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

 

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

Happy Valentines Day!

It’s a week until my daughter leaves for her first year of University so we’ve been busy gathering all the things she’ll need – a more time intensive, and expensive process than I expected!

Otherwise it’s generally been a rather ordinary week. I read, I cooked, I cleaned, I shopped, I wrote reviews, I binge watched Traces and season 2 of Discovery of Witches, and The Great British Sewing Bee.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Crackenback by Lee Christine

The Second Son by Loraine Peck

Space Hopper by Helen Fisher

The Moroccan Daughter by Deborah Rodriguez

Sargasso by Kathy George

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New Posts…

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Review: With My Little Eye by Sandra Hogan ★★★★

Giveaway: ENTER TO WIN With My Little Eye by Sandra Hogan

Review: Crackenback by Lee Christine ★★★★1/2

Review: The Second Son by Loraine Peck ★★★★1/2

Review: Space Hopper by Helen Fisher ★★

Blog Tour Review: The Moroccan Daughter by Deborah Rodriguez ★★★

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What I’m Reading This Week…

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The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart

Propelling the reader back and forth between the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s, The Silent Listener is an unforgettable literary suspense novel set in the dark, gothic heart of rural Australia.

Deep red scars. Cold dark secrets . . .

In the cold, wet summer of 1960, 11-year-old Joy Henderson lives in constant fear of her father. She tries to make him happy but, as he keeps reminding her, she is nothing but a filthy sinner destined for Hell . . .Yet, decades later, she returns to the family’s farm to nurse him on his death bed. To her surprise, her ‘perfect’ sister Ruth is also there, whispering dark words, urging revenge.

Then the day after their father finally confesses to a despicable crime, Joy finds him dead – with a belt pulled tight around his neck . . .

For Senior Constable Alex Shepherd, investigating George’s murder revives memories of an unsolved case still haunting him since that strange summer of 1960: the disappearance of nine-year-old Wendy Boscombe.

As seemingly impossible facts surface about the Hendersons – from the past and the present – Shepherd suspects that Joy is pulling him into an intricate web of lies and that Wendy’s disappearance is the key to the bizarre truth.

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Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to “America’s Playground” and move into the small apartment above their bakery. Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they raised their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, and it always feels like home.

Now Florence has returned from college, determined to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel, and Fannie, pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy. After Joseph insists they take in a mysterious young woman whom he recently helped emigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is bursting at the seams.

Esther only wants to keep her daughters close and safe but some matters are beyond her control: there’s Fannie’s risky pregnancy—not to mention her always-scheming husband, Isaac—and the fact that the handsome heir of a hotel notorious for its anti-Semitic policies, seems to be in love with Florence.

When tragedy strikes, Esther makes the shocking decision to hide the truth—at least until Fannie’s baby is born—and pulls the family into an elaborate web of secret-keeping and lies, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface that reveal how quickly the act of protecting those we love can turn into betrayal.

Based on a true story and told in the vein of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions and Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl, Beanland’s family saga is a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure—and even thrive—after tragedy.

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The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale

She thinks love can kill you. It turns out she might be right.

Meet Harper Brown …

Occupation: Arts journalist

Dream job: Hard-hitting news reporter

Location: Paris

Loves: True crime podcasts, art galleries, coffee, whiskey

Does not love: fake people, toxic positivity, being told how to live her life by smug workmates who have no life (that’s you, Stan), her narcissistic ex

Favourite book: 1984

Favourite artist: Noah X. Sometimes.

Favourite painting: Klimt’s Schubert at the Piano

Special skills: breaking out of car boots, picking locks and escaping relationships.

Superpower: She can lose any guy in three minutes flat. Ask her how.

Secret: She’s hot on the trail of a murderer – and the scoop of a lifetime.

That’s if the killer doesn’t catch her first.

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The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

It is 1909 in Spokane, Washington. The Dolan brothers live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his dashing older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. When Rye finds himself drawn to suffragette Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, her passion sweeps him into the world of protest and dirty business. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all . . .

