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…

None to speak of.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Long Shadow by Anne Buist

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos

Review: Who We Were by B.M. Carroll

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

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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The summer burns with secrets…

It is too hot to sleep. To work. To be questioned time and again by the police.

At the beginning of a stifling, sultry summer, everything shifts irrevocably when Lily doesn’t come home one afternoon.

Rachel is Lily’s teacher. Her daughter Mia is Lily’s best friend. The girls are fifteen – almost women, still children.

As Rachel becomes increasingly fixated on Lily’s absence, she finds herself breaking fragile trusts and confronting impossible choices she never thought she’d face.

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.

Intoxicating and compulsive, Heatstroke is a darkly gripping, thought-provoking novel of crossed boundaries, power and betrayal, that plays with expectations at every turn.

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She’s always looking on the bright side…

Dawn Elisabeth Brightside has been running from her past for twenty-two years and two months, precisely.

So when she is offered a bed in St Jude’s Hostel for the Homeless, it means so much more than just a roof over her head.

But with St Jude’s threatened with closure, Dawn worries that everything is about to crumble around her all over again.

Perhaps, with a little help from her new friends, she can find a way to save this light in the darkness?

And maybe, just maybe, Dawn will finally have a place to call home….

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Whether working the mobs of cattle with the stockmen, playing cattleduffing on horseback or singing and doing lessons at their School of the Air desks, Tanya Heaslip and her siblings led a childhood unimaginable to many Australians. Growing up on a vast and isolated cattle property just north of Alice Springs, Tanya tells of wild rides, of making far-flung friends over the Air, of the dangers, the fun and the back-breaking work. As the eldest child, her added responsibility was to look after the littler ones, so she was by their sides dealing with snakes, the threat of bushfires and broken bones.

Tanya’s parents, Janice and Grant ‘the Boss’ Heaslip, were pioneers. They developed Bond Springs Station where water was scarce, where power was dependent on generators and where a trip to town for supplies meant a full day’s journey. Grant was determined to teach his children how to survive in this severe

environment and his lessons were often harsh. In a childhood that most would consider very tough, Tanya tells of this precious time with raw honesty, humour, love and kindness. This is the story of an Alice girl.

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Thanks for stopping by!

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    May 25, 2020 @ 01:29:34

    Seems to me that it was pretty uneventful last week LOL

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 25, 2020 @ 01:50:42

    I like the look of these books, and I’m especially curious about When Grace Went Away.

    Stay safe and enjoy your week, and here are my
    WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. BookerTalk
    May 25, 2020 @ 02:04:15

    That was a plaintive answer on the topic of Life. 🙂 but completely understandable in the current circumstances. Hard to get enthused when you look at the calendar and it’s just blank…

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  4. Gluten Free A-Z
    May 25, 2020 @ 02:11:52

    These are great reviews! Thanks! – When She Went Away- looks interesting to me! Just started the series of The Seven Sisters!..

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  5. thebookdisciple
    May 25, 2020 @ 02:28:09

    Ha! I like your life update. I think many people are feeling that way!

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  6. Greg
    May 25, 2020 @ 02:40:27

    “None to speak of”. lol. I kinda felt that way this week too. 🙂

    Hope you are well and have a good week coming up.

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  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 25, 2020 @ 04:28:15

    Aw, I know what you mean when you say, “Life…none to speak of.” I feel the same way. It doesn’t look very likely I’ll have much in the future either.

    Your books look great, though. I need to find something to read that looks as promising as those books do.

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  8. Vicki
    May 25, 2020 @ 04:40:03

    My life is the same as your life right now 😦

    Those books look good!

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  9. yvonne473
    May 25, 2020 @ 06:04:38

    Heat Stroke looks really good. I have to add that to my list. Not much going on in my life either. Have a great week!

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  10. Kathryn
    May 25, 2020 @ 06:22:29

    Some good Australian books. In these times quiet times are good. take care.

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  11. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 25, 2020 @ 06:44:42

    yeah, we are staying home even if things open.

    Stay well and happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  12. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    May 25, 2020 @ 09:23:00

    Haha, I love your “Life” section. My life is the same as yours! Have a good week!

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  13. Athira
    May 25, 2020 @ 09:47:50

    I realized after I posted today that I wrote nothing about the upcoming week. And I felt completely okay with that, lol! Enjoy your week!

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  14. vvb32
    May 25, 2020 @ 13:17:29

    LOL – life. Happy reading with your latest one.

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  15. Vi @Inkvotary
    May 25, 2020 @ 19:33:00

    “Life…None to speak of.” You just made me laugh with those words. It pretty much sums it all up and I guess we all know exactly how it feels. Wishing you a wonderful week despite the Corona crisis and stay safe and well.

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  16. Marg
    May 25, 2020 @ 20:27:07

    Everything is a bit same same at the moment isn’t it! The Dawn Brightside book is so bright and cheery!

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  17. Susan
    May 25, 2020 @ 22:44:54

    What about that storm — did you get one there? I heard about it on the radio. Your books this week look good. Have a good one!

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  18. Lisa
    May 26, 2020 @ 01:28:39

    I hear you on Life! Not much changes when there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do. Fortunately, we get lots of time to read! Hope you have a great week.

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  19. Kathy Martin
    May 26, 2020 @ 01:45:52

    Interesting assortment of books. I agree that Life is pretty quiet these days. I’m still content to stay safe at home. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  20. mdawnott
    May 26, 2020 @ 04:35:02

    I had to laugh at Life…None to Speak of. I think a lot of us are in that boat!

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  21. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 26, 2020 @ 12:17:26

    After all the pandemic chaos, maybe we are due to have some quiet time.

    When Grace Went Away and An Alice Girl both sound fabulous. Hope you have a great week.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-may-25.html

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  22. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 26, 2020 @ 22:55:12

    It looks like you have a great line up of books!

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  23. Jo
    May 27, 2020 @ 03:45:11

    Love your life update. My life seems to be going crazy as usual. Oddly enough, family drama doesn’t go away in a pandemic. The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside sounds interesting…

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  24. thebookishlibra
    May 27, 2020 @ 10:46:48

    Oh man do I feel your life update. I’m right there with you, lol. The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside sounds like a lovely read. I hope you enjoy it and that you have a great week!

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  25. Louisa Paarsmarkt
    May 27, 2020 @ 11:31:26

    Sounds like a pretty decent week, with nothing bad happening in life! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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  26. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    May 27, 2020 @ 11:56:27

    The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside caught my eye. I never read a book where the protagonist is a homeless person. Enjoy your reading week!

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  27. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
    May 27, 2020 @ 12:10:13

    I love the cover for When Grace Went Away. I hope you enjoy your books this week!

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  28. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    May 27, 2020 @ 12:27:09

    Hope you love all these!

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  29. Susan @ The Book Bag
    May 28, 2020 @ 02:17:35

    Heat Stroke looks and and sounds intriguing. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  30. shanaqui
    May 28, 2020 @ 07:49:34

    Ha, I like your life update. I know that feeling. Hope you have a good reading week!

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  31. fuonlyknew
    May 28, 2020 @ 12:08:43

    LOL I get what you mean by none to speak of.

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  32. Helen Murdoch
    May 30, 2020 @ 12:41:46

    Every week just feels the same, doesn’t it! I am impressed that you’re reading, my attention for books all but disappeared.

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