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September 26, 2021

Fall Reading Has Begun ~ September Wrap-up

by Donna Huber

Fall coming in with very chilly air. After two days of lows in the 50s and highs in 70s, I'm ready for summer again. Thankfully we should get into the 80s next week but it won't last. I'm not looking forward to winter. 

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Life Wrap-up

September has been a busy month. I took the first full week of September off from work. It was mostly just because I was tired and needed to rest. I did get some yard work done and I finally painted the upstairs landing so ordered the new bookcase for the corner (you may remember that my childhood bookcase collapse several months ago). I put together the new bookcase last weekend and this weekend I'm loading it up with the books. The bookcase is a little shorter but I think all the books will still fit.

I'm still working through my French lessons. Next month will be a year of studying French and I do notice an improvement. I've kept up with my daily Yoga with Adrienne videos even with adding a couple of days of swimming to my workouts.

Blog Wrap-up

It was a busy month reading-wise. The changing seasons always means trying to cram in the last of the summer books and diving into Fall reads. Also, a lot of books are being published right now so they can be ready for awards season and ahead of the holiday season. We are feeling a bit overwhelmed by our TBR piles - we have so many great books we want to tell you about.

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Reading Wrap-up

Thanks to my staycation at the beginning of the month this has been an awesome reading month. During my week off, I read/listened to 6 books. And now I've moved on to some shorter, quicker reads so I'm having a record reading month. I haven't read this many books in a month since sometime last year (when I was working full-time from home). So far I've read/listened to 17 books: 2 print books, 8 audiobooks, and 7 ebooks. 14 books were for review, 1 was the book for my post-apocalyptic book club, the other 2 were just for fun. 

My goals:

  1. Read more or as many reviews copies: 14/17 (YTD: 88/115)
  2. Read 12 backlog (prior to 2021) review copies: 0 (YTD: 1)
  3. Read/listen to 125 books: 115/125 (I'm 22 books ahead of schedule)

Books in the Mail

I received two print books in the mail this month: A Prince and a Spy and The Santa Suit. I've read The Santa Suit and I hope to get to A Prince and a Spy soon.

Books Read

World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z

My post-apocalyptic book read World War Z for September. It was okay, especially for a zombie book (I'm not a zombie fan). I think I would have preferred to have listened to it as an audiobook. I found many parts boring. I borrowed it from the library.

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, "By excluding the human factor, aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn't the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as 'the living dead'?"

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission. (Goodreads)

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The Royal Correspondent by Alexandra Joel

The Royal Correspondent

I watched a tv series about women at a news magazine in the 1960s. The series was canceled just as it was getting good, and I've been curious ever since so I was excited to see The Royal Correspondent. Add in a little Cold War-era espionage and I was sold. The story was a little different than I was expecting but I was really rooting for main character Blaise and enjoyed the book. The audiobook was easy to listen to. I received a free audiobook via Netgalley. Read my full review.

When Blaise Hill, a feisty young journalist from one of Sydney's toughest neighbourhoods is dispatched to London at the dawn of the swinging sixties to report on Princess Margaret's controversial marriage to an unconventional photographer, she is drawn into an elite realm of glamour and intrigue.

Inspired by real events, The Royal Correspondent is a compelling story of love and betrayal, family secrets and conspiracy that takes you from the gritty life of a daily newspaper to the opulent splendour of Buckingham Palace. (Goodreads)

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country

A beautiful story - very poignant. I was teary-eyed several times. Immigration is a complex web of legalities, politics, and morality that we often lose sight of the individuals that are deeply affected by it. I received a free e-ARC via Netgalley. Read my full review.

In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.

In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books, coming to think of The Berenstain Bears as her first American friends. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it: her first bite of gloriously greasy pizza, weekly “shopping days,” when Qian finds small treasures in the trash lining Brooklyn’s streets, and a magical Christmas visit to Rockefeller Center—confirmation that the New York City she saw in movies does exist after all.

But then Qian’s headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months for fear of the cost and scrutiny of a doctor’s visit. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you’ve always lived here.

Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light. (Goodreads)

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Lessons from Plants by Beronda Montgomery

Lessons from Plants

The first chapter or so felt like someone was reading a textbook to me. The science isn't too technical - probably about what is taught in a high school biology class. If you were looking for examples from nature that could be applied to human societal issues then this book would be great. I received a free audiobook via Netgalley. Read my full review.

