Watching What I’m Reading . . .

Well, the office never got finished during the week as our new aluminium joinery arrived Monday and I had builders here all week fitting it. I seem to have spent my week cooking morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas, and cleaning up behind them. So now we’re all double glazed and with the stacker doors we installed, we now have a wonderful indoor/outdoor flow. But I do have a lot of stopping and painting ahead of me this week.

It is my cousin’s birthday today. She’s seventy-nine and had her children and grandchildren to lunch today. We are meeting up for coffee and cake tomorrow.

Currently I am reading: A Life Without Water by Marci Bolden. I do love this author. Reading her books is like sitting down with an old friend. A Life Without Water is the first in A Life Without series, and I have the other two lined up right behind it, ready to go.

The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 edited by Alafair Burke

and I am listening to The Second Marriage written by Jess Ryder and narrated by Rosamund Hine, which is absolutely delicious!

This week I am planning to read: The Widow by K.L. Slater

My husband was not a monster. No matter what they say…

The day my husband, Michael, stepped in front of a lorry after being questioned by the police, my world fell apart. He was devoted to me and our six-year-old daughter. But they’d connected him to the disappearance of a young mother from our tiny village.

Now I stand at Michael’s funeral, clutching my little girl’s hand, with tears in my eyes as I insist to all our friends that he died an innocent man. Yet the questions have started, and nothing I say will stop them digging for the truth.

But none of them can read the secrets in my heart, or know about the phone I found hidden in his toolbox…

I’m determined that my daughter will not remember her father as a monster. I will erase any hint of wrongdoing in this house whatever the cost.

Because to keep my daughter safe, the last thing I need is for people to start looking at me…

The Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons

My husband was not a monster. No matter what they say…

The day my husband, Michael, stepped in front of a lorry after being questioned by the police, my world fell apart. He was devoted to me and our six-year-old daughter. But they’d connected him to the disappearance of a young mother from our tiny village.

Now I stand at Michael’s funeral, clutching my little girl’s hand, with tears in my eyes as I insist to all our friends that he died an innocent man. Yet the questions have started, and nothing I say will stop them digging for the truth.

But none of them can read the secrets in my heart, or know about the phone I found hidden in his toolbox…

I’m determined that my daughter will not remember her father as a monster. I will erase any hint of wrongdoing in this house whatever the cost.

Because to keep my daughter safe, the last thing I need is for people to start looking at me…

and Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

Told in the intimate voices of unique and endearing characters of all ages, these tales explore desire and heartache, loss and discovery, moments of jolting violence and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A bookseller’s unspoken love for his employee rises to the surface, a neglected teenage boy finds much-needed nurturing from an unlikely pair of college students hired to housesit, a girl’s loss of innocence at the hands of her employer’s son becomes a catalyst for strength and confidence, and a proud nonagenarian rages helplessly in his granddaughter’s hospital room. Romantic, hopeful, brutally raw, and unsparingly honest, some even slipping into the surreal, these stories are, above all, about King’s enduring subject of love.

Eight new ARCs this week 🤦‍♀️, one of which I am already listening to: The Second Marriage by Jess Ryder

Other ARCs are: The Mark by Matt Brolly

The Perfect Neighbour by Susanna Beard, which I read during the week and the review for which will be posted this week

The Girl in the Ground by Stacy Green

The House Fire by Rosie Walker

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Dreaming of Flight by Catherine Ryan-Hyde

and No Less the Devil by Stuart MacBride

My reading schedule for the first six months is already looking quite daunting, and I still have 28 requests pending.

This week I have been in the Cotswolds in England; Menlo Beach, Victoria, Australia; Reading, England; all over England and America in various short story collections; and Houston, Texas. Have we crossed paths anywhere this week?

I have to take my car up to my son’s on Tuesday for a service, so I will get to see Luke and collect him from daycare. I am so looking forward to it. Nothing can replace hugs and cuddles.

Have a wonderful week everyone. ❤📚

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 scribbler. 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!

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

  1. Wow, you had a busy week. So happy for you that you are going to get to hug Luke as well as meet up with your cousin. It sounds like all the renovations are coming along nicely. I am glad you are enjoying The Second Wife, I have read mixed reviews, but will add it now. I hope you enjoy Life Without Water. It was the first Bolden book I read and she is now an author I watch for. I am working on catching up on her backlist. I was in Germany (Dachau and Auschwitz) and Hawaii during WWII, the new country of Israel, Jerusalem for the First Christmas, Edinburgh, Swedish Lapland, various settings around the US from coast to coast, the Scottish Highlands and London England. A whirlwind and I am racking up those airmiles. 💖🤗📚🌞✈

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    1. The cake turned out a little oilier than I expected, but it was still nice. And I went to town decorating it. . and then didn’t take a photo!🤦‍♀️ Carol enjoyed it,and it was lovely sitting out on her deck listening to the birds. ❤

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