Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ve been immersed in research books this week for the New Revised Stand Alone, so there hasn’t been as much time as I’d like for fiction, but what I did read was a win: Trisha Ashley’s A Winter’s Tale, about a down on her luck single mom who unexpectedly inherits the no longer quite so stately family home and must come up with a plan to rescue it– without selling it to her persistent property developer cousin.

I do love a good house book, especially when the house is Elizabethan and comes with family secrets, cranky gardeners, dodgy cousins, dotty great-aunts, and a good wassail at the end.

(Since I seem to be on a Trisha Ashley kick, I have a question for the Trisha Ashley devotees out there: after The Twelve Days of Christmas and A Winter’s Tale, which of her books should I pick up?)

Next up? Sara Donati’s The Gilded Hour. I adored her Into the Wilderness, so I’m very much looking forward to this one.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. DJL on December 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    It’s been a mish mash of books lately: A Fatal Waltz, third of Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series; also Wodehouse’s Very Good Jeeves; also Duck the Halls by Donna Andrews for Christmas-sy feels. Just started H. James’ Portrait of a Lady, good so far.
    For my mother, it has been Patricia MacDonald suspense thrillers, No Way Home & Not Guilty, which she is enjoying immensely!

  2. Miss Eliza on December 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I have A Winter’s Tale around here somewhere, perhaps that should be my next read… I’ve been finishing off my Sherlock Holmes epic blog readathon with The Will of the Dead by George Mann, solid mystery with a Steampunk element. Just started Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice last night and just might not have gone to sleep when I should have since I’m recovering from some stomach bug…

  3. Nancy Kvorka on December 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I read The Twelve Days of Christmas after your recommendation last week and really enjoyed it. I have A Winter’s Tale to read next.

  4. Sheila on December 12, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Thanks to being on Jeopardy this week (airs Jan 6 if interested), my attention span has been non-existent. Maeve Binchy’s Maeve’s Times is a collection of her newspaper columns and they were just the right thing to dip into. Very warm, conversational, funny, just like her novels.

    • Lynne on December 12, 2015 at 1:05 am

      How fun for you, Sheila – I’m a regular Jeopardy viewer so I’ll pay attention! Congrats!

    • Betty Strohecker on December 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Sounds exciting, Sheila. I’ll try to remember to watch it.

  5. Pat on December 12, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I just finished Beyond the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams. I feel like reading it again to pick up on the clues I missed the first time around. Boy she writes a good story! I’m currently into Margaret Maron’s last Deborah Knott story, Long Upon the Land.

  6. Christina on December 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – I loved it! One of the best books I’ve read this year.

    Love’s Revenge Monica Burns & Suddenly You bybLisa Kleypas – Both of these had older heroines which I really enjoyed.

    Secret Life of A Vampire Kerrelyn Sparks – another fun installment in the Love at the Stake series.

    • Betty Strohecker on December 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Love Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale is on my TBR list. I’ve read Winter Garden, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, On Mystic Lake, and Comfort and Joy – all wonderful.

  7. VerityW on December 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I’m a big Trisha fan – if you’ve done 12 Days and a Christmas Tale, try Wedding Tiers, which isn’t a house book, but has house-y elements, or Creature Comforts which is a secret in her past type story and has a brilliant crazy aunt, or Chocolate Wishes if you want a second-chance romance with a hot rockstar turned vicar, a large dose of chocolate and a wizard!

    Congrats on being on Jeopardy Sheila.

    I’ve got Beyond the Infinite Sea to read as well, but this week like DJL I’ve been reading Tasha Alexander (except I was reading Tears of Pearl) and the latest Flavia de Luce.

    • Sheila on December 13, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks ! Was great fun.

  8. Céline on December 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    This week, I’ve read the most romantic, cute and charming book ever: One Hundred Proposals, by Holly Martin – a best-friends-to-lovers book about a young woman and her best friend who own a firm that helps arrange proposals – and they embark on a trip to find the best ways to propose. Heartwarming, swooning, cute as hell – I haven’t fully recovered yet!! 🙂

  9. Car on December 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This week I finished Cutting for stone, read The a Bookseller and just started Euphoria and The Adventuress 🙂

  10. Betty Strohecker on December 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I read Forever in My Heart by Charlene Carr, 4th in a series about best friends, each with her own problem. Great contemporary series.

    Just started Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini.

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