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 oldest son turned 15 this week! He wanted me to thank you for your birthday wishes, and your lovely comments on his guest review. Here he is with the triple choc birthday cake I made him.

I hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day weekend. My mother is doing much better after her injury but I still haven’t been able to visit her between my lingering illness and still having no car, hopefully soon though. Our day was quiet, my husband went to Archery as usual, the kids mumbled Happy Mother’s Day during their respective semi-somnolent forays into the kitchen for food, and that was it.

I’m watching Lucifer with hubby on Netflix in the evenings, and binge watching Grace & Frankie once he goes to bed. It’s hilarious, and completely to blame for me not getting through my reading list this week.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Four Respectable Ladies Seek the Meaning of Wife by Barbara Toner

When It All Went to Custard by Danielle Hawkins

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The Accusation by Wendy James

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New Posts…

 

Review: Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: A New Beginning Vol 1 by Jody Houser, Artist: Rachael Stott

Review: Sixty Summers by Amanda Hampson

Review: The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

Review: Hush Hush {Harriet Blue #4} by Candice Fox and James Patterson

Review: Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by  H.P. Wood

Weekend CookingSixty Summers in Six Dishes with Amanda Hampson

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

The Bronx, 1958.

The Policewomen’s Bureau isn’t respected within the Department, even as it handles those cases only a woman’s touch could solve. Marie Carrara, a young officer with the 44th Precinct, has joined the few women stepping away from the select matronly duties available to female officers to take up series cases. With courage and a stiff upper lip when undercover, Marie is dispatched to grim and scary situations, using her air of innocence and others’ prejudice against her to take down degenerates and sex offenders. Despite the violence of her job, the sexism she faces daily, and a rocky marriage waiting for her at home, Marie is determined to make a name for herself within the NYPD and be the role model her young daughter deserves.

With the support of Marie Cirile, the real-life inspiration for Marie Carrara, author Ed Conlon combines the true stories of her time on the Job with his author’s flair to create an exciting story, worthy of the best silver screen police movies

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Once I was the poster boy for corporate success, but now I’m crashing through the bush in a storm in search of a missing pig. How the hell did we end up here?

Todd and Jeff have had enough of the city. Sick of the daily grind and workaday corporate shenanigans, they throw caution to the wind and buy 100 acres in the renowned Hunter Valley wine region, intent on living a golden bucolic life and building a fabulous B&B, where they can offer the joys of country life to heart-weary souls.

Todd will cook, Jeff will renovate. They have a vineyard, they can make wine. They have space, they can grow their own food. They have everything they need to make their dreams come true. How hard can it be?

(I won this, and had it signed for my mother for Mother’s Day, but I’m going to read it first)

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The Tides are a family with many secrets. Haunted by the events of one tragic day a decade ago, they are each, in their own way, struggling to move forward with their lives.

There is Dora, the family’s youngest daughter, who lives in a ramshackle London warehouse with her artist boyfriend. She is doing a good job of skating across the surface of her life, but when she discovers she is pregnant, she finds herself staring back at the darkness of a long-held guilt. Dora’s mother, Helen, is a complicated woman whose relationship with her family has always been turbulent, while her father Richard has cobbled together a life that bears little resemblance to his boyhood dreams. And Cassie, Dora’s long-estranged sister, has cut off her family entirely, it seems.

When Dora arrives at Clifftops, her family’s rambling home on the Dorset coast, it seems that Helen might finally be ready to make amends for her own part in the tragedy. But what Dora soon discovers is that the path to redemption does not rest solely with her mother. Can family crimes this damaging ever really be forgiven?

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Sarah and Hannah are on a cruise from San Diego, California to Sydney Australia. Sarah, Hannah’s grandmother, is returning to the country of her birth, a place she hasn’t seen since boarding the USS Mariposa in 1945. She, along with countless other war brides, sailed across the Pacific to join the American Servicemen they’d married during World War II.

Hannah is the age Sarah was when she made her first journey, and in hearing Sarah tell the story of her life, realises the immensity of what her grandmother gave up.

The Passengers is a luminous novel about the journeys we undertake, the sacrifices we make and the heartache we suffer for love. It is about how we most long for what we have left behind. And it is about the past – how close it can feel – even after long passages of time.

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Thanks for stopping by!

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 13, 2019 @ 02:42:39

    The cake looks good…and I LOVE Grace & Frankie. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  2. Yvonne
    May 13, 2019 @ 06:15:14

    Happy Birthday to your soon! I love Grace & Frankie, too. Great show! Hope you have a great week!

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  3. Beware Of The Reader
    May 13, 2019 @ 06:30:33

    Hahaha I identify so much with you having the kids “mumbling” their happy mother’s day!!!

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  4. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    May 13, 2019 @ 06:39:58

    Hope both you and your mother feel better! I love binge watching shows that make me laugh.

