#WWWWednesday – 7th April 2021


Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, this meme is all about the three Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Why not join in too?  Leave a comment with your link at Taking on a World of Words and then go blog hopping!

Currently reading

The Final Revival of Opal & NevThe Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton (proof copy, courtesy of Quercus)

An idol of Afro-punk. A duo on the brink of stardom. A night that will define their story for ever.

Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Despite her unconventional looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her one night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together.

In early seventies New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially Black women, who dare to speak their truth.

Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter, but as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens everything.

The Metal HeartThe Metal Heart by Caroline Lea (eARC, courtesy of Michael Joseph via NetGalley)

Orkney, 1940. On a remote island, a prisoner-of-war camp is constructed to house five hundred Italian soldiers.

Upon arrival, a freezing Orkney winter and divided community greets them. Orphaned sisters Dorothy and Constance volunteer to nurse the men. Dot is immediately drawn to Cesare, a young man fighting on the wrong side and broken by war and destruction. The soldiers spend their days building a secret barricade between the islands. By night, however, they construct a reminder of their native land – an exquisite chapel.

As tensions between the islanders and outsiders grow, the sisters’ loyalty is tested. Will Dot choose love, or family?

Recently finished

Links from the titles will take you to my review.

The Deception of Harriet Fleet by Helen Scarlett

The Drowned City by K. J. Maitland

The Tuscan House by Angela Petch 

After the Storm by Isabella Muir

When a violent storm blasts England’s south coast, it’s up to retired Italian detective Giuseppe Bianchi to sift through the devastation and piece together the tragic events left behind in the storm’s wake.

Giuseppe Bianchi’s brief visit to Bexhill-on-Sea has become an extended stay. He is loath to return to his home in Rome because of the haunting images that made him leave in the first place. 

During his morning walks along the seafront with Beagle, Max, he meets Edward Swain, who becomes Giuseppe’s walking companion. They form a friendship of sorts and find they have a similar outlook on life.

But the devastating events of a single night lead Giuseppe to question the truth about Edward Swain. Teaming up with young journalist, Christina Rossi – his cousin’s daughter – Giuseppe learns about the brutal reality lurking behind the day-to-day life of families in the local community. And as the story unravels Giuseppe is reminded how anger and revenge can lead to the most dreadful of crimes. (Review to follow for blog tour)

What Cathy (will) Read Next

Don't Turn AroundDon’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry (ARC, courtesy of Vintage )

Two strangers, Cait and Rebecca, are driving across America.

Cait’s job is to transport women to safety. Out of respect, she never asks any questions. Like most of the women, Rebecca is trying to escape something.

But what if Rebecca’s secrets put them both in danger? There’s a reason Cait chooses to keep on the road, helping strangers. She has a past of her own, and knows what it’s like to be followed.

And there is someone right behind them, watching their every move…

#TopTenTuesday Books Set At Sea

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists. Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean. I’d consider it sacrilege even to think about throwing a book into any kind of water. Plus I don’t generally talk about books I didn’t care for, preferring to shout about books I loved. So instead here are ten books set mainly at sea. 

Every Man For Himself by Beryl Bainbridge – memorably bringing to life the events of an April night in 1912 when 1,500 people lost their lives as a result of the sinking of the Titanic
In Hazard by Richard Hughes – a tale of suspense on the high seas as the crew of the Archimedes battle a hurricane
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat – a ship and her crew defend Atlantic convoys in WW2, memorably brought to life in the 1953 film starring the wonderful Jack Hawkins
Slow Boats To China by Gavin Young – Inspired by great sea writers like Jack London, Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad, Gavin Young decides to port-hop to some far destination on the other side of the world
The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O’Brian – the eighteenth instalment in the acclaimed Aubrey & Maturin series
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – A murder on the high seas. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – the classic story of a Cuban fisherman and the giant marlin he kills and loses

Links from the titles of the following three will take you to my reviews:
Fled by Meg Keneally
Dangerous Women by Hope Adams
Storm of Steel by Matthew Harffy