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…

 

It was Father’s Day in Australia yesterday. We didn’t do anything special as such, because every Sunday is dad’s day 😉 by which I mean he spends most of every Sunday playing(?) Archery. Anyway you may remember his club was destroyed in the bushfires last November, and then COVID delayed both rebuilding, and participation, but the full range has finally reopened so off he went with a quiver full of new arrows (a gift from the kids). I did make his favourite dinner (beef stroganoff) and the girls made a caramel mudcake for dessert.

To be honest my husband needed the distraction as sadly my brother-in-law passed away on Saturday after being diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer earlier this year. As such I will likely vanish for a few days this week to travel for the funeral, once arrangements have been made. There’s no WiFi at my MIL’s so I won’t be online much.

Just a reminder, you still have a day or so to enter my Blogoversary giveaway for a book of your choice!

And congrats to Stell who won the giveaway of The Sister’s Gift by Barbara Hannay.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Women’s Pages by Victoria Purman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Gathering Darkness by Candice Fox

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Indigenous Literacy Day

Review: The Women’s Pages by Victoria Purman

Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #8

Six Degrees of Separation: Rodham to Life or Death

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.

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‘Small towns and gossip go together like trees and birds.’

It’s been more than ten years since Maddy Locke left Spinifex, the small outback town where she gave birth to her daughter, Bridget. Now she’s back to prove she’s got what it takes to run the medical centre and face the memories of that challenging time in her life. But everything’s changed – the old pub is gone, her new colleagues aren’t pleased to see her, and it’s drier and hotter than ever.

Station owner, Connor Fairhall, thought he’d left the drama behind in Sydney, but moving back to Spinifex with his rebellious son, Jayden, hasn’t been the fresh start he’d envisioned. His brother, Kyle, is drinking too much and the only bright spot on the horizon is meeting Nurse Maddy, who’s breathing new life into the weary town up the road, little by little.

Can Maddy ignore the rumours about Connor and risk her heart again? Or will the bush telegraph spread along the wire fences and stand in the way of trust?

From Australia’s renowned midwife and bestselling author of The Desert Midwife, The Bush Telegraph is a romantic drama about love, friendship, community and the joys and challenges of life in the outback.

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An electrifying thriller with a mind-bending premise: One million viewers witness a popular TV presenter commit suicide live on air – yet his twin brother is convinced it was murder.

How can it be murder when the victim pulled the trigger?

At 9.01 pm, TV presenter Sam Midford delivers the monologue for his popular current affairs show Mr Midnight. He seems nervous and the crew are convinced he’s about to propose to his girlfriend live on air.

Instead, he pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head.

Sam’s grief-stricken brother Harry is convinced his brother was murdered. But how can that be, when one million viewers witnessed Sam pull the trigger?

Only Jack Quick, a disgraced television producer in the last days of a prison sentence, is desperate enough to take Harry’s money to investigate.

But as Jack starts digging, he finds a mystery more complex than he first assumed. And if he’s not careful, he’ll find out first-hand that there’s more than one way to kill someone .

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All Sarah ever wanted was a better life … From the bestselling author of Fled comes a moving tale of revolution, treachery and courage.

In 1820 Sarah McCaffrey, fleeing arrest for her part in a failed rebellion, thinks she has escaped when she finds herself aboard the Serpent, bound from London to the colony of New South Wales. But when the mercurial captain’s actions drive the ship into a cliff, Sarah is the only survivor. Adopting a false identity, she becomes the right-hand woman of Molly Thistle, who has grown her late husband’s business interests into a sprawling real estate and trade empire. As time passes, Sarah begins to believe she might have found a home – until her past follows her across the seas…

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32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi @Inkvotary
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 01:51:39

    I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences to your husband, your family and your brother-in-laws family. Now it sounds strange when I say that I hope that he could enjoy his Father´s Day and being at the club again. I still can see the fire pictures they aired on CNN and BBC and it seems as if it was just yesterday that it happened. Stay safe, well and keep going!

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  2. Carol
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 02:58:27

    I’ll definitely be reading Anxious People this week too!

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  3. Jen | Book Den
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 03:08:38

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m wishing you and your family comfort and safe travels.

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  4. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 03:21:52

    sorry for your loss, but i am glad there was something good to help
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  5. Sam@WLABB
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 03:49:45

    Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. ((HUGS))

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 04:01:34

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother-in-law. Most people here are not having funerals in person. I did attend one that was held virtually for a friend.

    I hope the time at archery will be good for your husband. Glad his archery range is now restored.

    I think I need to update my information on the Nonfiction Challenge. I meant to do that every month. Time got away from me somehow.

    Sending good thoughts and prayers.

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  7. thebookdisciple
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 04:10:44

    I’m so sorry about your brother in law. It is terrible when anyone passes, but this year has been so difficult for so many that a death in family is just even more difficult to take. Prayers to all of you!

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  8. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 04:42:33

    Sorry to hear about the passing of your brother in law. Glad you guys went to so much trouble to comfort your hubby for Father’s day.

    Anxious people is on my TBR list and The bush telegraph seems lovely as well. Actually, all your books look like great reads.

    Hope you get some time to spend with them!

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  9. Anne Bennett
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 04:45:27

    I am so sorry about the death of your brother-in-law. With everything COVID, COVLove to all. Be tender this week.ID, COVID one has to remember there are other, deadly diseases out there that take family members way too soon. My Sunday Salon posting

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  10. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 07:00:44

    I am so sorry for your brother in law’s passing! Sending positive thoughts your way!

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  11. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 07:08:55

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother in law. I’m glad your husband was still able to go out on Father’s Day, that dessert sounds delicious.

    Sending love and hugs your way.

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  12. Athira
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 09:55:53

    So sorry for your loss – sending prayers and thoughts your way. Glad that he was able to have a good Father’s Day.

    I haven’t read a Fredrik Backman book since Brit-Marie Was Here. I need to catch up.

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  13. Greg
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 10:21:30

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law! How awful! Glad to hear your husband was able to get some archery in though. What a shame they lost the range like that. Such crazy times we’re in.

    Be well this week!

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  14. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 11:25:20

    I hope your husband will find some solace in his archery. Caramel mudcake sounds awesome! I was going to make something but my daughter doesn’t seem to be getting up in time for that today.

    Anne – Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post

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  15. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 11:41:52

    I’m so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
    I like the look of The Wreck. I hope you’re enjoying it.

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  16. Jennifer
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 12:28:29

    My condolences to you and your family, Shelleyrae.

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  17. yvonne473
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 12:40:27

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My sympathies to you and your family.

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  18. Theresa Smith Writes
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 12:52:41

    Sorry to hear about this loss to your family Shelleyrae.

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  19. Davida Chazan
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 15:48:02

    Sorry about the loss in your family. But… warning, don’t read Anxious People while you’re at the funeral… you might laugh too loud! (My review will go up on my blog on Friday).

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  20. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 22:08:41

    So sorry for your loss. It is a difficult time to be attending a funeral, too. Stay safe.

    Enjoy your books.I am adding The Women’s Pages to my list. Great review!

    I will be getting a copy of Anxious People tomorrow, so I’m excited to read it, too.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  21. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 23:59:47

    My sympathy to your family! Glad your husband was able to get away for a little time for himself.

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  22. fuonlyknew
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 01:53:58

    Sorry about the loss of your brother-in-law. It’s good that the club reopened and your husband could find some comfort with his archery.

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  23. Kathy Martin
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 02:22:28

    I’m glad your husband was able to find something to distract him. Anxious People looks interesting. I see a lot of people are reading it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  24. Kathryn
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 07:31:36

    Your husband did need that lovely day for sure, a sad time for all the family, all the best for the travel. Anxious People is one book now I’ve put onto my want to read pile.

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  25. Donna
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 07:44:03

    The Bush Telegraph looks interesting. Check out what I reads.

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  26. Laurie C
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 11:58:30

    I’m glad that the family is able to gather for the funeral. It sounds like there was time for some preparation and goodbyes, but it’s so sad, in any case.

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  27. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 13:59:30

    I’m so sorry about your brother-in-law.

    Anxious People looks good. I’ve enjoyed that author’s other books.

    Safe travels for the funeral.

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  28. carhicks
    Sep 09, 2020 @ 12:16:31

    Oh Kimberly, I am so sorry for your loss, even though a person may be ill, it is still a shock when they actually pass. Safe travels when you go for the funeral.

    I want to read Anxious People and will be watching for you review.

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  29. Literary Feline
    Sep 10, 2020 @ 03:20:48

    It sounds like a nice way to spend father’s day–doing something he loves. I am so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law though. What sad news! Sending you comfort and love, Shelleyrae.

    The Wreck sounds like it will be good, and I really want to read Anxious People. I hope you enjoy your reading and again, I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  30. 1girl2manybooks
    Sep 11, 2020 @ 08:56:16

    I’m very sorry for your loss Shelleyrae, condolences to all your family.

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  31. Susan
    Sep 12, 2020 @ 09:33:38

    Sorry about losing your BIL …. very sad. I send your family sympathies & comfort during these hard times. Perhaps your books will help. Archery seems a neat sport & hobby … for your husband.

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  32. Marg
    Sep 12, 2020 @ 18:46:14

    Belated condolences to you and your family.

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