Watching what I’m reading . . .

I had no idea when I posted last Sunday that my next Sunday post would find New Zealand in lockdown, but here we are! I really am not complaining though. We went into lockdown on Wednesday, which I spent most of at work, shutting everything off and down. I went back to work Friday for a few hours to pay the taxes – even under lockdown, the government still expects to be paid – and touching base with our staff to make sure everyone is okay. 3:00 p.m. today we will be advised if lockdown is to be extended beyond Monday. I would lay money that it will as case numbers are still climbing daily, and they’re currently trying to trace over 5,000 contacts of those who are infected.

Still, we’ve been here before and no doubt will be here again. I am enjoying the break, although I will be back at work tomorrow to pay staff and apply for the wage subsidy and whatever else is available. In meantime we have been stripping wallpaper from the lounge walls and plastering, ready to paint. We are lucky that we can go online and order everything we need and have it delivered. Got to love the internet!

Anyway, let’s get to the real reason we’re here – books. Currently I am reading The Affair by Hilary Boyd, a new author for me. Connie, the main character, is a tour guide and I have enjoyed touring through Italy, Poland and the north of Scotland with her.

I am about to start Darkness Falls by David Mark

And I am doing a read/listen to The Unwelcome Guest by Amanda Robson. If you think your mother-in-law is the one from hell, check out Caprice!

This week I planning on reading What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor.

With the court date set for her divorce and the future she’d planned with a younger man presumably kaput, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to reviving her stalled marketing career. But that goal gets complicated when she unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance meeting with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Can she possibly accept them both?

Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There, she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

But first I need to read What’s Not Said, the first in the series, which I also have on my shelf.

Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and move in with Chris, a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice, are disrupted when she finds out Mike has chronic kidney disease—something he’s concealed from her for years. Once again, she postpones her path to freedom—at least, until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

But Kassie is no angel, either. As she struggles to justify her own indiscretions, the secret lives she and Mike have led collide head-on, revealing a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. Still, mindful of her vows, Kassie commits to helping her husband find an organ donor. In the process, she uncovers a life-changing secret. Problem is, if she reveals it, her own immorality will be exposed, which means she has an impossible decision to make: Whose life will she save—her husband’s or her own.

And The Selling Point by Marci Bolden.

Darby Zamora has always gotten by with work that suits her unique way of life, but success hasn’t exactly come easy. A former bridal seamstress, Darby gave up making custom gowns years ago. Her heart was always too big for her business’s pocketbook, until she comes up with a way to make an old business new again: The Un-Do Wedding Boutique.

Selling dresses online in her bridal consignment shop has merchandise flying off the virtual shelves. People are lining up not only to buy the dress overstock that Darby’s been holding onto, but she has new clients desperate for her to help them re-sell their unused wedding items.

But success comes at a steep price when ghosts from her past resurface and make Darby and her new company confront harsh realities of life and business. With the help of her friends Jade and Taylor, Darby is forced to reassess her business, rediscover herself, and ultimately find her selling point. 

Although, again, I need to read the first in the series, The Restarting Point.

Marketing executive and mother of two, Jade Kelly can now add cancer survivor to her list of successes. But while her life looks good on paper, four months out of treatment, Jade realizes she hardly knows her college-age children and she and her husband Nick are little more than housemates.

Determined to start over, Jade schedules a family vacation to a lakefront cabin. When her kids bail and Nick stays home to handle a last minute work crisis, Jade heads to Chammont Point alone, determined to dust herself off and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

While she’s away, the life she thought she had unravels. Secrets, lies, and old wounds drive Jade into new adventures and new relationships. With the help of family and new found friends, Jade learns starting over sometimes means finding a brand new restarting point.

So fingers crossed that lockdown continues, otherwise I won’t get the lounge finished, or meet my reading target.

I have 6 new ARCs this week plus one audio ARC. They are:

A Matter of Time by Claire Askew

Now I Found You by Mila Oliver

The Killer in the Snow by Alex Pine, another 2nd book in a series where I still have the first, The Christmas Killer, to read 😱

The Editor’s Wife by Clare Chambers, a new author for me.

Afraid of the Light by Douglas Kennedy, an author adore

And The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker

The audio ARC that I received is Whisper Cottage by Ann Wynn Clark and narrated by Lauren Moakes, who I don’t believe I have listened to previously.

Where have your book travels taken you in the past week? I have been in a small village in the mountains of Greece in both 1942 and just prior to Covid; Dublin, Ireland; Warsaw, Poland in 1944 ; and London, England in both 1944 and 2019; and Venice, Lake Como, and Verona, Italy, the north of Scotland, and Somerset, England pre-Covid. Have we crossed paths?

And now I am going to bid you arivederci and watch the final 20 laps of the Indy racing from St Louis, Mo., where rookie Kiwi, Scot McLaughlin is coming 4th!

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!

18 thoughts on “Watching what I’m reading . . .”

  1. I’m so sorry you are in lockdown again Sandy, though looks like you have some amazing reads to occupy your time! Happy reading and stay safe!🤓📚💖

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    1. I am sorry for the people who have unwittingly contracted Covid-19, Kaceey, but I am quite enjoying not having to rush off to work each morning, and having time during the day to read. I am also sleeping much better. They say every cloud has a silver lining….❤📚

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  2. Yes so thankful for internet and shipping during lockdowns! I’m still dong curbside delivery and ordering online whenever possible…I may never go into a store again! Sounds like you’re making the best of it.

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    1. I am sorry to hear that Ashmita. I enjoy the chance to read and relax and catch up on things that get missed when I am working all week. I hope your situation improves soon. ❤📚


  3. It is tough to be in lockdown again, but we need to do what is necessary to beat this. Does this mean your son can’t come, Sandy?? 😥😥We are in stage 3 of reopening so there are a lot of restrictions still. I pretty much stay home unless I have to go out, shopping etc. I have gone into a few stores for groceries, but I go at 7:00 in the morning before it gets crowded, otherwise, I do curbside pickup. Let’s see, where have I been this week? I have spent a lot of time in the US. Nantucket again, out west in ranch country, Memphis Tennessee, Washington DC, and the New England states. Then I was also in Europe (the UK during WWII, the countryside outside of London, London and finally in Paris again during WWII).

    Whisper Cottage and The First Day of Spring are calling to me, so off I go to see if I can find them. Enjoy your week reading, painting and relaxing a bit. 📚🤷‍♀️😀💞

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    1. I hope you get those two books, Carla. Yes, it means that Kyle is unable to come home, but he seems to be coping just fine at the moment and when the bubble reopens he will be home so we’re both looking forward to that.
      We may have walked past one another in London and not realised it 😂🤣. Happy reading and happy virtual travels this week Carla. ❤📚🥂

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      1. I want him to be safe more than I want to see him Carla. There is no Covid where he is. The thought of him being on a plane with hundreds of other potentially infected people scares me. As much as I want to see him, right now I am happy he’s where he is. ❤📚

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  4. We have crossed paths in Greece during the same time period! Beyond the Olive Groves by Kate Hewitt had me in Greece during WW II.

    I just finished a book called Northern Spy by Flynn Berry that I couldn’t put down. That one takes place in northern Ireland, Belfast area. I love the idea that you right where you have traveled via books and they want to do that as well.

    Sorry to hear you were in lockdown. Currently in Florida our governor is holding schools hostage by withholding funding if they demand the children wear mask. It’s so dismal

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    1. We certainly did cross paths, Tina, as I was reading the same book! Please don’t feel sorry for me being in lockdown, I love it! But then I am a hermit by nature. Everyone there over the age of 12 is now eligible for vaccination, and are also required to wear masks outside the home. Schools are currently closed. The government is to make an announcement at 4 pm today about whether lockdown is to be extended, right when we are getting our second Covid vaccination. I can’t see them bringing the North Island out of level 4 as case numbers are still rising daily. They may well bring the South Island out as there have been no cases down there and no Covid detected in the waste water. Stay safe Tina. ❤📚


  5. I’ve been in America, England, and I’m currently hanging out in space.

    Doesn’t sound like you’re upset about the lockdown enforcement. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are heading the same way in a month or two. They are just unable to get a handle on this thing. Enjoy your time off, Sandy! xx

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