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Friday, 24 June 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS: AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS by CHARLES TODD 24.6.16


AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS by
writing team, 
Charles Todd
Book 2 A Bess Crawford Mystery
Publisher:  William Morrow/Harper Collins
Published:  2010

My Friday Book Beginnings
feature for Rose City Reader's meme.

The opening sentence or two of my
book of choice?


"As my train pulled into London, I looked out at the early summer rain and was glad to see the dreary day had followed me from Hampshire.  It suited my mood."
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An intriguing plot of WWI nurse, Bess Crawford, accompanying a convoy of soldiers from France to London.  
One of her patients is a young pilot who has been burned beyond recognition, and who clings to life and the photo of his wife that is pinned to his tunic.
Bess discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the woman's face on the front page. Accompanying the drawing is a plea from Scotland Yard seeking information from anyone who has seen her. For it appears that the woman was murdered on the very day Bess encountered her at the station.

My Thoughts?
Having earlier read another in the series, my interest was piqued.  A library book sale offered up two hardcovers this week, so I'll begin this book 2 for 
PARIS in JULY at Tamara's Thyme for Tea.


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Thanks to Gilion for hosting the weekly Book Beginnings each Friday.
New book intros and great book bloggers to discover.
Jump in anytime!

as well as at Carrie's First Line Fridays !
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and think now of joining us for 

PARIS IN JULY if you love reading/ cooking/ travelling FRANCE

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY LOVE LETTER . . . 19.6.16




HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!



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BLESSINGS TO YOU as YOU ARE
CELEBRATED and HONOURED TODAY !

RECEIVE and REST IN YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER'S LOVE . . .


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Saturday, 4 June 2016

SUMMER VACATION READING: COYER BEGINS JUNE 18th 4.6.16


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Posting my Summer Vacation Reading participation in COYER
[FHC is #37]
Stormi's Signups Open til August 1st
{and for all the details!}
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What will I be reading?
hmmmm...
Not restricted to ereads, and audios included, so I'm in!

AUDIOS:

This one will be part of a July Group Read:*LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW - Camille Eide / Becky Doughty
The CONVENIENT MARRIAGE - Georgette Heyer / Richard Armitage   Completed 18.6.16

VENETIA - Georgette Heyer / Richard Armitage  
Completed June 19th
MARRYING HARRIET - Georgette Heyer/Lindy Nettleton
Completed 22.6.16
DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS - Rachelle Christensen/ Kirsten Potter 
Completed June 23.16

The CURIOSITY KEEPER - Sarah E L
add
THE MAGICIAN's NEPHEW - CS Lewis
The NATURE OF THE BEAST - Louise Penny
The BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY - Louise Penny
Completed prior to COYER start date !  I couldn't wait ;)

eREADS:

The SPICE BRIDE - Karen Aminadra 
Completed 22.6.16
The WEDDING DRESS - Lucy Kevin
Completed 22.6.16
The MATCHMAKERS OF MINNOW BAY - Kelly Harms

LIBRARY:

A QUESTION OF BELIEF - Donna Leon
FROM THIS MOMENT - Elizabeth Camden
AFTER YOU - Jojo Moyes
A TABLE BY THE WINDOW - Hillary Manton Lodge
RESERVATIONS FOR TWO - Hillary Manton Lodge
HITCHED - Carol Higgins Clark
Completed 21.6.16


 The GOODBYE BRIDE - Denise Hunter
The TALE OF HILL TOP FARM : Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

- Susan Wittig Albert 
 The BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER - Rachel McMillan
Completed prior to start of COYER Summer !


PERSONAL LIBRARY:

The LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN - Kit Pearson
Completed 19.6.16



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I'll be adding more COYER titles from my Summer Challenges
once we get going June 18th and through to September 2nd. 
~ BIG Book Summer, 20 Books of Summer, Bookish Bingo ~
Canadian Book Challenge 10 begins July 1st Canada Day!
~ Paris in July, Austen in August ~
All will influence my Summer Beach Reading choices.

