Watching What I’m Reading…

March! It feels like it should still be January…I am not ready for autumn, not at all. Or winter. I love the long, light days. I hate getting up in the dark to go to work, then coming home in the dark again, the fog, the rain, the cold…. I probably live in the wrong country entirely.

Currently I am reading The River Home by Hannah Richell whose writing I love. I only started this late last night, but already she has drawn me into the story with her wonderful, though not always likeable, characters. I really am not sure what has gone on in the past between Margot and her mother Kit. I am look ing forward to finding out!


I have only just started listening to The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton, a new author for me.


This week I am planning on reading The Orphan House by Ann Bennett, another new author for me.


As she looks at the baby wriggling in her father’s arms, a bolt of recognition goes through her and she takes a step back. And it’s in that moment that she begins to protect her father’s secrets.

1934, Weirfield-on-Thames. Connie Burroughs loves living in the orphanage that her father runs. Exploring its nooks and crannies with her sister, hearing the pounding of a hundred pairs of feet on the wooden stairs, having a father who is doing so much good. But everything changes the day she sees him carrying a newborn baby that he says he found near the broken front gate. A baby she recognises…

Present day. Arriving at her father’s beloved cottage beside the river, Sarah Jennings is hoping for peace and quiet, to escape her difficult divorce. But when she finds her father unwell and hunched over boxes of files on the orphanage where he was abandoned as a child, she decides to investigate it herself.

The only person left alive who lived at Cedar Hall is Connie Burroughs, but Connie sits quietly in her nursing home for a reason. The sewing box under Connie’s bed hides secrets that will change Sarah’s life forever, uncovering a connection between them that has darker consequences than she could ever imagine.

And Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer, yet another new author for me.


With her father recently moved to a care facility for his worsening dementia, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

As she picks through the clutter, she finds a loose journal entry in what appears to be her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing their mother died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker. Beth soon pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the loving father Beth and her siblings know. With a newborn of her own and struggling with motherhood, Beth finds there may be more tying her and her mother together than she ever suspected.

I have just looked at my reading schedule for March, and it is scary….very scary! I think I may have over-committed myself, just a little.Ce la vie!

Only four new ARC’s this week…still two more than what I planned on. Yes, you know all about my lack of will power when books and/or chocolate are involved.

They are: One of Us Is Lying by Shalini Boland


The House Guest by Mark Edwards


My Husband’s Lie by Emma Davies


and finally, The Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia Scanlan


Off to do some reading! Have a happy weekend all.


Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

7 thoughts on “Watching What I’m Reading…”

  1. I have also been picking up a lot of new authors lately. I do enjoy Kelly Rimmer’s books and have this one to read as well, I hope you enjoy it. I think I received three of the same books from Netgalley, so at least your post won’t have me adding more to Mount TBR. Such restraint Sandy. I am not crazy about winter either, which is why I am spending 12 weeks in Florida. I will be heading home soon, but it will be spring at home. Enjoy the rest of your weekend Sandy. 📚🌞😊💕

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    1. And you yours, Carla. I have a fairly busy week with end of our financial year looming, courses to attend, wage and performance reviews to conduct. But I am having a day out tomorrow and going to the hairdresser and then off to pick up my grandson from daycare and spend some one on one time with him. Yay!!!! I am allowed to drive again (thank goodness!)


      1. That is awesome, glad the foot is somewhat better. It is always great to have a day off, but it looks like your is loaded with lots of fun and relaxing things. Enjoy your day and prepare yourself for your upcoming busy week.

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