My Week in Books – 21st February 2021


On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Yellow, Purple and Green Book Covers in honour of Mardi Gras.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next…as well as have a good nose around to see what books others have plucked from their shelves.  I also published my review of Madam by Phoebe Wynne.

Thursday – I shared my publication day review of historical crime novel Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson.

Saturday – I published my review of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, a book from my Classics Club list.

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

New arrivals

The Forgotten Life of Arthur PettingerThe Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger by Suzanne Fortin (ARC, courtesy of Aria)

Sometimes the past won’t stay hidden, it demands to be uncovered…

Arthur Pettinger’s memory isn’t what it used to be. He can’t always remember the names of his grandchildren, where he lives or which way round his slippers go. He does remember Maryse though, a woman he hasn’t seen for decades, but whose face he will never forget.

When Arthur’s granddaughter, Maddy moves in along with her daughter Esther, it’s her first step towards pulling her life back together. But when Esther makes a video with Arthur, the hunt for the mysterious Maryse goes viral.

There’s only one person who can help Maddy track down this woman – the one that got away, Joe. Their quest takes them to France, and into the heart of the French Resistance.

When the only way to move forwards is to look back, will this family finally be able to?

CharityCharity by Madeline Dewhurst (ARC, courtesy of Lightning Books)

Edith, an elderly widow with a large house in an Islington garden square, needs a carer. Lauren, a nail technician born in the East End, needs somewhere to live. A rent-free room in lieu of pay seems the obvious solution, even though the pair have nothing in common. Or do they? Why is Lauren so fascinated by Edith’s childhood in colonial Kenya? Is Paul, the handsome lodger in the basement, the honest broker he appears? And how does Charity, a Kenyan girl brutally tortured during the Mau Mau rebellion, fit into the equation?

Capturing the spirited interplay between two women divided by class, generation, and a deeper gulf from the past, and offering vivid flashbacks to 1950s East Africa, Madeline Dewhurst’s captivating debut spins a web of secrets and deceit – where it’s not always obvious who is the spider and who is the fly.

The Spanish GirlThe Spanish Girl by Jules Hayes (eARC, courtesy of Orion Dash)

A country torn apart by war. Two love stories divided by decades. One chance to discover the truth…

Feisty journalist Isabella has never known the truth about her family. Escaping from a dangerous assignment in the turbulent Basque country, she finds her world turned upside down, firstly by her irresistible attraction to the mysterious Rafael, and then by a new clue to her own past. As she begins to unravel the tangled story of her identity, Isabella uncovers a story of passion, betrayal and loss that reaches back to the dark days of Spain’s civil war – when a passionate Spanish girl risked everything for her country, and for the young British rebel who captured her heart.

But can Isabella trust the man she’s fallen in love with? Or are some wartime secrets better left undisturbed…?

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Blog Tour/Book Review: She Came To Stay by Eleni Kyriacou
  • Book Review: Saving the World – Women: The Twenty-First Century’s Factor For Change by Paola Diana
  • Top Ten Tuesday 
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The Northern Reach by W. S. Winslow
  • Book Review: Saving the World – Women: The Twenty-First Century’s Factor For Change by Paola Diana
  • Book Review: The Art of the Assassin by Kevin Sullivan

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