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…

My life is incredibly uneventful. The only deviation from routine this week was a visit from my parents. Though we have no CoVid-19 cases within a several hundred kilometres of us, because my oldest daughter works in retail I still enforce social distancing when they visit, just in case, so we had afternoon tea outside and I made Choc-chip Banana Muffins and Creamy Lemon Tarts. I love lemony things and these tarts are so easy.

Creamy Lemon Tarts

24 shallow pastry cases, baked and cooled

1 395g can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup (125ml) fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp icing sugar

Mix all ingredients with an electric beater on a high setting for approx 3 minutes or until mixture thickens. Spoon into pastry cases and refrigerate for minimum 1 hour before serving. Drizzle tarts with lemon curd, for a fancier finish (I didn’t have any on hand unfortunately)

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The First Time He Hit Her by Heidi Lemon

The Silk House by Kayte Nunn

The Farm at Peppertree Crossing

The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman

The Bluffs by Kyle Perry

 

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New Posts…

Review: Love & Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky

Review: The First Time He Hit Her by Heidi Lemon

Review: The Silk House by Kayte Nunn

Review: The Farm at Peppertree Crossing by Leonie Kelsall

Review: The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


London 1943: War and dwindling resources are taking their toll on the staff of Partridge Press. The pressure is on to create new books to distract readers from the grim realities of the war, but Partridge’s rising star, Alice Cotton, leaves abruptly and cannot be found.

Alice’s secret absence is to birth her child, and although her baby’s father remains unnamed, Alice’s mother promises to help her raise her tiny granddaughter, Eadie. Instead, she takes a shocking action.

Theo Bloom is employed by the American office of Partridge. When he is tasked with helping the British publisher overcome their challenges, Theo has his own trials to face before he can return to New York to marry his fiancee.

Inspired by real events during the Second World War, Finding Eadie is a story about the triumph of three friendships bound by hope, love, secrets and the belief that books have the power to change lives.

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Why would the police come back looking for a dead man?

Young widow Tilly is making a new life for herself, keeping house for the rangers at the Binboona Wildlife Sanctuary in the isolated wilderness of the north-western Gulf Country. Caring for injured wildlife and helping to run the popular tourist campsite are just the distraction she needs from everything she left behind when her husband, Gerry, and young daughter were lost at sea.

But when the police show up asking questions about Gerry, the peaceful routine she’s built is disrupted as she begins to question what really happened to her family. The arrival of botanist Connor stirs up even more emotion and has Tilly questioning who she can trust. When she and young ranger Luke stumble across evidence of wildlife smugglers on a visit to the local caves, suddenly her sanctuary is no longer safe and it becomes clear the past has well and truly come back to haunt her.

Set against the lush backdrop of the Northern Territory with its vibrant birds and deadly wildlife, this is a chilling and highly evocative family mystery about the wild and dangerous things that can happen in the most remote and untamed corners of our country.

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Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.

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On the morning of Monday 23rd December, Jamie Buckby takes the commuter riverboat from his home in St Mary’s, southeast London, to work in Central London, noting that his good friend and neighbour Kit Roper has not turned up for the 7.30am service they usually catch together.

At the London Eye, where he disembarks for his job in a café behind the South Bank Centre, Jamie is met by the police. Kit has been reported missing by his wife.

As Jamie is taken in for questioning, he discovers someone saw him arguing with Kit on the boat home late on Friday night. The other passenger believes Jamie committed murder.

But what really happened?

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Thanks for stopping by!

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carhicks
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 05:22:16

    Those tarts sound so good and easy. I am going to give them a try..

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  2. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 06:06:40

    Ooh, those lemon tarts look amazing! I was going to grab lemon cupcakes to go this week but the shop was sold out so I got salted caramel cupcakes instead. They were some of the best I’ve ever had! I’d definitely like to try their lemon now.

    I normally love books set in WWII but I don’t seem to have the attention span for them right now. One day the world will be better and I can try Finding Eadie! It looks good! Enjoy your week!

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  3. yvonne473
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 06:34:59

    That recipe looks really good, Your books sound great. I’m especially interested in What You Wish For. I added it to my wishlist. I hope you have a great week. Stay safe!

    My Sunday Post is here.

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  4. sjhigbee
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 07:31:06

    I understand your caution – when we visited my parents, we sat outside and didn’t have anything to eat or drink with them. Though as we are part of my daughter’s cluster, we do have the family in our home… it’s a bit of a minefield! Those lemon tarts looked delicious:)

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  5. Anne Bennett
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 07:35:09

    I, too, love lemony things, the tarter the better. I will be trying your recipe soon. It sounds super easy! (All except squeezing the lemons, of course). Happy week! My Sunday Salon is chalked full of good news and funnies!

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  6. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 07:44:29

    It’s great you are still being careful even though things are better there. I’m glad you could enjoy their visit and have a chance to make some yummy eats.

    Have a wonderful week and stay well!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  7. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 09:39:00

    I love banana chocolate chip muffins! At the start of quarantine, I made them pretty much every weekend. I’m glad you got to see your family. Have a good week!

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  8. Greg
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 09:59:58

    Glad you were able to see your parents! And yes social distancing is such a bummer but it probably is better to be safe than sorry. We’ve been trying to do it as much as possible too.

