WWW Wednesdays (6 April 2016)

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

A similar meme is run by Lipsyy Lost and Found where bloggers share This Week in Books #TWiB.


 

What I’m reading now:

the second love of my life

The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters

I’m kind of cheating a little in putting this novel in my ‘what I’m reading now’ section as I have only read the first chapter so far. I loved the prequel novella that I finished earlier though and couldn’t resist going straight on to this!

Synopsis:

In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.

Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.

But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer…

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?

In The Light Of What We See by Sarah Painter

In the Light of What We See by Sarah Painter

This book was offered to me for review and I couldn’t resist after I read the synopsis. I’ve only read a few chapters so far but I’m really enjoying it. I really hope that my body begins to settle down on my new meds very soon so that I can get back to reading at my normal rate. I can’t wait to get back to this book, it’s one to read in chunks and be completely engrossed in.

Synopsis:

Brighton, 1938: Grace Kemp is pushed away by the family she has shamed. Rejected and afraid, she begins a new life as a nurse. But danger stalks the hospital too, and she’ll need to be on her guard to avoid falling into familiar traps. And then there are the things she sees…Strange portents that have a way of becoming real.

Eighty years later, Mina Morgan is brought to the same hospital after a near-fatal car crash. She is in terrible pain but recalls nothing. She’s not even sure whom to trust. Mina too sees things that others cannot, but now, in hospital, her visions are clearer than ever…

Two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by a shared space and a common need to salvage their lives.

I’m also still reading from last week:

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

I literally only have a few chapters left to read of this fab novel so will definitely finish it soon – had I not have had a rough week health-wise I would have finished it by now. It’s so good though that I’ve kept on thinking about the characters even when I haven’t been up to reading about them and that’s always the sign of a great novel.

Truth, Lies and O-Rings by Allan J. McDonald & James R. Hansen

I’ve ground to a halt on this book with not feeling well as my brain just can’t seem to take in much info but I hope to get back to it soon as it is a really interesting read.


 

What I recently finished reading: 

the summer i met you

The Summer I Met You by Victoria Walters

I picked this up one night this week and couldn’t put it down, it’s a lovely novella about a couple falling in love. I’ve now started the novel which follows on from this and am interested to see where the story picks up years later.

Synopsis:

It wasn’t love at first sight. It was a summer of love…

When Emma leaves her Cornish hometown of Talting for a summer in Devon, the last thing she dreams of is falling in love.

But sometimes the people who affect us the most come along when we least expect it.

As the summer comes to the end, will it herald the start of something that could last for ever?

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

I devoured this novel, it’s such an intense read that hooks you in and doesn’t let go. I’ve just reviewed it for LoveReading and will be sharing my review on my blog in the next few days so keep an eye out for that. I loved it though and recommend that you pre-order it for your summer read!

Synopsis

It’s summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele – wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.

Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away.

But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

I enjoyed this novel but it wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped it might be. I’ve already reviewed this and you can read my review by here.

Synopsis:

When Amber Green, a shop assistant in an exclusive London boutique is plucked from obscurity and mistakenly offered a job working with Mona Armstrong, the infamous, jet-setting ‘stylist to the stars’, she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood’s hottest (and craziest) starlets.

As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber’s life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear?


 

What I plan on reading next:

Wonder Cruise by Ursula Bloom

Wonder Cruise by Ursula Bloom

I was offered the chance to review this book by the publisher and I can’t wait to start reading it. It sounds like a fab read – and I adore the gorgeous cover!

Synopsis:

Ann Clements is thirty-five and single, and believes nothing exciting will ever happen to her. Then, she wins a large sum of money in a sweepstake and suddenly can dare to dream of a more adventurous life. She buys a ticket for a Mediterranean cruise, against the wishes of her stern brother, the Rev. Cuthbert, who has other ideas about how she should spend her windfall. Ann steps out of the shadows of her mundane life into the heat of the Mediterranean sun. Travelling to Gibraltar, Marseilles, Naples, Malta and Venice, Ann’s eyes are opened to people and experiences far removed from her sheltered existence in the offices at Henrietta Street, and Mrs. Puddock’s lodging house. As Ann blossoms, discovering love and passion for the very first time, the biggest question is, can there be any going back?

shtum by jem lester

Shtum by Jem Lester

I’ve had a review copy of this book for ages but just haven’t got around to reading it as yet. It’s now release week and I keep seeing people talking about it so I feel drawn to reading it now.

Synopsis:

Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. 

His ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben’s elderly father, three generations of men – one who can’t talk; two who won’t – are thrown together. 

As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths. 

Jonah, blissful in his ignorance, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled. 

Funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, Shtum is a story about families, forgiveness and finding a light in the darkest days.

