April 23, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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And another week passes. It was a pretty busy one for me, a trip to the hospital with my sister, a friend for the day, lunch out with my group of retired teachers, a five year old birthday party another day (aren't they the best!)  And I did quite a bit of patchwork too!

I enjoyed my reading. The weather is definitely Autumn now but lovely the last few days. Today I am getting some extra screens in my sun area so I am really looking forward to next summer when I can more open doors and windows. I hate flies so I will only open screen windows. I don't have enough but now I will.                                                 

What I read last week:

I finished this library book. Enjoyed it although not my favourite Jane Green.

I am almost finished this one so I will count it here. I really enjoyed it and review will follow. English author Jill Mansell always delights me with anything I've read of hers.

I am still listening to The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey and loving it.

What I am reading at present:

I have been meaning to read this for a long time.  It's borrowed from the library and I think I am on my third renewal of it .... so time to slot it in!
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Up next:

I was happy to be invited to review this latest book from Graeme Simsion, so really interested to see what I think of it.
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Last Weeks Posts
The Family Gathering    Robyn Carr
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April 18, 2018

The Family Gathering. Robyn Carr

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Published:MIRA
Date:  17th April 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Little Bird Publicity and NetGalley
Rating:
5 stars          Add to Goodreads
Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his older brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.

Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.

When all of the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.


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Every so often I look forward to reading a certain book and then feel a little let down when I read it.  Not so with The Family Gathering, #3 in Robyn Carr's Sullivan's Crossing. I love, love, loved every word of it.

I've come to love this little community and the spirit that exists among them.  And I really looked forward to brother Dakota's story and it was everything that I wanted and more. Yes more! Because we had updates of Maggie and Cal and little Elizabeth. We saw Sully from time to time, and Connie and Sierra's story is furthered and in such a way that had my heart hurting and hoping at the same time.  And then the last sister Sedona - what a story for her too. Such a strong sense of family and community - my kind of read.

If that all sounds like you couldn't read this one without reading the previous two books - well you could because Robyn Carr does fill you in a unobtrusive way. However I am so happy to have followed the story from the beginning.

As soon as Dakota arrives and finds himself a little cabin in the woods I was hooked. Made me remember such a cabin in the Virgin River series.  I loved how he talks straight and tells people (women mostly) where he's at with them or not as the case may be.  I loved Sid too, she's had a knock back but in reality she is a very intelligent and strong woman. 

All the characters have such interesting back stories and it impinges on their lives now. This is not just some light romance, this is a story about people - their highs and lows and struggles. And their ultimate arrival on the path to redemption. And of course there is romance and in such a perfect way. 

I loved all the characters, Robyn Carr even includes the perfect nun, plus the oddest character around, we've met her in previous books and she is every bit as weird in this one, but has she finally met her match?

If you are a Robyn Carr fan this one is certainly for you. If you like a heart warming and emotional read, great characters and plenty to keep you involved in the plot then I say .... read it!

April 16, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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Well this week was weather week. It was book ended by Sundays where I wore a tee shirt and walked on the beach. In between it turned really cold. I hauled out every bit of winter clothing I had and put it on, got under a quilt with a hot water bottle to read. I was not turning the heat on in April. 

Today it is pouring with rain but not cold, but..... I have to drop my new car (January) to the panel beaters because I got too close to a large pole in the hospital underground carpark about two weeks after buying it! It scraped the paint on one door. It has to have a new door! They don't panel beat any more because of the material cars are made of. So I'll be carless for three days. No doubt I'll be very wet after walking home!

Listening to the news though seems USA has had a few weather bombs of its own, so I guess the planet is getting itself adjusted to changing seasons.
         

What I read last week:

I finished listening to The Endless Beach.  It was well worth the listen, a little bittersweet though. I'd love another one to follow this second one set on the island of Mure in Scotland.  So well narrated as well.

I also read these two, both interesting books, one a great beach read and one a bit of a mystery dual time line story.  Both review books so posts up eventually.
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What I am reading at present:

One from the library that my turn finally came for.  I am getting into it at present. 

And I will be listening to...
this one. Only a little way in, but it is well narrated and I am getting hooked!

Up next:

This review book turned up at the door this week. I had asked if I could read and review it back in November and got no answer and had forgotten about it!  Nice surprise as I enjoy a Jill Mansell book. Thanks Hachette NZ.

Last Weeks Posts
Mornings on Main  Jodi Thomas which includes a post from Jodi herself.

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April 10, 2018

Mornings on Main. Jodi Thomas

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Today it is my pleasure to welcome Jodi Thomas who is here to introduce us to her new book Mornings on Main - and so straight from her pen ....


I’ve always loved wandering the main streets in small towns.  Stepping into the shops.  Talking to the people.  Sometimes all you have to say is, “How are things going?” and an hour later you’re still listening. In MORNINGS ON MAIN, I wrote about the people of Laurel Springs.

Like most people in small towns, my daily life is woven between generations.  I never remember a time when I said, “I’m not sure what to do or which way to turn.”  I’ve always had relatives around, not only giving me advice, but pushing me in what they think is the right direction. So when I began MORNINGS ON MAIN I knew I wanted to show those threads.

My main character, steps into a town and a world foreign to her.  She’s a drifter who doesn’t pack even her memories as she moved from place to place. When Jillian takes a job in Laurel Springs, she finds far more than what she planned.  Eugenia Larady, Gram to her family, has owned a quilt shop for fifty years.  The quilts lining her walls hold the history of the town and its people.  As Gram’s mind slips, Jillian rushes to log all the stories and quilts with the help of Eugenia’s great-granddaughter, Sunny,who is hell bent to make her own wild memories as fast as possible. As the stories of lives in the town come to light, so do secrets and loves that have lasted a lifetime.  Jillian is drawn in and forced to question her lifestyle.

