It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundaySalon #SundayPost

 

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

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And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

I still haven’t bought that bookshelf, my youngest son needs new shoes again instead. He is growing like a weed right now and has gone up two shoe sizes in last six months. It’s a ridiculously expensive exercise since at a minimum he needs four new pairs each time..school shoes, sneakers (trainers/joggers/runners), basketball boots (he plays three times a week), and a pair of casual shoes. I’m hoping this will be the last set for a while, he is only thirteen though so no doubt there will be more growth spurts to come.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Accidentals by Minrose Gwin

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen

The Burnt Country by Joy Rhoades

 

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New Posts

 

Review: Snake Island by Ben Hobson ★★★★1/2

Review: The Accidentals by Minrose Gwin ★★

Review: Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams ★★

Weekend Cooking: Margaret Fulton and Mini Pavlova’s

 

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What I’m Reading This Week

 

 

“It seemed simple at first – folding one lie over the next. She had become expert at feathering over the cracks to ensure her life appeared the same. But inside, it didn’t feel fixed.”

It happened the day of the Moon Festival. It could have been left behind, they all could have moved on with their lives. But secrets have a habit of rising to the surface, especially in small towns.

Two couples, four ironclad friendships, the perfect coastal holiday town. With salt-stung houses perched like lifeguards overlooking the shore, Lago Point is the scene of postcards, not crime scenes. Wife and mother Abbi, town cop Blake, schoolteacher Hannah and local doctor Will are caught in their own tangled webs of deceit.

When the truth washes in to their beachside community, so do the judgements: victim, or vigilante, who will forgive, who will betray? Not all relationships survive. Nor do all residents.

Sometimes, doing wrong can feel completely right…

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Following the disappearance of her mother when she was just a young child, Drift has been raised by her father, growing up to work alongside him as an itinerant cattle drover along the beautiful coastline of remote Western Australia. It’s a tough life, but nurtured and taught by two wise women – Wilma, a gentle travelling librarian and straight-talking Charlie, the legendary mobile saddler – Drift grows up to become a confident, idealistic young woman.

But the world Drift lives in can be ugly and brutal. After a horrific sexual assault, Drift meets a handsome young stockman, but he is not all that he seems and she is drawn into a baffling world of lies and mysteries, centring on a lushly beautiful property called The Planet, run by a wealthy American woman. When Drift’s father is hospitalised following a tragic accident and the young man she loves disappears, Drift has to find the courage to make her own way in the world. Drawing upon the deep well of women’s wisdom taught her by Charlie and Wilma, Drift has to overcome heartbreak, betrayal, loneliness and pain in order to forge her path, own her truth, and create the kind of world that she wants to live in.

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A year after her husband Leo’s death, widow Daisy invites her three adult children to join her for a holiday in beautiful Venice. It will be wonderful, her chicks under one roof again in their father’s birthplace. But is it possible to recapture the past?

Marc’s marriage is in jeopardy, but for his mother’s sake, he convinces his wife to keep up appearances. Anna’s trying to hide the truth about the dismal state of her London acting career; and Ellie, enjoying a gap year and uncertain about her future choices, wants to avoid family pressure to conform.

Despite the magic of Venice, family ties are tested to the limit, especially when a shocking secret from Leo’s past is revealed. Now everything they value about love, family, commitment and trust must be re-examined.

How can one family holiday require so much courage? Will Daisy’s sentimental journey make or break them?

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 00:41:32

    I like the look of The Day the Lies Began.

    I do recall having to constantly get new shoes for the kids.

    Enjoy your week!

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  2. Vicki
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 03:30:12

    I remember days of buying my kids shoes and how much they cost. I tremember paying $80 for a pair of sneakers for my daughter. Ridiculous!

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  3. Marti (Bookish Treats)
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 04:39:53

    Kids grow so much when they are in their teens! I remember my cousin was a totally different person each time I saw him since he hit twelve. Now he’s nineteen, and he looks pretty much the same as he did last year. Shoes are expensive! Hope he keeps these for a while. Happy reading!

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 07:05:27

    Looks like you had a good week!

