Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy July 4th weekend everyone!  This may not be the 4th we were all hoping for, but one thing stays the same: there will always be books.

This week, I continued my Jodi Taylor and Patricia Wentworth marathons with the St. Mary’s adventure A Second Chance (book #3) and the Miss Silver mystery The Clock Strikes Twelve (book #I’ve completely lost count).

Now, for something a little different, I’ve gone  to another comfort author, Trisha Ashley, with The House of Hopes and Dreams, which is just like snuggling into a warm blanket.  A tv presenter loses his job–and almost his leg– after a horrible accident but then inherits a mysterious family manor house with an Elizabethan wing, a ghost, and a possible curse.  Meanwhile, his best friend, a stained glass designer, loses her partner of ten years and gets booted out of their studio by said partner’s hideous grown up son.  I’ve just got to the bit where they’ve both moved into the mysterious old manor house.  I adore Trisha Ashley’s books (especially A Winter’s Tale, of which this one strongly reminds me).  They always have old houses, family secrets, unexpected inheritances, wonderfully horrible villains, and lots of cooking of good food.

Once that’s done, I have an absolute treasure trove of new books lined up on my Kindle, including Danielle Trussoni’s The Ancestor and upcoming books by Laura Moretti, Nicola Harrison, and Hazel Gaynor.  So much excitement!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christine on July 3, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I’m reading the new Beatriz Williams book “Her Last Flight” and every night is an internal battle between sleep and reading. I haven’t had a ton of time/energy to read lately so this has been fantastic. Looking forward to the Ws virtual event next week!

  2. Pat Dupuy on July 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Sonali Dev’s A Change of Heart
    Sulari Gentill’s A Dangerous Language
    Deanna Raybourn’s A Murderous Relation
    Julie Mulhern’s Killer Queen
    I’m currently rereading The Secret Language of Stones by MJ Rose.

  3. DJL on July 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Finished Belle, #2 in the Daughters of Allamont series by Mary Kingswood.
    Then, to feed my love of Shakespeare plots transported to contemporary times (10 Things I Hate About You has a lot to answer for), I read 2L by…Lauren Willig…and enjoyed very much!
    (Any recs of other books that translate Shakespeare plots into modern times would be much appreciated, btw!)

    • Jane on July 3, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Martha Keyes has a series – first book in series is A Foolish Heart which is regency Shakespeare book – retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

      • DJl on July 3, 2020 at 6:35 pm

        Ooh, and it looks like she has also done Much Ado & Twelfth Night versions in that sereis, too!. Thank you for rec!

  4. Julie on July 3, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    2 brand new books on my reading pile:
    Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
    Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

  5. Karlene Barger on July 3, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    I remember enjoying The Clock Strikes Twelve very much! Good choice.

  6. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on July 3, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    One of my friends was telling me recently about the house that Brian Selznick’s The Marvels is based on, and I instantly moved the book to the top of my TBR pile. It’s heartbreaking and wonderful, about theatres and stories and books and London!

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