Watching what I’m reading . . .

Happy holidays my bookish friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day filled with love and laughter. Our Christmas Day was quiet, but fun. Then Boxing Day we had an open house and friends dropped by throughout the day. It was a fun day and good to catch up with people we hadn’t seen for a while.

Currently I am reading The Girls by Bella Osborne which was published earlier this year. I am only a few pages in, so no comment as yet.

Four old friends. Thrown back together after fifty years apart. What could possibly go wrong?

In the 1970s, The Girls were best friends sharing a flat and good times: Zara the famous diva actor, Val the uptight solicitor, Jackie the wild child and Pauline the quirky introvert. Now they’re in their twilight years, and Zara suggests that they live with her to support each other through old age.

Initially, being housemates again is just as much fun as in their heyday. But then Zara reveals the real reason she asked them to move in with her, and suddenly things take a sinister turn.

As the women confront their demons they come under the spotlight of the press, the police and an angry parrot. With their lives spiralling out of control can they save their friendships and each other?

No One Saw it Coming by Susan Lewis, due to be published early January 2023. I h also only just started this.

Secrets lie at the heart of every familyโ€ฆ

When the unthinkable happensโ€ฆ

Hannaโ€™s world is crumbling.

An unimaginable crime has been committed, and everyoneโ€™s looking for someone to blame. Her loved ones are under suspicion.

Now Hanna must work out who is threatening her family โ€“ before itโ€™s too late.

No one could have seen this comingโ€ฆ

And I am listening to The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley, purely for pleasure. I have listened to quite a bit of this today as I have been pottering around the house and garden. It’s shaping up nicely.

It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, ‘Pandora’, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family.

Yet Helena knows that the idyllic beauty of Pandora masks a web of secrets she has kept from William, her husband, and Alex, her son. At the difficult age of thirteen, Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother, and growing up. And equally, he is desperate to learn the truth about his real father . . .

When Helena meets her childhood sweetheart by chance, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same, once Pandora’s secrets have been revealed.

I again don’t have any reads for review scheduled for the week ahead so will just be picking reads at random from my backlist and perhaps making a start on my January reads for review.

I have received three new ARCs for review since my last Watching what I’m reading post ten days ago. They are:

The Doctor’s Wife by Daniel Hurst. I have just finished my second book by this author, Til Death Do Us Part, and it was great. I’m really looking forward to this.

The Island of Longing by Anne Griffin, a new author to me.

And The Other Half by Charlotte Vassell, another author new to me.

So, that’s my week all nicely wrapped up. Enjoy your holiday break and make marvellous memories with your loved ones. โค๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ„

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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 โ€“ the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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

  1. You are reading some good books there by the sound of it. I am not sure if I am drawn to The Girls. I’ll wait to you give it your thoughts. Glad you had a good Christmas, the weather has been so hot!!

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    1. Apparently it’s going to get even hotter. We reached 30ยฐ yesterday. It’s not quite as hot today and there’s been a bit of a breeze which was nice. I’m almost finished the Girls and I have enjoyed it. Hopefully will finish it tonight. โค๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ„

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  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday Sandy. I like the idea of an open house on Boxing Day. I love your expressions. I potter around all the time, but I say putzing. I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and Day. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ž

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    1. I enjoy your expressions too, Carla. I may have to borrow putzing!
      I am enjoying my break thanks Carla, though I am back to work tomorrow. Pete doesn’t go back until Monday. I have done something I may regret. I have signed a twelve month contract as a business consultant. It’s not full time, and the money is good, so I thought why not. It will help pay for the bathroom renovation.
      New Year’s Eve was very quiet. I saw in the new year from my bed with a book in my hand with the drapes open so I could watch the fireworks.
      Are you all settled in in Florida?โค๐Ÿ“š

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      1. I hope they don’t abuse your consultant role and give you even more to do, Sandy. I get it, those renovations will be done even sooner and with Pete still working, it makes sense. We are all settled for four weeks, then we move North. Another friend joins us for 2 weeks, then they fly to Mexico. I look foward to the last 4 weeks alone though. It sounds like a lovely way to enjoy New Year’s Eve. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’–

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      2. I’ve put a limit on my weekly hours Carla. Plus I ve told them that I will be having time off when Pete has surgery which hopefully will be scheduled for the end of this month/beginning of February. He is going to be off work 6-8 weeks so we will be doing a bit of travelling during the latter part of this.
        It’s nice to have friends around, but it’s also nice to have time on your own. โค๐Ÿ“š

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      3. That sounds good, Sandy. I hope Pete’s surgery goes well and he recovers quickly. How nice to be able to get away for a bit. Sounds like something to look forward to. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’–

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