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

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Life…

Though Covid-19 restrictions continue to be relaxed here, my day to day remains largely unchanged, except that my daughter is back at school full time, while the boys are still only attending one day a week.

I did have one visitor… a plumber, because we found ourselves without hot water mid week. We had to opt for a temporary fix – switching back to electricity from solar – because it seems the entire system needs replacing *sigh*

This week is my oldest daughter’s birthday, she turns 24 on Thursday. Her siblings delight in reminding her she was born last century, since they were all born after 2000. We’ll have cake and takeaway to celebrate – she still lives at home with us- a night out with her friends still isn’t really an option as restaurants, pubs etc are restricted to ten patrons so most haven’t yet reopened in our area.

Other than that my plans for the week include binge watching Masters Of Sex (based on the lives of Masters and Johnson), reading, and I should probably vacuum at some point.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughn

Radio Girl by David Dufty

I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos

Who We Were by B.M. Carroll

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New Posts…

Review; Fool Me Once by Karly Lane

Review: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughn

Review: Radio Girl by David Dufty

Bookish Bounty

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


Write down something about yourself, as a mother, that worries you.

Psychologist Isabel Harris has come to the outback town of Riley because her husband Dean is assessing the hospital—the hub of the community—with a view to closing it down. Isabel, mostly occupied with her toddler, will run a mother–baby therapy group. But on the first day she gets an anonymous note from one of the mothers:

The baby killer is going to strike again. Soon.

Then a series of small harassments begins.

Is it an attempt to warn Dean off? Or could the threat be serious? A child was murdered in Riley once before.

As Isabel discovers more about the mothers in her group, she begins to believe the twenty-five-year-old mystery of a baby’s death may be the key to preventing another tragedy.

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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide Frank is a service station owner on a little-used highway who just wants a quiet life. His granddaughter has been sent to stay with him to fix her attitude, but they don’t talk a lot.

When a badly injured young woman arrives at Frank’s service station with several cars in pursuit, Frank and a handful of unsuspecting customers are thrust into a life-or-death standoff.

But who are this group of men and women who will go to any lengths for revenge? And what do they want? Other than no survivors …?

A ferociously fast-paced, filmic, visceral, tense and utterly electric novel, unlike anything you’ve read before. Set on a lonely, deserted highway, deep in the Australian badlands, The Hunted is white-knuckle suspense matched to the fast-paced adrenaline of a Jack Reacher novel and the creeping menace of Wake in Fright. This is unmissable reading.

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She’s gone … will her family pull together, or fall further apart?

Classic, women-centred fiction, a complex, multi-layered story about family and community, from the author of the warmly received Home at Last.

‘Functionally dysfunctional.’ That’s how financial analyst Grace Fairley describes her family in the small South Australian farming community of Miners Ridge – a family fractured by tragedy and kept that way by anger, resentment and petty jealousies. As the eldest sibling, Grace tries to keep the family in touch, but now she’s accepted a promotion to the London office. Time-zones and an enormous workload mean she’s forced to take a step back, although she finds time to stay in contact with Miners Ridge landscape gardener Aaron Halliday.

Sarah Fairley, Grace’s mother, fled Miners Ridge and her embittered husband eight years ago. Now, in the absence of Grace, she finds herself pulled back to the small town where her estranged children and grandchildren live. Drawn into the local community, and trying to rebuild family relationships, she uncovers a long-kept secret that could change her world …

Can Grace, Sarah and their family find a way to heal? Who will have the courage to make the first move?

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Thanks for stopping by!

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi @Inkvotary
    May 18, 2020 @ 01:37:32

    Restaurants around here will reopen next week or already have reopened. But can only use half of their tables, if at all. Depends on the space they have. And people are very hesitant to go there. It is sad.

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 18, 2020 @ 02:17:54

    Happy birthday to your daughter. How funny that she is the only one born in the last century!

    If I got a note like that in The Long Shadow, I’d move the next day.

    When I see the books you are reading, I always wish I lived in Australia. Now I also wish I live there when I see your local reports on the pandemic.

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 18, 2020 @ 02:18:34

    Ooh, sorry about the plumbing! Happy birthday to your 20th C. daughter…LOL.

    Enjoy your week and your books, and stay safe. I like the look of Little Disasters.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  4. BermudaOnion
    May 18, 2020 @ 02:29:57

    Happy birthday to your daughter. I hope she enjoys her celebration.

    Restaurants here have opened and are allowed 50% capacity. Some have opened and some haven’t. I’ve seen cars at several but I’m not ready to do into one yet.

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  5. thebookdisciple
    May 18, 2020 @ 02:44:03

    Happy birthday to your daughter!! Hope you have a great week!

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  6. Yvonne
    May 18, 2020 @ 03:23:40

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! Some of our restaurants opened for dine in. They are at 25%. Tomorrow it goes up to 50%, but not everyone is opening for dining in. Many are still take out and curbside. Hope you have a great week! Stay safe!

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  7. fuonlyknew
    May 18, 2020 @ 03:55:06

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! I’m sure you can still make it a special day for her. The schools remain closed here but restaurants and such are slowly reopening with some restrictions. I just hope people don’t rush things.

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  8. sjhigbee
    May 18, 2020 @ 04:37:43

    Happy birthday to your daughter – I hope she enjoys the family-centred celebrations – I’m guessing she won’t forget this particular birthday in a hurry! You have a lovely lot of books to read this week – that one set in the service station sounds like a real page-turner… Have a good week, Shelleyrae:)

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  9. jessicabookworm
    May 18, 2020 @ 05:04:11

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! 🥳I also hope the re-opening of schools and restaurants goes well – No real change here in the UK with our lockdown, other than the rules on going out to exercise have eased and those who really can’t work from home can start going back out to work.

    I hope the coming week is a good one for you, take care and happy reading! 🙂

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  10. Carol
    May 18, 2020 @ 05:19:53

    How did you like the new de los Santos?

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  11. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    May 18, 2020 @ 05:27:13

    I hope this all relaxing measures means that you guys have it all under control. And already happy birthday to your daughter!

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  12. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 18, 2020 @ 05:41:55

    My daughter will be 24 on June 3rd. I hope you have a nice celebration. We planned a mini getaway but I just cancelled the hotel reservations. It doesn’t feel safe here. I always wanted to watch that Masters of Sex show. I never seem to get to tv.

    Have a great week and stay well!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  13. natflixandbooks
    May 18, 2020 @ 05:43:29

    Happy birthday to your daughter. I should also do some housework, but I just don’t wanna. Happy reading!

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  14. Anne Bennett
    May 18, 2020 @ 05:54:31

    Happy Birthday to your oldest child. We celebrated my husbands birthday by having dinner outside, even though it was cold and windy, so our oldest and her family could join us. Have a good week. My Sunday Salon and Coronavirus Diary

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  15. Maureen Bakker
    May 18, 2020 @ 05:58:19

    Congratulations on your daughter’s birthday. And I’m sorry about the hot water troubles.

    Stay safe and happy reading.

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  16. Beena Khan
    May 18, 2020 @ 07:29:58

    Happy birthday to your daughter 🙂

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  17. thebookishlibra
    May 18, 2020 @ 10:27:03

    I hope things are going well with the relaxed restrictions. We just started easing up on a few things here a couple of days ago and I’m hoping our new cases per day don’t suddenly skyrocket. Happy Birthday to your eldest daughter!

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  18. Greg
    May 18, 2020 @ 11:14:56

    We haven’t quite relaxed here yet although stay-at-home expires at the end of the month (we’ll see if they extend or what they do) but people are out and about- you’d never know! Sorry to hear about the solar. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be too much trouble for you guys…

    Happy birthday to your daughter!!!

    ” probably vacuum at some point.” lol that made me laugh. 🙂

    Have a good week!

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  19. vvb
    May 18, 2020 @ 11:50:19

    LOL – the vacuum. Happy reading.

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  20. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    May 18, 2020 @ 12:19:14

    I like the look of When Grace Went Away. There are some days when I want to go away…just for a glorious few days that is. But that’s not gonna happen any time soon. So I read good books! Happy reading week. 🙂

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  21. Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    May 18, 2020 @ 16:19:30

    Being without hot water is crappy and terrible timing too. Your currently-reading books look great – hope you love them! And yes, your vacuuming comment cracked me up. My house was clean but we’ve gotten a bit lazy over the past couple weeks, plus we’re always all home and the kids leave messes everywhere. This week my goal is to do some good cleaning and de-cluttering. I hope your week goes well!

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  22. Mystica
    May 18, 2020 @ 16:27:52

    Happy birthday to your daughter.
    Relaxing the restrictions very very slow here. Still going on the last digit of your Identity Card and that too for specific purposes – bank, pharmacy, grocery you are supposed to walk!! No restaurants open. But hopefully flights outbound taking off as people want to get back to wherever they came from. Supposed to have 11000 tourists here still. Most of them if they have money must be happy to stay here as relatively safe.
    I hope your week is a good one.

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  23. Kathryn
    May 18, 2020 @ 16:43:40

    What I really liked about lockdown was I only vacuumed when I felt like it. Now because anyone can drop in I have to stay on top of it! LOL about your daughter born last century.

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  24. Marg
    May 18, 2020 @ 18:30:43

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Yay for cake! I wouldn’t rush to do the vacuuming!

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  25. Jen | Book Den
    May 18, 2020 @ 21:26:03

    Happy birthday to your daughter! We had cake this weekend as well. 🙂

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  26. Beth F
    May 18, 2020 @ 22:56:22

    Happy birthday to your daughter. My house is dusty — no one is here but us! Still, restrictions will be loosened soon and I’d better get on it. We liked the first few seasons of Masters of Sex, but then kind of gave up on it.

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  27. Tanya Atkinson
    May 18, 2020 @ 23:25:34

    Hope your daughter enjoys the low-key birthday celebration. Everyone who’s had birthdays during this time surely won’t forget their 2020 birthday!

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  28. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 19, 2020 @ 00:27:00

    Happy birthday to your daughter. I hope she has a great day. We are starting the reopening process in MA. Not sure how it will go, but I’m praying it goes well. This weekend I showed houses for the first time since this whole thing started. It’s all so weird with gloves, masks, and booties; but safety is key.

    I’ll have to check out Radio Girl. It sounds fascinating. When Grace Went Away sounds good too.

    Hope you have a nice week.

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  29. Lisa
    May 19, 2020 @ 01:13:32

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Have a great week. 🙂

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  30. Kathy Martin
    May 19, 2020 @ 01:28:29

    No bars or restaurants here until at least June 1. However, crossing the bridge into Wisconsin means open bars. It used to be that we crossed into Wisconsin because their drinking age was lower. Now it’s the pandemic which makes the very short trip worthwhile for lots of people. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  31. Lola
    May 19, 2020 @ 04:57:42

    They are slowly relaxing the restrictions here as well,but not much has changed for me. I am not sure if it will go well tough, but guess we’ll see. Happy birthday to your daughter and I hope she still has a fun day. That’s too bad about your solar system needing replacement, at least you have a temporary fix for now. Have a great week!

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  32. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    May 19, 2020 @ 05:02:02

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I hope you have a good week!

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  33. Susie | Novel Visits
    May 19, 2020 @ 11:20:34

    Happy birthday to your daughter and thank you for reminding me about Masters of Sex. I’m always looking for a new series to binge watch.

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  34. Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLit
    May 20, 2020 @ 00:03:15

    Restaurants here are advertising 50% capacity but no one is regulating it so everything looks as full as it used to be! I enjoy my home cooking though so I’ll continue with what I’m doing for now.
    Happy birthday to your eldest! Have a great week! 🙂

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  35. Helen Murdoch
    May 21, 2020 @ 03:42:41

    I am on our school district’s committee for what the Fall will look like. I am overwhelmed at the thought of trying to figure out how to get kids back in school physically.

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  36. waytoofantasy
    May 23, 2020 @ 05:47:25

    LOL so many of my house chores have become ‘probably should at some point’ lately. I don’t know what it is but there is a lack of motivation when everything feels so same-y all the time lol.

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  37. Athira
    May 23, 2020 @ 07:01:40

    HAHA, hilarious that your daughter gets reminded she’s from the previous century. She is in very good company, or so I hope she feels.

    Our stayhome restrictions have also been significantly reduced, though I still feel this is premature. We’ll know what the charts look like in couple of weeks.

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