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  5. Greg
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 07:13:52

    They grow like crazy haha! My wife’s nephew came over the other day and I hadn’t seen him in a while- he had grown so much and he’s only in middle school.

    Hope your reading is good this week. 🙂

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  6. kozbisa
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 09:08:41

    Gosh! I remember dreading the end of summer when my daughter was young, because it was when I always realized she grew again, and boys keep growing for eternity too.

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  7. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 11:50:00

    I do not miss those days with my two sons outgrowing shoes and clothes! My son now has two sons of his own and he will know what it was like.

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  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 12:30:44

    Doesn’t Meet Me in Venice look good! Thanks for sharing that one. I hope it will be here soon.

    Goodness! Two shoe sizes in six months is scary. My sons both shot up rapidly at those ages. That’s about the time I decided I needed to go back to work full time. All those shoes.

    Have a great week!

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  9. Kathryn
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 17:38:42

    Oh my I never thought about shoe buying for growing teens, that sounds somewhat horrific! I often see books by Barbara Hannay in the shop but have never read her.

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  10. Harvee
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 20:42:12

    Meet Me in Venice looks like a good one!

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  11. Beth F
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 21:23:30

    Oh gosh, keeping growing boys fed and clothed is crazy!!! Bookshelves can wait. 🙂

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  12. Susie | Novel Visits
    Aug 12, 2019 @ 23:53:33

    That’s a lot of shoe buying, but hard to avoid with growing kiddos. I recently bought 5 pairs of shoes in a single visit to Nordstrom and I still feel guilty about it, but am keeping all the shoes!

    Have a great week.

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  13. Mystica
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 00:36:54

    The setting of Venice alone is enough to draw me in.

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  14. Yvonne
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 01:30:09

    The Day the Lies Began sounds really good. Hope you have a great week!

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  15. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 01:31:28

    Oh no! I hope you get that bookshelf soon! The Day the Lies Began looks really good!

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  16. sjhigbee
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 02:24:56

    Urg! I recall that grotty phase when they grow almost as you watch them… it costs a fortune! I love the sound of Meet Me in Venice – what a fabulous setting for any story.

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  17. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 03:14:37

    Keeping growing kids clothed gets crazy expensive.
    Meet Me in Venice sounds interesting. I hope it’s a good one!

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  18. asreadbytina
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 03:38:01

    My son went through a growth spurt recently too. He’s 7 about to be 8 and he wears the same size shoes I do (I’m petite and he’s like a few inches shorter than me lol). It’s been so expensive trying to get him his shoes, he plays both football and baseball so he needs new cleats, new shoes for school and just causal shoes. It’s expensive.

    Meet Me In Venice has such a great cover and sounds so interesting.

    I hope you have wonderful week! Thank you for visiting my blog. =]

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  19. Kathy Martin
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 04:33:14

    These books sound good. I hate shoe buying. It seems like I can never find anything that I like and that is also comfortable. I do hope the growth spurts slow down enough for him to at least wear out the shoes before needing more. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  20. Literary Feline
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 05:19:18

    We had to buy a couple of new pair of shoes for my daughter yesterday, and I know what an expense that was for us–I can only imagine what four pairs must put you back. Especially when you need specific types of shoes.Your upcoming reads all sound good! I would like to check out The Day the Lies Began especially. I hope you have a great week!

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  21. Colletta
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 05:30:47

    I think both of my girls’ feet have stopped growing and luckily they wear the same size shoe as I do! I hope you have a great reading week and stop by if you get a chance:

    https://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2019/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-81219.html

    Colletta

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  22. Sarah Sammis
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 09:51:57

    Our Stop sounds good. My weekly updates

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  23. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 13:12:06

    Children grow so fast! My mom would always buy shirts a few sizes up, but we can’t do that with shoes! I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

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  24. Books In Bloom
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 14:31:32

    Ohh, the ones you are reading now sounds interesting!

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  25. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 07:30:50

    The Day the Lies Began looks awesome! And kids and shoes! I was just making the list of things my kiddo needs, and my mind was blown. Lol.

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