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Summer Vacation Reading Progress begins June 18th!

SUMMER VACATION COYER CHALLENGE 
 
8/20 books




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Have you signed in?
Let me know if I will find you in the social media partying.
Tweeting #COYER @coyerchallenge
plus a FB Group page link found at COYERChallenge.com


Let's cheer each other on !
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

MAY: READING WRAPUP 31.5.16


May Reading WrapUp



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AUDIOS:

3 Blind Mice - Agatha Christie
The Case of the Caretaker - Agatha Christie
The Tape Measure Murder - Agatha Christie
Anne's House of Dreams - LM Montgomery
Persuasion - Austen/Landor
Rules for a Successful Book Club - Connelly/Cramer
Third Floor Flat - Agatha Christie
The Adventure of Johnny Waverly - Agatha Christie
Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Agatha Christie
The Love Detectives - Agatha Christie

PERSONAL READING:
Stardust - Carla Stewart
Journey to Munich - Jacqueline Winspear
Bride of a Distant Isle - Sandra Byrd
Summer of Dreams - Elizabeth Camden
Still Life - Louise Penny
mudhouse sabbath - Lauren Winner
LISTENING/READING FOR REVIEW:

Land of Silence - Tessa Afshar
Dawn at Emberwilde - Sarah E Ladd
Beautiful Pretender - Melanie Dickerson
The Carpenter's Inheritance - Laurie A Eakes
A Love So Tender - Tracey V Bateman
I Promise You This - Patricia Sands
Together at the Table - Hillary Manton Lodge
Stardust - Carla Stewart
What Happened on Beale Street - Mary Ellis
Persuasion - Jane Austen/Rosalyn Landor
Daughter of Mine - Laura Fabiani
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall - Sarah E Ladd/Carmel O'Donovan
Raw Edges - Sandra D Bricker
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories - Andrea Camilleri/
Stars over Sunset Boulevard - Susan Meissner /Anne Marie Lee
Misery Loves Company - Rene Gutteridge/Pam Turlow
Anchor in the Storm - Sarah Sundin
Recipes for Love and Murder - Sally Andrew/Sanda Prinsloo
Jesus Feminist - Sarah Bessey/Cassandra Campbell

CHALLENGES JOINED:
Book Blog Discussion 2016
BookBuddyathon
Bout of Books
Clean Sweep ARC Challenge
Clean Sweep ARC Readathon

Characters in Uniform [May]
National Readathon Day 2016
20 Books of Summer
Spring theme Book Tag
BIG Book Summer Challenge


NEW to ME AUTHORS:
[12]

Tracey V Bateman
Hillary Manton Lodge
Mary Ellis
Laura Fabiani
Andrea Camilleri
Sandra D Bricker
Sarah Sundin
C Christopher Smith
Rene Gutteridge
Lauren Winner
Sally Andrew
Sarah Bessey

INCOMING:
[11] Purchased:
Colours of Jane Austen
How to Be Kind - Cara Frost-Sharratt
Akin to Anne - LM Montgomery
The Aloha Quilt - Jennifer Chiaverini
Colm Toibin - Nora Webster
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
Me and Mr. Darcy - Alexandra Potter
Rilla of Ingleside - LM Montgomery
Rob Roy - Sir Walter Scott
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

[5] Gifts/Wins:
Austen in Austin - collection
Betty Lee Crosby Collection
Her Sister's Shoes
Book Dep Book of Choice
Book Dep Book of Choice

[8] Library:

[17] Audios:

[18] Publishers:



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Find more MAY Month End Reviews
hosted by Kathryn at
The BOOK DATE
and
Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Monday, 30 May 2016

BOOKS, BOOKMARKS, AUDIOBOOKS... 30.5.16




LAST MONDAY OF MAY!

