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Sunday, 8 February 2015


{What I've Read.  Am Reading.  Reading Next. }

Adding a few Sweet Reading Treats for this Valentine Week...


Here's this past week's completed ~

an Oasis Audiobook - A Promise Kept - Robin Lee Hatcher

Double storyline included - Emma's story
from the 30's as she succeeds in overcoming her life losses and creates a new and fulfilling life that will deeply impact 
the future of her great niece, Allison, who discovers Emma's journals when staying in the country home Emma renovated during her own exile. 


Fantastic story of Ruth and Naomi meeting in Moab,
Ruth's marriage to Mahlon and his subsequent death.
Their journey to Naomi's homeland of Israel with
all the rejection Ruth receives as a foreign immigrant,
the realities of  grief and struggling to survive.
The romance between Ruth and
Boaz, who has lost his children and then his wife to childbirth
complications, is poignant and tender.  Wonderful story.

Authored by Tessa Afshar originally from Iran.
I am definitely looking for more of her writing.

Pleased to have had time available for this excellent debut 
by Katherine Reay.  Complexity of her MC characterization 
is both strong  and dynamic.
Love the plot and epistolary style offering the protagonist freedom
to be herself in the telling of her journalism studies at Medill.
Secondary plotting is a definite contribution to the main story.
Lots of emotional engagement as I read.
[especially when we get to meet the gorgeous Alex!]


A quick Saturday novella from fav Brit author, Victoria Connelly.
6th in the Austen Addicts series, this offered the opp of spending
time with the characters of  A Weekend with Mr Darcy as they
join the original host on a Jane Austen Weekend tour of the
grand homes used in the Pride and Prejudice movies .
A fun reunion and romp through the English countryside ,
I always enjoy another glimpse into Victoria's contemporary
Austen fans and a great break from longer reads.


Third of the historic romance series by Sarah E Ladd,
Whispers on the Moors.
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall,
an impressive story right from the intense opening,
kept my interest and emotions engaged through to a most
satisfying conclusion.

Which also brought me to 35 books read so far in this year.
Thanks to Freda, I'm now adding them to the 50 Book Pledge
Challenge at Harper Collins.


Now to decide what's next up...

Intriguing secondary characters and lush scenery contribute to the often sinister, even creepy, moments readers will come to anticipate. Infusing her story with mystery, tension, and emotion, Byrd strikes a fine balance between the darkness of a Gothic mystery and the sweetness of a captivating love story. Byrd—and Brontë—fans will enjoy. 
Publisher's Weekly 


From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances--and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .

Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson's Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.   -publisher


Sweet Treats for Valentine's this week ~

from Belinda Jones
 The brief is simple: With three other women, Laurie will board a London bus - kitted out as an English tea shop - on a deliciously different road trip of the USA. 

Their mission: To bring home-grown classics like Battenberg, Victoria sponge and scones to the land of cupcakes, whoopie pies and gold-leafed chocolate sundaes. 

And to show them how a real cup of tea is made. All of the women have their own secrets and heartaches to heal. As well as a grand appreciation of cupcakes, there's also the chance for romance...


Adding my choices ~
at Sheila's BOOK JOURNEY
[featured FHC and surprised me last again this week- TY!]
Ramona's BOOK NOOK







Debbish said...

Oh, love the Jane Austen theme you've got going there! Mr Knightly, Mr Darcy etc...


Mystica said...

Like the mix of reads.

Greg said...

A Promise Kept and the Victoria Connelly book both sound good. Hope you have a great reading week, and in general. Some nice books lined up.

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

I resisted signing up for the 50 Book Pledge...for about 2-3 minutes. :O)

Kathryn T said...

An interesting mix of books, some looking very promising. The Second Sister really draws my interest. will be interested to find out what you think.

Unknown said...

35 books so far this year! Wow! I added almost all of your books to my TBR on goodreads.

Tanya @ Moms Small Victories said...

Traveling tea book looks darling and yes, I would love a tea truck :) Stopping by from Its Monday

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I really like the sound of The Traveling Tea Shop -- will be adding it to my reading list.

My post:

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I have Tessa's latest book too, but haven't gotten around to it. I really liked Lady of Willowgrove Hall. I hope you do too. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I am curious about The Second Sister...looks tempting.

Enjoy your week!

Unknown said...

You asked about Finding Colin Firth and The Beekeepers Apprentice. They are both very good. Beekeeper is what I would call an elevated romance, because there's a lot more to the plot than romance. Colin Firth really isn't about him or Jane Austen. It's about a small town where he's supposedly filming a movie and all the high jinks of people looking for him.

Majanka Verstraete said...

Mist of Midnight sounds so intriguing. I hope you enjoy your books this week!

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

Cleopatra Loves Books said...

I do like the look of Second Sister but all in all you've got a great selection to share this week.

Cheryl said...

I really want to read In the Field of Grace. The Biblical story fascinates me.

Sounds like you've have a great blogging week. You can check out mine at

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Lots of great light reading.

Donna Stone said...

I see a few more to add to the TBR pile. Thanks!

Yvonne said...

So many great books on your list! Have a great week!

Mary Hill said...

Thanks again for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays. I always enjoy your list.

Elizabeth said...

Love your hearts.

Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday post.

ENJOY your week.

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