    Croc Country sounds really good.

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  9. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 10:23:55

    Finding Eadie looks very good. My girls would jump at the muffins but my husband and I both would enjoy the lemon tarts.. it all sounds wonderful!

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  10. BookishBrooklyn
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 11:29:13

    Sky Without Stars and Crazy Rich Asians ☺️

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  11. Kathryn
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 18:05:43

    Wow those lemon tarts are decadent. I remember many times as a kid licking the remains of condensed milk, but haven’t used it now for years. Nice in Neenish tarts. Great you had a visit from your parents. Enjoy all those books.

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  12. Marg
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 20:10:33

    Those tarts look great! And easy to do too!

    I like the look of the Caroline Beecham book. I haven’t read her before.

    Have a great week.

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  13. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 20:58:19

    I showed my husband my baking bucket list yesterday, and guess what was on that list? Yes, lemon tarts. Your recipe sounds yummy. What a great visit you must have had.

    I am eager to read the new Katherine Center. Why? Her writing is wonderful. The main character is a school librarian. The story takes place in Galveston, just down the road from me. Let’s see what you think.

    Have a good week.

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  14. Beth F
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 22:15:57

    I LOVE that recipe, because I too love all things lemon. And I happen to have everything on hand to make the filling. Just need to put pastry shells on my next grocery order (It’s too hot bake right now, so I don’t want to make my own). I’ll have to put that Kerry McGinnis on my list.

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  15. gulfsidemusing
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 22:38:23

    Ooh, those lemon tarts look so good… what a nice treat! I think covid has made many of our lives uneventful. Glad there aren’t many cases near you, but still smart to keep up the social distancing. Have a good week!

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  16. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 23:19:24

    Oh my goodness those tarts. Yum!!! I love all things lemon!

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  17. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Jul 13, 2020 @ 23:57:27

    Those tarts looks delish, thanks for sharing!!

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  18. Kathy Martin
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 00:33:32

    Great assortment of books. All are new to me and a couple are going on my wishlist. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  19. Lisa
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 01:09:44

    Great idea about the outdoor visit (and yummy treats). It’s hard to not be able to spend time with family. I’m starting the Katherine Center books this week too — look forward to hearing what you think!

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  20. Carol Evans
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 01:40:40

    Those tarts look good and easy enough that I could make them.

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  21. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 01:47:07

    Those lemon tarts look delicious! Glad to hear cases are going down in your area. Cases are skyrocketing here in California, but I guess not as bad a Florida! I’m going to read What You Wish For this week, too. Hope we both love it! 🙂

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  22. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 01:56:39

    I loved What You Wish For…and I am eyeing The Other Passenger. And your tarts, yum!

    I am glad to hear that you are staying safe.

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  23. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 03:28:36

    Those tarts look delicious. I will have to try making them.

    I am glad you are all safe, and totally understand your concerns. I’m not going out too much for the next couple of weeks now that we have been on vacation..even though we all had masks everywhere we went.

    All your books look good, especially The Other Passenger.

    Hope you have a nice week.

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  24. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 03:43:29

    Your lemon tarts look delicious! I like the look of Finding Eadie as I am always attracted to WWII stories. We visited my parents this weekend too. It’s so hard not to kiss and hug them!

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  25. Whitney
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 06:23:09

    Thanks for sharing your lemon tart recipe. I can’t wait to try it soon. I love all things lemon!

    Have a great reading week.

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  26. Katherine Nabity
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 07:36:16

    Ooo, those lemon tarts sound good and are probably easy enough that not even I could mess them up! (I am pretty hopeless in the kitchen…)

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  27. Laurie C
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 10:06:00

    The last two books on your list are going on my TBR! Afternoon tea outside sounds delightful.

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  28. Lori
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 10:15:02

    Those lemon tarts look SO delicious! I’ll have to give them a try. I’ve been planning a tea picnic with my roommates. I think these will make the menu.

    Finding Eadie sounds exactly like the kind of book I’ve been in the mood for recently. I’m adding it to my TBR!

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  29. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jul 14, 2020 @ 23:30:13

    Thanks for sharing the recipe for the lemon tarts. They look delicious. What You Wish For is a good read.

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  30. Lynn
    Jul 15, 2020 @ 03:49:45

    Those Creamy Lemon Tarts look great!
    What You Wish For sounds good, I’m interesting in hearing your thoughts on this book.

    Enjoy your books and have a good week!

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  31. Susan
    Jul 15, 2020 @ 08:37:25

    Gosh those tarts look super good! Glad to hear you don’t have CoVid anywhere in the area near you. We have 701 active cases in our Province (Alberta) in Canada. It seems to be rising recently … where it had been falling before. Still the border with the U.S. remains closed to everything except essential travel/trade etc. I hope it doesn’t keep spiking. Enjoy your week.

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  32. Helen Murdoch
    Jul 15, 2020 @ 12:21:44

    I just got a copy of What You Wish For and am looking forward to reading it.

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  33. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Jul 15, 2020 @ 23:38:56

    With your daughter working with the general public, I can see why you’d be cautious when those outside your household visit – but lovely that you’ve been able to see family.

    I have been eyeing The Other Passenger on my library app. I hope you enjoy all the books and have a good week.

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