On What Cathy Read Next last week
Monday – I shared my review of The Colours by Juliet Bates as part of the blog tour.
Tuesday – This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a celebration of ten years of the meme and I shared some of the lovely author feedback I’m thankful for.
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 published my review of The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn as part of the blog tour.
Friday – I shared my review of my Buchan of the Month, Homilies and Recreations by John Buchan.
As always, thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on or shared my blog posts on social media this week.
The Wanderers (The West Country Trilogy #2) by Tim Pears (audio book)
Two teenagers, bound by love yet divided by fate, forge separate paths in England before World War I.
1912. Leo Sercombe is on a journey. Aged thirteen and banished from the secluded farm of his childhood, he travels through Devon, grazing on berries and sleeping in the woods. Behind him lies the past, and before him the West Country, spread out like a tapestry. But a wanderer is never alone for long, try as he might—and soon Leo is taken in by gypsies, with their wagons, horses, and vivid attire. Yet he knows he cannot linger, and must forge on toward the western horizon.
Leo’s love, Lottie, is at home. Life on the estate continues as usual, yet nothing is as it was. Her father is distracted by the promise of new love and Lottie is increasingly absorbed in the natural world: the profusion of wild flowers in the meadow, the habits of predators, and the mysteries of anatomy. And of course, Leo is absent. How will the two young people ever find each other again?
The Bird in the Bamboo Cage by Hazel Gaynor (eARC, Harper Collins)
When war imprisons them, only kindness will free them…
China, 1941. Elspeth Kent has fled an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China. But when Japan declares war on the Allies and occupies the school, security and home comforts are replaced by privation, uncertainty and fear. For ten-year-old Nancy Plummer and her school friends, now separated from their parents indefinitely, Miss Kent’s new Girl Guide patrol provides a precious reminder of home in a land where they are now the enemy.
Elspeth and her fellow teachers, and Nancy and her friends, need courage, friendship and fortitude as they pray for liberation. But worse is to come. Removed from the school, they face even greater uncertainty and danger at a Japanese internment camp, where cruelty and punishment reign.
Inspired by true events, this is an unforgettable read about a remarkable community faced with unimaginable hardship, and the life-changing bonds formed in a distant corner of a terrible war.
The Borrowed Boy by Deborah Klee (eARC, courtesy of the author and Rachel’s Random Resources)
A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.
What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.
Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.
Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.
On What Cathy Read Next this week
- Book Review: The Offing by Benjamin Myers
- Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated July to December 2020 Reads
- Waiting on Wednesday
- Book Review: The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey
- 6 Degrees of Separation