Good morning, and welcome to another Monday, in which we celebrate our reading, blogging, and life. Mailbox Monday is hosted in October by Mailbox Monday blog; and Book Journey brings us another edition of What Are You Reading?
My mailbox had one review book this week; and I downloaded one from a favorite author onto Sparky.
1. The Death of Bees, by Lisa O’Donnell (Amazon Vine)
Hazlehurst housing estate, Glasgow, Christmas Eve 2010. Fifteen-year-old Marnie and her little sister Nelly have just finished burying their parents in the back garden. Only Marnie and Nelly know how they got there. Lennie, the old guy next door, has taken a sudden interest in his two young neighbours and is keeping a close eye on them. He soon realises that the girls are all alone, and need his help — or does he need theirs?
As the year ends and another begins, the sisters’ friends, their neighbours, and the authorities — not to mention the local drug dealer, who’s been sniffing around for their father — gradually start to ask questions. And as one lie leads to another, darker secrets about Marnie’s family come to light, making things even more complicated.
Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, The Death of Bees is an enchanting and grimly comic tale of three lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.
2. Windfall (e-book), by Penny Vincenzi
The number-one bestseller in Britain, Windfall is perhaps Penny Vincenzi’s most riveting family saga yet. After smashing successes with the American publication of six of Vincenzi’s “marvelously engrossing” (Barbara Taylor Bradford) novels—with more than 500,000 books in print—Overlook is thrilled to offer Windfall to American readers.
Sensible Cassia Fallon has been married to her doctor husband for seven years when her godmother leaves her a huge fortune. For the first time in her life, she is able to do exactly as she likes, and she starts to question her marriage, her past, her present, and her future. But where did her inheritance really come from and why? Too soon the windfall has become a corrupting force—one that Cassia cannot resist.
Vincenzi’s sharp eye for detail, intricate plots, and cast of vivid characters set in “a world of engrossing and unforgettable glamour and passion” (Dominick Dunne) have made her novels irresistible, and Windfall is no exception.
WHAT ARE YOU READING?
Welcome to another week of chatting books, blogging, and life. Come on by and visit…and I’ll be visiting you, too. I love the community of book bloggers and enjoy Mondays! There is nothing BLUE about Monday for me these days.
My week was not a good one, in terms of reading or blogging. I seemed to have gone missing from my routines.
For whatever reason, I was unplugged and disconnected from the usual events…except in a very minor way.
On Saturday, my Sweet Saturday Sample was full of Whirling Thoughts.
Here’s the Reading Week: (Click Titles for Reviews)
1. An Order of Coffee & Tea (e-book), by Brian Spangler
2. The Bodyguard (e-book), by Christy Tillery French
3. Play Him Again, by Jeffrey Stone (DNF and Did Not Review)
4. Dead on Ice, by Lauren Carr
What’s Up Next? (Click Titles/Covers for More Info)
1. Between the Lines, by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
2. Afterwards, by Rosamund Lupton
3. You Tell Your Dog First, by Alison Pace
And that’s my week! I hope everyone stays safe from the storms….and look forward to seeing you around the blogosphere this week!