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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Well I’m back! Had a wonderful time really though the weather was quite rough for half of the trip, and my youngest daughter was very seasick for the first day and a half. Unfortunately, though not entirely unexpected despite our best efforts, half of us, including me, have tested positive to CoVid on our return. We’d done so well to avoid it for so long so I’m disappointed. So far for me it’s just the sniffles but if I don’t post for a bit you’ll know why.

This was the view from the back of the ship coming in under the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Cast Aways of Harewood Hall by Karen Herbert

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Last Chairlift by John Irving

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New Posts…

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Review: Bournville by Jonathan Coe

Nonfiction November: New to my TBR

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #11

My Christmas Wishlist

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

A funny, heartwarming story about a feisty group of women who shake, spice, and heat things up with a “recipe” book for romance, from the bestselling author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

Newly installed at All Souls Lutheran, Mallory “Pastor Pete” Peterson soon realizes that her church isn’t merely going through turbulent waters, but is a sinking ship. With the help of five loyal members of the Naomi Circle, the young, bold minister brainstorms fundraising ideas. They all agree that the usual recipe book won’t add much to the parish coffers, but maybe one with all the ingredients on how to heat up relationships rather than casseroles will…

Pastor Pete has her doubts about the project, but it turns out the group of postmenopausal women has a lot to say on the subject of romance. While Charlene, the youngest member at fifty-two, struggles with the assignment, baker-extraordinaire Marlys, elegantly bohemian Bunny, I’m-always-right Velda, and ebullient Edie take up their contributions enthusiastically. After all, their book is really about cooking up love in all its forms.

But not everyone in the congregation is on board with this “scandalous” project. As the voices of opposition grow louder, Pastor Pete and these intrepid women will have to decide how hard they’re willing to fight for this book and the powerful stories within—stories of discovery, softened hearts, and changed lives.

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Timothy Blake returns in a tense, unputdownable thriller from the author of Hangman.

A Chinese astronaut is found dead in a NASA training environment in Houston, Texas. No one can explain how he got there. Amid fears of a diplomatic catastrophe, the CIA dispatches Timothy ‘Hangman’ Blake to investigate, because a convicted kidnapper works in the facility – someone Blake put away a long time ago.

Blake is deeply insane, afflicted by terrible urges he can barely control – but he’s also brilliant. Zara, his beautiful and deadly CIA handler, suspects a secret Chinese spacecraft is surveilling the United States, but Blake can see something much more sinister is going on. Something connected to the kidnapping seven years ago, to the technologies being developed at NASA, and to the serial killer known as the Texas Reaper.

Will Blake survive long enough to uncover the truth? And if he does, will anyone even believe him?

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Sometimes the end of the road is just the beginning

As a kid brought up on a cattle property in the New England Tablelands, Reggie Macleod vows she is going to swap the country for city life as soon as she can. And she’s followed her dream. Everything is going to plan.

Until one phone call rocks her world entirely.

Reggie’s parents have been badly injured in a car accident and they need her help to run the farm while her brother builds up their recently launched farmstay business. It was only going to be for a couple of months … but that was almost three years ago.

When Tim Warbois checks in to one of their cabins and extends his booking several times, all he seems to want is peace and quiet. But what is really going on under the surface? Is this new hope and purpose he’s discovered going to last?

Will Reggie and Tim manage to overcome the wounds of their pasts and build a new future?

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As she approaches thirty, dedicated nurse Ellen Sutton’s life is how she wants it – well, almost. Her younger sister, Carrie, seems to have it all sorted though: a successful hair business, a devoted new boyfriend and a rosy future together. Even Ellen’s brother, Bodhi, is settled with his petite, super-chill chef girlfriend, Ingrid. So why does Ellen suddenly give up her career and family for the red dust and toil of an outback cattle station? She’s never run from anything before – it’s new territory in more ways than one.

But Ellen can’t run forever. And a family camping trip to Western Australia’s beautiful Karijini country brings the three women together once again.

This trip won’t be the dream camping holiday for any of them. But one way or another, it will show them the truth. The Wrong Sister is a heartfelt story about dreams, the importance of family and finding your true self.