We know that plants are important. They maintain the atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They nourish other living organisms and supply psychological benefits to humans as well, improving our moods and beautifying the landscape around us. But plants don't just passively provide. They also take action.

Beronda L. Montgomery explores the vigorous, creative lives of organisms often treated as static and predictable. In fact, plants are masters of adaptation. They "know" what and who they are, and they use this knowledge to make a way in the world. Plants experience a kind of sensation that does not require eyes or ears. They distinguish kin, friend, and foe, and they are able to respond to ecological competition despite lacking the capacity of fight-or-flight. Plants are even capable of transformative behaviors that allow them to maximize their chances of survival in a dynamic and sometimes unfriendly environment.

Lessons from Plants enters into the depth of botanic experience and shows how we might improve human society by better appreciating not just what plants give us but also how they achieve their own purposes. What would it mean to learn from these organisms, to become more aware of our environments and to adapt to our own worlds by calling on perception and awareness? Montgomery's meditative study puts before us a question with the power to reframe the way we live: What would a plant do? (Goodreads)

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The Rule of Many by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders

The Rule of Many

My book club read the first book in the trilogy and I decided to read the rest of the series. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book - there's not much world-building and I think that is what I liked best about book 1. As far as young adult dystopian goes it was enjoyable. It is interesting that the only type of twins in this world is identical. Even the passing mention of the biological factors that lead to twins leaves out the possibility of two eggs. There was also an action that seemed to be too convenient. I borrowed it from the library.

Born to a death sentence in a near-future America, rebellious sisters herald a revolution—if they can survive.

Twins Ava and Mira Goodwin defy the Rule of One simply by existing. The single-child law, ruthlessly enforced by Texas’s Governor Roth, has made the sisters famous fugitives and inspirations for the resurgent rebellion known as the Common.

But the relentless governor and his implacable Texas State Guard threaten that fragile hope, as Roth consolidates his power in a bid for ultimate authority.

As Ava and Mira relinquish the relative safety of their Canadian haven to stand against Roth, new allies arise: Owen, a gifted young programmer, impulsively abandons his comfortable life in a moment of compassion, while Zee, an abused labor camp escapee, finds new purpose in resistance.

The four will converge on Dallas for a reckoning with Roth, with nothing less than their destinies—and the promise of a future free from oppression—on the line.

Disobedience means death. But a life worth living demands rebellion. (Goodreads)

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My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa

My Sweet Girl

Wow. I think this is one of the best unreliable narrators that I've ever read. I didn't want to put the book down. I almost didn't request this book from Netgalley but the cover kept catching my eye and then I saw others talking about it so I gave in and requested it. I'm so glad I did. Read my full review.

Paloma thought her perfect life would begin once she was adopted and made it to America, but no matter how far you run, your past will always catch up to you…

Ever since she was adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage, Paloma has had the best of everything—schools, money, and parents so perfect that she fears she'll never live up to them.

Now at thirty and recently cut off from her parents’ funds, Paloma decides to sublet the second bedroom of her overpriced San Francisco apartment to Arun, who recently moved from India. Paloma has to admit, it feels good helping someone find their way in America—until Arun discovers Paloma's darkest secret, one that could jeopardize her own fragile place in this country.

Before Paloma can pay Arun off, she finds him face down in a pool of blood. Paloma flees the apartment but by the time the police arrive, there's no body—and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place.

Paloma is terrified this is all somehow tangled up in the desperate actions she took to escape Sri Lanka so many years ago. Did Paloma's secret die with Arun or is she now in greater danger than ever before? (Goodreads)

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Say Goodbye by Karen Rose

Say Goodbye

I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series or if we will see these characters again. If it is the end it was a satisfying conclusion. I received a free e-ARC via Netgalley but I'm behind in reading my Netgalleys so I recommended that my digital library get the audiobook. So I actually listened to the book and the audiobook was very good. Read my full review.

For decades, Eden has remained hidden in the remote wilds of the Pacific Northwest, “Pastor” keeping his cult's followers in thrall for his personal profit and sexual pleasures. But the Founding Elders are splintering, and Pastor's surrogate son DJ is scheming to make it all his own.

When two of Eden's newest members send out a cry for help, it reaches FBI Special Agent Tom Hunter, whose friend and fellow FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds and his sister, Mercy, are themselves escapees of the Eden cult, targeted by the Founding Elders who want them silenced forever. The three have vowed to find the cult and bring it down, and now, they finally have a solid lead.