`Lining up 
the books that were Read,
what I Am Reading,
What I hope to Read Next,
with Kathryn at The Book Date and Jenn at Musing Mondays
Great Bookmark downloads for you
linked with Aloi of Guiltless Reader 
and what's up for next month...

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COMPLETED?
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
Beginning of the Inspector Gamache series
Introduction to the author's writing, the rural village of Three Pines - its people and history,
the Chief Inspector - his style and his team. 



Author Sally Andrew's debut novel,
RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER

Narrated by Sandra Prinsloo
[ The Gods Must Be Crazy ]

South African cosy filled with food and
local life. 




MUDHOUSE SABBATH by Lauren F Winner

Small book filled with large insights.
 Judaism and Christianity's approach to
both life and spirituality I found enlightening
and impacting.  A library copy, I want one
of my own. ;)


JESUS FEMINIST by Canadian author
and 
blogger, Sarah Bessey.
Memoir of her journey through both life and faith, discoveries regarding Jesus' perspectives on women at odds with those of the church, and a call to take our own responsible action.




UP NEXT?


Possibly my last read for May's #CleanSweepArc participation that
has so motivated me this month, I am more than happy with what's been achieved.
Releasing May 31st.
"
 ...as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it? 




THEN....  JUNE Begins!
and with it, a fav month long theme 
JUNE as AUDIOBOOK MONTH
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A great lineup of books for audio enjoyment,
interviews, and a
Giveaway
to anticipate.
Hoping you'll be here to enjoy it with me!

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~ JUNE also begins ~



Hosted by Sue at BookbyBook
400+ pages Only 1 book needed to qualify 
for annual participation and anticipation
as well as Cathy of 746 Books Reading Challenge
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My participation post link HERE
Your choice whether 10 /15 / 20 books
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My BOOKMARKS MONDAY features
a cool find for this week.

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Find each of the bookmarks as printables
to make and add to your own collection HERE 

Find more
at Aloi's Bookmark Monday linkup
Fun Noah's Ark unique collection of animals this week!
Consider adding your own!

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Thanks for joining the Reading discussion 
and
Checking out our Upcoming Audiobook Discussions.
What queries do you have  about Audiobooks?
 Do share!
I'll arrange for answers to be explored and discussed
during the month.
I'm looking forward to new learning on this topic...

Thanks for joining in !



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Thursday, 26 May 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS: STILL LIFE by LOUISE PENNY 27.5.16


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STILL LIFE by Canadian author, Louise Penny
Publisher: Sphere / Hachette UK
1st published 2005
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My
FRIDAY BOOK BEGINNINGS 
feature for this final Friday of May!
The opening sentence or two of my book of choice?
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" Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist
of Thanksgiving Sunday.  It was pretty much a surprise all round.
Miss Neal's was not a natural death , unless you're of the belief everything happens as it's supposed to.  If so, for her seventy-six years Jane Neal had been walking toward this final moment when death met her in the brilliant maple woods on the verge of the village of Three Pines. "
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Thoughts?

At last.  I have finally received the first in series of Chief Inspector Gamache. I was ready to go back to the beginnings with this novel.
And I became more connected to the residents of the
rural Quebec village in Canada as I joined in their
Thanksgiving celebrations, art show  preparations, and village life.
Moving on through the series will benefit from these
character introductions.  Looking forward to the storytelling...
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Find many more Friday Book Beginnings at Gilion's
Rose City Reader linkup and add yours.
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And...
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at Carrie's First Line Fridays
Leaving your book's First Line in comments - super easy!

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Freda's Friday 56 linkup features any quote from
page 56 [or 56%] of any book. #Friday56
I'm posting from STILL LIFE as above.

" This village was old, and you don't get to be old without knowing grief.  And loss. "

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I've found these Book Beginnings and Book quotes to be avenues of introduction. Whether new finds or not,
a great way to explore and possibly discover new books and their
book blogging readers. 
Have you participated in these or similar book introductions?
What's the fav part of your experience?    

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Looking for weekend reading companions?

