Hello! I apologise in advance if I ramble or make no sense in this post today – will make no difference from normal I’m sure! – but I got up at silly o’clock this morning to watch a steam train whizz through the local train station for 30 seconds, and am now feeling it! Is it bedtime yet?!
On to the books! And I’ve upped my game again on the reading front – the housework can wait! – and this week I’ve managed to finish 6 books, one of which was an audiobook. Happy with that! If only I could keep that pace up every week! And on the book haul front, I was a little more restrained on NetGalley this week with only 2 new additions, and in real books there was 4 new additions, 2 I bought and 2 for review!
Here’s my look back!
The True Queen by Zen Cho – 4 stars
Loved book one of this series and found myself spellbound by this one too!
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – 3 stars (audiobook)
Expected more after so many rave reviews. Narrators were brilliant, the story was a little hit and miss.
Pilgrim by Louise Hall – 4 stars
Full review to come on Blog Tour next month but really enjoyed this gentle but touching story.
Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas – 5 stars
A follow up to The Purrfect Pet Sitter, and it was full of fun and drama!!
Meet Me At The Art Cafe by Sue McDonagh – 5 stars
Loved it! So much fun to read and a new book boyfriend to swoon over!
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson – 4 stars
Borrowed this from the library and really enjoyed this beautiful and haunting story.
Starting with the evil Netgalley as always..
THOSE PEOPLE by LOUISE CANDLISH
out June 2019
From the author of the international bestseller Our House, a new novel of twisty domestic suspense asks, “Could you hate your neighbor enough to plot to kill him?”
Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends.
But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they donʼt follow the rules. They blast music at all hours, begin an unsightly renovation, and run a used-car business from their yard. It doesn’t take long for an all-out war to start brewing.
Then, early one Saturday, a horrific death shocks the street. As police search for witnesses, accusations start flying–and everyone has something to hide.
THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF by CAROL DRINKWATER
Out May 2019
No one else knows what happened that summer. Or so she believes.Grace first came to France a lifetime ago. Young and full of dreams of adventure, she met two very different men. She fell under the spell of one. The other fell under hers.
Until one summer night shattered everything.Now, Grace is living an idyllic life with her husband, sheltered from the world in a magnificent Provençal villa, perched atop a windswept cliff. Every day she looks out over the sea – the only witness to that fateful night years ago.
Until a stranger arrives at the house. A stranger who knows everything.
The past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of love and betrayal echoing across the decades . . .
THE GREY PARROT and other stories by W.W.JACOBS
W.W. Jacobs delighted in finding unlikely humour in everyday situations and observations, and these tales succeed in raising a laugh from the most mundane of scenarios. In ‘The Grey Parrot’, a sailor buys a parrot for his wife, whom he suspects isn’t faithful in his absence, hoping that the bird will inadvertently repeat anything untoward it hears. Unfortunately for him, the parrot exceeds his expectations, and it’s not only his wife who is left blushing.
This volume contains a careful selection of the very best stories from Jacobs’s 150-strong repertory, and includes well-known standalone pieces such as ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, as well as accounts of raucous dockside dalliances and tightly woven tales of poacher Bob Petty’s crimes against the unlikely cast of an Essex village. Showcasing a unique assortment of stories spanning his writing career, this edition hopes to shine a light on a hugely talented writer who inspired many of the literary giants we now consider masters of the genre.
DAISY JONES & THE SIX by TAYLOR JENKINS REID
Goldsboro Books Book of the Month – signed edition with purple pages!!
For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin
SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR by RICHARD ROPER
Out June 2019 (copy for review/blog tour)
Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…
Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.
The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told is about to catch up with him.
Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.
THE CARER by DEBORAH MOGGACH
Out July 2019 (copy for review)
James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips, and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss. Is this really their father, the distant figure who never once turned up for a sports day, now happily chortling over cuckoo clocks and television soaps?
Then something happens that throws everything into new relief, and Phoebe and Robert discover that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly. It just moves onto a very different plane – changing all the stories they thought they knew so well.
Hope your week has been as productive – and you have a fun weekend of reading ahead of you!