December 8, 2016

All I Ever Wanted. Lucy Dillon

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Published: Hachette NZ
Date: 29 November 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 406
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Hachette NZ
Rating:
4 stars                          Add to Goodreads
Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time. But then, one February morning, everything changes, and Nancy stops talking.

Eva is forty-four, nearly fort-five. She didn't expect to be the third wife of a semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. It was the love of a lifetime for them both - until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone.

While Nancy's parents negotiate their separation, the question of weekend contact is solved when Patrick volunteers his siser Eva's house. It's plenty of room for her to get to know a niece and nephew she's barely met.

The fortnightly presence of two children in her peaceful, grown-up home initially drives Eva to exhaustion, but as spring turns to summer, a trust slowly forms between an anxious little girl and a woman who realised too late that what her soul years for is the love of a child.


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All I Ever Wanted is a book that drew me in and had me hooked into the lives of the various characters in the book. 

Nancy is a small four year old, full of life, until she makes a wish that comes true, and she is so traumatised by it she stops speaking. She is a sweet little thing and I love her relationship with a dog.

Joel is ten and it seems like he bounces of the wall at times. He exudes energy and enthusiasm. Sometimes that lands him in small time trouble. Yet he is kind and thoughtful and always has an eye out for his young sister Nancy.

Patrick is their Dad, we aren't given his point of view in the book so at times it was hard to get a read on him. He certainly has his annoying qualities and at times I was ready to totally despair of him. Yet these qualities were balanced by others that redeemed him, and so I was holding an open mind for him - just!

Caitlin, his wife and mother to Nancy and Joel, I found equally frustrating. At times she was rather in my view irresponsible and while she rightly resented some things about Patrick, she still had faults of her own that needed some attention. Yet she is a wonderful mother and her children are at the centre.

Eva is Patrick's sister, widowed after a shortish marriage, she is just beginning to re-evaluate her life and to see what she wants now. I loved her the most, and along with her two dogs - Bumble and Bee - she is very integral to the story. My favourite scene in the book involves her and the dogs. Won't give away who else is there as well!

All the characters develop in the book in satisfying ways. All of them could be your next door neighbour. They weren't idealistic amazing people, but like you and me, facing the challenges thrown at them, sometimes well and sometimes not.

It was my first time reading a Lucy Dillon book, and I will certainly be very happy to read  other books by her. 
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December 6, 2016

New to Me Authors in 2016 I'll Want to Read More From

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Top Ten Tuesday was created and is  hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  

As we come to the end of 2016 it is great to look back at the new to me authors that I will definitely want to read more of.  I read a lot of new to me author, however these are the ones I'll seek out their books in the future.  Most of them have been writing for awhile but 2016 was the year I first read them.

📖    Christine Nolfi
📖    Amanda Bouchet
📖    Karen Rose
📖    Shelley Noble
📖    Lisa Jewell
📖    Jenny Colgan
📖    Patti Callahan Henry
📖    Susan Meissner
📖    Judith Marillier
📖    Karen White
📖    Kristina McMorris

And here are the books where I was introduced to these authors in 2016

Contemporary Fiction


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Fantasy 

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 Romantic Suspense

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 Historical Fiction
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A good reminder of authors I want to read more of, most of them have a number of books to their name.  I think Amanda Bouchet is the only one new on the scene this year. I have already read a couple more of Karen Whites and one more of Jenny Colgans.

December 5, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5th December

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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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Yikes I know! December ... how did that happen!

I had a good week, nothing outstanding, lots of gardening and weeding, well weeding mostly! I also finished a quilt, the one that saw me getting through a couple of audiobooks last week as I quilted it.
Here it is on the line drying.  No. I don't have a dryer!

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I also set up my Full House Reading Challenge 2017 as it is that time of year. Came very quickly! I will host the Read the Books You Buy again for 2017 and will put up a post for sign up to that at some point in the coming week. 
                                                         

What I read last week:

I read/finished the following three, all worth the read. Tamar was set in New Zealand and an historical. The Look of Love was an audiobook that I enjoyed and Island of Glass was the final book in Nora Robert's most recent trilogy and very much enjoyed.


What I am reading at present:

My reading seems to have slowed, I guess there are other things to be achieved!
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Listening to Endless Chain. It is a reread for me, and a good way to reread is to listen to the audio. I had chosen another book from Audible but returned it, thought it was dopey! After an hour of it I decided that was enough.

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Up next:

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Posts from the last week:

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December 3, 2016

Full House Reading Challenge 2017 Sign Up

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Challenge Guidelines:

  • Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2017
  • Write and publish a post stating your intention to participate. In the post please include the Challenge graphic and a link back to this post. Then link your intention post at the bottom of this post.  Make sure it is the actual post and not just a generic link to your blog.
  • Add your reviews back here on the link in this post. At the end of every three months there will be a U.S. $12 prize with a book of your choice from the Book Depository or U.S. Amazon voucher, for the entries. There will be a new linky then for the next quarter and so on to the end of December.
  • Reviews are not mandatory and if you prefer to keep a list of the books read and the category they cross off the card, then you can still enter for the completion of a Full House by linking to that list on the final linky or in a comment. The list could be kept on somewhere like Goodreads or in a Google doc.

