My Week in Books – 8th August 2021

MyWeekinBooks

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I shared an update on my progress with the 20 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge.

Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Titles or Covers That Made We Want To Read/Buy the Book

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 to have a good nose around what others are reading. 

Thursday – I shared my publication day review of historical novel, The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan.

Friday – I published my review of Three Little Truths by Eithne Shortall

Saturday – The first Saturday of the month means it’s time for 6 Degrees of Separation.

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


New arrivals

The Beloved GirlsThe Beloved Girls by Harriet Evans (eARC, courtesy of Headline)

It’s a funny old house. They have this ceremony every summer . . . There’s an old chapel, in the grounds of the house. Half-derelict. The Hunters keep bees in there. Every year, on the same day, the family processes to the chapel. They open the combs, taste the honey. Take it back to the house. Half for them –‘ my father winced, as though he had bitten down on a sore tooth. ‘And half for us.’

Catherine, a successful barrister, vanishes from a train station on the eve of her anniversary. Is it because she saw a figure – someone she believed long dead? Or was it a shadow cast by her troubled, fractured mind?

The answer lies buried in the past. It lies in the events of the hot, seismic summer of 1989, at Vanes – a mysterious West Country manor house – where a young girl, Jane Lestrange, arrives to stay with the gilded, grand Hunter family, and where a devastating tragedy will unfold. Over the summer, as an ancient family ritual looms closer, Janey falls for each member of the family in turn. She and Kitty, the eldest daughter of the house, will forge a bond that decades later, is still shaping the present . . .

‘We need the bees to survive, and they need us to survive. Once you understand that, you understand the history of Vanes, you understand our family.’

Out of the Mountain's ShadowOut of the Mountain’s Shadow by Rose Alexander (giveaway prize courtesy of the author)

A secret from the past with the power to change one woman’s future…
1939: War has broken out, and in Albania Bekim’s family take in a Jewish family fleeing from Nazi Austria. The years of war will shape his life in unimaginable ways as Bekim grows to love Hannelore, doing everything in his power to protect her. But will he be enough to keep her safe?

2019: Following a shock redundancy, Ruth is taking an extended holiday in southern Italy where she befriends local Zak. When Zak’s dying father asks them to solve a mystery from his past, Ruth leaps at the chance. Journeying through his homeland of Albania, Ruth and Zak race to find the sacred artefacts hidden in the mountains during the war.


On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: This Lovely City by Louise Hare
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Book Review: A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry 
  • Book Review: Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

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