Watching What I’m Reading . . .

It is one of those glorious Indian Summer afternoons that we sometimes get in autumn. It is very cool early morning and evenings, we have taken to lighting the fire late afternoon, but the days are gloriously hot. I have been harvesting the last of the summer fruits and vegetables and giving the gardens a general tidy up. I have also been making plans for changes in the garden before next season as I struggle with our back yard. It is quite steep in places. I have also been rearranging furniture. I think tmoth will be pleased to get back to work Tuesday!

Currently I am reading The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls and am just loving it. It is due for publication 28 April, so preorder your copy now!


And I am listening to my very first ever CoHo title, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I will definitely be reading/listening to more by this author.


This week I am planning on reading The Orphan’s Gift by Renita D’Silva


1910, India. Young and curious Alice, with her spun-gold hair, grows up in her family’s sprawling compound with parents as remote as England, the cold country she has never seen. It is Raju, son of a servant, with whom she shares her secrets. Together, their love grows like roses – but leaves deep thorns. Because when they get too close, Alice’s father drags them apart, sending Raju far away and banishing Alice to England…

1944. Intelligent and kind Janaki is raised in an orphanage in India. The nuns love to tell the story: Janaki’s arrival stopped the independence riots outside the gates, as the men on both sides gazed at the starry-eyed little girl left in a beautiful hand-knitted cardigan. Janaki longs for her real mother, the woman who was forced to abandon her, wrapped in a precious gift…

Now old enough to be a grandmother and living alone in India, Alice watches children play under the tamarind trees, haunted by the terrible mistake she made fifty years ago. It’s just an ordinary afternoon, until a young girl with familiar eyes appears with a photograph and Alice must make a choice. Will she spend the rest of her life consumed by dreams of the past, or can she admit her mistakes and choose love and light at last?

And We Are Not In The World by Connor O’Callaghan


Heartbroken after a long, painful love affair, a man drives a haulage lorry from England to France. Travelling with him is a secret passenger – his daughter. Twenty-something, unkempt, off the rails.
With a week on the road together, father and daughter must restore themselves and each other, and repair a relationship that is at once fiercely loving and deeply scarred.
As they journey south, down the motorways, through the service stations, a devastating picture reveals itself: a story of grief, of shame, and of love in all its complex, dark and glorious manifestations.

And The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan


Everything seemed possible in the summer of 1951. Back then Betty Stern was an eighteen-year-old knockout working at her grandparents’ lakeside resort. The “Catskills of the Midwest” was the perfect place for Betty to prepare for bigger things. She’d head to college in New York City. Her career as a fashion editor would flourish. But first, she’d enjoy a wondrous last summer at the beach falling deeply in love with an irresistible college boy and competing in the annual Miss South Haven pageant. On the precipice of a well-planned life, Betty’s future was limitless.

Decades later, the choices of that long-ago season still reverberate for Betty, now known as Boop. Especially when her granddaughter comes to her with a dilemma that echoes Boop’s memories of first love, broken hearts, and faraway dreams. It’s time to finally face the past—for the sake of her family and her own happiness. Maybe in reconciling the life she once imagined with the life she’s lived, Boop will discover it’s never too late for a second chance.

And six new ARCs this week:

When She Was Good by Michael Robotham


Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer


Ten Little Words by Leah Mercer


Final Cut by S.J. Watson


Three Women and a Boat by Anne Youngson


And finally, Given in Evidence, a collection of crime short stories that is being published May 1st, so I shall probably sneak this read in next week also.


New Zealand drops to covid Alert Level Three on Tuesday which is exciting for me. As the daycare centres don’t open until Wednesday, I am caregiver for my three year old grandson Tuesday. It is over a month since I last saw him, so I am greatly looking forward to Tuesday.

Happy reading all. Stay safe. We will come out the other side of this. It may be different, but we will survive.


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!

6 thoughts on “Watching What I’m Reading . . .”

    1. I am, thank you. I am an hour up the road with my 3 year old grandson today. NZ has slightly eased the restrictions and as Dustin could reopen his business today, but has Luke today, and daycare doesn’t reopen until tomorrow….I am caregiver. You should see my smile 😊😍😷❤😍📚

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  1. You have quite and eclectic group of books here, enjoy them all. I am so happy that you get to spend time with your grandson, you must be so happy. Just remember to keep safe and I am glad that NZ is beginning to get back to normal. 👵😊😍😷

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    1. People are being idiots. We have been told to stay home unless working or caregiving for children of essential workers. But they have opened the fast food outlets for takeaways only. People aren’t observing social distancing. I can see another spike coming in our case numbers.
      Thank you. I had a lovely day with Luke. He wanted me to stay and for himself not to have to go to daycare. But now he is there, he is loving it. I had a videocall with his carer midmorning and he was playing quite happily. Peter is back to work – he drives a concrete truck. I have had a couple of hours at work today, just catching up on admin but we are closed until probably mid-May at the earliest. I must admit that I am not looking forward to getting back to work. I need to win Lotto so that I can retire. Perhaps I should start buying tickets – it might help 🤣😂 Stay strong and safe my friend. 😷❤😍📚


      1. We are open for take-out food at many restaurants. I have ordered a couple of times and gone to pick up, trying to help the local businesses. I have gone out to shop for groceries 3 times. Did some porch visits with my coffee ladies that I had not seen since Christmas and talked over the fence to my neighbour, but that is about it. Pretty much everything is closed. I have had my oldest grandson over once for 2 days and the princess twice for 2 days each to give my son a bit of a break as my daughter-in-law has been working. She works in the lab at a hospital so is an essential worker. Otherwise, staying home. I have to say being retired and collecting a pension makes this a lot easier for me that for so many others. 😷🙄💗📚

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      2. My neighbour and I have coffee a couple of times a week. We take chairs out onto our respective lawns and chat across the fence. Yesterday after I had been to work for a few hours I called at a friend’s house on the way home as her husband is away a lot. I stayed in the car and she on her porch and we chatted for nearly an hour. She is a very social person and has struggled with lockdown. I am glad you are getting to spend time with your grandchildren. I had missed Luke. 😷❤😍📚

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