The Cold Millions is an intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early 20th century America. Jess Walter offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, dreams and reality, in a sensational tale that resonates powerfully with our own time.

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42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sam@WLABB
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 00:47:37

    Good luck getting your daughter off to university. I know I cried, when I dropped my kid off.

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  2. Vi @Inkvotary
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 00:58:01

    I wish your daughter a great time at university. Unlike you, I was a rather lazy bee the past week. Happy reading!

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 01:53:51

    Enjoy getting your daughter ready for this big step in her life. Hopefully there will be many visits home after she goes, too.

    Loved the look of your books, especially The Paris Affair and The Silent Listener. Enjoyed your thoughts on The Second Son.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog. Enjoy your week!

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  4. Tammy
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 01:55:01

    Leaving for college is so exciting, but also emotional. Good luck with everything, and enjoy it, it goes sooo fast😁 My son graduates next month and my daughter only has a year left.

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  5. sjhigbee
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 03:08:11

    It’s an odd feeling when they leave… I hope the coming week is a really good one, Shelleyrae – you’ve got a nice range of books and I hope they’re all engrossing and enjoyable:))

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  6. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 03:43:30

    It must feel a little bittersweet getting your daughter off to uni. The Silent Listener looks interesting. Enjoy your books! 🙂

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  7. thebookdisciple
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 03:49:54

    I remember how overwhelming it was to get everything I need for Uni. Seriously-it just seemed like a never ending process!

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  8. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 03:56:00

    We are waiting for Discovery of Witches Season 2 to come to cable. Ugh. I think it will be in the summer if I remember correctly from Season 1. Love the V-Day meme.

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  9. Book of Secrets
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 04:08:38

    All the books you’re reading this week sound great! I have Florence Adler & Cold Millions on my TBR stack. I think they were Barnes & Noble book club picks I haven’t had a chance to read. Looking forward to your thoughts! I read Discovery of Witches and watched the first season of the show, but I had a hard time getting into it. I’ve heard that it picks up in the second book. What did you think?

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  10. Diane
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 04:24:03

    I hope that your daughter is happy at school, it’s such a big step for children and parents. Florence Adler is one of those books I’ve been wanting to read. I didn’t know it was based on a true story. Have a good week.

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  11. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 04:25:42

    Such a wonderful selection of books. Florence Adler swims forever is a book I still want to read as well.

    I hope your daughter will enjoy her first year of university. Exciting times!

    Have a good week and take care of yourself.

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  12. jessicabookworm
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 04:43:12

    Shelleyrae, I hope you daughter’s move to uni goes well and I hope you enjoyed watching series 2 of A Discovery of Witches. Take care and happy reading. 🙂

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  13. Berls
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 04:54:14

    I hope her move to university goes well! I can see how it could be unexpectedly expensive as the odds and ends she needs add up. Good luck!!

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  14. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 05:39:46

    My daughter flew back to college Tuesday night so I know how you’re feeling right about now. I hope she has a wonderful first term!

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  15. Tessa
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 05:45:29

    University is so expensive to get ready for. I was much more prepared and able to spread out the expense with my second daughter but with the first, I was so surprised. Have a great week!

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  16. Trin Carl
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 05:45:49

    I just watched a netflix movie called ‘to all the boys I loved’ and the character was trying to get into Standford. Man, college seemed ages ago. She’ll have so much fun!!!! Pack some things that make her life on campus easily. I couldn’t believe how I spent the whole days spent on campus, hungry and need of a feel things like exercise equipment and relaxation gear.

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  17. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 06:48:15

    Sending her daughters to college was one of the most difficult things my sister had to do. I hope it all goes smoothly for you and there are few tears.

    I’m going to share the Great British Sewing Bee with my sister-in-law. I hope she can find a way to view it here in the US.

    I like the look of Florence Adler Swims Forever.

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  18. Carla
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 07:04:46

    I hope all goes well for your daughter heading off to University and for you letting her go, I bawled when I dropped my daughter off many years ago. Enjoy your upcoming reads, I am intrigued by Florence Adler Swims Forever.