So step into my world of Laurel Springs,

                       


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In Mornings on Main there is another delightful story by Jodi Thomas, set in a small town in Texas that has perhaps seen better days. But what counts are the warm hearted characters that populate the town and with the touches of humor that Jodi Thomas does so well, this book was all I had hoped for.

But wait... there's more! I hadn't realised that one of the shops on Main is a quilting shop and that Gram, the darling old lady is a wealth of knowledge and has such a love for the many quilts that have found their way into her shop. I just loved finding out about the various quilts - their history and the way in which they told  the stories of people from the town.

Wandering into this small town is Jillian - a wanderer since birth really. She now has nobody - totally alone, her father ditched her when she started college, and she has kept up the wandering ways she learned as a child with him. Right from the beginning she has made it clear, she isn't stopping, just spending a few months and then moving on.

Connor is the mayor, and owner of a lot of property in the town. But that doesn't make him rich as a lot of it is now land with old disused factories that knew better times. He is a part time unpublished writer, father of teen Sunnie and carer of his ageing Gram. It sure keeps a man busy. When he meets Jillian though, his heart begins to pine for something he has been assured he can't have.

So the mix of the quilting, the interaction of the characters, the small mysteries, the humor and warmth of the story kept me happily reading along. Yes and some romance too of course, sweet and gentle - perfect. For more than one set of characters too!

And of course it all ended too soon, I so hate leaving these small towns where I feel like I could just fit in so well.

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Published: Harlequin
Date: 10th April 2018
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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April 9, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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I had a very slow reading week, I spent a few days ferrying my sister who is ill to various appointments and my days just seemed to slip by. I also had an appointment myself in the city and I did get a few hours listening to my audiobook as I went by train.  But other than that... not much reading!   

The day I went into the city hospital with my sister I did not read one word! I nearly always read every day. But traipsing around a hospital with someone in a wheelchair is enough in itself. I did well until I forgot to take the parking ticket out of the machine to get us out of the carpark. Thank you to the kind man who chased after me with it! Then I go to open the car and I can't find my car keys. Search.... panic.... search. While I am thinking what to do my sister takes my bag, searches around and finds the keys! What relief! 
                                                         

What I read last week:

This was a gentle read and I rather enjoyed it, with some small links to the world of quilting in it.
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What I am reading at present:

Still listening to my audiobook The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan, I do like it when I get round to listening to it that is.

I am almost finished this one and I have enjoyed it. Reading it for TLC book tour. The paperback of it is published this month, although hardback and ebook published last year.  I should finish it out today.
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Up next:

A review book thanks to Elizabeth.
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Last Weeks Posts
The Good Liar   Catherine McKenzie
Before I Let You Go   Kelly Rimmer

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April 5, 2018

The Good Liar. Catherine McKenzie

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Published:  Lake Union
Date: 3rd April 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 380
Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
4 stars                       Add to Goodreads
A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.


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Three women in this novel and a web of lies and deceits.  

In my opinion as I read :
  • One woman is a bit of a mystery
  • One woman is socially disturbed and I can't agree with her actions
  • One woman seems ordinary and caught in the cross fires of other people's mistakes, poor choices and the victim of disloyalty.
I know this story is going to have lots of revelations along the way, and one comes for sure mid-read. Now my mind is beginning to see many possibilities and schemes. I just need to read on and see where this goes.

There is Cecelia - mother of two, who is on her way to the building where her husband works and is just in time to see that building explode. Why was she going to meet her husband Tom?  Well eventually that is revealed.

Then we have Kate, who is taking care of two delightful twin boys in Canada. But she has only been there  a year and why did she flee the disaster - when she has a family of her own. Not cool.

Finally Frannie who maintains she is adopted and that one of the women killed in the explosion was her birth mother.

All through the story people lie in one way or the other. There was really only one woman I liked, the other two - not so much, although I might have felt sorry, no really I didn't feel sorry or sympathetic towards them.

This was a story that had some good twists and turns and revelations, the kind of book that kept me reading until I had finished it up in a day!

April 3, 2018

Before I Let You Go. Kelly Rimmer

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Published: Graydon House
Date:  3rd April 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Little Bird Publicity via NetGalley
Rating:
4.5 stars                        Add to Goodreads

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.
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Oh my! What a heart breaking read, so much of it dark and just so sad. Yet...  it is very real and at the same time is hope filled.

Lexie is the responsible sister, both herself and her sister Annie have had a tough upbringing after their father died and their mother after months of depression takes them to a closed religious group, whose values are far from mine. And as is sometimes the case hides those who are evil.

Both Lexie and Annie escape, Lexie becomes a doctor and becomes engaged to Sam, a fine young man - a doctor too and so very loving and understanding.  All through he supports Lexie in the days that follow after Annie returns pregnant and drug filled. And that's another difficulty because in Alabama that's a criminal offence.

What stands out is the love that Lexie has for Annie and vice versa. Both have had huge issues to deal with, my heart went out to both of them in their pain and struggle. Annie just can't share the shame she feels and Lexie can't ask for help. Both situations are so difficult. And yet amongst all this is the joy of Daisy, daughter of Annie, beloved by both Lexie, Sam and Annie.

The book explores serious issues in a way that for me the reader opened my heart to the characters, it wasn't easy to read in places, it made me feel so sad and yet at certain times my spirit was happy to see certain characters go from blindness to sight.

I don't want to give away the plot so enough. 




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