August 15, 2017

Seeing Red. Sandra Brown

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Published: Grand Central
Date: 15th August 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 432
Genre: Romantic suspense
Source: Publisher via NG
Rating:
4 stars                     Add to Goodreads
Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews--until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major--even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra's sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry - he knows he must keep going.

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Seeing Red by Sandra Brown was a really good suspense/mystery/thriller book. One of those books you look at the time and realise its way past your bedtime and you still have to read on to see who is the good person and who is the evil one, and how did it all go down.

Kerra is a news anchor and a good one, she wanted and got an interview with Major Franklin Trapper, and she has an ace up her sleeve that is going to helped her achieve that. What she doesn't realise is that all hell is about to break loose and it sure does. She is lucky to get away with her life intact.

John Trapper is Franklin's son and a badass - or is he?  He has hated all the fame a famous rescue that Major Trapper accomplished has brought the family. His life was changed forever the day his father rescued people from a bombed hotel. Plus now John believes there was more to that bombing than people are letting on about and he wants to root around and get to the very depths of it. So far it has lost him his job at the ATF and made him look a fool. But the thing about Trapper is he is very persistent and most of the time is one step ahead of the enemy - whoever that might be!

When the interview results in a shocking event Trapper steps in and kidnaps Kerra - for her own good of course. And so the ducking and diving begins. Who is the enemy is always the question. We are given little cameos of the perpetrators but never the full picture. It's very fortunate that Trapper does not trust easily, is very perceptive and while he resents the fame and the impact it has had on his relationship with his father, there are still bonds of love there.

I really enjoyed this story, the mystery and suspense, the wonderings about who was the person or persons behind the various killings. Trapper and Kerra grow as people throughout the story, the relationship of Trapper and the Major develops well and other relationships are called into question. And of course there is some hot romance happening between Kerra and Trapper.





August 14, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 14th August.

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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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Hope this finds you all well and reading when you can! We had a very wet week ( and now I really realise that saying "like a wet week". We had patches of sunlight, but a week of rain and looks like heading into the same. Everything is sodden and my walking and weeding both suffered. My reading didn't really benefit as I was sewing quite a bit!     However what I read I enjoyed.        

What I read last week:

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What I am reading at present:

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And still listening to Sister's Choice,  by Emilie Richards as at time of writing have about 4 hours left on it, so should finish this week.  Enjoying this reread, surprising what I had forgotten.

Up next:

From the TBR pile
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Last Weeks Posts
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club  Sophie Green
Any Dream Will Do    Debbie Macomber
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August 10, 2017

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club. Sophie Green

Published: Hachette Australia
Date: 8th August 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Historical fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
4 stars             Add to Goodreads
In 1978 the Northern Territory has begun to self-govern. Cyclone Tracy is a recent memory and telephones not yet a fixture on the cattle stations dominating the rugged outback. Life is hard and people are isolated. But they find ways to connect.
.Sybil is the matriarch of Fairvale Station, run by her husband, Joe. Their eldest son, Lachlan, was Joe's designated successor but he has left the Territory - for good. It is up to their second son, Ben, to take his brother's place. But that doesn't stop Sybil grieving the absence of her child. With her oldest friend, Rita, now living in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Ben's English wife, Kate, finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale, Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship and purpose: they all love to read, and she forms a book club.

Mother-of-three Sallyanne is invited to join them. Sallyanne dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town of Katherine where she lives with her difficult husband, Mick. Completing the group is Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land.

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The words book club might have drawn me to The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club,  and that part of it lived up to its promise, however it is the setting in the Northern Territories and the friendships and lives of the five women that kept me reading as well.

I would imagine life is hard in this area, and the challenges that the women face in this book and in actual life are enormous. The seasons of wet and dry, the isolation, the lack of the many entertainment opportunities we take for granted. And this book is set in the 1970's and early 80's. Yet on the other hand there is a beauty in the landscape and I am sure something that draws people to this harsh environment.

The five women were all interesting and I liked slowly getting to know them. Sybil - the matriarch is the one who starts up the book club. The book club helps to bring the women together and even if they have to have it over the radio because the weather is bad, it goes ahead. And they really do discuss the books and through them become involved more in each others lives.  Sybil already has a great friend in Rita - from early working days. Kate her daughter-in-law is English and is facing into a place so different to where she grew up. Della is a stock person and hails from Texas, and she finds the northern territories grow on her all the time.  Sallyanne really benefits from the friendships, she is  a bright, intelligent,  young woman in a marriage that is going south.  I liked her penchant for the romance genre too!

These women face into loss and grief, the hardships of the job, the pain of miscarriage, the difficulties of marriage and the absolute pain of racism. Through it all they support each other - walk with each other - and through it all make a life worth living.