Neutralizing Eden’s threat will save captive members and ensure Tom’s new friends can live without fear. But when his best friend, ex-Army combat medic Liza Barkley, joins the case, it puts her life—and their blossoming love—in danger. With everything they hold dear in the balance, Tom and Liza, together with Gideon and Mercy, must end Eden once and for all. (Goodreads)

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A Lesson in Murder by Verity Bright

A Lesson in Murder

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this entry in the series since the ladies (the cook, housekeeper, and maid) of Henley Hall weren't present and I so enjoy those characters. Instead, we learn more and Ellie as a child and s bit more about her family connections. Some of the memories are so touching. I did enjoy getting to know Ellie better. I received an e-ARC via Netgalley. Read my full review.

When Lady Swift is invited to her old school, she walks through familiar classrooms, finds her favourite books in the library… and surely that’s not a body? Time for a lesson in murder!

Autumn, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift is invited to her old school, St Mary’s, as a guest speaker. Her favourite teacher, Mrs Wadsworth, has asked that Eleanor talk about her intrepid travels around the globe – travelling the Silk Road by bicycle, crossing the Himalayas and even befriending the Maharaja of India. But in the circumstances, perhaps it would have been a good idea to talk about her career as a daring detective…

Because no sooner has Eleanor brushed up on her times tables then she is greeted by terrible news: Mrs Wadsworth has been murdered. Eleanor is utterly devastated but she owes it to her dearest teacher to find out who killed her and why. So, alongside Gladstone the bulldog, it’s best paw forward to track down a villain.

But when the art teacher is also found dead, Eleanor is sure someone is trying to do away with the people who taught her everything. As Eleanor delves into possible motives, she discovers a clue in the most unlikely place: her mother’s old school diary. Does the route to the murderer lie within a secret passageway her mother uncovered? Can Eleanor nail the culprit in time or is the killer coming for her next? (Goodreads)

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Gone for Good by Joanna Schaffhausen

Gone for Good

An intricate plot that you will need to pay attention to to figure out the killer. While I didn't know who the killer was until it was revealed I had a feeling that the person was hiding in plain sight kind of thing. I enjoyed the story and the characters. This is another one of my e-ARCs from Netgalley that I haven't had time to get to and recommended the digital library get the audiobook. So I listened to the audiobook and if you like audiobooks, this is a good one to listen to. Read my full review.

The Lovelorn Killer murdered seven women, ritually binding them and leaving them for dead before penning them gruesome love letters in the local papers. Then he disappeared, and after twenty years with no trace of him, many believe that he's gone for good.

Not Grace Harper. A grocery store manager by day, at night Grace uses her snooping skills as part of an amateur sleuth group. She believes the Lovelorn Killer is still living in the same neighborhoods that he hunted in, and if she can figure out how he selected his victims, she will have the key to his identity.

Detective Annalisa Vega lost someone she loved to the killer. Now she's at a murder scene with the worst kind of déjà vu: Grace Harper lies bound and dead on the floor, surrounded by clues to the biggest murder case that Chicago homicide never solved. Annalisa has the chance to make it right and to heal her family, but first, she has to figure out what Grace knew―how to see a killer who may be standing right in front of you. This means tracing his steps back to her childhood, peering into dark corners she hadn't acknowledged before, and learning that despite everything the killer took, she has still so much more to lose. (Goodreads)

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On Christmas Avenue by Ginny Baird

On Christmas Avenue

I don't usually like to start reading Christmas books until Thanksgiving, but there are so many great ones coming out this year that I had to make the exception. If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies then you should pick up this book. It was a cute, clean Christmas romance. It has everything we love about Hallmark movies. I received a free audiobook via Netgalley. Read my review.

Evan, the county sheriff, knows that businesses are struggling in the small town of Clark Creek. But unlike the mayor—who happens to be his mother—he doesn’t think that hiring a “Christmas Consultant,” whatever that is, will help. Especially when this Christmas Consultant proposes a holiday parade that seems likely to overwhelm his staff and leave the town in even more debt.

