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.