My Week in Books – 28th November 2021


On What Cathy Read Next last week

Monday – I published my review of historical true crime novel, The Dublin Railway Murder by Thomas Morris as part of the blog tour.

Tuesday I shared my review of thriller, No Way To Die by Tony Kent.

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. Plus, I published my review of dual-time historical novel, The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable as part of the blog tour.  

Thursday – I gave an update on my progress with the NetGalley November reading challenge. 

Friday – As part of NetGalley November, I published my review of Violets by Alex Hyde

Saturday – I published my review of psychological thriller, Girl A by Abigail Dean.

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

New arrivals

The Cornish CaptiveThe Cornish Captive by Nicola Pryce (ARC, Corvus via Readers First)

Cornwall, 1800. Imprisoned on false pretences, Madeleine Pelligrew, former mistress of Pendenning Hall, has spent the last 14 years shuttled between increasingly destitute and decrepit mad houses. When a strange man appears out of the blue to release her, she can’t quite believe that her freedom comes without a price. Hiding her identity, Madeleine determines to discover the truth about what happened all those years ago.

Unsure who to trust and alone in the world, Madeleine strikes a tentative friendship with a French prisoner on parole, Captain Pierre de la Croix. But as she learns more about the reasons behind her imprisonment, and about those who schemed to hide her away for so long, she starts to wonder if Pierre is in fact the man he says he is. As Madeleine’s past collides with her present, can she find the strength to follow her heart, no matter the personal cost? 

The Porcelain DollThe Porcelain Doll by Kristen Loesch (ARC, Allison & Busby)

In a faraway kingdom, in a long-ago land…

Rosie lived peacefully in Moscow and her mother told fairy tales at bedtime. Then one summer night, all that came abruptly to an end when her father and sister were gunned down. Now Rosie’s only inheritance from her reclusive mother is a book of Russian fairy tales, but there is another story lurking between the lines.

Currently a doctoral student at Oxford, Rosie has a fiancé who knows nothing of her former life and an ailing, alcoholic mother lost to a notebook full of eerie, handwritten little stories. Desperate for answers to the questions that have tormented her, Rosie returns to her homeland and uncovers a devastating family history which spans the 1917 Revolution, the siege of Leningrad, Stalin’s purges and beyond. At the heart of those answers stands a young noblewoman, Tonya, as pretty as a porcelain doll, whose actions reverberate across the century…

Bad RelationsBad Relations by Cressida Connolly (eARC, Viking via NetGalley)

On the battlefields of the Crimea, William Gale cradles the still-warm body of his brother. William’s experience of war is to bring about a change in him that will reverberate through his family over the next two centuries.

In the 1970s, William’s English descendants invite Stephen, a distant Australian cousin, to stay in their bohemian house in Cornwall – but their golden summer entanglements will end in a dramatic fall from grace.

Half a century later, a confrontation between the surviving members of the family culminates in a terrible reckoning.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal
  • Book Review: A Three Dog Problem by S. J. Bennett 
  • Book Review: Two Storm Wood by Philip Gray
  • #6Degrees of Separation: From Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton to…

4 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 28th November 2021

    1. No, it’s not just you. I had absolutely the same thought. If I hadn’t been invited to read it because I reviewed a previous book by the author, the cover wouldn’t have attracted me to it at all.


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