In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

I was thrilled to get the chance to review this book before it’s released and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve read a couple of Samantha Hayes’ other novels (before I was a book blogger) and really enjoyed them so I have high hopes for this one!

Synopsis:

Four months ago, Rick went out to buy a newspaper. He never came back.

His wife, Gina, is struggling to deal with her loss, and her daughter’s mood swings are getting worse. Then she receives a phone call from a woman at a country hotel, confirming details of a booking Rick made before he vanished. 

Desperate to find out more about his disappearance, Gina and her daughter take the trip. But there is something very strange about the hotel, and the family that run it. 

Soon Gina is unsure that Rick even made the booking – but one thing is clear: both mother and daughter are in serious danger.


 

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Don’t forget to check out my giveaway post from yesterday (here) – I’m offering you the chance to win a HB copy of The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. The giveaway is international so is open to everyone. 

 


 

What are you reading at the moment? Have you finished any good books recently? Any books you’re looking forward to reading soon? Please feel free to join in with this meme and share your link below, or if you don’t have a blog please share in the comments below. 🙂

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35 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays (6 April 2016)

    • Thank you. The Swimming Pool was such a good read, it’s definitely one not to be missed. I’m not sure about Shtum either, I want to read it to see what all the fuss is about but I’m not convinced it’ll be for me. I feel like I have to give it a go with having been sent a review copy so I’ll see how I get on.

    • My TBR is exactly the same – I’m drowning in books at the moment and finding it really difficult to know where to start to try and catch up. The Second Love of My Life is really good, I’m looking forward to getting back to it later on.

  1. Wow so many books. That novella certainly looks interesting. I like a nice quick read. The Second Love of My Life sounds good too. I’ll keep my eye out for that one! Thanks for visiting my WWW Wednesday post. Happy reading! 🙂

    • They’re really pretty covers, aren’t they? So bright and summery. I loved the novella, and am really enjoying The Second Love of my Life now. I hope you enjoy them too if you decide to read them. I’ll go look at your post now, thanks for stopping by and sharing your link.

    • I’ve been in two minds about Shtum as it’s had so much hype but now I’ve started to see reviews by bloggers whose opinions I trust I’m keen to give it a try.
      Dear Dad is a great read, I’m going to try and get my review written up in the next couple of days or so. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have.
      I’ll go read your post now. 🙂

  2. When I saw you say about The Second Love of my life, I was praying you’d read the first one! I really enjoyed The Summer I met You, and when I read the intro at the end for book 2 I was gutted, so am dying to get to this one! Must read as hum, and In Too Deep looks good, and goddammit I think I have to get the Swimming Pool!

  3. What a busy week!!’ I especially love the look of Wonder Cruise. Now there’s a cover to make you want to get on a beach and just read!

  4. The Second Love of My Life sounds like a sweet second chance romance. 🙂 You can totally count it if you’re only a chapter in — you’re still currently reading it!

    • I’ve just reviewed The Swimming Pool today, it was a brilliant read. The Second Love of My Life is really good, I can’t wait to read more of it. I haven’t managed to start Shtum yet but I’m looking forward to it.

  5. Another great post that will make my bank account scream and my TBR grow bigger again 🙂 Shtum and The Second Love of my Life are making it to the most wanted list. So is the Swimming Pool. I live across from one of the main swimming pools of our town and I kept thinking about the book all week when coming back home. Plus, it sounds like summer and the weather is so bad I need a reminder that spring is here.
    I hope the meds issue will be sorted soon 🙂
    Here’s my week in books https://chocolatenwafflesblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/this-week-in-books-april-6th-2016/
    Happy reading!

    • Sorry about your bank balance… these books are worth it though as all the ones I’ve read were brilliant. I’m enjoying The Second Love of My Life very much, I can’t wait to read more of it later on tonight. I’ve reviewed The Swimming Pool today if you want to read it, it was a fab read though. It’s one of those book you don’t want to put down once you start reading. Thank you, I think it’s going to take a while to get my meds sorted out but we’ll keep working on it. Happy reading to you too. 🙂

      • Don’t worry about the bank balance, it is used to be squeezed to the maximum for the love of books! I read your review of The Swimming Pool, it got me even eagerer (is that even proper English?! haha!) to read it 🙂 As long as they help you, I hope the meds don’t take too long to be sorted out, it can be a pain to find the right balance

  6. ‘Wonder Cruise’ does have a fabulous cover. I hope the book is just as good. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • It was an enjoyable read but it just didn’t really go anywhere and it left me feeling a bit disappointed. I’m enjoying The Second Love of My Life so far, I’ve not had the chance to read much the last day or so but I’m hoping to read tonight.

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