Link Ups
Jan - March will open on first week of January    
  • Each review can only be linked up once in the year. However it doesn't matter when you read the book in 2017 - which month, just link as you remember or have time. So if you read it in January you may not get around to linking it until say... May. That is fine.
  • Books may cross over from other challenges that you are doing. However a different book for each square, one book cannot cover two squares.
  • There will be a final post to link in a summary post for the challenge for those who have completed a full house. This will close on the 2nd January 2018  and a winner will be chosen using random.org for a U.S. $30 prize which again can be used to buy books at the Book Depository or be received as an Amazon voucher.
Completion Link will go here.
  • Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed "one free exchange", if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post.
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* Book about books.  This can be fiction or non-fiction. It can be anything for example where the setting is a book shop for example. 

* Not really for you.  This can be a kind of book you don't usually read, or it could be one you just DNF, or one you just didn't enjoy that much.
* Diversity.  Think ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender diversity and you may come up with something you think of as well, as the list is basic.  But it must be somehow quite different to you. 

* Book from a list.   There are heaps of lists out there, from bestsellers to numerous Goodreads ones.

*Authors  UK/European author reads   UK or European author. 

*Size Word in Title   e.g small, little, tiny, huge, large, big, mini....etc. 

If you have a question about any category just leave a comment and I will get back to you.



November 30, 2016

Month in Review November 2016

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Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others' posts.

Total books read this month: 16
Book Formats:

PaperbackSix
E-BookSix
AudiobookFour
From TBR shelfFour
Review BooksSix
From my New Shelf   One


Genres Read

Contemporary RomanceFive
Crime/SuspenseTwo
FantasyZero
Women's FictionTwo
Historical FictionFive
MemoirZero
FictionTwo


Books Read.  Authors. Star Ratings. Genres.


Jane Steele;Lyndsay Faye  4 stars Historical
Every Dark Corner;Karen Rose5 starsSuspense
The Italian Wedding;Nicky Pellegrino 4 starsWomen's Fiction
Blackpeak VinesHolly Ford3 starsRomance
Miracle on 5th AvenueSarah Morgan4 starsRomance
Calculated in Death.     J. D. Robb4 starsSuspense
RevenantsScott Kauffman3.5 starsHistorical
The Summer BrideAnne Gracie4 starsHistorical Romance
Three WishesLiane Moriarty4 starsFiction
The Bishop's GirlRebecca Burns4 starsHistorical
All I Ever WantedLucy Dillon4 starsFiction
Second Chance GrillChristine Nolfi4 starsRomance
TamarDeborah Challinor3 starsHistorical
Don't Want to Miss a ThingJill Mansell4 starsRomance
The Garden of Happy EndingsBarbara O'Neal5 starsWomen's Fiction
Little Shop of Happily Ever AfterJenny Colgan4 starsRomance


New to me authors.
Lyndsay Faye
Karen Rose
Holly Ford
Lucy Dillon
Christine Nolfi
Deborah Challinor
Scott Kauffman

Top Books for November

💝  Loved this one, I had never read Karen Rose, and now I have a new to me author whose books I will be reading in the future.

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💝 I enjoy Barbara O'Neal's books and this one was no exception. Tanya Eby narrated very well and the story was thought provoking and I loved the characters.



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In December Looking Forward to Reading...

Both published early January
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Incoming Books.
Paperback Books Purchased:

None!


E Books Purchased:
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Library Books: 
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Books coming from NetGalley or Edelweiss
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Books from Hachette NZ
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Reading Challenges Update.

I am on track I think to complete most/all my reading challenges for 2016. I thought I wouldn't achieve the audiobook one but I think now I will. I am deciding what I will do for 2017, not many. I plan to read less and more slowly in 2017!
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So how did your reading month pan out?

November 29, 2016

Miracle on 5th Avenue. Sarah Morgan

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Published:HQN
Date: November 29th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
4 stars                  Add to Goodreads
Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?
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With Miracle on 5th Avenue - we have #3 in the From Manhattan with Love series. It's a story I have been anticipating with relish for awhile now, and so it was a pleasure to read about Eva and Lucas Blade. We'd met Eva before and knew her pretty well but Lucas was a treat in store for us. 

They're both suffering loss, yet Eva has no one - no family at all, although what she hasn't taken time to realise is that family doesn't always have to be blood based. Her many close and not so close friends both adore and love her.

Lucas is trying to escape his interfering family (as he sees it). So while he is pretending to be in Vermont he is actually at home.  He is a writer with writer's block, the book is due and there is not a word on the page, until enter Eva - sent by his Grandmother to decorate and cook so the place is all welcoming when he returns for Vermont. 

So this book is a slightly different version of meeting and being snowed in, because of course Lucas was home when Eva turned up, but it was too icy and snowy to leave. 

Eva is a romantic, she believes in love and living happily, even ever after. Lucas has past experience that tells him differently. Eva doesn't like the dark thrillers that Lucas writes and would love to see a little love in there  to lighten things a little.   That horrifies Lucas! 

So there is a fun clash between the two, some tension and heat, and possibly coming up a love story and a happily ever after.

I enjoyed Eva and Lucas' story and it ends deliciously. Can't ask for more.



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