Mary is sure the parade is going to be a superb fundraiser. She’s going to make sure of it, overcoming every obstacle…including those put in place by the stubborn sheriff. But in the middle of her planning, the unexpected happens: she and Evan begin to see one another in a different light. Could the parade bring about more than one Christmas miracle? (Goodreads)

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The Glitter End by Vivian Conroy

The Glitter End

I love all the Vivian Conroy series that I've read. However, I think this one is my least favorite. I really like the town and the mysteries are interesting. The main character though gets a bit on my nerves. She worries too much about what others might be thinking - when they aren't thinking that at all. If you are looking for a cute cozy mystery then this one fits the bill. I received a free e-ARC via Netgalley. Read my full review.

Stationery shop owner Delta Douglas is finally settling into small-town life in Tundish, Montana. But with the tourist season drying up, she must find a way to draw in her stationery shop clientele. Well-known artist Tilly Tay is just the ticket--and her new miniature gold mining display is sure to be a hit attraction in town.

But on the day of the grand reveal, Delta discovers a tiny prospector dead in the exhibit. That's when a body is found at the nearby motel, perfectly mirroring the miniature murder. Soon enough, Delta's artist guest is suspected of the crime and her shop is suddenly cast under a cloud of bad press. With her faithful Paper Posse at her side, Delta must pull no paper punches to crack the case and save Wanted's reputation before more trouble comes into the fold. (Goodreads)

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The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

The Santa Suit

I've only been reading MKA's book for a few couple of years so I didn't know she wrote Christmas books. I love her summer books so when I saw she had a Christmas book coming out I knew I had to read it. It is such a great book. So sweet and perfect for Christmas. I received a free e-ARC via Netgalley. Read my review.

When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love—but Ivy didn't bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it's a full-time job sorting through all of it.

At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit—beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it's from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?

Ivy's quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love. (Goodreads)

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Enchantments and Escape Rooms by Amy McNulty

Enchantments and Escape Rooms

A cute addition to the series. Escape Rooms are all the rage right now so it was fun to see one put into a book. It would be a great book to add to your Halloween reading list. I received a free audiobook from the author. Read my full review. 

After the disaster of the month before, Dahlia Poplar, cursed witch and helper extraordinaire, is ready for her serene, supernatural small town life to return to normal. However, her hopes for a more peaceful existence don’t last when a childhood friend moves back to Luna Lane to open up an escape room.

With the Spooky Games Club thriving, Dahlia decides to help her friend by using her magic to quickly get his business up and running. Dahlia’s enchantments accomplish the task, but before the Games Club has a chance to enjoy the new attraction, a test of the escape room results in a freak, fatal accident. Riddled with guilt, Dahlia wonders where her enchantments went wrong—or if there’s something more to the disaster.

The only way to divine whether or not the death was her fault, the result of an accident, or murder is to investigate—and perhaps even play the dangerous game herself. In this one-hour escape room, failure to escape could mean death, not just for Dahlia, but for those she holds most dear. (Goodreads)

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna by Mario Giordano

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna

I really like the characters in this series. The mystery is secondary to the characters but it is still enjoyable. But I keep coming back to the series because of the characters. This is the first one I've listened to the audiobook and it was nice knowing how some of the Italian is said. After realizing I missed books 2 and 3 in this series, I recommended that my digital library get the audiobooks and they did last week. I read book 4 back in May when it came out (you can read my review of that book if you missed it).

When Prosecco‑loving Auntie Poldi retired to Sicily from Germany, she never dreamed her tranquil days would be interrupted by murder. But Sicily had other plans, and Poldi found herself honor‑bound to solve the disappearance of her beloved (and cute) handyman. 
Now she’s finally ready for some peace and quiet—interrupted by romantic encounters with handsome Chief Inspector Montana, of course—when the water supply to her neighborhood is cut off and a dear friend’s dog is poisoned, telltale signs that a certain familial organization is flexing its muscles. Poldi knows there will be no resolution without her help. She soon finds a body in a vineyard, tangles with the Mafia, and yet again makes herself unpopular in the pursuit of justice. But once wine and murder mix, how could she possibly stay away? (Goodreads)

A Magical New York Christmas by Anita Hughes

A Magical New York Christmas

I love Anita Hughes's Christmas books. This is a longer read than your typical holiday read so you get to really know the characters. They are lovely and the story was so complete that I felt satisfied with saying goodbye to them at the end. I received an e-ARC via Netgalley. Read my review.

A magical holiday love story set at the glamorous Plaza Hotel in New York City.

