September 30, 2016

Month in Review. September 2016


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Well of course for many this was a step into Autumn and for myself a step into Spring. And indeed there are spring bulbs blooming which is rather nice. I had another good reading month, more review books than I had hoped - it just seems difficult to get to those new books I have bought in the hope of reading!

Total books read this month: 15
Book Formats:

PaperbackFive
E-BookEight
AudiobookTwo
From TBR shelfTwo
Review BooksTen
From my New Shelf   One


Genres Read

Contemporary RomanceFive
Crime/SuspenseTwo
FantasyZero
Women's FictionSix
Historical FictionZero
MemoirZero
FictionOne

Books Read

Beach   Colors  Shelley Noble - audio
Overseas   Beatriz Williams
Apprentice in Death  J. D. Robb
Finding Libbie Deanna Lynn Sletten
Blossom Street Brides  Debbie Macomber
Always a Cowboy  Linda Lael Miller
Echoes of Family Barbara Claypole White
Christmas in Eternity Springs   Emily March
First Star I See Tonight   Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Art of Keeping Secrets  Rachael Johns
The Life She Wants  Robyn Carr
The Promise Kitchen  Peggy Lampman
Delusion in Death   J. D. Robb - audio
Two by Two    Nicholas Sparks
Sold Short Ainslie Paton


New to me authors.
Shelley Noble
Peggy Lampman
Deanna Lyn Sletten

Top Books for September

Not in any order just ones I particularly enjoyed. 
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Looking Forward to Reading in October... 

I love Cathy Lamb books and this came out recently and in October I'll certainly be making space on the calendar to read it!
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Incoming Books.
Paperback Books Purchased:
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E Books Purchased:
I heard on the news that our country will be charging goods and services taxes on all electronic goods from overseas from October 1st so decided to just buy this as I was about to make this post!



Library Books: 
Nothing.


Books coming from NetGalley or Edelweiss


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From Hachette NZ
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Accepted to review


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Audio Books 
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So how did your reading month pan out?

September 29, 2016

Christmas in Eternity Springs Emily March

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Published: HQN
Date: October 4th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating
4.5 stars                   Add to Goodreads
After a devastating betrayal, Claire Branham packs up the pieces of her life, along with a twenty-million-dollar secret, and moves to Eternity Springs. She opens a specialty shop—Forever Christmas—and, with the help of a surprise romance with the town’s sexy new handyman, Claire’s heart begins to heal. Until her past comes knocking…

Jax Lancaster never questioned the need to abandon his career as a Navy submariner in order to care for his young son in the wake of his ex-wife’s death. Desperate to help with this loss, Jax straps on a tool belt to give Nicholas the one thing he wants: A life in Eternity Springs. What Jax never expected to find a second chance at love with a fascinating woman for whom Christmas has become a business. But when the truth about Claire threatens their newfound happiness, can Jax prove to her that in Eternity Springs, the spirit of Christmas is real. . .and will last a lifetime?


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Emily March again delighted me with another story set in Eternity Springs, her town in Colorado, where Celeste, the town angel, over sees and facilitates unobtrusively the healing of many a broken heart and person.

Christmas in Eternity Springs is #12 in the series, but don't let that put you off. This can easily be read as a stand alone. However I have read them all and loved every minute of it.

This is partly the story of Nicholas, a little boy traumatised by an accident that has left him afraid of all things Christmas. We actually met him in the previous book where he overcame a fear or two. When he and his Dad pass through Eternity Springs they meet up with the gorgeous red head, Claire. Jax, Nicholas' dad, is entranced at the first meeting.

However like many of the people who wind up in Eternity Springs they both have wounds and places that need healing. Claire has been taken for a ride by a scoundrel, and so she is leery of all things men. She no longer trusts and believes. As well, she has issues with Christmas because of previous experiences. She has some hidden talents and a secret that haunts her. Facing her dislike of Christmas she has opened a town store called Forever Christmas.

