#WWWWednesday – 12th January 2022


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

Being Edith PinsentFinding Edith Pinsent (Netta Wilde #2) by Hazel Ward (eARC, Hope St Press)

Netta Wilde has a task to complete.

She’s agreed to go through the late Edith Pinsent’s diaries and possessions personally. The problem is, she’s been busy sorting out her own life.  But she’s in a better place now. She’s free of her manipulative ex, has a new love in neighbour, Frank and has reunited with her kids. What better time to begin Edie’s story?

But the path to discovery is not easy. There are missing diaries to contend with, boxes of memories to uncover and revelations that turn everything on its head. Revelations that make Netta question if her own life really is sorted.

Delving deeper into Edith’s history, Netta is overtaken by a need to revisit her own past and put things right, but to do that she has to find the two people who once meant everything to her. As her two challenges intertwine, Netta realises that Edith had a purpose for her. One that she must fulfil. Bit by bit, the house yields a lifetime of secrets and the real Edith Pinsent begins to emerge. But will it be the Edith everyone thought they knew?

Recently finished

The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves (Penguin)

Jane’s Country Year by Malcolm Saville (Handheld Press) 

Red Is My Heart by Antoine Laurain & Le Sonneur (Gallic Books)

The Queen’s Lady by Joanna Hickson (eARC, Harper Collins via NetGalley)

Can she tread a dangerous line between love and duty?

Raven-haired and fiercely independent, Joan Guildford has always remained true to herself. As lady-in-waiting and confidante to Queen Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII, Joan understands royal patronage is vital if she and her husband, Sir Richard, are to thrive in the volatile atmosphere of court life. But Tudor England is in mourning following the death of the Prince of Wales, and within a year, the queen herself. With Prince Henry now heir to the throne, the court murmurs with the sound of conspiracy. Is the entire Tudor project now at stake or can young Henry secure the dynasty?

Drawn into the heart of the crisis, Joan’s own life is in turmoil, and her future far from secure. She faces a stark choice – be true to her heart and risk everything, or play the dutiful servant and watch her dreams wither and die. For Joan, and for Henry’s kingdom, everything is at stake… (Review to follow)

What Cathy (will) Read Next

Before We Grow OldBefore We Grow Old by Clare Swatman (eARC, Boldwood Books via NetGalley) 

Some people are just made for each other…

When seven-year-old Fran first met Will they knew instantly that they were made for each other. For eleven years they were inseparable, but then, at the age of eighteen, Will just upped and disappeared. Twenty-five years later Will is back. Is fate trying to give them a second chance?

Still nursing the heart break from all those years ago, Fran is reluctant to give Will the time of day. The price Will must pay is to tell the truth – the truth about why he left, the truth about why he’s back…

And Fran has her own secrets to hide. The time has come to decide what Fran and Will really want from life – before it’s too late.

#TopTenTuesday Most Recent Additions To My Book Collection

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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 Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection. This is a constantly changing list but here are the ten latest arrivals at the time of writing. Links from the titles will take you to the book description on Goodreads.

The Mirror Game by Guy Gardner – a digital review copy for a blog tour, a mystery set in 1920s London 
Yinka, where is your huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn – a proof copy of a book due to be published at the end of March and described as ‘a beautiful, big hearted story about friendship, family, and love’. 
Sell Us The Rope by Stephen May – a digital review copy for a blog tour, a historical novel set in 1907 described as a ‘brilliant tale of revolutionary shenanigans in London’ 
The Streets by Anthony Quinn – a book I purchased after reading Eureka, this one is set in Victorian London and was nominated for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction in 2013*
Rose Nicolson by Andrew Greig – a historical novel set in 16th century Scotland that is getting rave reviews*
The Magician by Colm Toibin – a fictionalised account of the life of writer Thomas Mann*
The Silver Wolf by J. C. Harvey – courtesy of a Readers First giveaway, the first book in a series set in the Thirty Years War
April in Spain by John Banville – a charity shop find, the follow-up to historical crime novel, Snow (which I still have to read)
The Physician’s Daughter by Martha Conway – a digital copy via NetGalley, a historical novel set just after the end of the American Civil War
The Dust Bowl Orphans by Suzette D. Harrison – a digital copy via NetGalley for a blog tour, a dual time novel set in Oklahoma in 1935 and California in the present day

*purchased thanks to the lovely people who gave me Waterstones gift cards for Christmas