Goodreads Monday [The Last Summer]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Judith Kinghorn books

I was lucky enough to receive three novels by Judith Kinghorn, from the lady herself (The Last Summer, The Snow Globe, and The Memory of Lost Senses) through the post the other day. So, I thought I’d pick one of them for this week’s post – they’re now on my Goodreads TBR list and all look great, but this one particularly!

Title: The Last Summer
Author: Judith Kinghorn
Publisher:

Publish date: 31 December 2012

The Last Summer - Judith Kinghorn

[Synopsis]

Clarissa is almost seventeen when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer – and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled. Tom is handsome and enigmatic; he is also an outsider. Ambitious, clever, his sights set on a career in law, Tom is an acute observer, and a man who knows what he wants. For now, that is Clarissa.

As Tom and Clarissa’s friendship deepens, the wider landscape of political life around them is changing, and another story unfolds: they are not the only people in love. Soon the world – and all that they know – is rocked by a war that changes their lives for ever.

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WWW Wednesday [11 October 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

Penhaligon’s Attic by Terri Nixon
The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde – Eve Chase
The A-Z of Everything [audiobook] – Debbie Johson

Reviews for all of the above will follow soon!

 

What are you currently reading? 

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

The Doll House – Phoebe Morgan. I’ve only just started this but it seems really good so far…!

What will you read next?

Yesterday– Felicia Yap (can’t wait!)

Shattered – Allison Brennan – but realized I haven’t read any of the others in the Max Revere series so I hope this won’t affect my enjoyment…!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

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Goodreads Monday [Left To Chance]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Today I’ve picked Left To Chance, a novel I’m hoping to be approved for on Netgalley (fingers crossed!) because it sounds really good! Otherwise I’ll likely buy this at some point anyway…

Watch this space!

Title: Left To Chance
Author: Amy Sue Nathan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish date: 21 November 2017

Left To Chance - Amy Sue Nathan

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[Synopsis]

No one knows why Teddi Lerner left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.

Twelve-year-old Shayna— talented, persistent, and adorable—persuaded “Aunt Tee” to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding. Even though it’s been six years since Shay’s mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend’s husband marrying someone else. But Teddi’s bond with Shay is stronger than the hurt.

Teddi knows it’s time to face the consequences of her hasty retreat from family, friends, and, her old flame, but when she looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same. That’s when she truly sees the hurt she’s caused and—maybe—how to fix it.

After the man she once loved accuses Teddi of forgetting Celia, Teddi finally admits why she ran away, and the guilt she’s carried with her. As Teddi relinquishes the distance that kept her safe, she’ll discover surprising truths about the people she left behind, and herself. And she’ll finally see what she overlooked all along.

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Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your ‘To Be Read’ (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

It is hosted by Miz B over at A Daily Rhythm.

As it’s my first, this post will be covering the last few weeks – but my track record with these kind of posts is that I forget to do them for a while!

I’ve included dates they were/ will be released, as some are already published and some are upcoming, and the format too.

My finds:

Death’s Privilege – Daryl Donaghue [6 Jan 2016] – ebook

[Synopsis]

Two suicides. One deadly connection.
New police procedural from former British Detective Darryl Donaghue.
Following disciplinary action, PC Sarah Gladstone, a happily married mother of two, is reluctantly enrolled onto Mavenwood’s fast-track Detective training programme.

As she begins her investigative training, her tutor, DS Dales, a long-serving British detective with the emotional scars to prove it, warns her about the insidious nature of detective work. He’s concerned that Sarah’s career will leave her as it’s left him—bitter and with a string of broken marriages.

When a woman is found dead in a luxurious hotel room, Sarah attends what at first appears to be a routine suicide. As the case turns into a murder investigation, she begins to uncover a disturbing pattern of sinister connections and unlikely suspects that leads her a little too close to home…

Like police procedural series? Like strong female detective novels? Get this crime fiction new release today.

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Need To Know – Karen Cleveland [25 Jan 2018] paperback

[Synopsis]

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.

What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.

Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?

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Crooked Man – Tony Dunbar [7 May 2012] ebook

[Synopsis]

A simple man with a refined palate, maverick New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet has a penchant for fishing, Old Fashioneds, off-track betting, and fighting evil while passing a good time.

His clients are all renegades from the asylum, including a transvestite entertainer with curious medical issues, a buxom deadbeat blonde, a doctor who refers his own patients to a malpractice lawyer, and the driver of a Mardi Gras float shaped like a giant crawfish pot. He also has his hands full with an ex-wife and three teenage daughters, who are experts in the art of wrapping Tubby around their little fingers. And somehow, between work and family, Tubby finds time to sample the highs and lows of idiosyncratic Crescent City cuisine, from trout meuniere amandine and French roast coffee with chicory to shrimp po-boys and homemade pecan pralines.

Tubby is asked to take on a new client: Darryl Alvarez, the manager of a local nightclub, who has been caught unloading fifteen bales of marijuana from a shrimp boat. At their first meeting, Darryl entrusts Tubby with an ordinary-looking blue gym bag. But when Darryl is later found shot at the nightclub, Tubby realizes he must tighten his grasp on the gym bag – and its million-dollar contents.

