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…

We had a lovely family lunch on the weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day, my eldest sons 17th birthday last week, and my eldest daughter’s 25th birthday which is this week.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…


The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison by Meredith Jaffe

Take Me Home by Karly Lane

Lost Property by Helen Paris

Vanished by James Delargy

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New Posts…


Guest Post:
Reading, Rioting and Libraries {The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison} by Meredith Jaffé

Review: The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison by Meredith Jaffe

Review: How To Mend A Broken Heart by Rachael Johns

Review: Take Me Home by Karly Lane

Review: China Blonde by Nicole Webb

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


WOULD YOU SAVE THE MAN WHO DESTROYED YOUR LIFE?

When paramedic Megan Lowe is called to the scene of an attempted murder, all she can do is try to save the victim. But as the man is lifted onto a stretcher, she realises she knows him. She despises him. Why should she save his life when he destroyed hers?

Jess Foster is on her way home when she receives a text from Megan. Once best friends, the two women haven’t been close for years, not since the night when they were just the teenage girls whom no-one believed; whose reputations were ruined. All Jess can think is, you had it coming.

Now Megan and Jess are at the centre of a murder investigation. But what secrets are they hiding? Can they trust one another? And who really is the victim?

Perfect for fans of C.L. Taylor, Lucy Foley and Lisa Hall, You Had It Coming is a thrilling tale of suspense and dark secrets.

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Revenge doesn’t wait for permission.

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned by her single mother that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected her mother’s fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of: a loving lawyer husband, two talented teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.

Until the day she awakens and sees a witch peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.

Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school . . . just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child.

To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of tragedy and shocking secrets that could destroy everything she loves. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Bree to dangerous places, explosive confrontations, and chilling truths.

Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?

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The astonishing story of James Hardy Vaux, writer of Australia’s first dictionary and first true-crime memoir.

If you wear ‘togs’, tell a ‘yarn’, call someone ‘sly’, or refuse to ‘snitch’ on a friend then you are talking like a convict.

These words, and hundreds of others, once left colonial magistrates baffled and police confused. So comprehensible to us today, the flash language of criminals and convicts had marine officer Watkin Tench complaining about the need for an interpreter in the colonial court.

Luckily, by 1811, that man was at hand. James Hardy Vaux – conman, pickpocket, absconder and thief, born into comfortable circumstances in England – was so drawn to a life of crime he was transported to Australia … not once, but three times!

Vaux’s talents, glibness and audacity were extraordinary, and perceiving an opportunity to ingratiate himself with authorities during his second sentence, he set about writing a dictionary of the criminal slang of the colony, which was recognised for its uniqueness and taken back to England to be published.

Kel Richards tells Vaux’s story brilliantly, with the help of Vaux’s own extraordinarily candid memoir of misdeeds – one of the first true-crime memoirs ever published. Kel’s book combines two of his favourite subjects: the inventiveness, humour and origins of Australian English, and our history of fabulous, disreputable characters.

With echoes of The Surgeon of Crowthorne as well as Oliver Twist, Flash Jim is a ripping read – especially for those who appreciate the power of words and the convict contribution to our idiom.

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    May 17, 2021 @ 03:27:52

    Mother’s Day are always special!

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 17, 2021 @ 03:39:56

    I love the photo of you with your family. I’m envious of you being able to get together with everyone. We want to get together, but not everyone has been vaccinated.

    I look forward to seeing what you think of Mother May I. It looks like a solid read.

    And I’m curious about Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison. Off to see what you thought of that.

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  3. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 17, 2021 @ 04:52:57

    It’s great you had family all together to celebrate.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  4. thebookdisciple
    May 17, 2021 @ 05:36:16

    Glad you had a good mother’s day with family. Have a great week!

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  5. Helen Murdoch
    May 17, 2021 @ 13:30:51

    How nice that you all got a chance to get together. I’m hoping that will happen for me this summer.

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  6. Greg
    May 17, 2021 @ 14:46:43

    Aw what a nice pic! Congrats on all those wonderful things!! 🙂

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  7. Kathryn
    May 17, 2021 @ 15:51:45

    Lots to celebrate for sure. I have Joshilyn Jackson’s book on my wish list. I will most likely listen to the audio, she generally does an excellent job narrating her own books.

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  8. Stephanie - Bookfever
    May 17, 2021 @ 21:11:09

    Lovely picture! 😀

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  9. sydneyeditor1
    May 17, 2021 @ 21:22:20

    You Had it Coming is totally my cut of tea — that blurb sounds delicious!!

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  10. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 17, 2021 @ 22:09:41

    I loved Mother May I. Hope you do, too, and that you have a great week. Great family get-together! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  11. Penelope
    May 18, 2021 @ 00:32:41

    What a great photo! So glad you and the family had such a great day 🙂 I hope you enjoy your current reads and have a great week!

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  12. gulfsidemusing
    May 18, 2021 @ 00:56:45

    It’s wonderful to have family celebrations again. Everyone looks so happy!
    Have a great week.

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  13. Lindsi
    May 18, 2021 @ 01:18:42

    I’ve been curious about Mother May I! I hope you enjoy it. I’ll look for your review. 🙂 I’m glad you were able to get together for Mother’s Day and birthdays!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  14. Louise H
    May 18, 2021 @ 01:28:54

    So lovely to have family together. We are hoping to have some around next weekend, though restrictions mean we have to meet outside still.
    I love the look of Flash Jim – who knew the origin of those words!

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  15. Mia is mine
    May 18, 2021 @ 01:38:04

    The Girl Remains and The Dressmaker sound like excellent reads! You always post such interesting reads!

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  16. Kathy Martin
    May 18, 2021 @ 02:47:00

    Great picture and nice assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  17. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    May 18, 2021 @ 04:58:39

    What a great family photo! Congrats on all the birthdays! Hope you have a great week.

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  18. Cheryl @ I Heart Fictional People
    May 18, 2021 @ 05:13:10

    You Had It Coming sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. yvonne473
    May 18, 2021 @ 10:23:00

    What a very lovely photo of your family! It sounds like you had a nice time. Hope you have a great week!

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  20. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 18, 2021 @ 21:42:01

    It looks like you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    Flash Jim sounds interesting.

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  21. Susan
    May 19, 2021 @ 01:56:37

    What a nice family photo! Happy Mother’s Day & Birthdays! Plenty to read this week,
    Enjoy.

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  22. Mystica
    May 20, 2021 @ 11:24:24

    That family photo is so very nice.
    Belated greetings.

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