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Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR @thebookdate #SundayPost @Kimbacaffeinate #SundaySalon @debnance This week I’ll be reading #LastCircleofLove #Headcase #WishYouWereHere #TheWrongSister

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Garrulous Gwendoline
    Dec 05, 2022 @ 23:12:30

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hopefully you will still feel like reading.

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  2. Mystica
    Dec 05, 2022 @ 23:27:05

    I really hope you’ve got a mild attack

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  3. Beth F
    Dec 05, 2022 @ 23:46:02

    Oh no! Hope everyone feels better soon. Lovely view, tho, as you returned home. Headcase looks like a good read. It’s completely new to me.

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  4. Tammy
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 00:55:04

    I’m glad your trip was a good one, despite Covid! It seems I’m hearing that a lot from people who come back from vacation, so you’re not alone. I hope your family recovers soon😁

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  5. Tina
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 01:48:40

    I’m so sorry to hear you have Covid and I hope you, and your family, get over it soon. Ugh!

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  6. Kathy Martin
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 02:32:07

    I hope you feel better soon. Your books for this week look really good. I hope you enjoy them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 03:06:57

    I’m glad you were able to enjoy your trip but so sorry you have Covid. We just aren’t going to many places and masking when we do. Since we are homebodies most of the time anyway, it’s not too bad. I love to travel so someday we will but I’m not yet ready.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  8. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 03:38:09

    I am rooting for a mild case and speedy recovery for you! So far I have ducked a positive test, although I was exposed and took a test twice…both negative. I think my luck will run out at some point, however, as I am out and about more during these holidays.

    Stay safe and enjoy your week. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 08:20:25

    I’m glad you are back, but I’m sorry that you picked up Covid while you were away. That has happened to a lot of people, I think. Hopefully, your case will be very mild and you will feel better quickly.

    And you do have some good books to read through if your case is not too horrible…

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  10. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 10:54:43

    Oh no!!! When I had it it was just the sniffles so hopefully you just stay that way too. 🙂

    And Lorna Landvik!! I love her. I will have to look for that one!

    Feel better soon!

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  11. Literary Feline
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 11:16:31

    I am glad you enjoyed your trip but am sorry to hear you are now sick. I hope you are feeling better soon. The cover for Last Circle of Love is so cute. It makes me want to pick it up and take a closer look. It sounds good too. I hope you are able to get some good reading in while you rest and get better! Take care.

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  12. WendyW
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 12:44:19

    I hope you feel better soon and nothing gets worse. I’m glad you had a nice vacation!

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  13. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 17:19:01

    It sounds like you had a lovely holiday! That’s a beautiful picture. I’m sorry some of you tested positive for covid. I hope no one has a bad case and everyone recovers quickly. Welcome back!

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  14. Laurie C
    Dec 06, 2022 @ 23:00:36

    Hope you’re well enough to keep reading through it! Two colleagues of mine who had also escaped catching Covid all this time, got sick right after Thanksgiving. It’s definitely still going around, but I’d hate to go back to not being able to travel again, even though there’s a risk.
    I’ve got to add Lost Circle of Love to my TBR!

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  15. Jinjer
    Dec 07, 2022 @ 02:07:47

    I’m glad you had a wonderful time and hope that Covid doesn’t venture past the sniffles for you.

    Looks like you had the ship to yourself in that picture!

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  16. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Dec 07, 2022 @ 02:33:53

    I’m glad you had a fun trip! Sorry about the COVID though. Hopefully it stays mild. It kicked my butt for 8 days when I caught it.

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  17. Melinda
    Dec 07, 2022 @ 02:48:42

    I’ll be interested to hear what you thought of the Lorna Landvik book. I loved her earlier books, but her later books didn’t work for me. I keep hoping she’ll recapture her earlier magic. Have a great week!

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  18. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 08, 2022 @ 12:00:12

    So sorry to hear you got Covid, but at this point it feels inevitable. I hope you all have a mild case!

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  19. The Cue Card
    Dec 08, 2022 @ 21:38:09

    Now where did your ship go to? Poor you – this awful covid. I hope you feel better soon.

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