My Week in Books – 14th July ‘19


New arrivals

The Beach at DoonsheanThe Beach at Doonshean by Penny Feeny (eARC, courtesy of Aria and NetGalley)

In Ireland, the past never dies…

Long ago, on a windswept Irish beach, a young father died saving the life of another man’s child.

Thirty years later, his widow, Julia, decides to return to this wild corner of Ireland to lay the past to rest. Her journey sparks others: her daughter Bel, an artist, joins her mother in Ireland, while son Matt and daughter-in-law Rachel, at home in Liverpool, embark on some soul-searching of their own.

As the threads of past and present intertwine, Julia’s family confront long-buried feelings of guilt, anger, fear and desire. Only then can they allow the crashing waves of the beach at Doonshean to bond them together once again.

Swan SongSwan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (ebook)

They told him everything. He told everyone else.

Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatán beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely.

Based on ten years of research comes a dazzling literary debut about the rise and self-destructive fall of Truman Capote and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his swans.

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott will be appearing at Henley Literary Festival 2019.

The Mermaid's CallThe Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield (eARC, courtesy of Allison & Busby and NetGalley)

Cornwall, 1845. Shilly has always felt a connection to happenings that are not of this world, a talent that has proved invaluable when investigating dark deeds with master of disguise, Anna Drake. The women opened a detective agency with help from their newest member and investor, Mathilda, but six long months have passed without a single case to solve and tensions are growing.

It is almost a relief when a man is found dead along the Morwenstow coast and the agency is sought out to investigate. There are suspicions that wreckers plague the shores, luring ships to their ruin with false lights – though nothing has ever been proved. Yet with the local talk of sirens calling victims to the sea to meet their end, could something other-worldly be responsible for the man’s death?

Fake Like MeFake Like Me by Barbara Bourland (review copy courtesy of riverrun)

When a fire rips through her studio and burns the seven enormous paintings for her next exhibition, a young, no-name painter is left with an impossible task: recreate her art in just three months – or ruin her fledgling career. Thirty-four, single and homeless, she desperately secures a place at an exclusive upstate retreat.

Brimming with creative history and set on a sparkling black lake, Pine City and its founders – a notorious collective of successful artists – is what she’s idolized all her life. She’s dreamt of the parties, the celebrities, the privilege. What she finds is a ghost of its former self.

The recent suicide of founding member Carey Logan haunts everyone, lurking beneath the surface like a shipwreck. And one thought begins to shadow her every move – what really happened to her hero?

Follow the buddy read on Twitter and Instagram #FakeLikeUs stating 15th July 2019

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I published introduction to my Buchan of the Month, The Runagates Club by John Buchan.

Tuesday –  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Character Freebie and I chose to focus on John Buchan’s most famous character, Richard Hannay – A Man of Many Parts.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next…and have a good nose around to see what other bloggers are reading.

Thursday – I published my review of the fourth volume of ex-Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s memoirs, In My Life: A Music Memoir.

Friday – I shared my Henley Literary Festival 2019 Reading List – books I own but haven’t yet read by authors appearing at the Festival.

As always, thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on or shared my blog posts on social media this week.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Razia by Abda Khan

2 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 14th July ‘19

  1. You’re a little production machine with all those posts! I find it hard enough to post on alternate days; doing a daily schedule would be a huge task. When do you find time to read??

    Swansong is the one that interests me most, possibly because last night I finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s..

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    1. Actually I’ve cut down, particularly on blog tours, because it was creating too much pressure. I used to sign up for a lot, not necessarily reviews but other content (extracts, guest posts, interviews) but even those require a lot of preparation and meeting deadlines. I’m in awe of book bloggers who are publishing multiple posts per day. I’m lucky enough not to work anymore so that helps with the reading time.


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