It’s Christmas week when 26-year-old Sabrina Post knocks on the door of the Vanderbilt suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, ready to accept the ghostwriting position for the memoir of Grayson Westcott—a famous art dealer.

A struggling journalist, Sabrina can't believe her luck: a paycheck and six nights in her own suite at the Plaza. She feels like Eloise, the heroine from her favorite children’s books. To make the job even more exciting, Grayson recounts how he worked as a butler at the Plaza sixty years ago for none other than the author of the Eloise books, Kay Thompson.

What promises to be a perfect week is complicated when Sabrina meets Ian Wentworth, a handsome British visitor, at the hotel bar. When Ian assumes Sabrina is another wealthy guest at the hotel, she doesn’t correct him —a decision she doesn’t regret after learning that Ian is a member of the British aristocracy. But, things are not what they seem. The truth is: Ian is not a wealthy lord; he’s actually the personal secretary of Lord Spencer Braxton.

As the week unfolds, will Sabrina and Ian learn the truth about one another? (Goodreads)

Christmas at Fox Farm by Helen Pollard

Christmas at Fox Farm

Every Christmas reading list should have at least one English Christmas story on it. What can be better than Christmas in the Yorkshire countryside? Christmas at Fox Farm is very English (I had to look up several words because I hadn't come across them before in other British books). This story also has a wisp or two of steam. It's not overly descriptive but it is more than innocent kisses. Read my review.

Living at Fox Farm, with its cosy café, beautiful pottery studio and charming gift shop, is a dream come true for thirty-one-year-old Daisy. The kindly owner, Jean, and the close-knit village feel like the home and family Daisy has never had. She’s been looking forward to her first magical Christmas in the countryside.

When Jean suddenly falls ill, Daisy is the first to lend a hand. She ropes in Alex – Jean’s handsome but stubborn nephew – to help her. When the pair discover the farm is almost bankrupt, it seems like the annual Christmas celebrations will be cancelled. Alex and Daisy need a plan, and quickly, if they are to pull off Christmas against the odds and save Fox Farm.

From the get-go Daisy and Alex cannot agree on anything, from the mince pie recipe to the colour scheme for the tree. Soon, however, in true Christmas spirit, they find themselves coming together in the face of decorating disasters, tripping over each other at the holiday barn dance and tracking down a missing Santa Claus.

But when Daisy discovers the secret Alex is keeping about the future of Jean’s farm, will she run from the only place that has ever felt like home? Or will she find a way to save Christmas and the farm, and open her heart to a new beginning for her and Alex? (Goodreads)

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The Wooly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan

The Wooly Hat Knitting Club

The cover and title really caught my eye. I thought it would be more of a rom-com so I kept passing it by but then I noticed it was listed as women's fiction. There is a bit of romance but the story focuses on a number of different relationships - siblings, co-workers, friends. It reminded me a bit of The Friday Night Knit Club. I received a free audiobook via Netgalley. Read my full review.

Finding happiness one stitch at a time

When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst rumours of inappropriate behaviour. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all but has no proof.

When Dee bumps into an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby she convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make lots of tiny woolly hats. Then Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking and she ropes him into helping the knitting cause.

But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all… (Goodreads)

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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  1. I've gotten away from doing yoga and practicing my French, so it's always good when I come by your blog to remind me and inspire me to get back to those.

    I love the look of Beautiful Country, and I wonder if I would like Lessons from Plants. And I've been thinking about reading the Auntie Poldi series for a long time...

  2. Sounds like a great reading September for you. So many great looking books on your list. The Royal Correspondent sounds wonderful. I'm going to look for that one. Have a great week!

  3. Fantastic month in books! Happy October!

  4. A week away from work sounds perfect and much needed right now. I have My Sweet Girl on my shelves to be read in October. I've just started Stephen King's Billy Summers.

  5. I am with you on not looking forward to winter.

    You had a great reading month! Lots of good ones to add to my TBR. I appreciate the Christmas recommendations and will look for them.

    Have a great week!

  6. Oh my, so many good books. I think Say Goodbye will be the last in that section, but... you never know. I want to read the Mary Kay Andrews book. Glad you took off some time at the beginning of Sept. Very wise.

  7. This is the second wrap-up in a row where I've seen Beautfiul Country recommended. I really need to check that one out.

    Well done with your year of studying French. I'm trying to brush up on mine (since I now live in Switzerland, it comes in handy) and always appreciate connecting with other language learners. Hope it's going well for you!