Hello!! What a scorcher of a week!! I do love sunshine, BUT the heat has just been too overbearing this week! But I made it through with the help of gallons of water and an ice lolly or 6! Wonder if that was Summer for us in the UK then!? LOL!
And with heat, comes plenty of time for reading for me as it’s just been too hot to do much else! So it’s been a great bookish week – 7 books finished (including 1 audiobook), and just 2 newbies on the netgalley shelf! I bought zero books……. that is a negative!!! 😉
So here’s my look back.
SUMMER’S SECRET MARIGOLD by KIRSTY FERRY – 5 STARS
REWILD YOURSELF by SIMON BARNES (AUDIOBOOK) – 5 STARS
THE LOCK IN by PHOEBE LUCKHURST – 4 STARS
STORIES TO TELL by RICHARD MARX – 4 STARS
SONGS IN URSA MAJOR by EMMA BRODIE – 4 STARS
THE HEIGHTS by LOUISE CANDLISH – 4 STARS
Just 2 from Netgalley this week…
On a cold December Sunday, book-seller Jack Carter struggles through the ritual of making breakfast for his wife Eva, whose dementia confines her body to her bed and her mind to a world of its own. Jack is an old man failing to cope with the modern world. He wages a constant battle with Margaret, Eva’s carer, and tries to fend off Dodie, Eva’s bossy best friend, who has decided that Jack too is losing his marbles and the time has come for the two of them to go into a home.
Jack’s wandering mind makes frequent journeys to the past. Among the ghosts he conjures are his sexually repressed, religiously obsessed mother, and his friend and mentor, Bob Pride, whose own past is closely linked with Oscar Wilde. The gaps in Jack’s memories and day-dreams are filled by Eva, and gradually their story unfolds. It’s the love story of a couple married for nearly sixty years whose complete failure to communicate is hidden behind an apparently shared love of books.
But there is also The Great Man, a famous local writer who chooses this day to come and call. Comical and acerbic, he pushes Jack to confront the past, until the truth finally emerges.
A MARRIAGE OF LIONS by ELIZABETH CHADWICK
publication date – September 2021
Raised at the court of King Henry III as a chamber lady to the queen, young Joanna of Swanscombe’s life changes forever when she comes into an inheritance far above all expectations, including her own.
Now a wealthy heiress, Joanna’s arranged marriage to the King’s charming, tournament-loving half-brother William de Valence immediately stokes the flames of political unrest as more established courtiers object to the privileges bestowed on newcomers.
As Joanna and William strive to build a life together, England descends into a bitter civil war. In mortal danger, William is forced to run for his life, and Joanna is left with only her wit and courage to outfox their enemies and prevent them from destroying her husband, her family, and their fortunes.