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.