Jenna is hosting Sat 28th through Monday May 30th
What am I reading? Find it  HERE
 #tbysreadathon to stay connected on twitter

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Then ready your reading list for 20 Books of Summer
June 1 - Sept 5 with Cathy of 746 Books

My list of twenty HERE.  Choose 10/15/20 to suit
your personal schedule.
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A FuN SPRING themed BOOK TAG on NOW 

You're Invited! Play HERE
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 Summer Tag not far ahead ...
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? 23.5.16


TIME for
IT's MONDAY!  WHAT ARE YOU READING?
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Joining our host, Kathryn in NZ, and fellow blogging readers
sharing their week of reading past, current, and upcoming...
and
inviting your participation at The Book Date
and at Jenn's MUSING MONDAYS for all your book related thoughts, readings + + Today's random question?
Name a book you thought you wouldn't like, but ended up loving.
Mine?  Jane Austen's NORTHANGER ABBEY
Totally worlds better than expected.  Good for a re-read too!
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A busy week all around with May being #CleanSweepArc reading
followed with Saturday's National Readathon 2016
and the Clean Sweep Readathon with mini challenges
- both were 24 hrs on May 21st.
In the process, I discovered a new to me challenge I had to join - Book Blog Discussions
at Nicole's Feed Your Fiction Addiction
{just in case anyone else feels the need.}
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During the week,
 a friend was clearing a perennial bed which gave me
an afternoon out to deliver them to their new homes
in my children's gardens,
two library trips to pickup book reserves I'd been anticipating,
and now enjoying gorgeous weather
for this Victoria Day long weekend
through to ending of Monday with fireworks.
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As to reading?

Excellent audio listen to Susan Meissner's latest.
Hollywood's golden movie era, filming Gone with the Wind,
as the lives of two secretaries and wardrobe intertwine
both on and off the compound...  Loved it!
Narration dramatised the characters and era incredibly well
increasing interest and depth to the story itself.
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BRIDE OF A DISTANT ISLE, another brand new release-
this one being historical and 2nd of
the Daughters of Hampshire series.
Gripping suspense, Sandra Byrd's exceptional storytelling held me from opening to ending.  See Book Beginnings post for
an example of the book's opening intrigue...
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A 2nd in Waves of Freedom series, this WWII novel,
also featuring a theme of suspense. A new and female pharmacist notices repeated large prescriptions
for an addicting sedative.  Her concerns match the behaviour
reported aboard the destroyer where her brother and friend are assigned. The suspense intensifies to some frightful outcomes.
My stomach is clenching just remembering. Released May 3rd.
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Next, an audio that had intimidated for too long.

Don’t tell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me.

Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.

But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . then recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan.

And that’s the last thing she remembers — until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. Jules realizes she’s been kidnapped . . . but what she discovers about her abductor will change everything she believed about her husband’s death, her career, and her abductor.
~ publisher
Riveting would be one word to describe this listen.
It was exactly what I expected - plus.  Definitely well done.

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Reading Now?

Going back to the beginning with Louise Penny's 1st
Chief Inspector Gamache that introduces readers to the series.
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Superb small town life characterized. Insights into life,
and so many quotes I'll have a difficult time choosing for
Teaser Tuesday.  
Another library reserve I was pleased to discover...
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Great inspiriting with Karen Hering's insights.
Book Beginnings posted HERE .
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Then today I begin a once / month web course with the author of 
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A book to be slowly read as it has opps for participatory content in the creative arts expression for each of the chapters.
Looking forward to the online discussion - a large and worldwide class forming - Christine and John hosting from Ireland.

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Hard to believe we're into the final week of this month!
Almost half through this year...
Glad it's summer just ahead in our corner of the world
and some relaxed reading once I get all reviews posted
for the month's reading.