Jax is just re-establishing himself with Nicholas, he has been a navy Dad and so absent a lot. He is finding his way into fatherhood and a new life outside the navy. He has been burnt in his relationship with his previous wife - Nicholas' mother. Her family was wealthy and he felt somewhat threatened as well. He won't make the mistake of becoming involved with someone who has more money than him.

While this is a Christmas story it really tracks through the months leading up to Christmas, so perfect for reading now. If you feel a little blah about this festive time, this is a great read for you to renew your belief and love. If you love the season then it will just underline for you what the spirit of the season is all about.


September 28, 2016

The Promise Kitchen. Peggy Lampman

Published: Lake Union Publishing
Date: August 16th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 380
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher/Author  via NetGalley
Rating:
3.5 stars          Add to Goodreads
Shelby Preston, a young single mother, is at a crossroads. She feels suffocated by her hardscrabble life in rural Georgia and dreams of becoming a professional chef. Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good.

In Atlanta, Mallory Lakes is reeling from a bad breakup. The newspaper food columnist is also bracing for major changes at work that could put her job at risk. Determined to find the perfect recipe for how to reinvent herself, she gets involved in the growing farm-to-table movement. But an emotional setback threatens to derail everything she’s worked for.

Shelby and Mallory couldn’t be more different. But through their shared passion for food, they form an unlikely friendship—a bond that just might be their salvation. This heartwarming and lyrical tale reminds us that family isn’t necessarily whom you’re related to—it’s whom you invite to your table.

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The Promise Kitchen was first published under the title Simmer and Smoke in 2015. That cover of that edition is far more suitable to this present cover. This cover implies frivolous and sweetness and light, and that just doesn't match the gutsy women and the southern life and their cooking.

This is the story of Shelby - wanting to be a chef par excellence, yet ground down in a small backwater place where dreams are hard to realise. She has a daughter (Ann, and my favorite character) about eight years old. They live with Shelby's mother and partner Lester. Shelby's mother has dreams too, she wants to restart up the hair dressing business she loved once. When Shelby gets a chance to develop her skills in Atlanta - her mother cares for her daughter while she is away.

Mallory is a food blogger, far wealthier than Shelby, but not  happy really, she hasn't found that place within her, where she knows she is home.  Shelby looks up to Mallory and follows her recipes and thinks it is amazing to actually meet her.  When an accident occurs it turns Mallory's life upside down, she experiences guilt and the need to make reparation. Eventually the lives of Shelby and Mallory intertwine and together they move forward.

This is a story of family, friendship and going after your dreams. It is about second chances and over coming weakness that has crept in. While I wasn't drawn to the southern food, the characters snuck up on me and I grew to care about them and cheer them on. 

Foodlovers Bon Apetit


September 26, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 26th September

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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Oh my September is disappearing. Where do these weeks go?  

I had a varied week.  We have extended family around at the moment as my niece is over from Australia with her little 9 month old. His first visit to our isles. So my sister had an afternoon for all the nieces and their little ones. Not everyone could be there but many were.
Family group of nieces and children

I finished the quilt I was making for my sister, I only make small lap sized ones, and her one was big blocks as well to help things along. 
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Under my needle at present is a quilt for Miss Audrey in the black skirt above. I have been working on this for awhile and was nervous about quilting it, because I didn't want to muck it up. I have a little but all a learning experience.

                                                         

What I read last week:

Reviews will be posted for all three at some point.

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Finished listening to Delusion in Death. Always so good on audio.


What I am reading at present:

Generally I am not a Nicholas Sparks reader but thought I'd give this review one a whirl. 
I am listening to:
First time trying this author. I like the female narrator but not so much the male narrator.  A little insipid.
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Up next:

For review and no I don't like the cover, but I know what's inside is likely to be very good!
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From the recently bought shelf.

Nalini Singh recommended this one - fantasy and I like that genre from time to time and looking on Goodreads I see people I follow giving 4 or 5 stars so looking forward to it. Already have the 2nd in the series too from NetGalley which comes out in January. So need to read this one first.
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Posts from the last week:

Echoes of Family   Barbara Claypole White
The Art of Keeping Secrets   Rachael Johns


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