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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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