australia is fighting for its future. For spinster Flora Atkins, however, nothing much has changed. Tending her dull office job and beloved brother and father, as well as knitting socks for the troops, leaves her relatively content. Then one day a stranger gives her brother a white feather and Flora’s anger propels her out of her safe life and into the vineyards of the idyllic Mildura countryside, a member of the Australian Women’s Land Army.

There she meets Betty, a 17-year-old former shopgirl keen to do her bit for the war effort and support her beloved, and the unlikely Lilian, a well-to-do Adelaide girl fleeing her overbearing family and theworld’s expectations for her. As the Land Girls embrace their new world of close-knit community and backbreaking work, they begin to find pride in their roles. More than that, they start to find a kind of liberation. For Flora, new friendships and the singular joy derived from working the land offer new meaning to her life, and even the possibility of love.

But as the clouds of war darken the horizon, and their fears for loved ones – brothers, husbands, lovers – fighting at the front grow, the Land Girls’ hold on their world and their new-found freedoms is fragile. Even if they make it through unscathed, they will not come through unchanged..

 

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East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

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A bizarre abduction. A body of damning evidence. A world of betrayal.

Eighteen-year-old Ellie Canning is found shivering and barely conscious on a country road, clad only in ill-fitting pyjamas. Her story of kidnap and escape quickly enthrals the nation: a middle-aged woman with a crazy old mother has held Ellie in a basement, chained her to a bed and given her drinks from an old baby’s sippy cup. But who was this woman and what did she want with Ellie? And what other secrets might she hide?

When the accusation is levelled at local teacher Suzannah Wells, no one seems more bewildered than Suzannah herself … to start with. The preposterous charge becomes manifestly more real as she loses her job and her friends. And the evidence is strong: a dementia-affected mother, a house with a basement, a sippy cup that belonged to her long-dead daughter. And Ellie Canning’s DNA everywhere. As stories about Susannah’s past emerge, even those closest to her begin to doubt she’s innocent.

And Ellie? The media can’t get enough of her. She’s a girl-power icon, a social-media star. But is she telling the truth?

A powerful exploration of the fragility of trust, and the power of suggestion, from the author of The Golden Child and The Mistake.

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Thanks for stopping by!

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tanya Atkinson
    May 06, 2019 @ 03:21:11

    Oh goodness, that’s terrible about your mom’s fall! I hope she recuperates quickly. Your son is a handsome young man… but maybe it’s the facial hair. 🙂 Kudos to him for helping raise money for such a worthy cause. Both The Land Girls and The Accusation sound very interesting. Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  2. Greg
    May 06, 2019 @ 03:40:31

    Oh I’m sorry to hear about your mom and her fall. She sounds tough though and I hope she has a speedy recovery! Also congrats to your son- how cool!

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

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  3. Lynn
    May 06, 2019 @ 03:41:43

    Oh, your mother’s fall absolutely sounds terrible! I hope she will get better soon!

    Love the cover of The Summer Before the War and the synopsis sounds interesting as well, I hope you’ll enjoy all the books you got!

    Have a great week!

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  4. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    May 06, 2019 @ 04:18:38

    So sorry about your mom! Hope she gets better soon. Happy birthday to your son and how cool he helped raise all that money. Have a great week!

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  5. Because Reading  👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🐱🐱🐶📚🍷 ☕️🎮 (@Limabean74)
    May 06, 2019 @ 04:33:41

    Sorry to hear about your mom 😦 I hope she gets back to walking up mountains soon! 🙂 Happy Birthday to your son! I hope he has a great day!

    Have a great week, ShelleyRae! Happy Reading!

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  6. Yvonne
    May 06, 2019 @ 05:06:51

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s fall. I hope she is doing well. Enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 06, 2019 @ 05:24:27

    All your books look great this week. I’ve read (and enjoyed) Summer Before the War. I’d love to look for When It All Went and Four Respectable Ladies, but I suspect that it will be a while before these come to the US. Why can’t publishers coordinate their publishing times between the US and Australia?!

    I’m sixty-two, and falling is one of my great worries. I fell last year and dislocated my thumb, and now I walk cautiously. I hope your mom recovers quickly and smoothly.

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  8. Beware Of The Reader
    May 06, 2019 @ 05:29:32

    This is amazing that your son loves to read and even writes fanfic! Now sorry to hear about your mom! I hope she’ll get better soon!

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  9. Kathryn
    May 06, 2019 @ 05:56:13

    Your poor Mum, and so easy to do unfortunately. And broken ribs – a big ouch. Did that once in my 30’s. So my sympathy goes to her. Will watch out for your son’s review, sounds like he is growing up strong. I really liked The Land Girls with its flavour of Australia. I have to say this again, so many Australian authors bring that Australian setting to life when they write.

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  10. Book of Secrets
    May 06, 2019 @ 07:16:32

    I’m so sorry about your mom’s fall! I hope she has a speedy recovery. Happy birthday to your son! My daughter just turned 14. Time sure has flown by. I’m not ready for her to start high school next fall.

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  11. awondrousbookshelf
    May 06, 2019 @ 07:20:46

    Sorry to hear about your mom’s fall. Hope she recovers soon. Happy week!

