It’s cold! It’s beginning to get to that time of the year where I contemplate gloves, socks and beanies. Fortunately, I have some good excuses to read thanks to the parcel post man this week, but more below…
I did buy a new book this week – The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner intrigued me with its shiny silver blue cover. It’s about Rebecca, whose husband is having an affair. She decides to try to win him back during a Europe trip but there’s one problem – Stephen disappears. Who will help and who will deceive her?
I was very lucky to win a competition run by Hachette and receive four lovely new books as my prize. Even better was that I haven’t read any of them! Mr Mercedes by Stephen King will be familiar to many of you, but I’m looking forward to this suspenseful thriller about a retired detective and a case that’s haunted him. Now the killer is active again and this time, he’s planning to hurt many more people… Two Fridays in April by Roisin Meaney is a story of a broken family, lost in a world of grief. But one Friday, daughter Una tries to take matters into her own hands and teach the other Darling women about life and happiness. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (translated by Simon Pare) is another book that needs no introduction. Jean Perdu cures his customers’ ills in his literary apothecary (this is what I want to be when I grow up). However, Jean has a broken heart and it takes a neighbour to encourage him to search for his own happiness. Forged From Silver Dollar by Li Feng looks back at four generations of women from Sydney, Australia to China and the love, loss and strength these women have had throughout their lives. Thanks Hachette!
I also received another book for review from Hachette, The Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon. I’m hoping some of the warmth will come through the pages of the story of the MacEntees, a different Irish family. They’ve always wanted to stand out, but not in the violent way that occurs. Surprises and media storms rage around the family as secrets are revealed.
Last but not least, The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman will be released in August by Simon & Schuster. This story is about the mother of painter Camille Pissarro. Rachel is a difficult child who won’t live constrained by rules but she is then married to a widower to save her family. It takes his death to set her free, but in turn causes a giant scandal.
What did you receive or purchase this week? Do drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies. Overseen by Vicki (I’d Rather Be at the Beach), Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) and Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit), I’m sure you’ll find many books for the wish list!