My Week in Books – 18th August ‘19


New arrivals

The Girl at the WindowThe Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman (ebook)

She grew up in a house full of history. It was bound to have secrets…

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…

Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning to Ponden, a widow with a young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.  But going home isn’t always easy. Trudy must attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother while coming to terms with the loss of the love her life and trying to do her best for her grieving son.

And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but still rich in history and legend, a familiar haunt of the Brontë sisters, and the location for the most famous scene from Wuthering Heights… Generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…

Eight Hours From EnglandEight Hours From England by Anthony Quayle (paperback, advance review copy)

Autumn 1943. Realising that his feelings for his sweetheart are not reciprocated, Major John Overton accepts a posting behind enemy lines in Nazi-Occupied Albania. Arriving to find the situation in disarray, he attempts to overcome geographical challenges and political intrigues to set up a new camp in the mountains overlooking the Adriatic.

As he struggles to complete his mission amidst a chaotic backdrop, Overton is left to ruminate on loyalty, comradeship and his own future.

Based on Anthony Quayle’s own wartime experience with the Special Operations Executive (SOE), this new edition of a 1945 classic includes a contextual introduction from the Imperial War Museum which sheds new light on the fascinating true events that inspired its author.

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Tuesday –  I shared my review of Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak.

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 joined the blog tour for The Beach at Doonshean by Penny Feeny.

Friday – I shared some Tales From My TBR Pile.

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 Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Ike and Kay by James MacManus
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan by Cynthia Jefferies

6 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 18th August ‘19

  1. I absolutely love the sound of “The girl at the window” by Rowan Coleman. I tried to purchase a Kindle copy but unfortunately it is not available to me in Canada. 😭


  2. I had no idea Anthony Quayle had been in the SOE or that he had written books. When I saw the name on your image of the book I did a double take – surely not THAT Anthony Quayle I thought.

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    1. I’d been aware of the book because my husband has always been a great fan of him as and actor and has read Anthony Quayle’s autobiography. So I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour (in September) when I saw his novel was being published as part of this series by the Imperial War Museum.


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