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 Update…

My youngest daughter has gone back to university, it was no easier to say goodbye this time than the last. It’s now a long four months til she’ll be home again for the mid year break.

My youngest son is delighted to be going back to work this week, the restaurant where he has a part time job is finally reopening after the floods.

My husband was also glad to return to Archery this past week. The club is in the middle of a state forest which has been closed since the floods, but they’ve just been given an exemption to operate. Thankfully they didn’t experience any flood damage, given they are still rebuilding after the fires destroyed it last year.

It’s my eldest son’s 17th birthday this week, I’m going to attempt to make him a medieval stronghold tower cake to take to his Dungeons & Dragons game.

My eldest daughter is keeping herself busy with work and friends. She’ll be turning 25  in two weeks.

It’s Mother’s Day this coming weekend but we haven’t made any plans yet. To be honest I’d sort of forgotten about it (sorry Mum), but I expect we’ll have lunch or something with my parents. Do you have plans?

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Learning To Talk To Plants by Maria Orriols

Cunning Women by Elizabeth Lee

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

House of Hollows by Krystal Sutherland

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New Posts…

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Review: Learning To Talk To Plants by Maria Orriols

Review: Cunning Women by Elizabeth Lee

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #4

Review: The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

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What I’m Reading This Week…


Gundagai, 1852

The powerful Murrumbidgee River surges through town leaving death and destruction in its wake. It is a stark reminder that while the river can give life, it can just as easily take it away.

Wagadhaany is one of the lucky ones. She survives. But is her life now better than the fate she escaped? Forced to move away from her miyagan, she walks through each day with no trace of dance in her step, her broken heart forever calling her back home to Gundagai.

When she meets Wiradyuri stockman Yindyamarra, Wagadhaany’s heart slowly begins to heal. But still, she dreams of a better life, away from the degradation of being owned. She longs to set out along the river of her ancestors, in search of lost family and country. Can she find the courage to defy the White man’s law? And if she does, will it bring hope … or heartache?

Set on timeless Wiradyuri country, where the life-giving waters of the rivers can make or break dreams, and based on devastating true events, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is an epic story of love, loss and belonging.

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Summer in New Orleans means hot days, long nights, spooky stories and surprising new beginnings.

Felicity Bell has struggled to move on after her marriage broke down. Her ex has found love again, her children have their own lives, and it’s beginning to feel like her only comfort comes from her dog and her job as a taxidermist. So when Flick gets an offer to work in New Orleans for a few months, she’s drawn to the chance to make a fresh start.

Zoe is ready to start a family with her husband, but when he betrays her, she’s left shattered and desperate for a change of scenery. Joining her mother on the other side of the world to drown her sorrows seems the perfect solution.

Although both mother and daughter are wary of risking their hearts to love again, Theo, a jazz bar owner, and Jack, a local ghost hunter, offer fun, friendship and distraction. But all is not as it seems in New Orleans…

A chance meeting with Aurelia, a reclusive artist who surprises them with lessons from her life, prompts Flick and Zoe to reassess what they want too. Can all three women learn from the past in order to embrace their future?

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When Elle Kinnaird takes the plunge and travels from her rural small-town life to the misty legends of her ancestors in the Scottish highlands, she finds that it’s a big world after all. A heartwarming novel about new beginnings, from the bestselling author of Fool Me Once.

It was a straightforward request. Take her gran home to her beloved Scotland.

In the space of a few days, Elle loses her job and her home and faces moving back in with her parents-where she knows she’ll hear a lot about how she is wasting her life, unlike her three siblings . . .

Then Gran’s will is read and everything changes.

It seems simple: a road trip across Scotland, a country Gran loved, to locate the family castle; meet some long lost cousins; oh, and work out what she wants to do with the rest of her life before returning home. Not a problem.

That is unless the family castle is a ruin that has pretty much been lost in time; the family Elle has never met seem to be hiding a mysterious secret; her over-achieving parents are breathing down her neck, and she’s running out of time to make a decision about her future.

Take Me Home is a glorious lesson in life, love and finding your true destiny.

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This is not just another novel about a dead girl.

When she arrived in New York on her 18th birthday carrying nothing but $600 cash and a stolen camera, Alice Lee was looking for a fresh start. Now, just one month later, she is the city’s latest Jane Doe, an unidentified murder victim.

Ruby Jones is also trying to start over; she travelled halfway around the world only to find herself lonelier than ever. Until she finds Alice’s body by the Hudson River.

From this first, devastating encounter, the two women form an unbreakable bond. Alice is sure that Ruby is the key to solving the mystery of her life – and death. And Ruby – struggling to forget what she saw that morning – finds herself unable to let Alice go. Not until she is given the ending she deserves.

Before You Knew My Name doesn’t ask whodunnit. Instead, this powerful, hopeful novel asks: Who was she? And what did she leave behind? The answers might surprise you.

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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    May 03, 2021 @ 08:53:28

    Our fam is almost fully vaccinated…..we’re waiting it out until we’re all vaccinated to all get together….but I’ll be seeing my mom.

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  2. Carla
    May 03, 2021 @ 08:56:49

    If you make that cake take a picture of it, I would love to see it. I am glad things are getting back to normal after the floods. We are in lockdown here, so I am guessing we won’t be doing anything for Mother’s Day. Before you Knew My Name sounds like a good read, I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. thebookdisciple
    May 03, 2021 @ 09:28:45

    Glad things are getting back to normal. Sorry you will have to go a while before seeing your daughter again. That is tough! Happy mother’s day!