I'll be looking for your book responses in comments 
and
be sure to join us at The Book Date with Kathryn
Monday Musings with Jenn.
And ALoi's for Bookmark Mondays at Guiltless Reader.
Share any bookmarks you have, love, want, find.
Booklovers Love Bookmarks!
My contribution in honour of QueenVictoria's Birthday
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~ HapPy Reading ~

THIS Weekend!
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Tweeting #tbysreadathon 
~ MAY 28 - 30 ~

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Friday, 20 May 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS: WRITING TO WAKE THE SOUL by KAREN HERING 20.5.16


FRIDAY'S  BOOK BEGINNINGS 

This Week?
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Publisher:  Atria Books / Simon Schuster
Published: November 2013
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Following host Gilion's prompt at Rose City Reader, 
here's the beginning to WRITING TO WAKE THE SOUL by Karen Hering
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What
  Is the
                    Root of all these
     Words?
                   One thing: love.
                                    --Hafiz
"The human gift of language is born of the desire to connect, to share our experience with each other. Our words are bridges built between one person and the next while also crossing time, from the moment they are written down to the moment they are lifted from the page by a reader."

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The end of the above sentence really captures my imagination,
as does the book's title.
I anticipate a great long weekend of reading
with this book a prime part.
Further to anyone with interest, an extended excerpt posted HERE
and a shorter post , interestingly, on Beginnings HERE

Karen Hering's back cover quote I find inspiring ~

"Begin writing whenever you are ready and
follow wherever it leads."

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Have a great weekend!
and be sure to check out all the Friday Book Beginnings
HERE
You may just find another book to add to your shelves!


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Monday, 16 May 2016

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? 16.5.16


IT's MONDAY!

WHAT ARE YOU READING?
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Joining Kathryn at The BOOK DATE for a weekly reading catchup...
Busy past week with the UK hosted Book Buddyathon - reading with a partner
combined with the 16th Bout of Books Readathon
and
my Armchair Book Expo posts for book bloggers at home.

Great reading and posting throughout the week - hoping you were part of the FuN!
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My reading this week included:

4 novels, 3 audiobooks, and 4 short stories that concluded an audio collection.
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WHAT HAPPENED ON BEALE STREET by Mary Ellis
a new to me author and mystery series.
Dual stories of the partners in crime were unique and really enjoyed.
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DAUGHTER OF MINE by Laura Fabiani
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New to me as Canadian author , Laura has been a fellow blogger on these Monday posts for several years.
Her novel, set in Italy, is dynamic. Highly recommended.
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RAW EDGES by Sandra Bricker
Part of the Quilts of Love series, focused on ovarian cancer and written by a survivor.
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JOURNEY TO MUNICH - newest Maisie Dobbs #12
by Jacqueline Winspear 
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Maisie is back from her melancholic journey ofdespair and grieving
with some tense moments in this newest adventure.
Ending the book with anticipation for re-establishment of her investigation office and re-uniting of staff.
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Audiobooks :
PERSUASION by Jane Austen
A much enjoyed classic

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RULES FOR A SUCCESSFUL BOOK CLUB by another British author, Victoria Connelly
Newest addition to the Book Lovers series featuring bookstore owners, the Nightingale family.
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A LADY OF WILLOWGROVE HALL by Sarah E Ladd
Audio listen of a previous read inspired by her new release
DAWN AT EMBERWILDE - both set in England - excellent suspense 
and storytelling much enjoyed.
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3 Short Stories completed my audio listen of
THREE BLIND MICE by Agatha Christie
as May is Short Story Month
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UPCOMING?

SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY MAY 19th

OPEN INVITATION 
to join author Hillary Manton Lodge
TWO BLUE DOORS series - TOGETHER AT THE TABLE Fantastic newest release as of May 3rd

Hosting an online movie viewing of CHOCOLAT
Join the FuN FB evening together online -
Time to Plan your snacks :)

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A free reading week ending in the
Clean Sweep ARC 24 hr READATHON
on Saturday May 21st.

Also the date of the NATIONAL READATHON DAY.

Will you be reading?

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