Tubby can’t just give up the cash. But if he gets caught, he’ll be in jail. And if the wrong people catch him, he’ll wish he was.

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Red Sister – Mark Lawrence [4 April 2017] ebook

[Synopsis]

I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

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Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future – Melissa Pimentel [27 July 2017] ebook

[Synopsis]

Everything is going to plan – until she marries the wrong man . . .

‘Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella . . . the feel-good book of the summer’ Cathy Kelly, Number One bestselling author

Jenny Sparrow can tell you her future:

1. Meet soulmate at 25
2. Move in with him
3. Marry him this year . . .

According to the plan Jenny made at thirteen, it’s time for her to get married. But when her boyfriend proposes a break instead of a wedding, a girls’ weekend in Vegas is the only solution . . . until she wakes up in a stranger’s bed, and discovers that this is the year she gets married – to the wrong man.

Jenny wants a quick divorce and her old boyfriend back.

But what if her accidental husband has other ideas?

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WWW Wednesday [4 October 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

As usual, I realised last time’s post had the incorrect date on so I’ve made extra sure that this DOES say 4 October… but the URL is wrong…. Sorry…!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz [review to follow]
Yellow Room by Shelan Rodger [part of the blog tour, my review coming on the 18th October!]

 

What are you currently reading? 

Penhaligon’s Attic by Terri Nixon
I’m also listening to the audiobook of The A-Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson.

What will you read next?

Pretty sure I said very similar – if not the same – titles as this on my last WWW post, but I think I got a bit distracted and read some books out of publication order…

As I’m trying to get through some of my paperbacks (trying to make room on my overflowing bookshelf!) I think I’ll read The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan next (been looking forward to reading this for a while now!) or I might go for one of my many Netgalley arcs – perhaps The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase or Yesterday  by Felicia Yap (yep, definitely said THESE EXACT THREE in my last WWW post!)

 

What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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Goodreads Monday [The Tea Rose]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Today I’ve picked The Tea Rose, the first in The Tea Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly. It focuses on East London in the late 19th century. I added it to my Goodreads list ages ago but haven’t quite got around to it – however it sounds a great read!

the-tea-rose

Title: The Tea Rose
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Series: The Tea Rose series
Publisher: Orenda Books

Publish date: 2 May 2006

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[Synopsis]

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match, and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it—a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

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WWW Wednesday [10 September 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

It’s been a good few weeks since I last did a WWW post (inconsistent as always!) so I’ll just focus on the last week in this post…

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

Unforgivable (DC Will MacReady, #2) – Mike Thomas [read my review here]
The Red Ribbon – Lucy Adlington [read my review here]
Did You See Melody? – Sophie Hannah [review to follow]

 

What are you currently reading? 

I’m listening to the audiobook of The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson, and I’m reading The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz.

What will you read next?

 

Either: The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase or Yesterday by Felicia Yap… or perhaps a paperback book (I really need to start getting through some of my bookshelf!) – so I might start The Doll’s House by Phoebe Morgan. So many possibilities!

What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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Goodreads Monday [A Suitable Lie]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!


Today I’ve picked A Suitable Lie; this is a book I’ve seen loads of rave reviews for and it sounds amazing. I definitely need to buy a copy soon – it’s on my ‘want to read’ list!

A Suitable Lie - Michael J Malone

Title: A Suitable Lie
Author: Michael J Malone
Publisher: Orenda Books

Publish date: 1 January 2017

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[Synopsis]

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match, and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it—a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

Have you heard anything about this book, or have you got it on your TBR list? 

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Goodreads Monday [The Red Ribbon]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!


Today I’m going to pick a book I’m very excited to have on the way from Readers First, and I can’t wait to read it – I love books set in WW2, and this looks like it shows the war from a slightly different perspective…

The Red Ribbon - Lucy Adlington

Title: The Red Ribbon
Author: Lucy Adlington
Publisher: Hot Key Books

Publish date: 21 September 2017

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[Synopsis]

Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might have all been friends together. But this was Birchwood.

As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz.

Every dress she makes could be the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival.

Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive.

Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration wth her captors, or is it a means of staying alive?

Will she fight for herself alone, or will she trust the importance of an ever-deepening friendship with Rose?

One thing weaves through the colours of couture gowns and camp mud – a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope

Have you heard anything about this book, or have you got it on your TBR list? 

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WWW Wednesday [30 August 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

It’s been a good few weeks since I last did a WWW post (inconsistent as always!) so I’ll just focus on the last week in this post…

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

Trying to catch up on books published in August, failing miserably particularly as I’ve been busy the last week with other events and activities so haven’t had a huge amount of free time to read. However here’s what I finished in the last week:

Dead Girls Can’t Lie – Carys Jones [I was on the blog tour for this – read my review here]
Hush Little Baby – Joanna Barnard [review coming soon]
Got You Back – Jane Fallon  – audiobook [review coming soon]

 

What are you currently reading? 

I’m listening to the audiobook of Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Also reading The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.

What will you read next?

I’m not sure – there are a lot of options, but perhaps either 31 Days of Wonder by Tom Winter or The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse… I’m off on holiday from Friday for 2 weeks (Malaysia!) so I’ll probably get through lots of books then!

What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!


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