Watching What I’m Reading . . .

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I’m late!

It’s been a hectic few days. A stomach bug has been raging through town. My neighbour and friend Helen is down with it. My husband came home from work today with it. I have staff off work with it which resulted in my working 11 1/2 hours yesterday. Fingers crossed that I can avoid it.

So, although it’s Monday, here’s my Sunday post.

Currently I am reading The Heartwood Hotel by Kerry McGinnis

Set in north Queensland outback, I am enjoying this read. Thanks Elise from the Waitomo District Library book group for recommending this. I will be reading more from this author.

I am also reading The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd. It’s excellent!

And A Mother’s Lie by Leah Mercer which I have only just started. This was previously titled Safe From Harm.

I am listening to Safe Witness by Karin Slaughter

This week I am planning on reading The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous

1988. Beth Soames is fourteen years old when her aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall, a rambling manor in the isolated East Anglian fens. The Averells, the family who lives there, are warm and welcoming, and Beth becomes fast friends with their daughter, Nina. At times, Beth even feels like she’s truly part of the family…until they ask her to help them with a harmless game–and nothing is ever the same.

2019. Sadie Langton is an actress struggling to make ends meet when she lands a well-paying gig to pretend to be a guest at a weekend party. She is sent a suitcase of clothing, a dossier outlining the role she is to play, and instructions. It’s strange, but she needs the money, and when she sees the stunning manor she’ll be staying at, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.

In person, Raven Hall is even grander than she’d imagined–even with damage from a fire decades before–but the walls seem to have eyes. As day turns to night, Sadie starts to feel that there’s something off about the glamorous guests who arrive, and as the party begins, it becomes chillingly apparent their unseen host is playing games with everyone…including her.

And The Marriage Mender by Linda Green

The only relationship she can’t save is her own . . .
Alison is a marriage counsellor. Her job is to help couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people’s problems is that you tend to take your eye off your own. Even when her husband’s ex Lydia arrives on the doorstep demanding to see her son, Alison thinks she can handle it.Β But what Alison doesn’t realise is that Lydia is the one person who has the ability to destroy their perfect family. And sometimes the cracks can run so deep that even a marriage mender can’t repair them . . .Β 

I received only three new ARCs this week, two Kindle format and 1 audiobook, False Witness by Karin Slaughter, which I started this morning.

Summer Island Sisters by Ciara Knight

And The Little Island Secret by Emma Davies

This week I have been to The Isle of Shura in Scotland, briefly to Riva in Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden. Where have your reading travels taken you this week?

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!

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

  1. Hope you avoid the β€œbug” Sandy!
    Love your book list!🀩 The Marriage Mender looks great! I’ll be watching for your review! Hope you love it!πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. All good so far thanks Carrie. Peter is going back to work tomorrow, but Helen has now developed a cough so I am taking her to the doctor tomorrow. About to settle down with a book and a cup of tea. Have been in and out of work several times today. The builders have left the house for the day and I have cleaned up behind them so now I can relax for a while. β€πŸ“š

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      1. Sounds like a handful juggling it all! Hopefully everyone will get well soon without passing it onto you and you will have a nice new kitchen too!πŸ˜ƒ

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  2. I sure hope you don’t catch the stomach bug, Sandy. Fingers crossed. I am so jealous that you got the Karin Slaughter audiobook, I was declined for it. I guess I will wait until my library gets it. Enjoy all your upcoming reads and stay healthy. Don’t let yourself get run down. πŸ“šπŸ’žπŸ˜πŸŽ§πŸ›Œ

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    1. I am trying to practice self care, Carla. I was so surprised that I was approved for the Karin Slaughter! But I was declined by Bookouture today . . . They do that once or twice a year, just to keep me on my toes I guess. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚β€πŸ“š

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      1. Glad to hear that Sandy, it is so important. I never know when I will be approved or declined with some publishers. There are some that NEVER approve me, but I keep asking. πŸ˜πŸ“šπŸ˜₯

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  3. Hope you didn’t catch the stomach flu, Sandy, that sounds awful. Thanks for these recs–Safe From Harm and The Little Island Secret both look really good to me. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yep, it got me in the end, J.P. Safe From Harm wasn’t as good as I expected, and I have yet to read The Little Island Secret. Enjoy your reads and thanks for dropping by. β€πŸ“š


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