An at times emotional and satisfying read, I'd be delighted to belong to the Fairvale Ladies Book Club!
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August 9, 2017

Any Dream Will Do. Debbie Macomber

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Published: Random House - Ballantine
Date: August 8th 2017
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
4 stars          Add to Goodreads
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
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Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber sucked me in right from the beginning and I couldn't believe that it was 352 pages long. It felt like 100. It is delightful, warm and entirely a 'feel good' book. And... just a little different to her other books to make me sigh with happiness when I had finished.

I loved the characters. Shay is a little hard edged to begin with, but then her life has been no picnic and she has had it tough since childhood. Now being 'played' by her brother and having just completed three years imprisonment, she is in danger of being out on the street until she meets Drew Douglas.

Sure Drew is a pastor, but he is still in depression after losing his wife Katie and could himself be in danger of losing his role at the church. However in reaching out to help Shay he finds friends who reach out a hand to him and lift him up and out. He has two adorable children Mark and Sarah, they take  up a good space in the story and I really liked that.

As well there are a circle of people around Drew and Shay who are minor characters but are mostly very likeable or a little prickly but redeemable. There are a couple of homeless men who caught my attention, both wonderful and showed a side of Shay that said so much about her. I would have liked to see a little more of them.

There is a little bit of mystery towards the end that seems to put Shay in danger of losing what she has worked so hard for. That mystery wasn't difficult to work out ( I think the reader was meant to do so), but it all works out of course. 

A charming, warm and uplifting story.

August 7, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading.

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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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I had a very ordinary week but then I think they are the best. I went out on Wednesday to craft night with my friends, had a friend over Saturday and sewed my heart out and read away. Even caught up on Grey's Anatomy and generally avoided as much housework as possible. Today I get to meet a new little great nephew, born in Australia and just passing through to meet up with the Kiwi rellies.      

What I read last week:

Two review books.
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What I am reading at present:

From my very new shelf! Arrived at the door, opened and started, I've been waiting!
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And still listening to Sister's Choice by Emilie Richards.

Up next:

Two review books, Eva Woods I have never read. Cathy Lamb a favourite author.
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Last Weeks Posts
Month in Review for July
August Book of Choice Giveaway   as usual special slot for those who link up to It's Monday.
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August 1, 2017

Book of Choice Giveaway - August


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Lonna from Flylef is organising and hosting this giveaway hop and I have decided that I will join in for most months of the year.

This giveaway starts on the first of the month and ends on the 15th. It can be a new release, or an old release, it's a book of choice!

I am giving away any one book up to the value of $18 U.S. so long as you are in an area of the world where the Book Depository ships to you.  One winner will receive their book of choice. Open internationally.  This can be a book that is published this month or next or any previous months. 


  ♬  Enter Giveaway 

Details
📘         Giveaway ends on August 15th.
📘         Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you.
📘         One winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter .
📘         The winner will be announced here on the blog and will also be emailed. 
📘         If winner does not respond after 72 hours a new winner will be chosen.
📘         Prizes will be fulfilled as soon as the winner emails me their choice.


Previous Winners from 2017

January Winner.                                                             February Winner.
Kate S from Ireland who chose ...                                Jaime L from Sth Carolina who chose 
Lost City of the Monkey God                                                         One Blood Ruby

March Winner.                                                             April Winner.   
Cali from California who chose...                                  Maria M from Michigan who chose...
Hunted.                                                                               Flame in the Mist

May Winner                                                                       June Winner
Antonella from Argentina                                               Alisha S from Washington PA 
Fangirl by Rowena Rowell.                                              Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

July Winner

Holly from Spokane WA who chose

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Month in Review - July

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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


Books Read

The Stars are Fire     Anita Shreve  - audio
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters   Susan Mallery
Indigo Lake   Jodi Thomas
The Forever Summer    Jamie Brenner  - audio
The Dress in the Window  Sofia Grant
Until You Loved Me   Brenda Novak
We Never Asked for Wings  Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Anne of the Island   L.M.Montgomery -  audio
Until it Fades   K. A. Tucker   - audio
Sawbones    Melissa Lenhardt
Any Dream Will Do     Debbie Macomber
Bring on the Blessings   Beverly Jenkins
Dragon Springs Rd  Janie Chang
Fatal Affair   Marie Force
Seeing Red   Sandra Brown
The Bookshop at Water's End   Patti Callahan Henry - audio
Book Formats:

PaperbackThree
E-BookEight
AudiobookFive
From TBR shelfOne
Review BooksSeven
From my New Shelf   Two


Genres Read

Contemporary RomanceThree
Crime/SuspenseTwo
FantasyZero
Mainstream FictionSeven
Historical FictionFour
Memoir




New to me authors.
Melissa Lenhardt
Beverly Jenkins
Jamie Brenner
Sofia Grant
Janie Chang

Top Books for July.

Honestly so many of them were so good! Here are my 5 star reads!  All three of them audiobooks!!
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Looking Forward to reading in August...

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Incoming Books.
Won from Books with Heart on Twitter - thank you Hachette Australia
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E Books Purchased:
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LibraryBorrowings: 
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Books coming from NetGalley or Edelweiss


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Audible Books purchased with credits


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So how did your reading month pan out?

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