Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 19/8/19

It was one of those weeks. Started a lot of books, and only finished one. Read a lot of textbook chapters, did a lot of necessary jobs and had some fun (including watching a reasonable amount of Netflix). Even though I didn’t have much time for reading, I did buy a few books.

Fentanyl, Inc. by Ben Westhoff (published 1st October) arrived thanks to Scribe. This about novel psychoactive substances, which include ‘legal highs’ through to synthetic opioids. It’s a fast moving, underground field of chemists gone rogue, tweaking molecular structures before the law can catch up. It includes various points of view from the lab, to the dealers, addicts, families and those who police the trade.

Heart of the Cross by Emily Madden came thanks to Harlequin. This novel spans from Ireland to Australia and three time periods from the late 1950s to the current day. Rosie leaves her home to follow her husband to Australia. The life she imagined is very different to what she expected and her marriage crumbles. She can only hope that her daughter Maggie chooses the path she sets for her, but Maggie has her own plans. Later, granddaughter Brie discovers that Rosie was hiding a story from her. Will the family theme of loss continue, or will it turn to hope?

Can Medicine Be Cured? by Seamus O’Mahony asks some big and controversial questions. Is the progress of medical science an illusion with wastefulness in research? Does consumerism have such a big role to play in medicine? Do we rely on metrics and measurable items too much? What about things that can’t be measured, like compassion?

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Alyson Rudd came to my attention via email so I had to hunt it down. Lauren is a girl with multiple lives and in each life, a man called Peter disappears. Each life, she tries to find him. With every new life, Lauren becomes closer to finding him – but will he be found?

The Land Girls by Victoria Purman is set during the second world war, as a group of women come together to work in country Victoria for the Australian Women’s Land Army. Flora, Betty and Lilian grow close working side by side and find a kind of freedom. But as the war continues, fears grow and things change.

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.

What I read last week:


What I’m reading at the moment:


…and about five other books!

What I’ll be reading next:

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