Watching What I’m Reading . . .

After an absolutely beautiful summery (yes, even though it is the middle of winter here in New Zealand) morning, the wind is now whipping the trees, the temperature has dropped and rain is threatening. Of course,I was at work all morning….but at least the washing dried.

Where have you all travelled this week? I am currently in Sugarberry Cove, Alabama, courtesy of Heather Webber’s The Lights of Sugarberry Cove. It is an entertaining read and I really didn’t want to leave this wonderful family this morning to go to work.

I am still in the USA somewhere, I can’t pinpoint the location so if anyone can help me out here I would be grateful, listening to False Witness by Karin Slaughter.

Γ€nd I am also popping into Fairview near Hastings, England with Leah Mercer and A Mother’s Lie.

I have also been to the East Anglian Fens, Midgley/Hebden also near Hastings, England, and the Australian Central Queensland outback.

This week I am planning on reading The Dating Duel by Christine Cameron, an author ARC.

and The Butterfly Garden by Sophie Anderson which is requested after reading Carla’s wonderful review. (

I blamed my son for the death of my daughter…

When twenty-five-year-old Erin flees London for Cornwall and takes a job at Hookes End, a huge house clinging precariously to the Cornish cliffs, all she knows about it are the stories people tell. The owner, reclusive novelist and butterfly enthusiast Maggie, has kept the curtains of her dusty house drawn for many years. But now she is dying, and Erin, seeing the shadows that cross Maggie’s face, wants to help in any way she can.

Years ago, Maggie’s only son Lucas ran away to the other side of the world and the searing heat of the Costa Rican jungle. Maggie is desperate to see Lucas again – there is something she needs him to know.

Erin wants to help Maggie find peace. But when she travels to the warm white sands and tropical butterfly gardens of Costa Rica to find Lucas, it becomes very clear that he is hiding something too.

As Erin unravels the webs of deceit entangling mother and son, she learns about the terrible tragedy that changed their lives forever: the night when a little girl in a fairy nightdress went missing. But with Maggie’s time fast running out, is it too late for them to find the forgiveness they need to move on?

What are you planning on reading this week?

I have three new ARCs this week: The New Home by Chris Merritt

The Unusual Abduction of Avery Conifer by Isla Evans

And Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Have you read any of these, or do you have them on your reading list?

Have a wonderful week everyone! I am heading back to Sugarberry Cove B & B to find out what is happening……

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!

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

  1. I am glad you still get some nice days in Sandy. I have several of your books on my TBR: Heather Webber, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, and Chris Merritt. I spent most of my time this week in the good ole USA, however I time traveled a bit and stopped in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland during a time I am glad I was not alive (WWII). Right now I am in The Scottish Highlands (again time traveling) and the west of the US. Have a good week Sandy and enjoy all your upcoming books. πŸ“šπŸ’–πŸŒžπŸ˜€

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    1. My, Carla, you have been getting about! Yep, I am also glad we weren’t alive during the World Wars. Coping with Covid is the much easier option. At least we can still communicate with our loved ones. How are things in your neck of the woods? The travel bubble between NZ and Australia has closed again for 8 weeks. The only place we can travel to currently is the Cook Islands. Stay safe and read on, my friend. β€πŸ“š


      1. It is very weird, I can fly to the US, but I can’t drive across the border, not that I want to travel yet. Canadians are still being advised to not travel out of the country. We are letting people in, but they have to have a negative test within the last 72 hours (not the rapid ones) and if they don’t have proof of vaccination they have to quarantine for 14 days. I am gradually going out more, but still staying pretty close to home. Our vaccination rates are pretty good, but we still have a lot unvaccinated. Stay safe! πŸ˜·πŸ’–

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      2. We are booked for the first of our vaccinations 2nd August. New Zealand vaccinated all the border workers and those in the quarantine, medical centres and hospital workers first, then those with life threatening conditions. We are in the third wave of vaccinations. We don’t go far either…. And yes, being able to fly to the US, but not drive is very weird. You would be in far more danger flying. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈβ€πŸ“š

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      3. I am glad you are finally getting your vaccine, Sandy. We are at 80% 1 dose and 67% with 2 doses here in Ontario. The problem is the vaccinations seem to be stalling now. I am worried about the kids who can’t get vaccinated and the people who choose not to get it making them sick.

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    2. I completely understand that, Carla. I am watching what is happening in Britain with interest. They are going for the ‘herd’ approach where most, but not all, of the population is vaccinated and it’s back to business as usual. The anticipated sharp rise in cases that was anticipated is happening, but it will be interesting to see if it plateaus soon and then drops off, which is what they are predicting.


      1. What about the hundreds of thousands of migrants coming over our southern border that haven’t been tested and many are sick? Our stupid government is dropping them off all over the country in the dark of night, by the bus loads!!!

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      2. I agree that our governments are not handling this well at all. I can’t believe the flights that were still coming in from places that had high Covid rates, or the people going back to countries overseas with families, then returning. There are a lot of issues still out there, but I am a huge believer in vaccinations.

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      3. You really have to wonder, don’t you…. I think governments all over the world are the same. You have to fail a common sense test to qualify πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Don’t even get me started on the stupid things our government has done in the last couple of months!

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  2. Some lovely looking reads Sandy! I wonder if False Witness is one of those books that don’t really have a location and just could vaguely be set anywhere. As one that loves virtual travel those vague no city named ones can be a little let down.

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    1. Apparently it’s Atlanta, Georgia, Carla. I can’t have been paying attention. Not enjoying all the drug stuff, but other than that it’s a really good story, but very long! Almost halfway. β€πŸ“š

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    1. I have 26 requests pending, Susan, so it’s not as if I’m not trying. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ My husband says I am very trying at times πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ The gibstopper should be finished tomorrow. The painter comes in at the end of the week. As soon as he is finished, the flooring will be laid, then the appliances installed. Hopefully only another 2 weeks 🀞 You have a wonderful week of reading too, my friend. β€πŸ“š

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