WWW Wednesdays – 3rd January ‘18

WWWWednesdays

Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, this meme is all about the three Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Why not join in too?  Leave a comment with your link at Taking on a World of Words and then go blog hopping!


Currently reading

Three Things About ElsieThree Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon (eARC, NetGalley)

There are three things you should know about Elsie.  The first thing is that she’s my best friend.  The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.  And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?

Oliver LovingOliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block (eARC, NetGalley)

One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School’s annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic Junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school’s back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening – and the unspoken story he carries – will tear the town of Bliss, Texas apart.

Nearly ten years later, Oliver Loving still lies wordless and paralyzed at Crockett State Assisted Care Facility, the fate of his mind unclear. Orbiting the still point of Oliver’s hospital bed is a family transformed: Oliver’s mother, Eve, who keeps desperate vigil; Oliver’s brother, Charlie, who has fled for New York City only to discover he cannot escape the gravity of his shattered family; Oliver’s father, Jed, who tries to erase his memories with bourbon. And then there is Rebekkah Sterling, Oliver’s teenage love, who left Texas long ago and still refuses to speak about her own part in that tragic night. When a new medical test promises a key to unlock Oliver’s trapped mind, the town’s unanswered questions resurface with new urgency, as Oliver’s doctors and his family fight for a way for Oliver to finally communicate – and so also to tell the truth of what really happened that fateful night.

Recently finished (click on title for review)

The Good EarthThe Good Earth (House of Earth #1) by Pearl S. Buck (Hardcover)

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall.  Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

1066WhatFatesImpose1066: What Fates Impose by G K Holloway (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland.

Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold.   Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose? (Review to follow 4th January)

UnderanAmberSkyUnder an Amber Sky by Rose Alexander (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

When Sophie Taylor’s life falls apart, there is only one thing to do: escape and find a new one.  Dragged to Montenegro by her best friend Anna, Sophie begins to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. But when she stumbles into an old, run-down house on the Bay of Kotor she surprises even herself when she buys it.  Surrounded by old furniture, left behind by the former inhabitants, Sophie becomes obsessed by a young Balkan couple when she discovers a bundle of letters from the 1940s in a broken roll-top desk. Letters that speak of great love, hope and a mystery Sophie can’t help but get drawn into.  Days in Montenegro are nothing like she expected and as Sophie’s home begins to fill with a motley crew of lodgers the house by the bay begins to breathe again. And for Sophie, life seems to be restarting. But letting go of the past is easier said than done… (Review to follow 8th January)

What Cathy (will) Read Next

Carol (The Price of Salt)Carol (The Price of Salt) by Patricia Highsmith (paperback)

Two women from different backgrounds – one a department store clerk who dreams of a better life, one who is wealthy and married – strike up a love affair with each other in 1950s New York.

Written in 1952, the novel was originally titled The Price of Salt and published under the pseudonym Claire Morgan.

ShadowsontheGrassShadows on the Grass by Misha M. Herwin (eARC, courtesy of the author)

In nineteen sixties Bristol, seventeen year old Kate is torn between the new sexual freedom and her rigid Catholic upbringing. Her parents have high expectations of her; she however is determined to lead her own life. Meanwhile, Mimi, her grandmother, is dying.  In her final hours, her cousin the Princess keeps watch at her bedside. Born in the same month in the same year, the two women are bound by their past and a terrible betrayal.   Caught between the generations, Hannah, Mimi’s daughter, struggles to come to come to terms with her relationship with her mother and to keep the peace between her daughter and her husband.  She too must find her own way in this foreign land in a new post war world, where the old certainties have gone and everything she knows has been swept away.

18 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays – 3rd January ‘18

  1. The Price of Salt might be the perfect historical fiction book for my challenge this year. I hope it’s good! 🙂 Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    1. I really enjoyed the film version (Carol) so I’ll be interested to see how it compares with the original story. I’m also intrigued that it was originally published under a pseudonym. Judging by the film, it certainly seems different in tone from what you’d expect from a Highsmith story.

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  2. It’s been a few years since I read The Good Earth (I rather preferred Buck’s The Living Reed about imperial Korea a bit more). Nice list of books. I saved a few to my growing “to read” list.

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