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It’s Monday! What are you reading? May 17th, 2021

It’s Monday! What are you Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, a place to share and discuss what we’ve read in the past week and what we’re in the middle of or are planning to read this week.

What I read / listened to last week

Life’s a Beach by Portia MacIntosh.

Sun, sea and inescapable exes…

Peach is excited to hear that her sister, Di, is getting married. Of course, she would have preferred her little sister to be engaged to someone she’s known longer than a week – and the fact that his name is Charles doesn’t bode well – but who is she to judge?! Afterall, her own love life is non-existent, and who doesn’t love a destination wedding…?

Whisked away to the gorgeous Italian coast, Peach assumes her role as chief bridesmaid and, despite her reservations about the groom, she tries to ensure everything goes to plan.

But weddings are never straightforward affairs… throw in some unexpected guests in the form of ex-boyfriends and one night stands, and soon enough there is more drama than a reality tv show.

Can Peach keep the show on the road, or might she end up in a whirlwind romance of her own…?

Then two very different but very compelling fantasy reads:

Raven Fire(Fire-Walker#4) by EmmaMiles

Raven Fire is the final part of the breath-taking Fire-Walker saga.

If you could, would you dare to change the world?

Evil never sleeps, and neither can the fire spirits who have guarded Kesta and her family so faithfully for more than fourteen years. United in a desire for peace, the four lands beneath the sky have enjoyed relative stability, but under the surface stirs unrest. Greed, ambition, disquiet, rebellion; and the ever-present threat of Geladan’s crazed god discovering she has been fooled.

Quiet Arridia is a Raven Scout, dedicated to the principles and hopes of her parents. When an opportunity presents itself to come home, she grasps it, longing to settle and find the love she has patiently waited for.

 Fun-loving Joss is drawn to the court of Elden with all its colour, noise, and intrigue; but has he taken on more than a young man can survive?

Val by Jennie Lynn Roberts

He’ll do anything to save her. And then he’ll say goodbye…

Being framed for murder, captured, and tortured for weeks didn’t break Val. But seeing Alanna every day, knowing she didn’t love him as he loved her, surely would. So, he’ll do whatever is necessary to stop the king from executing her…then he’ll walk away. Forever.

Queen Alanna gave up everything—including her soul mate— to secure the treaty that would end the war. Now, her husband wants her dead and any chance she had for true happiness with Val is ruined.

The king’s new guards are arrayed against them, the threat of war looms large, and their enemy has the upper hand. When all is said and done, will Alanna choose to sacrifice her own happiness to save her kingdom? Or will she risk it all for a second chance at happily ever after with Val?

What I am reading/listening to now:

A Knot of Sparrows

Welsh detective Winter Meadows takes on a new murder case

There were a lot of things you could call Stacey Evans. And many of them would be true. And unprintable. But did she deserve to be murdered?

DI Winter Meadows has no doubt of the answer when he takes on the case. The crime was violent. The victim helpless. But the motives are many, and the only clue is a strange word left on Stacey’s body.

DI Meadows struggles to pierce the secrecy surrounding the teenager’s busy love life. Was the killer one of her pursuers acting out of jealousy? Maybe someone’s wife seeking revenge?

But as each suspect is excluded from the enquiry, and other markings turn up, Meadows is convinced that something more sinister is afoot.

When another body is found, a veil of silence descends like a fog upon Gaer Fawr. What more will it take for the village to give up its secrets?

A KNOT OF SPARROWS is the fourth standalone title in a series of murder mysteries by best-selling author Cheryl Rees-Price. It will appeal to fans of David Pearson, L J Ross, John Dean, Joy Ellis, and Pippa McCathie.

What I’m reading /listening to next:

Retribution by Christina O’Reilley

A young woman has been murdered on Ripton Beach.

    DSS ‘Archie’ Baldrick and DC Ben Travers eventually identify the body as that of Lucy Martin, who has been renting a bach in the area. Her husband, Oliver, seems to know very little about his wife or her background.

     What was Lucy hiding? Why has she no family or friends?

     As the number of suspects mounts up, Archie begins to conclude that the real answer lies in Lucy’s dark and mysterious past, and that the murderer may be just a little too close for comfort

How did your last week go and what are you reading this week?

18 replies on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? May 17th, 2021”

  1. Life’s a Beach is available on audio through my library on hoopla, so will add that to my summer reads. I am listening to The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman and will start listening to The Incredible Winston Browne when I finish it. Enjoy all your upcoming reads Toni.

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    1. I’m intrigued by Viola Shipman- I keep hearing such great things about this author. Thank you, Carla, hope you enjoy yours!
      I’m back to my incredibly lengthy commutes with lots of train tunnels, so my comment notifications are all over the place – thank you for your patience❤❤❤

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  2. Hello happytonic. I’ve just finished Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and I’ll be writing a review soon. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m thinking of re-reading Bonfire of the Vanities next, but it’s a long book, and there are so many I’m dying to read. I don’t know the books you have been reading but I hope you enjoyed them all.

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    1. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil sounds like a very atmospheric read with fascinating characters. I”ll be looking forward to reading your review, Elizabeth!


    2. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil sounds like a very atmospheric read with fascinating characters. I”ll be looking forward to reading your review, Elizabeth!
      I think re-reading feeds our souls…it’s the time when we really connect with the author’s thoughts and feelings on a deeper level….

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