It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading

Each week Kathryn @ The Book Date hosts the It’s Monday!  What Are YOU Reading? meme where we can meet on-line with others and share what we are reading.  It’s a great way to connect with others.  Be sure to stop by her site to learn more about what others are reading.  Thanks Kathryn for hosting this fun meme.

Early last week I received the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader after purchasing it from Amazon.  The first book I am reading on it is A Dangerous Collaboration (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) (March 12, 2019) by Deanna Raybourn.  I downloaded the ARC from NetGalley.  I expect to receive the hard copy from Berkley Books, Penguin Random House today.  This will be my first novel by this author.  She has written many others.

A Dangerous Collaboration
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I also ordered a portable wireless speaker to connect w/ my Kindle.  I thought I would try Whispersync.  However, I was deterred from that as it requires the purchase of both the kindle and audio versions of the novel.  I did receive two free audible books w/ my kindle purchase.  The first book I plan to try is one that my niece recommended awhile ago.  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel (June 16, 2016)  by Fredrik Backman (Henning Koch, Translator).

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry
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Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect

The Suspect by Fiona Barton is a fast paced mystery.

Two girls are missing.  They took off from England to go on a holiday in Thailand, before starting college.

Reporter Kate Waters quickly learns, while she is investigating the disappearance, that she has become the story as her son is somehow involved.

As the mystery unfolds, Barton explores the reactions that Kate and the mothers of the two girls have regarding their children.

I enjoyed THE SUSPECT.  I particularly liked the novel’s structure.  Each short chapter is designated from the point of view of a character or is a throwback to what actually happened.  I especially enjoyed the throwbacks and emails of one of the girls to her friend back home, learning what really happened while also following the investigation.

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Review: Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

once upon a river

Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield begins, (circa 1887) at the Swan at Radcot, a pub along the Thames River where folks regularly gather to drink and tell stories.  One night something considered impossible occurs at the pub.

“For another hour they talked.  Every detail of the day’s events were gone over, the facts were weighed and combined, quantities of surmising, eavesdropping, and supposition were stirred in for flavor, and a good sprinkling of rumor was added like yeast to make it rise.” – Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield  – p. 158

Each chapter in the novel becomes almost a story in itself.  I enjoyed the novel, but took breaks between chapters as the writing was intricate and I needed to take extra time to let the chapters settle in my mind.  I did indeed enjoy each chapter and looked forward to picking up the book for the next epesode as I knew I would be in for a treat.

As the novel continues and we learn about the lives of people along the river,  various tangents begin to relate to one another, the suspense builds and I did not want to put the book down.

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First Book Of The Year 2019! #shereadswithfriends

first book of the year 2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

For the 6th year in a row,  Shiela at BookJourney has posted a collage of images of readers and their first books of the year.  Be sure to stop by BookJourney and check it out.  Thanks Sheila for hosting this fun event!

I recently re-started my blog after an extended break.  I am happy that I still have some offers to review books.  Starting off, last week, I received a SheReads’ December selection.  SheReads re-launched their book club in November,  #shereadswithfriends on Instagram.  I was happy to be invited to join in with my blog.

Their December selection is: Once Upon a River: A Novel by British author Diane Setterfield.

  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (December 4, 2018)
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Good Things In May #GoodThings

May Flowers

Mother’s Day

Birthdays

Bicycles

College Graduations

Memorial Day

Parades

Green Grass

The Kentucky Derby (Always Dreaming #5)

Cinco de Mayo

Cook-outs

Mani-Pedis

The Preakness

(Cloud Computing)

Celebrations

Home repairs

Ice cream

Longer days

Strawberries

Photography

May showers

May flowers

Fiestas

Outdoor reading and dining

Image Credit: Clker-Free-Vector-Images

Giveaway! The Secret to Southern Charm

the secret to southern charm

The author, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and publisher, Gallery, have generously offered a free copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM via a contest (entry form below) on Posting For Now.

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Kristy Woodson Harvey and The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Escape to the beach with Southern writer Kristy Woodson Harvey’s newest book, the second in her Peachtree Bluff series. It’s a story about hope and heartache and the unbreakable bonds of family.”–Southern Living

“The Secret to Southern Charm is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope, and small town secrets. The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern fiction.” –Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent

“Harvey’s (Slightly South of Simple, 2017) growing fan base will find another great beach read in this second novel in her Peachtree Bluff trilogy… Peachtree Bluff is the quintessential beach town, full of quirky residents and old bungalows, and readers will practically feel the hot sun and the sand between their toes. Harvey is an up-and-coming southern writer with staying power.” –Booklist

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The Secret to Southern Charm (The Peachtree Bluff Series) by Kristy Woodson Harvey

  • Series: The Peachtree Bluff Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 3, 2018)

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