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  19. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 07:25:43

    It’s interesting in how both hemispheres the schooling revolves around agriculture and the school year starts after summer holidays. I hope your daughter enjoys school. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  20. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 07:31:34

    I dread my pair starting university, I’d better start saving now!

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  21. yvonne473
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 07:55:22

    I hope all goes well for your daughter at school. I’m sure this will be a busy week for you.

    The Paris Affair looks really good. I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  22. Athira
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 08:33:27

    Hope your daughter has an exciting first year of University! It’s a huge step for sure.

    I almost borrowed Cold Millions from the library. I may still end up borrowing it before the weekend is over – it’s been highly recommended but we’ll see.

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  23. gulfsidemusing
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 09:15:19

    I know how emotionally charged getting your child off to university can be. Good luck to all of you and I hope she’s very happy in her new environment! Will be curious to hear what you think of Florence Adler. I’ve been eyeing that book for a while!

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  24. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 10:42:03

    What a milestone with your daughter leaving for college… I hope all goes well.

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  25. Mystica
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 12:38:32

    Other than your last book the other three really drew me in. Three different styles and genres all so very good. Thanks for the update.

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  26. Greg
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 14:35:07

    It is an adjustment when your kid goes off to school. Mine was supposed to go off this year but is studying from home due to Covid. She’ll be going next fall though and I’ll be a wreck haha.

    Happy Valentne’s Day!!!

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  27. Anne Bennett
    Feb 15, 2021 @ 14:47:18

    Florence Swims Forever sounds really good. My Sunday Salon Post

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  28. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Feb 16, 2021 @ 00:52:34

    Hope you’ll have a great week both reading and personal wise! 💖

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  29. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Feb 16, 2021 @ 01:05:15

    How exciting for your family – a new chapter begins! Good luck to you and your daughter as she starts school – I am sure she will love it! 🙂

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  30. Jamie @ The Fantasy Princess
    Feb 16, 2021 @ 02:38:07

    Good luck with getting your daughter ready for University! I hope you have a great week!

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  31. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Feb 16, 2021 @ 07:19:22

    Good luck to your daughter! How did you like s2 of A Discovery of Witches? I haven’t watched it yet, as so far in the US it’s only available on paid services that I don’t have. I really enjoyed Florence Adler — looking to seeing what you think of it!

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  32. Marg
    Feb 16, 2021 @ 19:53:09

    The blurb for The Paris Affair is very creative!

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  33. Maureen Bakker
    Feb 17, 2021 @ 05:54:01

    Sounds like a good week. And good luck with your daughter getting to university.
    I can’t wait to watch season two of A Discovery of Witches.
    Happy reading.

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  34. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Feb 17, 2021 @ 06:22:06

    Your daughter leaving will be a big change! And I still need to watch the first season of A Discovery of Witches!

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  35. Literary Feline
    Feb 17, 2021 @ 06:54:26

    I hope all the college preparations are going well. It really does get expensive, doesn’t it? Not to mention being time consuming. You must be so proud of your daughter! I wish her the best with her studies. Your current reads all sound so good! I hope you are enjoying them. Have a great week, Shelleyrae!

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  36. Lola
    Feb 17, 2021 @ 08:05:43

    I hope your daughter will have a great time at university. That does sound time consuming and expensive gathering everything she needs. I hope next week is a good one!

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  37. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Feb 17, 2021 @ 08:07:25

    Good luck to your daughter! I hope you’re having a good week.

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  38. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Feb 17, 2021 @ 22:32:32

    Oh gosh, I hope your daughter goes off to university okay! What a big moment ! I am looking forward to The Paris Affair — it sounds like its just my cup of tea!

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  39. Izabel Brekilien
    Feb 20, 2021 @ 00:05:42

    My eldest daughter entered university in october 2019, then Covid came along ! We had purchased a lot of things, found her a flatshare, and bam, she came home in march 2020. I hope things will take a better turn for yours now that the vaccine is finally found :).

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