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

 

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…

I’m really not sure what happened this past week, it seems to have disappeared without me being able to account for it. Too much in the way of procrastination if I’m honest.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Just One Wish by Rachael Johns

Dead Man Switch {A Billie Walker Mystery} by Tara Moss

Riverstone Ridge by Mandy Magro

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New Posts

Review: Just One Wish by Rachael Johns

Review: Dead Man Switch {A Billie Walker Mystery} by Tara Moss

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week

 

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

Miranda’s life and career has been a roller-coaster ride. Her successful rise to the top of the booming lifestyle industry as a social media influencer led to a humiliating fall after a controversial product she endorsed flopped. Desperate to get away from the hate-spewing trolls shaming her on the internet, she receives a mysterious letter from a young cousin in England that plunges her into a dark family mystery.

Miranda’s mother Tessa Summer, a famous author, died when Miranda was a child. The young woman’s only connection to the Summer family is through Tessa’s famous book The House of Brides—a chronicle of the generations of women who married into the infamous Summer family and made their home in the rambling Barnsley House, the family’s estate. From Gertrude Summer, a famed crime novelist, to Miranda’s grandmother Beatrice, who killed herself after setting fire to Barnsley while her children slept, each woman in The House of Brides is more notorious than the next. The house’s current “bride” is the beautiful, effervescent Daphne, her Uncle Max’s wife—a famed celebrity chef who saved Barnsley from ruin turning the estate into an exclusive culinary destination and hotel.

Curious about this legendary family she has never met, Miranda arrives at Barnsley posing as a prospective nanny answering an advertisement. She’s greeted by the compelling yet cold housekeeper Mrs. Mins, and meets the children and her Uncle Max—none of whom know her true identity. But Barnsley is not what Miranda expected. The luxury destination and award-winning restaurant is gone, and Daphne is nowhere to be found. Most disturbing, one of the children is in a wheelchair after a mysterious accident. What happened in this house? Where is Daphne? What darkness lies hidden in Barnsley?

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The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott

Until she knows her husband’s fate, she cannot decide her own…

An epic debut novel of forbidden love, loss, and the shattered hearts left behind in the wake of World War I

1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis has not come home. He is considered ‘missing in action’, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post, hope flares. And so she beings to search.

Harry, Francis’s brother, fought alongside him. He too longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last things they ever said. Both brothers shared a love of photography and it is that which brings Harry back to the Western Front. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, as he travels through battle-scarred France gathering news for British wives and mothers, Harry also searches for evidence of his brother.

And as Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to a startling truth.

An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history, The Poppy Wife tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again

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The Great Divide by LJM Owen

In the rural Tasmanian town of Dunton, the body of a former headmistress of a children’s home is discovered, revealing a tortured life and death.

Detective Jake Hunter, newly-arrived, searches for her killer among past residents of the home. He unearths pain, secrets and broken adults. Pushing aside memories of his own treacherous past, Jake focuses all his energy on the investigation.

Why are some of the children untraceable? What caused such damage among the survivors?

The identity of the murderer seems hidden from Jake by Dunton’s fog of prejudice and lies, until he is forced to confront not only the town’s history but his own nature

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24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 03:11:51

    It isn’t Monday here yet but Fate of the Fallen and Every Stolen Breath!

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 04:32:21

    I love the sound of The Poppy Wife. Historical fiction with a mystery, too. Must look for that one when it comes our way.

    I have weeks when I feel like that. Yes, next week. Definitely how I feel about the painting I’ve been intending to do on the inside of my house.

    Have a lovely week! And here’s to a resurgence of energy for both of us.

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  3. fuonlyknew
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 04:34:28

    I like all of your books. And I can relate about this week. I wasn’t good for much after getting home from work each day. LOL Good thing I blog ahead!

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  4. BookerTalk
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 05:19:10

    this week just zipped by for me too, not much time spent commenting on blogs unfortunately ….

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 05:53:54

    Great looking books. Curious about House of Brides.

    Enjoy your week.

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  6. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 06:00:56

    The Poppy’s Wife looks good. I’ve had weeks like that. After having guests I spent 3 days working 10-hour days playing catch up and have felt like a sloth all weekend!

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  7. thebookdisciple
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 07:58:52

    That sloth meme is my life. Every day.

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  8. Tanya Atkinson
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 08:20:53

    Love the little sloth procrastination graphic. I can relate. 🙂 The Poppy Wife sounds interesting. I haven’t read a lot of WW I-era fiction.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  9. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 08:58:02

    The week just buzzed by, right? That sloth is too cute. Happy reading! 🙂

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  10. sjhigbee
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 09:33:42

    I’m not surprised the week slipped by – I don’t know what is happening to the year, really I don’t. It feels like we’ve only reached June, instead of halfway though October, with the summer now a fading memory and winter looming. Have a good week, if not a memorable one:))

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  11. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 09:43:37

    I can’t believe it’s October. I just hang on and do what I can every week. I hope you feel like this week is better and enjoy your new reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  12. Greg
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 13:13:28

    I feel that way about the whole month of October! It seems to be disappearing faster than I can keep up with it!!

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  13. Sarah Sammis
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 15:33:54

    A lot of my time last week went into orthodontics appointments for my teens. My weekly update

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  14. bevbaird
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:32:22

    Great graphic! All the books look interesting. Have read Just One Wish and enjoyed it.
    Have a great week of reading!

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  15. Kathryn
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 17:08:55

    I love the cartoon pic, but I don’t really think you’ve done much procrastination when it comes to reading. I thought Rachael Johns certainly delivered again.

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  16. BermudaOnion
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 23:14:15

    Some weeks are just like that. The Poppy Wife sounds really good!

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  17. lakesidemusing
    Oct 21, 2019 @ 23:27:02

    I think we all have weeks like that… only a problem if they start happening consecutively, lol! The Poppy Wife sounds like a promising read. Hope the week ahead is better for you 🙂

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  18. Susie | Novel Visits
    Oct 22, 2019 @ 00:02:01

    We all have weeks like that, for sure! I’ve read very little WWI fiction, so The Poppy Wife might be a good place to start. Have a great week.

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  19. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Oct 22, 2019 @ 00:07:09

    Haha some weeks just go like that! Poof!

    House of Brides sounds really good!!! I am looking forward to your review on it!

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Oct 22, 2019 @ 04:53:26

    Intriguing selection of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 22, 2019 @ 08:37:44

    Looks like you’ve got some great books going! I have done a major slow down in reading between my daughter visiting from college and jury duty.

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  22. Sarah Sammis
    Oct 22, 2019 @ 10:08:17

    The House of Brides is on my wishlist. Have a good week. My weekly update

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  23. Nina
    Oct 23, 2019 @ 03:33:47

    I feel like I have one of those weeks at the moment. 😦
    Happy reading to you.

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  24. cweichel
    Oct 24, 2019 @ 05:20:06

    I’m a fan of mysteries so I’ve added The Great Divide to my list.

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