My Week in Books – 3rd May 2020


On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday –  I joined the blog tour for The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake.

TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child.

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 shared my review of Living Among The Dead by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky as part of the blog tour.

Friday – I picked my Five Favourite April Reads.

Saturday – I joined in with the monthly #6Degrees of Separation meme forming a chain from The Road by Cormac McCarthy to The Storyteller by Pierre Jarawan.

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

New arrivals

9781999340407Rags of Time by Michael Ward  (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

London, 1639. Spice merchant Thomas Tallant returns from India to find his city in turmoil – overcrowded, ravaged by crime and seething with sedition. A bitter struggle is brewing between King Charles I and Parliament as England slides into civil war.

A wealthy merchant is savagely killed; then his partner plunges to his death in the Tallant household. Suspicion falls on Tom, who soon finds himself being sucked into London’s turbulence. As he struggles to clear his name, he becomes entranced by the enigmatic Elizabeth Seymour, whose passion for astronomy and mathematics is matched only by her addiction to the gaming tables. Can her brilliance untangle the web of deceit that threatens to drag Tom under?

A thrilling murder mystery set in the murky streets of Stuart London, Rags of Time is an intriguing tale of murder, suspicion and the search for enlightenment that will keep you guessing until the final dramatic scene.

Hidden in the Shadows Front coverHidden in the Shadows by Imogen Matthews (ebook, courtesy of Amsterdam Publishers and Random Things Tours)

Escape from the hidden village is just the beginning.

September 1944: The hidden village is in ruins. Stormed by the Nazis. Several are dead and dozens flee for their lives.

Instead of leading survivors to safety, Wouter panics and abandons Laura, the love of his life. He has no choice but to keep running from the enemy who want to hunt him down.

Laura must also stay hidden as she is Jewish. Moving from one safe house to another, she is concealed in attics and cellars. The threat of discovery is always close at hand.

On the run with no end in sight, the two young people despair of ever seeing each other again. As cold sweeps in signalling the start of the Hunger Winter, time is running out. Wouter’s search now becomes a battle for survival. Where can Laura be? Will they ever be reunited?

Hidden in the Shadows is an unforgettable story of bravery and love, inspired by historical events.

9780008287061The Storm by Amanda Jennings (eARC, courtesy of HQ and NetGalley)

To the outside world Hannah married the perfect man. Behind the closed doors of their imposing home it’s a very different story.

Nathan controls everything Hannah does. He chooses her clothes, checks her receipts, and keeps her passport locked away. But why does she let him?

Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told. But the past is about to catch up with them.

Set against the unforgiving backdrop of a Cornish fishing port in the ’90s, this is a devastating exploration of the power of coercive control in a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems…

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading


Planned posts

  • Reading The Walter Scott Prize 2020 Shortlist: Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Things I’d Have At My Bookish Party
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: A Wedding in the Olive Garden by Leah Fleming
  • Buchan of the Month: Introducing…The Last Secrets by John Buchan
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Hidden in the Shadows by Imogen Matthews

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