Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 16/7/18

Last week I got a dose of the winter lurgy like so many others so I didn’t get much done except resting on the couch! Lucky the nice postie brings the parcels to the door…look at the fleeting sunshine!

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley arrived thanks to Scribe. Published on the 30th July, it’s a modern retelling of Beowulf. Herot Hall is a beautiful suburb to live in – unless you live on its outskirts. Willa and son Dylan live a charmed life but Dana and Gren live in a cave. When Dylan and Gren get together, Dana and Willa are going to find out about one another’s lives.

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh (published 15th October) was a prize from Scribe. This is Sarah’s memoir of growing up as part of America’s working poor. Raised by her grandmother on a farm, it looks at class, identity, poverty and life in a land that is thought to have everything.

Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon was a prize from Allen & Unwin (I hope you enjoyed the earworm!). It’s about one of those sickeningly perfect couples, Kate and Paul. But Kate has a secret and if Paul knows, than she’s certain he doesn’t love her that much after all…

The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn (published August) was from Hachette. It is Kayte’s first historical fiction novel, split across Victorian England and modern day Australia. Anna finds a box containing a photograph, paintings and a bag of seeds which starts a journey that will help her grow. Could this box be linked with adventuress Elizabeth and her hunt for a miracle plant? You can find my review here on August 2nd.

I bought a copy of Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton as I’d seen lots of great things about it on social media (where else?!). It’s the tale of Louise, broke and on the fringe in New York until she meets Lavinia. Lavinia is wild, exuberant and rich. She draws Louise into her world until Louise is hooked. How far will Louise go to remain one of the charmed ones?

If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

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  1. Lovely looking new books! Hope you are feeling better. I’m dealing with a summer cold right now which is keeping me sneezing and coughing. I’m getting really tired of it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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