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  12. *Flora*
    May 06, 2019 @ 07:22:36

    I’m adding my speedy recovery wishes for your Mum too; she sounds like an exceptional woman. I’m happy to hear the reading bug has been passed down to your son, lol! I look forward to reading his review on Tuesday.

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  13. Sarah Sammis
    May 06, 2019 @ 07:38:24

    Happy early birthday to you son. My Sunday Salon.

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  14. thebookdisciple
    May 06, 2019 @ 08:37:02

    My mom is in her early 70’s as well and I always worry about her getting injured. She still works a full time job and everything!! Hope your son has a great birthday!

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  15. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    May 06, 2019 @ 12:53:42

    Sorry to hear about your mom! I hope she recovers quickly. It’s always nice when you share love of reading with a family member. Nice that your son has already had stories published. Hope he has a nice birthday! 🙂

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  16. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    May 06, 2019 @ 16:26:42

    You’re poor Mom! I hope she feels better soon, so she can get back to doing the things she loves! Your son sounds like an inspiration! I hope has a wonderful Birthday! Happy Reading Shelly 🙂

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  17. fictionalblonde
    May 06, 2019 @ 21:35:00

    So sorry about your Mom. I hope that your son has a great birthday. Have a great week!

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  18. lakesidemusing
    May 06, 2019 @ 21:49:46

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s fall. Hope she is back to her normal routine soon! You’re reading some interesting books this week. The Summer Before the War has been on my list for a while. Happy Birthday to your son, too!

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  19. Beth F
    May 06, 2019 @ 22:24:31

    Oh no! Hope your mom continues to improve. Happy birthday to your boy!

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  20. Vicki
    May 06, 2019 @ 22:57:35

    So sorry to hear about your mom, I hope she heals quickly! How wonderful that you son shaved his head and helped raise so much money for the Leukaemia Foundation! He sounds like an awesome young man! Happy Birthday to him!

    When It All Went To Custard, The Land Girls sound really good.

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  21. irena_bookdustmagic
    May 06, 2019 @ 23:09:25

    Ohh, I hope your mother will be feeling better and that she will get well soon!
    Also, happy birthday to your son. You must be proud!
    Have a lovely week!

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  22. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
    May 06, 2019 @ 23:15:13

    Oh wow, I truly hope your mom recovers and feels better. That must have been scary for her :/
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  23. Lisa
    May 07, 2019 @ 00:23:08

    Wishing your mother a speedy recovery! She’s sounds like a strong and wonderful woman. And happy birthday to your son! Have a great reading week — looks like you have some great books coming up.

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  24. Susie | Novel Visits
    May 07, 2019 @ 09:52:12

    Wow! Glad your mom is okay, but how scary. My mom is in her mid-80’s and I feel like it’s only a matter of time before some big fall happens and she winds up with a broken hip. She’s supposed to use a cane, but refuses.

    Happy birthday to you son!

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  25. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 07, 2019 @ 10:30:22

    Oh my goodness your poor mother!! I hope she is feeling better soon, how awful. 😦

    That is so great your son has already been published twice – that is awesome! And way to go on raising so much money.

    I am intrigued by Land Girls. We watched a BBC show about farming during the war years which was fascinating ( I think it was called War Farm? Can that be right?) and it talked all about the land girls. I loved learning about them. 🙂

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  26. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 07, 2019 @ 11:44:24

    I’m sorry about your Mom. My Mom is older and broke her hip in a fall in January. We don’t know if she will make it home again or not.

    It sounds like you are raising a fine young man. Have a great week!

    Here is my Sunday Post   

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  27. 15andmeowing
    May 07, 2019 @ 11:46:08

    I will check out your son’s review. My hubby and I are Dr. Who fans. 🙂

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  28. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 07, 2019 @ 12:01:12

    Sorry to hear about your mom. I pray she heals quickly. Happy birthday to your son. They grow up way too fast. Nice job earning money for the Leukemia Foundation.

    The wife book sounds great, but all the others do too. Hope you enjoy them.

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  29. thebookishlibra
    May 07, 2019 @ 13:21:15

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s fall. I hope that she’ll be on the mend soon. Happy Birthday to your son!

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  30. Katherine Nabity
    May 08, 2019 @ 03:57:04

    Wishing your mom a speedy recovery, and Happy Birthday to your son! Hope you have a great reading week!

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  31. 1girl2manybooks
    May 08, 2019 @ 11:35:59

    Hope your mum is fully recovered very soon! Also happy birthday to your boy 🙂

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  32. Vi
    May 08, 2019 @ 23:46:13

    Hope your mother will be well soon. It is awful when a loved one gets hurt and you can´t do much about it except for being there for them. Happy birthday to your son.

    Best wishes
    Vi

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  33. wickedlydeliciousbookblog
    May 10, 2019 @ 00:58:49

    Sorry to hear about your mom. Hopefully she feels better soon. Your son is handsome. Amazing his short stories were in a book. I seen his review and wish him a Happy Birthday but will do it again. Happy Birthday.

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  34. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    May 11, 2019 @ 17:49:31

    The summer before the war sounds like a book for my book club! I hope your mom is healing nicely. It’s so hard when older people fall!! ❤️

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