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…

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I feel like I’ve had a busy week even though I’ve accomplished very little. Quite frankly I don’t think this week will be any different.

The boys have finished up school for the year, and both have gotten good results, my younger son topping Maths for his grade.

As of last Friday, my husband has started five weeks of vacation. Normally it would just be three weeks while the business closes over Christmas & New Year but because he has too many weeks owed to him, the boss insisted he use some of them up.

I still haven’t quite finished Christmas gift shopping, and I still need to pick up a few things for my Christmas menu.

I’m getting my booster shot tomorrow, my state has practically abandoned all Covid measures, and Omicron cases are rising rapidly. I’ll feel a little better when it’s done.

I was planning to take my husband out to dinner for his birthday on Thursday, but we’ve decided it’s probably better to be safe than sorry, so it will just be takeaway instead.

Then of course it’s Christmas!

I hope you all have a fabulous holiday, however you celebrate!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Long Weekend by Fiona Palmer

Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath

The Prodigal Sister by Darry Fraser

Bad Habits by Sarah Evan’s

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New Posts…

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Review: Canticle Creek by Adrian Hyland

Review: The Long Weekend by Fiona Palmer

Review: Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love—but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it.

At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit—beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?

Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.

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A homecoming snares a young woman in a dangerous tangle of lies, secrets, and bad blood in this gripping novel by the bestselling author of An Accusation.

Running from a bad relationship, journalist Jo Sharpe heads home to Arthurville, the drought-stricken town she turned her back on years earlier. While some things have changed—her relationship with her ailing, crotchety father, her new job at the community newspaper—Jo finds that her return has rekindled the grief and uncertainty she experienced during her childhood following the inexplicable disappearance of her mother and baby sister.

Returning to Arthurville has its unexpected pleasures, though, as Jo happily reconnects with old friends and makes a few new ones. But she can’t let go of her search for answers to that long-ago mystery. And as she keeps investigating, the splash she’s making begins to ripple outward—far beyond the disappearance of her mother and sister.

Jo is determined to dig as deep as it takes to get answers. But it’s not long before she realises that someone among the familiar faces doesn’t want her picking through the debris of the past. And they’ll go to any lengths to silence the little bird before she sings the truth.

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A popular sorority girl. An unsolved murder. A campus podcast with chilling repercussions.  

Lucas Vega is obsessed with the death of Candace Swain, who left a sorority party one night and never came back. Her body was found after two weeks, but the case has grown cold. Three years later while interning at the medical examiner’s, Lucas discovers new information, but the police are not interested.

Lucas knows he has several credible pieces of the puzzle. He just isn’t sure how they fit together. So he creates a podcast to revisit Candace’s last hours. Then he encourages listeners to crowdsource what they remember and invites guest lecturer Regan Merritt, a former US marshal, to come on and share her expertise.

New tips come in that convince Lucas and Regan they are onto something. Then shockingly one of the podcast callers turns up dead. Another hints at Candace’s secret life, a much darker picture than Lucas imagined—and one that implicates other sorority sisters. Regan uses her own resources to bolster their theory and learns that Lucas is hiding his own secret. The pressure is on to solve the murder, but first Lucas must come clean about his real motives in pursuing this podcast—before the killer silences him forever.

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Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light, featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies.

Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.

Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it—not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.

Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie - Bookfever
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 04:17:47

    Good luck with your booster!

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  2. Greg
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 05:28:53

    My Christmas plans have contracted a bit with Omicron, it’s bad here with hospitals over capacity so we’re scaling back a bit. Rough everywhere now I guess. I hope you guys have a nice holiday though and enjoy the birthday as well! 🙂

    The Sorority Murder looks good.

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  3. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 05:43:18

    I hope you stay safe and healthy so you an enjoy his vacation time. My hubby is supposed to be on vacation, but year end contracts are preventing that. So frustrating. At least he can work from home most days.

    Hope you enjoy your books. The Sorority Murder sounds good.

    Wishing you a blessed holiday.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2021/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-and_19.html

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  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 06:34:36

    Yay for the booster and the 5 weeks vacation! We are going to try to be careful with Omicron too. I got the Sorority Murder on audio for review!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  5. Cindy Davis
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 09:05:02

    I got my booster a few weeks ago. I hope you all have a great Christmas and enjoy your husband’s birthday! Happy reading! https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-11.html

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 13:31:51

    We’ve had out booster for several weeks. I can’t see how I could be much safer. With the two initial Covid shots, plus the booster, plus the pneumonia and the flu shots…whew! What more could I do?!

    The Santa Suit! Who could resist that one? It sounds lovely.

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  7. Kathryn
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 15:47:14

    We don’t have Omicron yet but a matter of time I guess. Today they moved the third or booster shot up so that you get it after 4 mths. It is that for me so guess I’ll look into it. Stay clear of it is as good as you can do and with a number in your family you need precautions. At least I live alone but I still interact with others. Will definitely follow up on that Fiona Palmer book.

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  8. Tammy
    Dec 22, 2021 @ 01:22:13

    Congrats on getting your booster! I really enjoyed A Marvellous Light. Hope you have a wonderful holiday😁

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  9. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Dec 22, 2021 @ 03:04:02

    Merry Christmas! Wishing you and your family all the best!

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 22, 2021 @ 04:49:14

    I’m glad you’re getting your booster, I felt better/safer after getting mine in November. The US is terrible with COVID rules/regulations, but at least living in California things are a bit better/stricter.

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  11. yvonne473
    Dec 23, 2021 @ 03:09:18

    That’s great that you are getting the booster. The Omicron is rising here too. The Santa Suit looks really good. Merry Christmas!

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  12. 🤍The Butterfly Reader 🖤 (Querying) (@sweet_cherry69)
    Dec 23, 2021 @ 03:19:32

    My state also quit any kind of Covid regulations and I’m back to getting dirty looks when I wear my mask inside stores. It’s crazy! I hope everything goes well with your booster! I’m getting mine after Christmas.

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  13. thebookishlibra
    Dec 25, 2021 @ 02:04:41

    Omicron is on the rise here too so I’m glad to hear you’re getting your booster. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  14. WendyW
    Dec 25, 2021 @ 13:38:08

    I’m glad you’re able to get your booster. I know we’re staying home more and keeping away from anyone for a while.

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