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    May 03, 2021 @ 09:47:44

    We don’t really do much in my family for mother’s (or father’s) day. I share a house with my parents so we see plenty of one another. Will my daughter even remember? Maybe. We talk all the time so, again, no need to acknowledge a specific holiday.

    Good luck with the tower cake!

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  5. Tammy
    May 03, 2021 @ 09:48:39

    I have remembered mother’s day but I’m not sure my husband or kids have😝 I hope that four months goes quickly for you!

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 03, 2021 @ 11:58:26

    It sounds like your family is going in a lot of different directions. I am sure you will miss your daughter very much until you get to see her again.

    I thought Mother’s Day was this weekend. My husband gifted me with a book and a gemstone! It was funny when we realized we had the wrong weekend.

    I’ve just put in a request for The Road Trip. So glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Garrulous Gwendoline
    May 03, 2021 @ 13:42:28

    Whatver hou do, have a wonderful Mother’s Day

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  8. Greg
    May 03, 2021 @ 14:49:54

    Have a great Mother’s Day! And that cake idea sounds so cool. It is hard when kids have t leave to go back to school or whatever…

    Have a good week!

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  9. Kathryn
    May 03, 2021 @ 15:51:25

    Just flicked over to read your Beth O’Leary review. While road journey books aren’t really my fave I have liked her other books and now reading your thoughts I am drawn to giving it a go. Best of luck with that cake.

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  10. tbretc
    May 03, 2021 @ 22:00:15

    Before You Knew Me sounds really good! And great cover.

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  11. Mystica
    May 03, 2021 @ 22:08:25

    Its coming up to two years since I’ve seen my children and it is now getting pretty hard. I have days when I feel that life is just not worth it they so far away. I miss the grand children, my husband hasn’t seen two of them at all. Now we in Sri Lanka are on a third wave, a UK variant which is unforgiving.
    Reading is keeping me sane.

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  12. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 03, 2021 @ 23:19:41

    I am eager to read The Road Trip…and I’m curious about Cunning Women. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  13. Jamie @ The Fantasy Princess
    May 03, 2021 @ 23:29:30

    Glad to hear that things are going back to normal for you. The cake idea sounds fun! Hope you have a great week and a Happy Mother’s Day!

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  14. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    May 03, 2021 @ 23:40:22

    Hope your Mother’s Day turns out to be wonderful. Glad things are returning after the flood.

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  15. Kathy Martin
    May 04, 2021 @ 00:57:02

    Sounds like a busy but happy time for your family. Mother’s Day is just another day for me. My parents are both gone and I’ve never married. Nice looking assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  16. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 04, 2021 @ 04:26:10

    It’s a family sort of week. It’s nice things are opening up again.

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  17. gulfsidemusing
    May 04, 2021 @ 04:56:17

    Sounds like things are getting back to normal for you after the floods… happy to hear that. Not sure what we’ll do here for Mother’s Day. Fingers crossed my husband and daughter remember it! I’ll send my mother flowers and a book, and we’ll have a family zoom call with my siblings. Have a good week.

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  18. yvonne473
    May 04, 2021 @ 06:22:52

    I’m glad things are starting to open up again. The Rachael Johns books sounds really good. Hope you have a great week!

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  19. Melinda
    May 04, 2021 @ 08:12:38

    If you do end up making a Medieval Stronghold cake for your son’s birthday, please post a picture! I’m so impressed–I can’t even frost a cake without spreading crumbs around!

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  20. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    May 04, 2021 @ 11:15:24

    Glad to hear things are getting back to normal for you and your family! Happy reading!

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  21. Katie Fitzgerald
    May 04, 2021 @ 14:22:00

    I loved Beth O’Leary’s The Switch and definitely want to check out The Road Trip. I got Mother’s Day cards in the mail for my mother and mother-in-law in what I hope will be enough time for them to get there. It snuck up on me! My kids are not-so-secretly planning a tea party for me that I hope will not result in a big mess for me to clean up!

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  22. sjhigbee
    May 04, 2021 @ 21:43:59

    Oh my goodness – you certainly have a busy family time coming up with birthdays and then there’s Mother’s Day… Ours was back in March and was something of a blur as we were still quite sick back then. I feel for you missing your youngest daughter so much – it’s hard coping when they come and go. Especially when they go… I hope the coming week is a good one, Shelleyrae, with plenty of cracking reads to tuck into.

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  23. Jen at Introverted Reader
    May 05, 2021 @ 03:36:48

    My goodness, your month will be busy with all those birthdays and holidays! I’d love to see the castle cake if you make it.

    I’m glad your son and husband are able to return to work. I saw some of your pictures on Instagram and the flooding looked scary.

    Enjoy your week!

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  24. RAnn
    May 05, 2021 @ 11:55:50

    How to mend a broken heart sounds good–and its set in my town!

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  25. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    May 07, 2021 @ 05:29:23

    Your son’s cake promises to be amazing! I hope you’ll post pictures next Sunday!

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  26. hibernatorslibrary
    May 08, 2021 @ 09:23:59

    Good luck on the cake! I hope you include a picture of it next week.

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