Hello!! Happy ‘it’s not Christmas’ anymore! Didn’t it fly by quickly?! I’m even tempted now to take down the tree as it’s sitting there looking sad with no pressies underneath it anymore!
On the bookish front it’s been a very good week for bookhaul – My Christmas Bookhaul – and, despite the madness, it’s been quite good on the reading front with 4 books finished so I’m still pushing up my GoodReads total for the year!
Estuary by Rachel Lichtenstein – 5 stars
One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot – 4 stars
Inside Out by Demi Moore – 4 stars
I’ve stayed away from Netgalley!!!! It’s a Christmas miracle!!
And in the post today I received a beautiful finished and signed copy of THE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE LOST by CAROLINE SCOTT which was a lovely surprise. I worked on the Blog Tour earlier in the year and couldn’t stop raving about this book – it’s in my favourite reads of the year post (coming soon!) – and it was just lovely to be thanked in this way!
THE FOUNDLING by STACEY HALLS
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Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why. Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.
From the bestselling author of The Familiars, and set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, The Foundling explores families, secrets, class, equality, power and the meaning of motherhood.
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by SHIRLEY JACKSON
Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn’t leaving the Blackwoods alone. And when Cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and a desperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in her power to protect the remaining family. This Penguin edition includes an afterword by the acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates.