My Week in Books – 15th September ’19

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Blog posts

Monday – I published my review of The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott as part of the blog tour.

Tuesday – I shared an exclusive excerpt from Stephen Clark’s new crime thriller, Hands Up. For Top Ten Tuesday I took a look back at my Summer 2019 TBR to see how many of the books I’d managed to read.

Wednesday – WWW 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 shared my review of The Courts of the Morning by John Buchan.

Friday – I joined the blog tour for historical novel Wicked By Design by Katy Moran, sharing my enthusiastic review of this follow-up to Hester and Crow (previously published under the title False Lights).

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

Currently reading

New Arrivals

The Lady of the RavensThe Lady of the Ravens by Joanna Hickson (eARC, courtesy of Harper Collins and NetGalley)

My baptismal name may be Giovanna but here in my mother’s adopted country I have become plain Joan; I am not pink-cheeked and golden-haired like the beauties they admire. I have olive skin and dark features – black brows over ebony eyes and hair the colour of a raven’s wing…

When Joan Vaux is sent to live in the shadow of the Tower of London, she must learn to navigate the treacherous waters of this new England under the Tudors. Like the ravens, Joan must use her eyes and her senses, if Henry and his new dynasty are to prosper and thrive …

A Ration Book ChildhoodA Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton (eARC, courtesy of Corvus and NetGalley)

In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.

When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?

MothersMothers by Chris Power (paperback)

Mothers is peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends – characters who search without knowing what they seek.

From remote and wild Exmoor to ancient Swedish burial sites and hedonistic Mexican weddings, these stories lay bare the emotional and psychic damage of life and love in a stunning debut collection.

Coming up on What Cathy Read Next

  • Book Review: A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Buchan of the Month: Introducing The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan