Sunday Spotlight

It is a sad truth that I have a number of unread books on my shelf, a few are probably destined to remain unread not being of any particular interest to me, but I honestly hope to read most eventually. So, until that day, I’ve decided to choose three unread books at random from those backlist titles to spotlight on the fourth Sunday of every month.

Please let me know what you think about the titles, and feel free to share your links in the comments if you have reviewed them.

(Covers are linked to Goodreads)



Achilles? Because…?’

‘Obsession of mine. Half man, half god – and his own worst enemy.

My kind of man.’ He laughed.

Istanbul, Turkey 1955

Benedict Hitchens, once a world-renowned archaeologist, is now a discredited – but still rather charming – shell of his former self.

Once full of optimism and adventure, his determination to prove that Achilles was a real historical figure led him to his greatest love, Karina, on the island of Crete and to his greatest downfall, following the disappearance of an enigmatic stranger, Eris.

He has one last chance to restore his reputation, solve the mystery of Eris and prove his Achilles theory. But it is full of risk, and possibly fatal consequences…

In her breakout novel, Meaghan Wilson Anastasios weaves an action-packed tale of honour, passion, heroes and thieves across an epic backdrop of history.




He knows he’s innocent. She knows he’s a killer. Who do you believe?

In the shadow of a mountain in small-town Tasmania, a woman named Ana is watching the clock, marking the days until she ends her life.

The strange, reclusive daughter of the local pariah, that’s how people will remember her, when they remember her at all. No one will mourn her, she reasons, not really. Not even her faithful dog River. The only thing she’s waiting for is the opportunity.

But then, on the very day she planned to end it all, the police find the body of local woman Rebecca Marsden. And for Ana, that changes everything. Because Ana was the last person to see Rebecca alive. Because Ana thinks she knows who killed her. And because Ana has decided to keep him for herself…




A modern-day Gatsby tale of forbidden love, family secrets and the true price of wealth.

The story begins with a dinner party invitation. When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man’s eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions.

Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.

Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives — and the lives of everyone around them — forever.

Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a sparkling love letter to Los Angeles and a captivating journey beyond the golden gates of its most glamorous estates. Timeless, romantic and utterly absorbing, it is a mesmerising and poignant exploration of life’s unexpected riches.


You are welcome to post your own spotlight of course, leave a link in the comments if you do.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Aug 25, 2019 @ 12:02:53

    I loved The Honorable Thief! Think of a cross between Indian Jones and James Bond and that’s Ben. He thinks he’s pretty good looking and he loves the women. I also enjoyed Lonely Girl. It was a bit strange though good for a debut.

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  2. Greg
    Aug 25, 2019 @ 15:30:48

    The Honourable Thief sounds really good, I love historical books like that, and so does Lonely Girl. That one sounds suspenseful!

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  3. natflixandbooks
    Aug 25, 2019 @ 22:57:04

    Ugh, I have SO many books that I haven’t read. The Guilded Life looks super interesting. Hope you love them all!

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  4. Trin Carl
    Aug 25, 2019 @ 23:09:30

    Lonely Girl, sounds fab and a Gatsby tale sounds great. Makes me want to go and watch the Great Gatsby again.

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  5. the bookworm
    Aug 25, 2019 @ 23:20:53

    I know, some of mine will forever remain unread and ultimately donated if they are print copies. I haven’t read any of these but the Matilda Duplaine one looks interesting.

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  8. 1girl2manybooks
    Aug 28, 2019 @ 12:21:00

    I really like this idea!



  9. Tracey (Carpe Librum blog)
    Aug 29, 2019 @ 22:57:56

    Love the idea behind this post and look forward to seeing which titles you choose each month.

    Liked by 1 person


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