Watching What I’m Reading . . .

We’re having another dismal weekend. It’s been damp and foggy. Luke has been with us for the weekend and I think that the weather is even getting him down. He certainly hasn’t been his normal bouncy self. He’s quite happy to snuggle up with a book or Paw Patrol. I hope that he is not coming down with anything else!

I didn’t travel quite so widely with my reading this past week, Nantucket and Maryland in the USA, and London, Devon and the village of Westenbury in England. Have you been anywhere exciting or exotic?

I am currently reading A Family Affair by Julie Houston


And I am also reading The Long Call by Ann Cleeves, the first book in the Detective Matthew Venn series, the second of which, A Heron’s Cry, I received last week.

This week I am planning to read Waiting to Begin by Amanda Prowse

1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shameβ€”and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.

2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed blissβ€”the hope, the trust, the joyβ€”Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.

Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?

And Fragile by Sarah Hilary

Everything she touches breaks . . .

Nell Ballard is a runaway. A former foster child with a dark secret she is desperate to keep, all Nell wants is to find a place she can belong.

So when a job comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands.

Only her new lodgings may not be the safe haven that she was hoping for. Her employer lives by a set of rigid rules and she soon sees that he is hiding secrets of his own.

But is Nell’s arrival at the Villas really the coincidence it seems? After all, she knows more than most how fragile people can be – and how easy they can be to break . . .

And I am going to be listening to The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter

They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.

Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighbourhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.

When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.

But the worst is beyond imagining.

As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.

They’re husband and wife – till death do them part…

I have five new ARCs this week:

The One to Blame by S.E. Lynes

The Evidence by K.L. Slater

Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt

The Wedding Night by Harriet Walker

and The Devil’s Choir by Martin Michaud

So, as you can see, my resolve to request less than what I have read didn’t last long, thanks in a large part to Carla of If you haven’t visited her site, pop over and see what she is reading.

Have a great week and happy reading!

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!

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

    1. Owen sent me a copy this week, Emma. Going to try and squeeze it in this week. I will be watching for your review. I am in Westenbury, a mythical village in the town of Midhope, half way between Manchester and Leeds today with Julie Houston’s A Family Affair.
      Happy reading β€πŸ“š

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    1. I already have 3 new ARCs towards next week πŸ€£πŸ˜‚. I went on a requesting spree last night when I couldn’t sleep. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ You have a wonderful week too Susan. β€πŸ“š

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  1. So sorry about your yucky weather, I hope you get some sun.🌞🌞 It is hot and humid here, but we opened my pool Friday. I have three of the ones you got this week, so I hope we both enjoy them. I sure hope you enjoy The Serial Killer’s Wife more than I did. The narration was good, but I could not relate to the main character at all, which makes it hard to enjoy a book for me. This week, I have traveled mostly around the US, with a quick trip to Mexico. I also had short visits to Ireland, England and finally ended up in Greece. Enjoy your week, Sandy. πŸ“šπŸ’œπŸ˜€

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    1. You have had a busy week, Carla. I was planning on starting The Serial Killer’s Wife today but then I went off to work and left my i-pod on the charger πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Couldn’t sleep last night and went on a requesting spree on Netgalley. Three of them were read now for me, so I am off to a good start! Have a wonderful week my friend. I hope you get a lot of use from your pool. β€πŸ“šπŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸ€½β€β™€οΈπŸ–β˜€οΈπŸŒπŸŒžπŸŒ‘


      1. I was very busy this week, so today, I swam, sat outside, putzed and didn’t do much at all. Glad you got a few new books, we don’t want to run out of things to read. πŸ˜‚πŸ’–πŸ“š

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      2. No, never! Glad you are having beautiful weather, Carla. Make the most of it. Wednesday looks good here, then it’s raining again for the rest of the week. ☁️🌧🌧🌧🌧

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  2. Love your list of books you added Sandy! I’ve curious about Ann Cleeves book. I am looking forward to your thoughts on that one.

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