    The Police Woman’s Bureau looks interesting. Happy reading! 🙂

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  5. Bryan G. Robinson
    May 13, 2019 @ 06:41:08

    First, glad your son’s birthday and your Mother Day weekend went well. (I’m checking out his review now…was that one of the free comics for Free Comic Book Day? It looks like it might have been. Our library participated.) My wife loves/loved Grace and Frankie. I have yet to watch it, but some day…one last thing: love the phrase “respective semi-somnolent forays.” 🙂

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  6. A Voracious Reader
    May 13, 2019 @ 08:46:18

    Happy birthday to your son! I’ve only seen bits and pieces of Lucifer, but he’s so adorable I want to watch from the beginning. My hubby and one of my sons watch it and they love it. I’ll get to it one of these days. lol

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  7. Greg
    May 13, 2019 @ 10:22:18

    “semi somnolent forays into the kitchen for food” lol- is that the truth or what? Hope you had a nice Mother’s Day! 🙂

    Triple chocolate cake sounds pretty good!

    Hope your reads are good.

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  8. thebookdisciple
    May 13, 2019 @ 10:39:46

    Happy Mother’s Day!! And that cake looks delicious! Lucky boy!

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  9. Mystica
    May 13, 2019 @ 12:27:25

    I like the sound of the Tide family and the Passengers books. Hope your Mum improves fast. Belated birthday wishes to your son.

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  10. Sarah Sammis
    May 13, 2019 @ 15:33:56

    I’m watching Lucifer with my husband and son at night when they have time. We’ve managed two episodes so far of the latest season. House of Tides looks good. My weekly update

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  11. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    May 13, 2019 @ 17:13:57

    Belated Happy Mother’s Day!

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  12. Kathryn
    May 13, 2019 @ 17:37:52

    I noticed the Danielle Hawkins book everywhere and in the shops. I most likely won’t get to it but hope you enjoyed it.

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  13. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    May 13, 2019 @ 21:57:56

    Helga! Who can resist that title! The Police Women’s Bureau too sounds really interesting — I need that one in my life!

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  14. jolenewilsonblog
    May 13, 2019 @ 22:19:56

    I have heard great things about Frankie and Gracie but have yet to get to it. Glad you had a nice Mother’s Day too. I went for a walk, read, took a nap, and went out for ice cream with the family. Enjoy all your books! They look amazing. Have a great week.

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  15. Susie | Novel Visits
    May 13, 2019 @ 22:55:31

    I love that you’ll read a book before giving it as a gift. I’ve done the same thing quite a few times. That book has quite the title. I’d want to see what it’s all about, too!

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  16. lakesidemusing
    May 13, 2019 @ 23:04:26

    I laughed out loud at the title Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga! Glad you and your mother are both on the mend, and your son’s cake looks so good.

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  17. Kendra | Kendra Loves Books
    May 13, 2019 @ 23:17:24

    The Passengers looks like a book I would enjoy! I hope you have a great week!!

    ~ Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books

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  18. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    May 13, 2019 @ 23:37:13

    Sounds like a fairly quiet Mother’s Day on your end. Peaceful is good! And hopefully there was leftover birthday cake. 🙂

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  19. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 14, 2019 @ 00:03:07

    Don’t we all secretly wish we could buy a bed and breakfast and have a vineyard and grow wine? It sounds like a wonderful story. I wish it were available here in paperback at a reasonable price. Maybe soon….

    I definitely remember those Mother’s Days during teen years. It’s a little sad, because we always remember those years when they felt so much joy in our presence. It’s okay. One day there will be grandchildren.

    Have a great week!

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  20. awondrousbookshelf
    May 14, 2019 @ 00:25:50

    The house of tides seems very interesting! Happy Reading!

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  21. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 14, 2019 @ 00:26:54

    Happy birthday to your son. They grow up before we know it.

    I’ve struggled with Mother’s Day the last couple of years. When they are little, they are so happy to make breakfast in bed and special presents, but as they get older they don’t even want to get out of bed and barely mumble Happy Mother’s Day. Good thing they usually come around later in life.

    The House of Tides and Passengers seem right up my alley. Hope you have a great week.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-may-13.html

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  22. Lynn
    May 14, 2019 @ 00:32:51

    I’m glad to hear your mother is doing better!
    I love Lucifer but still need to watch season four. Grace and Frankie is such fun! I need to continue that as well!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  23. Beth F
    May 14, 2019 @ 00:58:20

    Happy birthday to the boy! The wine and pig books sounds fun.

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  24. Kathy Martin
    May 14, 2019 @ 02:24:15

    Now I want cake! Great looking assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  25. Patty Magyar
    May 14, 2019 @ 05:50:24

    You read so many books in a week! What a great cake. Did everyone love it?

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  26. Patty Magyar
    May 14, 2019 @ 05:51:00

    I kind of need a cake like that, too!

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  27. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    May 14, 2019 @ 11:36:34

    Happy birthday to your son! That cake looks yummy. Have a good week!

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  28. thebookishlibra
    May 14, 2019 @ 12:40:45

    Happy Birthday to your son! And yay for Grace and Frankie. I love that show so much!

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  29. 15andmeowing
    May 14, 2019 @ 23:27:59

    Happy Belated Mother’s Day! I am glad your mother is improving.

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  30. alisbooks
    May 15, 2019 @ 01:14:53

    Happy Belated Birthday to your son!! My oldest turned 18 this past week. We had his 18th/Graduation Party all together. You blink and their grown!

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  31. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 15, 2019 @ 01:52:43

    I’m glad to hear that your mom is doing better! 🙂 And I love Grace and Frankie too! Such a great show.

    The House of Tides looks wonderful!!

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  32. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 15, 2019 @ 09:01:25

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. Enjoy your books and shows!

    Here is my Sunday Post   

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