Monthly Archives: August 2020

Challenge Ended – 20 Books of Summer – Success and Failure #20BooksOfSummer20

Back at the beginning of the summer I joined Cathy’s “20 Books of Summer Challenge” which ran from June 1st until September 1st, 2020 At that time I vowed to read the following 20 books:Did I succeed? Yes and No. … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s August 2020 #BookHaul

I’ve added THIRTEEN titles to my TBR this month. I received EIGHT of these titles from NetGalley and Edelweiss (two of which I was invited to review from Grand Central Publishing). I received ONE book directly from Bloodhound Books, ONE … Continue reading

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“The Crossing” by Matt Brolly – Book Review

DI Louise Blackwell – 38 years old, unmarried, and lonely. She recently had a severe career setback at her previous posting in Bristol due to a betrayal from a co-worker. Now, she lives in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare and … Continue reading

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“The Hit List” by Holly Seddon – Book Review

Greg Heywood was killed in a bicycle accident in London. As his widow, Marianne Heywood, goes through his belongings she discovers, to her shock and chagrin, that he had delved into the ‘dark web‘.  A bookmarked site on his laptop … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = GLASS

Most readers will acknowledge that some words reappear time and time again in titles. Often these words are associated with a particular genre. Case in point: “The girl on the train” and “Gone girl” spawned countless thriller titles with the … Continue reading

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“The Bookshop at Water’s End” by Patti Callahan Henry – Book Review

“Sometimes you had to leave home to finally find it”. Bonny Blankenship – Married and the mother to nineteen year-old Piper, Bonny works as an Emergency Physician in Charleston, South Carolina. Since she was an adolescent Bonny has loved her … Continue reading

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“The Whispering House” by Elizabeth Brooks – Book Review

“Byrne Hall had a listening air. It was never bored, or distracted, or unconscious.” At the tender age of five years, Freya Lyell lost her mother to cancer. Then, when she was eighteen, she lost her only sister Stella to … Continue reading

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The Liebster Award #bookbloggers #bookblogger

Hello friends! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. With thanks to Sheila from The Quiet Geordie for the nomination. Though I vowed to never take part in any trope that suggests I ‘tag‘ other bloggers, I did this one … Continue reading

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“The Last to Know” by Jo Furniss – Book Review

“Behind closed doors – even doors surrounded by roses – all sorts of things could happen.” Rose Kynaston – a journalist who has survived imprisonment in Somalia and worse, has now moved to the Shropshire village where her husband Dylan … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – August 19, 2020 #readingforpleasure #bookbloggers #WWWWednesday

As I’m continuing to have internet issues here at the cottage, I thought I’d participate in WWW Wednesday again. Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Just … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 92 – Front Doors

In my 92nd installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about front doors on book covers.  During this pandemic, it seems everyone is hibernating behind their front doors – so it seemed an apt topic. I’m at … Continue reading

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“The Silence” by Susan Allott – Book Review

“…two neighbor families, and shameful secrets from the past that refuse to stay buried.” THEN 1967 – On a quiet street by the sea, two young couples live as next-door neighbours. Mandy and Steve Mallory‘s marriage is floundering. Mandy fears … Continue reading

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“The House of Whispers” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

Thirty-two year old Hester Way arrives in a memorable fashion to Morvoren House in Cornwall. She is using an assumed name to take up a new post there as nurse to Miss Louise Pinecroft, the mistress of Morvoren. She left … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – August 12, 2020

Normally I would publish a “Wednesday Word” post today but I’m having internet issues here at the cottage. Uploading all those book cover graphics would likely take me all day. LOL So, I thought I’d jump on a bandwagon that … Continue reading

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“The Book of CarolSue” by Lynne Hugo – Book Review

CarolSue – recently widowed from her second husband, is still sore with grief. Rudderless, she agrees to leave her suburban Atlanta life and return to the home farm in Indiana where she grew up. A life change that at first … Continue reading

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